School news

Lawrence High School student wins all-expenses paid trip to Germany
April 5, 2014
A Lawrence High School student has been awarded an all-expenses paid study trip to Germany this summer.
Bert Nash trying to get mental health program back into all Lawrence schools
March 15, 2014
Officials at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center are still working to get the Working to Recognize Alternative Possibilities program, or WRAP, program back into the entire Lawrence school district, years after it became a victim of budget cuts. They say WRAP helps reduce violence, suicides and bullying by identifying — and treating — students with mental illnesses at an early age. By Giles Bruce
As Kansas weighs restrictions on sex ed, sexuality experts say it’s already inadequate
March 4, 2014
As the Kansas Legislature discusses restricting how sex education can be taught across the state, some sexuality experts say the programs are already inadequate in preparing students for adulthood. By Giles Bruce
Full-day kindergarten not all fun and games
Lawrence currently funds at all schools but hopes state will add to budget
March 1, 2014
Isn’t a full day of school exhausting for a bunch of 5-year-olds? You bet, says their likewise exhausted kindergarten teacher Lauren Mitchell. She and her class are winding down a busy seven hours staying engaged and focused on a long list of lessons and activities — none of which, incidentally, is nap time. As the Kansas Legislature considers Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to fund full-day kindergarten statewide, Lawrence is in its second year of offering the program at every district elementary school at no extra cost to parents. By Sara Shepherd
Teens — and reporter — get dose of financial reality at LHS
February 19, 2014
Back in high school, this was not the reality I pictured for my 26-year-old self. Posing as a student to go through a financial literacy program called Reality U Wednesday at Lawrence High School was a reminder for me — and an eye opener for the real teens around me — of some key truths. One: Life is expensive. Two: It doesn’t always happen like you planned. By Sara Shepherd
Dress giveaway makes prom accessible for Lawrence students
February 12, 2014
Project Prom Dress will be held at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire Street, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Guests can choose from more than 200 dresses, as well as the Social Service League’s collection of shoes, bags and jewelry. By Joanna Hlavacek
Student activity at heart of design plans
February 11, 2014
Schematic designs for the Lawrence school district’s planned new College and Career Center include open spaces, transparent walls and and rooms designed for collaborative working. District officials plan to open the new facility in the 2015-2016 academic year. By Peter Hancock
Random act of kindness makes special night even more memorable for LHS students
February 10, 2014
Some Lawrence High School students were out for a special night on the town Saturday when a random couple made it even more special, by picking up the tab at a local restaurant.
Southwest Middle School eighth-grader wins 2014 Douglas County Spelling Bee title
February 8, 2014
The word to clinch the 2014 Douglas County Spelling Bee on Saturday at Southwest Middle School properly summed up what the contestants may have thought of some of the words thrown their way: insidious.
No zero-tolerance disciplinary philosophy for Lawrence schools
January 13, 2014
Lawrence schools already appear to practice much of what the Obama administration recommended last week in avoiding zero-tolerance disciplinary policies.
Wind chill warning expires, advisory in effect for Douglas County
06:27 p.m., January 5, 2014 Updated 12:07 p.m.
A face-numbing winter blast caused few weather-related incidents during the weekend, but sub-zero temperatures closed schools today in Lawrence and surrounding communities. Get your forecast today and take a look at the weekend’s weather round-up. Click here for the latest area closings. By Nicole Wentling and Elliot Hughes
Former Lawrence High athlete killed on I-35 remembered as diligent, modest
October 29, 2013
At 5-foot-4, Travis Sanders was never the biggest player on the baseball field. But people who knew him said the former Lawrence High School athlete, who died in a weekend traffic accident, was anything but slight in the way he played and as a person. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence High staff member suspended, police report filed after incident involving student
02:04 p.m., October 23, 2013 Updated 09:04 a.m.
A Lawrence High School staff member has been suspended with pay pending an investigation by the Lawrence Police Department.
Lawrence High School inducts four to Hall of Honor
Class includes Colorado lawmaker, Special Olympian, 2 judges
September 29, 2013
The Lawrence High School Alumni Association inducted U.S. District Judge Monti Belot III, Colorado State Senator Nancy (Knox) Todd, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Sri Srinivasan and Special Olympian Brady Tanner to its Hall of Honor Sunday.
Lawrence native shares painting talent for Boston’s ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ public piano project
September 22, 2013
One of the 75 pianos-turned-works-of-art being unveiled this week for Boston’s “Play Me, I’m Yours” project was crafted by a Lawrence native.