K-12 Education

Event at KU invites girls and their mothers to dive into STEM

A free upcoming event is geared toward middle school-age girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Make It Happen KU is a half-day conference for girls in fifth through eighth grades and their mothers or parental figures. It’s scheduled for 9 a.m. to 12:45 ...

Lawrence school board prepares for next steps in changing high school start times

Lawrence school board members on Monday voiced support for making high school days start later, and they’ll likely vote at their next meeting on whether to create an implementation committee. A district survey of parents and students showed that a majority support changing start times from ...

Healthy Outlook: Look for more education and county news in the Health section

In a somewhat unusual edition of Healthy Outlook, I wanted to give you a heads up about some changes for both the Journal-World as a whole and for the Health section. This past week, I started covering K-12 education and Douglas County government for the newspaper. I’ll still cover health, ...

Woodlawn Elementary principal plans June retirement

Jeanne Fridell, principal of Woodlawn Elementary School, plans to retire after the end of the school year. The school district announced in a news release Monday that Fridell’s retirement comes after 13 years at the North Lawrence school. “After 40 years in education, making the ...

Lawrence school district starts eyeing employee social media policy

A social media policy may be on the horizon for Lawrence school district employees, though the idea is in its earliest phase. David Cunningham, executive director of human resources and chief legal counsel, brought up the idea at the Board Policy Advisory Committee’s meeting on Monday. He ...

Middle school student explores subterranean Lawrence

As part of an unusual school project, 14-year-old Milo Bitters went to downtown clerks and shop owners with a question: could he check out their basements? In one, he found what he was looking for. In the basement of The Etc. Shop, he was shown to a door that opened to a dugout space that the ...

15 Lawrence kids share their New Year’s resolutions

Lawrence elementary school children shared their New Year’s resolutions with the Journal-World before the winter break. Students spoke about their resolve to do such things as accomplish new goals and make their lives better in 2019. Grace Oparaji, 7 second-grader at Prairie Park ...

Community input sought as Lawrence school district develops 5-year strategic plan

The five-year strategic plan the Lawrence school district will develop this spring will be an inclusive community effort that will spell out specific steps for improvements and will keep people accountable, Lawrence Superintendent Anthony Lewis vows. The strategic planning process is new to ...

Later school start helps Seattle kids get more rest

SEATTLE — High school students are getting more sleep in Seattle, say scientists studying later school start times. Teenagers wore activity monitors to find out whether a later start to the school day would help them get more sleep. It did, adding 34 minutes of slumber a night. They also ...

DCF secretary to give Lawrence school district $262K grant for reading program

The Lawrence school district has learned that it will receive a $262,200 grant from the Kansas Department for Children and Families to fund the district’s participation in the Kansas Reading Roadmap, Lawrence Superintendent Anthony Lewis said at Monday’s school board meeting. The Kansas ...

‘The love of learning’: Quail Run educator selected as Lawrence Master Teacher

If Quail Run second-grade teacher Paula Barr wasn’t a born teacher, she came to the profession at a very young age, her father Steve Owens said. “She was teaching in kindergarten,” he said. “She had all the other kids around her, teaching them.” Owens, of Manhattan, recalled his ...

Lawrence school board approves contract giving teachers $1,200 raise

The Lawrence school board approved a 2019-2020 teachers contract Monday with little comment, giving district teachers a four-figure raise for the second straight year. The board unanimously approved a contract that gives all district teachers a $1,200 raise and increases the base pay of ...

Lawrence school district, teachers union reach tentative agreement on contract

The Lawrence school district and the local teachers union ended a three-month impasse Tuesday with a tentative agreement on a 2018-2019 contract that will give all teachers in the district a $1,200-a-year raise. David Cunningham, the district's legal counsel and executive director of human ...