K-12 Education

Columbus Unified High School honored for achievements

COLUMBUS ? A national program is recognizing a southeast Kansas high school with a high number of low-income students for its academic achievements.Columbus Unified High School in Cherokee County has been chosen as one of five National Association of Secondary School Principals Breakthrough ...

Task force envisions future for Lawrence elementary schools

Regarding its elementary schools in the coming months and years, the Lawrence school district should:• Ensure that existing schools are “fully utilized” before building any new schools at any new sites.• Consider consolidating smaller schools as the “greatest opportunity” for cost ...

High schools dropout rates in Lawrence well below ‘dropout factory’ status

Neither of Lawrence’s two public high schools is considered a “dropout factory” by a national advocacy group — and district administrators want to keep it that way.The combined dropout rate for Free State and Lawrence high schools is less than 14 percent, well below the 40 percent ...

Lawrence trade schools help more students find jobs

After spending four years trying to find the right job, Emily Metzger decided it was time for a different approach. Metzger graduated in 2005 from Kansas University with a degree in graphic design; however, even with a four-year degree, finding a job did not prove as easy as she thought it ...

Lawrence school board approves Adidas contract

Free State and Lawrence high schools soon will be buying Adidas uniforms, some of their fans will be in line for new aluminum seating, and their boosters might be directed to adhere to some additional district oversight.Such is the game plan that emerged Monday night, as members of the Lawrence ...

KU’s Frozen Flames carnival aims to ignite interest in chemistry

More than 350 people filled the basement room of Malott Hall on Sunday afternoon for the Frozen Flames chemistry show put on by Kansas University Chemistry Club. The show’s topic: hot versus cold. Those cheering for fire sat on the right and supporters of ice on the left. Dressed in lab coats ...

Bishop Seabury students get 24-hour glimpse of homelessness

Huddling around a small campfire for warmth, 50 high school students found out first-hand a little of what it would be like to live without a home.The Bishop Seabury Academy students — freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors — were in the middle of 24 hours of serving and learning about ...

Lawrence school district mulls 7th period for high schools

Scheduling in the middleNext year’s sixth-grade students could get more than school lockers as they enroll in middle school.A new daily schedule for the Lawrence school district’s four middle schools — Central, South, Southwest and West — is in the works for 2011-12 in Lawrence public ...

Lawrence, Free State high schools to consider Adidas apparel contract

Members of the Lawrence school board will huddle Monday night to discuss their game plans for financing scholastic athletics programs, including prospects for signing an apparel contract with Adidas.The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive.Adidas wants to sign ...

Grandparents Day at Pinckney School brings generations together over lunch

It was a little like a warm-up for next week’s Thanksgiving dinner.Pinckney School students took time out from their regular class schedules to share some turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy with their grandparents on Thursday.In all, more than 500 pupils and family members enjoyed the ...

Bishop Seabury students seek donations for homeless

Students at Bishop Seabury Academy voluntarily will spend a day without food, then sleep outside on blankets and rely on firewood to keep warm — all to help understand and assist people who regularly live under such conditions.The high schoolers this week are collecting food, toiletries and ...

Task force sizes up Lawrence elementary schools to boost efficiency

Members of a subcommittee studying options for making Lawrence’s public elementary schools more efficient had been interpreting numbers, discussing semantics and outlining visions for nearly two hours when G.R. Gordon-Ross finally settled on a solution.Not about optimal class sizes. Or ...