K-12 Education

LHS student brought gun to school, Lawrence school district tells parents

Story updated at 4:17 p.m. Wednesday A Lawrence High School student allegedly brought a gun to school Wednesday, according to an email from district spokeswoman Julie Boyle to parents. "Thanks to several LHS students reporting to staff that they had heard this student may have brought a ...

One teen convicted for exchange of gun on Lawrence High School grounds

Updated at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday One of two students accused of exchanging a stolen handgun on the Lawrence High School grounds has been convicted. One of the teens stole the gun from his own father on Sept. 9, 2018, then provided it to the other teen the next day, court documents allege. The ...

As mayor, Lawrence 7th-grader would improve city’s bikeability

If Jack Tell were mayor, Lawrence residents might have to deal with a lot of construction and noise for a little while — but the payoff would be improved bike infrastructure citywide. The Billy Mills Middle School seventh-grader recently finished as a regional winner in the annual Kansas ...

Photo gallery: World Read Aloud Day

Lawrence school district students enjoyed World Read Aloud Day on Friday with guest readers, including former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Lawrence Mayor Lisa Larsen, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center Chief Operations Officer Stephen O'Neill, Officer James Browning of the Lawrence ...

Free State’s Ruth Gathunguri named Lawrence Youth of the Year for 2nd time

For the second year in a row, Ruth Gathunguri — now a senior at Free State High School — has earned the highest honor of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence. "I just felt humbled and honored," she said in a news release from the organization. "The whole time I was going through Youth of ...

Douglas County students invited to participate in Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Middle and high school-age students of Douglas County are invited to write up their business plans and polish their pitches for this year’s Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. The competition, open to kids in grades six through 12, consists of a trade show booth, a 90-second elevator pitch ...

$46 million construction project will affect entire Lawrence High School building

Visitors to Lawrence High School in 2021 will see an entirely different entrance from what’s there today, according to a representative of the design firm behind the $46.2 million construction project that will break ground after schools let out for summer vacation. The same principle ...

School board approves updated construction agreement for Lawrence High School

A massive update to Lawrence High School is set to begin this summer that, among other things, aims to improve navigability, boost security and student privacy, and create a 21st-century learning environment. The Lawrence school board received a revised update on the master plan for the ...

Lawrence school board member, research explain science of later school start times

Yes, teenagers may stay up late tapping away at touch screens, and they may doze off during their first classes — but there’s a scientific explanation for it. "I think sometimes people have the perception, 'Well, these are just lazy teenagers,' but no, they're not,” said Lawrence school ...

Free State High School debaters win at state, will head to nationals in summer

After a strong showing at state, two Free State High School debaters brought home a championship trophy and have qualified to go on to the national tournament this summer. The team of seniors Spencer Yost-Wolff and Max Lillich completed the Kansas State Debate Tournament with an 11-0 record, ...

Kansas governor creates advisory group to improve education

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly has signed an executive order creating an advisory group that aims to improve education in Kansas. The governor told reporters Thursday that educating children is one of the most important obligations of elected leaders and one of the best economic and civic ...

Bishop Seabury sophomore tasked with gathering WWII veterans’ stories

A Lawrence teen has been selected to join the last class of youths entrusted to seek out and record the stories of the greatest generation. Bishop Seabury Academy sophomore Lyle Griggs, 15, was selected as one of eight students nationwide to serve as a student ambassador for the National ...

Lawrence community to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with several events

Groups around Lawrence will gather next week in celebration of a man whose powerful words, voice and dream still resonate as strongly today as they did decades ago. Community events are scheduled to begin bright and early Monday as the nation observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here are ...

Restorative justice events planned to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.

Ben MacConnell understands the dangers of attaching opinions on a modern issue to someone who can’t speak for himself, but he believes Martin Luther King Jr. would be a strong proponent of criminal justice reform. "Given the billions of dollars we're spending on jails and prisons, and the ...

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 ...