pinballqueen (Christine Hammon)


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Hundreds rally to keep schools open

I worked at New York right after the round of school closings, around 2003. Centennial and East Heights were closed and the buildings were utilized in other ways.

I was new to the East side and New York, but I still remember the kids who were sad and had a difficult time adjusting to starting school in a new neighborhood. Did they adjust? Yes, but thanks in a large part to Mrs Steele and her efforts as principal and her willingness to comfort those who were effected. Yes children can be resilient, but some adapt better than others. I know why they are fighting so hard for these schools. I also have worked at Cordley in the after school program, and both New York and Cordley have a very strong, supportive sense of community.

The issues are statewide. I work in Eudora now, and last month many schools across the state issued paychecks late. The state payments came late, so teachers and staff get paid late, and then their bills are paid late. So the issue is very real and on top of the fact that teachers are unpaid anyway, well it adds insult to injury. The reality is that many will loose their jobs in budget cuts, and many pay scales were frozen, so last year there were many who didn't get any kind of increase in wages. It is now very clear that none will be occurring for the next school too.

It is unfortunate that education is taking such a hit. I recently put my kid back into public school , after home schooling for three years, in a district that the teachers have to buy and stock their own construction paper and many other classroom supplies. Eudora simply has no money for paper. As a school, we are conserving and recycling, which helps. But simply, the reality is that there is no money for the schools, and some districts are getting hit harder than others. As a country we saw the plights of Haitians and sent millions of dollars in aide, while we do without here in our own neighborhoods. And I agree, more needs to be done at/under the green dome.

February 7, 2010 at 2:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Best Local Music of 2009

The Spook Lights...

January 5, 2010 at 6:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Police seeking suspects after Friday night robbery

What about the transients? Are they contributing to the problems?

Today was a first for my 12 yr old. He actually witnessed the gutter punks/transients taking food out of the trash bin in front of Tellers and eating it.

In the 13 years I've lived in and around lawrence, I've not noticed things getting so out of control. Was going to move back, but I'm going to watch and see how it plays out.

September 19, 2009 at 7:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Virtual School Secondary Program likely ending because of financial concerns, stagnant enrollment

MMmmm....brains...we heart zombies at our house, maybe that's why we home school through LVS, seriously though...The program provides educational support to the families through assigned teachers, trained and certified. We are required to have contact with our educational specialist at least one every two weeks. Our school's building provides space for our administration and staff. It is also used to administer the Kansas State Assessments in the spring.Our class work/curriculum is online, hence the use of the word virtual.

February 3, 2009 at 3:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Home school enrollment on roll

I have home schooled my youngest son since we moved from a great school in Lawrence. My son excelled then, and he's still excelling now. He has scored exceeds standards or higher on the state assessments in the last two years in both, math and reading.My oldest just began home schooling. This is his junior year in high school. We discussed the pros and cons. He is a product of the public school system, and hated to read, write, or do much of anything academic. Within a month his entire attitude towards learning had shifted and become positive and motivated. He told me one day that in science class, the previous year, he'd learned to sleep without the teacher knowing. He also shared a story about his math teacher who told the entire class, "if you learn this or not, I still get paid the same". These were the events that had stuck out the most and created a situation where he didn't care to learn. Since last fall he's read more books than he's read in years, and he's reading books for fun!! He took his ACTs and is ready to start community college in the fall.I worked in the Lawrence Public School system, and I witnessed teachers who made rude and demeaning comments to students. Teachers who mocked the methods used with special needs kids. The time wasted on transitioning between activities/classes.I hold advanced degrees, and I have taught at various levels in academic settings. Does this make me a more qualified educator? I work with special needs students, does that limit my range or abilities? I do know that I AM selfish. I love working with my kids and seeing the results of our efforts. I love seeing the look on their faces when they get "it". I find it completely rewarding to have them tell me about what they've learned with enthusiasm. I am proud that they know more than I did at their ages.

February 2, 2009 at 1:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Attitude adjustment: Lawrence author explores link between rock music and subversive humor

Knock, knock...Who's there?Thatcher......

January 24, 2009 at 8:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Acts of creation

Kudos to the Truckstop Honeymoon duo for homeschooling and prioritizing, seems this story could have simply been written about them.

The "whiney artist mom syndrome" is old and I have no sympathy for any woman who tries to have children and 'make art'. I don't know anyone who quit making music/art because of childbirth. If anything, it heightens the entire process and makes you question what you do, and how you do it. The question that comes to mind, is whether or not some of these moms who were able to make art while they could stay at home with their kids, will they continue the effort to make art if they had to return to the work force?

February 24, 2008 at 12:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wal-Mart bestows teacher-of-year honors

Congrats Mrs. Farwell!!

Her dedication to teaching and ability to teach, are what make a great teacher anywhere. My son had her as his second grade teacher during her first year at Hillcrest. It was his best year at Hillcrest (and one of the best teachers to work with as a parent). She continued to support him in his third grade year(not as his homeroom teacher), and for some kids it is unmeasurable, the knowledge your teacher cares about you beyond being a student in their class. She really did make a difference in my son's academic career, when he needed it. He is in high school now, and he still remembers everything she did for him.

May 22, 2007 at 7:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Virtual school, Internet offer resources to parents

Homeschool=to teach school subjects to one's children at home(Merriam Webster Online).

I am new to homeschooling, and I do it through LVS. I have been corrected by homeschoolers who say I am homeschooling, because I teach my child at home. I have had the looks and comments from homeschoolers who say that because I use a cirriculum provided by the LVS which is funded through the taxpayers, I am not a homeschooler, but rather a virtual/charter schooler.

I say I homeschool because I teach my child at home. If we change the labels to describe schooling based on it's source of funding, then I government school in a home setting. IF I could find a way to afford an entire cirriculum on my own, and one that is not steeped in Christianity, than I will do it.

May 17, 2007 at 6:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Virtual school, Internet offer resources to parents

Yes, charter school=government involvement.

No, this is not true homeschooling, because it uses the K12 curriculum, government funds, and there are state assessments. On the other hand, we face most of the stigmas and challenges that homeschoolers face. I jokingly refer to ourselves as the "lazy homeschoolers", because I don't have to research my curriculum, file paperwork/audits, and search out other homeschoolers. I have my curriculum provided to me, I record attendance and scores/graded assign. online, participate in the fall audit/spring state assessments, get quarterly progress reports, and my education specialists calls me to see if I need anything. And yet I also work to find "play dates" with others, ensure he's involved in sports/music/etc, and face criticism for simply choosing to keep my son home to school.

Again, no, LVS is not homeschooling, it is a charter school. Unfortunately, where we live now, the term charter school only produces looks of confusion. It is simply easier to begin with the term homeschool and then work up to explaining charter schools.

May 14, 2007 at 2:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )