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Registration open for this year's Future City Competition

Rochelle Valverde

As part of this school year’s Future City Competition, students will be asked to think a lot about trash. Specifically, piles of trash waiting to be dumped into landfills, incinerated or hauled off, and what a better process might look like. The theme of this year’s Future City Competition, “Waste ...

German school offers classes for all ages in Lawrence

Rochelle Valverde

For parents who want to introduce their kids early to a foreign language, there’s a bit of Deutschland to be found in Lawrence. For children as young as 4 years old, the [German School of Northeast Kansas][1] offers classes Saturday mornings. The school, now in its fifth year, includes native ...

My visit to the Lawrence College & Career Center

Rochelle Valverde

More than 100 Lawrence high school students wrote their first cover letter this week. Yes, some of them made up the positions they sought and the credentials that qualified them, but nonetheless it was a realistic exercise of a question adults often pose to children: What do you want to ...

Lawrence school district goals include foreign language at elementary level and equal access to technology

Rochelle Valverde

Unlike the [majority of European countries][1], most schools in the United States don’t introduce foreign language classes until middle school, but the Lawrence school district may be on its way to bucking that trend. The district has included the idea of a foreign language magnet at the elementary level in ...

Want to get your student involved? School clubs may be the answer

Rochelle Valverde

Want to get your middle or high school student involved in something after school? Athletics may be the obvious go-to, but they can be a substantial time (and monetary) commitment for both parents and students. Teacher-sponsored school clubs — with the convenience of being at school and of no or ...

Have a creative kid? Here are some activity suggestions for early-dismissal Wednesdays

Rochelle Valverde

If you’re looking for something to keep your kids busy after Wednesday early dismissal from Lawrence schools, a few organizations around town are offering some artistic options. • First United Methodist Church is providing free art sessions for middle school students. The program, Art Café, includes art, cooking and woodworking ...

Getting in the back-to-school spirit

Rochelle Valverde

Welcome to First Bell, a K-12 education blog where you can find helpful or interesting notes about schools across Lawrence. The first day of school is right around the corner, so here's to putting the summer behind us and looking forward to the new school year. **New look for a ...

Online infographic tracks school district's mail-ballot election returns

Elliot Hughes

By now, all registered voters living within the Lawrence school district should have received the materials necessary to participate in the district's mail-ballot election concerning its local option budget. Voters have until noon Jan. 27 to return their ballots to the Douglas County clerk's office, 1100 Massachusetts St. In the ...

KNEA taking tenure battle into mixed judicial environment

Peter Hancock

The state's largest teachers union announced this week (sort of) that it plans to launch a legal fight over teacher tenure rights. But it will be doing so in a clouded judicial environment where two recent court rulings have gone in opposite directions. The Kansas National Education Association on Monday ...

Kansas teachers keeping close watch on North Carolina

Peter Hancock

In a case that is resonating with many teachers in Kansas, a judge in North Carolina last week struck down that state's new law that does away with traditional teacher tenure. As reported by the [Raleigh News & Observer][1], Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ruled that the law, enacted last ...

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