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Lawrence school district prepares to launch first openly sourced class

Rochelle Valverde

Several district administrators and teachers participated in a conference on open source material in education last week as the district prepares to roll out its first class using only open sources. The conference was part of a U.S. Department of Education campaign, #GoOpen, to encourage states, school districts and educators ...

Video of Lawrence elementary students' projects gets national audience

Rochelle Valverde

There is a lot for a parent to remember in between the morning alarm and getting kids off to school, and hopefully this blog can become a helpful part of the daily routine. As some of you may have noticed, the K-12 education blog, First Bell, is now posted ahead ...

City expands bus route that serves three secondary schools

Rochelle Valverde

An expansion of a city bus route may make taking the bus an easier option for some students and families. Because of high ridership, the city is expanding route 7, which makes stops at three secondary schools. Buses on the route will now pass twice as often as before, with ...

Lawrence High students meet presidential candidate Bernie Sanders

Rochelle Valverde

Students from the Lawrence High School Young Democrats club got to see the political process up close Wednesday. Members of the club arrived early in the morning to ensure they’d be able to see Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Sanders gave a midday speech at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, ...

School climate surveys open to parents and community members

Rochelle Valverde

The Lawrence school district’s annual school climate surveys are being conducted. The surveys allow parents and community members to give anonymous feedback about their school. The surveys are pretty short, consisting of 10 multiple choice questions about the environment at the school. Here is a [link to an example][1]. Each ...

Various Kansas school districts ahead of Lawrence in student-device ratios

Rochelle Valverde

The Lawrence school district has been discussing plans to move to a 1-to-1 student-to-device ratio at the middle school level, but that step is behind some other districts in the state, according to a new survey. As reliance on technology for classwork and homework increases, so has the need to ...

Southwest students take home special award in national Future City competition

Rochelle Valverde

Several Southwest Middle School students took their ideas to Washington, D.C., last week. And those ideas had a lot to do with trash — specifically, using it to make energy. The student project was part of the Future City Competition, the theme of which was “Waste Not, Want Not,” and ...

Annual Prom Dress Drive accepting formalwear donations for area middle and high school students

Rochelle Valverde

Prom is coming up, and so is the annual Prom Dress Drive, which hopes to make the occasion more accessible for all students. The drive, which is organized by the Social Service League, is collecting donations of gently used formalwear, accessories and shoes. Donations can be dropped off at four ...

Pinckney Elementary School accepting donations ahead of annual 'Really BIG Sale'

Rochelle Valverde

The annual Pinckney Elementary “Really BIG Sale” is Saturday, and there are still a few more days left for those who’d like to donate items. Donations of garage-sale-type items can be dropped off at the school each morning for the rest of this week, and all day on Friday (remember, ...

Last day for superintendent applications; finalists to be announced in coming weeks

Rochelle Valverde

Tuesday is the last day for candidates to apply for the position of Lawrence public schools superintendent, and after that the process will start to move along a bit more quickly. Consultants with McPherson and Jacobson, the national firm the school district hired to aid in the search, have said ...

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