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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 ...

Presentation on legislation, funding effects on public schools to be held at library

Rochelle Valverde

Educate Lawrence, a local public education advocacy group, is organizing a presentation on Tuesday about funding and legislation affecting public schools in Kansas. Funding for Kansas public schools is the biggest category of spending in the state, and last year the Kansas Legislature repealed the funding formula that had been ...

South Middle School students compete to raise funds for new teen center; lots of Lawrence public school happenings for Friday

Rochelle Valverde

Loose change is not usually highly sought after by teenagers, but parents of sixth-graders at South Middle School may be noticing the contrary. The students have been competing in a “penny war” to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club Teen Center. The students have already raised more than ...

Lawrence Public Library's teen book club lets members write reviews to earn free new releases

Rochelle Valverde

For teens who like to read and write (and also like free books), the Lawrence Public Library has a book club that combines all of the above. This is the second and final year for the Teens’ Top Ten Book Club at the library, which allows participants to read (and ...

Lawrence students leave the classroom for the courtroom in re-enactment of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Rochelle Valverde

High school students filed into the old courtroom at the Douglas County Courthouse Wednesday morning, and took their seats as jury members at a trial that has played out many times before. Usually, the trial that is central to the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” proceeds with the turn of ...

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