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Video of Lawrence elementary students’ projects gets national audience

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 of the start of each school ...

City expands bus route that serves three secondary schools

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 the frequency ...

Lawrence High students meet presidential candidate Bernie Sanders

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 ...

School climate surveys open to parents and community members

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. ...

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

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 ...

Southwest students take home special award in national Future City competition

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 ...

Pinckney Elementary School accepting donations ahead of annual ‘Really BIG Sale’

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

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 ...

New open gym session to be held early-release Wednesdays

There is a new gymnastics open gym time for early-release day from Lawrence public schools. Open gym for children ages 6-12 will be held on Wednesdays from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. at Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane. During open gym, children can work on the bars, balance beams, ...

Lawrence school district hosting social media nights for parents

If the only meaning you know of the words "snap" and "tweet" are something you might hear, you may want to consider attending one of the Lawrence school district’s upcoming social media nights for parents. Because, odds are, there is a lot of tweeting and snapping going on across the screen ...

Lawrence organizations holding camps for upcoming schools-out days

Lawrence public school elementary and middle school students have a few days off coming up, and several organizations are offering camps or activities. There is no school for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade on Feb. 19, and no school for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade on Feb. 25 ...

Free State to host student discussion on race and the Confederate flag

A discussion about race and the Confederate flag will be held for Free State High School students Wednesday morning. A Free State student had been displaying the Confederate flag from a makeshift flagpole on his truck that he parked on campus. After about a week of the display, school ...

Lawrence advocacy group to host discussion on public education legislation

Educate Lawrence, a local public education advocacy group, is hosting a discussion next week about legislation affecting K-12 education in Kansas. Funding for Kansas public schools is the biggest category of spending in the state, and several significant changes — consolidation of the ...