K-12 Education

Judges exceedingly impressed with this year’s All-Stars

Rand Ziegler knows it sounds cliché, but he thinks this year’s nominees for the Journal-World’s Academic All-Star honors are the best he has come across. Additional 2012 Academic All-Star coverage2012 Academic All-Stars are impressive, humbleFree State’s Ruben Ghijsen is 2012’s top ...

2012 Academic All-Star nominees

Additional 2012 Academic All-Star coverage2012 Academic All-Stars are impressive, humbleFree State’s Ruben Ghijsen is 2012’s top Academic All-StarFrom Dakar to D.C. to Eudora, 2002’s academic all-stars continue pursuit of excellenceJudges exceedingly impressed with this year’s ...

School board to look at expanding full-day kindergarten to all elementaries

By the start of next school year, full-day kindergarten could be available at all elementary schools in the Lawrence school district. On Monday night, the Lawrence school board will be asked to extend the full-day kindergarten program to the remaining four schools who don’t have it: Sunset ...

Teachers ask district for $3,250 pay boost

Teachers in the Lawrence school district would like to see a $3,250 raise next year.That was the offer made Wednesday night by members of the teachers’ union, the Lawrence Education Association. The union asked that the school district keep in place the one-time, $1,000 bonus given to ...

LHS senior awarded sponsored National Merit Scholarship

A Lawrence High School senior is one of 1,000 high school students from across the country to receive a corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship. Leah Anne Towle was awarded a National Merit Macy’s Inc. Scholarship. Corporate-sponsored scholarships are given to students whose parents ...

Autograph collection to be auctioned off to buy exercise gear

Whether you are a fan of supermodel Cindy Crawford, celebrity chef Paula Deen, jazz musician Wynton Marsalis or Royals Hall-of-Famer George Brett, there’s a piece of memorabilia with their autograph on it going up for auction.For more than five years, Free State High School physical education ...

Drivers education class registration is Saturday

Enrollment for summer driver’s education instruction will be from 8:30 am. to 11 a.m. today at Free State High School, 4700 Overland Drive.The Lawrence school district will offer two summer sessions. The class runs from May 31 to June 29. The first session will be from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and ...

High school graduation dates to change in 2013

The tradition of when Lawrence and Free State high school graduates flip their tassels is in for a change.On Monday, the board approved moving the district’s 2013 graduation date from a Sunday afternoon in late May to a weekday evening.Free State High School Principal Ed West and Lawrence ...

Article co-authored by KU professor speaks to need for ESL teachers

As Kansas and the rest of the country prepare for major demographic shifts, training for bilingual or multilingual students in the classroom shouldn’t be limited to a single assignment or college course, one Kansas University professor argues.Instead, the tools should be integrated throughout ...

Lawrence school board asked to take vote on consolidation

Time’s up. After two and half years of discussion, the Lawrence school board is being asked to take a formal vote on whether to consolidate its smaller elementary schools. “Board officers feel like it is time to make a decision,” Superintendent Rick Doll said. “Everyone has the ...

Sunflower School principal announces resignation

Sue Hosey resigned Friday from her position as principal of Sunflower School. Hosey had been in the position for more than three years but is leaving to explore other professional opportunities. “I will truly miss the students at Sunflower Elementary,” Hosey said. “Being their principal ...

LHS grad a rising star in the field of astronomy

What’s at the end of the universe?It’s a question that Idan Ginsburg remembers asking years ago as an elementary school student attending a summer course at Kansas University. As he recalls, the college students leading the session didn’t give a very satisfying answer.“I’m still ...

Rain washes out Wednesday sporting events

A number of afternoon sporting events have been called off Wednesday due to inclement weather in Lawrence.The Wednesday home quad for Lawrence High’s boys tennis team was postponed and rescheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday.Topeka schools Washburn Rural, Seaman and West were scheduled to compete ...

State testing postponed because of late NCAA championship game

Lawrence school district students had the Jayhawks to thank for a slight reprieve in state assessment testing. A number of elementary schools postponed state assessments that were scheduled for Tuesday for fear that students would come in groggy or miss school entirely after Monday’s NCAA ...

High school student from Lawrence named Achievement Scholar

A Lawrence resident who attends Topeka High School is among 800 black American high school seniors to be recognized as an Achievement Scholar through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Nicholas Henriquez was named as an Achievement Scholar for his record of accomplishments and ...

First of kindergarten roundups in Lawrence set for Wednesday

For parents of children who are about to enter school, kindergarten roundup begins this week for elementary schools in Lawrence.On Wednesday, Pinckney will hold the first kindergarten roundup, an event that gives parents and their children a chance to familiarize themselves with the school, ...

Southwest Middle School names new principal

Kristen Ryan, a learning coach for the Lawrence school district, has been named the new principal at Southwest Middle School.Ryan, whose appointment is pending approval by the school board, will replace longtime Southwest principal Trish Bransky. Last month, Bransky announced her retirement, ...

High school senior turns science savvy into prize-winning research

Sarina Farb, a home-schooled high school senior who also takes classes at Free State High School, wasn’t caught up with March Madness or the Jayhawks’ run to the Final Four during spring break.“I just don’t have time for it,” she said.Instead, she was busy winning the grand prize at ...