K-12 Education

Exchange student from Germany embraces the foreign: football, Mandarin Chinese

Markus Lisske knew he already was adding on another year of academics by leaving his native Germany, coming to Lawrence and enrolling as a junior at Free State High School.So the exchange student figured he may as well strap on pads, put on a helmet and hurl his 150-pound frame into three-hour ...

First Bell: District’s new rooftop units ‘best’ available; teachers raise concerns about standards-based grading in middle schools; teacher cites ‘trust’ gap

Anyone wondering whether the Lawrence school district is getting a good deal on its 11 new rooftop heating and cooling units for district headquarters should rest assured that all is well, said Randy Masten, a member of the Lawrence school board.He called around. Checked out the specs. Reviewed ...

Southwest Middle School student transported to LMH after football injury

A Southwest Middle School student was transported by ambulance from the school to Lawrence Memorial Hospital just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Division Chief Lyle Schwartz of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical said that the student was transferred "as a precaution" with non-life-threatening ...

Lawrence schools score ‘Standard of Excellence’ from state

All but one of the Lawrence school district’s schools once again met the “Standard of Excellence” on state standardized tests for at least one grade level in at least one category.Like last year, only Kennedy School missed out on the Standard of Excellence in the district for each grade ...

Standards-based grading to face forum

Parents concerned about standards-based grades being used for sixth-graders in the Lawrence school district will get a chance to raise their objections, make their suggestions and listen for answers during an upcoming informational session.District administrators plan to conduct a forum, likely ...

Vintage Players reach audiences young and old

It’s hard to know who has more fun — the audience members who attend a performance by the Vintage Players, or the performers themselves. “We have a lot of laughs at our meetings,” says troupe member Agnes Engelmann. “We read things at our meetings we could never perform, but we get a ...

School board to review annual goals

Members of the Lawrence school board will consider setting a course — on paper — for their work during the coming year.Monday night, members are scheduled to review and approve their formal list of goals for the 2011-12 school year.The goals fall into three categories:Excellence, which ...

3 schools to mark Walk to School Day

Three elementary schools in the Lawrence school district are participating in International Walk to School Day, with parents, teachers and others working to encourage and enable children to get to class under their own power.Scheduled events Wednesday:• At Langston Hughes School, 1101 George ...

Consolidation group readies for school board conversation

Volunteers asked to study how to close at least two of six schools identified for potential consolidation soon could be asking their elected leaders for advice.Monday night, members of the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group agreed to form a subcommittee to ...

First Bell: Federal gridlock boosts Safe Routes to School program financing for year; Eudora teachers, district plan to meet over planning time; C-SPAN bus to make ‘campaign’ stops

Turns out gridlock in the nation’s capital helped ease the flow of money for some schools-oriented pedestrian- and bicycle-safety projects in Kansas, including an educational effort in Douglas County.The Kansas Safe Routes to School Program, administered by the Kansas Department of ...

Grant to help second-graders learn pedestrian safety

High school students will be recruited to help Douglas County second-graders understand how to safely walk, cross, run and play in areas where cars and trucks rule the road.The older students will be trained next spring in how to conduct safety meetings with second-graders at elementary schools ...