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The best of your ‘Worst Poetry’

I really thought I'd get more submissions than I did for bad poetry. Thought the commenters would be all over this one. Hands down, this was my favorite of the entries I got. If you're a regular on the comment boards, the author will look familiar. "I wake up all too often and have to ...

It’s Bad Poetry Day – what you got to say?

So, I stumbled upon the the worst poetry in Chicago and it's pretty terrible. The first one is about Oprah and it's hysterical. Turns out today is Bad Poetry Day! I want your worst poetry. You can email me or just post your worst in the comments. I promise to read them all and post some of ...

Films, retirements and plants — oh, my!

There's quite a few events going on in the next few weeks in Lawrence public schools, so I thought I'd put a bug in your ear about some of them. Tonight at 7 p.m. the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club is hosting a fundraiser/student film premiere of their original work titled "Welcome to L.A." ...

Getting ready for Earth Day…

So, Lawrence celebrated Earth Day this weekend, but really Earth Day is tomorrow. How much do you know about the environment? Check out this Connections Academy Quizbowl Challenge, which will put you to the test. Really, it's geared toward kids, so maybe see if your kids know more than you. ...

Hey, teachers! Need some extra cash? Here’s how

Are you a teacher? Have an awesome idea for your kids but don't have the extra money to do it? U.S. Cellular is here to help. It launched its "Calling All Teachers" campaign, which will funnel $1 million (how very Dr. Evil of them) to teachers across the country for classroom materials and ...

For sale: LHS engineering students

I know I've raved about Lawrence High's college prep engineering class before and how they win everything and could design their way out of a cardboard box, but to show off all their skills, they need to make it to the Global Construction Challenge in Knoxville, Tenn. They swept up at KC ...

School board forum leftovers

So, if I would have included everything in my article about the school board forum Monday night, it would have been unbearably long. Here's a quick rundown of the questions asked and where each candidate stood on the issue. (I listed the candidates alphabetically to keep it fair.)The ...

Federal stimulus package has $100 billion for education

On Friday, Kansas Commissioner of Education Alexa Posny told school districts that the federal stimulus package includes about $100 billion for education. But, the money won't just rain down from above — it's targeted to specific areas. Here's the breakdown:- $10 billion for Title I- $12.2 ...

Outstanding teachers will bank thanks to KU Credit Union

Oh, how I love school board meetings. Going to them, sitting through them, thinking about them ... the list goes on. I usually know what's going to happen during them because the agenda is out before hand and I'm always in the know. (Hello, it's my job.)But last night, the board and ...

LHS engineering kids bring home more hardware

Let me tell you something, the Lawrence High college prep engineering students are amazing.First, they cleaned up at the KU engineering competition in October. And the boys have a pretty sweet sense of humor too. They totally helped me out on my stand-up. (I tried to be funny — they were ...

Kids get their spell on this weekend

I'm pretty p-u-m-p-e-d for this Saturday. Yes, the KU men's basketball team is taking on Oklahoma State, but it's what's going down before the game that I'm excited about.The 2009 Douglas County Spelling Bee. WOOT!That's right. The cream of the Douglas County crop (specifically Baldwin, Eudora, ...

Drop 10 friends, get a free burger

Kids love their social networking -- Facebook, MySpace, they're Twittering (which, by the way, I still don't get) and doing all sorts of stuff online. Just last week, it was announced that Facebook has 150 million users worldwide. Advertisers are sure to follow with those numbers for ...

Kids are germy, and I guess adults aren’t much better

Yesterday, a co-worker walked into the News Center and said the worst words I could ever imagine: "I'm sick." (Okay, that's not the worst thing ever, but you know what I mean.)Now, mind you, it's winter and it's cold and blah, blah, we're all expected to get sick. Once I had my tonsils removed ...

Teen dating — outdated?

OK, so I understand I'm young. 23. Practically a baby. Graduated high school in 2003. I participated in the whole anti-dating teen dating thing that goes on these days. We didn't go on "dates" — it was hanging out. And we usually weren't alone — we were with 10 of our closest friends, and ...

Top five K-12 education stories of 2008

We're counting down the top five stories on various topics today as part of an annual recap of the top stories of the year we'll do later this month. Join the conversation by letting us know what we missed or what stories you think are important by posting a comment, below.5. More than 2,000 ...

The Newest Love Doctor: 9-year-old Alec Greven

I've decided that a 9-year-old boy has the best love advice I've ever heard. His name is Alec Greven and you might have seen him on the Ellen Degeneres Show or CNN. His first book, "How To Talk to Girls," is a pop sensation.Of course, I went out and bought a copy to read over lunch. Forty-six ...

iTunes U — Learning outside the classroom

As I was making my education blog rounds, I stumbled upon Alexander Russo's This Week in Education and took a lesson on iTunes U, which launched last spring.Basically, it's a bunch of free podcasts and videos from colleges, universities and educational organizations around the world, covering a ...

Free State election concludes with many lessons learned

Front pages across the world blared "Obama" yesterday, following Barack Obama's historic victory in the U.S. presidential race.Lost in the din of the historic moment was the [mock election][1] results at Free State High School. Students in Bobby Nichols' AP Politics course conducted the ...

Take your kids to the polls tomorrow

[Kids Voting][1] is awesome. It didn't exist where I [grew up][2] and I was one of those kids that would have loved the chance to vote, even if it didn't technically count. My parents didn't exactly stress the importance of voting, but I definitely picked it up on my own and even loaded down my ...

Free State candidates make final push

With only one day to go until the polls open (and close), the candidates are making their final pushes to connect with voters. [And at Free State High School, the mock campaign continues.][1]Andrew Schoneweis, a senior in Bobby Nichols' AP Politics course, [sent me this video propping up mock ...