Chicago Weather: Cold School Bus Problems Leave Suburban Kids In Park Ridge, Niles, Frankfort, New Lenox With No Ride

Syracuse’s H.W. Smith School reopens after $30 million renovation

The district’s superintendent says early Wednesday morning, the district called the bus company to double-check and make sure the buses were rolling. But they weren’t. “I was appalled. Totally unacceptable situation, embarrassed on part of the district for the failure of the bus company to be able to provide such a valuable service to our students,” said Supt.
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Keeping Children Busy When School is Closed

So children in second grade should spend 20 minutes on homework and children in twelfth grade should spend 120 minutes. Meet with your children’s teachers At the start of each term or school year meet with your children’s teachers to decide: The maximum amount of time your children should spend on homework. What subject or subjects to prioritize. What adaptations to homework can be made – for example, instead of having children write complete sentences, adapt homework so children only have to fill in the blanks?
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School bus problems reported in Park Ridge-Niles

“It’s all smart boards, white boards and bulletin boards.” Sound systems in each room allow teachers to use a cordless microphone during class — and to pass it to students so they can be heard as well. Acoustic panels on the walls absorb ambient sound. For all that, the school will still have to use portable classrooms when pre-kindergartners arrive next year.
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Managing homework when your children have special needs

Most of the children attend the La Brea Roman Catholic Primary School and the Brighton AC Primary School, where the doors were opened as usual yesterday. We have been told that there was school as usual but it is just our children in the area who were affected who could not attend, said Kebo Joseph, whose three nephews stayed at home and also because their mother, Melissa Joseph, is hospitalised after becoming ill. At Coffee Beach, where the brunt of the spill had covered the rocky coast, clean up operations continued.
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La Brea schoolchildren stay home

Her parents, James and Donna, said its one of her favorite places to come play. She’s like already ready and got her stuff and she’s ready for the door. And I didn’t even have the car heated up yet, James Wilson said, noting that they had visited a friends house the day before but didnt know what they could do to stay occupied Tuesday when school in Boyd County was closed again. Workers at the movie theater in Ashland said they had seen more customers and more children because of school being closed.
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Polar Vortex Reveals Kids Aren’t Bored With School—They’re Just Bored

Wripley knew that schools were not solely to blame. The boredom of teenagers is a well-known phenomenon, with certain kids suffering more acutely than others. Wripley wrote, “Some people are more likely to experience boredom than others. Boredom is a function, then, not only of a dull situation but of a persons general dispositionjust like anxiety.” Wripley came right out and said, “Twitter is littered with bored-at-home Tweets, too, some of them from kids cutting class.” Looking for solutions to the widespread disengagement expressed by students, Wripley cites a rare 2010 study that revealed two ways that teens responded to boredom.
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Texas judge takes children from parents over home schooling

According to an update on the Support the Tutts Facebook page, The judge found no abuse or neglect and agreed the children should not have been removed. Four of the children will be returned to the Tutt family. The children who did not return include the two children whose adoptions were pending and the oldest child from a previous marriage who is is currently with his father. However, the children are to remain in public school pending further educational evaluations. Lambert says that this case should be a cause of concern for all home school families, since all it takes is an anonymous phone call to have a family under investigation by CPS and if, with no evidence of abuse or neglect, a judge or CPS can remove children simply by alleging that the children are behind academically, then many families could be at risk. This article is the copyrighted property of the writer and Communities @ WashingtonTimes.com.
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