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Archive for April, 2014

‘What a day for a daydream, custom made for a daydreamin’ boy or girl’

April 30, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

This electronic world we live in may be depriving us of a much-needed pastime: daydreaming. Psychologists say daydreaming helps us formulate goals and understand our deepest hopes, wishes and fears. It also contributes to creativity, social-emotional well-being and school performance. But researchers say distractions such as social media and video games may keep children from […]

Who knew craft time could be so educational?

April 30, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners | with 0 Comments

Pull out some crayons, scissors, glitter and glue, and you’ll do more than create bonding time with your preschooler. Researchers say creative time helps kids prepare for school and long-term success in subjects such as math, reading and writing. It’s no surprise that making crafts provides developmental benefits for children. Using a scissors to cut […]

School days should still have room for fun and celebration

April 30, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

It used to be all we ever really needed to know we learned in kindergarten, at least according to author Robert Fulghum. His famous essay (entitled, “All I Ever Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”) outlines some of those lessons, such as “Live a balanced life; learn some and think some; and draw […]

It’s spring, be wary of ticks

April 30, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

As the weather improves and children spend more time outdoors, it’s important to take precautions against the threat of Lyme disease. Lyme disease is an infection transmitted by deer ticks and the western black legged tick. Although other types of ticks carry Lyme bacteria, there is no evidence that their bites transmit the disease. According […]

April is National Autism Awareness Month

April 14, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Since the 1970s, the United States has recognized April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first three years of life and affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills. According to the Centers for […]

Professional development days good for teachers, and students

April 14, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

You look at the district calendar and see a staff development day on the schedule – again. Why is there another day off? you wonder. Before you get frustrated about how it will wreak havoc on your own schedule, it helps to understand why these days are part of every district’s yearly calendar. School districts […]

Parlez-vous français? Sprechen Sie Deutsch? ¿Habla usted español?

April 14, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Sophia Hsai knows first-hand the importance of learning a second language. “I came to the United States when I was 14, and I did not speak a word of English,” said Hsai. “That prevented me from communicating with people. It’s hard to get to know the culture when you don’t know the language, because language […]

State makes changes to immunization requirements

April 14, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary | with 0 Comments

Students entering kindergarten will now be required to have two doses of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine. That’s one of several changes to immunization requirements, according to the New York State Department of Health. The changes are effective July 1, 2014. Other changes include: Students entering kindergarten or 6th grade in the 2014-15 school year […]