What School Nurses Are Saying About Back to School

Back to school brings bandages, bumps and bruises, but it also brings meeting students’ needs for sensory challenges, chronic conditions such as diabetes and food allergies, emotional needs such as anxiety and depression, and battling infectious diseases — including COVID. What should families know for the 2022-2023 school year? These school nurses will tell you themselves. School nurses need up-to-date information on a student’s needs — including medical conditions, changes in the home, and other…

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Don’t Miss These October Events Around Boston

Fall is finally here, and it’s a wonderful time of year to get outside, enjoy the weather and foliage, and have some fun as a family. Check out our list of autumn events and activities happening around Boston in October 2022. Halloween on the Hill at Long Hill When: Wednesdays through Sundays starting 9/30/22 and ending 10/31/22 Where: Long Hill–572 Essex Street, Beverly, MA Age: all ages Cost: Adults $27/$22, Children (Age 3-13) $10, Children…

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How to Organize A Planner for School

Maintaining a planner for school can help you complete all of your assignments on time. Once you’ve chosen the type of planner you want, create sections for each subject and fill in all the information you already have. Each day you can look at what’s on the agenda and add any new information. Things like color-coding your planner and making sure to add all types of obligations will also help you stay on top of…

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New COVID Protocols in MA as Students Begin School

The first day of school for thousands of students in Massachusetts has already come and gone as school districts across the state prepare for another academic year to get underway while co-existing with COVID-19. As children in Worcester, Lawrence, Fitchburg, and several other districts headed back to the classroom Monday, there are a number of changes in COVID-19 protocols in schools that parents may want to take note of. There is no longer a statewide…

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What Do the New Charter School Rules Mean?

Incoming charter schools will have to gather community input and prove they aren’t managed by a for-profit company to receive federal funding under the Biden administration’s finalized Charter School Program rules. The U.S. Department of Education’s final notice on the new regulations published July 1 is the latest development in the controversy surrounding charter school rules. Since the proposed charter school rules were published for public comment in March, charter school advocates—including a group of…

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Questions About the FAFSA? We Have You Covered

For those families applying for financial aid, you should plan to fill out the 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA, and the 2023-2024 CSS Profile. Both applications open on October 1, 2022. While the FAFSA and CSS Profile help determine need-based financial aid, some colleges may require them to be considered for non-need-based merit scholarships as well. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA, is a…

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5 Benefits of Young Language Learners

During development a child’s mind is a veritable sponge, absorbing knowledge in ways adult brains simply cannot.  This is why it’s an ideal stage to start learning a new language! Here are five key points that make learning foreign languages at an early age so valuable. 1. Better language acquisition. A child who learns a foreign language at a young age (from birth to about 10 years old) will pick it up much easier, and…

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How to Teach September 11th to a New Generation

When teacher Brandon Graves in Louisville, Kentucky, talks with his elementary school students about the attacks of September 11th, 2001, he tells them where he was that day — in Washington, D.C., a freshman at Howard University, where he could smell smoke from the Pentagon. Teaching K-12 students about the attacks on September 11th has always been difficult, but time has brought a new challenge: students today have no memories of that day. So how…

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How Staying with the Same Teacher Benefits Students

It started with a fourth grade read-aloud book. It ended with a fifth grade class who had become what Bierbaum Elementary School teacher Jennifer Osborn described as a family. What happened in between was an unplanned, student-driven experiment, testing a practice educators call looping, or moving students from one grade to the next with the same teacher. In January 2021, Osborn’s Saint Louis County students had just finished a semester of remote and hybrid learning…

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COVID-19 Learning Update: Fall 2022

What do we know about how kids are catching up at school as the pandemic drags on? The good news, according to the latest achievement data, is that learning resumed at a more typical pace during the 2021-22 school year that just ended. Despite the Delta and Omicron waves that sent many students and teachers into quarantine and disrupted school, children’s math and reading abilities generally improved as much as they had in years before…

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