Sunday, January 16, 2022

Academics

Deadly tornadoes rip IL, 5 other states

Storms brought killer tornadoes to IL, Ky., and several other areas in the area, killing 70 in Ky., destroying buildings, uprooting trees.

A long partial lunar eclipse occurred this morning

Friday morning's partial lunar eclipse was one of the longest partial lunar eclipses ever and the longest in several hundred years.

Helping students engage with informational texts

Scaffolding is a technique successful teachers use in order to make nonfiction, informational text passages more accessible.

Young Investors Society promotes financial literacy

Do you know how to invest in stocks? Not surprisingly, the strategies apply to many business ideas and managing your finances in general.

On the California math wars

Calif. touched off a dispute over new draft math guidelines that seek to de-emphasize calculus in high school and algebra in middle school.

Arts

A Christmas parody from Nanook the Huskie

There is still the spirit of Christmas in students and those who work in schools, even as the celebratory nature of the holiday is denied to health care workers.

12 Angry Jurors on a live stage in Bethesda

There's still doubt about live performances in indoor auditoriums. Some schools can do it, others can't. A Md. school was unsure until the last minute.

The bands are back in Macy’s 95th parade

Live marching bands have returned to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We give thanks for the many obstacles they have been able to overcome.

34 bands, 3 from IL, in semifinals at Grand Nationals

The Bands of America Grand National Championships proceed to the semifinal round this morning. It's a long day and a warm welcome back.

Athletics

Leah Hayes swims girls’ 200-yd. IM in under 2 minutes

New records were set at the girls' swimming finals Saturday, including the 1st time a swimmer posted a time under 2 mins. in the 200-yd IM.

IL girls’ volleyball gives Metea Valley 1st state title

IL has girls' volleyball champs, and history was made at several schools, after a year of having no volleyball state title.

Chicago Public Schools closed Wednesday

Chicago Public School students stayed home Wednesday, following a vote by teachers not to report to work due to the pandemic.

Surgeon general warns of youth mental health issues

A mental health crisis among youth is rising. It would be a shame if we move past one public health crisis and enter another.

Top 11 school headlines of 2021

Here's our annual look at what we consider the top school news stories for this calendar year. Once again, the Covid-19 pandemic dominated our lives.

A Christmas parody from Nanook the Huskie

There is still the spirit of Christmas in students and those who work in schools, even as the celebratory nature of the holiday is denied to health care workers.

Recent Stories

Holiday baking suggestions from IL students

Recipes and other uses for cookies and baking come rolling in during the holiday season. Here's a sampling from Illinois high schools.

Guns brought to 2 Md. high schools

In 2 separate incidents, a parent and a high school student brought guns onto the property of two Md. high schools within the last week.

Aberdeen students stage walkout over sexual assault

Students in a Md. h.s. protest over how the district and school are handling allegations of sexual assault and harassment on and off campus.

Deadly tornadoes rip IL, 5 other states

Storms brought killer tornadoes to IL, Ky., and several other areas in the area, killing 70 in Ky., destroying buildings, uprooting trees.

Student Reports

Holiday baking suggestions from IL students

Recipes and other uses for cookies and baking come rolling in during the holiday season. Here's a sampling from Illinois high schools.

12 Angry Jurors on a live stage in Bethesda

There's still doubt about live performances in indoor auditoriums. Some schools can do it, others can't. A Md. school was unsure until the last minute.

IL girls’ volleyball gives Metea Valley 1st state title

IL has girls' volleyball champs, and history was made at several schools, after a year of having no volleyball state title.

Piqua H.S. band performs at BOA Grand Nationals

Bands of America presents the Pride of Piqua, Ohio, on the largest marching band stage in the country. Their show was about the number "2."

1st girls’ wrestling tournament in IL on Nov. 27

IL now sanctions a state title series in girls' wrestling at the high school level, and in this inaugural season, schools are getting ready.

Young Investors Society promotes financial literacy

Do you know how to invest in stocks? Not surprisingly, the strategies apply to many business ideas and managing your finances in general.

Indian Americans mark the holiday of Diwali

The celebration of the Hindu holiday of Diwali means different things to different religions, but it is the triumph of light over darkness.

Pfizer vaccine approved for children 5–11

High school students and governors say elementary school students should get vaccinated against Covid-19, now that the vaccine is approved.

Sharing, honoring pronoun usage means a lot

The use of appropriate chosen names and pronouns to refer to transgender students is critical and could help their mental health.

Entrepreneurs rise at Stephen Decatur H.S.

The entrepreneurial drive is strong in young people, some of whom try to start small business ventures while in high school.

Día de los Muertos honors dead loved ones

Mexicans and others in Latin America as well as in the US celebrate the Day of the Dead to honor deceased relatives and friends.

Maryland & Illinois

Chicago Public Schools closed Wednesday

Chicago Public School students stayed home Wednesday, following a vote by teachers not to report to work due to the pandemic.

Guns brought to 2 Md. high schools

In 2 separate incidents, a parent and a high school student brought guns onto the property of two Md. high schools within the last week.

Aberdeen students stage walkout over sexual assault

Students in a Md. h.s. protest over how the district and school are handling allegations of sexual assault and harassment on and off campus.

Is a knife in school a sign of mental illness?

A student at a Maryland high school has been charged with assault and possession of a deadly weapon on school property following an incident Thursday.

Baltimore Co. bus drivers call out again in protest

School bus drivers in Maryland have reached their limit of patience over low pay, safety, and retention problems with large school districts in the state.