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Back to School and the Need for Sleep

Back to School and the Need for Sleep

Many students here in Buffalo and Western NY have already returned to school and some will return next week, parents will begin that all too familiar fight in the morning of rousing the sleeping. But is there science behind their need for more sleep. According to the Mayo Clinic yes there is a scientific explanation, not that children are pushing the boundaries of the rules.

Parents have you noticed that it seems your child has mood swings when they are tired? If your child isn’t getting enough sleep then those mood swings could be a direct result. There is more, sleep deprivation can have serious consequences, such as difficultly concentrating and learning, staying awake in class, and cause behavioral problems.

Back to School: It's High School, We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

Back to School: It's High School, We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

As the school year approaches parents everywhere are mentally preparing themselves for their “babies” going back to school. Yes parents even the transition into high school is just as scary as the first day of kindergarten, just with fewer tears. As children reach those big milestones, parents get that small tug at their heart.

The transition to high school can be difficult. Some children transition with no issues others have trouble in many areas. The NYS Parental Information & Resource Center has released a fact sheet on the transition to high school. The transition to high school is probably the most critical in that ninth grade seems to be the crucial year in terms of the high school dropout rates. More students fail ninth grade than any other grade.

Beyond Textbooks and Dorm Assignments: What College Students Need to Know

Beyond Textbooks and Dorm Assignments: What College Students Need to Know

Sending a child away to college is never easy, but you can make the transition a little easier by having a heart-to-heart conversation with your college-bound student before he or she leaves the nest. Following are some topics for discussion, courtesy of Feroleto Law, that will help your child avoid potential pitfalls down the road:

Driving

• Does your college student know what to do if they are in an accident? They should exchange insurance information with the other driver; get medical treatment to rule out any injuries; and take photographs of injuries, vehicles and the location of the accident if it can be done safely.

Just Buffalo Literary Center Working to Raise $5,000 by Aug. 31st to Publish "Wordplay"

Just Buffalo Literary Center Working to Raise $5,000 by Aug. 31st to Publish "Wordplay"

Buffalo, NY—Just Buffalo Literary Center can hear the clock ticking. By 5 PM on August 31st, they need to raise $5,000 to help students in Western New York see themselves in print. Just Buffalo is partnering with Kickstarter -- the internet pledging website for creative projects -- to support the publication of Wordplay, the annual anthology of student writing which highlights the most powerful work from the organization's K-12 writers-in-education program.

Catholic School Alumni Invited to 2011 All School Reunion

Catholic School Alumni Invited to 2011 All School Reunion

Alumni who attended Catholic elementary schools throughout the Diocese of Buffalo will converge on the Hearthstone Manor in Depew on September 23 for “The Spirit We Share – Reunion 2011.” Sponsored by the Catholic Alumni Partnership (CAP) of the Diocese of Buffalo, the event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Bishop Edward U. Kmiec will welcome the attendees and offer a special blessing.

This is the second annual reunion. Last year, about 250 alumni representing 85 past and present Catholic elementary schools attended the gathering.

Should Teacher Be Dismissed for Dissing Students?

Should Teacher Be Dismissed for Dissing Students?

My students are out of control. They are rude, disengaged, lazy whiners.

Should this English teacher be dismissed for dissing students on her blog? As a former high school English teacher myself, I give her an A+ for summarizing the state of American secondary education in such a direct, pithy manner.

What's your opinion? Read. Discuss. Add comments below.

 

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) - An English teacher suspended over blog postings in which she referred to students as "disengaged, lazy whiners" was reinstated because she has a legal right to her job, but dozens of students have already asked to be kept out of her classes, school officials said Wednesday.

Requests from students who ask not to be placed in Natalie Munroe's English and debate classes will be honored, Central Bucks East High School Principal Abe Lucabaugh said at a news conference.