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After school is where it's at

“Hey mom! Don’t forget, I need a ride home from school today because I have my after-school club!”

February 02, 2014 12:00 am

Training to be a champion

Who do you consider to be a champion? What characteristics make them champions? In terms of an athletic champion one immediately thinks of devotion to practice and to the players around him or her, focus on the fundamentals, persistence even the body hurts and the brain is tired, courage to …

January 27, 2013 12:00 am

My first school experience: kindergarten

I remember fondly my kindergarten days in Mrs. Kravis' class at Myers Elementary. I cherish the memories I have of her teaching me, caring for me and nurturing me during my first year in school. I am grateful for my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Kravis, because she believed in me and fostered i…

March 25, 2012 12:00 am
A fresh coat

A fresh coat

Establishing a school environment that is warm, welcoming and puts kids first is a critical element to improving student achievement. Creating this environment includes making sure the building receives proper "cosmetic" enhancements that make the school feel like a comfortable place childre…

August 14, 2011 12:11 pm

The words kids need to hear

"I cherish you." "I believe in you." "You can count on me."

June 17, 2011 12:00 am

Spotlight on education

Education has always been in the crosshairs of politicians, media and the public eye. Report after report and editorial after editorial are published with conclusions and opinions like "The current educational system is failing our kids", "America's educational system must be reformed", or "…

January 07, 2011 12:00 am

Summer school is gift of time

This month, Portage Township Schools is providing summer school for more than 400 students in kindergarten through fifth grade and special education. Summer school helps these students keep their academic skills current and master skills they may have struggled with during the previous schoo…

July 16, 2010 12:00 am

Success not an option but an expectation

I was talking to a parent the other day, and she was sharing the wonderful joy she was experiencing in seeing and hearing her 2-year-old child just really starting to open up and talk, talk, talk, talk, talk. She said she had to pay close attention to many of the things her child was saying,…

June 27, 2008 12:00 am
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