Wednesday - December 13, 2017
K-12 Education

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Scholars Begin Second Year of Creating Free Home Libraries
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Dec. 12 -- Kansas City Public Schools issued the following news:

This week, more than 2,400 Kansas City Public Schools students will get free books to start or expand their own home libraries and build their reading skills thanks to My Very Own Library (MVOL), a literacy initiative dedicated to putting books into the hands of children in need.

This is the second school year for these students to benefit from the MVOL program, which is supported by the United Way of Greater Kansas City, Turn the Page KC, Lead to Read KC, Scholastic Book Fairs and Kansas City Public Schools. ... Show Full Article

SAUSD Has Lower Chronic Absentee Rate Than County, State New Report Shows
SANTA ANA, California, Dec. 12 -- The Santa Ana Unified School District issued the following news:

New figures released recenly by the state show that more students are consistently attending SAUSD schools on a daily basis compared to other districts in the county and state. SAUSD ended the year with a 6.3 percent chronic absentee rate, compared to the county average of 8.3 percent and the state average of 10.8 percent.

"This metric is indicative of our work as a District," said Sonia Llamas, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent of K-12 School Performance and Culture. "We have been a three-time Distinguished ... Show Full Article

Read Superintendent Chang's Letter on 2018-19 Start and End Times
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Dec. 12 -- Boston Public Schools issued the following news:

On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, Superintendent Tommy Chang issued the following letter to Boston Public Schools families about the recently announced 2018-19 school start time changes.

Dear Boston Public Schools Families:

Last Thursday, the Boston Public Schools (BPS) released the new start times at all BPS schools for the 2018-19 school year, which can be found online at This work is the result of 18 months of comprehensive analysis and community input. Our goal was to thoughtfully ... Show Full Article

North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts Presents the Nutcracker
FORT MYERS, Florida, Dec. 12 -- The Lee County School District issued the following news:

North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts welcomes members of the community to enjoy their special production of Tchaikovsky's two-act ballet, The Nutcracker.

The event is scheduled for 7:00p.m, Friday, December 15, 2017, at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Middle School Chamber Choir will perform holiday favorites in the lobby before the ballet. Jazz Band will perform in the lobby during intermission. NFMAA is a Lee County public school in the West Zone. This school is a vibrant part of the community ... Show Full Article

NFL Star's Foundation Boosts Athletics at Jerry Zucker
CHARLESTON, South Carolina, Dec. 12 -- Charleston County School District issued the following news:

J.J. Watt is known for taking down quarterbacks and disrupting opposing offenses in the NFL. The Houston Texans' star also made headlines earlier this year when he helped raise more than $37 million for hurricane and flood relief in the Houston area.

However, students and staff at Jerry Zucker Middle School (JZMS) will remember the All-Pro defensive lineman for something else; building up their athletic programs.

JZMS is receiving nearly $20,000 from the J.J. Watt Foundation to pay for uniforms ... Show Full Article

Florida Virtual School Employee Receives 20 Years of Dedicated Service Award
ORLANDO, Florida, Dec. 12 -- Florida Virtual School issued the following news release:

Florida Virtual School (FLVS(R)) recently recognized Jennifer Whiting, Chief Technology Innovation Officer, as its longest standing employee. As FLVS celebrates its 20th Anniversary, it recognizes its first-ever 20-year employee.

"Jen's hard work and years of dedication have really shaped FLVS into what it is today," said Dr. Jodi Marshall, president and CEO of FLVS. "Her commitment and devotion to the company and students is obvious in everything she does. Jen is a vital part of FLVS, and I am looking forward ... Show Full Article

BCPS Partners With the Brinker Education Initiative to Host Hispanic STEM Empowerment Day
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Dec. 12 -- Broward County Public Schools issued the following news release:

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), in partnership with the Brinker Education Initiative, presents Hispanic STEM Empowerment Day, on Saturday, December, 16, 2017, at Cooper City High School. The event is planned to celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), in the Hispanic and Latino communities, and to educate high school students and families about local STEM careers and opportunities

Hundreds of families are expected to attend the inclusive event, which aims to educate ... Show Full Article