It’s no secret that New Jersey takes high school theatre seriously — either you’ve lived that experience as a drama kid or as a parent. There’s a lot of talent, both on stage and behind, as the students at North Bergen showed in the innovative production of “Alien” that took the internet by storm. But if you’re looking to be wowed by a Broadway musical, look no further than Rahway High School’s magical performance of “Pippin.”In February, Rahway High School won NJ Advance Media’s competition to find some of the most talented high school students in New Jersey. And, as a reward for winning the competition, we promised to cover the musical when it happens.Rahway’s Youth Theatre Group transported me to the medieval world of Pippin, son of Charles, the king of the Holy Roman Empire, on Monday night.Pippin, played by Brandon Grajales, is a young prince looking for adventure and a sense of purpose in life, but every time … [Read more...] about Rahway’s ‘Pippin’ wows us. See why these high school kids won our competition.
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- “TWIGGY!” screams a bright yellow banner hanging from the ceiling at the IX Center, with an arrow directing visitors to a wading pool where every two hours, a waterskiing squirrel named Twiggy delights a crowd.Yes, a waterskiing squirrel. Two squirrels, actually: the ninth and tenth iterations of Twiggy, who over the last 40 years has traveled to boat and RV shows, festivals and fairs in all 48 continental states. Aside from the boats, they’re the stars of the Progressive Cleveland Boat Show, which runs through Monday.Outboard engines big deal for big boats at the Cleveland Boat ShowThe rodents take turns standing on a ski platform as a remote-control boat does laps around a floating umbrella in the wading pool. They wear lifejackets sewn out of beer coozies. But don’t worry, they’re excellent swimmers. And a Chihuahua-Dachsund mix named Roxie watches as lifeguard.“One of my favorite things is that the looks on the kids' faces … [Read more...] about Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel wows at Cleveland Boat Show
Jennifer Pignolet Memphis Commercial Appeal Published 2:41 PM EDT Nov 2, 2018 Dignitaries gathered. Guests flew in from out of town. Alumni and donors withstood a brisk afternoon outdoors to watch giant scissors slice through a green ribbon. All for a new courtyard at White Station High School. It was a scene common for a university or even a private high school. But at the public county school in East Memphis, the courtyard was more than a courtyard. The $225,000 project to renovate a communal space was the first executed by a group of parents who saw an opportunity for private funds — along with private control of projects — to help improve public schools. If they could promise donors naming rights, they reckoned, buildings in rough shape but far down on Shelby County Schools' staggering list of $500 million in deferred maintenance could receive a face lift. "It was hard to persuade people it would happen," said Richard … [Read more...] about East Memphis parents raise $225K for White Station High courtyard
Bob Elias, Adobe Stock The Utah State Board of Education stopped short of mandating that public schools conduct annual parent-child reunification drills, but it will require them to publish reunification plans on school websites and distribute them annually during school registration. Related Link Parent, child reunification drill next step in school safety? Utah State School Board to consider policy SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Board of Education stopped short of mandating that public schools conduct annual parent-child reunification drills, but it will require them to publish reunification plans on school websites and distribute them annually during school registration. The board on Thursday vigorously debated the proposal by board member Linda Hansen, who said conducting drills and publishing plans would give parents peace of mind about procedures if their child's school has to be evacuated in the event of an emergency. But others argued that a … [Read more...] about School board: No required parent-student reunification drills, but schools must publish plans
Lauren Castle and Sierra Juarez The Arizona Republic Published 1:00 p.m. UTC Jul 28, 2018 Displays of sharpened crayons, kitten-covered notebooks and fresh markers distract crowds at the front of stores, encouraging them to buy. It's that time of year again, when students beg for school supplies featuring their favorite Disney character, and parents and teachers panic at the cost. And this year in Arizona, as students return to school after a year that ended in a historic educator walkout, the issue of school supplies has gotten seriously political. Districts say the state isn't providing enough money for them to cover the cost of things like paper, Kleenex and dry-erase markers. Teachers say they aren't being paid enough to make up for the hundreds of dollars they spend out of their own pocket on classroom supplies. And some parents are frustrated that they're being asked to provide more and more supplies each year to cover the gap beyond just their … [Read more...] about Parents, teachers struggle to cover cost of school supplies