BLOOMINGTON — During a season of rambunctious holiday parties and lively school concerts, children with emotional and intellectual disabilities can miss out on the fun. Parents of students at High Road School — a private educational facility for children with physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral issues — asked if administrators could put together a holiday party for the children. The school, 1316 E. Empire St., did not disappoint. On Thursday, 38 students and about 25 teachers spent the day dancing to festive music, painting ornaments and chatting with Santa Claus. Click here to read the article in its entirety.
An instructional services company with a local office in Middletown has started a scholarship program for students attending Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools in Bucks County. Officials from Catapult Learning Inc. recently announced that it has endowed one $2,500 scholarship a year for the next 10 years. The awards will go to students at all grade levels "who, despite (learning or behavorial) challenges, put forth tremendous effort to achieve academic success," they added. The first scholarship has been awarded to Joleigh Yorkus, a fifth-grader at St. Joseph/St. Robert School in Warrington. Click here to read the article in its entirety.
The Lonedell R-XIV School District has implemented a new assessment tool that will help students, teachers, administrators and parents gauge student understanding of specific content taught. Superintendent Jenny Ulrich said the district has recently purchased an online testing tool called Evaluate by Catapult Learning. “Our district uses formative, summative and benchmark testing as part of our instructional program,” she said. “Formative assessments are tests that are given during a unit of instruction. These tests are typically made by the teacher or quizzes online. They are used to check for understanding as the class progresses through a unit of study. Click here [...]
Trenton R-9 Board of Education has approved a baseball field user agreement for two years; and a summer school contract for three years. For use of the Burleigh Grimes baseball field, Trenton R-9 will pay $200 per day, on game days only, to the Trenton Park Department which includes a one-time field preparation and rental. Eight baseball games are planned at home next spring. There will be no charge when Grimes is used for practices. After a review of the financially-successful summer school which had an average daily attendance of 246 pupils, the R-9 board approved a contract with the same [...]