MIDDLE SCHOOL BLACKBOARD AWARDS 2008

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Middle school can be a tough time between childhood and the teen years, when identities change, friendships shift and academics sometimes take a backseat to social life. The schools we honor this week, however, do a commendable job at ushering students through this tricky period, helping them navigate the transition to high school and adulthood. [&hellip
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THE BIG JUMP BACK

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Making the decision to return to school after several years can be a difficult one. It can require a significant devotion of effort, time and money. Now that many people may be facing staffing cuts and layoffs, it’s a more popular decision than ever. Returning students may seek to enrich their knowledge base and to [&hellip
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DECLINE IN HUNTER COLLEGE HS HOPEFULS

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Every January, hundreds of 6th graders flock to the Upper East Side to take a test for which only the city’s brightest qualify. While students at Hunter College are on winter break, the middle schoolers take over their classrooms with just one goal in mind: to qualify for one of 200 seats at nearby Hunter [&hellip
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PRESCHOOL BLACKBOARD AWARDS 2008

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While toddlers confront the ups and downs of sharing, preschool is also a time of growth for parents. Before the challenges of separation even set in, families must make tough choices about the right type of program for a child-and then take a savvy approach to the notoriously stressful admissions process. Both these issues are [&hellip
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SUMMERTIME, AND THE READING'S EASY-OR AT LEAST IT USED TO BE

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By Lydie Raschka I was going to rail against summer reading homework. I thought I’d complain about the school’s tentacle-like reach into our homes. The way assignments spoil the free-form pace of summer, leaving little wiggle room for boredom, the space in which new ideas flourish. Assigning books is a far cry from my childhood [&hellip
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BREAKING NEWS: Tina Fey Delivers Commencement Address at Local High School

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At this moment, 30 Rock-star and SNL alum Tina Fey is speaking at the Fieldston School’s graduation ceremonies. Fieldston, one of the city’s private, prestigious “Hill” high schools, counts a diverse menagerie of movers and shakers among its former students: everyone from the late photographer Diane Arbus, to the father of the atom bomb Robert [&hellip
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Teachers Hate Tests, Too

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The Hillary-Obama political ads will no longer be the only commercial attacks on television. Starting today, the New York City Teachers Union will begin their 30-second smear campaign against—get this—standardized tests! That’s right. Teachers against tests! What kind of world are we living in? What’s next? Friendly, patient NYC drivers? "A child’s mind is a [&hellip
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When the Bed Bites in the Night

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If you have woken up to itchy red welts, and rushed to the computer, desperately google-ing “bed bugs,” you are not alone.  Complaints of infestations have increased fourfold in the last two years, a problem the Department of Housing Preservation and Development plans to address in three seminars starting next Wednesday. For renters living in [&hellip
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City Officials Hope To Make School Cool

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In New York City’s ongoing plan to bribe students to do well, Mayor Bloomberg and his administration have just upped the ante (and the technology). According to a new proposal, the city will send encouraging text messages to minority and low-income students, and will offer them cell phones, sporting tickets, concert tickets, free minutes and [&hellip
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