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2008-09-03 18:00:32

By Richard C Dujardin; Kristen Geremia NORTH PROVIDENCE -- Teachers and youngsters settled into their new surroundings yesterday as the School Department rolled out its first full-day kindergarten program in its six elementary schools. The move toward a full-day program after years of splitting classes into morning and afternoon sessions entailed not only hiring six new teachers, but buying all the things that typically go into a kindergarten classroom, from chairs, tables and books to...

2008-09-03 18:00:32

By ALISHA A PINA EAST PROVIDENCE -- Not every local elementary school-bound child will start today. Six kindergartners will stay at home for the first couple of days of school because the district does not have enough room. Its 17 full-day and half-day classes are full with 25 children each, for a total of 425 kindergartners. It is the second year in a row that some of the city's youngest students were initially spaced out. East Providence had to hire another kindergarten teacher...

2008-09-03 00:00:20

By Joe Surkiewicz Since 1975, federal law dictates that when making placement decisions about children with disabilities, educators need to look first at the school the child would attend if he or she didn't have a disability. And if that law were followed -- and children with disabilities weren't segregated into separate classrooms away from their peers -- the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education wouldn't be in existence. Instead, it's celebrating its 20th anniversary. "In many...

2008-09-01 18:00:22

By Richard Locker NASHVILLE - National education groups have given Tennessee's pre- kindergarten program high grades since it began nearly a decade ago - but two new studies present somewhat contrasting reviews of the program that has been a top priority of Gov. Phil Bredesen. One organization, Washington-based Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, issued a report earlier this month indicating that high-quality pre- kindergarten like Tennessee's is the most effective means of increasing high...

2008-08-31 03:00:20

By Kevin Butler LAKEWOOD - Kindergarten teacher Hito Zapata sat before a group of about 35 students at Riley Elementary School last week. "Have you had a wonderful week?" he asked them. "Yes!" they replied enthusiastically. "So are you all excited and ready for school?" he followed up. The students gave another resounding "Yes!" Only the students were not in school yet. They were taking part in a special program, occurring a week before classes start, designed to prepare incoming...

2008-08-30 09:00:54

By Katherine Ulmer Staff Writer WASHINGTON TWP., Montgomery County -- The sun was barely up over the horizon when school office worker Connie Langford and principal Stephanie Owens arrived at Primary Village South around 7 a.m. Aug. 20, the first day of the 2008-09 school year. Staff and teachers at the school had been working for weeks preparing for the "big day" when 350 kindergarten and 390 first- graders would arrive for the new school year. Her job -- after 11 years as principal,...

2008-08-29 03:00:44

By Al-Shammari, Zaid Yawkey, Thomas D This research study investigates the degree to which parental involvement impacts students' levels in special education programs in Kuwait. More specifically, this research discusses several scientific methods for research included within the significance of the study and research questions for this study. Research methods and results using a participant sample indicated some interesting results. The study showed that parents of special needs children...

2008-08-28 15:00:58

By Jennifer Gokhman Josh Watson has been a student at Tracy Learning Center since it opened in 2001. He started with Discovery Charter School when it began, and he is about to graduate from Millennium High School. Watson, a senior, has seen the campus grow from 125 students in fifth and sixth grades to nearly 1,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Currently, the waiting list is long, Watson said. Students may have to wait two years or more to be able to attend schools at...

2008-08-28 15:00:57

By Leslie H. Dixon HEBRON - Beth Dearborn was as excited as any of the 3,600 SAD 17 students who were starting their first day of the new school year this week when she sat at her desk in the Hebron Station School on Wednesday. "What a wonderful opportunity for learning," she said as elementary grade students and those in grades seven and nine started their first day of school Wednesday, followed Thursday by high school students and those in grade eight. Dearborn, who is beginning her...

2008-08-28 09:01:05

It seems to me, as a 21-plus year special education and elementary education teacher, that the problems that confront our schools begin in the home. Children starting kindergarten already have a large discrepancy in skills before they come to us. Why don't we encourage parents to spend quality time reading with their children and talking to their children? Many children come from homes where their primary needs go unsatisfied, and we expect them to love to learn when they are worried about...


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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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