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2009-01-22 16:40:33

A federal judge in Texas has ruled that a school district must allow a 5-year-old American Indian kindergartner to wear his hair long for religious reasons. U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison ruled Tuesday that the Needville Independent School District violated state law and the U.S. Constitution by penalizing Adriel Arocha, 5, for religious beliefs that require him to keep his hair long, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. By the policy's terms, A.A. must wear his hair in his shirt...

2008-12-10 08:00:00

PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans overwhelmingly believe that schools have a major role to play in advancing the health of our nation's kids, and they are specifically concerned about the lack of recess and physical activity in schools, according to new polling results released today by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's leading public-health foundation and Sports4Kids, a national nonprofit that brings safe and healthy playtime to low-income elementary...

2008-10-23 15:00:23

BALTIMORE, Md., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The growing trend of rigorous academics and ever growing benchmarks in early-childhood education has led to a school day heavy in classroom instruction. Consequently, outdoor recess has been decentralized, and in some cases eliminated from the school day. This is not the case for the Jemicy School in Owings Mills, MD, which has proudly upheld outdoor play, specifically its exclusive "fort play," as one of the most significant aspects of its...

2008-09-29 06:00:28

By Banks Albach In an effort to build partnerships with other schools, the newly- formed Ravenswood Education Foundation began making friends this week. The foundation invited 70 Menlo School eighth-graders to the seven Ravenswood City School District campuses Friday, where they mingled with elementary students during recess, read aloud to kindergartners in class and shared ideas with their eighth-grade peers over lunch. The excursion was also part of Menlo's eighth-grade annual...

2008-09-12 15:00:24

By DANI MCCLAIN Reports that recess is vanishing as elementary schools strive to improve students' scores on standardized tests have been overblown, according to a national report released earlier this month. But high-poverty schools and those with high minority enrollment are most likely to cut recess from the daily schedule, according to "Time Out: Is Recess in Danger?" a report by the Virginia-based Center for Public Education. The report summarized recent data from sources including...

2008-08-22 15:00:17

By KIM ARCHER Coweta and Wagoner schools adopt a nutrition and exercise program. Even the superintendent of Coweta Public Schools expects his youngest children, Hanna and Hunter, to teach him a thing or two about healthy nutrition and exercise. "They will be nagging me, I know," said Jeff Holmes, who was on hand to announce that Coweta and Wagoner Public Schools started the CATCH program this year. "My 13-year-old son, Hayden, will probably put his two cents' worth, too." CATCH, which...

2008-08-07 15:00:46

A report by a U.S. non-profit group warns schools need to improve the food they serve and increase the amount of exercise opportunities offered. The report by Action for Healthy Kids comes two years after schools were federally mandated to implement "wellness policies" to improve nutrition at school and provide more opportunities for students to be physically active. The report said the vast majority of school administrators -- superintendents, board members and principals -- and school...

2008-08-02 03:00:26

By Campbell, Carole S KINDERGARTEN COUNTDOWN! By Educational Productions, Inc. (2007). (For home use only) www. kindergartencountdown. com 18 minutes; $19.99 Kindergarten Countdown! is a DVD designed for parents and their kindergarten-age children to view and discuss together. It is a short, lively production that answers many questions a prospective kindergartner might have. The presentation is organized according to the concerns children might have: Who else will be there? (The...

2008-07-25 03:00:13

NEWPORT, N.H. - When "spastic ball" starts, it's better to duck first and ask questions later. This is Old School P.E., a two-hour exercise program strictly for adults, built around grown-up versions of gym class staples. Participants say getting in shape is a bonus to the main attraction - a Friday night out with friends, away from the kids. "From the very beginning, we decided on a very small set of rules because we didn't want it to get that 'league' kind of feel," said co-founder...

2008-07-23 06:00:20

By Nanci Hellmich Fitness fireball Richard Simmons, 60, who has had people Sweatin' to the Oldies for years, will offer new ideas for pumping up physical education at a congressional hearing Thursday in Washington. "Some schools have 15 minutes two days a week for PE classes, and a lot of schools don't have recess," Simmons says. "When you take the physical activity and the recess away, these kids are just sitting in the classroom all day." He has talked to and surveyed parents,...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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