Saturday, August 25, 2012
Check out our interactive database to see how students in Stow and other local districts performed on the last state report card.
As students get ready to head back to school, parents want to make sure the youngest learners are getting off to a good start. Check to see how well your child’s elementary school performed on the 2010-2011 state report card by searching the database above. All public schools in Patch districts below the middle school level have been included. For Stow, this includes Echo Hills, Fishcreek, Highland, Indian Trail, Riverview and Woodland. Parents should note that state testing begins at the 3rd grade level. For a look at the most recent literacy levels for kindergarten students in your district, check out this database. The database above includes each school’s overall ranking, the number of academic indicators—like 3rd grade reading scores…
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The first day back to school was always a happy one for this editor and she has the photo to prove it. Share yours too!
Ahhhh, the first day back to school. I always loved it. Shiny new shoes, the anticipation of where my desk would be, who my teacher would be, reuniting with friends, the cool new brown bag snack ... Maybe I was one of the odd balls, but I always loved returning to school. I even get sad now that I'm a "grown up" and I can't prepare for another year of education. Whether it was when I was younger and picking out Trapper Keepers or when I was older and I was packing the car up with Ramen to head back to college — I miss it all. (I'll admit, I still go out and buy myself a new sparkly folder, even though I don't have anything to put in it in this electronic age.) Whether kids love or hate going back to school, I think it's a whole different…
Friday, August 17, 2012
School starts in a week — find out who your student's teacher will be this school year Friday afternoon.
Class lists will be posted on the main doors for all elementary buildings on Aug. 17 by 4:00 p.m. Speaking of elementary buildings, vote for which school you think is the best in this Readers' Choice poll. (Note that eighth grade students originally were scheduled to return Aug. 23, they are now returning Aug. 24.) Find helpful back-to-school information in this Stow-Munroe Falls tab.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
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Are you or your student headed off to college this fall? Beat being homesick by staying in touch with what's happening back at home in Stow. There are several ways to take Patch with you, and it won't take up much space when you're packing: Enjoy going to college ... and don't forget those rolls of quarters for laundry and multiple packs of Ramen.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Local principals point out some common pitfalls and share tips for parents and students.
For parents with students making the transition from an elementary school to a middle school, these next few weeks can be a challenging time. Students are becoming more independent, but parents still want to help. "I don't think the kids are as scared of middle school as the parents are," said Patrick Mc Nichols, principal at Roxboro Middle School in Cleveland Heights. The local principals who talked to Patch agree that parents should stay involved, but there are ways to help students spread their wings. Here are a few tips. Parents and teachers, add yours in the comments. Encourage students to get involved The biggest problem students face is trying to make connections socially and figuring out where they fit in, said Brecksville-…
As the first day of school gets closer, see how your local schools performed on last year’s state report card using our interactive search form.
For students entering middle school, the first day is more than new books and class assignments. It’s a time of physical, social and academic transition. So what are parents supposed to do to help students navigate this tumultuous time? Keep communicating and encourage students to get involved, local principals suggest. A 2011 study from the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University found that students in Florida experienced a significant drop in math and reading achievement when they entered middle school. The study’s authors address the study in an article for EducationNext. The database above includes all public middle schools for the Patch communities in Ohio. You can search for your local school to see how it …
If you don't have your bus route information by Friday for the start of the school year, be sure to call the bus garage.
The district's school bus employees are preparing for the start of the school year and part of that process was sending out bus route information to homes with students taking public transportation to class. Transportation Supervisor John Daymon said the routes were sent out last week. If parents do not receive this information by Aug. 17, they should call the bus garage's new number at 330-689-5234. The old number will no longer work. The school's switchboard can also connect callers to the bus garage. All of the district's buses have been inspected and are ready to hit the road for the school year. "We’re in good shape," said Daymon. "The fleet was inspected and approved and everybodys ready to go." The drivers will go on a test run …
Monday, August 13, 2012
Class lists will be posted on the main doors for all elementary buildings on Aug. 17 by 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Whether you played football, marched with the band, ran cross country, cheered, played soccer or hit the links, we want to see pics of you in your uniform.
It's almost time for fall sports to start again (collective woo-hoo here)! What better way to ring in the season than to share photos of fall sports memories past. We want to see pictures of you, our beloved readers, in your sports uniforms from high school. This is a regional article, so you'll also see readers from other Patches too. Fun, right? Whether you were a cheerleader, marched in the band, played football, soccer, golf or ran cross country, we want to see it. In the caption, tell us your favorite fall sports memory and tell us where you went to high school. Sharing is easy: To upload you have to be a member of Patch. If you aren't, joining is easy. Click here. Once you're a member of one Patch, you're a member of them all. Next, …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Did you reserve a parking pass for your student driver this school year? Find out when they can be picked up on Aug. 6 and Aug. 13.
Parking passes will be ready for junior and senior students to pick up two days coming up in August before the start of school. Passes may be picked up at the Stow-Munroe Falls High School main office: The passes are available for the eligible students who submitted a parking application, complete with a copy of their driver’s license and insurance card. Passes are $50 this year. Checks can be made payable to Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Haven't already submit a parking pass application? All other students who wish to obtain a parking pass will have the opportunity to turn in completed applications during the first week of school. Those will be available in late August or early September. Any student with outstanding school fees are …