Thursday, September 13, 2012
Glidden's “Colorful Classrooms Contest" is accepting nominations through Friday, Sept. 28.
Have you ever thought one of the Stow-Munroe Falls Schools could use a little face lift? Now you have a chance to make it happen. Through its “Colorful Classrooms Contest,” Glidden is looking to make the lives of some lucky elementary school students a lot more colorful. Any public, private or charter elementary school can be nominated for the opportunity to be repainted and refreshed with Glidden paint. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 28. The winning school will receive a makeover from AkzoNobel and its contractors with up to 200 gallons of Glidden paint. The nomination form is available at www.glidden.com/colorfulclassroomscontest. Judges will select five semifinalists on the basis of need, scope of project, potential …
Friday, August 31, 2012
The school board members and treasurer at the Stow-Munroe Falls School district have not received the complaint yet, but in a statement said, "We are confident when the truth is revealed it will be proven there is no merit whatsoever to the reported alleg
Stow-Munroe Falls School Board Member Rod Armstrong filed a lawsuit Monday against his fellow school board members and the district treasurer because of things he claims was illegal during an executive session Aug. 13. Armstrong filed the complaint Monday claiming there was an "improper convening of executive sessions [Aug. 13, 2012], failure to record minutes of public meetings, violation of free speech and defamation." The board unanimously voted to go into the executive session and shortly after, Armstrong walked out of the meeting prematurely. Armstrong's lawyer, Warner Mendenhall, says he thinks they've got a good case. Mendenhall also said if any money should be awarded to Armstrong, his client plans to give the money back to the …
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…
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Seventh and eighth grade students will be exposed to a new exploratory class this school year and teachers are reaching out to the business community for help.
Three teachers at Kimpton Middle School are adopting a new American exploratory program called STEM, which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The class is available to all seventh and eighth grade students quarterly and while the computers and technology room were purchased with building technology funds already provided to the school and the lesson materials are free, there are some added costs not covered. "One area that will be an added cost is supplies for activities — such as balsa wood and glue for building balsa wood bridges or plants for doing a photosynthesis experiment," Kimpton teacher Jake Miller said. "While this cost won't be anything extreme, we were hoping to offset these costs to continue being cost-…
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…
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
There's lots of valuable and fun information about the first day of school in the Stow-Munroe Falls School District. Continue to look for new back-to-school posts from Patch on this page.
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.
Monday, August 13, 2012
You might be surprised at the national average - tell us what you'll fork out!
Stow and Munroe Falls parents may breathe a sigh of relief at the end of this month when students return to school, but before that happens, there is work to be done. According to the National Retail Federation, the average person with children in Kindergarten through 12th grade will spend $689 on their children. (Most Stow-Munroe Falls school supply lists may be found on the district's website.) The biggest chunks of that expenditure are expected to be for clothing, at $246, and electronics, at $218. In 2011, the total expected expenditure was $603. For parents of college-aged children, the average expected back-to-school cost is $907. All told, that makes for an expected $83.8 billion to be spent on total back-to-school shopping this …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Children from families whose annual income is at or below the Federal Guidelines are eligible for free and reduced price meals.
Unable to pay for lunch meals for your child throughout the school year? There could be assistance available for you. Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools participates in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. The Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines will be used for determining eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the Federal Guidelines are eligible for free and reduced price meals. (Program eligibility information is attached to this post in the form of a .pdf.) Application forms will be distributed to all homes in a letter to parents or guardians and are also available online and in each of the district’s school buildings. To apply for free and reduced-price benefits, households should …
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Parents have taken to Patch and social media to say they are upset that the class lists can't be posted sooner than Aug. 17, a few days before the start of school.
Patch announced this week that elementary class lists will be posted on school doors Aug. 17 — six days before students are supposed to report to class. Many parents commented on the Patch story and on the Stow Patch Facebook page about their discontent: Some schools/classes have supply lists posted on the district's website. Fishcreek has a .pdf of the Kindergarten supply list. Check your respective school building for a list that may be online. Teachers or parents can add the school supply list to Stow Patch by clicking here. May school supply lists can also be found at businesses like Office Max and Drug Mart. Some people who commented on the site said the supply lists are pretty much the same year-to-year and have already started …