Back to school…back to fitness
Education & Kids Queens Courier Staff 8/25/2012 at 7:57AM

BY BARBARA BRENSEKE With the start of school approaching, parents will once again be faced with the chaos and craziness of early mornings, homework projects, scout meetings, sports practices and games, as well as, the constant chauffeuring that comes with having kids. The good news is that although you may look a bit crazy when [...]

Sleep smarts: Sleep is an important part of back-to-school preparation
Education & Kids ARA 8/19/2012 at 7:11AM

(ARA) – Does your list of school supplies include sleep? Studies say it should, especially for teens. Only 8 percent of American teenagers are getting the required nine or more hours of sleep needed, according to the National Sleep Foundation. In fact, a recent study published in the “Journal of Adolescent Health” found that more [...]

Money-saving, laptop-buying tips for back-to-school shoppers
Education & Kids ARA 8/18/2012 at 7:05AM

(ARA) – Remember when back-to-school shopping meant different needs for different age groups? Elementary school kids needed pencils and notebooks, middle schoolers picked up protractors and compasses, and high school and college students headed back to school with high-powered calculators. These days, students of virtually every age have one need in common: a laptop. While [...]

A beautiful new makeup routine for the school year
Education & Kids ARA 8/14/2012 at 5:06PM

(ARA) – Heading back to an early morning makeup routine can be overwhelming once the school year gets underway. For the busy mom getting her family organized and out the door in the morning, there isn’t much time to primp for the day. She needs a look that is achieved quickly and requires minimal maintenance. [...]

Op Ed: A Model School in Queens
News Queens Courier Staff 6/29/2012 at 2:58PM

By Francis Mechner, Ph.D. Director, Queens Paideia School “Paideia” – Plato’s ancient term for the ideal education of Athenian citizens — is an apt name for the widely-accepted educational philosophy that John Dewey expounded in the early 1900s. Children must learn not only the three Rs, Dewey said, but also the skills and knowledge they [...]

$1 Trillion in Student Debt
$1 Trillion in Student Debt
Education & Kids Billy Rennison 5/07/2012 at 10:30AM

Here is what you can buy with $1 trillion: 5 million Lamborghinis, 15,000 private jets, 140 private islands and every team in baseball 16 times. Simply put, it is a lot of money. The number — which is much more jarring when written out, 1,000,000,000,000 — is also the amount of debt students in this [...]

Grover Cleveland spared: Now the work begins, say teachers
Grover Cleveland spared: Now the work begins, say teachers
Education & Kids Billy Rennison 5/02/2012 at 11:51AM

As dozens of students, faculty, supporters and alumni stepped to the microphone during Grover Cleveland High School’s public hearing last month — determined to have their voices heard — many were resigned to the fact that their shouts would fall on deaf ears. But their raucous rallies were heard loud and clear. Hours before the [...]

Debate League comes to Queens
Debate League comes to Queens
News Michael Pantelidis 4/24/2012 at 1:11PM

Around 300 students, parents and teachers from across the city gathered at the Garden School in Jackson Heights this past weekend to watch lively middle school students debate a range of topics during the Metropolitan Debate League’s most recent competition. The debate league, which draws participating teams from all types of schools in the Metropolitan [...]

Class in session: City to get 54 new schools, two in Queens
Education & Kids Michael Pantelidis 4/19/2012 at 12:41PM

Spring may signify new beginnings, but schools will be “bloom”ing this fall. Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott on April 17 to announce the opening of 54 new schools across the city for the 2012-2013 school year. The new schools – 30 of which will be run by the district, along with 24 [...]