Sandy leaves students, parents scrambling
Education & Kids Queens Courier Staff 11/13/2012 at 2:56PM

BY ALEXA ALTMAN AND MAGGIE HAYES Kids may have received an unscheduled week-long vacation from school after Sandy, but they returned to a system turned upside down. Roughly 79 schools across Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island suffered structural damage, 13 lost power and nearly 70 boilers required repairs. Students from 43 damaged schools citywide were [...]

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 [...]

Chalk up more back-to-school savings by shopping online
Education & Kids ARA 8/15/2012 at 5:08PM

(ARA) – As the end of summer nears, the flashing red lights of yellow school buses will caution drivers to stop as students board. College students will pull out of driveways with cars filled to the brim with dorm room supplies. And the school bells will echo across the playground, signaling the start and end [...]

What it takes to make school a safe place for students with diabetes
Education & Kids Billy Rennison 8/14/2012 at 5:04PM

(ARA) – When children head off to school, it’s assumed that they’ll be in a safe place where they’ll be well taken care of. For the most part, that’s the truth. But for children with diabetes, the school environment can pose a serious health risk if there’s no one on site to help them manage [...]

Stupendous student scores scholarship
Stupendous student scores scholarship
Education & Kids Alexa Altman 5/08/2012 at 11:30AM

Stellar scholar Sarah Gafur snagged an award from the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing competition – the country’s longest-running and most prestigious academic scholarship program for those who excel in the visual and literary arts. Gafur, an eighth grader at P.S. 232 in Howard Beach, won a $6,000 scholarship to attend a three-week program at [...]

$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 [...]

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 [...]

Queens Teaching Aide Charged With Sexual Abuse Of Six Female Students
Queens Teaching Aide Charged With Sexual Abuse Of Six Female Students
News Jay Lane 2/24/2012 at 9:36AM

Queens Teaching Aide Charged With Sexual Abuse Of Six Female Students A full-time paraprofessional working in an art class at P.S. 52 in Springfield Gardens, Queens has been arrested and charged with sexual conduct with six female students. Brett Picou, 30, who worked as a teacher’s aide and a substitute at P.S. 52 since 2008, [...]

Woman dragged into Hunters Point parking lot and raped by group of men
Woman dragged into Hunters Point parking lot and raped by group of men
News Jay Lane 12/07/2011 at 9:16AM

Woman dragged into Hunters Point parking lot and raped by group of men Cops are hunting for a group of men they say raped a woman on a dark Queens street early Sunday. The 20-year-old woman was walking near Vernon Boulevard and 10th Street in Hunters Point when two men grabbed her and dragged her into [...]

South Ozone Park students using iPads
Education & Kids Alexa Asperin 10/03/2011 at 1:51PM

Goodbye bulky social studies textbook. Hello slim, sleek iPad2. Students at Our Lady’s Catholic Academy in South Ozone Park are closing their “old-fashioned” textbooks and notebooks as they enter the touch-screen world of Apple for assignments, note taking, tutorials and more. “I’m so emotional,” said 11-year-old Katherine Duarte of South Ozone Park. “I think I’m [...]