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  • 4 Skills Students Need for High School Success

    4 Skills Students Need for High School Success0

    By Cary J. Green Transitioning from middle school to high school can be exciting and intimidating for students and their parents. Due to the increased academic rigor, most students quickly discover the need to work harder and smarter in high school than they did in middle school. Working harder means more hours of studying, and

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  • Parents, Lawmakers Push For Later Public School Start Times

    Parents, Lawmakers Push For Later Public School Start Times1

    By Doug Page Mary Hamaker, a Southborough mom, lawyer, and president of the Massachusetts chapter of Start School Later, wants a law preventing the Commonwealth’s public high schools from starting classes earlier than 8:30 a.m., saying it’s the remedy to a significant health issue. “The pillars of being healthy include eating right, exercising, and getting

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  • Sensory Play Provides Year-Round Fun and Creative Learning

    Sensory Play Provides Year-Round Fun and Creative Learning0

    By Jodi Healy Water play or water tables evoke thoughts of summer fun, but sensory tables can be used all year-round — outside or inside. Sensory tables enable exploration, discovery, and experimentation with all types of materials, such as earth and water. Children investigate, explore, and create. By pouring and feeling it, they learn how

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  • MCAS Results Show Income, Race Continue to Affect Student Performance

    MCAS Results Show Income, Race Continue to Affect Student Performance0

    By Doug Page This year’s recently released MCAS results show, with few exceptions, that children from high-income communities outperformed their less-advantaged peers, and a demographic achievement gap continues to persist. Demographically, Asian and white students performed best, according to information provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), which administers the test

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  • Concern Rises Over Future MCAS 2.0 Passing Rates

    Concern Rises Over Future MCAS 2.0 Passing Rates0

    By Doug Page Concerned that high numbers of Bay State tenth graders will fail the new version of the MCAS test — and, as a result, not graduate high school — Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Acting Commissioner Jeff Wulfson is offering a lifeline. At the Oct. 24 meeting of the Massachusetts Board

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  • Everyday Errand Leads Newton Mom to New Career, Cause

    Everyday Errand Leads Newton Mom to New Career, Cause0

    By Melissa Shaw It was a snowy day when Jennifer Hyde took her two children to get new eyeglasses. She sat, passing the time with the optician, rather than venture back outside into the harsh weather. “What do you do with the old lenses?” she asked. (“I’m an environmentalist,” she explains. “I’m always curious about

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