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  • Research: Playing Multiple Sports Benefits Young Athletes More Than Focusing on Just One

    Research: Playing Multiple Sports Benefits Young Athletes More Than Focusing on Just One2

    By Dr. Lynn Pantuosco-Hensch As fall sports are winding down, I am updating the color-coded family calendar that highlights the sports commitments for each of my four children. Although I coached three of my boys’ soccer teams this fall, winter and spring will be even busier as we navigate hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and baseball. We are

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

    MCAS Results Show Income, Race Continue to Affect Student Performance1

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    • November 29, 2017

    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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  • How to Stop Yelling and Start Parenting Calmly

    How to Stop Yelling and Start Parenting Calmly0

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    • November 29, 2017

    By Joan Goodchild It’s been 10 years since Hal Runkel, author and licensed family and marriage therapist, first published his book, Screamfree Parenting. While the ideas behind creating a happier, calmer household free of yelling haven’t changed, the world has — drastically. And a lot of that has to do with our dependence on devices,

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  • New Wimpy Kid ‘The Getaway’ Debuts Today

    New Wimpy Kid ‘The Getaway’ Debuts Today0

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    • November 7, 2017

    By Melissa Shaw This year has been a big one for Massachusetts author/illustrator Jeff Kinney: The release of his latest movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, the 10th anniversary of his best-selling series, and now today’s release of the 12th book, The Getaway. The new book takes The Heffleys where readers have

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  • 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

    2017 Holiday Gift Guide1

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    • November 6, 2017

    Little Tikes Pogo-IT $39.99 Kids ages 4+ can get moving and have fun with this electronic bounce game, which combines interactive play with music and sensor technology to get kids balancing, jumping, and moving to score points.   NOYO Crayons $8.99 These Not Your Ordinary Crayons are a 3-in-1 wonder. They color like a crayon,

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  • Concern Rises Over Future MCAS 2.0 Passing Rates

    Concern Rises Over Future MCAS 2.0 Passing Rates1

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    • November 1, 2017

    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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