Monday, August 20, 2012
Back packs, lunch boxes and first day outfits: These Stewart Elementary students were prepared for the first day of school.
There are lots of nervous parents out there today. It's the first day of schools and whether it's kindergarten, a new middle school or the first day of high school, parents worry whether their child will make a smooth transition. For most of the kids, the first day of school is exciting, even if it is a little scary. Fresh notebooks, new back packs and lunch boxes and the prospect of a new friend or seeing someone they missed all summer is usually the reward for the first day jitters. Upload your first day photos here or post them to Pics and Clips. We'd love to see how you and your child did on the first day of school!
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Students returns to school Aug. 20, and fire-safety personnel will be out to remind motorists to drive safely.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
It's countdown time, kids. School start for most Bradenton students on Monday. Bradenton firefighters will be out in force to remind motorists to slow down and keep in mind that there will be a lot of youngsters on the road, in school buses and traveling with their families to school. From 7:45-8:30 a.m., firefighters will be at five city schools, with lights on and awareness banners posted. They also will be greeting kids. How great is that? The presence of emergency vehicles near school zones on busy roadways is a clear reminder to drivers to slow down and be cautious of pedestrians. This is the second year that the Bradenton Fire Department has participated. Additional safety information for children and drivers can be found at "Back to…
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The resignation follows an internal review by the school district.
Catherine Smith, Southeast High School principal since 2010, abruptly resigned Tuesday after being placed on leave following a district investigation. Smith was on paid administrative after an internal review by the Manatee County School District’s Office of Professional Standards, according to the Manatee School Board, which issued a written statement Tuesday. By statute, the results of the investigation cannot be released by the school district until Aug. 24, according to the statement issued by the Manatee School Board. Shane Hall, assistant principal, will act as interim principal until a replacement is named, according to media reports. Southeast High has nearly 1,400 students. It is a high-performing school named one of America's …
The rally is a kickoff for the school year and a corporate-giving event to reward outstanding teachers.
The Manatee Education Foundation hosts the Ready for School Rally Wednesday, at 4 p.m., in the Davis Theater at Manatee High School. More than $100,000 will be awarded to Manatee district teachers at the rally. The Ready for School Rally will serve as both a pep rally and corporate giving event to celebrate and reward teachers whose daily efforts in the classroom shape the future of the community. Area community members, businesses and organizations have been contributing money to the Ca$h for Cla$$room Grants program for more than six months. School District of Manatee County teachers, ranging from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, submitted grant applications and a committee of community leaders reviewed the grant applications …
Monday, August 13, 2012
The Manatee County Bar is helping out with school supplies and educational opportunities for students.
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Monday, August 13, 2012
The Young Lawyers Division of the Manatee County Bar Association is proud to present its Team-Up with Teachers program to include a teacher school supplies drive, a legal resource showcase, and on-going partnerships in schools. The main goals of the program are to provide teachers with much needed supplies, open doors to new educational opportunities for their students that they can incorporate into lesson plans, and establish long-lasting connections between members of the teaching profession and the legal profession. Project Chairs Andrew Boyer of Boyer & Jackson, P.A. and Jennifer Cowan of Lewis, Longman and Walker, P.A. secured approvals and initiated contact with local K-12 schools, including charter schools, to determine the need …
Friday, August 10, 2012
The rules underscore the need for students to drink plenty of water and to be immediately pulled from play if they show signs of head injury.
Student athletes in Florida must have unrestricted access to water during workouts. Any student who shows signs of a possible concussion playing school sports must be immediately pulled from the game. These are some of the new rules that the state High School Athletic Association will be enforcing as the fall sports practice season kicks off. The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) reminded schools this week of new standards to safeguard student athletes. Many of the new rules involve ensuring that students stay hydrated in the Florida heat and also are protected from the risks of associated with head injuries. The FHSAA’s director of athletics will conduct a workshop on the new safety requirements at a compliance seminar next…
Saturday, August 4, 2012
OK, so it's officially the Florida Tax Free Holiday through Sunday. But where to shop? Here are some local tips to make it easy.
1.) Ellenton Premium Outlets: Merchandise at the outlet stores already is discounted 25 percent to 65 percent. So expect added savings for tax-free back-to-school savings on all clothing under $75. 2.) You can't miss hometown retailer Bealls for great tax-free deals this weekend. Bealls is headquartered right here in Bradenton and the company's retail and outlet stores offer great deals catering to a Florida clientele. All clothing and shoes in the store are tax free this weekend. 3.) Staples kicked off its 5th annual Staples for Students school supply drive just as the tax free holiday kicks off. Get your school supplies tax free and leave a little something to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County. Staples kicked off the …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Florida's 2012 Sales Tax Holiday runs Friday-Sunday. Here is what you need to know to find the best deals.
At the stroke of midnight, shoppers were out for the Florida Sales Tax Holiday, which started at 12:01 a.m., Aug. 3. It runs through 11:59 p.m., Aug. 5, 2012. Thanks to the Florida Dept. of Revenue for providing this information.
The Boys and Girls Club will benefit from the back-to-school drive Staples has helped organize
Actress Bella Thorne of Shake it Up fame is working with Staples and DoSomething.org to make sure every student has the supplies they need when the head back to school later this month. The 5th annual Staples for Students school supply drive encourages Manatee County young people to collect school supplies and drop them off at their nearest Staples store now through September 15. School supplies collected will benefit youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County to equip them with tools they need to achieve academic success in time for the new school year. “I’m excited to help motive fellow teens to make a difference in their communities,” Thorne said. “There are so many kids in America who return to school without basic school …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Do you remember your favorite lunch box? Today's kids have as many options as ever but nothing will take the place of the Partridge Family or Scooby-Doo.
Lunch boxes have changed in design and shape over the years, but the basic idea is the same. Along with space inside for a cold drink, sandwich and snack, the cover is devoted to a favorite cartoon, character, TV show or movie. That's why Justin Bieber and Darth Vader and Japanese cartoon characters are staring out at shoppers from the shelves of Target. Back in the '70s, the lunch boxes were aluminum. In the '80s, they gave way to plastic with those equally as '80s Thermoses. Vintage lunch boxes now are highly collectible. They are displayed as collections in people's homes, and sometimes they get their own art gallery shows. (Yes, I've gone to one.) Do you remember a favorite lunch box? What was it? Have a picture handy? Share it with …