6:12 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

What's in Your Backpack?: Preparing for the New School Year

The start of school is just around the corner, and ensuring that students are well prepared for a successful school year goes beyond buying notebooks and school clothes.

Studies show talking with and listening to your child can improve their academic performance by opening up the lines of communication so parents can know what concerns or worries their youngster may have.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, child's success increases in school when a parent takes an active interest in their homework.

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10:45 am
Thu August 15, 2013

"Soaring Stars" Program Aims to Help Students Prepare for Success


Kindergartners and First Grade students from rural school districts in Livingston County have spent the summer at SUNY Geneseo. 

They're taking part in the "Soaring Stars" program, designed to help them graduate high school and go on a successful college career.  Click on the link above to hear an interview with SUNY Geneseo assistant professor of education Annmarie Urso.

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5:43 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Superintendent Vargas: No One Should Be Blamed

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Superintendent Bolgen Vargas is speaking out on the recently released state test results.

Among the Big 5 Districts in New York, Rochester ranked at the bottom of the list. Just 5% of students in grades 3-8 passed state tests administered this spring in both English Language Arts and math.

Superintendent Vargas told reporters Wednesday afternoon that while the results are predictable, they’re also “painfully unacceptable.”

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10:42 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Among Big 5 Districts, RCSD Ranks Rock Bottom in State Test Score Results

State test results are now out and at the bottom of the list among the state's Big 5 Districts is the Rochester City School District.

Just 5% of students passed in English Language Arts (ELA) and math in Rochester. Overall, 31% of New York students in grades 3-8 passed the ELA and math exams this past April.

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4:28 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

City Leaders Encourage Parents to Enroll Children in Universal Pre-K

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Children who attend pre-school tend to be better prepared for kindergarten, and more likely to graduate.

That's according to Lynn Lubecki, the executive director of the Rochester Childfirst Network.

She says pre-k programs help equip children with the basic skills necessary to be successful in school.    

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5:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Middle School Students Learn Financial Literacy


Summer school for some Rochester School District sixth through eighth grade students will include a lesson in financial literacy.

It's a joint project between Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester (CCCRS) and the Horizons program at the Warner School of Education.

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2:02 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

New Rules On Fire Safety In College Housing

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new law requires public and private colleges in New York to give every student written information about fire safety in dorms and off-campus housing they operate.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law last week, saying it goes beyond the current requirement for colleges to publish fire safety information in annual reports to the federal government.

The notices to students will include descriptions of safety systems, including sprinklers, in their housing so they're more aware about how to react if there is a fire.

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2:36 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

City of Rochester and U of R Team Up for Career Fair

Next month, an event designed to bolster employment for city residents and promote opportunities for job seekers will be held at the Staybridge Suites Hotel on Genesee Street.

Officials from the city and the University of Rochester announced details today, saying the event will address the continuing need for employment opportunities, especially for minorities.  

The city says the Rochester Employment Training and Career Fair will provide the opportunities and tools that will educate the community on how to find a career with the city of Rochester.

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2:26 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Clergy: Church Can Lead Non Violent Resistance to Zimmerman Verdict

Members of United Church Ministry at Peace Baptist Church
Alex Crichton WXXI

Some local members of the faith community are expressing their outrage to the recent George Zimmerman verdict and the U-S Supreme Court's decision striking down section four of the Voting Rights Act.

According to the Reverend Lewis Stewart of United Church Ministry, those decisions represent a serious setback in the struggle for freedom, liberty, dignity and justice.

He says to resist what he calls an erosion of civil and human rights, they're introducing a seven part plan, starting with encouraging everyone to take part in the jury pool in Monroe County.

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5:57 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Summer Reading: Kids Rewarded for Cracking Open Books


Several summer reading initiatives are underway in and around Rochester.

And getting some kids to enjoy reading can be a challenge.

Jeanne Steinbrenner, a children's librarian in Pittsford, says often times kids become frustrated by required reading in school. So she says the trick is to make opening a book fun.

Steinbrenner says that may mean introducing kids to comic books...

"They're short; they are visual,” Steinbrenner says. “Kids that respond to visuals cues just bloom when you give them that, and ‘hey, they're reading.’

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