Many Y3K Tutor In Your Home communities are seeing a surge in school enrollment, especially in the lower grades. There has been double digit increases K-5 enrollment in the following Y3K Tutor In Your Home areas: Needham, Newton, Brookline and Wellesley. Tomorrow we let you in on which community is the leader of the pack when it comes to enrollment expansion.
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The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association recently made a decision to eliminate boys’ gymnastics from sanctioned competition. This ruling affects several cities and towns including Y3K Tutor In Your Home’s City of Newton. Both Newton North High School and Newton South High School currently have boys’ gymnastics teams and are allowed to finish up the current season. Beginning next fall they will be unable to officially compete under MIAA rules. Next school year the schools will be able offer boys’ gymnastics as a club sport, however meets will not be sanctioned by the MIAA and there would be no state tournament or championship. Girls’ gymnastics will continue as usual to be MIAA sanctioned.
On average 10.5% of incoming college freshman are rejected each year for Division 1 sports because their high school courses they graduated with do not meet academic standards set by the NCAA. To be eligible to play Division 1 or Division 2 sports, incoming freshman must complete 14 to 16 NCAA approved core courses in high school, score a certain level in the SAT or ACT, and have kept up their grade point average. The NCAA approves most high school classes but does deem some ineligible. Their decision for each town varies.
Data from some local Massachusetts Y3K Tutor In Your Home towns is absolutely shocking. For example Wellesley High School in offers 26 classes, Newton North High School offers 28, Concord-Carlisle High School offers 30, and Newton South High School offers 30 classes that do not meet the association’s requirements for a core course. Lexington High School in Lexington MA is in a category all to itself with a whopping 78 ineligible courses. This data is especially surprising as all of the schools on this list are traditionally top ranked schools year after year.
The Needham Historical Society will have a silent auction as a part of their Chocolate & Champagne event. Y3K Tutor In Your Home is proud to step forward and donate our tutoring and test prep services for this great organization. Funds raised through this event help to support Needham Historical Society events, lectures, exhibits and school programs. Since 1915, the Needham Historical Society has celebrated the history of Needham and the accomplishments of its residents. Through exhibits, programs, publications and outreach to the schools and community groups, the Needham Historical Society is committed to preserving and sharing this unique legacy. We hope you enjoy an evening of delicious treats and help support Needham’s town museum with your Y3K Tutor In Your Home auction bid.
After the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings in which 20 children and 6 adults were killed, several school systems have put new security measures in place. These include locked front doors and tighter visitor sign-in policies. They have also launched reviews of their current safety policies.
In order to comply with the new forced limits on grains, protein, sodium and fats; schools have begun to act silly. For example Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Lexington, MA has removed its SALAD BAR!!! One would assume that salad is healthy however not the government. Being afraid that the school could not control the portions of protein or grains the students would take out of the salad bar, they decided to remove it all together. In Shrewsbury, MA they decided croutons on a salad added too much grains to the meal so they banned them. Also on the Shrewsbury hit list and now banned from their salad bar are hard-boiled eggs and turkey slices because the nanny state can not regulate how much protein one will take. Whole-wheat pasta salad is also a no-no because the nanny state says that kids may get too many grains. After all of this Shrewsbury silliness, the school system brought in $10,000 less in September 2012 lunch sales than in the same month 2011.
After the new federal rules designed to help kids eat healthier, some schools are reporting fewer kids are buying lunch. The new rules limit the amount of grains, protein, sodium and saturated fat that school lunches subsidized by the US Department of Agriculture may contain. Trans fats are banned and calories per meal are capped. Many students have been upset with smaller portions. For example in Brookline, MA, students have been upset with smaller less filling bagels due to these rules. They report that across the school system about 30% of Brookline students buy lunch, down from 35% last year. This is a drop of 5%. Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Lexington, MA reports a drop of 35% fewer students buying lunch this year since the new regulations went into affect.
Stay tuned here for hilarious yet frustrating stories of how schools are banning certain foods one would consider to be healthy, simply to comply with these new regulations dictated to them by the government. Also we will report on clever ways students are taking matters into their own hands to fight back against the nanny state.
The following is a new policy statement regarding the importance of recess for students released in the January 2013 issue of Pediatrics: The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics
“Recess is at the heart of a vigorous debate over the role of schools in promoting the optimal development of the whole child. A growing trend toward reallocating time in school to accentuate the more academic subjects has put this important facet of a child’s school day at risk. Recess serves as a necessary break from the rigors of concentrated, academic challenges in the classroom. But equally important is the fact that safe and well-supervised recess offers cognitive, social, emotional, and physical benefits that may not be fully appreciated when a decision is made to diminish it. Recess is unique from, and a complement to, physical education—not a substitute for it. The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child’s development and, as such, it should not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons.”
Do you agree or disagree? Why? Let us know.
Parents worry about the price college for their children. College costs have been growing at about three times the rate of inflation and are projected to continue to do so in the future. There is however a cost saving method that some college students choose to do. They decide to attend a community college for two years and then transfer to a four-year school. In Massachusetts for example, all public community college credits transfer over to state universities. They can then get a four-year bachelor’s degree for almost half the cost. This is a significant savings.