December 18, 2017

Best not to be coolest kid in middle school later

coolest kid in middle school

It might have been tough not being the coolest kid in middle school, but new research shows that teens who weren’t part of the in crowd go on to have healthier lives once they hit adulthood. A study published Thursday in the journalChild Development shares that teens who were so focused on being popular were often… Read more

Funny kid notes

funny kid notes

  These funny kid notes were written in all seriousness, but most are laugh out loud funny..view more

Common Core: a step in the right direction

Common Core

By Julie Samrick  My sixth grader’s middle school spent at least a month communicating the message the leap to middle school means the children put forth more effort, without the meddling of well-intentioned parents. If they forget their lunch, for instance, let them figure it out and they most likely won’t forget it again. We… Read more

Lego Movie: glittery surface, lackluster plot

The Lego Movie

“Everything is awesome” for Lego Movie’s leading character Emmet, where in his Lego-constructed world all citizens abide by the rules and optimism abounds. Chosen by a prophecy to be an imaginative “master builder,” and save the world from Kragl (a misspelling of Krazy Glue, which symbolizes no imagination or thinking outside structured, strict manual-led lives)… Read more

Wacky Free Birds

Free Birds

By Julie Samrick Reggie (Owen Wilson) doesn’t fit in with the other turkeys. Though ignorance to their fate may keep them in a state of bliss, Reggie knows just what will happen to all of them come Thanksgiving. If only they’ listen!   When the President’s daughter chooses Reggie to be pardoned, and takes him… Read more

Turbo is Terrific


By Julie Samrick Theo the garden snail may handle overripe tomatoes during the day but after hours he dreams of navigating the curves of Nascar’s track and the “terrifying, blazing speed” of it that makes him happiest.   Though he’s subject to ridicule for these grand dreams, an accident soon gives him turbo powers. But will… Read more

Despicable Me 2: Best parts are the original’s leftovers

Despicable Me 2

In the first Despicable Me (2010) hardened criminal Gru (Steve Carrell) transformed before our eyes from a tough guy to a softie all by the uncomplicated, pure love of three little girls.  In the end Gru formally adopts the orphans and vows to turnaround his life.   In this sequel Gru remains a doting father… Read more

Lovers of the Book Will Love The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

By Julie Samrick It’s evident why 16-year-olds throughout America’s classrooms continue to read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby nearly a century after it was written.  The slim novel is packed with meaningful symbols surrounding themes of class, excess, pretense, and loneliness, which are as applicable today as ever. Director Baz Luhrmann’s new movie… Read more

Bully’s Family Seeks $250 Million in Damages

Seth Acevedo tells his side of the story

The mother of a New York 7-year-old who was cuffed and taken to the police station for bullying says she will sue NYPD for $250 million dollars.  Read what the alleged victim, 9-year-old Seth Acevdeo, says warranted the arrest. Read more  

The Message of “Won’t Back Down” Gains Momentum

won't back down

By Julie Samrick Is education reform the civil rights issue of today?  That’s the question being asked more frequently and it’s getting louder as parents, teachers, and concerned citizens aren’t willing to sit back in resignation and accept that our nation’s public school system is collectively failing.   Won’t Back Down begins with a heart-breaking… Read more