Extracurricular Activities

Herriman cheerleaders carry the American flag before the start of a high school football game against Davis, on Aug. 13, 2020, in Herriman, Utah. Utah went forward with high school football this fall despite concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that led other states and many college football conferences to postpone games in hopes of instead playing in the spring.
Cheerleaders carry the American flag before the start of a high school football game last year in Herriman, Utah. Utah's Test-to-Play program required students and staff participating in extracurricular activities like cheerleading to regularly undergo testing for COVID-19.
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Student Well-Being What the Research Says Strict COVID-19 Testing Can Keep Extracurriculars Going, CDC Finds
New research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds Utah's coronavirus testing prevented outbreaks following sports events.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 21, 2021
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Image shows a multi-tailed arrow hitting the bullseye of a target.
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Science Opinion Working With the Likes of Lego, Disney, and Lucasfilm to Engage Students in STEM
Rick Hess speaks with FIRST's Erica Newton Fessia about inspiring young people's interest in STEM using team-based robotics programs.
Rick Hess, March 18, 2021
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Black kids ride a hot air balloon while looking through telescopes and examining Black history
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Social Studies Opinion A Recipe for Young Historians of Black History
There are five simple ingredients to create a Black history club that will engage elementary-age students in research and celebration, writes kindergarten teacher Dawnavyn James.
Dawnavyn James, February 24, 2021
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Wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, students from New Albany (Ind.) High School perform the musical “Bright Star” earlier this year.
Wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, students from New Albany (Ind.) High School perform the musical “Bright Star” earlier this year.
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Curriculum Theater Educators Struggle to Keep Shows Going Amid COVID-19
Convinced that the show must go on, high school theater troupes are turning to livestreamed shows, outdoor performances, and radio plays.
Corey Mitchell, November 24, 2020
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Teacher Jane Cooper uses a 2-meter (just over 6 feet) ruler and pipe to check seat spacings in her classroom at Lostock Hall Primary School in Poynton, England.
Teacher Jane Cooper uses a 2-meter (just over 6 feet) ruler and pipe to check seat spacings in her classroom at Lostock Hall Primary School in Poynton, England.
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Student Well-Being The New Routines for Students When Schools Reopen
Ideas for how to overhaul the routines of the traditional school day for students, from ditching lockers to providing meals in classrooms.
Madeline Will, June 10, 2020
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Christine Pappis, a senior at Newark Memorial High School in Newark, Calif., snapped this screenshot during a 5-hour video call during last Saturday night. Pappis said she uses FaceTime to keep in touch with her friends, since they are not only in school closures, but community lockdown; some of her friends tried to hang out and “ended up with a $400 fine.” The students, in order from top to bottom: Natalie Salcedo, Pifolau Denson, Samantha Gutiérrez, Sabrina Liaw, Christian Bowker (bottom left) and Pappis, bottom right.
Christine Pappis, a senior at Newark Memorial High School in Newark, Calif., snapped this screenshot during a 5-hour video call during last Saturday night. Pappis said she uses FaceTime to keep in touch with her friends, since they are not only in school closures, but community lockdown; some of her friends tried to hang out and “ended up with a $400 fine.” The students, in order from top to bottom: Natalie Salcedo, Pifolau Denson, Samantha Gutiérrez, Sabrina Liaw, Christian Bowker (bottom left) and Pappis, bottom right.
Student Well-Being The Lost Senior Year: Credits, Proms, Sports All in Jeopardy
The coronavirus closures are shaping a disruptive end to a tumultuous academic career for the Class of 2020.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 30, 2020
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Niklas Krantz, a coordinator with the Huron River Watershed Council, laughs with students during the council’s annual “Insect Identification Day” in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Niklas Krantz, a coordinator with the Huron River Watershed Council, laughs with students during the council’s annual “Insect Identification Day” in Ann Arbor, Mich.
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Science Photos Students Become ‘Citizen Scientists’ to Conduct Research on Bugs
Citizen science is a method of involving students and community members in scientific research and exploration.
Education Week Photo Staff, July 9, 2019
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Jemma Walker, a rising 7th grader, pitches her lemonade to customers entering a Krogers grocery on Lemonade Day last month in southern Indianapolis.
Jemma Walker, a rising 7th grader, pitches her lemonade to customers entering a Krogers grocery on Lemonade Day last month in southern Indianapolis.
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Student Well-Being How the Humble Lemonade Stand Is Becoming a Pipeline for Young Entrepreneurs
A nonprofit organization, working with clubs and after-school groups, is remaking an old-fashioned childhood pastime to nurture the nation’s next generation of entrepreneurs.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 24, 2018
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Student Well-Being Opinion Politics Belong in the High School Debate Club
Many teachers are afraid to address politically charged topics; high school debate teams shouldn't be, writes Stefan Bauschard.
Stefan Bauschard, January 6, 2017
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Marine biologist Jennifer Vreeland discusses phytoplankton during a teen science cafe last month at the Selby Public Library in Sarasota, Fla. About 40 students attended the informal gathering.
Marine biologist Jennifer Vreeland discusses phytoplankton during a teen science cafe last month at the Selby Public Library in Sarasota, Fla. About 40 students attended the informal gathering.
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Student Well-Being Students Engage With Scientists at 'Teen Science Cafes'
A growing number of 'teen science cafes' across the country offer a way for students to ask questions of real scientists in an out-of-school setting.
Marva Hinton, December 13, 2016
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Randy Sams, 17, from Ballou High School, loads his luggage onto a school bus in June as high school students from across Washington head to Dulles International Airport for a study abroad trip to Argentina.
Randy Sams, 17, from Ballou High School, loads his luggage onto a school bus in June as high school students from across Washington head to Dulles International Airport for a study abroad trip to Argentina.
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Student Well-Being D.C. District Aims to Send All Students Abroad
The District of Columbia school system wants to help close an "enrichment gap" by paying for students to travel internationally before they graduate.
Evie Blad, August 18, 2016
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Student Well-Being Video Planting Seeds, Playing Notes: Cleveland's Boys and Girls Club
The Boys and Girls Club on Broadway Avenue in Cleveland has a farming program that is now in its third year and provides an opportunity for children to grow, distribute, and sell produce to customers. Just under four miles from the Republican National Convention site downtown, the club also recently opened a music studio where children can learn musical instruments. Robert Koonce, chief development officer of the Boys and Girls Club, discusses why having a resource such as this is important for youth in Cleveland. Read more here: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2016/07/cleveland_boys_girls_club_farming_music_education.html Education Week Video
July 21, 2016
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Student Well-Being Opinion My High School Mascot Is Offensive
Under fire from officials in her Pennsylvania school district, student newspaper editor Gillian McGoldrick defends her stance against publishing the name of an offensive mascot.
Gillian McGoldrick, February 17, 2015
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Nicole Young, at center in white sweater, a City Connects coordinator at Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Boston, leads a tour of the school for college students who will be volunteer tutors there. New research suggests there is an academic payoff from the City Connects program, which links students and their families to supports and resources that align with their needs.
Nicole Young, at center in white sweater, a City Connects coordinator at Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Boston, leads a tour of the school for college students who will be volunteer tutors there. New research suggests there is an academic payoff from the City Connects program, which links students and their families to supports and resources that align with their needs.
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Student Well-Being Learning Payoff Found for 'City Connects' Program
The academic boost that elementary students got from a program that linked them with community supports and resources lasted all the way to middle school, a study says.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 30, 2014
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