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Peace on Earth ~ TEEN TALK with ANA DEBERNARDO

Peace on Earth ~ TEEN TALK with ANA DEBERNARDO

By: Ana DeBernardo – December, 2015 The sound of vehicles honking their horns at jaywalkers jolts me from my sleep. The smell of exhaust already suffocates me, barely letting me catch…

An Opportunity to Get Standardized Testing Right

An Opportunity to Get Standardized Testing Right

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is due to make a formal recommendation on whether to adopt the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)…

Piddle, Twiddle, and Resolve ~ TEEN TALK WITH ANA

Piddle, Twiddle, and Resolve ~ TEEN TALK WITH ANA

By: Ana DeBernardo – Nov. 2015 It’s a truth universally acknowledged that teenagers all come accompanied by a bad rep. Whether they’re being moody, stubborn, angry, or just plain brats,…

Are Anti-Bullying Programs Counterproductive? ~ BABIES AND BRIEFCASES

Are Anti-Bullying Programs Counterproductive? ~ BABIES AND BRIEFCASES

By: Cheryl Hajjar, Nov. 2015 In days past, bullying was somewhat of a norm, or almost even seen as a rite of adolescent passage. Most kids at some point were…

Tom Duggan’s Notebook – November, 2015

Tom Duggan’s Notebook – November, 2015

PERISOCOPE – With the advance of technology, The Valley Patriot is now using a cell phone application called Periscope to do live video interviews online. On Election Day, we were…

Questions Every Parent Should Ask to Learn More About Their Child’s School

Questions Every Parent Should Ask to Learn More About Their Child’s School

By: Amy Berard – November, 2015 1. How often is the SpEd (Special Education) teacher in the inclusion classroom? At an IEP meeting, parents will be notified if their child…

School Days, School Daze ~ THIS MONTH WITH JEFF KATZ

School Days, School Daze ~ THIS MONTH WITH JEFF KATZ

By: Jeff Katz – November, 2015 For those of us with children of a certain age, we hear on a fairly regular basis about what is going right and what…

First Muslim Elected in Lawrence Being Pressured to Resign … Does Lawrence Have Islamophobia?

First Muslim Elected in Lawrence Being Pressured to Resign … Does Lawrence Have Islamophobia?

  Kemal Bozkurt is the first Muslim elected to public office in Lawrence. Bozkurt, the city’s acting library director, ran a sticker campaign for school committee last month as there…

School Cover-ups Must Not Be Tolerated ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL, Nov. 2015

School Cover-ups Must Not Be Tolerated ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL, Nov. 2015

Last month, The Valley Patriot broke three exclusive stories on-line concerning cover-up situations in the Methuen and Lowell Public School systems. First: Lowell High School Headmaster Brian Martin and his…

How we Forecast Winter Storms ~ WEATHER 101 with AL

How we Forecast Winter Storms ~ WEATHER 101 with AL

By: Al Kaprielian – November 2015 With summer over and fall here, we now look ahead to the winter. In this month’s article, I am going to talk about winter…

The War on Public Education ~YE GAY OL’ VALLEY

The War on Public Education ~YE GAY OL’ VALLEY

By: Dani Langevin – November, 2015 A study conducted by the America Federation of Teachers in 2013 revealed that U.S. students spent as much as thirty days taking practice tests…

The Valley Patriot – November 2015 – Edition #145 – Rivera Recalls Move Forward

The Valley Patriot – November 2015 – Edition #145 – Rivera Recalls Move Forward

CLICK THE FRONT PAGE FOR PDF VIEWER Tom DugganTom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying…

A Student’s Recipe for Success ~ TEEN TALK WITH ANA

A Student’s Recipe for Success ~ TEEN TALK WITH ANA

By: Ana Debernardo – Oct., 2015 On my first day of high school, I remember imagining graduation day and realizing it would be eons before a then new, freshman inmate…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH METHUEN POLICE ON SCHOOL THREATS ~ Rumors of a “Hit List”, Public Forums, School Investigations, and Having Cops in Every School

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH METHUEN POLICE ON SCHOOL THREATS  ~ Rumors of  a “Hit List”, Public Forums, School Investigations, and Having Cops in Every School

By: Tom Duggan – Oct. 25, 2015 At least three Methuen Public School students were arrested this week for threatening mass school shootings. The first, a high school student, the…

Two More Methuen Students Arrested for Threatening to Shoot Up Another School

Two More Methuen Students Arrested for Threatening to Shoot Up Another School

By: Tom Duggan – Oct. 23, 2015|7pm For the second time in two days, Methuen Public School students have been arrested for threatening to shoot up a school and kill…