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Hollywood Star Steve Blackwood Coaches Local Actors at the Act Theater Company in North Andover

Hollywood Star Steve Blackwood Coaches Local Actors at the Act Theater Company in North Andover

  By: Tom Duggan – Jan. 2016 He’s a Hollywood actor, an author, a musician and a singer, but Steve Blackwood says his latest passion is teaching and he has…

Country Care Kids Opens in Methuen

Country Care Kids Opens in Methuen

Country Kids Child Care is a new child care program conveniently located at 114 Cross Street in Methuen with easy access to route 93 Pelham Street exit, Route 213, and…

The War on Public Education ~ YE GAY OL’ VALLEY

The War on Public Education ~ YE GAY OL’ VALLEY

By: Dani Langevin – December, 2015 I used to love my career. I was proud to be an educator. I woke up every day looking forward to the curriculum I…

It’s a Busy Time for Methuen Schools

It’s a Busy Time for Methuen Schools

By: D.J. Deeb – December, 2015 November and December are traditionally busy months for school districts. This year too is no exception and there are several things to report on…

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…