Get Ready for School with PBS

EASE BACK INTO SCHOOL
The beginning of school may very well be parents’ most favorite time of the year. Even so, the transition for parents and kids can be a little rough. Here’s help to ease you and your child into the back-to-school groove. Transition Your Family from Summer to School
Back-to-School Tips
How to Beat the Back-to-School Blues
School Avoidance: How to Get Your Reluctant Child to Class
Back-to-School Checklist from PBS KIDS

GRADE-BY-GRADE LEARNING GUIDE
Asking what your child did at school all day is easy. Getting the answer isn’t.

Independent Lens | The Bad Kids

Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is a last-chance alternative for students who’ve fallen so far behind in credits that they have no hope of earning a diploma at a traditional school. Extraordinary educators believe empathy and life skills, more than academics, give these underserved students command of their own futures. This coming-of-age story watches education combat the crippling effects of poverty in the lives of so-called “bad kids.” Premiering Monday, March 20, 2017 at 10:00pm on WSKG TV. https://youtu.be/0RukXyvLxm8

 

Transition From Summer to Classroom With Daniel Tiger

It’s almost time for back-to-school, and new episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood are scheduled in September to encourage little tigers and support families as they transition from summer to classroom. These brand-new, specially themed episodes air on WSKG TV starting Monday, September 25, 2016.  Episodes include:

9/5 No Red Sweater for Daniel / Teacher Harriet’s New Hairdo
9/6 Sharing at the Library / Daniel Shares with Margaret
9/7 Daniel Makes a Noise Maker / Daniel Makes the Neighborhood
9/8 Daniel’s Allergy / Allergies at School
9/9 The Neighborhood Fall Festival / Field Day at School

Download and print this awesome back-to-school checklist and use with your child before school starts.  This will help your family establish routines and prepare for the school year.

Teachers Invited to Free Back-to-School Event

WSKG invites teachers into our Studios for a Back-to-School themed Open House.  We’re opening our doors on Monday, August 29, 2016 from 9:00am-noon and Tuesday, August 30, 2016 from 1:00pm-3:00pm.  Meet with our Youth Focused and Science staff as we share the best educational content from WSKG and PBS! Fill your bag with classroom toolkits, bring your own device for on-site PBS LearningMedia training and app downloads, be the first to preview brand-new programs set to air during September’s PBS Spotlight Education week, and enjoy a cup of delicious coffee from our friends at Tom’s Coffee, Cards & Gifts and fresh-made doughnuts from the good folks at the Cider Mill. Be sure to visit our next door neighbor, The Teacher Center of Broome County, to help get your classroom ready with posters, Ellison die-cuts, laminating, and more!

Owego PreK Students Share Graduation Aspirations

Students in the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program from the Owego-Apalachin School District spent time on our Little Learns American Graduate activity. Thanks to Mrs. Kristin Barton for leading this with the children and sharing with WSKG! Check out the Flipgram compilation and photo gallery below and enjoy the memories and aspirations of all thirty-three Owego Elementary School UPK graduates of 2016. View on Flipagram

G is for Graduation

It’s never too early to talk about the importance of education. As part of our local American Graduate project, we encourage all learners – even the youngest – to think about who or what champions them on the path to graduation! This simple activity serves as a great starting point to talk about the importance of education!  We made this to use at home, in a daycare setting, or in PreK/Kindergarten.  Ask guiding questions such as: “Going to school is important because…”

Hey Little Ones… Who's Your Champion?

It’s never too early to talk about the importance of education. As part of our local American Graduate project, we want to encourage all learners – even the youngest – to think about who or what champions them on the path to graduation! This simple activity serves as a great starting point to talk about the importance of education!  We made this to use at home, in a daycare setting, or in PreK/Kindergarten.  Ask guiding questions such as: “Going to school is important because…”

180 Days: Hartsville

Experience a year of a Southern town’s efforts to address the urgent demand for reform in American public schools, and watch what happens when the systems that can either fuel or diffuse that reform — bureaucracy, economic opportunity and fixed mindsets — interact and intersect. https://youtu.be/UFXQcGLjgOs
Watch episode 1 on December 5th at 5:30am and episode 2 on December 12th at 5:30am on WSKG TV.

American Graduate Week | WORLD Channel

From September 27th to October 2nd, WORLD Channel presents a week of documentaries that focus on the continuing challenges facing students, parents, teachers and administrators ‘outside’ of the 90%. Anchoring American Graduate on WORLD is an all-new Local, USA (Stories from the Classroom), If You Build It from WORLD’s original docu-series America ReFramed, and additional series Central Standard and Dropping Back In as well as eight other provocative programs.  
Here’s the local lineup which you can watch on WSKG’s World Channel/46.2:
M 9/28 | Local, USA | 6pm and 9pm
M 9/28 | The Graduates/Los Graduados | 7pm and 8pm

T 9/29 | The Graduate/Los Graduados | 2pm and 3pm
T 9/29 | Local, USA | 4pm
T 9/29 | Go Public: A Day in the Life of An American School District | 6:30pm

W 9/30 | Go Public: A Day in the Life of An American School District | 3:30pm
W 9/30 | Central Standard: On Education | 6:00pm and 6:30pm
W 9/30 | 180 Days: Hartsville | 8pm
W 9/30 | Schools That Change Communities | 9pm

Th 10/1 | 180 Days: Hartsville | 2pm and 3pm
Th 10/1 | Schools That Change Communities | 4pm
Th 10/1 | Central Standard: On Education | 6pm
Th 10/1 | 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School | 7pm
Th 10/1 | Our Time is Now | 9pm

Fr 10/2 | Local, USA | 11am
F 10/2 | 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School | 2pm
F 10/2 | Our Time is Now | 4pm
F 10/2 | Central Standard: On Education | 6pm
F 10/2 | Dropping Back In: Second Chances | 6:30pm
F 10/2 | 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School | 7pm
F 10/2 | Facing Forward: A Student’s Story | 9pm

Inspired by the American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative and supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).   
 

The Eight Square Schoolhouse | #tbt

The Eight Square Schoolhouse was built in 1827 and was in use until 1941. It is the oldest school building still standing in Tompkins County, and is still used for living history and educational programs. In addition, the building is the only surviving brick octagonal schoolhouse in New York State. The octagonal shape allowed the teacher to be placed at a central and prominent position and allowed for better lighting and ventilation. Today the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can learn more here.

Back to School

The other day marked the “unofficial” end of summer in my household as my daughter boarded the school bus for the first time and rode off to kindergarten. The event found my wife and I discussing the tradition of summer vacation and its origins. We both shared the belief that summer vacation was tied to America’s agrarian past, however upon further inquiry we discovered that our assumptions were mistaken. According to a PBS NewsHour article from 2014, the myth that summer vacation was directly tied to our nation’s agrarian roots is still very persistent. In realty, the early rural schools in America that were tied to an agrarian calendar had short summer and winter terms with breaks in the spring and fall.

Homework Hotline

Homework Hotline is a live statewide call-in show where kids receive help with homework problems right on the air. Designed for children in grades four through 12, the program
provides the tools students need to succeed with homework, and supports academic achievement across a variety of New York State Learning Standards. Teachers from Rochester Dial-A-Teacher take the calls and send them to WXXI studios in Rochester, where host teachers, who are experts in subjects across the curriculum, are standing by ready to help kids work through their homework. In addition to providing homework help,  Homework Hotline presents daily thematic segments on health, animals, book reviews, history, environment issues, and people and places in New York State. This season, the series will host special segments on governmental issues in preparation for the upcoming election and an American Graduateseries that focuses on the increased high school dropout rate and America’s efforts to combat this issue.