Throwing in the beach towel, opening the books

Back to school can be a crazy time. As the summer months wind down, the heat is on. Students need to prepare their return to the classroom with back-to-school shopping, shifts to a school-friendly sleeping schedule, and the rush to finish their summer reading projects.

Learning beyond the 3 'Rs'

Last year Amelia Graff, now 12, attended the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union Leadership Retreat for the first time.

Reformer takes tour of Bellows Falls Middle School renovation

The upcoming academic year will be the first in which Bellows Falls Middle School students can enjoy the complete renovation of their building.

Adjusting to an earlier bedtime at summer's end

Parents, you can already picture those first mornings of the school year: the challenge of dragging cranky kids out of their beds at dawn after two months of mellow summer mornings.

A homework area where kids are productive

The word "homework," greeted with anxiety by kids and parents alike, will soon be the topic of daily conversation once again.

Mantle-perfect school portraits

For many parents, there's something special about school picture day. They remember getting out of class, combing their hair, lining up with friends for their turn before the camera.

What to buy now, what can wait

We're just easing into August, but back-to-school shopping season is in full gear. So take this pop quiz to see if you are in the know.

Summer learning programs crucial

For many students and teachers, summer vacation was more like summer term.

What your kid really needs for dorm life

Oh, campus-checklist and dorm-décor ads, you are so funny!

Computer shopping tips for back to school

Shopping for back to school used to mean a trip to Target to buy notepads, binders, pencils, erasers and a "Spongebob Squarepants" pencil box.

Reading, writing -- and apps

More and more public schools around the state are turning to a new kind of computer to help kids learn -- tablets.