January 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

New School Year: Fresh Start Homework Solutions

-by Karen Davis and Susan Kruger   Homework.   Say the word to a student, and it’s synonymous with torture. Say the word to a parent, and it often spells…

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January 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

STEM tops Pennsylvania schools in SPP

Pennsylvania’s Department of Education released its School Performance Profile (SPP) scores for the last time on Friday, with the Downingtown STEM Academy in the Downingtown Area School District topping the…

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January 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

Downingtown Area School District held a School Safety Summit

The Downingtown Area School District held its 5th Annual School Safety Summit on August 9, 2017.   Joining district administrators, principals and custodians were law enforcement officials representing our district’s…

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January 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

Downingtown Area School Board reorganizes with two new members

Four members of the Downingtown Area School Board were sworn in on December 6, 2017 by Judge Michael Cabry. The four were elected to serve a four year term in…

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January 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

Principal Ross spends night on school roof Lionville Middle School

Principal Jon Ross spent a cold night on the roof of Lionville Middle School to thank students for exceeding their fundraising goal for Alex’s Lemonade Stand.   The students raised…

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January 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

Secret Santa pays off negative meal balances for Downingtown Area School District

A Secret Santa walked into two Downingtown Area School District schools on Monday and paid off the outstanding meal accounts for dozens of students.   What he didn’t know at the…

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October 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

Country music festival coming to Chester County next year

    LUDWIG’S CORNER >> A three-day country music festival featuring some of the biggest names in country music will be coming to Chester County next year, organizers announced Thursday….

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October 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

Mantis shrimp brain contains memory and learning centers found only in insects

    This mantis shrimp (Gonodactylus smithii) might have a much more elaborate brain than previously thought. That’s the conclusion of the first study to peer into the head of more…

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October 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

Test your smarts on the periodic table, ancient cats, and more!

At Above Grade Level we firmly believe that learning should be fun.  Here’s a little quiz we found to be interesting and fun.     Does anyone else like to…

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October 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

1st marking period

The 1st marking period is already drawing to a close….   Are your child’s report card grades not as strong as you had hoped? Don’t wait too long to reach…

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October 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

Downingtown Fall Fest

Downingtown Fall Fest in Downingtown PA   Anticipating the opening of the Downingtown Fall Fest. A wonderful day to meet new friends! Thanks to everyone who stopped by!   Save... Read More
September 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

Are evenings more like a war-zone at your house?

Are evenings more like a war-zone at your house? When schedules permit, consider instituting a “Homework before Dinner” routine.   By the time kids have unwound from school, had dinner,... Read More
September 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

Spider spins web that can hold the weight of a human

These are not your friendly neighborhood spiders: scientists have mixed a graphene solution that when fed to spiders allows them to spin super-strong webbing. How strong? Strong enough to carry... Read More
August 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

The school year is almost here!

It’s August. Summer is drawing to a close, and families with kids are beginning to transition to back-to-school mode.  Just imagine the boost of confidence it would be for students to…

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August 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

Child Grooming & Abduction – A True Story.

Jim decided to share the story of how his daughter was groomed and abducted by pedophiles, in order to help other children and parents.   “Her mother and I divorced…

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July 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

Debt Disaster for Students

  The front page of a recent issue of the Daily Local News (July 30, 2017) ran a Special Report in the wake of this month’s hike in student loan…

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July 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

Healthy recipe for kids: Chocolate and oats lollipops

You won’t find the need to stop your kids from eating these healthy lollipops. Keeping kids away from chocolates and candy is almost next to impossible. They just can’t settle…

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July 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

How to increase your chances of College Scholarships

With average college tuition’s having quadrupled in recent years—in large part a result of the ease of obtaining government student loans—excellent SAT or ACT scores can be a student’s salvation…

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June 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

Lionville YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Healthy Kids Day May 2017 Above Grade Level  had a great day supporting the YMCA and supporting summer program.  We spent time talking to parents about the benefits to tutoring…

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