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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fort Thomas Weekend News & Notes


1. The Highlands Middle School uniform is being eliminated after 10 years.  It was the only school in the district that had the code.  I would love to hear your thoughts on the change.  I am a little mixed - great to not have to buy a set of clothes to be worn only to school but on the other hand there is something great about not having to deal with who is wearing the $100 pair of jeans, etc, etc.


2. Anyone else have kids that think the giant red balls in front of Target is from the hit ABC game show - Wipeout?  They seem to be a real hit with kids entering and exiting the store and are a nice fun touch for a big box store.

3. A recent story on a settled lawsuit with Carespring sheds some unflattering light on Fort Thomas' own Highlandspring (a part of the Carespring network).  The story mentions that a rating provided by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gave Highlandspring their lowest rating, 1 of 5 stars.

9 comments:

  1. I had no idea Fort Thomas middle schoolers had to wear a uniform! I would have totally fought that had my children been entering middle school last year. While I agree that children concerning themselves with designer clothes and what label so-and-so is wearing is a problem, I believe not letting children express their individuality is a much bigger problem. So I'm so happyto hear of this change (and dismayed that it was in place to begin with!).

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  2. It's not really a uniform.. more of a dress code.. (the accompanying picture is not of Ft Thomas middle school students). When my child was in middle school, I thought it was a great idea.

    Especially, after seeing high schoolers wearing pajama bottoms and flip flops..

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  3. HighlandSpring..

    Not a bad place, but they definitely have staffing issues.

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  4. It was not a uniform- Just a strict dress code. No jeans, no writing or designs on shirts (unless it was a repeating pattern), no athletic pants...

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  5. It wasn't a uniform, just a dress code. No jeans, athletic pants, shirts had to be a solid color or have a repeating pattern, logos had to be smaller than a quarter.

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  6. There is a difference between a dress code and a uniform. The middle school had a dress code that restricted certain items of clothing such as jeans, big logos on shirts, sweatpants, etc. A uniform requires everyone to wear the same thing. I don't have any problem with a dress code, but think the middle school one could have been more open to allow jeans. I live by the middle school and high school and frankly I'm appalled some days when I see what the high schoolers wear! There should at least be some guidelines enforced on what is appropriate to wear to school such as the length or your skirt or shorts or offensive graphics on T-shirts.

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  7. Parents should be the ones in charge of whether kids are appropriately dressed for school.

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  8. My first daughter missed the middle school dress code, but my second had to comply with it. I thought it was wonderful - and after getting used to it, so did she. I hate to hear they're doing away with it. I would have been happy to see it carried over to the high school. I thought the original reason for not implementing it in the high school was because there was no air-conditioning so they didn't feel they could be as restrictive. Now that the high school will be effectively cooled, and heated, I would be in favor of a stricter - and enforced - dress code there. The high school dress 'guidelines' are never enforced -- and they should be! It's embarrassing what some of those girls - and boys - wear!!

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  9. Not all of the high school has air conditioning. The English and social studies classrooms, along with a few other classrooms do not have ac. I think that part of the reason the hs has issues with students wearing inappropriate clothing is because they have had to adhere to the middle school dress code for three years before they enter high school. They get to high school and think they have free reign. Some students believe there isn't a dress code just because there is not an "uniform" approach to the dress code at the high school.

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