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Boys Town Partnership with Lincoln Electric Helps Forge Bright Future for Grads

Thanks to Josh Temple — television host, licensed contractor and vocal Boys Town supporter — and his friends at Lincoln Electric, young men and women who are learning to weld at Boys Town’s Career Readiness Center are now using the latest high-tech equipment and gear. Since its founding 100 years ago, Boys Town has supported trade education for youth, at various times teaching carpentry, farming, machining and other skills as part of Father Flanagan’s vision to give at-risk youth every opportunity ...

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Greg Snyder, Ph. D. | Boys Town Staff Psychologist

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A Toy by Any Other Name Is Still a Toy

Are fidget spinners or other toy-like devices helpful in reducing restlessness, inattention and motor spillover behavior in the classroom setting? My answer is unequivocally, NO. Don’t buy in to the hype. Fidget spinners, fidget cubes and small handheld manipulative devices produced by toy manufacturers and co-opted by advocacy groups and children themselves are not helpful for children — unless they are used solely for enjoyment during free time. Many children with ADHD and other neurodevelopmental delays oftentimes present with excessive motor ...

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Getting Your Kids Back into the School Groove after Spring Break

When you’re a kid, you live for school holidays. After all, there’s nothing like a few weeks — or months — of staying up late, sleeping in and hanging out with friends. The trouble is, as with all good things, spring break eventually come to an end, and you have to go back to school. As a parent, when an extended break ends, you need to help your children get back into the swing of things. Young ones accustomed to sleeping ...

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Keeping Boys Town Youth Engaged and Involved

At-risk youth come to Boys Town from all over the country. Despite their diverse backgrounds, they all have one thing in common: a difficult upbringing that presents unique challenges not faced by other children their age. Keeping these youth focused and on a path to future success means keeping them engaged inside and outside school. Luckily for them, Boys Town offers a wide variety of ways for them to get involved beyond the classroom. One of those activities is athletics. It’s About ...

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Kristin Bieber, Ph.D., Boys Town Child and Adolescent Psychologist

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Make the Most of Parent–Teacher Conferences

Parent–teacher conferences play an important role in the education of your child. First quarter of the school year typically ends with a 15-minute conference. For many parents, these conferences are the first time they hear that their child is struggling in class or with peers, and there just isn’t much time to discuss the details. In general, communication with your child’s school is important. So, attending parent-teacher conferences is one way to send a message to your child and to teachers ...

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U.S. Army Sgt. Anthony Sieben, Boys Town Graduate

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Reflections of a Successful Boys Town Alum

U.S. Army Sgt. Anthony Sieben, a 2011 Boys Town graduate, recently reflected on how Boys Town changed his life. Sgt. Sieben (second from right) is currently stationed in Germany after serving nine months in Afghanistan. I was a terrible kid before I came to Boys Town. I was kicked out of high school my junior year because I was abusing drugs and alcohol. I was always angry and felt mad at the world, frustrated that no one seemed to understand or ...

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Dr. Reznicek, Superintendent, Boys Town High School

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Countering Bullying in the Boys Town Schools

Who are bullies?  What leads these individuals to bullying? These are often students who have witnessed physical or verbal aggression in their own homes.  They have seen other people push or hit children or adults.  A bully is often a physically strong individual.  A bully may or may not be popular with their peer group.  Bullies generally have trouble following rules.  They show little concern for the feelings of others.  And, sadly, many bullies do not understand how wrong their ...

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Julie Mooney, Boys Town Teacher

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It’s All in the Organization!

Would you like your child to be more successful in school? There is one key skill all students can learn that can contribute to their classroom success: Being organized! This may sound simple to someone who is a “naturally” organized person. But for students whose thoughts can often go off in random directions, being organized can be tough. Here are a few tips I use with my students at Boys Town that you can share with your children to help them stay focused ...

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Jo Ann Flaxbeard, Boys Town National Training Consultant

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New Grades Bring Big Transitions

With the new school year just around the corner, now is a great time to discuss how children can best transition from one school to another. After all, kindergarten, grade school, middle school, high school and college are distinctly different social and academic stages that mark a youth’s progression from childhood to maturity. And the transition between each requires a new and unique set of skills. If your child will be going through a transition year, the following social skills may ...

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Samantha Whaley, MPA, Boys Town Expert

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Avoid ‘Summer Slide’ and Make Learning Fun

Now that the school year has ended, what are your kids up to? If they’re like most, they’re sleeping late and spending extra time watching television and playing video games. Maybe they’re spending some time with their friends. Chances are, they’re not doing a whole lot of learning, though, and this contributes to summer learning loss, also called “summer slide.” Did you know that the equivalent of one month of overall learning is typically lost after summer vacation? Here are some ...

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Boys Town Contributor & Gavin, 2016 Boys Town Graduate

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2016 Graduates Reflect on Time Spent at Boys Town

This past weekend, 86 boys and girls walked across the stage to receive their diploma from Boys Town High School. These kids come to Boys Town, Nebraska from all over the country. Some come from toxic home environments, others have gotten into trouble with the law. But what brought them to Boys Town doesn’t matter once they get here. What matters is that they work hard for a chance at a bright future. We couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments. Below ...

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Life After Boys Town: Choosing a Third Path

Portions of content found at nytimes.com At Boys Town campuses all across the country, young men and women are embracing a second chance at life and preparing for the road ahead, armed with skills that will serve them throughout their lives. While many aspire going on to college after they graduate high school, there are those kids for whom this is not an option. For many years, the military was the classic alternative to higher education. But as admission standards have risen and ...

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The Little Things That Matter – Showing Appreciation for School Staff

For many of us who have children, the month of May has come to be known as the time to honor and appreciate our educators. While we often celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day or even Teacher Appreciation Week, it might be a good idea to spread our appreciation to include other school staff members such as counselors, janitors, cafeteria workers, administrative assistants and other employees who interact regularly with our students. Six Ways Your Appreciation Benefits Your School Letting your school staff members ...

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Father Steven Boes, Boys Town National Executive Director

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Setting Rules to Survive Your Stay-at-Home Teen

Your teenager is graduating from high school! What a great accomplishment! As a parent, you’re feeling pride and happiness – and maybe a little bit of apprehension about your teen’s plans for the upcoming summer. If your adolescent child will be living at home until college starts in the fall or until he or she begins a job and moves out, that apprehension level might be somewhere between nervous and panicky. Here’s the rub:  How do you parent a child who is still ...

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Kip Jones, Boys Town Press Author

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Teach Kids to be a B.O.S.S & Take a Stand Against Bullying

This article was first published on Boys Town National Training in October, 2015.   Bullying has become an epidemic in communities, homes, online and our schools. For example, bullyingstatistics.org cites the following data: Bullying victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are ...

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Erin Green,
Director, Boys Town National Training & Boys Town Press Services

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One Size Does Not Fit All When It Comes to Teaching Students Social Skills and Behavior Management

Every year, Boys Town National Training provides training and consultation services to hundreds of schools and thousands of educators across the United States and throughout the world. These services are based on the Boys Town Education Model®, which focuses on skill-teaching, relationship-building and implementing effective discipline procedures. With a multi-tiered intervention approach, our services assess a school’s or district’s needs; develop a service plan, training and consultation to support the school’s or district’s goals; and, when necessary, build capacity within ...

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My Youngest Starts School. Wait, am I Supposed to be Sad?

Teachable moments can come from a wide variety of sources, including other parents. From time to time parents write blogs for us that we think you will find interesting, useful, or entertaining. Please enjoy this post from a fellow parent. My baby started Kindergarten a couple of weeks ago. He is my second and last to go off to school. As I was leaving the school after drop off on the first day, I encountered other moms in the hallway fighting ...

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Erin Sorensen, Online Engagement Specialist and Cheerleading Coach at Boys Town

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Over Commitment: How to Know When Too Much Is Too Much

Not long ago, I had to stop one of my cheerleaders and tell her to take a deep breath. She was rushing from volleyball practice to make it to cheer practice on time and she was flustered. She had misplaced her volleyball jersey and now her cheer bow was gone. The stress was visibly noticeable on her face. “Breathe,” I informed her. She nodded, took a breath and grabbed her pom-poms. She’s not the only youth I coach who is involved in ...

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Kevin Kush, Boys Town Football Coach and Teacher

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How to Communicate With a Coach Without Overstepping

If you have a son or daughter participating in youth sports, sooner or later you’re probably going to want to talk to a coach about something – likely an issue on which you and the coach disagree. More often than not, the issue is playing time – as in, “Coach Kush, my son sat on the bench for most of last Friday’s game. He’s much better than the other kid; why don’t you let him play more?” But sometimes you get ...

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Julie Mooney, Boys Town High School Teacher

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Back to School at Boys Town

A new school year is beginning at Boys Town. That means new faces, new expectations and new beginnings for many of our students. Some have been with us over the summer, while others are just joining us. Our students, like those everywhere, are usually ready to settle into the routine and structure of the school environment. They are looking forward to being involved in good, positive activities. Those who have been to school at Boys Town already know that they will ...

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Superintendent Dr. Reznicek, Boys Town High School

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Thoughts on Graduation

Graduation 2015 from Boys Town on Vimeo. Recently, more than 80 Boys Town seniors walked across the stage to receive their diplomas, signifying the start of their journey from adolescence to adulthood. Though I have been a part of this ceremony many times during my tenure at Boys Town, it never ceases to fill me with pride and hope for the future. You see, graduation is a rite of passage experienced by millions of teenagers across the nation every spring. And ...

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Chris Miller, Boys Town National Admissions

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Boys Town Admissions: Finding the Kids Who Need Our Help

Boys Town is a place where kids get second chances and learn how to make good choices. At Boys Town Admissions, we work every day to find boys and girls who are ready to turn their lives around and experience success in school, at home and in their community. Our residential program at Boys Town is made up a diverse population of youngsters who come here from all over the country. Some have gotten into trouble with the law and have ...

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Bridget Barnes, Director Common Sense Parenting, Mother of two

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Back-to-School Strategies for Special Needs Kids

Many parents do the “back-to-school” cheer once the summer is over, their youngsters are on their way back to the classroom and family life is back on schedule. But for parents of children with special needs, the transition back to school might not be such a cheerful thought. I am a mom of a child with special needs. At the end of summer, I often would begin to get those back-to-school blues.  It was unsettling to think about what the school ...