Julie Levy's blog

Boobie Chickenfrack

Trust me on the title, there is a purpose.

Have you just had one of those days (or weeks) where you are not only extraordinarily busy, but things just don't seem to be going your way? I had one of those days/weeks last week. In grand form. How did I regain my almost-lost mind? Boobie Chickenfrack.

WXXI Kid's Writing Contests

WXXI's education department is currently accepting applications for two children's writing contests! Do you know a wonderful writer, incredible illustrator or super storyteller? If so, check out the information below because you won't want to miss these 2 fabulous opportunities!

Oh, Mississippi

It's Super Tuesday. Ever media website imaginable has an abundance of election coverage stories, specials and live coverage and what article catches my eye on the MSN homepage? "Sorry You're Too Fat To Eat Here." What? Kudos to the person who wrote the article because as far as titles and tag lines go, you had me at hello. How could I not read this?

Leap Year Day

I've never given much thought to the extra day that gets tagged onto February every 4 years. Yeah, it's sort of exciting because it is different and for that one day you get to write a date is somewhat rare, but other than that it is exactly how I described it above- an extra day tagged onto the end of February.

Then my mom sent me a link (you have no idea how impressed I am that my mom even knows how to send a link) to a site named Leap Year Day and I had an epiphany: Leap Year Day must be quite the ordeal for someone that was born on February 29.

If I Could Change One Thing

WXXI's annual Kids Who Write are Bright writing contest for students in grades K-12 is underway, with this year's topic being "If I Could Change One Thing." From now until April 10, the contest deadline, WXXI's education department will receive hundreds of entries ranging from picture entries from the very young to thought essays from high school students.

The one thing that all of these submissions will have in common is the heartfelt desire for change of some sort from the writer. In general, it certainly seems that change is in the air.

Half Way There

You may be perplexed as to why I would entitle a January blog entry as "Half Way There". Half way to what? is what you are most likely wondering. The answer for your students or your children, is that they are just about half way to the next grade.

Now, I realize that if you do the actual math that this is not completely accurate, but with the end of the second grading period drawing near and the knowledge that Regents exams take up a good portion of the end of the year, I feel that "half way there" is called for.

From The Top & Homework Hotline

Have you heard the news?? From the Top is coming to Rochester on Sunday, January 20, 2008!

From The Top is a national musical organization that encourages and celebrates the commitment of young people to music. From the Top programming includes nationally broadcast television and radio shows, educational programs and a website.

Here are some of the activities planned at WXXI and in Rochester to celebrate From the Top:

Jumping Into January

As hard as it is to believe that it is now 2008, January of the new year is officially in full swing. After the exciting hustle and bustle of the holiday season, January may sometimes feel overly quiet by comparison but I am a firm believer that you can make just about anything exciting if you really try. So, here's some observances, events and ideas to help make your January a more memorable one.

It's Book Blitz Month
Resolve to Eat Breakfast Month
World Braille Day, January 4
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21
National Compliment Day, January 24
National Write to Congress Day, January 30

New Year's Resolutions

Ahhhhh. It's that time of year again. No, I'm not referring to the season of joy and giving when we celebrate holidays with our family and friends. I'm talking about the end of the year when people start reflecting on the past 365 days and look ahead to the year that is yet to be. They bid adieu to the past 12 months and say hello to fresh faced Baby New Year.

I happen to believe that people can be divided into two groups: those who believe in making New Year's Resolutions and those who abhor the very thought them.

What Style of Parent Are You?

I subscribe to multiple newsletters and educational organizations in an effort to try and keep up in regards to what is going on in the educational world. My inbox today held an interesting article regarding parenting styles titled Parenting Styles and Adolescents.

I encourage you, even if you don't have children, to read the above article.