Student creates smartphone app for district residents
William J. Kemble is reporting in the Daily Freeman Saugerties High School sophomore Lula Rappaport has created a smartphone app that she says is easier to use than the school district website for getting district information. School officials said during a board of education meeting Tue., Dec. 9, the district may consider supporting the project. Rappaport’s app won the high school science fair in November. The app includes the lunch menu for the month, the Google map location of the school and the school phone number that can be automatically dialed. Plus, a calendar of sporting events, a list of school clubs, the daily bell schedule, and email links to the high school guidance counselors. Rappaport chose to make an app for the high school after finding the district website was not user-friendly. In 9th grade, Rappaport’s project involved a study of the impact of meditation in the classroom. In a 4th grade class, Rappaport implemented a 10-minute quiet time program twice a day to see if the students' test averages rose. "They did,” she said. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.