Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 27, 1918
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Nov. 27, 1918
XMAS HOLIDAY ELIMINATED BY SCHOOL BOARD
After careful consideration with a viewpoint as to the interests of all concerned pupils, teachers and patrons, the following resolution was passed by the board of education in session November 20, 1918: “That the superintendent be authorized to continue school for the balance of the year as at present at the regular hours; that the holiday vacation be eliminated with the exception of Christmas and New Years Day; that school be taught on Friday following Thanksgiving day; that the lost time be made up by intensive teaching of essentials, teaching alternate Saturdays during the months of January and February, and by the extension of the school year at the close of the year for three weeks; that this resolution be put in today’s issue of the press and that the statement be signed as coming from the board of directors and that it be stated that this is the first action taken by the board on the matter.:
“Signed, Board of Directors, Medford City Schools.”
It is believed that all those concerned will approve of this plan when considered carefully for an opportunity will be given to make up the work lost without crowding pupils. The cast that the sessions on Saturday, that is, every other Saturday, do not take effect till January and February will give opportunity for longer days as to light, conveniences, etc. The extension of the term for the year by three weeks with the elimination of the Christmas vacation will make the school year close about June 13, which is one week earlier than the school year closed last year.
SPECIAL THANKSGIVING ATTRACTIONS AT PAGE
Commencing Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock will be give the first showing of the great melo-drama “The Still Alarm.”
The production was made in one of the largest studios in the middle west, and enacted by a cast of most capable players, including Thomas Santschi, Fritzi Brunette, Bessie Syton and others of equal note. The filming of the great fire scenes alone cost many times more than the average screen play, for it was necessary to secure the required effects to burn an eight-story chemical factory, as well as a large mansion, which in the play represents the home of the heroine of the story. In the making of these scenes seven fire companies were used to fight the flames and the picture shows the men resting at the fire stations at the time “the still alarm” is received by the sweetheart of the heroine; the entire department rushing madly down the street, and fighting of the flames together with many hair-breadth escapes from falling stairways and crumbling walls.
Other film features and special musical program makes this a most attractive Thanksgiving entertainment.
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