April 8 2010

Education Blackboard — April 8, 2010

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Measure success based on students’ performance by MAGGIE THELEN Principal, Cannonsburg Elementary School Director of Gifted and Talented Director of Instructional Technology No Child Left Behind, EdYes, MEAP tests, ACT tests, SAT tests, PLAN tests, Response to Intervention, EXPLORE tests, IDEA 2004… educators live in a world of standards and assessments. We need to look at how and what we teach and then measure success based on how well our students perform. Isn’t there more to teaching and learning? Don’t we want all students to come to school to learn and grow each day? Many policies and procedures are in place, which safeguard the progress of students—the majority of our students—but still lack the accountability for meeting the needs of the highly able student. If we equated the education of our youth with that of a sports team, we would quickly realize the disparity in quality of education that could exist. The following article was originally printed on the Hoagie’s Gifted Education Page. Read the comparison between the game of football and that of educating all students. No Child Left Behind: The Football Version Author Unknown, additions by Carolyn K., director, Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page 1. All teams must make the state playoffs, and all will win the championship. If a team does not win the championship, they will be on probation until they are the champions, and coaches will be held accountable. 2. All kids will be expected to have the same football skills at the same time and in the same conditions. No exceptions will be made for interest in football, a desire to perform athletically, or genetic abilities or disabilities. ALL KIDS WILL PLAY FOOTBALL AT A PROFICIENT LEVEL. 3. When players arrive at any game with remedial skills in football for any reason, their coaches will be penalized for their performance, regardless of how long the players have been on the team. 4. If remedial players do not achieve proficiency by the next statistically recorded game, their coaches and athletic directors will be put on probation. After several games of probation, coaches and athletic directors may be released. Coach and athletic director probation and release will not be conditional on the size of gains in the remedial players football skills; players […]

Easter coloring contest winners announced

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The Rockford Squire received numerous colored bunnies. Some even had cute poems to go along with their entries. It was a hard decision, but after many oohs and aahs at all the great entries, the following winners were selected. The winners are Emma Lange, 4, Delcie Mortimore, 5, Samuel Couturier, 8, and Kelly, 10.   Winners—you can pick up your prizes at The Rockford Squire office.

Words on Weather & Climate — April 8, 2010

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Time zones by CRAIG JAMES I think most of us understand the basic times zones across the county. In the lower 48 states there are the Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific time zones. However, before the advent of railroads, each city in the country had its own local time that was set to solar noon (when the sun is directly overhead). Since the sun is directly overhead about one minute later for each 12 miles you travel to the west, traveling on horseback didn’t usually cause much of a problem. Your watch was only a few minutes off after a day’s travel. However, when railroads began moving people long distances in a short period of time, railroad time schedules became very confusing. In the 1860s, the railroads were dealing with over 300 local time zones. In 1884, the concept of standard time zones, each spanning approximately every 15 degrees longitude, was implemented worldwide. Where time zone lines ran through cities, the lines were nudged either west or east so the entire city was on the same time zone. But some states ended up in two time zones. The state of Indiana has 92 counties; 80 are now in the Eastern Time Zone and 12 are in the Central Time Zone. When Daylight Saving Time (DST) was implemented during World War I, all counties in each state were required to use it year round. This experiment in DST lasted just seven months, but was reinstated during World War II. After the war, between 1945 and 1966, each county, led by the wisdom of its own politicians, decided whether to stay on DST or not. In Indiana, 15 counties adopted DST and 77 did not. If that had happened in our area, it would be like Grandville being one hour ahead of Jenison, but for only part of the year. Finally in 2006, Indiana adopted DST in all counties. Arizona does not go on DST except on a few Indian reservations. It took me a while when I moved to Grand Rapids to get used to the fact that the National Weather Service does not adopt DST. When they post the daily climate summary in the winter, it is for the 24-hour period from midnight to midnight, […]

Where can Rockford go for questions on aging?

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by RICH ZECK When talking with older adults, a common question arises: Who can I call for help? Sadly, many older adults and their family members are not sure who to call for help. A local program helps to take the guesswork out of who to call for age-related questions. The outreach and assistance program provided by Gerontology Network serves individuals aged 60 or older in Kent County. Trained social workers are available to help answer questions and identify services throughout West Michigan that best meet the needs of older adults. The outreach specialists can help individuals with a wide variety of needs, including but not limited to Medicare and Medicaid, housing and utilities, meals and food pantries, legal aid, prescriptions, transportation coordination and social activities. This program is funded in part by the Kent County Senior Millage and, because of a generous gift from the Edward M. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation, it is able to extend its hours to better serve older adults in the community. Trained staff is available to answer questions Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Thanks to the support of the local community through Kent County Senior Millage, we have been able to assist nearly 500 adults this year alone,” said Brooke Zehr, outreach specialist at Gerontology Network. “Now with the grant from the Thome Foundation, we are able to not only extend our service hours, but we can reach more individuals across West Michigan.” Gerontology Network’s programs like the outreach and assistance program work together to enhance the quality of life and promote independence of older adults. If you or a caregiver of an older adult have questions, pick up the phone today and call toll-free 1-800-730-6135. There is no fee for the service, but donations are accepted. If you have questions, Gerontology Network can help. Call them today or go online for more information at www.gerontologynetwork.org and find out what your options are. Gerontology Network is located at 800 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids.

Master gardener to offer free advice at Rockford Hardware

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John Hogan, an advanced master gardener and longtime garden columnist for The Grand Rapids Press, will become a regular fixture at Rockford Hardware’s Garden Center each weekend, doling out advice and tips, and answering customers’ gardening questions. Hogan, a Rockford resident, will serve as a regular “green thumb” consultant for Rockford Hardware for several hours each Saturday and Sunday, beginning Saturday, April 17, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Hogan will also write a regular guest blog for the Rockford Hardware customers, offering a week-by-week look at everything from preventative steps to combat specific plant and garden insects to when and how to apply fertilizer. His first blog entry will appear on Monday, April 19, and can be found at www.rockfordacehardware.com. Pete Kruer, owner of Rockford Hardware, is thrilled to offer his lawn and garden customers complimentary advice from such a noted and respected garden and landscape expert. “It’s a value-added service we can offer to the ‘newbie’ gardener to those serious green thumbs,” said Kruer. “Customers are going to love John’s knowledge and ‘garden variety’ approach.” Hogan served as a reporter with The Grand Rapids Press for 24 years, and a garden columnist for the past eight of his career. In April 2009, he formed his own residential and commercial landscape company, which he continues to operate. He remains a regular contributor with The Grand Rapids Press, rapidgrowth.com and Faith Magazine. “It’s an exciting venture,” Hogan said. “I’m looking forward to taking the ‘fear factor’ out of plant, flower and vegetable gardening. It is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding hobbies that anyone, of any age, can learn and do.” Hogan is a graduate of Michigan State University. In addition to being an advanced master gardener, Hogan is a master woodland manager.

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