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  • Students Experience Team Success Building Underwater Robots Any problem can be an opportunity to succeed, and at Newton-Conover Middle School students experience team success building underwater robots. Charles Draper is especially proud of his class, because they are the self contained Exceptional Children class and completed a difficult Science, Technology, Engineering and math (STEM) project. At the Shuford YMCA pool, the students demonstrated their ...
  • District is Ditching iPads in Favor of Laptops A district is ditching iPads in favor of laptops, with the encouragement of teachers and students.  The consensus is that iPads present difficulties for older students with word processing and keyboard entry, and they are a distraction that students associate with games. The Auburn school committee conducted a survey of students and teachers in grades seven ...
  • Success for At Risk Students A new program has developed support, hope, and success for at risk students. At Belmonte Middle School, the new program called Next Steps for Success has resulted in some dramatic change around for some students. “I didn’t care,” said seventh grader Kevin Parada. “I was disrespectful. I was awful. I was mean. I used to wake up ...
  • Improving Writing with Random Acts of Kindness A middle school language arts teacher is encouraging students to work on improving writing with random acts of kindness. At Daviess County Middle School, teacher Melody Wallace has been striving to help her students become better writers.  She has focused on making their writing experiences reflect community service and kind actions. Last year, she was challenged to ...
  • The Pasta Bridge Challenge Students took the pasta bridge challenge and put their creations made of fettuccini and Elmer's glue to the test.  At Fair Lawn High School, the end of the day turned up a bridge that could hold an amazing 400 pounds.  It didn't beat the all time record however, which was 795 pounds. Every year, students in ...
  • Gateway Program Opens the Door to Personalized Learning For fifth graders in these independent schools, a gateway program opens the door to personalized learning. In the Danville Independent Schools, all fifth grade students participate in "gateways".  These are presentations that the student make. This year, all 150 participating students were moved out of their schools and onto the Centre College campus. “A college is great ...
  • Young Students Learning Japanese In Hawaii Despite the decrease of local Japanese speakers,  young students learning Japanese in Hawaii are gaining bilingual skills and appreciating the culture that shaped the islands in earlier years. On a daily basis after school, students came to the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin and gathered in a second floor classroom for Japanese Language class.  They painted "kanji" on ...
  • $6.7 Million Raised to Help Children in Flint Recover From Lead Exposure Businesses and individual people from all across America and 10 countries have achieved a goal of $6.7 million raised to help children in Flint recover from lead exposure in their drinking water. A goal of $100 million has been set by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint for the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. According ...
  • Inspiring Other Special Ed Students with Their Book Several students who made a difficult journey through high school are inspiring other special ed students with their book before they graduate. Angel Feaster and Jeremiah Mabunay are two of the ten students who shared their struggles in a book "Finding Ourselves".  The book was a project of Lynn Bocca’s Transitional Partnership Program at Fairfield High School. Feaster has ...
  • Everyone in This College Prep Program Goes To College While the odds of going to college are not good for many of Newark's 73,000 children, everyone in this college prep program goes to college. The odd thing about that success is that it occurs among students who otherwise might not have had a chance to continue their education. For the 130 students enrolled in the New ...
  • Child Hunger During the Summertime Child hunger during the summertime is a persistent problem in the U.S., although there are programs to feed kids in schools.  It is estimated that programs that provide summer meals for low income children do not reach 85 percent of those who need them. Associate Advocacy Director Lucy Melcher of No Kid Hungry calls summer vacation ...
  • Blended Learning Supports Personalized Learning Old school and new methods are coming together at an elementary school, where blended learning supports personalized learning. At the Newton-Conover school, the blended learning system was adopted this year.,  Students do not sit in rows listening to a teacher directed lecture.  They sit in small groups, divided for equal levels of learning, and then work ...
  • Students Walked Out In Silence to Protest Bullying A protest led by seventh graders had a powerful impact, as students walked out in silence to protest bullying. At Barstow Junior High School, the silent protest lasted about 15 minutes.  Students walked out of their classrooms, and gathered outside in the middle of the campus.  Then they sat down. Some students placed tape over their mouths. ...
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid Excerpt from Earning Admission: Real Strategies for Getting into High Selective Colleges Be Open Minded and Diligent to Reduce the Cost of Your Child’s College The only part of the college application process that may be more daunting than persuading an admission officer to admit your child is figuring out how to pay for your child’s college education. Today, ...
  • Keyboard Skills Now Taught in Elementary School It used to be just reserved for high school, but keyboard skills now taught in elementary school are part of the routine curriculum. At King Science and Technology Magnet Center, eighth graders spend time before the start of their class practicing keyboarding.  Just like in typing classes of days gone past, they focus on home-row keys, ...
  • ComiCon Hosted By Middle School A ComiCon hosted by middle school students and teachers is now in its fourth successful year, and is a great boost to learning language arts and science subjects with creativity. At Triton Central Middle School, fifth graders dressed up as superheros.  Some had capes and masks.  Language arts teacher Kristi Reedy, and science teacher Sara Marshall ...
  • The GRIT for Success Most high school study halls are quiet places to do homework, but at Wood River High School active socializing is part of giving students the GRIT for success. GRIT stands for Growing Rigor Initiative Integrity and Tenacity. GRIT is a support class for honors and AP high school students who might not be able to fully dedicate ...
  • Drones Are Coming to High School Drones are coming to high school as the need to show students about real world technology is growing. "The goal is to always be out front — cut these kids loose and put them in a place where they can grow," said Lee Butterfield, a 34-year-old South High School teacher in Anchorage. The latest high  tech addition ...
  • Celebrating Latin American Culture Celebrating Latin American culture for one middle school included  students of Latino heritage planning how to share their food, crafts, and culture with their classmates. At Craig Middle School, sixth grader Juan Carlos Alvarez was busily thinking about what students could learn about his native Mexico. “They can learn what Mexicans do for food — and ...
  • Lemonade Day was Deliciously Successful Middle school students found that Lemonade Day was deliciously successful.  Lemonade day took over throughout  Elkhart County, as lemonade stands lined roads and appeared in front of businesses.  Students learned what is necessary to operate a small business as they worked at the stands. Most of the profit was donated to local charities and nonprofits. The chair of Lemonade ...
  • Students and Teachers Team Up for Project Based Learning At Albemarle High School, students and teacher team up for project based learning. It's all part of Team 19, a pilot program for ninth graders who had previously had difficulty in traditional classrooms. English teacher Joe Frankfurth finds that when he opens his classroom each morning, there is a line of students waiting to get in. “They eat ...
  • Teacher Connects With Students Through Comic Books A high school teacher connects with students through comic books, and the result has been that students read for information and for pleasure. Tim Smyth, a Wissahickon High School social studies teacher, has a reputation for being a challenging teacher among students.  So it surprised them when he did something wholly unexpected.  He started giving out ...
  • Student Research in Local History is Showcased A statewide history day prompted opportunities at the capital for presentations where student research in local history is showcased. 1200 middle and high school students in Illinois visited the Prairie Capital Convention Center, with the intent to share their research on various topics, both prominent and obscure. They were competing for prizes at Illinois History Day.  This ...
  • Native American Education Day Cleaning the fibers from soap root plants to create traditional brushes and traditional beading were just two of the activities students enjoyed on Native American Education Day at the Mendocino County Museum. “History brings us into the present, and today, you get to hang out with history at the museum,” explained Alison Glassey, Mendocino County Museum ...
  • Kindergartners Learning Umatilla Language and Culture At Pendleton Early Learning Center children were learning about salmon through a new program that has kindergartners learning Umatilla language and culture. Shawndine Jones, the center's heritage language teacher, and Mildred Quaempts, the language coordinator for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, joined teacher Sarah Yoshioka at the front of the classroom, where they ...
  • Kids Helping Troops with a Pet Rock Project What started as an economics activity for a fourth grade class has turned into an all out effort of kids helping troops with a Pet Rock project. At South Knoll Elementary, fourth graders had been instructed to decorate a pet rock, and then develop a marketing plan and commercial to sell them.  The students decided to use ...
  • Students Receive Training for Interacting With Autistic Peers Tempe High School special education teacher Jennifer Laurence wanted to give her students an opportunty to make friends and develop a social life, so she arranged for a program to have students receive training for interacting with autistic peers. Laurence acted along with Speech and Language Therapist Sandra Goodman to start Students Helping Access Doors Educationally ...
  • Advocacy for Early Foreign Language Learning As part of their senior project, two high school seniors have developed a plan of advocacy for early foreign language learning in their district elementary schools. At Falmouth High School, seniors Vanasa Liu and Anastasiya Yakovleva presented their conclusions in support of early foreign language learning to the Falmouth School Committee. Their senior project goals included communicating ...
  • Technology Transforms How Children Learn At the eleven schools in Yuma County that are part of the Apple ConnectED partnership, teachers are finding that not only are classrooms changed, but technology transforms how children learn by giving them greater opportunities to connect and interact. In the Crane school district, public relations coordinator and grant writer Trina Siegfried says that technology transforms how ...
  • Bringing the Vietnam Era to Life High school students held a mock town hall meeting set in 1976, bringing the Vietnam era to life. At Maryville High School, the US History and English honors and Advanced Placement classes debated whether the president of the USA should pardon men who resisted the draft during the Vietnam War, taking on the roles of various ...

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