has been another busy month for us. We have been preparing for
the Quality Assurance Review for accreditation. Gathering the
many documents to support each goal and objective has been a daunting
task. The process normally takes three days. A team of
investigators comes to the agency to review documents, interview
parents, students, staff and directors, and inspect the agency.
Although each year we review goals and objectives from the previous
year, this full investigation takes place every five years.
During those years, some protocols may have
changed, which we want to make sure there is documentation to support
that we have continued to make progress in spite of
If you or your student would like to be
involved in the interview process, please do not hesitate to contact
us. We would be pleased to include anyone who is
Are you beginning to warm up? It
has been a delightful week in our part of the world. The time
change has gotten us up early enough to see, once again, beautiful
sunrises. The warmer air pulls us outside to enjoy the warmth of
the sun. Little spots
of green can be seen popping up through the brown earth, branches are
swelling with buds and the birds have begun their daily
symphony. While every season has its own beauty, I must say that
Spring is a favorite of mine.
Enjoy all this month has
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to Ask Your Learner...
Here are questions that you might ask your student in one form or
another when reviewing the Activities and Extended Learning included
with each eTutor lesson module.
questions or comments do you have about the Study Guide?" Students like to have a say in what they
learn. Failure to express this information can impede the
learning process. Encouraging learners to take an active
part in learning will provide you with information on whether the
student understands the concept or skill.
were some of the key points from the lesson module you just
finished?" Responses reinforce the material that was
covered. Meanwhile, you will learn what is being overlooked
or lost. Is now the time to have your student repeat the
lesson module? Can the concepts be tied into some future
discussion? Is omission acceptable?
information do you think will be most useful to you, and
why? Is there anything that you think will be difficult to
use, and why?" Responses review information, add
perspective and stimulate ideas. Questions that focus
attention beyond lesson module facilitate the transfer of learning
and ideas. Questions that focus attention beyond the instruction
facilitate the transfer of ideas to action.
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a Road Slowly
by Irene Hunt
Grades 5 - 10
After her mother's death, Julie goes
to live with her Aunt Cordelia, a spinster schoolteacher, where
she experiences many emotions and changes, including love,
jealousy, and tragedy, as she grows into a young woman.
Julie would remember her happy
days at Aunt Cordelia’s forever. Running through the spacious
rooms, singing on rainy nights in front of the fireplace. There
were the rides in the woods on Peter the Great and the races
with Danny Trevort. There were the precious moments alone in her
room at night, gazing at the sea of stars.
But there were sad times
too—the painful jealousy Julie felt after her sister married,
the tragic death of a schoolmate and the bitter disappointment
of her first love. Julie was having a hard time believing life
was fair. But Julie would have to be fair to herself before she
could even think about new beginnings…
1967 Newbery Medal Winner
happens when you are busy making other plans.
Neck, back, and wrist
pain and eye strain are common problems for those of us who spend
a lot of time at a table or desk. There are, however, some
simple solutions that you can implement for yourself and other
family members, according to a research engineer and a specialist
Adjust your chair
so that your legs are horizontal to the floor.
If you use a
document holder, make sure it is the same height as your
Get rid of any
glare on your computer screen by making sure your light source
is above, rather than at the sides, back, or front of your
If you use a
keyboard and the edges of your desk where you rest your wrists
are sharp, pad or soften the edges.
Adapted from Working
In the greatest confusion there is
still an open channel to the soul. It may be difficult to
find, because by midlife it is overgrown, and some of the wildest
thickets that surround it grow out of what we describe as our
education. But the channel is always there, and it is our
business to keep it open, to have access to the deepest part of
is kids' work. When adults have work, often they have home
offices. These work for kids, as well. Setting up and equipping
a student office sends the message that learning...and study...is
important. An office makes it serious business.
Parents often want to keep
their child in view during learning activities. But all of us
need to focus on one thing at a time and so the student office should
be away from distractions. This means the office can be in the
child's room or another non-public area of the house.
Creating the study
environment. All students should have a large paper calendar
on the wall with important due dates of projects and upcoming
events. Encourage your child to think about how long each will
take and note that.
Music can inspire
learning...music with no words, that is, such as
"brain-friendly" background sounds such as Baroque
music...Bach, Handel, Pachelbel,
Vivaldi. Have your student make affirmations for the wall, such
as, "I BELIEVE IN
MYSELF," "EVERYTHING I DO DESERVES MY BEST EFFORT,"
"I CAN LEARN THIS!" Provide
the bins, shelves, cubbies and drawers necessary to keep the space
picked up and restful. Clutter can lead to scattered
Study guidelines. Besides
allowing your student to select colors and equipment and co-design the
"business-of-learning" space, set a time for study and then
do not nag your child to get started. Comment for effort, not
just grade or mark. Listen more, talk less.
Adapted from The Seven
Biggest Teen Problems and How to Turn Them Into Strengths,
by Bobbi Deporter
A determination to succeed is the only
way to succeed.
to Several Colleges?
Use One Application
You are ready to begin the
application process. Check the college or university you have
chosen to see if you can apply with the Common
Application. It is accepted by 255 colleges and universities and
is designed so that you can apply to several colleges with just one
The Common Application
has four forms and can be done online.
Colleges accepting the
Common Application generally also require you to fill out a
applications work only for that specific college.
No matter which
application you use, it is your responsibility to verify that the
college has received all the forms.
Be sure to read the
directions for each college's application process.
Adapted from The Next
Challenge of Change
group of Amish people pulled up stakes from their religious settlement
in the Mid-West and moved to a remote area in Peru. When asked
their reason for doing so one of them responded, "We got tired
of having to move our wagons to the side of the road to let the cars
were, of course, voicing the frustration from their resistance to
change. How many people today get tired of "moving their
wagons to the side of the road to let the cars go by?"
How many are constantly being upset by the inconvenience of having to
step aside as the world goes rushing by? It's the
"challenge of change" and it's a pretty good question
for you to face and perhaps do something about. Humanity's
greatest problem in the days ahead may not be environment pollution,
population growth, or the threats of war. It may be the
acceptance of change as a way of life.
Canadian neuro-surgeon discovered some truths about the human mind
which revealed the intensity of this problem. He conducted some experiments
which proved that when a person is forced to change a basic belief or
viewpoint the brain undergoes a series of nervous sensations
equivalent to the most agonizing torture.
find it difficult to change. They fear the uncertainty of
change. They often see it as a threat to their security.
It upsets their established patterns of behavior. So they resist
change. What is a problem for the individual becomes a problem
for the larger community. When several large organizations were
asked "What is the greatest problem you face today?"
Without exception the answer was, "The problem of
from Public School Administrator
Yourself as a Leader
we often don't take credit for it, we are all leaders as
parents. Acting as a leader takes work, self-scrutiny and
commitment to expand. Commit to the process by the following:
yourself. Improve something every day...your knowledge,
insight, ability to listen. But don't bash yourself for the
strengths you have yet to develop fully. Just put your
weaknesses on a list of things to improve.
other viewpoints. Accept criticism without directing blame
at the messenger. Then show the extra courage to correct
what is wrong and move ahead.
personal diversity. Diversity, a trait of our great leaders,
comes from involvement in the things that really interest
you. It rounds out a leadership image.
from Strategy Files
is easy to the unwilling.
Molecular Expressions: Science,
Optics and You is a science curriculum package being developed for
teachers, students, and parents. These activities are designed to
promote the asking and answering of questions related to light, color,
and optics. The program begins with basic information about lenses,
shadows, prisms, and color, leading up to the use of sophisticated
instruments scientists use to help them understand the world.
the Essence of Life: There is much to learn about salt.
Salt, sodium chloride, touches our lives more than any other chemical
compound. The chemical properties and physical properties of sodium
chloride are a treasure to mankind.
House - Green Planet: Of all the planets in our solar
system, the Earth is the only one that—as far as we know—supports
life. So why is our planet alone so hospitable?
For more than eight decades, the name Walt Disney has been preeminent
in the field of family entertainment. From humble beginnings as a
cartoon studio in the 1920s to today's global corporation, From
this page move on to games, creating and more. Caution there is
advertisement on some pages.
Count On: Your
student will enjoy selecting from a series of math and logic
games. Some require Flash. Several other resources are
included on the site, but the main draw are the games. Keep your
student interested and thinking.
Cave: From the comfort of your keyboard, browse the wonders
of the underground! This site tells the story of caves in words and
pictures: what's in them and how it got there. Grab three sources of
light, a helmet, some sturdy boots, and your mouse, and have fun
exploring - there's LOTS to see!
Irish Blessing to each of you!
Knowledge HQ Staff
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