eNews                               November 2015 Vol. 18-11

President's Message

November has come all too soon. As the days get shorter, I find that no matter how hard I try there is just not enough time in each day to do what I want to do. We are constantly reminded that there is so much to do and so little time to do it. Our commitment to education reminds us that although the task is huge, we must not waste our time.....our children do not have the time to waste. Our energies should be directed at improving the education of our youth. This does not mean that what we have been doing is wrong or not beneficial, merely that education, as all we do, should be continually reviewed and improved upon. And so, as the days seem to dwindle and the hours shorten, we need to work faster and smarter to accomplish the one task we cannot waste our time on, educating our children. 

I think of each of you, as you read what we are doing each month and how we are progressing.  In all life's journeys there are ups and downs...but our journey has been filled with purpose and when we find we have hit one of those down days, it never lasts for long.  Your interest and support keep us focused on our task and for that I am grateful every day.  This month as we take time from our busy schedules to give thanks, you are remembered for your abiding interest and the confidence you have in our work with students throughout the world.    Happy Thanksgiving!.

Year In and Year Out With  
eTutor Virtual Learning 

We are often reminded in the media that students do not stay with an online learning program for any length of time. While we do have some students who enroll for a short period of time most stay with the eTutor Virtual Learning Program for more than a year and even longer. The following data do not include the many students who enter the eTutor Program for Summer School and Credit Recovery Courses:.  

31 % - New students in 2015
69 % - Students remaining from previous years

Of those students who remained in the Program,  we find the following:
36% - from 2014
18% - from 2013
 9 % - from 2012
18% - from 2011
 9% - from 2010
 9% - from 2009

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Teach them to work without a net, at least every now and then.

Learning with eTutor

Middle/Junior High Language Arts - Goals 

  • Reading:  Read with understanding and fluency. Reading is essential.  It is the process by which people gain information and ideas from books, newspapers, manuals, letters, contracts, advertisements and a host of other materials.  Using strategies for constructing meaning before, during and after reading will help students connect what they read now with what they have learned in the past.  Students, who read well and widely, build a strong foundation for learning in all areas of life. 

  • Listening:  Listen effectively in a variety of situations.   Of all the language arts, listening, as well as speaking, is most often used on a daily basis at home, school and work or in the community.  In person, by phone or through video, good listening skills are essential to receiving and understanding messages.  To understand messages spoken by others, students must be able to listen carefully, using specific techniques to clarify what they have heard.
  • Writing:  Write to communicate for a variety of purposes.  The ability to write clearly is essential to any person’s effective communications.  Students with high-level writing skills can produce documents that show planning and organization and effectively convey the intended message and meaning.  Clear writing is critical to employment and production in today’s world.  Individuals must be capable of writing for a variety of audiences in differing styles, including standard rhetoric themes, business letters and reports, financial proposals and technical and professional communications.  Students should be able to use word processors and computers to enhance their writing proficiency and improve their career opportunities.
  • Literature:  Read and understand literature representative of various societies, eras and ideas.  Literature transmits ideas, reflects societies and eras and expresses the human imagination.  It brings understanding, enrichment and joy.  Appreciating literature and recognizing its many forms enable students to learn and respond to ideas, issues, perspectives and actions of others.  Literature study includes understanding the structure and intent of a short poem or a long, complex book. By exploring the techniques that authors use to convey messages and evoke responses, students connect literature to their own lives and daily experiences.

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Spanish Language for Beginners
Roman Numerals 
The Skeletal System

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   The Book Case            

Down Ryton Water

by Eva Roe Gaggin

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings + Leo and Diane Dillon
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings + Leo and Diane Dillon

   Ages 11 - 14 

This is a story of the adventures of a pilgrim family in the early days of colonial America.  A work of historical fiction, telling the story of the Separatists of Scrooby and the Pilgrim Fathers, through the first-person narrative of young Matt Over.  

The story of the Overs, gallant independents, who left Old Scrooby in 1608, because the King would permit them no freedom of worship; who went to the Low Country and prospered there, but departed again, when wars threatened; who sailed in the Mayflower and put down new roots in New Plymouth, there to plant seed in a new land. A panorama of the Pilgrims' story, through the adventures of Young Matt.

1942 Newbery Honor Winner

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Take chances every chance you get.

Change the Order of Things

"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things."
                                                                  Niccolo Machiavelli, "The River"

Among the impacts of radical change is fundamental uncertainty, a knot-in-the-stomach feeling that what we normally do might not work this time. Fundamental uncertainty makes it easy to visualize a youngster, standing at the chalkboard with his hands in his pockets, completely stumped by the problem before him.

To complicate matters further, fundamental uncertainty has a companion malady ...... uncertainty of role. In addition to not knowing what to do, many are beginning to question whether we should be doing (or not doing) what we’re doing (or not doing).

America’s schools are not immune to the forces of radical change and the uncertainty it’s causing. In fact, some school people appear numbed by the magnitude of the events driving radical change. Like the young student, they’re stuck at the chalkboard, uncertain of what to do next.

 Adapted from William J. Banach, 1994,  Banach, Banach & Cassidy

Handle With Care 

When a package arrives in the mail marked "handle with care," no one would consider throwing it around carelessly.  No one would ignore it, regard it as a nuisance, or be annoyed with it.  The package would be opened slowly, tenderly, because it is fragile.  Loving attention would be given.  Perhaps if we think of children as precious little bundles sent special delivery directly from the heavens, we might be more patient with their troublesome behaviors.

Our children do many things that frazzle our nerves and push our buttons, but remembering that their hearts are delicate might help us be more sensitive.  It is possible to devastate children's spirits with harsh words, or by ignoring them, or brushing them off.  There is a big difference between acting and reacting, and as a parent it is important to learn the distinction.  This requires thought, practice, and a lot of deep breathing.  When you find yourself coming down hard on your child, or when your reaction is out of proportion, take a long deep breath, count to ten or ten thousand, and ask yourself, "What is going on with me, right now?"  Breathe, breathe, breathe, and think before you act, so that once again you can feel the extraordinary sweetness of your child.  Nothing is more important than handling their bodies and souls with tender loving care. 

Adapted from Wonderful Ways to Love a Child, Judy Ford


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Try to be the dream, not the destination.


Teamwork Makes a Difference

This fall when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying along in "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way.

It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock has at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the lift from one another or teamwork makes the difference.

Whenever a goose falls out of formation it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are going.

When the lead goose gets tired he rotates back in the wind and another goose flies point. On good teams it pays to take turns doing hard jobs. The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. What do we say when we honk from behind?

When a goose gets sick or is wounded by gun shot and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with the goose until it is either able to fly or until it is dead.

Then, they launch out on their own, or with another formation, to catch up with their group. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that. Good ideas require the strength of teammates looking out for each other.

time.gif (19378 bytes)Make Time  Work

What is the one thing you give your child that you can never replace? Time. You cannot buy it, sell it, rent it or change it. All you can do is use it!

You cannot change the quantity of time you have, but you can change the quality of your time.

  • Write down the things that are most important in your life. Chances are that your family will be at the top of the list.
  • Try to remember how you have spent your time during the past few days, hour by hour. Does the way you spend your time reflect your priorities? How much time was spent with your children? How important were the things that you cannot remember?
  • Make a plan for how you will use your time in the week ahead. Write it down. Include time with children in your plan. Check to see how you did at the end of the week.

We do what we think is important. Deciding what we think is important can be the first step in making time count.

The Parent Institute

Improving Behavior for Learning

Good behavior begins at home. That is where parents can help children become well-adjusted, self-disciplined, law-abiding citizens. Control . . . conduct . . . rules. We know what discipline is, but it is difficult to define. Here are ten ways parents can improve discipline:

  1. Be familiar with rules and regulations and support them.
  2. Take an active interest in your child’s activities, both academic and extracurricular.
  3. Talk to educators or another professional about your child’s behavior patterns.
  4. When consistent discipline problems occur, talk to your child. Find out why he or she is misbehaving. Be an active listener.
  5. Stress the importance of good discipline at home and away to your child.
  6. Monitor your child’s behavior at home by encouraging the discussion of daily events.
  7. Be a good role model for your children.
  8. Show respect for your children and they will show respect for others.
  9. Encourage independence. Give your children a chance to take part in making decisions about things that affect their lives.
  10. Be sure your child eats properly. Bad eating habits can cause disciplinary problems.

National School Public Relations Association

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Try to cast a spell past what you can see.

Notable November Links:

The Renaissance Connection: A highly interactive, educational, and fun site about art of the Renaissance from the Allentown Art Museum. You'll need the free Flash player.

Doppler Game: This is just one of the many resources at this site.  Links and descriptions of interactive websites teaching science. It is free and based on National Science Education Standards. The site includes inquiry, life, earth, space, and life sciences, and more.

Ocean Portal: A beautiful website containing these sections: Ocean Life & Ecosystems, Photo Essays, The Ocean Over Time, Ocean Science, and The Ocean & You. There's also an Educators section that has lesson plans, activities, and ways to use the Ocean Portal's features.

The Comet's Tale: A self-guided module designed to acquaint individuals with facts about comets. Check out the build your own comet section. Graphically, this is one of the best-looking sites we've come across.

GOOD- Roadmap to Harmony: A wonderfully colorful Flash interactive containing articles, videos, data, and research to get us thinking about energy, education, sustenance, health, the earth, flora and fauna, connectivity, exchange, and coexistence.


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