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  • Rock around the clock. Ducktails welcome.

    Fri, September 27, 2013 by Carol McGraw with no comments

    Notice to baby boomers and others who love the  1950s.

    Put  on your fancy socks and  slick back your ducktails.

    Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning is holding a free public  sock hop  6 to 8 p.m. Friday (Sept. 27).

    The event will include those oldies but goodies from the 1950s. Music will be by  Loose  Connection.

    Dancers from the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs  will demonstrate how to do the Mashed Potato,  Twist, Monkey and Lindy Hop.

    Seventh and eighth  graders will perform a special dance to “Rock Around the Clock,” and the kindergarten kids will sing “It’s my Party.”

    The charter school’s party will be in the school gym, 2510 North Chestnut.

  • They will carry buckets of dirt, not footballs at this Homecoming Event

    Fri, September 27, 2013 by Carol McGraw with no comments

    It’s  not all partying.

    On Sunday, the Homecoming Week agenda at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs,  includes work.

    Students, faculty and alumni will  help  clean up Garden of the Gods park. It was recently damaged by flooding. Community members will help  Rocky Mountain Field Institute  repair trails and gully erosion, officials announced.

    But it’s  not all work and no play. There will be a free breakfast  at 10 a.m. at the UCCS  Lodge before heading out to haul dirt  by bucket brigade from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those wanting to attend email program manager Amanda Koback at akoback@uccs.edu.

    Volunteer must be at least 13 years old.

  • Palmer High’s tutoring center director wins emerging leader award

    Thu, September 26, 2013 by Debbie Kelley with no comments

    Jeremy Koselak

    Jeremy Koselak

    Jeremy Koselak, director of the Palmer High School tutoring center, has been named a PDK Emerging Leader.

    “I have dedicated my career to helping at-risk high school students earn high school credits and find direction for life after high school, “ Koselak said. “At our center, we have shifted from simply helping students survive high school to helping them become self-confident advocates for their own education.”

    Koselak has written a book about the tutoring center and is promoting the model to other school districts through conferences and other outreach efforts.

    “Our center shows that you can deliver personalized learning in a large urban high school without exhausting teacher resources,” he said.

    PDK International, the education association that has recognized Koselak as an up-and-coming leader in the K-12 profession, will host Koselak and 25 other winners at a weekend networking event in Washington, D.C., in December. Attendees will meet with federal education policymakers and share best practices with each other.

    The Emerging Leaders program identifies people under 40 who are standouts in the profession. PDK International represents nearly 30,000 professionals in K-12 education across the country. For more information on the 2013 Emerging Leaders, go to www.pdkemergingleaders.org.

  • Got a good tagline for this group? You could win a $10,000 scholarship

    Wed, September 25, 2013 by Carol McGraw with no comments

    CollegeRunway.com announced it has  a $10,000 scholarship contest which will be given to the student member who comes up with the best tagline for the service.

    The site  puts prospective applicants into a virtual environment with registered university and college admissions representatives – extending the reach of both students and schools, and making connections both sides might have missed., a press release said.

    The students create a profile and upload their test scores, grades,  and more, while the registered universities and colleges use the search feature to find the profiles of candidates.

  • U.S. assistant secretary of education to talk about gifted kids to Colorado educators

    Wed, September 25, 2013 by Carol McGraw with no comments

    This sounds like an interesting workshop that Colorado teachers and principals can avail themselves of  to help gifted kids, who are sometimes the forgotten ones in the schools, according to some parents I’ve talked to over the years.

    Here is the press release from Colorado Department of Education:

    Superintendents, principals and other administrators or resource personnel are invited to, Mind the Gifted GAP – with Heart: Gifted Growth and Performance Leadership Forum. The forum will be held during the Gifted Education State Conference on Oct. 8 from 8 – 11 a.m. The featured speaker is the  Deborah Delisle, assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Education.
    The forum will be held at the Marriott Denver Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., in Denver. Visit the link below to register.
    Click Here for Additional Information

  • Tough words about education reform

    Wed, September 25, 2013 by Carol McGraw with no comments

    Fewer students in the high school class of 2013 took the SAT college admissions exam compared to previous years, and test scores remained largely unchanged, according to a report released  by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing.

    SAT average scores have dropped by 20 points since 2006, when the test was revised to include a writing section, the group’s press release noted. Gaps between racial groups increased, often significantly, over that period.

    Bob Schaeffer, education director, had some pretty tough words for  today’s reforms:  “Proponents of ‘No Child Left Behind,’ ‘Race to the Top,’ and similar state-level programs promised the testing focus would boost college readiness while narrowing score gaps between groups. The data show a total failure according to their own measures. Doubling down on unsuccessful policies with more high-stakes K-12 testing, as Common Core exam proponents propose, is an exercise in futility, not meaningful school improvement.”


  • Another award for Columbia Elementary

    Wed, September 25, 2013 by Debbie Kelley with no comments

    Columbia Elementary School’s national Blue Ribbon award announced on Sept. 24 isn’t the only recognition the school has gotten in recent months.
    A few months ago, the Colorado Department of Education selected Columbia as a 2012-2013 ESEA High Progress Reward School. The award is distributed annually to schools in the state that receive Title 1 funds, show improvement in academic achievement and meet other criteria.

  • Health takes center stage at Skyview Middle School

    Mon, September 23, 2013 by Debbie Kelley with no comments

    Skyview Middle School students in Falcon School District 49 are benefiting from a $2,500 Healthy Schools Champions grant from the Colorado Legacy Foundation by hitting key targets toward living active, healthy lives.

    Physical education instructor Tony Marino launched an archery unit the week of Sept. 16, as part of a comprehensive school health model that covers physical and health education, nutrition, staff wellness, parent involvement, a safe school environment and counseling and mental health services.

    The school also has implemented a breakfast program.
    Principal Cathy Tinucci was honored with an award for her dedication, involvement and support of a coordinated school health team, which meets monthly to brainstorm ideas to advance the school-wide goal of wellness success.

  • Crime doesn’t pay in education

    Mon, September 23, 2013 by Carol McGraw with no comments

    Colorado could save $217 million in crime costs if the graduation rate of high school males increased by 5 percent, according to Alliance for Excellent Education.  Their report, Saving Futures, Saving Dollars, says savings per year nationally  could be a whopping $18.5 billlion.About 56 percent of federal inmates, 67 percent of inmates in state prisons and 69 percent of inmates in local jails nationally, did not complete high school.  The full report is at www.all4ed/files/SavingFutures.pdf.