Bullying in schools is a key focus of the Obama administration. The President hosted the first-ever White House Conference on Bullying Prevention and has dedicated $132 million of the 2012 fiscal budget to grants to combat bullying. The Administration also compiled facts and resources about bullying that can be accessed by visiting StopBullying.gov.
Thinkfinity.org offers a number of classroom resources that address the issue of bullying and, with partner, Common Sense Media, reaches out to students and educators to provide a comprehensive collection of resources that promote responsible online citizenship.
The 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War is coming up on April 12, 2011. The NIE Institute and The History Channel have teamed up to bring you a special newspapers in education supplement called “The Civil War at 150: Echoes From the Blue and Gray” to celebrate this sesquicentennial.
I had the opportunity on Tuesday, March 8 to attend the Renaissance Personal Best Awards Breakfast at Central High School in Grand Forks. Students are chosen by staff for this award based on the following criteria:
Demonstrating good school spirit
Doing their best in class and displaying a positive attitude
Consistentently submitting their homework on time
Lending a helping hand to classmates or self
Displaying enthusiasm for school and school work
Participating in additional activities that go beyond the regular classroom requirements
We enjoyed a breakfast of rolls and fruit provided by Super One Foods and milk and juice courtesy of Land of Lakes. Central Principal Buck Kasowski gave the welcome and introduced Kyle Ellingson, Activities Director/Renaissance Coordinator. Mr. Ellingson gave a brief explanation of the program and introduced guest speaker Greg Lotysz, former NFL and UND football player. After Mr. Lotysz’s speech, assistant principals Kris Arason and Jon Strandell presented each student with a certificate. Entertainment was provided by Central Music Ensembles with Christine Aleshire, Conductor.
Parents of the award recipients were also invited to the breakfast. I was very happy to attend, since my son Carl was one of the award recipients. I am very proud of him.
Congratulations to all of the Central Personal Best Award recipients!
This event is part of the district wide Grand Forks Public Schools Character Education program.
In celebration of NIE week, March 7-11, I would like to share with you a special Newspapers in Education tab, called “Luke in a Really Big Pickle.” This fun story is about a nine-year old boy named Luke and his new talking dog Pickles. This tab can be used by anyone to enhance reading skills. In addition to the newspaper activities, there are additional reading activities at the end of each chapter. The story was written especially for this NIE tab, by Marcia Thorton Jones and Debbie Dadey, authors of the Bailey School Kids series. Click on the following link to download and print: http://legacy.grandforksherald.com/pdfs/LukePickles.pdf
March 7-11 is NIE Week. Newspapers in Education or NIE for short, is a nationwide program where educators use the newspaper to teach a variety of subjects in the classroom. There are many activity guides and teaching materials available to assist you.
This year the Newspaper Association of America Foundation has created a guide called Power Pack: Lessons in Civics, Math and Fine Arts for NIE Week 2011. The guide celebrates the power of newspapers to be quick and flexible in addressing topics that require support. It focuses on three areas vital to develop well-rounded and successful students and citizens – civics, math and fine arts. Each topic in the guide provides standards-based activities to enhance student learning in elementary, middle and high schools.