September 15, 2017
Sussex Academy opens for 2017-18 school year
On Aug. 28, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Patricia Oliphant, welcomed 736 students to Sussex Academy. It was an exciting day as the students were happy to start school and the faculty was happy to welcome them. This year, Sussex Academy begins with a fully subscribed middle school and ninth grade, and 59 seniors. The school also welcomed eight new teachers to the faculty.
Delaware State News
Capital School District aims to get fathers involved in education
It’s been a long-running joke that men aren’t particularly known for their proficiency at stopping and asking for directions. Perhaps that’s why some fathers tend to stray off course and get left behind, especially when it comes to keeping up with their children’s education. The Capital School District has decided to provide their fathers and male role models with a road map towards gaining that direction as it will participate for their first time in the Million Father March next Tuesday.
Newark author’s latest book helps kids learn to count
John Micklos Jr. is no stranger to great ideas for books. But his latest idea came under unusual circumstances. “I was at a writers retreat in Northeastern Pennsylvania in October 2014, and I just happened to see the last two leaves hanging from a tree,” explained Micklos, a longtime Newark resident who has authored more than 35 children’s books.
Enrollment tops 400 at First State Military Academy in Clayton
Now beginning its third year in Clayton, the First State Military Academy charter school has seen enrollment jump by 127 cadets. Enrollment was 288 last year, but this year’s preliminary number is 415 cadets as of the first week of classes, said Commandant Patrick Gallucci. The school opened in 2015 with ninth and 10th graders, added 11th grade last year, and this is the first year with grades nine to 12.
How to attract and keep teachers in Indianapolis? Build them a village.
While he was out biking in his southeast side neighborhood, Joe Mount came across a troubling scene: Two boys were throwing small rocks at a young girl. He immediately recognized her from the honors English class he had taught at Emma Donnan Middle School. He quickly intervened. He said he wouldn’t have been there to settle the squabble if he weren’t living nearby, three blocks away in a neighborhood right off Garfield Park.
How housing authorities can shape school outcomes
A year and a half ago, Tanisha Barden of Tacoma, Washington, found herself going through a divorce and without a place to live. She and her three young children moved in with her mother, but it wasn’t a good situation. “Other family members were living there, too,” she says. “There were 13 people in a three-bedroom house.” Barden had heard about a Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) initiative, the McCarver Elementary School Housing Assistance Program that provides rental assistance to homeless families with children enrolled in kindergarten, first, or second grade at the school. Barden’s daughters were in kindergarten and second grade, so she signed up.
The Columbus Dispatch
Editorial: At KIPP, a charter puts kids first
KIPP Columbus is a happy example of what can happen when charter-school operators view their work as an investment that enriches the future of children, rather than themselves. KIPP Columbus — part of the Knowledge is Power Program nationwide charter network — has advantages that many other charter schools don’t. It was brought to Columbus by community leaders, and benefactors have donated tens of millions of dollars to give the school gleaming new buildings.
The Kansas City Star
Kansas education board struggles with teacher shortage
A Kansas State Board of Education panel has recommended a new licensing system to reduce the shortage of teachers in the state. State education department officials said Tuesday that there are 90 elementary school teacher openings in Kansas and more than 80 vacancies for special education teachers, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported “The challenge is now, these students are there (in school),” said Janet Waugh, a longtime board member.
The Texas Tribune
Officials consider another Mexican-American studies textbook
Protesting a 2010 Arizona law prohibiting ethnic studies in the classroom, advocate and professor Tony Diaz once led a caravan of cars through Arizona that “smuggled” books removed from school shelves into “underground libraries” across the state. Now he’s following the letter of the law to get Texas to approve his proposal for the first state-adopted Mexican-American studies textbook, which would be used next school year.