Yet another eventful week.
Attended the great Rainier Beach High School town hall on transportation. It is a weird thing to have kids begging for help to get to school.
It's not "lazy kids" who don't want to walk. It's kids who are poor, need to get back and forth to school more quickly in order to help with younger sibs or get to jobs, and it's kids who live in a neighborhood that can be scary to walk thru. One of the excellent student speakers last night said he generally had to choose between buying a bus pass or breakfast.
The district did a pilot program last year giving 50 students who lived within two miles of RBHS ORCA cards and yes, those kids were absent/late fewer times and had better grades.
Note to teachers; Edutopia has a "big list" of grants/resources that might be of use to you.
Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits,
and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and
communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!
Within that list is Google's annual contest for kids, Doodle for Google, with its theme this year, "What Makes Me - Me!"
Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the 2015 Doodle 4 Google contest.
Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will also receive a $30,000 college
scholarship. The contest is open for entries from October 19, 2015 to December 7, 2015.
News from North Carolina - their legislature passed a bill that repealed Common Core. (which remain in place for two years until they come up with new standards.)
Don't throw out that boarding pass. You may be giving away personal information.
Funny photos w/captions that only Harry Potter fans will get. This one is good for the kids.
Finally, for those of you with angst-ridden teens, 23 Emotions We All Feel but Don't Know the Names Of. I would say I'm Occhiolism (awareness of the smallness of your perspective but that could be a height thing) but mostly Nodus Tollens (realization that the plot of your life doesn't make sense to you anymore.)
What's on your mind?