In the "awww" department, these Minnesota Star Tribune has this story of empathy about a class of first-graders who wrote/drew letters of sympathy and encouragement to Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (who muffed a field goal kick that would have defeated the Seahawks last week in the final seconds of the game.) I note that Mr. Walsh took all the blame for the loss but he was also the only Viking to score any points in the game.
Very sad story out of Everett from the Herald Tribune about a family torn apart by their Eagle Scout son's addiction to drugs. He overdosed in his dorm room at Eastern Washington University shortly before Thanksgving and died in a hospice shortly after that. He had taken an overdose of cocaine and Xanax. Drug addiction, especially to prescription drugs and heroin, is huge in this country and has even been a subject of discussion by presidential candidates on the campaign trail in New Hampshire.
In 2000, black Americans aged 45-64 had the highest death rate for drug poisoning involving heroin. Now, white people aged 18-44 have the highest rate. The share of people who say they have used heroin in the past year is actually decreasing for non-whites.Speaking of the presidential campaign, Common Core came up in last night's Republican debate between Marco Rubio and Chris Christie with Rubio using CC as one of the things that Christie "is for." Christie said he was wrong and CC isn't in New Jersey any more. The Rachel Maddow show, in fact-checking the candidates, said Christie statement is not true.
From the Washington Post, attention high school teachers/administrators:
If you’re an educator at a public high school that closes opportunity gaps, please set aside a couple hours between now and Jan. 20 to nominate your school for recognition as a “School of Opportunity.” The application itself is very straightforward and can be completed online. Any public school anywhere in the United States is eligible if it includes the high school grades and serves at least 10 percent students eligible for free or reduced priced meals.
The applications page is on the project website, where you can also read profiles of the schools recognized last year. We will be accepting new applications until Jan. 20.From the Times, a good interview with SPS parent and one of the founders of Washington's Paramount Duty, Eden Mack.
SPS heads-up to everyone but especially SPS parents about Aurora/99 - there will be one lane closed in each direction for several weeks.
The following schools could be effected (sic) directly: Licton Springs, Cascadia, B.F. Day, Hamilton, Coe, Queen Anne, McClure, John Hay, Catharine Blaine, and Lawton.
- SPS bus drivers will begin their days earlier than usual to ensure buses get to stops on time
- Pick up and drop off times will remain the same
- SPS is working with WSDOT and the City of Seattle to proactively plan ahead for all phases of this construction project
Third graders at West Woodland Elementary School will take a unique field trip tomorrow afternoon, to Nickelsville, the homeless encampment in Ballard. The students are actively experiencing their social studies unit, Democracy in Action, which focuses on communities.Saturday Community meetings; one with Director Geary at the Montlake Library from 11 am-1 pm and one with Director Harris at the SW Library from 3-4:30 pm.
To extend their community learning, students opted to study the very real issue of homelessness in Ballard, focusing on Nickelsville. They took up a collection from the entire school and will walk to hand deliver supplies including bottled water, socks, flashlights, hand warmers, protein bars and more, to the encampment.
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