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What's Good in Education, Sept. 15, 2010

Vol. XI, No. 5

Posted: September 17, 2010 2:43 p.m.
Updated: September 17, 2010 2:43 p.m.

Megan of Bowman High School shows off her Create-A-Country project, which she created for Stacey Killinger's government class.

 

Progress Reports Available Online
In order to save the costs of mailing, students will carry home hard copy progress reports this year. The first progress report will come home with students on Sept. 24, however, parents may access progress report information online on Sept. 22, through Infinite Campus.

Parents can visit their school website to sign up and start the process to gain instant access to accurate, current and confidential information about their child(ren)'s school attendance, grades, class assignments and more.

High Schools to Host Free College Planning Workshop
Getting into college is one thing, paying for it is another. Hart, Valencia and Golden Valley High Schools are hosting workshops in October, "Helping Families Pay for College," to guide families through understanding college tuition, finding the best loans, financial aid and understanding federal college tax programs.

The workshops are planned for 7 p.m. on Oct. 11 at Golden Valley, 7 p.m. on Oct. 12 at Valencia and 6 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Hart. Parents, students and community members are invited to attend any workshop.

Bowman Government Students "Create-A-Country"
Students in Stacey Killinger's government class at Bowman High School were very creative in their "Create-A-Country" projects. Students were taught about different forms of government, democracies, oligarchies, dictatorships and constitutions and campaigning. Students had to come up with a country name, a flag, a constitution including 15 amendments, a national anthem, and a campaign speech as if they were running for leader of their country.

Student's countries showed the differences in personalities in the classroom and from a political stand point. Some student's laws were very conservative, while others were very liberal. The different viewpoints of the students made the project just as diverse as the population. Taking a look at how the students would run a government created a strong introduction into learning about the American system.

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