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15 Unique Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy Over the Holiday Break

There are two things that will ruin the happy holidays you’re hoping for this year.   The first destroyer-of-holiday-happiness is triggered when your kids utter the seemingly innocent phrase “I’m bored.”   This harbinger of doom is usually followed by, “Can I watch TV/play on the iPad/use the Xbox”or some other blinking screen.    . . .

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How Parental Involvement Benefits the Entire Educational Process

Jane Dee Hull, the first female governor of Arizona, once said, “At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” Perhaps Governor Hull was merely opining at the time, but we now have a mountain of empirical research that substantiates her assertion. Recent research on the best practices in education suggests that parental involvement , not income . . .

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Council Grove "Terrific Kid" Places in Veterans Essay Contest

From Emprise Bank

Emprise Bank "Terrific Kid" Evan Carr, a sixth-grader from Council Grove, placed third in The All Veterans Tribute Student Essay and Poster Contest held by the Emporia Area Chamber and Visitors Bureau. The contest was open to students from fifth grade and up in seven counties in and around Emporia. Students were tasked with submitting an essay or making a poster honoring veterans. Carr chose to write an . . .

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Summer Capital Projects

With school now started and most of the summer projects completed, I wanted to share with our district patrons what we did with our facilities and the costs of these projects.  The two primary sources for paying for these capital projects are our capital outlay fund and, for a couple projects, the district’s redemption fund.  The redemption fund consists of dollars remaining from the construction of the new addition to . . .

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Stop telling kids you’re bad at math. You are spreading math anxiety ‘like a virus.’

“How was skiing?” I asked my 14-year old daughter as she hauled her boot bag into the car. “Well, the ratio of snow to ground was definitely low,” she replied, adding that she had tried to figure the ratio of snow-to-ground during practice but had received only mystified looks. “Stop the math!” demanded a coach. “You are confusing us!” Why do smart people enjoy saying that they are . . .

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Helping Your Child Develop a Growth Mindset

One of the most important attributes in children and adults is the ability to form hope. To live without hope is to live without joy, peace and happiness. Everyone should be familiar with the definition of hope. But the origins of hope are more complex to distinguish. Subconcepts of hope are optimism, a belief in oneself, and self-confidence. One can hope to win the lottery or have exterior circumstances fall in your favor, but . . .

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New Kansas Education Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Recently I wrote a series of articles in regards to the USD 417 Board of Education Goals for the 2016-17 school year.  The Kansas State Board of Education has also recently established a policy paper outlining guiding principles for the state.  I want to share these with you along with a picture of several of the ways that USD 417 is working to meet the state’s outcomes.  Too, I will point out how a . . .

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