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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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USD 417 Board Goal #3: Address Additional Sports Facility Needs

            One of the stated BOE goals for this school year is to address the remaining needs for the USD 417 sports complex.  If you will recall, last year the district replaced the visitor’s bleachers and added walkways to the stadium to meet ADA guidelines and code requirements for bleachers.  There is more though that needs to be addressed in order to meet . . .

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Curriculum Changes and Proposals, Part 2

The second aspect of the curriculum presentation at the January BOE meeting involved the potential to add more courses for our students through online opportunities.  All of these courses will be elective, and many will have dual credit opportunities.  The goal of offering these will be to align courses in some manner with career interests of our students.  These offerings will be a mix of college level courses, from Butler . . .

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Curriculum Changes and Proposals, Part 1

            At the January Board of Education meeting, the USD 417 BOE reviewed two separate items and acted on one of the two.   Both of these can have a significant impact on our student’s education, enough so that I feel compelled to share with you.             As per changes to the state science . . .

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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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Suicide Awareness

Jason Foundation link: http://jasonfoundation.com/   Youth Suicide Awareness brochure (click on link)   All USD 417 staff participate in a Suicide Prevention training each year and Suicide Prevention is part of our Crisis Plan.  The last training was January 4, 2017 .

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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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Employment Facts for Today’s Students

A recent national report published by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that 99% of the job growth that has occurred since 2008 has gone to workers with some post-secondary education.  Of the 11.6 million jobs created since 2008, 11.5 million went to workers with more than a high school diploma.  Approximately 8.4 million of these jobs 11.5 million jobs went to workers with a bachelor’s . . .

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