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Peck Jr. / Sr. High School - Tuesday, April 22, 2014
  • Attention Juniors and Seniors. Prom tickets will be on sale during lunch through Friday. The cost is $25 a single and $45 a couple. Buy your tickets to enjoy a Midnight Masquerade on May 3rd. Guest passes are available in the office for anyone bringing anyone who does not attend Peck. Guest passes are due back to the office by noon on May 2.







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District Make Up Days
Peck Community Schools Board of Education voted on Wednesday, March 19th to alter the schedule to meet the state requirements of 1,098 instructional hours and 176 school days to include the following changes. Please note them on your calendars. Transportation and breakfast will be available on all of the days listed below; lunch will be available on full days of school. ½ Day dismissal will be at 11:30. April 4th - Full day of school (previously was a ½ day) April 18th – Friday before Easter – ½ day (previously was no school) April 21st - Monday after Easter – full day (previously was no school) April 26th - Saturday – full day of school May 10th - Saturday – full day of school May 17th - Saturday – ½ day of school May 31st - Saturday – full day of school June 7th - Saturday – ½ day of school June 11th - Wednesday – full day of school (previously was a ½ day) June 12th - Thursday – full day of school (this day has been added onto the end of the school year) June 13th - Friday – last day – ½ day (this day has been added onto the end of the school year) Please keep in mind that we need to have 75% of the entire student body in attendance in order to count it as a day of school. If we do not meet that percentage on a Saturday, the administration has been given the authority by the Board of Education to re-evaluate the schedule and cancel any further Saturdays and add days on to the end of the school year.   
Jr./Sr. High School One Spectacular Year
What a year our athletes have given us. First a football state championship then a quarterfinal appearance by our boys’ basketball team. Not only did they win 33 straight games, but the manner in which both teams carried themselves. I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve received from people I don’t even know about our Peck Pirate athletes, coaches and spectators. Guys and Coaches thanks for the great ride this year and good luck to you as you prepare for spring sports. FANS you are awesome! The great turnouts at these events and the spirit that filled the gym still gives me goose bumps. Continue to be the great Pirate Fans as we move on to the final season this year. THANKS TO ALL!!!!!   
Jr./Sr. High School Valedictorian and Salutatorian
There will two Valedictorians at Peck High School this year. Hailey Sharrard and Wesley Bissett will share the top honors having received the best GPA’s in the senior class. Chelsea Lofton, Samantha Murray, Megan Pitts and Nicholas Reese have the honor of being this year’s Salutatorians for the class of 2014. Congratulations to all these students for their hard work and accomplishments over the past four years!   
Jr./Sr. High School Junior High Academic Track
Last Saturday, many of the seventh and eighth grade students participated in the Academic and Talent Competition that was held at CPS. They competed in a wide range of categories such as algebra, science, world history, geography, grammar, current events, creating power point presentations, colored as well as black and white drawings, dramatic reading, group improvisation, vocal solos, dancing, and instrumental groups. Their hard work, dedication, and competitive spirit were evident as they competed against five other schools in the county. As a team, they accumulated enough points to place second. Congratulations on a job well done!!!!!   
Jr./Sr. High School Scholarships
There will be several scholarships available for seniors on the Peck Schools website (peckschools.org) after March 31st. Go to the Jr./Sr. High tab then click on scholarships. All of these scholarships are due to Miss Davidson by April 25th.   
Jr./Sr. High School Junior/Senior Prom
Midnight Masquerade - Saturday, May 3rd at Good Thymes Barn, 780 Galbraith Line Rd., Melvin. $25/Single, $45/Couple. Tickets are on sale now during lunch.   
Jr./Sr. High School NHS Process
Invitations were sent to those students in grades 10 thru 12 who are eligible to apply for this year’s National Honor Society. In order to receive an invitation you must have a 3.0 grade point average at the conclusion of the 1st semester. The deadline for applications to be turned in is by 3 p.m. April 17th. The next step for those turning in applications is an interview the week of April 22nd. Then the faculty committee will make the final decision and students will be notified via mail. The faculty committee decision is final. There is no appeal process. The induction ceremony will be May 4th.   
Jr./Sr. High School Reminder To Parents and Students
All Jr./Sr. High students are required to pay class dues each year. Please check with your child to see if they still owe their dues. Dues need to be paid to their class treasurer before Memorial Day.   
Kindergarten round up for the 2014-2015 school year will be Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Please call the elementary office, 810-378-5200, to schedule your appointment if you have a child that will be 5 by October 1, 2014. If you know someone who has a child ready to start kindergarten please pass this information along. If your child will be 5 between October 1 and December 1, 2014 you can fill out a waiver and still have your child start school for the 2014-2015 school year. We are looking forward to the many new faces that we will have at Peck Elementary School next year.   
Elementary Head Start
Head Start is now taking applications for the 2014-2015 school year. Head Start is a free preschool for children ages 3-4. Please contact Traci Kroetsch toll free at 877-243-2211 for more information.   

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Google for Education is a technology trend to watch!
There is a tidal wave called Google focused on the education market like I've never seen before. Developers at Google are not only giving Google Apps to K12 schools they are supporting schools with its new Google Console that anyone, even the PE teacher, can serve as the IT Director. Google for Education has just partnered with Synnex Global, a super-giant, Fortune 500 Company who support IT procurement through valued added resellers. The goal at Google is not just sales, they are making IT deployment easy and affordable in schools so that all education professionals can focus on what matters most, student learning.
Three critical requirements to transform virtual schools
Full-time, online public schools originated as alternatives to traditional education approaches and were even bandied about as ways to revolutionize the learning paradigm. Now, they too are in need of transformation because the results so far are mixed at best. The question now is "Can they correct their course and fulfill their promise?" I believe the answer is "yes" but it will take a re-imagining of the model. And, I am not talking about a progression toward blended schools -- they too have their own problems. Instead, while there are many issues that would need addressing, I want to center in on three of the key, critical elements required for virtual schools to be transformed.
Five new ed-tech innovations for schools
Products that make it easier for teachers to control students’ tablet computers and leave notes within the margins of online lessons are among the latest ed-tech innovations we’re highlighting this week.
Mobile 101: Know before you go
In the Township High School District 214 in Illinois, mobile technology use is expanding each year through a series of pilots proposed and supported by classroom teachers. The district is moving toward a full-scale one-to-one deployment, and district leaders said that in advance of a complete deployment, they wanted to prepare teacher and staff capacity. To do so, district leaders crafted a multi-step process that empowers educators and allows for flexibility. Important components of that process include planning, a unique implementation approach, using data, and supporting teachers. Identify a goal. “Our children learn differently from how we learn, and we’re modifying our teaching to meet their learning modalities,” said David Schuler, the district’s superintendent. “We have to prepare our students for a world we can’t imagine, and for a world that’s going to reinvent itself.” One of the biggest steps in pre-deployment preparation is focusing on a goal, and not on selecting a device. “We needed to transform teaching--we were not interested in a device to be used in the same way,” Schuler said. “We wanted to use it in a transformational manner.” Consider a flipped pilot structure. This multi-phase pilot structure is teacher-led, which Schuler said gives teachers a sense of ownership and leads to more commitment. In the spring of 2010, the district received 9 pilot proposals involving 350 devices, including iPads, net books, and Android Xoom tablets. Spring of 2011 included 22 pilot proposals totaling 500 devices, spring of 2012 had 59 proposals and 1,800 devices, spring of 2013 included 57 proposals and 2,400 devices, and spring of 2014 included 39 proposals and 6,330 devices. "It's been fantastic," said Steven Kellner, director of professional learning and instructional technology. "The authentic nature of the change the devices brought to our district [is wonderful]." Don't be afraid of data.
Teacher ditches grades to help students
Lake County, Fla. teacher Lynn Barrett's young students chatter softly while huddled in groups over their iPads as they explain the cause and effect of events in a fictional story. The kindergarten- through second-graders help one another work the device and explain tough concepts--without the pressure to earn an A or fear of receiving an F. Grades don't mean much to Barrett, a veteran teacher. An A-plus in reading, for instance, won't tell parents how well their child can pronounce words with silent letters, just as a C or F can't explain how well a child understands vowels, she said. "Just because they got an A or a 92 on their report card in no way tells a parent exactly what they did," she said. "All that tells you is a number. It doesn't really give you any kind of depth of knowledge as to what they know." Barrett has taught at Seminole Springs Elementary School in Eustis, Fla., for a quarter-century without doling out letter grades, much like a teacher in a classroom at a private Montessori school. Barrett began teaching the class in 1990 shortly after the school opened. Several of the school's other teachers at the time also used the approach, but through the years the practice died out. With special permission from the School Board, she is the only one in Lake County to do so. Education experts say the approach goes against modern-day education initiatives in which high-stakes tests and rigid learning standards have taken on magnified importance. In contrast, Barrett's students are grouped based on skills--not their grade level--and instead of issuing A-to-F grades, Barrett relies on portfolios to track academic needs. She keeps each student for three years in her classroom, allowing her to get to know them more personally. She doesn't emphasize testing, which she said gives her more time to focus on where each needs help.
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