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This Year's First Impression Winners - Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Congratulations to this year's First Impression winners.  Peck had more students place than any other school in the county! Great Job!

8th Grade Science - Monday, November 24, 2014
Ms Robinet's 8th Grade Science class studies the circulatory system by dissecting deer hearts.

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Peck Jr./Sr. High School - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
There will NOT be afterschool tutoring this Friday.

Lunch Buddies: The gym is closed at lunch so please take your buddy to Mrs. Prouse’s room.

Friday will be Hat Day! If you wear a hat, you must pay Ms. Robinet $.50 by 8:00 am Friday. Proceeds go to the backpack program.

NHS will be having a penny war this week during lunch. The money collected will go toward the backpack program here at school. Put your pennies in your class jug and your silver coins in another class jug to cancel out their pennies. Please have fun with this and lets help out our fellow students.

Happy Birthday to Angel Michelz!

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Mr. Sarnac's class learns how salt affects the freezing temperature of ice as they make freezer bag ice cream.  Just like we use salt on icy roads in the winter, salt mixed with ice in this case also causes the ice to melt. When salt comes into contact with ice, the freezing point of the ice is lowered. The lowering of the freezing point depends on the amount of salt added. The more salt added, the lower the temperature will be before the salt-water solution freezes. For example, water will normally freeze at 32 degrees F. A 10% salt solution freezes at 20 degrees F, and a 20% solution freezes at 2 degrees F. When salt is added to the ice (or snow), some of the ice melts because the freezing point is lowered. Always remember that heat must be absorbed by the ice for it to melt. The heat that causes the melting comes from the surroundings (the warmer cream mixture). By lowering the temperature at which ice is frozen, you were able to create an environment in which the cream mixture could freeze at a temperature below 32 degrees F into ice cream. - See more at: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/homemade-ice-cream-sick-science#sthash.pjAAEvOA.dpuf

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Deeper learning has significant impact
New research reveals that students who attend schools with a focus on deeper learning are more likely to graduate on time and demonstrate higher achievement and test scores, as well as an increased likelihood of college attendance.
Pearson unveils new approach to social studies education
Developing an understanding of social studies--where our society has been and where it is going--is crucial to success in today’s fast-paced, interconnected world. Last month, Pearson unveiled new secondary social studies programs designed to engage every student in the love of history, geography, government, economics, and culture to provide a foundation for success in civic life as well as college and career. Created through a collaborative process involving educators, experts and students from around the country, Pearson’s next-generation social studies programs align to the College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. The framework, developed and launched last year by the National Council for the Social Studies, shifts the emphasis from delivering content to preparing students for life beyond the classroom. Kathy Swan, project director and lead writer of the C3 Framework, collaborated with Pearson on the development of the new programs. Swan, an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Kentucky, said: “While much of the content in social studies hasn’t changed, if we are going to engage today’s students in learning this important subject, we must transform our instructional approach. Today’s technology provides us with a new way of immersing students in learning about history, geography and culture by personalizing content and actively involving them in thinking in different ways.” (Next page: How the new social studies programs are designed) The new programs combine best practices, curriculum standards, and technology. Students connect to digital content and actively learn, investigate, and acquire key content knowledge through print and digital resources. Then they extend their understanding by applying what they just learned in quick recap exercises. Through formative and summative assessments, they demonstrate understanding of what they are learning. “If we are going to educate 21st century learners, it is crucial that we take a 21st century approach, integrating all of the powerful tools and resources that we have available into an engaging and interactive learning environment,” said Bethlam Forsa, Pearson’s managing director for learning services. “Through our collaboration with educators, experts, and other leading education organizations, we reimagined social studies to develop programs that will provide students with a foundation for success in college, career and civic life.” Pearson collaborated with NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBCUniversal News Group, to produce the program’s myStory videos, developed to help students make personal connections to people and places all over the world. In addition, for the 2015-2016 school year, schools using Pearson’s new grades 8-12 social studies curriculum will have access to NBC Learn’s library of more than 17,000 premium education videos. “NBC Learn is uniquely able to bring historic and current events to life through the combination of original productions and a deep digital video archive of news stories by our world-class journalists,” said Soraya Gage, vice president and general manager, NBC Learn. In addition, Pearson worked with the nonprofit, non-partisan Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF), to develop the Civic Discussion Topic Inquiries for all of the new programs. Pearson also integrated CRF’s project-based learning model, Civic Action Project, into the company’s longest continually published title, “Magruder’s American Government,” which was first available in 1917. “Exploring civics through project-based learning provides students with a real-world view on how government works and the ways that citizens can help solve or influence a problem, issue or policy,” said Marshall Croddy, president, CRF. “Pearson’s new social studies curriculum provides us with a powerful platform for involving students in learning civics through this model.”
7 ways to keep girls interested in STEM for the long haul
in the United States, fewer than 15 percent of working engineers are women, despite comprising half of the population. There are a number of possible reasons for this inequality, but a variety of contributing factors take effect at an early age.
The best tips for getting your school ready for Common Core assessments
An elearning pro shares how to prioritize to make the transition to online assessments smoother As with anything in life, certain tradeoffs must happen in order for schools to spread already-thin resources across all critical projects. Schools already face this challenge on a daily basis, and now they must become Common Core assessment-ready at a<a href="http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/12/17/common-core-assessments-832/">&#160;&#160;[ Read More ]</a>
Schools try remote instruction through immersive technology
Parker senior Elizabeth Kruse wasn't sure what to expect when she decided to take AP music theory this fall. She wasn't afraid the class would be difficult, but it was the inaugural offering of the class through the Janesville School District's new Cisco Telepresence system. The technology allows a class to be taught in up to 10 places at once with high-definition, real-time, interactive video. "It's honestly not as bad as I thought it was going to be," Kruse said. "I thought it was going to be a big difference without the in-person interaction, but it's honestly, with the screens, an immediate reaction. It works." In each room, students face large screens with cameras facing outwardly, so students from each class see each other. Microphones transmit what students in each class are saying. Robert Smiley, chief information officer for the district, said the new technology allows the district to offer courses that might not otherwise be available. "The classes are so small that we are combining, that if we didn't do it this way, some students can't take the class," Smiley said. "We don't want to say to Craig students, 'You get to take AP music theory and sorry, Parker students, you just don't.' That's not what we want to offer. "We want to offer a rich set of courses that appeals to the interest of students that really prepares them to be college and career ready. We need this kind of technology to make sure we have equal opportunities on both sides of town," Smiley said. The move to telepresence wasn't for convenience but to offer courses that have small sections of students. "If we don't have a minimum number of students, we can't offer the class because it’s not something that we can afford," Smiley said. "So this technology creates that opportunity to have that class that we wouldn't normally have."
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