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Announcements - Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Report cards will be available to be picked up on June 16th and 17th from 9:00 - 1:00 p.m. If you would like your child’s report card to be mailed home please send in a self-addressed stamped envelope before June 10th.
 
 

Headstart and Possible Preschool - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Peck Schools is exploring the option of a full day 4 year old preschool program for the 2015-2016 school year.

This program would be free of charge and run all day. 

The school is also looking into starting a latchkey program with morning and evening hours.

If you are interested in either program please contact the elementary office at 810-378-5200 #1.

Headstart is also taking applications please contact Traci Kroetsch at 1-877-243-2211 for information.

      
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2015 Graduation - Tuesday, May 19, 2015
This year's Graduation was fantastic!
 

Prizes Galore! - Thursday, May 07, 2015
If you would have made it to the Honor's Banquet last night, you could have won one of these two new televisions or one of the remaining 39 cool prizes.  There's always next year for you to be one of the "lucky ones".  Ask a teacher to find out what it takes to be at this great event! 
 

Best of Show - Thursday, April 30, 2015

Congratulations to the Peck Art Students who put on a wonderful Art Show this past Wednesday.  Special Congratulations and honors go to Bailey Sell and Ada Dewies who tied for this year’s Best of Show Award.  Bailey did an Acrylic Landscape while Ada did a pencil detail of an eye.  Good job girls!


    
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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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SunGard K-12 Education releases eSchoolPLUS 4.0
Today, SunGard K-12 Education announced the release of eSchoolPLUS 4.0. The next-generation student information system, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 is a solution for student information management that helps educators directly and positively impact student achievement. This release amplifies SunGard K-12 Education’s student information system with a smart user interface and a variety of features that promote collaboration. According to Joel Hames, SunGard K-12 Education’s vice president of product, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 delivers on the vision of bringing a highly elegant solution with user-focused interactivity to schools. “With recent advances and increasing options in technology, today’s educator relies on a broad spectrum of devices and browsers to access their web applications,” says Hames. “eSchoolPLUS 4.0 meets educators where they are by leveraging the latest technology to create a progressive, highly usable, and forward-thinking solution for student achievement.” With HTML5 as its core technology, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 offers the same application and user experience across any browser and choice of PC, Mac®, Chromebook™ notebook computer, and iPad® or other tablet. eSchoolPLUS 4.0 sets a new standard for usability with features including responsive design, advanced navigation tools, and mobile-first design concepts, such as tablet-friendly icons and pages and gesture-friendly screens. The result is a very friendly user experience, regardless of which of the multitude of devices and browsers educators and administrators are using to access this web-based application. This solution also provides advanced tools and at-a-glance insights that promote collaboration between administrators, teachers, parents, and students. Highly customizable smart search functionality throughout the software puts ad-hoc reporting capabilities at the fingertips of educators. And, with SunGard K-12’s hallmark PLUS 360 Notifications, eSchoolPLUS 4.0 mines student data to help increase user efficiency by allowing educational stakeholders to choose to be automatically alerted when certain events occur or criteria are met.
BrightBytes releases leadership module at ISTE 2015
BrightBytes, an educational research and analysis organization, has added a leadership module to its Clarity platform. Created in partnership with McREL International, a nonprofit education research and development organization, the Leadership module empowers educational organizations to grow and develop exceptional leaders and track the progress of their improvement initiatives. "Knowing the status of your most important initiatives is critical for every school leader," said Rob Mancabelli, CEO and co-founder of BrightBytes. "The Leadership Module communicates the impact of your work to all your stakeholders in seconds." The Leadership module is based on McREL’s research about the leadership practices that have the largest impact on student outcomes. The module provides personalized, actionable analysis for organizational teams in the areas of purposeful community, managing change, and leadership focus “The Leadership module gives principals, superintendents, and other administrators ready access to data, insights, and recommendations on leadership practices that improve student achievement and staff success,” said Bryan Goodwin, President and CEO of McREL. BrightBytes’ Clarity platform has a variety of solutions intended to help educational leaders make better, data-driven decisions for student learning. Each module on the platform gives schools, districts, and states very specific next steps on how to use their strengths to address gaps, enabling them to prioritize learning initiatives and allocate investments for maximum impact.
7 of Leslie Fisher’s favorite gadgets for 2015 and beyond
Speaker and self-professed gadget geek Leslie Fisher took to ISTE 2015 to share her favorite futuristic tech tools at her session "Attack of the Gadgets," where she shared everything from drones that follow you to augmented reality tools to simply cool gizmos you'd want around the house. From the just-released to the possible pipe dream, here's a sampling of the future of tech.
A leader’s guide to technology implementations
Establishing a shared vision around a technology initiative is one of the most important success factors for that initiative, according to a panel of administrators from around the country who gathered at ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia to discuss a leadership roadmap to successful technology integration. The panel was based around ISTE's Essential Conditions, which are 14 necessary conditions for effectively leveraging technology. The conditions fall under the categories of people, policy, and resources. Some of the conditions--such as consistent and adequate funding--are largely aspirational and may not be fulfilled. "The key is working with what you have and understanding the places where you need to have those critical conversations," said ISTE's Mindy Frisbee. Innovative approaches to school technology Barry Bachenheimer, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment in New Jersey's Pascack Valley Regional Schools (PVRS), which was the first one-to-one laptop district in the state of New Jersey. The initiative is now 12 years old. "It's not about the device. The more important thing is about what we're doing with the device--not about the device itself," Bachenheimer said. When we launched this initiative, our board of education was really supportive. We made sure that when they were on board, this initiative was not tied into test scores. District leaders secured buy-in from all stakeholders, including teachers, students, parents, and they try not to make any big decisions without consulting constituent groups. "We really want to make sure that we follow our vision and make sure our vision connects with our actions, and vice versa," he said. "We want to take risks. We want to be one of the most innovative districts around." In February 2014, PVRS held a virtual snow day during a blizzard. Teachers put lessons together ahead of time and students accessed the lessons on their devices. The district showed 97 percent attendance that day. The district also built in 20 percent time for students. Each week, students get 90 minutes of free time to take ungraded or noncredited classes or meet with teachers, among other activities. District leaders also are focusing on decreasing student stress.
Waterford Early Learning for iPad targets K-2 personalized mobile curriculum
Waterford Institute has announced another platform for Waterford Early Learning, this time on iPad. Utilizing the Apple iPad in schools across the U.S, the Waterford Early Learning (WEL) curriculum is optimized for touch and set to release this summer in time for back to school training. Waterford has enhanced nearly 8,000 dynamic learning activities, including hundreds of new activities, to take advantage of iPad's mobile and touch capabilities and to provide early learners with developmentally appropriate curriculum. Next page: How the early learning curriculum targets students' needs "Waterford Early Learning for iPad provides a multi-sensory learning experience based on a curriculum that is proven effective among early learning students in schools across the country," said Benjamin Heuston, Ph.D., president and COO of Waterford Institute. "This is a first of its kind; something that has never been done before until now. It is a complete learning system with three grades of learning content all available on the iPad." Waterford Early Learning for iPad is a research-based early learning curriculum delivered through personalized learning software and teacher resources. WEL is designed to help children build the foundation for a lifetime of learning. It individualizes three years of complete reading, math and science to meet each child’s unique learning needs. Students use an adaptive learning sequence of engaging activities, songs and books designed by educators. Web-based management tools allow teachers to seamlessly integrate WEL into any classroom via desktop computers, laptops, Chromebooks and iPads. The Waterford School in Sandy, Utah recently used Waterford Early Learning for iPad successfully in its computer labs where students used it three times per week. For each session, students simply touch their picture on the iPad to log into their activities for a 15-minute session. Progress is monitored and managed by the students’ teacher. Waterford School plans to fully implement Waterford Early Learning for iPad in the fall of 2015. “Our test of Waterford Early Learning for iPad in our computer lab has been very successful,” said Teri Andrach, computer lab manager for Waterford School. “The students become very motivated and engaged in their learning activities—more so than on traditional computers. It allows them to interact like never before. For example, they can trace letters of the alphabet with their fingers directly on the iPad. They could never do that on the computer.”
    
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