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Houston elementary students in good hands


Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
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By Carol Bromeland

If you were in the city of Houston the week of May 23-27, you saw lines of elementary students on the move all day long throughout town. Renovation of the elementary building needed to start May 23, so staff had to have all their classroom materials and supplies boxed and gone so that the work could begin that day. And of course students and staff had to be gone also, thus the activity in the community.

Classes moved to various churches and other buildings for that last week of school. This required lots of planning, preparing, and organization by everyone. If anyone thinks that last week of school was wasted, you would have been pleasantly surprised to find out that it was packed full of learning!

I am a substitute teacher in the school district throughout the school year, and was helping as support staff in the 6th grade classrooms that were based at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church during that active week. What a chance to see two dedicated, fun teachers in action and learning in full motion!

Teachers had field trips planned, and learning activities created that were FUN! Fun does not mean that kids weren’t learning. Mrs. Brenda O’Hare, and Ms Amanda Peters, 6th grade teachers, had done their homework. Planning weeks in advance culminated in review activities that were meaningful for life-long skills, and fun for the students who participated. What creative ideas to recap the year’s learning!

Students were all required to read several classic books of interest to their age group, and then had a Battle of the Books that required teams of students to answer important comprehension questions about the books. All students were highly engaged, and exhibited the teamwork they had practiced all year.

Students engaged in other group work like writing the months of the year, and spelling them correctly to get credit. Teams competed in a quiz bowl where they were required to answer questions in math, reading, science, spelling, language, etc., All the questions reviewed skills in areas that they had studied throughout the year.

To mix it up and get students up and moving, relays and other more active events were interspersed with the academic activities. Prizes and treats purchased by the teachers made the friendly competition a little more exciting.

Buildings do not define a school, or assure learning teachers do. I was privil .....
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Critical animal losses: Preventable tragedies and parent-shaming

By Sara Snipes

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
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By now, most of us have heard of the Cincinnati Zoo incident involving a minor child of about four years of age resulting in the tragic loss of an endangered animal. If not, I’ll sum it up for you: Mother takes child to zoo, child defies mother by ..... 
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Reflections of Memorial Day

By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
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I want to start by saying that I respect and honor those who have served in the military whether by draft or volunteering. I also know that what I am about to say will anger many people and they will attempt to twist it into something unpatriotic. I ..... 
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The case for limited government

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jun 6th, 2016
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It has been 35 years since Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural speech as President — the one in which he said, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Over that time, hostility toward g ..... 
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Grow a Farmer Fund: Investing in food, farmers and accessible financing

Mon, May 30th, 2016
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“Our survival relies on the ability to reintegrate investing and philanthropy,” said Woody Tasch at the second annual Slow Money Minnesota gathering earlier this month. Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) co-sponsored this meeting, o ..... 
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Our democracy at risk

By Herb Panko

Mon, May 30th, 2016
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Like most readers of this newspaper, I consider myself a loyal, patriotic American. I celebrate the cornerstones of a successful democracy---the basic freedoms which all Americans enjoy---such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of a ..... 
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Part two: The future

Mon, May 30th, 2016
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Two days a week, I get to put my $120,000 education to use as a substitute teacher. I’ve been subbing on and off for six years now, and one refrain I keep hearing from teachers I’ve worked with over a 300 mile radius is this: the kids just don ..... 
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Those who know Congress best are shaking their heads

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
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I had the good fortune last week to spend some time in Washington, D.C. with about a dozen former members of Congress. As you’d expect, we got to talking about the current Congress. Very quickly it turned out that the same question was troubling a ..... 
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Dayton the mediator

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
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Governor Mark Dayton is trying “the art of the deal” in an effort to finally produce a comprehensive state transportation funding package for the next 10 years. At the time of this writing, there is less than a week left of the truncated 10-week ..... 
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