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Orange County Sheriff's deputies conduct a bomb sweep at San Clemente High School earlier this month. | Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
David Greenberg March 28, 2014 at 11:46 am
"Virtual walls"? Geezus... GPS spoofing is but one way around the geofence. The otherRead More is simply walking up to someone and saying "HEY *(&*(^^#&*(Y($*() !!!!!" Or use a different app created with a bogus email account... *sigh*. Sticks and stones people... sticks and stones... Walk it off and move on...
Stu Pidasso March 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm
thats for sure, this country is turning into a bunch of pansies!!
Stu Pidasso March 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm
my kid tells me that his buddy who lives over in Europe has a math book that shows a drawing of anRead More obese American eating a Cheeseburger with Plumbers Ass , as if we are a bunch of slobs over here!!! Is that nice or what???
NOYB March 4, 2014 at 10:41 am
Bob, I think the social-emotional growth of full-day is not being considered in your post. One ofRead More the best things of the all-day K is the being a fish in pond of your own peers. Th social-emotional growth was incredible for my kids -- despite what TESTING shows by 3rd grade.
Bob McQuillan March 4, 2014 at 06:31 pm
Social and emotional growth can also occur at daycare, which isn't an expense beared by theRead More taxpayers. A school's main purpose should be to educate a child. Some children are not ready for full day education at 5 years old. Keep in mind on this issue, in my opinion it isn't about spending money. It is about spending money where it will do the most good and that would be when the child is ready to learn.
Bob McQuillan March 4, 2014 at 06:34 pm
For some reason my response about the teachers benefit of their children attending the GenevaRead More schools was deleted. I stand corrected that the policy changed. It just changed last August, after the administration was questioned about the policy. Funny that a Geneva Non-Parent would know that the policy changed. Unless of course the change affected them.
Eighth graders Logan Hunter (left) and Craig Hope stand with their first-place winning skyscraper. Credit: District 304
Lou Pierce February 27, 2014 at 12:32 pm
That took a bit of work. I wish the author of the article had taken just a moment to describe theRead More type of construction the boys used. Also, I think their subject deserves a mention: it's the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Marla Olson February 27, 2014 at 03:31 pm
I would also like to know what these skyscrapers were made out of.
Jeff Golden February 27, 2014 at 03:43 pm
Agree - curious as to what type of materials were used.
The Muzz January 27, 2014 at 08:20 am
I was there on Friday and let me tell you...that Mike D is one cold ass honkey!
Mike January 23, 2014 at 10:09 pm
Well, be prepared to take a few more days off next week too, Momx4...or buy some warm boots andRead More mittens. :)
Kristine Snider January 23, 2014 at 10:13 pm
Try face masks and thermal underwear. ;)
Mike January 23, 2014 at 10:20 pm
^ true - there are some reamrkable innovations out there to deal with cold weather! (But parentsRead More that use the word "negligent" force the administration into doing silly things sometimes)
Sylvia Keppel January 16, 2014 at 02:41 pm
NMT, that article certainly is political opinion. Studies are necessary when opinions differ. MyRead More common sense (backed by studies) tells me a child does best in his/her early years when cared for by a parent who loves the child. Young children learn most by observation. Which is better, to have a child "socialized and learning" from his equally immature peers in an environment where he quickly learns aggressive behavior to survive and keep his toys, or "socialized and learning" by watching mom or dad in daily tasks, behaving as he ought to one day, and benefiting from individualized love and care? If you let your young child sit around watching tv and playing Xbox all day, I feel sorry for your child. I'd hope most parents love their child enough to know this is not good. Playing, eating, sharing, going on errands ("field trips") are normal parts of a day with a child. It may not seem significant, but the child is constantly learning from each interaction. Would you rather have him learn from adults or other 4 yr olds? If you push for separate classrooms at the beginning of 1st grade, what happens when the benefits of full day kindergarten wear off by the end of the year? Do you retrack them into the lower group? Do you boost up other kids mid year who catch up? Remember, studies show academic benefits fade out quickly. Now, I would argue that some kids should be given added attention when necessary (like honors classes). When I was in kindergarten many years ago, I was taken aside with a couple of others to do more advanced reading work. I was indeed bored much of the time otherwise; but that's the price of public education in a one-size-fits-all model. It is very difficult if not impossible to meet all students' needs unless you track like you suggest, but in the early years you would have to change the model to allow for fluidity between levels to match the rapidly developing minds. I don't know of any school doing such a thing, because of the logistical nightmare, but if you could find one that works or figure out how to implement this, I would think it would be beneficial.
No more taxes January 16, 2014 at 10:59 pm
Sylvia, In a proper preschool children are learning how to socialize and are taught by professionalsRead More and are not learning from 4 year olds. I think you just insulted every preschool and kindergarten teacher. But I'm not one so that's ok:) The preschool we used taught children how to wait in line, how to ask questions, how to work together and play nice and share. Kids that misbehave learn consequences. Preschool does not cause bad behavior. There may be kids in preschool that are there because the parents don't have time to spend with them or are single parent households so the causation is that not preschool itself. correlation vs causation... If you think 1st grade is ok for full day but not earlier that is where we differ. Never said I let my child play xbox or watch tv all day. I was saying that many other parents do. He will never get video games. I'm waiting for that argument from him. We are not talking about you or me but the averages and the masses. While you may be a great mom and take the time to teach your child every day there are more parents that do not. More two parent working homes, single moms or parents that are not capable or willing to teach their children. I am also talking about learning in school, not doing everyday tasks which are the parents responsibility. Which schools spend too much time and money on too. I do know that my child will be reading soon. He is learning math. He learned about MLK today and actually remembered it and could converse with me about him. So I imagine how much more he would learn if it was not just 2.5 hours a day with how much of that time is actually spent learning? I do agree that public ed needs to be altered but that will not happen soon. Colleges too are outdated and need total revamping which may occur earlier if degrees don't result in jobs/careers. I have looked to private schools but am not sure it is affordable with what we pay in taxes already for schools. It is something we are considering. I guess we will never agree with each other on this subject or the studies but that is ok. No harm done. All in all we are each looking out for what is best for our children Full day K is coming too late for mine so this argument doesn't really matter for me. I actually do more in the 1/2 day not used with music, sports, mandarin, museum trips that will benefit him more later. Hope I'm right. I do agree with you on your Batavia tax issues. Behind you 100% on that. Geneva is just as bad. Enjoyed the conversation.
btown95 January 18, 2014 at 12:33 am
You two can argue all you want, but full day Kindergarten will be a state mandate in a few shortRead More years.
Former Batavia School Superintendent Jack Barshinger.
Bob McQuillan January 8, 2014 at 06:14 pm
So now the residents of the Batavia School District know exactly how their former superintendentRead More felt about them. This as he was amassing a small fortune in salary and benefits from the property taxes they paid. He even states that he has shared his opinion with board members on a regular basis. If you ever wondered what went on in "executive session," now you know. Your superintendent told the board, who he reports to, that the public is stupid and don't respond to them. In a way, I agree that the public is stupid. The public is stupid for: 1. not attending meetings to learn what is really happening. 2. providing excellent health benefits to district employees. 3. providing yearly salary increases not tied to performance. 4. providing the facilities that are over the top. 5. buying into the fairy tale that it is all about the children. 6. believing you must "tax to the max" or you will lose it. School Boards and Administrations, for the most part, don't live in reality. The superintendent in Geneva just received a $4,300 car loan interest free for two years. At the same time he receives $800 per month for "travel" expenses within the Kane County Regional School District area. How does that benefit the children and how did seven board members think a car loan was a justifiable use of taxpayers money? And we are stupid for asking why this happened? Wake up people, you need to realize much of your education dollars aren't being spent on education. I wonder if we can pay our property taxes over a two year period? By the way, why does the ex-superintendent have access to a district e-mail account six months after he retired? Yep, pretty stupid isn't it.
Mike January 8, 2014 at 06:19 pm
This behavior is absolutely unfathomable.Read More http://geneva.patch.com/groups/schools/p/batavia-school-board-spends-13-300-on-food-hotel-at-c19e8d9a835
The sign that is posted on all public entrances of Oswego 308 schools.
Mike Bruno January 8, 2014 at 09:33 am
Oddly I can't find a working download link on the Illinois State Police website. Try downloadingRead More this copy. You can print it out yourself (photo paper recommenced). Let me know if it works. https://www.dropbox.com/s/g82df2fgph3cmxb/No%20Guns%20Allowed.jpg
Mike January 8, 2014 at 11:04 am
Bob, if that's your fear, I would suggest you stay off the roads, too.
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Julie January 8, 2014 at 07:44 am
Unless the teachers missed a huge window of instruction the past two days, I don't see a reason toRead More move the schedule. I told my kids to use the extra days off to study even more. Now, if they actually did that was up to them. They are young adults and should know how to manage their time. If they don't do as well as they hoped on their exams, I will remind them of the 14+ extra hours of free time they had in the past days.
bleedblue11 January 8, 2014 at 08:23 am
I agree. These kids and some of them seniors are about to find out what happens at college whenRead More this happens. It's not as if they have certain classes ONLY on Mon/Tues where they would miss out on the only class review time prior to finals. They go to the same classes M-F and the teachers will move a little faster to review what may or may not be on the finals but moving everything back by 2 days is more of a hassle than it's worth in the long run. There are deadlines for finals, etc with state testing in the spring, ACT tests etc. Those all still have to be met. So I hope for their sake they were studying some anyway but most will wait until those final classes of review time to start studying and that would happen after break regardless.
Kevin Reszel January 8, 2014 at 09:17 am
Here's the reason folks. Rushing through anything, including finals review once back to schoolRead More should not be a 'reality' life lesson. Also. Some teachers DID NOT post study guides to home access prior to or during the holiday break (as they instructed their students they would), leaving some children without study guide materials over the holiday break. How is that fair? BTW. If you miss the ACT, you can schedule a retake. For whatever the reason, at times, some deadlines get pushed. Take for example; the end our our school year now delayed by two days due to the recent weather-related closures. Take for example; The Affordable Healthcare Act. Take for example; educators that post finals study guide info for students AFTER the holiday break. Don't get me wrong. I'm all about life lessons, preparing for the unexpected, teaching our kids to be independent, meeting deadlines, etc., etc. All are fine and good but grades go on a permanent scholastic record, one that reflects on the student as they begin applying for college and career. Isn't the life lesson here to be resourceful in the time of adversity and to find solutions?
Bob McQuillan December 12, 2013 at 11:29 pm
"If the district does not take advantage of the windfall from the TIF District expiration, itRead More won't be able to recoup that money, since each year's levy is based on the previous year's levy." Every administrator uses this as their battle cry and it is misleading. The Tax Cap was passed so that district's could get the funds needed to run a district. It was not passed so the district's could grab as much money as possible. If you don't need the funds to operate the district then you should not request the funds. We all know if you get the money, you'll find some way to spend it. Listed below is the oath that Illinois school board members take: "I, (name of member or successful candidate ) , do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of member of the Board of Education (or Board of School Directors) of ( name of school district ), in accordance with the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and the laws of the State of Illinois, to the best of my ability. "I further swear (or affirm) that: "I shall respect taxpayer interests by serving as a faithful protector of the school district's assets; "I shall encourage and respect the free expression of opinion by my fellow board members and others who seek a hearing before the board, while respecting the privacy of students and employees; "I shall recognize that a board member has no legal authority as an individual and that decisions can be made only by a majority vote at a public board meeting; and "I shall abide by majority decisions of the board, while retaining the right to seek changes in such decisions through ethical and constructive channels." No where does it say that they have to vote for the maximum levy available. The fact that the superintendent refuses to change the venue shows her disrespect of the residents who pay her salary. They have known for 4 weeks that this meeting would be well attended.
Bob McQuillan December 13, 2013 at 11:07 am
Interesting that you will be able to view the meeting at the high school. That is a good decision.
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