Parents hear elementary change plans

first_imgLocal NewsGovernment Pinterest Noel: 534.Pease: 644.Travis: 354.Zavala: 506. ECISD agenda. Parents hear elementary change plans Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img By admin – April 24, 2018 Odessa High School’s Skylar Herrera (25) shoots against Permian’s Reyna Rayos (10) during the first half Tuesday night at the Permian Fieldhouse. The idea of converting Noel and Pease elementary schools into lower grade and upper elementary level campuses was brought to parents at Noel Elementary Monday.About 20 parents attended the gathering in Noel’s school library. Another component of the rezoning plan would pair Zavala and Travis elementary with one becoming a prekindergarten through first or second grade campus and the other focusing on the upper elementary grades.The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees will consider boundary changes for elementary and middle schools and the reconfigurations at its meeting set for 6 p.m. today at the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave.The plan would meet the state’s requirements for repurposing schools that are in their fifth year of improvement required status under state accountability ratings while focusing on early childhood literacy with more prekindergarten spots available. Officials have said early childhood literacy is an area of weakness.Ector County Independent School District has eight campuses on improvement required status. Ector Middle School, Noel and Zavala elementary schools are in their fifth year. If the campuses don’t come off the list, they will face closure or the Texas Education Commissioner will appoint a board of managers over the whole district.Crowe has met with parents from Travis and Pease and planned to meet with parents from Zavala later on Monday. Pease would be prekindergarten through second grade and Noel would be for grades three to five.Pease has more classrooms available than Noel, so students wouldn’t have to go to portable buildings.“We think this will really benefit our kids,” Crowe said.He added that Noel Principal Stacy Johnson and Pease Principal Autumn Sloan discussed the idea even before it was brought up by administration.If parents have children in different grade levels, there will be a shuttle available between the campuses and starting times will be staggered so parents will be able to deliver their children on time. Crowe said start times will be adjusted, depending on how this works.Pease is in its third year of IR and Travis has met standard.Crowe said Zavala would be prekindergarten through first grade or second grade and Travis would be second grade through fifth grade or three through five. Crowe isn’t sure yet what grades would be where because he said if the schools don’t get out of IR, they have to have 75 percent new students.After the first year, Pease would be prekindergarten through second grade and Noel would be three through five.Although “in our hearts” we know the schools will get off of improvement required, Crowe said the district has to act proactively. Officials won’t know if they will come off the list until June. And trying to take corrective action before school starts wouldn’t be enough time, he added.Crowe said he has heard from several principals who say running an elementary school is like running two campuses, because some principals have expertise in early childhood and others may know more about grades two or three through five.Crowe said there is an academic advantage to reconfiguring the campuses this way and it prevents a state takeover.“You don’t want to give up local control,” he said.Johnson said looking at data from Noel and Pease, the students perform at the same level and both are projected to get out of IR. She added that Sloan has experience in early childhood education and the kindergarten through second grade at Noel has been struggling to put that foundation in place.Officials have said that the services a child receives will follow them from campus to campus.Johnson said she would still be involved with all the students and the students would see familiar teachers and students at their new school, if they have to move.Crowe has said incoming fifth-graders and eighth-graders would be able to stay at their campuses.With a prekindergarten through second grade campus, Crowe said staff development can focus on early childhood literacy.He said the schools will not be renamed and class sizes will remain the same.Currently, Crowe said there are few if any prekindergarten classes on the north side. In this scenario, the district will open four pre-k classes — two in the morning and two in the afternoon.Prekindergarten is half day. Crowe said this would give 88 more students a chance at prekindergarten.He said students who attend prekindergarten rather than daycares in town do better in school. Plans are to invite daycare providers to ECISD training because it will pay off in the long run.Both campuses have Camp Fire as an after-school program and that will continue, Crowe said. The older students would come to the younger sibling’s campus.Sherrie Posey, who attended Monday’s meeting, has a student attending Noel. She attended Noel as a youngster and loves the school.“I don’t necessarily feel a lot better just because my daughter doesn’t like change and she’s going to be going into second grade, so I hate that she’s having to move for just one year and then she’ll come back. Noel and the staff here is wonderful. She’s used to them. They’ve worked really well with her, so I hate that she’s going to have to move for just one year,” Posey said.She added that she’s still not sure why prekindergarten is being added if the campus is already IR.“I think they need to be focusing on k through five as it is, but I guess we can always use more preschool schools. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I can see why they would want to act proactively before it’s out of their hands, so I can see why they’re doing it. I just hope like it said it doesn’t cause too much disruption and there’s a lot of chaos and confusion,” Posey said.She added that her daughter had substitute teachers the first half of the year, so she knows there’s a teacher shortage.Elma Santos, who has a prekindergarten student at Noel, said the idea of the reconfiguration is good because teachers will be able to focus more on the younger children.With more prekindergarten spots available, Crowe said teachers would be trained and more would be recruited.He said parents have been pretty calm about the idea of the change and see the logic behind it. Crowe added that he thinks parents are nervous about the idea, because it’s different but they can’t argue against the logic of it.“They don’t want the state coming in taking over the district. … I think they kind of like the idea of the early childhood type setting where the pre-k through two are all together, where it can be focused on early literacy because that’s one of our challenges is early literacy,” Crowe said.If You Go Twitter Facebook What: ECISD Board of Trustees meeting.When: 6 p.m. today.Where: Board room of the administration building at 802 N. Sam Houston Ave.Agenda: Trustees will consider boundary changes, the reconfigurations for elementary and middle schools and several other items. More Information Previous articleGUEST VIEW: If you quit, you won’t feel good about anythingNext articleSULLUM: Handing out pamphlets is not a crime admin School Populations:last_img read more

Meet Boeheim’s Army: Rick Jackson

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ A group of former Syracuse men’s basketball players will get together for a chance at $2 million in the 2016 edition of The Basketball Tournament starting this Saturday. The team is fittingly named Boeheim’s Army, composed of former Purdue guard Willie Deane and nine former Orange that span a decade of Jim Boeheim’s tenure. Last year the squad bowed out in the Elite Eight against eventual champions City of Gods. This year, second-seeded Boeheim’s Army faces No. 15 seed Basketball City NYC at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Philadelphia University to begin its quest toward the cash prize. Follow along all week as we introduce you to the team’s players and coach ahead of the matchup.Rick JacksonJackson returns for his second summer with Boeheim’s Army after playing in the third and fourth games of last year’s tournament. After missing the opening two rounds, he averaged 10 points and five rebounds in the Round of 16 and Elite Eight, starting one game and coming off the bench in the other.In his four years at Syracuse from 2007-11, Jackson averaged 8.8 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting 58.5 percent from the field. He’s played for nine teams since graduating, including stints with three different teams in the NBA D-League and most recently Provence in France.Jackson missed the first two games last year while he was trying out for the Korean Basketball League in Las Vegas. This year he’ll be with the team from the start and add depth to a frontcourt that boasts some of the most sturdy Orange bigs of the last decade.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Related Stories Looking Forward: Rick Jackson has flourished since moving into the starting lineup vs. MemphisMBB : Raising his game: Jackson ‘makes name’ by becoming premier big man in final season at SUMeet Boeheim’s Army: Baye Moussa KeitaMeet Boeheim’s Army: Terrence RobertsMeet Boeheim’s Army: Donte Greene Published on July 12, 2016 at 10:50 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Meet Boeheim’s ArmyTerrence RobertsBaye Moussa KeitaDonte GreeneDaily Orange File Photo Commentslast_img read more

Hoornstra: When it comes to baseball, don’t worry: that cockroach won’t poison your water

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start A funny thing happens when your life shifts from Los Angeles to Phoenix every February: your mornings suddenly become colder. Grass lawns are regularly covered in dew when the sun rises. Your car, if left outdoors overnight, sprouts a thin sheet of frost on its windshield – nothing a squeegee and a blast of heat from the defroster can’t cure. For everyone who partakes in the annual circus of Spring Training, each morning serves as a reminder that the Arizona desert isn’t a permanent swelter.Pitchers and catchers won’t report for another six weeks, but I can already close my eyes and see the frost melting, the time dragging, as I monitor a translucent windshield. I am reaching for my phone and scrolling through my Twitter notifications. I am firing up a podcast episode. I am waiting.***Which happened first: did I read the comment or hear the podcast? I can’t remember. The Hitler sweater was conjured by psychologist Paul Rozin for a study concerning the concept of disgust. It was one of several hypotheticals – things like stepping on an earthworm while walking barefoot on concrete, a person who only changes his underwear once a week. Turns out people are really disgusted by the idea of wearing Hitler’s sweater. A 1994 study sought to take the idea a step further.“People are told Hitler owned this sweater,” Herz said. “Would you be willing to wear it under varying conditions? When could it become OK? No form of cleaning could make it OK. Mother Teresa wearing it could make it a little bit OK, but in the case of Hitler’s sweater, it had to be totally destroyed and burned in order to make it OK.“Good cannot sanctify bad in the way that bad can sanctify good. … Just one spot of something like a cockroach in a glass of water, or milk, or anything else, has the capacity to destroy the whole thing, because negativity is much more pervasive and powerful from the way that we are built. This is, in fact, adaptive. It’s better to be worried about things that can harm us than be overly excited about things that might be benevolent.”***This inspired my deepest baseball thought of 2018. I’m sharing it now, before the frost melts, because I hope it inspires you in 2019.Some of sports’ more tribal elements are laid bare for human consumption, like wearing a jersey or a hat. Others are more insidious. Our instinct to protect the tribe from the things that bring harm might express itself quietly. The face-painting, flag-waving hooligan makes for an easy caricature, but what about those of us who scan every box score for possible signs of trouble? Maybe this feels like instinctive behavior because it is.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Back in August, I tweeted out the news that Dodgers pitcher John Axford was diagnosed with a slight fracture on the top of his right fibula. He was headed for the disabled list. It was barely two weeks after the Dodgers acquired Axford from the Toronto Blue Jays. This was a freak injury, the unlikely result of a ball hit back to the mound. Still, the comment came swiftly, begging to be read, waiting to blow: “what in the world are Zaidi and Friedman doing”. Didn’t even bother to use a proper question mark, I thought.The comment itself wasn’t special. As cynicism goes, this was normal for Twitter in 2018. It just reached so far afield to assign blame – laying the responsibility for one freak injury on the Dodgers’ front office – it got my imagination running compared to most attempts at irreverence. What’s the psychology of a comment like this? I wanted to get to the bottom of how baseball, and sports in general, turns rational adults into irrational tribalists.It is irrational, right? It’s odd that people create social media accounts whose raison d’être is firing the manager or general manager of your favorite team. We certainly shouldn’t expect these accounts to come into existence shortly after that manager or GM is hired. Maybe sports-talk radio is your preferred medium. The same pathos prevails: callers shouldn’t be dwelling on the problems of teams enjoying a long winning streak, or the team’s best player. Yet they do. We expect it. Why do we expect behavior that seems irrational?***Like frost disappearing from a windshield, the answer emerged clear as day before my eyes. The psychologist Rachel Herz was talking on a podcast about Adolf Hitler’s sweater. This wasn’t an actual garment in the Fuhrer’s closet, but rather an imaginary piece of clothing that happens to elicit a strong reaction. I don’t know if any scientific method can connect John Axford’s fibula to the cockroach in our water, but monitoring the replies to a beat writer posting bad news on social media seems like a start. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook comments are rife with exaggerated worry – to the point where, now, the exaggerated worrier is caricatured too. Maybe the Axford comment was never intended to be serious. Maybe it was. It’s hard to know anymore.In May, I wrote about how social media often does a poor job celebrating and appreciating some of baseball’s more extraordinary feats – in particular, Pat Venditte making a living pitching with both arms, and Shohei Ohtani thriving as a pitcher and a hitter. It’s clear to me now what social media does well. Regardless of the arena – politics, entertainment, religion – the game is skewed toward alerting the tribe to danger. When that danger is hard to see, some of us only reach that much farther. The occasional brave beat writer goes out of his way to save the fan from himself; to point out there’s nothing there. I found myself doing that a lot in 2018.The great thing about being a fan is that, if nobody is there to save you from yourself, everything usually works out OK anyway. That cockroach won’t poison your water. Try to remember that in the new year.center_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more