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Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
CowDung November 15, 2013 at 04:30 pm
How many signatures are actually written in 'school learned' cursive? Most seem to be a squigglyRead More line. Besides, maybe we can go to a system where one carries their stamp or seal to use as their signature--that is very commonly done in Japan. Not sure that any of the 'trolls above' are attacking teachers or the educational system here, Sweet Pickles. The only one that might be 'attacking' the educational system or teachers would be the author of this piece when they falsely claim that Common Core is responsible for killing cursive writing instruction in our public schools.
CowDung November 15, 2013 at 04:35 pm
...and if all else fails, we do have something called 'e-signatures' these days. ElectronicRead More signatures will be the norm in the future.
CowDung November 15, 2013 at 05:01 pm
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CowDung November 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm
It seems rather sexist to suggest that one "Be aware of what your son is watching."
® Steve November 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm
Catherine never responded to my email. She has an agenda to follow
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Bob McBride November 2, 2013 at 08:42 am
The schools shouldn't have to do this. Its another in a long list of responsibilities parents haveRead More abdicated and dumped on schools. This is the typical "first world problem" that can't be blamed on poverty, lack of jobs, the supposed demise of the middle class and all the other social and economic phenomenon we've come to accept as an excuse for lack of personal responsibility. The same people who gripe about funding not increasing at sufficient levels feel perfectly fine, as does the author of this article, with the school districts picking up the tabs to provide the kind of monitoring they, themselves, should be doing. Then, to top it off, they want to hold the schools responsible for some sort of "balance" between the students' right to privacy and providing the service they refuse to provide on their own. Watch out for your own kid. Take the time to learn about what they're doing, what they're using and teach them wrong from right. Just because you're busy doesn't mean the schools or the rest of society have to take up the slack when it comes to parenting your kids.
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CowDung October 21, 2013 at 04:32 pm
"I get home at 7 p.m. each night..." I think you found the reason why the scheduleRead More doesn't add up. My kids don't have any problem getting their 10-11 hours of sleep every night. They also don't spend 9 hours a day in, or getting ready for school.
N. Peske October 2, 2013 at 07:54 am
Looking forward to this documentary--the trailer's very entertaining! One of reasons mindfulnessRead More training has become so popular is because of a 2011 study by researchers at Harvard showing that in just 8 weeks, mindfulness practice makes changes in the brain observable on an MRI--you actually grow parts of your brain associated with memory, self-regulation, empathy, etc. Original research article: http://www.psyn-journal.com/article/S0925-4927%2810%2900288-X/abstract Summary: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110121144007.htm
CowDung October 2, 2013 at 03:55 pm
Sounds like a good thing to me. Not sure why they are delaying the program at Atwater if the LakeRead More Bluff 'experiment' went so well. They don't mention any plan to bring it to the Middle School though--I wonder why not?
N. Peske October 3, 2013 at 08:25 am
I believe all that's being considered but they have to work with scheduling. If you missed theRead More documentary, it's quite entertaining and eye opening. It focused on kids who had behavior problems and had a lot of emotional stressors. The progress they made in a very short time was so inspiring. We also had some of the elementary school kids and their teacher lead us in doing some mindfulness practice. GREAT program! More more more of it, please!
CowDung October 1, 2013 at 04:47 pm
Seems a bit odd that the headline spotlights the performance of the swimmers, but in the actualRead More story they aren't mentioned until after the reports on soccer, volleyball and JV football.
ann tisdale October 2, 2013 at 08:02 am
Shorewood H.S. girls XC team finished FIRST at the Griak in 2009 Patch said 8th was best finishRead More ever...NOT so.
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Lyle Ruble September 23, 2013 at 01:53 pm
No one can ever accuse the US of having good taste. Reality TV's popularity is proof positive ofRead More American's propensity to be nothing but a bunch "peeping toms" committed to the coarsest of human behavior fulfilling prurient interests.
Bob McBride September 23, 2013 at 03:30 pm
And we've managed to successfully export a good chunk of it to other countries, many of whom haveRead More their own versions of the same thing. Voyeurism isn't exclusive to US audiences.
Bob McBride September 24, 2013 at 12:28 pm
And actually the picture above is from the French primetime hit, "Le Cherie Bu Bu".
CowDung September 12, 2013 at 08:31 am
If they truly favored 'public education' then shouldn't they be open to alternatives to the existingRead More public school system? Why not support a combination of public schools and private schools (with public funding for tuition), if that is what is needed to provide a safe and secure learning environment for everyone?
Bob McBride September 12, 2013 at 09:35 am
Looking for something to do on the 21st that doesn't involve marching, chanting and listening to theRead More same old tired propaganda?: www.visitmilwaukee.org/events Where you can find on that same date:::Pizza Making Lessons with Chef Arturo:::Milwaukee River Challenge:::Regency Life:::Brewers vs Cardinals:::Ultimate Vertical Cheddar Flight:::Wisconsin Cheese Mart 75th Anniversary Party:::Yoga @ the Museum:::Legacies of Milwaukee Brewing Tour:::Smile on Car Meet::: Leave the angst to the work week and have some fun in the waning days of pleasant weather (you're welcome).
Margaret Schmidt September 14, 2013 at 09:25 am
I think the purpose of these rallies and any rallies is to create momentum for change. Women'sRead More suffrage and civil rights acts were all products of movements which began as meetings, rallies, marches and later conventions. Marches and rallies against Monsanto are producing change worldwide. Civic engagement is critical to a strong and functioning democracy. Words and resolutions are positive sign, but action can lead to change. Endorsing a resolution is nice. Will all 5 board members be at this rally/march? Or is this just an act to impress the constituents?
Bob McBride August 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm
I don't think they can do that, however perhaps they could word it as "no odd hires which mightRead More frighten people who don't feel comfortable speaking up about it."
Gregg August 15, 2013 at 01:42 pm
I was at the school board meeting and there were plenty of people that spoke up. Whether peopleRead More there liked it or not, the board did vote unanimously to offer the job to Marc, Republican or not. To say that if you're a Republican there's no need to apply is ridiculous as one did and was offered the job. No one except Marty and Marc know exactly why he turned down the offer. Did he not feel he'd be welcomed and accepted as the business manager here and that's why he turned it down. Maybe, but to generalize and say that the school district would never let a Republican be a part of the administrative staff has already been disproven.
CowDung August 15, 2013 at 01:45 pm
I don't think that the issue would be with the school district itself, I think it's more an issueRead More with the closed mindedness of some in the Shorewood community.
Shorewood High School principal candidate Natalie Collins meets with the community Monday night. (Photo: Mark Maley)
N. Peske August 4, 2013 at 08:56 am
I see from Superintendent Lexmond's letter to stakeholders that the field for principal wasRead More broadened because of parental concerns that we were rushing the process to get someone in place by the start of school, and had not been presented with 2 candidates. Second, he says we'll be hiring a permanent vice principal but looking for an interim principal for the year, probably a retired principal. All that makes sense to me.
The Donny Show August 5, 2013 at 08:03 am
Something smells VERY FISHY! Sounds to me like they had two finalists simply to say they had twoRead More (and the OTHER one was the chosen candidate). When the dropout left they were left with their pants around their ankles and not sure what to do. A female finalist looked good on paper but they wanted the other candidate.
Tron August 8, 2013 at 02:20 pm
Irrespective of your criticism of the timeline, a hidden agenda, fish or ankles, it is a real shameRead More that a viable and experienced candidate, who met exceedingly high standards is left out in the cold. I find aprocess in which a candidate was effectively "shelved" as a result of an HR blunder to be dishonest, irresponsible, insensitive, and, above all, dishonorable. It is one thing to be second best to a great candidate who will hopefully lead our district to new heights. To be disqualified as a result of a process flaw is an entirely different circumstance. Nice job Lexma!
Shorewood High School principal finalist gets close and personal with residents at a meeting Monday night at the school.
Believe July 30, 2013 at 09:29 am
@CowDung - I think the fact that she has a PhD makes her a much more viable candidate than someoneRead More who merely took honors classes in high school.
CowDung July 30, 2013 at 09:37 am
That goes without saying, doesn't it? People with nothing more than a high school education (honorsRead More classes or not) rarely apply for a principal position. The PhD almost always would almost always get the job over them.
Believe July 30, 2013 at 10:49 am
I understand what you're saying, I'm just trying to point out the fact that even though she wasn'tRead More an "honors kid", she still seems very educated and successful. From what I heard it sounds like she could do a lot for SHS.
ShorewoodMom July 30, 2013 at 07:38 am
CD, The "hiring updates" communication from the district on July 18 explained that Tim K.Read More was approached prior to the interview process and that he was not interested in leaving Atwater. Who else from the district might be ready to fill a high school principal role? Someone new to administration would probably be better in the assistant principal role.
Jenny Heyden July 30, 2013 at 08:01 am
Rodney - how would ALEC ties make a difference in who the business manager is? Do you think he wouldRead More show his "true colors" on the job, and how?
Margaret Schmidt July 31, 2013 at 05:21 pm
Any news on the decision about the candidate?
emelie July 19, 2013 at 07:01 pm
Coach Gem is a class act.
N. Peske July 20, 2013 at 09:53 am
So sad! He's a wonderful social studies teacher--a real loss to our district. Wishing him the bestRead More in the future!
Jeff Rumage July 20, 2013 at 10:28 am
Just to clarify, he is only stepping down from the coaching position - not his teaching position atRead More SIS.