Months of anticipation turned to disappointment when six California particular schooling graduating college students seen their names weren’t included of their highschool’s commencement program and their diplomas weren’t ordered in time for the ceremony.
Carrying his blue button-up shirt and a pink bow tie to match his college’s pirate-themed colours, Joseph Sanchez-Muñoz attended his San Leandro Excessive College commencement on June 9, “tremendous excited to make my household proud,” he informed NBC Information.
As a pupil dwelling with a uncommon illness after surviving most cancers as a child, graduating from highschool is a milestone that holds additional significance for Joseph and his household.
However after studying he and 5 different particular schooling have been excluded from the commencement program, he “felt unhappy, depressed,” Joseph, 18, stated.
“I felt discriminated,” Joseph’s mother, Elena Muñoz, informed NBC Information. “Why have been the children not in there? Is it as a result of they’re particular ed children? Why did they go away them behind?”
Joseph underwent liver and kidney transplants whereas battling most cancers. He was then identified with Hao-Fountain Syndrome, a uncommon illness brought on by mutations within the USP7 gene that may have an effect on a variety of bodily and behavioral traits.
“They shattered a second that I used to be supposed to maintain in reminiscence,” Muñoz, 34, who’s a well being care employee in San Leandro, stated. “Not figuring out how lengthy I’m going to have my son, each milestone, it’s a giant milestone.”
The morning after commencement, Joseph cleaned the body the place he had deliberate to put his highschool diploma.
Muñoz and some of the opposite mother and father and college students went to choose up the diplomas up from the varsity however have been informed they must wait a month as a result of they’d forgotten to get them organized, she stated.
“The mothers simply felt just like the district did not respect us,” Muñoz stated.
A spokesperson for the San Leandro Unified College District informed NBC Information this sort of “clerical error” had not beforehand occurred within the particular schooling program’s historical past.
“We’re conducting a full overview of our commencement processes to make sure that a important error like this doesn’t happen once more sooner or later,” San Leandro Excessive College principals stated in an announcement.
As a part of an apology, the varsity promised to hand-deliver the diplomas early subsequent week. The households already obtained up to date commencement packages.
Whereas their names weren’t initially included within the printed commencement program, Joseph and the 5 different graduates have been capable of have their names introduced as they walked throughout the stage the day of graduation.
A gaggle of oldsters are planning on taking authorized motion towards the varsity, as they “simply need modifications of equality for all individuals with disabilities,” Elena Muñoz stated.
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School Cuts Ribbon on New Lab, Focused on STEAM Initiative
LONGMONT, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Creative Learning Systems (CLS), the pioneer in comprehensive K–12 STEM solutions and developer of the nationally known SmartLab® Learning program was honored to attend the ribbon cutting of Father Ryan High School’s new SmartLab in Nashville, TN. The SmartLab provides hands-on, practical, project-based opportunities for students to explore their interests in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), shares Father Ryan’s President, Jim McIntyre.
The STEAM program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The curriculum and the setting help students develop and practice real-world skills such as problem-solving, collaboration, project planning, time management, and communication.
“With STEAM occupations growing twice as fast as all others in the US, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, educators must provide learners with hands-on, student-led, project-based learning opportunities,” said Ashley Mathis, CLS’ CEO. “Father Ryan High School has an exemplary record of providing students with a holistic academic experience. As developers of SmartLab® Learning, we’re excited to support their mission by providing customized learning spaces that facilitate experiential, personalized, and collaborative experiences.”
Father Ryan’s new SmartLab leverages personalized, student-directed, and project-based learning experiences and environments. The new lab space, located in the school’s Neuhoff Library, provides a range of equipment for student engagement, including 3D printers, high-powered computers for 3D modeling and rendering, a laser engraver, and a broadcasting camera to enable live streaming or recording of classroom projects.
“We are constantly challenging ourselves to develop programs that enhance the academic experience at Father Ryan High School,” McIntyre said, “The SmartLab will provide fertile soil to inspire new leaders to discover and pursue with passion their ideas, intuition, and creativity.”
Principal Paul Davis said the SmartLab experiences are all student-led, with faculty members serving as facilitators rather than teachers. “This STEAM initiative builds on Father Ryan’s academic strength and offers even more diverse learning opportunities for our students, across multiple departments,” he stated.
Academic Dean Jennifer Anton led the effort to develop and introduce the program. “At Father Ryan, we are always looking for what is next in our curriculum,” she said. “We ask our department chairs, teachers, and administrators to be very forward-thinking in how our curriculum can grow, not only to meet the needs of our students and families but also to make our students better prepared for the world around them. STEAM is an example of that. Instead of experiencing math in isolation and science and engineering in isolation, this curriculum allows them to put all of those things together to build and be creative and solve problems.”
About Creative Learning Systems
Creative Learning Systems®, the education pioneer and developer of SmartLab® Learning, has transformed traditional learning environments into project-based learning experiences since 1987.
Innovative school leaders nationwide have empowered learners with SmartLab Learning’s state-of-the-art STEM-focused solutions that include problem-solving; authentic, student-led experiences; standards-aligned supplemental curriculum; and rigorous professional development.
Their mission is to ensure that today’s students will be tomorrow’s leaders, prepared and ready to solve the complex challenges in our ever-changing world.
About Father Ryan High School
Father Ryan High School, founded in 1925, is a coeducational, diocesan, college preparatory high school serving more than 850 students from grades 9-12.
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WILLIAMSPORT – A 10th-grade math teacher at Williamsport Area High School has been accused of making inappropriate comments to two female students and having unlawful contact with one of them.
Christopher P. Yoder, 42, of Williamsport, was arraigned Tuesday by Williamsport police on charges of unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors and harassment.
He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $85,000 bail despite agent Brittany Alexander not objecting to his release because he has been cooperative and appeared for arraignment with his attorney Anne K. Leete.
Leete argued for release pointing out Yoder is not charged with any physical impropriety and he would agree to avoid having any contact with the victims.
District Judge Aaron S. Biichle rejected her argument, citing the seriousness of the charges, but made Yoder eligible for intensive supervised bail.
The father of five has been suspended with pay since May 14, the day after a Childline report about suspected child abuse was referred to police. He has been a teacher in the district since 2007.
The allegations against Yoder involve conduct at the school and at home during remote instruction. For example, he is accused of several times drawing a heart one one girl’s hand and a smiley face on her leg through a hole in her ripped jeans.
In another instance, two girls were discussing what to wear to the prom, and one asked Yoder for a suggestion. Authorities say his alleged response was a tight red dress with a low-cut V neck that would “fit her figure.”
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Tackling what is notoriously known as the hardest year of high school, senior year, may seem overwhelming. The flawless transcript, a high ACT/SAT score, extracurricular activities, a job and college applications — with this seemingly long list of priorities, it may be unclear where to even begin.
That’s why it’s important to take advantage of all the resources provided and available to you in order to set yourself up for success. As a sophomore in high school, but with many senior friends, I’m learning you can’t be overly prepared for college planning, so take note!
Be prepared for the ACT/SAT
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, universities were beginning to make the ACT/SAT optional. Students can choose to take both, one or none, and each is distinctly different. The ACT consists of four sections: English, Math, Reading and Science. The SAT is composed of math, evidence-based reading and writing.
If your university of choice requires standardized tests (or even if they don’t), you’ll want to be sure you’re prepared if you are opting to take them. One way to prepare for these tests is through private or group prep classes. Prep books that contain practice tests, specific skills and other exercises can also be a great help. Popular prep books include The Princeton Review, Kaplan, Barrons, McGraw Hill and the official ACT or SAT prep guide. YouTube is also a big help with many prep channels that go over tips, skills, timing strategies and anything related to preparing for these standardized tests. Two that I recommend are SuperTutor TV and The Princeton Review. An easy resource is simply making a dedicated effort to read and write more. Whether it’s a school book or read-for-pleasure book, the more you read and write increases your reading comprehension and speed on tests.
Local universities such as Washington University in St. Louis, Fontbonne University and Saint Louis University are test optional for applicants of 2022. None of these schools use test scores for scholarships, however there are merit scholarships, depending on the school, that are offered to a very small number of individuals who have achieved outstanding academic achievement as well as performing high on a standardized test. Whether a student chooses to take these tests or not, it is only a small part of the application process.
Seek out your college counselor
Although the application process is similar for most colleges, it’s important to use your high school counselor for guidance well before you begin. Karen Etlisky, founder of Find Your Voice college counseling, says that she sees students apply from anywhere from three to 30 schools, so having professional assistance is invaluable.
It is important to first have a counselor and get to know them. Etlisky says, “A counselor can help you plan ahead to know what is coming so you can be proactive in the process and not have ‘I wish I knew…’ moments. There is so much misinformation floating around, it is very good to be able to have someone tell you what you need to know.”
A counselor’s job is to find universities that fit the student, create a list of safety/target/reach schools, complete a student’s FAFSA, craft unique application essays, and help regulate any stress or anxiety regarding the daunting process.
Etlisky also adds, “While I don’t think it’s necessary to begin the college process in earnest before spring of sophomore year, many parents like to know they have someone to ask questions and go to for help beginning in ninth grade. Most commonly, my clients begin with their students in 10th grade.”
Apply early and often
A college application can consist of many different components including an application form, essay (main essay and supplementals), transcript, test scores, school profile, recommendation letters and a list of activities. A great way for students to begin is to create a high school resume that consists of all of your activities, extracurriculars, AP courses taken, work experience and internships.
Teachers prefer letter of recommendation requests early on so that they are able to hit the important deadlines. I know that essays can be the most difficult requirement to start, but if you brainstorm all ideas, even if they are not pretty, it will get the process flowing! Students can choose to submit their applications through early decisions, early action or through the regular deadline.
Admissions committees look at applications holistically, so make sure equal effort is given to all areas of the application to give yourself the best chance at admission. Nothing is guaranteed, so give yourself a break in knowing that you did all that you could. And remember, that no matter where you go, if you put forth the effort, you will receive a great education — no matter where you land.
Sofia Ung, 17, is a student at Canyon Crest Academy and recently interned at St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She attended The School of The New York Times journalism summer program and is a writer for her school’s magazine. She hopes to minor in journalism.
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MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Enrollment is currently open until August 30 for the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 49 high school pathway program.
This program is in partnership with Minnesota Virtual Academy (MNVA) and offers high school students the ability to complete online courses that expose them to career opportunities in the heavy equipment industry. Courses are available to any high school student grades 9 – 12 enrolled in a Minnesota school district and will count toward high school elective classes, articulated college credit, and will make a student better prepared for the IUOE Local 49 Apprenticeship Program.
The Operating Engineers Career Pathway Program includes four semester courses that give an overview of skills needed to successfully prepare students for entrance into the IUOE Local 49 Registered Apprenticeship Program. These courses include construction exploration, basic grade and construction math, construction equipment fundamentals, and basic maintenance of mobile equipment. In addition to the online classes, students participating in this apprenticeship readiness pathway will have an opportunity on October 9th to visit the IUOE Local 49 Training Center located in Hinkley, MN where they will be able to operate heavy equipment. The October 9th event will be the first event of the year for those who are interested in the program to come check it out.
This program is now in its second year and has transitioned several students into the IUOE Local 49 Apprenticeship Program to begin their career as a heavy equipment operator.
“Out here you see a job from start to finish and you watch the progress the whole way, we are doing different things day in and day out,” said Darren Jorgensen, an Operating Career Pathway student who transitioned into the IUOE Local 49 Apprenticeship Program. “You get to see the work that you do, and you get to see it impact your community, and this isn’t a desk job where you do the same thing every day.”
High school students can enroll in these online courses from any school district in the state of Minnesota. They can be taken anywhere at any time at no cost to the student. IUOE Local 49 receives no funding for the pathway program and began this program as an investment in our future workforce. However, state lawmakers understood the significance of this opportunity and through our partnerships with bipartisan legislators and the MNVA we were able to secure $100,000 during this past legislative session to help offset the budgetary impacts to school districts when students enroll in the Operating Engineers Pathway Program and become a shared student.
To utilize these funds, individual school districts will need to request dollars via application, specifically for pathway courses individual students register for during the 2021-2022 school year. The dollar amount to be awarded per course is equal to the online learning aid MNVA receives for part-time student enrollment. Awards to school districts will be based on a first come first serve basis and awarded for those students who earn a passing grade in the course.
Applications can be requested by emailing Leslie Lewandowski, CRE Coordinator for Stride Career Prep at MNVA, or on the MNVA website under Stride Career Prep.
Individuals interested in learning more about this career pathway program can visit Local 49.
About IUOE Local 49
The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 is the largest construction union in Minnesota and represents 14,000 members in many different industries related to infrastructure and construction throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information visit www.local49.org
About Minnesota Virtual Academy
Minnesota Virtual Academy (MNVA) is a tuition-free online public-school program of Houston Public Schools that serves students in grades K through 12. A Minnesota Department of Education-approved provider of online education, MNVA gives parents and families the choice to access the curriculum and tools provided by K12, a Stride company (NYSE: LRN). Stride offers learners of all ages a more effective way to learn and build their skills for the future. For more information about MNVA, visit mnva.k12.com.
JOHNSON CREEK — Scholarship recipients from Johnson Creek High School have been named.
Heading the list of local scholarships, three Max Alberts Scholarships for $11,333 each were awarded. The recipients were Maryanna Hintz, Abigail Windl, and Anna Yezzi. Throughout high school, each student has made positive contributions to the school and community.
Maryanna participated in Future Business Leaders of America and was a strong leader as FBLA president. She also advanced to the Wisconsin State Leadership Conference.
Additionally, Maryanna was involved in Student Council, Math Club, Band, Esports team, volleyball, and was a wrestling manager. Maryanna will continue her education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she will pursue an Education degree to teach computer science. She also was awarded the Red Cross Scholarship ($250), the Johnson Creek Booster Club Scholarship ($500) and the Francis F. Carnes Scholarship ($3,000).
Abigail participated in Math Club, Mock Trial, Forensics, FFA and musicals. She plans to attend Illinois Institute of Technology to pursue a career in Mechanical Engineering. She is proud to be a woman in this field as there aren’t many.
Abigail also was awarded the Arthur Albertz Scholarship Award ($500), the Francis F. Carnes Scholarship ($4,000) and the Johnson Creek Education Foundation University Scholarship ($6,000). Through Illinois Institute of Technology, Abigail also received the Heald Scholarship ($25,000), a housing scholarship ($10,000) and a STEM scholarship ($10,650).
Anna participated in FBLA, Mock Trial, NHS, band/jazz band, musicals, Solo and Ensemble, Honors Band, Culture Club, Math Club, Academic Bowl, Science Olympiad, cross country and Forensics. She will be attending University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She plans on pursuing a career in Psychology to become a mental health counselor.
Anna also was awarded the Arthur Albertz Scholarship Award ($500) and the Johnson Creek Education Foundation University Scholarship ($6,000).
Additional scholarshipsMaiya Benner-Sarnow Family Scholarship ($1,000) and a volleyball scholarship from Waldorf University ($13,500).
Allison Erdmann-Falcon Soar Scholarship ($1,000) and Fly Higher Scholarship ($1,000), both from UW-River Falls
Daisy Gonzales-UW-Whitewater Scholarship ($1,000).
Dylan Gruss-Jim Mueller Scholarship ($5,000) and Merit Scholarship ($1,000) from UW-Platteville.
Isabella Herman-Red Cross Scholarship ($500).
Kenadie La Sage-Marine Corp Scholarship ($25,000) and a volleyball scholarship from the University of Antelope Valley in California ($20,000).
Recognition of Cum Laude students: Natalie Grenz, Jack Dotzler, Allison Erdmann, Jayden Solberg, Kaiyli Thompson and Nevaeh Hehr.
Recognition of Magna Cum Laude students: Lindsey Beech and Maiya Benner.
Recognition of Summa Cum Laude students: Abigail Windl, Anna Yezzi, Isabella Herman, Dylan Gruss and Samuel Toebe.