In The Know
GSC Education Department Newsletter: March, 2015.
"Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty." -- Albert Einstein
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." -- Henry Adams
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -- Henry Ford
Which yields the most school improvement: longer days, longer years or "amped up teaching"?
Love this Classroom Rules poster that I found on Twitter: "We do" rather than "We don't"
Powdered Alcohol a.k.a. PALCOHOL
The Federal Government has very recently legalized Powdered Alcohol. Last year they legalized it and then withdrew the approval. However, the intensive efforts of the beverage industry has finally prevailed. This will make alcohol easier to carry and hide. Literally one just has to add water. It may also facilitate snorting for a kind of instant intoxication.
The product is cutely call Palcohol – a nice play on the word Pal and alcohol. The alcohol industry does have the funds to be very creative and to lobby endlessly until they succeed.
Please take a look at the following site provide by Gary.
You may also want to visit the Palcohol website:
Please note that on this site they advertise just add water for an instant cocktail, but in their Q & A section the say that it does not provide instant alcohol because it takes a minute of stirring to make a cocktail. This will make alcohol more available and easier to conceal and distribute.
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Great News: Southern has 25 teacher certification courses available online for the summer of 2015 with special pricing available -- $150 per credit hour. Deadlines: Last Day to Add a Class -- May 27
Ambassadors for Adventist Christian Education
Monday, April 6th, 1pm
1771 Camp Alamisco Road
Oakwood University Summer School Institute
Contact Mrs. Carol Byrd or Ms. Keitha Hatcher at 352-735-3142, ext. 113 for more info
Griggs University Challenge Exams
Glynis Bradfield, PhD, Director of Distance & Non-Traditional Student Services, Andrews University School of Distance Education passes this along.
This will be the last summer teachers will be able to take challenge exams from Griggs.
As of Fall 2015, the challenge exams will be from Andrews University and they will only have challenge exams for religion courses only.
The Office of Non-Public Education (ONPE) and the Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS) are teaming up to make sure that the nonpublic school community is prepared to respond to disasters if and when they strike. As such, we invite you to participate in the 2015 National PrepareAthon! Days, which are scheduled for April 30 and September 30 this year.
The PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises that target one of the six hazards that are the focus of the April 30 Day of Action.
Resources and Sample Activities
The America’s PrepareAthon! website also provides a host of resources to help you plan and promote your own day of action and spread the word, including a “how to” guide for using digital media tools, a communications toolkit, a media event planning guide, an activities checklist, and information on how to customize promotional materials. The following list is a sampling of some of the activities school communities might consider implementing.
· Hold discussions and drills to explain workplace plans and policies and to motivate your employees, students, congregants, and volunteers to be better prepared at home.
· Conduct a tabletop exercise with leaders and managers to take steps as an organization to increase your readiness.
· Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and /or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
· Develop and test emergency communications plans.
· Assemble or update emergency supplies.
· Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice the emergency response actions in your emergency operations plan.
· Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class.
· Collect and safeguard critical documents.
· Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
· Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage (mitigation).
· Hold a scenario-based continuity of operations (COOP) tabletop exercise for your organization.
· Plan with neighboring businesses, organizations, individuals or families to help each other and share resources.
Register for the PrepareAthon!
We hope that you will consider registering for the PrepareAthon! and encourage your school community to do so as well. By registering your activities on the America’s PrepareAthon! website, the nonpublic school community can showcase their efforts to keep their students safe during times of disaster.
How Can This Help the Nonpublic School Community?
Participating in America’s PrepareAthon! will benefit the private and homeschool community by helping you to:
· Increase knowledge of safety policies and procedures;
· Build morale and trust by demonstrating a commitment to safety and well-being;
· Enhance organizational coordination and communication on preparedness and continuity of operations;
· Reduce a disaster’s effects, including injury and loss of life, property or inventory damage, and financial loss from business disruption; and
· Strengthen relationships with local emergency responders and community leaders to reach a common understanding of community risks, needs, and capabilities or to establish or strengthen relationships prior to an actual emergency situation.
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