In The Know

GSC Education Department Newsletter: March, 2015.


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Which yields the most school improvement: longer days, longer years or "amped up teaching"?

"When people are looking at improvement for schools, I don't think that (lengthening the school day or school year) is the central strategy. I think it is a peripheral strategy. I would never say that giving kids more time is a bad thing, ever. It's a great thing. ...I believe other strategies ... are more important. ... I think the two things that make the most sense to really focus on are the instruction that happens in the classroom during the school day -- the quality of that instruction -- as well as safety nets for when kids are falling through the cracks. " Principal Petra Callin, Oregon


Love this Classroom Rules poster that I found on Twitter: "We do" rather than "We don't"

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Powdered Alcohol a.k.a. PALCOHOL

I thought I would share this info as passed along to me from the Union Office of Education because it is something about which we should all be aware.

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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App Share -- Scanning

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App Share -- Vocabulary

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APP Share -- Communication

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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

Last month I shared some details about this new organization. They have made their launch video available for sharing.
AACE Launch Video


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Outdoor School

Monday, April 6th, 1pm

1771 Camp Alamisco Road

Dadeville, AL

5th and 6th graders will enjoy this annual event planned by Corinth SDA School's, George Reed.
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Service Pins

The plan is to distribute the service pins at the August Teacher Convention. We placed the order and received the shipment but that is the best time to give them to you. In the event of a retirement or move to another conference we will make sure we get them to you at the end of the school year if not before. Thanks to all for your service!

Oakwood University Summer School Institute

Certification courses offered at the Southeastern Conference Education Department in Mt. Dora, Florida: July 19-24. Courses: Integration of Technology, SDA Church History, Math Methods and Tests and Measurements. 3 semester credit hours each.

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.

America's PreparaAthon!

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.

· Earthquake

· Flood

· Hurricane

· Tornado

· Wildfire

· Winter Storm

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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Educator Birthdays -- April

Happy APRIL Birthday to David Haley (2nd, Hoover), Mark Grice (7th, Hoover), Jennifer Gennick (14th, Mobile), Eldon Roberts (17, Pensacola)


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