October 2014 15
I’d recommend this movie to anybody who is in the mood for a good laugh and rockin’ guitar solos. It is one hour and forty eight minutes of pure comedy and excellent filmmaking. This gets my rating of a 10 out of 10.
Students at CHS are embracing new friendships through the Best Buddies program. The goal of Best Buddies is to create opportunities for friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
About 200 students come to this event every year. This year, 37 teams consisting of four people each participated.
“We have other staff who aren't part of the puzzle that try and scare the hell out of kids; its a lot of fun,” Mr.Hobin says.
Teachers and students both seem to like that there are many helpful apps that can be downloaded to the Chromebook. The Internet is also used extensively to search for tools to use during class such as scientific calculators. Documents can be shared and worked on right in class, which makes group work easier. Even when students are at home, the shared document is still accessible to all members of the group.
It seems only fitting to provide technology to the youth going through school during the digital age to help them with their education. In addition, skills learned through the use of technology in school could prove useful later in life in a digitally connected global society.
After winning the 2012 RI Teacher of the Year, Boyle was scouted out by Shanghai Education Magazine and asked to take a trip to China to present on different teaching methods. She was specifically asked to represent the North East and teachers at the high school level. Excited, she accepted the offer and boarded her plane to Shanghai on September 20th. Once she landed, it was a nonstop adventure.
“Having a newspaper available on the chromebook is better than a paper copy because having a paper copy is just another thing to carry around. The school needs to start encouraging going paperless and this is a good way, plus almost everything we do is online now so it just makes sense.”
Looking down at her smile, I realize that I relish my Mondays with her as much as she enjoys my visits. Two years earlier, when a college bound friend asked me if I could help his grandma once a week, I never thought I would learn anything from the experience. By assisting Mrs. Coppolelli with mindless housework, I have gained more knowledge, about myself and maturity, than I ever thought possible.
Sitting defeated in the driver’s seat, I reevaluated my assumption about what it would take to become a licensed driver. My stomach filled with dread over the prospect of facing my friends, my sisters, and my parents and telling them that I had failed. I imagined the sympathetic look on my mother’s face. Maybe she would laugh and tell me, “You’re like a car without any brakes speeding downhill,” an analogy which she frequently used to describe me, one that I had to admit was comically applicable to the situation.
While some coaches would be nervous about moving up a division, Coach Risch was excited. She saw the potential in the team and was still hoping to be back at the State Championships, despite playing harder teams.
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