Marshall Fundamental School Named a 2015 California Gold Ribbon School

first_imgEducation Marshall Fundamental School Named a 2015 California Gold Ribbon School Honoring outstanding, innovative schools throughout California From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 | 4:47 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced Pasadena Unified’s Marshall Fundamental School was among 193 middle schools and 180 high schools honored under the state’s new Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program.“These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching,” Torlakson said. “They provide great examples of the things educators are doing right—embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching, and creating a positive school climate.”The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment and accountability systems.Schools applied for the award based on a model program their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. The new award is recognizing middle and high schools this year and elementary schools in 2016.The Gold Ribbon awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include, the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.In addition to being chosen as Gold Ribbon Schools, 38 schools were given an additional honor of being selected as having an Exemplary Program in Arts Education, Career Technical Education, or Physical Activity and Nutrition. Schools had to apply separately for these honors, which will be denoted on the list below by a symbol that corresponds to their program. The awards, introduced in 2013, reflect Torlakson’s goals outlined in his A Blueprint for Great Schools report, which provides direction for California’s education system.Additionally, Gold Ribbon awardees that are also Title I schools were recognized as Academic Achieving Schools and are identified as such on the list. This additional recognition is given only to schools receiving federal Title I funds that assist in meeting the educational needs of students living at or below the poverty line.The Gold Ribbon schools as well as the Exemplary Program recipients, Title I Academic Achieving Schools, 2015 Green Ribbon Schools, 2015 Civic Learning Award Schools, and the National Blue Ribbon Honorees from 2014 will be recognized later this month during regional ceremonies held in Sacramento, San Diego, Visalia, and San Francisco.Please visit the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program on the California Department of Education’s Web site at .Marshall Fundamental Secondary School, 990 N. Allen Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 396-5810 or visit CDE California School Recognition Program is presented by San Mateo-based California Casualty. Community News Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Sleep Matters

first_imgBetween after-school activities, homework and other obligations, kids have a lot of competition for the time they should devote to sleep.Many kids — and adults, for that matter — don’t get enough sleep. On average, high school students need between seven and 11 hours of sleep. For younger kids, even more time is needed: 12 hours for school-age kids, 13 hours for preschoolers and close to 14 hours for toddlers.Signs and symptoms of sleep deprivationThere are several symptoms that can clue parents into whether their child is getting enough sleep.“Irritability, being hard to wake up in the morning, complaining about being tired, falling asleep in the middle of things and lack of concentration are all symptoms of sleep deprivation,” said Associate Professor Diane Bales, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension human development specialist. “Even excessive energy can be a mechanism that kids use to keep themselves awake.”There may be long-term physical effects of lack of sleep, such as obesity in adults.”Although research about sleep deprivation and obesity risk has not been done in children, it would make sense that the research would apply to children as well,” Bales said.Causes of sleep deprivationThere are many reasons why people don’t get enough sleep. The one usually cited is that they’re too busy.“Lots of kids of many different ages do a lot of things,” Bales said. “But a lot of people don’t understand the importance of sleep, and how damaging it is to not get enough sleep, so they don’t prioritize it.”Technology also plays a growing role in keeping kids up too late, she added.                                                                                                                                     Light from cellphones and other electronic devices can make falling asleep difficult. Things seen or read online can create overstimulation.It’s easy for kids and adults to get drawn into games, conversations and other sources of online engagement before bed. That time online can eat into sleep time and make it harder for adults and children to fall asleep after they turn off their devices.Even without electronic interference, sometimes it’s simply hard to wind down after sports practice or hours spent on homework, even if enough time is allotted for sleep.Sleep solutionsBuilding schedules and routines is key to making sure kids get enough sleep. Parents should establish this is by counting back from the time the kids need to leave for school.“If the child needs 10 hours of sleep, you have to back up 10 hours from that wake-up time, and the child needs to be in bed by then,” Bales said.The other piece of the bedtime puzzle involves setting up routines that help kids relax.“It’s key to plan out when they need to have a bath, when to turn off electronics and what routine is going to help the child wind down,” she said.Building a bedtime routine will also help kids ease back into school.“Parents need to start early in the summer,” Bales said. “A lot of times, kids get off their normal sleep schedule during summer break. Parents shouldn’t wait until school starts to make that adjustment back to the school year bedtime routine.”Bales suggests backing up the bedtime by 15 minutes every few days for a few weeks.When parents create a bedtime routine, they should think back to advice from their parents and grandparents.“It’s about turning down the lights, reading a book, taking a warm bath and having some kind of a ritual that’s part of bedtime,” she said.last_img read more

Retail banking 2020: evolution or revolution?

first_imgGrowth remains elusive, costs are proving hard to contain and ROE remains stubbornly low. Regulation is impacting business models and economics. Technology is rapidly morphing from an expensive challenge into a potent enabler of both customer experience and effective operations. Non-traditional players are challenging the established order, leading with customer-centric innovation. New service providers are emerging. Customers are demanding ever higher levels of service and value. Trust in financial institutions hovers near historic lows.Such is the backdrop with which PwC uses to frame its world-class report, “Retail Banking 2020: Evolution or Revolution?” addressing the financial industry’s future head on.As dire as the current situation facing financial services firms may sound, PwC actually believes traditional institutions a bright future. And despite all the gesticulating, undulating and bloviating from pundits about the “imminent death” of banks and credit unions, PwC doesn’t see “outside disruptors” driving a dagger through the heart of the banking industry — the fundamental concept of a trusted institution acting as a facilitator of transactions and credit resource is not about to change. However, the landscape will change significantly, as customer expectations, regulatory requirements, technology, demographics, new competitors and the fundamental economics underpinning the banking industry all shift and evolve.PwC says existing banking providers must accept that the status quo is not an option. But does all this change signal a revolution, or an evolution? PwC says it’s both. The industry has historically changed slowly — evolutionary, incremental change. While the changes PwC envisions are less about imagining
 some unknown future, and more about implementing and integrating all the things we already know today, the pace of change is intensifying rapidly. Financial institutions that fail to shift gears risk being left in the dust. Powerful forces are reshaping the banking industry. Customer expectations, technological capabilities, regulatory requirements, demographics and economics are creating an imperative to change. Banks and credit unions need to get ahead of these challenges and retool if they are to find success in the upcoming decade. continue reading »center_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Big Two quick off the mark at Senior Men’s County Finals

first_img Yorkshire and Sussex got their campaigns off to a flyer with victory on day one of the Senior Men’s County Finals.Last year’s runners-up Sussex edged out Lincolnshire by a narrow 5-4 margin to claim two points.Yorkshire – the 2017 champions – fought off a gutsy Dorset side to put their two points on the board courtesy of a 5.5-3.5 triumph.Sussex showed their early desire to claim a maiden success in this event when they swept the board in the three morning foursomes against a Lincolnshire side slow out the traps.Victories for the partnerships of Steve Graham and Martin King (pictured above), Martin Galway and Martin Cawte and Doug Park and Colin Jones set Sussex on their way.Perhaps stung by the start to the Finals, Lincolnshire hit back in the afternoon singles.Tim Seaton, Paul Wharton and Simon Ostrom recorded thumping wins to help redress the balance.Galway then responded for last year’s runners up while Park added a point to the Sussex tally when he saw off the threat of Woodhall Spa’s Latham.Colin Trestrail earned the final individual plaudits of the day for Lincolnshire with a win on the 18th, but the team honours went the way of Sussex.It was the ideal start for a county still smarting at losing out to Lancashire in the final moments of drama a year ago.Yorkshire, though, will be formidable opponents in the final two days of action.Dorset – looking to finish higher than their third place in 2018 – had shown they meant business by halving the morning foursomes thanks in part to a victory for Tony Coles and Ashley Bennett over England international Rich Jones and his colleague Johnny Lawrence.John Smith and David Barton also earned a half point when another England international – Richard Norton – and his partner Alan Wright were held to a tie.Andy King and Ian Clarke’s 8&6 win over Gary Earl and John Pounder restored parity at lunchtime before the afternoon singles took to the course with the match poised at 1.5-1.5.Jones, Stephen Mason (pictured below) and King did their jobs with early wins for Yorkshire. Gary Earl claimed the notable scalp of Norton to pull one back for Dorset.Ian Clarke’s victory over David Barton helped take Yorkshire over the line before the final match of the day ended with a Dorset win for John Smith over Mark Lawson.A session of excellent scoring at Effingham GC in Surrey has teed up an exciting final two days of competition.On day two, Sussex will take on Dorset while Yorkshire face up to Lincolnshire.Photograph credits: Leaderboard Tags: Dorset, Lincolnshire, Senior Men’s County Finals, Surrey, Sussex, Yorkshire 8 Oct 2019 Big Two quick off the mark at Senior Men’s County Finals last_img read more

New Special Needs Community Center to Benefit Thurston County

first_imgFacebook188Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Kelsey Hartsell for Seeds for Growth Community CenterAs summer comes to an end, students begin to prepare for the next school year, many for whom this will be the last. After their senior year of high school, most students continue to further education or find their callings in volunteer or career opportunities, but what is there for students that have special needs and feel they can do neither? What about adults already aged out of the school system and aimlessly floating day to day with no real sense of purpose? Tracy Westberg has a solution.The Board of Directors: President Tracy Westberg, Secretary Jessie Green, Public Relations Liaison Kelsey Hartsell, Vice President Sheila McCarten Treasurer Phillip Hall. Photo courtesy: Barbara Potter Photography“I saw a vision to offer a safe, fun, and relaxing place for people who are differently abled” Tracy, who has worked with special needs students in North Thurston School District going on sixteen years, says, “I was inspired by my special needs students. I want to see them continue to grow and live once they finish high school, not just drop into a category of existing day to day.” Thus Tracy sat down, and with the support of her board of directors, built the plan for Seeds for Growth Community Center. Key statistics show that there is a substantial population Seeds for Growth Community Center will serve:According to the Disability Planning Data, there are approximately 21,000 people between the ages of 16 years and 64 years old that document having a disability living in Thurston County. This does not include individuals who are living in group homes or in an institution, nor does it take into consideration individuals not yet diagnosed nor individuals who decline to disclose a disability. Updated statics from the 2013-2017 Thurston County Regional Consolidated Plan confirms that 13% of Thurston County residents document having a disability.  People with special needs are offered to attend public school until the age of 21 years. Upon graduation, the opportunities and social support exponentially declines with very few consistent options left.Seeds for Growth President, Tracy Westberg posing with former student, DJ Geary Photo courtesy: Barbara Potter Photography“It doesn’t matter the visibility or invisibility of the disability, it doesn’t matter the severity or subtly, Every single individual who is differently-abled or special needs has the right to a sense of community and importance; and that is what Tracy provides” (Kelsey Hartsell, Board of Directors Public Relations Liaison speaking of Seeds for Growth President, Tracy Westberg).  The mission of Seeds for Growth speaks to the dedication this community center has for all its members: “To offer community-based activities and programs for individuals who are differently abled (ages 14+) by:Providing programs for personal enrichment and enjoyment through a variety of activities.Creating an environment that promotes the cognitive, social, and emotional growth of community members.Assisting participants to increase their involvement in the local community.Empowering individuals to strengthen their independence through daily living and life skills”Dylan Kuehl rocking out the drums at a Seeds for Growth block party event. Photo courtesy: Barbara Potter PhotographyNot surprisingly Seeds for Growth has received a lot of support from local companies who agree with the value in inclusion. Lacey’s Costco, Martin Way’s Cricket Mobile, Mystical Cupcakes, Olympic Cards and Comics, Deschutes Print & Stitch (formerly Mantis Graphix), and South Sound Parent to Parent, to name a few, have all donated to support the development of the new teen to adult special needs community center. The community center will operate out of South Sound Parent to Parent’s activity room until they find a location of their own. They will also host various activities in the community including an afternoon of bowling at Tumwater Lanes.Seeds for Growth has launched their new activities calendar, which will begin Monday, October 2nd, 2017. The calendar can be viewed on their Facebook page and their website. A copy can also be requested via email.  Seeds for Growth is also seeking board members and volunteers. If you would like to get more information on any of the participation or volunteer activities, Seeds for Growth can be contacted through email at:  [email protected] In the meantime, they ask that the community spread the word of the new center.last_img read more

North West Cancer Centre launches step-by-step video guide for patients

first_imgAn information video has been launched to guide new patients attending the cross-border North West Cancer CentreThe video was produced to give patients an opportunity to prepare for what to expect before and during their radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.The video follows two patients (actors) from their arrival at the Cancer Centre, through the treatment planning process and shows what can be expected from the treatment itself.  It also highlights the support available from Macmillan Cancer Support, both at the Cancer Centre and at the Macmillan Support Centre on the Altnagelvin site. Watch the video here: Una Cardin, Assistant Director of Nursing at the North West Cancer Centre, said: “The new video was developed to assist our patients, especially those with a new cancer diagnosis and visiting the Cancer Centre for the first time.  We incorporated all the relevant information on what to expect when attending for diagnostic scans, pre-treatment appointments and the treatment itself.“The video also features staff and volunteers from the Centre and lets patients know the range and many different staff they will meet during their cancer treatment journey.” Useful information on parking, support services and other facilities in the hospital are also covered to ensure that the patient has all information available before their first appointment.Una added: “A person’s cancer journey can be a worrying and emotional time. We hope that the video will help break down some of the fear, uncertainty and misunderstanding that can come when faced with having to receive treatment for cancer. It will provide people with information so that they know where to come and what to expect. We hope this will also give people the time to think of questions they would like to ask staff when they arrive for their treatment.”Staff at the North West Cancer Care CentreThe North West Cancer Centre opened in November 2016 and has treated over 2000 radiotherapy patients across a range of tumour sites over the past three yearsThe video can be accessed via the Western Trust’s Website. West Cancer Centre launches step-by-step video guide for patients was last modified: November 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africans named Queen’s Young Leaders

first_imgLaunched in 2014, the Queen’s Young Leaders programme honours young people across the Commonwealth who are contributing to the improvement of their societies. Two South Africans were among those who received awards this year at Buckingham Palace. Two South Africans, Lethabo Ashleigh Letube and Jessica Dewhurst, join the 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders on 23 June 2016 at Buckingham Palace. (Image: Queen’s Young Leaders)Priya PitamberImagine flying to London to receive an award from Queen Elizabeth II. That is what happened to two young South African women, who were each awarded at Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen’s Young Leaders 2016. Lethabo Ashleigh Letube and Jessica Dewhurst were honoured for the work they do.The ceremony took place on 23 June 2016 where leadership and good work were recognised. The awards are aimed at young people between the ages of 18 to 29 across the Commonwealth who are making a change for the better in their communities.In attendance were, among others, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry, former English soccer star David Beckham, and former British prime minister John Major.“You have already been an inspiration to so many; but I hope this award will inspire you to go out and achieve even greater things in the future, empowered by the network of leaders you now sit amongst,” said Prince Harry to the honourees at the ceremony.Beckham said he was thrilled “to be here once again to help Her Majesty the Queen in congratulating a new group of inspiring young leaders”. He was looking forward to following the progress of the class of 2016. “I have no doubt we will be seeing a lot of this year’s exceptional group of young people as they continue to make lasting change in their communities.”Congratulations to all 60 of the #QueensYoungLeaders on your awards; an incredible achievement!— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 23, 2016“Winners of this prestigious award will receive a unique package of training, mentoring and networking, including a one-week residential programme in the UK during which they will collect their award from Her Majesty the Queen,” reads the website. “With this support, award winners will be expected to continue and develop the amazing work they are already doing in their communities.”Representing South AfricaLetube grew up in the Langa township in Cape Town and works with Project Playground, which provides a safe space for children to go after school. It offers engaging activities and meals.She is also the chairwoman of a violence and crime prevention programme called Great Corner Lugna Gatna, according to the Queen’s Young Leaders website. Through the programme, young people are able to attend classes that empower them to turn their lives around from drug and alcohol abuse.“I always try to lead by example and motivate young people in the right way,” said Letube. “My motto is ‘you’re never a failure up until you give up.’”Today she is flying off to UK to receive her Award! @uLeighmeigh @QueensLeaders #YouthDay2016— ProjectPlayground SA (@ProjPlaySA) June 16, 2016Watch Letube speak about the palace and the training received in the UK:Proud to see our @uLeighmeigh speak about us at Buckingham Palace! #PPG #greatcornerlugnagatan #youthdevelopment— ProjectPlayground SA (@ProjPlaySA) June 27, 2016Lethabo Letube talks about how the coaching on the @LeadingChangeUC course has helped her #QueensYoungLeaders— Queens Young Leaders (@QueensLeaders) June 22, 2016Being selected as a Queen’s Young Leader was a dream come true, said 24-year-old Dewhurst. She described the Queen as “incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about all of her young leaders and the work we do”.The Queen, she said, was genuinely interested and passionate about her and her work. “I could hardly believe that at 90 she was still so engaged and excited to support us in building sustainable and transformational organisations across the Commonwealth, but she most definitely was.”At 15, Dewhurst began volunteering at NGO camps to support refugees, children living with HIV/Aids and victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. By the age of 18, she had become the youth co-ordinator for the Edmund Rice Network for South Africa, training young people to start community-based projects.In 2013, she started the Social Justice and Advocacy Desk for South Central Africa, which offers skills courses to help young people find jobs, offers training and mentorships, and knowledge about human rights.“Being a Queen’s Young Leader means a lifelong commitment to my fellow person,” Dewhurst said. “And the promise that as a global force we will continue to work tirelessly to make the world a better place.”It was also about empowering young leaders to actively be the change makers in their society, while inspiring others to be the very same, she said. “Through this programme I have had the opportunity to learn so much, expand my skill set and bring that knowledge and experience into our context of South Central Africa.”Our #QueensYoungLeaders photos have been released! What a dream and honour to belong to this life-changing movement.— Jessica Dewhurst (@JessDewhurstSA) July 4, 2016See this interview with Dewhurst:Sneak preview of tomorrow’s vlog as @PointlessBlog speaks to @JessDewhurstSA about her #QueensYoungLeaders project— Queens Young Leaders (@QueensLeaders) June 23, 2016Her focus now is on the continued expansion of the organisation to specialise and offer the best service possible to beneficiaries.SupportSouth African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu supports the Queen’s Young Leaders programme.“I believe young people are especially empowered and impassioned to change our world for the better,” he said.“The Queen’s Young Leaders programme celebrates, rewards and supports young people throughout the Commonwealth. I urge young South Africans and their peers across the Commonwealth to apply for the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. Let’s discover inspirational young people together.”Applications for the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders are now open. 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Ashes 2017: Alastair Cook becomes latest member of the 12000 club

first_imgAlastair Cook on Sunday became the sixth batsman to score 12,000 runs in Test cricket. (Scorecard)ALSO WATCH: SPORTS TODAY Batting in England’s second innings, Cook took a single off his pads after lunch on the fourth day of the fifth Ashes Test against Australia to get to the landmark.Cook, playing his 152nd Test match, joined Sachin Tendulkar (15,921), Ricky Ponting (13,378), Jacques Kallis (13,289), Rahul Dravid (13,288) and Kumar Sangakkara (12,400) in accumulating 12,000 runs or more over his career.The 33-year-old, who scored 244 not out in the fourth Test in Melbourne last week, received an ovation from the crowd after passing the milestone in the third over of England’s second innings at Sydney Cricket Ground.But the celebrations were shortlived as opener Mark Stoneman was trapped leg-before by Mitchell Starc just five balls later.Cook was then clean bowled by off-spinner Nathan Lyon soon after on 10 with a peach of a delivery that pitched at middle stump and took the top of the former England captain’s off stump.His departure left England in a spot of bother at 15 for 2, chasing 304 for victory after Australia declared their second innings at 649 for 7.Brothers Shaun and Mitchell Marsh earlier both scored centuries on a scorching fourth morning at the Sydney Cricket Ground to put Australia into a position where they could declare on 649 for seven an hour into the second session.England, already 3-0 down in the series with the urn relinquished, had toiled in the field in temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius with little success and their luck did not change when they came out to bat.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgTFA are pleased to announce that the new AusTouch website is up and running! Just click on the AusTouch logo on the left hand side of the webpage and away you go…There is heaps of information, downloads, ideas and news. Make sure you check out the website and read all about the AusTouch junior program. For all enquiries on the program contact Marianne Maguire on [email protected] or 1300 654 002.last_img

10 months agoAgent says Atlanta beat Barcelona, Real Madrid to Gonzalo Martínez deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent says Atlanta beat Barcelona, Real Madrid to Gonzalo Martínez dealby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Atlanta United’s latest signing, Gonzalo Martínez, has revealed interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.Martinez impressed for River Plate in the recent Copa Libertadores final.”Barcelona and Real Madrid were also interested [in Martínez] but he and his agents saw the potential in the MLS,” agent Guido Albers told De Volkskrant.Martínez, 25, joins Atlanta in a deal worth 15 million euros after starring for River Plate last year. last_img