Monday, July 27, 2009
•Reading or speaking to your child — even 20 minutes a day — can improve academic skills and raise IQ scores.
•Studies have shown that parents who volunteer at their child's school are more likely to have successful kids.
•Research has found that parents partnering with teachers — helping with homework and attending parent-teacher conferences — leads to better prepared students.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
As a result of student achievement, three schools -- Columbia Park ES, William W. Hall ES, and Walker Mill MS -- exited School Improvement status this year by meeting all state and federal mandates for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two years in a row.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
IN THE NEWS
2. Our Bay: This Week's Take: Grounding the connection to what kids eatCindy Ross, The Capital, May 23, 2009 The Farm to School program is a nationwide program that aims to teach children about the origins of the food they eat. Maryland has the premier program in the Chesapeake Bay region with many counties working with local farmers to offer different types of locally grown produce to their students. Read the Full Story at http://www.hometownannapolis.com/news/env/2009/05/23-11/Our-Bay-This-Weeks-Take-Grounding-the-connection-to-what-kids-eat.html.
3. Demand is Increasing for Subsidized Meals Michael Alison Chandler, The Washington Post, May 24, 2009 The economic downturn is increasing the demand for government-subsidized school meals. In Montgomery County, the portion of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals rose from 26 to 28 percent. Read the Full Story at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/23/AR2009052301808.html?hpid=sec-education.
4. Children, meet your vegetables Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun, May 26, 2009 Baltimore chefs donate their time in 17 Baltimore city and county schools to teach children about healthy eating that tastes good. The program is called "Days of Taste" and introduces local children to produce grown on Maryland farms. Read the Full Story at http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/education/bal-md.taste26may26,0,3286159.story.
5. Cascade students have reason to cheer Janet Heim, The Herald-Mail, May 27, 2009. After 57 consecutive school days of eating Cheerios for breakfast, Cascade Elementary School students on Wednesday celebrated reaching their goal of downing 1 million pieces of the cereal with a visit from Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes and the schools superintendent and a chicken dance from their principal. The challenge began Monday, March 2, as a kickoff to National School Breakfast Week and was undertaken in recognition of the $1 million donation to the school from PenMar Development Corp. Read the Full Story at http://www.herald-mail.com/?cmd=displaystory&story_id=223844&format=html.
6. Buffalo wrap is a winner John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun, May 31, 2009 A group of students at Atholton High School, in Howard County, thinks a healthier spin on a spicy restaurant favorite will get their classmates excited about school lunch. The six students won a county-wide recipe contest and the right to have their recipe for a spicy buffalo chicken wrap served in cafeterias throughout the Howard County school system this fall. Read the Full Story at http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/howard/bal-ho.lunch31may31,0,1389118.story.
7. The New Meal Edward Ericson Jr, Baltimore City Paper, June 3, 2009 Tony Geraci, the Baltimore City Schools' director of food and nutrition, is leading the charge to replace the pre-cooked, frozen meals served in Baltimore schools with locally-grown and prepared meals. Geraci is pitching a "farm-to-fork school" in which students will learn agro-hospitality, farm management (management in general), cooking, and various hospitality fields. Already the "Great Kids Farm" has been established and is being integrated into the local curriculum. Read the Full Story at http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=18167.
8. Who Influences Children's Eating Habits?Caroline Wilbert, WebMD Health News, June 4, 2009 A recent study suggests only a weak resemblance between the eating habits of parents and children, indicating stronger influence from factors outside of the family, including the school environment. Read the Full Story at http://children.webmd.com/news/20090604/who-influences-kids-eating-habits?src=RSS_PUBLIC.
9. For Some Kids, Hunger All Too RealSeth Doane, CBS News, June 5, 2009 An estimated 15.5 million American kids don't have enough food - that's 3 million more than just two years ago. A new photo exhibit called "Witnesses to Hunger" documents the struggles of 42 lower-income Philadelphia mothers to provide enough food for their children. Read the Full Story at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/06/05/business/childofrecession/main5066474.shtml.
11. Free Meals for Maryland Kids During Summer VacationKatelyn Thomas, Examiner.com, June 10, 2009When you are struggling financially, it is wonderful to know that your child will get a reduced or free breakfast and lunch during the school year. However, once school is out for the summer, you don't have that safety net. For information about where your child can eat during the summer, call 1-877-731-9300 or visit the Maryland Summer Food Service Program website at mdsummermeals.org. Read Full Story at http://www.examiner.com/x-1069-Baltimore-Education-Examiner~y2009m6d10-Free-meals-for-Maryland-kids-during-summer-vacation.
12. Budget Friendly Nutrition Series Offered at LibraryKatherine Mullen, Gazette.net, June 11, 2009"Nutrition on a Nickel and Dime Budget" is a new monthly library program that aims to provide Frederick residents with tips and tools to reduce grocery bills, watch portion sizes and make healthy choices. In addition they provide attendees with a list of resources for community-supported agriculture, food stamps and food banks. Read the Full Story at http://www.gazette.net/stories/06112009/thurnew171032_32528.shtml.
13. Homeless Student Rolls Sky rocket Gretchen Phillips, SoMdNews.Com, June 12, 2009 Charles County's public schools saw an increase in homeless students this year. Grier said that with several community agencies as partners, departments within the school system can help ensure homeless children receive meals at 11 different sites in the county this summer. Read the Full Story at http://www.somdnews.com/stories/06122009/indytop170134_32300.shtml.
14. Local Produce Produces QuestionsLaura Vozella, Baltimore Sun, June 15, 2009 Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) which number more than 12,500 nationwide, allow consumers to buy produce directly from local farms, and it's the farmer and the season that dictate which fruits and vegetables - and how much of them - are delivered each week. Because a portion is donated to soup kitchens, some needy Baltimoreans are getting to know the unusual foods at the same time as gourmets. In city shelters and suburban kitchens, cooks are turning to the Internet, cookbooks and even strangers to identify these foods and figure out how to prepare them. Read the Full Story at http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/dining/bal-te.fo.locavore14jun15,0,7603666.story.
Friday, July 10, 2009
- Why is it important to sustain academic skills over the break and avoid the “summer slide?”
- What does an effective and high-quality summer learning program look like?
- What kinds of summer programs are available and who offers them?
- What types of summer reading programs are available to students and how can parents find out more about them?
- What can parents do during the summer encourage their children to continue learning?
- How can parents, schools, libraries and community organizations access free children’s books and reading materials?
- Two-thirds of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al, 2007).
- Most students lose about two months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, while their middle-class peers make slight gains (Cooper, 1996). When this pattern continues throughout the elementary school years, lower income youth fall more than two and one-half years behind their more affluent peers by the end of fifth grade.
- Most children – particularly children at high risk of obesity – gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school during summer break (Von Hippel et al, 2007).
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Great for: Snacks, green salads, main dish salads, and fruit salads. What's a serving? 1 large apple. Price per serving: About $1. Apples sell for about $1.99 per pound, and an extra large crisp apple weighs about 1/2 pound. Nutrition Info per serving: 117 calories, 5 grams fiber, 17% Daily Value for vitamin C, and 7% Daily Value for potassium.
Great for: Snacks and fruit salads, yogurt parfaits, and smoothies. What's a serving? 1 banana.
Price per serving: About 45 cents. Bananas sell for about $0.89 per pound, and a large banana weighs about 1/2 pound Nutrition Info per serving: 121 calories, 3.5 grams fiber, 14% Daily Value for potassium (487 mg), 20% Daily Value for vitamin C.
3. Baby Carrots (in bags)
Great for: Snacks, casseroles, stews, veggie platters, and side dishes. What's a serving? About 1/2 cup or 2 ounces raw. Price per serving: 19 cents. A 16-ounce bag costs about $1 on sale and contains about 8 servings (2 ounces each). Nutrition Info per serving: 27 calories, 2 grams of fiber, 200% Daily Value for vitamin A, and 7% Daily Value for vitamin C.
4. Canned Beans
Great for: Green salads, casseroles, stews, and chili. Types of beans range from 50% less sodium kidney beans and black beans to white beans and garbanzo beans. What's a serving? Each can contains about 3.5 (1/2-cup) servings. Price per serving: About 28 cents. You can buy a 15-ounce can for about $1 on sale. Nutrition Info per serving: About 120 calories (for kidney beans), 7 grams protein, 6 grams fiber, and 6% Daily Value for calcium, and 10% Daily Value for iron.
5. Canned Tomatoes
Great for: Italian and Mexican recipes, chili, stew, and casseroles. Flavor options range from no-salt-added sliced stewed tomatoes to diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil. What's a serving? One can contains about 3.5 (1/2-cup) servings. Price per serving: About 28 cents. You can buy a 14.5-ounce can for about $1 on sale (often less for store brands). Nutrition Info per serving: About 25 calories, 1 gram fiber, 10% Daily Value of vitamin A, and 15% Daily Value of vitamin C.
6. Oranges (extra large navel oranges)
Great for: Snacks, green salads, and fruit salads. What's a serving? 1 large or extra large orange.
Price per serving: 40 cents for a large orange and 79 cents for an extra large orange. Oranges sell for around $0.79 per pound, and a large orange is about 1/2 pound, whereas an extra large orange is about 1 pound. Nutrition Info per serving: (for an 8 ounce orange): 106 calories, 5.5 grams fiber, 10% Daily Value for vitamin A, 200% Daily Value vitamin C, 17% Daily Value for folate, 9% Daily Value for calcium, and 12% potassium.
Great for: Snacks, as an appetizer with cheese, green salads, and fruit salads. What's a serving? 1 large pear. Price per serving: about 45 cents for a large pear. Pears sell for about $0.90 per pound, and a large pear weighs about 1/2 pound. Nutrition Info per serving: 133 calories, 7 grams of fiber, 16% Daily Value for vitamin C, and 8% for potassium.
8. Lentils (dry)
Great for: Soups and stews, cold bean salads, and casseroles. What's a serving? 2 ounces (dry)
Price per serving: 14 cents. A 16 ounce bag sells for $1.12 (on sale) and contains eight servings.
Nutrition Info per serving: 195 calories, 14 grams protein, 6 grams fiber, 24% Daily Value for Iron, 10% Daily Value for magnesium and potassium.
9. Pearl Barley (dry)
Great for: Soups and stews, cold salads, and casseroles. What's a serving? 2 ounces (dry)
Price per serving: About 12 cents. A 16 ounce bag of dry pearl barley sells for about $0.94 and contains about 8 servings. Nutrition Info per serving: 199 calories, 9 grams fiber, 2.5 grams soluble fiber, 6 grams protein, 8% Daily Value for iron, and 11% Daily Value for magnesium.
10. Yogurt (plain, lowfat, or fat-free)
Great for: Smoothies, yogurt parfait, dips, and dressings. What's a serving? An 8-ounce or 6-ounce container is usually a serving. Price per serving: 60 cents. This is usually the price for an 8-ounce container of plain yogurt. Nutrition Info per serving: (for 8 ounces of fat-free plain yogurt): 130 calories, 13 grams of protein, 45% Daily Value for calcium, plus active cultures such as acidophilus and bifidus.
PGCPS hopes as you volunteer in our schools, your varied life experiences and training will enhance the education of our youth and have an impact on their lives. This role is exciting and challenging and will provide you with opportunities for personal enrichment and fulfillment.
- An overview of the purpose and goals of the Male Parents Assisting Teachers (M-PAT) Academy in order to develop an understanding of expected outcomes.
- An explanation of school district policies, procedures, ethics, and laws in order to internalize guidelines regarding interactions between and among volunteers, students, and staff.
- Hands-on training modules designed to prepare them to work effectively in direct contact with students and staff in the classrooms and school building.
Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be certified as a Volunteer Classroom Assistant and will be assigned to teachers who have specifically requested a volunteer for their classroom. Additionally, as a part of the training, participants will undergo fingerprinting and a background check which will be rendered at no cost to all participants. To register or for additional information about The Male Parents Assisting Teachers program (M-PAT) Academy, contact (301) 925-2535 ext. 289 or a Parent Liaison at any neighborhood school.
Thanks, Dr. Shirley
Dr. Shirley Brown-Ornish, MD
Prince George's County Health Department
Headquarters’ Building1701 McCormick Drive,
Suite #210Largo, Maryland 20774
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
The Summer Youth Program at Prince George’s Community College encourages children to explore career options, strengthen language and math skills and discover the latest trends in science and technology through a series of fun and exciting courses.
Beginning July 6-31 on the main campus in Largo, the Summer Youth Program offers a variety of courses designed specifically for those in grades 2 through 7.
Classes meet Monday through Friday with morning (8:30-11:30 a.m.), afternoon (12:30-3:30 p.m.) and extended day (3:45-6 p.m.) sessions. Choose from more than 20 courses, which represent a mixture of academic, career and enrichment options. A partial listing of Summer
Youth Program offerings includes:
• Reading/Language Arts
• Technology Education
• Science Fair
• Video Game Design
• Crafts R Us
• Is There a Medical Professional in the House?
• Graphic Arts
• If Bob Can Build It, So Can I
“The summer youth program provides youth learning experiences in a college environment with courses taught by industry professionals,” said Cecelia Knox, director, Next Step Training and Education. “To ensure a strong math and language program, the instructors are selected from a pool of highly qualified local public and private school teachers,” she added.
In addition, the Summer Youth Program offers the Basketball Clinic, a one-week day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) session that runs Aug. 10-14 for children ages 11 to 18. Under the supervision of PGCC head basketball coach John Wiley, participants receive quality instruction and participate in all phases of the game, including rules interpretation, timing, scoring, playing skill and actual game play. Participants are grouped according to age and ability.
For a complete listing of Summer Youth Program courses or information on registration and tuition, visit the Summer 2009 Schedule of Credit & Noncredit Classes on the college Web site at http://www.pgcc.edu/current/schedules/(Page 79) or call 301-322-0158. For more information on the Basketball Clinic, call 301-322-0513.
- encouragement that reading become a lifelong habit
- reluctant readers can be drawn in by the activities
- reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up
- the program can generate interest in the library and books
The National PTA provides various resources on Parent Involvement, including an overview of the National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs. Also, the organization offers further information on specific issues such as the No Child Left Behind Act.
National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University, an organization focused on "developing and maintaining comprehensive programs of school-family-community partnerships," offers a digest of publications.
Parent Leadership Associates aims to engage "parents to become decision-making partners in public schools." The group offers a number of publications and compiles resources and news.
Project Appleseed provides a self-assessment tool for parents to use to rate how involved they are in their children's education.
Read an overview of the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory's Involving Family and Community in Student Learning program, and learn more about its other projects, including the National Center for Family and Community Connections With Schools, which "fosters effective family and community connections with schools by developing and distributing research-based resources and tools to a wide audience."
Parents for Public Schools, a national group devoted to increasing parents' involvement in public schools, offers parent resources, publications, and a directory of its local chapters.
The National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education provides resources for those involved in family-school partnerships: parents or families, educators, and administrators.
"When parents are involved in children’s schools and education, children have higher grades and standardized test scores, improved behavior at home and school, and better social skills and adaptation to school". (Kimberly L. Keith for About.com)
"When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more."
(Report from the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory)
The Mentor Gains
• Personal satisfaction by helping children learn
• The opportunity to learn new skills or polish old ones
• Knowledge and understanding of Prince George’s County Public Schools
The Mentee Gains
• Additional individual attention
• An accepting atmosphere for learning reinforcement
• A chance to succeed, thus building a better self-concept
• A good friend who is a warm and caring adult
The School Gains
• Positive public relations with the community
• Improved student achievement and behavior
• Additional services without extra costs
• Increased community understanding and support
The Prince George’s County Community Gains
• Better educated students
• Greater confidence in the educational system
• An increase in the probability of graduation
• An increase in the attendance rate of students who have shown loss of academic interest
• An increase in daily participation in school chance to succeed, thus building a better self-concept
• An increase in the grades of performing students
If you would like to find out more about mentoring opportunities with PGCPS contact· Jim Smith, 301.883.8255, e-mail at email@example.com· or Michael Robinson, 301.925.2535, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
We invite our parents to take the quiz. Feel free to comment on your results in our comment section for this posting.
1. YES NO
Do you make sure your student completes his/her homework?
2. YES NO
Are you a member of the PTA/PTO in your school?
3. YES NO
Do you make sure your student reads everyday?
4. YES NO
Do you volunteer at your child's school?
5. YES NO
Are you on the CSC committee? (the decision making body for the school)
6. YES NO
Do you regularly attend parent/teacher conferences?
7. YES NO
Do you participate in parent trainings/workshops?
8. YES NO
Do you attend family nights such as literacy and math?
9. YES NO
Are you involved in the school improvement plan?
10. YES NO
Do you communicate regularly with your child's teacher?
11. YES NO
Do you know the reading level of your child?
12. YES NO
Do you call the attendance line when your child is ill?
13. YES NO
Are you on the interviewing committee at your school?
How to score your quiz
Questions 1, 3, 6, 12: if answer is yes, give yourself a 1 for each question
Questions 4, 7, 8, 10, 11: if answer is yes, give yourself a 2 for each question
Questions 2, 5, 9, 13: if answer is yes, give yourself a 3 for each question
Score Totals: 0 - 4 = Emerging; 5 - 12 = Developing; 13 - 26 = Exemplary
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