Friday, July 8, 2011

Military Family is this year's catchphrase...

As you may already know the military family has been a hot topic for the politicos for actually more than a year. Last year there was the good in theory, but poor in execution Year of the Air Force Family or YOAFF that was supposed to provide the military family with... well, all I can remember is getting a discount on signing my child up for baseball.
For our family the concern has turned to education and military children. Part of this comes as my experience as a School Liaison Officer and a larger part comes from being the parent of two military children. This has been a huge cause for First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. The latter I had the opportunity to see speak at the 2010 Military Child Education Coalition Conference.
Part of their initiative for military families comes because so many students at some point in their educational career will attend a Department of Defense Education Activity School (DoDEA). Now DoDEA is offering parents a way to offer their input on the education of their children. "the Department of Defense has committed to an ambitious military construction program that will build or significantly renovate over 100 DoDEA schools. From now until 2016, this modernization initiative will replace an aging inventory of facilities with state-of-the-art schools to support dependent education for the next 45 years.
School districts across the nation, including DoDEA, are facing major facility challenges due largely to the aging infrastructure and the related costs. Providing a safe, secure and educationally appropriate facility for all military children is a critical responsibility for DoDEA."

Click here to see the more of the Press Release from DoDEA.

Friday, December 31, 2010


Attention... my focus for 2011. Attention to my health and body, attention to my children, attention to how quickly life goes by.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Why Understanding Copyright Is Important

I came across the following site today and found it rather amusing. Partly for the product and partly because the National Pork Board probably spent a hefty sum in having the letter drawn up.
ThinkGeek for April Fool's Day posted what I hope is an obviously fictional product to it's web site-- Canned Unicorn Meat. The National Pork Board is concerned that it is a little too close to it's "the other white meat" slogan and has a 12-page cease and desist letter sent to them. The second mistake after paying to have such a letter drafted is in sending such a letter to a site that is going to further ridicule it. And sadly, what the National Pork Board and their lawyers missed, but the ThinkGeek people got right is that they are in fact covered because a) it's not really close to their slogan and b) it's covered by parody. Which, really, makes it all the more humorous.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Knob Noster Field Trip - chiannemc - Picasa Web Albums

Knob Noster Field Trip - chiannemc - Picasa Web Albums
The 5th-8th Grade field trip to Knob Noster State Park. Part of the trip was a photo scavenger hunt- find a purple flower, white flower, square, circle, opposite leaf and even leaf.

Then there was the actual fishing. The student in green, it was his birthday, had a brand new lure. He promptly got it stuck in the weeds twice and in the tree twice ;) it was not a good time for him.

Stock Market Game Awards Dinner

Team #1 was honored Thursday, April 29th at the Holiday Inn in Columbia, MO for their 1st place finish in our region. They earned over $8000 in a two month period based on the stocks they purchased.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

5/6 Grades assignment for Wednesday

Read all the directions first!

Complete the journal entry here:

Then type your superhero/shero story into a WORD document. This needs to be:
  • 12 pt
  • Times New Roman font
  • standard 1 inch margins.

Remember it should be at least a page and a half in length!

Save it to the Superhero/shero folder under 5/6 Grade-- Comm Arts-- Superhero folders.

If you finish with that you can play the Garbage Dreams Game. Make sure you click 'learn how to play' first so it will make sense. To do well you will need to be able to recycle at least 80%.