ic Sch ools e City Publ Martinsvill Issue 6 February 2010 Bulldog Bark Inside this issue Message from 1 Dr. Kizner From the Superintendent s Desk Magnetic 2 Mysteries Criticism I Appreciate Photos 3,4 I was recently criticized by a community member not to prepare all children to go on to college. With Parent page 5 great curiosity I asked him why? His response was Nutrition 6 simply those with college degrees leave our city and Notes most likely won t return. With great puzzlement I Events/sports 6 asked him if he wanted only non-college-educated people living in Martinsville, or do we want to give Dr. Scott Kizner all children an equal chance to determine what direction they believe is in their best interest as an adult. I then asked him if he expected to send his child to college, and he said without hesi- tation, Yes, of course. I am still amazed that in 2010, adults in our community believe that children not having a postsecondary education in either a two- or four-year college or a technical program will pre- pare them to be self-sufficient and contributing adults. Especially in Martinsville, with a 20% unemployment rate compared to 8% for the rest of the state. We know we have one of the lowest rates of adults with college degrees in our community, and we have a median income that is significantly below the state median income I wonder if there is a relationship be- tween educational attainment, employment and income? Finally, U.S. News & World Report just came out with the fastest growing jobs for the next 10 years based on labor statistics. Guess what? Most of them required a college degree or special- ized training. Science, technology, health, education, finance, film and video editing, plumbing, accounting, software and biomedical engineers were listed high in the 50 fastest growing fields. So the next time you hear, We need more vocational classes, be wary of that comment. Ask them if they are really stating that Some children are not smart enough to go on to col- lege, (except, of course, their own child), or are they really saying, Let s prepare students so they will have the skills and knowledge to be competitive in the 21st Century Workforce and global economy. I hope that is what they meant. So the next time someone says the superin- tendent is not supportive of vocational education, they might be right or they might be wrong. I can tell you this much. If they say, He is only interested in preparing students to pursue fur- ther education after high school, give them a big hug for me. Endowment Spotlight: Elementary Students Explore Science and Space with Magnetic Mysteries About 200 second-graders benefitted recently from a hands-on science lesson funded by a grant from the Martinsville City Public Schools Endowment. Amy Sabarre, direc- tor of the NASA Science, Engineering, Math and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) at Martinsville Middle School, visited all of the second-grade classes and helped stu- dents discover which planets in our solar system have a magnetic field. Students used instruments called magnaprobes to detect magnets inside models of the planets. Magnetic Mysteries was a fun way to reinforce the second-grade curriculum and inspire a love of scientific exploration. Said Albert Harris Elementary second-graders second-grader Nyjean Brandon, I might be Camia Evans, left, and Raven Adams explore a a space explorer when I grow up! model of Saturn with a magnaprobe. When you support the Martinsville City Public Schools Endowment, you enable students to experience exciting learning opportunities, like Magnetic Mysteries, that might not other- wise be possible in tough budget times. Want to help? Call 403-5722 to learn more about mak- ing a tax-deductible donation, or enjoy these upcoming fundraising events: Longaberger/Vera Bradley BINGO, February 19, Martinsville High School Cafeteria. $20 donation/20 games. Doors open 6 p.m., BINGO at 7. And mark your calendars for the Sock Hop Gala on April 30! Page 2 Bulldog Bark Events & Photos Clients of Golden Living Center enjoyed a visit recently from Patrick Henry kindergarteners, who sang, danced and handed out candy. The students have been learning about service to others in their studies of Martin Luther King, Jr. It takes a village to raise a child: Martinsville Middle School recently invited several positive role models from the community, including some Martinsville graduates, to speak to students about the future and how to reach their goals. CONGRATULATIONS to 16 Martinsville High School seniors who were recognized by the Super- intendent for earning a 4.0 or higher grade-point average! Travis Wells, a 1990 MHS grad, spoke at the awards ceremony. Pictured with Dr. Scott Kizner are honorees (from left) Emily Wimmer, Taylor Eanes, Lauren McGarry, Rachel DeBusk, Meredith Seamon, Megan Herndon, Brittany Thomas, Jillian Rinaldi, Dana Mahoney, Lateka Wooten, Colin Welch, Keedra Jones, Will Treadway, Brandon Martin, Brooke Hairston, and Sara Kasey. Were you caught on camera?? View photo galleries from more school events at www.martinsville.k12.va.us UNDER NEWS & PHOTOS. Issue 6 Were you caught on camera?? View COMPLETE photo galleries from school events and more at www.martinsville.k12.va.us UNDER NEWS & PHOTOS. Students at Patrick Henry Elementary School learned to write and perform original songs, with guidance from professional singer-songwriters, as part of the Kid Pan Alley childrens songwriting project. Below left, Jason Woods and Kaitlyn Luong got a quick lesson on playing guitar chords from musician Kathy Hussey. The workshops were sponsored by Piedmont Arts As- sociation, the Harvest Foundation, the Patrick Henry PTO and others. At right, congratulations to Ms. NSBE Nyomi Tarpley and Mr. NSBE Joseph Harley. These Martinsville Middle School students were recog- nized for outstanding service to the community. All NSBE members must complete 10 volunteer hours, but from July to December, Nyomi volun- teered more than 500 hours, and Joseph volunteered nearly 200! CONGRATULATIONS to the Martinsville City Public Schools employees who received 2009 Above and Beyond Awards (from left): Clare Miller, Beverly Keaton, Courtney Holland, Sheila Barksdale, Curtis Giles, Thelma Carter, Connie Holland, Violet Nelson, Debbie Martin, Mark Thomas, Debbie Vaughn, Mandy Horsley, Brittany Light, Jon Bouffard, Della Morrison, Kelly Henry, Sarah France, Vanessa Miller, Janie Fulcher, Becky Gentry, & Jodie Freeland. Not pictured: Christine Capwell, Jose Castro, Jinky Critz, Scherrie Dalton, Tom Fitzgibbons, Will Freeland and Bonnie Wilson. The Parent Page Read to me! Each issue of the Bulldog Bark brings you a series of tips from teachers to get your child excited about reading and build literacy skills at home. This month, Lori Gongora of Patrick Henry Elementary shares advice on reading with your second-grade child. To build reading skills in second grade or any grade, for that matter Lori Gongora s number one piece of advice is, Read, read, read. However, this doesn t mean you have to force your child to trudge through an entire book on his own if he is struggling. Reading to your child and having your child read to you are both valuable ac- tivities, and it is important to keep it fun. Also, Mrs. Gongora and the second-grade teaching team at PHES recommend making practical connections with reading whenever Lori Gongora s students play a game on the possible, such as reading restaurant menus SmartBoard to learn about proper nouns. and cereal boxes with your child. In the car, play games with the street signs and look for words with two syllables. At home, read a recipe and cook it together. Not only does this reinforce reading skills, Mrs. Gongora said, that s a great way to teach sequencing, which is part of the required Standards of Learning (SOLs) for second grade. Anytime you can tie reading into the real world, it gives children an understand- ing of why they need to learn to read, she said. For another fun home activity, tell your child stories about your family history, then make a family scrapbook together and write in different memories you want to preserve. Playing academic computer games is also a great way to work on word skills. Children love to learn through anything that uses technology, she said. When reading a book with your child, Mrs. Gongora said, ask questions about the story elements: characters, problem and solution. There is often a wide range of reading levels within a second-grade class, but wherever her students are, Mrs. Gongora said, It s about meeting them at their level and trying to take them to the high- est level we can. We want to give all our Page 5 students what they need to succeed. Issue 6 Martinsville City Public Schools 746 Indian Trail FIT FAT P.O. Box 5548 WANNA STAY FIT? Martinsville, VA 24115 276-403-5827 FIGHT THE FAT! FAT METER: 28 g Total Fat Learning For All, ITEM: Chocolate Cake 13 g Saturated Fat Whatever It Takes. VERDICT: Slice thin! It goes TARGET: Fewer than 65 by various cutesy names at res- grams of fat and 22 grams taurants and grocery stores of fat for everything you the ultimate chocolate, but eat on an average day. whatever it s called, you should consider it an occasional indulgence, not a regu- lar treat. And, even then, take a small slice! Sweet Deal: Reach for fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth, instead of soda or desserts! Mark your calendars This story can fit 175-225 words. Monday, Feb. 15 Snow make-up day. School is in session! If your newsletter is folded and mailed, this story will appear on the back. So, it s a good Friday, Feb. 19 BINGO to benefit the Martinsville City Public Schools idea to make it easy to read at a glance. Endowment, Martinsville High School cafeteria, 351 good way to quickly capture open 6 p.m., readers. A question and answer session is aCommonwealth Blvd. Doorsthe attention ofBINGO starts at 7. $20 donation for 20 games. Longaberger You can either compile questions that you ve received since the last edition or you can baskets, frequently asked about your organization. summarize some generic questions that are Vera Bradley purses and Premier Designs Jewelry. Refreshments, raffle and door prizes! School Budget Presentation a good way to give your A listing of names and titles of managers in your organization is and Public Hearing, 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 City Council chambers. The School to list needs to newsletter a personal touch. If your organization is small, you may wantBoard the names of all employees. hear YOUR ideas on how to deal with millions of dol- If you have any prices of standard lars in school budget cuts. include a listing of those products or services, you can here. You may want to refer your readers to any other forms of communication that Upcoming games you ve created for your organization. season! Best of luck to our varsity wrestlers, It s tournament boys and girls basketball teams this month! Game times and You can also use this space to remind readers to mark their calendars for a regular event, locations TBA. For game schedules and standings, keep an eye on your local newspaper or visit www.highschoolsports.net.
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