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Oct 07th


Using Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) data to help my child be successful?

Did reading that sentence make your head spin?  Well spin no more, there is help

Did you receive your child's MCA scores in the mail recently from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)?  You should have if your child is in the third grade or higher.  What did you do when you looked at the data?    Did you look at the graph chart and say to yourself, what am I supposed to do with this information?  I want to help my child but where do I begin?  What can I do at home?  I, too, struggle even though I consider myself to be a fairly knowledgeable person.

Caribbean students analyze Cuban Revolution impact

Caribbean students analyze Cuban Revolution impactPort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (August 16, 2010) The media was out in full force at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, to cover the August 13th Awards Ceremony of the biennial Eric Williams ‘School Bags’ Essay Competition, whose topic this year was “The Cuban Revolution, 1959-2009: Discuss its successes and failures. What relevance do these have for today’s student?”

The event was hosted by UWI’s Campus Principal, Clement Sankat, and Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, the Hon. Sharon Saunders.

Tips for building your college resume

Tips for building your college resumeOne of the biggest parts of getting into college is having a good resume to back you up. A problem for many college-bound students is that they apply to college with almost identical resumes. While it is true that colleges do have certain requirements, like good grades and proof that you have been challenging yourself by taking AP and IB courses and good SAT and ACT scores, there is more to it than that to get into the college of your choice.


As far as education goes for college, it is good to maintain an A average. The earliest starting point should be your freshman year in high school, but your sophomore year works, too. Having a good SAT and ACT score is also very helpful to get into the college of your choice. Check the website of the college you want to attend for recommended SAT and ACT scores, as well as which test the college prefers. For example, Johns Hopkins University in Maryland has a middle 50 percent SAT range for its freshman class of 670-770 for mathematics, 630-730 for critical reading and 650-730 for writing. The average high school GPA for its freshman class is 3.68.

Target, Salvation Army help prepare 300 kids for school

Target, Salvation Army help prepare 300 kids for school'Target School Spree' taking place at Target locations in Mpls, St. Paul, Brooklyn Park, Chaska, Monticello, Stillwater
Target and the Twin Cities Salvation Army took 300 kids shopping for back-to-school clothes last Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Target locations in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Brooklyn Park, Chaska, Monticello and Stillwater.

The event was part of Target School Spree, a nationwide effort in which 12,000 kids received an $80 Target Gift Card to purchase new clothes at nearly 500 Target stores. Each child shopped with a Salvation Army volunteer.

Most of the children and their families are regularly served by Salvation Army operation centers across the Twin Cities.

“We appreciate Target and their shared commitment to improving the lives of children and their families,” said Major Darryl Leedom, commander of the Twin Cities Salvation Army. “Giving the kids new clothes increases their self-esteem and helps ensure they start the new school year ready to learn. It also relieves financial stress on parents, allowing them to free up resources for food, housing and other essentials.”

Sylvia Booker Little: Unsung She-ro

Sylvia Booker Little: Unsung She-roSo many children are unaware of the examples of great leadership, knowledge and sacrifice that so many men and women have made in Minneapolis’ African American communities. Every week WE WIN Institute brings in a new African leader from the Twin Cities to teach the children about what they do and how they have made a difference in the world. Children had the opportunity to learn about Sylvia Booker Little who is an opera singer, mother and advocate for children and seniors. Students read a biography of Little, answered questions and drew pictures of her.

Little talked about her life, experiences as an opera singer, and her mission in life, which is to help feed the hungry and assist youth in realizing their dreams. She offered any child in the program who helps with training their voices or needed extra help learning the piano that she would be willing to work with them. Children listened to music and watched a video of Little in concert.

Children had an abundance of questions to ask her including, “What do you like most about music?” and, “Was it hard to learn how to play the piano at such a young age?” Little had a great time answering questions and telling the children more exciting facts about herself. Two students, Karriona Drain and Devante Moore shared what they learned about Sylvia B. Little.

Preparing to make the 2010-11 school year a great year

Preparing to make the 2010-11 school year a great year We are busy preparing to welcome students in grades 1-12 back to school on August 30 and welcome our new kindergarten students on September 1.

Families often ask me what they can do to help their children do their very best. Families play a critical role in their child’s academic progress. You can help your child prepare to learn each day.

• Help your child get ready in the morning so he or she arrives on time and ready to learn.
• Ask your child what he or she learns in school each day.
• Set aside time each night to help your child with his or her homework.
• Visit the open house at your child’s school before the first day. Your child will come to school confident and eager to succeed.

We are working hard to make every school a great school. That means every classroom has an effective teacher, every school has a strong principal and every staff member shares the same high expectations for all students. How will we make that happen? We have a plan to deliver on this promise and it starts with clear priorities.

Celebration time – c’mon! The back to school season has begun

Celebration time – c’mon! The back to school season has begunIt’s time for my favorite annual holiday – which technically isn’t an “official” day, but actually several weeks leading up to one BIG day. YOUR day may not be the same as mine. But trust me, it’s the one holiday most seasoned parents look forward to more than all the others combined. It’s the Back to School Season, and yes, I am so glad it’s finally HERE! I’ve got my Mardi Gras beads on, I’ve hung celebratory colored lights on the bushes and trees outside my front door; and I have prepared a monumental feast with all the trimmings that we’ll still be talking about come Thanksgiving. All in celebration of the fact that my son goes BACK TO SCHOOL (also commonly referred to as the “I Survived a Summer with a Teenager in the House” holiday).

One of the great things about working for The Nielsen Company, the world’s largest market research company which provides measurement services for industries like media, online, mobile and consumer packaged goods, is that we conduct all types of great studies. Nielsen recently released a Back To School Forecast based on more than 110,000 UPCs in the school supply category, and more than 400 million school supply transactions at U.S. food, drug, mass merchandiser stores (including Walmart), dollar, club stores and online sales. We forecasted a modest increase in dollar sales on Back to School items, up 1.7 percent to $2.6 billion. The Forecast makes a few relevant observations including this one:
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