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Announcements - Wednesday, May 27, 2015
If you received an “E” on your progress report, it must be signed and turned into the office today or you will receive a detention!
There is a sign-up in Ms. Robinet’s room for anyone interested in being a student council officer next school year, deadline to sign up is today.
Physicals for students wanting to participate in sports next school year will take place on June 1st from 3 to 5 pm at the Peck Medical Center. You must pick up a physical card and pay $15.00 prior to going to the Peck Medical Center on June 1st. Physical cards can be picked up in the high school office or Ms. Davidson’s office. The physical card must be filled out and signed by a parent in order to receive a physical.
There will be a NHS meeting during seminar today in Mrs. Prouse’s room. 
Congratulations to both the baseball and softball teams for their sweeps of CPS yesterday!

Headstart and Possible Preschool - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Peck Schools is exploring the option of a full day 4 year old preschool program for the 2015-2016 school year.

This program would be free of charge and run all day. 

The school is also looking into starting a latchkey program with morning and evening hours.

If you are interested in either program please contact the elementary office at 810-378-5200 #1.

Headstart is also taking applications please contact Traci Kroetsch at 1-877-243-2211 for information.

School News
2015 Graduation - Tuesday, May 19, 2015
This year's Graduation was fantastic!

Prizes Galore! - Thursday, May 07, 2015
If you would have made it to the Honor's Banquet last night, you could have won one of these two new televisions or one of the remaining 39 cool prizes.  There's always next year for you to be one of the "lucky ones".  Ask a teacher to find out what it takes to be at this great event! 

Best of Show - Thursday, April 30, 2015

Congratulations to the Peck Art Students who put on a wonderful Art Show this past Wednesday.  Special Congratulations and honors go to Bailey Sell and Ada Dewies who tied for this year’s Best of Show Award.  Bailey did an Acrylic Landscape while Ada did a pencil detail of an eye.  Good job girls!

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Mr. Sarnac's class learns how salt affects the freezing temperature of ice as they make freezer bag ice cream.  Just like we use salt on icy roads in the winter, salt mixed with ice in this case also causes the ice to melt. When salt comes into contact with ice, the freezing point of the ice is lowered. The lowering of the freezing point depends on the amount of salt added. The more salt added, the lower the temperature will be before the salt-water solution freezes. For example, water will normally freeze at 32 degrees F. A 10% salt solution freezes at 20 degrees F, and a 20% solution freezes at 2 degrees F. When salt is added to the ice (or snow), some of the ice melts because the freezing point is lowered. Always remember that heat must be absorbed by the ice for it to melt. The heat that causes the melting comes from the surroundings (the warmer cream mixture). By lowering the temperature at which ice is frozen, you were able to create an environment in which the cream mixture could freeze at a temperature below 32 degrees F into ice cream. - See more at: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/homemade-ice-cream-sick-science#sthash.pjAAEvOA.dpuf

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Students use tech to drive career exploration
As the school year ends, some students in low-income rural areas may feel that their time in class hasn’t brought them any closer to going to college or getting beyond a minimum wage job. However, students in north central and south central Kentucky are plotting their career paths and even finding the grants, scholarships and other funds to pursue their paths, thanks to the efforts and initiatives of the kid-FRIENDLy (Kids-Focused, Responsible, Imaginative, Engaged, Determined to Learn) Project (http://www.kidfriendlyky.com), a program funded in 2012 by the largest Race To The Top-District (RTTT-D) grant awarded. The kid-FRIENDLy Project focuses on student empowerment, supporting students’ building daily habits of goal setting, teamwork, critical thinking, communication, creativity and problem solving, making them leaders of their own learning. The program also promotes personalized learning strategies, including online and off-campus work environments, flipped classrooms, student teaming, and emphasis on students’ learning needs, preferences and responsibility. Next page: The program's impact “When I started high school, I had no idea what I was going to do after graduation,” used to be a common refrain among students in the area, but now many are taking action for their future career paths while still in high school. They are deciding on professional fields such as civil engineering or psychology and researching which colleges have the courses best suited for helping them realize their goals. Individuals interested in positions in the agricultural field have joined organizations like FFA and 4H in addition to deciding on postsecondary education options. The RTTT-D grant has made it even easier for students to consider and prepare for their future career paths by funding the development of a related WIN Learning Career Exploration and Planning mobile app for kid-FRIENDLy. The WIN Atlas app helps students identify potential career interests and gain insight into the relationship between their education and career pathways. It includes an Interest and Work Profiler feature that aids in the development of an individualized learning plan by helping students choose a career pathway that matches their interests, priorities and work values.
Districts tighten social media rules among teachers, students
School officials are tasked with trying to figure out how to embrace the seemingly limitless educational advantages of the internet and social media tools, but preventing them from being used to initiate and foster covert, inappropriate relationships among staff and students. “There have always been inappropriate relationships between teachers and students,” said Gretchen Shipley, a San Diego attorney who has created a practice around education and technology. “But I think it has been more of a growing problem because the breaking down of barriers with social media and the ease with which you can talk with each other.” It’s a dilemma for school leaders across the nation. The New York Department of Education has a seven-page set of social media guidelines that instructs teachers to use “school-based” social media platforms to communicate with students and recommends against employees using personal social media sites to contact students. In Missouri, the legislature passed a law several years ago banning all electronic communication between educators and students, but after a legal challenge by the state teachers union, a judge ruled the law unconstitutional. The legislation has been rewritten to direct each district to create its own policy, making it remain unclear if a district ban would be considered unconstitutional, Ms. Shipley said. “Everyone is trying to figure out what to do between what the courts are deciding and given the challenges of the increasing number of sexual abuse by educator cases,” said Jim Buckheit, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators. The issue is relevant in districts across Pennsylvania. In Plum, where two teachers were arrested in February and charged with institutional sexual assault for their relationships with female students, superintendent Timothy Glasspool said his board is not considering a policy banning social media or cell phone contact between teachers and students because “it may violate the First Amendment rights of individuals.”
N.C. recommends STEMscopes for state science adoption
Accelerate Learning announced that STEMscopes™ North Carolina, its digital K-12 science solution built to meet the North Carolina science standards, has been recommended by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for use in science classrooms across the state. Developed by Accelerate Learning and Rice University, STEMscopes North Carolina was built based upon North Carolina’s Essential Standards and Clarifying Objectives outlined in the Department of Public Instruction’s Standard Course of Study. Accelerate Learning’s custom state versions are currently used by nearly 2 million students across the country. “Initially STEMscopes was used primarily by Texas elementary school teachers. In just a few short years it has become a comprehensive pre-K-12 science curriculum utilized by nearly 100,000 teachers nationwide. We attribute this success to our close collaboration with teachers to build and continually improve a digital science curriculum tool that meets their daily instructional and assessment needs,” said Dr. Vernon Johnson, president and CEO of Accelerate Learning. “Clearly, the North Carolina evaluators agree. All 42 of the courses we submitted for K-8 science, and high school biology, physics and chemistry, were recommended for the North Carolina adoption. We are honored that our solutions were selected to help educate North Carolina students develop a deeper understanding of the STEM subjects.” Designed to work in any classroom – traditional, blended and one-to-one – STEMscopes provides teacher and student digital resources, supplemental print materials, and hands-on exploration kits that build student engagement and excitement for learning. Inquiry-based investigation is at the core of STEMscopes. It intends to foster student understanding of science through meaningful hands-on inquiry-based investigations, so they develop deeper understandings of the world around them. STEMscopes is built on an HTML5 platform, thus its digital resources are compatible with tablets, computers and smartphones.
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