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Peck Jr. / Sr. High School - Friday, April 18, 2014
  • Attention Juniors and Seniors. Prom tickets will be on sale during lunch. The cost is $25 a single and $45 a couple. Buy your tickets to enjoy a Midnight Masquerade on May 3rd. Guest passes are available in the office for anyone bringing anyone who does not attend Peck.
  • Reminder to all Junior High students. Please return your spring picture packets or money to the office today.






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District Fish Fry
Last fish fry will be this Friday.   
District Make Up Days
Peck Community Schools Board of Education voted on Wednesday, March 19th to alter the schedule to meet the state requirements of 1,098 instructional hours and 176 school days to include the following changes. Please note them on your calendars. Transportation and breakfast will be available on all of the days listed below; lunch will be available on full days of school. ½ Day dismissal will be at 11:30. April 4th - Full day of school (previously was a ½ day) April 18th – Friday before Easter – ½ day (previously was no school) April 21st - Monday after Easter – full day (previously was no school) April 26th - Saturday – full day of school May 10th - Saturday – full day of school May 17th - Saturday – ½ day of school May 31st - Saturday – full day of school June 7th - Saturday – ½ day of school June 11th - Wednesday – full day of school (previously was a ½ day) June 12th - Thursday – full day of school (this day has been added onto the end of the school year) June 13th - Friday – last day – ½ day (this day has been added onto the end of the school year) Please keep in mind that we need to have 75% of the entire student body in attendance in order to count it as a day of school. If we do not meet that percentage on a Saturday, the administration has been given the authority by the Board of Education to re-evaluate the schedule and cancel any further Saturdays and add days on to the end of the school year.   
Jr./Sr. High School One Spectacular Year
What a year our athletes have given us. First a football state championship then a quarterfinal appearance by our boys’ basketball team. Not only did they win 33 straight games, but the manner in which both teams carried themselves. I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve received from people I don’t even know about our Peck Pirate athletes, coaches and spectators. Guys and Coaches thanks for the great ride this year and good luck to you as you prepare for spring sports. FANS you are awesome! The great turnouts at these events and the spirit that filled the gym still gives me goose bumps. Continue to be the great Pirate Fans as we move on to the final season this year. THANKS TO ALL!!!!!   
Jr./Sr. High School Valedictorian and Salutatorian
There will two Valedictorians at Peck High School this year. Hailey Sharrard and Wesley Bissett will share the top honors having received the best GPA’s in the senior class. Chelsea Lofton, Samantha Murray, Megan Pitts and Nicholas Reese have the honor of being this year’s Salutatorians for the class of 2014. Congratulations to all these students for their hard work and accomplishments over the past four years!   
Jr./Sr. High School Junior High Academic Track
Last Saturday, many of the seventh and eighth grade students participated in the Academic and Talent Competition that was held at CPS. They competed in a wide range of categories such as algebra, science, world history, geography, grammar, current events, creating power point presentations, colored as well as black and white drawings, dramatic reading, group improvisation, vocal solos, dancing, and instrumental groups. Their hard work, dedication, and competitive spirit were evident as they competed against five other schools in the county. As a team, they accumulated enough points to place second. Congratulations on a job well done!!!!!   
Jr./Sr. High School Scholarships
There will be several scholarships available for seniors on the Peck Schools website (peckschools.org) after March 31st. Go to the Jr./Sr. High tab then click on scholarships. All of these scholarships are due to Miss Davidson by April 25th.   
Jr./Sr. High School Junior/Senior Prom
Midnight Masquerade - Saturday, May 3rd at Good Thymes Barn, 780 Galbraith Line Rd., Melvin. $25/Single, $45/Couple. Tickets are on sale now during lunch.   
Jr./Sr. High School NHS Process
Invitations were sent to those students in grades 10 thru 12 who are eligible to apply for this year’s National Honor Society. In order to receive an invitation you must have a 3.0 grade point average at the conclusion of the 1st semester. The deadline for applications to be turned in is by 3 p.m. April 17th. The next step for those turning in applications is an interview the week of April 22nd. Then the faculty committee will make the final decision and students will be notified via mail. The faculty committee decision is final. There is no appeal process. The induction ceremony will be May 4th.   
Jr./Sr. High School End of 3rd Quarter
Friday, March 28th marks the end of the 3rd quarter for students. Report cards will be sent home on Friday, April 4th with those students who are not able to attend conferences.   
Jr./Sr. High School Reminder To Parents and Students
All Jr./Sr. High students are required to pay class dues each year. Please check with your child to see if they still owe their dues. Dues need to be paid to their class treasurer before Memorial Day.   

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5 steps to better early childhood tech use
Closing the digital divide has been a constant challenge as technology tools and use become more prevalent in schools. Now, research shows that developing early technology skills can help close the digital divide. Though technology use has expanded in schools, students' at-home technology and internet access isn't necessarily reliable. According to Using Early Childhood Education to Bridge the Digital Divide, this means that children from families without access to digital technology "have fewer opportunities to learn, explore, and communicate digitally, and fewer chances to develop the workforce skills they will need to succeed in later life." Early childhood education access to technology will help ensure that students begin to develop tech skills and learn how to use tools that they are likely to use once they enter elementary school. Early childhood education helps children prepare for school and also gives low-income students and other disadvantaged groups an opportunity to begin kindergarten on equal ground. It helps children build foundational skills in core academic areas and, the report suggests, may do the same for technology skills and literacy. Research has proven that people with technology skills have more workforce potential and tend to earn more, and much emphasis has been placed on the fact that today's students will be competing for technology-centered jobs that don't even exist today. Debates also exist over how much technology use and screen time are appropriate for young children and in early education settings. And while technology access, supported by high-speed internet and appropriate software and apps, is important, what is most important is that a highly-trained educator is able to help young students use technology as a tool to develop their early learning. The report includes five questions that educators should ask when it comes to integrating technology in early education settings.
5 must-watch TED Talks
The nonprofit Technology, Education and Design (TED) is “devoted to spreading ideas,” according to its mission statement. How does it do that? By recording and posting various talks on different topics, given by experts in different fields. It began in 1984, but has lately risen to new popularity, and now has a worldwide following of these “Ted Talks.” Not only does Ted have a wide range of Talks devoted exclusively to education, but many of these talks - all available online - deal specifically with education technology, and how to best integrate technological innovations into schools everywhere. Below are five standout Ted Talks on the subject of ed-tech, each given by an education professional or technology expert with their own unique vision for how to improve the quality of learning.
School libraries urged to embrace the digital–cautiously
Technology might make some parts of libraries obsolete--but librarians won't be among them, panelists contended at the annual Texas Library Association conference in San Antonio, which drew 7,200 attendees. As the popularity of electronic books continues to rise, schools are emerging as a dynamic area of how libraries adjust, they said. Educators and administrators, struggling to figure out how much to spend on their campus libraries amid state funding cuts, have reduced library staff and pondered the potential savings of buying digital books over printed ones. But concerns that students will increasingly be left with a self-service method of accessing books and research materials stem from the realization that today's students are more tech-savvy than their predecessors. Printed or digital, the focus should be on the best way to provide students access to quality materials that will bolster their education, a trio of panelists from Houston Independent School District, ITT Technical Institute in Austin and Bexar County's own BiblioTech library agreed in a discussion Thursday afternoon. BiblioTech continues to generate international attention as one of the first libraries to go all digital, with no titles in traditional print media, and has been pushing partnerships with local schools to keep students interested in reading. One key approach librarians can use to reinforce why they are relevant is a renewed focus on personal interaction with readers and learners, said Elizabeth Philippi, who oversees Houston ISD's massive school library system, which is shifting more of its resources online.
8 technology tips from top district leaders
When it comes to school technology, having a plan—and having strong leaders to guide that plan—are two of the most important steps to success, according to the 2014 winners of eSchool News' Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards. <br /><br /> The eight winners of the eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards program, chosen for their commitment to educational technology and teaching and learning, shared their best practices for creating schools that boost student engagement and achievement by leveraging technology tools during a series of webinars sponsored by Lenovo.
10 follow-worthy education blogs
Education blogs are one of the top ways to learn about new educational technologies, trends, and classroom practices. Sometimes, learning from the perspective of other teachers, administrators, and ed-tech professionals can help educators refresh their teaching and leadership. In 2012, eSchool News compiled a list of top education blogs--here’s an update, with new blogs that offer new perspectives and resources. Following any blogs that aren’t on this list? Share them in the comment section below. 1. Cool Cat Teacher (@coolcatteacher) Cool Cat Teacher was created by Vicki Davis, a teacher and IT Director at a small school in Camilla, Ga. Davis writes about teaching, education, and technology. She also interviews teachers on her online web show, “Every Classroom Matters.” Her blog has won multiple awards and is consistently featured as one of the top 50 blogs in education worldwide. 2. Edutech for Teachers (@edutech20) This blog was created by Jamie Forshey, an instructional technology specialist and teacher in central Pennsylvania. Fosrhey blogs about how the use of technology and digital media in the classroom can engage students. Check out her “Tech Tip of the Week” page. One resource she recommends is Gooru, a service that connects teachers and students with more than 50,000 resources in various subjects, giving users a list of materials in different media formats that can be used in the classroom. 3. Free Technology for Teachers (@rmbyrne) Richard Byrne, a former high school social studies teacher and now a Google Certified Teacher, created this blog to share free resources with educators. Compiling lists of classroom tools for both students and teachers, Byrne covers everything from iPad apps to Google tutorials. Byrne also writes a second blog about resources for professional development. 4. Home Room (@usedgov) Created and run by the United States Education Departmen (ED), this blog features education innovations and reforms. ED employees, as well as those of other related government organizations, post on the blog regularly. Check out the site’s #AskArne page, which features a video series where Secretary of Education Arne Duncan answers questions from social media, snail mail, and teachers, covering topics ranging from student privacy to professional development.
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