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Education News Archive - June 24, 2008

By Jane Gargas, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jun. 23--It pioneered online education in Central Washington, venturing into the world of virtual schools when they were -- virtually -- nonexistent.

Staff and students are celebrating the news that their school has been awarded specialist status. From the start of the next school year St Cuthbert Mayne, Torquay, will be known as a science and mathematics school.

Pupils and staff from two Staffordshire schools are celebrating after receiving awards proclaiming them healthy. St Peter's C of E Primary School in Yoxall and Thomas Alleyne's High School, Uttoxeter, are among 16 other Staffordshire schools to get a Healthy School award.

ATLANTA - When the dismal results from the sixth- and seventh- grade state-mandated social studies tests started rolling in, officials at the Georgia Department of Education were quick to look for culprits, State Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox told the State Board of Education recently.

Arty youngsters will mount their own school show. Northleach Primary pupils are transforming their hall into an art gallery to display their year's work. The exhibition is set to run from 5pm to 8pm on July 4.

By Josey Mintel What is wrong with the public schools in this country? Everyone asks the question.

By Davin White Staff writer FLATWOODS - Wanda Sheets wants her English students to expect more. "Not whether or not you're going to go [to college], because that can't be an option anymore," said Sheets, a teacher at Elkview Middle School.

Activities to mark the end of compulsory schooling are rapidly becoming a tradition in Derbyshire secondary schools. They include dressing up and arriving at school in numerous modes of transport or holding dinner dances at various venues.

This report provided by Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Students of the Master of Science in Facilities Management program at Massachusetts Maritime Academy are reaching new heights in their career success.

By Dick Mason, The Observer, La Grande, Ore. Jun.

Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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