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Education News Archive - August 26, 2008

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Hinda Mitchell or Heidi May, both of Connections Academy, +1-614-224-0600 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug.

By Elizabeth White SAN ANTONIO - Ninth grade, often the first year of high school, is a critical time when many students sink or swim while coping with new academic responsibilities and learning the oh-so-important social hierarchy.

By Jeremy Singer-Vine More and more school districts are banking on improving student performance using cash incentives - a $1,000 payout for high test scores, for example. But whether they work is hard to say.

By GEORGE WILL OAKLAND, Calif. - Seated at a solitary desk in the hall outside a classroom, the slender 13-year-old boy with a smile like a sunrise earnestly does remedial algebra, assisted by a paid tutor. She, too, is 13.

By DAN SCANLAN She has 34 years as a Duval County educator under her belt, including six years as principal of First Coast High School before coming to lead Mandarin High School in 2006.

By Jimmie Covington The hiring of a new Jackson Public Schools superintendent in an unannounced secret meeting and approval of a $200,000 consulting contract for the old superintendent has drawn strong criticism from state Sen. Merle Flowers, R-Southaven.

By Sue Ter Maat smaat@@dailyherald.com The Prospect Heights Elementary District 23 school board on Thursday approved staffing changes, which will include added teaching positions and a new principal for Betsy Ross Elementary.

By Corrinne Hess chess@@dailyherald.com While Hillcrest Elementary School teachers hit the books Wednesday, second-graders took over their teaching duties.

By BETH REESE CRAVEY About 2,600 fewer students than projected showed up in Clay County public schools on Monday, the first day of classes for the 2008-09 year, district administrators said.

Wauconda Middle School Address: 215 Slocum Lake Road, Wauconda Phone: (847) 526-2122 Web site: www.cusd118.lake.k12.il.us/middle/ District's name and/or Web site: Wauconda Community Unit District 118, www.cusd118.lake.k12.il.us Number of students/grade levels offered: 452 students in grades 6 to 8 Number of staff: 60 School mascot: Wolverine When was school built: The only part of the building that is a part of the original structure (which was originally the high school) is the gymnasium.

Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.