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Education News Archive - August 31, 2008

By Richard Garner Cornerstone of private schools 'helps pupils to settle in' The days of the "house" system - a cornerstone of Britain's independent schools - is making a comeback in the state sector.

By Kevin Butler LAKEWOOD - Kindergarten teacher Hito Zapata sat before a group of about 35 students at Riley Elementary School last week. "Have you had a wonderful week?" he asked them. "Yes!" they replied enthusiastically. "So are you all excited and ready for school?" he followed up.

The Chesapeake Public School system has achieved a number of goals and received recognition across the state, but there are still areas of improvement, Superintendent W. Randolph Nichols said in his annual report to the School Board on Monday evening.

Phyllis Speidell The Virginian-Pilot SUFFOLK When school starts Tuesday, about 150 of Suffolk's 1,100 teachers will be new to the city's classrooms. Among them will be a few rookie teachers who are fulfilling their dreams after years in other careers.

By CHERYL ROSS By Cheryl Ross The Virginian-Pilot Portsmouth Competitive pay. Professional growth. Playing for a winning team. It sounds like a job ad. But these are some of the reasons teachers say they work in Portsmouth.

Teachers in the north Texas school district of Harrold are allowed to carry concealed weapons as a safety precaution, a district official says.

By David Morrill BERKELEY -- Richard Lyons hardly seems like the new dean of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Dean ... yes. New ... no. Lyons has officially been at the top position for fewer than two months, but he speaks about his vision as if he has been there for years.

By Kristofer Noceda CASTRO VALLEY -- The school district is experiencing an unexpected influx of new students this year, prompting officials to open new classes. The growth is mainly at the elementary school level, particularly Castro Valley Elementary School.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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