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Latest Valerie Truesdale Stories

2008-08-03 18:00:16

By Jonathan Cribbs, The Beaufort Gazette, S.C. Aug. 3--The Beaufort County School District's uniforms issue is one that's been fueledmostly with anecdotes. There is the angry mother at the school board meeting, tired of seeing scantily clad girls in school, the similarly fed-up father or teachers and school leaders who believe uniforms will curb teasing, eliminate distractions and end questions about dress codes. So, which problemwill school uniforms solve? Well, it depends on whom...

2008-06-24 06:02:53

By Liz Mitchell, The Island Packet, Hilton Head Island, S.C. Jun. 24--For kindergarten teacher Barbara Hilton, one of her favorite math lessons begins with a sing-a-long. "A tooty-ta, a tooty-ta, a tooty-ta-ta," she sang while standing in a circle with 25 other kindergarten teachers echoing the lyrics. "Thumbs up. Elbows back. Feet apart. Knees together. Bottoms up. Tongue out. Eyes shut. Turn around." The song teaches students about sequencing and is part of a lesson on patterns. It's...