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Ohio Department of Education News

Ohio Department of Education News

St. Mary Catholic School celebrates 20th year

Highland County Press

Every first day of school brings a certain level of excitement, but for St. Mary Catholic School in Hillsboro, the start of the 2019-20 academic year carries special meaning. When students return on Aug. 14, St. Mary will be starting their 20th year as a school, a milestone made possible by “faith and determination,” according to staff members... The school received approval from the Ohio Department of Education as a “provider” for the Educational Choice Scholarship starting in 2014. The income-based scholarship pays 100 percent of the qualifying students’ tuition.


State and Local Education News

Columbus Metropolitan Library offers guests free passes to city’s cultural venues

Columbus Dispatch

Every summer, Emily Morris is faced with the same dilemma — how to keep her two young boys entertained. One day in June, Morris and her sons — James, 7 and Sam, 5 — were browsing the books at the Karl Road branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library when a librarian approached them to mention a new service: The family could check out a pass that would gain them free admission for one day to the Ohio History Center and adjacent Ohio Village, operated by the Ohio History Connection. Given that admission would typically be $15 for her and $9 for each of her boys, it was a deal she couldn’t pass up... Started last year, the library’s Culture Pass program allows cardholders to check-out passes to three cultural organizations in central Ohio. The others are the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens and Wexner Center for the Arts, which charge $19 and $8 for adults, respectively. The program was envisioned as an extension of the library’s mission of removing barriers to knowledge and culture, said spokesman Ben Zenitsky.

Fixing, cleaning priorities this summer for Troy City Schools

Dayton CBS-7

Officials with Troy City Schools said maintenance is performed on the district’s buildings and facilities through the year, but the larger upgrades and updates are done during the summer months when the district’s nine buildings are mostly empty of students and staff... During the summer, major repairs and refurbishing projects are done in the district buildings. This summer, the largest capital projects is repairing the roof at Cookson Elementary School. School officials say that nearly 40 percent of the roof at Cookson are being replaced, including areas above the gymnasium, kitchen and north wing. Other portions of the roof will be replaced at a later date, school officials said... School officials said other major projects this summer include installing a portable stairs climber at Van Cleve 6th Grade Building; patching, sealing and re-striping part of Ferguson Drive between Troy High School and Troy Jr. High School; seal-coating and striping the parking lot at Troy Jr. High School and patching various areas around the district’s bus compound.

Moon landing still resonates locally 50 years later

Coshocton Tribune

Even though Ernie and Mickie Galajda of Coshocton were not yet married and were living in different cities, they each recognized the historical importance of the moon landing 50 years ago. Still today, the cosmos and space exploration interests them as it does current youth. The anniversary of Neil Armstrong's "small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" on July 20, 1969, has served as a focal point for renewed interest in space this summer in Coshocton and beyond. The Coshocton Public Library System this summer has the theme of "A Universe of Stories" for its summer reading program. It's a theme libraries across the country are using. Programs and activities deal with the history of space exploration and how the important fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math all play into developing the space program and understanding the universe. A recent program at the shelter house outside Conesville Elementary School featured kids and adults holding different sized balls and standing so far apart to make a mock solar system.


National Education News

Kindergarten behavior predicts adult earning power

Hechinger Report

As grown-ups everywhere have long suspected, poorly behaved 6-year-olds will come to no good. Or, at least not as much good as their more attentive, kinder and less aggressive peers. New research used tax return data to determine the income, at age 33 to 35, of 2,850 children tracked by the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Kindergarten Children, an academic research project following kids from kindergarten through adulthood. The analysis, led by first author Francis Vergunst at the Université de Montréal, found that children who were bad at paying attention as 6-year-olds earned less than their peers as adults. The study also found that boys, but not girls, who were aggressive or who scored low on measures of “prosocial” behavior in kindergarten also earned less than their peers as adults. These findings held even when economic status and IQ were taken into account. The study was published online in the journal JAMA Psychiatry in June 2019.

Coding teaches students entrepreneurial skills required for changing work environment

Education Dive

Many professions may soon require an entrepreneurial mindset, and teaching students how to build its required skills is crucial to thriving in a rapidly changing workforce. The changes are driven, in part, by the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI), which is making some jobs obsolete. That doesn’t mean that there are fewer jobs, but that the work offered requires different skills... Entrepreneurship is increasingly becoming a critical component of K-12 curriculum. It develops students’ ability to find new solutions to problems, rethink how products are delivered and learn how to be accountable for results. As technology rapidly evolves, students may not know what the professional landscape will look like when they eventually enter the workforce. However, if taught to think like an entrepreneur, they can build skills necessary to adapt to any work environment.

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