• Students of the month - Oct. 16, 2016
  • Dear Teacher - Oct. 9, 2016

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: What are typical problems my child might encounter when she starts kindergarten? And what will her teacher expect her to be able to do? — Worried Mom

  • Father/Daughter dance
  • Showing appreciation
  • Dear Teacher - Oct. 2, 2016

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Question: In thinking of applying to a college, where can my daughter find schools that have the best food and dorms? — Searching
    Answer: Your daughter is in luck. She will find the answer to her questions in the Princeton Review’s Annual College Rankings of the Best 380 Colleges 2016 Edition — a survey of students. The 62 “top 20” rankings are also available on the Princeton Review’s website. And a new list will be available this month. Here are the rankings for best food:

  • Heading out to nationals

    Submitted to the Optic

    Amador Gonzales, Michaela Vigil-Lujan, and Savannah Vigil-Lujan competed in the State Future Farmers of America Career Development Events Landscaping Design Competition and took first place as a team in April.

    Out of the 45 students competing, Gonzales placed first; Michaela Vigil-Lujan, placed fifth; and Savannah Vigil-Lujan placed eighth.  

    The main focus of Landscape Design is to “test the participant’s knowledge and skills necessary to plant and execute a recommended landscape plant for home grounds.”

  • Dear Teacher - Sept. 25, 2016

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Question: My 3-year-old daughter is going off to preschool. How will the school go about teaching her the basic skills of reading, writing and math? — Curious

    Answer: At this age, most preschools are teaching children the basic skills of reading, math and writing through many different fun activities and games. The instruction is not going to look like the more formal approach of kindergarten and first grade.

  • Celebrating partnerships
  • Dear Teacher - Sept. 18, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler
    Question: What basic safety rules should I teach or review with my young children before school starts? — Safety First

    Answer: Parents definitely need to be concerned about their children’s safety. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s campaign “Be Here for Children” offers the following solid tips to keep children safe.

  • Spreading positivity