• Program helps students succeed

    By Jim Swenson
    Telegraph Herald

    DUBUQUE, Iowa — The stocky, bearded carpenter casually picked up an oversized block of wood and slowly swung it around toward five high school students.

    “If you can’t read a tape measure — I hate to say it — but you’re worthless to me,” said 57-year-old Ron Fritz, pointing at the model of a tape measure.

  • Dear Teacher - Nov. 13, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: Our elementary school’s parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled soon. How can I make the most of them? What should I learn? — Wondering

    Answer: The single most important thing about a parent-teacher conference is establishing rapport with the teacher, which will allow you to work together to help your child receive the best possible education. You want to leave the conference as a partner of the teacher, not an adversary. Be warm and friendly, and avoid criticism and arguments.

  • Students of the month - Nov. 6, 2016
  • Dear Teacher - Nov. 6, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: I understand that the all-important college Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form can now be submitted starting Oct. 1 of this year rather than in January, as it has been in the past. Is it still important to complete this application early? — College Bound

  • 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.”