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Education

  • Dear Teacher - April 3, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: What are some ways to cut down on the two hours or more my seventh-grader spends on his homework almost every night? Because of his activities and dinner, he can rarely get started on doing his homework until 7:30 or 8 at night. — Too Much Time

    Answer: According to the informal time rule of 10 minutes of homework a night for each grade level in school, your son should not need to spend more than 70 minutes most nights on homework. He, of course, is spending almost twice that time.

  • Pardon sought for Benavidez

    Supporters of embattled West Las Vegas School Board member Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez began circulating a petition on Wednesday seeking a pardon for Benavidez.

    Benavidez has a 2002 felony drug conviction. Under state law, felons are not eligible to hold elective office unless they have secured a pardon.

    The petition asks Gov. Susana Martinez to restore his citizenship rights, which includes the right to hold a public office.

  • On the Cutting Edge

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University computer science students are conducting cutting-edge nanomaterial light interaction research that has potential for advancing solar cell efficiency and cancer treatments.

    The students are research assistants in computer science professor Gil Gallegos’ Computational Science Laboratory. The National Science Foundation is funding their paid internships.

  • Dear Teacher - Mar 20, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My daughter has an IEP that is supposed to improve her attention problems at school. It isn’t working. What am I to do? — Panicking

  • Interim associate social work dean, Highlands student earn top honors

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands School of Social Work interim Associate Dean Cristina Durán earned the distinction in February along with Highlands social work student Shakir Farid Abdullah, whom the organization named Student Social Worker of the Year.

  • Dear Teacher - Mar 13, 2016

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My second-grader loves reading e-books far more than print books because they have so many fun, interactive features. Are there any downsides to her love of e-books? —Book Lover

  • New microscope opens up research opportunities for NMHU students

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A new state-of-the-art microscope at Highlands University will open up new research and employment opportunities for geology students.

    A National Science Foundation grant funded the $43,642 high-magnification microscope that makes it possible to identify and analyze very thin sections of minerals at the 30-micron level.

  • Dear Teacher - Mar 6, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: Both my third-grader and my ninth-grader will take the ACT Aspire assessment test this spring. I can’t understand how both can take ACT tests. I thought that the ACT was a college admission test. Please explain exactly what this test is. How will the scores be used? — Bewildered

  • Students create multisensory interactive exhibit for a poem

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    All people including ones with disabilities can more fully experience the power of a poem, thanks to a multisensory interactive exhibit Highlands University media arts students are creating.

    The students’ exhibit engages the senses through elements like braille beads, an audio recording, orange peels and junipers, sign language, a film and heart-shaped ocean rocks.

  • School gives high-focus time to kids

    By Kim Kilbride
    South Bend Tribune

    SOUTH BEND, Ind.  — Using a projector and whiteboard, Jackie Williams writes — while verbally ticking off — the morning’s agenda for her students.

    “Let’s go over our priority list. If you have not yet finished that math online pretest, get that done first. After that, go into ‘Spelling City.’ If you have the option to do a vocabulary practice test, you should do that, too.”

    Questions before you work?” she asks her third- and fourth-graders.