• Camp works with people with autism

    By Lily Oppenheimer
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    PITTSBURGH — When he was 3 years old, Tristan Wainwright stopped speaking to his parents. His father, Jeff Wainwright, 44, said Tristan would only repeat movie lines and had severe communication issues.

    Tristan, who now is 14 and lives in Louisiana, was eventually diagnosed with autism.

  • Dear Teacher

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My daughter got her new SAT scores back in May. She will be applying to college this year. How can she tell if her scores are good enough to get her admitted to the colleges she is considering attending? The colleges only give the range of the old SAT scores for those who were admitted. — Dilemma

  • Highlands student gets organic farming experience

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University conservation management student enjoyed getting her  hands dirty this summer learning about horticulture through an organic farming internship.

    Karlee Rogers worked at V’s Organic Farm in Buena Vista, N.M., doing everything from sampling and testing soil to harvesting crops and helping build a new greenhouse.

  • Ortiz tapped for NRCS Pathways program

    Submitted to the Optic

    Diego Ortiz, son of Moises and Edwina Ortiz of Las Vegas, has been accepted into the Pathways Program and is currently working in Grants.

    Ortiz started his college internship in early June with the Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Rangeland Management Specialist with the NRCS Grants Field Office.

  • Dear Teacher - June 17, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My son who will be a senior in high school next year only has a part-time job. Since he has a lot of free time, I have been urging him to start applying to colleges now. He says that he still has plenty of time, as deadlines are quite far away. What can I say to convince him to get busy on his applications? — Need a Message

  • Dear Teacher - July 8, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My child in pre-kindergarten just scribbles, even his name. However, some kids in his class try to write words. How do children learn to start writing? —Scribbler

    Answer: Fine motor skills are the ones that children use to color, cut, paste, paint and begin to write from the first day they start preschool. Other skills requiring fine motor abilities are tying shoes and fastening buttons.

  • Dear Teacher - July 3, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: Our neighbors almost always have family dinners every night. It never seems to work out for us, as our kids have so many activities after school. Are we missing out on something important? — Few Family Meals

  • School binds with farming community

    By Barry Adams
    Wisconsin State Journal

    ASHTON, Wis. — The end of St. Peter’s Catholic School could have easily come in 1987 when nuns were no longer available to teach.

    In the 2007-08 school year, enrollment fell to 21 students. It rebounded two years later to 42 students, but in 2012-13 talk of closing returned when the four-room school had just 31 children spread over four grades and kindergarten.

  • Dear Teacher - June 26, 2016

    By Marge Eberts and
    Peggy Gisler

    Question: My first-grader has been slow to make friends during the school year. There are not a lot of children in our neighborhood, so I am afraid that she will have a rather lonely summer. How can I avoid this and put her on the track to having some friends at school next year? — Too Lonely

  • Honoring first responders