• Study shows students benefit from program

    The Associated Press
    PORTLAND, Ore.  — A study has found that an early learning program at Portland Public Schools has been successful.

    The three-week pre-kindergarten program is aimed at students whose primary language is not English and did not attend preschool prior to entering grade school. It’s offered for free at about a dozen high-poverty schools in the district during the summer.

    Multnomah County Partnership For Education researchers followed 450 students who participated in the program throughout a five-year period.

  • Dear Teacher - May 28, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: Are there benefits to just reading for pleasure? I definitely think so. What are some of the academic benefits besides just enjoying time with a book? — Book Lover

    Answer: Reading for pleasure will definitely put children further along the highway to academic success. The benefits are numerous, from the sheer joy of engaging their imagination to building literary skills like fluency, comprehension and vocabulary expansion. Plus, writing and grammar skills are likely to improve.

  • Fifth grade students learn from Highlands professors

    Submitted to the Optic

    Fifth grade girls from Las Vegas gained hands-on career knowledge from Highlands University science faculty and community members at an AAUW Girls Can program on May 19 at the university.

    The Las Vegas Chapter of the American Association of University Women joined forces with Highlands to present Girls Can, which aims to generate early interest in science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known as STEM, and other careers.

  • Students of the month - May 21, 2017
  • Fidget toys aren’t just hype

    By Katherine Isbister
    University of California, Santa Cruz

    The fidget spinner craze has been sweeping elementary and middle schools. As of May 17 every one of the top 10 best-selling toys on Amazon was a form of the hand-held toy people can spin and do tricks with. Kids and parents are even making them for themselves using 3D printers and other more homespun crafting techniques.

  • Dear Teacher - May 21, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: I am very proud of my middle school and high school children’s academic achievements. They score off the charts on standardized tests. Is this high level of achievement likely to continue when they are adults? — High Achievers

  • Students of the month - May 14, 2017
  • Schools transforming deserts with gardens

    By Camalot Todd
    Las Vegas Sun

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — It started when two documentary filmmakers, Ciara Byrne and Kim MacQuarrie, launched Green Our Planet, a crowdfunding platform based in Las Vegas but aimed at supporting projects anywhere in the world — from replanting some of Peru’s native Quena forest in the Andes to installing solar panels on a homeless shelter in Carson City.

    It gave rise to the largest school garden program in the country.

  • Dear Teacher - May 14, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Question: What should 3- and 5-year-olds know about reading? — Very Curious

    Answer: Reading is knowing sounds and putting the sounds together to make words. And finally to complete the reading process, the reader must understand the meaning of the printed words. Children actually begin to learn to read at home.

    It is the playing, talking and reading to them that their caregivers do that prepares them to become good readers.

  • Students of the month - May 10, 2017