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  • Students of the month - June 11, 2017
  • Student creates art with bugs

    By Kelli Rolling
    The Grand Island Independent

    HASTINGS, Neb.  — Some people may find anything that crawls repulsive, including spiders, cockroaches and worms. Vanessa Cox thinks of those critters as the opposite: cute and cuddly.

    The recent May Hastings College art graduate raises cockroaches and mealworms, and has three pet tarantulas, a chihuahua and a handful of cats. She loves and appreciates her critters so much that she even featured her cockroaches and worms in her senior art project.

  • Dear Teacher - June 11, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: Kindergarten is looming on the horizon in two months for my daughter. She still handles pencils rather awkwardly. I know they seem challenging with their length and skinny bodies. Do you have any suggestions that will make writing with a pencil easier for her? — Writing Skills

  • Gallegos named NMHU Professor of the Year

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University named computer science and engineering professor Gil Gallegos Professor of the Year for 2016–17.

    Each spring an independent selection committee composed of students, faculty and staff reviews the nominations for Professor of the Year and selects a winner.

    A coalition of Highlands students and also faculty nominated Gallegos for the award.

  • Students of the month - June 4, 2017
  • Dear Teacher - June 4, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: You have written about the academic dividends that summer homework can pay in the elementary and middle school years. I want to add to that the academic dividends that it can pay to high school students.  

  • Retired NMHU biology professor to serve in Peace Corps in Ghana

    Submitted to the Optic

    A retired Highlands University biology professor will devote her experience teaching science to high school students in Ghana through Peace Corps service.

    Mary Shaw, who taught at Highlands from 1993 to 2016, began her Peace Corps training on May 27.

  • 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.