• 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.”

  • Dear Teacher - Sept. 25, 2016

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Question: My 3-year-old daughter is going off to preschool. How will the school go about teaching her the basic skills of reading, writing and math? — Curious

    Answer: At this age, most preschools are teaching children the basic skills of reading, math and writing through many different fun activities and games. The instruction is not going to look like the more formal approach of kindergarten and first grade.

  • Celebrating partnerships
  • Dear Teacher - Sept. 18, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler
    Question: What basic safety rules should I teach or review with my young children before school starts? — Safety First

    Answer: Parents definitely need to be concerned about their children’s safety. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s campaign “Be Here for Children” offers the following solid tips to keep children safe.

  • Spreading positivity
  • Robertson students attend Girls State

    Submitted to the Optic

    Four Robertson High School students attended the 2016 American Legion Auxiliary Girls State at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales recently. They are Jaci Fulgenzi, Michaela Vigil-Lujan, Savannah Vigil-Lujan, and Amelia Zoernig.

    American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, is a week of learning focused on responsible citizenship and love for God and country.  

    In this government–in-action learning program, Fulgenzi was elected as one of the Spruce City Council women.

  • Dear Teacher - Sept. 11, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: Is there an easy way to help kids adjust to an earlier bedtime for school? All of us have been staying up until 10 or later. — Need More Sleep

    Answer: It definitely takes some adjustment for children to get back into a good sleeping pattern after a summer of late nights! However, parents ­— with some pre-planning and getting started a few weeks before school starts — will be able to ease their children into a great sleep schedule.

  • Dear Teacher - Sept. 4, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: The elementary school will be starting up again in two weeks. Should I create a homework center for my 5- and 7-year-old children? Should the children and I do this together? — Crafty Mom

  • Student completes training during break

    By Dustin Duncan
    The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan

    GOREVILLE, Ill. — While many high school juniors spend their summers working, relaxing or volunteering to beef up a college application, Ashlyn Darnell was also training for the rest of her life.

    Darnell, who just turned 18 earlier this month, has recently returned from Fort Jackson in South Carolina where she completed Basic Combat Training for the Army. She will complete her senior year at Goreville High School and then report for Advanced Individual Training in May.