• Udall opens process for nominations

    Submitted to the Optic

    eginning on Tuesday, April 7, U.S. Senator Tom Udall will accept applications for nominations to U.S. military service academies. Throughout April, members of Udall’s staff will host several information sessions across the state for high school students and recent graduates who are interested in applying.

  • Dear Teacher - April 3

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My child is taking the AP test in history in May. I really don’t know much about it except that she may get college credit. What should parents know about AP exams? — Lacking Information

  • Bike ride raises cash for heart health

    By Roberto Acosta
    The Flint Journal

    FLUSHING, Mich.  — Derek Blalock met Tommy Smith in eighth grade at Flushing Middle School while playing football and sitting in German class.

    “We became pretty close because my mom ran a catering shop and his parents helped my mom out a lot with catering and a couple restaurants she owned,” said Blalock, a 21-year-old Michigan State University senior and Flushing High graduate, of Mary and Jonathan Smith.

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  • Family Poetry Night
  • Dear Teacher - March 20

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: I want to tell your readers why I began homeschooling. At my children’s school, teachers and the teaching were bad for a number of reasons.

  • Classmates write song for Taysha

    By Mary Divine
    St. Paul Pioneer Press

    LAKELAND SHORES, Minn.  — Wearing headphones and standing at a microphone in a recording studio in West Lakeland Township, Gracie Bancroft channeled her inner Katy Perry.

    The 10-year-old Afton girl said she felt like the pop singer as she and other students from Afton-Lakeland Elementary School in Lakeland Shores recorded a song she helped write. The song, “Dear Taysha,” is a musical get-well message to classmate Taysha Hein, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

  • Celebrating Pi day
  • Science lessons through programs

    By James Chilton
    Wyoming Tribune Eagle

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.  — Did you know that, with a strong enough magnet, you can actually separate the iron from your breakfast cereal?

    That’s just one of the things 60 Cheyenne children learned firsthand recently, courtesy of Starbase and the University of Wyoming’s Science Posse.

  • Dear Teacher - March 13

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My daughter’s fifth-grade teacher never lets the children bring home graded papers until after a grading period is over. The teacher says that she does this because there are always parents who come in screaming after report cards are handed out that there is NO WAY their child earned these grades. If they do, the teacher can show them all the papers.