• 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
  • Dear Teacher - June 19, 2016

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: How do children acquire reading-readiness skills? Like every other parent, I want my children to be ready to read when they enter kindergarten. — Eager

    Answer: Reading readiness is total body readiness. It may seem that the skills required to grasp a toy or bounce a ball have nothing to do with reading, but fine motor skills allow a child to grasp and turn pages in books, and gross motor skills provide the hand-eye coordination necessary for reading.

  • Students of the month - June 12, 2016
  • Dear Teacher - June 12, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: I’ve always been an advocate of smart kids taking AP (advanced placement) courses. My son is reluctant to take an AP class, citing more work and possibly lower grades. What is your opinion? — Interested