Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSBack to School 2016 Previous articleKicks 4 Guns ‘has a very good day’Next articleApopka Voice crosses the 3,000 mark Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR As summer winds down, the excitement of back-to-school shopping, new classes and making new friends are top of mind for children across the country. Parents face the familiar challenge of getting their children prepared for a successful year. The demands of a new school year however, can be nerve-wracking. Between new teachers, an increased workload and a new schedule, excitement can quickly turn into worry.The good news is when parents are involved in their children’s education, children tend to do better and have more positive feelings about going to school. And students who actively engage in educational opportunities learn more and better than students who take a more passive approach to learning. In fact, research shows students reading above grade level in the third grade are more likely to graduate from high school at higher rates, and students who take advanced math courses by high school are more likely to attend and graduate from college.“One skill essential to children’s academic success is the ability to learn on their own,” says Dominique Ciccarelli, education spokesperson for Kumon North America. “It’s important for parents to help cultivate confident and independent children who become lifelong learners both inside and outside the classroom.”Fortunately, there are many ways parents can encourage learning opportunities. Here are five easy ways parents can support their children’s learning at home and throughout the school year:*Encourage your child to read. Turn reading sessions into a fun and engaging activity. Reading to kids exposes them to richer vocabulary than adults normally use in day-to-day life, and can positively impact their language, intelligence and later literacy achievement. As they get older, continue to make reading a daily activity whether you read to them, they read to you or you read together. Reading is not just an important milestone in a child’s education, it also opens doors to a lifetime of entertainment and enrichment.*Promote active learning at home. Turn daily routines into practical learning opportunities. Children learn problem-solving, math, science and vocabulary as they help with groceries, cooking and even laundry. Cooking with your children is an excellent way to further develop math skills by having your children help with measurements. Incorporate learning and fun by hosting a weekly family game night. Educational board games like Monopoly encourage children to read, interact and count with currency.*Enroll in a supplemental education program. Learning doesn’t have to stop when the bell rings. Enrolling in an academic enrichment program is a great opportunity to provide your children with an advantage in the new school year. Kumon, the world’s largest after-school math and reading program, has more than four million students studying at 26,000 learning centers in 49 countries. Kumon uses an individualized approach to help unlock the potential of children in preschool through high school. Through daily practice, children develop a solid command of math and reading skills by progressing at their own pace. Kumon is offering a $30 Amazon gift card for all new enrollments at participating centers during the month of September.*Partner with educators. Parents can support their child’s educational development by working with educators to support learning. Play an active role in your child’s education by knowing what they are studying at school and routinely communicating with their teachers. You don’t have to wait for parent teacher conferences. Set expectations and academic goals at the beginning of the school year and routinely check in on your child’s progress.*Capitalize on your child’s interest. Children learn best when they actively learn about topics that have already captivated their interest. If your children are fascinated in how things are made, let them help put together household items that require assembly. Name the tools you are using and talk about what you are doing and why. If they are interested in sports, use that as a fun opportunity to discuss math. Talk about common statistics like batting averages and earned-run averages, or even have your children keep the score. Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear
NAFCU Board Chair Ed Templeton called it a mortifying shock when he learned the executive committee of CUNA’s board canceled a meeting with the executive committee of NAFCU’s board at the 2016 Governmental Affairs Conference – a longstanding gathering for the nation’s two national credit union trade organizations.For years, the executive boards of both trade groups would meet twice a year, once at the NAFCU caucus during September in Washington and then at the GAC to discuss industry-wide issues and for both executive committee members and staff to build professional relationships. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Former USC quarterback Sam Darnold steps back in the pocket to throw a pass at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)USC continued its annual tradition of sending multiple players to the NFL, with four Trojans selected in the 2018 Draft and others signed to teams as undrafted free agents. With this year’s four draft picks, the Trojans have had 504 players drafted into the league, the most of any school in the country. Here’s a look at this year’s Trojan draft class and the undrafted free agents with a chance to make an impact on NFL rosters this season.QB Sam DarnoldRound 1, Pick 3 Overall New York JetsThe Rose Bowl winning signal caller will begin his NFL career in the Big Apple, looking to turn around a Jets team that went a 10-22 over the last two years. Though he was picked to be their quarterback of the future, he’ll have to fight for the opportunity to start Week 1 of the season, as he’ll compete with veteran quarterbacks Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater for that chance. Darnold has performed fairly well so far through two preseason games, going 21-of-29 passing for 158 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Although Bridgewater and McCown have played well to this point, reports suggest that the team might be leaning toward letting the former Trojan start under center Week 1.RB Ronald Jones IIRound 2, Pick 38 OverallTampa Bay Buccaneers Jones was the fourth running back selected in this years draft, going to a Bucs team desperately in need of playmaking from the tailback position. So far, Jones has ceded the starting role to Payton Barber, but has shared some of the first team work with him. Jones has struggled thus far in the offseason, with reports of trouble in pass protection and ball security, as well as subpar performances in the two preseason games to date. Jones is still a uniquely talented player, and the Buccaneers use of a second round pick on him shows the faith they have in him to be a dynamic part of their offense. If he can flip the switch soon, he has the opportunity to have a big year down in Tampa.OLB Uchenna Nwosu Round 2, Pick 48 Overall Los Angeles ChargersThe edge rusher had a huge season for the Trojans last year, serving as a terror to opposing quarterbacks with 9.5 sacks and 14 pass breakups. His production earned him a high draft spot from the Chargers, with whom he’ll be able to play in his home city of Carson, Calif. The Chargers add Nwosu to a front seven already featuring Pro-Bowlers Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa, a fact that should open up plenty of opportunities for the ex-Trojan as a pass-rusher. He’s impressed so far through the offseason, drawing rave reviews from coaches and teammates, and has done well in the preseason, securing a sack in his first game and adding a number of quarterback pressures in both his performances.DE Rasheem GreenRound 3, Pick 79 Overall Seattle SeahawksSomewhat an enigma of a prospect, projected everywhere from the first to the fourth round during the pre-draft process, Rasheem Green has probably gotten off to the hottest start of all the Trojans entering the league this year. Through two preseason contests, Green has racked up an impressive three sacks, 13 tackles and seven quarterback hits. The Seahawks are in desperate need of players to step up on the defensive line after the departures of Pro-Bowlers Michael Bennett, Sheldon Richardson and Cliff Avril this year. If Green continues to maintain his stellar level of play through the season, he’ll make a huge difference for a reloading Seahawks defense.WR Deontay BurnettUndrafted Free Agent Tennessee TitansOne of the bigger surprises of this year’s draft for the Trojans was Burnett going undrafted after a year, where he led the Trojans in receiving, posting an impressive statline of 1,114 yards and 9 touchdowns. He seems to have been a steal so far for the Titans, who lack strong options at the wide receiver position. Burnett has performed remarkably well so far for the Titans in training camp, developing a strong chemistry with quarterback Marcus Mariota as well as showcasing great route running and hands. He’s been nagged by some injuries in the preseason so far, but managed to make some nice plays in the last game. Look for him to potentially become an important part of Tennessee’s passing attack.WR Steven MitchellUndrafted Free Agent Los Angeles RamsMitchell went undrafted after another unspectacular but solid season at USC, finding an opportunity to play in the Coliseum once more as an undrafted free agent for the Rams. He’s impressed his coaches so far, and has made some nice plays throughout training camp and the preseason. On a team lacking any real wide receiver depth, Mitchell has a chance to make the roster or practice squad this year. He’ll be fighting to get a spot on the team’s final 53-man roster over the next few weeks.
Pharmacy chains Walgreens and CVS are joining some other big name retailers who have recently asked customers not to open-carry guns within their stores.Walgreens posted a statement on its website Thursday morning to announce the change. It reads in part, “We are joining other retailers in asking our customers to no longer openly carry firearms into our stores other than authorized law enforcement officials.”Shortly afterward, CVS issued a similar statement. The company explains, “We support the efforts of individuals and groups working to prevent gun violence, and continually review our policies and procedures to ensure our stores remain a safe environment. We join a growing chorus of businesses in requesting that our customers, other than authorized law enforcement personnel, do not bring firearms into our stores.”Earlier this week, Walmart and Kroger also announced new policies asking customers to stop openly carrying guns in their stores, even in states in which open-carry is legal. That includes Sam’s Club locations.Walmart also announced last Tuesday that it will no longer sell handgun ammunition after its current stock runs out.