Turner gets two grants
The faculty, staff and students at Turner Elementary School are excited to have received both the “Serve and Learn” and “Dollar General Literacy” grants. The $12,500 Serve and Learn grant will give Turner students the opportunity to learn about democracy and citizenship through active participation in various community service projects through which they will become contributing citizens. The students’ projects for the 2010-2011 school year are money management and energy conservation.
The proceeds from the $3,000 General Literacy grant will be applied toward providing grade and age appropriate Accelerated Reader books. The availability of the books will help increase students’ choices of fiction and non-fiction books, thereby increasing literary appreciation. The Serve and Learn grant was submitted by Cassandra Ransom. Turner Media Specialist, Sunday Williams submitted the Dollar General Literacy grant.
Albany High students study forensics
Students in Lynn Miller’s Criminal Investigations and Forensic Science Class at Albany High School observed Locard’s Exchange Principal as they examined their own shirts for evidence of their previous day’s activities. Locard’s Exchange Principal states that once contact is made between two surfaces, a transfer of materials will occur.
The lab required students to select a clean shirt to wear throughout the day on August 15. Students recorded their movements throughout the day, noting the types of locations, people, animals and activities they encountered. The following day, students brought the shirts to class along with a record of their movements. They used a hand lens to scan the shirts for hairs and fibers and then used forceps to remove the hairs and fibers from their shirts.
After the hairs and fibers were removed from their shirts, the students then identified them using their record of movements in order to associate each hair and fiber with an activity from the previous day. Criminal Investigations and Forensic Science students learned that wherever we go, whatever we do, we leave small traces of our comings, goings, and activities behind allowing those traces to be used to solve a myriad of crimes every day.
Patricia Jackson named to state board
Patricia Jackson, DCSS Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Director has been named to the Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education Resource network (CTAERN) state board of directors representing the south region for a three-year term. CTAERN is a statewide organization supporting and representing CTAE initiatives in local school systems through professional learning, instructional resources, and assessment.
CTAERN provides Career, Technical and Agricultural educators in middle schools and high schools with professional learning activities, instructional support for learning activities, and assessment support for measuring learning achievement. All activities and services promote the improvement of CTAE programs statewide in meeting state adjusted levels of performance accountability.
The CTAE Resource Network focuses on research-based exemplary practices found in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and organization that have the greatest opportunity for all students to understand essential concepts and to apply that understanding to authentic tasks. All programs developed by CTAERN reflect planning and delivery methods of best practices. The CTAE Resource Network ensures that all CTAE programs at the secondary level have the resources to meet the levels of accountability performance measures established by state and federal guidelines.