Public High – Woonsocket High Mon, 04 Jul 2022 18:52:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Public High – Woonsocket High 32 32 Public block driver with ‘very high’ blood alcohol level Mon, 04 Jul 2022 16:30:00 +0000

Members of the public blocked a dangerously drunk Dunedin driver, stripping her of her keys, after she was seen swerving all the way down the road on Friday afternoon, police say.

Senior Sergeant Anthony Bond, from Dunedin, said members of the public called police after the 51-year-old driver was seen ‘swerving all the way almost causing multiple crashes’ at Grandvista Dr, Abbotsford, around 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Members of the public positioned their vehicles around that of the driver to prevent her from driving away.

They also took away his keys, Snr Sgt Bond said.

When police arrived they spoke to the woman who was given a breath test and found to be more than six times the legal limit, registering a blood alcohol level of 1511mcg, Snr Sgt said Jump.

“It’s really high,” he said.

Another very high breath alcohol reading was recorded only two days later when police stopped a driver who ran a red light on Andersons Bay Rd on State Highway 1 in South Dunedin around 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Snr Sgt Bond said.

Police arrested the 41-year-old driver who recorded a blood alcohol level of 1388mcg, five and a half times the 250mcg limit.

“It’s quarter past eight in the morning,” he said.

The driver’s license was suspended for 28 days and he was summoned to appear in Dunedin District Court on July 22.

Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in as first black woman on Supreme Court : NPR Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:03:00 +0000

Justice Stephen G. Breyer (Retired) administers the judicial oath to Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson in the West Boardroom of the Supreme Court Building. Her left hand rests on two Bibles held by her husband, Dr. Patrick Jackson.

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Justice Stephen G. Breyer (Retired) administers the judicial oath to Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson in the West Boardroom of the Supreme Court Building. Her left hand rests on two Bibles held by her husband, Dr. Patrick Jackson.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson has been sworn in as the 116th Supreme Court justice and the first black woman to serve on the High Court.

The ceremony caps a months-long process that essentially began in February, when President Biden, fulfilling a campaign promise to appoint the first black woman to the Supreme Court, announced Jackson, 51, as his choice to replace the justice Stephen Breyer, 83 years old. Breyer – who Jackson worked for after graduating from Harvard Law School in 1996 – officially retired on Thursday, paving the way for his swearing in.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts watches as Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson signs the oaths of office in the Supreme Court Justices’ Boardroom.

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“For too long, our government, our courts have not looked like America,” Biden said when he named her. “And I believe it is time that we have a court that reflects all the talent and greatness of our nation with a candidate with extraordinary qualifications and that we inspire all young people to believe that they can one day serve their country in the highest level.”

During the noon ceremony at the Supreme Court, Jackson took two oaths: a constitutional oath, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts, and a judicial oath, administered by Breyer. An official nomination for Jackson will follow in the fall.

Jackson will face important cases next term, including those involving affirmative action (which she can recuse herself from), the independent legislature theory and religious liberty.

She faced controversial Senate confirmation hearings

Jackson has been confirmed since April, when the Senate voted 53 to 47 for her nomination.

“It took 232 years and 115 prior nominations for a black woman to be selected to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States, but we did it! We made it — all of us,” Jackson said in remarks. at an event at the White House the day after the Senate vote.

“I have dedicated my career to public service because I love this country, our Constitution and the rights that set us free,” Jackson also said.

The 50 Democrats in the Senate, including the two independents and the three Republicans – Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – voted to confirm Jackson. The vote was hailed as a “historic moment” by Democrats, though the confirmation process was filled with cross-party clashes over Jackson’s past court rulings.

Jackson served eight years as a federal trial judge, issuing more than 500 opinions, and last June he was confirmed for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia after also being nominated for that position by Biden.

Jackson is the first Supreme Court justice since Thurgood Marshall to represent indigent defendants as a public defender. Additionally, she also served as Vice Chair of the US Sentencing Commission, where she gained a reputation for building consensus among members.

Jackson was joined at the ceremony by her husband and daughters

While being sworn in by Roberts and Breyer, Jackson’s left hand rested on two stacked Bibles held by her husband, Dr. Patrick Jackson. One was a family bible, the other given to the Supreme Court by Justice John Marshall Harlan. It’s called Harlan’s Bible.

Harlan, known as the Great Dissenter during his 34-year tenure on the court, was the only judge to vote no in 1896 at Plessy v. Fergusonwhich upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation under the “separate but equal” doctrine.

Useless administrators, not the unions responsible for bad schools Sun, 26 Jun 2022 10:08:19 +0000
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My favorite breakfast read, the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, recently covered why teachers’ unions are blocking improvements in our schools. This conclusion was wrong, but, unfortunately, many people agree with it.

The June 7 editorial, “Parent School Council Revolt Continues,” celebrates the recent election victories of parent-backed school council candidates. They want something done about school closures and programs they believe are hurting their children.

“This increase in successful challenges is welcome because the fundamental problem with public schools has long been rooted in the failure of monopoly governance,” the editorial said. “School boards are dominated by teachers’ unions, which are very interested in the outcome.

Often these unions do good work. They fought for better salaries, pensions and job security for hard-working teachers like my mother. They also spout lies in political advertisements. One of the worst was the 2018 California Teachers Association ads saying billionaires were diverting “money from our public schools to their corporate charter schools,” not to mention that 97% of state charters were at non-profit.

So unions, like most of us, can be helpful or hurtful. But do they nullify attempts to improve our schools, as the Journal suggests? My reports on the most productive school reforms indicate that they do not. For several decades, I have asked teachers who have succeeded in improving performance whether unions have hindered them. Either way, the answer was no.

The real villain is the administrative inertia found in almost all human organizations, including school systems. Innovative teachers find that their best ideas seem too risky for principals or too expensive for district administrators. School boards have never devoted much time to what goes on inside the classrooms and therefore rarely engage in such reforms. The same goes for teachers’ unions.

How Ignorant Principals and Superintendents Are Ruining Great Schools

The Journal disagrees. “These days, teachers’ union leaders, even at the local level, no longer focus on student performance as they once did,” the editorial said. I would like to see proof of that. The union has always focused on wages, pensions and security. These questions are irrelevant to the most effective progress of teaching.

Jaime Escalante was a math teacher at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles in the 1970s and 1980s. He inspired the movie “Stand and Deliver” and played a key role in the most successful change in high schools this century. – a significant increase in the average number of student enrollments in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate college-level courses and tests.

Escalante didn’t like his school’s teacher’s union representative, but mostly because as a product of the Bolivian middle class (his parents were teachers), he grew up thinking unionism was only marginally better. than communism.

Escalante told me that the biggest obstacles to improving grades were fellow teachers who didn’t like his criticisms of their work and principals who didn’t appreciate his efforts to bring low-income students into crash courses. . He and the teacher he trained, Ben Jimenez, managed to produce 26% of Mexican American students in the country passing the AP Calculus exams in 1987 only because their director at the time, Henry Gradillas, was a former Army Airborne Ranger who loved Escalante’s. tenacity and high expectations. The union representative did not intervene.

Mary Catherine Swanson was an English teacher at Clairemont High School in the San Diego School District. She created a study skills and tutoring program in 1980 called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). Operating in more than 8,500 districts, it has become the nation’s largest effort to prepare average students for challenging grades. Her problem was not the teachers’ union but the administrators who resented the favorable publicity she was receiving.

A teacher who changed lives

When she refused to combine her program with that of the district’s gifted student seminary director, he said, “I’ll see to it that your career is ruined in the schools of the city of San Diego.” When her school’s new principal showed his distaste for her success by giving her a lot of work, Swanson quit and was warmly welcomed by the county superintendent of education, an AVID fan.

KIPP is the largest and one of the most successful public charter school networks in the nation, with 270 schools and more than 160,000 students. Its founders were Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, then teachers in their twenties. Labor unions in Houston and New York, where they established their first schools in the 1990s, paid little attention to KIPP. There were a few battles between KIPP and the teachers’ union later in New York, but by then the charter network was too successful and too politically connected to stop.

The biggest obstacles to Levin and Feinberg’s growth were not the unions but the district administrators who did not take them seriously. They sometimes had to be outrageous to get ahead. Feinberg gained access to a larger classroom by staking the Houston superintendent’s car for several hours until the man showed up. To go home for supper, he agreed to see Feinberg the next day.

Levin found a way to harness inertia in his favor one summer by having his staff and students quickly move boxes and equipment into an empty fourth floor of a school with only a tentative promise that he could have that space. Superintendent came back from vacation wanting to keep KIPP out of there, but gave up when it was learned that Levin had already settled down.

The Journal has more confidence than I do in the power of elections to improve teaching and learning. School board members and administrators are generally good people. But rarely do they face problems that have a great chance of increasing success. And even then, their instinct is usually to do nothing if the project is important or likely to annoy the parents.

Angry parents elected to school boards find they don’t go far without compromise, which means little is being done. Energetic educators with excellent track records have a much better chance of improving teaching. But they have to get rid of intrusive supervisors. Showing kids how to learn better helps teachers gain parental support more effectively than school board elections ever do.

]]> Michigan farmers worry about shorter strawberry season due to predicted high temperatures Fri, 24 Jun 2022 09:50:00 +0000

Michigan’s strawberry season could be in trouble this year due to higher than normal forecast temperatures.

According to National Weather Service meteorologist Ernie Ostuno, summer temperatures expected this year will be above average, along with light precipitation.

This worries some strawberry growers.

John Felzke, owner of Felzke Farms, said strawberry season usually starts on June 4 or 5, but for his farm it didn’t start until June 10. Ideally, strawberry season lasts about 30 days, a said Felzke.

“Right now you’re only looking at a 20-21 day season,” Felzke said.

Huhn Strawberry Farm owner Christina Huhn said her berries are feeling the heat.

“They start to wilt and then they get heat stressed and you know plants are like any other living thing or person. When it’s stressed for a long time it’s not healthy so this heat affects everything,” Huhn said.

“They start to wilt and then they get heat stressed and you know plants are like any other living thing or person. When stressed for a long time it’s not healthy so that heat affects everything.

Christina Huhn, owner of Huhn Strawberry Farm

High temperatures cause berries to ripen faster, Huhn added.

“When it’s really hot, there’s no one here picking and the berries ripen faster than you can pick them,” she says.

It’s best to pick early in the morning, otherwise the berries might get too soft from the heat, Felzke said.

“You can’t pick in the heat of the day, because then the fruit becomes soft for you,” Felzke said.

With cooler temperatures, berries may ripen at a slower rate, allowing for a longer season. Size is another concern. When the berries ripen quickly, it also makes them smaller, Huhn explained.

“When we were harvesting, some of the first berries that came off were the size of a walnut or a golf ball,” Huhn said. “It’s very noticeable this week with the warm weather that the berries are…the size of a large marble or smaller,” she said.

And this size also has an effect on customers.

“Customers prefer to pick larger berries if they come to pick 20 or 30 pounds, it picks faster and easier than picking a lot of smaller berries,” Huhn said.

Huhn and Felzke say annual weather changes are a risk farmers need to take.

“It’s just something that happens. One week is cool, last week we had cool weather, this week we had warm weather, so we’re taking it as it comes,” Huhn said.

Both farms practice methods such as irrigation to help the berries, but with high temperatures this summer, Huhn said there’s a good chance this year’s strawberry season will end earlier than normal. .

Geneviève’s story is brought to you through a partnership between WKAR and Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism.

Copyright 2022 WKAR Public Media. To learn more, visit WKAR Public Media.

The impact of COVID-19 on science education Wed, 22 Jun 2022 04:31:50 +0000


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High School Volunteers Help Supply the Niagara Falls Public Library Mon, 20 Jun 2022 14:34:39 +0000
The Niagara Falls Public Library.

  • Greg Jansen.

Another school year is coming to an end and this one has fortunately been at least a little more normal for the students than the previous two. As a community development and programming librarian involved in teen services at the Niagara Falls Public Library, I take advantage of these last days of June to reflect on the contribution of teenagers to the programs offered by the Niagara Falls Public Library in the during the last school year.

Even though the COVVI-19 pandemic was raging, a devoted team of volunteer students would virtually join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help primary school students practice their reading and mathematics skills in our Reading Buddies and programs and Number Ninjas. Although the focus is on the development of specific academic skills, these programs also serve as an important point of contact between younger and older students. This social function has taken on new importance as social ties have frayed during intermittent periods of isolation from school to home over the past two years.

As things started to open up a little more in the spring and high schools reinstated the requirement for students to do community service hours, we saw an influx of volunteer applications. Seizing this opportunity to involve even more students in the library, we asked and received their help to pack seeds for our Seed to Seed program, in which we put a wide variety of seeds of vegetables and herbs available to the community at no direct cost, as well as gift bags for kids who sign up for our ever-popular TD Summer Reading Club. Without the help of the teenagers, we would not have been able to prepare the material for these popular shows as quickly and efficiently as we did.

Another way for teens to get involved with the library is through our Teen Advisory Group (TAG). During monthly TAG meetings, teens shared their experiences of living and attending school in Niagara Falls as well as their views on library services and programs. From these TAG conversations came the idea for an exhibit of student art from grades 9-12 at the library. With the help of TAG, we found works by teenage artists from across the city and exhibited them at the Rosberg Gallery in the Victoria Avenue Library from June 1-22.

So thank you, volunteers. Thank you for your contribution to the library. Thank you for your contribution to the community. Good luck to those of you graduating and moving on to the next phase of your life.

If you have students in your life who will be in grades 9-12 in September, please encourage them to consider volunteering at the library. For more details, they can visit

Greg Janssen is the Community Development and Programming Librarian at the Niagara Falls Public Library. Contact him at


Palm Tran Encourages Drivers to Say ‘No’ to High Gas Prices During ‘Dump the Pump’ Initiative

Transiters across the country participate in “Dump the Pump” on Friday. The initiative aims to encourage more people to ditch their cars and take public transport instead. With gas prices approaching $5 a gallon in Palm Beach County, Palm Tran Public Transportation is urging drivers to say “no” to high gas prices and take public transportation. Palm Tran offers an incentive to attract more people to its trains and buses. All day Friday, riders will be able to get unlimited free rides if they use the app. WATCH: Get Ready for “Dump the Pump” To plan a trip on Palm Tran, passengers can download the app or click here. Experts Explain: Are High Gas Prices Really the Cure for High Gas Prices?

Transiters across the country participate in “Dump the Pump” on Friday.

The initiative aims to encourage more people to ditch their cars and take public transport instead.

In The Headlines: Tips for Saving Money on Gas, County-by-County Interactive Map

With gas prices approaching $5 a gallon in Palm Beach County, Palm Tran Public Transportation is urging drivers to say “no” to high gas prices and take public transportation.

Palm Tran offers an incentive to attract more people to its trains and buses. All day Friday, riders will be able to get unlimited free rides if they use the app.

WATCH: Preparing for “Dump the Pump”

To plan a trip on Palm Tran, passengers can download the app or click here.

Experts Explain: Are High Gas Prices Really the Cure for High Gas Prices?

Portland Planning Board Hears Proposed Roux Campus Neighbors During First Public Release of Proposal Wed, 15 Jun 2022 22:14:00 +0000

Portland’s planning board on Tuesday heard from neighbors of the proposed Roux Institute after its developers, IDEALS, scaled back plans due to residents’ concerns about the size of the campus, the height of its buildings and the traffic it might generate. The promoters of Roux are asking for a zoning change to allow the institute to expand over time. Carol Schiller has lived in the neighborhood for 32 years and thinks the project should go ahead without further cuts because it will help Maine keep high-tech talent in the state.

“I urge you to step forward and support this groundbreaking gift to the state of Maine. Roux’s vision is one that will transcend our lives. I support this development knowing that the neighborhood will survive and thrive,” a said Schiller.

Other residents still object to the size and scale of the proposed campus.

Matthew Noone of East Deering, owner of a software company, said he understood the shortage of skilled talent and lack of housing. But he doesn’t support the developers’ vision for the campus on the former B&M Factory site.

“IDEALS’ Chris mentioned earlier the need for Roux to have a substantial campus. A substantial campus on this ground is mind-boggling,” Noone said.

Noone, who was one of the speakers at Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, said several 650-unit buildings were not suitable for the site.

If approved by the City of Portland, the Roux Institute will be a graduate school and research center built on the former site of the B&M Baked Bean factory.

Man Charged in Incident at Thomas Jefferson Middle School – Official Arlington County Virginia Government Site Mon, 13 Jun 2022 22:31:50 +0000

Posted on June 13, 2022

ARLINGTON, Va. – An Alexandria man has been arrested after damaging property in an attempt to enter Thomas Jefferson Middle School during a school lockdown. Alexander Sentayhu, 25, was charged with destroying public property and surrendered to police on the evening of June 10, 2022. He was later released on unsecured bail. The investigation into the incident is ongoing and additional charges may be sought at a later date.

At approximately 12:21 p.m. on June 10, police were dispatched to report an assault with injury involving a weapon inside a business in the 200 block of S. Glebe Road. In the interest of public safety, responding officers requested that Thomas Jefferson Middle School be placed in safe status due to its proximity to the business. Shortly after, the suspect arrived to pick up his relatives who are students at the school. After finding the school locked, the suspect called the emergency communications center stating he was armed and requested access to the school. At approximately 12:51 p.m., the suspect kicked the door, breaking the glass, and continued to try to force the door open. He failed to enter and left the scene before officers arrived.

During the investigation, officers identified the suspect and contacted him by phone. Preliminary investigation says suspect received text messages from a parent inside the school stating he was in quarantine and responded believing there might be an act of violence inside .

This remains an active criminal investigation and anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to contact the Arlington County Police Department Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703-228-4180 or ACPDTipline@ Information may also be reported anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers Hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

Response and communication during a reported active violence event

We understand the concerns of the community regarding reports of incidents of active violence, however, the incident that occurred at Thomas Jefferson Middle School could have had a tragic outcome. An unidentified individual attempting to break into a locked school could be perceived as an active threat.

The Arlington County Police Department’s (ACPD) top priority remains the safety and security of our community. In the event of a reported incident of active violence at a school, the ACPD and our local, state and federal law enforcement partners will respond to address any threats and investigate the incident.

Arlington Public Schools (APS) and ACPD will communicate with the school community, as well as the wider community regarding the incident. Updates will include a request to avoid the area to allow for public safety response, where to meet with students/guardians, and other critical information. Updates will go through ACPD twitter accountArlington Alert and APS School Talk.

Maintaining Police Operational Readiness

The ACPD is committed to maintaining operational readiness by training and equipping officers to effectively respond to any reported public safety threat in Arlington County. Over the past 20 years, the CSPA has developed a number of programs to better prepare officers to respond to reports of active violence. The current approach began in 1999, with the development of a training program after the Columbine High School tragedy. Over the years, the CSPA has continually updated and expanded the tactics and training of these programs to deal with offender changes.

In January 2013, ACPD formed the Tactical Training Unit (TTU) to ensure consistent training across the agency as we prepare and equip officers to take immediate action to stop the threat during an event active violence; provide medical care as quickly as possible; and to effectively command and control the scene in conjunction with Arlington County Fire and EMS personnel. TTU training incorporates the disciplines of Active Violence Response, Emergency Tactical Casualty Care, Control Tactics, Firearms, General Tactical Instruction, and Taser. As part of their readiness training, patrol officers respond to simulated unannounced training scenarios and practice responding to various incidents. ACPD participates in the Arlington County High Threat Response Program which is designed to ensure an integrated response to active violence events by police, fire departments and other county/regional entities that is enhanced through collaborative training.

Additionally, the ACPD works collaboratively with Arlington Public Schools and Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management on emergency response to reports of active criminal incidents, including family reunification. ACPD is also a member of APS’ Threat Assessment Team and Security Audit Committee.

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St. Rose boys win Non-Public B as Theobald dominates Sat, 11 Jun 2022 21:33:28 +0000

MIDDLETOWN — For St. Rose High School to win the NJSIAA Non-Public B Athletics title, head coach Pete Casagrande knew he needed all the pieces of the puzzle of a talented team to come together. With his team not racing for three weeks, he knew that might be a question.

“I’ve been saying this all day, if we don’t do anything stupid we’ll have a great day, and that’s a very hard statement to back up,” Casagrande said.

The Purple Roses lived up to the bill, winning their first state championship since 2015 and third overall. They were led by a star-studded encounter from distance runner Brian Theobald. The junior won the 800 (1:56) and 3,200 (9:49) on Friday before taking first place in the 1,600 (4:30) on Saturday, securing the title for his team. He also ran a stage on second place 4×800 (8:35).

Brian Theobald takes a transfer for the Saint Rose Boys 4x800 at the non-public NJSIAA Meet B.

“When you’re on the line and you’ve already placed high in three races, the adrenaline takes over, you wake up more,” Theobald said exhausted after his 1600 victory. so what you’re used to, just keep running and get to work. We’ve been working all season for this moment.