• Exchange Student

    Twin Lakes welcomes second exchange student | News

    MONTICELLO — Twin Lakes High School welcomed a new student this month, Maksym Nikulin, who traveled from his home in Ukraine to experience what it’s like to be an American teenager. “This is the second time I have applied for this program,” Nikulin said. “The first time I didn’t pass the required tests but this year, I was ready.” The application process at Nikulin’s school is rigorous. More than 5,500 students spend several months studying for the four exams that will qualify them to study abroad and to earn them one of the 220 spots available annually. “I have never been to the United States but I have been learning…

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  • Education

    Garland son-in-law’s race-obsessed education company urges schools to push lawmakers to adopt its ideas and stick taxpayers with tab

    A curriculum company with links to Attorney General Merrick Garland sells local educators on its “woke” education materials and shows them how to stick state and federal taxpayers with the bill. Panorama Education, founded by Garland’s son-in-law Xan Tanner, produces teaching materials focused on systemic racism, oppression, white supremacy, and intersectionality, all under the rubric of “Social-Emotional Learning.” The multimillion-dollar company’s marketing plan appears to be to get educators to buy in and then show them how to pay for it all with government grants. PARENT GROUPS SAY GARLAND MAY HAVE CONFLICT OF INTEREST ON SCHOOL BOARD ISSUE “International SEL Day is a perfect opportunity to tell your policymakers that…

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  • Science

    How catching birds bare-handed may hint at Neandertals’ hunting tactics

    Juan Negro crouched in the shadows just outside a cave, wearing his headlamp. For a brief moment, he wasn’t an ornithologist at the Spanish National Research Council’s Doñana Biological Station in Seville. He was a Neandertal, intent on catching dinner. As he waited in the cold, dark hours of the night, crowlike birds called choughs entered the cave. The “Neandertal” then stealthily snuck in and began the hunt. This idea to role-play started with butchered bird bones. Piles of ancient tool- and tooth-nicked choughs bones have been found in the same caves that Neandertals frequented, evidence suggesting that the ancient hominids chowed down on the birds. But catching choughs is…

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  • Jobs

    These people quit their jobs during the pandemic. Here’s what they’re doing now

    In July, four million people quit their jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. People can quit for many reasons: Some want a better work-life balance or higher pay, while others realize their job is just not the right fit anymore, or they want to do something completely different with their time. But not everyone can afford to quit their job, and it often requires planning. Scott Banks had a plan. The 57-year-old intended to retire at 60 and travel the country in an RV with his wife. The couple had been diligently saving and spent many vacations RV’ing with their two kids over the years, so they were…

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  • Exchange Student

    23 exchange students with local hosts | News, Sports, Jobs

    ENJOYING OUTINGS — On Sept. 11, a group of 23 exchange students, one of whom is not pictured, enjoyed an outing to a Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer game. The students, who are from Spain, Brazil, Italy, France, Germany and Thailand, were placed by Kathy Higgins of Weirton, front row, sixth from the left, who has been a host herself and found host families through Aspect Foundation, which she has coordinated through since 1988. — Contributed

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  • Online School

    Over 450 students enroll in Burnsville district’s fully online school | Savage News

    Back-to-school looks different this year for thousands of Minnesota students who’ve enrolled in newly-established online learning academies offered by some public school districts. The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District’s fully online school, One91 Virtual Academy, launched this week with over 450 students enrolled. Around 45% of the district’s virtual academy learners are in grades K-5, according to Tuesday’s enrollment figures. Middle-schoolers account for roughly 25% of enrolled students and the remaining 30% of students are in high school. Don Leake, the district’s principal on assignment for the virtual academy, said enrollment grew sharply in late August. “We’ve gained about 100 kids in the last week-and-a-half and it’s basically across all the grade levels,”…

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  • Education

    Columbia Board of Education votes to extend coronavirus action plan

    News COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) The Columbia Board of Education voted unanimously to continue the mask mandate and COVID-19 plan. Watch the meeting replay in the player below. In the updated plan, the district has added remediation strategies for students and staff. The Superintendent will be able to decide if mask requirements are needed after consultation with the Incident Command Team, the Columbia/Boone County Health Department, health and medical professionals and neighboring school district superintendents. The CPS 14-day case rate is currently 49.3 positive cases per 10,000 students and staff. CPS has 63 active student cases with 310 in quarantine. The district also has 7 staff cases and 8 staff in…

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