The following is a list of some things I want to learn about or master in 2011:
- Molecular Genetics/Genomics
- Decomposition Process in Animals and Plants
- Mental Disorders
- Physiological Aging Process in Humans
- Bread and Pie Crust Making
- Playing Guitar
- Speaking French
- Sea Kayaking
I had an awesome year in school from September 2008 to June 2009. I enjoyed the time I was able to spend with my friends. I’m going to miss my fourth grade year but I have some great memories.
I was in the fourth-grade gifted and talented (G.T.) math and reading program every Monday this past year. The purpose of G.T. is to challenge the students who aren’t learning that much in math and reading. Mr. Reinhartsen (Mr. R) is my gifted and talented teacher. I enjoyed learning how to calculate the area of a circle and a triangle. To find the area of a triangle, you multiply the height times the width and then divide by two. To find the area of a circle, you first multiply the radius by itself. Then multiply that answer by pi. It’s very simple. Mr. Reinhartsen began putting me in fifth-grade math G.T. on Wednesdays in addition to my Monday G.T. because I’m especially good at math. It was fun to see my older friends from my previous 3rd/4th-grade multi-age class. I LOVE G.T.!
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I had the pleasure today of having a conference with Skye’s teacher to discuss Skye’s progress. Skye is doing very well. No surprises.
What troubled me about our meeting were a couple of statements made by her teacher.
She doesn’t give more homework because, quite frankly, it wouldn’t get done. The students are too involved with extracurricular activities, video games, and television. She said that for many parents academics takes a back seat to everything else in their children’s busy schedules.
She said her primary responsibility is to work with the pupils who struggle the most. Anything she does to challenge Skye and other bright kids, such as assigning independent work or helping them with advanced concepts, is beyond what is required. She has limited time and resources and is mandated to focus on the kids who need the most help. If it weren’t for her teacher making extra efforts Skye would be left to teach herself or simply go at a much slower pace than she is capable.
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Kirsten earned a 4.0 GPA this semester. She worked her butt off and deserves some recognition. I am wicked proud of her!!
You go girl. I love you, Kir.
She also aced (100%) every category of the math portion of the Nurse Entrance Test (NET) and earned a composite score on the entire exam that puts her in the 96th percentile of the nation! Hooray!
I think she deserves lunch at Gilbert’s Chowder House, at least. ;)
Betting is not something one would just do for the sake of experimenting or as a pass time activity. It is something that must be taken seriously, that’s why people need to read the fantasy news everyday before thinking of placing any bets.
A good bet for us is to bet on the first day of the NFL Draft. There are only four teams drafting on day two. The first day of the draft has always been a big day for some teams, so I will not predict any of the last three drafts, but I will focus on the first day.
This is a long shot, but it is my favorite bet to try out the week before a draft. It is a $1 wager to win $200.
A lot of people see the money as the primary motivation behind putting up a wager, but when it comes to this wager, I truly feel it is for the fun of it. I don’t want to place any wagers for any other reason than to be able to gamble for the day. I feel the betting community is a fun one. I would not want to watch the NFL without making a wager on the first game I see.
I am not a big sports bettor, but I had some exposure to wagering in college. It was fun and the experience was very rewarding for me. Some of my most memorable sports wagers were with my friends, and we often took turns. We were able to make the $100 bet with one wager. One of my favorite bets were a friend’s $50 wager for my home games in college, and a friend’s $200 bet. We are currently on our second bet of the season, and I still think the wagering community is a very fun one.
The one thing I would avoid is betting the exact same thing all the time. That’s just too boring for me. I would rather bet a more spread out spread. Maybe you don’t care that much about football, but if you don’t bet it often you might enjoy the odd football bet. And for those sports that don’t pay out much, you can still get in on a little league league game, or join a church league or golf league. The sports community is really a lot of fun, and it is a bit of a waste to play the same sport over and over and over again.
I’m very pleased with the schools here and with each of the girl’s teachers. We recently just met with them for parent-teacher conferences.
We first met with Jenna’s 2nd-grade teacher, Miss Holland. She just started teaching at Fairfield this year and seems to be a good match for Jenna. Jenna told us that she doesn’t like recess because there’s nothing to do. Apparently she just stands around watching the other kids. She likes to swing, but the swings are always being used by other children. We mentioned our concern about Jenna’s anxiety to Miss Holland, who ensured that she would observe Jenna during recess. She did mention to us that Jenna has been coming out of her shell since school started and has been speaking up more during class. She is interacting with the other kids at her table and seems to be adjusting well. She is doing very well academically, and particularly enjoys math, reading, and writing. Jenna loves to read. I enjoy listening to her while she reads aloud, with her various voice inflections, and I am often surprised by her subject matter choices. She’s very inquisitive and loves to learn. Miss Holland’s only suggestion for Jenna: to color the accompanying pictures to her stories more often. If that’s her main concern, I think we’re doing pretty well. She’s in Brownies again this year, which she absolutely loves. She gets to sell Girl Scout cookies, so now I have a great excuse to buy those Thin Mints…
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