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  • TidewaTer Teacher Magazine | SepT OcT 2008

    SEPT/OCT 2008


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    FIrst leGo leAGue

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    After what seems to have been the longest Presidential Campaign in history, it is hard to believe that Election 2008 is just around the corner. On November 4th, millions of citizens across America will exercise their right to vote for the new President. Many of our present and former students will be voting for the first time.

    I voted for the first time in 1984. President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George W. Bush were the incumbents for the Republican Party. Former Vice President Walter Mondale was the Democratic candidate. Mondale chose U.S. Rep. Geraldine A

    Letter From the EditorFerraro of New York as his running mate, the first woman nominated for that position by a major party.

    I dont recall the issues of Campaign 1984. As a high school senior, I had more pressing problems on my mind like what I was going to wear to school the next day. But I didnt let that stop me from voting. Turning 18 was a right of passage, and I was determined to exercise my new voting powers. So I asked my dad who I should vote for and headed off to the polls.

    Now, as a mother, teacher and small business owner, choosing the next President has much more importance to me. I am no longer the nave 18 year old that is willing to rely on anothers recommendation. I have a family, a career and a business to consider.

    The media has done a fine job of covering Obamas and McCains stand on issues like the economy, the War on Terror, and sustainable energy. But little, if nothing, has been mentioned on the subject of education.

    A quick visit to the web site Strong American Schools (link located


    at www.TidewaterTeacher.com) reveals that America is falling behind in preparing students for jobs, college and for life. 1.2 million students drop out of high school in America each year. One-fourth of high school students dont graduate on time. Seventy percent of 8th graders cant read at grade level.

    As teachers, the direction of education in this country is very significant. For that very reason, this issue of Tidewater Teacher will focus on the educational goals of each Presidential candidate. It is not an endorsement of either McCain or Obama. Just the facts so teachers can make an informed decision when they go to the polls. I hope you find the information helpful.

    I wish you all a successful and joyful school year. Despite the plight of education in this country, I know you all work very hard to give your students the best possible future. Evidence of this fact is found in every issue of Tidewater Teacher.


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  • 4ContributorsPublisher and Editor-in-ChiefDory Suttmiller

    Production and DesignRoy Brubaker

    WritersKaren ArnettKendra A. Bish Raven Miller Joan B. Sechrist, MS, RD Jocelyn Bell Swanson

    PrinterJones Printing Service, Inc.

    Mission StatementThe mission of Tidewater Teacher Magazine is to inform and inspire educators in Hampton Roads by providing current and relevant information on career development, educational enrichment and personal growth.

    DisclaimerThe views and opinions of writers and contributors that appear in Tidewater Teacher Magazine do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Tidewater Teacher Magazines publisher, editor, staff and affiliates. The information in Tidewater Teacher Magazine is provided as a service to the readers of Tidewater Teacher Magazine for information purposes only. Tidewater Teacher Magazine is not responsible for problems arising out of reference to the included material. Information on a commercial product or service does not imply an endorsement by Tidewater Teacher Magazine. Reproduction without permission is prohibited. All photographs are property of and credited to Tidewater Teacher Magazine, unless otherwise noted.

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    Extra CopiesFor extra copies call 757.620.2631.Tidewater Teacher Magazine325 Flax Mill Way Chesapeake, Virginia 23322Phone 757.620.2631Fax 757.410.0783Web www.tidewaterteacher.com

    Kendra Bish

    Kendra Bish, the Education Director at Junior Achievement (JA) of Greater Hampton Roads, Inc., is responsible for supervising a team of employees and volunteers in bettering the financial literacy of students in grades K-12. Prior to JA, she supervised and managed three Computer Resource Centers for Norfolk Virginia Public Schools. There, she worked with areas schools and administrators to improve the computer literacy of children in poverty stricken areas. A graduate of Princess Anne High School, she is currently pursuing her Masters degree at Saint Leo University and is a PTA Board Member at her sons elementary school. She lived in Virginia Beach with her son, Collin.

    Karen Arnett

    An elementary gifted education specialist for Chesapeake Public Schools, Karen graduated from Millersville University in Pennsylvania with a BS degree in elementary education and received her MS degree from Old Dominion University. In 2004, Karen earned a gifted education endorsement. An educator in Chesapeake since 1979, she has worked with children from K-6th grade. In 2003 she began volunteering as co-coach/mentor of Greenbrier Intermediate Schools FIRST LEGO League team.

    Karen has been the recipient of numerous educational honors and awards, as well as being selected for inclusion in multiple editions of Whos Who Among Americas Teachers. For five years, she has been the Chesapeake site director for ODUs Tidewater Writing Project, a creative writing camp program for children.

    Jocelyn Bell Swanson

    Jocelyn is a freelance writer/editor in Williamsburg. Her work over the past two decades has spanned corporate, educational and government communications, culminating in the formation of her marketing communication company, Write 2 Say. In addition to client work, she enjoys writing fiction and has produced a full-length novel set in Iquitos, Peru. She is currently working on an autobiographical narrative of her early equestrian experiences and a book dedicated to her fathers memory of a young Chinese woman in World War II. A member of the International Association of Business Communicators, you can read her work at www.write2say.net.

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    Table of Contents


    election 2008 6 Find out how the two Presidential Candidates stand on educational

    issues affecting our country

    partners in education 10 Junior Achievement: Helping students become productive and

    responsible citizens

    Lunch room Topics 12 Strategies for coping with ADHD in the classroom

    Teachers health 14 Understanding and treating headaches

    Making the grade 16 First LEGO League: Building solid opportunities for learning

    Beyond the classroom 18 Valentine Richmond History Center: Engaging students in

    history and civics

    class reunion 28 Judge Eileen Olds: Indian River High School, Class of 1975

  • 6Election 08 hOw dO The candidaTeS

    STand On educaTiOn?By Jocelyn Bell Swanson

    No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is one of the biggest concerns among educators watching the presidential campaign this year. Many are hoping for a reform of this legislation and the related assessments that seem to sap the creative life out of the classroom. Other issues remain important to them, as well, however such as vouchers and merit pay, to name two. But as Election Day steams closer and closer, no one is really talking about education. There is little to console those who would like to see candidates more forcefully and frequently sell their education policies.

    Both the media and politicians are focused on the economy, the war on Iraq and energy. While deep down educators understand why,

    its tough for them to concede that in

    todays election

    climate, there truly are issues that so far outweigh the subject of education that the latter is barely discussed.

    If you were to ask me where each candidate stands on education, I would say I dont know because I dont hear a lot from either, said Denise Schnitzer, a retired teacher, reading specialist and most recently interim superintendent for the Norfolk Public Schools district. Her experience over the years in elementary, middle and high school gives her a unique perspective on many education issues. The one most concerning to her is NCLB. Its had such an impact on everyone in the field. Philosophically, I have to agree with the basic tenants. We cant afford to let any child go without receiving a quality education, including minorities and those with special needs. The children are the life of our country. However, as I look into the details, I see things about this legislation

    that were not well thought through and need to change.

    Schnitzer admits that its a unique campaign period with the