High school students across the country are told they must be prepared for postsecondary education or a skilled profession in the workplace. The phrase used is "college and career readiness." What does this expression mean to students, parents and educators? The meaning remains unclear to many.
The American Association of School Administrators has initiated a national campaign to redefine college and career readiness called Redefining Ready.
Redefining Ready is a national campaign launched by the AASA to introduce new research-based metrics to more appropriately assess that students are college ready, career ready and life ready.
On its website, https://www.redefiningready.org/, it says: "Standardized test scores — traditionally used as the primary readiness indicator — do not always provide an accurate representation of our students’ potential. Like the global economy, today’s students are driven by ideas and innovations. They should not be reduced down to, or defined by, a single test score."
College and career readiness presumes students know more than just content knowledge. They can demonstrate what they know and are able to use and build upon that knowledge to solve problems. They are able to communicate effectively and work collaboratively, competitively and productively in a school or work environment. A student who is prepared possesses academic skills and technical skills along with a strong work ethic necessary for a career beyond the classroom.
In the traditional educational system, students’ readiness is measured by school attendance, courses completed, grade level completion, grades on report cards, grade point averages, number of assignments/worksheets completed, and local, state and national tests. So instead of learning how to learn and be ready for the next phase of life after high school, many kids are learning how to be good at going to school. The straight-A student is, in nearly every traditional educational setting, the one who has figured out what the teacher wants and how to deliver it.
Most children come to school filled with questions, are excited about learning and are engaged in their learning but exit years later asking very few questions, feeling less excited and being less engaged. Students’ interest and engagement begin to decline as students transition to the next grade levels, and the reason isn’t that a child’s desire for knowledge has been fulfilled or they know everything they want or need to know. It’s because students begin to think that school is a place where one learns how to be good at going to school.
The bottom line is that all high school graduates need to be prepared for some postsecondary education and/or training if they are to have choices and opportunities in the job market. As such, our education system should be preparing students to learn how to learn and how to enjoy it. The world is changing so rapidly that by the time a student graduates from a postsecondary institution, some of what he or she learned may not be relevant.
What a student needs to know is not what to think but how to think in order to face new challenges and solve new problems. Being "college and career ready" in the end means that students are prepared for their next steps, resulting in the understanding that all options remain open to them as they continue to pursue their education and their careers.
The North Platte School District’s purpose is to prepare our students to become productive, responsible citizens. As the district and community work collaboratively to accomplish this purpose, the district is currently working on redefining what it means to be college and career ready by involving students, teachers, parents and businesses.
All students should graduate from high school ready for college, careers and citizenship.
The students and staff at McDonald Elementary may be a little biased, but we do believe that Jami Roader and Heather Axtell are the two greatest lunch ladies of all-time. Jami has been with the schools for 13 years altogether with the last three at McDonald Elementary. Heather has been with the North Platte schools for seven years, and she has been with McDonald Elementary for the last four years.
Each and every day Jami and Heather work hard to provide a lunch service that is friendly and inviting to the students and staff. They both love to laugh and make each person feel important when doing their job. Breakfast and lunch is one part of their profession, but their relationship building is really what makes them so special. When Jami and Heather were asked what their favorite part of their job was without any hesitation they both said the children.
McDonald Elementary is very lucky to have these wonderful ladies in our school each and every day. They provide some good food, but it is their love that makes it great!
North Platte Public Schools will be offering an Extended Learning Opportunity for students. This invitation only program will be offered at Cody Elementary. This opportunity will be available for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. This 19-day program will begin on and will end on . It will run from with free breakfast and lunch being served daily. For more information contact your school’s principal. Individual elementary schools will not be having their own summer school program.
Seniors William Stone and Kort Steele are getting paid to go to school. Both students are now gainfully employed, thanks to the new internship program.
They started their internship the usual way by working for free in exchange for experience. Within weeks, they were both hired on professionally. Stone now works as a sport reporter for The North Platte Telegraph, and Steele is doing design work at Pro Printing and Graphics.
Stone says he’s doing exactly what he wants to do with his life. “It couldn’t get any better, I get to write about games and get paid,” Stone said. Internships are more valuable with work experience said managing editor Joan von Kampen. “Reporting is such a hands-on job that Will has to get some first hand experience,” she said.
Steele thinks that it is awesome how the internship turned into a job. “It is helpful how it is a hands-on experience for the future,” he said. Pro Printing was happy with his work. “He was the employee we were looking for,” owner Judy Pederson said.
Being hired is atypical. However, according to the National Association of Colleges more than half of students completing an internship received at least one job offer afterwards, compared to less than 37 percent of students with no internship or experience.
Business teacher Samantha Pavelka organizes the trial program. In order to qualify, students have to complete two courses in a career field with a C or better. They also have to have good attendance and behavior records. “We are allowing Kort and Will to do this, and then have some kind of say in what went well and what didn’t in the end,” Pavelka said. In the fall, the program will be opened up to all interested and eligible students.
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“When I tasted it, fireworks were shooting in my mind. It was the first coffee that I have actually ever liked. It was delicious.” This is how technology teacher Brandon Petersen felt the first time he tried a pumpkin spice latte. He instantly fell in love.
His obsession started when his wife went to Starbucks and ordered him a pumpkin spice latte six years ago. Petersen really doesn’t crave the flavor when it isn’t in season, but he does admit to drinking it whenever he can get his hands on it. “Pumpkin spice just really gets me in the right mindset for the holidays,” he said.
His favorite drinks are from Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. “This year, I bought all the cold pumpkin spice frappuccinos in the glass bottles from Sunmart until they ran out,” Petersen said. He drank one every morning. “It was the best way to start off my morning,” he said. He can’t find them anywhere anymore but he is on the verge of buying the regular frappachino and adding his own ingredients. At Dunkin Donuts, he really likes the pumpkin swirl latte. “As far as hot coffees go for pumpkin spice, I don’t think you will be able to find a better coffee ‘round these parts,” he said.
According to Petersen, if you are looking for a balanced drink, you should head to Dunkin’ Donuts. However, if you want a strong pumpkin flavor, go to a gas station. “This thing is pumpkin flavor punch you in the face pumpkin. It doesn’t get quite more pumpkiny than these. For the gas station you might want to use McDonald’s as your gateway drink,” Petersen said.
Peterson has tried everything in town and is still on the search for more. He is especially on the hunt for the pumpkin spice M&M’s. He even went to a candy store in Lincoln and asked for the M&M’s specifically. He walked into the store, and the woman at the counter said, “Pumpkin spice? Oh that’s gross.” Petersen thought to himself, “Oh it’s only the most popular flavor in the world right now. Yeah, I’m sure it’s real gross.” He was disgusted.
Petersen is a professional when it comes to pumpkin spice. The most important thing is not to go overboard because you can ruin it. One golden rule to him is to never eat a pumpkin spice product and drink a pumpkin spice drink in the same sitting. “That’s too much pumpkin. You can have too much of a good thing,” he said.
Pumpkin spice is a flavor that you can love or hate. Most people find themselves either counting down the days until the release, or complaining about how the flavor takes over our products. With the holiday season among us, we all know how businesses take advantage of the jolly spirits in the air. But how do you know which latte is the best for you?
If Peterson’s expertise swayed you to want to buy a pumpkin spice latte, you better get out soon. Pumpkin spice season ends soon, and before you know it teddy bears and sweethearts will take over for Valentine’s Day.