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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Test Prep Endures in New York Schools Despite Calls to Ease It

New York City’s schools chancellor said in December that she would limit state exams’ role in measuring student progress, but test prep, and the anxiety it causes, is as robust as ever. Education Thanks AL BAKER

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Knight you can't forget, No matter what!

 "Being a knight of the 21st Century is all about character. I AM a character and I HAVE character. And, as a knight, I am meant to be a part of the transformation of your character. The word 'character' comes from the Greek word for 'stylus.' A stylus is an instrument used to either carve a piece of wood or to mark a piece of papyrus (paper). It carves, marks and shapes. All Knights must have character and must embrace their character. I have a role to play in the story of God, which means I AM a character. I am to play that role with integrity and grace, which means I am to HAVE character that can be measured as either good, or lacking goodness. My character is good to the degree that it grows good things in other people, and reflects the ideal that Christ established for me. So, as you begin this day, do so remembering that your life and character are a stylus. With them, carve beautiful works of grace in the lives of those whom you love and meet. Write well on the parchment of others' hearts; messages of grace and hope. That's what Knights do, and a Knight you are!"
Provided by: Steve Sabol
Knights of the 21st Century

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), 5 Simple Suggestions

What does Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and positive thinking have to do with one another? Many people that suffer from ADD often develop negative patterns in their thinking process. They might also get frustrated more easily while dealing with certain challenges in life. Having constant thoughts of negativity or a dismal outlook on life only reinforces the difficulty in facing those challenges, which makes it harder to move forward.

However, practicing and utilizing positive thinking will allow individuals with ADD as well as others, to clearly focus on accomplishments and strengths in life, which helps to motivate and generate happiness. Because of this, individuals can devote more time for progress in their life and less time feeling useless and not moving anywhere. Here are 5 simple suggestions that will help you take back your life and put you on a path towards positive thinking.

1. Keep Repeating What You Are Grateful For In Life
Many challenges will not seem as bad when you remind yourself over and over again of the good things in life. Dedicate a few minutes each day and give appreciation to all the goodness that exists. No matter how small things might seem, they can still have a big impact on your life.

2. Eliminate Negative Thoughts
Negative thoughts can grow, and grow fast. But, they can't control you unless you allow them to. Once a negative thought or feeling is in your mind, immediately break away from it and forget about it. The only way you can take back your life is by getting rid of the negative thoughts.

3. Take Your Life Back Simply By Giving Back
One of the best ways to feel good about yourself is simply by helping others. Try volunteering your time or maybe even donating more. Many people have certain skills that can be useful to some charitable organizations such as carpentry work, plumbing, electrical, computer repair, cooking and more. Volunteering your time and effort has a way of generating positive energy in the universe. The more you put out there, the more you will get back.

4. Increase Positive Energy By Being Social
Many people, who are lonely, often generate negative feelings and emotions. In order to take back your life, you need to become more involved within social communities. Creating a social atmosphere for yourself and being around others who are positive will help you to generate positive energy for a happier life.

5. Think about Yourself
How can you take back your life? Start by taking better care of yourself. Being positive is a whole lot easier when you feel good about yourself. Get outside and go for walks or a bicycle ride. Start noticing what you are eating and begin eating more foods that will be healthier for you. Start exercising or become involved with activities within your community that will help you to feel better about yourself. Are you getting enough sleep? Make sure you rest enough each day as this can be a powerful boost in energy and positive thinking.
Surround yourself with positive people.

Take back your life by letting go of the negative thoughts, emotions and feelings that have been holding you back from being happy, productive and energetic. Learn how to get organized and stay organized, which will help to reduce stress and negativity. But, the most important thing is, learn to move forward from the thoughts that have been keeping you from your own personal success.

Guest article provided by Kevin H.
Rod Elmore, M.Ed “It is your life, give it your best”

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Bremerton Jaguar Track Club bids farewell to a great Head coach.

A wise man once said, “Success is often disguised as hard work”.

P1010214Bremerton Jaguar’s Head Track Coach Tim Lavin, a 20 plus year veteran to the sport, has been nothing short of awe inspiring. Lavin, a noteworthy track star is no stranger to hard work. For years he has passed on skills from his vast repository of knowledge to Bremerton’s finest track athletes. His wife Sue Lavin, an administrative genius has too served the community selflessly and without pause. Though the Bremerton track club is loosing a great coach, we have gained a lifelong friend.P6080601P1010231

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Tim and Sue Lavin, I am elated to have worked with you. P1010186Thank you for your hard work and willingness to lead, train, and support our community’s children. As you close this chapter of your life and embark upon new opportunities, remember, your positive emotional foot print is permanent and appreciated.

Tim Lavin has passed the Bremerton Jaguars Headship to another rock solid professional. David Nelson, an experienced distance runner, is sure to make miracles happen in his new position. David’s administrative and coaching staff stands at the ready to lead, train, support, and even provide comfort and reassurance to the city of Bremerton’s youth. Bremerton Jaguars Elite Track Club is a family dedicated to training and developing young athletes into Track Starts.

Rod Elmore

Sprint Coach

Bremerton Jaguars

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons license.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Own Your Child’s Daycare and Profit From it Too!


Nothing can be more fulfilling than becoming a parent especially
for the mothers. With due respect to all the fathers, mothers
have that special instinct and natural longing to care, nurture
and rear a child personally and responsibly. The joy it brings
to witness a child’s developmental milestones, your little one’s
first smile, first giggle, first laughter, first word(s), first
tooth, first step and a lot more firsts. The sparkle of adoration
in your baby’s eyes as if telling you that you are the most
important person in the world, can sometimes seem overwhelming. However, as your child grows older, reality hits you hard and strong. You realized the restrains on your finances due to growing expenses that comes along with your growing
family. Now you have to face the dilemma of either raising your
family or pursuing a career to generate additional income and
help in making ends meet, but it boils down to one big question,
who will take care of your child (or children) should you find a
job outside the home?
Daycare centers cater to pre-school age children whose mothers
are working regardless of whether it is a voluntary choice to
work and pursue a career or due to circumstances beyond their
control such as death of spouse or as a result of divorce. Mind
you, single fathers also opt for daycare center or child care
facility. Nonetheless, high quality daycare centers can be very
expensive. You somehow wish it was possible to stay at home during the first 3-5yrs as your child develops. Is it possible for you to take care of your child while earning an income at the same time? Actually, it is possible! If
your problem is finding a good daycare center for your child,
why not make your own daycare center and profit from it too.
The demand for daycare facilities is high and experts
believe that it will continue to rise in the coming years. You
can start out small and offer a baby-sitting service or
a family daycare, meaning you will just operate within your own home. This allows you to learn and establish a quality image as you prepare to
expand. You can start within your community or through a friend’s referral.
However, you need to check with your local government regulatory
agencies legislation, as they usually regulate the number and
ages of children allowed per family daycare home

If you find the daycare industry interesting, whether it is a
small scale baby-sitting service or a large scale daycare center
with a structured pre-school program, you can log on numerous
website for more information that may guide you in setting up
your own daycare center.

Author: Loren Yadeski

About The Author: http://www.ownadayc


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