New public school standards for learning called the Common Core State Standards Initiative will launch this fall in 45 states across the United States including Massachusetts. There will be changes in your child’s education due to the new standards. One of the major changes will be the inclusion of more nonfiction reading and persuasive writing in all grades. Check here tomorrow for more Common Core State Standards Initiative changes to watch out for.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a set of standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in the subjects of English and math that the states voluntarily adopt. 45 states including Massachusetts have signed on. The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter college or the workforce. They claim that the standards are “ . . . clear and concise to ensure that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of the expectations in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics in school.” It remains to be seen if this is in fact true. Tomorrow we will take a closer look at some of the changes coming soon.
31 LIFE CHANGING BLOG POSTS IN 31 DAYS starts tomorrow! Learn about topics chosen by the Y3K Tutor In Your Home blog fans themselves. The marathon of posts will include study skills, parenting, homework help and many more topics. Thank you for the hundreds of topic suggestions you gave us over the past month. Enjoy.
For help passing any of the MCAS tests, call Y3K Tutor In Your Home today! Our Wayland tutoring and test prep services have helped many Wayland students receive high scores on these tests. Each of our students have enjoyed the excitement of attaining Advanced or Proficient scores on their MCAS tests.
Wayland, MA MCAS Testing Schedule 2013
The MCAS tests for Wayland High School students in Wayland, MA will administered on the following dates:
Biology Session 1 – February 4, 2013
Biology Session 2 – February 5, 2013
English (ELA) Composition Sessions A & B – March 19, 2013
English (ELA) Reading Comprehension Sessions 1 & 2 – March 21, 2013
English (ELA) Reading Comprehension Session 3 – March 22, 2013
Math Session 1 – May 13, 2013
Math Session 2 – May 14, 2013
Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Session 1 – June 4, 2013
Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Session 2 – June 5, 2013
MCAS Retests (for Wayland High School students that have previously received Needs Improvement/Failing scores)
English (ELA) Composition Sessions A & B – February 27, 2013
English (ELA) Reading Comprehension Sessions 1 & 2 – February 28, 2013
English (ELA) Reading Comprehension Session 3 – March 1, 2013
Math Session 1 – March 4, 2013
Math Session 2 – March 5, 2013
Vaccination Myth: “Serious diseases like polio have already been eradicated, so there is no need to vaccinate against them.”
While many diseases have been wiped out for the most part in the United States of America, they have not been eradicated around the world. That means you could still be at risk if you go abroad or come into contact with an infected person from overseas. In fact the increase in non-vaccinated immigrants that enter America and the increase in formerly eradicated diseases is not a coincidence. If your kids are not vaccinated, there is a good chance that they could become exposed to some major diseases and suffer like so many people did years ago.
Parents worry about the price college for their children. College costs have been growing at about three times the rate of inflation and are projected to continue to do so in the future. There is however a cost saving method that some college students choose to do. They decide to attend a community college for two years and then transfer to a four-year school. In Massachusetts for example, all public community college credits transfer over to state universities. They can then get a four-year bachelor’s degree for almost half the cost. This is a significant savings.
Alcohol, marijuana, and opiates are often drugs that teens turn to in high school. Some schools, families, and employers have decided to implement a drug test Ontario CA in order to determine whether or not someone is under the influence of drugs which will then advise a decision on what the next best course of action to take with them is. It’s considered dangerous behavior and so it could result in being kicked out of school or the loss of a job. Some are now choosing to inhale toxic household products they can easily obtain such as computer air dusters, gasoline, butane, Freon, paint thinner, glues, whipped cream, and anything else in an aerosol can. This is called “huffing”. Some youths first use inhalants when they are around 11 or 12. For some, it is the first or second drug kids try (even before alcohol or cigarettes). About 2.6 million children ages 12 to 17 uses an inhalant each year to get high. If you’re worried your child may be “huffing” or partaking in the consumption of other drugs, you may want to look into getting a selection of cups in order to test them for different illicit substances.
Huffing occurs when sprays are put into a plastic bag and inhaled, a rag or sock is soaked in the chemical and then the vapors are inhaled, or vapors are inhaled directly out of the container. The fumes end up cutting off oxygen to the brain, producing a high. Lack of oxygen and cardiac arrest are the leading causes of sudden death from huffing. People who suffer cardiac arrest have a higher chance of survival if they have better access to medical equipment that could potentially save their life. By having something similar to this AED Leader’s value packages in and around as many public spaces as possible could help to prevent an individual from facing a sudden death from huffing. Not only can it save someone from the consequences of huffing, but it can help to treat anyone who may suffer from a deadly medical issue.
In a 2011 study, 11% of US teens said they had used inhalants in their lifetime. In Massachusetts 5% of high school students reported using inhalants in the past 30 days. This method of drug use is a problem because these chemicals are readily available in homes and stores and are not illegal to sell or possess.
Check your Wayland Town Crier newspaper over the next several weeks for information on Y3K Tutor In Your Home’s 10th Annual Animal Rescue League of Boston Collection Drive. Items collected will be delivered to their Dedham, MA shelter for abused and abandon animals waiting for adoption.
You can schedule a Wayland pick-up or find out about our drop-off locations conveniently located in Needham and Natick. For questions or to set up an appointment call (781) 492-8700 or log on to www.Y3KTutorInYourHome.com.
COLLECTION DRIVE BEGINS TOMORROW: From November 1st through Jan 1st we will collect old towels, blankets, toys and office supplies for the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Dedham shelter. The abandoned and abused animals awaiting adoption desperately need these items. YOU may be the difference between their agony and happiness!
For the 10th straight year Y3K Tutor In Your Home will be doing this annual collection drive. We will travel to your Brookline, Dover, Natick, Needham, Newton, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley, or Weston MA home even if you are not a client or do not need tutoring. Please tell all of your friends, neighbors, and co-workers. For more information or to schedule a pick up, call 781-492-8700 or checking back here at www.Y3KTutorInYourHome.com.
The responses from the 2011 Massachusetts Youth Health Survey and Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey of high school students had several surprising results.
40% reported drinking every month
30% use a drug
28% use marijuana
27% report being offered, sold, or given an illegal drug on school property in the previous 12 months
22% binge drink (5 or more drinks within 2 hrs)
6% reported non-medical use of a prescription drug
6% use marijuana during school
5% use inhalants
4% use alcohol during school
What do you think should be done? Please share your experiences and thoughts with us.