Sunday, October 14, 2012

Farmer's Grant Promises Improved Student Outcomes

   
The Greece Central School District submitted a grant application to America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Fund sponsored by the Monsanto Corporation to help farmers positively impact their communities by supporting local school districts in building their science and math programs.

Greece Central School District was selected as a $10,000 winner to enhance math and science education and only one of 6 winners in New York State.

The resources from this grant are going toward purchasing the most advanced graphing calculators in the world. The Texas Instruments Nspire hand-held calculators and the Nspire Navigator wireless system will ensure improving student outcomes through investigation of real-world problems and mathematical modeling.

The District has received funding for enough handheld calculators and the training required to integrate this instructional technology effectively into the classroom for more than 200 students at Olympia High School.

Students will use the calculators as a real-time response system that allows teachers to quickly assess their work and adjust instruction. This advanced system will allow students to make connections and model real world problems using algebraic equations.


Photo from:
http://education.ti.com/educationportal/sites/UK/productDetail/uk_nspire_navigator.html


SCATS ~~ Wowie!! If I'd known all it took was a little more $$ to buy calculators to get ensured and improved results, I might have supported more funding for technology! Can't wait to see the skyrocketing outcomes at Olympia! They might even rise up out of the basement in the county rankings! Oh wait ... it doesn't say how many years it will take before the "magic" happens ... nevermind ...
   

53 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a waste. My best teacher I can remember was a college teacher that was a local farmer that used real world problems to represent his equations. You don't need fancy calculators, you need good teachers!!!

Anonymous said...

Mariano's connected math wrecked any chance of our students developing necessary analytical skills necessary to solve problems without the use of calculators etc .egthe power goes out to the cash registers a McDonalds leaving the former students clueless on how to make change for a buck. They only have ten fingers. Not quite good enough. pathetic.

Anonymous said...

Denise Writes:

For goodness sake!!! It's just "algebraic equations". $10,000 for Algebra.

Anonymous said...

Somebody on the paying end of that grant should have realized Greece Central needed a better manure handling system, not calculators!

How in hell does GCSD qualify for anything related to farming?

SCATS said...

To 1:45PM ~~ I agree about needing "good teachers." Sadly, in GCSD-land, "good teachers" are a lot like "jumbo shrimp!"

To 2:19PM ~~ If you REALLY want to draw looks of horror, try giving them the "extra coin" and watch them squirm lol

To 2:24PM ~~ Maybe for all of the manure District Office & the skewl bored spews??

Anonymous said...

I am all for integrating technology but only when and after students understand the why and how. There is something to be said for "old school" foundations in math and English. Our high school student are too dependent on the tech from math calculation to spell check in Word programs. The irony is look at the course outlines and curriculum for college math, pre- algebra, college algebra and pre calc, most often there is not use of the graphing cal. The reason is you must understand WHY the graph looks the way it does so you can know how to SOLVE and equation not just graph it.
You need to know the functions and process of transformations of graphs before you plug it into the calc, and you learn this by doing it the long way, no short cuts.
As far as ELA goes there is no focus on grammar or spelling in GCSD it is about the content and that is driven by the state tests.

Technology not used appropriately is a plague in education.

Anonymous said...

Scats. If Greece did NOT apply for this grant, you'd rip them for THAT, too, right?

SCATS said...

To 6:15PM ~~ Please, show me where did I "rip" them for applying for the grant? My issue is with them stating the "ensured" improvements purchasing calculators will bring. They haven't supported that idea with anything.

People should read & comprehend the BLOGs/posts before responding. You'll look less foolish if you do ;)

Anonymous said...

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SCATS said...

To 3:13PM ~~ How is that relevant to GCSD receiving a grant?

Anonymous said...

Scats. Since nothing on here can be posted without your approval, why would you approve that posting, then question its relevance?

SCATS said...

To 8:32PM ~~ I asked for an explanation thinking maybe I'd learn something. Of course, a similar question could be asked about posting your question ;) lol

Anonymous said...

More incompetence at GCSD. A freshment was suspended for two days because he failed to break up a fight. Since when has it become a students responsibility to break up a fight?

SCATS said...

To 11:24AM ~~ Do you have any specifics? Which school? When did it happen? What "evidence" did they use to determine this?

The stupidity of Greece Central employees never fails to amaze me!

Anonymous said...

I guanantee that this did not happen as you described!

SCATS said...

To 3:48PM ~~ I assume you mean the suspended student. You can guarantee anything you want, but you've failed to show us anything different. Why not tell us what you know?

Anonymous said...

When the dust settles, you will see that the student did NOT get suspended because he "failed to break up a fight. Nope. If the student even DID get suspended (questionable, at best), it will NOT be for that reason. Great rumor to spread, but it didn't happen!

Anonymous said...

Greece Olympia HS freshmen! Example of their new anti bullying policy. Suspended for two days.

SCATS said...

Apparently there is a bit of a difference of opinion on this incident ... to be continued ... ?

Anonymous said...

He was indeed suspended for failure to break up the fight. He has no history of suspensions ever and is a very good student. He is a family member.So GCSD spokesperson commenting on this blog has no idea as usual what they are talking about.

Again, teachers and administrators failure to do their job!!!!

Anonymous said...

When you say "failure to break up a fight" are you referrinto fight between two OTHER students? Or was this boy. PARTICIPANT in a fight and would not STOP fighting when instructed to do so. There's. BIG difference between the two.

(My "smart" phone won't let me fix the above typos. Sorry Scats. Don't pck on my grammar.)

SCATS said...

To 2:21PM ~~ "Smart Phone" ... a misnomer?

Your second scenario option is almost bizarre in it's creativity...

Anonymous said...

That was MY point originally. If a kid is fighting and is instructed to "Stop," and he doesn't stop, he sure CAN (and should) be suspended (for fighting AND insubordination). But, if a kid OBSERVES a fight, and (for whatever reason) chooses not to step in and break it up, there is NO WAY he would get suspended. I repeat, when the truth comes out, we will find out that he was NOT suspended for this reason.

SCATS said...

To 6:35PM ~~ Approx. when do you think "the truth" will come out? This is Greece, where the truth is typically submerged if it's perceived as something negative ... thus this BLOG ;)

Anonymous said...

He was not involved in the fight! So all you GCSD employees are so full of it. Clearly, they can't do their job. They should all be fired.

On another note some of the comments that the Greece Olympia HS teachers make to their students are totally inappropriate. Some teachers have no business being teachers. If you don't inspire a child to learn and succeed and ridicule them, how are they supposed to succeed?

SCATS said...

To 7:44AM ~~ I believe what you're saying. It's nothing new in Greece Central Sports District's repertoire of the unthinkable.

Anonymous said...

To 7:44: Another teacher-hating parent, huh? I'll bet you just love spreading the rumor about how some kid was (supposedly) suspended for "not breaking up a fight he observed." Serves your purpose, huh? Too bad it's not true! That was not the reason he was suspended! Nice try.

SCATS said...

To 2:56PM ~~ How do you know that you are both discussing THE SAME INCIDENT? It's not as if suspensions & fights are uncommon at good ole Olympia HS.

Anonymous said...

I never said (or even implied) that fights never occur. I was only pointing out that no student ever got suspended for "not breaking up a fight."

SCATS said...

To 9:52PM ~~ And I never said that you made such a statement, either.

I hate to tell you but there are some skeptics here. Just saying it didn't happen isn't very convincing,ya know? ;)

Anonymous said...

I don't doubt there are skeptics on THIS blog. Lots of teacher-haters on here who would LOVE to believe a story as ridiculous as this one.

SCATS said...

To 7:58AM ~~ Comments like yours get me to chuckle. It really is amusing to realize that supposedly highly educated people who work as public servants in the teaching realm have such huge attitudes of entitlement that it overshadows their ability to see the real world clearly. Just because some people think that you, who are supposed to INSPIRE children as a profession, scoff at lifting your pinky fingers unless it's written into the contract doesn't mean they are "teacher haters." I think it means they are likely people who truly love children and want what's best for them ;)

Anonymous said...

4Teacher haters?? Perhaps if the GCSD could get their act together our students would graduate and achieve academically. It's called taking responsibility instead of just a salary.

SCATS said...

To 11:24AM ~~ On that note, I'm hearing horror stories about parents who pulled their kids out of GCSD (frustrated!) and have put them into private schools. Guess what? The parents are finally hearing the truth about the damage done to their youngsters in Greece classrooms. The kids are WAY BEHIND GRADE LEVEL on their skills. So in addition to tuition, people are going to be coughing up extra $$ for tutors to try to get their children back on track & up to speed. It's very sad.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, scats. Not a teacher here. I was just making an observation, that's all. The only thing that *I* am "entitled" to, is my own opinion! (Right?)

SCATS said...

To 2:41PM ~~ Yes, of course. Sometimes ... ;) lol

Anonymous said...

Scats. I was following this back-and-forth debate over whether or not an Olympia student got suspended for "not breaking up a fight" as someone posted a while back. I decided to do some research. I emailed five different Olympia teachers that I know personally, asking each of them to look into this matter.


One responded that she "didn't know." The other four said basically "there's no way in hell this ever happened." One also added "that's not school policy, never has been, never will be."


If the original claimant still insists that this did happen, if s/he will provide me with the name of the administrator that supposedly suspended the student, I will personally contact him/her to verify the truth behind this rumor. (If the person is reluctant to give me the name, perhaps I can email you, Scats, offline, and you can give it to me.)


Maybe we'll finally get to the bottom of this.

SCATS said...

To 1:48PM ~~ I think your response from the 5 teachers is interesting, maybe even telling. The four who say it never happened are basing that on what? Their opinion? The one who doesn't know is believable if not typical. The one who says it's not school policy is actually changing the subject. We are aware that policy is frequently ignored, broken, overlooked, forgotten, etc. inside GCSD.

So if the person emails me the name, how would I know how to forward it to you? Why didn't you sign your name to this since you seem to be an outsider looking in? Just wondering ...

Anonymous said...

If the person who made the claim (or anyone else, for that matter), ever gives you the name of the administrator that did the suspending, just post on here that you got it, and I'll send you an email. Simple. Then I'll track down the truth behind this rumor. Thanks.

SCATS said...

To 2:52PM ~~ While I really do appreciate your interest in this, I can't help but wonder how you will determine "the truth" when so many lies are told in GCSD?

Anonymous said...

Why don't we deal with that *after* I talk with the administrator?

SCATS said...

To 3:22PM ~~ After all of my personal experiences with the BS spewed by GCSD administration, I abandoned "blind faith" as an option long ago. If you don't know WHAT to listen for at the time you hear it, your opportunity to counter it has been lost.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it funny the board president is worried about this 'rumor'? They even posted about it on craigs list now. hahahaha!!!!

Anonymous said...

Why can't the Board President simply ASK Olympia's freshman VP if a student really WAS suspended for "not breaking up a fight"?

SCATS said...

To 4:53PM ~~ Dysfunctional people in dysfunctional systems can't behave in a direct manner, because that would be functional ;)

It's absolutely HYSTERICAL that Ms. Julia asked the West Ridge Re-Engagement Center speaker about this at last night's BOE meeting. She's got her panties in a huge bind ... about 5 different ways at once lol

Anonymous said...

Are you saying that Julia asked specifically about the freshman student that was (supposedly) suspended for "not breaking up a fight"?

SCATS said...

To 11:42PM ~~ She referenced the situation.

Anonymous said...

So, what did the "Westridge Re-engagement Center speaker" know about the "suspended Olympia freshman incident"? Does this imply that the suspended was not a "regular Olympia freshman"?

SCATS said...

To 8:36AM ~~ Her question was more of a "what if" type thing and I don't think she mentioned "Olympia freshman" specifically. He sounded taken aback ... I don't think he understood what she was getting at. It was one of those "from left field" type moments just in listening to it, so I'm sure he was feeling confused by it.

Anonymous said...

After much research, I found out that, as I predicted, that Olympia student was NOT suspended for "not breaking up a fight." More later.

SCATS said...

To 2:13PM ~~ By the time you come up with any shred of potentially tangible evidence to the contrary, we will be a dozen scandals ahead of you! You seem obsessed ... but why?

Anonymous said...

I'll tell you why. When this rumor was first posted, I KNEW it was not true. In the entire history of the United States, no kid EVER got suspended for "NOT breaking up a fight." This was just another in a long line of "those dumb schools" stories. Great fun to spread around the neighbor hood, but NOT TRUE!

YOU didn't believe me... no one on here wanted to believe it didn't happen.

You want "tangible evidence"??? Would you believe the FATHER of the student that was suspended? (You probably find some way to claim that even HE does not know the "real story"!)

SCATS said...

To 10:07AM ~~ At this late date, there's no way to know if this person you know is the dad of the person talked about on here starting almost 3 weeks ago.