District Looks To The Future With Essential Personnel Announcements

Improvement, that is the word Plainview ISD Superintendent Dr. Rocky Kirk states best explains what the District is going through in its quest to become a premier district in the Panhandle-South Plains region of Texas. Toward that goal, according to Kirk, is the work of arranging District personnel in a way that finest serves the instant and long-lasting educational needs of its students.

“MerelyBasically, we have to have a vision for the sort of instructionalcurricula, centers and resources neededhad to position our district for the future. As an example, we are unwavering in our dedication to construct appropriate and sustainable Profession and Technical Education offerings that fit the requirements of the companybusiness neighborhood in our region,” specified Kirk.

It is in that spirit of change and looking to the future that the district is making the very first of a number of announcements concerning its campus and district management group. As is often true, one change can have a ‘domino’ impact on other positions in the District.

“Lots ofOften times, when one position becomes available, filling that position produces a vacancy someplaceelsewhere in the leadership line– specifically, when the job is filled from within our own ranks, as we such aswant to do,” stated Kirk.

In February, Karen Kopp, the District’s Executive Director for School Improvement amp; Expert Advancement accepted a position in a suburban Austin-area school district, leaving Plainview ISD to think about the finest way of moving on in this location. The decision was made to re-arrange some of the duties of numerous of the personnel, with a neutral expense impact as the goal. Therefore, Karen’s previous position as Executive Director was re-designed to accommodate a Director for Elementary Instructional Solutions and its counterpart, a Director for Secondary Instructional Solutions. Both positions, according to Kirk are essential to continue the work of advancing the District’s academic performance and to bring the necessary experience and proficiency to the table to support the work of Sharon Wright, the District’s Executive Director for Curriculum amp; Instructional Solutions.

“Sharon has done an exceptional job, an exemplary job of producing a sense of vision and rely on the complex and ever-changing work concerning the academic programs, or much better said, the work that principals and instructors are trying to do in the classrooms all over the District,” stated Kirk.

Ms. Sylvia Suarez, presently principal of Hillcrest Elementary will certainly become the brand-new Director for Elementary Instructional Services. Ms. Suarez, brings a remarkably strong understanding of curriculum and direction to the role. She is steadfast in her dedication to ensuring basically sound educational practices are apparentappear in every class. In addition to working with principals and teachers, one of her main obligations will be fine-tuning the response to intervention procedure at our schools to helpto assist ensure academic success for each student. She is currently in the last phases of her doctoral work at Texas Tech University.

Ms. Robin Straley, the Director of Curriculum, Direction amp; School Improvement in Hart ISD, will certainly end up being the Director for Secondary Instructional Services in Plainview ISD. Ms. Straley’s work experience consists of public-school stints in Frenship ISD and Roosevelt ISD. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies and a minor in Biology from Texas Tech University, and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Lubbock Christian University.

“Robin just was so impressive in the conversations our group had with her during the choice procedure. She is high-energy and her experience and instructional philosophy are a wonderful match for exactly what we are attempting to constructintegrated our district, at the secondary level at this time,” said Kirk.” Robin will certainly be working closely with secondary principals amp; teachers to form the future of our Career and Technical Education program along with classroom instruction.”

Ms. Randa Wrenn, principal of Edgemere Elementary, will certainly be making a step to Plainview High School to become the Partner Principal for Direction. This position became uninhabited earlier this spring semester with the retirement of Linda Eversole.

“Randa is the ideal fit for this position,” mentioned PHS principal Tye Rogers. “Her secondary teaching and administration background will certainly serve us well as she comes by to this position. There are so manya lot of brand-new foods we wantwish to do at the high school, and she will certainly be a big influence in that work.”

Mary Elizabeth Dickerson will certainly become the new principal at College Hill Elementary, with the pending retirement of existing primary Linda Watson. Ms. Dickerson, a native of Plainview, has experience in Dallas ISD, prior to going back to her hometown 2 years back.

According to Linda Watson, present College Hill principal, “Mary Elizabeth has actually done a remarkable job as assistant principal at College Hillside the past 2 years. She loves the school and my heart is at ease knowing she will certainly be leading the school.”

With these announcements, jobs have been produced at Hillcrest Elementary (primary), Edgemere Elementary (principal) and College Hillside (assistant principal). In addition, the District is in the procedure of choosing the next principal for the Houston School. The school will likely be re-named prior to its planned step to the Ash school in the fall of 2015.

According to Executive Director for Personnel Solutions, Brandy Merrick, the District will certainly now focus on the selection of the vacant principal positions and other positions that may end up being open as part of this process.

“Time is of the essence. The sooner the positions are filled, the sooner the work of preparing for the 2015-16 school year can get underway,” said Merrick.

Yearly Green-A-Thon Commemorates Ecological Education In Portage

PORTAGE, MI– Merideth Hammond stood inside a goat pen at Celery Flats Historic Location in Portage, lettingchildren in and out of asmall gate. Awe struck, theyclambered around asthe animals, only months old, nudged theirlegs.

It was the first year Hammond brought her goatsto show at thePortage Youth Committees annual Green-A-Thon Saturday.

Seeing how (the animals) can alter the children day, how their faces illuminate, Hammond said, surrounded by a handful of youngsters and their households. Its fantastic, something absolutely various, she added.

Exactly what a pleasure.

The Green-A-Thon, a yearly occasion arranged by the Portage Youth Committee, drew more than 300 individuals out to the Celery Flats Historical Location in Portage on Saturday. The event is arranged in connection withthe Portage Environmental Board and Portage Park Board.

Families came out, in spite of the cold weather, in order to enjoy a day with each otherand discover more about the earth, along with its plants and animals, from more than 25 getting involved vendors.

Its our staple occasion, stated Sami Ahmad, chair of the Portage Youth Committee. Twenty to 30 suppliers will be right here showcasing their events and items, he added, gesturing to dozens of tables and details booths sharing their knowledge of invasive plant types, honey bee nests, and water collection with participants.

Theres fishing games, deal with painting for children– soon someone will be brave enough to wear Mr. Crispy, our celery (mascot attire).

In addition to the entertainment, Saturdays occasion included many education chances for Portage residents and their kids.

It gets the children out, said Portage Park Ranger Steve Yonker, as he demonstratedhow to cast a fishing line. Well make a big program of it, the kids have enjoyablehave a good time … well teach them about the little things, he stated, noting the importanceof environment-friendly rules.

If you throw a little piece of litter down and someone else does, all the abrupt theres a lot of litter– or if you pick a flower, and someone else chooses 2 flowers, all the abrupt there aren’t any flowers left.

Well describe that to people in methods that it makes sense, he included.

(The Green-A-Thon) just assists get individuals out so we can tell them about small things they can do to assist, said Jamie McCarthy, watershed coordinator of the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council.

You may not recognize the drain at the end of your driveway enters into the creek, and a great deal of people are shocked or excited to find out about their impacteffect on water quality and the individual actions they can require to safeguard the environment.

MostThe majority of the time people genuinely care, she included. They care about the lake they survive or their local stream and frequentlyoftentimes they just do not understandhave no idea all the details.

For Nikkie Martini and her husband, Kris, the regional occasion was just somethingshe desired to check out. The education, a reward.

We saw it online and believed itd be enjoyable, stated Nikki Martini, as her 4-year-old daughter, Anna, clambered inside the goat pen.

We care, added Martinis hubby, Kris, who stated thefamily isas environmentally friendly as possible.

Well be beginning a garden soon, and (will certainly use) natural fertilizer … its much cheaper and undoubtedly much better for the environment– no chemicals, he stated. We recycle and things like that.

We try to be as (ecologically) accountable as we can, he added. We certainly desire to see (the Green-A-Thon) grow.

For Martha Dahlinger and Catherine Niessink, two members of the Portage Environmental Board, Saturdays occasion was a method of maintaining the earth, and paying it forward.

I have grandchildren and I desire them to have a healthy gorgeous world to reside in, stated Dahlinger. I believe, weve really lost a few of our understanding, she continued, notinghowshe delights in teaching exactly what she can.

If youdont spread the word, (conservation)doesnt occur, Niessink added.

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Education Investing Costs Passes Residence, Visits Senate

ST. PAUL (WCCO) An extremely controversial argument over education problems kept state lawmakers working through the weekend.

Residence Republicans today passed a bill that would put an extra $157 million towards early education.

It consists of early learning scholarships, does away with seniority guidelines during instructor layoffs and offers ACT compensations. They state it will assist close the achievement space and offer fairer funding per student.

Democrats say the increase is too small, stating the legislation would harm students and force schools to cut programs and staff.

The costs now goes to the Senate, which is planning to give $350 million more in education financing.

Gov. Dayton states he wont accept a class funding costs that does not consist of pre-kindergarten programs for all 4-year-olds in Minnesota.

The Relaxing And Enjoyable Art Kind Of Zentangle

These designs can be made use of to produce illustrations of identifiable items such as trees, animals, flowers and landscapes. Or they may be made use of to develop thick, mazelike or swirling abstract images.The images also may be highlighted with color, included into a collage or improved with poetry or quotations.Anybody who can draw lines

and dots can do this … its just one step at a time … There are no errors, only variations, Jamilah said.And its vital to method Zentangle with a sense of fun and patience, she said. These are not implied to be done fast. You can set up beside your cup of coffee in the early morning … or you can attempt it when you can not sleep in the evening, Jamilah said.One visitor, Janine Turgeon, recommended it might be a healthy substitute for other distractions. Its a brand-new weight-loss tool; you can draw instead of consuming when youre burnt out, she said, and laughed.Because this art type is so taking in and relaxing, its also being utilized in schools to assist students with behavioral issues, Jamilah said.For inspiration for getting begangetting going, Jamilah suggested seeing any of the hundreds of YouTube tutorials or going to http://tangledpatterns.com/, but added that taking a class is great way to find out the essentials. Classes likewise are an opportunity to discover how to boost drawings with strategies that include measurement and effects.Another Zentangle demonstration is scheduled at the Marlborough Arts Center, at 231 North Main St., for 1 pm on Saturday, April 11.

And registration is now in progress for a hands-on class to be held from 1 to 2:30 pm on Saturday, April 18. The charge for this class is$35, which consists ofthat includes materials. To register, leave a message for Diane Sandler at the Arts Center at 860-295-9389. To find outTo find out more about Zentangle, see the owners website at https://www.zentangle.com/.

Distinct Art Part Of Main China’s Cultural Heritage

Pyrography actually means composing with fire, however this unique art kind requires much more, decorating wood or other materials with burn marks that can be both severe and accurate.

Pyrography actually implies writing with fire, but this special art form requires much more, decorating wood or other materials with burn marks that can be both extreme and accurate.

Dou Changxians space is filled with his pyrographic achievements. An individual of Baofeng County in Henan Province, his works cover a huge variety of topics, from natural surroundings to animal pictures.

This is really tradtional type of art form. It takes a lot of time and persistence and has no space for errors. It likewise requires a solid foundation in finearts, he stated.

Dous works have actually been classified as an intangible cultural heritage by the county. However he says its taken him 45 years of practice– and determination– to reach this level of proficiency.

I am occasionally stubborn and whatever I desirewish to do, I desire to do it well. I burnt the midnight oil and was entirely absorbed with improving my strategy, he stated.

But Dou likewise intends to pass on this art type to the next generation, stating it is an essentialan essential part of the folk culture in his county.

Three People Charged With Defrauding Banks And USDA Export Funding …

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Lawyer for the District of Connecticut, today revealed that on February 20, 2015, a federal grand jury in New Sanctuary returned a 23-count indictment charging BRETT C. LILLEMOE, 45, of Minneapolis, Minn., PABLO CALDERON, 59, Darien, Conn., and SARAH ZIRBES, 39, Minneapolis, Minn., with conspiracy, scams and cash laundering offenses related to a multi-million-dollar plan to defraud banks getting involved in a USDA-backed export funding program. The indictment alleges that the 3 defendants taken part in a conspiracy theory to defraud United States financial organizations that protected loans to Russian Banks based upon altered files. The loans were backed by a credit warranty program run by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and when the loans went into default and were consequently not repaid, the USDA lost countless dollars. LILLEMOE was arraigned on March 13 in Bridgeport federal court. He entered a plea of innocent to all the charges versus him and was launched on a $250,000 bond. ZIRBES was arraigned on March 6, pleaded not guilty and is released on a $100,000 bond. CALDERON is arranged to be arraigned this afternoon at in Bridgeport.

As alleged in the indictment, the USDA provides credit warranties through the Export Credit Guarantee Program (GSM-102), which is designed to encourage financing of commercial exports of US farming items. The GSM-102 program assurances credit extended by US financial institutions in the US to approved foreign banks, including banks in Russia. As part of the program, the Product Credit Corporation (CCC), which is a firm and instrumentality of the USDA, gets in into payment guarantees (credit assurances).

The credit warranties are designed to encourage exports to purchasers in international countriesmainly establishing nations. The program operates in cases where credit is required to increase or preserve United States exports to an international market and where US monetary organizations might be otherwise reluctant to offer financing without the warranty. In providing the credit warranty facility, the CCC looks for to broaden market opportunities for United States agricultural exporters and help long-term market advancement for United States agricultural commodities.

In connection with the GSM-102 program, an international importer that has actually contracted to buy United States farming items can apply for a letter of credit (LOC) from an international bank that has been authorized by the USDAs Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). The foreign bank then provides a letter of credit in favor of the United States exporter. The United States exporter then, consistent with the requirements of the GSM-102 program, provides appropriate shipping files to an accepted US monetary organization, including a copy of an initial costs of lading, certification of origin, and evidence of export. The United States monetary organization then supplies funds to the US exporter which, in exchange, assigns the rights to the proceeds payable under the letter of credit from the international bank to the US financial organization in the very same dollar-denominated quantity, less any costs. If the international bank defaults on its payments to the United States monetary organization, the United States financial organization may send a claim to the USDA FAS under the warranty for as much as 98 percent of the payment quantity owed at the time of the default.

The indictment alleges that in between September 2007 and January 2012, LILLEMOE, CALDERON, ZERBES and others developed and executed a plan to defraud different United States financial organizations, consisting of Deutsche Bank AG and Colorado-based CoBank ACB, by providing incorrect and altered shipping documents, including altered bills of lading, in connection with protecting funding on loans guaranteed by the GSM-102.

The indictment alleges that LILLEMOE, CALDERON, ZERBES developed several entities with different names for the purpose of obtaining a greater share of the allotment of warranties from the GSM-102 program, and utilized numerous bank accounts in the names of the different entities in order to additional create the appearance that the entities were running as different and unrelated entities. The offenders then, in numerous methods, spent for or otherwise obtained costs of lading and other shipping documents for deliveries of farming products that they did not physically ship and for which they did not get involved in the physical motion of the items in any ability.

It is additionally alleged that LILLEMOE got in into contracts with foreign banks, including International Industrial Bank (IIB) in Russia, to provide them capital that would be made availableoffered to them from a United States financial institution through using the GSM-102 program. LILLEMOE subsequently acquired letters of credit from the international banks. LILLEMOE, CALDERON, and ZIRBES and others then altered copies of certain shipping documents, consisting of expenses of lading significant Copy non flexible, by whiting out portions of the files, stamping the word initial on the files, and adding shading on particular sections of the costs of lading. The defendants also prepared and executed files termed industrial invoices professing to represent sales of agricultural products between entities that they controlled, along with between entities that they regulated and other entities.

The offenders then used these fraudulent files to acquire large quantities of capital from United States banks in connection with the GSM-102 program, and then supplied the funds to the international banks in exchange for a portion fee for themselves and their different entities. Although the international banks were requireded to pay back the funds to the US financial organizations by virtue of the letters of credit provided to the US monetary institutions, in a variety of instances, the foreign banks failed to do so. Nonetheless, LILLEMOE, CALDERON, ZIRBES and their different entities retained countless dollars of costs they had collected in connection with the GSM-102 deals.

Through this alleged plan, the foreign banks defaulted on over $10 million of loans for which the USDAs GSM-102 program wased forced to pay out the warranties. The indictment further alleges that, on November 17, 2011, CALDERON mentioned to federal agents examining this matter that LILLEMOE was his provider and that he, CALDERON, acquired commodities from Lillemoe. In truth, LILLEMOE was not CALDERONs supplier and CALDERON did not purchase products from LILLEMOE. Rather, LILLEMOE was a partner and co-conspirator with whom CALDERON managed paper-only transactions.

The indictment charges LILLEMOE, CALDERON and ZIRBES with one count of conspiracy to dedicate wire scams and bank fraud, and multiple counts of wire scams, offenses that lug an optimal regard to jail time of Twenty Years on each count. The indictment likewise charges each offender with one count of bank fraud, which brings an optimal term of imprisonment of 30 years, and one count of money laundering, which carries an optimal term of jail time of One Decade. In addition, CALDERON is accuseded of one count of making a false statement to federal police, which brings an optimal term of imprisonment of five years.

United States Attorney Daly stressed that an indictment is just a charge and is not proof of guilt. Charges are just accusations, and the offenders are presumed innocent unless and up until tested guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Examination, Internal Revenue ServiceCriminal Investigation Division and US Department of Farming, Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael S. McGarry and John H. Durham.

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Polish Center Of Discovery And Knowing In Chicopee To Showcase Art Of Paper …

CHICOPEE -Imagine using a pair of sheep shears – implied to cut thick wool from an animal – to cut complex paper designs.

That is the Polish art of paper cutting understoodreferred to as wycinanki.

Though some professionals of the art kind use scissors, wycinanki generally are made with sheep shears.

This art kind will be the subject of numerous events at the Polish Center of Discovery and Knowing at 33 South St. in Chicopee.

There will be a free exhibit of more than 100 examples of the work Monday through Sunday, April 15 through April 30, from 1-5 pm at the center. On Friday, April 17, at 7 pm there will be lecture by Susan A. Urban (no relation to the author of this story) of West Springfield, an art teacher and regional specialist in the art of paper cutting. She will certainly offer an assisted trip of the various wycinanki at the exhibit, keeping in mind the 2 fundamental designs: those with layered colors and those with a single-colored design.

The occasion is open to the basicpublic at no charge; financing was offered by a grant from Berkshire Bank.

Then, there will certainly be a class with Urban on Polish paper cutting on Saturday, April 25, from 2-4 pm There is no charge for the paper-cutting class, but registration is asked for.

Urban suches as dealing with the great colors of the wycinanki and developing a design that starts with a basic motif– like a rooster as a sign of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In earlier times, the paper cuttings were used to decorate kitchen areas and no doubt started as an ornamental item to ward away the evil eye, kept in mind Stas Radosz, executive director of the Polish Center. Old ones were commonly hung in the barn. Today, they are just decorative. All are hand-done by country folk, and the majority of are offered to town folk and tourists. Sadly, less and fewer are being made.

Styles of wycinanki differ one from another relying on the region in which they are made.

The origin of paper cutting in Poland is uncertain. The art kind grew especially popular in towns as multi-colored paper ended up being more easilyquicker available throughout the last half of the 19th Century, Radosz said. It is possible that Polish paper cuts as soon as operated to prevent the evil eye. Some think that the much older Jewish custom of paper cutting may have played a role in the origin of the Polish wycinanki, whose quickly recognizable themes might in reality embody images with more ancient Slavic subtleties.

It is essential to pass this art kind on since it is an expression of who we are as a people, Radosz commented.

Staff at the Polish Center will work with art instructors who desirewish to introduce this art kind to their students. We will certainly be pleased to loan examples for exhibitions in their schools, Radosz stated.

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