Thursday, August 25, 2016

What is the app challenge?
The app challenge, part of Verizon Innovative Learning, is a nationwide contest in which middle and high school students are challenged to develop concepts for mobile apps that solve a problem in their community. It’s a unique, hands-on activity that teaches collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and entrepreneurship, as well as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills and coding. It builds on students’ excitement about technology and aims to equip them with skills they need to succeed in the jobs of the future.
What are the important dates?
  • Registration for the app challenge opens August 1, 2016.
  • The submission deadline is November 18, 2016.
  • Best in State winners will be announced January 9, 2017.
  • Best in Region winners will be announced January 17, 2017.
  • Voting for the Fan Favorite award will take place January 16 through February 14, 2017 (all BIS winners are eligible for Fan Favorite).
  • Best in Nation and Fan Favorite winners will be announced February 15, 2017.
Who can enter?
Teams of students affiliated with schools and nonprofit groups/clubs can enter the contest, along with an adult advisor.
The students must be in grades 6 through 12, and the teams must have five to seven members plus their advisor. Teams can register with their school (public, private, or parochial) or any nonprofit group or club that is tax-exempt under section501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. They must be located in the United States. Here are more details about who can participate. 
More info - click HERE

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


SEPT 3, 2016 AT 3:00PM


On Saturday, September 3, 2016, Bye Bye Birdie will be performed with a special audience in mind—people with sensory processing issues. This family-friendly performance is designed and intended for those who are on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory issues. At this performance, the theatre environment will be altered, providing a safe, friendly, comfortable and judgment-free zone that is welcoming for all. This performance is recommended for those families and caregivers who are familiar with and accepting of behaviors exhibited by some individuals with autism—and would like to bring a loved one to the theatre.
For questions regarding this special performance, contact Kate Micari: 860.873.8664 x316 or


Army-bound rock star Conrad Birdie is the talk of the town in Sweet Apple, Ohio, where he is scheduled to give his farewell performance before he goes off to boot camp. But his appearance in Sweet Apple has created a teen-age crisis for new “steadies” Hugo and Kim. Kim just won the chance to give Birdie one last kiss before he goes. Kids, parents, and show folk collide in the Goodspeed debut of this hip-swiveling musical comedy set in the dawn of the sensational 60s. READ THE FULL SYNOPSIS


  • Pre-show resources such as a character guide, plot synopsis, photos and video from the Goodspeed production, FAQs, and a “coming to the theatre” video
  • Modifications to sound and lighting levels
  • Accepting and inclusive environment
  • Chill-out area for people who need a break


  • All tickets for this special performance are $12.
  • To reserve your tickets, please call Kate Micari at 860.873.8664 x316.

Friday, August 19, 2016

World Humanitarian Day 19 August 2016

Closing Ceremony of World Humanitarian Summit
"World Humanitarian Day is an annual reminder of the need to act to alleviate the suffering. It is also an occasion to honour the humanitarian workers and volunteers toiling on the frontlines of crises. I pay tribute to these dedicated women and men who brave danger to help others at far greater risk." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

2016 Theme: One Humanity

Every day, humanitarian aid workers stand on the front lines of war and disaster, braving tremendous dangers and difficulties to deliver assistance to those who need it most. World Humanitarian Day (WHD), which takes place every year on 19 August, recognizes the aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and mobilizes people to advocate for humanitarian action. The day was designated by the General Assembly seven years ago to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq.
This World Humanitarian Day, the UN and its partners are calling for global solidarity with the more than 130 million people around the world who need humanitarian assistance to survive. Under the theme of ‘One Humanity’, World Humanitarian Day will highlight how the world came together in Istanbul for the World Humanitarian Summit earlier this year, and made commitments to support people affected by crisis and ensure that aid workers can safely and more effectively deliver to those in need.
Events will be held around the world on 19 August to honor the work of humanitarian workers and to celebrate the theme of ‘One Humanity’. In New York, a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the United Nations headquarters, and a high-level event will be held in the General Assembly Hall. In addition a digital campaign will be launched on the day to raise awareness of the impossible choices that people caught in crisis face. World Humanitarian Day will also feature photo exhibitions and film screenings documenting the lives of those affected by conflict and disaster.
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Youcubed at Stanford University

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Welcome to our second Week of Inspirational Math(s)! My name is Jo Boaler, cofounder of youcubed and professor of mathematics education at Stanford. I am also the author of Mathematical Mindsets. Last year we launched our first WiM, which was downloaded 1/3 of a million times and used in every state across the US, as well as many other countries in the world. Teachers and students loved the activities and mindset videos. Of the teachers and students surveyed last year, 98 percent of the teachers said their students were engaged when working on the lessons and 96% of the students surveyed said they now believe they should keep going even when work is hard and they make mistakes. And that is a wonderful thing!
Check out the site HERE.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Education Week Reports: Walking in a Student's Shoes
PBS NewsHour

Airing Tonight on PBS NewsHour: Walking in a Student's 
Shoes (An Education Week Report)
If you're like most principals, about 70 percent of your time is spent on the 3 B's-buses, budgets, and behavior. What if, instead, you spent a day walking in your students' shoes? How might that experience change the way you look at school?

This spring, more than 1,400 school leaders from all 50 states and over 26 countries set out to answer that question in the first Shadow a Student Challenge. The idea comes from a partnership between the Institute of Design at Stanford University and IDEO, a leading design firm that also works with schools.

Among those who accepted the challenge was Assistant Principal Karen Ritter of East Leyden High, outside Chicago. Watch her put aside her walkie-talkie and follow one 9th grader through all of his classes-not to mention gym, the lunch line, and a full slate of homework.

What did she learn? John Tulenko of Education Week has that story tonight on the PBSNewsHour.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Einstein Came to READ!

On #ReadWhereYouAre day, Friday, August 5th,  Einstein, a Fidelco puppy in training, stopped by the Library to read! 

We do like his book choice!