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Katie Brown, a student at Keystone College majoring in Criminal Justice, was named to the Presidents List for the 2003 spring semester. To qualify for the Presidents List, the student must earn a 4.00 grade point average.
Katie, a 2001 Blue Ridge graduate, is the daughter of Marty and Kathy, Brown, of Hallstead.
On September 24, at 6:30 p.m. Mountain View School District will be hosting a County-Wide exploration of Math techniques and curriculum. Instrumental in helping with the arrangements is Monica Miller of Kingsley, Mountain View School District parent. Miller has worked closely with the school over the past few years on various projects that involved math and established a number of contacts with the math people at the Pennsylvania Dept. of Education. She related that the guest speaker at the September 24 event will be Frank Marburger, State Math Advisor for the PDE. He will be discussing the state standards.
According to Miller, this is the beginning of an initiative to begin dialogue with all the other school districts in Susquehanna County. It is hoped that math departments will investigate what works well and share that information throughout the county. For instance, Miller illustrated, Mountain View is starting a new program called Accelerated Math which will be taught on the elementary school level. It is modeled on the Accelerated Reading program and is presently being used successfully at the Susquehanna Community Elementary School. Miller commented, teachers do not have enough time to examine all the material that is out there on subject material, but with all the districts interactive, it would certainly expand investigations.
Working like this will even the playing field for all students in the county. This will particularly impact upon those students who have to transfer from one district to another within the county. It is hoped that a cooperative effort such as this will make math curriculum easy, identifiable and still challenging for students county-wide.
Therefore, in accessing this innovative cooperative, all school districts can profit from what has been proven to be successful. In the long run this will make rural Susquehanna County curriculum advantageous, and put our districts in a leadership role of demonstrating cohesion and beneficial outcomes.
Miller is showing what an interested parent and citizen of the county can provide to her school district and to county-wide cooperation in curriculum. She feels it is incumbent on parents, teachers and others who live in the county to show this interest, which in turn can promote an innovative approach to the children who will be taking leadership roles in the future.
Carrie DeWitt, daughter of Dr. Warren S. DeWitt and Mrs. Nancy I. DeWitt of Susquehanna, PA, is among the more than 700 students who entered Colgate University with the Class of 2007 in late August. Carrie is a graduate of Susquehanna Community High School.
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