Corinth, Clear Creek elementaries among 6 in Kansas named Blue Ribbon Schools

first_imgStudents at Clear Creek Elementary in USD 232. Photo courtesy of USD 232Three elementary schools in Johnson County were named Blue Ribbon Schools this year as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s recognition of school excellence.Clear Creek Elementary in USD 232, Corinth Elementary in the Shawnee Mission School District and Lakewood Elementary in the Blue Valley School District were recognized as Exemplary High Performing Schools. Exemplary High Performing Schools have their state’s highest high school graduation rates and the highest achieving students — the top 15% — in English and mathematics, measured by state assessments. The three elementary schools are among six schools in Kansas to receive the Blue Ribbon recognition this year.Located in Shawnee, Clear Creek Elementary serves about 570 students from kindergarten through fifth grade.Kelley Begley-McCall, principal of Clear Creek Elementary, said she believes that the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students consistently scoring well on test scores brought the attention of the state for the nomination.“Their scores are very good — I’ve been in other districts where we’re creating goals based around those state assessment scores, and honestly, we’re at that point where we’re doing so well that we have to look at other ways to make goals to help improve our instruction,” Begley-McCall said.Begley-McCall said other factors have driven the school to receive the Blue Ribbon award this year, including an involved parent community, a veteran faculty with each teacher having at least 10 years of experience, and a “very strong” culture at Clear Creek that brings the school community together.“We really believe in maximizing every child’s potential, and we feel that our mission is to prepare all students for their future,” she added. “There’s a dedicated and passionate staff, and they want to provide a safe and secure environment for our students.”Corinth Elementary students have also had consistently high test scores. Photo courtesy of Shawnee Mission School DistrictCorinth Elementary serves about 555 students from kindergarten through sixth grade who live in the area of Prairie Village and Leawood.Chris Lowe, principal of Corinth Elementary, said the school’s designation as a Blue Ribbon School is based off the students’ consistently high state assessment scores over the past several years. However, it’s the team culture of working together that really drove the school to receive the award.“We’re just very blessed to have such a great, supportive, amazing community, and our staff,” Lowe said. “We’re very proud of the kids and the teachers and the community for this award, just proud to represent Shawnee Mission in a positive way.”Lowe said Corinth Elementary has earned the blue ribbon just one other time — in 2001.“It’s just a reflection of our kids, our teachers, our community, our parent involvement,” Lowe said. “It’s something to be very proud of.”last_img read more

Manchester paralegal banned for stealing £294,000 from firm

first_imgThe Solicitors Regulation Authority has moved to bar a paralegal found to have stolen around £294,000 from his firm.According to an SRA notice published this week, Paul Young stole the money during the four-and-a-half years he was employed to work in the Manchester office of Berrymans Lace Mawer. It was not explained how the misconduct happened or how it was detected.The SRA said Young, who left the firm in 2019 and whose current employment status is unknown, had acted dishonestly and should no longer be involved in a legal practice. He was made subject to a section 43 order preventing him from working for any law firm without SRA permission. He must also pay the SRA’s £600 costs.Following publication of the decision, a spokesperson for the firm said: ‘We can confirm that an individual employed by BLM was dismissed last year when it was established that their actions breached both their contract of employment and the SRA’s code of conduct.‘The individual is not a solicitor but their conduct was immediately reported to the SRA. The matter is now the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation. We therefore cannot provide any further comment at this time.’last_img read more

Newcastle’s Dubravka feels win is just around the corner, doesn’t care…

first_imgConceding two goals in the first ten minutes, it looked like his fate was sealed, but a second half comeback ensured he stuck around for a while longer, as the Red Devils beat the Magpies 3-2.Despite the scoreline, Martin Dubravka, Newcastle’s goalkeeper, still performed well, hardly at fault for any of the goals, and the Slovakia international has been highly praised for the way he has played ever since he arrived on loan from Sparta Prague last season, a move which was subsequently made permanent in the summer.However, for the 29-year-old, his performances are pointless if the team cannot win, as he explained to Sport.sk on Wednesday.Embed from Getty ImagesHe said: “I’m sorry, but if the team doesn’t succeed, I don’t really care about my performance, even if I make three or four saves. I try and build a great inner-well being in the games and I try to prove that I deserve to be in goal. The fight for a spot is very tough here, and I make use of every game”.Currently 19th in the Premier League, Newcastle are one of three unfortunate sides, alongside Huddersfield and Cardiff, who are yet to pick up a win this season.For Dubravka, it’s just a matter of time.He said: “I firmly believe we will finally succeed. Always look at the performance. This team has a fantastic atmosphere and the whole club makes us very comfortable. “I believe we will win, and we’ll bring some good back to Newcastle. We’re going to perform better and finally get a winning streak”.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.comUndoCNBC InternationalSingapore’s Freelancers Find New Income During the Coronavirus Pandemic.CNBC InternationalUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystWill Blockchain Reduce the Global Trade Finance Gap to Reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題Undo Dubbed as José Mourinho’s potential last game as Manchester United manager, the weekend clash against Newcastle couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start for the Portuguese manager.last_img read more

Tolzien effective as Colts edge Steelers 19-15

first_imgIndianapolis Colts quarterback Scott Tolzien (16) looks to pass as Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Mike Hilton (40) moves in during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Scott Tolzien has spent most of training camp watching Stephen Morris inch closer and closer in the race to be the Week 1 Colts starting quarterback if Andrew Luck’s surgically repaired right shoulder doesn’t heal in time.Tolzien may have provided just enough breathing room to get the nod in a 19-15 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night.Tolzien led a pair of long scoring drives while completing 7 of 10 passes for 123 yards against Pittsburgh’s first-team defense. Morris finished 12 of 16 for 143 yards after coming in, mostly against the backups.“Felt like we started fast,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said.Which was something Tolzien and the rest of the first-team offense needed to do following ineffective play last week against Dallas. He hit Donte Moncrief for a 55-yard gain on the Colts’ first snap, setting up a 1-yard Frank Gore touchdown run. Tolzien also threw an interception in three series of work.“There’s going to be times when you’re not clicking or not starting games fast,” Tolzien said. “You can’t let that keep you down. If you do that, you’ll just bury yourself. It’s good that we had a better start tonight.”Morris again had the better overall numbers, going 12 of 16 for 143 yards. Like Tolzien, Morris guided Indianapolis to a pair of scores. Indianapolis converted 5 of 11 third downs, a marked improvement after going 5 for 30 on third down.Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he was “ready for the regular season” after working a pair of series in his lone exhibition appearance. Roethlisberger completed 6 of 9 passes for 73 yards but also fumbled while getting sacked by linebacker John Simon to end Pittsburgh’s first drive. Pittsburgh settled for Chris Boswell’s 36-yard field goal on their second series when the offense bogged down inside the Indianapolis 20.“We’d like to put seven points on the board both times, but it was good,” Roethlisberger said. “We got done what we wanted to accomplish.”Wide receiver Antonio Brown caught two passes for 28 yards, including a twisting over-the-middle grab. Like Roethlisberger he took the night off after the second series, spending a portion of the down time running 40-yard dashes during timeouts.Roethlisberger and Brown’s roles are assured when the Steelers open the 2017 season in Cleveland in two weeks, a common thread for a team expected to challenge for a Super Bowl berth. The same can’t be said for Indianapolis, which could start the season in flux without Luck, whose right shoulder has been slow to mend from offseason surgery.Steelers backup Landry Jones completed 21 of31 passes for 163 yards after sitting out the first two games with an abdominal injury. Jones hit tight end Xavier Grimble for a 10-yard score in the third quarter, but was intercepted in the end zone with less than five minutes to go and Pittsburgh trailing.Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) hops over Indianapolis Colts defensive back Darryl Morris (35) as he runs the ball during the second half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)POSITION BATTLEThe fight to be RB Le’Veon Bell’s backup whenever he signs his franchise tender is tightening for Pittsburgh. Rookie James Conner ran for 26 yards on four carries. Former Kansas City Chief Knile Davis finished with 21 yards on seven carries and also caught a pass for 9 yards. Terrell Watson ran for a team-high 40 yards on eight carries.ROOKIE WATCHColts: S Malik Hooker and CB Quincy Wilson both sat out while nursing minor injuries. … RB Marlon Mack ran for 18 yards on seven carries and added a 17-yard reception.Steelers: WR JuJu Smith-Schuster left briefly in the first half with a left leg issue but returned to catch three passes for 31 yards. … S Cameron Sutton made his first appearance in a preseason game and finished with three tackles and a pass breakup.INJURY UPDATE:Colts: CB Vontae Davis exited with a groin injury in the first half and did not return.Steelers: RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, losing ground in the scramble behind Bell, left with an unspecified left leg injury and did not return.___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Billie Jean King’s early epiphany led to social activism

first_imgIn this Sept. 9, 2017 photo, actress Emma Stone, left, and Billie Jean King pose for photos after a news conference discussing the upcoming film “Battle of the Sexes’” in New York. The story of the early days of the tour and King’s fight for equal prize money is chronicled in the movie “Battle of the Sexes,” which opened nationwide on Friday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Jean King discovered tennis at 11 and noticed it was nearly all white — the dresses, the balls and the people.She won a Wimbledon doubles title at 17 and married Larry King in 1965 while both were students at California State University, Los Angeles. He studied law and played tennis on a scholarship. Billie Jean studied history and worked two jobs because she had no scholarship, which her husband noted made her a “second-class citizen.”That epiphany led King to social activism on and off the court. She and eight other women eventually put their careers on the line in 1970 to start the Virginia Slims tennis tour, with the deep pockets of tennis magazine publisher Gladys Heldman and corporate sponsor Philip Morris.The story of the early days of the tour and her fight for equal prize money is chronicled in the movie “Battle of the Sexes,” which opened nationwide on Friday.The match between Bobby Riggs, a former tennis champion who hyped it with glib comments about gender roles, and No. 1 King played out before a sellout crowd of 30,000 at the Houston Astrodome and 50 million viewers on TV in September 1973.There was little at stake for the 55-year-old Riggs except a chance at a $100,000 for a win. For the 29-year-old King, it was about respect for women and the reputation of the fledgling pro tour.In this Sept. 20, 1973, file photo,Billie Jean King, top, displays her winning form against Bobby Riggs in their winner take all $100,000 tennis match in the Astrodome in Houston, Texas.  (AP Photo/File)“We had players that were willing to take a stand and be counted,” King said of women earning less than half the prize money of men at coed tournaments.The early 1970s were tumultuous times with fomenting anti-Vietnam war, civil rights, gay rights and women’s movements. In 1972, Congress passed Title IX, the federal law that opened college doors for women by banning sex discrimination in all education programs, including sports.In 1973, when women needed their husband’s permission to get a credit card, the gender pay gap was 56.6 cents to the dollar; it’s increased to 79.6 cents in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.“That was interesting to us, that such important issues could be debated in this circus-like atmosphere,” co-director Jonathan Dayton said of the publicity before the match. “Frankly, it reminds us a little bit of the times we’re in.”Here are more things to know about King, who defeated Riggs in straight sets, and the success of the women’s tennis tour:___EQUAL PAYKing threatened to boycott the 1973 U.S. Open unless the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association provided equal prize money. She lined up a sponsor to pay the difference before the group agreed and paid $25,000 to both winners. This month at the U.S. Open, at a facility that now bears King’s name, 24-year-old American Sloane Stephens was handed a check for $3.7 million — the same as the men’s champion.The U.S. national women’s soccer and hockey teams recently used similar tactics for improvements in salaries and benefits.Emma Stone, who plays King in the movie, has nudged male co-stars to accept equal pay for movies. She’s the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, according to Forbes.“I think it’s important to correct equal pay everywhere,” the 28-year-old Stone said. “That’s just a no-brainer.”___PERSONAL IS POLITICALThe movie shows the “Libber” vs. the “Lobber” struggling in their marriages — Riggs with his gambling habit and King with her sexuality. Riggs, for all his talk about women staying home, was supported by his wealthy wife. It delves into King’s realization she’s gay and her budding relationship with Marilyn Barnett.“It’s not just a tennis movie,” King said. “It’s really about social change and it’s also about the inner struggles we all go through. There’s a lot of humor in it, too. It’s really a wonderful balance.”King was later outed by Barnett in a palimony suit and lost thousands of dollars in endorsements overnight. She eventually divorced, and Ilana Kloss has been her “partner in life for 38 years.”___WTA SUCCESSThree months before the “Battle of the Sexes” match, King organized a meeting in London ahead of Wimbledon to create the Women’s Tennis Association in 1973.Currently, the WTA tour offers $139 million in total prize money for 55 events in 32 countries. King attributes the success to strong corporate sponsorship, plus men and women playing together at Wimbledon and other events since the late 1880s.Eight of the top 10 highest-paid female athletes are tennis players, according to Forbes, led by Serena Williams with $27 million in prize money and endorsements.___STEP UPKing says men and women in leadership positions in the sports and business worlds need to step up around equal pay. “Leaders can change the culture and environment.”This week, she joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and others on the Anti-Defamation League’s new sports leadership council to promote social change and combat discrimination. She called sports “the great equalizer” where leaders can “confront society’s issues head on, just as we did as athletes.”She created the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative in 2014 and noted among female executives, the vast majority played sports growing up. The 73-year-old King calls millennials “the greatest generation” for advancing diversity and inclusion.“Everyone is an influencer. I think sometimes you forget that — for yourself, for your family and for the world. You can make a difference.”last_img read more

Karise is still on song

first_imgDESCRIBED as the voice that moved a nation, Karise Eden’s Intimate Summer Series Tour is coming to Warragul. She broke…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Hero truckie’s road to ruin

first_imgBy Rowan Forster  A heroic truckie who administered potentially life-saving CPR to a Clyde North plane crash victim has been…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img