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[ - ] So the Science focus in NEST - does that kick in in the elementary years? I've read the posts of what kids are learning in K at various schools, and the NEST responses don't mention science at all, which I find odd since it's supposed to be a focus. Any insight? 22 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 09.12.08, 06:46 AM Flag
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would you at least give us until curriculum night to answer your questions!? sheesh. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:51 AM Flag
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See now I think having this Curriculum Night thing is crap. The school has no excuse for not having this to parents before school even starts. All this delay does is waste valuable learning time. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:25 AM Flag
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Yeah, Kindergarten is all about valuable learning time. Sure. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:11 AM Flag
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It is. If you are going to parse alleged "school readiness" with the stupid OLSAT then you need to walk the walk [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:25 AM Flag
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Dude, once your child is "in" nobody gives a hoot about the OLSAT. It's just about peer group and nothing else. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:43 AM Flag
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LOL, good point. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:27 AM Flag
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No. Would you at least give us a sheet telling us something? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:29 AM Flag
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my dc told me they haven't done any science yet or 'technology' - said they are starting science next week - i'm not clear on if there is a science teacher for K or if it is their K teacher who does it [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:52 AM Flag
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The LS lost its science teacher last year. The homeroom teachers teach science. Our LS science program is the one that's suggested by the DOE, I forgot what it is called. It's not horrendous, but it's nothing special either. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:31 AM Flag
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I think there are other/special modules for science at NEST. The Tree section being one example. (My just 5yo last year said to me as we were buying our Christmas Tree, "Daddy, this tree is coniferous not deciduous. It doesn't shed its leaves and its seeds are..." It was just kind of a stream of conscious moment where he recalled somethings he had learned earlier in the year. It was really cute.) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:49 AM Flag
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yes, cute. but one science fact doesn't equal a curriculum. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 08:15 AM Flag
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So your kid memorized a fact from school. Hardly a measurement of the effectiveness of NEST's science curriculum. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:17 AM Flag
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I think what the OR is saying is that NEST uses the standard DOE science curriculum, which I think involves some sort of science kits that the regular teacher uses to demonstrate science to the kids. On top of that, the social studies=based modules incorporate science along with math and all of the other subjects. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:24 AM Flag
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First of all, memorizing a fact would be, we're riding the subway and he says, "Daddy, a Christmas tree is a conifer." This was integrating and using several facts in an appropriate and topical setting. My reply to the question was in the first two sentences. "I think there are other/special modules for science at NEST. The Tree section being one example." [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:30 AM Flag
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Unfortunately there isn't a extra focus. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 08:15 AM Flag
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then why does the school have science in it's name?? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 08:18 AM Flag
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Not sure. Think it was part of their original mission. Remember that the school is still relatively young. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 08:20 AM Flag
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^And I only have experience with lower school. Perhaps there is more going on in upper school. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 08:20 AM Flag
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It's only a name. Why is it called gifted and talented, when often it is neither? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:42 AM Flag
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np: I went to Inside Schools to find the name of the Award that a NEST kid was a finalist for last year. (I think it is Siemans... maybe Intel.) Saw this and thought it might be helpful to the discussion: "Seventh graders take Regents-level (high school) Earth Science; and 8th graders take Regents-level Living Environment and high school algebra; by the end of 8th grade, most middle school students will have taken three Regents exams. Girls and boys are separated for math and science... Science is further accelerated in the high school, with physics offered in 9th grade, chemistry in 10th grade, Advanced Placement biology in 11th grade, and AP physics and AP chemistry in 12th grade." [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:48 AM Flag
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That's terrific. But then there are other science-oriented high schools and middle schools. The point was that there was gonna be more at the elementary school level--that would be special. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 12:23 PM Flag
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"special modules" in Lower School as described above. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.15.08, 07:43 AM Flag
[ - ] Is TERC math truly shite? DH and I like a few privates that have TERC for math and we are a little concerned. 24 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 09.12.08, 06:43 AM Flag
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It really does seem like shite based on the research I've done. Incredibly cumbersome. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:48 AM Flag
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General Topics 09.12.08, 06:49 AM Flag
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NP. I know Chapin, LREI and Fridns have it [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:25 AM Flag
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Friends^ [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:26 AM Flag
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Think that ECFS uses it, too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 08:06 AM Flag
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nnp. Collegiate too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:29 AM Flag
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Chapin does not have TERC, they have their own program, use a bit of TERC & a lot of singapore math. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 05:15 PM Flag
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It depends on who you ask. The idea behind TERC (and Everyday Math) is that exploration makes math more accessible to children than traditional drill and kill curricula. There have been studies on both sides and there is no conclusion. For us parents who were taught math the traditional way those "new" methods look very cumbersome and watching your child filling a page just to make a simple calculation is a little nerve wrecking. The thing, though, is that progressive math teaching methods require different approaches by the teachers who are usually trained through traditional methods. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:03 AM Flag
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What studies are you talking about? As far as I know there has been virtually no true experimental research done on this; it's very difficult to set up proper studies, so most of what's reported is based on theory and anecdotes. The one real study I recall reading in the last couple of years was out of Ohio, I think the Times reported on it. The study came down pretty solidly against constructivist math techniques. Will try to find the link. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:33 AM Flag
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That article has nothing to do with progressive vs traditional learning methods. TERC, for example, is not in favor of problems like "two trains leave the station yada yada yoo". [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:40 AM Flag
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Go look up the actual study and read it. It has a lot to do with traditional vs. constructivist techniques. Constructivist math's heavy reliance on "real world, concrete examples" for learning how to solve problems, its overuse of manipulatives, its de-emphasis on pure symbolic problem solving-strategies, etc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:49 AM Flag
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The way I understand TERC and Everyday Math is that it makes children solve problems that are accessible on multiple levels. Problems that can be solved in many different ways and that allow the child to question the problem and gain more insight while pondering on it. The traditional abstract way of doing things does not allow this and thus removes a lot of accessibility to math. I will look into the study, though. Thanks for the link. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:57 AM Flag
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No problem. FWIW I'm not in the camp who thinks all constructivist math is shite (lol). I like an eclectic approach. There needs to be enough flexibility to go with what works for the individual dc, but maybe that's impossible with our current education model? I don't know. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 10:19 AM Flag
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Lots of references in "What's Math Got to do with it" by Jo Boaler (mostly pro-TERC et al, though). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:38 AM Flag
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Thank you for the recommendation, I will look for that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:54 AM Flag
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My dh is a math guy - my dc is extraordinary in math and TERC is well liked by both. With most things, one system doesn't work for 100% of the people and it is extremely teacher dependent (again, like with most things), but don't run away from TERC before you have had a chance to experience it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:08 AM Flag
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General Topics 09.12.08, 07:41 AM Flag
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It certainly ruined my kid for math. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:43 AM Flag
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That's not TERC's fault. Your kid had a bad teacher who didn't know how to use TERC correctly. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:14 AM Flag
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If dc is doing TERC at school, you can supplement with Kumon. If the kid is doing drills only, he will miss out later. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 08:05 AM Flag
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Kumon is boring for kids, makes them hate it that much more [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 08:08 AM Flag
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Having been through 6 yrs of it w/ dc and another 3 yrs w/ younger dc, I would not say it is SHITE. Advantage is that it teaches kids to develop more than one way of looking at a math problem. The disadvantage is that is does that by doing less drilling on rote math. Better schools have been adding more basic math drills to supplement the TERC curriculum, or you can do the same w/ workbooks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:40 AM Flag
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Exactly. Most schools actually take bits and pieces from the traditional and the contemporary ways of teaching math. Even NEST does not do 100% Singapore. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:42 AM Flag
[ - ] i have $100 a month to help make my life easier. i'm debating between three options. 1. cleaning help (either two full days every other week or a few hours every week. 2. paying for a parking spot so i don't have to circle looking for parking every morning. 3. i get home with my 2yo at 2pm. ds has to be picked up at 3pm. i can hire someone for $100/month to take him home every day and that way i don't have to run in and out all afternoon and it'll make supper prep easier and maybe also give me time to clean and db time to unwind. wdyt? 22 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:42 AM Flag
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which of these chores gives you the most stress? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:50 AM Flag
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hard to say at this point b/c we just started my job (hence the parking spot situation) and dcs just started school. i didn't realize how much of a pain it would be to go out an hour after i got home adn drag dd along with me. but i certainly could use the cleaning help. also, we are probably moving and i don't knwo if the cleaning situation will be better or worse in the new place. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:52 AM Flag
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I would do the pick-up person because it seems that you can not only save yourself some stress but cantackle other things off your list , like some cleaning and getting supper ready earlier rather than later always reduces my stress level. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:57 AM Flag
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i think that's a really good point. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:00 AM Flag
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hijack: cantanckle should be a word. maybe something like "he cantanckled the whole way b/c he didn't want to go shopping". [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:10 AM Flag
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Where can you get monthly parking for $100? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:56 AM Flag
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i work in a residential area and can probably rent someone's driveway for the hours i'm at work. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:59 AM Flag
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where can you hire someone to do pick up for $100 a month? I would love that! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:58 AM Flag
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i live in the suburbs. there's some guy who has a 15 seater van and he does this as a private service. he picks up a whole bunch of kids from dc's class. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:01 AM Flag
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do you provide the car seat? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:12 AM Flag
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no. i'm guessing it's not required legally. but just a guess. i didn't even think about carseats. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:15 AM Flag
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^^^ds would probably only need a booster seat and i'm assuming if i provided it, he'd put ds in a booster. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:16 AM Flag
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I would definitely provide a car seat. You never know what is going to happen. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:42 AM Flag
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call me crazy - but I don't like that situation AT ALL [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:12 AM Flag
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what about it is bothering you? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:17 AM Flag
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WHERE THE HELL do you live? $100 would not do any of that for one week here in NYC!!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:00 AM Flag
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lol. ny suburb. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:01 AM Flag
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i live in a suburb too and $100 wouldn't do any of those things here. I have a combo sitter/cleaner once a week for $100. she does an impeccable job and i wouldn't pay her less. i'd probably even pay her more now that i've seen her in action under my bed getting dust bunnies out. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:19 AM Flag
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General Topics 09.12.08, 07:23 AM Flag
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i don't think $100 is going to get you any of those things. good luck [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:16 AM Flag
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no, i priced all these things and it's not the price that's the issue. (the cleaning help might be 120, but that's fine). my question is more along the lines of which one to choose, which one would help me the most. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:17 AM Flag
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Can you give it a few wks? I had a job where parking was an issue and it was TORTURE -- I sprung for a lot (in nyc, NOT cheap) and it was worth every penny, esp in cold/bad/dark weather. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:47 AM Flag
[ - ] nanny's on her honeymoon this week. her sister is filling in while she's away. Yesterday i came home to discover the sister had smoked in our bathroom! 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:39 AM Flag
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Oh heavens! The witch! The fiend! Draw and quarter her, I say! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:49 AM Flag
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you let me smoke in your house? in front of your children? we don't smoke and do not allow people to smoke in our house. she didn't even ask if it was ok. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:51 AM Flag
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she smoked in the bathroom. does not sound like in front of the children. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:04 AM Flag
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disgusting response, and OP would be well within her rights to demand a halt, or say her sister will be out a week's pay if op needs to find another replacement. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:52 AM Flag
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np--settle down I'm sure op is venting and that she simply asked her not to smoke [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:54 AM Flag
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OP - DH is furious. the smoking added to the fact that the sister was an hour late is not boding well. also, we are on week three with this nanny. ugh!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:55 AM Flag
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you sound like you're a smoker yourself. Nanny's sister's behavior is totally inappropriate [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:54 AM Flag
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Not a smoker. You people are ridiculous. Ask her not to do it again and get over it. Sheesh. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:00 AM Flag
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lol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:13 AM Flag
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wow - confront her and let her know that you do not engourage smoking in the house especially among your kids = do it for the kid/s sake [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:54 AM Flag
[ - ] I am a sahm and started a new babysitter that comes for 5 hours at a time 3x a week. Hoping to start part time work soon. My very verbal 16mo dd is very attached to me. She is less than thrilled to see sitter. I think I know the answer to this but need reassurance. Is this normal? Will it get better? How long? How do I decide if it is sitter or just sad to leave me? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:34 AM Flag
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yes, very normal. are you at home when the sitter is there or do you leave? i'd suggest either the sitter take dc out (maybe to the playground, somewhere where she'll have a really great time) or if the sitter is staying home and you are going out, have the sitter bring something really fun like a bag of balloons that she can blow up and play with. somethign that'll be really fun for your dc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:38 AM Flag
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thank you. great ideas. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:39 AM Flag
[ - ] I'm applying to Anderson K this year, I was wondering if anyone knows what is the criteria for admission besides scores? Any interviews w parents? What do they look among the many children who did make the score above 97? 16 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 09.12.08, 06:32 AM Flag
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Score and a lot of luck. No onsite interviews anymore and even though a 97 and above score makes your kid eligible only 99 kids had a chance this year. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:34 AM Flag
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This year you needed a 99, and then it was randomly picked by lottery [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:36 AM Flag
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go to insideschools.org and read section on G&T - has a section on Anderson - go to Anderson website. Only kids scoring 97-99 on OLSAT were eligible to apply this year - only 50 of those with 99 scores were selected from lottery. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:09 AM Flag
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General Topics 09.12.08, 09:00 AM Flag
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I think they put out 54 offers. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:20 AM Flag
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current Anderson K parent here- only 46 took the offer. 23 kids/class. And btw, NOBODY will confirm it was by lottery. who knows? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 03:42 PM Flag
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The Anderson administration confirmed it was by lottery within the 99th percentile. [ Reply | More ]
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General Topics 09.12.08, 07:47 AM Flag
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If unconnected, you need 99 and lots of luck. Several hundred kids with 99 and they do a random lottery for 99 non-sibs after they accept sibs with 97+. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 07:52 AM Flag
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What do you mean "unconnected"? Name one who got in with the connection at citywide this year please. Do you know something that others don't? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 08:06 AM Flag
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SIBs are connected. Only need 97 and you're guaranteed a spot. Don't get it? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 08:17 AM Flag
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bad choice of word... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 08:32 AM Flag
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I think the numbers were something like this: 40,000 kids took the OLSAT. About 900 scored 97-99. About 400 with those scores chose Anderson as first choice. After giving spaces to about 4 siblings with 97-99 scores, there was a lottery for kids who scored 99 who chose Anderson as first choice. Of those 200 or so, 50 were selected for K class. 46 very fortunate dc ended up enrolling. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 08:54 AM Flag
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hairsplitting, but fewer than 46 if there are 4 sibs because not every seat was filled. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:03 AM Flag
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There are 46 in K, about 4 of them are sibs. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 09:20 AM Flag
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That is very few, and seems like the sibling preference was much less of a big deal than people here anticipated. For K admissions, anyway. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 04:09 PM Flag
[ - ] Okay, I haven't been on since the redesign of the site. Is it much slower-moving than it used to be, or is it my imagination? Used to be that I couldn't keep up with the threads because they moved so fast! Now it seems like nothing happens when I refresh. 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:20 AM Flag
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it's because of the ability to post on multiple boards IMO [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:22 AM Flag
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So you mean that people are posting on a board that I haven't selected in my defaults? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:24 AM Flag
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perhaps. but I think having the option to post on more than one board dilutes the content [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:30 AM Flag
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^^^also the "most watched" and "most popular" crap on the right, people bring up posts that originated days even months ago! and stuff won't stay collapsed. all that slows stuff down. bites IMO [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:58 AM Flag
[ - ] It's like the misinformation propaganda used by the spooks during WWII here. People trying to mislead their competitors... 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 09.12.08, 06:18 AM Flag
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only an imbecile would buy it though. If you are dumb enough to, then maybe you should lose out [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:36 AM Flag
[ - ] sorry , meant for another post-is Cherrybrook farms brand (for kids w/ allergies) at healthfood stores? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:07 AM Flag
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Yes, our local health food store has it and actually so does our supermarket (Hannafords). I imagine Whole Foods might too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:30 AM Flag
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Here is a storelocator, too. I have friends who really like this brand of stuff. Does your dc have allergies? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:31 AM Flag
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[ - ] How much weight did you gain by your 22nd week? I gained almost 9 pounds last month and a total of 17lbs. UGH 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Expecting 09.12.08, 06:05 AM Flag
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I don't remember but I think it was like 15-17 lbs. I'm 33 wks now and have gained 25lbs total. It slowed down in my 3rd tri [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:07 AM Flag
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How tall are you and what did you weigh before? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:08 AM Flag
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or: I'm 5'4 and was 170 lb when I got pg. I'm also 40 yr old so I know it will be slow to come back off but in the past (I have other kids) it took me about 1yr. BTW this is the least that I have gained in 3 pg. I always have gained 40lbs [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:20 AM Flag
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ITA. I was at about a pound a week until the 3rd trimester, when it slowed down A LOT. Gained 35 lbs total, lost all by 3mo pp without really doing anything. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:14 AM Flag
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or: that's great you lost it so quickly. I always take about a yr but it does come off [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:21 AM Flag
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This was with #2. Took me close to a year with #1! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:35 AM Flag
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I'm 16 weeks and have gained about 5-8lbs, depending on when I weigh myself. Is this normal? I thought I would have gained more. I'm eating like a horse and just started to show in the last 2 weeks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:41 AM Flag
[ - ] Sarah Palin's interview with CG reveals her tenuous (I'm being polite) grasp of foreign policy. Given the dangerous world and the perils it poses for our country, I am stunned that McCain chose her for VP: it just shows a profound lack of judgment on his part. In my mind, he's unqualified to be president on this decision alone. Her comments on the Bush Doctrine, of which she is clearly unfamiliar (!), start at around -2:30. See for yourself. http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=5783816 16 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:03 AM Flag
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Sorry, typo: Bush Doctrine comments start at -2:38. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:05 AM Flag
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yes C. Gibson has to repeat his Bush Doct. Q 2 times because she didn't give him a straight answer and also had to repeat the Q on invading Pak (if I remember correctly) a few times because she wouldn't answer a yes or no Q but giving him lots of words [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:09 AM Flag
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He had to repeat Bush Doctrine question 2x b/c she didn't know what it was. Really big, IMHO. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:17 AM Flag
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The people who like her will like her no matter what -- unless she turns out to be a drug addict or murderer. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:18 AM Flag
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or: yes but many of us who had never heard of her and want to see what she's all about, will see this interview and say Hmmm she is def. not ready [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:21 AM Flag
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I know, I am not talking about those who are thoughtfully considering her. I am tlaking about those who have already jumped on the bandwagon and love her. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:23 AM Flag
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gotcha [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:27 AM Flag
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I think having the prospective candidates talk on news channels or "The View" cheapens the dignity of the office they're trying to attain. They should save the interviews for when they've been elected. Appearances on TV on commercial programs are only so that the hosts will try to make the candidates squirm or look bad which is such a depletion of their energies and ours. Instead, we should read about their policies. I believe it better when I see it in writing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:24 AM Flag
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I disagree. I want them do interviews where questions that the public would ask, will be asked. I don't want to only read their policies but want to see their body language and them thinking on their feet. I don't believe anything only in writing. Anyone can have their thoughts written for them, I want to hear it from the horses (or pit bulls) mouth [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:30 AM Flag
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Even President Kennedy was cheapened when he was asked unscripted questions from the Press which is why he rarely was required to do it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:31 AM Flag
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I think if you are running for President, you should be able to answer any Q concerning the job of the presidency on a moments notice (be it your stand on foreign issues, national economics, health care, ect). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:35 AM Flag
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Presidents are their Administrations - they don't act alone so why should they have to answer questions alone? Once they're elected, they're bound by their Administration and whichever party is in power in the House and Senate. Their ideas reflect their party. And publicity is for their Press Secretary to say - that's why there are Press Secretaries. I sort of miss Ari Fleischer. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:35 AM Flag
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I disagree. Presidents are leaders: and the nature of good leadership is to take thoughtful, well considered stands on issues, and to bring people along with you, including your Administration. This presupposes the leader's ability to think intelligently and clearly, and willingness to do so. It sounds as though the current Administration, with a leader who isn't capable an/or of coming to thoughtful, well considered stands on his own, has distorted your idea of leadership. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 08:08 AM Flag
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It's funny, OP's opening statement is exactly how I feel about the Democrats choosing Obama over other far more qualified candidates, and not just Hillary. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:37 AM Flag
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nP: but at least he won via vote, whereas Palin was chosen by one guy (McCain) who didn't even want her as his first choice. That said, reasonable for you to wish that the Dems had a different candidate in place, the Q is: what now? Looking at the platforms of both parties, are you more comfortable with the Democrat or Republican? After hearing that this year's GOP platform was more socially conservative than 04 I would find it hard to vote for them, ditto b/c of McCain's repeated assertions that he'd like to go in to Iran (UGH). That said, you may disagree and vote differently. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 08:17 AM Flag
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Anyone who has a son who turns 18 within the next 8 years should think carefully about voting for McCain/Palin. McCain has said that he is open to going into/bombing Iran; Palin is open to going to war with Russia over Georgia or Ukraine: my guess is that we will openly be at war even more if we these people in office. McCain said that he "doesn't disagree" with a woman who suggested that there be a draft. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 08:46 AM Flag
[ - ] How many times a day should my 1 month old ds have a bowel movement? 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:00 AM Flag
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Could vary from one to four or more. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:05 AM Flag
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Yea lately it has been one, but he has been struggling.. Yesterday he had two and he seemed to be feeling a little better. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:06 AM Flag
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Breats or formula? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:06 AM Flag
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formula.. nestles good start [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:07 AM Flag
[ - ] 3 month old will only nap when continually rolled back and forth in stroller. ignoring toddler, who keeps yelling and waking her, my life SUCKS 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Newborn 09.12.08, 05:52 AM Flag
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Do you have a swing? Mine will nap in the swing, and toddler loves turning it on for him. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:35 AM Flag
[ - ] So how do we think Sarah did with Charlie...so far? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
News 09.12.08, 05:52 AM Flag
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bad stumble on the Bush doctrine question [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.12.08, 06:15 AM Flag
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