The Board of Education members discuss the early success of the school district’s hybrid learning model amid the coronavirus pandemic during a meeting in September. (Photo courtesy Martin Fiedler, Just Right TV Productions) By MADDY VITALEWith two weeks into the start of the 2020-21 school year, Ocean City school officials said students are working hard as they navigate new ways to learn during the COVID-19 pandemic.And they are doing it well, Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor noted during a Board of Education meeting Wednesday night.“Just in speaking to a number of teachers over two and a half weeks, every teacher commented about how motivated the students are this year and how much they miss school, the teachers, their friends and the school routine,” Dr. Taylor said. “We have not had another issue with the students not complying. Whether social distancing, everyone has adhered to what they need to. Kudos to the students.”The first day of school was Sept. 8. The district offers in its “Return to School Plan” a blend of remote learning and in-person instruction or the option of all-virtual instruction.In the hybrid model of learning, the students have been broken into two groups to ensure social distancing. They attend school two days a week and learn remotely for three days. The Virtual Academy option is for those who do not attend in-person instruction.Board of Education members agreed at Wednesday’s meeting that there have been and will be challenges. However, they emphasized that the students, faculty and the community continue to work together, with the students always put first.Educators are coming up with ideas of how to better help parents and students through the new ways of teaching and learning, School Board Vice President Jacqueline McAlister said.McAlister said Intermediate School Principal Mike Mattina brought ideas to the Board of Education to help parents with teaching their children.Intermediate School Principal Michael Mattina is helping parents with the new learning models.Since the pandemic, parents have had to act as teachers at times with the virtual learning models.“Principal Mattina had two big ideas to provide extra support for students and parents. It is very helpful to hear what the teachers say before you try to help your child. It is intended for teachers and parents so that parents could more effectively teach,” McAlister explained. “It is really a wonderful idea. The Intermediate School will track the success.”School officials stressed how the community has really come together to help the district.The Ocean City Gardens Civic Association donated more than $4,000 to the Primary and Intermediate School for tents, mask clips and mats.It was an example of people outside of the schools who are making a difference, School Board President Joseph Clark said.“I want to thank the Gardens Civic Association for helping us fill in the gaps. We can’t do this without a community like this,” Clark said.He added that in a year of uncertainty, when teachers, parents and students have to do so many things different, there will be “bumps along the way.”But overall, he said, the district will be a success.“I think we are on the right track and we will continue to move forward. There will be bumps along the way,” Clark emphasized. “I want to thank all who really put everything they can into this to make this a success. We polled everyone. We are doing the best we can. Thank you for a great start to the 2020-21 school year.”Board member Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes commended the city for a program that helps with childcare. The city is doing the program in partnership with the Ocean City Tabernacle Son Club.“I think it is wonderful that Ocean City is offering childcare for our community,” Gallelli-Keyes pointed out.She also spoke about how the district has had to overcome many hurdles with the new learning models.“Our faculty and staff — I want to commend them,” Gallelli-Keyes added. “Dr. Taylor has led with compassion. Thank you to all of the parents who have stepped up as we work together to provide safe schools. Thank you to all who have dedicated their time in a community that leads by example.”For more information on Ocean City schools, visit www.oceancityschools.org.
It showed. And when Rancho Cucamonga (4-2, 0-1) put more defenders in the box to slow the run, the pass was often wide open. Quarterback Mike Anderson completed 10-of-15 passes for 195 yards, while Hogan was also 2-for-2 on halfback passes, including a 25-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to Ryan Carter. Rancho Cucamonga offensively had some success throwing the ball as Josh Fellhauer threw for 322 yards. But he completed only 17-of-36 passes, and the Cougars ran for only 67 yards. Los Osos jumped on top quickly, leading 10-0 after a quarter on a Chase 48-yard run and a Jared Gross 26-yard field goal. Rancho Cucamonga got its offense going in the second quarter and had a chance for some momentum going into the half. Los Osos led 24-14, but Rancho Cucamonga drove from its own 20 to the Grizzlies’ 37 in the final minute of the first half. But Fellhauer’s pass on fourth-and-2 fell incomplete with 34.1 seconds to play. In the second half, the Grizzlies kept Rancho Cucamonga at bay, but it the Cougars had a chance for a comeback, trailing 31-21 entering the fourth. That glimmer of hope didn’t last long. Hogan opened the fourth quarter with a 30-yard touchdown run. A shotgun snap went errantly by Fellhauer on Rancho Cucamonga’s next possession and the Grizzlies put the game out of reach with Hogan’s touchdown pass. “People said we haven’t played anyone, but we’re a pretty good team,” Martinez said. Only three of the transfers played for Rancho Cucamonga. Top recruit Devon Ross was “unavailable” according to Van Duin. He said it was not an injury and Van Duin said he is expected back next week. Of the other three, Deon Ford had the biggest impact, catching six passes for 133 yards. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the first game between the schools since four players transferred from Los Osos to Rancho Cucamonga, Los Osos racked up 481 yards of total offense and routed Rancho Cucamonga 52-21, spoiling Rancho Cucamonga’s homecoming Friday night in a Baseline League opener at Chaffey College. “The kids did a great job. This was the best week of practice we’ve had,” a smiling Los Osos coach Tom Martinez said afterward. RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Transfers? Apparently Los Osos didn’t need them. Martinez didn’t want to focus on the transfers, but when asked if it became a rallying cry for the players, he said, “I’m sure it did.” Rancho Cucamonga coach Chris Van Duin understood why the transfers might have motivated Los Osos. “It usually does,” he said. The players left behind at Los Osos (5-1 overall, 1-0 league) looked like they were pretty good, too. Running backs Jared Hogan (107 yards) and Mark Chase (87 yards) keyed a running attack that the Cougars had lots of trouble slowing down. “Our offensive line did a great job, and so did our two backs,” Martinez said. “We worked a lot on that.”
Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Persons interested must submit a letter of intent stating they wish to apply for the post to the district office by 4:30 p.m. Jan. 9. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of the school district, and at least 18 years old. Applicants’ resident status will be confirmed by two board members, Epstein said. A special board meeting will be held Jan. 24 to interview candidates. Epstein said a seven-member advisory committee made of up one community member named by each of the trustees and one representative each from teaching, non-teaching and management staff will take notes on the candidates as they are interviewed. After the interviews, the board will go into closed session to discuss the candidates with the advisory committee, come back out into public session to deliberate, and make the appointment. PALMDALE – Citing the cost of holding an election, Palmdale School District trustees will fill by appointment the school board vacancy left by Tom Lackey’s election to the City Council. Lackey, a California Highway Patrol sergeant, resigned the school board seat he had held since 1999 after his City Council election in November. “If you do a consolidated election, the cost is between $30,000 and $50,000. If it’s a stand-alone election, it’s $200,000. So the board decided on a provisional appointment,” board President Sheldon Epstein said. Lackey resigned Nov. 30, and the board has until Jan. 27 to fill the seat by appointment. His school board term expires in November 2007.
Nearly 100 competitive mountain bikers from across the state gathered Saturday, September 8 just outside of the Blue Lake Hatchery to compete in the 1st annual Mad River Enduro, hosted by the Redwood Coast Mountain Bike Association.Reilly Hohman took first place in the Open/Pro Men division with an overall event-low time of 15:54.09. Hohman, an Arcata native, said it was “cool to race on the new trails,” adding that he had a bit of an edge. “I definitely had some home field advantage here, it …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Ag Net podcast, brought to you by AgriGold, starts off 2019 with Dale Minyo, Matt Reese, and host Joel Penhorwood. The three talk the warm temperatures, some unique food observations, and much more.Guest interviews on the podcast include retired Ohio State economist Carl Zulauf, OSU extension’s Dianne Shoemaker, Adam Fennig of Fennig Equipment, and Ohio State’s Ellen Essman talking industrial hemp.
Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Great bruising battles between powerful antagonists is good for media. It “sells papers,” as we used to say, or “generates clicks”, as we now say. When you mix in a love triangle and jilted lovers, well, the audience just goes wild. And Wired did a great job in its piece on Facebook, Google, and Microsoft: riveting stuff. But the thought that kept coming back to me is that Facebook’s bravado, its “grand vision” talk, is what you would expect from a concept-level startup. Surely by now, about 6 years into its venture, Facebook should show some substance? It is time to deliver some real financial results. The concept-level talk is great for attracting capital and talent. Facebook has done that brilliantly. But the point of attracting capital and talent is to be able to generate financial results.Give It Time? Too Important to Rush?Anybody who criticizes Facebook’s financial results gets accused of being small-minded, of missing the point, of (gasp!) “not getting it.” In digerati circles, not getting it is like having body odor. Facebook is changing the world, they say. It is a new form of communication, akin to the printing press. Once you get to scale, profits always follow. Google created a service without knowing how to monetize it.In fact, far too much money has been invested (in both Facebook and hundreds of “me too” ventures) based on that one premise, that “Google created a service without knowing how to monetize it.” The statement is true. If it had not devised the AdWords revenue model, Google would perhaps have sold some kind of enterprise search technology to Fortune 500 companies and rented banner ads on its home page. With AdWords, it found the perfect native revenue model for search, meeting two contradictory needs at the same time:Do not irritate or interrupt the user, and even occasionally add value for the user.Provide a compelling value proposition to paying customers.The problem is that Facebook does not seem to have a clue how to do that. Google did not wait 6 years to unveil AdWords, and when it did unveil it, revenue and profit took off like a rocket. Facebook keeps trying. But to date, its attempts look weak and subject to diminishing returns.There is a world of difference between increasing returns (what Google gets) and diminishing returns (what Facebook gets with its current strategy). That one-word difference equals billions of dollars.Email Permission Marketing 2.0 Won’t Cut ItAt Federated Media’s Conversational Marketing Summit in New York a few weeks ago, Mike Hoefflinger, Director of Product Marketing at Facebook, gave a talk titled:“Adventures in the Funnel: Awareness, Consideration, and Intent in Media that is SocialFacebook’s new director of product marketing presents his case for why advertising must engage, rather than exhort.”In a conference full of great case studies, this was a weak presentation. It sounded like Email Permission Marketing 2.0. Yes, email is all spammed out. Yes, every trick in the SEO/SEM book has been tried. And “tradigital”, as social media mavens call it, looks old and tired. But Facebook’s revolutionary alternative is to allow consumers to invite brands to communicate with them, like we used to invite companies to send us emails. That would get over-used and spammy in a heartbeat. Highly innovative brands would do well, as they always do in a new medium, but the law of diminishing returns would apply. By the time this model scaled, and it would have to if Facebook wants to move the revenue needle, users will have switched off in droves.These are the diminishing returns. The more the model scales, the more it will irritate users, and the more users will switch off, and the sooner growth will slow down and reverse. As with email, Facebook can “make up for this with volume.” But unlike with email, which is virtually free, Facebook has to pay money to serve each user.Sorry, “Coca-Cola wants to be your friend” is in no way an enduring revenue model. If it sounds phony, maybe that is because it is phony.The one lesson from social media marketing is that authenticity matters. What no one has shown — and methinks this would be impossible — is how to scale authenticity.This is where behavioral marketing supposedly comes in. Wired calls this the “third rail of Internet marketing.” Back in March 2008, we wrote about the toxic mix of legislation and user backlash that hinders behavioral marketing. Or, as Wired puts it, “As the Beacon debacle showed, there is a fine line between ‘targeted and useful’ and ‘creepy and stalkerish’ — and so far, not enough advertisers have been willing to walk that line.”Facebook Should Be Genuinely RadicalFacebook talks a great game about helping the world to communicate. It tries to sound like a group of benevolent revolutionaries. But then it turns to really old-fashioned tools to make money. Its basic message to marketers seems to be, “We have ’em locked in. Yep, Google can’t see them, so we are the only way to get to them. And not only that, we can tell you what every one of them is doing and saying right now. Step right up, folks!”The one thing that Facebook has on its side is trust. Users trust the company with their real identities. That is massive. Break that trust and bye-bye.If it were really radical, Facebook would use that trust to good advantage and really turn the tables. It could show users how to do better business with big companies and with each other. That would be radical. Facebook could create a revolution, do good, and make billions in the process.This is where I move from easy (critiquing) to hard (suggesting an alternative).To be revolutionary, to disrupt a market, be prepared “to be misunderstood for long periods of time.” That is Jeff Bezos speaking. Or, to quote Mahatma Gandhi, “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”One revolutionary who has been banging his drum for over a decade is Doc Searls. He became famous as one of the authors of The Clue Train Manifesto. Ten years ago, those authors heralded “The End of Business as Usual.” Eerily prescient, they spoke of social media before it existed. Now that social media has arrived and is everywhere, they may be disappointed to see that business is very much as usual. They are seeing that when 300 million people get together to communicate, the end result is (drum roll, please)…“Coca-Cola wants to be your friend.”For many years, Doc Searls has been promoting a radical alternative that he calls vendor relationship management (VRM). In simple terms, it the inverse of CRM. We first wrote about it here back in October 2007; its Wikipedia entry is here.VRM is a wonderful idea that has largely been ignored, despite a passionate and highly talented set of true believers. It has limited traction, but hasn’t seen the breakthrough it deserves.Mark Zuckerberg, meet Doc Searls. No fee for the introduction, please. Do you two know each other? Are you already working something out?VRM has suffered from sounding a tad academic. Proponents have not been able to show its relevance to real consumer needs. But relevant it is, particularly to three types of consumer-facing companies. I call them “the three horsemen of the consumer-clypse”:Phone companies,Health insurance companies,Credit card companies.I know, I know: there should be four horsemen. But these are the only three that come to mind.These are companies that:Have services we cannot live without in a modern consumer society,Nickel and dime us and tie us up in knots because of the simple reality that a big company can out-negotiate the individual consumer.Or, as the Beatles put it, more eloquently:“You’re holding me down,Burning me round,Filling me up with the rules.”The VRM model says, “I, the consumer, will tell you, the vendor, the terms under which I am willing to buy your product or service.” A lovely idea. Consumers who have felt burned for decades would love it. It would do particularly well right now, when times are tough, and particularly in emerging markets where Facebook is growing and in which traditional consumer marketers (i.e. US marketers) are not interested because the consumers there are not rich enough.Would phone, health insurance, and credit card companies love VRM? No, they would hate it, and resist it in every possible way… until, that is, they are faced with 300 million Facebook users all saying, “My way or the highway.” Then those companies will see things their way. It’s called clout.The terms don’t have to be outrageous. Companies have to make money, after all. If the price is genuinely too low, they won’t play. This is less about the base price than about the nickel and diming pettifogging rules that you supposedly “agreed to when you clicked on that form.”In fact, the terms should be such that you would accept them the other way around, in which case they could even be used for peer-to-peer business as well. 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Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Donkupar Roy passed away on Sunday at a hospital in Gurgaon following a brief illness, officials said. He was 64 years old.Roy, a former Chief Minister of the State, was first admitted to a state-run hospital in Shillong before being referred to the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon, Haryana, where he was undergoing treatment for the last 10 days, his family members said. His condition deteriorated after suffering multi-organ failure on Sunday afternoon, they said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish over Roy’s demise, saying he “transformed many lives”.“Anguished by the demise of Dr Donkupar Roy, Speaker of the Meghalaya Assembly and former CM of the state. Passionate about Meghalaya’s progress, he served the state with great diligence and helped transform many lives,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted quoting Modi. Meghalaya Chief Minister and National People’s Party (NPP) president Conrad K Sangma too expressed grief over Roy’s passing away.“Deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Speaker of Meghalaya Assembly Dr Donkupar Roy. We have lost a leader, a mentor, who had dedicated his life for the service of the people. May Almighty provide strength to his family in this hour of grief. May his soul RIP,” he tweeted.
Share on Messenger Lleyton Hewitt planning to make playing return at Australian Open Tennis Petra Kvitova Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Petra Kvitova faces the media only days after the knife attack. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters Facebook Facebook Twitter Read more Twitter Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Kvitova made an emotional return to action in the French Open in May, where she progressed to the second round, confounding the expectations of her surgeon – who had sleepless nights over her recovery – and those who had written off her career. “I did hear the rumours that I would never ever play again but I thought: ‘I will show them,’ she recalls, offering a reminder of the steely determination instilled in her by her father, Jiri.“I was like: ‘Why are they saying this?’ It was very painful for me, it felt like they didn’t believe me. Of course, at that time, I probably didn’t know how bad it was because nobody told me – and I am happy for that now.“My doctor [Radek Kebrle] told me that many other experts thought that I would never ever play. He didn’t want to tell me – and that was a good decision for my mental state of mind. After a brief and cheerful exchange in Czech with Vanek, whom she hired only a few weeks before the attack, she pulls up a chair by the window overlooking the tired and rusty clay courts below. There is an air of confidence about her as she matter-of-factly discusses the next steps in her recovery before revealing the full physical and mental trauma of an attack that left her terrified to hold a racket again after career-saving surgery and a gruelling rehabilitation.“It will probably take more than a year to get full movement back, I’m not sure,” Kvitova says. “For tennis and for life, it’s good. I’ve done everything that I could but there is still some space to improve it. I hope that with more time I will be even stronger. I am happy that [throughout the recovery] I was always looking forward to the better tomorrows.”The tennis club is some 260km west of Kvitova’s former apartment in Prostejov in the Czech Republic – where the vicious encounter with a knife-wielding intruder posing as a utility worker on 20 December last year took place.Kvitova has spent a lot of time since then thinking about all of the simple things that she perhaps took for granted. As she begins to unravel the events of the past 12 months, it quickly becomes apparent that she has developed a newfound appreciation for life.The physical scars that lace her playing hand are healing; the invisible scars have taken somewhat longer. Kvitova pauses briefly, as if to replay the moments when she worked tirelessly on a five-month rehabilitation programme, before suggesting: “If I wasn’t playing tennis I don’t think I could be as positive as I am now – but it’s not pleasant to see those flashbacks. It is a time that I try to forget but I know I will never really forget what happened. This experience has shown me how hard I can work if I need to and just how much of a fighter I am on and off the court.” Wimbledon Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. I did hear the rumours that I would never ever play again but I thought: ‘I will show them’ Share on Twitter The grisly details of the terrifying knife attack that turned Petra Kvitova’s life upside down almost exactly a year ago are barely comprehensible. Watching her on the practice courts at the Sparta Praha Tennis Club, it is almost impossible to detect the effects from injuries so severe some experts believed the two-times Wimbledon champion would never resume her career; she still suffers from nerve damage to her playing hand and cannot entirely clench her fist or feel two of her fingers.Kvitova puts down her racket to take a break from back-to-back practice sessions on the indoor courts and makes her way upstairs to a small meeting room with her coach, Jiri Vanek, a kit bag slung over her athletic 6ft frame. “Playing on the grass at Wimbledon and getting a good result in the US Open was very important for me mentally, and for my confidence,” Kvitova adds. “This year has been a rollercoaster. The beginning wasn’t very nice, so I’m really glad that it’s over. Now I can look at everything positively again.”Even the announcement in November from the Czech police that confirmed the investigation into the attack had been shelved because of a lack of evidence, despite receiving a number of clues from the public, has not fazed her.Detective Jan Lisicky told reporters they would “immediately start criminal proceedings” should they identify the culprit. Kvitova has shifted her focus from expecting a prosecution to regaining a position in the top 10.“It was a pretty tough year and I had a lot of emotions during my comeback. But it has been a year [since the attack] already and I can see that I can play tennis – and I can play it well, and for me this is the best outcome I could have hoped for.”As Kvitova gathers her belongings and prepares to resume pre-season training before her opening tournament in Brisbane in January, she adds: “I have started to live with my new hand. I’ve started to try to like it, to love it and that’s how I am going to take it. It’s my hand and I am just happy that I have all of my fingers.”• Sign up to our weekly email, The Recap, here, showcasing a selection of our sport features from the past seven days. Petra Kvitova with the surgeon who helped to save her career, Radek Kebrle. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Pinterest Topics Share on Pinterest “The week after surgery I asked my doctor: ‘Do you think I could play in Wimbledon this year?’ He didn’t answer for a while and then he said: ‘We are going to work on it and blah, blah, blah.’ I understood then that it wasn’t going to be easy.”Although the draining physiotherapy sessions are no longer part of Kvitova’s daily routine, she still vividly remembers being gripped by fear when she attempted to hold a racket for the first time only 12 weeks after four hours of emergency surgery.Any hopes of a comeback took a hit when Kvitova realised she could not feel or grip the racket in a way that she wanted. That familiar sensation of holding a racket firmly in her hand, as she had done since she was four years old, had disappeared almost overnight.“I had a lot of conversations with my coach [about making adjustments to my racket]. I told him that I didn’t want to change anything because if I was to change some small details I thought it would change everything. I told him: ‘I’m going to try like this, please give me time and we will see how it works out.’“That’s how he wanted it to be as well. I am glad that we didn’t make any adjustments to my racket. Everything is the same as before … and it’s all good,” Kvitova says – and smiles with a sense of accomplishment.Having returned to competition, she secured a fairytale comeback in only her second tournament back when she won a 20th career title at Birmingham’s Aegon Classic with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Australia’s Ashleigh Barty. Kvitova lost in the second round at Wimbledon before playing through the hard court season in north America, where she reached the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows. interviews Reuse this content
This year’s auction of celebrity artwork in aid of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s TigerTime campaign has raised a fabulous £2,667.Celebrity tigers on display at the Mall GalleriesCredit/Copyright: Adele Behles PhotographyThe proceeds will go to support tiger conservation projects protecting precious tiger populations in India, Russia and Thailand.“In these areas a little goes a long way for example £50 helps us run education workshops for 300 children in Assam, helping them to understand the importance of tigers to the biodiversity of their region and £12 can buy a first aid field kit for Thai wildlife rangers. So the total raised by the annual auction is going to make a big difference,” says TigerTime manager, Vicky Flynn.Rock legend, Status Quo’s Francis Rossi received the most number of bids while Ab Fab star Joanna Lumley, singer Melanie Chisolm and dancer Oti Mabuse proved hugely popular. The highest bids were received for artists Richard Symonds and Emily Lamb and fashion designer, Elizabeth Emanuel who celebrated her birthday yesterday (July 5).“It’s such a simple and effective fundraiser and we’re hoping to make it even bigger and better next year so if any celebrities would like to donate their tiger art for a fabulous cause we’d love to hear from you,” adds Vicky.You can find out more about TigerTime at www.tigertime.info and see its great celebrity supporters here.