Entries by jpuglisi

Public Schools in 2019

Public schools serve multiple functions in our 2019 American society. They work directly with children, families and community to foster the development and learning of children. They harbor children and keep them safe during the school day while most parents are engaged in work or other related activities. They offer children and families the opportunity […]

Spring is in the Air!

Spring is in the Air and Spring Break is upon us in the Rio School District. This means there are only 8 weeks remaining of the 2018-19 school year. We hope each and every child experiences opportunities to develop their learning literacies and their 5Cs; communication, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and caring. Our staff and […]

The Reading Classroom

The Reading Classroom Rio School District children are thriving in many ways. Our recent years’ emphasis on critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, and caring has helped the adults in our organization create classroom and school environments that are suitable for young children’s development as full human beings as well as supporting their literacy development which […]

Thriving

Thriving…………. thrive verb \ ˈthrīv  \ thrived or throve\ ˈthrōv  \; thrived also thriven\ ˈthri-​vən  \; thriving\ˈthrī-​viŋ  \ Definition of thrive intransitive verb 1: to grow vigorously : FLOURISH 2: to gain in wealth or possessions : PROSPER 3: to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances —often used with on […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Remembered

On this day, 1.21.19, I have taken a look at the “I have a dream speech” again and selected some quotes from it. The speech, of course, should be taken in its entirety and full context. Still, I thought this selection might serve a purpose. I took the time, as I do each year, to […]

S.T.E.A.M. : What’s it all about?

S.T.E.A.M. : What’s it all about?   S.T.E.A.M. learning focuses on science, technology, engineering,arts, and math. These disciplines and practices have become more prominent focal points for school  curriculum and learning activities in recent times. The Rio School District has been engaged in developing S.T.E.A.M. learning for the last six years. S.T.E.M. learning has long […]

What we measure…

What we measure….   Is what we measure what gets done? All that gets done? Is what we measure what we value? Is how we measure what we value indicative of what we value and how much we actually value it? How much do we actually know and care about the actual measuring? What do […]

Why M.L.K. Matters to Children Today

Why M.L.K. Matters to Children Today   Martin Luther King was a tireless worker for creating a better America. In this sense, children should know who he was and what he was all about. MLK’s work was all about making things better for children. He knew the things he was working for would take time […]

Childhood

Childhood   As I get older in years I have taken to rereading books from our home’s many bookshelves. We are a family of readers and some books have kept a thirty plus hold on the mind. For various reasons, the works of Colin M. Turnbull are certainly among those texts in the keeper list. […]

Children as Infrastructure

Children are our infrastructure.   America is a country that is fairly young by country existence standards. Born in 1776 and existing to 2017 that makes 241 years of the United States of America as a democratic sovereign nation. In 1776 there were approximately 2.5 million people living in the U.S.’ first 13 colonies – […]