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42- CAPE GAZE, Friday, January 16 - January 22, 1998 Sample wins Milton Middle School Geography Bee Gerone Sample, an eighth-grade student at Milton Middle School, won the school-level competition of the National Geography Bee, which was held Jan. 9. Sample also won a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. The school-level bee, at which stu- dents answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 10th annual National Geogra- Worcester students chart new skills Julia Robinson, a third-grade student in Joan Hamilton's class at Worcester Country School, practices her skills in graphing. The children in Hamilton's social studies classes learn about map and graph reading while studying units on Maryland and Delaware. "By the end of the year," Hamilton said, "the children are reading very difficult maps and graphs." ROBINSON Sussex students eligible for engineering scholarship Environmental Consultants International Corporation (ECI), a local consulting engineering firm, will offer a scholarship to a Sussex County high school senior who plans to study civil or agriculture engineering. The $2,500 scholarship will be distributed over four years. To obtain an application, students should see their school's guidance counselor. For more information, call ECI at 226-2844. phy Bee, which is sponsored by the National Geographic Society and Sylvan Learning Centers. The kickoff for this year's con- test was the week of Dec. 1, dur- ing which thousands of schools across the United States and in the five U.S. territories participated. The school winners, including Sample, will now take a written test; up to 100 of the top scorers in Curriculum Continued from page 41 online system is a large database that educators will be able to ac- cess to share teaching techniques. For example, he said, teachers may use a particular lesson plan to incorporate three performance in- dicators in one unit. They may then add that to the online instruc- tional management system. Then, another teacher from somewhere else in the state could make a query about those three indicators and be directed to the lesson plan. Essentially, Adamowski said, the management system will al- low educators to build upon each other's work. There are four demonstration sites in Delaware with plans to expand to 10, he said. Delaware is at the forefront of the national education reform movement, he noted, with only two or three states ahead of it. Assessing changes This year's eighth-grade class will be the first to take a compe- tency exam as a graduation re- quirement. Adamowski said tests are currently being sampled. Some officials, however, are ex- ploring content-specific tests to be administered at specific periods that would allow students, who may not meet the standards, the opportunity to sharpen their skills and retest. Assessment on end-of-cluster performance indicators will be ad- ministered at the end of grades three, five, eight and 10, but schools will work backward and forward of those years to ensure students are working toward meeting state standards. Board member Tony Streett asked Adamowski what provi- sions the state has outlined for stu- dents who may move to Delaware from states lagging behind those with state standards. "We don't have a solution for you," said Adamowski, but he said the state is exploring options. One concept that could develop, he said, is a national rather than state exam. There are other problems the Department of Education is facing with the emerging reform initia- tive. As noted by Milton Middle School Principal Hubert "Mike" Mock, existing teacher-certifica- tion standards don't blend with the middle school concept. Adamowski conceded that cer- tification is "becoming an increas- ing barrier." Part of the reform concept suggests students in grades one through four stay longer with the same teacher for continuity. However, with the way the grades are broken down for certification, teachers may not be able to move up or down a grade to stay with a particular class. Another certification issue, Adamowski said, is endorse- ments, seeking content-area certi- fication for middle schools. Sub- discipline science certification in the secondary level is also prob- lematic, he said. Neither mathematics, social studies nor English teachers must have separate certifications for the subdisciplines within their fields. However, science teachers must have special certifications for the subdisciplines, such as biology, chemistry and physics. "This is going to be a barrier," said Adamowski. "People just don't know it yet." Aberrations in the initiative are present throughout the state, he said, but the department continues to examine the issues and strive for solutions. "We are moving into an era where the system was measured by inputs," said Adamowski. Now, with the reform initiative in full stride, measurements will be taken from outputs. each state and territory will be eligible to compete in the National Geography Bee national champi- onship on May 19 and 20. Alex Tre- SAMPLE bek, host of TV' s "Jeopardy !" will moderate the national finals on May 20. The program will be produced by Maryland Public Television and will air on PBS stations. The National Geographic Soci- ety developed the annual contest in response to a growing concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. A 10-country Gallup survey conducted for the society in 1988 and 1989, found that people in the United States in the 18-24 age group - the youngest group sur- veyed - knew less about geogra- phy than young people in any of the other countries in the survey. The National Geographic Soci- ety, with 9 million members, has as its mission, the "increase and BRUCE W. CHILCOAT Account Executive, Investments Certified Financial Planner Call for "50 FINANCIAL PLANNING MISTAKES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM." (302) 226-5100 (800) 258-3131 Fax (302) 226-5200 diffusion of geographic knowl- edge." In addition to the National Geography Bee, the Society spon- sors a number of other geography education initiatives, including summer geography institutes for teachers and the Geographic Al- liance Network, which is currently working in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada. Y/@U TUlPF lfl00OUGN TO PIL,00Y/P@ILAR BALL? 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