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Cape Gazette School & Education FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 - MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 83 Long Neck Elementary teacher receives Presidential Award The Delaware Department of Education announces that Long Neck Elementary School teacher ]eanine Moore is the recipient of the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathemat- ics and Science Teaching. The award is the highest recognition a K-12 mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstand- ing teaching in the United States. Moore received the award for mathematics instruction. Hon- ored for science is Tim Dalby of the Wilmington Friends School. Established by Congress in 1983 and administered for the White House by the National Sci- ence Foundation, the Presidential Awards allow each state to select mathematics teachers and sci- ence teachers as state finalists. Those finalists then vie for the state title the following year. Awards are given to mathemat- ics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. "Congratulations to these outstanding educators who are being recognized for their ex- emplary ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science," Secretary of Edu- cation Mark Murphy said. "They recognize the importance and excitement of their subjects, and through creative lessons tailored to their students' needs, they have shared that knowledge and passion with their students." DOE also announces state fi- nalists for the 2013 award: For Excellence in Mathemat- ics Teaching, Sussex Central High School teacher Karen Berry joins other state finalists Eric Anderson of the Charter School of Wilmington, Kristin Carmen of Sussex Technical High School and Carly Pisani of the Delaware Military Academy. Excellence in Science Teach- ing finalists are Robert Ferrell of the Louis L. Redding Middle School, Appoquinimink School District, and Chris Havrilla of Woodbridge High School. Jeanine Moore Karen Berry Kristin Carmen A national selection com- mittee will review each state finalist's application and select one awardee in each content area for every state. As part of the recognition process, award- ees will take part in a weeklong series of networking and profes- sional development activities in Washington, D.C., and will receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation. For more information about PAEMST, see forms and instructions available at In addition to honoring indi- vidual achievement, the goal of the awards program is to exem- plify the highest standards of mathematics and science teach- ing. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities and leaders in the improvement of math- ematics and science education. Winners and finalists will be honored at the annual PAEMST Recognition and Recruitment banquet Feb. 5, at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover. Technology part of adult education standards ]ames H. Groves Adult High School has embraced technology in its adult education curriculum. Not only are iPads and printers available at its main campus at Sussex Technical High School, but also they are now at all of its satellite locations. With the help and coopera- tion of the Department of Labor; Delaware State Housing Au- thority; Philadelphia Pentecostal Holiness Church in Ellendale; and Woodbridge, Cape Henlo- pen, Seaford, and Laurel school districts, technology is available at those satellite locations, too. This new technology is also be- ing used in the Family Literacy Program, Federal 21st Century Community Learning Center and English as a Second Language "classes. Level 4 ESL teacher ]anine Reed has found some creative ways to weave iPads into her ESL instruction. She puts the students into teams of four. By rotating team use on the iPads, every stu- dent gets at least t0 minutes each week to work on the iPad. Reed has also designed six sta- tions in her classroom that the teams rotate around. Station 1 is always the iPad station. There is also the Smartboard station. Another is the Conversation sta- tion to practice English dialogues taught in previous classes. The rotation also includes an Alpha- betical Order station, a Dictation station, and a Letter Writing station. According to an article in e-Synergy newsletter, from in- formation processing skills to technical expertise and even big data, the forecast opportunity for future careers is technology. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates that em- ployment in computer systems design and related services will grow by 47 percent through 2020. . SUBMITTED PHOTO STAFF MEMBER HEATHER KERRICK shows a Phillis Wheatley Middle School student in the Federal 21st Century Community Learning Center how to use the features on an iPad. Conservation Districts announce countywide poster The New Castle, Kent, and Sussex conservation districts recently sponsored a conserva- tion poster contest. This year's theme was Where Does Your Water Shed? A total of 105 post- ers were judged in the following grade categories: K-I, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. First-, second-, and third-place winners in each grade category received a prize valued at $50, $25, and $15 respectively from the conservation districts in their home county. Sussex County had a first- place winner in the grade 4-6 category in Dorothy McCormick. McCormick's poster has been forwarded to the National Asso- ciation of Conservation Districts for judging at the national level. Second-place winners from Sussex County include Victo- ria Noon, fifth grade, Southern Delaware School of the Arts; Joshua Vonhof, eighth grade, Delmarva Christian High School; and Kay Dea'Winder, 10th grade, Delmarva Christian High School. Third-place winners from Sussex County are Rachel Kisner, ninth grade, Dehnarva Christian High School; and Shawn McCullough, 10th grade, Dehnarva Christian High School. contest winners After judging by the local con- servation districts, the first-place winners in each grade level were forwarded to the Delaware Asso- ciation of Conservation Districts for judging at the state level. The state-level winners will receive cash awards from DACD. The annual conservation post- er contest provides students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water, and related natural resources through art. The 2014 poster contest will be based on the theme The Secrets of Soil. There will be more informa- tion, and educational materials will be available at www.nacdnet. org under the Stewardship and Education page. - For more information locally about the poster contest and Conservation District prograt, contact Sussex County Conser- vation District at 302-856-3990.