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46 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 10 - October 16, 1997 S---- 3._._.- )L EDUCATION Delaware T('.ch enters partnership with Microsoft, Novell Roaanne Pack photo Delaware Tech College Jack Owens Campus is the home of a new partnership that connects the college with Microsoft, Novell and Sylvan Prometric Testing Centers. Present for the announcement of the partnership are (l-r) Bonnie Adkins, Del Tech computer information sys- tems; Dr. Calvin Lewis, Sylvan Prometric; Jack ODay, department chair, computer informa- tion systems technology; Tim Kavell, Owens Campus director;, Joyce Heflin, computer infor- mation systems and AI Burton, Townsend's Inc. director management information and Com- puter Information Systems Advisory Committee member. Sussex Tech student earns national award The United States Achievement Academy has named Meghan Johnson of Milton, a student at Sussex Technical High School, to the United States National Honor Roll. Johnson's name will be includ- ed in the United States Achieve- ment Academy's official year- book, which is published national- ly. Johnson is the daughter of William and Renee Smith of Mil- ton. She is also the granddaughter of Edward and Shirley Johnson of Lewes and William and Jean Smith of Naples, Fla. Cape Henl0pen School District menus The Cape Henlopen School District Menu for the week of Oct. 13-17 includes: Elementary and middle schools: Monday, Oct.13 - Wafer steak on bun, pizza or sandwich choice; choice of two sides, including broccoli bites, tomato/lettuce cup, fresh fruit, diced peaches, orange or apple juice. Tuesday, Oct. 14 -Chicken patty on bun, hamburger on bun or sand- wich choice; choice of two sides, including green beans, steamed rice, diced pears, fresh fruit, orange or apple juice. Wednesday, Oct. 15 - Spaghetti with meat sauce, pizza or sandwich choice; choice of two sides including raw vegetables, chilled fruit, grape clusters, orange or apple juice, brownie square. Thursday, Oct. 16 - Chicken nuggets, Italian sub or sandwich choice; choice of two sides, including vegetable soup, french fries, lettuce/toma- to, fruit mix, fresh fruit, orange or apple juice. Friday, Oct. 17 - Chicken surprise, pizza or sandwich choice; choice of two sides, including tossed salad, pasta salad, pineapple chunks, fresh fruit, orange or apple juice. I I I By Rosanne Pack There were no bells and whis- tles, but in terms of fanfare that might be all that was missing as Delaware Tech College, Jack Owens Campus, introduced a new partnership with computer age industry giants Microsoft and Novell last week. Thrown into the electronic technology-education matrix is an alliance with Sylvan Prometric Testing Systems. The total package puts the Sus- sex County community college in a unique position in the state for offering education and certifica- tion for one of the 10 fastest grow- ing careers, in the United States. Introduced with music, video graphics and a master display board that gradually unveiled the components, the partnership that has national and international implications was explained to guests, faculty and students at Delaware Tech. Jack N. O'Day, department chair for computer information systems technology, said that the partnership will put the Jack Owens campus in the forefront of schools that are educating certified professionals in the computer field. "This is new news! The ink is still wet on some of the contracts as we assemble a team of top pro- fessionals to bring this program to our students, our community, our state. "There is a worldwide critical shortage of microcomputer net- working professionals," he said. "The growth of computer net- works has grown faster than the staff to support them." He explained that the partner- ship with industry leaders Microsoft and Novell will put the school in the position of raising I the standard of instruction because of the use of specific adapted and approved curriculum. After com- pletion of Novell or Microsoft courses, students will be eligible to take nationally recognized certi- fication exam developed by Syl- van Prometric. O'Day said Sylvan is the world's largest, most modern and secure testing center for academic assessment, professional licensure and information technology indus- try certification. The partnership with Sylvan makes Delaware Tech one of only 500 such centers in North America. On the competitive edge "Once Delaware Tech students complete an industry certification exam, they will be internationally recognized as either a Certified Novell Engineer or a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer," O'Day said. "Completion of the microcomputer and networking associates degree coupled with industry certification will give the students a superior competitive edge as they seek employment opportunities in the computer field ." As one of the guest speakers, AI Burton said, "It is of great impor- tance to develop and maintain the relationship between the college and the business community. This college is responding to the chal- lenges and changes in technology; this new partnership and degree program is an example." Burton is the director of man- agement information systems with Townsend's Inc. in Millsboro. He serves on the Computer Informa- tion Systems Advisory Committee at Delaware Tech that brings area business and industry' representa- Continued on page 47 Use natural incentives to put focus on homework Several years ago during a par- ent conference, a mother told me that it took her son two hours every evening to do his home- work. This was puzzling since the boy's performance and quality of work was lacking. This was a team conference and my colleagues and I questioned her about it. Eventually we found out that her son usually did his homework in his bedroom where he had a television, stereo and phone. The boy admitted that he was unable to focus on the homework for most of the allotted time. He watched TV or became distracted by other things of interest. I wondered if even an adult would accomplish much, give n this scenario. Homework success involves three key elements: time, place and supervisior. Homework should be used to reinforce skills already taught in school. Parents need to ensure that the conditions for studying are the best that they can consistently provide. SCHOOL JOURNAL Diane Albanese Students need to have a regular time that they do homework. In our home this happens directly after school. Through the years, I have found that it is better to get the homework done when the lessons from" the school day are still fresh. Sooti after arriving home, they have a snack and begin homework. When children do homework after school there are natural incentives to stay focused and get the work done. When they finish, they can play outside or become involved in a video game. It's much more difficult to disengage a child from Playstation and make homework seem like fun if they wait to do it later. Children who are tired and worn out can't focus on the lessons anyway. Much time and effort are saved if materials are gathered into one place. A drawer or plastic bin can hold the necessary pencils, rules, crayons, paper, glue, tape, high- lighters, colored pencils, hole- puncher, stapler and dictionary. A computer is very useful for home- work. Most teachers allow and even prefer written assignments to be done on the computer. Students know that you will check their homework. Don't buy into the old line that they did all of their homework. Check it! Look for accuracy, neatness and completeness. Teachers look for these things. Often it means the difference between an A and a B. How much homework is enough? The following guide- lines, adapted from "Home- School Collaboration," are accept- ed as reasonable. In grades I-3, 10-45 minutes per night, one to three times a week. In grades 4-6, 45-90 minutes per night, two to four times a week. In grades 7-9, one to two hours per night, three to fivetimes per week. Even if there is no written assignment, use the homework time for some type of learning activity such as reading, research- . ing a favorite topic or writing spelling words. Keep a calendar handy so that term projects can be done ahead of time. If your children do homework in their bedroom, be sure that the TV, radio or phone is not engaged. To make sure that their brain is engaged, check on them periodi- cally and discuss the assignments with them. A good way to see if they under- stand the lesson is to get them to teach it to you. Demonstrate that learning is a lifelong goal. Home- work success translates to student success in school. Diane Saienni Albanese is a parent and educator in the Cape Henlopen School District and at Delaware Tech.