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Cape Gazette SCHOOL & EDUCATION TUESDAY. DECEMBER 6 - THURSDAY DECEMBER 8 2011 31 Delaware and five other statesit is important for our science ed- have joined a national initiative ucators to have a hand in this to develop K-12 science stan- groundwork," said Secretary of dards. Education Dr. Lillian M. Lowery. Twenty-six states will lead the Joining Delaware as the development of the Next Gener- newest state partners to lead this ation Science Standards, a shared effort are Arkansas, Illinois, effort that will define content Montana, North Carolina and and practices all students will Oregon. need to learn from kindergarten 'A majority of the states, edu- through high school graduation, caring more than 50 percent of Partnering with the states are the our nation's students, have corn- National Research Council, the mitted to developing the Next National Science Teachers Asso- Generation Science Standards, ciation, the American Associa- and they should be commend- tion for the Advancement of Sci- ed," said Michael Cohen, presi: ence, and Achieve, which is facil- dent of Achieve. "Their collabo- itating the collaboration, ration with the leading voices on "Just as Delaware took a lead- science and science education ership role in writing'national will produce a set of rigorous Common Core mathematics and standards that will provide stu- English language arts standards, dents with a complete science foundation and prepare them to and learning, curriculum, assess- making them less competitive be college- and career-ready," ment and education policy, for the jobs of the present All states were invited to join The second step is the devel- the future. A recent U.S. Depart- in june 2011. The first round of opment of science standards ment of Commerce study shows states included Arizona, Califor- based on the framework. The 26 that over the past 10 years, nia, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Ken- state partners will guide the stan- growth in science, technology, tucky, Maine, Maryland, Massa- dards-writing process, gather engineering and mathematics chusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, and deliver feedback from state- (STEM) jobs was three times New Jersey, New York, Ohio, level committees and come to- greater than that of non-STEM Rhode Island, South Dakota, gether to address common issues jobs. The report also shows that Tennessee, Vermont, Washing- and challenges. The states also STEM jobs are expected to con- ton and West Virginia. A follow- agree to commit staff time to the tinue to grow at a faster fate than up invitation to the remaining initiative and. upon completion, other jobs in the coming decade. states was extended in October give serious consideration to "We must provide our stu- 2011. adopting the Next Generation dents a strong science education The development of the Next Science Standards. States sub- so they have the necessary Generation Science Standards is mitted a letter with the signature knowledge to compete in a glob- a two-step process. The first step of the chief state school officer al economy," said Stephen Pruitt, was completed with the release and the chair of the state board of vice president of content, re- of A Framework for K-12 Science education as part of their appli- search and development at Education by the National Re- cations. Achieve, who is coordinating the search Council in July 2011. The Drafts of the science standards NGSS effort. 'A strong under- framework identifies the core will be made available for public standing of science is ci'ucial not ideas and practices in natural sci- input at least twice during the only to our success as a nation. ences and engineering that all NGSS development process. The but to living in the 21st centu j" students should know by the NGSS should be completed by For more information, visit the time they graduate. It was devel- the end of 2012. Next Generation Science Stan- oped by a committee represent- American students lag interna- dards website at www.nextgen- ing expertise in science, teaching tionally in science education, SHAOLtN KUNG-FU STUDENTS EARN BLACK SASH RANK Colleg financial aid nights to offer help for families The Delaware Association of tion for Federal Student Aid Student Financial Aid Adminis- form,.discuss how colleges det r- trators will offer Financial Aid mine financial need and explain Nights, a statewide program de- the role of the college financial signed to provide college-bound aid office. Financial Aid Nights students and their families with are free and open to the public. information and free assistance Scheduled dates are subject to in applying for financial aid. inclement weather changes. In these sessions, attendees Sussex County locations in- will learn about applying for chide: need-based and merit-based aid., Indian River High School at 6 Financial aid representatives will p.m. Jan. 9. For information call discuss federal, state and institu- 732-1500. tional programs - including Del Tech Owens Campus grants, scholarships, work study Theater at 7 p.m. Jan. 23, Feb. 7 and loans. They also will explain and March 7. For more informa- how to fill out the Free Applica- tion, call 856-5400. SUBMITTED PHOTO THREE STUDENTS OF THE SNAOLIN KUNG-FU KWOON were awarded their black sashes at an honorary cere- mony Nov. 9 at the Jones.Hall at Wesley Methodist Church, Georgetown. The ceremony was officiated by Chief Instruc- tor SiBok Doug Davis, SiFu Ward Hol land and SiEu Jonothan Cope. Advanced students James Givens, Stephanie Hastings and Rick Rogers were presented with certificates of Black Sash Ranking and bestowed with the esteemed title of SiFu or Instructor. Thededicated students rose through the ranks after several years of rigorous training, competition and teaching. More' importantly they distinguished themselves through their character and leadership, and all demonstrated an exceptional ability to teach and bring out the best in other stu- dents. Their extensive martial arts resum~ includes competency in Shaolin forms and exotic Chinese weaponry, and all are versed in the Shaolin fighting arts and self-defense theory and methods that include the Tiger, Praying Mantis, White Crane and Siamese Kung-Fu system. Several of them garnered multiple grand championships and first-151ace finishes in martial arts tournament competition in the tri-state area over the past few years. upon reaching Black Sash Ranking they are now permitted to teach an area of expertise. SiFu Givens' specialty is Shaolin Chang Chuan forms and weapons (three-sectional staff and nine-ring broadsword); SiFu Hastings' specialty is Shaolin forms and weapons (long staff and Chinese jian sword); and SiFu Rogers' specialty is self-defense, fighting and weapons (Chinese spear and Chinese whip chain). At the Shaolin Kung-Fu Kwoon awards ceremony are in back (I-r) SiBok Doug Davis, SiFu Ward Holland and SiFu Jonothan Cope. In the center, holding certificates, are SiFu James Givens, SiFu Stephanie Hastings and SiFu Rick Rogers. In front are Josh Givens, Caden Cope, Elias Rose and Dale Rose. 1ST ARMY AIRBORNE THANKS SUSSEX TECH HI6H SCHOOL Delmarva Christian High School offers Big Shadow Day Delmarva Christian High be paired with DCHS students, presented by performing arts School offers a Student Shadow giving them the opportunity to students. program for students in grades meet teachers and other stu- To register for Big Shadow seven through 12 who are consid- dents as they follow a normal Day, visit www.delmarvachrist- ering enrolling at DCHS. Typi- class schedule and explore elec- For those unable to at- cally, shadow visits are held any tire courses such as art, digital tend the Dec. 16 event, full-day Wednesday school is in session; media/design, industrial arts and and half-day Shadow Days are al- however, a special Big Shadow performing arts. Visiting stu- so available throughout the Day is being offered Friday, Dec. dents will also experience a school year by calling 302-856- 16. During this event, visitors will chapel service along with skits 4040. SUBMITTED PHOTO 1ST SPECIIAIL FORCES 6ROUP (Airborne) presented certificates of approx. ciation to several Sussex Technical High School community members for their outstanding support during the Sgt. Andrew James Creighton plaque dedication ceremony on Memorial Day 2011. Being honored was the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Raven Battalion for its assistance during the~ ceremony. JROTC Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Maddie Crimmins was the emcee for the ceremony and Sussex Tech Business and Community Liaison Joe Booth planned and coordinated the event. Army Airborne veteranBobby~. Wingate made the presentations. Creighton was a member of Sussex Tech's class of 2004 and was killed while in active duty in Afghanistan July 2, 2010. Shown are (I-r) JROTC instructor Maj. (Ret.) Ben Jester, JROTC Lt. Col. Maddie Crimmins, and retired Army Airborne Bobby Wingate. Missing frump- photo is Joe Booth, Sussex Tech business and community liaison.