[thangk-fuhl]: adjective 1. feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative. There may be nothing controversial, innovative, groundbreaking, novel, or unique about expressing gratitude this time of year, but that does not make it an insignificant or wasted expression. Time spent counting our blessings and expressing thanks is always time well spent. What is PA Virtual thankful for this year? Our CEO Dr. Joanne Barnett, sums up PA Virtual's gratitude simply and succinctly... “I am thankful for the opportunity of school choice and that it allows PA Virtual to exist.”
Daylight Savings Time Saving? Although it has been a few weeks since we set our clocks back for Daylight Savings Time, the shortening daylight has us wondering once again... What exactly is Daylight Savings Time? Why do we do it? According to timeanddate.com, Daylight Savings Time (or DST, as the cool kids call it) is intended to make better use of daylight and save energy. The web site details the history of DST, going the whole way back to ancient civilizations. (Who knew?)
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Today at PA Virtual, one of our students led a presentation entitled “Choose Kind” as part of a month-long anti-bullying campaign spearheaded by our Guidance Counselors. The presentation led to a discussion among students about how to treat each other. A quick internet search on “choose kind” yields a wealth of sites promoting that message. From Random House to Disney, The Chicago Tribune to YouTube, the sites encourage kindness among our children, feature stories about bullying, or provide kindness resources.
Tomorrow is Veterans Day, and it often seems like we focus on having a day off of work or school more than we do the holiday and its meaning. Perhaps it is because we don't quite understand the holiday's intent, seeing it rather as a "recycled" Memorial Day. Even the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs web site is aware of the conflation, and address it in its FAQ:
Many of us are likely aware of research that supports the benefits of music education for children and young adults. It can improve language development, IQ scores, spatial-temporal scores, and more. While scientific research is important in recognizing and understanding the benefits music education provides, it is also important to hear from students themselves about how they interact with music and what they appreciate about it.
Today on our Facebook page, we shared a great article from Philly.com about girls and science (Boccella, Kathy. Teen girls having fun - with science, 11/7/14, philly.com). Highlighting Super Science Saturday, an event hosted at West Chester University, the article reminds us that we continue to face a significant educational dilemma: “Even in an era when more women are attending college than men, there is still a shortage of females working in the fastest-growing fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.” (Bocella)