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Confessions of a holiday slug

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Mary Schmich Tribune Media You check the closet and search the basement. Not there. You look in the drawers where you throw the stuff like Allen wrenches, oven assembly instructions and mysterious little bags of screws, all the weird things you imagine you’ll use before you die but probably won’t. No luck there, either. Come on. Where are your old holiday decorations? Ah. There. The logical place. On a high

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  • Taking pride in the accomplishments of Kowboys

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    It has become an annual tradition that Osceola High’s football Kowboys will provide excitement among its loyal fan base during the holiday season. The team made its fourth trip to a state championship game Friday, its second such appearance in seven years. Osceola has reached the playoffs the past eight years and in 15 of the past 18 seasons. That is a remarkable track record, one that Osceola High and

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  • Current teacher evaluation system needs to be scrapped

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Jay Wheeler School Board All over Florida there is distress about the increase in K-12 student testing in our public schools. Parents and school boards seeking ways to opt out.  Many have it wrong. I have concluded that the increase in testing is about students, instead it is about teacher evaluations. Under Gov. Rick Scott, the state has gotten deeply into the teacher evaluation business, while worthy it is misguided.

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  • Beyond M.A.D.: Reviving nuclear war

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Robert Koehler Tribune Media “Some of the key technocrats and scientists of the Cold War say the nation has become overly confident about its nuclear deterrence. The nuclear enterprise, they say, ‘is rusting its way to disarmament.’” Let’s meditate on this irony – that disarmament, finally, means no more than growing old and weak and pathetic. What brilliant Cold War Revival propaganda, masquerading, in the Los Angeles Times last week,

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  • Texting: “It can wait”

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Editor’s Note: Every day teenagers die on the roadways of this country because they are distracted by texting. Those grisly statistics can change, and a Hermann, MO student is doing her part to see they do. St. George eighth grade student Brenna Jones is the Missouri Middle School Division winner of the “It Can Wait” campaign aimed at discouraging texting while driving. The contest was sponsored in part by the

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  • Create a unified front for our teachers

    Posted on December 5, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    In trying to give the students in the School District of Osceola County the best possible education, we rely on our teachers to do the best possible job. We want and need to see our students succeed. But it’s evident from a recent School Board meeting that the teachers are in badly need of help because of the challenges they say stem from the new Common Core Standards. According to

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  • Letters to the editor for December 6, 2014

    Posted on December 5, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Thankful for School District support To the Editor: As the holiday season approaches, I feel that it is important that each of us takes time to reflect on the many things for which we are thankful. As superintendent of the Osceola School District: I am thankful for each and every teacher, professional support staff member, and administrator for making a positive difference in the lives of our children. I am

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