The Fastest Growing Unified School Districts

March 5, 2010

Heading a school district is not an easy task. A county’s success can be initially be identified by how school boards manage a particular school district.
A School District or school division is an organization of public schools in a particular state that gives the residents their basic educational needs. It is headed by a school committee or school board. They are usually called school administrators. They ensure that all policies are implemented and that school activities, functions and even student-employee activities are carried out smoothly.
Most of the school districts support and participate in the city’s business operations, including television stations, public libraries, kitchens, medical clinics, school bus yard, school laundries, warehouses and police departments. There are also recreational areas available in a school district. Oftentimes, school districts become a contributing factor to the success or the recession of the city’s economic and political status.
The performance of a school district can be equated to the performance of the schools itself. Schools are not just for students. Schools are community centers. They cater to a number of different people and different businesses. Therefore, a good school should include a good learning environment. Discover why these unified district schools are making a reputable name.
Flagstaff Unified School District
The success of Flagstaff in Arizona is through the collaboration and commitment of parents, educators and its community. They have qualified teachers, wherein, most of them have a master’s degree, are certified counselors, librarians and administrators. A number of their teachers are also recipients of citations and awards.
In 2002, the National Principal of the Year came from their district. Flagstaff Middle School received the Golden Bell award, the highest commendation for innovative instruction in Arizona. This district, founded in a log cabin, has now 6 elementary schools, 3 high schools, 4 middle schools and 1 alternative combination of high school and middle school. It also has a number of school buildings, libraries and recreational areas. Magnet schools were also opened to concentrate on academics, especially in Science, Arts and Citizenship and Character Education and Technology.
Flagstaff has a rich mix culture, excellent tourist destinations along with a scientific but family-oriented community that knows how to established good schools and a good quality of life. The community supports the districts’ entire program by opening opportunities for both faculty and students alike. Some companies that provide it include a Lowell Observatory, W.L. Gore & Associates, a number of museums and symphony orchestras.
For the schools comfortable and safe environment, the community provides bus fleets, food services, health services and basic social services. In return, the students consistently score above national average on achievement exams, in which, drop out rates are lower than the state average. They garner gold medals in state and national competitions. They are also well prepared for careers in technology, trade and business. Graduates have been accepted at prestige universities including Princeton, Stanford and Yale.
Lake Elsinore Unified School District
Lake Elsinore in California is fast growing when it comes to commerce, retails, residential and light industry. The city provides excellent public service programs that include fire and police protection, public and commercial transportation and job opportunities in industries like tourism, computer animation, telecommunication, machining, aero sports and construction products. This school division provides students opportunities for academic excellence, extra curricular and athletic programs along with scholarship and employment opportunities.
This district consists of 15 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 3 high schools, and 4 alternative education schools. For the last two years, this school district is making a name in academic achievement and was even placed in the top 10 in riverside County ranking. Schools in this area are also known for its community involvement doing charitable works.
This school district has implemented a magnet program called Visual and Performing Arts and is now proving to be a success specifically in Butterfield Elementary School. It is making a name for arts and theaters in its 14 yrs of successful performances. They have received a number of honors and awards including Golden Bell, Los Angeles Music Center “BRAVO” award, healthy Start Grant and as a Treatment School for Reading and Arts Integrated for Student Excellence.
This school alone offers great amenities which make the school district unique. These include computer labs with eMacs for research, a theater fully equipped with lighting and sound system and BESTv green-screen, Reader’s theater and classrooms with document cameras; plus Internet access.

Unified Theory – Cessna (Live – 2000)

March 9, 2009

Footage recorded in February of 2000 in Detroit MI. (I-Rock) I may reupload this video somewhere down the road. Again, this was captured from a VHS and put onto a DVD and uploaded from the DVD. As you can see, it came out a bit out of synch… If I upload it directly from the VHS, it won’t be out of synch. But, you’ll have to deal for now. 😉 This was given to me by Jon Larson, who attended the show. Unfortunately, Jon is no longer with us. RIP my dear friend…

Duration : 0:4:37

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Mass UFO Sighting New Jersey 9 Jan 09 !!

January 14, 2009

New Jersey-01-05-09-While driving home near interstate 287 northbound, I pulled over to watch the lights. They lasted about 15-20 minutes, then shot off into the distance.

I took a short video taken with my camera. My passenger and I both experienced awe as we watched. Neither of us have seen anything remotely close to this before.

The lights must have been visible for miles. They changed in pattern and shape throughout the 20 minutes or so.

Second Report

As an amateur astronomer of nearly 20 years experience, this is the second time I have seen something in the sky that is difficult to explain. I was on my apartment stoop smoking a cigarette when my neighbor, who was just coming home after parking his car in our complexs lot, called my attention to something around the corner of the building.

I moved to share his line of sight and immediately saw an equilateral triangle composed of six red lights. The lights shone at approximately -2.5 magnitude and covered an area of roughly 9 square degrees in the sky.

Three lights marked each of the triangles corners, and three others were arranged outside around them, forming a larger triangle, equal in proportion and orientation to the inner one.

As I watched, the individual points were in motion with respect to each other, but the group appeared to hang motionless in the southwest sky. At this point, the approximate alt-az of the lights was 160°(SSE) by 35° elevation.

I ran inside and retrieved my 6×30 image stabilized binoculars to get a better look. The formation had shifted to an irregular lambda shape of five or six lights when I came back outside.

Through the binoculars, the lights appeared as tiny points against a backdrop of clouds illuminated by nearby Morristown.

They were clearly below the cloud deck compared to airplanes elsewhere in the sky at the time, and appeared to be separate objects in no way connected by a larger structure.

They moved steadily in ascending, lateral, and descending directions in a manner that seemed to display deliberate coordination, but there was no noticeable sound of aircraft.

I returned inside again and readied my digital camera after waking my fiancé. By the time I started collecting video, the visible lights had been reduced to three or four and had moved to approximately 130°(SE) by 20° elevation and the formation covered less than the area of the full moon.

By this time, eight minutes had passed from when I originally observed the lights.

My fiancé and I watched them, with two of my neighbors, as they hung low in the southeast sky, flickering in a tiny triangle. They shifted into a straight line before the individual lights began to rapidly descend beyond tree line one by one.

One or two could still be seen hovering near the horizon in the distance before they vanished, leaving only a solitary beacon remaining higher up until it abruptly faded.

If the lights had not ascended during this event, I would have been fairly certain they were some kind of aviation flares, but I cannot confirm, as I am not familiar with that sort of thing.

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