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Jerusalem, Israel: Jan. 10, 2010 Plans to construct a barrier along Israel’s coast with Egypt were approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Additionally, advanced surveillance equipment will be installed; all in an effort to keep illegal immigrants and militants from entering Israel and to “secure Israel’s Jewish and democratic character,” said Netanyahu. This project will cost approximately $270 million and take two years to complete.

News Just so you know Events written by Alyssa Christian

Adelaide, Australia: Jan. 9, 2010 The life of a drowning man off the south coast of Australia was saved by two eight-year-old boys. The boys, who are part of the lifeguard training program for children under 14 at Northcliffe Life Saving Club, saw the middle-aged man calling for help off Northcliffe Beach and rescued him. There are approximately 50,000 Australian children participating in life-saving programs.

Graphic by Trevor Polk

Jemez Pueblo, NM: Jan. 12, 2010 Harnessing the power of the sun may have big benefits for the Jemez Pueblo Indian tribe. The 3,000 members of the tribe are planning to construct the nation’s first utility-scale solar plant on their tribal land. This project could bring in $25 million to the poverty-stricken tribe in New Mexico in the next 25 years, and help to improve its water system and treatment facilities.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Jan. 12, 2010 The strongest earthquake to strike the Caribbean coast in more than 200 years hit Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. This 7.0 magnitude earthquake left tens of thousands of people displaced or buried in the rubble. Overall, the quake affected at least three million Haitians, leaving them in short supply of food, water and shelter. The death toll is estimated to be in the hundred thousands.

Family and Consumer Science class makes a comeback to Washington Emily Wicke Staff Writer

in order to fill her schedule with an elective that was both fun and challenging at the same time. “We take chapter tests over what we have learned. Those can be challenging, but I still have a lot of fun learning all the new information,” said Royster. Whether learning about beneficial nutrients or cooking up fruit pizza, Royster enjoys being part of this newly revamped course. “I am so glad I decided to take this class. It has been a really rewarding experience,” said Royster.

Family and Consumer Science has been a class at Washington for many years, but it recently has returned with a whole new twist. The class is now a career and technical education course. Concepts taught in the class are tied into preparation for the work world. The new program is divided among all three trimesters. The class begins with a unit on relationships and communication. Students who sign up for the elective spend the trimester learning about leadership skills, relationships and conflict resolutions. The second trimester focuses in on food and nutrition. Students study nutrients, food groups and even get a chance to prepare the healthy foods that they have learned about. The last trimester is spent learning about family dynamics. The unit discusses parenting and the development of children. Class instructor Joan Stekl teaches the Family and Consumer Science course at both Washington and Jefferson High Schools. Stekl is passionate about the program and enjoys teaching each of the topics that are discussed in the curriculum. “The most rewarding part of the class for me is seeing my students learn and be successful,” said Stekl. Photo by Lauren Hoth Jazzmine Royster, ’12, is one of many students participating in the second and third hour class. Students in the Family and Consumer Science class held at “I really enjoy this class, I love learning about the food Washington during second and third period work to perfect and then getting to cook it,” said Royster. their cooking skills under the direction of teacher Joan Stekl. Royster decided to take Family and Consumer Science

Family and Consumer Science

Quick Hits

- Class instructor: Joan Stekl - Currently taught at Washington and Jefferson High Schools - Meets every day for three trimesters during second and third hours - Covers one main subject per trimester: relationships and communication, food and nutrition and family dynamics

Profile for Cedar Rapids Washington Surveyor

January 2010  

Washington High School's Student-run newspaper

January 2010  

Washington High School's Student-run newspaper