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September 2013 • Vol. 3, Issue 1

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Hispanic Heritage Quiz To test your knowledge of Hispanic culture and notable people, answer these questions.

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Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual tradition in which people of Hispanic descent celebrate their culture and the many things that make their culture unique . Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. September 15 marks the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico declared independence on September 16 and Chile on September 18. Therefore, this time of the year is particularly momentous for Hispanics. The month-long celebration of Hispanic culture is an attempt to recognize the cultures and history of American citizens with Hispanic ancestry. In 1968, with Lyndon Johnson as President, Congress passed a resolution to observe Hispanic heritage for a week-long event . It wasn't until President Ronald Reagan, in 1988, expanded the week-long commemoration to a month-long celebration that National Hispanic Heritage Month became law. Hispanic Heritage Month honors the impact Hispanic culture has had on various parts of American society, including the arts, business, politics, and science. The Hispanic population continues to grow in the United States, and this segment of the population has made and continues to make many notable contributions. As of 2010 Census results, there were more than 50 million Hispanics living in the United States, which is up from just more than 35 million reported by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2000. Hispanics have remained the fastest-growing minority population in the country, and their numbers, and contributions, figure to continue growing.

1. Who is the first Hispanic person to win the Pulitzer Prize? 2. In the 1960s, this singer established The Institute for the Study of Nonviolence. She may have been better known for her activism than her music. 3. Luis Walter Alvarez won a Nobel Prize in this concentration in 1968? 4. This musician is well known for his music as well as the flavor of Ben & Jerry's ice cream named after him. 5. This country's flag has red and white stripes as well as a blue triangle and one white star? 6. Mexico celebrates its independence on what date? 7. This country's flag has the Sun of May? 8. This person was the first Hispanic to have served in the United States Congress? 9. Roberto C. Goizueta served as the chairman of this billion-dollar company for 16 years and helped to raise its stock prices. 10. What item is in the beak of the eagle that is on the Mexican flag? 11. This person is the first Hispanic player voted into baseball's Hall of Fame? 12. Who was the first Hispanic woman to become an astronaut?

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13. In what year did Puerto Ricans gain U.S. citizenship?

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14. What is the most common Hispanic name in the United States?

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Answers: 1. Oscar Hijuelos; 2. Joan Baez; 3. Physics; 4. Jerry Garcia 5. Puerto Rico; 6. September 16; 7. Uruguay; 8. Joseph Marion Hernandez; 9. Coca-Cola; 10. A snake; 11. Roberto Clemente; 12. Ellen Ochoa; 13. 1917; 14. Garcia

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Westwood School Technology Inventions Students in Ms. Brown's 8th grade technology classes had to think of a new technology they would like to see invented in the next ten years and present their thoughts to the class.  They had to discuss what the technology was, what were the features and attributes, and how they planned to sell it and market it within the business world.  Some ideas were wonderful and some were "out there" but all had fun learning about technology and the business process! Music at Westwood The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade chorus at Westwood are beginning rehearsals for the upcoming musical, Music Man Jr. which will be performed in late October.

Students at Forest Hills are back in the routine and working hard in the school computer lab. Students have lab classes in Rosetta Stone Spanish and in taking Accelerated Reader Reading practice quizzes. Forest Hills is off to a great start! The Gibson Bulldogs are off to a great start! Students are excited and ready to explore the learning opportunities that each day can bring. This year on the outside of the school students and parents will find the “Bulldog Bookhouse”. This mailbox will contain school information about upcoming events and free books for students at Gibson. The Gibson Bulldogs are looking forward to a great year!

Fun at Northside Preschool

Welcome back to school from all of us at Classcandy! We hope you all have a great year!

Woodberry Hills is on the Road to Awesome! The 2013-2014 school year was off to an amazing start as new students were welcomed during open house on Thursday, August, 8th. Excitement and anticipation filled the air as students arrived to meet their new teachers, many eagerly bringing their new school supplies to their classrooms. This provided an opportunity for students to get to know their teacher and to tour the building. Woodberry teachers were very pleased with the turnout, as well as the opportunity to meet their new students and their families. Lot’s of exciting things are happening in the classrooms! First grade read the book First Day Jitters by Julie Danneburg. They discussed how they felt on the first day of school. They also made “jitter juice” by following a recipe with lemon-lime soda, green sherbet, and raspberry flavoring to calm their first day jitters. (picture attached) Third grade has been working very hard on mastering their SOLs. In social studies, they came up with our classroom rules to help learn SOL 3.10. In math, they used pattern blocks. Students were able to create repeating and growing patterns with different attributes. While in science, students classified pictures of animals in sets and subsets, based on common characteristics to help learn SOL 3.1 Fifth grade is hard at work and has settled in to their new year. They are currently working with rounding and comparing decimals, classification keys, synonyms, antonyms, homophones, and multiple meanings. They also trying to get a jump start with preparing for the writing SOL test which will be in March. They are looking forward to a great year! Page 2 • Classcandy© •September 2013

John M. Langston Focus School’s Science Department Dr. Adams’ earth science classes enjoyed learning safety procedures and measuring practices in the lab during the first weeks of a very successful year thus far. The safe transfer of liquids with precision while accurately reading the volume from graduated cylinders were the main objectives of the students pictured here. Both Dr. Adams and the principal of John M. Langston Focus School, Ms. Jocelyn Fitzgerald, are extremely proud of the students’ activities thus far and excited about their future accomplishments.

Schoolfield Elementary is now participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) primary goals are to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, to expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience, to increase fruit and vegetable consumptions, and to make a difference in children’s diet to impact their present and future health. This program is an important component in combating childhood obesity. FFVP snack will be provided at least three times per week. We will serve on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Schoolfield Elementary had one of their most successful open houses on August 1st and 2nd. Students and parents came to meet the teachers and survey their new classrooms. Smiles were as shiny as the new floors that were installed this summer in many of the classrooms.

Schoolfield teachers attend a workshop to prepare for the new school year.

George Washington Good News The GW Concert Choir under the direction of Lee Anne Sheridan is off to a great start. They went to Choir Camp on Saturday, August 24 from 9-4:30, where students spent the morning reviewing the basics of reading music notation and singing and the afternoon working on repertoire. The Choir Booster Club provided a delicious lunch. On Saturday, August 10, the Concert Choir hosted a Carwash/Bake Sale at Auto Zone on Riverside Drive from 9-1 as their first fundraiser of the year. There was another Carwash/Bake Sale Saturday, August 31, from 9-1 at Auto Zone again. On September 7, a select group from the choir will attend Choir Leadership Training at Lynchburg College under the direction of Dr. Jong Kim all day with a concert at 5:00. One of the after school choirs, Outreach Choir, under the direction of former GW graduate LaTish Wyatt, began rehearsals this past week on Friday. They rehearse weekly in preparation for opportunities to perform in the community. Their first engagement is September 15 at 3:00 in Java, VA. On August 28, 2013, Dads of Langston Focus School students were invited to the campus to share doughnuts with their young adults. The event allowed time for the administrative staff to interact and communicate with students as well as Dads of Langston; all while enjoying tasty treats.

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What’s happening at Pittsylvania County Schools

Pittsylvania County Educators awarded education grants by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce.

Jazmin Catron, Noah Catron, Emily Hutcherson, and Abagail Williams had a Pink Lemonade stand at Mt. Airy to raise money for Claire Parker who has been diagnosed with cancer. They raised $175!

CHAMBER AWARDS OVER $114,000 IN EDUCATION GRANTS Teachers Recognized for Creative, Innovative Initiatives Recognizing that education is a cornerstone to the economic success and vitality of the Dan River region, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce awarded over $114,000 in teacher creativity grants today to Pre-K through 12th grade educators in Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell County (NC).

Gretna Elementary School started the 2013-14 school year today. The students were greeted by faculty and staff members on arrival. Everyone is looking forward to a great school year. PICTURED Student - Xavier Barksdale Bus Driver - Mr. Ottie Haskins

Students from Wales Visit Tunstall Middle School Laura-Kay Southgate, a student from Wales, United Kingdom, discusses perspective in an 8th grade Art class at Tunstall Middle School . Pictured: Laura-Kay Southgate, student from Wales UK, Hannah Cousins, 8th grade, Hunter Robertson, 8th grade

As an incentive, Stony Mill Elementary School students in grades 3 through 5 who passed their Math or Reading SOL test were given an opportunity to have their names drawn for a new bike. Pictured below are the 2013 winners along with Ms. Joyce Ferguson, Principal, and Mrs. Wanda Carter, Assistant Principal. Not pictured were winners Nicholas Flood and Makaila Irby.

Tatalia Preston Grade 3 Along with Ms. Joyce Ferguson, Principal

Daniel Campbell Grade 3 Along with Ms. Joyce Ferguson, Principal

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Dylan Burnett Grade 4 Along with Ms. Joyce Ferguson, Principal (left), and Ms. Wanda Carter, Assistant Principal (right)

Emily Brown Grade 4 Along with Ms. Joyce Ferguson, Principal (left), and Ms. Wanda Carter, Assistant Principal (right)

Notable Events for September

Elephant Appreciation Day Sep 22nd, 2013

Celebrate the earth's largest, most interesting and most noble endangered land animal. Did you know elephants are one of the few animals with self awareness? Like humans, apes and (bizarrely) dolphins, elephants can recognize themselves in a mirror. Which means, presumably, that they too can participate in elephant appreciation day by admiring their reflections.


Family Day-A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children Sep 23rd, 2013

National Grandparents Day Sep 8th, 2013

To honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love to their children's children and to help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.

Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your ChildrenTM was launched in 2001 by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Family Day is a national movement that informs parents that the engagement fostered during frequent family dinners is an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free. Dinner Makes A Difference! Whether you’re cooking a gourmet meal, ordering food from your favorite take-out place or eating on the go, rest assured that what your kids really want during dinnertime is YOU! Family meals are the perfect time to talk to your kids and to listen to what’s on their mind. The more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.

This event has been noted by Presidential Proclamation as the first Sunday after Labor Day. It is celebrated in many countries, though not always on the same date. Its purpose is to help children honor grandparents and understand and appreciate the contributions of older citizens, while providing the opportunity for grandparents to show their love and support for their children's children.

m Patriot Day Sep 11th, 2013

In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2, 977 killed in the Septemebr 11th 2001 terrorists. Initially, the day was called the Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001. n December of 2001 the U.S. House of Representatives called for September 11 to be named Patriot Day in memory of those killed in the terrorist attacks of 9-112001.

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Australian woman, 64, completes swim challenge on 5th try A 64-year-old Australian woman has become the first ever person to swim the shark-infested waters between Cuba and America without a cage.

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Diana Nyad took 53 hours to swim 110 miles between Cuba and Florida. She wore a special protective suit to stop jellyfish from stinging her. It was her fifth attempt at the challenge, having been stopped by issues like jellyfish stings in the past. “This is a lifelong dream of mine,” the Australian explained a few miles before the finish line. She is now thought to be relaxing in Florida after completing her huge task. A support team of 35 people helped Nyad through the grueling marathon. They followed alongside her in boats.

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FALL MUMS AVAILABLE The MUMS are back! Please consider supporting the Senior Class of 2014 as you purchase mums for your fall landscaping this year. Seniors will sell beautiful 8” mums through Wednesday, September 11, 2013 for $5.50 each. Please can contact a Senior to order, pick up order forms in the office, or contact Elementary students will have a form in their Friday Folder. Payment is due with order. Please make checks payable to: WCA Class of 2014. Mum pick-up is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17th from 2:50 – 6:00 pm.

A Positive Story from a WCA First Grader

BULLDOG BASH — FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Please make sure to put Friday, September 20 (4:00—8:00 pm), on your calendar for the annual WCA Bulldog Bash. Be watching for more information!!

Strengthening Families A Free Program to Improve Family Relationships Next Session begins September 16, 2013

Families with Children 6-10 years old Parent(s) and children must attend together. Parent Group topics: · Managing stress · Communication · Problem solving · Giving clear and simple directions · Setting limits · Talking to them about drugs and alcohol

Children Group topics: · Refusal skills · Staying out of trouble · Problem solving · Substance Abuse Education · Anger Management

Family Time topics: · Noticing positive behavior · Ignoring negative behavior · Problem solving · Child’s game and Parent’s game

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Kids & Parents Healthy Tips! By: Fitness Trainers (and Parents) Dave Gluhareff & Suzanne Stowe!

Be Healthy & Positive going Back to School!! From Trainer Dave I hope everyone had a wonderful summer! My boys and I always play and stay active all year round and this summer we did things like swimming, biking, trail hiking, running, working out at my personal training & Virginia Bootcamp facilities, tennis, walking our neighborhood, baseball, football, Frisbee, and so much more! My sons also really loved adding two more Obstacle Races to our fun times! Both Dylan (8yrs) and Matthew (3yrs) each raced in the Super Hero Scramble obstacle race in South Carolina plus the Spartan Kids race on Wintergreen Mountain here in Virginia with my VPX Team Xtreme and their Cousin (my Nephew) Jordan Hunter Gluhareff (8yrs)! So proud of my boys and them training, staying active, and having fun all the time! Regular exercise, proper nutrition, and getting plenty of sleep and rest are so important! Did you stay active all summer? Did you have fun? Now just because school is back in doesn’t mean you have to stop playing and having fun! After each school day plus every weekend, of course when your homework is complete, you should always make time to go play outside! Staying active is a year round fun goal! You can have fun with friends and family playing games and sports or you can sign-up for an organized sport and play for a team! Make sure you play, laugh, have fun, eat healthy, get enough sleep at night and stay positive in and out of school! From Fitness Trainer Suzanne Stowe of The summer is over and the memories of hanging at the pool with friends, fishing off piers, adventure camps, and family camping trips will last a lifetime. But the fun isn’t done! We can trade sockless feet for soccer cleats, pool towels and beach blankets for ballet slippers, footballs and bleacher seats! As we set our clocks to fall backward, let’s not fall into a hurried routine. Parents, set aside a few nights for family dinners at the table. Kids, help set the table and use this time to talk about your day. Ask your parents to take you to the Friday night high school football games and make it a family event. Am I ready to get out the snow boots and mittens? Not quite…but something new is in the air and it is more than the scent of burning leaves. It’s not the New Year yet, but it is a new beginning. Enjoy the change of seasons and the change of routine, but most of all enjoy your time and your family and a new school year. Make it a great one!

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CC loves apples! To celebrate Johnny Appleseed day, find the apple hidden someplace in the pages of the September issue of Classcandy. Email the location to A winner will be chosen at random to receive a special prize!

To read more about Johnny Appleseed, check out the book "Johnny Appleseed, the Legend and the Truth" by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Tim Burke.

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Opening Exercises Kick Off 2013-14 School Year

Carlisle welcomed students back to campus recently with the annual Opening Exercises, which recognizes the first grade class of 2025 and senior class of 2014 in particular. The chatter of excited voices catching up with friends was quickly silenced by the familiar sound of bagpipes and drums, as first graders and seniors proceeded into the auditorium and were seated on the stage during this morning's Opening Exercises. Wes Smith, upper division SCA president, welcomed students and faculty back to Carlisle. "I believe this year will be crucial to our school," he said, mentioning the many changes that have already begun to characterize the year. "I'm excited about the possibilities for this school year." He encouraged students to take advantage of the many activities the SCA puts on throughout the year, from homecoming week to the spring cookout, adding that they were a good opportunity to get to know new students and spend time with each other. This year's theme - The Year of Innovation - was chosen on Monday by members of the Middle and Upper Division SCA, and ties into the faculty's summer reading of a book called Teach Like a Pirate. "I would challenge you all to learn like pirates," Head of School Tommy Hudgins told the students, alluding to the book. "Take risks, don't let anything get in your way, search for buried treasure, and be active in the classroom. Think about going that extra step this year." Hudgins also echoed Smith's sentiments. "We all are very excited. We have a good journey ahead."

Watermelon is considered a good gift to give a host in Japan and China. The original Ketchup did not have any tomatoes,the primary ingredient was fish brine mixed with herbs. The roots of ketchup are traced back to China, with a sauce they called ke-tsiap.

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The Parent Corner Making Smart Decisions About Video Games (NAPSI)—If it sometimes seems that every young person you see has a video game in hand, it may be because they do. According to recent research by The NPD Group, 91 percent of kids—more than 60 million across the country—play video games. There’s a great deal of debate over the content and nature of many games on the market and about whether video gameplay has a negative effect on attitudes and behaviors. As technology continues to evolve, however, and parents demand better options, the popularity of online and mobile games presents a valuable opportunity to provide developing minds with interactive, stimulating options—with the added benefit of improving classroom skills. While parents can turn to ratings for information about language, violence and suggestive themes, determining the games that provide teachable moments for their children can be more of a challenge. To find games that offer educational value and entertain and engage in a meaningful way, look for these key characteristics: • Skills Based: Some of the most effective educational games don’t necessarily teach specific subject matter but focus on improving skills, from reading comprehension to math and science proficiency. As a result, these games prepare students for classroom instruction through cognitive exploration and engagement. • Stimulating: Rich multimedia engages different types of learners with an interactive experience, more lasting than a traditional classroom lesson or one-dimensional game. They engage visual learners through the visual presentation of ideas, auditory learners through voice-overs and music, and kinesthetic learners through interactive exercises and engagement in the story.

Chocolate is a food made from cacao beans.

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