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November 9th, 2013

LPECC: Firemen, college students, blind individuals visit pre-K

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This month has been a busy one for us at LPECC! We are blessed to constantly have members of the community come to visit our students.
We had an awesome opportunity to visit with Dave Graybill and members of the Pink Heals Tour as they came through town with their pink fire trucks. This organization travels across the country to support communities in raising money for people, especially women, dealing with issues such as cancer. It was a wonderful experience for us.

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The future of pre-K

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Louisiana Tech University students in Dr. Julie Holmes’ EDCI 471 course within the Louisiana Tech University College of Education recently reversed the clock and went back to school as preschoolers. Meeting at the Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center, the classroom management students spent an evening learning about today’s cutting-edge pre-k education tools and techniques.

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Cox-Boniol involved in national think tank

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Cathi Cox-Boniol, Lincoln ACHIEVE Coordinator, was recently part of a “think-tank” meeting hosted by the Chemical Education Foundation in Washington D.C.
Joined by other representatives from K-12 and higher education, as well as corporations that included BASF, Brenntag North America, Dow Chemical, PVS Chemicals, Palmer Holland Inc, and Amchem Inc, among others, Cox-Boniol engaged in discussions and activities designed to focus on expanding and enriching STEM learning in elementary and middle grades through greater community and stakeholder support.

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New Tech opens new building

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New Tech @ Ruston on the Ruston High School campus recently joined with the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce to host a ribbon cutting for its newest facility. Unveiling the state-of-the-art upperclassman wing attracted a wide range of stakeholders and partners such as (below, left to right) RHS Head Football Coach Brad Laird, BESE member Jay Guillot, Ruston Alderman Jedd Lewis, Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice and Sen. Bob Kostelka.

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Arkansas school visits RHS

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New Tech @ Ruston recently kicked off its schedule as a 2013-14 National Demonstration Site by hosting a two-day site visit for Highland New Tech. The Hardy, Ark., school brought a 20-member team to study the success of NT@R and learn from the journey of the RHS program. RHS Principal Mike Milstead, NT@R Director Missy Wooley and NT@R Advisory Board Member Cathi Cox-Boniol provided an overview of how the school was founded before turning the event over to NT@R faculty and students.

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Framing new science standards

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Lincoln Parish recently welcomed educators from across North Louisiana to a “Frameworks for K-12 Science Education” workshop designed to help teachers become more familiar with the Next Generation Science Standards. Provided by the Louisiana Science Teachers Association, the workshop was facilitated and hosted by I. A. Lewis Principal Shavonne Garner-Price, I. A. Lewis STEM teacher Holly Payton and Lincoln ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol.

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ALA students visit Archives

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Students in the Advanced Learning Academy at Cypress Springs Elementary and Ruston Elementary schools recently completed the book “The Birchbark House” by Louise Erdich. The book is representative of authentic Native American literature and transports the reader to an island in Lake Superior, in 1847, to live a full cycle of seasons through the eyes and voice of 7 year-old Omakaya, a Native American girl. Following completion of the book, each student selected a special project to develop and present to special guests that included parents, school and district administrators, and others.

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Short, long-term investments vary

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At various times, many people may feel frustrated by the performance of their investments. For example, they expect growth, and they don’t get it — or they think the value of their investment won’t fluctuate much, but it does. However, some of this frustration might be alleviated if investors were more familiar with the nature of their investment vehicles. Specifically, it’s important to keep in mind the difference between long-term and short-term investments.

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When losing, stop chasing your investments

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Question: I know the stock market is getting on up there. I can remember when my 401K got whacked on the stuff I thought was supposed to be safe several years ago. I may have been in stuff that was too aggressive. I don’t think I have the stomach for this. So I moved a bunch of it to bonds back then, and it really hasn’t come back as much as everybody else’s has. How much of my money should I move to conservative things if I have twenty more years until retirement?
Answer: One thing we know for sure — you’ve got lots of company. It’s been a crazy ride in the markets ever since 2000.

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Don’t be afraid to change your asset allocation

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Asset allocation is a time-tested strategy that can help take the guesswork out of choosing investments for your portfolio. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you spread your eggs (dollars) among a variety of baskets (stocks, bonds and cash). The baskets can be further divided within each type of investment.

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