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OCFD Limits Fire to 1 of 9 Rowhouses in Ocean City

first_imgOcean City firefighters remove charred material from the second floor of a row home on the 600 block of Haven Avenue after controlling a fire there on Friday, Aug. 21. The Ocean City Fire Department received a call at 4:40 p.m. Friday from a resident of a row home on the 600 block of Haven Avenue whose smoke detector had activated.Firefighters limited a blaze on the 600 block of Haven Avenue to a single unit of nine contiguous homes.Firefighters arrived at the scene to find smoke pouring from the middle of a row of nine contiguous homes. They located the blaze on the second floor of the sixth unit.A single occupant of the unit left the building unharmed, Fire Chief Chris Breunig said at the scene.Multiple departments, including Marmora and Margate, responded to the fire.Ocean City firefighters remove charred material from the second floor of a row home on the 600 block of Haven Avenue after controlling a fire there on Friday, Aug. 21.Firefighters were able to limit the fire to the single unit but were hampered by clutter in the residence, according to Breunig. Shortly after the blaze was controlled, firefighters could be seen removing charred mattresses, clothes and other material from the second floor of the home.Breunig said the residents of the unit would be relocated but all neighbors would be able to return to their homes.Nobody was injured in the fire. The cause is still under investigation.Deputy Fire Chief Jim Smith (left) talks with Fire Chief Chris Breunig at the scene.last_img read more

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Coaching tips from Gawande

first_imgAtul Gawande — New Yorker staff writer, surgeon at Brigham and Women’s, and professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) — took 90 minutes from his busy schedule Wednesday to talk about ways teaching can be improved through coaching as part of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Askwith Forum series.“The biggest factor in determining how much students learn,” Gawande told the crowd at Longfellow Hall, “isn’t class size or standardized testing, but the quality of their teachers.”Gawande discussed a visit to a middle school in Albemarle County, Va., to observe how an eighth-grade math teacher, Jennie Critzer, benefited from coaching to achieve better outcomes for her students. As Gawande explained, Critzer’s coach knew exactly how to break down performance into critical components, such as the quality of planning and interaction in the classroom. A coach provides a pair of skilled eyes and ears, an outside perspective on performance.Critzer was especially open to coaching, noted Gawande, because she’d “exhausted everything [she] knew about how to improve on [her] own, and was starting to burn out.”Long conversations with her coach about even the smallest details created “a tidal change” in her teaching, leading to more energized engagement with students and more innovative pedagogical approaches, Gawande said. Critzer’s experience suggests that the coaching model athletes benefit from is something that could be applied in a range of fields, so that learning doesn’t end with graduation.Gawande’s talk covered observations from sports and music, as well as anecdotes from his career — including his experience working with a surgical coach. In addition to suggesting some technical changes (like changing the position of his elbow), the coach also “pointed out the ways I’d missed opportunities to help the team perform better,” Gawande said. After making changes and re-focusing on small details, “I saw my complication rates go down.”What makes a great coach? Gawande emphasized a number of factors, including credibility, creativity in solving problems, effectiveness in communication, as well as “an understanding that the details create success” — that small things usually make the difference between good and great. Gawande cited the late John Wooden, the UCLA coaching great whose teams won 10 NCAA championships in 11 years. Wooden liked to spend the first day of practice showing his players exactly “how to put on their socks” because “details create success.” A player who avoided blisters, said Gawande, was one of many details on the road to Wooden’s legendary success.Of course, being coached isn’t easy. Gawande noted that teachers and doctors famously prize their autonomy as “among our highest professional values.” But improved outcomes “also depend on teamwork.” Being coached can be psychologically challenging, forcing professionals outside their comfort zones by making them re-examine deep-rooted patterns, Gawande explained, but coaching can also help teachers develop success by promoting “humility, belief in discipline, and [more] willingness to engage in teamwork.”Gawande concluded by inviting questions from the audience. In response to a question from a Cambridge principal about the mechanics of implementing coaching, Gawande noted that, “how you set it up is a huge part of its success.” Coaches should not report to principals, he said, because “teachers might then view them as spies.” The relationship between coach and teacher must be open, transparent, and intended solely for the teacher’s development. If implemented properly, Gawande said, coaching can help turn good teachers into great ones.last_img read more

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Batesville Approves Six Longer School Days In April

first_imgStudent Neal Nobbe, coach Chris Steele and student Will Amberger at the school board meeting Monday.Students at Batesville Community School Corporation will be in class longer for a week in April.The accumulated snow days forced local school administrators to adjust the calendar to meet the states mandated 180 days of instruction. Without adjustments to the calendar, the last three school days would have been Monday, June 2, 3 and 4.Batesville Superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts revealed his recommendation for a calendar change to the School Board of Trustees at the school board meeting Monday night.Students will make up the latest snow day, Monday, March 3, by going to school for an extra hour a day for a week.The longer school days will be Monday, April 14 to Friday, April 18, and also on Monday, April 21. Roberts explained that longer school days that week can benefit students preparing for the next round of ISTEP testing.The extra hour will be added to the end of the day, school officials confirmed.Batesville will also utilize a two day waiver granted from the Indiana Department of Education for missed days on Jan. 6 and Jan. 7. This will allow the school year to conclude on Friday, May 30.School board members approved the measure, as board member Steve Stein cited, “I believe this makes sense. I believe that one day in June is always a wasted day.”The decision comes one week after Franklin County Schools implemented an additional 40 minutes to school days from Monday, March 17 to April 16. The last day of instruction for Franklin County students is May 30.More news from the Monday’s Batesville School Board Meeting >>Only three school board members were present, as members Wanita Linkel and Ray Call were absent.Batesville Primary School UpgradesA proposal to renovate and make repairs to Batesville Primary School was approved by the school board. The 25-year-old building is in need of maintenance upgrades such as a boiler replacement, new cooling system, roof repairs and up-to-date building controls.The school will seek construction bids with the goal of not exceeding $2 million. The upgrades cost a taxpayer $32.10 that resides in median home value in the school district of $172,000.School Board President Chris Lowery said the maintenance upgrades can position the school to become more energy efficient.Lunch PricesSuperintendent Dr. Jim Roberts will travel to Washington D.C. on March 30 and 31, and will speak with legislators about the school lunch program. On Monday, school board members were informed that the USDA Food and Nutrition Service will require the school to raise lunch prices.The current average weighted price at Batesville is $1.54, school officials will be forced to raise that to at least a $1.60 next school year. A decision will not be made until Roberts returns from the nation’s capital.Students Ally Ritter, Zach Hall, Graham Hunter, Matt Weiler and swimming coach T.J. Greene.Recognizing Top Student-AthletesBatesville student Will Amberger received a Wrestling Jr. Academic All-State award. Fellow wrestler, Neal Nobbe, received an honorable mention.Even without a pool, Batesville swimmers continue to succeed in the water and in the classroom. Students Zach Hall, Graham Hunter, Ally Ritter and Matt Weiler are Academic All-State award winners.Board President Chris Lowery said the nominations continue to show Batesville as a school of student hyphens; student-athletes, students-performers, “But their students first, and it is good to see their family supporting that and coaches helping with that.”last_img read more

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One game is in the books; rest are slated for tomorrow

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Late Friday evening, there is still no telling what this weekend has in store. Of the Sumner County teams which chose to play tonight, only the West Elk-Oxford game was completed.West Elk beat Oxford 68-22.Here is what we have as far as football games.Caldwell at Argonia-Attica has been rescheduled until 5 p.m. Saturday.Conway Springs led Wichita Independent 14-6 at the half. They will resume play at 6 p.m. Saturday.There is no word on South Haven at Flinthills.There is also still no word on the Wellington Cross Country Invitational. But it isn’t looking good!Remember, Wellington is scheduled to play at El Dorado at noon tomorrow at BG Stadium.The box score for the Oxford-West Elk is as follows: West Elk  14   32  22  X   68Oxford      8    14   0   X   221st QuarterOxford Vaughn 27 yard TD Run, Silhan PAT.WE Miller 20 yard TD run, Miller PAT.WE Miller 4 yard TD run, PAT Fail.2nd quarterWE Vandergrift 54 yard TD, VAndergrift PAT.Oxford Vaughn 64 yard TD run, PAT Fail.WE Silvy 30 yard TD run, Vandergrift PAT.Oxford Vaughn 79 yard Kickoff return TD, PAT fail.WE Vandergrift 50 yard TD run, Miller PAT.WE Vandergrift 19 yard TD run, Vandergrift PAT.3rd quarterWE Miller to Cannon 60 yard TD pass, PAT Vandergrift.WE Miler 55 yard TD run, PAT Miller.WE Miller 25 yard TD run.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Atletico Madrid announce two positives for COVID-19 on eve trip to Lisbon

first_imgAtletico MadridKampala, Uganda | XINHUA | Atletico Madrid confirmed on Sunday evening that two members due to travel to Lisbon on Monday for the quarterfinals of the Champions League had tested positive for coronavirus.The club did not confirm whether the positives are among its players or technical staff in an official statement, which explains that according to UEFA protocol every member of the expedition to Lisbon for the final phase of this season’s Champions League underwent a PCR test for COVID-19 on Saturday.“Among the results which were known today (Sunday), two people tested positive, and they are currently under isolation in their respective homes,” explained Atletico, adding that the positive tests were “immediately communicated to the respective Spanish and Portuguese health authorities, UEFA, the Spanish Football Federation, the Portuguese Federation and the Spanish Superior Sports Committee.”The club adds that it has also applied the appropriate protocols for such a situation, with a new round of PCR tests for everyone due to travel to Lisbon, explaining that consequently “training times and the structure and form of the trip and stay in the Portuguese capital” will change. Atletico are due to play RB Leipzig in their quarterfinal tie on August 13.****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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