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W' GE 4 -- The Perkins Journal Thursday, January 3, 1985 .8 " From the Master Teacher I n every school across the coun- try there is a curriculum. Yet, "curriculum" is a word which educators, students, and citizens use with a casualness and con- fidence that may not always be deserved. Simply stated, the cur- riculum is the program of studies within a school Interestingly, the word comes from the Latin word for "racetrack'--and that often describes the pace some school ac- tivities require for boys and girls. Usually, the curriculum for par- ticular subjects is outlined in cur- riculum guides or in manuals and textbooks supplied for teacher and student use. Therefore, we might then ask the larger question, "How does a school curriculum come to be?" First, we must realize that schools exist by law. Therefore, it follows that the government will always prescribe certain subjects to be taught in schools. These subjects always include the basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics, along with history, science, and special subjects in the arts. Partly because of na- tionally published textbooks, many requirements in schools across the nation are quite similar. With our great mobility aS a people, this is generally fortunate. Second, all states allow for op- tions in adding courses to the cur- riculum and for making reason- able adaptations of government requirements. Generally, of course, small schools are more limited in the number of courses and services they can provide students. A smaller school may not be able to offer highly specialized courses. On the other hand, one would not expect to see vocational agriculture in a large city school, though a city district may have a course in horticulture. Yet, the quality of the courses offered is more significant than the quantity And the quality depends largely upon what edu- cators and community members want it to be. This is made evi- dent by citizens' financial support and active participation in their schools. Participation may be direct, such as community mem- bers' evaluating parts of the cur- riculum or serving on committees studying curriculum changes. At other times participation may be indirect, for example, through ~arent-teacher meetings or special programs. Finally, while the skills taught portunity to work with educators to students do not really change, for improvement. Then, aside the options for using school time from government requirements, do change. This requires constant the curriculum finally turns out planning, review, and evaluation to be what the community wants by teachers and administrators, it to be. This, after all, is why New textbooks, supplemental schools are governed by local learning materials, and the com- boards of education. It is the pletely new courses that become board of education that estab- available constantly. It takes lishes curriculum policy in each time, skill, and clear judgment to local district. Board members are review them wisely, your school curriculum represen- The whole procedure of manag- tatives. Therefore, you should feel ing the curriculum works best free to talk to them about cur- when the community knows what riculum at any time. the curriculum is--and has the up- -0- i ne Middle School Spider Club eamed enough money to buy stoolS. Left to right are: Clint Liles, p.J. Kyle, Mrs. Har- ris, Joan Reynolds, and Gina Grano. Pictured above are the Perkins Jr. and St. 4-H Club officers as the present books and a $50 check to Dr. Gwartney fol the Middle School Library. WORKING DILIGENTLY Mrs. Bnsrian, P-T High seoretav?, is working diligently as usual[ " DEL-MAR S FOOD STORE l..nni,, and Jmh Talmr t7-2555 2 I'~ ~. M ai. HARLAND WELLS PERKINS DRUG "'FulI-Tiv, w I)n;g I)epL'" illingham STEER INN FAMILY RESTAURANTS 121 ~. 'l'homa~ I',.rkin. 517-5378 WHISTLE STOP #2 GENERAL STORE 6 miles South of Sdllwater on Hwy. 177 Gas--Groceries--Gffm--Feed--Tzck --Tools 405-377-7545 By Curtis Johnson, Principal Perkins-Tryon High School Coaching is a unique job. The coach is a special person in the eyes of young athletes and can serve as a positive or negative role model. Sadly in so many pro- grams the latter is the case. During the last five and one- half years, I have had the en- lightening experience of being able to help develop an athletic program from the top to the bot- tom at Perkins-Tryon High School. Coaching was something I did for a number of years. I became disillusioned observing the attitudes of my counterparts. Most coaches seem to be totally concerned about winning, with lit- tle thought given to the athlete's physical and mental develop- ment. The behavior of so many coaches indicates low ethical standards. These coaches seem to think that in order to produce a win- ning team, they must encourage athletes from other schools to transfer to their school. Athletes are generally overworked by the coaches, not much consideration is given to their safety. They en- courage athletes to play hurt, turn in false records, redshirt athletes in high school, and turn in false records to the state con- trolling agency. As I have observ- ed these coaches, I saw that many were physical wrecks; their bodies were out of condition. It is not necessary for a coach to be able to run the 100 yard dash in 10 seconds, but it is important for him to present himself or herself in a way that enables a young per- son to say, this is my coach and I am proud of him or her. What messages are we giving to athletes? Are we teaching them values that will ensure failure in society? There are many coaches who never win the state, conference, or local tournaments; yet, they represent their districts well and are ideal role models for the athletes. The coaches are concern- ed with building character - by teaching young people how to lose with grace and to continue to strive for excellence in life. Many great leaders did not achieve local, state, or national recogni- tion in sports, but they later reached great success in life. The importan" factor was that they made the effort. What can be done? I. Each principal must become more involved in a total athletic program, rather than only one or two major sports. 2. The principal should do a better job of screening potential coaches. There is a need to set standards for selecting individuals of higher character, because he or she will represent the school and community. 3. Coaches should go through an internship with an ex- perienced and mature coach. 4. The philosophy of coaching should be based upon the needs of athletes in terms of lifetime goals such as academic achievement and the ability to complete a task, ratl er than being Number One at all costs. 5. Parents must be involved in the athletic program. They should check the training procedures, attend athletic competitions and observe how athletes are treated by coaches. In- volvement of all segments of the community will im- prove the quality of life for athletes. Our athletes need role models - men and women with principles. Coaches who set high standards of behavior and academic expec- tations for the athletes will pro- duce a much greater number of winners. I would like to say I feel the coaching staff from the athletic director on down is striving toward a future for Perkins-Tryon school athletes to be able to stand up with the best. I feel we have the students and athletes to achieve these goals. Our coaching staff in the last five and one-half years has become one of the best coopera- tive, disciplined, teaching staffs i EDEN ing hall. Purchases are made fo~. By l endre membership. Sales ofretinas i products are shared. Elemel~ and lV schooling for the children is ofren onM vided. On some kibbutz, chilcli~ anu m others they live with their pare~" : We also visited a familys- moshav; this family was prod dmms wil nursery stock to be sold to other Wayae ' growers. (Members of a mo~s" Wenc cooperate in buying and selling~. Pock St individual manages his own bu~'a_ndM enterprise.) {ladMrsruu J rs Wall visited a dairy that was 4; and MI ing 125 cows. Due to lack ofpa~ paren space, the cows are confined the~ber 2 around. Dairymen are membersgd Willi; moshav that provides for feed st~big sistl and feed preparation; they ~ts. l~ deliver their daily milk productidlamo,thfil ann M a common point where it ts loade at : tank trucks to go to a processing ~ Darem This particular moshav was in bet Z cess of building a centralized pro~Jerry ( tion unit in which each ot~gtandpa dairymen would have a feedingL Cou~ loafing shed and his own parlor, .tha to l of 000 cows units. While at Netanya, we visited~tright restored mitts at Caesarea and th~e Drisk dry of Jaffa. With an organiza]''r'. known as AACI (Americans ~e B.urt, Canadiam 5ring in Netanya) a rout of Beer-Sheers, Arad, lel and Omer in southern Israel. ] gave us an insight into the industry that is possible in the die of the desert; we also Bedouin villages and excavations in this area. the ancient trade route to a stronghold on the overlooking the Plain of in the state. All staffs have their magaddon in Revelation). From we went to Nazareth to problems, but within the Perkins- Church of the Annunciation and] Tryon staff it has been held to a site of the home of Joseph andl .dnimum. I feel the community is Our tour then took us to the very fortunate to have its of Haifa and, and finally to children in such a program. If you Gesber Ha ziv, 2Vz miles from have any problems with this type non, where we stayed for two While there we visited Metulla,l northernmost dty in Israel. Metu of athletic program, please let us know, because athletic programs should reflect the community. "O" LUNCH MENU Thursday, Jan. 3 Breaded Steak Fingers, Potatoes and Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Rolls and Sliced Peaches Friday, Jan. 4 Hamburger and Fries, Pickles and Onions, Red Jell-o with Fruit. Friday, Middle School and High School - Cheeseburgers -O- Ephraim Wall Returns From Trip to Israel On December 21 Ephraim Wall returned from a fifteen day trip to Israel. As he had done in April to New Zealand, he made the trip with the sight of the "Good through which the Lebanese can d to get medical help, to see I~ friends and relatives, and to get in Israel. Our tour then took us t~ dent Dan, to Caesarea Phillipi, the Golan Heights, and finally rivet Jordan, to Galilee, and to tht~ of Galilee, with a visit at Caperna! After two days in northern I~ we rode to Jerusalem, via Acre,i final stronghold of the Crusaders. the way we visited the birthplaO Jesus in Bethlehem. three days in Jerusalem ga~ Our an opportunity to walk the street the Old City. We visited the M~ Shrine called Dome of the Rock t the rebuilt Jewish Quarters. i A followed the Path of Sorrows! haggled with the Arab traders in Friendship Force, an organization that shops. believes that the personal acquain- A tour of the Dead Sea region d tance of people from different parts us to the caves of Qumran, where! of the earth will promote peace, and Dead Sea scrolls were found, and I that the best way to achieve this per- us an opportunity to wash our sonal acquaintance is to have them the saltiest sea in the world, spend a period of rime in each other's hundred feet below sea level. We home. the cable car to the top of Masacb Wall's traveling companion in Israel tional shrine of Israel. Masada was Dr. Monroe Kriegel of Stillwater. isolated plateau, where the Jews Dr. and Mrs. F. D. Prater of Stillwater their final stand against the Ro~ in 73 A.D. We viewed the mi~ also made the trip. Other Friendship Force ambassadors were from Ok)a- Jericho, beside the lush springs,~f homa~ Minnesota, Texas, Nebraska, rounding the oldest dry on eartbt and New Mexico--a total of 42 viewed the Mount of Temptati~ persons. , We found Israel a fasdnating 4 Kriegel and Wall s hosts in try. The people are industrious an.~ Netanya, Israel, during the first week, novadve. They are extremely patri were Itzik and Shoshana Ben Ze'ev They have made a garden outJ and their two sons, Rany and Gady. desert. Dec. 29, lI During the week they took us to visit -o- i two kibbutz'ira. Each kibbutz had two to five hundred members: the INTERESTED IN ELECTION! members work together to produce BARNSDALL -- More than u~ fruit, vegetables, milk, and cotton as interest is being shown in the scl well as some type of manufactured board elections here with eight ~ product--such as one made of plastic didates having filed for two or a saleable electronic device. One positions, one the 5 year term member is selected by an administta- 5, and another position created tive board to serve as manager. On resignation in Place No. 1. i each kibbutz there is a common din- -O- KEN SMITH FURNITIIRE N,'~ and l ~,'d -- IIH) N. Main -- 517-210q .Ir. illld ~|l|rillt' I{ll~lilill. |'.~livr- J.l). & EVEI,YN ANI)ERSg}N VASSAR COMPANY .lack 't a.-ar 517-211 i 21|7 X Mai. PERKINS TAG AI;ENI:Y Mar~ F'ran,','-Blair. ~,.nl [ )1 I~,*, lllq~%t It 517"21i STB()DE FITNEBAL HI)ME MAC'S CORNER t:t)RRAI, 517-21lS; 372-5550 lilac & l,,nl Mc~nalh John ~ Marl,',,,' llakc RALPH'S PACKING COMPANY FARMER'S UNION Sn,, and (',a~ Crane and Fra,lk Slfillar~ ()wnl.r- llar~ey llri~c.~. ~gelll (:ill and,Rural 5|7-216t N.i, of Perkins ,,11 Freeman %x,';iu,' Ih,rkin,. ()k ill~'ll rillll'l" 517-2251 5 17-2 136 PAYNE COUNTY BANK PATSY'S FLOWERS & CERAMi('.S 202 South Main M,.ml,.r I"I}11~ l'al,~ I,ih" I01 S. Main 317-2 1211 5,;7-27qX)' CIMARRON VALLEY CO-OI'ERATIVE, IN('. Dan Iiubhard. Manager 2t7 S. Mai, PERKINS "Y" LIVESTOCK AUCTION 547-2533 "Sale Every g ednesday'" 11f I ,.rkin~ Palll Johl! II P.J.'s FLOWERS & GIFTS attd (;,,rr~ John,~m 517-2763 1 17 BAKER'S DRY GOODS Baker 5.17-2161 I ( ;2 I III i I III III II II IIIII N. Main ~. Main III I WHISTLE STOP #1 5 17-2976 PEPSI COLA COMPANY Slill~at,'r. l Iklah,,ma i McDANIEL & SON HARDWARE "'~ (,,..I Ilar.h~arr i. a (;,..I '1',,~.'" i 517-2|72 II I ~. Mai, L