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A4 - THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, February 14, 2013 C ( E00tor Thank You! I would like to thank the Journal readers of Stillwater for their compassion and donations toward my electric- ity fund. Also I would like to show you how much you can save adopting a pet from my shelter, For only $50 you have a cat/kitten that has been spayed/neutered, vaccinat- ed', wormed and micro-chipped, as well as litter trained. You also receive an informational DVD, a food sample, their food dishes, and a certificate for Free exam at the Cat Cllinic Of Stillwater. Call me for an appointment at (405) 547-1224. Betty Ottaway, PresidentFounder C.A.T.S. 1 ! : : The following are excerpts from this scribbler's 7.5 x 5 inch, 358 page book by Charles Northend, M.A.,"Hints and Methods in School Discipline and Instruction." The teaching business is a noble one. People must pos- sess many traits, and, in every possible way, increase qualifications for teaching. Some may imagine it's only teaching 6 hours daily, 5 days/weekly, asking questions, hearing answers, and preserving a modicum of stillness in crowded classrooms. Perhaps no special results are thought of, and, no very desirable ones realized. Daily duties 'may be performed in a heartless and formal way. But, the faithful teacher's work is a glorious one, both in it's nature and results. Everyone admires artists who cause inanimate canvases exhibiting life-like expressions. And the sculptor, who, from a shapeless aad life-less hunk of stone or bronze, produces figures of humans or animals. This is good. These artists merit high honors and praise. But one should also praise and honor those who help shape and develop the human mind. Teachers are committed to mold and instruct, to fill with true and useful knowledge, moral truths, the light of sciences, and to fortify against errors. Today's teachers must accept children's ignorances, weaknesses, dependence, and exposures to evil tempta- tions all around them. They must then lead them through all the devious and dangerous paths of childhood and youth, true-hearted and intelligent activities, and personal qualities which will nerve and strengthen them later. There is no higher office than a teacher of youth, because there is nothing in this world as precious: the minds, souls, and characters of a children. Parents should do everything possible to ascertain such as guardians of their children. There should never be the least anxiety for children to accumulate property. A child should be placed under influ- ences which will awaken their faculties, inspire them with higher principles, and fit them to be a useful and honorable part of the world. No language can express the folly of that economy, which, if a fortune is left to a child, starves t Perkins, the erkins Po aK. I I il TO SUBSCRIBE BY MAIL, fill out this form and mail with iiiiiiliiiiiiiii remittance to: The Perkins Journal, P.O. Box 667, [;iiiiiiiii!i! iiiiiiii!i!;! Perkins, OK 74059-0667 :i!iii!i!ilili!i Name Iliii!i!i!iii! 00iiiiiii;iiiimA0000,ess t!i!i!i!i! iiiiiiiiiiii!iil City State__Zip00 lii!ii!iilji Rates: One year in Oklahoma.. =30  liiiiiiiiii ii;!:!i!i!il One yearoutof state ...... $35 ilili!ili!i!ili BE A FRIEND, BUY A FRIEND a subscription and deduct $4 II!ii!iiiiiiiiii offoftherateslistedaboveifyouareacurrentpaJdsubscriber, iiiiiiiiiiiiiil iiiii!iiiilUsethef°rmab°vef°ry°ur'end"andlisty°urnamehere:lii!iii!iii!i iiii:i:ii: " i!i!!:!i!iii!i iiii!iiiiiiii=..., ,,.. - ... - . -. aiiiiiiiiiiiii ., p, Op" lnlons I had a wonderful visit to the Norman School District on Friday. I toured the district's new Ronald Reagan Elementary School, built by funds from a recent bond issue. The school is a French language immersion school, meaning students learn many of their lessons in French. Studies show that students who have studied a foreign language perform much better than their monolingual peers on tests. I'm excited to see future results from this school. The elementary students endeared me by serenading me with a song in French. Next, I toured a high school anatomy class at Norman North High School, where the teacher showed off the latest technology. State Board of Education member Bill Price and I, along with Principal Bryan Young, took a quiz by keying in answers on a device resembling a remote control. Answers are anonymously tabulated showing the teacher where students need more instruction before taking a big test. We also had the opportunity to observe engineering students demonstrate various projects they were complet- ing -- always fun. Over a boxed lunch, students from Norman and Norman North high schools peppered me with a number of great questions ranging from teacher compensation tOAdvanced Placement course offerings to funding for college. I also had the chance to meet with area superintendents; teachers, principals and Norman School Board Members; all of the elected officials who represent Norman in the their intellects and impoverishes their hearts. Jupitor offered an immortality prize to those who are most useful to mankind. The warrior boasted patriotism, the rich man his wealth, the pontiff his Heaven, the painter giving life to a canvas, the orator his power to sway, and the musician to practice the htman science tL' has been transported to Heaven. Jujpitor hesitated, then saw a person looking with intense interest upon the group of competitors, but pre- senting no claim. "Who are you?" The gray-haired man said, "Only a spectator. All these people were once my pupils." Jupitor said, "Crown him. Crown the faithful teachers with immortality, and make room for them at my right hand." Someone said, "the real object of education: give chil- dren resources that will endure as long as life endures, habits that will ameliorate, not destroy, occupations which will render sickness tolerable, make solitude pleasant, age venerable, life more dignified and useful, and death less terrible. Do not forget, let it be a daily aim and effort; impress students's true appreciation of life's object: how to live so they may wisely act parts of their lives by timely and faithful performances of present duties, constantly and surely seeking higher offices, and nobler existences when time shall be no more. The present Oklahoma controversy between School Administrators and State Supt. of Schools Baressi about the assessment of success of teachers, students, school board members seems, at times, to be ludicrous. Humans, and young people especially, are more per- ceptive than many think. Humans are too, complicated, intricate, and complex to label and grade with ABCD, ABCDF, or ABCDEF. Charles Northend's book has no mention of grading systems in the 358 pages of his book. Every human is an Idiot-Savant in some large or small way. But, most of them find their niches. Northend's book is copyrighted by Boston, Nichols, Lee, & Coompany, 117 Washington Street, Washington, D.C. Surely Gentle Journal Genera have never heard of this company. They published the book in 1860. The more things change, the more they remain the same! TEACHER Continued from Page A1 ten. Davis received her ment. What a blessing it Bachelor's in Elementary is to be able to impact the Education from Oklahoma lives of so many in such a State University. In 2012, special way." she distinguished herself Representing Perkins by earning National Tryon Elementary as Board Certification in Teacher of the Year is Early Childhood Educa- Annie Davis. She is in tion. Annie believes that her 9th year of teaching, great teachers have high with 5 years in first grade expectations, are enthu- and 4 y.ears in kindergar- siastic about teaching, state legislature; and several community leaders. There was a lot of discussion about the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Evaluation system being piloted this year in all Oklahoma schools. Another common theme for the day was the need for additional funding for education. Teachers and administrators also asked for ideas on the best ways to educate parents about Reading Sufficiency, which frill be fully implemented for the first time next school year. This reform mandates that all children per- forming unsatisfactorily in reading by the end of third grade will not be promoted, with the exception of those qualifying for a good cause exemption. While this is only a small percentage of our student body, even the thought that one child might be held back is concerning, yet, we cannot continue to promote children who cannot read. This puts them at greater risk of failing in school when the stakes are much higher than third grade. I urged the group I spoke with on Friday to tell parents to please read to their children and have their children read to them. We're planning now to promote a summer reading program that is built around the idea that if all children can read five books on their Lexile level, it will eliminate the summer slide that often occurs in students. Visting Norman was great fun. I always love the oppor- tunity to get into the school districts and hear directly from teachers, school leaders and students. I give them permis- sion to ask me any question, and I do my best to provide thorough answers. Since taking the job of State Superintendent, I've visited almost fifty school districts in nearly as many counties. I will continue to do so throughout my tenure in office. It is the only way I can truly assure I am hearing the needs of our educators and students and that they hear directly from me the purpose behind education reforms. GUNS Continued from Page A1 the deputy alleged in his affidavit. When Lowe was arrested at another residence in Perkins last week, "We located in his front right pocket a blue container that contained numerous baggies with residue. One baggie con- tained a crystal substance whichtested positive pre- sumptive for methamphet- amine," the deputy alleged in his affidavit. Lowe "told us where the guns that we had already located in the residence were and they were the ones he was trying to sell," the deputy alleged in his affidavit. "He further advised he believes the guns were Stolen and he was trying to sell them for his brother Robert and another unidentified friend," the deputy alleged in his affidavit. According to state Departmefit of Corrections records, Lowe was paroled from prison after serving about nine months of a five-year prison term for manufacturing metham- phetamine at a Cushing residence on N, Linwood Street in 2010. Lowe also has a con- viction for possessing model life-long learning, and relate to each child individually. "My favor- ite saying is, 'Birds of a feather flock together'! I am very fortunate to be surrounded by so many great educators and staff who try to reach every student they can to make a difference in the lives of children." methamphetamine in Perkins in 2009 for which he was originally given probation that was sub- sequently revoked to a five-year prison term, on which he was also paroled last March, DOC records show. Lowe also has a convic- tion for aggravated assault and battery in Perkins in 2004, for which he was placed on probation. According to DOC records, Adame was released from prison after serving less than half of two concurrent two-year sentences he was given for crimes in Payne and Garfeld Counties for pro- bation violations. Adame originally was placed on probation for marijuana possession in Payne County in 2007 and attempted grand larceny in 2008 at Walmart in Enid in Garfield County, DOCr records show. In their current cases, Lowe and Adame have both been charged with possessing on Feb. 7 a muzzle-loading double- barrel shotgun, a Cres- cent Firearms Company single-shot 12-gauge, a Harrington and Richard- son Model 088.410 gauge single-shot shotgun, a Ste- vens Model 940E single- shot 12-gauge shotgun and a bag containing ammuni- tion, all of which allegedly had previously been stolen from a neighbor. Both have also been charged as felons in pos- session of a firearm on Feb.7. Lowe has also been charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on Feb. 7.