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Students will do their best on tests

After months of preparation that began with the start of the school year, students will sit down for the first day of their high-stakes standardized tests.
Starting in grade three all the way through high school, students face tests that will gauge their comprehension of specific Grade Level Expectations. The stakes will be higher for some than for others — fourth- and eighth-graders won’t be able to move on to the next grade level if they don’t pass the LEAP. High school students must score well on the GEE in order to graduate.

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City's residents speaking out

Residents of Grambling expressed concern during two recent special-called meetings that no one knows exactly what city bank accounts look like at this point after more than a year of accounting problems plaguing their city. And with multiple court battles being waged between Mayor Martha Andrus, Grambling’s City Council and several city employees, some residents are worried the city might not be able to afford the fight.

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’Dogs make big strides

They could have easily had 20-plus wins.
Nearly half of those defeats (seven, to be exact) were decided by five or fewer points, including four by one or two points.
The Bulldogs went one game deeper into postseason action, too.
Eliminated after the first game of the Western Athletic Conference tournament the previous year, Tech halted Idaho 70-62 in this year’s opening round and then battled tough against host Nevada before losing 77-68.
A good indicator of a bright future is this fact, too: Tech won four of its last five and six of its last eight regular season games.

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Students ready to rock LEAP

“Sometimes students hear the word ‘test,’ and they think it’s something they can’t do,” said Carolyn Smith, one of the pep rally coordinators. “We’re having this to alleviate all the stress and tension the tests cause the students and let them know they can do anything.”
The LEAP, iLEAP and GEE exams are scheduled to run Wednesday-Friday and pick back up again April 6-7. Exam questions are a combination of multiple choice, short answer and constructed response, which is a higher order thinking problem where students are given credit for showing their work to get the answer.

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March 30th

Students ready to rock LEAP

“Sometimes students hear the word ‘test,’ and they think it’s something they can’t do,” said Carolyn Smith, one of the pep rally coordinators. “We’re having this to alleviate all the stress and tension the tests cause the students and let them know they can do anything.”
The LEAP, iLEAP and GEE exams are scheduled to run Wednesday-Friday and pick back up again April 6-7. Exam questions are a combination of multiple choice, short answer and constructed response, which is a higher order thinking problem where students are given credit for showing their work to get the answer.

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Jones throws way to success

He won the javelin with a throw of 191-3 and was also No. 1 in the shot put at 51-4.5. In addition, he was also a runner-up in the discus throw at 174-3.5.
A week earlier, at the huge Dr Pepper Invitational hosted by Baylor University, Jones won the javelin at 204-3 and the discus at 170-10.
Considering the weather conditions at the Mize meet, he did extra well in the three throwing events. While the skies were clear, the temperatures dipped into the low 40s and became even lower with intermittent wind gusts that reached as high as 30 miles an hour.

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Obama’s attention for the press

That apparently is how Barack Obama sees the time-honored obligation of now and then exposing himself to the probing questions of the dwindling Washington press corps. So Tuesday night’s performance, the second since his inauguration, was merely a repeat of the first with long-winded answers that were both unresponsive and clearly designed to present his message over and over again to Americans he expected to be transfixed in front of their TV sets during broadcast primetime when that was the only thing playing. Has he never heard of cable?

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Club closure is a benefit to two parishes

That’s a small price to pay for the removal of a thorn in police officers’ sides. The Endzone was regularly the location of arrests, fights and traffic problems.
Residents who lived near the club complained of loud noise from music and vehicle horns at all hours of the night, shots being fired and complete disregard for private property shown by some of the club’s patrons.

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Tech students lend hands in eco-friendly park project

The park will be tied into the city’s new sports complex, which is still under construction. Walking trails will connect the school, sports complex and the park.
Kevin Singh, Tech professor and director of the Community Design Assistance Center, is helping coordinate the students’ work on the park project.
“It’s a pretty amazing vision for such a small little village,” Singh said. “With the four students there willing and able to do it, the excitement is really in the opportunity to do that.”

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Being close to family isn’t so bad

Especially for families with children, sharing a home with your parents, or your spouse’s parents, could have a couple of perks.
I know for most people it is not an ideal scenario, but these days we’re all having to “turn lemons into lemonade,” as the cliché goes.
I was fortunate enough to have a close relationship with my grandparents while they were living.
Although we didn’t live in the same city, much less the same house, I still treasure the time spent with them and the memories we made.

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