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November 9th, 2013

Bearcats shut out Pineville

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Ruston roars to 28-0 district win in regular season finale
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Looking for momentum heading into the playoffs, the Ruston Bearcats reached that goal Friday with a 28-0 District 2-5A win over Pineville at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Ruston (7-3, 3-2) honored its 25 seniors during a pregame ceremony.
“It’s really a great group. They’re the reason this team is where they are, and their leadership is the reason we’ll go as far as we’re going to go,” Ruston head coach Brad Laird said.

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LDWF’s Reynolds cautiously optimistic about duck season

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Larry Reynolds, Waterfowl Study Leader for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is hoping he won’t have to write a gloomy report after this season like he did a year ago. After an early forecast filled with optimism before last duck season, the results overall fell as flat as a duck’s foot; the birds just never showed up in the expected numbers.

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Glen View Elementary: Kindergartners visit Papa Simpson’s Farm

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Kindergarten
On Oct. 30, the kindergarten classes at Glen View Elementary School took a trip to Papa Simpson’s Farm. We learned about different farm animals, planted a crop and picked our very own pumpkin. It was a great learning experience and fun was had by all.
We are anxiously awaiting our Annual Fall Learning Fair on Friday.
In English we are learning all about America. We have had fun looking at our houses on Google Earth, talking about our state and learning all about America.

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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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