The Gray Giants

Fiction by Ben 9.30.09

I looked out, surveying all that I had once owned. Vast fields, now stripped of their beauty and naught but barren wastelands. Forests, once dense and majestic, stood diminished, scattered, their trees dead.

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The Real World

By L. Gann

The girl swung her legs as she sat on the worn wood of the park bench, surrounded by flourishing green grass littered with plastic bags and food wrappers. She felt fragile, as if even the slightest touch would knock her off the bench, leaving her to plunge down the steep hill below. Shaken by this possibility, she delicately lifted herself from the bench and started down the hill.

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“Adequate Yearly Progress” Raises Questions Among Students and Teachers

By: L.

The new school schedule that was put in place at Jefferson to combat falling test scores has raised some dispute among both students and teachers. The schedule, which is now divided into 10 periods throughout the day, provides some students with two electives, while some student are enrolled in two Math classes.

The changes are a result of the number of sub-proficient scores received by students in APS, as determined by the Standards Based Assessment.

These standards based tests are provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was enacted under George W. Bush in 2001.

According to the 2009-2010 NCLB School Rating and Designations Report, Jefferson Middle School failed to meet its overall Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), and is now undergoing “Restructuring 1”.

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