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EZC Invites Public to View Proposed Plans for Savanne and Downstreet

The Enterprise Zone Commission (EZC) is inviting the residents of Savanne, Downstreet and the public to view and select from…

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Three events are slated for the opening of the school year – V.I. Fathers Back to School Barbecue and Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 27; the Back to School Days of Prayer on Saturday , Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4; and the V.I. Fathers March on Sept. 6, the first day of school for public schools in the territory. Organizers are encouraging fathers to take their children back to school starting on the first day.

 
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Beach Advisory for December 5-9

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public of the following:

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2016-12-10 02:42:40
Boat Parade to Kick Off Crucian Christmas Carnival

St. Croix's month of Christmas festivities gets going this weekend with the annual boat parade in Christiansted harbor, followed by Crucian Christmas Carnival competitions, fairs and tramps.

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2016-12-09 00:15:53
Zika Educational Session Held for Tourism Industry

Partners from the territory’s tourism industry learned about keeping visitors safe and informed amidst the ongoing Zika virus outbreak during a seminar at UVI on St. Thomas on Thursday.

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2016-12-09 00:13:24
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Cyber-Surgeons Cross the Pond to Dissect Frog

Aaliyah Babrow dissects a virtual frog.

Fourth graders in Daniela Roumou’s class at Lockhart Elementary School spent Thursday morning dissecting a virtual frog, taking turns with kids in Florida and England.

It appears the days of watching the teacher’s back as she scribbles on the chalkboard and drones on about nematodes are fast becoming a thing of the past. That old green chalkboard, located at the front of the classroom in days gone by, has been replaced in 32 of Lockhart’s classrooms by a Promethean Interactive Whiteboard, which works with a laptop and software that enables the students to play an active role in their learning.

Eluminate, a technology available to users of the Promethean program, allows a virtual classroom connection between multiple schools via the interactive whiteboard. Thus the Lockhart kids were working with fellow student dissectors from Rock Island Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Fosters Primary in Welling, outside London in the U.K., discussing their findings via webcam.

The Rock Island school contacted Roumou last week to ask if she would be interested in connecting the classrooms. Rock Island had already been working with the class from the UK and was interested in meeting and working with students from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

With tools such as surgical knives, pins, magnifying glass and tweezers at their disposal, students raised their hands high, hoping for the chance to use them. Aaliyah Babrow made the first virtual cut across the frog’s midsection after introducing herself to her virtual classmates.

Next up was a student from Rosheika Rolle’s third grade class at Rock Island, who peeled back the layers of the frog’s skin.

The dissection proceeded as students from all three schools talked to each other through the webcam and speaker system. They plan to work on another project together in three weeks.

Roumou expressed her gratitude for the Promethean boards and the support she has received from Principal Carla Sarauew, who recognized the educational value of the boards and recently ordered 22 more to add to the ten the school had.

The enthusiasm for learning was evident in Roumou’s class, with every child paying attention to the lesson and waiting for their turn to interact with the board. Interactivity is the main focus of the program and has changed the attitude her children have about classwork.

“When the students are able to participate, they are actually excited about learning,” said Roumou.

She has also seen marked improvements in test scores. “Use of the Promethean board,” said Roumou, “has helped me tremendously in reaching the learning goals we have for the students.”

According to Roumou, many teachers are intimidated by the boards and reluctant to use them. Roumou has been conducting training for teachers, an eight-week course involving two two-hour sessions each week, and is now halfway through her second group of teachers’ training.

Roumou said that one of the Lockhart teachers was initially resistant to using the Promethean board but is now one of its biggest fans. And her students are reaping the benefits of the interactive system.

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