The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District will spend $1 million to give new Dell laptop computers to 1,900 students to prepare them for a technology-dependent world. Those in fifth, seventh and ninth grades will be expected to write papers, perform research and complete in-class assignments on the computers. Funding will come from a different sources including the district’s general fund, technology grants, special education funding, and a technology voucher from settlement between California and Microsoft Corp. Implementing a laptop program has been a long-term goal of the district,” Michael Droe, chief technology officer, told the school board Thursday. “Giving students access to computers will help prepare students for college and to be competitive for jobs,” Droe said. Students getting the computers live in the Wilson and Workman high school attendance areas. The district plans to spend $550 per student to outfit them with a computer. District laptop programs are not uncommon – Fisler School in the Fullerton School District has a similar program, as do school districts Virginia and Hawaii. Hacienda officials visited Fisler to observe how students used computers in class. But Hacienda’s program is unique – Verizon will install DSL in homes at no cost. Additionally, parents will own the laptop when the student completes the eighth grade if they remain in district. Students will get a new computer in ninth grade and can keep it once they graduate from high school. Parents and students must attend an orientation and parents will sign a contract acknowledging responsibility for the computer. With technology playing a large role in students’ lives, Droe said teachers are learning that the more access students have to computers, their typing and researching skills improve. Technology has also impacted the way students talk to their peers, Droe said. David Thompson, a social studies and computer teacher at Grandview Middle School, said students pepper their conversations with cyber-lingo. “JK” (just kidding) and “LOL” (laugh out loud), are frequent expressions used by middle school students. For students who are not “techno-savvy,” Thompson said, tasks such as typing search terms on Google, and saving word documents are difficult. The longtime teacher relies on the computer for everything – he even has his students answer discussion questions through a message board. Board members praised the program Thursday. “The computer is used for everything,” Joseph Chang said, who added that with many textbooks accessible online, teaching has changed. District officials plan to prevent theft of the computers by installing tracking devices and requiring students who report a laptop stolen more than twice to restrict use for school only. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Since Kickboxing LK opening in January 2009 it has gone from strength to strength under the expert eye of commonwealth, european and two weight professional world kickboxing champion and professional mixed martial arts champion Tommy ‘The Ghost’ Mc Cafferty.The club, now entering its fifth year, has already created a few success stories with members losing mass amounts of weight, gaining confidence and even picking up a few irish titles along the way, the club currently boasts two senior Irish full contact champions in Letterkenny’s own Brian Crossan and Lifford native Ronnie Brennan.Although the club has had a lot of success on the competative circuit it’s not all about that side of things. Tommy believes the bulk of the clubs members are there to keep fit and loose weight. “We have a lot of people that compete and our junior team is one of the best in the country at the minute but I find the vast majority of our members don’t fight or have no intention of fighting they just enjoy the training,” he says.“At the club you can two birds with the one stone, you are getting fit and losing weight but you are also learning a very good skill set for self defence.“In the normal classes there is a lot of cardio,core-work and a lot of padwork with people burning 800+ calories in the hour,the normal classes has no contact as we keep fighters classes seperate so people can get the most out of their training no matter what their goal is,we give people the choice of getting weigh-ins, body fat measurements and nutritional advice so they can keep track of their progress towards their goals but this isn’t compulsory.“The atmosphere in the club is relaxed and fun but everyone pushes hard and encourages each other.” The martial art of Muay Thai has also arrived – with people travelling from all over the North West for classes.For further details check outwww.tommymccafferty.comwww.facebook.com/kickboxinglkKICKBOXING LK CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS…OF KICKS! was last modified: January 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:kickboxinglktommy mccafferty