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It builds a lot of goodwill in your office

It is fun to watch the pride a principal has when their secretary is selected as one of our four yearly winners in the MASSP/Horace Mann Secretary of the Year Program.

I've seen the pride each of the secretaries have when they are notified that their principal nominated them for the honor.

It's just plan cool.

So, it's nomination season. Take advantage of a opportunity to say to someone, good job!

For the form just search secretary nomination.

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It's a Principal's Welfare Issue

Do you ever have those projects that you have a personal attachment to? Well our workshop entitled, Negotiating Your Contract is one of those for me. I remember one year being told to open the matchbook cover the Supt. handed me to see what my next year's salary and benefits would be. Ever since that time I've always had a slow burn regarding the way building administrators are treated.

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Illinois Adopts Explore and Plan

January 15, 2008

Gov. Blagojevich announces free college prep testing program for high school freshmen and sophomores

New tools to help school districts improve academic performance and help students prepare for college

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When the Rules Run Up Against Faith

When the Rules Run Up Against Faith
Prep Athlete Wearing Muslim Clothing Disqualified From Track Meet

By Alan Goldenbach
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 16, 2008; Page A01

Juashaunna Kelly, a Theodore Roosevelt High School senior who has the fastest mile and two-mile times of any girls' runner in the District this winter, was disqualified from Saturday's Montgomery Invitational indoor track and field meet after officials said her Muslim clothing violated national competition rules.

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Grandville: Board approves weighted grades

Grandville: Board approves weighted grades
Monday, January 14, 2008
By Keith Essenburg
The Grand Rapids Press

GRANDVILLE -- Grandville High School students who take Advanced Placement classes now will find an "A" or "B" counts for a little more. After debate over when and how to implement it, the Board of Education approved a weighted grade policy for such classes. Board members voted 7-0 to implement the policy for freshmen who enroll in AP classes during their sophomore year, the 2008-09 school year.