Stellar success in IRead scores
The Vigo County School Corp. is especially grateful to all the dedicated teachers, support staff and parents who contributed to the stellar success of our summer Math Magic/Reading Wonders Program. As a result of superb instruction and phenomenal parental involvement, the Vigo County School Corp. obtained a 90.3 passing rate for the overall 2013 IREAD-3 (including spring and summer re-test results).
Vigo County has definite reason to celebrate our performance given that the district’s poverty rate, special education percentage, and student mobility rate (factors known to negatively impact reading achievement) are significantly higher than the state average.
For purposes of comparison, IREAD-3 scores from Indiana’s top 10 largest urban districts include: Indianapolis Public Schools (76.8); Fort Wayne Community Schools (86.1); Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. (86.6); South Bend Community School Corp. (84.0); MSD Wayne Township (84.4); MSD Lawrence Township (87.6); School City of Hammond (84.7); MSD Perry (84.6); and Elkhart Community Schools (85.1). Vigo County shines especially bright with a passing rate of 90.3.
The Vigo County School Corp. is most appreciative of the positive acknowledgment and support we receive from the Terre Haute community.
We also owe much gratitude to the Vigo County Education Foundation and the Covered Bridge Education District for all they do to help us promote and improve student reading.
— Valarie A. Bailey
VCSC Curriculum Coordinator
Reflections on Bill and Hillary
In a perilous world when the only certainty is uncertainty, anything can happen. Even an attempt by Islamic Jihad to bring down the newly built One World Trade Center.
Nonetheless, I will bet a hundred bucks to a jelly bean that Hill, if she runs, will be the first female president of the USA in 2016. This means — Holy Cow! — Bill could total 16 years in the White House if Hill wins re-election in 2020. Not a bad joint to luxuriate in for so many years. Not to mention the power that comes with it. And don’t forget the culinary delights that make every meal a gourmet occasion. And you don’t have to do the dishes.
Since Madame President will outrank the First Man, she could mandate a binge-alert and waist-watch on Bill, a man who can resist anything except temptation.
In any case, the Chief Executive and the First Man will enjoy digs as close to palatial royalty as Americans ever get.
A slogan for the presidential campaign: “Elect me. Get Bill free!”
For better or for worse, it’s sure to be a co-presidency. Bill, in or out of office, is not easily muzzled.
But don’t bet on Hill playing second fiddle. She’s been there, done that, much of her political life. It’s time to move on and move up.
So stay tuned. The future could be fun.
By the way, another slogan hit me: “Behold: the Second Coming for one and the First Coming for the other.”
On second thought, forget it. The devout might take umbrage at comparing ex-prez Bill Clinton to you know who.
— Saul Rosenthal
Stellar success in IRead scores
- Readers’ Forum: July 25, 2014
Readers’ Forum: July 24, 2014
• Clinic will expand basic health access
• Misunderstanding truth about Islam
- Readers’ Forum: July 23, 2014
Readers’ forum: July 22, 2014
• Supt. Ritz has right to govern
• A tribute to a teacher
• Rep. Pelosi shows ‘bungling idiocy’
Readers’ forum: July 20, 2014
• ‘Hotel Indiana’ has a sour tune
• Kind words about the newspaper
• Some questions about RTL video
• No mercy for cop killers
• Crack down on gun violence
• Anti-Dem tirades mask GOP failures
• Important day for participants
• Appreciation for support
FLASHPOINT: Solve our border crisis
More than 60,000 unaccompanied alien children — mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — have been apprehended on America’s southern border during this fiscal year.
Flashpoint: Will Gov. Pence be true to his word?
This is written in response to recent remarks made by State Board of Education members.
- Readers’ Forum: July 18, 2014
READERS’ FORUM: July 17, 2014
• Civil rights and burning cities
• Quality service from Baesler’s
FLAHSPOINT: Supt. Glenda Ritz ‘creating conflict’
It has been my pleasure for the past year to serve as the newest member of the Indiana State Board of Education. I bring a fresh perspective to the board as an attorney and business executive who served as Director of Economic Development under former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson and President of the Indy Partnership, a regional economic development organization charged with recruiting new companies to our state.
Readers’ Forum: July 16, 2014
• The truth about property taxes
Readers’ Forum: July 15, 2014
• Are Fed policies hurting America?
• Staying true to code of respect
Readers’ Forum: July 14, 2014
• Where did the 61 cents go?
Readers’ Forum: July 13, 2014
• Telling the truth about smoking
• Larger energy bills on the way, thanks to EPA
• Embrace the compassion, not self-righteousness
• Wondering about country’s leaders
• New amendments have hurt country
- Readers’ Forum: July 11, 2014
READERS' FORUM: July 10, 2014
• Herb Faire a great success
• Appreciation for a ‘lovely angel’
• Thanks for stirring fireworks show
Readers’ Forum: July 9, 2014
• Don’t eliminate our six-day mail
• Zamperini death stirs memories
Readers’ Forum: July 8, 2014
• T-S ignores common decency
• Lighten up on Donald Sterling
• Time to reject Dems in Congress
• Fueling the EPA
Readers’ Forum: July 7, 2014
• The moral issue is major issue
Readers’ Forum: July 6, 2014
• Coats ignoring climate science
• Do those mustache posters exist?
• Utility rate freeze took determination
• What perversion is next in line?
• Opinions vary, but voters will decide
• This preaching must stop — now
• Golf fundraiser a huge success
- Readers’ Forum: July 4, 2014
Readers’ Forum: July 3, 2014
• Over the top on immigration
- Readers’ Forum: July 2, 2014
Readers’ Forum: July 1, 2014
• Defying the laws of God
• Correcting the written record
• Hands of $$ from Redevelopment
• Celebrity visit for celebration
Readers’ Forum: June 30, 2014
• Don’t be victim of home repair scam
• Ending unfair tax practices
Readers’ Forum: June 29, 2014
• The sexual revolution strikes again
• Country sinks to new lows
• Saddened by the headlines
• Opinions not same as facts
• Letter meets with approval
• The real ‘truth’ sometimes hurts
• Applause for great musical
• Raising minimum wage hurts us
• Gratitude to camp sponsors
• More to the city’s mosquito problem
- Readers’ Forum: June 27, 2014
Readers’ Forum: June 26, 2014
• Misunderstandings about the lovely, messy mulberry
Flashpoint: Address growing cyber threats
Over the past several months, we have seen firsthand that threats to our nation’s cyber security are real and growing.
- Readers' Forum: June 25, 2014
- More Letters Headlines