Writer Tom Poland shares his memories of how science has affected him as a child, and today.
Breathing Helium & Smashing Roses
By Tom Poland
No, the title of this piece has nothing to do with punk rock groups. Quite by accident I stumbled across the Science Channel last night. There it was, a doomsday asteroid in high-definition hurling toward Earth, a catastrophe like no other. Far away in… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on January 30, 2010 at 12:26am —
UPDATE: a fifth community engagement meeting has been added. See below.
From the WCPSS Communications Department:
Registration is open for persons interested in speaking at one of the four community engagement meetings where the Board of Education will seek input on the school calendar options currently used in the Wake County Public School System.
“I want to encourage people to come to the meetings to help us with this issue,” said… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on January 28, 2010 at 1:30pm —
We received this information from Crabtree Valley Mall:
Does your child's teacher deserve a $1000 Shopping Spree, compliments of Crabtree Valley Mall?
In an essay of 250 words or less, get your child to tell why your teacher deserves a shopping spree. The ten student finalists and their teachers will be selected and invited to Crabtree Valley Mall for the final judging on Sat Feb 6. The student who writes the winning essay as determined by a panel of judges will win a… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on January 27, 2010 at 1:00pm —
Quoted directly from this N&O article:
"Parents of fewer than 30 percent of Wake County's students responded to a school district survey that could lead to schools changing calendars this fall.
School administrators said they had received 41,073 responses by Monday's noon deadline, with 40,615 submitted online and 458 from paper forms.This is out of the 140,000 potential… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on January 26, 2010 at 10:30am —
UPDATE: a fifth community engagement meeting has been added. See blow.
From the School-Community Newsletter:
The Wake County Board of Education will hold four community engagement meetings as the board discusses school calendar options currently used in the Wake County Public School System. The results of these community engagement meetings will assist the Board of Education in making decisions that may impact school calendar assignments as… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on January 26, 2010 at 8:00am —
From the School-Community News
At the Jan 19 meeting of the school board, Assistant Superintendent Chuck Dulaney presented a process for providing calendar choice (year-round or traditional) for all families.
The proposal includes:
A one-page flyer announcing the application process that will be sent home with all current students during the week of Feb. 1.
The primary process for placing families in the calendar of their choice will be… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on January 26, 2010 at 7:30am —
Triangle TRACKS members and newsletter subscribers now have access to a discount on tickets to the Nickelodeon Storytime Live!
show May 15-16 at Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh. Join our social network or subscribe to our newsletter and we'll send you the pdf to download for the discount! Just look for the "Join" and "Subscribe to our Newsletter" sections of our home…
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on January 25, 2010 at 1:30pm —
According to a WakeEd blog post
Friday, 30,000 surveys and 650 online comments have been received for the Wake County Public School System's school calendar choice survey. That's about 20 percent of the school district's parents.
School administrators say they'll only report back results for an individual school if the response rate is at least 33 percent. According to the WakeEd… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on January 23, 2010 at 7:00pm —
Connie Carlson, a member of the Triangle TRACKS social network and fan of our Facebook fan page
, has won the Triangle TRACKS Facebook Fan Page Contest. Congratulations, Connie!
Connie has won a prize package that contains the following:
1. 1 family 4-pack for… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on January 22, 2010 at 12:00pm —
Get the details here
in this AP article published by the Charlotte Observer.
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on January 21, 2010 at 10:30am —
ABC 11 is reporting that as of yesterday, Jan. 20, only 15 percent of the parents of students attending a Wake County pubic school have taken the school calendar choice survey. If you haven't taken it yet, click here to do so
. You have until Jan. 25 to participate. Don't let this opportunity slip by to let your voice be heard.
If you are a Wake County resident who does not have a child attending public… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on January 21, 2010 at 10:30am —
Reserved seats to Princess Katie and Racer Steve's ‘Revved Up & Ready to Rock’ show
at the Durham Performing Arts Center are now available for $10-$15 a ticket. Click here to order yours.
Triangle TRACKS members: stay tuned for an announcement about a very… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on January 21, 2010 at 8:00am —
Many camps are now accepting registrations for their summer programs and preschool programs are accepting registrations for the 2010-2011 school year. You can access our vast list of summer/track-out/education camps at this link
, and the region's numerous preschool programs
at this link. Let us know what your favorite camp and preschool programs are by posting a… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on January 19, 2010 at 10:30am —
Released by Menzies Consulting today:
(Cary, N.C.) RUaGamer, the Triangle’s premier interactive social gaming destination, is partnering with Karate International of Cary to offer a fun and unique full-day track-out camp for middle school students beginning in February 2010. Both businesses are conveniently located in the same shopping center just off Buck Jones Road in the Crossroads area of Cary.
The camp offers a… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on January 19, 2010 at 10:00am —
Message to CASL Soccer families (directlyquoted from email):
All of us now know about the devastating earthquake that has affected Haiti this week. Reports from the American Red Cross are the families have left their homes to escape the possibility of more falling debris. The places they have found to be safe...their soccer fields.
The bond that ties our lives to theirs--SOCCER. We would like to encourage the families and friends of Capital Area Soccer League on behalf of… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on January 18, 2010 at 10:44am —
The Associated Press is reporting
that Johnson & Johnson has expanded the Tylenol recall that resulted from a "moldy smell" that made users sick in recent weeks.
According to this report, the recall includes "batches of regular and extra-strength Tylenol, Children's Tylenol, eight-hour Tylenol, Tylenol Arthritis , Tylenol PM, Children's Motrin, Motrin IB, Benadryl, Rolaids, Simply… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on January 16, 2010 at 11:30am —
C’mon! You know you want to join in. All those pictures you take of your sweetie have to be worth something right? Now’s your chance! Submit your one and only favorite (rated PG, 2Mb or less) to firstname.lastname@example.org. More details below, including all those pesky rules and restrictions.
Aimee Laine, LLC
Cookie Lee Jewelry
o Send your not-larger-than-2Mb file to… Continue
Added by Aimee Bickers on January 15, 2010 at 4:58pm —
Triangle TRACKS has enabled access to Flickr
, so members who have Flickr accounts can now upload photos from their account to their Triangle TRACKS profile page. It's easy to do. Just log in to Triangle TRACKS, go to your personal page and click on "Photos" on the left hand side of the page under your photo. Next, click on "Add Photos" then "Add Photos From Flickr" in the bottom left corner.… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on January 15, 2010 at 11:30am —
Do you "tweet"? If so, you can now link your Triangle TRACKS profile page to your Twitter account. Just log in to your Triangle TRACKS account, go to your personal profile page and click on the Twitter icon on the left side of the page under your photo. When you click on it, you'll be asked to "allow" Twitter access to your Ning posts, which requires you to sign into your Twitter account. It's that simple! Your status posts will automatically upload… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on January 15, 2010 at 12:30am —
Triangle TRACKS now offers individual groups to parents in 16 different towns or cities across the region. If you live in Apex, for example, and want to meet other Apex parents or just discuss topics relating to children in Apex, Apex TRACKS Connections
is the group for you. Maybe you live in Raleigh but operate a children's business in Chapel Hill. If so, why not join the Raleigh and Chapel Hill Tracks Connections
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on January 15, 2010 at 12:00am —