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This month, a new assessment test has been testing in several states that will replace state mandated assessments of student’s learning in English literacy and mathematics.  For NJ, this will replace the NJ ASK and replace it with the PARCC.  The PARCC, which stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is computer based and a new format for students to learn.  The new test is currently being field tested, and will have another round of field testing in May.  It is supposed to replace state tests in 2015, so this is the last year your student will take the NJ ASK.

NJ Spotlight has written an article about it that helps explain April’s field test and some of the concerns with the test.  More information on the test itself and practice exams for your child can be found at PARCC’s website.

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Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!   Although Shakespeare’s exact birth date is not known, scholars do know he was baptized on April 26, 1616 and have traditionally accepted his birthday as April 23, 1616.  Famous for his plays, sonnets and poems, Shakespeare is also responsible for many common phrases we still use today.  “Eaten me out of house and home”, “in a pickle” and “love is blind” are just a few.

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Celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday by checking out one of his famous works.  We’ve got books and DVDs on display now in the main library.

 

On Monday, April 28 and Saturday, May 3, the Library is holding a free class on Microsoft’s Power Point 2007 at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (both days) in the Community Room.

Learn the basics of this popular slide-based presentation program. During this class, students will create a fun presentation while becoming familiar with the general tools of the program.

Although this class will cover only the basics, registrants must be able to use a mouse and be familiar with basic computer concepts such as opening, closing, and resizing windows in order to attend.

Space is strictly limited and registration is required. PLEASE NOTE: This class is a repeat of the one offered on Monday, April 7th.  Registrants will be limited to one of two sessions.

Please sign up here for April 28 and here for May 3rd.

 

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Earth Day is here!  In addition to looking for alternate forms of energy from fossil fuels, being aware that recycling is important, and the many other messages that Earth Day tries to impart every year, one of the very neat things that some people have started to build and look into is sustainable architecture, aka green architecture.  Sustainable architecture “seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings through efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space” [from Wikipedia].  Here are some very cool examples:

Wuxi Community Kindergarten

Bamboo Treehouse

Sustainable NYC could look like this

10 Cool Buildings

And you can check out EarthDay.org’s Green Cities Campaign page for more information on what you can do and some sustainability options.

 

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To those of you celebrating the holiday, Happy Easter! We hope you have a safe and wonderful day.

If you’ll be stuck in the car on the way to Aunt Sally’s, don’t forget to bring something to keep you and your family entertained for the ride, like one of our audiobooks.

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky.  Salt is about the history of salt and it’s impact on human society over the years- it has been used as currency, influenced trade routes and cities, started wars, secured empires… and more.  Sound intriguing? It is, our staffer can’t stop raving about it.  Check it out today!

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