NKU alters admissions process: Students that want to start at Northern Kentucky University in August but have not yet applied may have to wait until January. Facing a record number of applications and declining state budgets that could help hire more professors and find more classroom space, NKU said Tuesday that applicants with more than one academic deficiency based on standardized-test scores who apply after July 1 will be deferred to the spring semester. Students with one or fewer academic deficiencies will be admitted for the fall, NKU said. It already has added 300 regular admission students for next year, but the flow of more than 6,500 freshman applications, up 36 percent from a year ago, has overwhelmed its available resources. (Enquirer)
Educators learn how to restrain students: For four days, a group of Northern Kentucky educators studied Aikido with an instructor in a Cold Spring school's basement, learning how to restrain a student without causing any injury, but still forcing compliance. (Enquirer)
Nelson County students continue writing portfolios: Nelson County Schools students are still performing well with their writing skills even though the state isn’t currently testing them. Elementary Instructional Supervisor Gregory Hash presented writing portfolio results to the Nelson County School Board Tuesday at its regular meeting. The district had chosen to go ahead and give the students writing portfolio testing even though the state legislature has passed a law removing that part of the state’s annual school testing. “We still want to go ahead with writing because the state will add writing back in at some point,” he said. (Kentucky Standard)
First Lady Jane Beshear’s Reading Recommendations: Top 10 Summer Reads
1. Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis: “I read this classic series to my sons Andy and Jeff when they were little. From the first book to the last, this series is brimming over with tales of magic, adventure and daydreaming. Families could read one book a week between July 4th and Labor Day to finish the whole series!” (All Ages)
2. Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices, Paul Fleischman: “This Newberry Medal Award (1989) winner is a great way to introduce children to poetry while make it tangible, interactive and fun. Friends or siblings can take separate parts of the poems and read them allowed in tandem with each other.” (Ages: 8-12).
3. Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes, Mollie Katzen. “Getting kids into the kitchen and learning how to cook is a great way to teach about food, health and nutrition using the bounty of summer produce.” (Ages: 4-8).
4. The Coal Tattoo, Silas House: “Silas House is a Kentucky treasure, and has become nationally known for his stories about Kentucky’s Appalachian hills. This book would be ideal for high school students, who definitely will want to read his other works—Clay’s Quilt and A Parchment of Leaves—upon finishing.” (Ages: 14-17).
5. The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick: “An award-winning book from Scholastic, this innovative work tells a unique tale based on a historical, true story using equal parts written text and elaborate illustration.” (Ages: 8-14).
6. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, Jeanne Birdsall: “A breezy, light and whimsical work that follows the summer adventures of four sisters—a perfect outdoor read for an afternoon in the sun!” (Ages: 10-14).
7. Fantastic Mr. Fox, Roald Dahl: “As one of the most prolific and influential young adult authors of the 20th Century, Dahl shines with this book as with all his works. By the end, readers, too, will want to join in with the taunts of the farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean.” Ages: 7-11).
8. The Eleventh Hour, Graeme Base: “An interactive and gorgeously illustrated ‘mystery’ tale where readers can follow along and track clues as to who may have eaten all the food at Horace the Elephant’s birthday party.” (Ages: 4-8).
9. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg: “A book about a precocious 12-year-old who runs away to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her exciting adventures will captivate students.” (Ages: 10-15).
10. Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak: “I can’t wait to read this beautifully illustrated, spirited book to my grandsons. It’s one of my favorites.” (Ages: Birth-4).