Monday, December 19, 2011

Story of the Year

Every year we are deluged with lists of what the significant events of the past year were. For all of us at Telesis, I think there is no question as to what was the most significant thing that has happened this year. We only have two days to do it, but we’re going to create an Issuu about our expansion. Everything else goes to the side for the next few days as we put this together.
We’ve got a lot to do and very little time to do it. We’re going to need everybody to give 100%. Let’s get this done by Thursday!

Google Green Zeitgeist

Google Green Zeitgeist:

'via Blog this'

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Other cuts could save Saturday mail

Today's News-Herald - Serving Lake Havasu City & The Lower Colorado River Area: "Other cuts could save Saturday mail"

'via Blog this'

Wall Street Journal


Each week, groups will be given a small writing project outside of the basic tools we’re using this year in 3rd Year Language Arts. I had intended to start this next week to give students some time to become acclimated to the tools they will be using. However, our C1 group has taken so well to the tools that I have decided to give them a small project for this week.

Students were given a copy of the Wall Street Journal for Students and asked to read through the articles to find one that they found interesting. They are to read the article, briefly summarize it, verify the information from another source, and then write an editorial to be published on KidBlog. Here's an example of an editorial from the Today's News-Herald to give students an idea of what an editorial is.

Tuesday, students took the newspapers home with the assignment of reading the article and summarizing it in one or two paragraphs. On Wednesday, during class, they will be given some time to do some “fact checking” about the article. They will be expected to write a paragraph explaining where they found verification and what that article said either supporting or disagreeing with the story from the Wall Street Journal.

With these two pieces of writing, students will write an editorial on Thursday for publishing in KidBlog.
This is a pretty big opening step, but I’m confident students will be able to meet the challenge. Look for an editorial or two on our Language Arts Blog next week.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Changes


When I first started this blog, many years ago, I tried to make it a one-stop for all Intermediate students and their parents. I wanted it to be someplace where students would be able to access links and material that would enable them to succeed not just in my class, but in every class. I wanted students to make my blog their homepage until they graduated college!

I soon discovered that trying to the Super Wal-Mart of blogs was a bit like herding cats; it might be possible, but it was going to be awfully difficult and in the end all I would have was a herd of cats (I actually do), numerous scratches, and more hairballs than I could ever clean-up. I would also have a blog that took forever to load and was very difficult to navigate. In the end, I removed all the content and created several blogs that will eventually have all the content, but will be organized based on the needs of each level.

While not as challenging as herding the aforementioned cats, this is still proving to be time-consuming because I want to make sure that every aspect is organized and easy-to-use for students and parents.

Those of you that have been using my blog as a resource since its creation will likely be disappointed for a few months as the content slowly begins to find its way back. I sincerely hope that, once I’m finished, you will see that the wait was worth it.

The “My Blog List” in the left column contains all the blogs that will eventually have all the content, and more, that was previously on Mr. Lawslo’s Blog. If any of my former students have comments or suggestions please use the comment button on the most recent post.

One thing that will not be returning is a post outlining the weekly schedule. Thanks to Google Calendar I have replaced that with an embedded calendar that should make things much easier and make blog loading quicker. There are numerous other advantages that I will be making available to students and parents as the year progresses. All you need to do is click on the assignment and it will expand for more information. Gradually, I will be using this to provide links to documents, quizzes, and numerous other materials.

Check back often to see the changes!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Football, Volleyball and JA Volleyball Mandatory Meeting

@Telesis Preparatory Academy
    2598 Starlite Lane   Thursday, July 21st, 2011@6:00pm -  Room 31

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Admissions

Telesis is dedicated to the purpose of offering an educational setting for any student regardless of race, color, creed, sex, and religion. We exist to help children learn. All applicants will complete a needs assessment questionnaire, called an Application for Admission. This process is necessary in order to place a student correctly in one of our six academic levels per our developmental format. 
Telesis is proud to have our application for admission available online. Simply download and print out the application below. Please complete the form and do one of the following:

Mail to:

Telesis Preparatory Academy
2598 Starlite Lane
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403-4946

Fax to (928) 855-9302

Place in dropbox under the flagpole on the Telesis campus.

Note: Submitting an application places your child's name on our waiting list; registration for enrollment is a separate process. Accurate completion of the application form in its entirety is absolutely essential.

Philosophy


The word "Telesis" (derived from Greek) means: to bring each child to completion through intelligent and planned direction, in other words "planned progress." We want each child to learn how to reach his or her own unique potential. As we have developed our curriculum, we have been guided by the following commitments:

To plan individual progress inherent in the name "Telesis".

To allow and encourage each individual child to progress at a pace that is appropriate to his or her abilities.

To provide specialized programs which benefit the future growth and development of each individual.

To offer quality education at its best.

Curriculum

The classroom environment will be stimulating and challenging; however additionally, at Telesis we will be focused. We will use the Arizona Academic Standards and the Arizona Board of Regents requirements as a foundation and guideline from which we will build our program. The curriculum will be developmentally appropriate and student oriented. By this we mean that the subject matter chosen will address the abilities and maturation of the respective students and will be relevant to the students. Whenever possible, student input will be encouraged when considering subject matter to be addressed in the classrooms.

READING

Houghton Mifflin Reading: The Nation's Choice.
A program that delivers:
Evidence of effectiveness, based on scientific research
Powerful, comprehensive instruction in the five strands of reading
Assessment that diagnoses needs, informs instruction, and documents results
Resources that meet the needs of all students
Management tools that make teaching and planning easy

DIBELS
The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of standardized, individually administered measures of early literacy development. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of pre-reading and early reading skills.

Discover Intensive Phonics for Yourself
Discover Intensive Phonics for Yourself teaches a foundation for good reading, spelling and vocabulary development through a systematic, intensive phonics approach in which students are taught the 42 sounds of the alphabet, 5 phonetic skills and a 2-step skill for decoding multi-syllable words. Discover Intensive Phonics for Yourself accomplishes the primary goal of phonics instruction: learning to recognize words rapidly and automatically, but Discover Intensive Phonics goes beyond phonics! It is much more than just letter sound relations – rather, through direct, multi-sensory instruction students complete word structure. Discover Intensive Phonics is a scientifically based program incorporating phonemic awareness, decoding and encoding (spelling) skills, blending and fluency, vocabulary development and language arts. Through the use of a unique marking system, the program provides a working knowledge of likely and unlikely sequences of letters and the ability to easily break words into syllables.

Accelerated Reader - Reading Renaissance
Accelerated Reader can do even more to help accelerate reading growth for students, from emergent readers to college prep. Helps kids get excited about books. Accelerated Reader (AR®) helps students focus attention on careful reading of books, which improves students’ critical-thinking skills and builds the intrinsic love of reading.

STAR Reading
STAR Reading helps to determine the reading level of each student, measure individual and class growth, and forecast results on standardized tests. Students can complete the computer-adaptive assessment in less than 10 minutes, and you get accurate, reliable, norm-referenced scores immediately!

MATHEMATICS

Saxon Math
Saxon Math is the only major math program on the market today that systematically distributes instruction and practice and assessment throughout the academic year as opposed to concentrating, or massing, the instruction, practice and assessment of related concepts into a short period of time -- usually within a unit or chapter. Saxon Math 's unique approach to math instruction ensures that students not only gain but also retain essential math skills. Saxon Math is unique, effective and research-based.

Accelerated Math - Math Renaissance
Imagine a classroom where every student loves math. Teachers work one-on-one with students as each one moves ahead at his or her own pace. And timely, objective performance data helps teachers make sure all students enjoy success.
Math Renaissance works with existing curricula and textbooks to help you personalize instruction and manage the extensive practice every student needs.
With Math Renaissance software, you can quickly assess students’ math skills, generate daily assignments at each student’s level, and score assignments automatically. You get results in the form of timely, information-packed reports that help guide each student's instruction.

STAR Math
STAR Math helps to determine the math level of each student, measure individual and class growth, and forecast results on standardized tests. Students can complete the computer-adaptive assessment in less than 12 minutes, and you get accurate, reliable, norm-referenced scores immediately!

Foreign Language


Rosetta Stone Classroom Version 3, used at our Academy level, unleashes the power of technology to create an environment that accelerates language learning and provides quantifiable measurements of success.
Innovative Technology
· Advanced speech recognition technology compares a student’s voice to that of a native speaker and guides students to more accurate pronunciation.
· Students engage in interactive, life-like conversations based in context. This allow them to produce completely new spoken and/or written language
· Through Adaptive Recall, the program schedules review material to appear at optimal intervals to test students’ new language knowledge and ensure efficient retention.
Engaging Activities
· Interactive and engaging speaking activities get students producing language on their own in just a few screens.
· End-of-unit Milestones test language skills using real-life simulated conversations.
· Interactive grammar and spelling activities reinforce lessons and make learning fun.
Teacher Tools
· Powerful reporting tools deliver easy-to-read reports and graphs that track and guide student progression.
· Easy-to-use curriculum editor allows teachers to customize courses to address individual student or entire class development needs.
The most widely used language-learning software in the world that offers 27 different languages, Rosetta Stone has been adopted successfully by tens of thousands of schools, corporations, government agencies. It is easy to use and it works.

About Us


When Telesis began in 1991 as "Hands On Learning", it had a meager 9 students. The original idea of Telesis, was to focus on student strengths and bolster any weaknesses, all in a way that would challenge students without frustrating them. Focusing on the individual child and his/her specific needs and learning style in a small class size setting is an additional asset, all working together to teach children to enjoy and appreciate the process of learning.
Telesis operated as a private school with tuition based support for its first seven years. In 1998 an opportunity to become a part of the fast growing Charter movement, allowed Telesis to become tuition free, without losing its private school philosophy. Although Telesis receives charter funding, it is actually an Academic Magnet School, which means having a specific focus of academic achievement.
Today, Telesis nearly 350 students strong, has moved from the ten room duplex (which is now the administration building) to the beautiful new 16 classroom campus. There are additional plans for expansion in what will be Phase II of the overall campus development. 
A great deal of hard work and dedication (many done on a volunteer basis), by the Telesis staff, administration, community members and other supporters have helped Telesis to become what it is today. For many years as a private school donations and volunteer time were the staple of survival of the programs and facilities. Many of the courses and extra-curricular activities have been "student-driven" depending on student needs and interests. With its active Student Government, Telesis still listens to the needs and suggestions of its student body.
Along with the school’s founder, the Telesis Board of Directors, staff members, students and families are the other factor in the Telesis story. Without each, the school would most likely be just like any other school. Instead, Telesis is a structured, balanced, forward thinking program that looks to the future with hope and anticipation.
Telesis has plans to continue to monitor and develop the best and most effective programs for both educational and personal growth of its student body. We look forward to years of growth and to celebrating our 20th Anniversary!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | 10 stories that could be pranks - but aren't

BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | 10 stories that could be pranks - but aren't: "April the first is when jokers set out to fool and the rest of us are on our guard. Here is our annual round-up of some of the day's seemingly spoof news stories which are actually true."

Monday, January 17, 2011

Best Educational Wikis of 2010

Best Educational Wikis of 2010: "We are extraordinarily proud to share these award-winning educational wikis on Wikispaces. In different ways, each is an example of how wikis can be used to break down borders and build unique and captivating experiences that learners and educators will remember for years to come."