IL schools, Midwest Regional ESC host Google series for educators

il schools, midwest regional esc host google series for educators


Indian Lake Local Schools and the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center recently hosted a regional Google Workshop Series for educators in Logan, Hardin, and Shelby counties as staff prepare for the upcoming school year
The professional development series at Indian Lake Middle School was designed to help educators maximize their utilization of available instructional technologies and tools (G-Suite for Education, EdPuzzle, INFOhio, and more) in their classrooms.
Featured speakers included Eric Curts, a national speaker, author and founder of www.ControlAltAchieve; Dave Shellhaas and Robert Batty from the MRESC; Kelli Tebbe, Eric Finke, Wes Hall, Dana Clune, Ron Borgerding and Alicia Pickering from Indian Lake Schools; and a variety of other specialists from Southwestern Ohio Instructional Technology Association and INFOhio’s Instructional Specialist Team.
“Our teachers did a fantastic job in the spring quickly learning to use technology tools new to them and the students. It was inspiring to see the way they stepped up for our students,” explained Kelli Tebbe, Indian Lake Local Schools director of curriculum and federal programs.
“This has paved the way to allow Indian Lake Schools to work towards technology integration both in a physical as well as digital learning environments as we move to …



Homeschooling in Elko: One woman’s journey

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New business bills itself as ‘Eastern Missouri’s No. 1 Party Trolley’

new business bills itself as ‘eastern missouri’s no. 1 party trolley’


A new Jefferson County business aims to safely transport groups of people to and from entertainment venues on a bus called “the Patriot Trolley.”The bus is expected to begin running Saturday, said Russ Hasty, 57, of De Soto, who will be the driver.His brother, Ron Hasty, 58, of St. Louis owns R&R Mobile Entertainment LLC, which operates the bus.He calls the bus “Eastern Missouri’s No. 1 Trolley.”His company is based in De Soto but will offer trolley service all around Jefferson County, as well as in neighboring counties.Ron Hasty said the trolley may be compared to a limousine service, but on a larger scale. The vehicle accommodates up to 30 passengers and is handicap accessible.“We’re going to provide transportation for wine tours, bachelor and bachelorette parties, family reunions, corporate events,” he said. “We’re providing a transportation service for wine tours in Ste. Genevieve and Jefferson County.”The business offers standard pick-ups at two locations: the commuter parking lot near southbound I-55 in Imperial and the commuter parking lot on St. Pius Drive in Crystal City. However, for private engagements, arrangements may be made for pick-ups at other locations.

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Continental Local School Board of Education Meeting – August 11, 2020 – Continental eNews

continental local school board of education meeting – august 11, 2020 – continental enews


The regular meeting for the Continental School Board was held at 7:00 p.m. on August 11, 2020, in the high schoolcafeteria. The meeting was called to order by president Dean Bidlack. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.Mrs. Tracy Potts, Elementary Principal, reported:•Elementary Reopening Plan. A committee of teachers created a rough draft of the guidelines that staff andstudents will follow to meet CDC and Health Department regulations pertaining to Covid-19. Teachers andstudents will follow protocol that has been designed for each area of the building. The staff and students willhave scheduled mask breaks and will be social distancing as much as possible. The staff and I are trying tokeep the school atmosphere and building looking as “normal” as possible.•Enrollment. We have the same number of students as last year at this time, although this can change daily.•Chromebooks. Sixth grade students will be able to take their Chromebooks home. We are getting themiddle school Chromebooks which are touchscreen.•Makerspace/Library. With the staff reduction, this space will be utilized differently. Teachers will be able totake their students to the Makerspace. Tia Vogt and Deb Warnimont will be the library aides.•Summer School. We have 16 students attending summer school. Students …


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President Trump orders ByteDance to divest from its U.S. TikTok business within 90 days

president trump orders bytedance to divest from its u.s. tiktok business within 90 days


TikTok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019.Dado Ruvic | ReutersPresident Donald Trump issued an executive order Friday that will force China’s ByteDance to sell or spin off its U.S. TikTok business within 90 days. “There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that ByteDance … might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States,” Trump said in his order.The order was seen as good news for TikTok — a wildly popular short form video-sharing app — and its future in the U.S., at least relative to an earlier executive order from Trump last week. The prior order could have forced U.S. based app stores to stop distributing the TikTok app if its parent ByteDance did not reach a deal to divest from it in 45 days.The new order buys time for ByteDance to sort out a potential deal for TikTok.Under the latest order, ByteDance is expected to destroy all its copies of TikTok data attached to U.S. users, and inform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) when it has destroyed all that data.According to a Wall …


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JCN Hosts Call with VP Pence & Small Business Owners

jcn hosts call with vp pence & small business owners


WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Job Creators Network (JCN) hosted a call with Vice President Pence and small business owners. The topic was the Trump Administration’s efforts to help the small business community, boost the economy, combat the pandemic, and reform healthcare.
On the call, Vice President Pence said, “In the last three months, we’ve gained 9.3 million jobs – more than during the entire Obama Administration. That’s a credit to America’s job creators and entrepreneurs. You are reopening your businesses, while putting the health of your employees and customers first. JCN has been – and continues to be – a leading voice on the imperative of reopening the economy. JCN was a leading voice on Capitol Hill for the PPP negotiations. Your organization has brought together thousands of job creators who employ millions. We’re going to get through this pandemic together. As the President has repeatedly said, ‘We’re going to bring this economy back bigger and better than ever before.'”
Alfredo Ortiz, JCN President and CEO, released the following statement:
“We appreciate Vice President Pence taking time from his busy schedule to have a dialogue with JCN’s small business owners.  The Trump Administration has been – and continues to do – an incredible job …


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Brevard County bar owners, business regulators discuss reopening strategies

brevard county bar owners, business regulators discuss reopening strategies


INDIALANTIC, Fla. – The George & Dragon English Tavern’s owners were inside a special meeting Friday with state business regulators as bar owners worked with officials to come up with a plan to reopen.The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation hosted Central Florida bar owners at Lou’s Blues on A1A in Indialantic. The meeting between the state and businesses was organized by state Rep. Randy Fine (Palm Bay-R).“Hopefully, we’ll come together with some guidelines so we can open the bars soon,” the tavern’s co-owner Simon Wells said.Bars were closed in April under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order, then reopened for a few weeks before the governor ordered them to close again on July 1.Fine called it, “an important discussion.”“These are important businesses here in the state of Florida, but we also have to open them carefully given the spread of COVID,” Fine said. “There are parts of the bar experience that aren’t necessarily consistent with slowing the spread.”Fine recently recovered from the virus after about a week in the hospital.Taking a break from the meeting Friday afternoon, Wells said he felt confident the state is seriously considering reopening bars. …


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Businesses react to no fall sports at UMD

businesses react to no fall sports at umd


“Football for us means people come in before and after the game. Some of them watch it on our TVs. We’ll miss the neighborhood buzz and the families and the business,” shared Sue Wright, owner of Bulldog Pizza and Grill.

Still, they’ve felt really supported during this difficult time. “Our loyal customers are fantastic. Duluth is a great community for local businesses. People keep us feeling positive,” she added.

Curbside and take-out has been going strong. They do have a patio area, too. “The name of the game is being flexible,” she said.

Down the hill in Lincoln Park, Wild State Cider is bummed out about the lack of sports. “Anything that is canceled, takes a little bit of what we hoped to happen,” said Adam Ruhland, co-owner. “People drink our cider at places like Tavern, so if they don’t have a ton of business, than we don’t sell a lot of cider.”

Plus, when restaurants close down temporarily due to COVID cases, no one is buying cider during those times.

Still, he said people are returning to their patio. “We are powering through,” he said.

Their sales at liquor stores have been strong.

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