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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 ools/Young pie PAGE ~|r|l. of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE 71 CHARLES TOWN -- School i officials in Jefferson County want to alert parents of new shot re- ~quirements that will take effect with the start of the 2012-2013 school year. Before students can enter 7th "grade, they must show proof of -a booster dose of Tdap vaccine (which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough) and a dose of the meningococcal vaccine. ." Seniors will need to show proof ~of a single dose of Tdap vaccine .',and a booster dose of the menin- Cindy Feeser is Shepherdstown Middle's school nurse. are met. Teens with no health Sgococcal vaccine, if the first dose care provider may contact the was given before the student's Jefferson County Health De- 16th birthday, partment at 304-728-8416. / (If the first does was, given Special clinics have been ~after the 16th birthday, then a set for April and May. Ques- ~booster dose of meningococcal is tions about this immunization -not required.) program should be c~rected to , Parents are urged to take their Lisa Carper, coordinator of Steens to their health care provider Student Support Services, at 'to ensure the new requirements 304-728-9235. lebrating reading Students at South Jefferson Elementary celebrated a milestone this month. They dressed in costume and paraded throughout the school to celebrate reading more than 14,000 books. Their goal: to read 25,000 books by the end of the school year. Library offerings: Starting on Sunday, the South Jefferson Public Library is hosting an art exhibit featuring the works of several students from Judy Chesley's art classes at South Jefferson Elementary School. Chesley has taught ~or 30 years, and was the Jefferson County Teacher of the Year in 1997. She was named the West Virginia Art Education Associ- ation's Elementary Art Educa- tor of the Year in 2006 and Art Educator of the Year in 2004. In 1999, she won a Fulbright Scholarship for a three-week trip to study in Japan. She has written and been awarded many educational grants from the Jef- ferson County Art & Humani- ties Alliance. This year, Chesley's students experimented with different media and looked at different subject matter for artwork. The AHA grant supported the pur- chase of a framed art show at the library and helped with the expense of the reception and supplies for the art room. The exhibit marks the 37th in the Art in the Library series at the library at 49 Church St. The exhibit runs from Sunday to the end of the month and can be viewed during library hours: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m The library is closed Fridays. On April 14, the library will hold a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. to celebrate the work of the young artists. The public is invited to meet and talk with these talented youngsters, view more than 25 of their beautiful and creative works,and enjoy the refreshment. For more on the library, con- tact librarian Sue Floyd at 304- 725-6227 or email her at sue. :I Screening vs. hearing test: ?RESA 8 audiologist Michael Zagarella wants parents to know the difference between a hearing screening and a hear- ing test. When children start school or a preschool program, it is ~typical for their hearing to be ,screened. If the child doesn't screening test, it does not mean the child has a hearing prob- lem. There are many other rea- sons a child may not pass a screening test: the Child did not understand the test instructions, the test room was noisy or con- tained distractions, the child was not feeling well. Screening tests are designed so ~,pass the screening test, he or that, ff the child passes we can be i~she gets referred on for a com- plete hearing test. So what's the ,difference between these two? A heating screening is a quick ~check of a child's heating to see ~if it falls in the normal range for ;the sounds that are most impor- ~tant for speech. If a child does not pass a reasonably certain that he or she has normal hearing. If the child doesn't pass, it simply means more evaluations are needed to see if the child has a problem. More information may be ob- tained by calling Zagarella at 304-267-3595 or emailing mza- garel@access.k ~l Audubon camp:. Young- ~sters in the Eastern Panhandle :and Washington County, Md .'may apply for the Potomac Val- ,'ley Audubon Society's summer 2/outh camp scholarship pro- gram through April 6. Each year, the program helps isend deserving area youngsters ~to summer camps that empha- ~size conservation and the envi- ronment. Applicants may choose among eight camps that range from the Society's local day camps to sleepaway camps up to 200 miles away. For details, go to www.po- or contact Kathryn Henry at 304-876- 6681 or dhenry@myexcel. com. :slon Schools get in line with Common Core standards CHARLESTON (AP) -- West Virginia school dis- tricts are revamping their kindergarten through 12th- grade math and English cur- riculums to line up with the new Common Core State Standards. The federal government is leaving it up to each state whether to adopt the standards, which are designed to reflect the knowledge and skills stu- dents need to succeed in col- lege and careers. State Department of Educa- tion spokeswoman Liz Cord- eiro tells The Inter-Mountain that West Virginia is requiring districts to adopt the Common Core curriculum because such standards line up with chang- es that the state agency is al- ready making in the public schools. The transition must be com- plete by 2014, but Cordeiro says the state is allowing coun- ties to determine how to adopt the changes. HUNTINGTON (AP) -- Some West Virginians who want to start their own hives and make some honey got a taste of the craft at a weekend beekeeping school. The Cabell-Wayne Beekeepers Association held the introducto- ry class at Heritage Farm Muse- um and Village. The class cov- ered basic equipment, protective clothing, observing bees in ac- tion and putting together a wood- enware hive. Organizer Gabe Blatt told The Herald-Dispatchthat Saturday's attendance of more than three- dozen was encouraging, because the thoneybee population needs to be replenished. Bees help pol- linate all plants, including fruit trees and vegetables that pro- vide food. Among longtime beekeepers is former Cabell Circuit Judge Dan O'Hanlon. The 25-year beekeep- ing veteran says participation has risen over the years in the begin- ning classes. iiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiil ~ ) : ~ i ~i~: ~ ~ : i ~ i / %) Inte month to Jefferson c~n~ Schools Patrick Blanc i man Ed Brosh Special I