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May 17, 2019
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Calif. district to send middle-schoolers camping
Calif. district to send middle-schoolers camping
The Oakland Unified School District's Oakland Goes Outdoors program will allow all middle-school students to go on overnight camping trips in the San Francisco Bay Area. Officials say the $1 million program will help with subjects such as science and ecology, as well as with social and emotional learning.
San Francisco Chronicle (tiered subscription model)/Bay City News Service (5/16) 
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Texas middle school is showcase for college-prep program
Kaffie Middle School in Corpus Christi, Texas, offers the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, or AVID, to prepare its students for college through study skills and leadership training. The school was recently named an AVID National Demonstration School, meaning it will serve as a model for other schools considering the program.
KRIS-TV (Corpus Christi, Texas) (5/16) 
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Tweens & Young Teens
More Wis. schools consider free meals for all
More Wis. schools consider free meals for all
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Some school districts in Wisconsin are looking at the numbers and considering whether they should adopt a universal, free meal program to reduce the stigma associated with free meals. Jennifer Jennings, a food service director, says a middle school in her district increased breakfast participation from 150 students to 350 students after implementing a universal, free breakfast program.
WiscNews (Madison, Wis.)/Reedsburg Times-Press (5/15) 
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Bullying victimization linked to increased pain drug use among teens
Adolescents who were bullied had nearly two times increased odds of taking pain medications for backaches, headaches and stomachaches, even after controlling for age, gender, amount of pain felt and socioeconomic status, compared with those who weren't bullied, according to a study in Acta Paediatrica. Researchers also found more prevalent pain drug use among girls, while ibuprofen and paracetamol were the most commonly used pain medications overall.
The Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News (tiered subscription model) (5/15) 
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Classroom Innovation
Ala. program uses game-like tech to teach students about trades
The Power UP Loud program in Alabama provides trade workshops for female middle school students and exposes them to simulators, virtual reality headsets and other technology that mimic what youth see in popular video games. "We relate technology to how the students can do this and make a great living," Cannon said.
Construction Dive (5/15) 
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Technology & Connected Learning
Calif. proposes funds for school internet, computer science
A budget proposal from California Gov. Gavin Newsom includes $15 million to provide more schools with broadband internet and $1 million to hire a coordinator for computer science for the state. Portions of another $45 million added to the revised budget would be used to train teachers STEM and computer science instruction.
EdSource (5/14) 
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Middle Grades Leadership
Principal: Relationships are key to good schools
Principal: Relationships are key to good schools
Colorado middle-school principal Jennifer Lamont, who has spent 20 years as a teacher and administrator, in this Q&A notes the importance of a culture of trust and good relationships among parents, students and other stakeholders. "Clear communication and an openness and appreciation for feedback make families and community partners feel welcome and a valued part of school," Lamont says.
Post Independent (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) (5/15) 
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