O say can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hail'd
at the twilight's last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight O'er the ramparts we
watch'd were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bomb bursting in air, Gave proof through the night
that our flag was still there, O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home
of the brave?
On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep Where the foe's
haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows,
half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines
in the stream, 'Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore, That the havoc of war
and the battle's confusion A home and a Country should leave us no more? Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's
pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the
star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand Between their lov'd home
and the war's desolation! Blest with vict'ry and peace may the heav'n rescued land Praise the power that hath made and
preserv'd us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto - "In God is our trust,"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Francis Scott Key
Adhd conditions can only be managed; not cured and although sometimes these children's symptoms subside with age,
often they remain into adulthood.
ADHD Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for School And Home This
resource guide designed for families and educators provides information on how attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
is identified and treated. The resource includes sections on legal requirements, treatment options and helpful hints on how
to improve the quality of life at home and at school, for a child identified with ADHD. PDF
The purpose of the safe schools policy framework is to provide clear support
and direction from government for ACT government school boards, principals and staff. The framework supports the Education
Plan for ACT Government Schooling 1995-97 where planned outcomes include safe and productive learning and working environments.
The framework emphasises positive student management and minimises violence, bullying, and all forms of harassment.
Confidentiality of education records is a right of public school students and their parents. This right is provided for
by two federal laws, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy
This brief examines how the mismatch between school environments and children with ADHD contributes
to school failure, and reviews suggested changes in policy and practice that can help schools become places of growth and
development for all students, including those with ADHD.
If you are a concerned parent looking for a safehaven to talk, discuss, or vent problems you are having with
your children's school, while seeking support, solutions, and resolve, you have come to a caring site.
ALERT! Special Ed Funding Threatened - Kids Need Our Help! (January 28, 2003)
On January 23rd the Senate passed
a spending bill that increases special education funding significantly. This bill puts the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA) on track for full funding in six years. The Senate also added $5 billion as a block grant.
Proposals by the Bush administration and a bill passed by the House would underfund
the NCLB and IDEA. A House-Senate Conference Committee will take up the Senate and House spending bills this week (January
Kids don't vote. Parents, family members, teachers, and child advocates must speak up on their behalf.
Take Action - Contact your U.S. Representatives and Senators
Many states are facing severe budget shortfalls. States
and local school districts need additional funding to improve special education and ensure that No Child Left Behind
gets off to a good start.
You will make it more likely that the Senate funding bill will pass if you contact your
members of Congress. When you write to your Representative or Senator, your letter will be more effective if you describe
a real funding need in your school, classroom, or district.
You can send your letters to Congress through the Legislative
Action Center at the National Center for Learning Disabilities:
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Computers 4 Kidz in a non-profit organization that accepts donated computers and distributes
them FREE OF CHARGE to children. With businesses and individuals upgrading every 2-3 years, many very usable computers are
ending up in storage closets, or worse yet, landfills! What a business considers "obsolete" is a PERFECT first computer for
a child without one. Do you have a computer to donate? Do you know a child in need of a computer?
Homework Tips for Parents The U.S. Department of Education's Web site devoted to the No Child Left Behind act includes
some suggestions for parents on how much homework is reasonable and ideas for helping with math and reading homework.
Teachers cannot diagnose ADHD but they can be aware of certain behaviors that might indicate that a student should be
referred for testing. This site makes it clear that medication is not always in order.
June 2, 2003. International Report. Educating anarchists.
by Alan Caruba ... High School killers, Eric ... ChildMedicationSafetyAct, intended
to prevent a parent from being coerced into medicating a childin order to insure their child could attend
Point out that recess deprivation will normally have a boomerang effect on ADHDers, as they are not allowed the important
opportunity of releasing pent-up energy from long hours of confinement. Suggest other methods to try correcting disruptiveness,
such as the ones that work effectively at home.
School Psychology Resources for Psychologists, Parents and Educators Research learning disabilities, ADHD, functional behavioral assessment, autism, adolescence, parenting, psychological
assessment, special education, mental retardation, mental health, and more.
Being In Control: Natural Techniques For Increasing Your
Potential and Creativity For Success in School. Also For Improving Concentration and Learning in Children with ADHD and Dyslexia by Jason Mark Alster
Top Ten Test-Taking Tips for Students Here
are the top ten tips to success!
Have a Positive Attitude Approach the big test as you'd approach a giant jigsaw puzzle. It might be tough,
but you can do it! A positive attitude goes a long way toward success.
2. Make a Plan The
week before the test, ask your teacher what the test is going to cover. Is it from the textbook only? Class notes? Can you
use your calculator? If you've been absent, talk to friends about material you may have missed. Make a list of the most important
topics to be covered and use that as a guide when you study. Circle items that you know will require extra time. Be sure to
plan extra time to study the most challenging topics.
3. The Night Before Cramming
doesn't work. If you've followed a study plan, the night before the test you should do a quick review and get to bed early.
Remember, your brain and body need sleep to function well, so don't stay up late!
The Morning of the Test Did you know that you think better when you have a full stomach? So don't skip
breakfast the morning of the test. Get to school early and do a ten-minute power study right before the test, so your brain
is turned on and tuned up.
5. Test Time Before the test begins,
make sure you have everything you'll need scratch paper, extra pencils, your calculator (if you're allowed to use it). Understand
how the test is scored: Do you lose points for incorrect answers? Or is it better to make guesses when you're not sure of
the answer? Read the instructions! You want to make sure you are marking answers correctly.
Manage Your Time Scan through the test quickly before starting. Answering the easy questions first can
be a time saver and a confidence builder. Plus, it saves more time in the end for you to focus on the hard stuff.
7. I'm Stuck! Those tricky problems can knock you off balance. Don't get worried or frustrated.
Reread the question to make sure you understand it, and then try to solve it the best way you know how. If you're still stuck,
circle it and move on. You can come back to it later. What if you have no idea about the answer? Review your options and make
the best guess you can, but only if you don't lose points for wrong answers. 8. Multiple-Choice
Questions The process of elimination can help you choose the correct answer in a multiple-choice question.
Start by crossing off the answers that couldn't be right. Then spend your time focusing on the possible correct choices before
selecting your answer.
9. Neatness Counts If your 4s look like 9s,
it could be a problem. Be sure that your writing is legible and that you erase your mistakes. For machine-scored tests, fill
in the spaces carefully.
10. I'm Done! Not so fast when you complete
the last item on the test, remember that you're not done yet. First, check the clock and go back to review your answers, making
sure that you didn't make any careless mistakes (such as putting the right answer in the wrong place or skipping a question).
Spend the last remaining minutes going over the hardest problems before you turn in your test.
Follow these test tips,
and you'll know you did your best congratulations!
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helpful sites. Our Quick Links "apple" solves that problem. We continuously search the web to provide the top sites for each
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