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                            THE PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE
This was sent to me and I thought that it would be a perfect addition to this page.
It is very beautiful and is narrated by RED SKELTON.-audio
I think that everyone should know the meaning of the words of
                             The Pledge of Allegiance.
The Pledge of Allegiance a Short History
The Original Pledge of Allegiance
I pledge allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America,
and to the republic for which it stands,
one nation, under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.
by Francis Bellamy 

The Star Spangled Banner

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.

Educational Rights for Children with ADD or ADHD

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

Safe Schools Policy Framework
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 Act (FERPA).

Reconstitution: Is Your School In Trouble?

Good -Start Strategies

Targeting Home---School Collaboration for Students with ADHD
Parent Involvement in Assessment and Behavior Plan
Monitoring Medication 
Coordinating Homework
Take Action

ADHD---Building Academic Success
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.

12 Things High School Students with ADD/ADHD
Would Like Their Teachers To Know.

ADHD: What Teachers Should Know
This article is a good source of information for all teachers. It describes ways in which teachers can work with ADD students effectively.

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Benjamin Franklin teaches kids from kindergarten through 12th grade all about the Federal Government.

Parents Rights in School Support Group
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.

Parent Involvement in Schools
Net guide to parent involvement at the elementary school level.

Why is High School So ADD Unfriendly, and What You Can Do About It?
Tips about making the best of high school.

School Helps
Help your kids make it through another year of school with natural solutions for clearing the mind and improving memory

ADHD and School

Home Works Tips

On Homework

Enjoying Mathematics-
Playing Math Games
Suggestions to help your children enjoy math and be better thinkers.

Resources for
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Fine Arts
Home Economics
Language Arts
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Unlimited Learning
Develops and distributes effective educational and motivational products to learners and instructors of all ages and all ability levels.


Teaching a Child to Read: Special Ed or Reading First

ALERT! Special Ed Funding Threatened - Kids Need Our Help! (January 28,
 ***************FROM WRIGHTSLAW NEWSLETTER***********
ALERT! Special Ed Funding Threatened - Kids Need Our Help! (January 28,

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.

To find out how these amendments will affect your state, visit

* Gains May be Lost

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 26-30).

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:

When you enter your zip code, you go to a page with your Senators' and
Representative's names. You can copy your personal letter into the text
box - very easy!

Writing a short letter will only take a few minutes of your time. Be a
hero - speak up for the kids!

Lack confidence in your letter-writing skills? Read "12 Rules for Writing
Great Letters:"



Learn about the reauthorization of  IDEA:

Learn about No Child Left Behind:



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Homework Organizer
Assignment Notebook and Guide

Coping With Homework Horrors

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.

National Library Locator
The National Center for Education Statistics allows you to search for libraries with certain criteria, including those that offer Internet access.

Solutions To The Homework Dilemma
Learn ways to help your child take ownership of his assignments from

Keeping Kids Motivated
12 Ways to Develop Your Child's Organizational Skills
Check these helpful tools from Scholastic for raising an organized and motivated child.
This is the motherlode of reference sites, with links to hundreds of resources.

Homework Without Tears
by Lee Canter and Lee Hausner, P.H.D.
A parent's guide to motivating children to do homework and to succeed in school.
Parenting Tips
Available at
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Handwriting Without Tears

Kids Web Links

Tips for parents on Homework
Helping Your Adolescent with ADHD Get Homework Done

Resources for teachers, parents and students

Study Skills

ADHD Checklist
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.

Guide to Mathematics Resources

National School Lunch Program
National School Lunch Act of 1946
The nutritional requirements for school lunches


Child Medication Safety Act
House OKs Ban on Forcing Kids' Medication
Under the bill, passed 425-1, states receiving federal education money must make sure schools do not coerce parents into medicating their children.
House OK's  Ban On Forcing Kids Medication
House Approve Child Medication Safety Act
House OKs  Ban On Forcing Kids Medication
Burns Legistration Passes House


June 2, 2003

International Report

Canada Free Press
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Death From Ritalin The Truth Behind ADHD
... Post - Canada 2-6 ... Child Medication Safety Act of 2003. To protect children and their parents from being coerced into administering psychotropic medication in order to attend school ...

A.D.D. & A.D.H.D.
... Medication. 12 Medication-giving tips. 9 Steps in Managing the Child with A ... becomes less. In an Ontario, Canada, population survey, about ... likely to act out in school, becoming either ...


The Special Education Survival Guide
Effective Educational Programs, Testing and Advocacy
What You Should Know About Evaluations
The Lighter Side of Special Education
For news, progress reports, and other information about legal
developments, reauthorization and IDEA, please visit our IDEA
Reauthorization Page:
To learn more about these issues, including reports, surveys and
recommendations about how the IDEA statute may be changed, please visit
our IDEA Resources page:

Adaptations for a Student with Hyperactivity
example-Make sure the student is always provided opportunities for physical activities. Do not use daily recess as a time to make-up missed schoolwork. Do not remove daily recess as punishment.
24 Strategies for working with adhd children
#12 Let a restless child move; stand at the desk. Dont take away recess as punishment. Not ever!
Soaring above the storms
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.
Non medical interventions for adhd
Make sure they have plenty of time for recess and never use the restriction of recess as a consequence for bad behavior. Children with ADHD need to blow off steam.


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

by Elaine M Gibson

                            THE PRESIDENTS

Top Ten Test Taking Tips

Top Ten Test-Taking Tips for Students
Here are the top ten tips to success!

1. 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!

4. 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.

6. 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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Kidspiration inspires students K-5 to see, organize, and develop their great ideas.

The Power of the Arts:
Creative Strategies for Teaching Exceptonal Learners

Teaching Children with ADHD

Learning Strategies
Helpful Tips on Learning


How To Build A Good Relationship With Your Child's Elementary
School Teacher
1st to 3rd grade

What Happens At  Parent/Teacher Conferences?
grades 1 to 3

10 Ways To Stay In Touch With Your Child's Teacher
Preschool to 3rd grade

Getting the Most out of Parent Teacher Conferences

How To Prepare for Parent/Teacher Conferences
Grades 1 to 3

How Should I Respond When I Think The Teacher Is Unfairly Cririzing
My Child In A Conference?
Pre school to 3rd grade 

What To Do When You Are Unhappy With A Public School Teacher

How To Talk To A Teacher About Your Concerns
kindergarten to 3rd grade

What You Should Know about Evaluations


Teacher Appreciation

Here's how to show your thanks for a job well done.

Teacher Appreciation Ideas

Teacher Appreciation Ideas

Teacher & Pupil Appreciation Ideas

Teacher Appreciation Ideas

25 + Gift Ideas For Your Child's Teacher

Teacher Appreciation Day

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