Wednesday, April 15, 2015

In the news...

It is a rare thing to hear of Hegewisch happenings in the news, but this week Hegewisch has made headlines twice.

Last week the Lebanon Lutheran Church was broken into and the criminals ransacked the church and did much damage.  It's reported the criminals also ate the Communion hosts from the chalices before breaking the chalices.  I don't know how it's known that the hosts were eaten and not disposed of in another way, but regardless, what kind of low-lifes breaks into a church.  The police are investigating, but at this time, the culprits have not been caught.  If they don't have to answer for their crimes in this life, I am certain they will in their next one.

Church leaders discovered a broken window and said the thieves got away with laptop computers, a microwave and a stereo system.

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And then there is this - 

A man crashes car into a Hegewisch home.  According to the news, the homeowner was a paramedic and worked on the driver, but unfortunately, the driver did not make it.  School children were out at recess during this time, but no children were hurt.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Going, Going, Gone...

I usually don't write book reviews for books that are disappointing, but since Gone Girl seemed to be "such a hit", I thought I'd add in my two cents.

I finished this book last week and have been debating on how to write this review.  I think the best way to describe Gone Girl is that it was a book I loved to hate. 

The book was given to me and, at the time, the only thing I knew about it was what I read on the back cover.  I knew it was made into a movie, but I never read a review about it.  That being said, as I read Part I of the book, I thought it was a bit slow moving.  After Amy's disappearance, I felt sorry for Nick, but when it was revealed that Nick was cheating on his wife, I felt he deserved whatever came to him.  At this point, I loved to hate Nick. 

Part II really captured my interest and I was glad I continued reading.  Many more layers of Amy are revealed and without saying too much, believe me when I tell you, you will begin to feel sorry for Nick and love to hate Amy.

By the time I arrived at the third part of the book, I was ready for some true justice or straight out revenge, and this is where I became very disappointed.  As I read the last page, all I can say is, I loved to hate the ending.  ( I actually read it twice thinking I missed something.)

I give Gillian Flynn 3.5 stars for her writing style (some of her word choice was crass and I could have done without the quizzes) , 4 stars for twists and turns in the middle of the book, and 1 star for her ending.  

Gone Girl is 555 pages long and that's way too many pages to invest in a story that leaves the reader feeling short-changed.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Testing Season...One more reason for kids to hate school!

As we turned the calendars to March, our next season is quickly coming upon us.  But, the warmer weather and the sunny days of Spring take a back seat to the real season about to unfold... TESTING SEASON!  After a brutal winter, citizens look forward to opening their windows and doors to let in the fresh air and hear the birds singing. This year will be different though.  Fresh air is being replaced with the stagnant air that happens while sitting and taking test after test after test, and all that is heard is the clickity-clack of computer keyboards, the sound of #2 pencil lead filling in test bubbles, and the frustration of students who await the next round of tests. (Allegedly, some of which are said to be meaningless.)

For public schools in Illinois, students will take the PARCC Test for the first time this month.  Allegedly a low stakes test. (Read: meaningless) This session is comprised of five days of testing for the first round.  Then in April, students take the NWEA Test, the test that currently counts for all things important in the grade school system.  After this, can the students breathe a sigh of relief?  No!  Round Two of PARCC testing arrives in May. (Allegedly still low stakes, allegedly still meaningless.)

I took the PARCC practice test at home and all I can say is I am glad I went to school when I did.  If anyone is feeling "in the mood" to see what is going on today with Common Core and PARCC, just click this link  I'd love to hear what you think about this low stakes (meaningless?) test.  No wonder so many states reversed their decision about giving this test.

In related news...

CPS announced that it will be extending the school year until June 19th for the students because of the days CPS closed for inclement weather this winter. According to CPS they value highly the instructional time in the classroom and they want students to receive their full education.  It's amazing how a couple of days off for bad weather can be detrimental to the students' education, but taking standardized test after test after test for weeks at a time over a period of a few months has no negative affects.  

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Sunday, February 22, 2015