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Collaborate to Promote Languages with a Collective Voice

This year 53 students from around the Commonwealth of Massachusetts probed deeply into the ways in which language learning is a collaborative endeavor. Thirty-four Middle School students and nineteen High School students submitted thoughtful and revelatory essays. This year’s High School winner was Nicole Ellis of Northbridge High School. Nicole was this year’s Essay of the Year Winner as well. Daniel Bailey of Wood Hill Middle School in Andover, Ma. was the Midddle School Winner. Honorable Mention Essay writers were High School students Erika Rohrberg and John Vasington of Nashoba Regional High School and Sruti Pandey of Burlington High School. Middle School Honorable Mentions were Riley Plotner and Maya Koorapaty of North Andover Middle School and Kishor Bharadwaj of William Diamond Middle School in Lexington.

Foreign Language: Our Global Lens

Fifty-six students from seventeen schools throughout Massachusetts submitted entries for the 2012 MaFLA Essay Contest. Developing the theme of “Foreign Languages: Our Global Lens,” students’ essays showed thoughtful insight and youthful idealism based on their personal experiences. It is inspiring to read their essays, so full of confidence and optimism.

The Essay of the Year belongs to Mia M. from Cathedral High School. She says:

“Language is an infectious interest that has permeated much of my life. Learning a few words or phrases in several languages has connected me with my relatives as well as strangers….The corrective vision provided by foreign languages can provide us with the lucidity we desire to see and understand the world more clearly.”

Mia’s teacher is Nancy Gadbois. Congratulations Mia and Nancy!

The Middle School Division Winner is Arman K. from Wood Hill Middle School. In his essay he says English was his third language.

“Discovering and exploring foreign languages can lift up the lens-cap that has otherwise been shrouding from us a different culture, from another area of the world. If we were to overcome our apprehensions and learn a new language, it would be akin to lifting the lens-cap. A larger world would await us, which is waiting to be discovered.”

Arman’s teacher is Maria Hernandez. Congratulations Arman and Maria!

The Elementary School Division Winner is Raymond P. from Kensington Avenue School. He says:

“…knowing a language other than your first is like a person with an eye handicap putting on glasses, or using another type of lens… Foreign languages help us see the world clearer, and connect and communicate with the people of the world.”

Raymond’s teacher is Nancy Mangari. Congratulations Raymond and Nancy!

2011 Languages Connect The World

The Essay of the Year belongs to Lindsey O. from Nashoba Regional High School. She says

“It’s our responsibility to thread together all of the world’s countries, using language as a vehicle. We possess the power to weave together the beautiful cultures, traditions, and citizens of this planet, and by exercising this incredible strength, languages can connect the world … Language can be the perfect bridge to tie the world together, and it’s up to us to make it happen.” Lindsey’s teacher is Kathleen McHale. Congratulations Lindsey and Kathleen!

Middle School Winner (Grades 5-8)

The Middle School Division Winner is Julia M. from Wood Hill Middle School. In her essay she spoke of traveling to Italy as a young child and realizing the people were just like her even though they spoke another language.

“Languages are like bridges, strong and sturdy, well built and stable. They tower over every vast ocean that stands between the seven continents and allow us to communicate with one another despite the distance that separates us… Speaking a language, crossing a single bridge, opens up a whole new world.” Julia’s teacher is Norma Villarreal. Congratulations Julia and Norma!

Elementary School Winner (Grades 1-4)

The Elementary School Division Winner is Raymond P. from Kensington Avenue School. He says

“…there are many different people and languages being spoken. Because of this a sort of bond is spread between the countries…Because the bonds are being increased, wars are less frequent.” Raymond’s teacher is Nancy Mangari. Congratulations Raymond and Nancy!

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Arapahoe High School

Posted on February 21st, 2017 at 11:05 AM

Support Our Troops Care Packages

Arapahoe Sophomore Student Council has organized a community service project with the Support Our Troops organization to put together care packages! We need your help! Donate the following items: Toiletries Shaving cream/razors Deodorant Toothpaste Chapstick Body wash, lotion, shampoo, etc. Sunscreen Magazines Feminine products (unscented) Batteries (AA or AAA) Posters or calendars Movies on thumb drive Cards or letters We are accepting donations from February 10th - February 23! Boxes will be located in the Library and the Counseling and Attendance Offices.

Support Our Troops Care Packages

Arapahoe Sophomore Student Council has organized a community service project with the Support Our Troops organization to put together care packages! We need your help! Donate the following items:

  • Toiletries
  • Shaving cream/razors
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Chapstick
  • Body wash, lotion, shampoo, etc.
  • Sunscreen
  • Magazines
  • Feminine products (unscented)
  • Batteries (AA or AAA)
  • Posters or calendars
  • Movies on thumb drive
  • Cards or letters

We are accepting donations from February 10th - February 23! Boxes will be located in the Library and the Counseling and Attendance Offices.

Posted on February 14th, 2017 at 12:25 PM

Marizza Rotary Student of the Month

Congratulations to Allie Marizza. (more)

District Announcements CURO Award 2017 - Accepting Nominations

The Littleton Public Schools Special Services Advisory Committee is pleased to announce the 5th Annual CURO Award. Curo is the Latin word which means "to care for or to pay attention to" and is a fitting word to use to honor individuals who make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities. This award recognizes the dedication and commitment of an individual to touch the life of an LPS student with disabilities. Any LPS community member, staff member or student is eligible to receive the award. Recipients of the award are nominated because through their devotion to a student with a disability, that student's life is better! Awards will be given and recipients and all nominees will be honored at a reception at The Falls Event Center (8199 Southpark Ct, Littleton, CO 80120) on May 2, 2017. To nominate someone, please complete and submit the nomination form by February 28, 2017. Each person or family may nominate only one individual for the award and you may not nominate a member of your own family. Recipients will be notified the first week of April. CURO Award Nomination Form

CURO Award 2017 - Accepting Nominations

The Littleton Public Schools Special Services Advisory Committee is pleased to announce the 5th Annual CURO Award. Curo is the Latin word which means "to care for or to pay attention to" and is a fitting word to use to honor individuals who make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities.

This award recognizes the dedication and commitment of an individual to touch the life of an LPS student with disabilities. Any LPS community member, staff member or student is eligible to receive the award. Recipients of the award are nominated because through their devotion to a student with a disability, that student's life is better! Awards will be given and recipients and all nominees will be honored at a reception at The Falls Event Center (8199 Southpark Ct, Littleton, CO 80120) on May 2, 2017.

To nominate someone, please complete and submit the nomination form by February 28, 2017. Each person or family may nominate only one individual for the award and you may not nominate a member of your own family. Recipients will be notified the first week of April.

Posted on February 1st, 2017 at 9:19 AM

SAT with Essay OPT-IN Registration Jan 27 - Feb 12

Beginning this spring, all juniors will take either the SAT or the SAT with Essay on April 11, 2017. Both of these options are provided at no cost to the student. For students who want to take the SAT with Essay, CollegeBoard will open a registration window to OPT-IN for the essay portion from January 27th through February 12th. Parents or students must contact CollegeBoard to register for the essay by going online at https://account.collegeboard.org/login/login and accessing the student’s personal account, or by calling 866-917-9030, Option 2. After February 12th, students will no longer be able to add or remove the Essay test in their CollegeBoard account. For more information, please click on the following link: http://littletonpublicschools.net/content/act-and-sat

SAT with Essay OPT-IN Registration Jan 27 - Feb 12

Beginning this spring, all juniors will take either the SAT or the SAT with Essay on April 11, 2017. Both of these options are provided at no cost to the student.

For students who want to take the SAT with Essay, CollegeBoard will open a registration window to OPT-IN for the essay portion from January 27th through February 12th. Parents or students must contact CollegeBoard to register for the essay by going online at https://account.collegeboard.org/login/login and accessing the student’s personal account, or by calling 866-917-9030, Option 2.

After February 12th, students will no longer be able to add or remove the Essay test in their CollegeBoard account.

Posted on January 31st, 2017 at 10:51 AM

Optimist Essay Contest

The Optimist Club of Littleton is inviting students to participate in the 2016-17 Optimist Club Essay Contest, sponsored annually by Optimist International. This year’s essay contest subject is: Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges. Essays must be submitted by Monday, February 6th. Students interested in participating can reach out to their English/Language Arts teacher about how to enter, rules, prizes and additional information.

Optimist Essay Contest

The Optimist Club of Littleton is inviting students to participate in the 2016-17 Optimist Club Essay Contest, sponsored annually by Optimist International. This year’s essay contest subject is: Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges .

Essays must be submitted by Monday, February 6th. Students interested in participating can reach out to their English/Language Arts teacher about how to enter, rules, prizes and additional information.

Posted on January 24th, 2017 at 11:02 AM

K-12 District Art Show - Jan. 18 to Feb. 7

Colorado Gallery of Art presents the Littleton Public Schools District Art Show, January 18 – February 7, 2017 at Arapahoe Community College. There will be a closing reception on Tuesday, February 7th from 5 - 7 p.m. Gallery Hours Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, February 4: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Location 5900 South Santa Fe Drive Littleton, CO 80160 303-797-5649 For more information, please visit the ACC Gallery Website! Or call, 303-797-5649.

K-12 District Art Show - Jan. 18 to Feb. 7

Colorado Gallery of Art presents the Littleton Public Schools District Art Show, January 18 – February 7, 2017 at Arapahoe Community College. There will be a closing reception on Tuesday, February 7th from 5 - 7 p.m.

Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, February 4: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location
5900 South Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80160
303-797-5649

For more information, please visit the ACC Gallery Website. Or call, 303-797-5649.

Posted on January 12th, 2017 at 10:19 AM

Cedars-Sinai Presents Stem Cell Program and Essay Contest for High School Students

Educational Program Will Be on March 11; Essay Contest Deadline Is March 3


Los Angeles - Feb. 26, 2014 - High school students may compete for essay awards and attend a free educational program on stem cells sponsored by the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery. Deadline for essay entries is March 3.

All high school students – essayists or not – and parents and teachers are invited to the March 11 program, "Introduction to the World of Stem Cells," from 5 to 7 p.m. Essay contest winners – competing for an e-tablet and other education-oriented prizes – will be announced.

John Yu, MD. neurosurgeon, stem cell research scientist, vice chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and director of surgical neuro-oncology, will lead the program. He and other researchers at the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute have made important discoveries about certain stem cells that have the potential to become brain cells. Many of Yu's colleagues, such as those at the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute and the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. also research and employ stem cell technologies.

Clive Svendsen, PhD. professor of biomedical sciences, professor of medicine and director of the Regenerative Medicine Institute, will be a featured speaker. Svendsen's primary research focus is modeling and treating neurodegenerative disorders, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, using a combination of stem cells and powerful growth factors.

Ahmed Ibrahim, who has a master's degree in public health and is in Cedars-Sinai's Graduate Program in Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine. also will speak. As a high school student, Ibrahim participated in a summer research project at Cedars-Sinai. He now conducts stem cell research at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, which in 2009 performed the first procedure in which a heart attack patient's tissue was used to grow specialized stem cells that were injected back into the heart. The researchers have found significant reduction in the size of heart attack-caused scars in patients who underwent the experimental stem cell procedure, compared to other heart attack patients who did not receive the experimental therapy.

Additionally, Andrew Kahng, a college student working in Yu's laboratory, will describe his experience in stem cell research.

Students who choose to participate in the contest must submit an essay on any one of four topics:

  1. How do stem cells differentiate into adult cells? How can these processes be manipulated to generate new tissues?
  2. Discuss the recent successes of the use of stem cells in therapy for human disease.
  3. Discuss the challenges of making stem cell therapies more viable for human use.
  4. What are stem cells and how do they work? How do embryonic differ from adult stem cells? Which stem cells have seen success in their intended use for human therapies?

Essay details and guidelines are available online here. Essay-related questions and submissions may be sent to Samantha Phu at phus@cshs.org.

"Introduction to the World of Stem Cells," which will be in Cedars-Sinai's Harvey Morse Auditorium, is one of two programs to be presented by the Department of Neurosurgery during Brain Awareness Week, March 10-16. The annual "Brainworks " program for seventh- and eighth-graders will be from 10 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. March 10.

9th Onkyo Braille Essay Contest

2011
9 th Onkyo International Braille Essay Contest

Onkyo Corporation
The Braille Mainichi (The Mainichi Newspapers)

Purpose
Onkyo Corporation, an audio, computer and visual equipment maker, and the Braille Mainichi (The Mainichi Newspapers) created the �Onkyo Braille Essay Contest� in 2003, and it has been held annually since then. Through this contest, we hope to build a bridge between Braille and sound for the visually disabled who are extremely sensitive to the warmth that connects all people.
Now in its 9th year, the 2011 contest received entries from 108 countries in the International Category, which includes the Asia-Pacific region (21 countries and regions, not including Japan), the West Asia/Central Asia/Mideast region (21 countries), the European region (45 countries), and the North America and Caribbean region (21 countries) in addition to the Japanese Category. As an international essay contest, we are expanding the circle of cross-cultural communications and serving as a bridge across an increasingly complex global community.
We hope that the lives and thoughts of the visually disabled both at home and overseas will reach readers� hearts and the harmony we create together will resonate throughout society.

= Selection Results =

Japanese Category 48 entries were received in total

Yasuo Maeda. Tokyo (63, acupuncturist and masseur)

"Our Heart to the World; Our Passion with People"

Mr. Naoto Otsuki
Honorary President
Onkyo Corporation

We offer our deepest condolences to all the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred in March this year. There are essays among those submitted by contestants that feel concern for the earthquake victims. We wish the earliest possible recovery and rehabilitation.

This year the Braille Essay Contest celebrates its 9th anniversary since its start in 2003. This year the name of the contest was changed to the Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest, this naming in the hope of helping as many people as possible in the world connect each other through Braille and of diffusing the use of Braille in the world. The renamed content invited essays from 128 countries in the world anew.

Yasuo Maeda, the winner of the Most Excellent Otsuki Award, superimposed his own life and the townscape that has changed with the times on three maps and ended his essay by hoping human modesty and passion, which he realized anew from the experience with the maps, be of any help for restoration of the afflicted areas of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The more we read, the more scenes are aroused in our mind, and the more feelings come up from those scenes. I really feel this essay is a very profound wonderful piece of work.
Sabah El Khouly, Jordan, the winner of the ABU Otsuki Award, strongly advocates in her work that what is necessary for the visually challenged people is not compassion but equality. The wrong idea we have hurts the feelings of the visually challenged people who only wish to be normal and deprive them of their potential. After I read her essay, I became keenly aware of the need to eliminate such a situation.
After I read the essay of Lucita R. Manarpaac, the Philippine winner of the WBU-AP Otsuki Award, I understand that there are big hurdles on the road of the visually challenged people to becoming a musician, one of their dream careers, but that they take those barriers as a prime mover of their effort to make their dream come true with never-give-up attitude. She believes if they can be among great musicians, they can make a big difference in the way the people look at things. I sense an unyielding spirit there. I hope she continues to maintain her strong will power and never give up until she gets her wish.
The essay of Teresa Bornez Abascal from Spain, the winner of the EBU Otsuki Award, makes me feel various emotions she had in her life, starting from the disappointment she had as she was deprived of the opportunity to study because of war in her childhood to the sense of purpose of life Braille gives her despite her loneliness of being unable to take interest in anything in particular now she is 88 years old, and the gratitude she feels to Braille and its inventor Louis Braille. I hope she will live everyday with a purpose of life together with Braille for as long as possible.
Kim Kilpatrick from Canada, the winner of the NFB Otsuki Award, told in her essay about the happiness she feels from Braille that allowed her to do reading, one of her favorite things to do, and the joy of her being able to lead a full life thanks to the technological advancement. Those descriptions in her essay are so vivid I can imagine Kim with all smiles holding a book on her hand.

Last but not least, I really appreciate all those contestants and their essays that have greatly impressed and moved us. I would also like to thank all those cooperators, including Mainichi Newspaper Company and Tenji Mainichi, co-sponsors of this event, the staff of the Asian Blind Union (ABU), World Blind Union Asia Pacific (WBU-AP), European Blind Union (EBU), and National Federation of the Blind (NFB), who invited contestants in their own countries or regions, screened them and awarded the winners, and all the supporters in those countries and regions.
All the present day people need to establish a world, in which people of various positions and from every walk of life help each other, for the future generations. I wish this contest serves as a supporter of further promotion of Braille all over the world and helps activate communication among different cultures.

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