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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 66

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Friday, October 11, 1991
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8 EXTRAAVest im; Cincinnati knqi iri r Friday, October n, 1991 SCHOOLS Taylor teacher brings life to math 2 school superintendents given awards for exemplary leadership ference. Frank has headed the Southwest District for 1 1 years and will step down before August. Houck has headed St. Bernard-Elmwood Place for 10 years and will retire Dec. 31. Frank also received on Tuesday the Exemplary Leadership Award. Houck received that award in 1986. Under Frank's leadership, William H. Harrison Elementary, Harrison Junior School and Harrison High received Excellence in Education awards from the U.S. Department of Education. Under Houck's leadership, St. Bernard-Elmwood Place High School won the award. THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Two retiring Hamilton County school superintendents were among five statewide who recently received School Leadership Recognition Awards. Southwest Superintendent Errol Frank and St. Bernard-Elmwood Place Superintendent Roger Houck each will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and each school board will receive a $600 award. Sponsored by the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Foundation and the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the award is given to superintendents who show exemplary leadership. The two will be honored next month at the OSBA's Capitol Con Focus on students -h h" ' ' ' iff. I '7 'V ; L ill I "-"V ' , ! a P lW kji ' ' '. - r ill Schools across the area have been asked to nominate "Students of the Week" to appear Fridays in Enquirer EXTRA. The students were selected for a variety of reasons including academics, leadership, positive attitude and improvement Tne Cincinnati EnquirerFrea SirauD Nancy Borchers has written a workbook offering projects to teach students the reasoning behind math calculations. "Math is not learned the same way, and a lot of students have trouble because the formulas are so abstract," Leshnock said. "This (manual) is one of the ways to help them understand what they're doing and (show them) they don't just have to memorize a rule." Borchers agreed. When stu BY LYNDA HOUSTON The Cincinnati Enquirer The students in Nancy Borch-ers' high school math class paint T-shirts and make Halloween costumes. However, the Taylor High School algebra and geometry teacher makes sure the designs include things like congruent angles, parallel lines, transformations, angle bisectors and midpoints heavy-sounding stuff for ninth- and lOth-grade students. But such a combination of math and art is a great way to teach students abstract algebraic formulas, said Borchers, whose most recent lesson was gift-wrapping an object to show students what happens to "x" in an algebraic equation. "They say you can't teach chemistry without a test tube," Borchers said, "but you can't really teach width without cubes." Borchers is so sure of her teaching methods she has written a lab manual based on what have become known as math manipulatives objects students can touch and see to learn math. The workbook, Lab Manual to Merrill Algebra: Applications and Connections, is for use with Algebra I and II textbooks and offers projects teachers can use to make manipulatives and teach students how to figure out the reasoning behind calculations. The softcover workbook was recently published by the nation's largest education publisher, the Glencoe Division of MacMil-lanMcGraw Hill, in Westerville, Ohio. Borchers, a teacher for 17 years in the Forest Hills, Northwest and Boards MOUNT HEALTHY The school board is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, 7615 Harrison Ave. NORTH COLLEGE HILL The school board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday, 1498 W. Galbraith Road. NORTHWEST The district is planning several activities during Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 19-27. "Neighbors Drug-Free and Proud" is the theme for the national Red Ribbon campaign against drugs. The following activities will be held in district schools: Oct. 21: Students and staff will wear red ribbons. Oct. 22: Just Say No Club day. All club members are to wear their T-shirts. Oct. 23: Wear Red Day. Oct. 24: DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Day. All members are to wear their T-shirts. Oct. 25: Theme Day based on "Neighbors Drug-Free and Proud." Mount Healthy close to superintendent choice Board also searching for treasurer Oak, senior. Miamitown Elementary: Becky Rowe, Cleves, grade 3. Monfort Heights Elementary: Misty demons, Monfort Heights, grade 4. Mother of Mercy High: Nikki Ellerhorst, Westwood, senior. Mount Healthy South Junior High: Bobbie Ritter, Mount Healthy, grade 8. North College Hill High: Stacey Smith, North College Hill, junior. Pleasant Run Middle: Sara Fields, Springfield Township, grade 8. Quebec Heights: Daniel Nelson, Price Hill, grade 5. Roosevelt School: Conshay Debardelaben, South Fairmount, grade 6. St. Bartholomew: Christopher Kemper, Springfield Township, grade 5. St. Bernard: Jason Niklas, Colerain Township, grade 5. St. John the Baptist: Angela Hatke, Colerain Township, grade 1. St. Ursula: Megan Conway, Covedale, junior. Taylor High: Frank Voynovich, Delhi Township, senior. Vine Elementary: Jamie Jamison, Price Hill, grade 5. Whittier Elementary: Sara Chandler, Price Hill, grade 5. and cheese, green beans, fruit. Wednesday: spaghetti, garlic bread, mixed vegetables, fruit. Thursday: grilled cheese sandwich, tomato soup, fruit. Friday: turkey sandwich, mixed vegetables, fruit slushee. OAK HILLS Monday: sausage pizza, tossed salad, pretzel rod. Tuesday: hamburger, french fries, pickle slices. Wednesday: sausage links, French toast, applesauce. Thursday: chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, cookie. Friday: sausage pizza, corn, pretzel rod. order now for NAME: Jessica Anderson. SCHOOL Welch Elementary. GRADE: 2. PARENTS: Carol and Richard Anderson. COMMUNITY: Colerain Jessica Township. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Jessica is an excellent role model with excellent study skills. She also is kind and compassionate. Students of the Week from other area schools are: Assumption: Leslie Schehr, Mount Healthy, grade 3. Carson Montessori: Scott Sutphin, Westwood, grade 4. Concordia Lutheran: Marty Brieschke, grade 8, Harrison. Elizabethtown Elementary: Lisa Wise, Hooven, grade 4. Hitchens Elementary: Leslie Thomas, Addyston, grade 3. Hooven Elementary: Brittney Walker, Cleves, grade 2. Lakeside Elementary: Marcus Hawkins, Forest Park, grade 5. Little Flower: Chelsea Jennings, Mount Airy, grade 3. McAuley High: Julie Motz, White Lunches Here are elementary school lunch menus for the week of Oct. 14. Milk is available with all meals. CINCINNATI Monday: cheese pizza, collard greens, pears. Tuesday: hamburger, corn, peacnes. Wednesday: oven-fried chicken, seasoned rice, lettuce salad, roll, grape juice. Thursday: turkey hot dog, baked beans, applesauce. Friday: scrambled eggs with cheese, tater tots, biscuit, fruit juice sherbet. SOUTHWEST Monday: pizza, corn, baked fruit item. Tuesday: fish sandwich, macaroni Come early and Cincinnati Public schools, said she had always wanted to create a manual to put abstract math formulas in concrete form. And according to Darlene Lesh-nock, mathematics executive editor at McGraw Hill, that's just the kind of book the company was looking for. OAK HILLS At a meeting Monday, the board discussed last spring's achievement test scores. The board also was updated on a modular classroom recently constructed at Springmyer Elementary. THREE RIVERS The board is scheduled to meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Taylor High School library, 36 E. Harrison Ave., North Bend. WINTON WOODS Administrators and school board members have received a written overview of the district from the Ohio Department of Education. Last spring, evaluators conducted on-site reviews for compliance with state minimum standards. The review is done every five years. At all grade levels, the district was found to meet or exceed the standards. Evaluators noted that violations and concerns found in the last review concerns about the formal course of study approval process and specific teacher certification problems had been corrected. dents touch a math model, "they can learn by discovering," she said. "Chemistry is based on materials, but it has taken too many years for math to catch on to that." A decade ago, Borchers was looking for new ways to teach her students math, because "they just weren't getting it," she said. She found few helpful materials on the market. But two years ago, following a teachers convention, a McGraw-Hill publishing representative asked her to create the manual. Now, Borchers is working on a geometry manual to be published next summer. Borchers said the stigma surrounding the dreaded math class is changing, although slowly. "The thing about math is, at a party it isn't cool to say 'I can't read,' but it is standard for people to say, 'Oh, I can't balance a checkbook,' or, T never could figure out those dumb percentages.' Those are all socially accepted attitudes." The key with teaching math and getting students past the intimidation, Borchers said, is relevancy to jobs. "That is all geometric shapes," she said, pointing to a picture of a woodworker placing inlaid wood pieces for a parquet floor. And that is the basis, Borchers said, behind making shapes on T-shirts like those of 20th century artist M.C. Escher, and piecing together geometric Halloween masks and costumes. By doing these things, Borchers said, students "get an understanding about making a living with math, that they don't have to be a wizard in calculus to use math in an occupation." treasurer on board no later than Jan. 1." John Wahle, treasurer for the Great Oaks Vocational School District, has been named interim treasurer. He will be assisted by Bill Trish-ler, a retired Great Oaks treasurer and a former Mount Healthy building principal. Both will work about 15-20 hours a week, Wolf said. David Distel, former superintendent, and retired treasurer Becky Brooks also have volunteered to help. "We're just tickled to get them," Wolf said. "I feel very comfortable with the people we have on board in the interim." About 25 people applied for the superintendent's job. During the first round of interviews, the board talked to six candidates, Wolf said. s Lloyd Brown, interim superintendent, did not apply for the position. ft alternative. . . ervices Every Friday Night Beef 'n Boards BY SUE KIESEWETTER Enquirer Contributor The Mount Healthy Board of Education is close to naming a permanent superintendent and has begun its search for a new treasurer. Donald Wolf, school board president, said the board will complete its second round of interviews with candidates Tuesday and should make its selection by the end of the month. Meanwhile, Wolf said the Ohio School Board Association will help the district look for a new treasurer. The former treasurer, David Bechtel, died Sept. 29. The OSBA will prepare a brochure about the treasurer's position and advertise it in professional publications. "We hope to have the superintendent on board no later than six weeks after we make an offer," Wolf said. 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