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Ninth grade, puppets, bi-lingual jobs, Stanford, crafts, engaging boys

<b>A recent article in the Atlantic Magazine posits that ninth grade is the most important year in high school.</b> Educators are finding that how freshman year goes determines whether a young person will move on or drop out of school. I was surprised to learn that nationwide, ninth-graders have the lowest GPA, the most missed classes, the majority of failing grades and get in more trouble than any other high-school grade level. Researchers have found that repeating ninth grade can have terrible results in terms of a child’s motivation and self-esteem and a disproportionate number of ninth-graders who are held back drop out. (<a href="http://tinyurl.com/kxf54wo)">tinyurl.com/kxf54wo)</a>

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<b>New data out suggests that the teaching profession is attracting “a more academically successful group of people compared to previous years,” according to researchers at the University of Washington.</b> They found that more teachers have their master’s degrees (26 percent in 2008 versus 17 percent in 1993) and the average SAT score for a first year teacher climbed slightly from just below the national average (45th percentile) to the national average 50th percentile. <a href="http://http://educationnext.org/gains-in-teacher-quality/">http://educationnext.org/gains-in-teacher-quality/</a>

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<b>The children’s Victorian Christmas Craft Workshop is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Gen. Vallejo’s Home, rain or shine. </b>Free admission for children 12 and under, $3 for adults. This is a fun event for children to do age-old hands-on crafts.

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<b>What is the hottest job skill today?</b> Translators and interpreters are expected to be one of the 15 fastest growing occupations in the nation (Department of Labor). There are projected to be 25,000 new jobs for interpreters (who focus on spoken language) and translators (who focus on written language), between 2010 and 2020. According to CNN, in the last week alone, roughly 12,000 jobs posted on Indeed.com included the word “bilingual.” In government jobs, being bilingual in Middle Eastern languages such as Arabic, Farsi and Pashto (Afghani) pays the best. In the private sector, employees bilingual in Scandinavian and Asian languages are the highest paid. (<a href="http://http://tinyurl.com/o8ktqfa">http://tinyurl.com/o8ktqfa</a>)

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<b>Stanford Alumni Magazine recently devoted a few thousand words to “what it takes to get into Stanford” and after reading it, I feel slightly nauseous and still can’t tell you the answer.</b> But it is an interesting and detailed look at the process at what is now the most selective university in America. You can read the entire article here: <a href="http://http://tinyurl.com/n9q82jd">http://tinyurl.com/n9q82jd</a>

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