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Many years ago some newspaper people recognized that the newspaper is a "living textbook." The simple process of writing and printing a textbook means that most of them are out of date as soon as they are published. That is not true with a newspaper which is updated and changed with each issue. With the thinking that a newspaper is a textbook the idea of using newspapers in the classroom was born. Today, newspapers are used in the classrooms and in other continuing education programs throughout the country, not as substitutes for textbooks but as supplements to them.
The official first day of school numbers are in and compared to the first day last year, the enrollment at Hancock Public School has increased by 10 students to 340, which was also the enrollment figure at the end of school last year. These numbers do not reflect students who are attending post-secondary courses outside of the Hancock School. The numbers by class compared to opening day last year are as follows: 2015-16 2016-17 enrollment enrollment Kindergarten 29 32 First 20 27 Second 33 20 Third 30 33
It can be considered an honor to be asked to fill a position by the person who is leaving that job. Sue Nelson learned about the vocal music position at the Hancock School from the former instructor, Kris Miller. Miller had learned from a friend that Nelson was looking for a part-time music job in the area and gave her a call to tell her about the opening in Hancock. After applying and interviewing with administration in Hancock, Nelson was offered the job which seems to be a perfect fit for her.
For one hour a day, Hancock students can get a feel of what college courses may be like. The first hour of each day, Penny Schmidgall of Hancock will teach a college English course. The first half of the year the course will focus on public speaking and listening. The second half of the year she will be teaching English composition which is a college writing course. Students will earn college credits in both classes.
Working just a little closer to home brings Heidi Asmus to Hancock Public School this year. Asmus will be the new Speech Therapist at the school, employed through the Midwest Special Education Co-op. She will work in Hancock three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. She will work with students from preschool through 12th grade focusing on articulation, language and fluency in speech.
Shop class has changed over the years. The course that once stressed primarily building things now also includes other subjects like drafting, small engines, wiring, plumbing and even some engineering. The name has even changed to Industrial Arts to cover all these courses.
Bruce Malo has filed for re-election for Hancock Mayor and Bob Staples has filed for re-election to the city council. One city council seat remains open however as Dennis Schroeder has not filed for re-election.
Tonight, Thursday, Sept. 1 is the first home volleyball game against Ortonville. This will be parent's night with the junior varsity starting at 6 p.m. On Friday, Sept. 2 the football team will face Hillcrest Lutheran Academy at home starting at 7 p.m. Prior to the game the post prom committee will be serving burgers and fries starting at 6 p.m.
My summer vacation is over and it is time to get back to work. After taking a vacation, I can understand how the students and teachers feel when it is time to go back to work. In some ways it is nice to get back into a routine, but in other ways, vacation is great with no schedules, deadlines and time to sleep in.