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is a reminder to parents whose children are attending GNA.
We do not carry
medical insurance on students, but do provide parents with the opportunity to
select a primary excess group insurance plan for students.
We have included
all the information and forms to fill out on the left navigation bar of the main
can get online for less
Comcast is offering new program for low-income households
that would save $31 off regular price.
Hundreds of low-income families throughout Luzerne County
are eligible to sign up for a new program offered by Comcast that would mean monthly
Internet bills of $9.95, a $31 savings off the regular service price.
Comcast serves a geographic majority of Luzerne County, it does not serve the
greater Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton or Mountain Top areas. It does serve most of the
West Side, the greater Pittston area, the greater Nanticoke area and much of the
Back Mountain. To see if your home is in Comcast territory, call 1-855-846-8376.
You can learn more about the program at www.InternetEssentials.com.
Called Internet Essentials, the program offers low-cost access to the Internet
and even fully-installed netbook computers for families in Comcast Internet territory
who have children eligible to receive free lunches through the National School
Lunch Program. The program launched earlier this summer and was a condition of
the Federal Communication Commission for Comcast to secure federal approval to
purchase NBC Universal. As part of the merger, Comcast agreed to increase
broadband deployment in low income households.
The Internet Essentials
program meets that requirement.
Anthony Perrone, superintendent of the Greater
Nanticoke Area School District, said the program comes at a good time, because
of the difficult economy.
With many families dealing with unemployment and
children affected by their parents loss of income, the Internet can become
an unaffordable luxury. But the lack of Internet service at home could negatively
impact a student.
I know how important they (computers) are, Perrone
said. Theres a reason we have them in every classroom. He said
letters will be sent home to all families with students in the district, along
with school bus schedules, detailing the program and information on eligibility
and how to sign up.
Perrone said 43 percent of the 2,250 students in his district
are eligible for the free lunch program, and all districts include families living
in poverty and suffering from economic hardships.
Comcast spokesman Bob Grove
said the company has known there is a digital divide in this country and
we see this as a way we can help to bridge that divide. He added that research
has shown that there are three barriers to people getting on the Internet: cost
of the computer, cost of the service and a lack of understanding of how the Internet
is relevant and useful. He said this program addresses all three.
In addition to the affordable internet, the program offers the opportunity to
buy a netbook computer for $149.99 plus tax and access to free digital literacy
training in print, online or in person.
diploma offered at LCCC
County Community College will offer a new Paraeducator Diploma for individuals
wishing to obtain a Special Education Paraeducators Credential in the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania for employment as a paraeducator for kindergarten through grade
12. The completion of the 16-credit diploma program provides students with the
training and documentation to apply to the Commonwealth for the Special Education
be held at the Colleges main campus in Nanticoke and evening sections are
available for most classes. If a student decides to continue study, the 16 credits
articulate into the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
at LCCC. LCCC was able to make the Paraeducator diploma program available through
the Pennsylvania Department of Education State Personnel Development Grant: Improving
Student Results: A Focus on Highly Qualified Special Education Personnel.
more information, call LCCC at 740-0522 or (800) 377-LCCC, extension 7522.
teacher vying for space trip
Nanticoke Area High School science teacher Anthony Fleury is trying to win an
online contest that will send the winner on a trip into outer space, 64 miles
above the Earth. Fleury is currently sitting in 30th place out of nearly 50,000
It's probably fair to say that every student at one point
has a teacher they would like to blast into outer space.
Some students in the
Greater Nanticoke Area High School might actually get to do it.
science teacher and space exploration geek, is currently sitting in 30th place
out of nearly 50,000 in an online contest that could send someone 64 miles above
"If I could bring that experience back into the classroom,
how amazing would that be?" he said. "A part of all my students will
get the chance to see that, to feel that, to know what it's like."
by Axe - a company better known for body spray and provocative commercials - and
a private space travel firm, the top two vote getters from participating countries
will win a trip to space camp in Orlando. A panel of "space experts"
will then select those "worthy of a space trip," according to the rules
of the contest.
The approximate retail value of a commercial space flight,
according to Axe, is $86,000. The company also gives the winner a $25,000 stipend
to help pay the taxes on the prize.
Fleury's fiancee and fellow Greater Area
Nanticoke High School science teacher Amanda Schraeder said the possibility of
her future husband leaving the Earth was both scary and exciting, but she's confident
in the safety and professionalism of the mission because the couple has met the
pilot ("very, very experienced") and has been to the floor where the
firm is building the spacecraft.
Fleury, a 43-year-old Northumberland native,
is currently well behind the two leaders, both of whom are minor celebrities from
Internet videos with large followings, at least compared to a science teacher
from small-town Pennsylvania.
But while the odds of winning the trip may seem
as likely as getting hit by a meteor, the science instructor has already left
the Earth's field of gravity once in his life.
Fleury often participates in
teacher workshops and camps with NASA and private space contractors, one of which
flew him and fellow educators high enough to experience weightlessness several
times before returning to Earth.
On that flight, the teacher brought experiments
- a pendulum and a bouncing spring - to test the physical difference in zero gravity
and then shared that data with his students. As a more worldly example, he often
uses his beat-up Pontiac Sunfire and its frequent breakdowns to teach physics.
really consider myself a teacher who can bring all of my experiences into the
classroom, no matter how small," Fleury said.
To give his students another
whiff of the edges of the atmosphere, one of his classes launched a weather balloon
from Nanticoke that climbed 90,000 feet, snapping aerial photographs of the Chesapeake
Bay and Long Island, before landing on a guy's porch in New Jersey. Fleury was
able to recover the payload by placing a cellphone into the balloon and tracking
it on a website.
Now his pupils are taking control, spreading the word by mouth
and online to push to the top of the leader board a teacher who lives, breathes
and sleeps space travel.
"It's just in his being," said Deanna Dinelli,
a 17-year-old senior and student of Fleury's. "It's everything he does."
vote for Anthony Fleury, visit https://www2.axeapollo.com/en_US
before April 27.
School District hosts community Christmas drive
Greater Nanticoke Area School District is holding its annual community Christmas
drive. The drive has been held for the past 40 years to provide children with
gifts and food certificates for the holiday. The administration, secretaries,
teachers, students and friends all help to make the drive a success. The campaign
starts at Thanksgiving and runs through the week before Christmas. To make a donation,
contact a class officer or member of the Student Council. The Greater Nanticoke
Area High School Class of 1962 recently made a donation of $550 to the annual
holiday drive. At the check presentation, from left, are Trent Grey; Carol Baron,
Class of 62; John Gorham, principal; Leslie Cimakasky; Kayla Gronkowski;
Alyshia Ennis; Austin Grey; Renee Pavelitz; Carol Kelly; and Sonia Toporcer.
Teacher a space finalist
- Times Leader
Greater Nanticoke Area High School chemistry teacher Anthony
Fleury has been selected as one of 10 finalists in the nation to participate in
a one week space exploration training program, school officials said at Thursday
night's school board meeting.
The program will determine the teacher who will
be selected to be launched into space, at a time to be determined in the near
future. The program is a private one, not affiliated with the U.S. government.
Fleury has attended several robotics programs at NASA and has an avid interest
in the subject of space exploration. Grace Corrigan, mother of the late teacher
Christa McAuliffe, who died in the space shuttle Challenger disaster, spoke at
the high school in March 2008.