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New USD 440 IT Director Wants To 'Flip' Classroom

Posted 8/3/2017

LINCOLN Quteifan is the new face of technology for USD 440. LINCOLN Quteifan is the new face of technology for USD 440. By Pilar Martin

HALSTEAD – High tech changes are coming to USD 400.

Lincoln Quteifan was hired as the new IT director for the district. Working most recently for the school district in Ulysses for past three years, Quteifan brings a passion for online teaching, education and ethics to USD 440. “I want to flip the classroom, bringing in 21st century teaching styles,” Quteifan said. 

In this ever-changing world of technology, Quteifan is ready to help teachers and students transition to a complete virtual classroom.

“This will help teachers communicate and collaborate with students. Today’s students spend 80 percent of their time on their phones. We can teach them to use their phones for their assignments and organization,” Quteifan added.

Old-style education involves, paper, pencils, and agendas. “I remember writing down assignments and due dates in my agenda. With today’s technology, we can teach students to use Google calendar to keep track of their assignments. They can receive messages and notes from their teacher, such as a test tomorrow. Students could even type their assignments on their phones and send to a teacher. No more excuses like the dog ate my assignment, someone erased the assignment from the board, or I forgot. They will learn to organize and be accountable,” Quteifan said.

The technology is in place and the software is already out there. Quteifan just needs to convince teachers in the district to jump on board. He wants to convert all subjects to Google that can be accessed from home, school, or office. “But not math. Math still needs to be done by hand,” Quteifan said.

Teachers would have the ability to grade papers via a laptop while sitting at home watching television. It will be much more efficient. Once the papers are graded, grades are attached, and tracked through the Google teacher management applications.

“I will study effectiveness and connect teacher with students, not only during school but after hours. Check logs and stats see if teachers actually are using. Switch every hour to virtual classroom. I will do observations, show them and teach them how to bring their teaching into 21st century. The sky’s the limit,” Quteifan said.

To continue reading, please see this week's print edition.

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Sedgwick Girl Represents Shriners Hospital After Getting Surgery

Posted 8/3/2017

By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK – At last week’s Shrine Bowl, there was one teenager from Sedgwick there who did not participate as an athlete, but rather a Patient Ambassador for Shriners Hospitals.

Bradlynn Morton, 13, has been a patient with Shriners Children’s Hospital for several years.

At the age of two, Bradlynn was diagnosed with femoral anteversion, anBRADLYNN Morris is an eighth grader at Sedgwick Junior High. She was a Patient Ambassador at the Shrine Bowl last week in El Dorado.BRADLYNN Morris is an eighth grader at Sedgwick Junior High. She was a Patient Ambassador at the Shrine Bowl last week in El Dorado. inward twisting of the thigh bone. The femur is the large bone in the thigh. In most cases, the anteversion corrects itself, in Bradlynn’s case, it got worse.

Her parents, Mandy and Roger Morton, took her to Shriners after a bad experience at another children’s hospital. Her first visit to Shriners was at the age of 8. “They said they could fix it, but had to wait until she was 11, closer to being done growing,” Mandy said.

When Bradlynn turned 11 in the sixth grade, she underwent surgery to repair her legs.

The painful surgery, according to Mandy, consisted of putting rods in both femurs,  breaking the femurs, realigning them, and pinning them. “They also fixed her right tibia, which had twisted to compensate for the femur, by cutting through at her ankle, realigning it, and holding  it with plates and screws on the growth plates on the insides of her knees. This allowed the outsides to continue growing while the insides stopped,” Mandy said.

Her recovery took six months. In that time she started out in a wheelchair, then a walker, and then crutches. “Her school, teachers, and friends have been incredibly supportive,” Mandy added.

Bradlynn was approached to be a Patient Ambassador at a visit to Shriners last winter.

To continue reading, please see this week's print edition.

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Burrton Bristles With New Birdhouses

Posted 8/3/2017

By Pilar MartinKASHLYN and her dad Brandon Strawn paint flowers on her pink birdhouse.KASHLYN and her dad Brandon Strawn paint flowers on her pink birdhouse.

BURRTON – Birds in the Burrton area will find some pretty fancy homes in town to build their nests in soon.

The Cliff and Ruth Dole Senior Center provided a paint-your-own-birdhouse event for Burrton youth last week.

The birdhouses were made by Kaye Hind who has a wood-working shop downtown. She crafted the 6 ½-inch by 10-inch birdhouses for the kids to paint. Children registered in advance for the event.

When the youngsters arrived, each had a birdhouse, paintbrushes, paint shirts, stickers, stencils, decals, and a lot of different colors of acrylic paint to chose from.  Hind painted one of the birdhouses in advance to give the kids an idea of what they could do.

Maddox Martin, age 7, chose orange and red to start his birdhouse. Colton Robinson, age 10, went with orange and green. Little brother, Brendan Robinson, age five, was all about the purple. The lone girl, Kashlyn Strawn, age 7,  chose pink for her birdhouse.

Hind taught kids how to hold the foam brushes and apply paint. She had them start with the roof of the birdhouse first. Cleaning the brushes was important and making sure they were dry before adding another color of paint.

After the base color was applied, the children could add stickers, use stencils, even draw on shapes with pencil and paint them in. There were even a few wooden shapes that could be glued on then painted.

Brendan chose to cover his birdhouse with stickers, while Kashlyn had the help of her dad to paint on some free-hand flowers. The end results were vibrant and distinct, a home any bird would love.

Hind said she would varnish each of the houses so the designs and colors would stay.

Mattox’s mom, Faith Martin, said he couldn’t wait to hang his up and watch the birds make his birdhouse home.

Read the rest of this entry »

New USD 440 IT Director Wants To 'Flip' Classroom

Posted 8/3/2017

LINCOLN Quteifan is the new face of technology for USD 440. LINCOLN Quteifan is the new face of technology for USD 440. By Pilar Martin

HALSTEAD – High tech changes are coming to USD 400.

Lincoln Quteifan was hired as the new IT director for the district. Working most recently for the school district in Ulysses for past three years, Quteifan brings a passion for online teaching, education and ethics to USD 440. “I want to flip the classroom, bringing in 21st century teaching styles,” Quteifan said. 

In this ever-changing world of technology, Quteifan is ready to help teachers and students transition to a complete virtual classroom.

“This will help teachers communicate and collaborate with students. Today’s students spend 80 percent of their time on their phones. We can teach them to use their phones for their assignments and organization,” Quteifan added.

Old-style education involves, paper, pencils, and agendas. “I remember writing down assignments and due dates in my agenda. With today’s technology, we can teach students to use Google calendar to keep track of their assignments. They can receive messages and notes from their teacher, such as a test tomorrow. Students could even type their assignments on their phones and send to a teacher. No more excuses like the dog ate my assignment, someone erased the assignment from the board, or I forgot. They will learn to organize and be accountable,” Quteifan said.

The technology is in place and the software is already out there. Quteifan just needs to convince teachers in the district to jump on board. He wants to convert all subjects to Google that can be accessed from home, school, or office. “But not math. Math still needs to be done by hand,” Quteifan said.

Teachers would have the ability to grade papers via a laptop while sitting at home watching television. It will be much more efficient. Once the papers are graded, grades are attached, and tracked through the Google teacher management applications.

“I will study effectiveness and connect teacher with students, not only during school but after hours. Check logs and stats see if teachers actually are using. Switch every hour to virtual classroom. I will do observations, show them and teach them how to bring their teaching into 21st century. The sky’s the limit,” Quteifan said.

To continue reading, please see this week's print edition.

Read the rest of this entry »

Sedgwick Girl Represents Shriners Hospital After Getting Surgery

Posted 8/3/2017

By Pilar Martin

SEDGWICK – At last week’s Shrine Bowl, there was one teenager from Sedgwick there who did not participate as an athlete, but rather a Patient Ambassador for Shriners Hospitals.

Bradlynn Morton, 13, has been a patient with Shriners Children’s Hospital for several years.

At the age of two, Bradlynn was diagnosed with femoral anteversion, anBRADLYNN Morris is an eighth grader at Sedgwick Junior High. She was a Patient Ambassador at the Shrine Bowl last week in El Dorado.BRADLYNN Morris is an eighth grader at Sedgwick Junior High. She was a Patient Ambassador at the Shrine Bowl last week in El Dorado. inward twisting of the thigh bone. The femur is the large bone in the thigh. In most cases, the anteversion corrects itself, in Bradlynn’s case, it got worse.

Her parents, Mandy and Roger Morton, took her to Shriners after a bad experience at another children’s hospital. Her first visit to Shriners was at the age of 8. “They said they could fix it, but had to wait until she was 11, closer to being done growing,” Mandy said.

When Bradlynn turned 11 in the sixth grade, she underwent surgery to repair her legs.

The painful surgery, according to Mandy, consisted of putting rods in both femurs,  breaking the femurs, realigning them, and pinning them. “They also fixed her right tibia, which had twisted to compensate for the femur, by cutting through at her ankle, realigning it, and holding  it with plates and screws on the growth plates on the insides of her knees. This allowed the outsides to continue growing while the insides stopped,” Mandy said.

Her recovery took six months. In that time she started out in a wheelchair, then a walker, and then crutches. “Her school, teachers, and friends have been incredibly supportive,” Mandy added.

Bradlynn was approached to be a Patient Ambassador at a visit to Shriners last winter.

To continue reading, please see this week's print edition.

 

Read the rest of this entry »

Burrton Bristles With New Birdhouses

Posted 8/3/2017

By Pilar MartinKASHLYN and her dad Brandon Strawn paint flowers on her pink birdhouse.KASHLYN and her dad Brandon Strawn paint flowers on her pink birdhouse.

BURRTON – Birds in the Burrton area will find some pretty fancy homes in town to build their nests in soon.

The Cliff and Ruth Dole Senior Center provided a paint-your-own-birdhouse event for Burrton youth last week.

The birdhouses were made by Kaye Hind who has a wood-working shop downtown. She crafted the 6 ½-inch by 10-inch birdhouses for the kids to paint. Children registered in advance for the event.

When the youngsters arrived, each had a birdhouse, paintbrushes, paint shirts, stickers, stencils, decals, and a lot of different colors of acrylic paint to chose from.  Hind painted one of the birdhouses in advance to give the kids an idea of what they could do.

Maddox Martin, age 7, chose orange and red to start his birdhouse. Colton Robinson, age 10, went with orange and green. Little brother, Brendan Robinson, age five, was all about the purple. The lone girl, Kashlyn Strawn, age 7,  chose pink for her birdhouse.

Hind taught kids how to hold the foam brushes and apply paint. She had them start with the roof of the birdhouse first. Cleaning the brushes was important and making sure they were dry before adding another color of paint.

After the base color was applied, the children could add stickers, use stencils, even draw on shapes with pencil and paint them in. There were even a few wooden shapes that could be glued on then painted.

Brendan chose to cover his birdhouse with stickers, while Kashlyn had the help of her dad to paint on some free-hand flowers. The end results were vibrant and distinct, a home any bird would love.

Hind said she would varnish each of the houses so the designs and colors would stay.

Mattox’s mom, Faith Martin, said he couldn’t wait to hang his up and watch the birds make his birdhouse home.

Read the rest of this entry »