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  1. Is it this one? I was in 8th grade during the Chernobyl disaster. It was prime time news all over Asia because of the magnitude of the disaster.
  2. It make sense to me not because of synesthesia but because weekdays are blue and weekends are red in my childhood calendars.
  3. For my husband and my family of origin, each guest is to get a slice of the wedding cake for auspicious reasons and hopefully there is some left to keep. Smashing of cake would be seen as wasteful and disrespectful. The wedding cake is similar to the birthday cake in our culture, meant to share the blessings with guests by making sure everyone has at least a slice.
  4. The location is in a nice area with plenty of supermarkets and eateries. If your husband drove via Highway 17, that’s the highway we get carsick often.
  5. I’ll keep both the Yates and Triola. The Yates because it teach to the test (AP statistics) and Triola in case your child prefer to take statistics at community college instead of the AP exam. The 4th edition Yates isn’t that old as the latest is the 5th edition. My kids used that textbook for their AP Statistics summer course and a kind boarder loaned me her copies as I could not find affordable used copies in time for class. It is boring but get the job done. I have the Triola book (not sure which edition) as backup and my kids didn’t use it. If you really have space for only one, ask your child to pick. Then sell the other two books to a used bookstore.
  6. The first two is quite easy to find on Half Price Bookstores. The 5th edition of the Starnes, Yates and Moore is on internet archive and is a commonly used AP Statistics text. The Triola text is a common community college text. I won’t keep any because I don’t have the space, some books are now on the living room floor and I have no room for more bookshelves. Who are you keeping for? For your kids or for yourself?
  7. Not sure if the photo is iceberg roses but they are used everywhere here for landscaping. Husband, kids and I have been suffering from hay fever so we have been indoors as much as possible with the air purifier running.
  8. Page 10 & 11 of 14 “Sample Question Set Questions 9 and 10 refer to the following information: An international bank issues its Traveler credit cards worldwide. When a customer makes a purchase using a Traveler card in a currency different from the customer’s home currency, the bank converts the purchase price at the daily foreign exchange rate and then charges a 4% fee on the converted cost. Sara lives in the United States and is on vacation in India. She used her Traveler card for a purchase that cost 602 rupees (Indian currency). The bank posted a charge of $9.88 to her account that included a 4% fee. 9 What foreign exchange rate, in Indian rupees per one U.S. dollar, did the bank use for Sara’s charge? Round your answer to the nearest whole number.”
  9. If that question appear, my kids would have just make a guess. Quarters are easy as it is quarter of a dollar. Dime is 1/10th of a dollar. Nickel would be the one they have to guess. Kids scored 750 and 790 for math section so they are happy.
  10. Money/Currency isn’t tested 🙂 So knowing that 100 cents make a dollar is more than good enough.
  11. Everything is in metric units for Math. My DS13 can’t remember ounce (fluid, weight), pounds, gallons, inches, feet, etc and didn’t need to (the last time he was tested for that was public school 3rd grade math and he flop that unit). I don’t remember seeing any currency questions but it is 100 cents to a dollar conversion whether it is AUD or USD so no confusion there.
  12. Part 6 of 6: How earning a college degree while in high school changed this student’s life “MarketWatch: How did you find out about the early college high school? Raul Gomez: My brother was part of the first class at Mission Early College High School, which was the very first early college in El Paso. When he joined, I was about a 5th or 6th grader. I wanted to have that same experience. He graduated before I was accepted into a program. It was a very proud moment and I wanted to experience the same thing. MarketWatch: How did your experience attending an early college impact you? Gomez: I know it changed me. I wasn’t too sure if I was going to be able to go to college. Here in El Paso, there’s a very strong Mexican cultural influence. My family was basically — and they’re still — very Mexican. When it comes to Mexican culture, you have to find a significant other by the time you’re 20, 21 and then have kids when you’re 22, start your family and then, of course, give your parents grandkids and what not. To some degree that was my mind set. It was one of my bigger drivers, but after entering the early college all of that changed. Completing my education is my biggest goal — making sure that I have my medical degree and then my master’s before actually starting a family or looking for a job. MarketWatch: What were your first impressions of the early college? Gomez: It was a very strange place at Mission. I had toured other high schools. The early college was a set of portable buildings. The cafeteria and the administration buildings were really the only true buildings at the high school. That was strange, especially because it was right next to a desert. It didn’t seem like much, but what I did enjoy was when we were about to enter the early college, the summer before they had a summer camp. In that summer camp we met some of the teachers, we had some pseudo classes where we covered geometry, math etc. MarketWatch: How did you find the experience of the early college academically? Gomez: The hardest not so much year, but semester, was the very first semester. The teachers wanted to prepare us for the expectations and the challenges, and the difficulties of what we were going to be seeing in those college classes. After that it really became easy because we started building study groups and most of the classes that I took, I would take with people from my school. That network and that connection really made the process easy. We had the college load and we also had the high-school work load so finding time for myself was a little bit difficult. I don’t think the material itself was difficult, it was just keeping up with everything, and then trying to keep or maintain a social life while trying to maintain my academic success. MarketWatch: What was your social life like in high school? Gomez: It was very different. I, of course, was connected via social media with the people that I went to middle school with. They were actively using their free time to go to concerts or raves or just playing sports and competing against other high schools — we didn’t really have those experiences, but we had a different variety. My social life revolved mostly around my academic life. The people that I would meet in my classes or at my school, we would just really hang out during school, but then after school everybody was mostly busy with the curriculum and the assignments. To some degree, I did maintain a social life/academic life balance, it just wasn’t as great as what my peers had from other high schools. MarketWatch: When did you start thinking about college and what did that look like? Gomez: The goal that I had was just staying in El Paso and then going to the University of Texas-El Paso. Rather than experiencing something new after I finished my associate’s degree and after I finished high school, I thought I’m just going to attend UTEP and finish there. At that point, I didn’t just want to get my bachelor’s degree, I wanted to get my master’s degree before moving on to medical school. MarketWatch: How did the credits transferring factor in? Gomez: If we were going to stay in Texas most of our credits would transfer over. But if we decided to leave Texas, depending on the college or university that we went to, they might or might not accept all the credits. To some degree, I feel like that did dissuade me from leaving Texas. Not only was I going to get the benefit of transferring all of my credits to UTEP, I was going to stay in the environment that I knew and felt comfortable with MarketWatch: What did life after the early college high school look like for you? Gomez: After high school, I attended UTEP for two years and completed my bachelor’s degree. While I was completing my studies, I decided to work within the university. After I completed my bachelor’s, I was offered a full-time position working at UTEP. I worked for a semester and then in the fall of 2017, I started my MBA at UTEP. Since I was a full-time staff member they have some employee educational benefits. [He graduated earlier this month]. MarketWatch: What made you decide to get the MBA? Gomez: I did some research and I actually considered getting a master’s of science in biology, but that was very heavy in research and I didn’t enjoy research as much as I thought I was going to. [The MBA program] offers a concentration in health care administration. Since my plans were to go into medical school, I felt like that would work out really well. MarketWatch: Why did you want to get a master’s before medical school? Gomez: When I was in high school, the counselor strongly advised us to not just finish with our academics after we got our associates or our bachelors, he always emphasized if you want to stay competitive within the professional world, you have to go either for a master’s or a Ph.D. I knew that I wanted to go into medicine, but I also wanted to have a Plan B, that’s why I decided to go for a master’s. MarketWatch: What are your plans after graduation? Gomez: I’m going to take a few months to study for the MCAT [the admissions test for medical school]. During that gap year, I’ll also see if I can use my MBA to get a little bit of work experience in health-care administration. That way, whenever I do submit my application for medical school that will make me stand out. MarketWatch: Are you applying to medical schools outside of El Paso or Texas? Gomez: Ideally, I would want to stay in El Paso for medical school. The tuition prices are lower in Texas than in most states. Of course I’ll be submitting applications to different medical schools, not just in Texas — some in California, some in Washington and some in New York. Depending on where I get accepted and what the costs are, I’ll be deciding from there.”
  13. If anyone is curious, the 2019 FRQs are already available online. Some exams have two sets of FRQs E.g. Macroeconomics Microeconomics Chemistry Environmental Science Physics C Mechanics Physics C E&M Calculus BC Latin German Chinese
  14. Mold or chance of mold. If I walk into the house and my nose runs, and the house feels stuffy, that would be an absolute no. Heating. Central heating preferred though we don’t use ours. No baseboard heating because my kids stuff too many matchbox cars in there when we rented so we consider that a safety hazard from childproofing point of view. Fireplace. We don’t use ours but if a home we look at has a fireplace, we would be thinking about maintenance costs of an older (more than 30 years) fireplace. My neighbor just sold her house and they recarpeted to the cheapest berber carpet before staging. We would have to do that too as our carpet is as worn out by kids as hers is.
  15. Part 5 of 6: Meet the students who are earning a college degree — in high school By Jillian Berman Published: May 23, 2019 8:24 a.m. ET “As educators and nonprofits began experimenting with these schools, they identified Texas as a fruitful state for launching them, partly due to the relative autonomy the state gives to its school districts, according to Chris Coxon, the managing director of programs at Educate Texas, an initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas , an organization focused on transforming the state’s public and higher education systems. In addition, both the size and demographics of the Texas student population meant that the state was a good place to test whether early-college high schools could be scaled across different types of regions and metropolitan areas, he said. El Paso launched its first early college, on the Mission campus of El Paso Community College in 2006, funded in part by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. The region opened its second early college on the Valle Verde campus of EPCC in 2007 and then launched Northwest and Transmountain in 2008. And officials have been expanding the program at a relatively fast clip ever since. These days, there are 12 early colleges in six of the 12 school districts that encompass El Paso with plans for several more. Research shows early colleges are effective, but it’s unclear exactly why The small body of research that exists on early colleges shows them to be effective at getting their students to and through college, but we still don’t have much evidence yet on what exactly makes them effective or what makes one school more effective than another, said Julia Duncheon, an assistant professor at UTEP, who studies dual credit, dual enrollment, and early colleges. If communities are going to scale these programs, they should be scaling what works and a too-rapid pace of expansion makes that less likely, she said. “The way that the early-college model is playing out is a reflection of the broader national emphasis” on signals of college completion, like the number of degrees and credits earned, Duncheon said. “My question is what about quality, what about substance?” ... ‘We have really long career goals’ The students have varying goals and motivations for attending what can often be a more academically rigorous version of high school; in addition to extra homework the college courses sometimes require throughout the year, students often spend their summers in school to make sure they’re on track to graduate with an associate’s degree. Several mentioned a parent who was interested in saving time and money or just generally getting ahead, but many students had their own reasons for attending. “Most of us here either want to be a doctor or an engineer,” said Kate Rosales, a sophomore at Northwest. “We have really long career goals,” so any academic head start they can get is valuable, she added. Some appreciate the chance to practice some of the more intangible challenges that can come up in college, like how to manage your time or concentrate effectively on a reading assignment that can stretch dozens of pages. “It’s better to learn those now when you’re at community college then go to a big university and completely blow it,” said Deon Maxwell, a junior at Valle Verde. “We get all of the rookie mistakes out of the way.” But in addition to facilitating students’ ambition, many of the El Paso early colleges with their outdoor hallways, portable classrooms, relatively flexible schedules and access to a community college campus provide a vibe that some prefer to a more traditional high school environment. “Right off the bat, I want to say that this school is so small but in a way that’s a good thing,” Emily Early, a Valle Verde senior, answered excitedly when asked about her experience. “You get to know people on a whole new level and you get to know your teachers on a whole new level. Your teachers see you as a face and a name rather than just being a number or a grade.” That closeness offers other benefits too, Maxwell says. “They treat us a lot more like adults here.””
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  17. I am keep in viewing for my kids. It’s online
  18. I use Rubbermaid freezer safe containers when we buy a bigger tub of ice-cream since I use those Rubbermaid containers for freezing fruits sometimes. I use mainly the 5 cup size but they have bigger capacities ones. I am the one that breaks glassware. I also reuse the containers from store bought gelato ice-cream as those are in plastic oval containers.
  19. From CNBC “Apple said Tuesday it is now fixing issues on any of its eligible laptops — those with the newer-style butterfly keyboards that was introduced in early 2015 including MacBooks, the MacBook Pro and even the 2018 MacBook Air — free of charge. It was originally only fixing select models. Apple said just a “small percentage of the keyboards in certain MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models” may exhibit behaviors including letters or characters repeating unexpectedly, letters or characters don’t appear or keys feel sticky and don’t respond in a consistent matter. ... Apple says this is a worldwide repair program, so it’s fixing computers even outside of the United States. It also applies to models that have been purchased within four years, although that should cover most of the laptops mentioned above. And finally, if Apple finds more damage, or a reason outside of normal use that might have caused damage to your laptop — say you spilled on it — then it may need to replace more than just the keyboard and will charge you for the fix.”
  20. From the 4th part of 6th: The line between high school and college is blurring, but is that really a good thing? “Marilyn Garcia has been going to college since she was 14 years old. The now 23-year-old took her first course on a community-college campus when she was a freshman in high school. By the middle of her senior year, she had completed her associate’s degree and started taking classes at her local four-year university, the University of Texas El Paso. When she entered UTEP as a full-time college student, at age 18, Garcia brought 90 credits with her. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree at age 20. In some ways Garcia’s impressive story represents the ideal outcome of an early college high school, a program that allows students to pursue their high-school diploma and associate’s degree at the same time. But Garcia’s story also points to some of the challenges that can come from blurring the line between high school and college. One of the consequences of the explosive growth in opportunities for high-school students to take college courses over the past several years is that teens as young as 14 are expected to both learn like college students and even think like them about their futures, accelerating the time they spend preparing for a specific job or degree. At the same time, policy makers, educators and others are increasingly considering courses that look and feel like high school — teens are the only students and they’re taught by high school teachers — on par with college. For students, that truncated experience can have both benefits and drawbacks. As Garcia describes it, the first two years she took college courses — in the ninth and 10th grades — she “wasn’t mature enough” to take them seriously, though she ultimately buckled down as a junior and senior. By the time Garcia started as a full-time college student, at the age of 18, she quickly realized the amount of time she had before entering the real world — two years — wouldn’t be enough to prepare her for that daunting task. Garcia, who had aspirations of completing a Ph.D in sociology, didn’t learn how important research courses would be to pursuing that path until a year and a half into her college career. On the advice of a professor, Garcia decided to stay at UTEP for an extra two years to get her master’s degree — ultimately spending four years at the school like a typical college student. She focused her thesis on how age-related stigma affected the plans and academic performance of other early college high school graduates. Now Garcia is in a sociology Ph.D program at the University of California-Irvine. “My age was a big influence,” Garcia said of her decision to stay at UTEP for her master’s. “I would have been going into a Ph.D program at 20. That was kind of intimidating for me.” ... By occupying a middle space between the two systems, high-school students should also be better prepared to attend college full-time, said Julia Duncheon, an assistant professor at UTEP, who studies dual credit, dual enrollment, and early colleges. That, at least, is the educational philosophy behind duel enrollment. But, “the middle space does not exist,” Duncehon said, a sentiment that’s based on her research. Either high-school students sit in a college classroom with a college professor, or they take a course with a college syllabus taught in a high school by a high-school teacher. When high schools and colleges partner to offer these courses, they need to think more critically about what the courses should look like and ways in which they can effectively support teachers charged with teaching these courses, Duncheon said. “To what extent should we be addressing developmental needs?” she said, “and to what extent should we be enforcing college norms?” But for many proponents of this dual-credit system, graying the line between high school and college is exactly the point. High-school graduation isn’t a destination In Chicago, now former mayor Rahm Emanuel pushed the city’s K-12 public-school system and its community-college system to work more closely together to offer more college-level courses to the city’s high-school students. The effort is part of a broader strategy to move students towards “a minimum of 14th grade,” Emanuel said in a phone interview late last year. The goal “was to make sure that all of our students were better prepared for the economy of tomorrow,” he said. “I’ve always wanted high-school graduation to be a milestone not a destination.” ... Is it reasonable to expect a 15 or 16-year-old to learn like a college student? Despite all of these benefits, whether a 15 or 16-year-old can be expected to learn like a college student is a valid question and one that high schools and colleges are actively working through. At Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School in Chicago, students taking courses over the summer at the local community college as part of the school’s dual enrollment program were accompanied by a teacher specifically hired to ride the bus, sit in on the students’ classes and tutor them. The school came up with that idea after officials learned that some students struggled to adjust and a couple even failed their courses. “We were like ‘oh yeah they’re going, see y’all make me proud’ and they weren’t going,” said Charles Anderson, the school’s principal. From that experience, the school learned they needed to better communicate with and support students who as teenagers may not fully understand what it means to be in college. For example, Anderson said, some students didn’t realize the difference between skipping a 50-minute course in high school and a 50-minute course in college. “In college, it’s like missing the whole week,” Anderson said. The school developed more robust policies to monitor attendance, including requiring students to check out when they leave the high school and check in via email or Google GOOG, +0.95% classroom when they arrive at the college campus. By the time the students are seniors, Anderson said the school works to wean them off the hand holding — which is remarkably different from what they’ll experience in college — and “we keep trying to push them out of the nest.” That may mean checking in on their college grades, but not necessarily on attendance. In order for students to get the most out of taking college courses in high school, experts agree that they should have a certain level of maturity. That includes having some sense of their college and even post-college plans, so they can choose courses that line up with those plans. At Buffalo Grove High School, students choose a pathway, like health or criminal justice, as early as ninth grade. The pathways, which are part of an effort the district describes as “diploma plus,” all end in a dual-credit course and an internship. ... At some schools, officials are acutely aware of the challenges rushing through high school and college can pose to students. Garcia’s college graduation at 20 was made possible through an innovative partnership in El Paso, which provides a scholarship for high school students who complete their associate’s degree by the end of their junior year to enroll at the local four-year university, the University of Texas, El Paso. In some cases, students have up to three years of college credit under their belt by the time they finish high school. That worries Paul Covey, the principal at Valle Verde Early College High School. “There’s a whole social emotional growth aspect that I have a problem with,” Covey said. “I don’t think that college is completely expendable.” And some of Covey’s students are already questioning what it might mean to leave college so young. This fall, Emily Early, a senior, said that she planned to attend a university where the bulk of her credits would transfer, graduating from college at age 20 and becoming a teacher. She’d love to teach creative writing, but she wonders whether that’s realistic given that the course is typically offered to older high school students. “That’s teaching 17- and 18-year-olds as a 21-year-old,” she said. “That’s a scary thing.””
  21. We were looking at the smallest Cuisinart model at Macy’s and at Bed Bath & Beyond. The spare/replacement freezer bowl ( is this size 7.5 x 7.5 x 5.6 inches. Our freezer compartment is small and my kids prefer shaved ice for summer over making their own ice-cream. So we’ll probably get a small shaved ice machine.
  22. My Fourier transforms was in engineering school in 1991. See if links helps your daughter
  23. My kids German Saturday school just had their end of year party. Below suggestions are for your Monday. The easier to prep stuff was: 8 bowls of different tossed salads (prewashed precut greens, cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, red cabbage) Long hot dogs in a crockpot three plates of different cut breads One of the parents helped grilled 150 bratwurst.
  24. My late healthy grandparents could not handle my rebellious male cousin who is prone to cigarette and alcohol overconsumption (he didn’t seek but would happily partake when surrounded by chain smokers and alcoholics). Grandparents with cancer do not need that added high level stress and there might be religious conflict. For my most rebellious cousin, earning minimum wage with no chance of promotion made him more matured but that took him to early 30s to be fully responsible adult. He was rebellious from elementary school and got worse in 8th grade. He went to community college after a few years of minimum wage, then work a few more years before going for a part time bachelors degree. My less rebellious cousins and nephews matured in community college, lots of late bloomers among my relatives.
  25. My maternal grandma made each grandchild a quilted baby blanket very similar to this link Some sewing shops have free classes/lessons/handholding for beginners.
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