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Divergent Qualities of Quality

The Dark Side of the Moon, 1973 Examining Divergent Qualities of Quality
The Dark Side Of The Moon, Pink Floyd's 1973 album, has been (rather subjectively, of course) called the “Greatest Album Of All Time” by several groups and publications and other “rock and roll” organizations.  It is an amazing work for the pre-digital age. It was Pink Floyd’s eighth album. The album has 9 “tracks” but the songs all tend to blend into each other except for the pause between The Great Gig in the Sky and Money because that is the change from side A to side B of the vinyl album.  It premiered in the London Planetarium. It has sold over 15 million copies and is the 26th best-selling album of all time - just behind Journey’sGreatest Hits.

The album is also known for weirdly synchronizing with the move Wizard of Oz - for example, the same point at which you would turn the record over lines up with the change from the first film reel (black and white) to the second reel (color) which of course, aligns …

Being At-Risk - the Basics

​Being At-Risk - the Basics
​I've been in several meetings lately where "at-risk" is the topic, whether very young children, school-age students, or addiction-related. ​The term does have some specific meanings and I would like to get all of us at Blue River Valley on the same page with it. 
Risk in and of itself is simply a measurement of the probability of exposure to loss or harm, and in our business being at-risk means that a student is in one or more categories that statistically indicate that the probability for loss and harm in school success is higher than normal. For students who are at-risk the harm is often​ defined in academic terms, for example, the failure to complete high school, failure in classes, repeated disciplinary referrals, or absence. 

​ But not all academic risk has an academic cause. ​
Risk management is a process by which those probabilities are reduced by deliberately designing and insertingcontrol measures into an environment of risk.
For stude…
Challenging Literature: When “Challenging” is a Verb, and not an Adjective

Some people don’t like for certain books to be in a library. If you are from this area, you may know Haven Kimmel and her book, A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana. We have had some challenges to that very book being in our very own small school library. Her book was a New York TimesBestseller.

Some  people didn't like the book, but I guess I think that other people should still be able to read it. Maybe especially since we know her and she went to school here….

The most-challenged book for 2016 was This One Summer, written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki. This graphic novel is about two girls, Rose and Windy, who reunite every summer at the beach at Awago Beach, in Canada. The most-frequent complaints were related to having characters with non-traditional sexual orientation and sexual themes, profanity, and drug use. Since it won the Caldecott Medal many parents had…