We live in a world surrounded by technology. Information, commerce, communication, and entertainment all rely on computers. But only a tiny fraction of us learn computer science, the basics of how computers work, or how to create software, apps, or web sites. Computer Science provides a foundation for virtually any career and everybody can benefit from learning the basics.
Did you know:
- Software jobs outnumber students 3-to-1. The gap is 1 million jobs over 10 years- and these are some of the highest paying jobs.
- 90% of schools in the US do not teach computer science.
- In many countries, it’s required (China, Vietnam, Estonia. Soon UK, Australia)
- The basics can be learned by anybody, starting in elementary school. But fewer than 10% of students try. Only 2% are women. 1% are students of color.
Programming literacy is going to be key to your child’s future. And this year we’re joining a massive campaign to prepare students for the 21st century during Computer Science Education Week (Dec 9-15).
The Hour of Code campaign has an audacious goal: to introduce 10 million students to one hour of computer science. While your children will have the opportunity to participate at school, we encourage you to participate, in two ways:
1) As a life-long learner - set aside an hour in December to learn the basics yourself either at home or work.
2) In your community - the Hour of Code campaign isn’t only for students, and you can help introduce others in your community to computer science - whether in an after-school club, a church, a veterans group, etc.
See http://hourofcode.org for details. Sign up to participate!
Jackson Avenue had the most participants in the LVEF and Swim Academy Walk for Education! We had the highest percentage of folks participating, earning us an additional $500 of earnings for our school site. It was a great warm day walking around the LHS track. There were many booths for students to play games and parents/staff to browse business and community groups. The fundraising earned will be divided by all the schools.
We are asking for donations to Donorschoose.org to support 8 iPads for our students! Our 3rd though 5th grade classes will be sharing these. Note: DonorsChoose will match any donation of up to $100 during its first 7 days (beginning August 29th) on the site when you type INSPIRE in the Promo Code box.
"iPads for Jackson Stingrays" can be found here:
iPads for JAS Stringrays
You can also go to the DonorsChoose website and type "iPads for JAS Stingrays" in the keyword box.
Please spread the word that we have Pre-Kindergarten (Free of charge) for families living near Jackson Avenue School. The qualifications are for children who will be 4 years old by September 1, 2013; who live in our school area; who are part of low income family; and whose parents agree to participate in the program. For more details, click here in English and en Español . The process is explained here in English and here en Español. Two-page Applications click here and here in both English and en Español. The second 12-week session will be January 6-March 27. M-Thursdays 8:30 to 11:30am. Please apply now in the office.
Good News for California Parents! More children qualify for no-cost and low-cost medical, dental and vision care coverage programs. For more information, call toll-free today: 1-888-747-1222. Healthy Families Medi-Cal for Children
Ì Buenas noticias para familias de California! Más niños califican para programas de salud con cobertura médica, dental y de la vista sin costo y a bajo costo. Para más información, llame gratis al: 1-888-747-1222.