Letters to the Editor
May 3, 2008
It amazes me how many vehicles whiz by me at 80-85 mph or more as I drive the speed limit up or down Parley’s Canyon, and how many of those folks behind the wheels of those vehicles are flooring full-sized pickup trucks or SUVs that are not particularly praised for the greatest gas mileage.
For those of you who are this type of driver, and so many of you are, don’t you realize you are consuming much more fuel by driving so fast? Not only that, but what’s the big hurry? If you identify with this group, don’t complain about the rising cost of gasoline EVER.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy web site on fuel economy, while each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. As a rule of thumb, you can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.20 per gallon for gas.
Observing the speed limit is also safer. Come on everybody, slow down and save yourself some money as well as limit your fuel consumption.
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On April 25, JRES held a special assembly celebrating the successful conclusion of their first-ever math incentive program sponsored by their PTO. The objective of the program was to increase student enthusiasm for math by showing how math is applied in everyday life and in various professions. The five-week program showcased five different professions: pilots, runners, bakers, cowgirls, and construction workers.
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The math committee tracked student participation and the total number of math activities completed per class. The following classes received the highest points, per grade level:
Corvaia 1st grade
Hendrickson 2nd grade
Wilson 3rd grade
Black 4th grade
Raymer 5th grade
These classes attended a fabulous pizza party on April 28. (Special thanks to NYPD Pizza at Quarry Village and to Toni & Greg Adams for donating the delicious cookies for the party.)
An unprecedented 90% of the school participated in the program, with up to 20% attending study hall each week! Based on these amazing results, Jeremy Ranch Elementary School is looking forward to making this math incentive program an annual event. Great job, JRES students!
"Hats off to Math" coordinator