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Editor: It is always sad and disappointing when this great community has such a low voter turnout. Thanks to the 11 percent of registered Park City voters who cared. Emily Elliott Election judge Park City Attend an education symposium Dear Park City Community, The Park City Education Foundation would like to invite students, parents, educators and anyone interested in supporting our children’s education to a free symposium. We will be hosting "Reaching the Top: A Discussion about Excellence in Education," Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Ecker Hill International School at 4:30 p.m. Jay Mathews, the Newsweek and Washington Post education reporter and Nancy DeFord, former superintendent of the Park City School District will be our featured guests. Jay Mathews developed the annual "America’s Best High Schools" list and has been collaborating with the PCEF and PCSD Assessment Committees in drafting a School District Report Card. The Report Card has been designed using 10 specific areas of criteria to evaluate a school district as a whole, encompassing the elementary, middle and high school levels. The results of the report card would allow the PCSD to track year-to-year comparisons, as well as points of comparisons between our district and benchmark school districts. Join us to learn more about how the Park City School District can achieve the distinction as a "Top 10" school district. Vikki Davis Park City Education Foundation Board Missing person investigation Editor: I am asking all Park City residents to write Utah Governor Huntsman and ask him to support Alabama Gov. Bob Riley in his request to boycott the island state of Aruba in response to the Natalee Holloway incident. I believe this is the right and moral thing to due and hope you do to. Sincerely, Brent H. Smith Park City Wow! What a week Editor: Many thanks to Dr. Tim Mellin, Debbie Hoffmeyer and the rest of the Kiwanis Club. Last Thursday, they came to the Trailside third grade classrooms with at least 100 books. The children were able to choose a book, read with one of the grownups, enjoy a snack provided by the Kiwanis and then take their book home. And if that weren’t enough, on Friday, Sally Elliott and Dr. Clark, from the Rotary Club, brought each child in third grade their very own dictionary! Thank you so much to these wonderful people and their service clubs. Sincerely, Nancy Massey Trailside third grade students and teachers Nix all-day kindergarten Editor: I am disappointed that Utah lawmakers are considering all-day kindergarten as a way to increase Utah test scores. I suggest that all-day kindergarten is not the answer, but rather a curriculum that includes physical education. I have made it my life’s passion to work with kids in the field of education. After visiting with nearly 100,000 students in the western states, with the goal of helping them adopt healthy lifestyles, I believe the answer is more time for physical activity – not more class time. I hold a masters degree in education and my thesis was about healthy education options for kids. I have visited with numerous teachers and students at the elementary school level. After these visits, I don’t agree with the theory that more time in the classroom translates into academic success. The new food and exercise pyramid for children seems to be in direct conflict with the Utah proposal of all-day kindergarten. Data indicates a sharp increase in obesity rates among our youth. There is no time in the school day to relax and exert physical activity as a means of good health. History points to reasons other than more class time as factors for lower test scores. These lower test scores were not evident years ago when PE was still part of the curriculum. Give the kids a break from all of this time with studies and let them be kids and allow them some time to get some physical activity. Kindergartners are not ready for full days. Education "experts" have been piling on coursework for over 10 years with no measurable improvement on test scores. I look at Montessori schools with self-paced curriculum and see impressive results. This seems to negate the theory that "more time in the classroom relates to academic success." I encourage teachers and parents to speak up on behalf of the kids. Please be an advocate for your own children with regard to their health and overall well-being. In service to kids, Cowboy Ted Hallisey Kanab, Utah

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