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September 20, 2016
Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

Welcome to the new school year and thank you for signing up for the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer's Newspapers In Education program! We have some exciting changes in the works for this year, including this new format for the NIE News to Use newsletter. We also will be going to a weekly, rather than bi-monthly, schedule. If for any reason, you do not want to receive this e-newsletter just let us know.

In addition, we will be updating the NIE website over the next several months to provide more resources for you. One change that already has been made is the addition of aRecent Articles sectionthat highlights news of interest to educators. Teachers and students participating in the NIE program receive a complimentary online subscription to the Messenger-Inquirer. If you would like to activate your account just let us know.

Finally, it is not too late to sign up for newspaper deliveries. If you know of other teachers who would like to receive newspapers for their classrooms, they can sign up at any timeusing our online form.
Come Shop Our Used Book Sale This Weekend!

Back by popular demand, the Messenger-Inquirer's used book sale will take place this weekend, Sept. 23-24, at the Towne Square Mall. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. All children's books will be priced to move at $1 each, all CDs and DVDs will also be $1 and all hardback books will be $2. All proceeds benefit the Newspaper In Education program so you are supporting a great cause while getting a great deal. Please let your students and school librarians know about this opportunity. The store will be set up next to the mall information desk on the same wing of the mall as Bedland. Hope to see you there!
Woody the Dachshund is Back for More Adventures

Woody, Kentucky's favorite dachshund, is back! The 10-week story series about Woody and his sister Chloe started last week and will run each Tuesday through the end of November (except when school is not in session). The series, which is geared toward elementary school students, tells the tale of Woody, a loveable dachshund who agrees to serve as a page in the Kentucky General Assembly. Although Woody' main motivation is to earn enough money to buy roller skates, along the way he begins to learn about state government, including why there are three branches of government and how a bill becomes a law. Most importantly, Woody realizes it is not only a responsibility but a privilege to be informed and engaged. There are suggested activities for each chapter available as well. You can find story archives,listen to a podcast of each chapter and download activitiesfor each chapter from the Kentucky Press Association.
Recent Articles of Interest

A new feature on the NIE webpage is a 30-day news feed of articles that may be of interest to teachers and educators. The stories are drawn from the Messenger-Inquirer's own reporting and from our Associated Press news feed. As mentioned above, if you need to activate your online account to access these stories please let us know. Stories featured this week, include:

Meeting planned to resurrect historical society, including a Junior Historical Society made up of high school students

Four county schools win national honors

State cuts $200,000 from OPS' preschool program

High expectations lead to high achievements

Robbins: Apollo, DCMS upgrade targets

McLean Schools host 'family night'

Childhood obesity serious concern in area

Owensboro Reads

Owensboro Reads is back for another year! This partnership between the Owensboro Public School System, the Daviess County Public Library, six local banks, and the Messenger-Inquirer, focuses on getting kids to read during the school year and over the summer. Each of the participating banks has "adopted" an elementary school and agreed to supply volunteers to read to students on a regular basis. They also have committed to purchasing kiosks where students can "take a book and leave a book." The first "Little Free Library" was installed at Cravens Elementary earlier this month.

The Messenger-Inquirer has adopted the Owensboro Middle School and is providing newspapers to all students at both campuses one day a week. Owensboro Public Schools Superintendent Nick Brake praised the newspaper's involvement telling Owensboro Living that:

"Middle school is the perfect time to put a newspaper in a student's hand. Being literate is about more than just having the ability to read and write. It's about knowing what's going on in their community and the world."

The initiative also has hosted summer reading camps, an "Owensboro READS Week" and a "Read 30 Minutes A Day Challenge."Learn more about Owensboro Reads at their website.
Teacher Spotlight: How to Plan a Newspaper Scavenger Hunt

From time to time, we will feature a teacher who is using the newspaper in a creative way.This week we heard from Susan Simmons, the 7th grade Language Arts teacher at F. T. Burns Middle School. Susan challenged her class to a newspaper scavenger hunt. She divided the students into teams of 3-5, gave each team one newspaper (every team received the same edition) and asked them to answer specific questions. She gave them 25 minutes to complete the assignment, and provided incentives for the first team that answered all questions correctly. Here are her questions:
  1. Name five things that every obituary includes. (Some students did not even know what an obituary was, she says!)
  2. Using the stock market chart, find the price of a specific stock.
  3. Read a story about the five individuals running for mayor of Owensboro. List the candidates and say one thing about each of them.
  4. Read a story about Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and identify something unique about him.
  5. Read an article about how technology is affecting teens. Who wrote the article and what makes the author an expert on the subject?
  6. Using an advertisement for beds, calculate how many years you could finance a bed at 0% interest.
  7. Read a short article and write an objective summary.
Susan reports that the students were very engaged and did great with the assignment, with two teams tying for the most correct answers. She also said that the exercise was a quick way to teach collaboration and incorporate math and reading comprehension skills into a fun activity.

If you or a teacher you know is using the newspaper in an interesting way please let us know!
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