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Hayden School Targets Technology

Hayden Meadows Elementary second-grader Josey Damron uses an iPad in class Tuesday. Students, parents and teachers are embarking on a new curriculum emphasis: technology. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Some North Idaho fifth-graders sat in their school library earlier this week and chatted with students across town on a brand-new video-conferencing system. Before long they may use the high-end equipment to embark on virtual tours of distant museums, drop in on classrooms around the world or watch a team of surgeons at work. “It’s very exciting. This opens up so much for us,” said Lisa Pica, the principal at Hayden Meadows Elementary School. Down the hall, second-graders sat quietly on their classroom floor, absorbed in interactive math programs on new iPads. They handled the tablets with the skill of a teenager. These are the first steps Hayden Meadows is taking toward an embrace of technology as a central focus of the school, like science and art are emphasized at other schools in the Coeur d’Alene district/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Isn't this what controversial Supt. Tom Luna was pushing with Students Come First?

Parents File Complaint Vs. Trustees

The Coeur d’Alene School Board is accused of religious discrimination, fiscal irresponsibility and ethics lapses in a grievance filed Thursday by a group of Coeur d’Alene and Hayden residents. The 20-page complaint, supported by a petition signed by more than 100 residents, was prompted by the board’s controversial decision at the start of the school year to eliminate the Primary Years Programme at Hayden Meadows Elementary School. Nicole Olson and Ashlie Unruh, who helped prepare the grievance, said they would like to see the PYP teaching framework reinstated at the school. More than that, though, they say they want school trustees to follow district and state policies when making decisions/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Will the Coeur d'Alene School Board give this grievance a fair hearing?

Parents Filing Grievance Vs. Trustees

The Coeur d’Alene School Board is accused of religious discrimination, fiscal irresponsibility and violations of ethics and Idaho’s open meetings law in a grievance to be filed today by a group of Coeur d’Alene and Hayden residents. The 20-page complaint, supported by a petition signed by more than 80 residents, was prompted by the board’s controversial decision at the start of the school year to eliminate the Primary Years Program at Hayden Meadows Elementary School. Nicole Olson and Ashlie Unruh, who helped prepare the grievance, said they would like to see the PYP teaching framework reinstated at the school, but they also want school trustees to follow district and state policies when making decisions/Scott Maben, SR. More here.


Chairman Explains School Switch

Coeur d'Alene School Board Chairman Tom Hamilton addresses possible problems at Hayden Meadows:

Secondly, while I would say that most of the staff at Hayden Meadows are excellent at what they do and have been a blessing to my children personally, I stand by my wife’s description of a “poisonous element” at that school. That element is small, but the impact they have had on us as a family is significant. One member of the staff at HM is on record in the CDA Press referring to schools in our district that don’t have PYP as “mediocre” and parents such as my wife and I who oppose PYP as part of a “subculture” similar to the “KKK and the Aryan Nations”. Similar views and other more hurtful statements have been expressed to other people that we know, but since those are 3rd party to me, I won’t repeat them here. However, the quotes I reference above are in print and can easily be verified if one cares to look. More here.


Mrs. Hamilton’s Testimony

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Mrs. Hamilton’s testimony to CdA School Board

On Tuesday, Katie Hamilton, wife of Coeur d'Alene School Board Chairman Tom Hamilton, testified (hear audio above) that her family moved a child from Hayden Meadows to another school, as a result of problems with pro-PYP staff members. Mrs. Hamilton's allegations of possible harassment of a child by school staff members as a result of her husband's position against PYP is unsettling. If true. Maybe the matter should be reviewed by an independent source, to put the matter to rest. School children shouldn't be harassed as a result of a parent's stand on a controversial issue. Nor should the reputation of school staffers be damaged by a baseless accusation. What do you think?

Vestal: Own Private Idaho Hurts Kids

The Coeur d’Alene School Board has made it clear. The kids whose educations are under their charge do not reside in the world. They are not global citizens. They live in Idaho, and Idaho only. The board, earlier this week, made its second stand against the grave threat of internationalist, one-world-order education, banishing a program that emphasized multiculturalism, global citizenship and awareness of other places. The program also has a suspiciously British spelling – the Primary Years Programme – which is a tipoff that it’s a secret arm of the United Nations and Agenda 21, the plan for global domination through land-use zoning. Is being a global citizen such a bad thing? Trustee Ann Seddon said it can be. “A global citizen would then be a member of the world, owes allegiance to it and is entitled to the international rights of the U.N.,” Seddon said, according to S-R coverage of Monday night’s school board meeting. Holy cow. Allegiance to the world. Nations united. The mark of the beast. Someone had to step in, obviously, and protect Coeur d’Alene’s tender youth/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: How do you react when you hear individuals warn that a United Nations philosophy is taking over our education system and land-use planning?

Mrs. Hamilton Blasts School Staffers

I just listened to the public testimony of Katie Hamilton, wife of Coeur d'Alene School Board Chairman Tom Hamilton, from last night. During the testimony, she said that one of her two children had been slandered by the pro-PYP elements at Hayden Meadows School as a result of her husband's stand on the issue, prompting the Hamiltons to transfer a child to Dalton Elementary. She also called for administrators to address the “poisonous” pro-PYP staff members at Hayden Meadows School. As a private citizen, Katie Hamilton has a right to her opinion. Her husband certainly doesn't have to apologize for her statement at a public hearing attacking Hayden Meadows staff members, including one teacher whom Mrs. Hamilton said she'd had one or two run-ins with. However, her husband, as chairman of the Coeur d'Alene School Board, should let his constituents know if his wife's views of Hayden Meadows School and the staff reflect his.

Question: Should Chairman Tom Hamilton have recused himself from this vote, given his emotional involvement in this matter?

School Board Dumps PYP 5-0

A popular teaching framework at a Coeur d’Alene elementary school is getting the boot, even after hundreds of parents and residents rallied to save it. The Coeur d’Alene School Board voted unanimously Monday night to end the Primary Years Programme at Hayden Meadows Elementary School at the end of this school year. The decision came eight weeks after the board decided to eliminate the affiliated International Baccalaureate program at Lake City High School, citing low enrollment and lackluster test scores. Several board trustees said PYP furthers a philosophy that encourages students to think of themselves as citizens of the world, echoing critics who assail the program for being anti-American and aligned with the United Nations. After listening to 2 1/2 hours of passionate testimony for and against the program, several read prepared statements calling PYP a social-political philosophy that has no place in public schools/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (File photo of Brent Regan, who spoke against PYP at Monday night's meeting)

Question: What will be the repercussions from the move by the Coeur d'Alene School Board to dump Primary Years Programme now without heeding calls to proceed more slowly?

School Board Eliminates PYProgram 5-0

On a motion by appointed Trustee James Purtee and seconded by appointed Trustee Jim Hightower, the Coeur d'Alene School Board voted unanimously to end the Primary Years Programme from Hayden Meadows Elementary at the end of the 2012-13 school year. The 5-0 vote was taken tonight after hours of impassioned public testimony and lengthy statements from at least two School Board members. Christa Hazel reported on the meeting for Huckleberries Online. You can read her real-time report in this post and the comments section below it here.

PYP Meeting Already Drawing People

Christa is covering meeting in comments section

It appears as thought the Coeur d'Alene School Board will attract an overflow crowd for its 5 o'clock meeting this afternoon at the Midtown Center. Huckleberries has learned 50 people already are in attendance, 40 minutes before the start of the meeting. (Above, view of room 25 minutes before start of meeting.) Most, I suppose, are there to testify or hear the discussion about the proposed end of the Primary Years Programme (an elementary school version of the International Baccalaureate program that the new School Board voted in August to phase out.

  • 6:01 p.m. Steve Griffitts of Jobs Plus just spoke eloquently of the value to a community in having expanded choices and a strong education system.
  • 5:49 p.m. Possible solution at Hayden Meadows presented by Hazel Bauman:  Utilize 2 campuses for PYP and also a neighborhood school.  Put one program at Hayden Meadows and the other at the location of the old Hayden Elementary program.  She couldn't say which would go where until enrollment started to go. If they discontinue the PYP program, there is a real possibility that parents form a charter school.  For every 22 kids that exit on this basis, the district loses $80,000. Bauman also states that some of the literature presents a disconnect from what is really happening.  “Global citizenship” does not mean allegiance to some world order.  Rather, it is taught that you are an American but mindful that other children do not have the advantages and freedoms that we as Americans have.
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Edit: Taps Sounding For PYP?

Coeur d'Alene Press editorial Sunday re: this afternoon's Coeur d'Alene School Board meeting re: the Primary Years Programme at Hayden Meadows:

It is hard to imagine that board members will vote to keep the program intact and move on to other issues. There is some chance the board will accept this newspaper's recommendation and take time to further study the effectiveness of PYP and the degree of desirability by local constituents, but the writing appears to be on the wall: PYP's days in Coeur d'Alene are numbered. We make two requests today. First, that the participants in Monday's proceedings set a good example for the district's school children. Passion? Expected. Ardent disagreement? Fine. Shameful behavior? Leave that at home, please. The other request is this: Members of the school board, if you do decide to relegate PYP to the same academic scrapheap where IB is headed, don't kill it until you have a suitable replacement. Full editorial here. (CSD photo of board Chairman Tom Hamilton)

  • Update: Online petition drive to save PYP now has 611 signatures

Question: Do you expect the Coeur d'Alene School Board to vote this afternoon to kill PYP?

Graves Circulates Pro PYP Petition

Adam Graves has started an online petition to be delivered to the Coeur d'Alene School Board, requesting that Primary Years Programme be kept at Haydens Meadows. Graves has 127 signatures. He's seeking 1000 signatures by Monday, when the School Board will meet to decide the fate of PYP:

We, the parents, voters and tax payers in the Coeur d'Alene School District do not want the PYP program removed from Hayden Meadows School. This petition is to keep an IB school program for a local grade school, Hayden Meadows. The program called PYP is under attack by a minority in the community who feel the education program is linked with the U.N. and a conspiracy to teach children to think globally and undermine their Christian American values. They are claiming the results of the program are not justified by the cost which has been proven not so by test scores alone. You can sign the petition here.

Question: Do you plan to sign the petition?

IB Teacher Defends PYProgramme

On the Citizens for a Positive Coeur d'Alene Facebook wall, someone has posted a comment made by Hayden Meadows teacher Courtney Greene:

I want to make clear, as an IB teacher, a patron of this district, and a citizen of the community that there are things I will not tolerate. There is an absolute truth in my eyes. I teach my kids, both in my classroom and at my dinner table, that if they see injustice in the world they should act. They do every day. They do not tolerate bullying of their classmates. They do not tolerate mediocrity. They diligently work for causes; from helping the hungry with food drives to volunteering to read to younger children, because they will not tolerate hunger or illiteracy.It is time for me to follow suit. My action is small. I speak to let my community know that PYP does not tolerate extreme radicalism. It embraces a group of people in turmoil in our world right now, understanding their plight to feel safe in their own homes. It tolerates the human endeavor. Full comment here.


Parents Rally For Another IB Program

Time may be running out for the controversial Primary Years Programme at Hayden Meadows Elementary School, despite support shown at recent school board meetings by parents and educators who laud the program. “My children have blossomed and thrived … We just came here in January and the difference that I have seen in each one of my children is remarkable,” said parent Ashlie Unruh, speaking to district trustees at the Sept. 10 school board meeting. Unruh was among several parents who testified at the meeting, expressing concern about the future of the district's “schools of choice,” especially PYP at Hayden Meadows. Dozens of other parents observed the meeting, many showing their support by wearing pro-PYP T-shirts/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Shawn Gust Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Josh Helwich, a fifth grade student at Hayden Meadows Elementary School, listens to a high school mentor Tuesday during his core math class)

Question: Is School Board Chairman Tom  Hamilton saying that the board has decided to rush this through rather than take a measured approach to the Primary Years Programme because unnamed families feel intimidated by the popular support for the program? Really?

Christa: New Attack On IB Program

Christa Hazel said she was shocked to see a free full newspaper publication called “The Local Capitalist” which targets the District’s International Baccalaureate program. The paper was available at a local coffee shop. Quotes the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy’s founding member, Dr. Bill Proser, the IB program is “left-wing baloney’ and “anti-capitalist”. According to this, Dr. Proser also states of the IB Program, “I think they believe in re-deistribution of wealth.” I’m curious if he, a learned man, has been misquoted. More from Christa.

Question: What do you make of this new development?

Hayden Meadows Protest Escalating

Item: Stakes rising in International Baccalaureate fight: Deputies called to keep an eye on program protest/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: Public controversy regarding the International Baccalaureate Organization’s Primary Years Programme at Hayden Meadows Elementary School spilled into the street this week. Kootenai County Sheriff’s Lt. Stu Miller said his department responded Friday and Monday to a request from people at the Hayden Avenue school asking officers to do some extra patrolling in the area because there were people protesting the school’s IB program.

Question: What do you think the children at Hayden Meadows think of all this?

M-JD: Hayden School Not Gone To Dogs

MamaJD (re: Patrons oppose International Baccalaureat program): I agree with Don: I think the USA is a pretty great country, too. BUT — I’m not angered to the point of action & protest over the fact that the United Nations is operating somewhere in the world. I don’t believe that Hayden Meadows is ground zero of indoctrination for a New World order. So I’m not frothing at the mouth over the UN but that shouldn’t equate to a one way ticket to live somewhere else, should it? And PS — the Pledge of Allegiance is still stated on a daily basis, the constitution is still studied, and kids at Hayden Meadows love their country.

Question: Do you think our schools do enough to teach American history and/or patriotism? 

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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