Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 23 April 2013 12:34
Some teachers agonize about students bouncing off the walls at this point in the school year.
But Collette Haslett, fifth-grade teacher at Hillsboro Elementary School, is pleased so far with the way her students are bouncing on their seats.
Last Monday, Haslett launched a trial run to see how her students would respond to sitting at their desks on inflatable yoga balls instead of traditional chairs.
“In the past I had heard of special ed teachers using the balls with students who have trouble sitting still,” Haslett said about the inspiration for her experiment. “It helps students to be able to move just a little bit in the classroom.”
During spring break, Haslett said she read some online articles about teachers bringing yoga balls into the regular classroom, and how the balls seem to help students stay focused and pay attention.
“The articles talked about how students have to use their muscles to stay on the ball and not fall off,” she said. “Their leg muscles are engaged, their back muscles, and their ab muscles. They’re focused on keeping the ball steady.”
Haslett checked into the logistics of using yoga balls in her classroom, then talked about the idea with principal Evan Yoder.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 23 April 2013 12:33
After less than two hours of deliberation, a jury decided last Tuesday that a former McPherson College football player was not guilty of second-degree murder in the beating death of Tabor College student Brandon Brown last fall.
A McPherson County jury of seven men and five women began deliberating shortly before noon in the seven-day of trial for 20-year-old Dallas native Alton Franklin.
Prosecutors alleged Franklin attacked Brown during party at a McPherson residence in September, and that co-defendant and fellow McPherson College football player DeQuinte Flournoy held Brown down.
By Tuesday afternoon, Franklin was being discharged from the McPherson County Jail and released from a $250,000 bond.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 16 April 2013 12:31
Heroes are created in the crucible of crisis. Occasionally they produce a superhero, too. Both happen to be true for Hillsboro native Chip Reece.
Not only has the 1999 Hillsboro High alum, wife Amy and young son Ollie endured a severe medical crisis together, but Chip is close to unveiling to the world a new superhero story.
He’s titled it, “Metaphase — A Graphic Novel Inspired by Little Heroes with Down Syndrome.”
“Basically, it’s a superhero dad who has a son with Down Syndrome,” Chip said in a recent interview. “That son will be the main character of the book.
“What it comes down to is that the son has a superhero dad,” he added. “The son has similar things going on that my son did—he was born with heart defects. The superhero dad couldn’t do anything about it, even though he had all this power. He had to rely on the medical staff to take care of his kiddo and help him survive.”
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 16 April 2013 12:36
Marion County, along with most of Kansas, experienced yet another blast of late winter as freezing participation coated trees, plants, wheat fields—well, anything outdoors—with a layer of ice last Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. The storm left magical images, including an ice-encased peach-tree bud (left photo). But the ice also caused some damage, particularly to Bradford pear trees that had just come into full bloom the previous day.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 16 April 2013 12:35
Harms Residence Hall at Tabor College will be officially dedicated at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27.
The public is welcome to attend the dedication and ribbon cutting. This event was rescheduled from February due to a snowstorm. The 16-unit residence hall is located at 502 E. B St.
Following the ceremony and ribbon cutting, guided tours of the facility will be available for the public.
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