News Briefs: April 30, 2010

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By The Staff

 Collins High selected

for engineering program

Martha Layne Collins High School officially was selected for the Project Lead the Way program Wednesday.

"We are fortunate to be among the schools selected. This was a major undertaking that will have a major academic impact on our students," said Anthony Hatchell, Collins' principal.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a non-profit corporation that manages a program to establish a pre-engineering curriculum in middle and high schools nationwide.

At last week's school board meeting, the board voted to pay the $65,000 for the PLTW program after Kentucky failed to get the federal Raise To The Top funds.

Students will be transported from SCHS to Collins until a program can be offered at both schools.

Collins will have a civil engineering program, offering Gateway to Engineering for 8th-graders and Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics and Civil Engineering and Architecture to 9th through 12th grades.

PLTW's curriculum makes math and science relevant for students. By engaging in hands-on, real-world projects, students understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom can be applied in everyday life.


State alerts consumers about Graco recall

Attorney General Jack Conway  alerted residents Thursday about a voluntary recall of 217,000 Graco-branded drop-side cribs. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the cribs have entrapment and suffocation hazards.

According to the CPSC, when the drop side-hardware breaks or fails allowing the drop side to detach from the crib, it creates a hazardous gap between the drop side and crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped or even fall from the crib. Consumers are urged to stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

The CPSC and manufacturer LaJobi have received a total of 99 reports of drop side incidents, including hardware breakage and drop side detachment. Two of the incidents involved children becoming entrapped in the gap created by the detached drop side, six more reported falling.


Mental health Webcasts

Seven Counties Services, Inc., the region’s largest provider of mental health services, extends an open invitation to the public to participate in a series of free mental health awareness Webcasts to mark “May is Mental Health Month.” These Webcasts are designed to help individuals recognize the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses, learn what can be done to connect people with mental illness to supports in the community, and identify peer and professional resources for help.

 The series will begin Wednesday at the Welcome House Clubhouse in Shelbyville at 250 Alpine Drive. All four showings will be presented from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by a discussion period. Light refreshments will be provided. The dates and topics are:

Wednesday,  Understanding Depression; May 12, Understanding Anxiety Disorders; May 19, Understanding Psychosis; and May 26, Understanding Substance Use Disorders.

The programs are offered by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and are based on the content of the Mental Health First Aid USA 12-hour training and certification program.


PTSA elections at East Middle

East Middle Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is seeking nominations for officers for the 2010-2011 academic year.  The following positions need to be filled: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. If a parent is interested in serving or in nominating someone else for any of these positions, please E-mail Kendra Hayes at Kendra.Hayes@shelby.kyschools.us before noon on Wednesday. An officer election will take place at East Middle on May 7. To vote, you may stop by the school anytime between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Please note that in order to vote, and/or serve as an officer, a parent must be a member in good standing with his or her current school’s PTSA or PTSO.