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Summary: Ohio’s new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment will measure many aspects of a child’s growth. This work is being completed through a partnership between Maryland and Ohio. The resulting work will culminate in a new Early Childhood Comprehensive Assessment System that includes a Kindergarten Entry Assessment, formative assessments (for ages 36-72 months) and recommended developmental screening instruments. As part of the Early Childhood Comprehensive Assessment System, this new test will capture information about social foundations, physical well-being and motor development, language and literacy, mathematics, science, social studies and the arts. The system is aligned to both states’ guidelines and standards for young children.
The system is designed to be maximally accessible to young children with a wide range of background experiences and developmental needs. These needs include students with disabilities and English language learners.
Benefits of the system include its measurement of growth over time and, in the future, its delivery to be partially delivered via technology.
There are three item types for the Kindergarten Entry Assessment:
Performance Tasks – These have an element of observation, but will be more scripted. It involves setting up a scenario for the child.
Selected Response – A child is provided with manipulatives. For example, a child may be asked to identify a set of shapes.
Data collected will be used to:
Inform prior early learning and development stakeholders
Identify individual children’s needs and provide necessary supports to children and teachers
Assist teachers in data-driven instructional decision making at the child and classroom level
Provide families with information about their children’s learning and development
Kindergarten Assessment Timeline
Required Fall & Spring administration model
Optional continuous use model throughout year
Only required in preschool. It is optional in Kindergarten.
Kindergarten Entry Assessment
Administration Window: First day of school through Nov. 1
For More Information: Visit the Early Childhood Ohio website here. Additional information on Early Childhood programs is available here.
MEMORIES OF MY PARENTS, PT. 2: THE MONKEES
When I was growing up in East Canton in the mid 1960s, my father worked out of town during the week. WAY out of town. Indiana, to be exact. That meant he would leave early Monday morning and come home late Friday evening, usually after us kids (myself and my older brother and sister) were in bed asleep. So, the following morning I would always get up, run into my parents’ bedroom and a) make sure my dad had come home the night before, and/or b) wake him up. On one particular morning in 1967 I ran into the bedroom and found, much to my surprise, an album I had been wanting by The Monkees. He had brought it home for me and propped it up on the night stand, knowing I would see it when I came into the room the next morning.
This particular album was called Headquarters, and it was a kind of a big deal when it came out because it was played and sung entirely by The Monkees themselves. As it turns out, the Monkees only sang on their first two albums, even on the songs written by Monkee Mike Nesmith. Being five years old at the time, I wasn’t aware of this, and couldn’t have cared less. I loved the show’s manic energy, and great music. The problem was, they were apparently being passed off as a real band, which angered and embarrassed two of the Monkees in particular, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork. After an infamous incident at the Beverly Hills Hotel where Nesmith put his fist through the wall and threatened a Screen Gems executive, they were allowed to record their next album themselves. And so they did. It went straight to number one for one week, after which they were knocked down to second place by The Beatles Sgt. Pepper—but hey, EVERYBODY was second to The Beatles that summer (and for good reason).
After spotting this album on my dad’s night stand, I jumped up and down and squealed (something I still do when it comes to listening to certain albums, much to the embarrassment of my wife and the members of her couponing club), grabbed the album, woke my siblings and ran downstairs to put it on my mother’s record player. It was one of those early 60s floor model types, with a big lift-up lid, revealing a record changer and a radio inside. It also had a giant speaker that woofed out bass like nobody’s business. You could really rattle the house when you cranked that sucker up.
I put the record on, and we gave it a listen. Needless to say, I loved it. Even at age five, I was reading the liner notes to see who played what. Mike Nesmith played guitar and pedal steel, although I had no idea what that was at the time. Peter Tork played guitar, bass and organ. Mickey Dolenz played drums and guitar. Davy Jones played percussion, and “jawbone”, whatever THAT was.
Three of the Monkees contributed original songs to this album. Mike Nesmith’s three tunes included You Just May Be The One, which turned out to be a genuine Monkees classic, and Peter Tork’s For Pete’s Sake wound up being the closing theme for the second series of their television show. Mickey Dolenz not only learned to play drums for this album, he also wrote Randy Scouse Git (the title being British slang for, er, “lustful Liverpuddlian jerk”), a song that MOJO magazine recently named one of the best songs of the psychedelic era. Unfortunately, none of these tracks were released as a single, except for Randy Scouse Git, which was a hit in—wait for it—Britain (although the title was changed to…Alternate Title). In fact, the band’s label didn’t think any of the tracks were worthy of release as a single, which is a shame because it’s a pretty good album. In retrospect, Headquarters is one of the first examples of country rock that would later be popularized by bands like The Byrds. Several tracks, including songs like Shades Of Grey, Early Morning Blues And Greens and the aforementioned original tracks, have become what would now be referred to by music geeks (like myself) as “deep cuts”.
The album also had its share of silliness. Zilch was a minute long track comprised of each member chanting different sayings over and over. Despite the fact that you could skip this track and not miss much, Zilch has been sampled by hip hop artists, and They Might Be Giants have performed it in their live shows. The other bit of nonsense is Band 6 which is, believe it or not, the Monkees attempt to perform The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down—i.e. the Looney Tunes theme song.
Mickey Dolenz has said that The Monkees becoming a real rock band was like Leonard Nimoy actually becoming a Vulcan—a comparison that irks Peter Tork to this day. TV Guide referred to the Monkees playing their own music as “The Great Revolt of 1967”. Despite the fact that most pop bands at the time made records the same way (i.e. studio musicians played for them—that’ll be a future blog entry) the Monkees were roundly criticized for admitting it, often by bands that did the same thing. Nonetheless, the album went on to sell over two million copies within the first two months of its release, and has since gone on to sell over twelve million copies.
Again, I can thank my dad for buying what is to this day one of my favorite albums of all time. I later found out my dad liked both The Monkees (esp. Mike Nesmith’s country rock tunes), and The Mamas And The Papas for their harmonies. I also recall him buying Roxy Music’s first album at a used record store once, although I never found out whether or not he liked it…
Headquarters is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. And you must. So…go here:
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Classic Cinema 101
Famous Leading Ladies
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Bette Davis (April 5, 1908- October 6, 1989). Davis was one of the first and greatest leading ladies in Hollywood history. She is best known with classic cinema fans for her big, beautiful doll eyes and her scathing, sharp-edged performances. She has a list of great films, too many to mention. The following selections may not be some of her most famous works, but are very noteworthy just the same.
The Petrified Forest (1936) was a film that put her on the radar. She was only twenty eight and played a sweet, cutesy, innocent waitress at a roadside diner in the middle of the Arizona desert. It’s fun to see her in this soft, meek role compared to some of her other movies where she’s spitting fire and taking no prisoners, or playing a crazed lunatic. Also starring in this film was Leslie Howard, who was a solid leading man at the time. One of Howards’ biggest films was Gone with the Wind, where he played the civil war soldier Ashley Wilkes. There was another up and coming actor in this film named Humphrey Bogart. Bogie played the bad guy on the run. This movie was an early success in Bogie’s climb to fame as well. Things really begin to crackle when Bogie shows up. This film was first a stage play, with Howard and Bogart starring in their roles. When it went to film, the studio picked the popular Howard for his part, but wanted to use someone other than Bogie for his role because he was not a legitimate star at the time. Howard threatened not to be in the film at all if they did not use Bogie as the bad guy.
Now Voyager (1942) is another film where Davis plays a mellow, low key character. It’s a romantic drama that co-stars Claude Rains as a psychiatrist that helps the Davis character come out of her shell and blossom into a new and confident woman. Paul Henreid stars the romantic heavy who is capturing the heart of Davis. The romantic scenes and background music with these two provides great cinema, and gives an excellent example of the acting range Davis had in that stage of her career. She is a swooning sweetheart in the arms of Henreid. There is a moment in the film where Henreid lights two cigarettes at the same time and gives one to Davis. That scene has been noted as a Hollywood classic. If you are a fan of Looney Tunes, which was also produced by Warner Brothers, the music in this film was used in a few of their cartoons as well.
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Our reduced hours become effective Monday, January 6.
Here they are for your convenience:
Branch Library Hours of Operation
Monday – Tuesday – Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday – Friday: 12 pm – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Main Library Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm
Program times may have changed so we encourage you to call the branch library before attending.
MEMORIES OF THE BEATLES AND MY PARENTS
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Sunday, December 8, 2013 was the 33RD anniversary of the death of John Lennon. Like many other folks, I suppose, I thought about that night in 1980 when my dad and I were watching TV, and a news item scrolled across the bottom of the screen announcing that Lennon had been shot outside the Dakota in NYC. All I can remember is just feeling numb, much like I did when my parents passed away in 1997. Which reminds me of a Beatles-related story concerning my parents (insert watery, out-of-focus dissolve here)…
Although I was born in Akron, I grew up in East Canton. Sometime during the mid-1970s the Mellet Mall Cinema held a midnight showing of the Beatles’ film Let It Be (they also once had a midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which was the first time I ever had toast thrown at me–in a theater, anyway–but that’s another story). I begged my father to take me. I was in my early teens, so I couldn’t drive. My mother didn’t drive, and we only had one car, so if I was going to go, my dad would have to be the one to take me. He very graciously agreed to, even though he had to go to work later that morning.
I had never seen Let It Be, so this was a special occasion for me. I loved every minute of it, despite the fact that in one scene Paul McCartney and George Harrison got into an argument on screen, and every so often I would have to tell my dad which Beatle was which, and who that little girl pounding on Ringo’s drums during a rehearsal at Apple Studios was (that was Paul’s adopted daughter Heather, for those of you keeping score at home…).
That night is one of my most cherished memories of my father. Despite the fact that he didn’t have an interest in the Beatles (being a WWII veteran, his music preferences were geared more towards big band music), he willingly took me to see a Beatles film, knowing full well he’d have to be at work in a few short hours.
As for my mother, she’s the one that I can thank for my interest in the Beatles in the first place. Like me, she was a real music fan, and in fact spent the early 1950s attending numerous shows here in Akron, including witnessing an early Elvis show at the Akron Armory during his Louisiana Hayride days. She also got autographs from everybody from Minnie Pearl–who talked to my mother on the phone for over an hour one night after my mother saw her perform–to Grandpa Jones (who, I would discover many years later, played music on the radio with my wife’s paternal grandfather) and Carl Smith, who was June Carter Cash’s first husband. My mom was also a huge Beatles fan, and she had all the early Beatles albums, including a budget label Beatles imitation album called The Beetle Beat by The Buggs, which my father got for her one night thinking it actually was The Beatles. Oh, how my mother laughed! Actually, I think she was pretty annoyed, but it’s a really funny story. She was such a Beatles fan that when I was about 4 years old, she suffered an aneurysm and when they performed surgery they had to cut all her hair off. So…she bought a Beatles wig.
(NOT the Beatles.)
Growing up, I listened to my mom’s Beatles records constantly, along with records by my other favorite 60s band, The Monkees (those were mine—or, rather, my parents bought them for me). To this day, they are still my two favorite bands. Yes, you can argue that technically one of them wasn’t a real band, but that’s for the Rock Hall to sit around and argue about.
John Lennon was shot and killed outside the Dakota in 1980. My parents both died in 1997, both from cancer. My mom died first, and my dad went three weeks later.
I miss all three of them, tremendously.
- Ray Carmen
Here are some more great blogs on the Beatles….
Join us Thursday, December 5th 6pm-8pm for our
Annual Holiday Open House
Music of the Season with choirs from St Matthew Parish School
Pre-Kindergarten and Ellet High School Madrigals
Crafts for all ages
Holiday Card Exchange
Free Picture with Santa Claus
All Library locations will be closed Monday, November 11, Staff Development Day.
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The world was shocked with the news of the death of Lou Reed from liver disease on Sunday, October 27, 2013. While Reed had recently undergone a liver transplant in Cleveland in May of this year and stated on his website that he was “bigger and stronger than ever”, his passing is felt throughout the rock music world, with tributes coming in from everyone from former band mates John Cale and Maureen Tucker to Steven Tyler from Aerosmith, Iggy Pop, Miley Cyrus, and author Salman Rushdie.
In 1964 he co-founded with John Cale the seminal underground rock band The Velvet Underground. U2 producer Brian Eno has stated that while the first Velvet Underground album may have sold only 30,000 copies in its early years, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.” TheVelvet Underground are considered to be a lasting influence on punk, indie, alternative and experimental rock, influencing everyone from R.E.M. to Sonic Youth, and numerous other punk and indie bands.
Reed is probably most well known for his 1972 hit Walk On The Wild Side, and there were many wild sides to Lou Reed. A friend of mine once told me years ago that he saw Lou Reed live in the 1970s and during the entire show Lou stood stock still, until the last song, when he suddenly jumped on top of an amplifier and danced frantically for almost ten minutes. In 1975, Reed released Metal Machine Music, a two record set that contained no songs of any kind, but instead contained an hour of over-modulated feedback and guitar effects, and is considered to be a seminal forerunner of industrial music, noise rock and contemporary sound art. Legend has it that Reed tried to convince his record label at the time, RCA Records, to release it on their Red Seal classical label which–come to think of it–wouldn’t have been out of place considering the fact that RCA released albums by Japanese analog synthesizer player Isao Tomita.
In 1992 Reed released his book “Between Thought and Expression”, which was a collection of his song lyrics to coincide with the release of the box set of the same name. Reed has collaborated with several artists over the years, including performance artist Laurie Anderson—who he married in 2008—on her release Homeland, which was released in 2010 to critical acclaim. But his most infamous collaboration was in 2011 when he wrote and recorded an album called Lulu with heavy metal band Metallica. This release polarized both Lou Reed fans and Metallica fans, most of whom either loved it or hated it with a passion. Either way, the album’s last track Junior Dad made Metallica’s James Hetfield cry.
Reed left behind almost 50 years of recorded music–both with the Velvet Underground and solo—along with his widow, Laurie Anderson, and his two remaining VU band members John Cale and Maureen Tucker, as well as fans from all over the world.
Universal Music released former band mate John Cale’s full statement on Reed’s death:
“The news I feared the most, pales in comparison to the lump in my throat and the hollow in my stomach. Two kids have a chance meeting and 47 years later we fight and love the same way – losing either one is incomprehensible. No replacement value, no digital or virtual fill…broken now, for all time. Unlike so many with similar stories – we have the best of our fury laid out on vinyl, for the world to catch a glimpse. The laughs we shared a few weeks ago, will forever remind me of all that was good between us”
Many of Lou Reed’s releases are available through the Akron-Summit County Public Library, including Transformer, released in 1971 and produced by David Bowie, and a six CD 45th anniversary super deluxe edition release of the Velvet Underground & Nico, produced by Andy Warhol.
And no, the library doesn’t own Metal Machine Music, but it should :-)
We just couldn’t let the day go by without wishing you a happy…
National Chocolate Day!!!
Check out these blogs, then go ahead and give into temptation! YUM!
If you’d rather read about it than eat it, we can satisfy that craving too!
October 25 is World Pasta Day!
How are you going to celebrate?