Carmel Unified School District, along with all public school districts in California, is adopting the new Common Core State Standards and testing methodology to replace the current Standardized Testing and Reporting assessment….
The bagels at Carmel High School have gotten smaller, and the hope is that the waistlines of American children will too.
Heavily advocated by Michelle Obama and signed into law in December 2010, The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is the federal government’s attempt to crack down on childhood obesity in America and its implementation can be seen at CHS and other public schools across the nation for the 2012-13 school year.
School cafeterias are now required to meet federal guidelines for weekly and daily serving sizes of fruits, vegetables—including dark greens, beans and peas, and red-orange vegetables—meats and milk, says Denise McGregor, director of food services for the Carmel Unified School District.
The school year began with a problem as obtrusive as the beige metal cabinets that carried it: the new Wi-Fi system was unreliable, hindering instruction as teachers wasted time each day troubleshooting their classes’ computers.
In the summer of 2011, the district spent roughly $50,000 installing a new, more seamless wireless network to replace the old system, which was made up of stand-alone networks in each classroom more suited to household use. Now after a year of modifications, the new network appears to finally be running smoothly.
“It has been flawless,” says English teacher Barbara Steinberg, who frequently uses Wi-Fi with her students. “Since they’ve fixed it, I’ve had no problems.”