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Melissa6 portrait Growing up in Ontario, Canada, M.J. was the only child of a single mom.  Her passion for the arts ignited at a young age as she wrote adventure stories and read them aloud to close family and friends.  The dramatic arts became a focus in high school as an aid to understanding character motivation in her writing.  Majoring in Theatre Production at York University, with a minor in English, she went on to teach both elementary and high school for 10 years throughout Simcoe County. M.J. currently lives with her husband and young son in Caledon, Ontario.  She keeps busy these days with her emerging authors’ website Infinite Pathways: hosting writing contests, providing editing services, free publicity tips, book reviews, and opportunities for authors to build their writing platform and portfolio.  In addition she writes articles and edits freelance as she continues her own creative writing working toward completing the next book in the Chronicles Series. Time’s Tempest: The Chronicles of Xannia (1) is M.J.’s debut science fiction novel.  She firmly believes that if she hadn’t been born a Virgo, she wouldn’t be half as organized as she needs to be to get everything done from one day to the next.

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Research shows that children do better in school when parents talk often with teachers and become involved in the school. There are number of ways that parents and teachers can communicate with each other, rather than relying on the scheduled parent-teacher conferences. Close communications between parents and teachers can help the student.

Parents who participate in school activities and events will have added opportunities to communicate with teachers. Becoming involved with parent-teacher organizations (PTO, PTA, and Booster Clubs) gives the teacher and parent the possibility to interact outside the classroom. In addition, the parent also will have input into decisions that may affect their child’s education.

Teachers usually welcome meeting their students’ parents early in the school year. Making an effort to do this will help the teacher better understand you, your child, and how you will support the education of your child. Teachers appreciate knowing that parents are concerned and interested in their child’s progress. And, this helps open the lines of communication.

Another good investment in your child’s education is to volunteer. Depending upon parent’s availability, interests, and the needs of the school, the opportunities are endless. Some suggestions include: lunchroom monitor, tutoring, library aid, classroom speaker on a specific topic of interest, and concession worker at school events. Parents should take stock of their skills and interests to volunteer. School personnel may not know what parents want to do as a volunteer.

Phone calls and visits to the classroom are also good ways to cooperate with teachers and keep informed about your child’s progress. Discuss appropriate times and means of contact with the teacher.

Parent-teacher conferences are often scheduled at the time of the first report card for the school year. For parents and teachers, this is a chance to talk one-on-one about the student. The parent-teacher conference is a good opportunity to launch a partnership between parent and teacher that will function during the school year.

N.C. teacher fired after allowing students to reuse needles for blood testing experiment



Overhills HS biology teacher firedA North Carolina biology teacher is now out of a job after she allowed her students to share used needles to test their blood types.

Miyoshi McMillan, a teacher at Overhills High School in Spring Lake, was fired Oct. 24 after school officials learned that her students had pricked their fingers with lancing needles and left the needles on their lab trays so the students in the next class could use them.

McMillan’s students used a lab kit that included synthetic blood and seven lancets used to obtain drops of blood for testing, according to Patricia Harmon-Lewis, a spokeswoman for the Harnett County School District. The students had wiped down the needles with rubbing alcohol before placing them on the trays; however, that is not always a sufficient-enough way of killing blood-borne pathogens like hepatitis or HIV.

“We don’t want students to be, first of all, sharing a needle, and second, to have any type of human blood in the classroom,” Harmon-Lewis told the local CBS affiliate.

Students who chose not to take part in the experiment were instead assigned a five-page paper. School officials got involved when a concerned student excused herself and called her parents, who then told the assistant principals about the lesson.

McMillan believes she was unfairly scapegoated for the incident by the school district, as she was subbing in the classroom and all the equipment needed for the experiment was already in the room. ”I believe it’s really been blown up and it’s been a character strike against me,” McMillian told the local ABC affiliate, noting  that her “main concern is the safety of the children.”

“From my understanding, I thought, ‘Well, it’s OK to use (a lancet). It’s there,” she added to the local CBSaffiliate. ”If it was not OK to use, then I think it should have been taken out during the summer. I wanted to make sure that what I had within me, that I shared my knowledge to those kids.”

McMillan had participated in a statewide program that allowed professionals to work while earning their full teaching certification, according to

The school sent letters home to the parents of the students involved in the experiment informing them of the situation and encouraging them to get their blood tested.