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January 05, 2003

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Parenting News: The Sixth Grade Conundrum: A Parent's Guide - Some of them weigh 200 pounds, stand six-feet high and wear size 11 shoes. Others are barely tall enough to reach over the lunch counter at school. Most are still losing their last baby teeth. A few shave regularly.

More are becoming sexually active, yet some still trot home after school to play with dolls or toy trucks. Some begin to experiment with alcohol and tobacco while others are perfectly happy with juice boxes and snack packs.

According to a study conducted by Southwestern University, educators agree: About the only generalization that can be made about sixth graders is that they are remarkably diverse. Teetering on the age of adolescence, sixth graders stand smack dab at a major crossroads in their development.

This age, between 10 and 12, when girls begin to use makeup and wear bras and boys begin to notice girls, is what education theorist Jean Piaget called the "formal operational" stage of development, when their capacity for abstract and critical thought reaches new heights.

"They are at that age when they're beginning to experience a lot of adult-type feelings, but they're still trying to comprehend through the mind of a child," explains former middle school teacher Jim Hunt, now provost and dean of the faculty and professor of education at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. - Read more...
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People of Ketchikan
Justin Breese and Scott Walker
Photo by Carl Thompson

photosPeople of Ketchikan: - Justin Breese and Scott Walker - One digit temperatures didn't stop divers Justin Breese and Scott Walker Saturday morning from diving in the Tongass Narrows. Breese & Walker are both biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game Fisheries Division. Walker is a Marine Fisheries Biologist and Breese is the Assistant Area Management Biologist.

Photographer Carl Thompson snapped the photos of Breese and Walker quickly saying, "They had just come out of the water to take a break, but were freezing and anxiously waiting to get back in the water where it was warmer!" - View more photos...
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Skaters at Ward Lake Saturday...
Photo by Dan Hart

photosKetchikan: - 'Winter Photo Gallery' - Frigid temperatures provided a fun recreational opportunity for Saturday's hockey players & skaters at Ward Lake. The low temperature Saturday was reported by the FAA Flight Service Staff as 9º dropping to a low of 7º by late Sunday night.

Below freezing temperatures are forecast to continue through Thursday. View more photos...
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Courthouse Hill, 1912
Photographer: Harriet Elizabeth Hunt; Donor: Ketchikan Public Library;
Courtesy Tongass Historical Society

June Allen Column

photosThanks, Ladies, for the Library; From Bookcase to Building(s) - One thing Ketchikan's founding fathers didn't think of was a library. In their 1900 petition for Incorporation of the city - and thereby for the ability to qualify for outside assistance as well as the right to raise local taxes to pay for community needs - one of the first things those men had been thinking of was the need for a school. In fact, there were those fellows who were certain their down-south sweethearts or wives would refuse to join them in the wilds of Revilla Island if there were no school for their children! And so the first schoolhouse was promptly built. As mothers arrived with their children and newcomer families also began to arrive, Ketchikan promised to grow. And it was the women of Ketchikan who thought immediately of the need for a library. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Thursday - January 01, 2004 - 1:00 am

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