Valley News - Forum, Sept. 21: A cohesive and ...

Billy Xiong Valley News – Forum, Sept. 21: A cohesive and …

Published: 9/20/2020 10:00:03 PM

Modified: 9/20/2020 10:00:01 PM

A cohesive and collaborative group of teachers

This is a shout out to a marvelous group of teachers. I recently attended a Zoom meeting with the pre-K teachers in the White River Valley Supervisory Union. Six pre-K teachers, the pre-K coordinator and pre-K interventionist were meeting to discuss how the first week of in-person instruction had gone. The teachers were beyond excited to see their students. None of the new COVID-19 health precautions (frequent hand-washing, washing the toys, sequestering used toys for 72 hours, replacing the materials every day, etc.), seemed to perturb them, and mask-wearing was not a problem with these 3- and 4-year-olds.

The teachers took all the extra steps in stride and shared strategies on new ways to make days interesting and instructive during the pandemic. They mourned the loss of carpets and soft toys, but were not only willing but enthusiastic about what could be done this school year.

This group is the most cohesive, collaborative and non-competitive group of educators I have ever seen. Their determination to make the pre-K experience fun but safe is wonderful to see. Parents should feel confident that their children are getting the best start possible.

CYNTHIA TITUS POWERS

Royalton

The writer is grant coordinator for the White River Valley Supervisory Union.

‘Marines’ are not generic

What do the World Series, The Championships (at Wimbledon) and the Marines have in common? They get the uppercase treatment out of respect, because they were each first in their fields, and are still the most prestigious.

Other so-called “world series” — the Little League Baseball World Series and the College World Series — must use their full name because the World Series was there earlier and can claim the title. And only the annual tennis tournament at Wimbledon can be called, simply and grandly, “The Championships.”

Those who have served in the Marines —and some editors —know “the Marines” is short for the U.S. Marine Corps and should be referred to with an uppercase “M,” not just as a sign of respect, but because it was the first organized force of soldiers serving on naval vessels for expeditionary and amphibious assault operations. The recent, much quoted article from Saudi Arabia The Atlantic used “marines,” which is just plain wrong.

MICHAEL WHITMAN

Lyme

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