Press Coverage for week ending 9-27-2014

High school volleyball: Vermilion digs deep in win over Firelands

After an emotional win over Elyria Catholic last week, Vermilion found itself in another emotional battle.
Playing against rival Firelands, the host Sailors won the first two sets. However, they dropped the third set then out-lasted the Falcons for a 25-21, 25-22, 17-25, 28-26 non-conference win on Sept. 22.
“This is truly a big win for us,” sophomore Maddie Nader said. “Firelands has always been a huge rival. We love to play them … it’s always a good game.”

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High School Soccer Notes: Area elite scorers to face off

Brandon Kmitt and Jack McMillin. You may not know who they are, but you should. Kmitt, from Firelands, and McMillin, from Oberlin, are two prominent scorers in the Cleveland District and in Ohio. The two will face off Sept. 23 in a match at 5 p.m. at Oberlin High School.

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* Update: The Morning Journal incorrectly stated that Brandon Kmitt plays for Firelands. We are sorry for the error.

School reform began with business, continues with struggle

In an age when the state of Ohio mandated standardized tests on Common Core subjects of math and language arts for all school children, even education experts disagree about methods.

Some professionals, such as Dr. Robert Hill, superintendent of Firelands Local Schools, say local communities best monitor student progress.

“Students have to demonstrate the problem-solving skills associated with Ohio’s learning standards in some form,” Hill said, “test, presentation, project, some type of authentic assessment. We need to decide what method is best for the students based on the students’ abilities, likes, dislikes. Problem solving and critical thinking skills are necessary.”

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