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Literacy Sign Slipup Has School Principal Shaking His Head
Tampa Bay Times ^ | Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | Lane DeGregory

Posted on 02/29/2012 10:45:03 AM PST by nickcarraway

The sign went up late Friday, when the kids were out of school. Black letters on a white board perched over the parking lot at Lakewood High.

Patricia Schley, the school's literacy coach, was trying to promote a training session for parents. She wanted to show them how to help their teens become better readers. She had scheduled the evening event for more than a month before the FCATs.

Wednesday night — the extra day of the leap year — would be literacy night.

Lakewood High, on the southeastern end of St. Petersburg, is home to about 1,400 students. Almost half receive free or reduced-price lunches. Last year, less than 45 percent of them scored at grade level on the state's standardized reading test.

Schley wanted to change that. But she knew she needed the parents' help.

"I made PowerPoints and handouts. I have all sorts of websites and strategies to share," Schley said. "I even arranged to have dinner provided."

She told the principal about her plan. The principal asked the custodian to advertise literacy night on the school sign.

So on Friday afternoon, Austin Simmons stood in the parking lot, holding a stack of letters, squinting into the sun. It had been a long week. Simmons' motorcycle had broken down. He had just gotten a call from the shop telling him that the part he needed would cost $1,200.

He lifted the letters to the sign, slid them into words: "Laeping to literacy night 6:30 p.m."

Sunday morning, Schley was leaving church when she saw the sign. She blanched, embarrassed and upset. "I'm the literacy coach," she said later. "Of course that reflects on me."

She pulled over and texted the principal: "We don't LAEP into literacy."

Principal Robert Vicari wanted to change the sign right then, but it would have to wait until Monday.

It was too late. Students had posted cellphone photos of the sign all over Facebook. Secretly, Schley was proud of them — at least they had noticed the mistake.

The sign was fixed before the kids got to school. The custodian apologized to the principal, said he had been distracted.

"He's a great guy," Vicari said. "And he's literate.

"This was just an accident. It's every principal's fear. I sure hope that sign doesn't end up on Jay Leno."


TOPICS: Education; Humor
KEYWORDS: education; floriduh; literacy

1 posted on 02/29/2012 10:45:06 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro

Floriduh Edukation Ping


2 posted on 02/29/2012 10:46:19 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I would have said “We did it on purpose to get free publicity”


3 posted on 02/29/2012 10:50:29 AM PST by Mr. K (Were the Soviet-Era propogandists as gleefully willing as our Lame-stream Media?)
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To: nickcarraway

Was it a Snickers commercial that asked “Who are the Chefs?”?


4 posted on 02/29/2012 10:51:23 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: nickcarraway

Looks like the janitor (or whoever did the sign) needs some home schooling. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!! This school deserves to be ridiculed into tears. Bunch of left wing weenies.


5 posted on 02/29/2012 10:51:53 AM PST by albie
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To: DuncanWaring

Let’s not be laeping to any conclusions here.

Happy Laep Day, by the way.


6 posted on 02/29/2012 10:52:29 AM PST by Mustang Driver
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To: DuncanWaring

Let’s not be laeping to any conclusions here.

Happy Laep Day, by the way.


7 posted on 02/29/2012 10:53:32 AM PST by Mustang Driver
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To: nickcarraway

Preserved forever in digital amber.


8 posted on 02/29/2012 10:55:14 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: nickcarraway

Like the marking in both Florida and New York City, “SHCOOL CROSSING,” that went unnoticed for months. Maybe the painters went to school together.


9 posted on 02/29/2012 10:55:16 AM PST by Sasparilla
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To: nickcarraway
" . . . is home to about 1,400 students. Almost half receive free or reduced-price lunches."

Sounds suspiciously like code words to me.

10 posted on 02/29/2012 10:58:24 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: nickcarraway

Anuther reezon too home skrool!


11 posted on 02/29/2012 11:00:40 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: DuncanWaring
Was it a Snickers commercial that asked “Who are the Chefs?”?

I think it was Southwest Airlines for its "Wanna get away?" campaign.

12 posted on 02/29/2012 11:01:05 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: IYAS9YAS; DuncanWaring
You were right. I was thinking of something else.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmgice3ieZ4

13 posted on 02/29/2012 11:02:42 AM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: nickcarraway

And the FReeper lexicon continues to grow.


14 posted on 02/29/2012 11:09:24 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Sasparilla

15 posted on 02/29/2012 11:12:53 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: nickcarraway

It’s not all that stoopid of a mistake.


16 posted on 02/29/2012 11:14:08 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

More like lysdexia than illiterasy.


17 posted on 02/29/2012 11:19:00 AM PST by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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To: nickcarraway
There's a sign in my little town..that my young girls pointed out and laughed at.

"LEARN TO READ" CALL - 444-6000....

18 posted on 02/29/2012 11:21:16 AM PST by Osage Orange (E tan e epi tas)
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To: Larry Lucido
You heard about the Dyslexic Satanists that sold their souls to Santa, right?
19 posted on 02/29/2012 11:24:53 AM PST by Osage Orange (E tan e epi tas)
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To: Osage Orange

Dyslexics of the world, “Untie!”


20 posted on 02/29/2012 11:52:13 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Carpe Cerevisi

Anem, Borther!


21 posted on 02/29/2012 11:53:44 AM PST by Osage Orange (E tan e epi tas)
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To: nickcarraway

What’s worng with that?


22 posted on 02/29/2012 11:56:33 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Where's he getting these ideas? He's not smart enough to be that stupid all by himself.)
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To: nickcarraway

If you want kids to enjoy reading, get them out of government schools.


23 posted on 02/29/2012 11:57:40 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Osage Orange

Oh Oh Oh!


24 posted on 02/29/2012 12:27:55 PM PST by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

LOL.


25 posted on 02/29/2012 12:40:33 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Whoops!


26 posted on 02/29/2012 12:41:16 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: nickcarraway

27 posted on 02/29/2012 1:13:27 PM PST by mikrofon
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To: nickcarraway; Constitution Day; Tax-chick

28 posted on 02/29/2012 7:09:34 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Osage Orange
You heard about the Dyslexic Satanists that sold their souls to Santa, right?

They live next door to the dyslexic atheists who keep asking them, "Is there a dog?"

29 posted on 02/29/2012 7:16:32 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: Larry Lucido

Yep. Now if they had spelled it “leeping”, that would be another story.


30 posted on 02/29/2012 8:44:14 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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