Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:59 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:59:39 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Albany- Alice Coachman fourth graders prepared for their Criterion Referenced Competency Tests by playing matching games that test their knowledge of the CRCT's concepts in a fun way.
"They are a little nervous but our students' confidence," says teacher Derrick Wooten.
Teachers and students are hoping that confidence translates on paper, because for the first time all Dougherty County students in grades one through eight will have to score at least 300 to be promoted to the next grade.
"We don't want them to feel like they can take years off, so by having it as a promotion purpose for all grades one through eight hopefully the students will stay on top of what's going on in their classroom," says system testing and evaluation coordinator Renee Bridges.
If they have paid attention in the classroom Bridges says students should do well.
"CRCT is based on the QCC's, Quality Core Curriculum which is what we teach in the classroom. So, it's kind of like a final exam in a sense, so if they did not pass the CRCT, they probably didn't do well in their academics throughout the school year," Bridges says.
The test is over for first through third graders, but reminders in the halls of Alice Coachman keep the morale up for the rest of the students.
"We've even had our students to come up to us and say, 'Mr. Wooten I am confident that I'm going to make that 300 on that test because you've taught me', we're ready, now all we have to do is apply that information on paper," says Wooten.
While teachers are reinforcing positive thinking at school, they say parents should do the same at home.
"This is nothing for you to be afraid of. This is something for you to jump into and show the success they you've got inside of you to show the world that my teacher has taught me and I am ready to shine," says Dr. Gail Gibson, Alice Coachman testing coordinator.
"Each day after school, talk to your child and ask them how the test went and encourage them to always do their best in everything that they do," says Wooten.
Makeup sessions for the CRCT tests will be held next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Results should be available during the beginning of May. If students do not pass they can re-take the test in summer school.