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Freedom of Information Day

March 8, 2019 - 4:09pm -- wendy

What is Freedom of Information Day, you ask?  It's a day near James Madison’s birthday (this year it’s on his actual birthday, Saturday, March 16) to celebrate our right to access information held by the federal government.  President Madison is considered the Father of the Constitution and was a big believer in the openness of government, as well as the fourth President of the United States.

2019 Blue Spruce Award Nominees - Vote for Your Favorite!

February 12, 2019 - 11:16am -- angela

The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award nominees have been announced! The Award recognizes the most popular books among middle and high school students in the State of Colorado. Teens nominate their favorite titles and select the winner – adults do not vote. Check out the nominees and then vote for your favorite!

Test Prep Made Easy with LearningExpress

January 22, 2019 - 9:27am -- Dodie

Debating when you should take the SAT or ACT? The perfect test date comes down to scheduling and planning. Consider how much time is needed to prep, how packed schedules can be, and if there are plans to take the test multiple times. Many high schools still recommend taking the ACT the spring of junior year because the content of the Math test includes topics some curricula do not cover before then.

Fractals in Nature

January 3, 2019 - 2:42pm -- Toby

Look around! Nature is full of patterns and shapes like the spiral symmetry of a pinecone. True, there are shapes that also appear fragmented or irregular but often there are smaller, self-similar shapes to the larger shape - for example, a tree branch has a similar shape to the larger tree. Mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot defined these "family of shapes" as "fractals" or the "geometry of nature."

 

 

Isn't It Horrible?! Teen Horror You'll Love

October 18, 2018 - 2:49pm -- Dodie

What is the allure of horror movies and books for so many teens? Some theorize that teens feel like every day is full of dread and that the horror genre offers consolation, as clearly it must be better to go to homeroom than being pursued through the woods by an axe wielding madman! Another thought is that horror snaps us out of our comfort zones, making us feel more alive, as in Not Dead.

Lock the door, close the shades, and get ready for some eye-widening, pulse-quickening reading and listening!

College admission essay: Make them fall in love with you

August 27, 2018 - 4:25pm -- Robin

It's college admissions season. High school seniors around the country are getting ready to submit school transcripts and standardized test scores to their schools of choice and ask for letters of recommendation from trusted adults. They are summing up their extracurricular activities in resumes, and perhaps making a last push to improve their class rank. There is still one important, and sometimes intimidating, piece to the admissions puzzle: the college admissions essay.

Books to Read While Avoiding Required Summer Reading

August 6, 2018 - 8:41am -- Dodie

You’ve already got that required reading list knocked out, right? Who wouldn’t want to start right into Tortilla Flats or Lord of Flies, keeping in mind the dreaded inevitable essays to follow? Give yourself a break and dig into something fun, relatable, quirky, or thrilling, just something wonderful to escape into for a little while or a whole afternoon!

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