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Philadelphia Schools Need Their Nurses (Blog post # 4)

Because of budget cuts Philadelphia school nurses have been cut. So there for there is less care for students with serious heath needs. A lot of neighborhoods with poor health care insurance really depend on a school nurses to help those children who can’t go to the doctors. These nurses that work in the schools have the same education as a nurse in a hospital. So trying to cut back really didn’t do much for the school district but really harm it more. The district already eliminated 47 school nurses in June, leaving just 230 to address the complex health needs of 161,000 students in both public and private schools. Now the district wants to lay off another 51 nurses (10 percent) of what we have now, by January 1, 2012 , SAD !


Acting Superintendent Leroy Nunery and Chief Financial Officer Michael Masch, also announced a significant reduction in school nursing services. By January 1, 2012 schools will know what has been cut with the new budget cuts. So by them doing the budget cuts they plain to save 10 million dollars but at the same time they are trying to do something that will harm something else. It’s no winning here because if they keep the nurses them they are losing money but if they fire the nurses then they are losing people that are needed in the school the most if something goes wrong. Now its bad enough that we don’t have full time nurses but to get rid of them all together are just going to harm the school district really.


I think that if you really want to make a difference then you need to be at one or more of these meetings that they are having disusing budget cuts on school nurses and teachers and so much more.


District Budget Hearings:


The District is hosting several community meetings for the public to weigh in on its proposed 2011-12 budget.


•            Tuesday, May 3, at 6 p.m., Meredith Elementary, 725 S. Fifth St.

•            Saturday, May 7, at 10 a.m., Dunbar Elementary, 1750 N. 12th St.

•            Monday, May 9, at 6 p.m., Conwell Middle, 1849 E. Clearfield St.

•            Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m., Catherine Elementary, 6600 Chester Ave.

•            Monday, May 16, at 6 p.m., Fitzpatrick Elementary, 11061 Knights Rd.

•            Thursday, May 19, at 6 p.m., Ellwood Elementary, 6701 N. 13th St.


Here are more topics that are becoming a big issue because of the cut backs for schools. Please google each one to see what is really going on I bet it will shock you big time the cut back are out of control. 


- More news stories on the topic, compiled by The Notebook

-District: 3,800 positions may be eliminated The Notebook blog

District Chief Financial Officer Michael Masch presented the 2011-12 District budget and outlined likely areas for cuts if the District funding situation doesn’t change.


- What gets cut, what gets spared The Notebook blog

- Phila. schools to see 16 percent layoffs The Inquirer

- Philly schools may cut nearly 1,300 teachers AP via Bloomberg Businessweek

- School District Calls for Big Budget Cuts Roxborough-Manayunk Patch

- Philly School District Plans 3,820 Job Cuts NBC Philadelphia

- DN Editorial: Killing charter reimbursements could be deadly to school district Daily   News

- A token of school cuts’ disaffection: End of free bus rides Daily News

- District budget slashes deep: Nearly 4,000 could lose jobs The Hall Monitor blog

- Phila. schools may cut jobs to close budget gap 6 ABC


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Five Photoshopped pictures

I spent a while walking around Center City taking photos, especially in Rittenhouse Square.  The Christmas decorations at night make for some great pictures.  The second photo is from Rittenhouse Square, and I didn't edit it as much as the other ones because it already had so much going on.  I just fooled around with things like brightness, contrast and saturation.  The third photo is also from Rittenhouse Square, but it didn't have any lights or anything.  It was so simple and dark and colorless that I wanted to challenge myself to make it bright and full of color.  I used the quick selection tool and the lasso tool to select parts of the tree, and used the paint bucket tool to fill them in.  I think it ended up looking like one of those trees with the knitted covers.  It's more silly and fun than the others.
The first picture is actually of a window display at the Tiffany's on Walnut street.  Since it was the first picture I edited, I ended up mostly playing around with filters and contrast and brightness.  I didn't have a specific goal in mind except hiding the reflection of my camera.
The fourth photo I took while walking along the bike path.  I liked the way the light was sort of "contained" by the leaves.  It reminded me of a galaxy, so I decided to make it a cool color instead of the usual streetlight orange-yellow.
The fifth picture is of a tree in front of someone's house.  They were having a party, so I got some weird looks from arriving guests when I was taking a picture of their tree.  All I could think of when I saw the tree was the star that led the wise men to Jesus on the first christmas (which is weird because I'm atheist, but whatever).  I decided to make the lantern look more like a real star by using the lasso tool to select it and make it brighter.  Then I used the magic wand tool to select everything in the background and make it darker and blurred, so that the lantern stood out more and looked like it was glowing.
This project turned out to be great fun and I'm actually pretty proud of some of these pictures.  I think I'm going to continue to do photography and photo editing, and maybe make a Tumblr to put the pictures on.

Photo 1:  A display window at Tiffany's


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Photo 2: Decorated trees in Rittenhouse Square


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Photo 3: Undecorated trees in Rittenhouse Square


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Photo 4: A streetlamp on the bike path


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Photo 5: A tree outside someone's house


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Safe Chemicals Act – Blog Post 4

In order to pursue my issue, I need to convince my senators to back the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011. The main resource I've been using is the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families website, which is a preexisting group lobbying for the bill. It describes itself as "an nationwide effort to pass smart federal policies that protect us from toxic chemicals." The website has various ways to get involved in the campaign. My first step as a citizen lobbyist was to join the site. Now, I receive their update emails. I also have participated in various ways they are advocating for the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011:

  • They ask people to send an email to their state legislators about the act. Their website has an interface to make the sending of these emails easy. However, the email is not personalized. Instead, it relies on the celebrity status of Jessica Alba, who has become the face of the campaign. I still feel that this effort is a good idea if it attracts high enough numbers. In addition to participating, I am going to ask others to also fill out the form, using Facebook.

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  • In a similar, and more personal, effort, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families asked its members to upload a holiday family photo, along with a brief message to senators about why toxic chemical control is important to us. I joined this effort as well, uploading a photo of myself with my little brother and the message "I want my little brother to be safe from harmful chemicals! Please cosponsor the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011. Happy holidays." Although this action is much more personal than the letter, a single person's actions do not mean much. I plan to ask friends to also send in photos.

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I also plan to call my senators about the act, and leave a message asking them to cosponsor the legislation. I will ask my friends to do the same, and have written a sample script to make the process easier. I wrote one of these scripts for a call to Bob Casey, and one for a call to Pat Toomey. I tried to use my previous research into the senators' interests and values to inform the writing of my script.

Generally, I am focusing on getting many people to participate in the emails, holiday cards, and phone calls. Because I cannot vote yet, I doubt that even a strong message coming solely from me would have much impact. However, a large number of people always have more influence than just one.

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The Good Friends: Episode 2

Hey guys! Sorry for the wait but Episode 2 is finally up! Check out our new segment "Friend of the day" and how our interviews went. Also a Good Friend's original MUSIC VIDEO!! Hope you guys like it. Don't forget to check us out on twitter (@TheGoodFriends) and our youtube (TheGoodFriends1). Give us feedback! We love it. Seriously. Do it.
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My New Slide

​This is my new slide for our next presentation. The quote on the slide "And thats how it all ended" means how A relationship ends  with a heartbroken at the end of there story with each  other. From my old slide, I learned how to make my slide better and to keep it simple like other slides from the class. This time my slide I decided to keep it simple, so I decided to have a black rose laying down and a quote at the bottom to match my theme of the slide. This time I still have used the same program on keynote so this time I haven't used alpha as much i did before on my old slide. I mostly used the inspector and used the toolbox on the top right corner of the page. I wanted to spread the the quote and make it have space between each letter, so I had used Character in the Inspector of the tool box to make my words stretch and also I wanted to change my font into HeadLineA. Since my quote wasn't hardly showed in my slide I had made my quote pop out so people can read better. :)
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Media Fluency

​The changes that I have made from my last version was;

- A new font to fit in with the feel of the slide.
- I fixed and added pictures

One of the main things that I learned from presentation zen is that you need to make the slides simple and big to capture peoples attention. Visuals should be big and bold, and to make your presintation participle.

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Angelina Princess Pingitore Media Fluency.

Below is web site that has a lot of good information to help you make a web page and little blogs. I really liked this site because it was very helpful. I changed things from my first thing but when people told me what to change i took it in and followed what they said. Here is the second one. thanks

I didn't have to change that much because I was told everything was in tack and good. I just had to resize it and make it bigger so when you open it up there will be no while blank box. Why "Difference" is in red is because it is around all the yellow flowers and it stands out it is different. So it is showing 
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My new slide

I mad the changes i did because the slide before this was boring and wasn't really attractive. even though i was not able to present my other one i was taking things from everyone else's too make my slide better.  

here is a website that i think would be helpful:

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Before And After

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​During my presentation, I received a minimum of criticism compared to what I thought I was going to get. So, I was shown what should be changed. Like flip the hand using the Inspector toolbar. And i subtracted all the unnecessary things so the slide could just get to the point. Overall, I believe that my slide reflects me and my creativity.

Q2 Media Fluency

   I first changed my slide based on the constructive criticism I received from my fellow classmates. I was suggested to change the color of the font. Instead of red in the phrase "lets rock", I changed it to yellow. That way it can match the background. 

   From what I had researched from the Presentation Zen website, I had to make the words big and easy to read. So I bolded the text and placed very little words. Another thing that I learned was that you should place one picture thats straight to the point. So I made my picture the backround. 
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Kaboni Bailey Q2, y2

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 Comment to me which one is better than the others.
The first slide that you will see goes greatly with the backround and i bled out some words because you can figure out what they mean.
My second slide is a playful version that has the "unique" in it. halve of the unique is out and the other half is insde.
My third slide is me looking like i am expressing the words at the top. the "gush & drips" in the backround are the evils and negativity that try to grasp, but we will never let them win.
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The reasons I made these changes was…

-That I listen to the peer\discussion that we had about my slide

-I used Presentation Zen’s Website as good reference

-To make the slide have meaning.


What I learned from the Class Discussion

-To make the main point of your slide pop OUT

-To have one point and one meaning.

-Do not clutter the slide with unnecessary items.
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I change my slide, because base on the make the letter bigger and better to read, i also used more solid designs because it not suppose to be a lot  fo stuff on your slide that going to distract the people eye of the massage
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