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    Hey there,
    My daughter got accepted into this special school. It's a school for exceptional mathematics. I went to the openhouse tonight and O....M.....G. You would not beleive what they teach these kids at this school.

    EDIT: This is a grade school!

    1) They have their own Wells Fargo account that they must manage and balance weekly.
    2) They learn how to pick stocks and track them. Make decisions about the stocks future and how to decide when its time to jump ship before you sink with it.
    3) Each class creates their own society with its own monetary units. Each child must undertake entreprenuerism (sp?), create their own business complete with info packet on:
    Name, overhead, items or services to be sold, cost, proposal with reasons for item or services , why it will be needed or wanted, how to market said items or services.
    4) Monitor as a class the value of their monetary unit against other classes.
    5) Keep records of Loss/Gains
    6) Those with profitable businesses may start purchasing the services of employees. While owners of businesses that are failing may apply for part time jobs with the profitable employers. The school has a business Professor (Creighton University volunteer Professor) that comes to classes and helps the children with failing businesses to understand the reasons and how to correct and modify their business to be succesful.

    7) The school has its own Post Office where each class has an address as well as staff members. Classes take monthly turns running the post office. Children may mail letters, pictures etc... to each other in different classes, teachers or the to their parents, friends homes. (It is a real post office, monitored daily by a postmaster)

    8) 2 Computer labs with I-Lab computers (40 in all)

    9) All the while carrying on normal studies.

    I am absolutely amazed and excited that my daughter will have the chance for a jump on the world that I never had. I think this is a wonderful opporotunity for her. To be honest I have no idea how to pick a stock but these 3rd graders do.

    Oh, They also have to pick a local business and make judgements on what the business will do in the future based on demand and economy, product, profit/loss, etc....

    I couldn't have asked for a better chance for my child than this. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

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    Congratulations. It sounds like you have every reason in the world to be proud.

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    Now that would have been cool in my school years. Man, what we missed. Congrats man. The best to your little girl!!!
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    Man, I don't know if I could do all that stuff NOW! That's great news!
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    I read with delight what you wrote and I am very impressed. I was particularly attracted to this, "Those with profitable businesses may start purchasing the services of employees. While owners of businesses that are failing may apply for part time jobs with the profitable employers." That is the real world and exposure to these concepts at such a young age and in such a non threatening environment is an exceptional opportunity.

    Our schools are struggling for program money around here. Both our public and private schools have lost most of our after school programs which is really sad. The public schools are down to a handful of athletic and music programs as extra curriculum activities. Parents of public schools are out trying to get property taxes increased while parents of parochial schools are coming in strong to volunteer and bail out our schools doing what ever we can do to enhance the educational experience for our children with our own money. We have a Post Office that is kid run and a school store that is kid run and the children are doing a bang up job managing them on a rotational basis. We have reps from a local bank who come in weekly and help all kids with their new checking accounts and minimum balances were waived. Our history, social studies, and science fairs are back this year as is our spelling bee and our speech contest. We had lemonade stands where the kids had to come up with their own marketing strategies to attract buyers by competing against each other which was very interesting but we certainly have nothing comparable to what you outlined above. That is an incredibly comprehesive offering for your daughter.

    You daughter is very blessed to have a school such as what you described in the area and doubly blessed to have been accepted into their program. Sounds as if you have a gifted child there who has talents that are going to be nurtured so they develop. Good for her and good for you! I love hearing success stories particularly when they involve children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (superimposedhope @ Mar. 16 2005,10:33)]6) Those with profitable businesses may start purchasing the services of employees. While owners of businesses that are failing may apply for part time jobs with the profitable employers. The school has a business Professor (Creighton University volunteer Professor) that comes to classes and helps the children with failing businesses to understand the reasons and how to correct and modify their business to be succesful.
    its a school where not everybody wins!!! talk about real world for once.

    sounds like an awesome class, wish i would have had such an oppertunity. very cool stuff. congrats.
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    It is very cool. I couldn't beleive it. Now that doesn't mean OPS (Omaha Public School) is not failing cause unfortunately it is like most Public districts. This school while it is part of OPS it is also given special grants for the extras that it provides and is further funded by Wells Fargo and Blue Cross Blue Sheild and very well since it is the ONLY school in NE that they fund. Like a pet you might say. I was doubly impressed by the fact that the kids whos business is failing get special help from a highly credited business Prof. so that they aren't just left feeling like a failure but are taught early to seek help for what they are lacking instead of just giving up when the first time isn't successful, which we all know is usually the case. This way they learn how to correct mistakes and feel like they are a failure against other kids but rather how to regroup and restart over. If at first you don't succeed try, try, again. I think it's all too easy to feel lik4e a failure when a business is 100% from day 1, this way they learn to be cool headed and seek advice to correct rather than feel depressed.

    I am .................lost for words, but very happy that I may have a chance to give my child a chance I didn't have and never will. Finally I can know that my children will not have to be ghetto kids like dad but instead successful, contributing members of society.

    Joe

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    Thanks for the compliments, and yes, I too wish I would have had a chance like this in my time.
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    More than twenty years ago a federal commission on education included the following statement in its report: “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might have viewed it as an act of war.” Unfortunately, not much has changed since then. Yet there are pockets of excellence in the public schools. Joe, you and your daughter are lucky to have found one.

    The factor that correlates most closely with student performance is parent involvement in school activities. That means not just helping your child with schoolwork, but also getting involved in other types of school activities, such as open houses. It could also mean sharing your knowledge and talents with students (in coordination with the teacher, of course). Maybe your daughter’s classmates would like to learn about carnivorous plants.

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