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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 4-17-14

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©2014 Breeze PuBlications inc. Valley Breeze Photo By DaViD Wuerth Faculty and staff of Community Elementary School, playing as team "Dolphin Dunkers," rally before tak- ing on the Harlem Wizards in a fundraising basketball game last Friday in the Wellness Center at Cumberland High School. See more photos on Page 23. Go team Dolphin Dunkers! By MeGhAn kAVAnAuGh Valley Breeze staff Writer LINCOLN – As students return from vacation this fall, elementary schools in Lincoln will move from quarters to trimesters and start using new report cards that grade students on a scale of 1 to 4. The changes were announced at a School Committee work- shop on Monday night, prior to its regular meeting, when Curriculum Director Caroline Frey explained how the new report cards better reflect work being done in the classroom with the Common Core State Standards. Parents may instinctively look at the four-point scale as A, B, C, D, she said, but there is no direct translation. The primary goal is to have students achieve 3's, she said, which stand for "meeting the standard." Only 10 percent of students are expected to receive 4's for "exceeding the standard," Frey said. "Meeting the standard is exactly where you should be," she said. A score of 2 means "approaching the standard," and a 1 means "not meeting the standard." Northern Lincoln Elementary School Asst. Principal Susan Imschweiler compared the new grading system to riding a bike. It does not matter how many times you fall off the bike, she said, as long as you achieve the goal in the end. Similarly, grades will be less of an average, Imschweiler explained, and more of an over- all assessment of progress, so early scores of 1's and 2's would not keep a student from achiev- ing a 3 if he or she met the stan- dard by the end of the trimester. The entire school department, from administrators to teachers, Lincoln elementary schools switching to trimesters, new report cards see reporT CArDs, Page 29 By eThAn shoreY Valley Breeze staff Writer The cost of meat is hitting record highs, with little or no relief expected by the summer grilling season. Experts say there are a vari- ety of factors for the unusually high prices, from bad weather and animal diseases to high consumer demand and smaller cattle herds. Local meat sellers and res- taurant owners say they're dealing with higher costs in a variety of ways, trying to avoid passing them on to consumers while hoping that they'll come back down. While some are expect- ing prices to go up even more as the main grilling season approaches, similar predictions in the past have failed to come true, said Rob Bozek, of Michael's Meats in Cumberland. According to Bozek, pork and beef are tak- ing the biggest hits right now. "It's not a good time for the meat industry," he said. Bozek said he, like others, is trying to hold off on passing Meat prices on the rise with no relief expected by summer Sellers reluctant to pass on the costs, hopeful for grilling season see MeAT Page 29 dogs to the rescue Search Dogs Northeast train at Butterfly Farm in Lincoln. pAGe 2 easter greetings See our list of Easter Sunday church services. pAGe 22 Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze The VAlleY FREE @ APRIL-17-23, 2014 "like" us on "Follow" us on 300 Front St., Lincoln 724-8660 Real Estate aMONTAGNE From all of us at... Carol LaMontagne Lisa LaMontagne Beausoleil Happy Easter

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