Facing a forfeit, two unlikely participants stepped up so their high school could play

Over the last several years, it seems like there has been an increase in the amount of high school games that are getting canceled due to everything from teams not getting their helmets back from reconditioning at the beginning of this fall, to a lack of available players .

This weekend, Wewoka HS (OK) was facing a week four game against Mounds HS (OK) that they were going to have to forfeit being down eight players for a variety of reasons, they shared on social media.

To keep that from happening, two unlikely participants stepped forward.

Senior ladies Natalie Davis and Callie Ramsey stepped way out of their comfort zones to put on shoulder pads and a helmet to make sure Wewoka would have a game.

Davis stepped in and punted and kicked, corralling a bad snap to boot a 42 yard punt on her first attempt, while Ramsey played

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Pennsylvania school district accused of banning Girls Who Code book series | Pennsylvania

A school district in Pennsylvania temporarily banned the Girls Who Code book series for young readers, according to an index of banned books compiled by the free expression non-profit, Pen America.

The books are four of more than 1,500 unique book titles that have been banned by various schools across the country after conservative pushes to censor books. According to a report released by Pen America in April, 138 school districts across 32 states have banned books from their classrooms and school libraries, sometimes temporarily, even if only for a day, sometimes on an ongoing basis.

A recent update to Pen America’s banned book index included the Central York school district in Pennsylvania as banning the books The Friendship Code, Team BFF: Race to the Finish!, Lights, Music, Code! and Spotlight on Coding Club! They were among a suggested new list of more diverse teaching resources that ended up being

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When students’ basic needs are met by community schools, learning can flourish

“The suspension rate was high. MLK lamentably had the highest rate of disciplinary referrals in the entire district,” said Leslie Hu, MLK’s community school coordinator who added that standardized test scores were really low. The principal wanted to incorporate PBL, but knew students were distracted by a lack of basic needs that could not be met at home. Shifting to a community school model helped students with needs like food and medical care, and teachers like Founds were able to invest more time in developing their teaching practice.

Schools aren’t typically designed to offer more than instruction, but by addressing basic needsthey’re finding that students can learn better. Cincinnati Public School Learning Centers, Oakland Unified School District and even Lebron James’ I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, are community schools that lend a helpful framework for closing achievement gaps and improving student outcomes.

“The community school approach is where

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