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Written by Classroom Teacher Alan Haskvitz
1997 National Teacher's Hall of Fame Inductee
1999 All USA Today First TeamTeacher
1994 National Middle Level Teacher of the Year (NCSS)







National Education Week
November 14-20, 2004 to celebrate American Education Week

National Veterans Awareness Week

November 16th is International Day of Tolerance

America Recycles Day Nov 15, 2004

And November is
National Adoption Month

National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

National American Indian Heritage Month*

National Family Caregivers Month

National Hospice Month

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Aviation History Month*


NCLB may be end of free tutoring.
Although ESEA/NCLB does not clearly state that school districts classified as "in need of improvement" are prohibited from providing supplemental services to their students, the U.S. Department of Education has ruled that
they cannot do so. As a result, many school districts that have been providing or were planning to provide free tutoring to students are being forced to stop, creating confusion for parents and educators and raising
questions about the quality of the services being offered to students.

Where are the hate groups?
A map from the SPL Center that shows where the groups are and what types they represent. This is a real eye-opener and a great way to teach about tolerance this month.

HATE Sites Bad Recruiting Tools
Online hate is as much a part of the Web as e-commerce, porn sites, and portals. From neo-Nazis and skinheads to the Ku Klux Klan, almost every hate group in America has its own website.

Economics Classes online
You can get college credit and/or upgrade your skills with these classes starting early next year. These courses are offered at no cost if you don't want university credit.
To apply, visit our website at <>
sample lessons


Programming Search Engine
Koders ( )
a search engine for finding programming code. Nifty. The front page allows you to specify keywords for sixteen languages.

Blog search engine

What is legal in the classroom
You need to check this out.
Classrom Copyright Law for Teachers

Writing to the President
If you think it can help, try or to submit comments on a specific issue. Great for students who express a concern. Expect an immediate computerized reply.

National City Comparison
Made by Al's students
A brand new 2004 website that helps you see where your community ranks with:
- A Sample Community Report Card
- A Kid Friendly Section

How to Build a Webpage / Website
Get a free webpage - find everything that is free.
Free Webpage

Still looking for students to help our soldiers.

Messages to Soldiers in Iraq.

There is still an opportunity to get students involved by simply having them put together small cards and paper roses to be sent to the soldiers in Iraq.
I great service, costs the school nothing but postage, and gives students an opportunity to express themselves as well as doing community service. Put together by my friend and fellow National Hall of Fame Teacher and cancer
survivor Dr. Larry Baran. For more details check out or write

Take a Peek
Let's you see what other classrooms around the US look like. Mainly for elementary, but who else spends so much time and money decorating.

Did you submit your school's website?
School Directory
The HotList is a master registry of K-12 schools. The registry is organized by state and by grade level. The registry also includes sites for charter Schools, virtual schools, school districts, state and regional education organizations, state departments of education, state standards and state


Top 10 Most Prevalent Global Malware
(week of: November 5, 2004 to November 11, 2004)


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