Dr. Jeffrey B. Daughtry
Sarasota, Florida

The Daughtry Times® 
Education Through Integration

Est. 2004 | Spanaway, Washington

Jeffrey B. Daughtry
The Daughtry Times® Education Through Integration
Washington State Certificate: 380555C | Exp. 06.30.10
Georgia State Certificate: 654825 | Exp. 06.30.14

Precursors to The Daughtry Times®

Pre-Daughtry Times I   PDF  | Pre-Daughtry Times II   PDF  | Pre-Daughtry Times III  PDF

Pre-Daughtry Times IV   PDFPre-Daughtry Times V   PDF  | Pre-Daughtry Times VI   PDF

2004-05 Edition

Degree of difficulty:

I have contemplated revising the early editions of The Daughtry Times; however, upon multiple requests of students from that period of time; I have not changed anything. This material is by no means a reflection of my finest work but instead a mere stepping stone to where we presently are. Inevitably, one will find errors or inconsistencies throughout the collection below. A tactful correction as opposed to a condascending blast of my initial efforts would be greatly appreciated.

      Bethel Junior High 
Bethel School District
  Spanaway, Washington
August 1999  - June 2004

No. 001

Monday, March 15, 2004

Powerball and Massive Baseball 
This is the original and inaugural edition of The Daughtry Times which made it's debut on Monday, March 15, 2004. This edition involves a laid off factory worker from Indiana who hits BIG on the $89 million PowerBall. The second passage involves a man who spent 27 years and 18,000 layers of paint creating perhaps the largest ball in the world.    

No. 002 

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

AAA reports an increase in gas prices to a national average of about $1.74 while WAL-MART enters the online music market offering downloads valued at .88 each.

No. 003

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Smokin Net and Manure Power  
Online tobacco sales exceed $1.5 billion, California daily farmers find a legitimate power source in manure, and Mr. Daughtry announces his plans to relocate to the Southeast with a series of mathematically related transportation options to the "thriving metropolis" of McDonough, Henry County, Georgia.

No. 004

Monday, May 10, 2004

MCI Cuts and McDonalds 
Telecommunications giant MCI announces a string of employment cuts while we analyze how much money any given McDonald's generates throughout the world in a day.

No. 005

Tuesday, June 8, 2004

President Reagan Memorial
A special tribute to the 40th President of the United States with questions regarding viewing hours, analysis of overall viewers throughout the time the body lied in the Rotunda, and related mathematics inquiry. 

 Austin Road Middle School                First Football Playoff Berth
 Henry County School System             in school's eight year history
    Stockbridge, Georgia
  July 2004 - June 2006

I was not sure when and how to introduce The Daughtry Times to a far more diverse group of students nearly 3,000 miles away from my comfort zone; however, I figured there was no time better than the present. Inevitably, the moans and groans of mathematics coupled with reading and writing made the trip to Georgia.

No. 006

Sunday, August 8, 2004

Collateral and Johnson

Tom Cruise's blockbuster "Collateral" rakes in more than $24 million in it's opening weekend and a grocery store in Aspen, Colorado orders "Miami Vice" actor Don Johnson to repay a $6,000 debt in interest and related fees.  

No. 007

Sunday, August 15, 2004
Florida Cleanup
Florida launches a massive cleanup effort after Hurricane Charlie's 145 mile per hour winds tear through the state on a violent path of destruction.

No. 008

Monday, August 23, 2004

U.S. Deaths in WAR
The Iraq war is approaching 18-months, 964 Americans have been killed thus far, and America is growing impatient and unequally divided amongst international policy regarding troops in Iraq. This edition provides a comprehensive monthly breakdown of casualties and wounded since the war began. 

No. 009

Sunday, August 30, 2004

Olympic Burden

Ever imagined the preliminary financial burdens associated with hosting the Olympics? While any country would be honored and is certain (?) to make a profit..."you have to spend money to make money" rings loud and true in this situation.

No. 010

Monday, September 27, 2004

In an effort to escape and evade expensive antitrust lawsuits; Harrahs and Caesar's both agree to sell four casinos.

No. 011

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Electoral Votes
Ever taken a moment to consider the mathematics associated with electing a U.S. President? How much weight does the popular vote really hold?

No. 012

Monday, October 25, 2004

Political Spending
Is the U.S. Presidency for sale? And if so...how much?

No. 013

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Coalition Units   
With U.S. American death tolls in Iraq in excess of 1,140 a major offensive attack is launched in Fallujah, Iraq.

No. 014

Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Bush One Vote Away
Looking like a sweet repeat for George W. with one electoral vote standing between he and four more years in the White House. Where will the magic number unfold?

No. 015

Tuesday, November 15, 2004

Safest City
Looking for a safe place to live in the U.S.? How about the safest? Take a look at what major city ranks at the top as well as who is closer to the bottom.

No. 016

Monday, December 13, 2004

Gas Prices  

For the first time in twelve weeks United States average gas prices fall below $2 a gallon nationwide.

No. 017

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Black Friday
Perhaps the number one shopping day of the year. But where did it get its name and how much money are we really talking about nationwide?

No. 018

Friday, January 5, 2005

Indonesia is crushed by a massive Tsunami, which kills more than 145,000 people. Students are provided with a written passage regarding the natural disaster overseas as well as the responsibility of creating questions accompanied by an answer key.

No. 019

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

CA Mudslides
13 missing in major mudslides throughout California and the heroic efforts being employed to assist.

No. 020

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Iraqi Elections
For the first time in decades, Iraqi citizens get an honest voice at the polls without fear of death and persecution.

No. 021

Monday, February 28, 2005

Rich Flight

Without making any stops, millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett makes an attempt at becoming the first person to complete a solo flight around the world.

No. 022

Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Gas over $2.00 
What goes down must come back up? Appears to be true when making reference to gas prices while war surges in the Middle East creating instability and "pain at the pump."

No. 023

Monday, March 28, 2005

Burger King 
It's good but is it good for you? Take a closer look at the horrific caloric count and the negative impacts associated with such a diet.

No. 024

Sunday, May 15, 2004

Base Closures

In an effort to crunch numbers to fund the war effrots abroad a laundry list of major military installations are targeted for closure.

 One who utilized inappropriate language in class is quite fond of the infamous Daughtry Disciplinary Essay Of Educational Reform which remained in effect until 2005. It clearly constitutes "Good Training. Builds Character." Download The Memories Here

       Austin Road Middle
   Henry County School System
     Stockbridge, Georgia
     July 2004 - June 2006


No. 025

Friday, August 5, 2005

Car Buyer Discounts

GMC and it's competitors launch major discounts in an effort to offload aging vehicles making way for newer models

No. 026

Friday, August 12, 2005

Asthma by Gender

Got asthma? Find out the age, gender, race, and other related characteristics most commonly associated with people who have Asthma. 

No. 027
Friday, August 19, 2005

Gaza Strip Evacuation 
Multiple settlements on the Gaza strip are disrupted in this evacuation with the assistance of 14,000 armed troops.

No. 028

Friday, August 26, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Warning

A major category five Hurricane named "Katrina" prepares to make landfall on the Gulf Coast already killing two in its path with MANY more on the way. 

No. 029

Friday, September 2, 2005

Gas Price Gouging
BIG oil takes it to the workingman raising gas prices as high as $6 a gallon in light of "Katrina." What is the United States Government doing to punish these bottom-feeding blood-sucking vultures?

No. 030

Friday, September 9, 2005

Katrina Aftermath
Massive death, destruction, and terror follow the path of  "Hurricane Katrina" leaving Louisiana a flooded wasteland of death and debris.


No. 031

Friday, September 23, 2005

Hurricane Rita
Galveston, Texas braces for another Hurricane! Fortunately, in comparison with Katrina; Rita is nothing more than a breezy day. 

No. 032

Friday, September 30, 2005

Boeing Strike
Boeing employees consider a strike in an effort to obtain better pay and benefits. How long can the nation's leader in aircraft construction hold out before an agreement is reached?

No. 033

Friday, October 7, 2005

Gas Prices
Gas prices take a toll on retailers as customers suffer "pain at the pump."

No. 034

Friday, October 14, 2005

Heating Bill
Think before you heat? With a projected 32% rise in costs it may not be a bad idea.

No. 035

Friday, October 21, 2005

Oregon Powerball
$340 million Powerball ticket sold in Oregon.

No. 036

Friday, October 28, 2005

Wendy's Found Finger
Probably not what one might refer as a "finger food" when eating a bowl of chili. Could this really happen? What compensation might one seek for such a horrific ordeal.


Is obesity a major life-threatening disease in the NFL? How prevalent is it throughout football?


No. 038

Friday, November 4, 2005

Alaska Oil

Potential solution to rising fuel costs? Would the tree-huggers ever allow it? Let's drill!

No. 039

Friday, November 11, 2005

Distance Record
The Boeing 777 sets an all-time distance record. 

No. 040

Friday, November 18, 2005

Cost of Katrina Dead
What is the cost associated with identifying Katrina's dead via DNA? Who is expected to pick up the tab? 

No. 041

Friday, November 18, 2005

A historical overview accompanied by a series of questions regarding what is believed to be the first Thanksgiving.

No. 042

Friday, December 2, 2005

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday? The number one online shopping day.

No. 043

Friday, December 9, 2005

Christmas Tree  

What goes on a Christmas tree that sits in the year of the President of the United States?

No. 044

Friday, December 16, 2005

Ice Storm
A major ice storm on the east cost cuts power to more than 450,000 people. 


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Jeffrey B. Daughtry
The Daughtry Times® Education Through Integration
Washington State Certificate: 380555C | Exp. 06.30.10
Georgia State Certificate: 654825 | Exp. 06.30.14

2006-07 Edition

By 2006, I had gained enough experience in creating word problems to where I was in a position to offer more variety in compliance with state curriculum standards. While it was honestly not until the website was launched in the summer 07 that I actually took a great deal of pride in the final product - signs of improvement are certainly evident. 

      Austin Road Middle
  Henry County School System
     Stockbridge, Georgia
    July 2004 - June 2006


No. 045

Friday, January 6, 2006

Home Sales
Home sales encounter a major decline in the new year leading Americans to believe the real estate market is on the downward slide.

No. 046

Friday, January 13, 2006

Hurricane Relief  
What actions have been taken to provide necessary assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina? What level of assistance will be required over the upcoming years?

No. 047

Friday, January 20, 2006

Pluto Mission

New Horizons space probe launches for Pluto. Did you know that Pluto is the only planet to be discovered by a United States citizen? After the discovery of Pluto, it was quickly determined that Pluto was too small to account for the discrepancies in the orbits of the other planets.

No. 048

Friday, January 27, 2006

Gamer Parents
Are parents spending as much time if not more than their children playing video games? Perhaps the Pac-Man generation is desperate to recapture those carefree days of youth with realistic graphics above and beyond the days of the orginal dinosaur Atari 2600.

No. 049

Friday, February 3, 2006

Groundhog Day

It's more than a somewhat entertaining Bill Murray movie and it's traditions run deep throughout the northeast. Learn all about Punxsutawney Phil and his annual weather predicting adventure. 

No. 050

Friday, February 10, 2006

Olympics Begin

The long awaited 2006 Winter Olympics have finally begun. Are Americans still interested or has American Idol captured the audience from the competing networks.

No. 051

Friday, February 17, 2006

Olympics on TV
How well does the Winter Olympics compete in television ratings versus reality TV? Unfortunately, not nearly as well as the athletes would prefer. 


No. 052

Friday, March 3, 2006

Ford Reconstructing
Ford Motor Corporation launches a new major reconstruction plan to get more American made vehicles back on the road. Are we willing to shed our foreign cars and convenient gas mileage machines for something made in the USA?

No. 053

Friday, March 10, 2006

793 Billionaires

Who are the selected few rich and famous and how did they get there? Did you know that Oprah Winfrey is the only black female billionaire in the world? And looking at the list, one of VERY few billionaires recognizable to the everyday American. 

No. 054

Friday, March 17, 2006

March Madness

With the NCAA basketball tournaments monopolizing the networks...what is the total cost of lost work time and profits by U.S. employers? How may they tactfully combat this annual financial disaster? NOTE: This is the same edition found in the 2007 series.

No. 055

Friday, March 24, 2006

Pilot Strike
What do these pilots of Delta really want and how much did they make? Have they converted the friendly skies into an even more competitive market for American dollars?  

No. 056

Friday, March 31, 2006

Sago Mine Survivor
A survivor of the West Virginia coalmines tells his story upon release from the hospital. You may be familiar with the expression, "You've got to break and egg to make an omelet." In this case, America finally turns a deserving eye towards the dangers these brave men and women subject themselves to on a daily basis.


No. 057

Friday, April 14, 2006

Dropout Epidemic
Is dropping out of high school more popular than ever? Let's take a comprehensive overview of the statistics regarding what appears to be a lost generation. Additionally, what are the potential earnings for those who elect to pursue higher levels of education?

No. 058

Friday, April 21, 2006

Russia Quake

A major earthquake takes a heavy toll on the Soviet Union. Personally, I feel that when it comes to compassion towards human lives...there are no borders, just people. How large was the earthquake and how many casualties as a result? 

No. 059

Friday, April 28, 2006

Republican Senators

Republican Senators propose a $100 gas rebate card to Americans as sign of temporary relief from "pain at the pump." What conditions are associated with this monetary form of compensation? What are the necessary factors of eligibility? 

No. 060

Friday, May 5, 2006

Immigrants launch a major protest "to be heard" and be recognized as a valuable part of America's workforce. Are they even remotely in a position to protest or is this constitutional right reserved towards U.S. citizens as opposed to its inhabitants?

Friday, May 12, 2006

How Hybrids Work - What They Really Cost


No. 061

Friday, May 19, 2006

Time to bring the year to a close and provide an annual assessment of the year's Daughtry Times. To purchase this educational resource without having first exposed one's students to the thirty-something editions throughout the series...could be equivalent to walking around with a gallon of gas in a world without automobiles. 

No. 062

Friday, May 26, 2006

A special last day of school encore edition focusing on Enron's illegal corporate spending actions and repercussions encountered by those at fault. You can only begin to imagine the joy upon their faces when ANOTHER The Daughtry Times made way into their lives.

I felt decent about the 05-06 series but it appeared that something was still missing. Obviously, in comparison to the previous year it is a major improvement; however, I was determined the upcoming series would be my absolute best work yet! 

            Union Grove Middle                         First Undefeated Football 
       Henry County School System                      Championship Season
           McDonough, Georgia
           June 2006 - June 2008



No. 063

Friday, August 4, 2006

Heat Waves

The east coast is suffering blistering heat conditions with no apparent sign of relief in sight. Given the fact that this was the first encounter students at a new school would have with The Daughtry Times; I wanted to make an impression. Half a dozen parental complaints prior to the end of the school day certainly did. Because at my interview I had supplied my Principal with samples of this work - I felt much better off than I did following the last revolt. 

No. 064

Friday, August 11, 2006

Ethiopian Floods

More than 250 Ethiopians killed in a flood that media rarely even discussed. Take a closer at the damage caused by this major natural disaster. Rarely do we hear more from this small financially deprived nation that the increasing number of children dying from starvation and the AIDS virus.

No. 065

Friday, August 18, 2006

Oil Drops
The price of oil declines leading Americans to believe that prices at the pump have begun to stabilize. Will this financial roller coaster where American citizens a redirected back and forth like a ping-pong ball ever end? Doubtful as long as the supply and demand of oil is controlled in the middle east.

No. 066

Friday, August 25, 2006

Apple Recall

Ever imagined the extensive costs associated with a major computer recall and the efforts taken to notify their customers? Is it safe to assume that the monetary repercussions will heavily outweigh that of the sum of the lifetime earnings of a U.S. citizen.

No. 067

Friday, September 1, 2006

ComAir Crash

An exhausted Air Traffic Controller sheds an unpleasant light on what honestly takes place at our airports behind the scenes as well as what can go wrong upon landing. While a horrific event, imagine the human lives spared as a result of this common problem being exposed?

No. 068

Friday, September 8, 2006

Low Gas Prices

Gas prices continue to fall and Americans wonder how much longer this financial roller coaster will last. And the madness continues!

No. 069

Friday, September 15, 2006

Ford Buyout
Ford offers major buyouts in lieu of paying out retirements to continue to cut costs. Might we classify these actions as a brilliant business mover or simply a knife in the back of hard-working Americans? I guess that question is best answered by the poor soul who gave his/her life so a financial fat cat or suit and tie could later cash in on his work.


No. 070
Friday, September 29, 2006

CA Firefighters
California Firefighters try to protect homes threatened by major wildfires. Natural barriers coupled with horrific weather conditions make this struggle all the more demanding. 

No. 071

Friday, October 6, 2006

A historical look into the history of Starbucks and the amount of bucks they generate. Every curious as to how many there are worldwide and the dollar amounts they bring in daily. 

No. 072

Friday, October 13, 2006

WAL-MART Lawbreakers

Ever wonder how those prices can remain so low...take a look behind the scenes to determine why. Will the world's largest retailer recover from dozens of lawsuits nationwide? With nearly $300,000,000,000 in annual sales worldwide to what lengths and at what costs have these dollars been earned.

No. 073

Friday, October 20, 2006

Same Sex Schools
Could this be the solution to public education? Take a look at the pros and cons of this progressive approach towards student learning. While it may impede upon the social relationships of the youth, is it not their academics, which remain paramount?

No. 074

Friday, October 27, 2006

Value of a College Degree

Is that degree worth the paper it is printed on? How much more might one anticipate earning over the course of a lifetime with a degree compared to those working without one? 

No. 075

Friday, November 3, 2006

US Marshal
Over 11,000 fugitives nabbed in a 24-state operation. Take an opportunity to appreciate the massive collaborative efforts taken upon the part of over 100 law enforcement agencies to removed hazardous human beings from the streets.


No. 076

Friday, November 10, 2006

Paterno Hurt
Legendary Penn State Head Coach Joe Paterno suffers injury on the field. This man has as many years invested with the Nittany Lions as "Leave it to Beaver" with the television networks.

No. 077

Friday, November 10, 2006

It's that time of year again to reflect upon the history of this family tradition. Mathematically this may not be the finest resource; however, one stands to learn a great deal from this assignment.

No. 078

Friday, December 1, 2006

Army Scam
You be be amazed by how long and how often this occurs. This inappropriate method of billing has turned countless small organizations into BIG businesses.

No. 079

Friday, December 8, 2006

Pearl Harbor Revisited

Take a look back at what jumpstarted the second World War over half a century later. Many fear that with these veterans passing away ay an accelerated rate of nearly 1,000 per day it may be their last opportunity to reunite as a team.

No. 080

Friday, December 15, 2006

Border Fence
Build a 700-mile industrial strength fence around the U.S. to prevent illegal immigrants from crossing the border? What will that cost once you factor in the additional expense of 24-hour surveillance, equipments, employees, etc.? But wait a minute...aren't there over an estimated 12,000,000 illegal immigrants inside the wire as we speak.


No. 081

Friday, January 19, 2007

Death by Water
Jennifer Strange, a 28-year-old mother of three, is killed in an attempt to win a Nintendo video game system for her children while participating in an absolutely ridiculous radio station event. In addition to Jennifer's life, the career or multiple disc jockeys also came to a premature halt as well.

No. 082

Friday, January 26, 2007

Who is winning the WAR?
How do you even begin to keep score beyond the traditional body count to determine who is winning? Perhaps one method of assessment might be to consider precisely what we have accomplished or in many cases prevented in light of our nation's involvement in foreign affairs.

No. 083

Friday, February 2, 2007

Minimum Wage Bill

A proposal to increase the national minimum wage is introduced; however, one can not begin polishing his newly earned pennies right away as their is a significant delay in delivery. With an election year approaching it is inevitably a topic of discussion.

No. 084

Friday, February 9, 2007

Superbowl Ads

It is the one time of the year when we actually want the show to hurry so we can watch the commercials but how much are they spending? Everyone works in a place to where the self-proclaimed subject matter expert makes his rounds announcing the costs associated with marketing to a world wide audience but wouldn't you rather just read about it instead.

No. 085

Friday, February 16, 2007

Peanut Butter Salmonella

Better check the number on that jar of peanut butter before you spread a disease across the bread. A lot of people use the term "Salmonella" in warnings regarding food preparation but this passage simply supplies us with the facts and detrimental conditions related to the disease.


No. 086

Friday, March 2, 2007

Drug Bust
A major drug busts amounting to millions of dollars! Ever wanted to take a legal monetary assessment regarding the illegal drug distribution industry? This is your chance to gain further understanding without having to visit your local drug-pushing dirtbag on the corner.

No. 087

Friday, March 9, 2007

California Parents
California proposes the idea of compensating the school system for the time that their children are absent. Perhaps this may very well be the solution towards holding parents unaccountable for their children's truancy and educational indiscretions. What would this formula have cost your family assuming it were implemented in your local school system? 

No. 088

Friday, March 16, 2007

Relay For Life
A historical look into one of the most notorious fundraisers in the world. Where did it all begin and who was the man responsible for implementing this massive nationwide cancer research fundraiser? 

No. 089

Friday, March 23, 2007

March Madness

Another look into the millions of dollars lost by employers when their employees can't shake the addiction to the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament. Employers may want to regulate their employee's time invested off the job at hand, specifically, when it dips into the bottom line figure.

Friday, March 30, 2007

No. 090

Runaway Bride 
A friendly reminder of "Runaway Bride" Jennifer Wilbanks and the Police Department she made famous. A true benefit of this edition is the deeper exploration into the monetary compensation (or lack thereof) our local heroes are supplied with in keeping us safe.


No. 091

Friday, April 13, 2007

Standardized Test I
A comprehensive look at the seriousness of state examinations as well as the detrimental repercussions regarding failure upon the part of a student or respective school system. Georgia state's CRCT (Criterion Referenced Competency Exam) is highlighted throughout this passage.

No. 092

Friday, April 20, 2007

Standardized Test II

A mere continuation a further look into the significance of state tests and the dangers in not passing the CRCT.

No. 093

Friday, April 27, 2007

Georgia Wildfires

Wildfires engulf the eastern state and leave residents worried about their possessions. What measures are being employed to save the south from death and destruction?

No. 094

Friday, May 4, 2007

Immigration Protests
Illegal immigrants stage major protest nationwide. While many perceive these events as an excellent opportunity for local law enforcement to simply drop a net, tag and bag the contents with a return to sender stamp - others are more interested in listening to their demands.

No. 095

Friday, May 11, 2007

Spiderman 3
A look into the highest grossing movies of all time. Additionally, we look back at traditional classics such as "Gone with the wind" and the original "Star Wars", specifically, at how much more they would have made at todays rates.

No. 096

Friday, May 25, 2007

It's that time again. An assessment composed of every edition distributed throughout the course of the school year.

No. 97

Friday, June 1, 2007

Monster Pig
A special last day of school encore edition of The Daughtry Times Cruel and unusual? Good possibility; however, at the time, I was certain that a career in law enforcement was imminent and I wanted to make one more for the road. As it turns out...I remained in the profession for an undetermined amount of time. 

After a three-hour hunt, a young boy armed with a 50-caliber high-powered rifle from east Alabama kills a 'Monster Pig' which is believed to weigh in excess of 1,050 pounds. If these measurements are accurate it will exceed that of 'Hogzilla' in Georgia.

I was thoroughly impressed by the rigor and hard work put into the creation of the 06-07 series of The Daughtry Times. It is without question, some of the greatest work I have ever done. In contrast with the original series - the only similarities they share may very well be the name of the creator.


      Union Grove Middle School
     Henry County School System
          McDonough, Georgia
          June 2006 - June 2008

Preliminary Reading Guidelines

Adopted from a Reading Across the Curriculum poster provides a list of steps one may employ to simplify the reading and comprehension of any passage, article, or related literary piece. A necessity for completion of any The Daughtry Times created on or after October 19, 2007

Traditional Writing Guidelines

Adopted from the Austin Road Middle School Writing Guidelines provides a series of tips to ensure one maintains compliance with appropriate paragraph writing techniques. A necessity for completion of any The Daughtry Times on or after October 19, 2007



No. 98

Friday, August 10, 2007

Atlanta Record Temp 
Comparable to the previous academic school year's first edition the major local heatwaves encountered by residents is investigated even further. Frequently, it takes a local tragedy in order for people to pay closer attention to the dangers associated with hot weather. Multiple down home examples may potentially serve as valuable deterrents for a middle school audience.

No. 99

Friday, August 17, 2007

Powerful Peru Earthquake
Little to know media coverage whatsoever on this major natural disaster as Michael Vick's dog fighting allegations continued to occupy the attention of America. Thorough descriptions of the horrific conditions citizens of Peru are involuntarily subjected to really makes us appreciate the lives we live.

No. 100

Friday, August 24, 2007

Rangers Rout Orioles 30 - 3
It has been over 110 years since a Major League Baseball team has been "taken out back to the woodshed" and beaten to such an extent. At least the Manager was smart enough to renew his contract just hours prior to the first pitch. One does not need to be a baseball fan to gain a further appreciation of the extensive mathematical formulas associated with determining individual player statistics.

No. 101

Friday, August 31, 2007

Hurricane Katrina Two-Year Anniversary
Two years after the largest natural disaster to strike U.S. soil and a series of issues remain unresolved. Students begin to truly gain a further understanding of precisely what took place in the gulf coast region as well as the "could of, should of, would of" perspective all adults know all to well.

No. 102

Friday, September 7, 2007

Bethel Teachers Strike; First Day of School Cancelled

Bethel Pay Scale
Henry County Pay Scale
This edition takes a closer look at teachers' pay with Mr. Daughtry's previous employer Bethel School District, Spanaway, Washington in comparison to salary earned in his present position with the Henry County School System, McDonough, Georgia. Additionally, it contains a series of tables and chart to further student comprehension of independent/dependent variables and interpreting coordinate graphs.

No. 103

Friday, September 14, 2007

911 - Remains of a Day 
Students are provided with a plethora of nearly four dozen mathematical facts regarding the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Armed with this information, their mission is to create and solve ten word problems for a fellow classmate to complete. It is phenomenal to witness the extensive efforts upon the part of a student in custom designing a mathematics assessment for a peer to complete. Far too often, however, they tend to go above and beyond and create questions far too difficult for their respective grade levels. Solution: raise the standard, as students will inevitable rise to the occasion.


No. 104

Friday, September 28, 2007

The Dishwasher and his $59,000 Mistake 
An illegal immigrant out of Miami, Florida mistakenly enters the Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport with $59,000 concealed in a duffle bag. As you can imagine, given the fact that he has blatantly neglected to pay taxes upon his earnings; U.S. Customs and the Internal Revenue Service would like a little chat with Mr. Pedro Zapeta.

No. 105

Friday, October 5, 2007

U.S. Workers Are Most Productive

American workers stay longer in the office, at the factory or on the farm than their counterparts in Europe and most other rich nations, and they produce more per person over the year. They also get more done per hour than everyone but the Norwegians, according to a U.N. report released Monday, which said the United States “leads the world in labor productivity.”

No. 106

Friday, October 12, 2007

2,002 Deaths Occur in Police Custody
In accordance with a three-year survey conducted by the United States Department of Justice - a series of statistical and demographic figures regarding criminal suspects killed while in policy custody are revealed. Miraculously, multiple figures contradict assumptions of the average American. This is an excellent resource in converting fractions into decimals and percentages interchangeably.  

No. 107

Friday, October 19, 2007

How Taxes Work - Humorous Essay
Professor Thomas Davies, University of South Dakota; Dr. David Kamerschen, University of Georgia; William F. Buckley, National Review and countless others were originally credited with this passage; however, each individual has denied having written this piece. Regardless, this was a popular title on the subject column of emails worldwide in 2002. Basically, it explains U.S. taxes via ten economically diverse men subdividing the total cost of the meal as the government would.

No. 108

Friday, October 26, 2007
Sox Defeat Rockies for 2-0 Lead in the MLB World Series
Comparable to the extensive utilization of baseball formulas and statistics found in an earlier edition pertaining to the Texas Rangers; this is a phenomenal activity in creating and solving equations, proportions, measures of central tendency, and as always critical and analytical thinking. Finally, can you even begin to imagine a non-refundable investment of more than $51 million just to be granted legal authorization to speak with a prospective employee, nevertheless the $52 million and some change it will cost assuming he elects to join your organization. Evidently, the Boston Red Sox found this to be a rather reasonable agreement.

No. 109

Friday, November 2, 2007

Analysis: One in Ten Schools are Dropout Factories
Is your child attending a 'Dropout Factory'? There is a 10% chance that the answer is yes, Have stringent federal guidelines with intentions of improving public education actually accomplished just the opposite? In this edition, we take a closer look at research conducted by Johns Hopkins for the Associated Press which reveals pertinent data regarding our nations' high schools and the dropout rate. 


No. 110

Friday, November 9, 2007

One in Four Homeless are Veterans
Like many, I have always operated under the dilusion that the heroes who made this nation great were well card for in Veteran's Hospitals, etc. Evidently, I was mistaken as they constitute approximately 25% of the homeless population. What better time than Veteran's Day to honor and respect our nation's heroes.  No. 111

Friday, November 16, 2007

It's that time of year again to reflect upon the history of this family tradition. Mathematically this may not be the finest resource; however, one stands to learn a great deal from this assignment.

No. 112

Friday, November 30, 2007

Black Friday versus Cyber Monday
The term Cyber Monday refers to the Monday immediately following Black Friday. the ceremonial kick-off of the holiday online shopping season in the United States between Thanksgiving Dayand Christmas. Whereas Black Friday is associated with traditional brick-and-mortar stores, "Cyber Monday" symbolizes a busy day for online retailers. The premise was that consumers would return to their offices after the Black Friday weekend, making purchases online that they were not able to make in stores. Although that idea has not survived the test of time, Cyber Monday has evolved into a significant marketing event, sponsored by the National Retail Federation's Shop.org division, in which online retailers offer low prices and promotions.

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No. 113

Friday, December 7, 2007

Morbidly-obsese Chinese infant

An eight-month-old baby boy in Jilin, Northeast China has tipped the scales at over three stone. Weighing 18.8 kg (41 pounds) and measuring 78 centimeters in height, he was born with a normal birth weight of 3.3 kg (7 pounds 4 oz). His mother nurses him more than 20 times a day because he often feels hungry. Because of his obesity, he is unable to crawl or stand.

No. 114

Friday, December 14, 2007

Maine Shoe Company Founder Leaves Every Child Born in State $500 College Down Payment
A foundation started by the late Harold Alfond, founder of Dexter Shoe Co., will give new parents an opportunity to sign up for a $500 down payment for their young son or daughter's college education. Since there are roughly 14,000 babies born each year in Maine the foundation anticipates paying out about $7 million a year. If the investment grows at rate of 8 percent per year, it would be worth about $2,000 in 18 years. But parents will be encouraged to add to the nest egg by donating $50 a month, which at the same interest rate would bump up the nest egg to about $25,000 by 2026.

No.  115

Friday, December 14, 2007

A SPECIAL EDITION to be completed solely in class to ensure students are capable of achieving academic success without seven days and a great deal of outside assistance.

Study: Students Who Pull All-nighter Have Lower GPAs
A survey of 120 students at St. Lawrence University, a small liberal arts college in northern New York, found that students who have never pulled an all-nighter have average GPAs of 3.1, compared to 2.9 for those who have. The study, by assistant professor of psychology Pamela Thacher, is to be included in the January issue of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

No. 116

Friday, December 21, 2007

The Cost of The Twelve Days of Christmas
Begun over 23 years ago as a way to engage clients, The Annual PNC Christmas Price Index has become one of PNC’s most popular and anticipated economic reports. PNC is a highly diversified and growing financial services organization spanning the retail, business and corporate markets.

According to the 23rd annual survey, the cost of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is $19,507 in 2007, a 3.1 percent increase over last year. The rise in gift prices mirrored the U.S. government’s Consumer Price Index – a widely used measure of inflation calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Consumer Price Index is up 2.8 percent so far this year.

Jeffrey B. Daughtry
The Daughtry Times® 
Education Through Integration
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2008-09 Edition

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By 2008, I began to operate under the delusion that I was in fact the subject matter expert regarding the appropriate construction of word problems and linking them with ANY current event. I was wrong. On one occasion a student asked, "Why are The Daughtry Times® always so negative?" Apparently, I have never given that legitimate question much thought although recent titles included casualties of war, natural disasters, deaths via tobacco, excessive dropout rates...ok I get it already. Basically, that is what makes the news. Unfortunately, no one really cares if Joe Lunchmeat had a good day on the job; however, if he takes 23 hostages along his way to work - the news will broadcast it!

    Union Grove Middle School         Second Consecutive Unfeated
    Henry County School System          Football Championship Season
         McDonough, Georgia
       June 2006 - June 2008

Preliminary Reading Guidelines
Adopted from a Reading Across the Curriculum poster provides a list of steps one may employ to simplify the reading and comprehension of any passage, article, or related literary piece. A necessity for completion of any The Daughtry Times created on or after October 19, 2007

Traditional Writing Guidelines
Adopted from the Austin Road Middle School Writing Guidelines provides a series of tips to ensure one maintains compliance with appropriate paragraph writing techniques. A necessity for completion of any The Daughtry Times on or after October 19, 2007 - May 27, 2008


No. 117

Friday, January 11, 2008
Fresh starts for Clinton, McCain in New Hampshire primary
Powered by women voters and the Democratic faithful, Hillary Rodham Clinton rallied to a surprise victory Tuesday in the  New Hampshire presidential primary, echoing the 1992 comeback that launched her husband to the White House. Barack Obama, the winner five days ago in the Iowa caucuses, finished a close second, spinning their race forward to a showdown 11 days from now in  Nevada.  

No. 118

Friday, January 18, 2008
'Idol' Takes a Ratings Dip -- Albeit a Slight One -- in Season Opener
The seventh-season debut of Fox's reality hit clocked 33.4 million viewers. That's 4 million viewers shy of last season's unveiling. But, on the bright side if you're a Fox suit, it's about 6 million more people than watched ABC, NBC, CBS and CW combined Tuesday night from 8 to 10. Last year's "Idol" kickoff bagged nearly 9 million more viewers than the combined 
broadcast competition.

No. 119

Friday, January 25, 2008
House Leaders, White House Reach Deal on Economic Stimulus Package
With unprecedented speed and cooperation, Congress and the White House forged a deal Thursday to begin rushing tax rebates of $600 to $1,200 to most tax filers by spring, hoping they will spend the money just as quickly and jolt the ailing economy to life. Rebates would be even higher for families with children.

No. 120

Friday, February 1, 2008
McCain, Clinton Win Florida Primaries
Senator John McCain won a breakthrough triumph in the Florida primary, seizing the upper hand in the Republican presidential race ahead of next week's contests and lining up a quick endorsement from soon-to-be dropout Rudy Giuliani. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton won the Democratic primary, an event that drew no campaigning by any of the contenders -- and awarded no delegates to the winner because of a dispute between the state and national parties over the date of the primary.

No. 121

Friday, February 8, 2008

Tobacco Killed 100 Million in 20th Century, Could Kill 1 Billion in 21st
Tobacco use killed 100 million people worldwide in the 20th century and could kill one billion people in the 21st unless governments act now to dramatically reduce it, the World Health Organization said in a report Thursday.

No. 122

February 15, 2008
Land Next to Hollywood Sign Once Owned by Howard Hughes Up for Sale for $22M
A "for sale" sign is going up next to the Hollywood sign. A group of Chicago investors are putting the 138 acres of mountaintop property just to the west of the "H" in the Hollywood sign on the market Wednesday.


No. 123

Friday, February 29, 2008
New Pledge: Starbucks Promises the Perfect Cup of Coffee Every Time
Nearly 7,100 company-operated Starbucks stores across the U.S. — all except the licensed shops in supermarkets, airports, malls, hotels and the like — closed at 5:30 p.m. local time Tuesday for a teach-in that was part espresso tutorial, part pep rally.

No. 124

Friday, March 7, 2008
Three-Day Grand Canyon Flood Aims to Restore Ecosystem
Four arcs of water unleashed from a dam coursed through the Grand Canyon in a flood meant to mimic the natural ones that used to nourish the ecosystem by spreading sediment. More than 300,000 gallons (more than a million liters) of water per second were released from Lake 

No. 126

Friday, March 21, 2008
Five Years in Iraq: 3,988 U.S. and 85,000+ Iraq Dead
President George W. Bush launched "Operation Iraqi Freedom" at 9:30 pm on Wednesday, March 19, 2003. 

No. 127

Friday, March 28, 2008

March Madness Slams Business for $1.7 Billion
With as many as 37.3 million workers participating in March Madness office pools and up to 1.5 million watching games online from their desks, it is a wonder that any meaningful work is actually completed during the last two weeks of March, when the NCAA holds its men’s college basketball championship tournament, says outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.

No. 128

Wednesday, April 2, 2008
High School Graduation Rates Plummet Below 50 Percent in Some U.S. Cities
Seventeen of the nation's 50 largest cities had high school graduation rates below 50 percent, with the lowest graduation rates 
reported in Detroit, Indianapolis and Cleveland, according to a report released Tuesday issued by America's Promise Alliance.

No. 129

Friday, April 4, 2008
Truckers Pull Rigs Off Road, Others Slow to Crawl in Loosely Organized Protest of Fuel Prices
Independent truckers around the country pulled their rigs off the road and others slowed to a crawl on major highways in a loosely organized protest of high fuel prices. 


No. 130

Friday, April 18, 2008
Metro Students Taking CRCT Soon
The Georgia Department of Education set aside April 2 through May 2 to administer the exams and allows local leaders to pick their testing dates. Fulton and Gwinnett officials say they give the test this week because students are rested from spring break and so schools can get the results back earlier. Other districts, including Cobb and DeKalb, pick the end of the testing window to give students and teachers more time to prepare.

No. 131

Friday, April 25, 2008
EDUCATION REPORT: Parents can prepare kids for curriculum tests
All third-graders must score at or above expectations in reading on the CRCT to graduate to the fourth grade. Likewise, students in fifth and eighth grades who score below the standard in reading and math cannot go to the next grade unless they attend summer school and pass makeup tests.  Fulton  County school officials say they expect most students will pass. No. 132

Friday, May 2, 2008

Miley Cyrus Is Top Teen Earner Among Richest Kids: Report
Some people are born into money, some luck into it, and then there's Miley Cyrus. According to the new issue of People magazine, the "Hannah Montana" star is on track to rack up $1 billion in "Montana"-related sales during the 2007-08 fiscal year, putting her at the top of the heap of teen superstars earning adult-style wages. 

No. 133

Friday, May 9, 2008
Myanmar Cyclone Survivors Describe Journeys of Horror and Misery
Some survivors arrived half-naked, others wore clothes they scavenged from the dead. Myanmar's rice-trading town of Labutta the only spit of high ground in a vast watery landscape — has become a beacon of hope for tens of thousands who lived through the cyclone's fury, most losing homes and family members. The survivors made the journey in rickety wooden boats with makeshift sails fashioned out of blankets, dodging the bloated corpses of buffaloes and dead neighbors floating in the murky waters. 

No. 134

Friday, May 16, 2008
China Earthquake Death Tolls May Exceed 50,000
It was a Monday that started out like any other for 10-year-old Li Yi. The middle school girl was sitting in her classroom in Beichuan County in central China, unaware that in an instant her world would change, forever. Eyewitness accounts say the school building rocked and shook violently before collapsing from the destructive force of a 7.9-strength earthquake. Li Yi awoke to find herself buried alive -- one of an estimated 20,000 people trapped in the debris of what once were thriving villages and towns.

No. 135

Friday, May 23, 2008
Oil Retreats After Setting Fresh Record
Americans getting an early start on the Memorial Day weekend found that gasoline prices again sprinted to a new record high overnight, reaching a national average above $3.83 a gallon. Some analysts predict gas will break past $4 as early as next week.

No. 136

Tuesday, May 27, 2008
In honor of achieving the impossible - a 100% success rate on the seventh grade mathematics Criterion Referenced Competency Exam (CRCT), the final is simply for extra credit purposes as opposed to a traditional assignment.



     Henry County Middle School         
   Henry County School System          

       McDonough, Georgia
         July 2008 - Present

Serving as a Mathematics Coach in an instructional leadership capacity as opposed to traditional classroom teacher is a major transition which I have begun to adapt to. Initially, I was uncertain if I would even create another Daughtry Times but thankfully, enough correspondence and encouragement from former students' parents occurred to where I knew it would serve in the best interest of "Ensuring Success for Each Student." A major transition is clearly evident in the new series as the specific Georgia Performance Standards are identified for each question to ensure compliance with the curriculum map and state standards for grades six through eight. Additionally, these materials are being distributed on a much larger scale to where as many 800 students school wide will be in receipt as opposed to the students limited to Mr. Daughtry's class. This is not required of teachers to disseminate; however, simply provided as supplemental resource to accompany what they already have in place and not intended to serve in lieu of CMP, Exemplars, etc.

Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) specifically addressed in each edition of the 2008-09 Daughtry Times were strategically aligned in direct compliance with the Henry County School System curriculum maps and annotated adjacent to the respective grade level inquiry. This standards-based educational resource has statistically* proven to increase students’ ability to grasp, retain, and apply the concept via real-world application above and beyond the requirements of a traditional standardized examination.

*Over a four-year duration approximately 96.37% of Mr. Daughtry's assigned students met or exceeded standards on the Georgia mathematics Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT).

- Standards-Based Parent Resources to Reinforce Student Learning -
Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8

Grade 6 GPS Mastery Checklist | Grade 7 GPS Mastery Checklist  | Grade 8 GPS Mastery Checklist | Reading and Process Standards
- Middle School Mathematics Academic Alignment and Expectations -
Grades 6 - 8 Vertical Alignment Chart  | GPS Grades 6 - 8 Math | GPS Glossary  | CRCT Content Weights
Grades K-12 Word Problem Practice | Algebra Assistance | Word Problem Assistance

Grade 6 Curriculum Map | Grade 7 Curriculum Map | Grade 8 Curriculum Map     

Grade 6

Students will understand the four arithmetic operations as they relate to positive rational numbers; convert between and compute with different forms of rational numbers; understand the concept of ratio and solve problems using proportional reasoning; understand and use line and rotational symmetry; determine the surface area and volume of solid figures; use variables to represent unknown quantities in formulae, algebraic expressions and equations; utilize data to make predictions; and determine the probability of a given event. 

CRCT Practice | Georgia Online Assessment System - Log on ID: grade6 password: grade6 | Real World Application

Grade 6 CRCT Study Guide | Grade 6 Sample Questions | Language Arts | Science Social Studies
Grade 6 Annual Curriculum Overview

Factors & Multiples                                                      
Fractions, Decimals, & Percents                                                  
Exponents, Expressions, and Equations                                            
Ratios and Proportions                                                             
Symmetry & Scale Factors                                                  
Surface Area & Volume  

Grade 7
Students will understand and use rational numbers, including signed numbers; solve linear equations in one variable; sketch and construct plane figures; demonstrate understanding of transformations; use and apply properties of similarity; examine properties of geometric shapes in space; describe and sketch solid figures, including their cross-sections; represent and describe relationships between variables in tables, graphs, and formulas; analyze the characteristics of linear relationships;and represent and analyze data using graphical displays, measures of central tendency, and measures of variation. 

CRCT Practice | Georgia Online Assessment System - Log on ID: grade7 password: grade7 | Real World Application

Grade 7 CRCT Study Guide | Grade 7 Sample Questions | Language Arts | Science | Social Studies
Grade 7 Annual Curriculum Overview

Numbers & Operations  
Basic Algebra 
Data Analysis 
Geometric Figures  
Ratio, Scale Factors, Similarity 
Translation, Transformation, Rotation

Grade 8
Students will understand various numerical representations, including square roots, exponents and scientific notation; use and apply geometric properties of plane figures, including congruence and the Pythagorean theorem; use symbolic algebra to represent situations and solve problems, especially those that involve linear relationships; solve linear equations, systems of linear equations and inequalities; use equations, tables and graphs to analyze and interpret linear functions; use and understand set theory and simple counting techniques; determine the theoretical probability of simple events; and make inferences from statistical data, particularly data that can be modeled by linear functions. 

CRCT Lessons |CRCT Practice | Georgia Online Assessment System - Log on ID: grade8 password: grade8 | Real World Application

Grade 8 CRCT Study Guide | Grade 8 Sample Questions | Language Arts | Science | Social Studies
Grade 8 Annual Curriculum Overview 

Linear & NonLinear Relationships
Interpreting Tables, Graphs, Equations
Write/Simplify Equations & Expressions
Computations with Exponents
Algebraic Properties
Probabilty, Sets, & Subsets
Systems of Linear Equations & Inequalties
Square Roots & Pythagorean Theorem


No. 137

Firday, August 8, 2008

Iraq's Budget Surplus Could Top $79 Billion on High Oil Prices  Iraq could finish the year with as much as a $79 billion cumulative budget surplus as oil revenues add to leftover income the Iraqis still haven't spent on national rebuilding, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office made public Tuesday.

No. 138

Friday, August 15, 2008

Foreclosure Filings Surge 55 Percent in July
The number of homeowners stung by the dramatic decline in the U.S. housing market jumped last month as foreclosure filings grew by more than 50 percent compared with the same month a year ago, according to data released Thursday.

No. 139

Friday, August 22, 2008
Study Cites Cheering as Most Dangerous School Sport for Girls
Data compiled by the University of North Carolina's National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research (NCCSI) cites 67 fatal or life-threatening injuries due to cheerleading since 1982, making it by far the most perilous sport for high school and college-age female athletes, Time.com reports. The study's author, Fred Mueller, cited increased competition and athletes willing to take greater risks as causes for the high incidence of injury, but warned that "there are definitely more accidents out there that we haven't even heard about yet," Time.com reported.

No. 140

Friday, August 29, 2008
SAT Scores Stay At Lowest Level In Nearly a Decade
For a second straight year, SAT scores for the most recent high school graduating class remained at the lowest level in nearly a decade, a trend attributed to a record number of students now taking the test. "More than ever, the SAT reflects the face of education in this country," said Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board, which owns the test and released the results.

No. 141

Friday, September 5, 2008
Online K-12 Schools Grow in Popularity 
For Briana LeClaire, a mother of three in Meridian, Idaho, it was a no-brainer to enroll her two school-aged children in Idaho Virtual Academy, a K-12 Internet school that has more than 2,000 students. LeClaire is just one of the thousands of parents across the country who are choosing to enroll their children in virtual schools. Whether its home schoolers, child actors, elite athletes or children who are advanced or need more help, Internet schools for K-12 are growing. While online education used to be the domain of colleges and universities, that’s no longer the case. 

No. 142

Friday, September 12, 2008
Apple Unveils New iPod Nano, iPod Touch
Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs took the wraps off a revamped line of iPods on Tuesday and trumpeted a truce with NBC Universal that means the TV network will begin selling programs again on iTunes. The iPod announcements were largely expected, and investors were less than energized, sending Apple's shares down $6.13, 3.9 percent, to $151.79 in afternoon trading.


No. 143

Friday, September 26, 2008
Incarcerated Getting Educated
Students in the Palmetto Unified School District in South Carolina have no Internet access, no PTA and no Friday night football. That's because their school is in a prison. Still, they have performed well enough behind bars to earn their school district an "Excellent" rating on the South Carolina Annual School Report Card each of the past five years.

No. 144

Friday, October 3, 2008
Teachers to Be Measured Based on Students’ Standardized Test Scores

New York City is beginning to measure the performance of thousands of elementary and middle school teachers based on how much their students improve on annual state math and reading tests. To avoid a contentious fight with the teachers’ union, the New York City Department of Education has agreed not to make public the reports — which described teachers as average, below average or above average with various types of students — nor let them influence formal job evaluations, pay and promotions. 

No. 145

Friday, October 10, 2008 
National Debt Clock Adds a Digit to Accommodate Growing Deficit

In these uncertain financial times, one thing remains certain the ever-expanding national debt. But it's growing at such an accelerated rate, the clock that has kept track of the deficit since 1989 has had to add a digit. The National Debt Clock switched its digital dollar sign to a 1 on Monday to accommodate the nation's ballooning deficit, past the $10 trillion mark, thanks to Congress' $700 billion bank stimulus package. The estimated population of the United States is 304,857,428 so each citizen's share of this debt is $33,325.66. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.24 billion per day since September 28, 2007.



No. 146

Friday, October 17, 2008

Our outdated electoral system disenfranchises large numbers of votersOn November 4th, American citizens will wake to the sobering realization that the votes they cast on that day will not directly elect their next president. Instead, their votes will contribute to a state tally - the winner of which will obtain the votes of a number of electors equal to the size of their state's congressional delegation. As voting day quickly approaches, American voters must re-examine the antiquated, anti-democratic system of the 221-year-old Electoral College.




No. 147

Friday, October 24, 2008
Where They Stand; McCain and Obama Split on Education
If there's one feature that defines the presidential debate on education, it's this: near silence. The USA's teetering economy and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistanhave all but squeezed out education, a topic important to previous elections. Obama wants $18 billion in new money, including $10 billion for early childhood education.

No. 148

Friday, October 31, 2008
Children more worried about the future, exams, and bullying
Children as young as 10 are reporting growing fear and uncertainty for their own futures as adult influences put the traditional idea of childhood under increasing threat. A survey of 150,000 children aged 10 to 15 found evidence of a generation increasingly under pressure to perform in exams, facing a growing threat from bullying in the playground and turning to adult activities such as drink and drugs. Children's charities and commentators said that the study carried out by Oftsed, the Government's education watchdog, showed that adult influences are increasing undermining the idea of childhood itself.




No. 149

Friday, November 7, 2008
U.S. chooses 'change', redraws electoral divide
Barack Obama did more than thump John McCain in the Electoral College tally; he also handily won the popular vote and redrew the great divide between red states and blue states. Riding a Democratic tide that bolstered the party's presence in both houses of Congress, Obama snared about 64 million votes to McCain's 56 million as of Wednesday afternoon.



No. 150

Friday, November 14, 2008
Jobless Claims Surge to 516,000; Average Trends Higher 
The Labor Department says the number of new jobless claims were up 32,000 to 516,000 in the latest week. Economists polled by Thomson Reuters were expecting initial jobless claims to hit 484,000.  Continuing claims, which are considered an indirect measure of how difficult is to find a job, were also higher, gaining 65,000 to 3.9 million.

No. 151

Friday, November 21, 2008
The Absolute Worst Economy in the World: Zimbabwe
While the official rate on Monday was 19,393.94 Zimbabwean dollars to the $1 USD, the old mutual implied rate, generated from comparing the Zimbabwe and London stock exchanges, valued the currency at more than 642 quadrillion to one. When the currency was revalued this summer, an egg cost about $35 billion Zimbabwean dollars.

No. 152

Friday, December 5, 2008
Sorting Through Black Friday Data and Cyber Monday Spending Up 15 % Since 2007
According its 2008 Black Friday Weekend survey, conducted by BIGresearch and published on Sunday, the NRF said more than 172 million shoppers visited stores and websites over Black Friday weekend (which includes Thursday, Friday, Saturday and projections for Sunday), up from 147 million shoppers last year. 

Dec. 1 was second-heaviest online spending day on record, with $846 million in sales Online shoppers spent $846 million on Dec. 1, a 15% increase over the Monday after Thanksgiving last year, according to data from research firm ComScore, Inc. 

No. 153

Friday, December 12, 2008
Math Gains Reported for U.S. Students
American fourth- and eighth-grade students made solid achievement gains in math in recent years and in two states showed spectacular progress, an international survey of student achievement released on Tuesday found. Science performance was flat. “We were pleased to see improvements in math, and wished we’d seen more in science,” said Stuart Kerachsky, acting commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics at the Education Department, which carried out an analysis of the performance of American students on the test. The study is directed by the International Study Center at Boston College.

         NEW DESIGN FOR 2009 


No. 154

Friday, January 9, 2009
LA Unified May Layoff as many as 2,300 teachers, officals say
The midyear job cuts are being considered because the state budget crisis has left the district at least $250 million short. Newer teachers are the most vulnerable.The state deficit has created a shortfall of at least $250 million in the school district's nearly $6-billion budget, prompting officials to propose sending the layoff notices to 1,690 elementary school teachers and 600 math and English teachers in middle and high schools. The teachers at risk would be those with less than two years of service, who lack the greater job protection afforded tenured instructors.

No. 155

Friday, January 16, 2009
Perdue $1.2 Billion Needed to Create Jobs
Gov. Sonny Perdue asked state lawmakers Tuesday to approve $1.2 billion in construction borrowing to create 20,000 new jobs and build schools, university facilities and libraries. However, his budget plan also calls for no pay raises for 200,000 state employees and teachers next year. And it eliminates the $428 million homeowners property tax grants, which could lead to a property tax increase for Georgians this year.

No. 156

Friday, January 23, 2009

The 'toxic' Web generation: Children spend six hours a day in front of screens
Youngsters are shunning books and outdoor games to spend up to six hours a day in front of a screen, a survey has revealed. Children as young as five are turning their bedrooms into multi-media 'hubs' with TVs, computers, games consoles, MP3 players and mobile phones all within easy reach.

No. 157

Friday, January 30, 2009
Chick-Fil-A Blessed With Increased Sales
The Atlanta-based chicken chain reported Thursday system-wide sales for last year of $2.96 billion, up 12 percent from 2007. The company has increased sales every year since the first Chick-fil-A opened in Atlanta’s Greenbriar Mall in 1967. It was the 16th straight year of double-digit sales growth. Same-store sales rose 4.6 percent. The company added 83 stores, ending the year with 1,422 outlets.



No. 158

Friday, February 6, 2009
Gaza War Deals Blow to Schools 
The jewel of Gaza's bare-bones education system - a US-style school on lush grounds overlooking the Mediterranean - is now a mound of broken concrete. The territory's only laboratory for genetic testing, at a Gaza university, lies in ruins.

No. 159

Friday, February 20, 2009
Ninth Grade Academy Shows Success
Fewer F's, less time in the principal's office and better attendance have prompted Des Moines school officials to launch a third specialized program that separates ninth-graders from upperclassmen. North High School's freshmen next fall will be grouped as an academy in a separate section of the building, 501 Holcomb Ave., in an effort to better monitor their progress toward graduation. "It will be a lot more nurturing environment for the ninth-graders," North Principal Vince Lewis said. "They will be a house, a family."


No. 160

Friday, March 6, 2009 
Hispanics Account for One-Fifth of K-12 Students
Roughly one-fourth of the nation's kindergartners are Hispanic, evidence of an accelerating trend that now will see minority children become the majority by 2023. Census data released Thursday also showed that Hispanics make up about one-fifth of all K-12 students. Hispanics' growth and changes in the youth population are certain to influence political debate, from jobs and immigration to the No Child Left Behind education, for years.

No. 161

Friday, March 13, 2009 
Boys and Girls Together, Taught Seperately in Public Schools
The single-sex classes at Public School 140, which started as an experiment last year to address sagging test scores and behavioral problems, are among at least 445 such classrooms nationwide, according to the National Association for Single-Sex Public Education.



No. 162

Friday, March 20, 2009 
Keep Teacher Performance Pay?
Children in Texas need and deserve the best and brightest teachers in the classroom. Yet many top college graduates pick other professions over teaching. President Barack Obama, in remarks to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on March 10, embraced the use of incentives to end the math and science teacher shortage, encourage experienced teachers to work in low-performing schools, and recognize and reward large gains in student achievement.

No. 163

Friday, March 27, 2009
Teachers Cutting Paper Usage; Kids Loving it
In classrooms throughout South Florida, paper is becoming more of a relic than an educational staple. The result: homework done online. Paperless term papers. Math problems completed on an interactive whiteboard. An entire course of physics problems contained on a single compact disc. And, schools hope, savings in an ever-tightening budget crunch.


No. 164

Friday, April 10, 2009
How 'soundbite TV' is driving children to disruption in school
Children's ability to concentrate during lessons is being eroded by TV soundbites, a teachers' leader claimed yesterday. Youngsters' attention spans are tuned to the fast pace of TV and they struggle to focus when a teacher delivers an in-depth lesson, according to Julian Chapman. Pupils can become disruptive when denied their usual diet of 'sound and vision bites', he warned.

No. 165

Friday, April 17, 2009
Georgia Students Brace for CRCT
During the next couple of weeks, anxious students will take the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, which measure whether students learned what the state says they need to know. Results help determine whether students in grades three, five and eight move on the to the next grade level. Scores also determine whether schools meet testing goals mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.




No. 166

Friday, April 24, 2009
CRCT Testing Begins in Henry County
The spring assessment known as the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) has begun for Georgia students. Henry County school officials hope to improve on scores from 2008, when the district reported its students-with-disabilities sub-group performed slightly below state standards in English/language arts and far below state standards in math. Fewer than half of them met or exceeded state standards.


Unit 1 - 
Gathering Data
 | Concept Map | Parent Letter - Page 1 | Parent Letter - Page 2 

Unit 2 - Fun and Games | Concept Map | Parent Letter  | The Locker Problem 

Unit 3 - Fractions, Decimals, Ratios and Percents | Concept Map | Parent Letter | Making Pizzas 

Unit 4 - 
One Step Equations | 
Concept Map | Parent Letter - Page 1 | Parent Letter - Page 2 

Unit 5 - Circles and Graphs | Concept Map | Parent Letter 

Unit 6 - 
Symmetry | 
Concept Map | Parent Letter 

Unit 7 - 
Scale Factor | 
Concept Map | Parent Letter 

Unit 8 - 
Solids | 
Concept Map | Parent Letter 

Unit 9 - 
Direct Proportion | 
Concept Map | Parent Letter  | Profit Predicting 

Unit 10 - Games of Chance | Concept Map | Parent Letter - Page 1 | Parent Letter - Page 2 

Unit 11 - Show What We Know

Unit 1 - Dealing with Data | Concept Map | Parent Letter | The Eyes Have It 

Unit 2 - Patterns and Relationships | Concept Map | Parent Letter | Walking to Scoops 

Unit 3 - Rational Reasoning | Concept Map | Parent Letter 

Unit 4 - Flip, Slide and Turn | Parent Letter 

Unit 5 - Staying in Shape | Concept Map | Parent Letter | Similar Triangles 

Unit 6 - Values That Vary | Parent Letter 

Unit 7 - Slices and Shadows | Parent Letter 

Unit 8 - Show What We Know | Parent Letter | Sample Multiple Choice Questions 

Unit 1 - Probability 

Unit 2 - Exponents 

Unit 3 - Linear Equations 

Unit 4 - Functions Relations 

Unit 5 - Slippery Slope 

Unit 6 - Parallel Lines & Congruence

Unit 7 - 
Systems of Equations and Inequalities