Palmdale’s Teacher of the Year has talent for instruction

first_imgPALMDALE – Teacher Cecilia Altobelli loves her job and it shows in the long hours she puts in tutoring students after school, meeting with parents to discuss their children’s education, and developing individual lesson plans for each pupil. The third-grade instructor and 21-year veteran also finds time to take on additional work, mentoring new and student teachers and serving as the school’s coordinator for testing and textbooks. Many evenings Altobelli is at the school until 11 o’clock at night and custodians have to make sure she leaves so they can lock up, according to the principal. “With trying to get textbooks into everybody’s hands and materials and planning, she is just like the Lone Ranger,” Principal Kathy Wehunt said. “She takes on many of these things. She loves it. She loves her job. She says she can’t see herself doing anything else.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Altobelli, Palmdale School District’s Teacher of the Year and a teacher at Ocotillo Elementary for more than 19 years, at first aspired to be an actress and a singer but then realized teaching was her calling. “I love children. I come from a very large family, and I loved being ‘Mommy’ when I was young. I took care of my younger brothers and sisters. I always had that instinctive feeling to want to help my younger siblings,” Altobelli said. “That carried over to what I wanted to do as a career.” She uses her dramatic and musical talents to enhance her instruction. “I perform for them and they laugh at me,” she said. “Sometimes I will sing a song or role-play to teach them something. I read a lot to them where I change my voice. Sometimes I put in sounds that coincide with what’s going on with a poem or story.” Wehunt said Altobelli finds innovative ways to reach students “lucky enough to be in her class.” “She finds creative ways to motivate them. She individualizes her lesson planning and delivery to meet the needs of each one of her students,” Wehunt said. Altobelli said she evaluates each of her 32 students to determine what skills they are proficient in and what skills they need reinforcement on and then comes up with an educational plan tailored to each one. “Everyone is different and unique in their own way. You have to get to know the children, their likes and dislikes. You have to bond with them and make them feel secure and develop trust in them so that you can work with them,” she said. Altobelli tries different strategies to help students grasp concepts. She reads silly and fun poetry to teach about synonyms, stimulates curiosity by using riddles about what’s contained in a mystery box, and enlivens lessons by becoming a character in a story. She offers many opportunities for children to earn rewards in her class for work and good behavior. “I do it on a daily basis because kids need to be able to feel they can accomplish something on a regular basis. If it’s too long-term, they lose effectiveness,” Altobelli said. “I think that the real joy is seeing a child learn something that they didn’t really believe that they could learn. Children do come to us with self-doubt and low self-esteem. You have to present information to them in a way that is at their level and relate to them in a language that they can understand and instill in them that they can learn anything as long as they have enough practice and have someone there to guide them,” Altobelli said. “That’s my real job: to make them feel they can really succeed, learn and be in control of their education,” she added. Altobelli also has served as a mentor to instructors and a master teacher to student teachers, guiding them in areas of lesson planning and instructional strategies, Wehunt said. As standardized testing coordinator, Altobelli organizes the testing materials for teachers and updates them on new information they need to have before testing commences, Wehunt said. As textbook coordinator, Altobelli receives training in new textbooks that are adopted and then trains fellow teachers on how to use them, Wehunt said. “She’s a workaholic. Nobody can keep up with her,” one school staffer said. The daughter of a Ford Motor Co. plant foreman and a stay-at-home mom, Altobelli was born in Indianapolis into a family of 13 children, the “fourth from the top.” Altobelli obtained an associate of arts degree from Los Angeles Valley College and a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from California State University, Northridge. She lives with her husband, a semiretired film and television makeup artist, in Palmdale. The couple have no children. “My children are my students,” she said. “I am so lucky to be able to come to school every day,” Altobelli said, near tears. “I feel so lucky to be with these kids and help them grow and become better individuals. It’s such a good feeling.” Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Giants pick up club options on Bumgarner, Sandoval

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–In what will go down as one the least surprising moves of the offseason, the Giants announced Monday that they have exercised the 2019 club option on Madison Bumgarner’s contract.By picking up the option, San Francisco is slated to pay Bumgarner $12 million in 2019 before he’s scheduled to hit free agency next winter.The Giants also elected to exercise infielder Pablo Sandoval’s club option Monday, giving the team another season of control for the versatile utility player.Sandov …last_img read more

Townships to get in on Bok action

first_img9 September 2011Rugby fans in South Africa’s townships will be able to follow the Springboks’ World Cup matches live on big screens, thanks to a partnership between the SA Rugby Union (Saru) and Township TV.The viewing experience has been created to cater for the country’s grassroots communities as part of Absa Boktown, the official Saru and Springbok Supporter Club event platform for fans.Big-screen televisions will be installed at 22 township venues across the country for the duration of the global rugby showpiece taking place in New Zealand.“This initiative will go far beyond rugby, as it will seek to re-create the jamboree community atmosphere that was prevalent throughout the successful Fifa Soccer World Cup last year,” said Sara community and PR manager Khaya Mayedwa.Saru will hold coaching clinics and Tag Rugby matches for local children at five of these venues.Bokkie, the Saru mascot, will also attend, and fans are urged to wear green and gold on Bok Fridays as well as on Bok match days.The Township TV Parks will be activated at the following venues:Diepsloot, Diepkloof (Soweto), Lenasia, Eldorado Park, Ivory Park, Joubert Park, Thokoza, Orange Farm, Elandsdoorn (Limpopo), Siluma Kwanele (Kathlehong), Mhluzi (Middelburg), Kwa Thema (Springs), Ethafeni (Tembisa), Umkhanyakude (Richards Bay), Orlando West, Masoyi (Wit Rivier), KwaMashu (KwaZulu-Natal), Motherwell (Port Elizabeth), George, Mqolomba Park (Uitenhage), Umlazi (KwaZulu-Natal), Khayelitsha (Western Cape).Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

This day in history Celebrity Birthdays

first_img Related Items:barbara walters, chauncey billups, michael douglas, scottie pippen, will smith Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWill Smith, TI, Michael Douglas and his estranged wife Catherine Zeta Jones, Barbara Walters, NBAs Scotty Pippen and Chauncey Billups all have one thing in common – their birthdays. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

San Diego Police increasing traffic safety enforcement

first_img Updated: 6:48 PM , SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego Police Department is conducting an increased traffic safety enforcement operation Saturday.Officers were on the lookout for “collision causing factors” throughout the city from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.“Routine traffic patrols will focus efforts in trouble spots while special targeted patrols will also be deployed to crack down on drivers and pedestrians who violate traffic laws meant to protect all roadway users,” SDPD Officer Mark McCullough said. “Officers will be looking for traffic offenses made by drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries.”McCullough said attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals and failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.Police also are looking for pedestrians who cross illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right-of-way.Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, McCullough said. January 20, 2018 Posted: January 20, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter San Diego Police increasing traffic safety enforcementlast_img read more

Capcom Home Arcade ready to pummel you with nostalgia this October

first_img 28 Photos 4 Comments First published April 16 at 9:41 a.m. PT.Updated April 17 at 11:30 a.m. PT: Adds full game list. Capcom has packed an entire arcade machine into the just the controller, including on-board Wi-Fi. You connect it to a TV or monitor via HDMI. Capcom licensed the rights to the Austrian games publisher Koch Media, which manufactures the hardware.It has “a pair of competition-class Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT sticks with eight-way GT-Y directional gates and OBSF buttons,” according to the company.And before you start assuming that the games are reworks of the existing titles, they’re actually the original ROMs. Capcom will also host a global leaderboard — you can upload your single-player or co-op multiplayer scores to compete.Capcom didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the US release or pricing. Share your voicecenter_img The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Tags Capcom Revisit your arcade days with classic games like Street Fighter 2, Ghouls ‘N Ghosts and Final Fight with the Capcom Home Arcade, an arcade-style controller shaped like the developer’s famous logo.It’s slated to ship this Oct. 25 and is available for preorder now, (only in Europe for the moment), via Capcom’s online store. It’s priced at 230 euros, which converts to about $260, £200 or AU$360, and comes with these games:1944: The Loop MasterAlien vs PredatorArmored WarriorsCapcom Sports ClubCaptain CommandoCyberbotsDarkstalkersEco WarriorsFinal FightGhouls and GhostsGiga WingMega Man: The Power BattleProGearStreet Fighter 2: Hyper FightingStriderSuper Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo Consoles Video Gameslast_img read more

Man wakes up just before burial

first_imgHis grave was dug and his body was about to be buried — just when some of the family members noticed movement. Mourning stopped and a bewildered family rushed Mohammad Furqan to an Indian hospital where he has been put on ventilator.The 20-year-old was admitted to a private hospital on 21 June after an accident. He was declared dead on Monday and his body arrived at his home in an ambulance.His elder brother Mohammad Irfan said: “Devastated, we were preparing for the burial when some of us saw movement in his limbs. We immediately took Furqan to the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital where the physicians said he was alive and put him on ventilator support.””We had paid Rs 700,000 to the private hospital earlier and when we told them that we had run out of money, they had declared Furqan dead on Monday,” Irfan said.Lucknow chief medical officer (CMO) Narendra Agarwal said, “We have taken cognizance of the incident and the matter will be thoroughly probed.””The patient is in critical condition but definitely not brain dead. He has pulse, blood pressure and his reflexes are working. He has been put on ventilator support,” the physician treating Furqan said.last_img read more

Heres Whats In The HouseApproved Health Care Bill

first_img Share Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APThe House is voting on the Republican health care bill on Thursday.Republicans approved their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday.Here’s a rundown of key provisions in the American Health Care Act and what would happen if the Senate approves them and the bill becomes law.Buying InsuranceThe bill would no longer require people to buy insurance through the marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, if they want to use federal tax credits to buy coverage. It also would eliminate the tax penalty for failing to have health insurance coverage, effectively eliminating that requirement altogether.In place of that mandate, the bill encourages people to maintain coverage by prohibiting insurance companies from cutting them off or charging more for pre-existing conditions for as long as their insurance doesn’t lapse. If coverage is interrupted for more than 63 days, however, insurers can charge people a 30 percent penalty over their premium for one year.Tax CreditsThe House Republican plan would eliminate the income-based tax credits and subsidies available under the Affordable Care Act, replacing them with age-based tax credits ranging from $2,000 a year for people in their 20s to $4,000 a year for those older than 60.That means some people will see their costs go up while others would pay less, depending on your age and where you live. This Kaiser Family Foundation interactive map shows how the change would play out across the country.The map shows that a 27-year-old who makes $30,000 a year would see their costs rise about $2,000 in Nebraska, but fall by about the same amount in Washington. A 60-year-old however, would see costs rise almost everywhere, with increases of almost $20,000 a year in Nebraska.Both Kaiser and the Congressional Budget Office found that on average, older people with lower incomes would be worse off under the Republican plan than under the Affordable Care Act.Tax CutsThe bill eliminates nearly all the taxes that were included in the Affordable Care act to pay for the subsidies that help people buy insurance. Those cuts, which add up to about $592 billion, include a tax on incomes over $200,000 (or $250,000 for a married couple); a tax on health insurers and a limit on how much insurance companies can deduct for executive pay; and a tax on medical-device manufacturers.MedicaidThe AHCA would make dramatic changes to the Medicaid program, which is the federal –state health program for the poor and disabled.The Affordable Care Act allows states to expand eligibility for Medicaid to single, non-disabled adults with incomes slightly above the poverty line, with the federal government picking up most of the cost. That meant single adults who earn up to $15,800 a year could qualify in the 31 states, plus the District of Columbia, that expanded Medicaid. About 10 million people enrolled under that expansion.The Republican plan would gradually roll back that expansion starting in 2019 by cutting the federal reimbursement to states for anyone who leaves the Medicaid rolls. People often cycle in and out of the program as their income fluctuates, so the result would likely be ever-dwindling numbers covered.The House bill also converts Medicaid from an entitlement program where the government pays all the health-related costs for those who qualify, into a grant program. The federal government would give states either a set amount of money for each Medicaid enrollee, or states can choose to receive a fixed-dollar block grant.The Congressional Budget Office estimated in March that the bill would cut Medicaid spending by $880 billion.Pre-Existing ConditionsThe AHCA maintains protections for people with pre-existing conditions, with some important exceptions (see waivers, below). That means that someone with high medical expenses pays the same premium for the same policy as anyone else their age in their area.State WaiversThis section of the bill essentially amounts to an optional, state-level full repeal of Obamacare. It would give states the ability to apply for a waiver that lets them opt out of most of the regulations and consumer protections that were included in the Affordable Care Act.States could apply for waivers that allow insurance companies in their states to do three things: 1) Charge older people more than five times what they charge young people for the same policy; 2) Eliminate required coverage, called essential health benefits including maternity care, mental health and prescription drugs, required under the Affordable Care Act; and 3) Charge more or deny coverage to people who have pre-existing health conditions, such as cancer, diabetes or arthritis.The waivers could also impact people with-employer based insurance, because they would allow insurers to offer policies that have annual and lifetime benefit limits, which are banned under the Affordable Care Act, and some companies may choose those policies for their workers to lower their premiums.States that get waivers would likely see insurance companies offer many more policy options, some with fewer benefits and lower premiums.Those states would be required under the law to create some other way to ensure that people with expensive illnesses are able to get health care, and the law provides up to $138 billion over 10 years for such programs, typically called high-risk pools.However, an analysis released Thursday by the consulting form Avalere concludes that that amount would be inadequate to provide full health coverage for the number of people who now buy insurance in the individual market and have medical problems.Overall ImpactThe House approved the bill Thursday without a full analysis by the Congressional Budget Office of its costs and how many people would be covered.The CBO report from March concluded that over 10 years, 24 million fewer people would be covered under the bill who otherwise would have had insurance under current law.That analysis also predicted that the House bill would cut the federal deficit by $337 billion over those same 10 years.However, changes to the bill since then would allow states to accept block grants for Medicaid; add about $38 billion for high-risk pools and maternity and childbirth care; and offer states waivers from regulations created by the Affordable Care Act. It’s unclear how much these changes would affect the original CBO score.last_img read more