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Page 4 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 Questions answered about new GED testing changes A new computer-based version of the GED:E test was released on January 2, 2014. As with anything new, there always comes a number of questions about the change. The GED/E Testing Service has provid- ed much needed informa- tion for potential test-tak- ers and educators alike. This is part three of a series of articles answering fre- quently asked questions about the new test. What is the 2014 GED, program? The United States is facing a national crisis. Millions of adults, without high school diplomas, lack the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the 21 st century marketplace. This impacts every com- munity in America. That's why the GED/E Testing Service has built not just a new test, but a new com- prehensive program. The 2014 GED/E program ensures that an adult's high school equivalency creden- tial signifies that he/she has' the skills and knowledge necessary to take the next critical steps in life. What is the Smart Transcript? The Smart Transcript is available in certain states and jurisdictions that have decided to partner with GED/E Testing Service for the GED CredentialingTM service for transcript and diploma fulfillment. The Smart Transcript provides the following: An electronic transcript that students can save or email to colleges and employers A description of the skills and abilities students demonstrated on the GED,,E test through links located on the Smart Transcript Information about the GEDTE Score with Honors and what it means to be career- and college-ready How hard is the test? The test is aligned with today's high school stan- dards. The difficulty level needed to pass the GED/E test is the same difficulty level as needed to pass high school today. Since the test is being normed on high school graduates, wil]l there be much of a difference in passing rates? The Passing Standard for high school equivalency was set based on the performance of a national sample of high school graduates from the class of 2013. The cut score for high school equivalency was set at a performance level such that the passing rates on the individual content-area tests are comparable to those that were in place for the 2002 Series GED/E Test. The Passing Standard on each content-area test has been established at a scaled score of 150 on a scale of 100 to 200. For information about preparing for the new GED/E test, contact Southwest Regional Adult Education at 866-581- 9935. Free GEDE test prepa- ration classes are available at convenient times and locations throughout the region. Russell Extension News Online woodland course offered to landowners BILL WORRELL Forestry An online woodland options for landowners short course is now available. This twelve-week self- paced course begins Monday, March 3, 2014 and ends May 24, 2014. Private forest landowners of any acreage are encouraged to take this course. The pro- gram is not intended for landowners who have sub- stantial experience working alone or with natural resource professionals in the management of their forests. Teachers, local leaders, and interested citizens are also welcome to join. By taking this course, you will gain an introducto- ry level understanding of basic forest management principles and techniques and to use this understand- ing to become better land stewards. Topics Covered Include: • Setting management goals and objectives • Writing a management plan • Using aerial photos, topographic maps and soil surveys • Determining boundary lines . • Forest ecology and management • Working with natural resource professionals Students completing all the advanced activities will fmish the class with a draft forest management plan. Additionally, a group of mentors, consisting of natu- ral resource professionals and experienced landown- ers, will interact with stu- dents weekly via discussion boards. An optional end-of- semester field trip will allow students to hone their new skills and interact with one another and natural resource professionals. The 2014 field trip will be help at McCormick Farm in Steeles Nifty Nifty Poppy's Fifty (Junior Dickenson) Love Callie Tavern on May 3. All students will receive 4 books: Common Forest Trees of Virginia, Forest Sustainability: The History, The Challenge, The Promise, American Forests: A History of Resiliency and Recovery, and Non-native Invasive Plants of Southem Forests, as well as a Tree Identification CD and partic- ipation in an (optional) end- of-the semester hands-on field trip. No additional text, mate- rials or costs are required to complete the basic require- ments; optional advanced assignments, which you are strongly encouraged to com- plete, require a dendrology field guide, digital camera, compass with adjustable declination setting, topo- graphic quadrangle map, aerial photograph and soil survey (ordering informa- tion will be available in the Announcements section of the course). For registration and addi- tional information go to forestupdate, frec.vt.edu. The cost for this program is $45 per household. Participants will need a computer, web browser, an intemet connec- tion, and e-mail account. Access to a printer Js desir- able. For information contact: Jennifer Gagnon, 540/231- 6391, jgagnon@ vt.edu. View the syllabus and register online at http:// forestupdate.frec.vt.edu. WHAT WERE THEY WORTH LAST WEEK? SCOTT JESSEE Agriculture Listed below are the average sales prices for cat- fie sold on the Virginia State Graded Sales for the week of February 13 - 18. Sales were held at Blackstone, Lynchburg, Marshall, Radiant, and Rockingham. 2,014 calves were sold (1,089 steers, 742 heifers, and 183 bulls). Prices listed are for Medium and Large frame #1 steers and heifers, and prices are given in S/hundred weight. Steers: 400-500; $206.75; 500-600: $185.20, 600-700: $170.00; 700-800: $160.80; 800-900:$156.85 Heifers:400-500: $168.15; 500-600: $163.40, 600-700: $147.65; 700-800:$138.40 CALENDAR OF EVENTS: March 1: Last day to wean calves for April 7 VQA Feeder Sale March 13: Abingdon Feeder Cattle, VQA Producer Meeting, Washington County Fair- grounds. MY DARLING KOREY, OLIN SF2CIOR PROM WILL BE  SOON IF WE'RE TOGETH] IqL BE OVER THE MOON YOUR DRESS WILL BE BF2tUTIFUL IN MY TUXEDO, I'LL BE A HANDFUL WHAT A COUPLE WE WILL BE WHEN YOU SAY YOU'LL GO  MEHI WITH ALL MY LOVE, DAKOTA Recipes by Mildred Helbert LEMON-PECAN PORK CHOPS 4 boneless pork loin chops 1 teas. lemon-pepper seasoning 1/2 teas. garlic salt 1 tbsp. butter cu chopped pecans cup lemon juice Sprinkle pork chops with lemon-pepper and garlic salt. In a skillet, cook chops in butter for 8-10 minutes on ech side or until juices run clear. Remove and keep warm. Add the pecans and lemon juice to the skillet; cook and stir for one minute or until heated through. Spoon over chops. BEEF ROAST WITH GRAVY 1 lb. fresh baby carrots 1 can (4 oz.) mushroom stem and pieces, drained 1 beef rump roast or bottom round roast 1/2 teas. garlic powder 1/4 teas. pepper 1 tbsp. canola oil 1 jar (12 oz.) beef gravy 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 cup water 1 envelope onion soup mix Place carrots and mush- rooms in a slow cooker. Sprinkle roast with garlic powder and pepper. In a skillet, .brown roast in oil on all sides. Transfer to slow cooker. Combine the gravy, mushroom soup, water and onion soup mix. Pour over roast. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours or until meat is tender. CREAMY CORN SALAD 6 cups frozen corn, thawed 3 cups chopped toma- toes 1 cup cubed avocado 2/3 cup julienned red sweet pepper 2/3 cup julienned green pepper 1/2 cup chopped onion Dressing: 1 cup mayonnaise 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard 1 teas. salt 18 teas. pepper Combine corn, toma- toes, avocado, peppers and onion. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredi- ents together. Pour over salad and toss. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. CHICKEN BAKE 1 onion, chopped 6 celery ribs, chopped 1/2 Cup butter 5 cups cubed cooked chicken 3/4 cup water 2 cans condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 cup sour cream 2 cans (8 oz. each) sliced water chestnuts, drained 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted 1 cup crushed butter-fla- vored crackers In a skillet, saute onions and celery in butter until tender. Add chicken and water, heat through. Remove from the heat. Stir in soup, sour cream, water chestnuts and almonds.' Pour into casse- role dish. Sprinkle with cracker crumbs. Bake 400 degrees 25-30 minutes uncovered. [arch 13 key day for Russell Kindergarten sign-up All elementary schools in Russell County will be taking applications for the voluntary Title-1 four-year- old program (Pre-K) and registering kindergarten students for the 2014-2015 school year on March 13, 2014 from 9 until 11:30 A.M. It is very important that you enroll your child for the above programs on that date so the schools can ade- quately prepare for the number of enrollees. If you cannot attend on the given date, call the school to make arrange- ments to enroll your child as soon as possible. To be eligible for the Pre-K program, a student must be four years of age by September 30, 2014. Students that reach their fifth birthday by September 30, 2014, must enroll in kindergarten. Kindergarten is a required program for students who are five years of age by September 30, 2014. To register, a parent must come to the school that their child will attend and complete all necessary paperwork. Parents should bring the child's birth cer- tificate, social security card, immunization record and a completed physical exami- nation form (MCH 213G). Immunizations against mumps, rubella, measles, German measles, whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria, poliol Hepatitis B, and chicken pox are required. All students are required to have a physical examina- tion before they can enter school. Parents are encour- aged to make every effort to have the child's physical prior to the registration date, so that the child can be officially registered. The physical examina- tion form, MCH 213G, may be obtained at your school, online at http://www.doe. virginia.gov/support/health _medical/school entrance_form/ school entrance form.pdf or by visiting our website at http://www.russell.k 12.va.u s and clicking on "Enrollment in Virginia Public Schools". All Russell County Schools will have Pre-K and Kindergarten registra- tion on March 13, 2014. For additional informa- tion, you may contact the school at the number listed below: • Belfast Elementary School (276-880-2283) • Copper Creek Elementary School (276- 794-9306) • Givens Elementary School (276-991-0001) • Honaker Elementary School (276-873-6301) • Lebanon Primary School (276-889-4507). Pre-K info meeting set in Wise County Parents and guardians of 4 year old children are invited to a Title I/VPI Pre- K informational meeting Thursday, March 6, at 1:00 pm or 6:00 pm at the Wise County Public Schools Education Center behind the School Board Office building. Children must be 4 years old by September 30, 2014. Come learn about the Wise County Public Schools Pre-K Program. Ask questions and receive information about the application process, and WLRV, P.O. Box 939, :00ban00 VA Visit: WLRVlcom the curriculum being used in Pre-K classrooms. 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