student assessments???

December 9, 2008 by

We learned at the December 8, 2008 meeting of the Bevo-Long CEC Council that Long Middle School is serving as a pilot site for a new tool for assessing student achievement. Is a standardized test the best way to assess students?

Teachers interact with students on a daily basis, and can observe and assess in an ongoing way students’ completion of homework, participation in class discussions, performance on quizes and tests, and other indicators of students’ academic as well as emotional and social development. Wouldn’t such ongoing assessment be superior to a once a year assessment such as through a standardized test?

Assessment is only one aspect of education. Assessment that is not
accompanied with the resources that can help each student perform to the highest of their ability is of limited value. What do other people think about the way we assess students, and use these assessments?



November 25, 2008 by

According to the recently released International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2008, 5.1%, is the average, annual rate of decline in production observed at 800 of the world’s largest oil fields, including all 54 of the super-giants.

The Executive Summary of WEO2008 is at:

Increasing the amount of food that is locally grown, including urban gardening, has been suggested as one way for communities to build a sustainable future. That is part of the thinking behind asking participants in the after-school program at Bevo-Long to help start a school/community garden this Spring.

open Internet evenings

June 13, 2008 by

One of the computer labs at the Bevo Long Community Education Center will be open for free Internet access for community residents from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Mondays from June 16 to July 14.

The Bevo Long Community Education Center is located at Long Middle School, 5028 Morganford, and the entrance is from the rear of the building. For more information, call 353-1034.

focus on landscaping

June 11, 2008 by

The proposed landscaping project will be the focus of the Bevo Long CEC Council meeting of 6:00 pm, Thursday, June 26, 2008. Estimated costs for “wish list” items are:

$198,526 for Landscape Renovation at the front of Long Middle School including: existing shrub removal and disposal, construction of stacked limestone wall, irrigation system, and new plantings and installation

$108,373 for Fitness area renovation and equipment installation on north side of the gym and cafeteria building

$195,600 for Soccer Field construction in the large area behind the school, including: remove 250 ft by 250 ft by 6 inches of asphalt and rock, new soil material, sod, irrigation system, and installation

$262,250 for Track, Curbs, Basketball Court, New Fence and Gates, Volleyball Court, and Resurfaced Parking Lot also behind the school

$110,000 Miscellaneous Fees including: architects fees, permitting, and site survey

Grand total of $874,749

Discussion at the Council meeting on June 26 will include prioritizing the above items, and strategizing fund raising.

candidate endorsements

June 7, 2008 by

The 14th Ward Democrats will be endorsing a candidate for state representative of the 67th district at their meeting this Thursday, June 12, 2008, at 7:00 pm, at the Firefighter’s Hall, 4271 Delor Street. Membership in the 14th Ward Democrats organization is $5.00 per year, and one needs to be a member for at least three months in order to vote in candidate endorsements.

urban gardening

June 6, 2008 by

At the May 22, 2008 meeting, the Bevo Long Council approved starting a model garden on the south side of Long Middle School. Items that will be grown there will include dwarf fruit trees and vegetables. The garden will be started with students from the summer after-school program, which begins June 16, 2008. Community residents will also be invited to participate. While urban gardening might not be a total solution to rising prices of food, every bit of locally grown food is a step towards long term sustainability in our diets.

community centers

June 5, 2008 by

At the St. Louis Community Education Center Chairpersons meeting yesterday evening, I reported that an early experience with the One Laptop Per Child project in Uruguay is that the role of the schools as centers of their communities has been reinforced because it is at the schools that the wireless Internet access is the best. Children sometimes even come to school when classes are not in session in order to use the Internet. Perhaps Community Education Centers in St. Louis can provide digital resources; possibly wireless Internet access, storage of locally produced digital content, and so on.


June 4, 2008 by

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June 3, 2008 by

This blog was created to share information about the Bevo-Long Community Education Center, and the Bevo community of St. Louis, Missouri. One major project the Council is initiating is Landscaping of the Long Middle School grounds. An outgrowth of the Landscaping project is a possible model garden of dwarf fruit trees and vegetables that will be planted on the south side of Long Middle School. We will be publishing more information about this in coming days.