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Presidential speech? Results vary in area

Sun Advocate writer

Carbon School District left it up to principals and teachers at individual schools as to whether to have students watch President Barack Obama's address to students on Tuesday.

Nationally there had been a lot of controversy over the address, but locally it seems schools got through the day quite well with few problems or complaints.

At Mont Harmon Junior High principal Bruce Bean said that the address occurred at the wrong time of day for his students, so the school recorded the speech. They then played it back at a later time because of scheduling conflicts.

"The feedback from the students was positive," said Bean on Wednesday morning. "We only had 13 kids opt out of watching it so we had them go to the library and do some research on past presidents. It was an opportunity and a good day at our school."

At Helper Junior High the speech was not shown.

At Castle Heights Elementary, principal Jan Cox said that of the 494 students in the school 35 opted out of hearing the address.

"We accomodated anyone who did not want to watch the address," she said. "We provided instruction for reading and comprehension strategies for those who did not watch it."

At Wellington Elementary, the choice was left up to the teachers. The speech was shown in the upper grades, and a handful of students brought notes back that they were not to view it.

At Creekview Elementary the school did not show the address to students. The school encouraged parents to view the speech with their kids and discuss it at home.

Bruin Point Elementary in Sunnyside could not view the address because of technical problems.

"When the inaguration took place we tried to stream that in on our T-9 line and that wouldn't work then so we knew this wouldn't come through either," said Missy Bueno, principal of the school. "We don't have cable here so we didn't even send out any notes because we knew there was no way to see it."

Sally Mauro Elementary principal Seth Allred could not be reached for comment concerning what they had done in their school in Helper.

At Carbon High the administration felt that the Labor Day holiday it created a problem with students bringing back permission slips to view the address. Apparently only one student returned the note sent out.

Pinnacle Canyon Academy, a charter school that is not part of Carbon School District, showed the address to the entire studentbody, with only a few students bringing notes that they were not to watch the address. Those students remained in their classrooms and worked on homework.

"It was awesome to be able to show this to the studentbody," said Zena Robison, a school administrator. "The kids were impressed with the president and they all listened intently."

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