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Immigration Second Saturday topic

Second Saturdays-Journeys into Local History, sponsored by the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center, continues its new season Oct. 11 when Michael Jacobs, UW-Baraboo/Sauk County instructor,.will give an interesting historical perspective on the history of immigration.

The event will take place at the Plymouth Arts Center, 520 E. Mill St., Plymouth, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Open to the public, this free presentation is appropriate for adults and students ten and older. No reservations are needed.

As a nation of immigrants we all have common stories and experiences of our families’ struggles to get here and then fit in. Jacobs will present a timeline of immigration and will relate dozens of stories. He will deal with all the problems of the immigrants and the issues the established residents had/have with new residents.

Jacobs, a native of Lake County, Ind., received a BS in History with minors in Multi-Cultural Education, Religious Studies, American Studies, and English from Ball State University in 1990. He received his MA and PhD in American History from Marquette University in 1992 and 2001 respectively. He is an associate professor of history at UWBaraboo/ Sauk County.

Potential for deer crashes high

Although a robust deer population is a boon to hunters and automotive body shops, the speedy and unpredictable animals are hazardous for drivers on Wisconsin roads every fall.

October and November are the mating season for deer, and they soon will increase their activity particularly at dusk and dawn while moving back and forth between their bedding and feeding areas. As they roam, deer may dart unexpectedly onto roads and into the path of vehicles.

Last year, Wisconsin law enforcement agencies reported a total of 18,338 deer vs. motor vehicle crashes, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT).

“To avoid hitting deer with your vehicle, you need to slow down whenever you see them nearby. If you see one deer, there are probably more in the area that could dash in front of your vehicle,” says David Pabst, director of the DOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “If you can’t avoid a deer in the road, it’s safer to hit the brakes and hit the deer than to swerve suddenly and try to miss it. If you swerve, you risk losing control of your vehicle and hitting another car or a stationary object like a tree.”

Motorcyclists must be especially careful because deer crashes can be fatal. Motorcycles were involved in six of the eight fatal deer vs. motor vehicle crashes in Wisconsin last year.

“The one exception to the ‘don’t swerve’ advice applies to motorcyclists,” Pabst says. “Motorcyclists should slow down, brake firmly and then swerve if necessary to avoid hitting the deer. If they must swerve, motorcyclists should try to stay within their driving lane to avoid hitting other vehicles or objects.”

DOT and the Wisconsin State Patrol safety officials offer the following advice to prevent deer crashes and injuries to motorists:

· Be on the lookout for deer, eliminate distractions while driving, and slow down especially in early morning and evening hours, which are the most active times for deer.

· Always buckle up. There are fewer and less severe injuries in vehicle vs. deer crashes when drivers and passengers wear safety belts.

· If you see a deer by the side of the road, slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten it away.

· When you see one deer, look for another one. Deer seldom run alone.

· If you see a deer looming in your headlights, don’t expect it to move away. Headlights can confuse a deer, causing it to freeze.

· Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path.

· Don’t swerve suddenly because you may lose control of your vehicle.

· If you hit a deer, get your vehicle off the road if possible, and then call a law enforcement agency. Walking on a highway is dangerous, so stay in your vehicle if you can.

· Don’t try to move the animal if it is still alive. The injured deer could hurt you.

School Report Cards released

The Plymouth School District meets expectations, according to 2013- 14 District Report Cards released recently by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

The DPI also released 2013-14 School Report Cards for each of the Plymouth public schools, all of which the DPI says meet or exceed expectations.

The Report Cards are one of many tools the district uses to assess how much students are learning. Administrators also analyze data from standardized testing, longitudinal evaluations of students over time and other assessments.

The Report Cards are meant to help parents understand how their child’s school is doing and where it can improve. Each district and each individual school is given an accountability index score, from 0 to 100, based on performance in four priority areas:

Student Achievement in reading and mathematics on state tests.

Student Growth measured by year-to-year improvements in achievement.

Closing Gaps in performance between specific student groups (comparing English language learners, low-income students, students with disabilities, and members of racial or ethnic group with their peers).

On-track/Postsecondary Readiness, including graduation or attendance rates, reading and math achievement, and ACT participation and performance.

Two-page summary Report Cards as well as more detailed versions can be accessed via the district web site at www.plymouth.k12.wi.us.


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