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    Students put their hearts into class


    Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.

    That’s what USD 428 is hoping the hands-only CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) education being taught to all Great Bend High School students will help people in cardiac arrest do. Stay alive.

    Beginning this month and continuing throughout the semester, it is the mission of Ryan Zink, sports medicine teacher, to train as many students and teachers as possible to perform hands-only CPR .

    “There’s a scare factor for people to do the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation part of conventional CPR,” Zink said. “Hands-only is just that, chest compressions only.”

    A video helping to instruct the students uses the disco-era song “Stayin’ Alive” to drive home the message. The song has a strong, fast beat that helps students learn how fast to do the compressions. It’s actually about 100 beats per minute.

    “There’s a definite benefit to hands-only CPR,” Zink said. “You can keep someone going with just chest compressions.

    “You can’t really do it wrong,” he added. “Anything will help.”

    Zink uses the advisory period at the high school as instruction time. Within only 30 minutes, students have the basics of helping save a life until an ambulance arrives.

    He teaches the traditional method of CPR in his sports medicine classes. In the past three years, at least 200 students have been fully CPR trained.

    Zink has already added another 75 hands-only trained students to the community.

    “The more trained people the better,” he said. “It makes our school and community safer.”

    Zink also tells students to call 911 first and talks about the use of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators). There are two at the high school – one in the commons area and the other in the Panther Activity Center. AEDs are also in all of the other public schools.

    Kim Sell from the American Heart Association and Mark Mingenback, United Way of Central Kansas board member, shared the idea with USD 428 administrators, and equipment was secured through grant funding from the United Way and Golden Belt Foundation. The two kits cost approximately $1,200.

    “I’m proud of the partnership we have with local agencies,” said Khris Thexton, interim superintendent. “It helps to create a better, safer community.”

    “Students are talking about it. They are excited to learn,” Zink said.

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    Students turn teachers for experiment

    Band members became teachers and audience members became students.

    The sixth-grade bands at Park and Lincoln schools each recently held an open house to showcase what they have been learning in band this year, said Don Regehr, band teacher. 

    The programs featured numbers by the full band as well as solos and duets by various band students.

    Additionally, the students picked a family member or friend from the audience to take part in a teaching experiment.

    The band students showed them how to hold their instruments correctly, how to make a sound on the instrument and how to play three notes on that instrument.

     After a short lesson, the new “band students” gave their best shot at playing “Hot Cross Buns.”

    “Everyone had a good time and found there is quite a bit involved in playing a musical instrument,” Regehr said.

    “I think the teaching experiment is very educational for the students,” he said.

    “They have to know these concepts in order to teach them to a new student,” Regehr said. “It causes them to really think through the steps that they have learned in order to play their instrument.”

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    Teaching responsibility with personal laptops

    One semester in and by most accounts the addition of Chromebooks at Great Bend High School is a success.

    Last August a one-to-one computer initiative provided each high school student a personal Chromebook laptop to use in class and to take home to complete homework assignments.

    The computers supplement information provided by textbooks with everything on the internet and in some cases replace them completely. They also allow teachers and their students to stay in touch electronically even if students aren’t in class.

    “One of the biggest benefits to Google Classroom (the software that fuels Chromebooks) is when kids are gone, especially the athletes,” said Daryl Moore, assistant principal. “They can do their assignments on the road.

    “Chromebooks give a tremendous amount of access to information,” Moore said. “They also help with collaborative assignments and allow kids to easily email their teachers.”

    Moore admitted that allowing students access to so much information is a “mixed bag.”

    “Inappropriate information not of educational value is blocked, but there’s a lot of other stuff that is just a waste of time,” he said. “They need to learn how to stay focused.

    “This is the world they are growing up in,” Moore said. “It’s a positive thing that we are teaching them how to be responsible in a technology-laden world.

    “They are learning how and when to use it appropriately,” he said. “When they get into college or the work force, they will already have figured it out.

    “There is a series of consequences in place to help them figure it out,” Moore explained.

    Being grounded from the Chromebook for a period of time seems to get the student’s attention.

    “Doing their work with paper and pencil is a real inconvenience for them,” he said. “They can keyboard faster than they can write and there’s no grammar and spell check.”

    Moore laughed as he noted that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

    “Sure, they can text back and forth (with their friends in class), but that is no different than passing notes. It’s the same problem we’ve always had, just a different format,” Moore said. “It’s mostly girls and they are saying the same kinds of things their parents and grandparents would have passed in a note.”

    Only three personal computers have been truly lost. One was in a car that was stolen, which was paid for by the vehicle insurance; one was taken by a run-away student; and one hasn’t been returned by a student removed from his/her home. Another student lost his Chromebook, but paid for it.

    Several repairs have had to be made on the Chromebooks, mostly with cracked screens.

    “We’ve probably replaced 50 screens, but students have to pay for them,” Moore said. “They are $40 and if they can’t pay for it, they get to work for me vacuuming classrooms. They usually come up with the money.”

    From what he can tell, Moore thinks the Chromebooks have fewer screen breaks than with students’ cell phones.

    “They are being pretty responsible with them,” he said.

    Moore also noted that there has been no problem with theft because everybody has one. If they are reported as lost or stolen, they are immediately disabled.

    Twenty have been reported as missing, but all of them have been found, he said.

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