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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

RIP Jaime Escalante

The man who Edward James Olmos played in the movie “Stand and Deliver”, who transformed an inner-city Los Angeles math program into the highest achieving math program in the state between the mid 1970’s and 1980’s, has died in Reno, Nevada.

Jaime refused to accept the status quo, and drove his students to perform at much higher levels than the school system expected them to.  At its peak, the Garfield High School Advanced Placement Calculus program hosted 570 students, the highest percentage of overall student body in the country.

Many math teachers in the ’80s were inspired by Jaime, and those teachers went on to inspire yet another generation of formerly underperforming math students to become math geeks.  One such teacher was my ninth grade Algebra-Trig teacher.  Today, I’m an Engineer, thanks in part to Jaime Escalante.

posted by Michael Humphries-Dolnick at 7:40 am  

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Aaron Concert Band: Quick Pics

Aaron had a concert last week, here are some quick pictures from my mobile phone:

Aaron is waiting to play

Aaron is waiting to play

Above, Aaron is waiting with his Concert Band colleagues while the Intermediate Band plays.

The Leaders of the Band

The Leaders of the Band

Above, band leaders Chip De Stefano and David Morrison look on while a student from Northwestern leads the band in a song.

Wheres Aaron

Where's Aaron?

Can you find Aaron performing in this picture?

posted by Michael Humphries-Dolnick at 2:23 pm  

Monday, March 15, 2010

FAMILLE.ORG Alexa Rankings

FAMILLE.ORG is now a ranked website.  Alexa ranks famille.org at number 2,245,864 worldwide.  That means that there are only 2,245,863 other websites that get more visitors than us!


posted by Michael Humphries-Dolnick at 2:01 pm  

Monday, March 15, 2010

R.I.P. Peter Graves

Over, Oveur.

posted by Michael Humphries-Dolnick at 7:39 am  

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Big Huge Catch-Up

I started a new job this week,  so not so much time to post lately.  However, I have some kids (and dog) pics for you to enjoy, while I toil away at work ;-).

First, I forgot to post that Aaron achieved IGSMA Division I, for the second year in a row, playing in a band competition.  This was a solo competition, and Division I is the highest rating that a competitor can receive.

Here’s some cute pics of Justin hugging Eeyore: http://gallery.famille.org/main.php?g2_itemId=2998


I didn’t do my usual Purim Megilla Post, but here’s one from a few years ago.  We went to the Purim Megilla reading, party, and carnival at the Jewish Reconstruction Congregation, where Marla works as a pre-school teacher.   Pictures are of the two younger ones at the carnival, making arts and crafts.

Kids Swim:

This Tuesday was the last class, for a few weeks, of the Kids Swim program that all three are in.  Aaron can now swim freestyle and backstroke by himself, Ethan can freestyle alone, and Justin is doing freestyle and backstroke assisted.  A few pictures to give you an idea of what the class looks like.

That’s it for now, tonight I’m speaking at the Liponi Foundation Fundraising Dinner, which provides funds and buses for the M-NASR program, which provides the swimming class (as well as Young Athletes and a few others that the kids participate in.)

posted by Michael Humphries-Dolnick at 2:04 pm  

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