Powering the Simulation

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The Sustainable Societies Simulation has reached an exciting new chapter, with leaders across Sustainia beginning to invest in various energy sources to power their societies. While many hoped from the very beginning to use clean alternatives to traditional fossil fuels, the cost and scarcity of these resources drove some leaders and/or their private sectors to seek cheaper, non-renewable options. Here is a breakdown of the types and costs of energy available, and how energy is being used in Sustainia today:

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Read It Before You See It

GreetingsĀ 9th Graders and Families!

My name is Julee Boland, and I will be teaching Critical Reading to a group of 9th graders during the upcoming Winter semester. As the school’s reading specialist, I’m passionate about working with WTMC students to help them develop and extend their literacy skills.

One component of the Critical Reading curriculum is self-selected reading, dedicated in-class time for students to read books of their choosing. This time gives students the opportunity to build their reading fluency and stamina, expand their vocabulary, and most importantly, immerse themselves in the worlds of their books.

One particular type of book seems especially popular among my students this year: books that have been made into movies. My students universally say, “read it before you see it!” about the following books:

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What Does This Symbol Mean?

This weekend, I needed to buy some lumber to finish the roof over the oven I have been building. When I got to the lumber yard, I noticed that some of the wood was stamped with a symbol of a tree and check-mark.

Does this mean "sustainability"?

Does this mean “sustainability”?

Is this wood “sustainable”? Other times, I have seen a similar symbol — but with a different set of letters — on other wood and paper products. And so, in trying to make sustainable choices in my own projects, I end up facing very real questions about sustainability claims and the value of online sources of information — questions that will form the basis of how ninth grade students are taught to evaluate their own sources.

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