School bulletin: Nursing student follows in parents' footsteps

Math assessment tool now available
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Nursing student earns scholarship

Roseville resident Jordan Burke is following in her parents’ footsteps with plans to become a nurse, and has received some help along the way in the form of a $3,000 scholarship.

Burke was one of 13 students who are the children or grandchildren of Sutter Roseville Medical Center employees selected as scholarship recipients for the 2011-12 academic year as part of the Van R. Johnson Sutter Scholars program. The award honors the longtime Sutter Health CEO.

Burke will apply her scholarship toward her studies at University of Nevada, Reno, where she is majoring in nursing. Both her parents, Elizabeth Oldham and Michael Burke are nurses. Oldham has been a nurse at Sutter Roseville Medical Center for 25 years.

Sylvan Learning launches math assessment tool

Sylvan Learning located in Roseville recently launched “Fit 4 Algebra,” a free online tool to help parents assess whether their child is on track for a critical “gateway” subject.

A recent survey found that most eighth and ninth graders consider algebra to be their toughest subject, and the same goes for parents who say advanced math tops the list of subjects they struggle with when helping their children with homework.

Algebra is regarded by the U.S. Department of Education to be a “well-documented gateway course,” which means it is important for laying the foundation for high school level math and a critical stepping stone to college and future careers.

But the most recent results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress show that only 34 percent of eighth graders scored at or above the proficient level in math. Sylvan’s free screener is available on Parents of children entering middle school are encouraged to have their child take the screener to assess algebra readiness.

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