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You can win a gift card in the Support Local Flat Rock Program, created by the Flat Rock Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and supported by Flat Rock Our Hometown. This is an incentive program is for customers of Flat Rock businesses. You can win one of 10 $25 gift cards every week during the months of June and July.
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
When you make a purchase at one of the Downtown Flat Rock stores of $10 or more, you will be eligible to enter the drawing by printing your name and phone number on the back of your receipt. Your receipt will become the drawing ticket. You can then place your receipt into the drawing pail near the register or give them to the cashier who will enter your receipt into the drawing.
If a Flat Rock business is not listed or isn’t participating, you can still enter the drawing by dropping your receipt with your name and phone number at the Biggby Coffee on Telegraph Road in Flat Rock.
You have to purchase your item the week of the drawing and all receipts will be destroyed after the drawing. The drawing is open to anyone 18 and older. You can only win one prize per month.
Eleven winners will be announced every Friday (the 11th prize will be a car wash from Cobra One in Flat Rock) and posted on the Flat Rock DDA and Flat Rock Our Hometown Facebook pages.
Winners can pick up their gift cards at Flat Rock City Hall during normal business hours. A MASK IS REQUIRED TO ENTER CITY HALL
Winners must pick up their prize within a week of the drawing. Those not picked up will be re-entered into the contest.
(Any business within the City Limits of Flat Rock and registered with the city of Flat Rock can collect receipts from customers to submit into the contest. If you are interested please contact Diane at Biggby Coffee.)
Participating Flat Rock Businesses
You can find the list of Current Shop Local – Shop Flat Rock Promotion Winners and other stats on the DDA facebook page.
Notice; Due to COVID-19 and state regulations, some businesses may be closed until restrictions are lifted.
Norm Haase construction is a Flat Rock Business that is here to help you during this Stay Safe Stay Home time.
We wanted to reach out and let you know that we’re thinking about you and your family. We hope you’re staying healthy and safe in this time! Please reply back and let us know how you’re doing.
Our business is marked as essential and we’ve still been working on design and project development work for remodeling projects and (safely!) completing work for clients.
Here’s how we can help you with your home at this time:
– Design and Project Development Work continues and we are taking on new design and project development projects
– We’re now offering a virtual meeting option for remodeling consultations
– Today’s technology allows us to easily share images, drawings and material selections remotely and to conduct productive, purposeful meetings with the help of online meeting platforms
– We are encouraging homeowners to work on the project design and planning for their kitchen, bathroom, or whole house remodel now so that we’re able to move forward with your project in a timely manner – we are seeing some delays with some of our material supplies – so the sooner we get things selected/finalized, the better.
Reach out if we can be of service!
Be safe and thanks for staying connected – we appreciate you!
Norm can be reached at 855-667-6400
An Interesting article from Entrepreneur Magazine.
May 8, 2020
Over the last decade, online education has grown significantly, especially for adult learners who want to earn a degree or certificate while working full-time. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported 6.6 million students enrolled in distance education courses at postsecondary institutions during the fall of 2017.
Within the last few years, high schools have also started exploring ways to add remote learning options, including dual-enrollment courses in partnership with local community colleges. Although the majority of these courses were offered solely on the high school campus, recent NCES research noted growth in online options .
Fast forward to today, and suddenly online education is no longer optional. In fact, all schools at all levels must immediately migrate to some type of remote education format. Although some schools had already begun the digital migration, the majority of institutions weren’t ready. But when faced with the task of making a quick change, online education became a mandated reality.
Our new reality may help push remote education even farther forward. Thanks to the urgency of the situation, technology has stepped up to show educators, students and parents what remote education might soon look like.
Learning management systems
Learning management systems create a seamless digital learning environment with all the tools necessary for remote learning. These platforms house front-end areas used by students and parents in addition to back-end areas where teachers and administrators can post assignments, add and change grades and interact with students through virtual classrooms.
Numerous school districts already use this type of platform, allowing parents and students to see assignments and grades. But in the last several months, the learning management systems have became a crucial foundation for building out comprehensive remote education frameworks that integrate other learning tools.
For example, PowerSchool Unified Classroom gives teachers a way to create custom virtual classrooms that connect to a student and parent dashboard. There are options to incorporate additional recordkeeping tasks for matters such as disciplinarian issues, attendance tracking and standardized testing scores. These learning management systems streamline communication and work for both schools and students.
The dashboard view shows the teacher’s current classes, upcoming assignments, messages, grades and other content. The student version has additional features, such as tools to submit assignments, discussion boards and online quizzes and test apps. Each virtual classroom can be enriched with videos, presentations, visuals, and links to other educational resources. Mobile applications make these learning management systems even more accessible.
Immersive learning experiences
Making learning fun is something that challenged teachers long before the current crisis. Another pressing issue has been how to show students certain topics that may be otherwise impossible to illustrate.
Enter virtual reality (VR), a technology that can provide immersive experiences for the user. VR lets students experience concepts, processes and skills over and over again until they master the subject. A well-built VR educational system could accommodate all development levels while also helping students get more out of the learning experience.
Making VR accessible to educators and students is no easy task. One partnership between Lenovo and Veative Labs seeks to increase accessibility to this new way of learning. Many of Veative’s collection of 550 interactive STEM modules are now available on Lenovo computers though Lenovo’s new Distance Learning Solution or on Lenovo’s VR devices through its new VR Classroom 2.0 solution.
Grades four and up can use the standards-based modules. They cover areas like science, math, SAT and ACT preparation and Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways for health sciences and agriculture.
This immersive education content offers a way for teachers to explain complex concepts through virtual tours and VR modules. The technology also helps teachers and school leaders track progress and create unique learning opportunities for all students.
Online test taking
Another obstacle to progress in remote education has been finding a way to administer tests wihtout cheating. During this current school year, testing authorities were forced to cancel SAT and ACT exams and adapt the Advanced Placement (AP) credits program.
Early solutions already suggest that testing can move online. Already used by some colleges and universities, Proctorio is an online proctoring tool that monitors students who take online tests. This “learning integrity platform” operates as a Chrome browser extension. It combines facial detection technology and a suite of automated tools along with numerous security features to protect student and educational data.
Additionally, Proctorio incorporates plagiarism detection to ensure that any content-focused exams—for example, those that require short answers or an essay —only include original student work. Numerous screening tools also help prevent other cheating methods that students might try to employ.
Still, questions about remote learning remain. Applications and tools will need to continue to evolve to address physical education classes and labs, sports teams and competitions, band and choir and other educational programs. There are also other areas to consider that have little to do with books and tests but are just as crucial — for example, social learning, including playground dynamics, friendships and human connections.
2020 Summer Blast Cancelled due to Covid-19
The Riverfest Committee announced last week that “Out of an abundance of caution we have chosen to cancel the 2020 Flat Rock Summer Blast in June due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” The committee is considering holding a smaller scale event in September if conditions allow for it at that time.
Jonathon Dropiewski, the committee chairman said “We’d like to sincerely thank everyone for their support over the years and we hope to hold a great festival for the community in the future.”
For updates on the fall festival, Please continue to follow us here, on Facebook and the Riverfest Facebook page and this webpage for updates. Thank you.
The first Euro-American settlers in Flat Rock were Michael Vreeland and his five grown sons between 1811 and 1820. Michael had been captured by British Rangers during the Revolutionary War and released after American independence.
The family purchased 800 acres (3.2 km2). The town was called the Village of Vreeland until 1838 when the Vreeland family sold off the majority of the land and relinquished control of the area. The Vreeland families built the first grain and lumber mill, having brought the grinding stones from New York.
Descendants of Michael Vreeland still live in the town and attend Flat Rock public schools, being the seventh generation to reside in the town their family founded.