Friday, May 30, 2014

Senator Cullen Interns

Four School District of Janesville juniors have been chosen for the 2014 Tim Cullen Government Interns Program.

The four students are:

Ms. Sidney Litke, a junior at Parker High School, will be interning with Representative Andy Jorgenson. Sidney is the daughter of Kelly and Dane Litke.

Mr. Nee Yang, a junior at Parker High school, will be interning with Representative Travis Tranel. Nee is the son of Kia Thao and Teng Yang.

Ms. Keeley O’Dell, a junior at Craig High School, will be interning with Senator Dale Schultz. Keeley is the daughter of Clare and Stephen O’Dell.

Mr. Nate Merz, a junior at Craig High School, will be interning with Representative Deb Kolste. Nate is the son of Joellyn and John Merz.

The Tim Cullen Government Intern Program, incorporated into the district’s Summer School Program, provides a six-week daily, hands-on learning experience for Janesville high school students with elected/ appointed officials and private sector representatives working within our state, local, and federal governments. Founded in 2004, it is entering its 11th year.

                           Student compensation of $400 weekly is made available by a foundation funded by Tim and Barb Cullen. No public funds are involved in the program. The purpose of the compensation is to provide an incentive for students who need summer work, but have a desire to learn more about our government.  These funds will provide those students the ability to participate in this program. The program has been fortunate to work with Van Galder Bus Company, which provides fee transportation for the interns to and from Madison.

Tim and Barb encourage the schools to develop a process for the interns to share their experiences with their fellow students and the community during the interns’ senior year. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Track Meet

Great weather and impressive performances highlighted the 2014 School District of Janesville Elementary Track and Field Meet held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 20 and 21.

 Our young student athletes from 19 area elementary schools and our home schooled student athletes competed in 10 events. The fourth and fifth graders had a great time. Gold, silver and bronze awards were handed out in each event.

Each student entered three events and competed based on similar age, height and weight.

Van Galder Co. provided bus transportation to all students to and from their home schools and Monterey Stadium. More than 600 students participated from the district. That's not counting students from our parochial schools, the Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and home schooled students.

The district elementary track meet is a many-decades tradition. It gets better every year, and I am pleased to see this tradition continue.

Hats off to all our young student athletes. They are all winners!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Gmail: Sort messages using keyword search

You're probably used to sorting messages in your Inbox by name, subject, date, and so on, and wondering how to do the same in Gmail. Fortunately, it's really easy! Instead of sorting messages, you search for them. Searching is easy, and it's much more powerful than sorting—once you learn a few tricks. Let’s take a look at using keyword searches to help you quickly find messages from a specific person or with a specific subject.

Perform a basic keyword search

Let's warm up with a basic search. Say you want to find messages from a specific person, like Murthy. You could search for the word “Murthy” and find messages from him. But you'd probably find a lot of other messages, too. Specifically, you'd find :

1.     Messages from anyone named Murphy
2.     Messages you've sent to Murphy
3.     Messages containing the word “murthy”
4.     A notice that your Trash has messages to, from, or containing the word “murthy.”

Search for messages from an individual

But you don't want to find all those other messages; you just want the ones from Murthy. To narrow down your 
search, you can use keywords. The keyword from:, for example, lets you find messages from a specific person (just as if you were sorting messages in your old mail system).

To begin, type from: in the Gmail search bar. As you type, Gmail opens a list of matching keywords. Select a result from the list or just keep typing. Next, begin typing the person's email address or name. If it's someone you've emailed in the past, Gmail lists matching addresses so you don't have to type the whole thing. Otherwise, just keep typing the entire name or email address. You don't have to capitalize the name but can enter upper- or lowercase letters.

To find all messages you sent, including drafts, enter from:me in the search field. You can also view the messages you've sent but not deleted in the Sent Mail label and all drafts in the Drafts label.

Search for messages by subject

To find messages by subject, use the subject: keyword. For example, type subject:report to find all messages with the text "report" anywhere in the subject line. 

Search for messages by subject and from a specific person

You can combine keywords to narrow down your search even further. This example searches for all messages with the word "report" in the subject line that are also from Murthy. Note that subject:report is separated from from:Murthy by a space. (Gmail automatically inserts an implicit “AND” between the two items.)

Search for messages by subject and from one or another person

Now let's find messages with “report” in the subject that's from either Murthy or Benito. When searching for this person or that person, or this item or that item, enter the operator OR, which must be entered in uppercase letters.

Easily learn search operators

Gmail can help you learn search operators if you open its search options box.

1.     Click the small gray down-arrow at the right of the search bar.
2.     Select search options in the various fields.
3.     Click either search button.

Gmail then displays the equivalent search keywords in the search bar. In this example, you would see the search keywords from:Murthy to:Cassy subject:Report has:attachment.

You can also print out our handy Search keywords reference sheet. The flip side contains Gmail keyboard shortcuts.