The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 06.05.1977, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 06.05.1977, Blaðsíða 1
White Falcon Volume XXXIII Number 18 Keflavik. Iceland May 6. 1977 L.4* realigns 4FTV film circuit; will affect local programming NATO Base dependent wives and child- ren will find some of their favorite afternoon programs missing beginning to- morrow through June 3. There will be six programs missing during the four- week period—all normally shown during the early afternoon. The six programs which will not be shown are: "General Hospital," "Mike Douglas," "Truth or Consequences," "Ses- ame Street," "Sew What's New" and "Price Is Right." The program director at the televi- sion station will substitute, for the missing programs, other shows from the station film library. Such shows as "Get Smart," "Gentle Ben," "Love on a Roof Top" and "Mayberry RFD" will re- place some of the missing children's programs. There are no substitutes for "General Hospital" or "Sew What's New." The lapse in programming is necessary for several reasons. The first, and probably the most important, is to put AFRTS Keflavik programming closer to stateside airings. Another reason is to realign the film shipment circuit to help ensure that this station does not miss programming because of late arrival. Each week AFRTS Keflavik receives three basic film/video tape program packages. All three originate at Los Angeles and are sent to lead stations . and then circuited to other AFRTS sta- tions around the world. Each package is numbered and this number helps determine when that partic- ular shipment will be aired in Keflavik. For example, this station receives a TW (Television Weekly), a TU (Television Unrestricted) and a TP (Television Pri- ority) shipment each week. The bulk of the weekly programming comes with the TW shipment while all the dependent related programs come with the TU. There are some movies that also come with the TU shipment. Starting June 3, this station will begin to receive yet another program package called a TD (Television Depen- dent) . This package will incorporate the six programs that will be deleted from the Television Unrestricted package. AFRTS Keflavik will continue to receive the TU shipment but it will not contain any dependent related programs. The unfortunate aspect about the sit- uation is that the six programs will be deleted from the Television Unrestricted package about four weeks before AFRTS Keflavik will air the first Television Dependent shipment. In the long run, however, the entire film/video tape circuiting will be made better and help prevent time delays, out- of-sequence programs and help ensure re- ceipt of programs for the NATO Base de- pendent audience. CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF SERVICE, AFRS staff member Stan Halstead interviews two visitors during the Sunday open house, (top) BIG BARGAIN HUNTERS UNITE at the Family Services Flea Market as typified by Patty Foster (left) who ponders a purchase from Pat Eastham. (bottom) SCW SACK TIME helps to make Saturday afternoon at the Family Services Flea Market more enjoyable—dreams April Sticklen, the baby in the bag. Director praises DODDS system Dr. Anthony Cardinale, Director of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DODDS), stated in a recent in- terview that he believes the 268 schools serving appoximately 140,000 children of military personnel overseas comprise "probably one of the most outstanding school systems in the world." Noting the interest and support of defense officials, Congressional commit- tees, school administrators, teachers and parents of children in the system, Cardinale said, "Professionally, our pro- gram is really second to none. We have dedicated people in our system and com- plete support by everyone in the Depart- ment of Defense. The education, I think, is comparable to anything we have in the states." Assessment survey Cardinale's office, under the Assist- ant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, is responsible for the centralized administration of DODDS. He said his office and the Department of Defense Dependents Education Council, which includes representatives from each military department, is currently devel- oping a "needs assessment survey of the system on a worldwide basis" which will provide personal and professional input from students, parents, teachers, ad- ministrators and command officials on all aspects of the system, from textbooks to school facilities. Cardinale said the assessment survey will be distributed throughout the school system later this year and future plans and programs will be strongly influenced by the survey results. Driver nets 2 - year accident - free award At a recent award ceremony, Senior Airman Mark A. Coplan of the 932nd Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron at Rockville was presented the Air Force Two Year Safe Driver Award. To be eligible for the award, an in- dividual must compile an outstanding driving record over a two year period without an accident or moving traffic violation. In earning this award, Coplan amassed more than 55,000 miles of error free driving between December 1974 and Decem- ber 1976. More than 25,000 miles were driven in Iceland. Coplan received a certificate and a letter of appreciation from Colonel William E. Lindeman, Commander, Air Forces Iceland which stated, in part, "The excellent driving record established by this young man is commendable...the ability and dedication displayed by SRA Coplan are indicative of the high standards that must be met by all trans- portation personnel if we are to pre- serve our resources." School lunch aid Some 1,500 questionnaires have recent- ly been distributed to service families overseas to see if children in the system would qualify for the lunch aid program which is administered by the Department of Agriculture but now limited to school children in the United States. Cardinale said he urges parents to fill out the stionnaires and return them promptly since the data will be helpful in seeking an extension of the lunch assistance pro- gram for DODDS. On-going evaluation Cardinale pointed out that the schools and the students are constantly evaluated by and measure up to stateside standards. DODDS works closely with the U.S. Office of Education, receives assistance from national education associations and out- standing education consultants and is accredited by the North Central Associa- tion of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Students take national achievement tests and college entrance exams, and their scores are comparable to those of stateside students. "We had 2,500 stu- dents last year who took the college boards, "Cardinale said, "and the results showed that our students were on par with students in the United States. "In the area of languages—German and Spanish,our students really scored higher than those in the states. We were a lit- tle bit weak in science. In some places our schools don't have equipment or the laboratories for laboratory type sci- ences, and this is one of the things we're working quickly to improve." Curriculum development Cardinale said the system is currently involved In a five-year curriculum re- view cycle for intensive evaluation and curriculum development of specific subject areas each year. In addition, particular attention is given to ful- filling the special education needs of the approximately 1,000 physically and mentally handicapped students in DODDS. Dorm students The ten high school dormitory opera- tions, for students in the European area who live too far from the schools to commute daily, are also given special attention. "Provisions for these young adults during a critical stage of their development are extremely important," Cardinale said. "These students who live away from home are provided qualified dormitory counselors and challenging extracurricular activities. The students themselves have taken an active role in defining their responsi- bilities. .. Pointing out that high marks given the dependents' schools are backed up with high performance, Cardinale said a recent follow-up study of 6,000 students returning to U. S. schools indicated that only six of that number had difficulty in making a stateside adjustment.

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