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TSPRA E-newsletter

May 8, 2019 Newsletter
In this issue...

Feature Story
Bylaws amendment

Other Stories
♦ Key Communicator
♦ Star Awards Crystal
♦ Sponsor showcase

Upcoming Events
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Broaden your punctuation horizons

Did your high school English teacher scare you off from using semicolons? Fear not, for they're easier than you might remember.
Semicolons are meant to link two related yet independent clauses – meaning they can stand as sentences on their own – without requiring a conjuction. Take a look at these three examples:  
Bad: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; and the training was easy to implement.
Use a comma with "and" or other conjuctions rather than a semicolon
Bad: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; our schools are safer this year too. 
Clauses that aren't linked should be separated by a period. 
Good: Our new math curriculum has been a big hit; students' test scores are up 12 points.
Both clauses here relate to the new math curriculum, so it's fine to link them with a semi-colon.

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Stay tuned for the next TSPRA survey.


    • MAY 10, 2019 Last day to vote on bylaws amendment
    • MAY 15, 2019  Last day to order duplicate Star Award certificates
    • JUNE 27, 2019 Deadline to submit Key Communicator nominations