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first_img MORE: Top tips to know before you build RELATED: First impressions last a lifetime and it’s no wonder laser cut decorative screen doors are helping to transform the look of homes across the nation.First impressions last a lifetime so it’s no wonder laser cut decorative screen doors are helping to transform the look of homes across the nation. Homeowners are using Decoview laser cut screen designs as a clever way to accentuate the appearance of their homes, inside and outside. Homeowners are using Decoview laser cut screen designs as a beautiful way to accentuate the appearance of their homes, inside and outside.Decoview managing director Jay Bond said his southeast Queensland-based company, which has been operating for three years, was revolutionising the security screen door and window industry by bringing together designer laser cut decorative screen panels with high-level home security door systems.“You can choose from a vast range of stunning laser cut screen designs or high strength perforated designer screen doors and windows,” Mr Bond said.“Keep your property secure while looking stylish, not like a steel cage. Make a statement by putting a Decoview custom security screen on your property with more than 50 designs to suit any style of home.“Don’t try to hide your security door, make a statement out of it.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago >>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<< A range of decorative privacy screens and Pool Perf, the latest alternative in pool fencing, is available to modernise homes.Mr Bond said his company gave a brick home built in the 1970s a makeover with the installation of funky security screens.He said Pool Perf was manufactured from extremely strong corrosion resistant marine- grade aluminium which was perforated with thousands of holes to make unique patterns.“You can add a striking feature or choose from a style of pattern that will increase privacy. Pool Perf complies with council regulations for pool fencing, it is so easy to clean and maintain compared to glass,” Mr Bond said.“Perforated holes allow a cool summer breeze and give you privacy whilst taking a relaxing swim with your family.” AFL star Nick Malceski cuts QLD ties A fated house purchase He said Pool Perf, Decoview screens and security doors were not massed produced.“Each panel can be custom made to suit an individual opening size,” Mr Bond said.Decoview manufacture in Queensland and distribute nationwide through accredited distributors. Visit decoview.com.au or phone 1300 332 688.last_img read more

Teacher: Learning comes first

first_imgThat means students who fail a test the first time get a chance to review the materials and take a slightly different version of the test again. “It gives students hope, even if they fail the first time,” Esquerra said. “And it also makes them responsible to get more tutoring and do the reviews and take the test again. “They’re not done because they failed one test,” he added. “It’s not over.” In the past five years, state test scores for Algebra I and II and geometry at Whittier High have continued to improve, even as the numbers of students taking more upper-level math courses increase. The steady improvement among math students has even caught the attention of researchers from Cal State Fullerton and USC, who have visited Esquerra’s classroom often to analyze his teaching strategies. Other schools also have asked Esquerra and his colleagues to make presentations on their successful strategies in improving student achievement. “That’s pretty exciting and complimentary to our school, especially when we’re asked to present at other schools,” Esquerra said. But he says being named the district’s Teacher of the Year wouldn’t have happened without the collaboration and input he’s received over the years from his fellow math teachers. “I really consider it an award for the whole math department because it couldn’t have happened without everybody working together,” Esquerra said. “I was very surprised but very honored to have received it,” he added. “There are a lot of great teachers in this district.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – As a math teacher at Whittier High School, Dan Esquerra assisting students to learn the science of numbers isn’t the only thing atop his priority list. Giving students hope is just as important – even after they’ve blown a big test that is crucial to their semester grade, Esquerra says. “As teachers, we have to prioritize what’s most important to us – that students learn information right away, or that they just learn the information, period,” he said. “Invariably, it was more important that students learned the material,” said Esquerra, a Whittier native who graduated from Whittier High in 1980 and is chairman of the math department. Over the past five years, Esquerra’s focus on mastery has led to significant improvement in state test scores among Whittier High’s math students – and even started a trend in other academic departments at the school, said Principal Loring Davies. And that’s why Esquerra, 45, has been named 2007-08 Teacher of the Year for the Whittier Union High School District. “Dan has made a real difference here at Whittier High,” Davies said. “It was his energy, enthusiasm and leadership that guided our efforts to develop common assessments – first in the math department, then science, language arts and into the social sciences.” By collaborating with his colleagues and using the same tools to gauge student progress, Esquerra came up with an effective learning environment that includes a forgiving retest policy. last_img read more