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Swedesboro-Woolrich schools get creative with COVID-19 teaching options

Swedesboro-Woolrich schools get creative with COVID-19 teaching options

School is in session at Swedesboro-Woolwich School District, but it looks a little different this year. From masks and shields to plexiglass barriers, teachers are still finding a way to do their job, even under the strangest circumstances during COVID-19.

As a school year like no other, teachers and staff are developing creative ways to teach and provide support for the academic and emotional needs of children returning to school, physically or virtually.

The district welcomed back students on Sept. 8, offering hybrid or distance learning models for socially distanced in-classroom and remote online computer teaching sessions.

“SWSD teachers are doing a great job creating small-group connections,” said superintendent Kristin O’ Neil. “If you’ve got teachers who deliver exciting content, they can deliver it face-to-face or remotely.”

Among the approaches being taken, Margaret Clifford School teacher Jessie Deopp is using a green screen to turn a lesson that transports her students to a virtual farm.

Kelly Woronicak, a teacher from Walter Hill School, is highlighting a student from her virtual classes each week. The student edits a google slide with information about themselves that then is posted on Woronicak’s Google Classroom for the whole class to see.

Walter Hill School teacher Kelly Pollitt is offering a “Homework Help” club twice a week with an ELA and a math teacher on hand to help. Students can join via Google Meets.

Maria Sohn, a technology teacher at Stratton, helped parents adjust to virtual learning through eight live training sessions in September. These sessions included how to navigate through Google Classroom, how to attach a file to Google Classroom, and how to use Google Meets for virtual instructional sessions.

Sohn also has a blog where she shares videos and tutorials for parents and guardians of students.

As it continues the in-person and hybrid

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Whale’s Resurfacing Shows Options Market a Source of Turbulence

Whale’s Resurfacing Shows Options Market a Source of Turbulence

(Bloomberg) — Traders piling back into megacap technology shares need to keep an eye on the options market, where still-elevated activity sets the stage for heightened stock volatility.

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While the frenetic pace of speculation in derivatives has eased a bit recently, it hasn’t stopped, and a chorus of analysts warns the trading remains capable of exacerbating swings. Monday brought the biggest rally for the Nasdaq 100 Index since April, with options-derived measures of volatility climbing in tandem.

One proxy for the froth still latent in equity derivatives, the percentage of overall volume represented by single-stock contracts, remains up 19% from a year ago, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. Most of it is concentrated in megacap technology and momentum-driven shares.

Meanwhile, a large buyer of tech calls dubbed the Nasdaq whale recently resurfaced, purchasing around $200 million worth of call contracts on tech stocks in a single day. The Nasdaq 100 Index has gained in all but two sessions this month and just notched its best week since July after last month’s sharp drop. It’s up 3.3% as of 12:55 p.m. in New York on Monday.

The situation is another thing for traders to worry about in whipsawing markets where liquidity remains thin. Trading in options showed itself capable of influencing share movement in August and September, when dealer hedging — demand from people who sell options for the underlying stock — created feedback loops that helped drive the Nasdaq 100 higher. That dynamic can also add fuel to downside moves as well as sellers adjust positions.

“This low liquidity environment lays the groundwork for dealer positioning (i.e., gamma imbalances) that can further exacerbate existing market trends,” wrote JPMorgan analysts including Shawn Quigg in a note Tuesday. “Exceptionally large trades in thin markets, especially in sectors (e.g., technology)

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Whale’s Resurfacing Shows Danger Persists in the Options Market

Whale’s Resurfacing Shows Danger Persists in the Options Market

(Bloomberg) — Stock traders assessing the looming presidential election and a stalling economic recovery also need to keep an eye on the options market.

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While the frenetic pace of speculation in derivatives has eased a bit recently, it hasn’t stopped, and a chorus of analysts warns the trading remains capable of exacerbating swings in equities. One proxy for the froth still latent in options, the percentage of overall volume represented by single-stock contracts, remains up 19% from a year ago, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. Most of it is concentrated in megacap technology and momentum-driven shares.

Meanwhile, a large buyer of tech calls dubbed the Nasdaq whale recently resurfaced, purchasing around $200 million worth of call contracts on tech stocks in a single day. The Nasdaq 100 Index has gained in all but two sessions this month and just notched its best week since July after last month’s sharp drop. It’s up 2.2% as of 11 a.m. in New York on Monday.

The situation is another thing for traders to worry about in whipsawing markets where liquidity remains thin. Trading in options showed itself capable of influencing share movement in August and September, when dealer hedging — demand from people who sell options for the underlying stock — created feedback loops that helped drive the Nasdaq 100 higher. That dynamic can also add fuel to downside moves as well as sellers adjust positions.

“This low liquidity environment lays the groundwork for dealer positioning (i.e., gamma imbalances) that can further exacerbate existing market trends,” wrote JPMorgan analysts including Shawn Quigg in a note Tuesday. “Exceptionally large trades in thin markets, especially in sectors (e.g., technology) or investment styles (e.g., momentum) considered overbought or oversold, increase the potential for exacerbated stock moves as dealers hedge exposure.”



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Is the Options Market Predicting a Spike in AcelRx (ACRX) Stock?

Is the Options Market Predicting a Spike in AcelRx (ACRX) Stock?

Investors in AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ACRX need to pay close attention to the stock based on moves in the options market lately. That is because the Nov 20, 2020 $2.50 Call had some of the highest implied volatility of all equity options today.

What is Implied Volatility?

Implied volatility shows how much movement the market is expecting in the future. Options with high levels of implied volatility suggest that investors in the underlying stocks are expecting a big move in one direction or the other. It could also mean there is an event coming up soon that may cause a big rally or a huge sell off. However, implied volatility is only one piece of the puzzle when putting together an options trading strategy.

What do the Analysts Think?   

Clearly, options traders are pricing in a big move for AcelRx shares, but what is the fundamental picture for the company? Currently, AcelRx is a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) in the Medical – drugs industry that ranks in Bottom 24% of our Zacks Industry Rank. Over the last 60 days, one analyst has increased the earnings estimates for the current quarter, while none have revised their estimates downward. The net effect has taken our Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current quarter from a loss of 11 cents per share to a loss of 7 cents in that period.

Given the way analysts feel about AcelRx right now, this huge implied volatility could mean there’s a trade developing. Often times, options traders look for options with high levels of implied volatility to sell premium. This is a strategy many seasoned traders use because it captures decay. At expiration, the hope for these traders is that the underlying stock does not move as much as originally expected.

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Conroe breweries get creative with kitchens, food options

Conroe breweries get creative with kitchens, food options

Gov. Greg Abbott finally had some good news for local breweries.

On Wednesday, he announced that bars could open at 50 percent on Oct. 14 at the discretion of each county judge. To which Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough said “I’m in 100 percent.”

Local brewery owners say this is a step in the right direction after so many months of uncertainty.

Local bars closed immediately in March, then were closed through May 1, opened for a month to three weeks and have been closed again since June 26. In the state of Texas craft breweries fall into the same categories as bars when it comes to their regulations.

This designation left local brewers with more questions than answers about how to keep their businesses afloat.

Over the summer, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission changed its rules allowing breweries to reopen if less than half of their sales came from alcohol and they offered dine-in food options.

To keep the beer flowing, Conroe area breweries shifted their models to be able to serve food and meet this requirement.

This has spurred both Copperhead Brewery and Southern Star Brewery to open kitchens as a part of their operations.

Even with bars reopening on Wednesday, they are both still moving forward with the plans to have kitchens onsite.

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Copperhead Brewery near downtown Conroe has been in business as a family run operation since 2015.

Mark Earnest is the president and his son, Seth, is the head brewer. Seth’s wife, Alicia, is the Chief Operating Officer.

Mark Earnest has been in Conroe since 1977 and has owned several businesses. He paints a dire picture of the brewery’s predicament since March.

He said they were at about 25 percent of their normal business as of last week.

“Our distributor has picked up

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