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December 31, 2012
Orlando Science Students Build Aquifer with Project AWESOME
Before the holiday break, Orlando Science students built their own aquifers as part of an OUC education curriculum for fifth-graders called "Project AWESOME."

December 20, 2012
TERRA Wins Top Honor at Robotics Tournament
Three Terra Environmental Research Institute (TERRA) VEX Robotics teams recently participated in the VEX Robotics tournament at Gulliver Preparatory School.

December 12, 2012
Miami-Dade County Public School Receives $30 Million in "Race to the Top" Funding
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has been selected by the U. S. Department of Education to receive a Race to the Top (RTTT) District grant to personalize student learning, improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student to succeed in college and careers.

December 11, 2012
Escambia Reading Coach Lisa Hale Named Top in the State
When Lisa Hale graduated from college with a brand-new reading specialist degree, she felt like a literacy rock star, ready to run a classroom of her own.

November 30, 2012
Florida Student Named to 2012-13 National FFA Officer Team as National President
From an early age, Florida student Clay Sapp knew he was a good communicator and teacher.

November 14, 2012
Seminole State Math Professor Receives National Award
Martha Goshaw, a mathematics professor at Seminole State College of Florida, has been chosen to receive the Mathematics Excellence Award by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) for her "significant contributions to mathematics and mathematics education."

November 13, 2012
Thanks to YouTube, St. Petersburg High math teacher has students in 100 countries
A student in Australia says math teacher Rob Tarrou is "smart, humble and helpful."

November 6, 2012
Apryle Nickson selected as the 2012 Special Olympics North America Coach of the Year
Apryle Nickson, an adaptive physical education teacher at several schools district wide, is the 2012 Special Olympics North America Coach of the Year.

November 5, 2012
Congratulations to the National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest Winners
Division IV - Special Education, McKenzie Spong, Liberty Elementary School, Charlotte County. Division V - Computer Generated, Elizabeth Trail, Manatee School for the Arts, Manatee County

November 1, 2012
Elementary Principal Receives $10,000 Leadership Award
Cheryl Quarles-Gaston, Principal at Carter G. Woodson Elementary School, has been named one of three winners of the Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award 2012.

October 25, 2012
Orange County Public Schools Honored at the Summit of the National Association for Pupil Transportation
Vicki Creech of Orange County Public Schools received the 2012 National Special Needs Transportation Award at the 38th Annual Summit of the National Association for Pupil Transportation awards banquet in Memphis, Tennessee.

October 24, 2012
Miami-Dade Public Schools Named Broad Prize Winner
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has been named the winner of The Broad Prize for Urban Education, an annual award that honors urban school districts across the country that are making the greatest progress in raising student achievement.

October 23, 2012
Boone High School wins $100,000 grant from State Farm
Tens of thousands of teens across America got together for a celebration of their privilege to drive last month.

October 22, 2012
Former Congressman Lou Frey delivered inspiring remarks at a special Naturalization Ceremony at Edgewater High School
On Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, Edgewater High School, 3100 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804 will hosted a naturalization ceremony conducted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), with the support of Lou Frey Institute's Florida Joint Center for Citizenship and Citizenship Counts, a national nonprofit organization based in Phoenix, Arizona.

October 16, 2012
Duval County School Board Receives 2012 Advocacy Award
The Duval County School Board has been named the recipient of the 2012 Florida School Counselor Association School Board Advocacy Award.

October 12, 2012
Dr. Bridget Williams Awarded Prestigious 2012 Annual Queen Smith Award for Commitment to Urban Public Education
West Area Superintendent Dr. Bridget Williams is the winner of the 2012 Queen Smith Award.

October 10, 2012
Evans High School teacher is selected People Magazine Teacher of the Year
Because a picture speaks a thousand words, here is Evans High School teacher Jennifer Bohn surrounded by her students.

October 9, 2012
Student Hero Takes the Wheel
September 18 was just another school day for young Oakridge Middle School sixth-grader Jackson Bonar.

October 8, 2012
Broward College professor builds supercomputer with video game cards to find new prime number
A homebuilt supercomputer assembled from garage sale parts and video game cards found the astronomically large prime number that put a Broward College professor on the mathematical map.

October 5, 2012
Fletcher High School Mock Trial Team Headed to New York City
The Fletcher High School Mock Trial team has been invited to participate in The Empire Mock Trial World Championship Invitational Tournament, which will be held in New York City from October 24 through October 29, 2012.

September 27, 2012
Seminole State student from Iran relishes freedom to express himself
The Seminole State College of Florida student, who arrived in the United States from Iran in 2011, has wanted to be a filmmaker ever since he can remember.

September 26, 2012
Indian River State College Awarded National Grant To Expand Manufacturing Job Training
Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida has been awarded a national grant in the amount of $589,401 for the development and expansion of innovative training programs that lead to jobs in manufacturing, science, technology, engineering and math.

September 21, 2012
Hundreds of beautiful pinwheels line the campus of Thornebooke Elementary School as students wish for and share "Whirled Peace" for International Day of Peace 2012
Thornebrooke students created their own "Pinwheels for Peace" in celebration of the 2012 International Day of Peace.

September 20, 2012
Seminole State's Oldest Classroom Building Earns College's First LEED Certification
Seminole State College of Florida's oldest classroom building has become the college's first LEED-certified building.

September 19, 2012
Chets Creek Teacher Selected as a Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Richard Pinchot, a fourth-grade math and science teacher at Chets Creek Elementary has been selected as a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the nation's highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching.

September 17, 2012
Boone High School Teacher Wins Premium Award from Insurance Industry
For 15 years Bill Daniel has educated students to become aware consumers with strong financial literacy.

September 12, 2012
Ada Merritt K-8 Center Honored with Insígnia Da Ordem De Rio Branco by Brazilian Government
The flag was presented to the school by the Brazilian Government through Ambassador Hélio Vitor Ramos F., Consul General of Brazil in Miami.

September 11, 2012
Boone High NJROTC is awarded "Most Improved" unit in the Nation
Boone High School began the new school year with a national honor.

September 10, 2012
Pensacola State College awarded $23,365 for scholarships
Pensacola State College was awarded $23,365 in scholarship grants from three groups Wednesday, Sept. 5.

September 6, 2012
Roosevelt Middle School Teacher Selected as Innovative Educator by Microsoft
Todd LaVogue, Magnet Coordinator at Roosevelt Community Middle School was recently selected by the Microsoft Corporation as one of the 16 national winners of the Partners in Learning U.S. Forum.

September 4, 2012
Highland Oaks Middle School Alumna is Finalist in Prestigious Science Competition
Nicole Odzer is one of 30 finalists in the 2012 prestigious Broadcom MASTERS Competition.

August 30, 2012
$1.1M BCC Grant Builds Job Skills of At-Risk Youth
A Brevard Community College program that helps at-risk youth earn a high school diploma or GED, as well as develop job skills, will continue thanks to a $1.1 million grant announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

August 23, 2012
Students at George T. Baker Aviation School Will Refurbish a Cold War Missile
Students at George T. Baker Aviation School will welcome a Cold War missile to South Florida for refurbishing before it is placed on display for the public at the Everglades National Park, the technical school is located at 3275 N.W. 42 Avenue in Miami, Florida.

August 10, 2012
Teachers Get Trained in Cutting Edge Technology
Hundreds of Hillsborough County Public School teachers are expected to participate Saturday in the state's first-ever back to school technology training event with Microsoft, where they will be trained in cutting-edge technology so they can start the school year ready to boost their students' technology skills.

August 8, 2012
Seminole School Wins Video Contest
Casselberry Elementary is one of Seminole County's older schools and lacks the technology that some others have.

August 1, 2012
Mini-Urban Challenge National Competition
Two robotics teams from South Miami Senior High finished in First and Second Place at the 2012 ION Mini-Urban Challenge National Competition held at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.

July 27, 2012
Miami-Dade County NAF Academies Bring Home the Gold
Miami-Dade County Public Schools' NAF (National Academy Foundation) Academies, students and educators were recognized for their achievements at a recent NAF conference.

July 27, 2012
Governor and First Lady Scott Announce Winners of Governor's Wellness Challenge
In promotion of fitness and healthy lifestyles, Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott announced the winners of the Governor's Wellness Challenge.

July 26, 2012
Broward Becomes Nation's First Wildlife Certified School District
You don't have to travel to national parks or wildlife refuges to get a real-life lesson in nature.

July 12, 2012
Seminole State College of Florida scores big at national business competition
Seminole State College of Florida's Phi Beta Lambda chapter earned high honors and recognition at the PBL National Leadership Conference, held June 24-27 in San Antonio.

July 6, 2012
More Hillsborough County Students Taking AP and Excelling
A record number of Hillsborough County Public Schools students participated in Advanced Placement courses in 2012 and a record number earned a score of 3 or above.

July 2, 2012
South Miami Grad Receives "Do The Right Thing" Scholarship
David Celis, a recent graduate from South Miami Senior High, was the recipient of the Angel Calzadilla/ "Do The Right Thing" Police Memorial Scholarship.

June 29, 2012
Manatee Technical Institute shines at annual SkillsUSA Championships
For the ninth straight year, Manatee Technical Institute students won more medals than any other school in the nation at the 48th annual SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City.

June 27, 2012
Love It, Like It, or Dislike It? Third Annual Student Food Tasting
The Hillsborough County Public Schools Student Nutrition Services Department is hosted their third annual Fresh Flavors - Foods for Body and Mind Expo from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 26, in the Spoto High School dining room.

June 25, 2012
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Celebrates
Miami Senior Adult Principal Alan Bashaw (holding microphone) helps a student, Luis De La Cruz, from a refugee program during an event honoring World Refugee Day 2012.

June 22, 2012
Chinese Delegation Visits Miami-Dade County Public Schools Vocational Programs
A Chinese delegation of vocational school principals, who are hoping to learn the U.S. model for vocational career training, visited Miami Lakes Educational Center and posed with students.

June 20, 2012
Superstar 7th Graders Publish Their Own eBook to the iBookstore
When 2012 rolled around, Andrea Santilli, a teacher at Woodlawn Beach Middle School in Gulf Breeze, Florida, wanted to find a new way to challenge her 7th grade Advanced Life Science students.

June 18, 2012
A perfect score on FCAT and more…
Eighth-grader Gabrielle Erwin from Bridgewater Middle School achieved a perfect score on the 2012 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) in Math, Reading, and Science.

June 18, 2012
Armwood High Senior Wins Perfect Car for Perfect Attendance
Armwood High School senior Brenna McPhee won a brand new 2012 Scion XD car on Saturday when she drew the winning car key during the Perfect Car for Perfect Attendance event held at Toyota of Tampa Bay.

June 14, 2012
Duval school district gets $360,000 for summer learning
Duval County Public Schools is among five school districts nationwide to share in a $4 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to improve summer learning programs.

June 12, 2012
Hillsborough P.E. teacher is in the Olympics
A physical education teacher at Booker T. Washington Elementary School has qualified for the summer Olympic games on the shooting team.

June 7, 2012
Winter Park High School Teacher Wins Healthy Central Florida Challenge, and Trip to New York City and Dr. Oz Show
Winter Park High School Teacher Meg Pietkiewicz has won the health and fitness challenge introduced by Dr. Mehmet Oz as part of the launch of the Healthy Central Florida (HCF) initiative in February in Winter Park.

June 6, 2012
Seminole State softball named Academic Team of the Year
The Seminole State softball team capped off a historic season with a strong finish as the Raiders were named Academic Team of the Year by the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA), and two Raider sophomores were awarded All-American honors by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

May 29, 2012
Kindergarten Teacher Wins $10,000 We Deliver Award
Kindergarten teacher Shelby Baldree thought she was going to the media center at Hammond Elementary School this afternoon to talk to reporters about preparing children for success starting in kindergarten.

May 25, 2012
Miami Beach Principal Selected As 'Florida Principal of the Year'
Dr. Rosann P. Sidener, principal at Miami Beach Senior High School has been selected as the 2012 Florida Association of School Administrators' (FASA) Principal of the Year.

May 24, 2012
Seminole State to offer Pharmacy Technology and Management Program in Fall 2012
To accommodate the growing need for pharmacy technicians in Central Florida, beginning in August 2012, Seminole State College of Florida will launch a Pharmacy Technology and Management degree program.

May 21, 2012
Food trucks are all the rage but it's nothing new to Orange County Public Schools
Food and Nutrition Services has been using a mobile food service truck since 2004.

May 17, 2012
Oak Ridge High School earns grant to put in place one of the nation's leading STEM education curriculum
Oak Ridge High School (ORHS) is the recipient of a $35,000 grant from "Project Lead The Way" (PLTW), the nation's leading provider of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum.

May 16, 2012
Cypress Bay High Teacher Wins APA TOPSS Award for Excellence in Teaching
Cypress Bay High Schools (Weston, Fla.) teacher Kimberly Patterson was awarded the American Psychological Association's TOPSS Excellence in Teaching Award in April for her dynamic teaching and commitment to the advancement of high school psychology.

May 14, 2012
Timber Creek students are best appellate high school attorneys in Florida
Timber Creek High School students, Alexis Soto and Julie Silvers, have been awarded the title of best appellate high school attorneys in the State of Florida after competing in the 2012 Florida Moot Court Competition.

May 11, 2012
Rehabilitation Center for the Blind Equals Success
Many people in this world dream of success, but there are those like the students below that strive to achieve and turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones on their path to accomplish their goals.

May 9, 2012
Three Amos P. Godby High School Students awarded scholarships
Three Amos P. Godby High School Students were honored at a ceremony sponsored by the Tallahassee Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

May 8, 2012
U.S. News ranks nations "best high schools," one FL schools makes Top 20
This is the fourth year the magazine has done this, though this year it reviewed more schools from 49 states (Nebraska didn't have enough data, so no cornhusker schools included) and Washington, D.C.

May 4, 2012
Miami Coral Park High School's Engineering Robotics Program Wins National Championship
Students from Miami Coral Park Senior High School's Engineering Robotics magnet program are national champions after winning the ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) Mentor Industry Round Table National Championship in Washington D.C.

April 30, 2012
Middleton Magnet High School Wins the FTC Robotics World Championship
In St. Louis, Missouri, April 25-28, the top 128 (out of 2,100 total teams) First Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics teams from around the world met to compete for the FTC World Championship.

April 26, 2012
Krop Senior High Students Excel at Barry University's Science Olympiad
Each spring, Barry University hosts a Science Olympiad competition designed for local area high school students taking chemistry and physics.

April 25, 2012
Seminole State Student Wins $30,000 Transfer Scholarship
Seminole State College of Florida honors student Charles Bilyue is one of only 60 students in the country to be named a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar for 2012.

April 24, 2012
Middleton Drum Major Wins Candy Olson Ambassador for Public Education $10K Scholarship
Abraham Tejeda, a Middleton High School senior and head drum major for the Tigers' marching band, was surprised this afternoon when School Board Chair Candy Olson presented him with a $10,000 college scholarship.

April 20, 2012
JROTC Student Earns Gold Medal of Valor for Intervention in Stabbing
In a fast-paced era - where most people can't stop to help someone struggling with their groceries - Tyler does more than just help.

April 16, 2012
Seminole State Nursing Program highlighted during Orlando Predators game
The Seminole State Nursing Program was recognized by the Holler-Classic Automotive Group during the Orlando Predators' College Night March 29.

April 11, 2012
Model UN students earn award at international conference
Sixteen students from Tallahassee Community College recently attended the Nation Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York City.

April 9, 2012
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, named the top music department in the country by the Grammy Foundation
Congratulations to Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, named the top music department in the country by the Grammy Foundation.

April 4, 2012
One Florida teacher gets all his kids to graduate
If you worry about the future of our kids, listen to the story of Miramar High School. Miramar was one of the worst schools in Florida, but in 10 years, with a new administration and dedicated teachers, it's now among the best.

April 2, 2012
Elementary School in Wesley Chapel wins awards for fighting obesity
It may look like nap time for the kindergarten class at Wesley Chapel Elementary, but the young students are doing a classic technique to relax and stretch as part of their school day lesson.

March 29, 2012
Seminole State's childcare program first in state to receive prestigious accreditation
The Early Childhood Education Program at Seminole State College of Florida is the first in Florida to achieve national accreditation from a leading association.

March 26, 2012
Florida high school student named Military Child of the Year for the Air Force
Operation Homefront's 2012 Military Child of the Year for the Air Force was recently awarded to Chelsea Rutherford, daughter of Technical Sgt. Kelly Herndon, 325th Medical Group education and training manager, and Technical Sgt. Charles Herndon, 43rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit F-22 avionics expeditor.

March 15, 2012
Seminole State STEM research program alumnus places in top 10 at Intel Science Talent Search
Seminole State College dual enrollment-STEM Research Program alumnus Neel Patel, placed sixth out of 40 students at the Intel Science Talent Search.

March 2, 2012
Commissioner Robinson Participates in the Read Across America Celebration
Today Commissioner Robinson participated in the Read Across America celebration of Dr. Seuss' 108th birthday at John G. Riley Elementary School in Tallahassee.

February 22, 2012
Student Astronaut Challenge
Florida State University Lab school students are living the experience of flying in space within the "Enterprise" Space Shuttle Flight Simulator.

February 14, 2012
2012 Black History Month Celebration
Employees of the Florida Department of Education heard the Ruediger Elementary Mathematical Drummers perform at the Department's 2012 Black History Month Celebration.

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