Florida High School Students Win Poetry Out Loud National Recitation
Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning recently announced
the winners of the state finals of the Poetry Out Loud National
Recitation Contest, which took place at the R.A. Gray Building,
in Tallahassee in celebration of National Poetry Month. To see the
winners, go to www.fldoe.org.
Auto Club Honors Local Fifth-Grader
Oakland Park Elementary School fifth-grade student Trevor
Martin was named the AAA School Safety Patrol Patroller of
the Year by AAA Auto Club South. AAA Auto Club South honors
one patrol winner in its territory, consisting of Florida, Georgia,
Tennessee and Puerto Rico, for the annual award. More than 100,000
patrollers were nominated for the recognition. For the full story,
go to http://fldoe.org/successstories/2007/03-08-3.asp.
Help Promote Literacy
Third-grade students at Lake Forest Elementary School in Alachua
County are taking a different approach to reading. The Rotary Reading
Safari is an after-school literacy project that encourages students
to read by allowing them to visit the zoo. During the visits, students
read books about animals, visit a wide variety of exhibits, and
in some cases, interact with them. For the full story, visit
High School Journalism Class Earns All-Florida Honors
Journalism students at DeSoto County High School were recently recognized
by the Florida Scholastic Press Association (FSPA) for a job well-done
on its magazine. Pedigree, published since 1977, was honored as
the sole All-Florida Literary Magazine. The winning
edition focused on the Best of the Best, and includes
writings and artwork from the journalism students. Read the full
story at http://fldoe.org/successstories/2007/03-02.asp.
Super Saturdays Increase Parent Involvement
Bethune Elementary in Hollywood, Fla., recently
set-in-motion a program aimed at helping increase parental involvement
in student education. Super Saturdays ran from Jan.
27 to Feb. 17, and allowed parents to learn about using computers
and other learning resources at their childrens schools. See
the details at http://fldoe.org/successstories/2007/03-01.asp.
i-SAFE America Internet Safety Education
and Training Available for Florida School Districts
April 25, 2007
Over the past year, i-SAFE America, Inc. has partnered with the
Florida Department of Education to provide a prevention-oriented
Internet safety education program for students in grades K-12, which
includes professional development, K-12 curriculum, leadership opportunities
for students, and resources for parents and the community at large.
i-SAFE is a non-profit foundation whose mission
is to educate and empower youth to safely and responsibly take control
of their Internet experience. The program provides awareness and
knowledge that enables students to recognize and avoid dangerous,
destructive, or unlawful online behavior and to respond appropriately.
Training for i-SAFE America is available and open to school district
personnel. The next virtual training date is April 25 from 1:00
to 5:00 p.m. EDT, exclusively for Florida. Go to http://vta.isafe.org
and include event ID number 20797 to register. If you prefer to
learn through a series of video modules, which can be completed
individually online at your own pace, go to http://ilearn.isafe.org.
For more information, contact Amy Kirn at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
13th School Attendance Symposium: Linking
Attendance to Positive Engagement
Oct. 29-30, 2007
Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Sponsored by the Florida Department of Education, the Student Support
Services Project, and the Florida Association of School Social Workers,
the Symposium provides a statewide forum for sharing and promoting
proven practices that positively impact school attendance and student
achievement. The program agenda will also include information updates
on state and federal requirements that impact school attendance
policy, and district implementation.
Attendance specialists, child protection
services providers, juvenile justice agencies, school health coordinators,
teachers, parents, and principals should attend. For more information,
or to register, visit http://sss.usf.edu/AttendanceSymposium/2007/index.html.