January 4, 2008
Vol. 2, Issue 1
Florida Teacher of the Year Provides Clean Water Challenge
Florida Department of Education/Macy's 2008 Teacher of the Year Richard Ellenburg challenges his fourth graders about water pollution and reclamation. During his class, Mr. Ellenburg tasks students with taking dirty water and cleaning it. The students are then given the tools for "cleaning" the water, including a strainer, coffee filters, funnels, extra cups, straws and a spoon.
The challenge not only teaches the students about the fragility of Florida's water resources, but they also gain hands-on experience with distillation, learn of energy consumption and water reclamation.
Major Areas of Interest (MAI) Submission Deadline Approaching
On January 2, 2008 the web-based Major Areas of Interest (MAI) submission site will be unlocked to give districts the opportunity to update MAIs to be made available at each high school. Working with their districts, schools will have the opportunity to identify their MAIs and respective courses for the 2008-2009 school year.
The web-based system to update high school MAIs opened at 8:00 a.m. eastern standard time (EST) January 2, 2008, and will remain open through 5:00 p.m. EST February 29, 2008.
Please contact Heather Kelley at (850) 245-0509 or via e-mail at Heather.Kelley@fldoe.org, or
Lillian Finn at (850) 245-0509 or via e-mail at Lillian.Finn@fldoe.org.
To access the MAI submission site, please visit http://fldoe.org/APlusPlus/.
Broward Community College Students Face Tremendous Obstacles on the Path to Graduation
Of the 600 students participating in Broward Community College's graduation ceremonies, two young women overcame overwhelming obstacles to receive their diplomas. Victoria Croasdale, diagnosed with cancer at the age of six, and Nathalie Pluviose, who is deaf, relied on BCC's Disability Services to help them succeed. For more information,
please visit www.broward.edu.
Poster Contest Deadline for National Missing Children's Day
In honor of National Missing Children's Day, the U.S. Department of Justice is sponsoring a nationwide poster contest for fifth grade students. A ceremony will be held on May 25th in Washington, D.C. to honor the winner, as well as recognize both law enforcement and citizens who are instrumental in the safety of children. The theme for the poster contest is "Bringing Our Missing Children Home". The Florida Department of Education, Florida Department of Law Enforcement/Missing Children Information Clearinghouse (FDLE/MCIC), AMBER Alert partners, and other organizations are working together to select a winner to represent the state of Florida. For more information,
please visit http://ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/programs/postercontest.