News Slices:
Governor Crist Announces Sunshine Week Essay Contest Winners
Florida Virtual School Launches New and Improved AP Reviews
Oceanography Camp Promotes Science Careers for Girls
Governor Crist Announces Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorders
Five Florida Community Colleges Named to President’s Honor Roll

Seeds of Success:
Rutherford Student Government Association Receives Medallion Award
Okaloosa County Teacher Named Science Teacher of the Year
Choctawhatchee High School Student Wins ADDY Award

Branching Out:
Raising Your Voice for Service Learning
Florida's 3rd Annual Bullying Prevention Conference
Advanced Placement Summer Institute for Administrators
7th Annual Just Read, Florida! K-12 Leadership Conference

 


March 28, 2008

Vol. 2, Issue 7

News Slices

Governor Crist Announces Sunshine Week Essay Contest Winners
Governor Charlie Crist recently announced the winners of the 2008 Sunshine Week Essay Contest. Florida high school students had the opportunity to submit essays relating to open government. Sunshine Week celebrated the State of Florida’s dedication to making state and local government more accessible to the public.

The student essays answered the question, “What role does open government play within a democratic society and a democratic government?” The first place winner received a $5,000 scholarship, the second place winner received a $2,500 scholarship, and third place received a $1,500 scholarship. The winners are:

First Place: Jordan Loar, Fort Walton Beach High School, 12th Grade
Second Place: Nathaniel Fritz, Western High School (Davie), 11th Grade
Third Place: Ryan Menard, H. B. Plant High School (Tampa), 9th Grade

For more information on Open Government, visit www.flgov.com/og_home.


Florida Virtual School Launches New and Improved AP Reviews
Students throughout Florida planning to take AP Exams can prepare using an online AP Review. The Web-based tool features multiple choice assessments in a self-paced, interactive environment. The AP Reviews will arm students with resources and practice tests developed from previously released AP examinations and materials licensed by the College Board. The test reviews are offered free of charge to all students and are available for the following courses: AP Art History, AP Biology; AP Calculus AB; AP English Language (new tutorial); AP English Literature; AP Government and Politics; AP Macroeconomics; AP Spanish (new tutorial); AP U.S History; and AP European History. Students currently enrolled in Florida Virtual School (FLVS) AP courses are pre-registered for the AP Review that corresponds with their AP course; a link to the review is embedded in their course content. Students not currently enrolled in FLVS courses can register for the AP Reviews by going to http://aptestreview.flvs.net.


Oceanography Camp Promotes Science Careers for Girls
The University of South Florida Oceanography Camp for Girls program provides girls a chance to see what oceanography and other geosciences have to offer by engaging them in real life marine science activities. Organized by the USF College of Marine Science, the three-week camp begins June 23 and runs through July 11. Participants will be treated to hands-on experiences as they accompany ocean scientists on field trips to ocean settings, take part in conservation activities and set sail on three-day research cruises.

The camp is free and open to any Pinellas County girl who is going from eighth to ninth grade. Deadline for applications is March 30. For more information or to apply for the camp, go to www.marine.usf.edu/girlscamp, or call (727) 553-3921.


Governor Crist Announces Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorders
Governor Charlie Crist recently announced the creation of the Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorders to address the growing health crisis that autism represents through coordinating efforts and setting a proactive agenda. The task force, comprised of leaders in autism advocacy and treatment, health care practitioners, and family members of persons with autism, will submit a final report to the Governor by March 20, 2009.

Florida Department of Education Chief of the Bureau of Exceptional Education Bambi J. Lockman was appointed to the task force for a term beginning March 7, 2008.


Five Florida Community Colleges Named to President’s Honor Roll
President George W. Bush recently named five Florida community colleges to the 2007 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. These institutions were selected based on community service activities conducted during the 2006-2007 academic year. The following community colleges received honors:

Brevard Community College - Honor Roll with Distinction
Florida Community College at Jacksonville
Gulf Coast Community College
Hillsborough Community College
Miami Dade College

The President's Honor Roll sponsors include the Corporation for National and Community Service's Learn and Serve America program, U.S. Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, Campus Compact and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. To view the entire list of honorees, visit www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.




Seeds of Success

Rutherford Student Government Association Receives Medallion Award
The Rutherford High School Student Government Association was recently named a Bronze Medallion Council at the Florida Association of Student Councils Convention held in Gainesville, Fla. Panama City student officers Paula Nguyen, Josiah Ramirez, Trisha Casey, Robyn Moore, Katelyn Doud and Justin Grimes all shared in the honor. Medallion Awards are presented based on the performance of the school's student council. For more on the story, visit www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2008/03-18.asp.


Okaloosa County Teacher Named Science Teacher of the Year
Greer Harvell, a science teacher from Meigs Middle School Science in Okaloosa County, was named the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Shell Science Teacher of the Year. She will receive a $10,000 check and an all-expense paid trip to attend the NSTA national conference on March 28 in Boston, MA. For more information, go to www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2008/03-12-2.asp.


Choctawhatchee High School Student Wins ADDY Award
Andrea Todd, a sophomore at Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, is the first student to receive an Emerald Coast Advertising Federation's ADDY award. She won two silver ADDY's in the photography category at the recent gala award ceremony. For details, visit www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2008/03-12.asp.


Branching Out

Raising Your Voice for Service Learning
April 21-22, 2008
Florida Museum of History – R.A. Gray Building Auditorium
Tallahassee

The Florida Department of Education and its Florida Learn & Serve program is recognizing and celebrating Service-Learning Month this April. The “Raising Your Voice for Service Learning” Conference will be held in Tallahassee April 21-22, 2008, at the Florida Museum of History (R.A. Gray Building – Auditorium).

The conference will provide training for teachers, students, partners, and community organizations engaged in service learning. Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. Training will focus on communication and presentation skills, and working with the media, public and elected officials to increase awareness of service-learning projects conducted by students to meet identified community needs.

The conference is an opportunity for students, teachers, and others to showcase their service-learning projects and experiences, to gain additional training, and to share the impacts of service learning. The conference will also be a valuable experience for other program planners, teachers, administrators, state-level leaders, and business partners to learn more about service learning.

If your school, district, or organization participates in or implements service learning, contact Mary Matthews at Florida Learn & Serve at (850) 488-2687 or mmatthews@admin.fsu.edu for more information about the conference or to display a service-learning project. To register for the conference visit www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=5hEdfSrnG46sKj6Wv_2b8_2fKA_3d_3d.

Whether you attend the above conference or not, April is a great time to promote and highlight service-learning activities in your district, school or organization.


Florida's 3rd Annual Bullying Prevention Conference
April 24-25, 2008
Orlando

Florida's 3rd Annual Bullying Prevention Conference, sponsored by the Florida Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will be held April 24-25, 2008, at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, to raise awareness and provide prevention information and tools about bullying.

Prevention specialists, school guidance counselors, teachers, principals, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Coordinators, school health educators, school psychologists/social workers, School Resource Officers (SROs)/law enforcement, staff development directors, etc., are encouraged to attend. To register, please visit https://www.aceofflorida.org/Register/Register01.cfm?lngEventDateID=238&lngEvent=132.


 

Advanced Placement Summer Institute for Administrators
June 25-27, 2008
Clearwater Beach

The Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute for Administrators will take place at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort on June 25-27, 2008. Teachers, principals and district personnel are invited to participate to discuss a variety of topics about AP programs. This year's institute will focus on building equity in AP programs, teaching strategies and the relationship of the course to the AP Exam. For more information, please e-mail sro@collegeboard.org.


 

7th Annual Just Read, Florida! K-12 Leadership Conference
June 29 - July 2, 2008
Orlando

The Just Read, Florida! office is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Just Read, Florida! K-12 Leadership Conference to be held June 29 - July 2, 2008 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

This year's Leadership Conference will also combine forces with the Division of Public Schools, Office of Mathematics and Science to present a strand of curriculum sessions focusing on innovative best practices for K-12 curriculum and implementation of the new standards (in lieu of the annual fall K-12 Conference). This year's conference is expected to be the largest ever with an audience of more than 5,000 educators.

Registration and additional information on the conference is available at www.justreadflorida.com/conference/.


 
 
 
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