Florida Schools To Share Best Practices At
English Estates Elementary in Fern Park, Atlantic
Technical Center in Coconut Creek, and Marion Technical Institute
in Ocala have been selected as model schools for 2008 by the International
Center for Leadership in Education. The chosen schools will share
their best practices at the 16th Annual Model Schools Conference
in Orlando. The conference showcases K-12 education reform. For
more on the story, visit www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2008/05-21.asp.
2008 Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth
Exchange Scholarship Recipients
Graduating high school seniors from Florida
will get the opportunity to live in Germany in the coming year as
part of the Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Scholarship
Program. Created by the United States Congress and the German Bundestag
(Parliament), this program is administered nationwide by Nacel Open
Door. The Florida Department of Education Division of Workforce
Education coordinates the interview process in Florida and supports
students interested in applying for the scholarship.
The scholarship recipients from Florida are as follows:
- John Kemp, Titusville High School
- Catherine Waldenberger, Titusville High School
- Meghan Wolfgram, Brevard Community College
- Kelly Tymecki, South Broward High School
Florida Students Win in High-Tech Competition
Several Florida teams won first place prizes
at this years national eCYBERMISSION competition. eCYBERMISSION
is a U.S. Army-sponsored, Web-based science, math and technology
competition that allows students in grades six through nine to compete
for regional and national awards while working to solve problems
in their communities.
Following are the winners:
Seventh graders Anna Bethel, Gabrielle Buckles, Delaney Burlingame
and Stephanie Elkin from Rock Lake Middle School in Longwood, Fla.
Eighth graders Zen Campbell, Jason Draper, Dalton Stanley and Spencer
Tuttle of Stone Middle School in Melbourne, Fla.
Teacher Named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction
Lake Brantley High School teacher Bradley
Willis in Seminole County was recently selected as a Claes Nobel
Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars
(NSHSS). A role model to pupils, Willis was nominated by his students
for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the classroom.
North Dade Eighth Grader Named One of Americas Top 10 Youth
Bria Brown, an eighth grader at North Dade Middle School in Opa
Locka, Fla., received the 2008 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.
The program recognizes outstanding achievements in community service.
Bria, a five-year cancer survivor, won $5,000,
an engraved gold medallion and a crystal trophy for her school.
Additionally, the Prudential Foundation will provide a $5,000 grant
to a nonprofit charitable organization of Brias choice.
Brain Bowl Regional Coach of the Year
For the second consecutive year Patricia Campbell,
an English teacher at Lake-Sumter Community College, has been named
the Brain Bowl Regional Coach of the Year for the East-Central Region.
Campbell's coaching led her team to win the Brain Bowl regional
competition, and then helped her team earn fifth place among 22
competitors in the Brain Bowl state tournament.
Melbourne History Teacher To Attend Presidential
Academy for American History and Civics
Christopher Carl, a History teacher at Melbourne
High School, has been accepted into the Presidential Academy for
American History and Civics. In July, Carl will visit Philadelphia,
Penn., Gettysburg, Penn., and Washington, D.C., studying the American
Revolution and Founding, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights movement.
Two Duval County Elementary
Schools Honored for Counseling Programs
Carter G. Woodson Elementary School and Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary
School in Duval County are two of 62 schools from 15 states that
will be recognized for making exemplary commitment to comprehensive
school counseling programs according to the American School Counselor
The schools will receive the Recognized ASCA
Model Program (RAMP) designation during a special ceremony at ASCAs
annual conference in Atlanta, Ga.
2008 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals
Four schools from Florida recently placed
in the top three of their respective divisions at the 2008 Odyssey
of the Mind World Finals. More than 800 schools from across the
nation and around the globe competed. Teams from each school chose
a long-term problem from six categories for which they worked on
throughout the school year. Problems ranged in theme from the more
technical to the creative. The final products were showcased at
the NASA-sponsored World Finals where they were judged on creativity,
teamwork and risk-taking.
Several Florida teams were honored for their success
in the competition: Poinciana Elementary Math, Science and Technology
Magnet School placed first in Division I of the Odyssey Road Rally
category, Miami Coral Park Senior High School placed third in Division
III of the same category, Bak Middle School of the Arts placed second
in The Wonderful Muses category of Division II and Seminole Community
College came in second place in Division IV for the Tee Structure