August 29, 2008
Vol. 2, Issue 18
Florida KidCare launches “Act-Out for Health” PSA contest
Florida KidCare is seeking middle and high school students from across the state to enter the Act-Out for Health contest to help promote affordable health insurance available through Florida KidCare. Students ages 12 through 18 can produce a 30-second television commercial or create a print advertisement promoting Florida KidCare, a state and federally funded program for uninsured children.
This contest makes a great class project. Students can win scholarships, money for your school and gift cards. Winning entries may be featured on television or newspapers and magazines across the state. Contest entry deadline is Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, at 4 p.m.
For more information and to download contest entry packets, please visit www.actout4health.org. Visit the Florida Healthy Kids Web site to view last year’s winning PSA entry at www.healthykids.org/marketing/aofh.php?lang=ENG.
Disability Employment Awareness Month
October is Disability Employment Awareness Month and the Department of Education Vocational Rehabilitation Division is joining with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities to honor some of our outstanding employers at a special event in Tallahassee on Tuesday, October 8.
Please send your nominations for employers who fit one or more of these criteria:
Send a short paragraph as to why you feel this employer should be recognized to Rachel Smith at Rachel.Smith@vr.fldoe.org by Friday, September 12. A committee will decide the winners.
- Employer has a history of hiring people with disabilities or
- Employer has developed unique and atypical job opportunities or
- Employer has made a local impact
BubbleWrap Competition for Young Inventors
Sealed Air Corporation and The National Museum of Education announce the third annual BubbleWrap® Competition for Young Inventors for grades five through eight. This innovative contest incorporates national and state academic standards in the fields of engineering design, problem-solving, entrepreneurship and all of the core curricular subjects. This year's competition includes prizes for students and their teachers.
The deadline for submission is Nov. 3, 2008, and applications may be received via hard copy mail, e-mail or fax. More details for the competition are available at www.nmoe.org or by calling (330) 376-8300 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Community College Olympians
Four Olympic softball players have ties to Florida’s Community Colleges. USA team standout Crystl Bustos is a Palm Beach Community College alumni and former player for the college’s softball team. She hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to give the U.S. a 4-0 lead against Japan in the women's semifinal softball game.
Geraldine Puertas, a sophomore at Pensacola Junior College (PJC) in Florida who plays third baseman for the college’s softball team, played in the 2008 Olympics for Venezuela, her home country.
Indian River State College (IRSC ) 2008 swim team members and IRSC graduates Gideon Louw (South Africa) and Gordon Touw Njie Tjouw (Suriname) also competed for their home countries in the Beijing Olympics. Louw competed in freestyle swimming while Tjouw competed in the butterfly.
Former Tallahassee Community College baseball standout Mike Saunders played for the Canadian team. Saunders picked up two hits but it wasn’t enough for Canada, who fell to Chinese Taipei.
$5.8 million Medical Center Opens at Indian River State College
Indian River State College (IRSC) officially opened the Brenda and Vernon Smith Center for Medical Education. The $5.8 million facility is a partnership between IRSC and Florida State University (FSU) and houses the FSU College of Medicine at Fort Pierce and IRSC's biotechnology laboratories.
The Treasure Coast has several biotech companies, including Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, and with the new medical center, now has the means to train a workforce for them. "The timing of this project, for our community, is absolutely perfect," IRSC President Edwin Massey said.
Law Enforcement Honors the Fallen at Daytona State College Memorial Dedication
Local law enforcement and correctional officials joined Daytona State College Friday, July 28, in dedicating a fountain on the College’s criminal justice training grounds in memory of those who have died in the line of duty.
“It is an honor to be able to pay tribute to the men and women who wear the uniform,” Daytona State President Kent Sharples said to nearly 100 law enforcement and correctional officials, training recruits and instructors who attended the morning ceremony. “We want you to know how much support there is for you and how much respect there is for those who have fallen.”
Senior Honored As National Davidson Fellow
The national Davidson Fellows Scholarship rewards students who have completed a significant piece of research projects on categories such as math, science, literature, music, technology, and philosophy. Florida student Nathan Georgette will receive $10,000 for his work, and will also be recognized at a special awards reception sponsored in Washington, D.C., at the Library of Congress in September.
Nathan Georgette, a current senior in the International Baccalaureate program at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, won in the Science category. In his project, “Novel Herd Immunity Threshold Analysis Incorporating Population Dynamics and Gradual Immunization,” Nathan developed a novel mathematical model intended to reduce the costs of stopping viral disease outbreaks in impoverished nations. He used mathematical modeling to generate a formula with which the minimum number of vaccines needed to stop a measles outbreak can be calculated in real time during the outbreak. His research represents a new approach to understanding the dynamic effects of infectious disease spread and gradual immunization.
Florida Association for Staff Development Leadership Conference
Sept. 22-24, 2008
Tradewinds Island Grand Resort
St. Pete Beach
The annual Florida Association for Staff Development (FASD) Leadership Conference will be held at the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach Sept. 22 – 24, 2008. All educational personnel who have an interest in receiving, delivering or supporting high quality professional development are invited to join FASD members to participate in professional learning surrounding state of the art technology to support professional development, teacher and school leadership principles which align with high quality professional development, and support structures for new teacher induction programs. The conference will offer a blend of learning opportunities from experts as well as school-based practitioners in these, and other topics related to improved professional development. For more information, visit www.fasdonline.org.
2008 Florida Prevention Conference & Suicide Prevention Symposium
Symposium: Sept. 30 - Oct. 1; Conference: Oct. 1 – 3
Caribe Royale All-Suites Resort
The Governor’s Office of Suicide Prevention – along with BayCare Life Management – are proud to present the state’s fourth annual Suicide Prevention Symposium on Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. The symposium will include a wide variety of workshops designed to increase your knowledge, capacity and skills to respond early and effectively to suicidal ideation as well as effective strategies.
For more information, visit http://www.meetingmasterminds.com/2008_suicide_prevention_symposium_brochure.pdf.
2008 Annual Convention of the Florida School Counselor Association
Oct. 23-25, 2008
Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld
The most focused program in school counseling in Florida, the 2008 FSCA Convention will be delivered by thoughtful leaders from Florida and throughout the United States. The hottest and most relevant topics will be explored by leading industry advocates, state officials, counselor educators and, most importantly, professional school counselors!
For more information and to register, visit www.fla-schoolcounselor.org/convention2008.htm.
12th Annual Charter School Conference
Nov. 20-21, 2008
The 12th Annual Charter School Conference will be held November 20-21, at the DoubleTree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando. This year’s theme: “Charters: Providing Choice, Creating Change,” will enable those who are interested in the success of charter schools and the choice they give students in Florida an opportunity to learn firsthand about the importance of charter schools. For additional information, visit http://charterschoolconference.com/index.php.