October 24, 2008
Vol. 2, Issue 22
Award Recipients Honored At Fifth Annual Commissioner’s Summit For Principals
Douglas P. Rodriguez, Principal of Ronald Reagan/Doral Sr. High School in Miami-Dade County and Stephanie C. Soliven, Assistant Principal of Cocoa High School in Brevard County, were announced as the recipients of the 2008 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership and Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award during the Fifth Annual Commissioner's Summit for Principals. During the summit, Principal Rodriguez was presented a check for $5,000, and Assistant Principal Soliven was presented a check for $2,500. Both award winners were also given a certificate and obelisk signifying their extraordinary dedication to their schools and communities. Each winner also received a $1,000 check for their schools. For more details, visit www.fldoe.org.
Governor Crist Recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month Contest Winners
Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced the winners of the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award and student essay contest. The educators and students were honored at the Governor’s Mansion on October 14.
Three outstanding Hispanic educators were recognized with the Excellence in Education Award for their contributions to education in Florida. Each received an award check for $1,500.
Also, three students were recognized for their outstanding essays. The essay topic this year was, "In what ways does the foundation of Florida's Hispanic legacy help to build the future of Florida's innovation economy?" Each student received a laptop computer from Dell and a full four-year tuition scholarship from the Florida Pre-Paid College Foundation to the Florida state college or university of their choice.
- Mrs. Barbara Jarrett, Valrico Elementary School, Valrico
- Mr. Hector Veras, Crystal Lake Community Middle School, Pompano Beach
- Mr. Salvador Mucino, Wellington Community High School, Wellington
- Alexis Rosa, DevonAire K-8 Center, Miami
- Alexis Tahmassebi, DeLaura Middle School, Melbourne
- Velasquez, Ridgewood High School, Port Richey
Students To Participate in Voting Process
The Florida Department of Education (DOE) in collaboration with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission encourages Florida’s public and private school students to participate in the civic process of voting. Students in grades 4-8 will have the opportunity to learn about not only participatory democracy but also gain knowledge about Florida’s bird life by choosing a state bird on Election Day (November 4).
A new Web site, www.Vote4Bird.org, has been created that introduces the list of candidates with photographs and text. The birds in contention include the osprey, snowy egret, black skimmer, brown pelican and great egret. Voting will take place via the Web site with results available after Election Day. Learn about the bird candidates at www.Vote4Bird.org.
Participation in this voting project is voluntary. For those participating, please have students vote at school during the regular national election voting hours of 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. If you have questions, contact VieVie Baird at email@example.com or Judy Gillan at Judy.Gillan@myfwc.com.
Free Financial Aid Workshops for Guidance Counselors and Mentors
The DOE Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) and the Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (FASFAA) announce the launch of the 2008 National Training for Counselors and Mentors (NT4CM): Funding Education Beyond High School. This year the NT4CM workshop offers two new sessions: Early Awareness/Financial Aid Planning and Hosting a Financial Aid Night. Updated topics include recent changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG).
The workshops are designed for middle and high school guidance counselors and mentors. We will provide free training, resources and tools regarding federal, state and institutional financial aid programs.
Guidance counselors are a fundamental link in delivering critical financial aid information to students. The NT4CM workshop offers flexible yet comprehensive workshops, which have been developed with educators’ schedules in mind. Workshops are being held throughout the state from October to January.
To view OSFA’s training dates and locations or to register for a NT4CM workshop, visit https://ffelpreports.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/osfatraining. For more information, contact Kelly Harrison, NT4CM State of Florida Coordinator at Kelly.Harrison@fldoe.org.
Florida’s 2008 American Star of Teaching
Sandra Prew, a fourth and fifth grade language arts teacher at Key Largo School was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2008 American Star of Teaching. Prew has engaged parents, families, and the community in numerous activities to educate, support, and raise student achievement for the students at Key Largo School. For more on this story, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2008/10-06.asp.
Science Teacher Receives Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Kitchka Petrova, a science teacher at Ponce de Leon Middle School in Coral Gables, Fla., is one of fifteen teachers selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to receive a 2008-2009 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship. This prestigious program offers elementary and secondary science, technology, and math teachers with a demonstrated excellence in teaching an opportunity to serve in the national education or public policy arena. Dr. Petrova has been selected for an Einstein Fellowship in the GK-12 program of the Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation, headquartered in Arlington, VA. For more information, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2008/10-14.asp.
59th Annual Florida Counseling Association Conference
Nov. 13-15, 2008
The Plaza Resort & Spa
Daytona Beach, Fla.
The 59th Annual Florida Counseling Association Conference, Florida Counselors: Riding the Wave of Change, will be held November 13 - 15 in Daytona Beach at the Plaza Resort & Spa. For more information or to register, visit www.flacounseling.org.
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.