January 30, 2009
Vol. 3, Issue 2
Don’t Forget to Sign Up! - Statewide Tornado Drill Exercise February 4th
The statewide "tornado drill" conducted by the Florida offices of the National Weather Service is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009. If your school would like to participate in this year’s Tornado Drill, please provide your contact information at http://data.fldoe.org/cs/default.cfm?officeID=90. The drill is being held in conjunction with the 2009 Kids Weather Survival Week. For more information about Weather Survival Week, visit http://www.justreadflorida.com/hwaw/.
Governor Crist Announces Winners of “Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!” Contest
During a visit to Ruediger Elementary School in Tallahassee on January 14, Governor Charlie Crist announced the winners of the “Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!” contest. The statewide contest, open to all elementary, middle and high schools, asked students to create 26-second public service announcements promoting the importance of literacy in Florida. Each first place winner received a $1,000 gift card. The second place winners received a $500 gift card, and the third place winners received a $250 gift card.
Governor Crist was joined at Ruediger by Education Commissioner Eric Smith; Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons; and State Board of Education member Peter Boulware. They visited with first graders who read passages from the book Get Up and Go by Nancy Carlson.
The winners of the contest are as follows:
Elementary School Winners
Middle School Winners
- First Place – R. Bruce Wagner Elementary, Polk County
- Second Place – Palm City Elementary, Martin County
- Third Place – Lakeview Elementary, Osceola County
High School Winners
- First Place – Dunnellon Middle School, Marion County
- Second Place – Fruit Cove Middle School, St. Johns County
- Third Place – Indian Trails Middle School, Seminole County
- First Place – Buchholz High School, Alachua County
- Second Place – Edgewater High School, Orange County
- Third Place – Osceola High School, Osceola County
SAT Preparation Nationwide Contest Open To High School Student
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is offering a nationwide contest to allow high school students to create fun, creative videos that encourages preparing for the SATs. MIT is offering awards of up to $600 in prizes to the video that receives the greatest number of votes from viewers. Part of the total prize money ($200) will go directly to the winner(s), and $400 will be awarded to the class or school club. For more details about the contest, please visit www.BrainyFlix.com. The deadline for submissions is March 16.
Call For Gubernatorial Fellowship Program Applicants
Governor Charlie Crist announced the opening of the application process for the Gubernatorial Fellows program this week, providing Florida university students with firsthand, high-level experience and insight into how government operates. This program is designed to give Florida college and university students the unique opportunity to spend a semester working alongside state government’s top staff, gaining exposure and experience in public service.
Gubernatorial Fellows are assigned to the Executive Office of the Governor or the Governor’s agencies, based on their major or area of concentration.
To be eligible for a Gubernatorial Fellowship, candidates should be enrolled at a Florida college or university as an upperclassman (junior or senior) or a graduate student. Approximately 12 students from around the state will be selected based on a competitive application process. The Fellowship year will follow the university calendar, starting in August 2009 and ending in May 2010. Applications are due no later than Friday, March 20, 2009. The Governor’s Screening and Selection Committee will announce the program participants by the first week of June 2009.
For more information on the Gubernatorial Fellowship program, please visit www.myflorida.com/fellows.
School Breakfast Super Heroes Poster Contest Winners Announced
Florida School Breakfast Week is a statewide campaign developed to encourage students to eat school breakfast. Studies have shown that eating breakfast can increase students’ grades, standardized testing scores, classroom concentration, and attentiveness.
The 2008 theme for the breakfast week campaign included “Super Foods Create Super Heroes,” with an emphasis on Super Nutrient Heroes vitamins A and C, calcium, fiber, and protein. Students were encouraged to become their own super heroes by consuming a healthy school breakfast each morning. As part of last year’s campaign, the Florida Department of Education Office of Food and Nutrition Management and the Dairy Council of Florida sponsored a Breakfast Heroes Poster Contest. More than 3,000 student entries were submitted and the following winners were announced for 2008:
Grades K-3 Category
- 1st place- 3rd grader, Ashley Kekeisen of Gulf Breeze Elementary School in Santa Rosa County won a $75 Gift Card to Toys R Us
- 2nd place- 3rd grader, Mateo Garnica of Key Biscayne K-8 Center in Dade County won a Dairy Council themed Gift Basket
Grades 4-7 Category
- 1st place- 7th grader, Ana Remis of South Miami Middle Community School in Dade County won a $75 Gift Card to Best Buy
- 2nd place- 5th grader, Glen Ruperto of Perrine Elementary Expressive Arts School in Dade County won a Dairy Council themed Gift Basket
Grades 8-12 Category
- 1st place- 10th grader, Stefani Friedman of West Port High School in Marion County won a $100 Gift Card to Best Buy
- 2nd place- 12th grader, Phuc Huynh of Wiregrass Ranch High School in Pasco County won a Dairy Council themed Gift Basket
Additionally, the 2008 National School Lunch Week, recognized in October was the third and final year of the Vote for School Lunch Campaign. With a landslide victory, Pete Pizza was elected President of School Lunch by students across the country. The School Nutrition Association (SNA) has recognized Florida as one of the top three voting states for the Vote for School Lunch Campaign.
Nearly 300,000 students voted online at www.VoteforSchoolLunch.org or by ballot in schools and districts in every state, with more students voting this year than ever before. The victory speech from Pete Pizza can be viewed at http://www.voteforschoollunch.org/.
Digital Broadcasting Begins February 17
On Feb.17, 2009, all full-power broadcast television stations in the United States will stop broadcasting on analog airwaves and begin broadcasting only in digital. Digital broadcasting will allow stations to offer improved picture and sound quality as well as additional channels. To learn more about the upcoming changes, the Federal Communications Commission has devised a DTV Student Outreach group and Web site to prepare for the switch. To learn how you can help, visit http://www.dtv.gov/students/index.html.
College Goal Sunday Offers Assistance In Filling Out Student Aid Paperwork
Do you need assistance in filling out financial aid applications for college? College Goal Sunday offers free assistance in completing financial aid applications, and helps students start off on the right path toward paying for college. This year, College Goal Sunday weekend will take place February 21-22. To find a College Goal Sunday site near you, visit http://www.collegegoalsundayflorida.org.
Department of Labor Awards Technology-Based Learning Grant to Florida Community Colleges
Hillsborough Community College and Gulf Coast Community College will receive grants from the U.S. Department of Labor as part of the Technology-Based Learning Initiative of the Department’s Employment and Training Administration.
Applications from 16 states were selected. Florida was one of only four to have more than a single proposal chosen. Awards range from $150,000 to nearly $1 million. Recipients will carry out their proposals over a three-year period. More than 200 applications were submitted.
Fourth President of St. Johns River Community College Installed
Joe Pickens, J.D., was formally installed as the fourth president of St. Johns River Community College (SJRCC) in an inauguration ceremony held in December. Before an audience of more than 200 friends, faculty and family, SJRCC administrators and guest speakers shared praise and special remarks on Pickens' former career and assured their confidence in his new position. Pickens, 50, gave a heartfelt speech that included special recognition to his family, legislative staff, colleagues, former President Robert L. McLendon, Jr. and his late father, Bob Pickens.
North Florida Community College Selects President
North Florida Community College (NFCC) Acting President John Grosskopf was officially selected as president of the college during the Jan. 20 NFCC District Board of Trustees meeting. The Board’s decision to appoint Grosskopf in a permanent leadership role comes six months after Grosskopf accepted the position of acting president.
Nominations For Sammies Requested
Do you know a federal government employee who’s gone above and beyond in their civil service? The Partnership for Public Service presents the annual Service to America Medals (Sammies) to honor outstanding federal employees who have made significant contributions to our country. Nominations are due by Feb. 27, 2009. All career, civilian federal employees are eligible for these prestigious awards, and anyone may participate as a nominator.
The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize federal government. The program offers a unique opportunity to highlight innovative public-private partnerships and collaborative work across government.
Nomination categories and other program details, including the online nomination form, are available at http://servicetoamericamedals.org. If you have questions, please call the Partnership at (202) 775-9111 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Port Charlotte High School’s Model UN Team Captures World Championship
More than 20 foreign countries and 130 schools around the globe brought nearly 3,000 student delegates to compete in the world’s largest, most competitive and prestigious Model United Nations Conference.
All of the nations’ top private school programs were in attendance as were many of the U.S. News & World Report’s recent “Top One Hundred Public and Charter High Schools” list, as well as top international academies.
Each delegate competed in one of 14 different United Nations Committees, competing against 150 to 300 other delegates. After four days of raging debate, negotiation, consensus-building, speech-making and compromise the 19 delegates from Port Charlotte High school (PCHS) were showered with numerous awards.
PCHS delegates Ross Leach and Cameron Mathewson competing against 150 other delegates took Third Place in the Disarmament Committee, while Austin Poudrette and Jackson Barnett took Third Place honorable mention in the Historical General Assembly Committee. PCHS won First Place in the Best Delegate Award in three of four committees.
Karolina Povedych won the coveted Best Delegate Gavel in the International Summit on Water, and Brian Spadafora won First Place, “Best Delegate Gavel” award on the Legal Committee. John Rioux won First Place and the Best Delegate Gavel award on the Legal Committee for his work on the World Health Organization. Eric Johnson won Second Place and Outstanding Delegate Award representing France in a simulated 1654 world situation, and Chris Stampar won a Second Place “Outstanding Delegate Award” in the crisis simulation of the World Bank.
Chelli Arnett won Third Place Honorable Mention Award in the European Union Committee, and Rebecca Francois received a Third Place Honorable Mention for her work on the Human Rights Committee.
Port Charlotte was named the “Best Small School Delegation,” which made the school Co-World Champions for 2008.
Florida Students Designated Regional Sunshine State Scholars in Mathematics and Science
Graduating seniors from 10 high schools throughout the state have been designated as Regional Sunshine State Scholars in Mathematics and Science. The Sunshine State Scholars Program was established in 1997 to recognize the achievement of Florida’s graduating seniors who have demonstrated excellence in both mathematics and science. Each Florida school district selected District Scholars to compete in regional competitions. Ninety-five Scholars competed on Jan. 7, 2009, in hopes of becoming one of the 10 Regional Scholars. The regional winners will travel to Tallahassee on March 8-9, 2009, to vie for the title Statewide Sunshine State Scholar in Mathematics and Science. For the list of regional Sunshine State Scholars, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/01-15.asp.
High School Counselor Named National Mentor of the Year
Donna Cross, a guidance counselor at Lakeland’s Kathleen High, was named the 2008 Mentor of the Year by the Virginia-based Ron Brown Scholar Program. She was selected from more than 5,000 high school counselors nominated nationally. To read more, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/01-13.asp.
Dunbar High School Recognized As First Microsoft Certified High School In Nation
Dunbar High School in Lee County has been recognized as the first Microsoft Certified High School in the nation for its computer certification program. Since the program’s inception, more than 712 Industry Standard Information Technology computer certifications have been earned through the Microsoft training. Additionally, more than 450 Information Technology Certification Tests were passed by students in 2007-2008. Of the students enrolled in the Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technicians track, 100 percent have become certified.
Jones High School Principal Honored With Award For Civic Affairs
The Hankins/Johnson Education Foundation of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated has announced the selection of Dr. Bridget Williams, principal of Jones High School in Orange County, as a 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King Drum Major Award honoree. Dr. Williams was chosen to receive the award under the civic affairs category. For the full story, visit http://www.fldoe.org/SuccessStories/2009/01-21.asp.
Clinical Educator Trainer Preparation (CET)
March 17 – 19, 2009
The Clinical Educator Trainer Preparation is a newly revised program that prepares trainers to deliver modules to develop clinical skills for assisting teachers in both the classroom and student service settings. Areas addressed by this program include diagnosing performance of educators and students, providing feedback on professional performance, and preparation and implementation of professional development plans.
A prerequisite for attending this trainer preparation session is previous completion of the Clinical Education Training (Participant Level) for supervising teachers. This first level of training is provided at the school district level. It is required for all district personnel and teachers, (including school psychologists, guidance counselors and school social workers), who supervise or direct teacher preparation students during field experience courses or final internships.
Registration for the workshop may be completed online at http://data.fldoe.org/register/prodev/. These sessions fill up rapidly, so early registration is advisable. Due to the nature of the training, a limited number of participants will be accepted.
The training will be held at the Leon County School District Aquilina C. Howell Instructional and Services Center Board Conference Room, 3955 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32304.
If you would like additional information about the program, please contact Dr. Judy Etemadi, by telephone at (850) 245-0694, or via e-mail at email@example.com. In addition, you may also visit the following Web site at http://www.fldoe.org/profdev/clined.asp.
Second International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education
Apr. 15-17, 2009
Paramount Plaza Hotel and Suites
The music education faculty of the University of Florida School of Music will host a Symposium on Assessment in Music Education from April 15-17, 2009, at the Paramount Plaza Hotel and Suites in Gainesville, Fla. This symposium will focus on identifying and exploring effective assessment frameworks, models, and designs for the assessment of PreKindergarten through 12th grade and postsecondary music students and music programs. Keynote Speakers include Dr. Eric Smith, Florida Commissioner of Education, Dr. Richard Colwell, Dr. David Elliott and Dr. Edwin Gordon. For more details, visit http://conferences.dce.ufl.edu/isame/.
Third Annual Prepárate Conference
April 23–24, 2009
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel
Gain effective strategies to better prepare Latino students for college success. Become part of the national agenda focused on raising the academic expectations for Latino students by registering for Prepárate, and join colleagues throughout the country for two full days of sharing, learning, and connecting. For more information, visit http://www.collegeboard.com/preparate/.