January 08, 2010
Vol. 4, Issue 1
Black History Month Contests Announced
In recognition of Florida Black History Month, Gov. Charlie Crist has invited students in kindergarten through 12th grade to participate in essay and art contests based on artwork from The Kinsey Collection: The Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey currently on display at the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science in Tallahassee. Governor Crist also unveiled Florida’s Black History Month “African-American Art – A Look at Our Past; A Glimpse into Our Future” Web site and encouraged students, parents, teachers and principals to nominate full-time African-American educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Black History Month Excellence in Education Award. Visit www.FloridaBlackHistory.com to download complete guidelines and entry forms.
- Excellence in Education Award – The Black History Month Excellence in Education Award is open to all African-American, full-time educators in an elementary, middle or high school in Florida. One winner will be selected at each level and will receive a check for $1,500 at the Governor’s Black History Month celebration to be held in Tallahassee in February 2010. Entries are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, 2010, and may be submitted by a principal, teacher, parent or student.
The following contests are open to all Florida students in grades K-12. Entries must be postmarked by 5:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 2010. Artwork used for the contests is available for viewing at www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.
- Art Contest for Grades K-3 – The Black History Month art contest is open to all Florida students in grades K-3. Art submissions should address the topic: Based on Claude Clark’s painting “Guest House,” think of a building that is special to you and draw, paint, sketch or make a collage of that special building. Two winners will be selected and will receive a gift card.
- Essay Contest for Grades 4-12 – The Black History Month essay contest is open to all Florida students in grades 4-12.
- Essays submitted by students in fourth and fifth grade should address the following topic: With Ernie Barnes’ “Beach Runner” painting in mind, choose a present day African-American role model in your community or in Florida and describe how this person has affected your community or you personally.
- Middle and high school students should address the following topic: In Ernie Barnes’ painting “Beach Runner,” the subject appears to be running with freedom, strength and endurance toward an unseen purpose. Think of your own personal aspirations and goals and describe how those goals will contribute to a brighter future for yourself and your community.
Three winners will be selected – one elementary (grades 4-5), one middle school (grades 6-8) and one high school (grades 9-12) – and will receive a full four-year tuition scholarship to a Florida college or university of their choice provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.
- Podcast Contest for Grades 4-12 – The Black History Month podcast contest is open to all Florida students in grades 4-12. Based on the Ernie Barnes’ painting “Beach Runner,” podcasts should address one of the topics below:
- Setting Goals A: The runner in the painting appears to have a set goal and purpose. Think about what the runner is running toward and where he is going. Animate the runner’s journey and show the final destination.
- Setting Goals B: Create a Public Service Announcement that shares tips on setting goals and how to be successful in school.
- Determination: The runner in the painting seems to be determined to keep running. Describe through audio or video an example of a time you were determined to meet a goal.
- History: Describe through audio or video the significant contributions civil rights leaders, African-American heroes or present day role models have made that make reaching your goals possible.
- Freedom: The runner in the painting appears to have the freedom and ability to make independent life choices. Describe through audio or video what events in black history empowered the runner to experience this freedom.
Three podcasts will be selected – one elementary (grades 4-5), one middle school (grades 6-8), and one high school (grades 9-12). Students may only enter one podcast and are encouraged to work in groups of up to three students. Visit www.FloridaBlackHistory.com for suggested themes and interpretations. The teacher of the winning student groups will win a software package to be used in the classroom
2010 Youth Leadership Forum
The Able Trust is now accepting applications for high school students with disabilities under the age of 18 to participate in the 2010 Youth Leadership Forum. The Forum is an annual career and leadership training program for students to develop independence and leadership skills that will enable them to network, learn from each other and build lasting friendships. The deadline for submitting an application is Jan. 29, 2010. For more information or to download an application form, visit www.abletrust.org/ylf/ or contact Ray Ford, Jr. at email@example.com or (888) 838-2253.
2010 Congress-Bundestag Vocational Exchange Scholarship
Florida is again participating in the Congress-Bundestag Vocational Exchange Scholarship Program. This scholarship/exchange program is administered by Nacel Open Door and provides an opportunity for graduating high school seniors to spend one year in Germany exploring their career interests. Although previous study of German is advantageous, it is not a prerequisite for scholarship selection. Each high school in Florida may nominate up to three students who possess the maturity and commitment necessary to be successful in an international exchange program.
An application can be obtained from the Department of Education’s Web site at http://www.fldoe.org/workforce/programs/CP_BUNDESTAG.asp. Completed applications must be postmarked and mailed no later than Jan. 31, 2010, to NACEL OPEN DOOR, 380 Jackson Street, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55101. For more information, contact Patrick Wright with the Florida Department of Education at (800) 342-9271 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Council of Teachers of English Promising Young Writers Program
The National Council of Teachers of English is seeking current eighth grade students to submit their best writing for the Promising Young Writers program. Students must submit two writing samples – one theme-based and one “best” writing or an excerpt from a “best” piece. The deadline to submit nominations is Feb. 10, 2010. Each school’s representing teacher should carefully review the entry requirements available at www.ncte.org/awards/student/pyw. For more information or if you have questions, contact Susan Wood with Florida State University (850) 644-1909 email@example.com.
Moody’s Mega Math Challenge
High school juniors and seniors from across the country are invited to participate in the Fifth Annual Moody’s Mega Math Challenge for a chance to win part of $100,000 in scholarship prizes. The free Internet-based competition challenges teams of students to solve a real-world math problem in just 14 hours during Challenge Weekend March 6 – 7, 2010. The competition is funded by the Moody Foundation and organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Teams must register online by 5:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, to compete. Complete information on Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, including a link to register, can be found at http://m3challenge.siam.org.
2010 Missing Children’s Day Essay Contest
Fifth grade students in Florida are invited to enter the 2010 Missing Children’s Day essay contest. Each school will submit a winning essay selected from among their students based on the theme “Safety is as simple as ABC…Always Be Careful.” Essays should be no longer than one typewritten page (Times Roman font sizes 12 or 14), or two handwritten pages, and focus on the choices that children can make to keep themselves safe from abduction. When writing their essay, students should think about personal experiences in dealing with adversity, or discussions with parents or teachers about safe places to get out of harm’s way. The statewide winner will read their essay during the Missing Children’s Day ceremony in Tallahassee on Sept. 14, 2010, and will receive a trophy, a $100 check and a Universal Studios VIP package. The deadline for schools to submit an entry is April 16, 2010. For more information, contact Patricia Rutherford, with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Essay Contest Coordinator, at (850) 356-4774.
WeatherFest 2010 To Be Held in Tallahassee
Families throughout Florida are invited to experience WeatherFest 2010, a one-of-a-kind weather-focused event taking place Jan. 30 in Tallahassee. Parents and children can tour the National Weather Service office, participate in a simulated severe weather event and explore emergency management support vehicles. Mark your calendars and visit www.srh.noaa.gov/tlh for more information.
Nominate Students for Children’s Week “Kids Only” Town Hall Meeting
The Children’s Week “Kids Only” Town Hall Meeting provides a forum for students from across the state to pose poignant questions to the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet regarding important children’s issues. The 20-member Cabinet, led by Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, will hear from a student panel selected from a statewide pool of applicants. The event will take place Tuesday, April 13, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public.
To nominate a middle or high school student to participate on the 12-member student panel, download the Student Panel Application at www.childrensweek.org/townhallmeeting. Completed Student Panel applications must be received by Monday, Feb. 1, 2010. For more information about the "Kids Only" Town Hall Meeting, download the “Kids Only” fact sheet at www.childrensweek.org/events/factsataglance.pdf or contact Statewide Coordinator Jason Zaborske at (850) 251-7274 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts for Life! Scholarship
The Foundation for Excellence in Education is accepting applications for the Arts for Life! scholarship from graduating high school seniors for their outstanding achievement in the arts. To be considered for the scholarship, public, private or home education program students must submit a completed application, a brief essay explaining, “How the arts have positively influenced my life,” and a sample of their work in creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual arts. Each of the 25 winners will receive a $1,000 cash scholarship toward their pursuit of the arts in higher education, and have an opportunity to showcase their arts discipline through performance and exhibition at a luncheon in their honor. The deadline to submit an application is Feb. 1, 2010. Contact the Foundation for Excellence in Education at (850) 391-4090 or visit www.ExcelinEd.org for more information.
The Effectiveness of Nonviolent Civic Action Essay Contest
High school students in grades nine through 12 are encouraged to submit an entry for the Effectiveness of Nonviolent Civic Action essay contest sponsored by the National Institute of Peace. Essays must be no longer than 1,500 words and consist of three sections which develop a position in response to the essay contest question. Each student must have a contest coordinator who can review their essay and act as the key contact between the participant and the Institute. One national award totaling $10,000 will be conferred as well as two other national awards worth $2,500 and $5,000 respectively, in addition to 53 state awards each worth $1,000. The deadline for submitting an essay is Feb. 2, 2010. For more information, including the essay question, comprehensive guidelines and submission requirements visit www.usip.org/npec. A study guide can also be found at www.usip.org/npec/sg10.pdf.
Lee County Librarian One of Top Ten in Nation
Dana Thomas, librarian at Cypress Lake Middle School in Lee County, has been named one of the 2009 I Love My Librarian Award winners, recognizing her as one of America’s Top 10 Librarians. The award is co-sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the New York Times and the American Library Association in recognition of the importance of libraries and librarians in improving the lives of people in their community. Congratulations Dana!
Nassau County Schools Earn StormReady® Supporter Designation
The National Weather Service in Jacksonville recently recognized Nassau County Public Schools as the first StormReady® Supporter School District in the country. Each school in the district has achieved StormReady® status by establishing severe weather safety plans that actively promote severe weather safety and awareness. For more information on the StormReady® program, visit www.stormready.noaa.gov/.
Innovative Partnership Brings Laser Photonics Academy to Orange County School
Florida’s first high school Laser Photonics Academy was recently unveiled at Wekiva High School. The career academy was made possible through a partnership with Orange County Public Schools, Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Laser Business Unit and Valencia Community College, and will enable students to combine academic coursework with practical, hands-on learning experiences as they prepare for a career in laser photonics. For more information about the Laser Photonics Academy at Wekiva High, visit https://www.ocps.net/_layouts/viewDetails.aspx?list=a7a2049d-36b3-4e96-bcfa-ab56f9aad3e2&item=191.
Two Polk Educators Recognized by Professional Organization
Polk County educators Chad Garcia of Lakeland High School and Diane Bondurant of Tenoroc High School were recently honored by the Florida Council of Teachers of English (FCTE). Garcia was named the Beginning Teacher of the Year and Bondurant received the Honor Award as a long-time FCTE member for advancing the teaching of language arts. For more information about FCTE, visit http://fcte.org/.
Grant to Benefit Brevard Engineering Program
The PiraTech Engineering Program at Palm Bay High School in Brevard County will benefit from a $25,000 grant from AT&T to the Brevard Schools Foundation. The program helps students prepare for exciting engineering and technological careers through high-tech, relevant, hands-on projects and curricula that includes participation in engineering competitions. Students in the program learn about robotics systems, electronics, computer animation and programming, engineering, mechanical systems, communications, wireless routing, computer aided drafting and web design. For more information about the PiraTech Engineering Program at Palm Bay High School, visit http://palmbay.hs.brevard.k12.fl.us/staffwebpgs/Conroym/index.html.
Lake City Community College Honored with First Place Award
The National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA) recently recognized the mathematics department at Lake City Community College with a first place award in the Curriculum and Program Innovation category of the 2009 Exemplary Initiative Competition. The college received the award for the Quality Enhancement Plan program, “Math Up at LC3” which seeks to improve student access within a sequence of mathematics courses. The NCIA’s awards annually recognize outstanding ways to enhance the quality of higher education provided at two-year institutions in the U.S. For more information about “Math Up at LC3”, visit http://www.lakecitycc.edu/media/14543/april%202008.pdf. More information about NCIA is available at http://ncia.unl.edu/eic.shtml.
Seminole Community College Student Wins International Scholarship
Seminole Community College recently announced Brava Reyes as its first recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Reyes, a film and media student, will spend the 2010 spring term attending the International College of Seville in Seville, Spain, through a program sponsored by Broward College and the College Consortium for International Studies. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. For more information about the scholarship, visit www.iie.org/gilman.
Technical Assistance Meeting for Potential Supplemental Educational Services Providers
Jan. 11, 2010
The Peabody Orlando
Potential applicants and current providers interested in becoming state-approved Supplemental Educational Services providers for the 2010-2011 school year are invited to attend a technical assistance meeting on Jan. 11, 2010, in Orlando. The meeting, hosted by the Department of Education’s Bureau of Student Assistance, is specifically designed to assist providers in the application and approval process. For more information about the meeting, visit www.fldoe.org/flbpso/nclbchoice/ses/ses_meeting.asp or contact Anna Moore at (850) 245-0479 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Integrating Literacy and Behavior Supports within an RTI Framework Webina
Jan. 14, 2010
2:00 p.m. EST
The National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI) is hosting a free Webinar to showcase school-wide systems of literacy and behavior support that have been used successfully across the nation. Data will also be presented showing the impact of investing in preventative behavior support on both social and literacy outcomes. The Webinar is free and registration is not required. For more information, visit the NCTRI Web site at www.rti4success.org.
Florida Grants Developers Network K-12 Winter Conference
Jan. 21 – 22, 2010
The Florida Grants Developers Network K-12 will hold its Winter Conference in Ocala Jan. 21–22, 2010. Topics related to federal and state grant programs will be discussed and analyzed by leading school district grant professionals. For more information, visit www.fgdnk12.org.
Florida Future Educator’s of America Conference
Jan. 22 – 24, 2010
Caribe Royale Hotel
The Florida Future Educator’s of America (FFEA) will hold its annual conference for high school and postsecondary chapters in Orlando Jan. 22 – 24, 2010, with the theme “To Teach a Child is to Change the World.” Florida Teachers of the Year and other award winning educators will lead informative and hands-on sessions that promote education as a career. For more information about the conference, including registration, visit http://www.fldoe.org/profdev/conference.asp or contact Chadwick Myrick with the Florida Department of Education at (800) 832-2435 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
47th Annual Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium
Jan. 24 – 26, 2010
University of Florida
Twenty students in grades 11 and 12 will present their research projects in competition for scholarship prizes at the 47th Annual Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium at the University of Florida (UF) Jan. 24 – 26, 2010. The symposium also features visits to more than 65 labs across the university campus, science presentations by UF faculty, oral and poster presentations by students in grades 9 – 12, and music and theater performances. Individuals wishing to attend can register by visiting www.cpet.ufl.edu/jsehs. For more information, contact Deborah Paulin with UF’s Center for Precollegiate Education and Training at (352) 392-2310.
Florida Association of School Nurses 15th Annual Conference
Feb. 5 – 6, 2010
Orlando Marriott in Lake Mary
Lake Mary, Fla.
The Florida Association of School Nurses 15th Annual Conference will be held in Lake Mary Feb. 5 – 6, 2010. The conference will provide an opportunity for school nurses to network and learn from their colleagues and others in the medical field. For more information, visit http://www.fasn.net/2010stateconference.html.
National Conference on Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers
March 5 – 10, 2010
The Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers 19th National Conference and Exhibition is an opportunity for school transportation and special education personnel to get workable solutions and practical answers to questions about transporting students with special needs. To learn more and to register, visit www.eduprogroup.com or contact Charlie Hood with the Florida Department of Education at Charlie.Hood@fldoe.org or (850) 245-9924.