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BPS Focus
March 10, 2017

 

Sabal Sixth Graders Write Positive Words to Erase Meanness

 

MELBOURNE, FLA. – Sabal Elementary sixth graders recently engaged in a unique, anti-bullying project by using positive and kind language on a large white-board to express their feelings.

 

 

Due to a rise of negative speak and hurt feelings amongst students, Sabal sixth grade teachers orchestrated a positivity project called Erasing Meanness, where students confronted negative words displayed on a white-board and were asked to correct the negative with positive messages.  The students began the lesson by writing down mean things that either they have heard or have said to others.  The classes then watched a video that showed how students at one school revised "mean" notes on lockers and walls and replaced them with positive messages. The next day, sixth grade teacher Patti Robinson, displayed all of the anonymous mean messages on a large white-board and the students’ response was an emotional one.

 

 

“I heard comments like, ‘Wow, someone really said that?’ ‘How can we be so mean?’ ‘I didn't realize what I was doing,’” said Robinson.  “And finally, ‘Can we please erase all of this?’ solidifying that this process really hit home.”

To conclude the project, the students wiped the negative board clean and the message was replaced with the question: “How do you want to be remembered?” The students wrote down phrases, words, and messages to help spread positivity.

 

 

For more information, please contact Christina Sicilia, secretary, at sicilia.christina@brevardschools.org.

 

 

 

Atlantis, Cambridge Elementary Jump Rope for Healthy Hearts

           

BREVARD COUNTY, FLA. – In February, the entire student body and staff members at both Cambridge and Atlantis Elementary schools participated in Jump Rope for Heart (JRH) events sponsored by the American Heart Association.

 

Atlantis Elementary, in Port St. John, collected over $15,000 for the American Heart Association through its 8th Annual Jump Rope for Heart event.   This year's national JRH theme focused on the "Zoo Crew" featuring, a lion, "Rory McFiercely;" an elephant, "Mr. Tusker;" a panda, "Jade Shoots;" a penguin, "Finley Chillerton;” a monkey, "Jenny Kicks;" and a zebra, "Savannah Bolt."  Each animal had a specific message for the students to help them take care of their hearts in order to be healthy, strong, smart, safe, active and fit.  The activity team played the role of these zoo crew members along with the JFH co-coordinator, Jenny Clark.  Students were encouraged to wear animal theme costumes, super hero costumes, and/or jump rope for heart shirts. 

 

 

All students at Atlantis took part in the celebration on Valentine's Day by playing with jump ropes, hula hoops, basketballs, parachute games, bowling, bean bag toss, dancing and exercising.  In addition to money collected for heart research, treatment, medicine, etc., the Atlantis students created many different cards and pictures that will be given to children's hospitals to brighten their day and encourage their spirits.  Stories were also written about family members, friends and even current students who have dealt with heart disease. 

 

 

At Cambridge Elementary in Cocoa, students and staff members jumped the day away to music while participating in various jump rope activities.  Organized by PE teacher, Brian Giera, the school collected nearly $650 for the cause and two classes were awarded pizza parties for their donations.

 

“This annual event helps the school community collectively understand that sometimes it means more to give than to receive,” said Abbey Turner, Title I teacher.

 

 

 

Saturn Elementary Staff Rallies Together to Raise Funds for New Sign

 

COCOA, FLA. – Saturn Elementary teachers have joined together to help raise money to replace their school sign. 

Every Monday, teachers donate money to help with the large expense of a new sign.  In return, Janice Rutherford, the school’s new principal has agreed to their wearing jeans on that day.  Along with this endeavor, all monies received from this year’s and next year's fundraising efforts will go toward the new sign.  The estimated cost of the project is $24,000.

 

"The commitment of the teachers at Saturn continues to amaze me," said Rutherford.  “Their dedication to go above and beyond exceeds my expectation every day. 

 

For more information, please contact Rutherford at Rutherford.janice@brevardschools.org.

 

 

Mel High Senior Installs Moving Art Display to Counter Stereotypes

 

MELBOURNE, FLA. – With the help of art and facility department staff, Alexa Adams, a senior advanced placement (AP) art and International Baccalaureate (IB) student at Melbourne High, installed the “I Am Not Your Label” project by hanging eighteen 3 feet by 6 feet black and white portraits of her peers on the walls of the school’s cafeteria.

 

 

To make her vision a reality, Adams drew inspiration from a global art initiative called the “Inside Out People’s Art Project,” which originated from the artist JR and is a global participatory art project that gives everyone the opportunity to share their portraits and make a statement about what they believe. It is a global platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art.  Eighteen Melbourne High seniors volunteered for Adams’ project/community service effort. The installation examines common stereotypes and labeling people in our community. 

 

 

“Alexa’s public display of large-scale portraits shares the message of personal identity, culture and vision.  It is an effort to identify and diminish stereotypes,” said Carolyn Robb, art teacher.  “By taking photos of her peers she shares their unique qualities and relays the depth of their character to the entire school and community.”   

 

To fully explore diversity, a looping video and slideshow is presented on monitors beside the posters.  The video and slideshow reveal deeper personal attributes shared by her peers that they feel are overshadowed by their perceived label.  “Her goal is to increase awareness and relay the true value of cultural and personal diversity within the school and within our world,” said Robb.  

 

To learn more about the “Inside Out Project” visit their website at http://www.insideoutproject.net/en or contact Robb at robb.carolyn@brevardschools.org.

 

 

Learning Comes Alive During Student Led Conferences at Jupiter

 

PALM BAY, FLA. – Kindergarteners at Jupiter Elementary put a new spin on the age-old student conference, by leading their parents through enrichening, activity stations.

 

The five year olds led parents around the classroom, stopping at seven learning stations, to show what they know.  Each station featured an activity, accompanying state standards, and questions for parents to ask their students.  The stations covered subject focus areas such as practicing number sentences (math), identifying animals (science), classifying historical pictures (social studies), reading leveled books, sharing journal entries (writing), and highlighting sight words in sentences (word work).  The activities allowed students to demonstrate their proficiency level and explain their thought process.

  

“Students loved being in charge and showing off their skills,” said kindergarten teacher, Sherry Love. “The parents were equally impressed by their students’ learning growths and academic strides.” 

 

For more information, please contact Love at love.sherry@brevardschools.org.

 

 

Career Readiness Starts Early at Discovery Elementary

 

PALM BAY, FLA. – Earlier this month, as part of its economics unit, the kindergarten team at Discovery Elementary provided hands on activities and on-site experiences to deepen student understanding of different kinds of jobs, and the tools or equipment needed to do them.  

 

Guest presenters included a chef who made grilled cheese, a magician who modeled tricks, various community helpers, and the day ended with a tour of the school’s cafeteria kitchen. While in the kitchen, the students encountered the soapy sink full of dishes, the milkman making deliveries, and the staff storing food in the large freezer.  The students’ next task will be to take what they gleaned from these experiences to create individual posters or booklets that will depict their career aspirations.

 

“Experiences such as these really open up our students’ eyes and imaginations, driving home the point that it is never too early to dream about what you want to be when you grow up,” said Elizabeth Wallace, teacher on assignment.

 

For more information, please contact Wallace at wallace.elizabeth@brevardschools.org.  

 

 

 

Rockledge High Focuses on CTE Program, Visits Port for Inspiration

 

ROCKLEDGE, FLA. – During a recent professional development day, Rockledge High staff visited Port Canaveral to get a taste of what its maritime academy students experience through the career and technical education (CTE) program.

 

Due to the expansion of Port Canaveral, there is an immediate need to train and develop the next generation of career minded students interested in all aspects of port operations, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, and security, according to resource teacher, James Johnson.  The three-year CTE maritime program is designed to give students a broad understanding about the maritime field.  The program advisors are individuals from the Propeller Club of Port Canaveral (Harbor Pilot’s Association), Cove Merchant Organization, U.S. Coast Guard, maritime academies and business owners at the Port. 

 

The first-year program students survey the Port’s routine procedures and receive a personalized tour of the observation tower, while second-year students climb aboard cruise ships to discuss ship operations and procedures.  On professional development day, teachers in all content areas worked on standards-based learning and how to incorporate all the aspects of their Port Canaveral experience into their curriculum.  

 

 

“Our goal is a far-reaching expansion of college and career opportunities for all of our students,” said Principal Vickie Hickey.  “We want to ensure that all of our CTE programs, AVID, and Cambridge programs allow for a space of integration, allowing all of our students to find a pathway that fits their interests and abilities.”

 

For more information, please contact Hickey at hickey.victoria@brevardschools.org.

 

 

Palm Bay Magnet High Students Hear from Career Professionals

 

PALM BAY, FLA. – Last month, Palm Bay Magnet High (PBMHS) hosted its annual career day titled, "Fall in Love with your Career.” 

 

Coordinated by Stefany Colona, director of guidance, the day kicked off with a meet and greet event where staff and over 60 guest speakers had an opportunity to network and connect for future collaborations.  The keynote speech, given by Dan Carter, president of the Fellowship for Christian Athletes (FCA) and PBMHS alumni, drew from his experiences as a student, athlete, teacher, coach, and administrator.  Following his speech, students throughout campus had the privilege of hearing from over 60 distinguished guest speakers from diverse backgrounds.  Some guests included a judge, FBI agent, NASA project managers, engineers from various agencies, entrepreneurs, pharmacists, and more.

 

“Every year, we look forward hosting this meaningful event,” said Principal Jud Kaminski.  “Our visitors’ accomplishments were an inspiration to our students and our students’ engagement level was an inspiration to them.” 

 

For more information, please contact Schachter at schachter.keith@brevardschools.org.

 

 

Eau Gallie Cambridge Student Earns Top Award

 

MELBOURNE, FLA. ­– Eau Gallie High senior Marlena Hinkle recently achieved the Top in the United States award from the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) program.  She scored the highest standard mark in the entire country for her psychology subject assessment.  

 

Other outstanding Cambridge learner awards were issued to seniors, Amber Albury, Sean Cherry, Maylina Delbuono, Enrique Gutierrez, Grayson Hall, Alina Montes, Lily Parker, Justin Sanderson, and Sarah Wolff. The outstanding Cambridge learner awards recognize exceptional learner achievement in Cambridge examinations around the world.  The primary purpose of these awards is to celebrate and recognize the success of high-performing Cambridge learners.  The students tested in three or more subjects earning scores of an A, B, or C on the British passing scale of A – E in the June 2016 series.

 

In addition to Hinkle’s award, Delbuono, Montes and Parker all earned Cambridge Scholar Awards at the merit level. 

 

For more information, please contact Cathy Poulos, Cambridge AICE program coordinator, at poulos.cathy@brevardschools.org.

 

 

 

2017–18 Kindergarten Registration Window: April 3 – April 7

 

BREVARD COUNTY, FLA. – Kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year will be held at Brevard Public Schools from April 3 – April 7, 2017.  School office hours may vary, please contact your school for availability.

Children entering kindergarten for the first time must comply with Florida Statute 1003.21 regarding age, which states a child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2017.  All children who will be six years old by February 1 of the school year, must attend school regularly during the entire school term. 

 

Items needed for kindergarten registration:

  • Original birth certificate or acceptable evidence/documentation
  • Compulsory immunizations
  • Current physical examination
  • Two forms of residence verification

 

For detailed registration information, visit the student registration webpage or contact your local school.

 

 

Satellite High Raises Funds for New State-of-the-Art Track

 

SATELLITE BEACH, FLA. – Satellite High is currently raising funds to replace its timeworn six lane asphalt track with a new state-of-the-art eight lane polyurethane track.  

 

The new track is not merely a cosmetic replacement, but will also provide runners with a soft, rubber training surface, which will decrease the number of injuries.   The athletic director has projected that the replacement will cost nearly $320,000.  Thus far, the school has raised approximately $230,000.  The goal is to get the community involved by helping raise funds and in return the school will allow the community to use the track two nights a week.

 

Interested in donating to the cause? Checks can be made payable to the school’s booster club project: Satellite Distance Runners Track Refurb.  Checks can be dropped off at the front office.

 

For more information, please contact Douglas Butler at 321-749-9778 or Linda Anderson at Anderson.Linda@brevardschools.org.

 

 

Ralph Williams’ Assistant Principal Engages in Student Learning

 

MELBOURNE, FLA. – Ralph Williams’ teachers and administrators recently welcomed visitors to survey how its teachers are using digital tools to enhance student learning.

 

Schools that recently received the digital classrooms plan (DCP) award, were given the opportunity to offer tours of their classrooms that implemented new shifts in teaching and learning with technology.  Ralph Williams’ second graders modeled the ways to effectively enhance instruction through the use of technology by using Google Slides to make presentations. Even the assistant principal got into the action as Wesley Herold actively engaged with the second graders as they developed their projects.

 

For more information, Jeanie Geremia, office clerk, at geremia.jeanie@brevardschools.org.

 

 

BPS Students Head to State Future Problem Solving Competition

 

BREVARD COUNTY, FLA.  – Brevard Public Schools’ students recently participated in the district Future Problem Solving (FPS) competition.  The selected winning teams will now head to the state level FPS competition.

The district competition results are as follows. An asterisks indicates teams invited to the state competition:

 

Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) Teams

 

Senior Team Winners (10-12)

Place

School/Team

Coach

1st

Merritt Island High*

Pam Petrosino

2nd 

Bayside High A*

Frank Stockman

3rd 

Melbourne High C*

Pam Bress & Diane Grover

 

Additional state invites*: Melbourne High B, Bayside High B and Melbourne High A

 

 

Middle Team Winners (7-9)

Place

School/Team

Coach

1st

West Shore Jr./Sr. High*

Jeanie Griffin & Jim Peterson

2nd 

Jefferson Middle*

Heather Mason & Melinda McMaster

3rd 

West Shore Jr./Sr. High*

Jeanie Griffin & Jim Peterson

4th

Southwest Middle B*

Michelle Marshall & Catherine McGregor

5th

Edgewood Jr./Sr. High*

Susan Chyczewski

6th

Rockledge High*

Jackie Insalaco & Cynthia Bolton

 

Additional state invites*: Southwest Middle D, Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High A, Stone Magnet Middle B, and West Shore Jr./Sr. High B

 

Junior Team Winners (4-6)

Place

School/Team

Coach

1st

Gemini Elementary D*

Holly Hays & Anne Nichols

2nd 

Audubon Elementary*

Ivy Taylor

3rd 

Palm Bay Elementary A*

Barbi Miller

4th

Meadowlane Int. A*

Beverly Boss

5th

Sunrise Elementary (MM) B*

Melanie Musolino

6th

Meadownlane Int. B*

Beverly Boss

7th

Freedom 7 Elementary D*

Lucy Haddock

8th

Palm Bay Elementary B*

Barbi Miller

9th

Sunrise Elementary (AG)*

Alicia Gillespie

10th

Gemini Elementary A*

Holly Hays & Anne Nichols

 

Additional state invites*: Tropical Elementary A, Christa McAuliffe Elementary B, Palm Bay Elementary C, Freedom 7 Elementary J, Christa McAuliffe A, Tropical B, Roy Allen Elementary B, Quest Elementary A, Freedom 7 C, and Port Malabar Elementary.

 

 

GIPS Individuals

Senior Individuals

School/Team

Coach

West Shore Jr./Sr. High A*

Jeanie Griffin & Jim Peterson

 

 

West Shore Jr./Sr. High B*

Jeanie Griffin & Jim Peterson

West Shore Jr./Sr. High C*

Jeanie Griffin & Jim Peterson

 

 

West Shore Jr./Sr. High D*

Jeanie Griffin & Jim Peterson

Edgewood Jr./Sr. High A*

Brittany Oliver

 

 

Edgewood Jr./Sr. High B*

Brittany Oliver

 

 

Edgewood Jr./Sr. High C*

Brittany Oliver

Bayside High A*

Frank Stockman

 

 

Middle Individuals

School/Team

Coach

Stone Magnet Middle*

Bre Robertson

 

Junior Individuals

School/Team

Coach

Meadowlane Int.*

Beverly Boss

 

Presentation of Action Plan District Winners

Middle Teams

School

1st

Rockledge High

2nd

West Shore Jr./Sr. High A

3rd

West Shore Jr./Sr. High F

4th

McNair Magnet Middle

5th

Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High E

6th

Edgewood Jr./Sr. High B

 

Junior Teams, Day 1

School

1st

Freedom 7 C

2nd

Audubon

3rd

Palm Bay Elementary A

4th

Meadowlane Int. A

5th

Gemini A

6th

Freedom 7 D

 

 

Junior Teams, Day 2

School

1st (tie)

Sunrise (AG) & Freedom 7 H

3rd

Westside A

4th

Tropical A

5th

Westside B

6th

Sunrise (MM) A

 

For more information, please contact Barbi Miller, Palm Bay Elementary teacher and FPS Space Coast board member, at Miller.Barbara@BrevardSchools.org.