C.L. Overturf, Jr., Sixth Grade Center held a walk-a-thon and a "pink out" Oct. 23 to raise money for breast cancer charities.
Students wore pink clothes, got their hair sprayed pink, and a few got to spray school administrators with Silly String. They walked around the school's P.E. field during their activity period for the walk-a-thon.
"All the money we raise will go to local breast cancer organizations right here in Putnam County," said Tonya Whitehurst, principal.
Dr. Joseph Joyner, superintendent of St. Johns County schools, gave a presentation on “Servant Leadership” to Putnam County School principals, assistant principals, and district administrative staff Oct. 24 at the district’s training center in Palatka.
The servant leader puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible, according to Joyner.
Joyner said district administrators, principals, assistant principals and teachers must hold themselves to very high standards because of the power of their positions and the trust expected from people in those positions.
“Parents want to know that their children are safe, that they are learning and that they are loved when they are at school,” he said.
Despite all of the changes to education, he said “Children are children. They haven’t changed.”
Joyner spoke about the comparisons often made between St. Johns and Putnam school districts as being at the ends of the economic spectrum.
“There are pockets of poor children in St. Johns County that struggle with the same issues as poor children in every school district,” Joiner said. He also said that families with “too much” can also present challenges to students, specifically their character and integrity.
Superintendent of Putnam County Schools Phyllis Criswell invited Joyner to speak to the administrators.
More information can be found about servant leadership and Joyner's presentation on the Northeast Florida Educational Consortium’s website at www2.nefec.org/bodldp/.
The Q.I. Roberts Jr.-Sr. High School Knights proudly shared their quarterly progress with parents and fellow students Oct. 21.
Parents were welcomed into the Media Center to enjoy doughnuts and juice and receive a copy of their child’s schedule.
During the data chats, students reviewed their portfolios, paying particular attention to standards mastery and upcoming goals with a fellow classmate as their parents observed.
The partners then switched, allowing both students an opportunity to share data. After twelve minutes, parents and students proceeded to their children’s second through seventh period classes.
The chats also included conversations about standardized testing (Florida Standards Assessment, End of Course and Cambridge), along with students’ goals and strategies and their plans for attaining those goals.
“At the end of this 90-minute event, parents and students had a clear picture of current progress and future goals in every class,” said Jana Wilhite, Q.I Cambridge Program coordinator.
Students of Crescent City Junior-Senior High School's Class of 2018 recently made a pact to stay in school and graduate. The students signed a banner with pledges to honor the pact and encourage each other to achieve their goal.
Miller Intermediate School celebrated National School Lunch Week by having special guests and holding drawings for prizes.
On Wednesday, Crescent City Chief of Police Robert Johnson, Sr. ate lunch at the school.
Anthony Vazquez and Edgar Iniestra won gift bags in the cafeteria’s prize drawing for sixth graders. Seventh-grader Gavin Bouttalong and eighth-grader Adrianna Burnham each won a basketball in their grade level prize drawings.
On Thursday, athletes from St. Johns River State College ate lunch with the students. Joe Pickens, president of the college, and the school’s Viking mascot also visited the cafeteria.
Parents were invited to eat lunch with their children, and throughout the week many took the opportunity to do so.
Anna Baggs, assistant cafeteria manager, organized the week’s activities.
For more photos of Miller Intermediate’s celebration of National School Lunch Week, see the Oct. 30 Palatka Daily News’ Schools section.
Interlachen High School senior Joneal Porter and English teacher Kris Wykoff will be featured as First Coast News’ Student of the Week and Teacher of the Week on the Jacksonville television station’s morning show.
Katie Jeffries, First Coast News anchor and reporter, said Porter’s segment will air Friday, Oct. 10, and Wykoff’s segment will air Wednesday, Oct. 15, each between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.
The segments will air on WTLV NBC Channel 12 and WJXX ABC Channel 25. The videos will also be available for viewing on the First Coast News website at www.firstcoastnews.com/features/teacher-of-the-week.
After several years of being held on its campus, Palatka High School's homecoming parade returned to St. Johns Avenue Sept. 26. Jacob Higginbotham and Alli Carnes, above, were announced as Homecoming King and Queen during halftime at the Panthers' game against the Bradford Tornadoes. This year's homecoming theme was "Bury Bradford."
From left, Vikki Johnson, Dallas Hedstrom, James Neshewat, Charlie Douglas, and Kayla Rutherford of Douglas and Hedstrom, P.A. (Not pictured: Edward Hedstrom.)
Putnam County School Board members said goodbye to a longtime “family” member and said hello to some new ones at its Sept. 16 meeting.
The board announced they had chosen the law firm Douglas and Hedstrom to replace retiring board attorney Jim Padgett.
Both Charlie Douglas and Dallas Hedstrom graduated from Palatka High School.
Superintendent Phyllis Criswell said she was excited about the new representation. “To have two attorneys who grew up in our area, went through our schools and returned home to the community is more than we could have hoped for,” she said.
Tuesday was Padgett’s last school board meeting as board attorney. He said after working with the board for more than nine years, he understood why previous board attorney Joe Pickens had referred to them as “a family.”
All five board members and the superintendent told Padgett how much they were going to miss him professionally and personally.
Student employees, VyStar Credit Union executives, local elected officials and school administrators were on hand to cut the ribbon for the grand opening of VyStar's Palatka High School branch Sept. 16.
The branch will be staffed entirely by PHS students and will offer checking and savings. It will be open only to PHS students, teachers and staff members, and is located in a former classroom near the commons area.
VyStar entered into an agreement with the Putnam County School District to establish the VyStar Academy of Business and Finance for the 2014-15 school year.
“This is another opportunity for VyStar to play a role in educating our young people in northeast Florida on financial matters that could affect them over their entire life,” said Terry West, president and CEO of VyStar Credit Union. “We are proud to be a part of the VyStar Academy of Business and to be working with the Putnam school system.”
George Berry, chairman of VyStar’s board of directors, told the students who work in the branch that they exemplified PHS’ motto of “Pride, Honor and Success.”
PHS senior Jacob Higginbotham, the branch’s marketing manager, told the audience that VyStar has high professional expectations for their employees. He also said that he enjoyed speaking to other PHS students about the advantages of opening an account with the credit union.
“We are so appreciative that Vystar is providing this opportunity for our students,” said Phyllis Criswell, superintendent of Putnam County Schools. “It’s a great professional working experience for the students employed by the branch. It will also encourage and teach financial responsibility to the students who use its services.”
VyStar accepted applications from students within the Academy of Business at PHS. They selected 12 students through an interview process by school personnel and VyStar management. The selected students went through an extensive 10-week paid training program at VyStar during the summer.
“VyStar is truly making a difference in the students’ education and their future,” said Mary Beth Hedstrom, PHS principal.