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.