Raider band members, Band Director Jolene Samford, and Crescent City Junior/Senior High School Principal Mechele Higginbotham were elated to receive a check for $ 3200 from the Rotary Club of Crescent City. This generous donation will be used towards the purchase of band uniforms and other band equipment.
Last week the Putnam County School District staff bid their final farewell to the Campbell Administration Building at 200 South 7th Street in Palatka which served as the district headquarters since 1977.
The District’s new administrative offices are now located at 200 Reid Street in Palatka and are open daily 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Board members, Kathy Jorgensen and Nikki Cummings look on proudly as Ms. Thomas is presented with the February Most Involved Parent Award
Palatka High School principal, Marybeth Hedstrom, presented February’s Most Involved Parent Award at the March 17, 2015, school board meeting. The recipient of the monthly award was Ms. Lalita Thomas. Ms. Hedstrom described Ms. Thomas as being a very involved parent at PHS who volunteers her time as the team’s basketball mom, serves as member of the Booster Club, schedules volunteers to work concessions, and takes care of the concession supplies. Ms. Thomas is fully committed to supporting the coaches, the parents, and the athletes. As a parent, Ms. Thomas is also her son’s greatest fan, encourager, supporter, inspiration and disciplinarian.
Ms. Thomas also devotes her time to meeting with parents and with athletes to speak about the importance of education. In addition, she also teaches parents how to navigate the district’s web based Parent Portal. Not only does Ms. Thomas serve students and parents at Palatka High School, but she also served community first responders by preparing a luncheon for them in recognition of PHS’s gratitude for their service.
Moseley Elementary teacher Alice Adams won an unbelievable prize from a ticket drawing – a visit from two acclaimed children’s authors to the school of her choice. Of course, Ms. Adams chose her favorite school as the recipient of this gift – Moseley Elementary School. Sharing her big win with the students resulted in a lot of excitement at the school as they welcomed authors Christina Benjamin and N. Jane Quackenbush to their school.
Students in kindergarten through second grade gathered in the cafeteria for an exciting presentation by author N. Jane Quackenbush on her book “The Rocket Ship Bed Trip”. The book is about a young boy who travels through outer space without ever leaving his bed.
Third, fourth, and fifth graders were treated to an inspiring presentation by Christina Benjamin on two of her award winning books from The Geneva Project Series –“Truth” and “Secrets”. Mrs. Benjamin also encouraged these future young authors by sharing her writing process with them. We hope to feature some of Moseley Elementary School’s budding young authors soon! Thank you, Ms. Adams for this fantastic and unforgettable experience.
N. Jane Quackenbush, Alice Adams, Sydney Breton, and Christina Benjamin
From Mrs. Tish Jones' fourth grade class Derrian, Mariannah, Jenniea, and author Christina Benjamin
Six Putnam County District Schools and two charter schools in the county qualified for a total of $347,834 from the Florida School Recognition Program for the 2014-2015 school year.
The funds are from the Florida Lottery and are awarded to schools based on their school grades earned in 2013-14 and the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) students during that same school year. Each of the eight schools earned the maximum program award of $100 per student.
"The Florida School Recognition Program recognizes the high quality of Florida's public schools,” said Phyllis Criswell, superintendent of Putnam County Schools. “The program provides financial awards to schools that demonstrate sustained or significantly improved student performance. More than 1,500 schools in Florida will receive the financial awards this year, and I am so proud that six of Putnam's district schools, and two of the charter schools in the county, are among them. The faculty, staff and administrators at each of our schools are dedicated to teach, counsel, mentor, tutor, and mold our children to keep them on course for a successful future. This award is evidence of that.”
The district schools and the amounts they are receiving are as follows:
The Children’s Reading Center Charter School was awarded $21,365. The Putnam Academy of Arts and Sciences Charter School was awarded $14,573.
“The award is also a plus for the county,” Criswell said. “The schools received a total of $347,834, most of which will be spent in Putnam County."
As specified in Florida statute, schools must use their awards for one or any combination of the following: nonrecurring faculty and staff bonuses; nonrecurring expenditures for educational equipment and materials; or temporary personnel to assist in maintaining or improving student performance.
The staff and school advisory council at each recognized school jointly decide how to use the funds. Each school’s staff and school advisory committee had to have agreements in place before Feb. 1 for how they would use the money.
Putnam County schools recognized National School Breakfast Week March 2-6 with special menu items, decorations, activities and events all week. The theme for the week was “Make the Grade with School Breakfast,” and was designed to remind everyone in the school community – parents, students and administrators – that a healthy school breakfast sets students up for a day of learning and academic success.
“Too many children are showing up at school hungry, and we know hungry children can’t learn,” said Nikki Hawthorne, school food service director. “A healthy breakfast helps students focus in the classroom and perform better. That’s why we offer a healthy breakfast every morning in our schools.”
On March 5, Hawthorne and the Power Panther visited with students at Browning Pearce Elementary School during breakfast.
“Every school day, the Putnam County School District breakfast program offers students a healthy free breakfast that they need to get set for a busy school day, Hawthorne said. “Today we served fresh fruit, yogurt parfaits, whole grain toast, whole grain cereal, juice and milk. Every school breakfast served meets federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories, sodium.”
Sam Green and Daniel Cook, aides to Representative Charles Van Zant, also visited Browning Pearce and met with students and food services staff.
National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program to all children and to promote the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles.
More than 250 visual and theatrical arts students participated in Price Middle School's Art Exhibit and Improv Theater Performances over three different evenings.
Kim Berry, art and drama teacher at Price, organized the event in which her students displayed their art and improv skills.
Improvisational theater, or improv as it is more commonly called, is a form of theater where most or all of what is performed is created at the moment it is performed. Typically, the dialogue, the action, the story and the characters are created by the performers in real time, without use of an already prepared, written script.
At Price, each evening’s show featured different students from Berry's classes acting out fresh new scenarios on stage and exhibiting their artwork during the show’s intermission.
During the improv part of each show, actors took suggestions from the audience for scenes, characters and situations in which they would be performing. They then had to immerse themselves and their fellow actors in a story based on the suggestions.
The performers also demonstrated various exercises and games they use to expand their acting and improv skills.
The annual Spring Music Extravaganza of the Putnam County Schools music departments will be held March 26 at 6 p.m. at the Jim Pignato Theater on the campus of C.L. Overturf Sixth Grade Center.
The program will feature the C.L. Overturf recorder ensemble directed by Tia Lingle; The Jenkins Middle School Advanced Band directed by Andrea Wells; The Price Middle School Symphonic Band directed by Julia Horton; The Q.I. Roberts Jr.-Sr. High School Symphonic Band, directed by Joe Hartley; The Palatka High School Concert Band directed by Joan McCraney; The Crescent City Jr.-Sr. High School Band directed by Jolene Samford; and the Interlachen High School Symphonic Band directed by Wilfredo Irizarry.
The performance is free to the public and concessions will be available through the C.L. Overturf Music Boosters.