Nassau County Schools
Submitted by Sharyl Wood
Executive Director of Administrative Services
March 17, 2015 7:42 a.m.
CALLAHAN MIDDLE SCHOOL hosted its 1st Bingo for Books on Thursday, January 29, 2015. In celebration of Literacy Week, students and parents engaged in a family friendly competition of bingo to win books. Door prizes awarded included book series set, gift cards, and a Kindle Paper-White. Over 200 people participated and almost a 1,000 book titles were awarded. Nothing is better than an evening of pizza, books, and fun. On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, CMS hosted the Amazing Math Race. Parents and students competed in challenging math tasks and had the chance to win fun prizes. Callahan Middle School is dedicated to hosting family fun nights to engage parents and students in learning.
EMMA LOVE HARDEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL has 20 students participating in Girls on the Run under the direction of three adult coaches. The program inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running with the purpose to educate and prepare participants for a lifetime of healthy living and self-respect. The program runs for 10 weeks and meets on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30.
14 Emma Love students spent Wednesday afternoons during January and February working in teams while using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math concepts to design, build and test prototypes. Southside Elementary School teacher Jennifer Sicre led the two hour class in the Science Lab. A second five-week session began Wednesday, March 4th, and plans are being made to offer week-long sessions at Emma Love over the summer months.
Work has also begun on Emma Love’s second annual End of the Year community video project. This year’s project will be the rehearsing and presentation of a song entitled “Nothing More” by a Connecticut-based band known as Alternate Routes. The song was written to rally support for a foundation known as Newtown Kindness. The foundation was formed by the parents of a student who was killed in the Sandyhook Elementary School shooting as a way to promote kindness among all people. Emma Love students will be learning the song through their music classes, and will perform the song for the community of learners at an end of the year assembly as part of the school’s continuing Character Education efforts. Interviews with students, staff, and parents regarding what the song means to them will be integrated with footage of students learning and rehearsing the song. The intent of the project is to promote good will and remind all that, “We are how we treat each other and nothing more.”
HILLIARD MIDDLE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL will once again be well-represented at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Competition in Orlando. HMSHS had multiple champions at the regional competitions held on Friday, January 30th at the FSCJ North Campus in Jacksonville. First and second place winners are eligible to compete at the state level, and state champions are eligible for the national competition in Chicago, IL this summer.
Hilliard Senior High School had 23 students that placed 1st – 3rd including six individual champions: Trista Reeves (Electronic Career Portfolio), Bo Arflin (Economics), Ryane Allen (Principles and Procedures), Ryane Allen (Healthcare Administration), Lauren Weathington (Spreadsheet Applications), and Hannah Simpkins (Public Speaking I). The Hilliard chapter is sponsored by Michele Stamps.
WEST NASSAU COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL Varsity Cheerleaders took first place at the FHSAA State Championship.
Congratulations to Jolene Stubbings for winning the Rotary Oratory Contest for the Northeast Florida Region.
The students in the Chick-fil-a Leadership Academy are coordinating “Battle of the Badges” Basketball Game to benefit Special Olympics. The event has gained the attention of the Chick-fil-a corporate office and they will be sending a film crew to West Nassau to film the event and talk interview the students involved.
West Nassau hosted a “Nothing but Success” writing boot camp which was open to all students to prepare for the FSA writing test.
Over 30 YULEE HIGH SCHOOL students and faculty members of Marathon High completed the Half with Donna.
YHS kicked off their new book club with a visit from the author on Friday, February 20th. So far, 51 students, teachers, and paraprofessionals have joined the book club. Twenty-five Kindles are now available for check-out through the media center for club participation.
YHS AVID students visited Florida State University, where they had a great time touring the campus, learning about the programs/majors that are offered, and learning about campus life.
YHS students sent 51 letters to Wounded Warriors for Wounded Warrior Appreciation Week.
Madison Moore, 10th grade, won the American Legion Oratorical Competition on the post and district levels. She advanced to the Regional competition.
Taylor Allen, 10th grade, won the NE FL District Voices of Democracy Essay Contest ($1,050 in winnings) and advanced to the State finals.