Palm Pointe teacher wins prizes from “Little Debbie” contest

Palm Pointe teacher wins prizes from “Little Debbie” contest

The Make a Teacher a Classroom Hero program sponsored by “Little Debbie” was held during the month of August 2012. The area distributor who had the top sales total for the month would choose their favorite K-12 teacher to be a Classroom Hero and award that teacher with a $300.00 Visa gift card to use for their classroom supplies. Andy McNally, a local “Little Debbie” snack distributor, won the contest and picked Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition because the school is in the area that he delivers to. He contacted the school and wanted to pick a teacher that deserved the award. Principal Debra Snyder, knowing that all teachers at the school were deserving of the award, decided to put every teacher’s name in for a drawing on the daily morning announcements. Stephen LePore, a middle school autistic student was chosen to draw the teacher’s name.  He selected second grade teacher, Michelle Farley. The class and the teacher were all overwhelmed with the gifts that were presented to her and the class.  They received a whole box of snacks, a big stuffed deer to read with in the class and the teacher received a hat and the $300.00 gift card.  It was a very exciting day for everyone.  Palm Pointe would like to thank “Little Debbie” and of course Mr. McNally for their generosity and for choosing our school! Pictured, from left, Mr. McNally presents the prizes to Ms. Farley.

White City Elementary students build lunar habitats for NASA

White City Elementary students build lunar habitats for NASA

Students in Andrea Logue’s fifth grade science class at White City Elementary completed a real-world engineering project based on the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) initiative. Students were “NASA engineers” for the day and competed against other engineering teams to design and build a lunar habitat model using only straws, masking tape, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap.  Each model needed to be airtight, have an airlock, and a renewable energy source. Pictured, from left, are Brecia Trejo, Torris Henderson, and Dazia Fernandez.

Students contribute original art to gallery at Palm Pointe

Students contribute original art to gallery at Palm Pointe

Third, fourth and fifth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition investigated, examined and studied various artists and their work.  After creating their own original works of art based on the artist they researched, students digitized their work and then used Adobe Photoshop to enhance their images. The work was framed and hung in the newest gallery at the school.

Shirley Helton wins state history award

Shirley Helton wins state history award

Fairlawn Elementary School teacher Shirley Helton was recently presented with the 2012 “Excellence in Teaching History Award” for the state of Florida. This prestigious award is presented by the Florida Council for the Social Studies to recognize a teacher who encourages an appreciation and respect for history, involves students in the historical process, and evidences mastery of the subject matter. Congratulations to Ms. Helton for earning this distinction.