Allapattah Flats students use tools to improve writing skills

Allapattah Flats students use tools to improve writing skills

Students in Myron Varn’s eighth grade American History class at Allapattah Flats (APF) K8 School have finished writing their first document based question (DBQ). Students read and analyzed five different primary source documents to determine the cause of death for almost 80 percent of the first colony’s settlers. They have proven in their thesis that poor water caused disease, poor relations with Powhatan caused violent death, and lack of appropriate skills led to starvation and sickness. This lesson helped the students understand population decline during the time period. When using the DBQ, students are able to brainstorm and come up with ideas for writing. The students will be able to use what they have learned to help them prepare for APF Writes and FCAT.

Allapattah Flats fourth graders experiment with the scientific process

Allapattah Flats fourth graders experiment with the scientific process

As part of their science program, students in Crystal Cade’s fourth grade Response to Intervention group at Allapattah Flats K-8 School recently learned about the scientific method. The students discussed the role of a scientist and the importance of scientific investigations. The students identified the steps necessary to complete a scientific investigation. As a culminating activity, the students completed an inquiry activity in which they used the scientific method to create lava in a cup. Students also discussed the possible implications of not following the scientific method. Pictured, from left, are Aaron Ganus, Lisbet Figueroa, and Giancarlo Gallegos.

Allapattah K8 staff bowls for the kids

Allapattah K8 staff bowls for the kids

Staff members at Allapattah Flats K-8 School recently participated in Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ annual Bowl for Kid’s Sake event at Superplay USA. With an 80’s theme, staff members enjoyed sporting their neon shirts and listening to music from that time period. With three lanes in use for Allapattah, each team member got to show off their bowling and athletic abilities. All the money raised will go to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

It was a ‘better’ day at Manatee Academy

It was a ‘better’ day at Manatee Academy

Office Max store manager Katrina Dannon, pictured left, and her team surprised fifth grade teacher Vincent Scotto, right, at Manatee Academy recently. Scotto was the recipient of the 2012 “A Day Made Better,” an award comprised of generous donations of school supplies! Principal Lillian Beauchamp nominated Mr. Scotto for maintaining high expectations in all students, modeling the belief that all children are capable of success, using his own money to buy student supplies, and his willingness to go beyond his classroom to help his colleagues.

Teachers travel on the Magical School Bus to the zoo

Teachers travel on the Magical School Bus to the zoo

A loaded school bus of Title One teachers and STEM Science Support members headed to the Brevard Zoo’s Open House recently. The event had many displays from local and state science-related agencies. Teachers learned about the many field trip and educational opportunities available to them. They were also able to collect items for their classrooms and many won items in the free drawings! Pictured getting on the bus to return are, from left, Jennifer Czajak, Julia Woertz, Omay Frixione-Coto, Ciara Trabal and Erikka Trabal.