From the Superintendent
There were two significant events that took place recently to help us move our district forward.
During the Feb. 7 school board meeting, the board passed a resolution for our district to partner with St. Johns River State College to provide post-secondary Career and Technical Education courses for Putnam County students.
The acceleration program parent nights that took place in Crescent City, Palatka and Interlachen were well attended. Parents were given information about our honors, Advanced Placement, Cambridge and Collegiate High School classes. Students across the district will have a variety of choices for college and careers regardless of where they live in the county.
Around the District
Crescent City High School
Ninth grade students in the AVID program paired with 12th grade students in the health science education program to tour Daytona State College.
Students visited the Culinary/Hospitality Management programs, along with Nursing and other Allied Health programs in various locations on the college campus.
Many of the students are focusing on going to Daytona State College for post-secondary education, and the tour gave the students firsthand knowledge as to what to expect when applying for admissions, financial aid and specific programs of study. Students also learned about the athletic programs and other extracurricular activities they could be involved with while attending the school.
The HSE senior students spoke with the ninth grade AVID students about progression through high school and their plans to transition to post-secondary education after graduation.
Interlachen High School
The school held its annual Fashion Show hosted by Ann Hamilton and her art class students Feb. 24. Participants had to create a wearable outfit from alternative materials. They could not use fabric, but were encouraged to use recycled goods.
Price Middle School
Students with good grades, attendance and behavior for the third nine weeks were rewarded with a teacher vs. student volleyball game. The students had a great time watching the game and the teachers were excited to bring home the win.
Kelley Smith Elementary School
The school hosted its first Science Invention Convention Night Feb. 9. Families and students enjoyed a spaghetti dinner and had the opportunity to visit the different inventions that were created by all classes in kindergarten through fifth grades. More than 180 students and family members came out for a fun-filled evening of sharing student work.
Career and Technical Education
At its Feb. 23 meeting, the school board recognized CTE teachers whose students have earned industry certification. Teachers and students who were recognized in person at the meeting: From Q.I. Roberts Jr.-Sr. High School: Business Software Applications Teacher Karl Wendell and student Justin Taing; From Palatka High School: Welding Teacher Levi Bennett; Automotive Technology Teacher Dave Garrison and student Mitchell Adams; Allied Health Assistant Teacher Sharon Harris and students Justus Young, Sy’keria Flagler, Baily Bellamy and Jordan Nearing.