Putnam Pulse 1-31-2017

Putnam Pulse 1-31-2017
Posted on 02/03/2017

General Information

Tim Stevens, fifth grade teacher at Ochwilla, is the Putnam County School District 2017 Teacher of the Year. Brian Parrish, assistant cafeteria manager at Ochwilla, is the 2017 School-Related Employee of the Year. Superintendent Rick Surrency, left, presented the awards to Stevens, second from left, and Parrish, third from left, Tuesday night, along with Kevin Curry, vice president of Georgia Pacific Operations. Congratulations Tim and Brian!

Mariah Denney is the 2017 Putnam County District Spelling Bee Champion. Denney is a seventh grader who represented Putnam County Home School. She won in the 19th round.
Joe Pickens, president of St. Johns River State College who served as word pronouncer for the spelling bee, said it was the most rounds for a district spelling bee that he could remember. “We hit 100 words today,” he told the 16 students competing in the championship.
Jayden Wicker, a student at C.L. Overturf, Jr. Sixth Grade Center and winner of last year’s district spelling bee, was runner up in Friday’s competition. Congratulations Mariah and Jayden! 

On Jan. 26, elementary school principals updated the district leadership team on their school improvement plan goals and presented them with data for their mid-year reflections. Middle school principals will present their goals and data Feb. 2 and high schools Feb. 6. 

West Area

Price Middle School
Price Middle School students participated in some fun activities to celebrate literacy week. They did a door decorating contest with their favorite book for the design, they wore shirts with words on them, they did book talks that will be shown on the morning news and different employees read their favorite poem or short story on the news each morning.

Q.I. Roberts Jr.-Sr. High School
Q.I. celebrated literacy week school-wide with a book give away and various classroom activities and lessons revolving around great literature and the joy of reading. Thank you Ms. Traxler and Ms. Symonds for your great initiatives.

Q.I. parents met Jan. 23 to brainstorm focus topics and to plan for next year. The collaboration was great and the group is meeting again Jan. 30 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to continue the discussion. All Q.I. parents are invited to attend.

Seniors are beginning to receive their scholarship offers.  Senior Hannah Hughes received a scholarship offer from Stetson University this week worth $130,000.

380 students completed the 5 Essentials Student Survey Jan. 25, with the rest of the students completing it Jan. 27.  Congratulations Hannah!

Interlachen Elementary School
Ronan Carboni, a kindergarten student in Mrs. Foshee's kindergarten class, placed first in an essay contest sponsored by the City of Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department. He received recognition at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire this weekend. Congratulations Ronan!

Interlachen High School
IHS students visited Interlachen Elementary School students to Celebrate Literacy Week by reading aloud to K-5 students.

South Area

Browning-Pearce Elementary
Students have read more than 5 million words during Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!

Thursday evening, more than 300 people attended Family Movie Night for a book giveaway and pizza as they enjoyed “The BFG,” a movie based on the classic novel by Roald Dahl.

Throughout the week, teachers engaged students in author studies and extra reading during surprise DEAR time. Students are making reading a priority as they strive to meet their Spring Reading Challenge goals.

C.L. Overturf, Jr. Sixth Grade Center
Palatka High School students visited students to read to them for Literacy Week. Guest adult readers included School Board Members Jane Crawford and Sandra Gilyard, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Laura France, Director of Secondary Education and West Area Schools Tonya Whitehurst and District Reading Specialist/ELA Coach Julie Carter.

Central Area

Moseley Elementary School
Several St. Johns River State College Viking athletes visited the school to read to the students as part of Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Jan. 23-27. Moseley also had a parent night for literacy week with literacy centers set up for visitors.

Jenkins Middle School
The Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Pop-Up Quiz Show came to Jenkins Middle School Jan. 18 as part of its statewide tour. The quiz show featured civics-based questions that students researched and reviewed leading up to the event.
Four teams of four seventh graders per team competed in the quiz show sponsored by the Florida Lottery. Civics Teacher Robert Massey served as emcee.

Mellon Elementary School
As the first semester came to a close, Mellon had some exciting events that took place.

Students took the second i-Ready diagnostic in reading and math. Students were encouraged to do their best. Through an anonymous donor and PTO, the school was able to reward the top students who showed the most growth in reading and the most growth in math with new bicycles. This helped push our students to work even harder on the diagnostic.
They had several students that showed a tremendous amount of growth. Our overall winners were announced at an assembly. The winners, Lilly, Callie, and Bertram, were thrilled to have won.  
Also, the Palatka Kiwanis helped them celebrate their students’ success by donating and grilling hot dogs for all of the students that met their Reading and Math growth goals on the i-Ready diagnostic.

Moseley is participating in a Reflex Math Fluency Challenge in which their students are trying to reach a certain amount of math facts using Reflex. Right before winter break, students completed more than 1,000,000 math facts.
For this accomplishment, they were rewarded with a field day. It was an exciting way to send off 2016.

Kelley Smith
The school held a Technology Night at the James A. Long Community Center. Students were involved in coding with their robots Dot and Dash. (See photos)

Kelley Smith also hosted a Book Buffet Night. Students were engaged in learning about specific authors and listening to the author's book being read by their teachers. Students and parents then enjoyed refreshments.

District Administration Offices

Purchasing Department
The auction of surplus district property will be held at the Purchasing Department at 113 Putnam County Blvd. in East Palatka on March 4. Mellon Elementary School will do the concession. Sign in for the auction is at 8 a.m. with the auction starting at 9 a.m.