To open the academic year, the West DeFuniak Elementary fifth graders created models of the Milky Way galaxy to help them visualize the relationship among objects in space.
Part of the process incorporated yards of dark blue paper that was rolled out. The students used white chalk to create stars, and at least one constellation resembled a heart.
Students in Joe Proffitt’s Walton Middle School agriculture classes will soon have all they need for their edible garden this year, courtesy of several donations.
Proffitt created an Edible Garden Grant through his Donors Choose website. People were able to donate funds to buy a wheelbarrow, loop hoes, rakes, shovels and pitchforks.
Within two days, locals and people from other states had donated the required $600, along with an additional $150. Some of the donations came from Texas, Kansas and New York.
The classes grow healthy gardens, and students learn about heart health along with agricultural science.
Seacoast Collegiate High School opened the academic year with its largest enrollment to date, 181 students. The freshman class sees 48 students.
Among new offerings at Seacoast this year is the addition of Advanced Placement human geography.
The school has also brought on a counselor as well as a full-time director of college services at Northwest Florida State College.
I believe that education is an industry unlike any other. Instead of a tangible product, the end results produce minds.
To make this industry thrive, there must be a four-way partnership among the students, the parents, the educators and the community.
Community members can be active with a school through an individual School Advisory Council.
SACs were established by the Florida legislature to give parents, students, community members and teachers a greater role in the decision making process at their schools.
Each council assists in the school improvement process and in deciding how school improvement funds are spent.
If you are interested in volunteering on an SAC, contact the school office of your choice.
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