Putnam Pulse 3-6-2017

Putnam Pulse 3-6-2017
Posted on 03/06/2017
From the Superintendent

Greetings faculty and staff of Putnam District Schools: 

I always like to highlight the accomplishments of our students and teachers when given the opportunity. 

Congratulations to 27 teachers in the district who will be honored as High Impact Teachers. The Putnam County School Board will recognize these teachers who have shown the most growth in student achievement during the 2015-16 school year at the March 7th meeting. 

Congratulations to Palatka High School’s boys’ basketball team for advancing to the Final Four in Lakeland this week. 

Two PHS wrestlers also advanced to the state wrestling tournament in Orlando. 

Palatka High’s archery team recently won the state title, with Jenkins Middle School finishing runner-up in the middle school division. 

We held the first meeting of our Superintendent’s Advisory Council for the West Area Feb. 27 at Interlachen High School, and our first meeting for the SAC for the South Area at Crescent City High School Feb. 28. 

These meetings provided an opportunity for me to present my vision for our district to our stakeholders in those areas of our county. Our district leadership team also had a chance to listen to the needs and concerns of the members representing our community. We exchanged important information about what our schools are doing and what resources we can all share. We will be following up on the information 

shared from these two meetings, along with the SAC Central Area meeting, within the next month or so. 

I hope you have a great week,

Rick Currency 

Around the District 

South Area


Browning-Pearce Elementary School 

“Dr. Seuss” dropped by Browning-Pearce March 2 to read to the kindergarten and first grade classes to celebrate his birthday. The students were thrilled to have a celebrity in their midst! 

Crescent City High School 

JROTC students helped with the monthly food distribution in Crescent City. 

MBES celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by having Putnam County Sheriff Gator DeLoach, some of his officers and a civilian volunteer from the sheriff’s office read Dr. Seuss books to the students. 

Several student athletes from Crescent City High School visited the school to help with the Read Across America activity. 

Parents are invited to attend a Dr. Seuss story time event by grade level in their students’ classrooms on Tuesday, March 7 at 6 p.m. Afterward, second grade students will perform a mini-production of Seussical Jr. in the cafeteria. 

Interlachen Elementary School 

Laura Hess read a favorite Dr. Seuss book to her students to celebrate his birthday. Students enjoyed the story with the hats that the class made to celebrate. 

Melrose Elementary School 

Sara Manning's kindergarten class at Melrose Elementary celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday by participating in a "Fun in the Sun" activity. They read outside with beach towels and sunglasses. 

Q.I. Roberts Jr.-Sr. High School
QIR students celebrated Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day with an exploration of the political and social messages in some of Dr. Seuss's books.

Last week was busy with testing, with 7th–10th graders taking the FSA Writing on Tuesday. On Wednesday, all 11th grade students took the SAT for free as part of Putnam County's partnership with College Board. 

Central Area

Kelley Smith Elementary School 
Mrs. Hudson’s class enjoyed an authentic literacy lesson in compare and contrast using Flat Stanley. Her students began the literacy lesson by being introduced to Flat Stanley and comparing themselves to him. After reading several Flat Stanley books students made their own Flat Stanley and took him home to enjoy a weekend adventure at their house. Families took pictures of some of the fun things Stanley did while away from school. On Monday morning the students got to share their adventures with others in the class by writing stories about their fun time. 

District Departments 

Career and Technical Education 
Welding students from Palatka and Crescent City high schools engaged in a friendly competition at PHS Friday for scholarship money and new welding gear. Almost 50 students created pieces for the competition judge, instructors and their peers to critique. The two schools have participated in the annual competition for at least 10 years. Tony Dues of Tulsa Welding School in Jacksonville served as judge.