Putnam Pulse 3-14-2017

Putnam Pulse 3-14-2017
Posted on 03/15/2017

From the Superintendent

I was very pleased to see the number of parents and students who attended the Collegiate High School orientations last week at St. Johns River State College and Price Middle School. It is exciting to see students take advantage of the opportunity to earn an AA degree at the same time they earn a high school diploma.

Last week some young ladies from our local high schools attended the "Girls Can" event hosted by St. Johns River State College. Successful women role models from around the state and from Putnam County gave motivational testimonies. 

Rick Surrency,

 Around the District

South Area

Crescent City High School
CCHS is happy to announce that all seniors have now met the graduation requirement for passing the Algebra 1 EOC or achieving the concordant score on the PERT!  

CCHS thanks their teachers for their attendance for the 1st semester. The average number of days out was only 3.6. We appreciate your dedication to our students!

Congratulations to the school’s HOSA program and the students of CCHS for their contribution to LifeSouth Community Blood Centers! They are showcased in the information pamphlet that is distributed to all high schools in the region that is served by LifeSouth Blood Centers.   

Middleton-Burney Elementary School
Parents attended a Dr. Seuss story time event by grade level in their students’ classrooms on March 7 at 6 p.m. as part of the school’s celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Afterward, second grade students performed a mini-production of Seussical Jr. in the cafeteria.

West Area

Interlachen Elementary School
Kimberly Fleming's first grade Cambridge class held “Meet the President Night,” with students dressing up as the presidents and sharing biographical information and history.
IES also held a Jump Rope for Heart event

Melrose Elementary School
Students in Bethany Parker’s fifth grade Science class are embracing the fact that they can do challenging things. Students use strategies to try to solve puzzle cubes. They have a class set of cubes on loan from the Rubik's cube lending library. Even though they face frustration they continue to work toward the goal, learning along the way.

Price Middle School
Price held a poetry night last week during which students recited original poems and some from memory. The students did a great job!

Price also honored all of their athletes for a great year at our annual sports program.  Thanks to all of the coaches for working with the students! 

Q.I. Roberts Jr.-Sr. High School
Sophomore and Junior females attended the GIRLS CAN event held at St. Johns River State College Friday. Students experienced the personal journeys from numerous remarkable women who promoted empowerment, discovery and inspiration.  

Central Area

C.L. Overturf, Jr. Sixth Grade Center
Students performed an in-school talent show for their peers with an encore performance that evening following a Title 1 meeting. Eighteen students participated in 13 acts.

Kelley Smith Elementary School
Pat Hudson held a reception for her students Friday to celebrate their reading all 15 Jr. Sunshine State Young Reader books.

Mellon Elementary School
Instead of doing a webinar mentoring class, University of North Florida brought mentor students to Mellon to mentor their Camp Osprey students in person.

Mellon students also reached their goal of mastering 1.5 million math facts on Reflex Math, and the Mellon Running Club collected more than $300.00 during the PCSD Auction March 4.

The school took 32 students to participate in the Hershey’s Games track meet at Palatka High School sponsored by Palatka High School Key Club.

Mellon’s kindergarten students and Putnam Academy of Arts and Sciences Top Dolphin Club members celebrated Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with a fun Cat in the Hat Activity.

Putnam Academy of Arts and Sciences
The sixth grade World Cultures classes at PAAS participated in a Social Studies Fair by completing creative projects on the Ancient Greeks. Each block had five winners. All students made Ms. Daniels proud with their efforts!

 District Departments

Food Services

School Food Service has had a great week celebrating National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) with the campaign theme, “School Breakfast Challenge”.
The week reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for students.

Students were encouraged to “Take the Challenge” from March 6-10 with special menus, decorations, cafeteria events, and more. The Power Panther made a visit to Melrose Elementary School encouraging students to eat a healthy breakfast. Food Services set a record number of breakfasts served to the students at Melrose on that Tuesday morning when the Power Panther made his visit. 

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education they can,” said Nikki Hawthorne, School Food Service Director. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy and appealing choices we offer”.

The district serves over 8000 breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program.

School nutrition professionals in Putnam County prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories and sodium – and encourage students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.

National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program to all children and to promote the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles.

The nonprofit School Nutrition Association, Kellogg’s and Potatoes USA make the “Take the School Breakfast Challenge” possible. Parents and students can follow the fun on Facebook.com/TrayTalk.

The School Food Service Program continues to make efforts to get more local produce on their menus. Last week they were able to menu local Florida strawberries in all schools.