Putnam Pulse: Around the District
Starting April 24, the four district high schools (Q.I. Roberts Jr.-Sr., Interlachen, Palatka and Crescent City) will require students to put in their PIN number at the Point of Sale after selecting their meal. This change will provide a seamless and more accurate accounting procedure for the school food service department. All students will continue to receive free breakfast and lunch under the Community Eligibility Provision.
This week was National Public Health Week.
“During Public Health Week, the Department of Health in Putnam County hosted a #TEENS4HEALTH Teen Health Fair for 7th–12th graders in the Putnam County School District,” said Mary Garcia, Putnam County health officer.
“The goal is to increase health awareness by providing activities, materials, demonstrations and information. The learning stations include Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Relationships, HIV/AIDS and STDs, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Dangers of Drugs and Alcohol, the Consequences of Tobacco Use, Students Working Against Tobacco, and an ‘Ask a Nurse’ booth. We are honored to be joined by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Putnam County Emergency Operations Center and the Putnam Community Medical Center in this initiative. We will be visiting all Middle and High Schools in Putnam County in the month of April.”
Browning-Pearce Elementary School
The Achievement club of Browning Pearce meets each day before school to attain successful performance on many activities, including i-Ready, Achieve 3000 lessons, Reflex math, Accelerated Reader or maybe just finishing homework.
The Achievement club has many members who want to improve their abilities in reading and math, so they meet with Reading Coach Mr. Bergen and Math Coach Ms. Reed before school each morning. These students can work on a specific set of skills in which they need improvement or just review previous skills. Students help each other to become high achievers as well as work on their own. Any Browning Pearce student can attend the Achievement Club meetings in the mornings before school.
“The chickens are here,” according to the students in Ms. Viera’s class. Her second grade class is learning about chickens. The students got 24 eggs from a grandparent, Mr. Austin, and kept them in an automatic egg incubator at 99.5 degrees for 21 days. The students marked the days on a calendar to make sure of the “hatching date.” The students got to see the “Rhode Island reds” and the “Araucana” chickens hatch during class on March 28-29. Ms. Viera opened her classroom for other students in the school to come and see the “babies.”
The school’s pre-k and kindergarten classes wanted to get in on the “Palatka Rocks” entertainment, so students, along with lots of helpers, painted rocks to spread cheer around the Palatka area. These students enjoyed learning about our local area and painted rocks to “hide” in our area. Palatka Rocks was created as a community activity to bring fun and smiles to faces of Putnam residents. Browning-Pearce students cannot wait to “hide” and “hunt” these wonderfully painted rocks.
Mellon Elementary School
Camp Osprey students traveled to the University of North Florida.
The morning at UNF started off with an amazing motivational speech by Coach Matthew Driscoll, the head coach of the men’s basketball team.
Following the lecture, students toured the campus.
“This was an eye-opening experience for our students to be able to participate in,” said. Also, many panther cub students are working hard to reach a million words read. Along the way, they are being recognized and collecting as they work hard to be a part of the Millionaire’s Club.
Price Middle School
Last week Price Middle School's PE students participated in a Hunger Games Archery lesson, their goal was to learn to shoot correctly and hit the target. We also honored our students who brought their grades up the 3rd 9 weeks. Our students with All A's spent the day bowling and our 8th graders were rewarded for having the least amount of referrals during the 3rd 9 weeks. It was a busy and exciting week of rewarding our students!
Q.I. Roberts Jr.-Sr. High School
Interact Students raised money and sent their check to the Alzheimer's Foundation. On March 22, Local Rotary member Vernon Myers came to QIR to congratulate the group on their altruism efforts.
QIR cheerleaders competed at the Prime Osbourne Convention Center in Jacksonville March 18.
BETA club had their annual trip to Disney March 16.
A huge congratulations and thank you to students Bradley Stone and Taylor Rutkiewicz for representing Q. I. Roberts with their musical talents at the State Solo and Ensemble in Apopka. Bradley performed a very difficult timpani solo and received a rating of excellent. Taylor played "Flight of the Bumblebee" and received a superior rating. Both of these students performed admirably.
Last week students participated in the quarterly QIR Knight Loot Auction during each lunch. Students earn Knight Loot in class and around school for outstanding character or participation. At the end of each quarter, fun and tasty items are "auctioned off." Students use their knight loot to bid.
“We are so proud of our hardworking FFA students who did an awesome job showing their swine and heifers at the fair,” said Principal Mary Piazza. “They also did a great job in the livestock judging competition, with Holly Pliska taking home the top individual prize!”
Kelley Smith Elementary School
Cindy David, Guidance Counselor at Kelley Smith Elementary School, has been busy teaching student Sharks that having CHARACTER matters!
David helped the school Safety Patrol students host a Cookies for Courage reception on First Responder Appreciation Day. This is a National Day of recognition and appreciation for first responders in fire, police, and medical professions. During this reception First Responders enjoyed cookies and sweets while also taking the time to talk to the Safety Patrol students about the jobs they perform daily. The Safety Patrol students were excited to show their gratitude to the First Responders who keep their town and families safe every day.
In February, David invited performers from the Kindness Adventure Program to come visit Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders. The Kindness Adventure assembly focused on themes such as including others, caring is cool, each person matters, and being different can be good. Through the use of storytelling, music, interactive videos, magical illusions, and voluntary participation students at Kelley Smith traveled to Bidi Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya to learn that kindness matters and that they can make friends anywhere.