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Dear FUTURES Supporter,
Happy New Year!
Hope you had a safe and happy holiday!
Jacqueine Ouellette, Media Teacher at Champion Elementary School informed that her mini-grant project "Reading Rocks" was a success. Books that centered on music were selected and the students circulated among six different activities. The students also met author and musician Chris Rumble, then heard the story, "This Jazz Man," followed by members from the New Smyrna Beach Cuda band, under the direction of Tyler Losco, playing a variety of pieces that used the same instruments in the story. Students were also treated to the Champion Orff ensemble lead by music teacher, Kris Light, as they performed muscial books for the students entertainment. Many retired teachers returned to Champion to share other stories. The day ended with a surprise announcement that the school music department had been selected as a 2012-2015 State of Florida Department of Education Music Demonstration School - one of only two elementary schools in the county to have that honor.
Dreena Hoffmann, Primary Teacher at Spirit Elementary School informed that her grant project "Turn Off the TV and Turn on Your Imagination" was moving right along. She informed that 7 of the students reading scores increased from Reading Interim 1 to 2, with an average increase of 12% with a higher number of students reading independently and taking Reading Counts quizzes.
Sharon Lloyd of Starke Elementary School informed that the students of her project "Kindergarten Cafe: Learning with Cooking" were enjoying their bi-weekly experience constructing gingerbread houses.
Deb Hibdon, 5th grade Science Teacher at Volusia Pines Elementary shared that her mini-grant project "Sustainable Stems via STEM" will enable students to be part of an after-school 12 week STEM club for high achieving 4th and 5th graders. She stated that students will design and build models of greenhouses to use during the planning phase of the project. They will also be germinating seeds of various types of foods and herbs for use later in the school cafeteria. This is all part of the Seed-Plat-Food-Table garden project. She further added that this project will incorporate math, science, engineering, and technology. She added that adult volunteers from the community had agreed to assist with the project.
FUTURES MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM NEWS
Robin Diedrichs, Intermediate Teacher at Blue Lake Elementary School sent a picture of the "Davinci Club" participating in the DeLand Christmas Parade and a picture of the students' art work that was displayed at the DeLand Fall Art Festival. Funding for this project was provided by a FUTURES Mini-Grant and also received additional resources from Stetson University's Nina B. Hollis Institute for Educational Reform through FUTURES Matching Grant Program.
FUTURES Tomorrow's Leaders enjoyed their experiences at their second seminar, "Educational/Economic Development." The day was filled with activities: A panel discussion with Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Margaret Smith, Deputy Superintendent of Financial & Business Services, Dr. Robert Moll and Dr. Katie Dyer, Coordination 6-12 Curriculum . They also toured AO Precision Manufacturing and Daytona International Speedway.
Students visit AO Precision Manufacturing
Students tour Daytona International Speedway
Just a reminder.........Come join us on Friday, January 4, 2013 at Ruby Tuesday's.
Ruby Tuesday is extremely proud to be part of our hometown and believes in giving back. As a fellow member of the community, they wish to invite you to participate in Ruby Tuesday's Community GiveBack Program.
Grab your family and friends and join us at one of the following locations:
Daytona - 1808 International Speedway Boulevard - 386-254-8828
Orange City - 1212 Saxon Boulevard - 386-917-0300
Bellaire Plaza - 2695 N. Atlantic Avenue - 386-677-2345
Please present the attached flyer to your server, and Ruby Tuesday will give back 20% of the purchase to FUTURES Take Stock in Children!