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Vote No on House Bill 4057 to Save PE in Our Middle Schools!

Vote No on House Bill 4057 to Save PE in Our Middle Schools!

The American Heart Association strongly opposes House Bill 4057, by State Representative Larry Metz, removing the requirement for Middle School Physical Education. 

San Mateo Elementary Teacher is Teacher of the Week

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Students in Lynette Smiley's classroom love their teachers.

The 8-year teaching veteran credits success in her classroom to team teaching with Ms. Angela Vaesa.

"We really feed off each other and work well together," Smiley said. "She's a very positive teacher."

"They're awesome, like if Ms. Vaesa's teaching, Ms. Smiley will come in and she'll think of something and she'll have like a connection to what Ms. Vaesa's teaching," said student Ashlin Green.

Smiley is very involved in the school, with an extensive list of extras like offering homework assistance twice a week. She also works with safety patrols and the leadership team.

Smiley said "love" sums up her personal teaching philosophy.

"A lot of these kids don't get a lot of love," Smiley said. "I feel like if you can incorporate love into your classroom as much as possible, then these kids will want to learn for you, they'll want to be here."

Florida Gets Flexibility Waiver from US Department of Education

 

The U.S. Department of Education today approved Florida’s request for a flexibility waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Florida was one of 11 states asking for flexibility with regard to accountability standards mandated by the No Child Left Behind legislation implemented in 2001. The state requested the waiver to be able to move to a single statewide accountability system that would eliminate duplicative regulation and make Florida’s system easier to understand.

Planation Oaks Students Learn 2-Steps to Save a Life

Planation Oaks Students Learn 2-Steps to Save a Life

CPR Hands-Only training is  “Staying Alive” for 5th Graders at Clay County Elementary School 

Who: St. Vincent’s HealthCare, Plantation Oaks Elementary School and the American Heart Association-First Coast Market
What: Mass Hands-Only CPR instruction of more than 100 5th grade students attending Plantation Oaks Elementary School
When: Thursday, February 9, 2012 beginning at 9 a.m.

Students Build Toward the Future at Engineering Fair

Students Build Toward the Future at Engineering Fair

To spark interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, Jacksonville Country Day School (JCDS) held its annual Engineering Fair on Friday, January 20, 2012. Vincent Barre, manager of plastic engineering at Vistakon, talked to students about their work and gave a presentation at the event.

Duval County Continues to Increase Graduation Rate

Duval County Continues to Increase Graduation Rate

 

Florida Education Commissioner Robinson recently announced that Duval County's graduation rate rose 4.6 percentage points to 71.2 percent. Meanwhile, Duval County’s high school dropout rate was 2.3%.