BPS News in a Minute

October 25, 2012

COCOA, FLA. – The Florida Department of Education and the Florida Art Education Association (FAEA) recently named Challenger 7 Elementary School as a Visual Arts Demonstration School. The Visual Arts Demonstration School Program offers an inaugural opportunity for recognition of excellence and exemplary practice in visual art education in Florida’s public schools. This new program has been developed collaboratively by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Art Education Association (FAEA) and is closely aligned with the Music Demonstration School Program.

In order to qualify as a Visual Arts Demonstration School, schools must be certified in K-6 or K-12 art education and offer significant opportunities for arts instruction. The art program must also demonstrate connections to the local community through activities such as community art exhibits and service-learning projects. A Visual Arts Demonstration School contributes to the overall excellence of the school environment, addresses the Sunshine State Standards in exemplary ways, and promotes academic and aesthetic student achievement.

The school will receive statewide recognition on the Florida Department of Education and FAEA websites and at a special awards ceremony during the FAEA annual state conference in St. Petersburg on November 9.

For more information, please contact Challenger 7 principal, Carol Mela at 321-636-5801 or mela.carol@brevardschools.org.  


VIERA, FLA. - The Office of Student Services, Home Education, and Students at Risk instituted three area youth leadership trainings on September 18th, 19th, and 20th that were facilitated through the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center. Each school sent a team consisting of a minimum of four students and a faculty leader. An action plan was developed by each school’s team specifying a variety of goals and activities.

Starting in November, district staff will attend meetings at selected schools with the faculty leader, student leaders, and principal. Future plans include bringing the students back together on February 18th to discuss what has worked, challenges they are facing, and to share their anti-bullying events and products. Elementary 5th and 6th grade students will be trained by Student Services Resource Teachers. The students will then present an anti-bullying message to younger students at their schools.

For more information, please contact Paula Ferrell, Resource Teacher, 321-1000 extension 321 or ferrell.paula@brevardschools.org.   


VIERA, FLA. -  In the span of 2008-2012, there have been major efforts towards meeting the goal of students being college and career ready. The data show that many Brevard Public Schools students are graduating with degrees, diplomas, or accelerated program diplomas including the following: Associate in Arts Degree,  Advanced Placement (AP) Diploma, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE – Cambridge) Diploma.

Academic dual enrollment allows interested and qualified high school students to begin their college careers while still in high school. The number of Associate of Arts (AA) degrees earned by BPS students has increased dramatically over the years, from 75 in 2009 to 246 in 2012.

Brevard Public Schools implemented the Brevard Public Schools’ AP Diploma Program in 13 of the 16 area high schools in 2008-2009. In 2008-2009, 90 students earned a BPS AP Diploma. In 2011-2012, 145 students were awarded the BPS AP Diploma.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is an internationally recognized diploma program based in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2008-2009, 39 diplomas were awarded to students at Cocoa Beach Jr. /Sr. High School. Since that time Melbourne High School has become an IB Diploma School and in 2011-12, 84 IB Diplomas were awarded to students at Cocoa Beach Jr. /Sr. High School and Melbourne High School.

The Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) diploma program is an internationally recognized diploma program that is part of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England. In 2008-2009, 53 diplomas were awarded to students at Eau Gallie and Rockledge High Schools. Heritage and Titusville high schools are in the process of becoming AICE Diploma Schools. In 2011-2012, 93 AICE Diplomas were awarded to Eau Gallie and Rockledge High School students.

For more information, please contact Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction at 321-633-1000 ext. 300 or van meter.cyndi@brevardschools.org.


School Happenings

Sun Smart Day at Apollo Elementary

          On Friday, October 19, Apollo showcased the Solar Education Plan as part of being a Solar Panel e-Shelter School.  Students were involved in hands-on/minds on scientific investigations in all grade levels. Federal and state Department of Energy officials   were on campus to view the activities.

For more information, please contact Beth Faulkner at 321-267-7890 or faulkner.beth@brevardschools.org.




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Meadowlane Intermediate Receives Grant to Get Kids Moving

ING U.S. announced that Meadowlane Intermediate in West Melbourne was one of 50 recipients from 27 states across the nation to receive a grant to inspire students to be more active and adopt healthy choices into adulthood. In its fourth year, the ING Run for Something Better® School Awards in partnership with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education is helping introduce students in kindergarten through eighth grade across the country to the benefits of running and active lifestyles through school based running programs.

The school will receive  up to $2,500 in funding to support a minimum of an eight-week running program that will conclude with a culminating running event in celebration of the students’ achievements.

For more information, please contact Principal Kerri Nash at 321-722-5539 or nash.kerri@brevardschools.org.

$5,000 Motorola Grant Awarded to Space Coast Jr/Sr High School’s CTE Engineering Program 

On September 25, 2012, the CTE Engineering Technology program at Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School received a $5,000 Motorola STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Grant submitted by teacher, Steve Portz. Knight’s Armament will kindly provide approximately $5,300 as the grant requires a match of funding from the business community.

 The grant opportunity was made available to STEM teachers by the Brevard Schools Foundation through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations. The project title is “SysSTEMic Change to Education”. The goal of this grant proposal is to promote an understanding among students of how the skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, are integrated, accessed, and utilized in the manufacturing world.

The scope of the project involves:

1.    A field trip to a manufacturing facility.

2.    Identification of industrial “manufacturing processes” present at the workplace.

3.    Identify aspects of STEM used in these “processes”.

4.    Purchase of computer-controlled equipment, software, and materials to integrate academic content and industrial applications.

5.    Use plastics injection molding equipment to produce a project that is student designed using 3D parametric modeling software (Solidworks).

6.    The item designed and produced will promote ‘school-spirit” and will be sold around the campus.

7.    The product will be used as an example of how STEM disciplines can be used together to design and produce a manufactured piece.

If you have questions regarding this grant, please contact Dennis Soboleski, Office of Career and Technical Education, at 321-633-1000 extension 281 or soboleski.dennis@brevardschools.org.

L.B Johnson Middle School Receives Yearbook Awards

The 2012 L.B. Johnson’s yearbook, The Round Up, received an All Florida award from the Florida Scholastic Press Association. Out of a total of 30 points, The Round Up received a score 29 points, with four areas of distinction in Concept, Coverage, Writing and Design. The 2012 yearbook also received the honor of Second Class award from the National Scholastic Press Association.

More than 300 student publications are also critiqued by these organizations. Additionally, the 2012 Round Up received top honors from the CSPA (Columbia Scholastic Press Association) with a Gold Medal. Out of a possible 1,000 points, the yearbook received 816 points. The CSPA is a national organization run out of Columbia University in New York to help improve student publications.

 The yearbook staff comprised of 18 students, was co-edited by Darian Andrews and Kendall Jensen, and sponsored by Stefanie Pedicini. “It is a great honor to have my staff and our school recognized for all the hard work we do to produce a quality yearbook,” Pedicini said. “It really means a lot to the staff to see their work awarded.”

For more information, please contact Johnson Principal, Rob Fish, at 321-242-6430 or fish.rob@brevardschools.org.

Eighth graders Kalia Musinski, Jamie Clark, adviser Stefanie Pedicini, Hunter Benninger, Kayli Munch and Abby Wilkinson were a part of the 2012 yearbook staff that placed 1st in FSPA, 2nd Class in NSPA and Gold in CSPA. Megan Ewart(not pictured) was also a part of the 2012 awarding winning staff. “I was proud when we won our awards because of all the effort we put in to making the yearbook,” Jamie Clark said.

Longleaf Elementary Students Help “Stella the Whale” Migrate 700 Miles 

On Monday, October 29, at 8:45 a.m., students from Longleaf Elementary will take part in a unique experience to help Stella – a near life-size illustration of a baby right whale – migrate 700 miles from one end of the state to the other. Stella’s epic 30-day journey began on October 14 in Key Largo and will end on November 17 at the Right Whale Festival in Jacksonville.

Famed muralist Wyland, and south Florida school children created the giant painting in Spring 2012 as part of an effort to draw attention to the plight of the endangered north Atlantic right whale whose numbers have dwindled in recent years to less than 500 animals. To mirror the average traveling distance in a right whale's migration, Stella will stop every twenty miles at schools and children’s centers. Each stop along the way will include presentations from marine mammal experts and educators, a photo opportunity with Stella, and activities for students to use Stella's journey to identify their own goals for environmental conservation, health and wellness, and academic success.

For more information, please contact Julie A. Albert, North Atlantic Right Whale Program Coordinator, Marine Resources Council at 321-253-6435 or falbert1@cfl.rr.com.