Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Students chosen to travel abroad

Briefly, from School Library Journal For Tommy, the only question is whether or not Origami Yoda is real. Of course he’s real as a small puppet on Dwight’s finger. But does the oracle possess magic power? In order to find out, he decides to compile scientific evidence from the experiences of those who asked Origami Yoda for help. His friend Harvey is invited to comment on each story because he thinks Yoda is nothing but a ‘green paper wad.Tommy also comments because he’s supposedly trying to solve the puzzle. In actuality, the story is about boys and girls in sixth grade trying to figure out how being social works. The situations that Yoda has a hand in are pretty authentic, and the setting is broad enough to be any school. The plot is age-old but with the twist of being presented on crumpled pages with cartoon sketches, supposed hand printing, and varying typefaces. Kids should love it.

Nightly TV read-aloud show continues

Storytime, the nightly television show in which community members read books to children, will continue to air at 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays on the Education Channel, cable 99.The read-aloud show is recommended for prekindergarten through fifth-grade students.This week’s stories include:Harry Houdini: Escape Artist,The Frog Prince, Continued,Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter,The Keeping Quilt and The Story About Pig.

Memorial scholarship set up for Immokalee students

A memorial scholarship has been established in honor of Sgt. Linda Pierre. The 28-year-old Immokalee resident was one of five U.S. soldiers killed April 16 while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.In response to community support, a nonprofit corporation, the Sgt. Linda Pierre Memorial Scholarship, Inc., has been established. The founding committee includes Larry Wilcoxson from Immokalee, Tim Nance and Shari Monetta from Golden Gate Estates, and Chuck Marshall from Naples.A dedication ceremony for the new scholarship will be held at 9:30 a.m. today at Immokalee High School.Donations received by the memorial fund will used to provide scholarships for Immokalee High School graduates in memory of Pierre’s service. A committee consisting of Immokalee community leaders and representatives of Immokalee High School will award the scholarships.Funds will be held at an account at Bank of America. Persons wishing to donate to the scholarship fund can make deposits at any Bank of America banking center in the name of the Sergeant Linda Pierre Memorial Scholarship.
Checks, made payable to the Sergeant Linda Pierre Memorial Scholarship, can also be mailed directly to: Tim Nance -Treasurer, P.O. Box 990129, Naples, FL 34116.Spring Creek Elementary School team wins state, heads to nationals

The Full Circle Team from Spring Creek Elementary in Bonita Springs not only took home the first place trophy, they received the Renatra Fusca Award for outstanding creativity in the solution to their long term problem at the state Odyssey of the Mind competition held recently.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international program which fosters creativity, team work and problem solving as the teams develop a solution to a long-term problem and also demonstrate their quick thinking in a spontaneous problem.This is the second year in a row that Spring Creek has had a team go to the world competition. The team now faces fundraising in a short amount of time. The team will need to raise $10,000 to cover room, board and airfare for the five team members, coaches and parent chaperons. World will be held May 27 to 31 in College Park, Md.
If you are interested in learning more about the team or making a donation please contact Spring Creek Elementary coach Beth Graziani at (239) 947-0001.Police, fire departments to host Naples youth academyThe City of Naples Police and Fire departments will host a Youth Academy this summer.The one-week program will introduce middle school students, ages 11 to 14, to careers in law enforcement, fire service and emergency medical service. Students will be involved in classroom and practical exercises.Students can also get a lot of exposure while studying in such universities and different course Global Change Ecology,Industrial Engineering and Master of Landscape Architecture.

Naples Art Museum names button contest winner

Congratulations to Golden Gate High School sophomore Deanna Caceres for being named the winner of the Naples Museum of Art Button Design Contest. The winning button design was selected based on its representation of this year’s theme,Art!The annual contest, open to students at all grade levels, is designed to promote the importance of the arts for young visitors to the museum. Approximately 2,000 entries were submitted. Caceres’ winning design will become next year’s button, given out to students during visits to the museum during the 2011-12 school year.Additionally, Honorable Mention designations have been awarded to five students in recognition of their outstanding achievement. These designs will be printed as stickers which, along with the buttons, are distributed on Family Days.In addition to Caceres, students recognized include: Matteo Bernal, a third-grader at Veterans Memorial Elementary School; Jaylen Carroll, a sixth-grader at Eden Park Elementary School; Adriana Cruz Lopez, a senior at Lely High School; Emily Serna, a fifth-grader at Sabal Palm Elementary School; and Savannah Raines, a junior at Palmetto Ridge High School.

GED Connection to air on Education Channel

If you’re planning to take the General Educational Development exam anytime soon, you’ll want to be sure and catch the GED Connection television show, which provides adult learners with the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for and pass the newly revised GED exam. The GED Connection series combines 39 video programs, print materials and Internet learning activities to make studying for the test effective. From the first episode through the last, GED Connection takes an in-depth look at the five subject areas covered on the GED exam reading, writing, math, science and social studies.Tune in to The Education Channel, cable 99, each weekday at 6:30 a.m., and 10 p.m., beginning Monday, May 9, to catch all the 30-minute episodes.

Those who would like to prepare for the GED exam in a classroom setting can take advantage of GED preparation classes offered at no cost at the following locations: The Golden Gate Adult Learning Center, 2701 48th Terrace SW, (239) 377-3905; Immokalee Technical Center, 508 N. 9th St., in Immokalee, (239) 377-9900 ; and Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology, 3702 Estey Ave., (239) 377-0984

Bullying awareness panel rescheduled

The Bullying Awareness Discussion Panel originally scheduled for April 27 at Palmetto Ridge High School, which was cancelled due to brush fires in Golden Gate Estates, has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, May 9, in the Palmetto Ridge High School auditorium, 1655 Victory Lane.Parents of students attending any Collier County public school located in Golden Gate Estates are invited to attend this very informative event. District school psychologists, school counselors and behavior specialists will be joined by members of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office to discuss several topics associated with bullying.The focus of the panel is to provide those in attendance with an awareness of bullying as well as information on the topic. Specific areas covered include: state laws and district policy around bullying; procedures followed for investigating bullying in schools; and how to recognize a bullying situation and talk to your children about bullying.To learn more, please contact the district’s coordinator for Safe and Drug Free Schools, Nancy Tarrete, at (239) 377-0128.

Immokalee BETA Club shines at state competition

Some 70 Immokalee High School (IHS) BETA Club members are back home after winning first place honors at the 69th Annual State of Florida BETA Club Convention recently held in Orlando. Immokalee finished first in the state competition in banner, campaign skit, participation, philanthropy, scrapbook and service. The Immokalee Indians also took fifth place in the quiz bowl.Other notable honors: Junior Joseph Flores was elected State of Florida BETA Club president; junior Amelea Rodriguez won first place in the photography competition; junior Dulce Morales won first place in the spelling competition; senior Elva Sandoval won second place in the ceramics competition; junior Linda Jean Pierre won second place in the oratory competition; junior Efren Moreno won second place in the Spanish competition; and junior DJ Kendall won third place in the Math competition.Based on their performance, the Immokalee BETA Club has earned the right to represent Florida at the 31st Annual National BETA Convention to be held June 21-24 in Nashville, Tenn. Until then, club members will be busy raising funds to pay for their journey.

BETA is an acronym for Better Education Through Achievement. The club motto is Let us lead by serving others.” To be eligible to take part in convention activities, BETA members must maintain a 3.0 grade point average. IHS has been involved with BETA for 56 years, and the club has a proud history of doing exceptionally well in both state and national competitions – having won awards at the state level every year since the mid-80’s and at the national level every year since 1990.

Students chosen to travel abroad

Each summer, the Naples Council on World Affairs School Outreach Committee offers scholarships to students in Collier County to participate in an international experience. The Experiment in International Living is a program of World Learning that offers summer programs for high school students. The focus of the programs is to encourage students to expand their understanding of the world and its cultures and potentially change their lives forever. Part of each program will include a home stay with a local host family.This year, seven students have qualified for scholarships and will be traveling to eight countries as student ambassadors. Study abroad in Austria. Barron Collier High School student Maria Casado will travel to Italy where her program will focus on language and the arts.Golden Gate High School student Medens Gerbier has chosen to experience the culture, language, animal habitats and visits to historic religious sites of Thailand. Community School of Naples student Becky Henkind will be exploring China and improving her Chinese language skills as she visits Beijing and travels to the interior to learn about the diverse ethnic minorities living in remote areas of China. Seacrest High School student Kerrie Durham is interested in learning more about the Arabic language and Islamic culture of Morocco. Barron Collier High School student Johanna Fornberg will visit Botswana where she Linkwill explore its diverse ecosystems as well as work with villagers on development projects to improve living conditions in the host village. Golden Gate High School student Revenel Metayer has chosen to experience Ghanaian hospitality and generosity as he learns Twi language, history, culture and economics of Ghana. And Barron Collier High School student Katherine Nunner will improve her Spanish language skills and learn about the traditions and regional cultures of the people during her visit to Spain where she will explore the historic sites.

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