Monthly Archives: February 2015
Literacy Week in Hendry County
Members of the School Board were invited to attend Literacy Week celebrations in many of our schools last week and I made sure to RSVP to as many as I could. Choosing which events to attend was my biggest challenge as every school had an event, activity, or theme for each day of the week!
I kicked of my Literacy Week tour at Central Elementary. I got to be a Community Reader and choose two books, “The Old Woman and Her Pig” and “Three Billy Goats Gruff” to read to fourth grade classes. I was delighted to see other people in the community participating as community readers while I was there. I ran into Bubba Ramer from the City Recreation Dept, County Commissioner Karson Turner, as well as Superintendent Paul Puletti.
Clewiston High School’s students and staff rolled out the red carpet for first grade students from Eastside, Westside and Central Elementary. CHS students decked the halls with Dr. Seuss decorations and guided the first graders through different literacy stations located throughout the campus. It was heartwarming to see the look of admiration in the eyes of the first graders and inspiring to see the leaders of tomorrow honing their leadership skills and nurturing a sense of community responsibility for literacy.
Eastside Elementary hosted an outstanding Multi-Cultural Literacy Night. Teachers and staff transformed the lunchroom into a multi-cultural party complete snacks, games, music, and engaging literacy stations highlighting different cultures. Ava Barrett from the Clewiston Public Library was in attendance getting families signed up up library cards and providing information on ways the public library supports community literacy.
Seeing a principal take a whipped cream pie in the face was all the reason I needed to load up and head over to LaBelle to Country Oaks Elementary! Mr. Sealey issued a challenge to students if they doubled their AR (Accelerated Reader) points goal, he would let them throw a pie at him. If they quadrupled their goal, they got to throw two pies. I’ll just say he had quite a group of motivated students with excellent aim and, since he was such a good sport, I couldn’t deny his request to throw a pie at me when students went back to class.
I want to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to the schools that invited me to participate in their Literacy Week celebrations. I’d also like to extend a very special THANK YOU to those who undoubtedly spent many hours outside of your contractual obligations to provide these wonderful experiences for our students. I appreciate those who go above and beyond for our students and make great things happen within our District.
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1/27 Meeting Recap
Paul Samerdyke, Guidance Counselor at Central Elementary, was presented with a plaque of appreciation for his many years of service to the students of Hendry County in honor of his upcoming retirement.
Stella Luckey, art teacher at Country Oaks Elementary, gave the Board an update on the Crayola Grant she procured on behalf of COES. Mrs. Luckey presented board members with a copy of Principal , a magazine published by Crayola, featuring an article that quotes Mr. Sealey and Mrs. Jones, principal and assistant principal, regarding the value of integrating art into academics. Fantastic photos of Mrs. Luckey’s students and their art were featured in the article as well. You can check out Mrs. Luckey’s blog http://washthedust.blogspot.com/ by clicking on the link.
The board voted unanimously to approve the tentative 2014-15 HCEA Collective Bargaining Agreement. You can see a copy of the tentative agreement at http://www.hendry-schools.org/education/components/docmgr/default.php?sectiondetailid=26340&fileitem=8535&catfilter=1064. Teachers will receive to a pay increase in accordance with the most recent salary schedules and can look forward to that increase being reflected in their next paycheck, in addition to retroactive pay dating back to July 1, 2014.
Board attorney Michael McKinley will receive an increase in compensation after the board voted unanimously in favor of a first amendment to his original contract dating back to February 2012. Mr. McKinley offered to conduct board member training sessions to assist board members with professional development. The board voted unanimously to attend a training facilitated by Mr. McKinley before the February 24 board meeting in LaBelle.
School board members were issued district email addresses to conduct all board related electronic correspondence. Below are a list of board members and our district email addresses.
Dwayne Brown: District1@hendry.k12.fl.us
Sally Berg: District2@hendry.k12.fl.us
Pat Langford: District3@hendry.k12.fl.us
Stephanie Busin: District4@hendry.k12.fl.us
Jon Basquin: District5@hendry.k12.fl.us
Again, thank you for taking time to read by blog and for the opportunity to serve Hendry County. All opinions expressed are my own.