Brevard Public Schools ‘News In A Minute’

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Kennedy Middle Students to Shave their Heads at St. Baldrick’s Event

ROCKLEDGE, FLA.  – Kennedy Middle School (KMS) seventh and eighth grade AVID students are currently raising funds for cancer awareness to donate to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation at an event on March 14, from 12 noon – 6 p.m. in Viera. 

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation hosts this annual event to raise money for children with cancer.

THE 2015 ST. BALDRICK’S BREVARD SHAVE EVENT is set for Saturday, March 14 at The Avenue in Viera and will once again be spearheaded by Garrett Lamp. (Image for
THE 2015 ST. BALDRICK’S BREVARD SHAVE EVENT is set for Saturday, March 14 at The Avenue in Viera and will once again be spearheaded by Garrett Lamp. (Image for

During the event, community hair stylists volunteer their time to shave peoples’ heads in the name of cancer awareness.

Each “shave-ee” must raise $50 in order to have their head shaved.

KMS AVID students have raised over $2,200 and will have 24 boys and girls have their heads shaved at the event in the name of cancer awareness.

The students will also help running the event by assisting with the set-up and clean-up of the day.

In light of the experience, Beth Tyre, AVID coordinator, stated, “Anyone participating in any St Baldrick’s event will have their lives changed forever.”

For more information, please contact Tyre at 321-633-3500 or 

National Geographic Names Edgewood Student as State Geo Bee Semifinalist

MERRITT ISLAND, FLA.  – Edgewood Jr./Sr. seventh grader, Alexander Griffith, was selected by the National Geographic Society as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2015 Florida National Geographic State Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society.

The contest is designed to inspire students to be curious about the world.

Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition.

The semifinalist contest will be held at Jacksonville University in the Terry Concert Hall & Gooding Building located at 2800 University Blvd N. in Jacksonville on March 27.

For more information, please contact Dr. Kenn Winn, principal, at 321-454-1030 or

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Jackson SGA Students Receive Recognition at Convention

TITUSVILLE, FLA.  – At the end of February, Jackson’s Student Government Association (SGA) competed alongside 87 schools at the Florida Association of Student Council’s Convention in Tampa. 

In order to compete at the statewide convention, Jackson’s SGA worked tirelessly throughout the year to prepare project books, which describe the goals, description, evaluation, and supporting documentation of an event/project.

Brevard_Public_Schools_Logo-180Jackson’s SGA submitted four project books focusing on the topics of citizenship development, school spirit, faculty/staff relations and community service.

For the first time in the school’s history, Jackson won two 1st place awards and two 2nd place awards for their valiant efforts.

“Hearing Andrew Jackson Middle School announced four times in front of 1,400 students from across the state proved to these kids, that while although they live in a small city, they are able to accomplish big things,” said SGA advisor, Jeffrey Wasserman.

For more information, please contact Wasserman at

All Three Central Middle Odyssey of the Mind Teams Headed to State

WEST MELBOURNE, FLA.  – All three Central Middle Odyssey of the Mind teams qualified to compete at the state level on April 11, in Orlando.

The Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.

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Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.

They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level.

Central Middle’s awards that qualified their advancement are as follows:

• Problem 1 Team – Received 2nd Place for Runaway ‘Train’

• Problem 5 Team- Received 1st Place for Silent Movie

• Problem 3 Team – Received 1st Place for Pandora’s Box  and Best Score

Their coaches supported the teams, and one of them received the OMER award and the RANATRA FUSCA award for their dedication.

For more information, please contact Julie Alban, teacher sponsor, at 321-722-4150 ext. 5611

Stone Middle Gets Artsy Alongside Artist in Residence – Kim Hunt

 MELBOURNE, FLA.  – As part of a grant through the Brevard Cultural Alliance, Stone Middle students will work with a local artist in residence.

Artist Kim Hunt is currently working with Stone Middle students by focusing on development and mastery of technical skills needed to create, manipulate and display images through traditional and digital means.  Ms. Hunt specializes in photography, collage, and mixed media.  Her guidance and involvement is a great opportunity for Stone students to integrate the arts and technology.

In recognition of the experience, coordinating teacher Heidi Targee-Heid, stated,

“The BCA Next Generation Artist in Residency Grant supports our students’ ability to see the world as interdisciplinary and recognize the powerful connection between art and technology.”

For more information, please contact Shannon Lynch, coordinating teacher, at 321-723-0741

Edgewood Student Qualifies for National Speech Tournament

MERRITT ISLAND, FLA.  – Congratulations to Callie Mims, a sophomore at Edgewood Jr./Sr. High, who won for her exceptional literary interpretation at the National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Grand Qualifying Speech and Debate Tournament, hosted in Lake Mary.

The purpose of the NCFL is to encourage and to assist in the development of articulate leaders whose skills may be spread and become an influence in the life of the nation.

Callie’s winning interpretation earned her one of six spots for the Grand Nationals Catholic Forensics League Tournament, a three-day tournament from May 22-24, at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale.

According to her coach, Beth Snyder, “This is the first time Brevard County has ever qualified for a national speech tournament.  So—Callie is representing not only Edgewood but also the entire county.”

For more information, please contact Dr. Kenn Winn, principal, at 321-454-1030

Students & Families Enjoy “Stars Over Meadowlane” Event

WEST MELBOURNE, FLA.  – Meadowlane Primary students and their families were invited to a fun, science-focused event called “Stars Over Meadowlane,” where they interacted with hands-on science components.

During the event, students and their families collaborated to foster a learning experience centered on astronomy.

The students utilized IPAD technology to view and identify the constellations in the night sky.

The event was extremely educational and helped the students enhance their comprehension skills by experiencing science first-hand.  “Our families had an exciting night working with the planets from Earth.  Hands on science activities provided an engaging and memorable evening for students and parents during the Stars Over Meadowlane special event,” stated teacher, Nicole Gaumond.

For more information, please contact Gaumond at 321-723-6354 or

Manatee Elementary Celebrates Successful Seussical 5K

VIERA, FLA.  – Over 600 people came to support Manatee Elementary’s first ever “Thinga-Ma-Jogger” 5K race, which was held on Saturday, March 7.

After celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2, the 5k event wrapped up a weeklong of Seuss activities.

People of all ages came to run and walk the 3.1 miles celebrating the beloved author by donning Seuss inspired outfits and motivational quotes.

Race coordinators, Shannon Daly and Nicki Hensley, in addition to Manatee librarian Tricia Kuhblank, worked for months in order to make the event such as success.

The proceeds of the race will go towards purchasing technology items for the classrooms.

For more information, please contact Denise Crouchley, kindergarten teacher,

Pinewood Elementary Nurtures Academic Parent/Teacher Teams

MIMS, FLA.  – Pinewood Elementary will continue to build their Academic Parent/Teacher Teams during their spring meeting held on March 19, with one session beginning at 5:00 p.m. and the next at 6:30 p.m.

Teachers and parents meet three times each year to review student data and monitor progress on individual goals.

During the meetings, a teacher shares strategies for support at home, provides materials for practice and at the end of the team meeting – the parents set goals.

These events are important in building and fostering the connection between school and home, which increases student achievement.

For more information, please contact Courtney Amick or Darlene Falcigno-Baxter, Title I teachers, at 321-269-4530 or 

MILA Elementary Hosts a “Night of the Arts”

MERRITT ISLAND, FLA.  – MILA Elementary highlighted their students’ artistic talents during a cross-curricular “Night of the Arts,” held on March 5.

During the event, first – sixth grade students performed music, displayed their artwork in a gallery walk fashion throughout the cafeteria, and show cased their book study projects in the Media Center.

The event was an enjoyable experience for students and their families!

For more information, please contact Monica Weber, Title I teacher, at 321-454-1070 ext. 3918 or

2015 – 16 Kindergarten Pre-Registration Window: March 30 – April 3

BREVARD COUNTY, FLA.  – Kindergarten pre-registration for the 2015 – 16 school year will be held at all Brevard County public elementary schools from March 30 – April 3, 2015.  School office hours may vary on April 3, please contact your school for availability.

Children entering kindergarten for the first time must comply with Florida Statute 1003.21 regarding age, which states a child must be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2015.

All children who will be six (6) years old by February 1, 2015, must attend school regularly during the entire school term.

Items needed for kindergarten registration:

• Original birth certificate or acceptable evidence/documentation

• Compulsory immunizations

• Current physical examination

• Two (2) forms of residence verification

For detailed registration information, visit the student registration webpage or contact your local school. 

Calling All Volunteers – The Supply Zone for Teachers Needs You!

BREVARD COUNTY, FLA.  – Looking for a volunteer opportunity that directly influences the community in which you live?  Why not help local students and teachers through the Brevard Schools Foundation’s Supply Zone for Teachers.

The Supply Zone is seeking volunteers who are 16 and older, who want to make a difference in Brevard Public Schools.

Volunteer tasks may include helping with stockroom activities, clerical work, community outreach or assisting with teacher check-in and checkout.

A volunteer orientation will be held on Wednesday, April 1, at 9 a.m.

During this orientation, attendees will learn more about the Supply Zone and the various volunteer opportunities available.

If you are not available to attend on this date but are still interested in volunteering, please contact Elizabeth Schreiber at or 321-617-7727.

Parents of Children with Disabilities Survey – Now Open!

BREVARD COUNTY, FLA.  – The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) invites parents of children with disabilities to complete its annual survey, which is open from February 1 – May 31, 2015.

Each year, the FLDOE surveys parents of children with an individual educational plan (IEP) to determine how well the child’s school is partnering and promoting involvement in the child’s education.

All states must collect this data as part of their State Performance Plan, as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The feedback is important in helping the state and local school systems continue improving educational programs for children with special needs.

The survey is available online at or a paper survey may be requested from your school.  Paper surveys will be available in both English and Spanish.

For more information, please contact Heather Theobald, learning resource teacher, at 321-633-1000 ext. 562