The Sabal Palm Chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) had its Fall 2011 Induction Ceremony on December 1, 2011. Twenty-six students were inducted into the prestigious organization. All new members maintained honor roll and exemplified leadership, service, scholarship, and responsibility. Students, teachers, parents, and community partners attended the event, and were delighted by a motivational speech by Mr. Keith Rodgers, poet and CEO of Black on Black Rhymes. After each student was acknowledged for his or her hard work, the guests of the event were treated to a reception.
In conjunction with its science fair week, Montford Middle was honored to have a special guest speaker, Dr. Sir Harry Kroto. Dr. Kroto is the 1996 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry for his co-discovery of buckminsterfullerene, a 60 atom molecule of carbon, commonly known as buckyballs. Since 2004, Dr. Kroto has served as a Francis Eppes Professor in Chemistry at Florida State University.
Dr. Kroto masterfully captured the attention of his audience during his informative presentation, discussing his life and his eventual career as a scientist, professor and Nobel Prize winner. At one point, during his lecture, Dr. Kroto impressed upon the students that they are the young scientists of tomorrow. He challenged them to unlock the mysteries of science that remain and to make great scientific discoveries in the future. Dr. Kroto, emphasized that science is the one culture that binds us all together.
According to Montford principal, Douglas Cook, “We so much appreciate Dr. Kroto visiting our school and sharing with our science students. His inspiring presentation was the perfect ending to our science fair. Dr. Kroto’s visit helped convey to our students how vitally important the study of science is and encouraged them to continue learning all they could about this fascinating subject.”
Congratulations to Chiles High School Students Ethan Caswell, Hank Coleman and Madison Boyd on winning $1500 for this 1st place public service announcement from the Florida Board of Immunization.
Students at Apalachee Elementary were treated to a unique experience as the Wyland Water Challenge Tour made a stop at their school. Over a two day period, students took part in hands on learning experiences teaching them to become informed stewards of our water sources. Students also created Wyland-like “Ocean” paintings in art to be displayed on the art gallery wall in their school.
Wyland has been hailed a “Marine Michelangelo” by USA Today. He has hosted several television programs, including, “Wyland: A Brush With Giants” on the Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet Network and “Wyland’s Art Studio” a new series for public television, and he was selected as an official artist for the United States Olympic Team for the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China. Renowned for his incomparable Whaling Walls in more than 75 cities and fourteen countries, Wyland’s artwork and community outreach over the last thirty years have had a lasting impact that can be seen in today’s global “green” movement.
Even though dark clouds loomed overhead, the sun came out and Jazz Jams performed for the first time this year. Sealey Elementary students, faculty, staff and parents enjoyed the great sounds performed by faculty and students from Florida A&M University who make up the group, sponsored by The Tallahassee Chapter of The Links, Inc., Tallahassee Parks and Recreation, Leon County, TARGET and Leon County Schools.
Longineau Parsons, director of the group explained that many of the songs they were playing would be familiar but just a little “jazzier.” The students cheered when they heard, “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” and clapped and swayed to the music. For 45 minutes they were treated to tune after tune, until the clouds opened up and shortened the concert. One student asked, “When are they coming back?”
Jazz Jams will be performing at other schools in Leon County during the year.
Ms. Lenita Joe