Nassau Notebook

Volume V, No. 13

Recording Outstanding Education

Nassau County School District has many exciting events happening on our campuses. Look at the collection of stories around our county.

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"Friends" at the Fair

The 2021 student-inspired "Friends" themed fair booth was designed and created by Mrs. Cash-Canode's art students at Hilliard Middle-Senior High School. In the planning stages, the art teacher asked students what they missed most during the stay-at-home order of 2020. Their answer: "We missed our friends!" From that, the Friends-themed fair booth was born. The 3D Studio Art class built every aspect of the iconic coffee shop scene, from the Central Perk sign to the golden frames, brick walls, lamps, coffee mugs, and flowers. The 2D Studio Art classes were responsible for the fabulous hand-stippled self-portraits, and fair-themed art sprinkled in among the golden frames. Finally, to tie it all together with the fair theme, we made the banner in true Friends fashion, "The one where they brought back the fun."

HMSHS brought home the 3rd place ribbon for their hard work and ingenuity. We were so excited to participate and receive so many compliments from community residents and peers!

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Kindergarten Investigates

During an animal study on nocturnal creatures, the kindergarten students at Callahan Elementary School read an informational text about owls and dissected owl pellets! Students observed lots of fur and bones inside! By using a chart and internet search tools, the students discovered the owl's meal (rodents and moles)!

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Family Project

October's family project in Mrs. Crowder's first-grade class at Yulee Primary School was a pumpkin book report. Students chose a book character and decorated a pumpkin as that character. Families worked together to create their pumpkin, and the students wrote a report about their character.

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Celebrating Custodians

Hilliard Middle-Senior High School wanted to show appreciation for the seven custodians at our school. They work hard every day and deserve to be recognized. One of the students, Abby Jarrett, suggested we do something fun to brighten their day. The students donated drinks, chips, and candy bars. Each custodian received a large bag of snacks with a note that said, "The quiet hero of the school. They are always the first to arrive each day, clean up messes no one dares to touch, and befriend everyone that passes by."

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Character Parades

Schools across the county dressed up and put on Character Parades for their school!

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New Teacher Support

New teachers at Yulee Primary School submitted various questions related to behavior management, instructional practices, parental support, and communication. They rotated around to each mentor teacher to hear responses to their questions. This opportunity allowed them to hear other teachers' perspectives on questions and connect with different people around campus. At the end of each rotation, they added to their treat basket to create a "Teacher Survival Kit."

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Spooky Science

Mrs. Lundquist and Mrs. Lee's classes at Callahan Middle School did Spooky Science labs reviewing physical and chemical changes along with mixtures and solutions.
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STEAM Stations

Mrs. Cordova’s second-grade students at Southside Elementary School had fun celebrating fall with STEAM stations.

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Escape Room

Emma Love Hardee students in the SAILOR club participated in an Escape Room to test their thinking skills under pressure.

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They are the Champions!

Fernandina Beach High School's Marching Pirates, a 3A band, titled "Anyway the Wind Blows!" The Music of Queen won 1st place in the Green Division, including 11 bands in the 1A-3a Category. In addition, the Marching Pirates received the following awards in the Green Division: 1st Place: Drum Major, Color Guard, Percussion, and Best Band. They received an overall 3rd Place trophy. This included 18 bands in the 1A-5A category.

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Ms. McCarthy Visits!

Sarah McCarthy from McCarthy Math visited the 3rd-grade teachers at Callahan Intermediate School for a Professional Development Day. While she was on campus, she made a surprise appearance in some of the classrooms.

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