Nassau Notebook

Recording Outstanding Education

Volume II, No. 10

Nassau County School District continues to have positive events occurring on our campuses. Take a look at some of the things that have happened recently.

Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!

The Florida Department of Education has planned for Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! 2019 for January 28 - February 1, 2019. The theme for this year is Spreading Literacy, One View at a Time. Schools have been encouraged to create and participate in a YouTube video contest sharing the importance of reading. Each video view will count as one vote for that school. Views are being counted until February 1, 2019. Check out the schools in Nassau County that are participating!


AR Shopping

Hilliard Elementary School recently had its first AR Store. Students were excited to use their reading points they have accumulated the 1st nine weeks. Officer McConnell even joined in on the fun by helping students shop. Keep reading!

Congratulations to Miss Rambler!

Callahan Middle School held the Miss. Rambler Pageant on Sunday, November 4, 2018. Winners of the Miss. Rambler Pageant: 6th grade- Kate Harrison, 7th grade- Madison Green, 8th grade- Makenzie Pickett, Miss. Rambler- Gracie Turner. Congratulations!

Scholarship Winner

The Scobee Scholarship was created in honor of Dick Scobee, the Commander of the Challenger Space Shuttle, and is awarded annually by Florida Association for the Gifted. Two $1,000.00 scholarships are awarded to an eligible male and female gifted student interested in pursuing studies in the areas of math/science/technology. This year, Brody Mandelbaum, from Fernandina Beach High School, is the Scobee Scholarship winner in the state of Florida. Congratulations!
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Fall Into Reading

Yulee Elementary School held their first ever “Fall Into Literacy Night” with the goal of getting students and their families more involved in reading. Families received a delicious Callahan Barbecue along with books from a PTA sponsored book “trunk-or-treat”. Students rotated through engaging, hands-on reading activities which allowed students to interact with both reading curriculum and their families. At the first station, students were read a book and then created a pumpkin craft mapping out the plot of the story. Students then went to a sensory station where they felt mystery items and described it using figurative language. At another center students compared and contrasted Halloween and The Day of the Dead using a hula hoop venn diagram. At the same station, students and their families worked together to create as many words from common roots as possible. At the last rotation, students listened to a story from a mystery reader and were allowed the opportunity to AR test on the book. Overall, Fall Into Literacy Parent Night was a huge success!


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Creative Artists

Mr. Perry, Custodian at Yulee Primary School, shared his artistic ability with Ms. Montanaro's second-grade class. He taught the students through a directed drawing lesson. Thank you for sharing your talents, Mr. Perry!

Giving Thanks

Mr. Goodwin and the Yulee High School SGA sponsored a Custodian Appreciation Luncheon catered by Cracker Barrel as a culminating event for Custodian Appreciation Week. It was a well-deserved treat because our schools rely on and appreciate our dedicated custodians.


Mayflower STEAM

After learning about Thanksgiving and how the Mayflower and Pilgrims play an important role in the beginning of how that piece of history came to be, Callahan Elementary School's STEAM Lab concluded a Mayflower activity. On the Friday before Thanksgiving, Mrs. Hoggard's 2nd-grade students created Mayflower ship models using foil, tape, toothpicks, and straws. These models had to be able to carry as many Pilgrims to North America as possible without sinking. Students collaborated, created a model, and tested their ships. Students were eager to test their experiments!

Winter Learning

Mrs. Faris, 3rd-grade teacher at Emma Love Hardee Elementary, took her students outside for some agricultural learning. Students discovered and prepared the ground for winter gardening.

College Bound

Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Patterson, and Mrs. Pinckney, from Yulee High School Guidance, took 40 students to UNF and 30 students to Flagler College for campus tours. Students of all grade levels were offered the opportunity to experience a large public university and a small private college to expand their post-secondary options. All students were extremely engaged and several have applied or planned to apply to these colleges.