Nassau Notebook

Recording Outstanding Education

Volume II, No. 23

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.

Buzzing Into FSA

The Yulee High School Cheerleaders and Buzz helped Yulee Elementary's 3rd graders gear up for the FSA by performing at their pep rally. The squad performed a cheer and dances to motivate the students to do their best while taking the test. The Yulee High School Cheer team was thankful for the opportunity to serve as mentors for the younger Hornets.

Certified Caregivers

Mrs. Crosby, Yulee High School, has plenty of reasons to celebrate! All of her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program students passed their certification exams. Excellent work!
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Carousel Learning

As testing is approaching, Mrs. Harter, 7th-grade ELA teacher at Callahan Middle School, wanted to make learning fun and engaging for her students. In preparation for writing and student-generated anchor charts, her students used the carousel strategy to brainstorm words relating to each essay part. Students enjoyed having the opportunity to be a spy to get hints from other groups if needed. Another strategy her class used to help students analyze essays was a gallery walk. Students had to grade and justify their scores according to the writing rubric. Her students finished up with a text structures group matching activity in which the discovered text structure examples within passages.

Cracking Into Science

First-grade teachers at Yulee Primary School, Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. McNally, had a challenge for their students. Students attempted to walk on eggs to see if they could crack them. This experiment helped students discover how hens can sit on the eggs without damaging them. After walking on the eggs, students tried using their hands to crack the eggs. It was an egg-cellent day!


Callahan Elementary Students Celebrate Earth Day

At Callahan Elementary, Mrs. Hoggard's 2nd-grade class brainstormed ways to help the Earth in observance of Earth Day. Students used Flipgrid to post their video responses about Earth Day. Their classmates were able to reply with video comments on their friends' videos. Students practiced digital citizenship, collaboration, and communication. The class wrapped up the day and contributed to the Earth by planting new flowers in their class planters. Check out their class video here!
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Pirate Treasure Hunt

The staff at Emma Love Hardee Elementary were surprised by an afternoon egg hunt. Many great prizes were found. Some of the prizes were gift cards to places like Amazon and Starbucks. There were many happy teachers!

Trailblazing Dads

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Wildlight Elementary held another All Pro Dad breakfast in April. Over 115 dads and kids joined for the last All Pro Dad breakfast for this school year. This was a record number for the event. Thank you to all that support this program!


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History in the Making


Ben Weiser has been named the state’s Outstanding Teacher of American History by the Florida State Society DAR a month after the Amelia Island Chapter cited him for its award. Mr. Weiser is a veteran of 20 years in the classroom and currently teaches American history at Fernandina Beach High School. His undergraduate degree is from Purdue University, and his Master of Arts in Secondary Education is from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Standing with Mr. Weiser are (L-R) Florida State DAR Historian Cindy Addison, Florida State Regent Dawn Lemongello, national DAR President General Anne Dillon, Amelia Island DAR Historian Rebecca Mayle, and Amelia Island Regent Lynn Leisy.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is the largest women’s service organization in the world and contributes over one million volunteer hours a year. The approximately 200 members of the Amelia Island Chapter contribute 5,000 volunteer hours and $5,000 in scholarships and awards in Nassau County each year.

Congratulations to Mr. Weiser!


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