Nassau Notebook

Recording Outstanding Education

Volume III, No. 16

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

Living Idioms

To celebrate Literacy Week, Wildlight Elementary's 3rd Grade students dressed up as idioms. Many creative costumes were created by the students and their families. Some examples were caught red-handed, smartypants, eyes in the back of your head, and two peas in a pod.

A Buzz About Reading 🐝

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Yulee High School students visited Yulee Primary School to promote the love of reading during Literacy Week. The YHS Boys Soccer team, Varsity Cheerleaders, National Honor Society, and Beta Club read to the young readers. They enjoyed reading and seeing their primary teachers too!

Bingo for Books

Hilliard Elementary hosted its much loved annual Bingo for Books event with over 550 students, parents and staff in attendance. Everyone enjoyed dinner and many rounds of bingo. Every child left with several books to add to their home collections. Special thanks to Hilliard Middle-Senior High School Beta Club volunteers for helping to serve dinner, assisting with bingo, and working to clean up.

Bryceville Celebrates Literacy

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Reading Adventures & Poster Presenters

Congratulations to Colby Shannon, Avery Jones, Knox Bryant, Chloey Santiago, Emmett Branson, Eliana Bovinette, and Mira Arowood for being the Celebrate Literacy Week poster contest winners at Bryceville Elementary School!

Dressed for Literacy

Callahan Middle School's Celebration of Literacy Week was a memorable week. The dress-up days, which included Figurative Language and Fictional Character Day, were favorites amongst the faculty, staff, and students. The 6th-Grade Language Arts team dress-up as Social Butterflies, the 6th-grade Math Team were Spice Girls, and the Science team were Heavy Metals. The entire faculty and staff wrapped up the week with a Friday's Fictional Character Day of epic proportions. Together, they celebrated Dodie Smith's Classic Novel, "101 Dalmatians", with a staff of adorable polka-dotted puppies and their fearless leader who transformed into Cruella de Vil for the day.

Virtual Tours with Shakespeare

To celebrate Literacy Week at Yulee High School, Mrs. Murray’s English 1 class embraced the theme of “Book Your Trip! Adventure Awaits” and transformed into tour guides for the day. Since students are currently reading Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, students created a tour using Google Tour Builder to introduce their classmates to popular Shakespearean landmarks in Europe. Students virtually visited Shakespeare’s Globe, Holy Trinity Church, Juliet’s balcony, and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.

Pictured are Brynnlee Massey, Zack Drawdy, and Levi Sawyer

Read Like a Pirate 🦜

Students and families at Southside Elementary School were treated to a night of fun centered around Literacy and Pirates. The “Read Like A Pirate” program was developed in coordination with the statewide initiative Celebrate Literacy Week Florida. The goal of the “Read Like a Pirate” program is to collaborate with parents, volunteers, and community members to develop a love of reading that leads to lifelong literacy.


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Lifelong Learning

Nassau County High School Counselors participated in the FSCJ School Counselor Workshop at the FSCJ South Campus, which included a presentation and tour of the FSCJ Fire Academy. Thank you to all our School Counselors!

Real-Life Technical Learning

Students enrolled in the new Computer Systems & Information Technology Program at the Lewis Red Bean Nassau Technical Career Center have been busy during the past months refreshing computer labs across the school district. The class has removed old computers and installed new computers in three different classroom labs. During these visits, students have replaced broken ethernet cable couplers, configured system settings, and performed cable management best practices. Led by their teacher, Mr. Brian Simmons, students enrolled in the course can earn CompTIA A+ Certification.

Trailblazers Visit the Theater

The classes of Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Gall, Mrs. Cressey, Mrs. Dean, Mrs. Fancher, Mrs. Hewitt, and Mrs. Vasquez, from Wildlight Elementary, enjoyed a field trip learning experience to see The One and Only Ivan at FSCJ South Campus. All the students loved the show!

Sharing Nassau's Knowledge

Rosalina Stelma, ESE Coordinator of Student Services, represented Nassau County when she presented at the State Focus Conference. She presented the work completed with Focus in the area of mental health with Nassau County's System of Care. Rosalina collaborated with one of the Focus team members and created this PowerPoint presentation. Excellent work, Mrs. Stelma!

Developing Future Educators

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Yulee High School's students in the Introduction to Education class visited Yulee Primary School's classrooms to learn about their instructional model. They visited Kindergarten, First and Second classrooms and saw the progression from each room. Then they were able so to spend an hour with a teacher to observe students and teachers. This is a great way to give them an idea of what teachers do on a daily basis and if it is a career they are interested in.

The World of Working

On Wednesday, February 5th, 73 Nassau County students participated in the district’s “Career Shadow Day”. The event was open to all Nassau County 8th-graders students that registered and were willing to take on the follow-up assignment. Students shadowed and studied occupations of all types, including manufacturing, construction, law, public service, healthcare, and business. “This was our highest level of participation so far, so we really appreciate the work of our middle school administrators, guidance counselors, CTE staff, and the Nassau County Community for helping us get the word out, “ said Brent Lemond, Director of Nassau County Career Education. “Most of all, we appreciate all of the participating businesses that were willing to host our students.” This marks the third year that the district has offered the 8th-grade shadow day program.

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