Sep 20, 2012

Polk Avenue receives Five Star School Award

Category: General
Posted by: mharrington

LAKE WALES – The State of Florida awarded its Five Star School Award to the four elementary schools in the Lake Wales Charter Schools system.

Certificates for the 2011-2012 awards were presented Monday (Sept. 17) during the monthly LWCS Board of Trustees meeting in Babson Park.

Pictured (l-r) are Polk Avenue Elementary PrincipalGail Quam, Janie Howard Wilson Elementary Principal Barbara Jones, Hillcrest Elementary Principal Jennifer Barrow, Dale R. Fair Babson Park Elementary Principal Ken Henson, Trustees Chair Cassandra Denmark, Trustees Vice ChairKeith Wadsworth, and Superintendent Jesse Jackson.

To earn Five Star School recognition for exemplary community involvement, a school must document 100 percent achievement in five categories: business partnerships; family involvement; volunteerism; student community service; and school advisory councils.


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LAKE WALES – Polk Avenue Elementary hosted its second annual Leadership Day in May (May 15) and gave visitors a chance to experience “leadership” through the eyes of students.

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“The Leader in Me is an innovative, school-wide model that emphasizes a culture of student empowerment. It helps unleash each child’s full potential,” explained Principal Gail Quam. Polk Avenue Elementary has been working for several years to implement The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®. Both teachers and students study and use the leadership principles daily.
Members of the community heard from fourth graders about their St. Jude’s Leadership Project that has raised more than $1,200. Visitors also watched videos created by third graders, viewed the first grade play, and were serenaded by the Cardinal Chorus.

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Next, Lighthouse Team students led small groups to different areas of the school. At the Wax Museum, visitors met different historical figures, as recreated by Donna Burns’ students. Then, Melissa Kelly’s reading group transformed into scientists and explained their contributions to our world. Little Cardinal Leadership Academy students paired with fifth graders to demonstrate the Pre-K Pals program where older students read to younger students. Finally, guests saw how second graders track their own progress using data notebooks.

PHOTO #1: Teacher Melissa Kelly and her science students.

PHOTO #2: Student Sebastian Melton represented Sitting Bull as part of the PALS Wax Museum.

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PHOTO #3: Members of the Cardinal Chorus.