Feb 15, 2013

Families play ‘Who Wants to be a Writer?’

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Posted by: mharrington

LAKE WALES – Polk Avenue Elementary families gathered last week (Feb. 6) for a fun family night focused on FCAT testing resources and strategies for students.

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After an overview from teachers about what to expect on the FCAT Writes test at the end of February, children and adults played “Who Wants to be a Writer?” based on the popular game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”


PHOTO #1: Fourth grade teacher Sydney Mercado(standing, back to camera) read the question on the screen, while audience members in the school’s Media Center discussed possible answers.

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Later, audience members played a game of “Jeopardy!” about test information and strategies. Parents and students worked together (PHOTO #2 and PHOTO #3) to learn information about the FCAT tests.



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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.