The Jacksonville National College Fair is Sat., Oct. 11 from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Middle school students are invited to attend to meet with representatives from more than 180 colleges and universities and participate in several information seminars. Admission and parking are free. Middle school students do NOT need to register, but they are encouraged to attend the college fair as long as they are with their parent/guardian.
It’s time again for Mayor Alvin Brown’s Essay Contest. In support of Jax Goes to College Week (Oct. 5 -11), Mayor Brown is challenging all DCPS students to write and submit an essay about the importance of education. Three winners will be chosen from each school level – elementary, middle, and high school – to receive either a $100 gift card (third place), a 16GB iPad Mini (second place), or a 16GB iPad with Retina Display (first place). Essays may be submitted electronically (firstname.lastname@example.org), faxed to (904) 630-2910, or mailed (address below) from Aug. 25 – Sept. 15 at midnight.
Cedric Cruse, Education Officer/ Program Manager
117 W. Duval Street, Suite 240
Jacksonville, FL. 32202
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The Community Hospice of NE Florida hosts bereavement camps for children ages 7-17. The next bereavement camp for children ages 7 – 17 will be held September 5 – 7th. Affiliated with Community Hospice, Camp Healing Powers is designed for young people in our community who need grief support. All camps are held at the Marywood Retreat Conference Center in northern St. Johns County, approximately four miles south of 1-295 on State Road 13. The second camp this school year will be held March 6 - 8th, 2015.
Please call 904.407.6222 for more information or to schedule an appointment for a pre-camp assessment.
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HEY! MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS! Do you enjoy cooking? Would you like to enter your very first culinary contest? Check out the link (pdf download) above and enter the 2014 Fresh for Florida Kids Cooking Contest! Contest ends September 15, 2014.
As a school counselor, one of my goals this year is to build a relationship with the Jacksonville Public Library and connect our middle school students to their local public library. Many of our middle school students *love* to read, but too often we hear the infamous middle schooler's lament: "I haaaaaaate reading." Hate reading? But you live in a time when you can find a well-written young adult book about ANYTHING YOU WANT! Fiction or non-fiction!
So, as educators and parents, what *can* we do if our kids hate to read? My belief is that it takes a village to raise a village of readers. As adults, maybe we can be the person in a child's life who will connect them to a book that matches their interests or their passion. I don't think we should simply leave this job for the Reading Teacher alone (who has over 150 students) - we can all find kids books they love, help kids sign up for a library card, and talk to kids about what they read. Research supports our cause - students who read independently on a consistent basis are more likely to have a better vocabulary, improved reading comprehension, & more general knowledge! What's not to like?
Parents, check out Jacksonville Public Library's website: http://www.jpl.coj.net/
The JPL website explains what you need in order to get your child his/her very own library card:
"Any person age seventeen and younger can obtain a library card if he/she or his/her parent or legal guardian meets the requirements for a given type of card and has proper name ID for the child. A parent or guardian must sign the registration form. Without proper child ID, a card with temporary restrictions will be issued for three weeks."
During the last several weeks of school I was lucky enough to receive a grant from generationOn - a national organization that encourages young people to devote time and energy to community service projects. Our club will start at the school level and by year's end we will go out into our local Jacksonville community. Read about this great organization, generationOn:
And stay tuned to see what our awesome kids are able to accomplish this year! Parents -- want to get involved? Send me an email; we'd love to have your help!
Dear Ms. Russell,