School-Related Employee Of The Year
Ruby Cox, a kindergarten paraprofessional at Reddick-Collier Elementary, is Marion County’s 2017-18 School-Related Employee of the Year. A district employee since 2013, Cox is working on her teaching certificate and M.B.A.! Other finalists this year included Susan Cunningham (Dunnellon Elementary), Janny Gonzalez (Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary), Yoshiana Johnson (Howard Middle) and Jantzen Piner (Sparr Elementary). Cox’s colleague, Abel Garcia, captured the same honor in 2015 and was later named Florida’s School-Related Employee of the Year. Cox finds out this spring how she fared in the state-level competition.
Food Truck Wars
Hundreds of Golden Binder students at Osceola Middle enjoyed Food Truck Wars recently, showcasing food items all handmade by classmates. Culinary Arts students created the tasty treats and then served them up competition style to see which ones were most popular. The winner? The “Taco Truck!” Also popular were “Grilled Cheese, Please!” and “Let’s Pop,” a sweet birthday cake pop featuring confetti sprinkles on top.
Blue Ribbon Schools
Dr. NH Jones Elementary and Madison Street Academy were recently named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The prestigious honor showcases exceptional student learning, cooperative school environments and supportive school communities. This is the third time Dr. NH Jones has captured the honor and a first for Madison Street. Current and recent administrators received special plaques and flags at a recent School Board meeting.
Knitting For Need
Numerous students at Fessenden Elementary are sporting knitted caps, gloves, scarves and even slippers these days thanks to the generous spirit of local residents. Congregation members at St. Paul’s National Catholic Church in Belleview handmade the items to reward students for making great decisions. Each morning, the principal draws names for students to come to the office to make their choice!
Committed To Leadership
Take Stock in Children students Jasmine Weathers (West Port) and Dezirae Polk (MTI) recently received leadership awards from Florida’s Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart for their dedication and leadership qualities. Both students received accolades in front of the state School Board meeting in Leesburg. The awards honor students for succeeding despite personal circumstances beyond their control.