FLVS Corkboard: Thanksgiving Edition
It’s hard to believe that we’re well into November and dashing into December at full speed! The holidays bring a bustle of activities, both at home and at school. Then spring semester is around the corner!
With Teacher Training Days and holiday breaks approaching, be sure to mark your calendar with these important dates and catch up on other news below.
FLVS School Spirit Events
FLVS spirit was on full display in October with many virtual and face-to-face events!
In FLVS Full Time, high school students participated in games and activities to win the class spirit week during #FLVSSharkWeek. At the end of the week, students gathered for a fun face-to-face field day with the school mascot, Megabytes! During the same week, elementary and middle school students dressed up for special days like Wacky Hair and Hat Day for Red Ribbon Week.
In FLVS Flex Elementary, students participated in our annual literacy Vocabulary Parade and shared costumes featuring impressive vocabulary words. Elementary students also enjoyed face-to-face fun at locations across the state on Friday, Nov. 1. Students at the Central Florida meetup had the opportunity to visit with Principal Rizzo and Dr. Algaze, FLVS President and CEO.
Student Leadership at FLVS Full Time
This year, FLVS Full Time Elementary became “A Leader in MeTM School” and is incorporating the 7 Habits of Success into each student’s educational journey. The goal of this program is to give our students the tools they need to lead the next generation and to be college and career ready in the years to come. Each month, teachers nominate students for demonstrating leadership character traits.
In FLVS Full Time Middle School, students continue to build upon these skills with opportunities to demonstrate leadership. During Morning Announcements, the middle school recites the “Megabyte Promise” that encourages hard work and dedication. This extends to everything our students do as students, leaders, and productive citizens in their local communities.
For FLVS Full Time High School students, leadership opportunities include roles with Student Council. Our class officers plan student events, share feedback, participate in community service, and more.
FLVS Full Time enrollment is now open for the spring semester for all grades.
New Middle School Coding Course
Calling all middle school students! Ever wonder how your favorite websites and games are made? Our new Middle School Coding Fundamentals course will inspire you to build your own! Learn about the technology you use in your day-to-day life. Get an introduction to the basics of computer science and discover how to create and build your very own website using HTML.
MJ Coding Fundamentals is now enrolling for middle school students to start in January 2020.
Opportunities to Get Involved
Creative Writing Club Challenge
Are you an aspiring novelist? Do you enjoy imaginary world-building and developing relatable characters? If so, crack open that laptop and join the FLVS Creative Writing Club as we participate in National Novel Writing Month.
Schoolwide Book Battle
FLVS Flex and FLVS Full Time are excited for the second annual Book Battle! “Battle of the Books” is an exciting academic competition that improves reading comprehension, builds vocabulary, and promotes teamwork and sportsmanship. This year, all grades can compete in a “Battle of the Books” to share their knowledge of the Sunshine State Books.
To learn more about the Battle of the Books, email Ms. Vallieres.
Letters to Honor Veterans
The FLVS 6-12 Book Club would like your help in saluting our heroes. Write a letter thanking a veteran for his/her service (artwork is appreciated too). Letters and artwork will be distributed to Veterans via Southeast Florida Honor Flight. Honor Flight is a 100 percent volunteer organization that sends WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam veterans to Washington, D.C. to reflect at their memorials, at no cost to the veterans. Letters can be emailed to Ms. Waldrop.
FITT Club Movement Challenge
Join the FLVS FITT Cub Movement Challenge and get MOVING during December for health benefits during the holiday season! Set a goal for yourself to be physical. Get walking, running, dancing, jumping a few times a week and keep a log of your accomplishments from Dec. 2-18. Post your picture of you in motion to our Movement Challenge padlet and keep a fitness log with total minutes moved. Not involved in a club at FLVS? That’s okay, movement is good for everyone!
Here are some activities at FLVS to look forward to:
- Computer Science Education Week/Hour of Code
- Celebrate Literacy Week
- World Fest
Kids of Character Lesson: Citizenship (grades K-5)
Join your FLVS Flex Elementary School Counselors on Friday, Nov. 15 at 12 p.m. for a fun lesson on this month’s character trait: Citizenship. Bring your lunch or snack and enjoy the fun! We’ll have an engaging interactive lesson for all elementary grade levels. Use this Blackboard link to join!
Cybersafety Webinar (grades 9-12)
(Note: This session may discuss sensitive topics that are not suitable for every student.)
Today’s tech-savvy criminals are using the internet and other computer resources to gain access to private information. Extra caution must be taken to protect our most vulnerable from falling victim to exploitation. Join the FLVS Flex School Counseling team and special guest Kalyn Knight, Victim Services Program Specialist at the Florida Office of the Attorney General, as we say, “no to cyberbullying” and provide tips to stay safe online. Join us Monday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. at www.tinyurl.com/FLVScounselors.
Teacher Training Days
Florida law requires each school district to provide staff with a professional development plan of in-service hours to meet continuing education requirements. To help fulfill a portion of those hours, FLVS teachers and select staff will be attending Teacher Professional Training Days in Orlando from Monday, Nov. 18 – Wednesday, Nov. 20. Please make note that there may be a delay in teacher response.
Thanksgiving Holiday Hours
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all FLVS teachers and staff have off Wednesday, Nov. 27 – Friday, Nov. 29. The FLVS Customer Care Center will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 – Sunday, Dec. 1.
FLVS Full Time will be on break Monday, Nov. 25 – Friday, Nov. 29.
Winter Break Holiday Hours
The Winter Holiday Break for FLVS teachers and staff is Friday, Dec. 20 – Friday, Jan 3. The FLVS Customer Care Center will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24-25, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Customer Care will be available with modified hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday, Dec. 23 – Sunday, Jan. 5.
During these times, students are encouraged to continue in their studies, but please understand there may be a slight delay in grading and returned calls.
From all of us at FLVS, we wish you and your family a wonderful and safe holiday season.