Our next School Advisory Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday June 2nd, 2015. This meeting will start at 4:00pm in room 126. We are encouraging all stakeholders to attend this very important meeting. We will be discussing how to use our school choice enhancement funds. There will also be a representative from the facilities department to speak to us about the process. We look forward to seeing you on June 2nd at 4:00pm
Our Annual Awards Night for eighth grade students will be held on Tuesday, June 2nd, at 6:30 pm, in Parkway’s Performing Arts Auditorium
Revitalization in Broward County
Parkway Middle School in Lauderhill was one of the Florida Farm to School’s Golden Shovel Award Winners in the Best Revitalized Garden category. Since the schools beginning four years ago, with a focus geared towards robotics and aerospace programs, gardening was only just a fun addition. In 2013, STEM teacher for horticultural sciences, Scott Savage, began to shift the focus towards science and look at hydroponic gardening.
“This year, we have fully implemented the new Horticultural Science aspect to the STEM program. We expose students to the agricultural and nutritional aspects of gardening and eating healthier through curriculum such as Gardening for Grades,” explained Savett. Today they have an edible garden with garden beds, garden towers, a drip hydroponic system, a deep-water culture hydroponic system and a wicking hydroponic system.
Savett encourages all teachers to look for grants and not to give up if they do not receive one. He suggests going to a local Home Depot or Lowes for garden materials such as soil. These stores are often eager to help a school implement or expand their garden. “Next year, we plan on taking the Horticultural Science program to another level where we will grow more food and have after-school seedling distribution to students, staff and parents. We will also look to develop a partnership with local restaurants and learn how to make our crops marketable, further educating my students in entrepreneurship and making our school gardens financially sustainable,” said Savett. Check out their blog [ http://parkwaystem.weebly.com/horticultural-lab ]here to track the students’ progress and watch the garden expand.
As many of you know Quin competed in the State Piano Competition this weekend. Thanks to all the support he has received, he had his best showing ever. Quin received 3 State first place finishes (in Solo, Hymn, and Sight Play) and one second place finish in the concerto! Besides bringing home several trophies, he received a $600.00 check for his second place in the concerto which is considered the most difficult category with the strongest competition. Parkway is so proud of all his hard work. And Congratulations to Quin, his parents and all of his teachers. What a delight to report something so wonderful!
May 12th @ 6:00pm in room 126
I am thrilled to tell you that the Parkway Players had an AMAZING showing at the National Jr Thespian Festival in Nashville, TN! Four of our five entries scored the highest possible rating (We call it Superior in Florida; They call it Accomplished at the national level). TWO of our pieces were selected for the CLOSING SHOWCASE as BEST in their respective categories: Savannah Dawson-Hamilton for Costume Design and the large group musical from AIDA. My favorite critiques from the judges:
“I can’t believe this is a middle school!” – Jacob Brent, professional actor (his resume includes the Broadway, London, and television productions of Cats)
“Total pros! Beautiful ensemble work! I was moved to tears.” – Hunter Bell, professional actor and Tony-nominated playwright (nominated for his original musical [title of show]).
The Office of Parent Engagement, in collaboration with the Parent/Community Involvement Task Force, will convene a Parent Engagement Conference this Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at Piper High School. This event, The 411 on Parent Engagement, will feature valuable information and resources, as well as a Non-Profit Fair to connect principals and other school leaders with organizations and businesses eager to support schools, students, and their families. Please see the attached letter and flyer for more detailed information pertaining to this event.