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"Classroom to Careers" Symposium unites students and business community

Flagler School's first annual "Classroom to Careers" Symposium drew a standing room only crowd to the District's Board Chambers last Thursday, January 15th. Here is a summary of local news outlets and their report on the symposium.

Flaglerlive.com:

Today’s workplace requires individuals to multi-task and command a variety of skills. Flagler schools know this and have taken that concept a step further, with the creation of multi-tasking classes. No one likes to hear the loaded word “overhaul,” but if you graduated more than a year ago, this new educational approach is not one you grew up with.

At the first Flagler County education symposium, titled Classroom to Careers, which was held at the government services building in Bunnell last Thursday, Superintendent Jacob Oliva shed light on the new flagship initiative in a presentation attended by business owners, local government officials, teachers, school board members and students eager to demonstrate their abilities. An iPad was available for anyone who registered.

Each school has its own career-driven flagship program, which seeks to deepen students’ understanding of a particular type of enterprise, whether it’s banking, journalism, agriculture or medicine (yes, even medicine). Read more from FlaglerLive.com here: http://bit.ly/1yIyoR5

Daytona Beach News Journal:

Matanzas High School senior Emily Spence went from VyStar Credit Union member to employee before she was 19 years old as part of a partnership between the Palm Coast Business Assistance Center, the Flagler County Education Foundation and the Flagler County school district.

On Sept. 22, the nonprofit financial institution became the first business located on a school campus in Flagler County. During the county’s first-ever “Classroom to Careers” symposium Thursday, business administrators and members of the public…read more from the DBNJ here: http://bit.ly/1yIAu3g

Channel 13 News:

School leaders in Flagler County are doing everything they can to make it easier for graduates to stay in the county and have a successful career. In fact, a principal of a high school in the county once said Flagler County Public Schools is the county's best export.

Jacob Oliva, superintendent of the school district, recently had a question for education leaders: What sets your campuses apart from others? Find out how they responded here: http://bit.ly/1yIBMLz

Welcome Parents & Students to Flagler's #bestyearever!

Welcome parents and students to the first day of school! This is an exciting time to be a part of the Flagler County School system! Please join me in proclaiming 2014-15 school year as Flagler’s #bestyearever!

As most of you know by now, we have a new leader at the helm of Flagler Schools! Mr. Jacob Oliva has been a teacher, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. He knows the district inside and out and is poised to lead Flagler Schools onward toward our vision to be the Nation’s premier learning organization.

The Flagler County School District is in the midst of a transformative period in our district’s history. Over the past six years, we have seen our district rise in achievement to where we are currently ranked the 12th highest performing school district in the state of Florida (out of 67 traditional school districts). In this current culture of school accountability, our hard working administrators, teachers, support staff and student scholars are performing at high levels not seen before in Flagler County’s history.  

The district continues to advance innovative and creative solutions to promote student achievement. Flagship programs, the second year of the 1:1 Digital Movement and technology integration, VPK at all the elementary school and more innovative classroom environments are a part of what will make this the #bestyearever for Flagler Schools.

As we look  forward,  we  are  excited  about  the  solid  blueprint  for  student success that we have designed. We are especially excited that you have decided to join us on this adventure! Congratulations, Class of 2015! Have a fabulous school year!

Andy Dance

Flagler County School Board Chairman

A Message From Superintendent Jacob Oliva

Superintendent Oliva welcomes back students and parents sharing his top five "back to school tips" for a successful year.

Flagler School District Maintains 'B' Grade and All Traditional Elementary Schools Return to 'A' Grades!

July 11, 2014

School grades were released for the 2013-14 school year today. Flagler Schools are staying strong in their achievement, with all traditional elementary school once again being "A" schools. Bunnell, Rymfire and Old Kings all moved from "B" to "A". See the chart below for all the district schools. Flagler Schools now rank 12th out of the 67 Florida school district, missing their previous 11th ranking by a mere 2 points.

Superintendent Jacob Oliva emailed a message to district staff this morning, stating, "I want to be the first to congratulate everyone for their handwork and making Flagler Schools a great place for students to learn. We are doing great things in Flagler and this is proof that what we are doing is working. Attached is the spreadsheets with the breakdown of the individual school and district grades.

Statewide, 36% of elementary and middle schools statewide earned an "A" which is up 7% from last year. School District grades are being released as well. There are 10 school districts earning an "A", we are ranked 12th in the state.
This is the last year we are being graded on this formula. The new formula will be implemented next year based on the Florida Standards and the Florida Standards Assessment. Next year the school grade will be for information only and require turnaround plans."

Flagler Schools Teacher of the Year, Jill Espinosa, named one of five finalist for Florida's Teacher of the Year!

May 8, 2014

Today, Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart visited Belle Terre Elementary School to announce Jill Espinosa as one of five finalists named to compete for the distinguished Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year Award!

Upon receiving the good news, Jill was presented with a $5,000 check made possible by the Macy’s Foundation and a $500 Macy’s gift card. A $1,000 check, also funded by the Macy’s Foundation, was presented to the finalist’s school, Belle Terre Elementary.

On behalf of the Flagler Schools Family, congratulations Jill!

(See pictures of today's announcement below)

Innovation and Personalized Learning Initiatives Brings National Superintendent of the Year to Flagler Schools

April 21,2014

It was an exciting day in Flagler County Schools yesterday! And I am not talking about the first day of FCAT testing!

We were honored to have the National Superintendent of the Year and Florida Superintendent of the Year, Alberto Carvalho visitintg our district. Mr. Carvalho is the Superintendent of the Miami-Dade Public School District. Miami Dade is the largest school district in Florida and 4th largest nationally, with almost 400,000 students and over 400 schools.

Supt. Carvalho was in town at the recommendation of former US Representative Ralph Arza. Mr. Arza met our own Supt. Jacob Oliva during a legislative visit to Tallahassee, and he was so impressed with what Flagler was doing with technology and personal learning that he was able to urge his friend, Mr. Carvalho, to arrange a visit!

After touring Belle Terre Elementary School and visiting several classrooms, Mr. Carvalho spoke to a small group of principals, administrators and board members, including School Board Chairman Andy Dance.

Mr. Carvalho spoke of the challenges he faced in turning Miami-Dade around. When he was appointed in 2008, the district was in financial chaos, the economy was in the early stages of the recession and he inherited an under-performing district with at least 6 high schools that had graduation rate of 30% or less. The most inspiring aspect of his message to the district leaders was about the changes instituted in Miami Dade that addressed early childhood education and the importance of district leadership. He was also the first to remind everyone that technology is important in engaging students and getting them ready for what lies ahead for them, but nothing replaces the importance of a great, inspiring and dedicated teacher in the classroom.

Mr. Carvalho was enthused by the cutting edge initiatives that have been implemented in Flagler Schools. He made note of a few of these initiatives, and I would not be surprised to see him begin replicating these in the Miami-Dade district upon his return. It is very inspiring and humbling to have the national Superintendent of the year visit our district and compliment us for our advances in personalized learning and the integration of technology into the classroom. 

Below are some pictures of the classroom visit yesterday at Belle Terre Elementary.

EDITORIAL-FOCUS ON INNOVATION AND PERSONALIZED LEARNING KEEPS FLAGLER SCHOOLS MOVING FORWARD

February 18, 2014

The following is an editorial written by Flagler County School Board Chairman, Andy Dance. A portion of this was printed in the February 18th edition of the Daytona Beach News Journal under the OPINION page. Mr. Dance just completed his first term as chairman of the board, and in this editorial he looks at the string of recent accomplishments the District has achieved, and he expands on many of the initiatives that comprise what appears to be another busy, and successful, year for Flagler County schools.

Notice of Joint Town Hall Meeting, Oct. 8th @ 6:30 p.m., Palm Coast Community Center with School Board Chair Andy Dance, County Commission Chair Nate McLaughlin and City Councilman Jason Delorenzo

Inaugural Flagler Schools "Connect 2 Academy" Starts September 10th

August 22, 2013

Connect 2 Academy needs YOU!

In order to be "the Nation's premier learning organization", Flagler Schools understands it must "Connect 2" the community in many different ways. One exciting new outreach is the "Connect 2" Academy, our version of the popular citizen academies used by other local governments.

The Connect 2 Academy is your opportunity to learn about what it takes to educate over 12,000 students every day. From peeks into the classroom to driving a school bus, you will gain a new appreciation for how a public school district runs and the people dedicated to the student it serves. Not only will you learn about the quality and breadth of opportunities afforded our children, but also how those programs are funded and how your tax dollars are allocated.

Four half-day sessions cover every facet of the school system with school tours, hands-on demonstrations, student interaction, and quality time with the experts in their fields.

This four session academy will be held the 2nd Tuesday of the month, September through December from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the schools and other District facilities all across the county. The first class kicks off September 10th in the Board chambers at the Government Services Building.

Register by contacting Sabrina Crosby, Flagler County Schools Special Projects Coordinator at (386) 437-7526 or crosbys@FlaglerSchools.com for additional information. A $45.00 enrollment fee will cover class expenses, including breakfast and lunch at each session. 

Register by September 4th for one of 25 seats in Class I.
http://bit.ly/1drVktq
 

Flagler Schools Grading: Three Schools Maintain Grade & Five Schools Drop A Letter Grade, While At the Same Time, The Flagler School District Jumps From 19th to 11th In The State

July 27, 2013

Who knows what to make of Florida's school district grading formula...the State has changed the grading system so many times in the past three years, it is hard to keep track. One has to wonder how this grading system can remain valid when the bar keeps moving so frequently.

First glance, and the majority of the residents will think the public school system is in decline, when 107 schools earned F's, more than double the 40 F's received last year. 

In a Flaglerlive.com article, Shawn Schmidli, the Flagler County school district’s curriculum and accountability specialist, used an analogy.  "Schmidli explains: If athletes are expected to qualify for a 1-mile race by running it at a 5:15 pace one year, far fewer students would qualify the following year if the standard was set at 5 minutes. That doesn’t mean that students are running less well. But it does mean that they’ll have to work harder to match the 5 minute qualifying mark. Eventually, the number of qualifiers returns to its previous level as students work harder to match it".

In a News4Jax.com article, Duval County School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said the declines are largely due to the raising the state's grading system, not by any deterioration in the quality of schools.

"It is counterintuitive to believe that grade level performance, the purest determinate of student achievement, can improve across multiple grades and subject areas, yet school grades decline," Vitti said in a statement released Friday. "The number of F schools in the state increased by over 260 percent since last year. It is not mathematically possible that in only one year over 260 percent more schools could be considered failing than the year before.  We must demand that we have a consistent way to measure academic performance in Florida or public confidence in the accountability system will continue to erode. I believe that we certainly have room to improve in Duval County, but I am looking forward to the day when we can compare "apples to apples" to measure performance."

The new school ranklings are as follows:

BTMS: C
BES: B
RES: B
ISTC: B
PH: N/A
MHS: Pending
FPC: Pending
WES: A
OKES: B
BTES: A
ITMS: A
Phoenix: C

Flagler School District Increased its State Ranking from 19th last year to 11th this year.
Flagler Schools improves their district ranking from 19th in the state to 11th!
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FPCHS Reports Big Student Gains After Reviewing Latest FCAT Scores

July 27, 2013

The FCAT portion of the school grade for Flagler Palm Coast High School has been released.  Principal Lynette Shott is pleased and beyond excited to share that FPC gained 37 points on this portion of the school grade.  This does not happen without the incredibly dedicated and collegial team that exists at FPC.  

Lynette thanked her staff for asking every day "What did I learn about a student today that will help make that student more successful tomorrow? Only through the passion and dedication to each individual student by every single one of our staff and faculty does this type of change occur.  You are all the best!!!  

Below please find some highlights from FPC's 2013 results

  • Total FCAT points increased by 37 points, from 485 points in 2012 to 532 points in 2013.
  • The percent of students scoring 3 or higher in reading increased by 6 percentage points.
  • The percent of students scoring at level 3 or higher in math increased by 13 percentage points.
  • The percent of students scoring 3 or higher in science was 83 percent.  This area was not scored last year; this is up 45 points from 2011.
  • The percent of students making learning gains in reading increased by 8 percentage points to 66 percent.  This is the highest this area has ever been.
  • The percent making learning gains in math increased by 9 percentage points.
  • The percent of the bottom quartile making learning gains in reading increased by 9 percentage points to 67 percent.  This is the highest this area has ever been.
  • The percent of the bottom quartile in math making learning gains increased by 4 percentage points.

Flagler Schools Launches 1:1 Technology Initiative

July 24, 2013

Flagler County Schools today announced a transformative investment in the success and future of Flagler County students and staff. As part of our continuing commitment to the community, who approved the recent 1/2 penny sales tax renewal, beginning this school year every Flagler County student in grades 5 through 12 will be issued a MacBook or Pad for 24/7 access to engaging and interactive technology and digital curriculum resources. Students in grades K-4 will also have ubiquitous access to the same technology and resources in their classrooms, via shared devices.

The Florida Department of Education has mandated that every public school district shift
to digital instructional materials and transition to online assessment by 2015. Flagler
County Schools' investment, which provides an iPad or MacBook for every student, in
every classroom, every day, supports the way students live and how they want to learn.
Through the use of thoughtful and innovative technology that enhances and extends
teaching and learning, which includes simple yet significant support and access to the
largest collection of educational content and productivity tools in the world, we will bring
tremendous value to our students, our teachers and our taxpayers.
We thank you, our community, for your loyal support and trust as we continue to lead the
state in innovative learning and teaching in our A-rated district.

Flagler Schools. Striving to be the Nation's Premier Learning Organization

Ryan Deising

Director of Technology

2012-13 Flagler Schools FCAT Results and Rankings

June 8, 2013

Below please find the final analysis of state rankings for FCAT Reading, FCAT Math, Algebra I EOC, Geometry EOC, FCAT Science, Biology EOC, FCAT Writing, and the US History EOC.  When you look at all metrics combined, you can see that there was significant improvement this year over last year! 

Some of the 2012-13 highlights for the Flagler County School District include:

  • 5th in the state for Geometry End of Course Exams
  • 5th in the state for Biology End of Course Exams
  • 6th in the state for Algebra End of Course Exams
  • 13th in the state for US History End of Course Exams
  • 10th in the state for 7th grade Math (improved from 27th in the state in 2012)

For more information about this year’s FCAT 2.0 and End-of-Course results, click HERE (FCAT 2.0) and HERE (Media Packet).

For more information about the Florida Department of Education, visit www.fldoe.org.

Other highlights are detailed below in the attached PDF's:

Flagler School Dress Code Policy Revised for 2013-14 School Year

June 5, 2013

After hearing from the school district discipline team regarding the first year implementation of the District-wide dress (uniform) code, the Flagler County School Board revised the policy to make it easier for parents and student to comply and more enforceable at the school level. The Flagler School Board approved the first reading of the revised Dress Code and Personal Appearance Policy on Tuesday, June 5th. The revised policy will be advertised for public input for 30 days, and will come back to the board for final approval at the July 9th board meeting. The changes to the policy were implemented in order to address enforcement issues discovered during the first year of the new rule. The Dress code remains in force for the 2013-14 school year, with the following changes:

  • 1.A.1 - Adds grey and white as acceptable colors for pants/bottom attire
  • 1.A.3 - Allows any color belt to be worn
  • 1.B.2 - K-8 students will stick with shirts in District approved colors and school designated colors.
  • 1.B.2 & 3 - Specifies that "lace" or sheer material is not acceptable for shirts, and "cut-outs" are prohibited.
  • 1.B.3 - Grade 9-12 students may wear any standard, solid color, long or short sleeve polo, oxford style or button-up dress shirt with a collar.
  • 1.B.4 - Friday of each week may be designated as a school "Spirit Day" as designated by the principal. Spirit Day clothing must represent the school the student attends. Special event days, such as Homecoming week, Red Ribbon Week, etc., may be designated as school spirit days, but must be released on a school calendar, published in advance.
  • 1.C - Outer or cool weather attire restrictions have been relaxed. Zip, button-up, or over the head sweatshirts or sweaters must be solid color. The logo size restriction has been removed. Logos or graphics must be school appropriate (No insignias or logos related to drugs, alchohol, violence, gangs, or other topics deemed inappropriate by administration).
  • 2.A - Head covering are still not allowed, however school appropriate hats are allowed outside the buildings per state law.
  • 2.F - "Jewelry" has been added as items that are NOT allowed to hang outside clothing.
  • 2.H - "Slippers" have been added as footwear that is NOT allowed.
  • 2.M - School ID's must be worn above the waist.
  • 4.B - Discipline has been moved into this policy, and will be evenly enforced across all schools. 

Please read the entire revised Dress Code policy, posted below for your convenience.

Flagler Schools Exit Report for AdvancED District-wide Accreditation Renewal

May 27,2013

The following exit report is the culminating event in the process of district-wide accreditation by AdvancED. George Griffin, Lead Evaluator, praised Flagler’s “willingness to take risks". Adding that "The attitude I have heard consistently is, we are willing to try it. We want to commend you all for that and urge you to recognize that it’s a little more than the norm. There seems to be a real commitment that [you] are going to be moving dollars into the classroom.”

Four powerful practices were noted in the exit report.  These powerful practices included:

  • The board, school leadership at all levels, and staff foster and support a culture of innovation consistent with the school’s mission and vision.
  •  The school system diligently pursues their recently adopted mission and vision statement through sustaining fiscal and material resources and staff dedication.
  • The school system maintains facilities, services, and equipment essential to providing a safe, clean and healthy environment that supports the Strategic Plan’s short term objective “provide a safe, sustainable and clean environment for all staff and students.”
  • The school system coordinates the availability of instructional technology resources and related personnel to support education programs and processes. 

The district has one required action: “Expand the strategic plan to ensure the system supports the vision and mission of the school system beyond 2014.”

2013 Flagler County School District FCAT 2.0 Scores

May 24, 2013

Click below for larger images of the scores per grade. Results take from the Florida Department of Education 2013 FCAT 2.0 Assessment page.

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

8th Grade Writing

10th Grade Writing

State average is shown in YELLOW. School scores below state average in RED. School scores above state average in GREEN. School scores that match the state average are CLEAR.

TED Talk: Rita Pierson: "Every Kid Needs A Champion"

A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

Phoenix Academy Open House - April 18th @ 6:00PM - Now Accepting Applications from 4th and 5th Grade Students for 2013-14 School Year.

April 18, 2013

Do you have a 3rd or 4th grader that seems uninterested in school? You know they have potential, but they seems to be just going through the motions? Phoenix Academy may be just what they need to bring back excitement in learning!

Phoenix Academy is holding an OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, April 18th to personally show students and parents what the campus has to offer and answer all your questions. The campus is located just west of Flagler Palm Coast High School on Hwy 100. Phoenix Academy is currently taking applications for the 2013-2014 school year and current 3rd and 4th grade students are eligible to apply.

Phoenix Academy is a program designed to reignite the inquisitive spirit and love of learning in our students, by providing them with a 21st century learning environment.  Hands-on service and project-based learning is integrated with science, technology and math.   Our vision is a program filled with happy, highly engaged students involved in authentic, real-world learning activities.  Phoenix is a place where students and teachers alike model “going green” by significantly reducing the reliance on school materials in paper form.  They use their iPads which are provided to them to access and complete learning activities electronically, communicate via on-line chats, and use the Internet to conduct research. MORE

Links:

Phoenix Enrollment Application

Phoenix Parental Requirements

Phoenix Behavior Contract

Phoenix Title One Compact

Next Informational Meeting for Flagler i3 New Tech Academy - Wednesday, April 17th, 2013, 6 PM at ITMS in the Media Center

Updated: April 8, 2013

ATTENTION! Parents of uprising 9th and 10th grade students. If you will have a freshmen or sophomore student next year, and you are looking for an intimate, small high school setting, please consider the Flagler i3 New Tech Academy. 

The Flagler School District is holding three informational meeting for students and parents who have questions about this new high school alternative. At the Flagler i3: New Tech Academy students will learn to work collaboratively in a Project Based Learning approach to the curriculum that utilizes a one-to one technology environment.  A student driven culture of respect, responsibility, and trust is deeply embedded in the New Tech philosophy. 

The next meeting is this WEDNESDAY, April 17th at 6:00PM at the ITMS Media Center

You can also follow the journey of this exciting new endeavor on their blog at www.flagleri3techacademy.blogspot.com.  

Flagler i3: New Tech Academy Informational Meeting Dates & Times:

Superintendent's Message - AdvancED Accreditation Team's Exit Report Summary

March 15, 2013 

The Flagler County School Board, with a large audience, gathered at 1:00pm on March 13th to hear the final briefing from the AdvancED accreditation review team.  This exit report was a culminating event in the year-long process of accreditation.

George Griffin, Lead Evaluator, praised Flagler’s “willingness to take risks.  The attitude I have heard consistently is, we are willing to try it. We want to commend you all for that and urge you to recognize that it’s a little more than the norm. There seems to be a real commitment that [you] are going to be moving dollars into the classroom.”

Four powerful practices were noted in the exit report.  These powerful practices included:

1. The board, school leadership at all levels, and staff foster and support a culture of innovation consistent with the school’s mission and vision.

2. The school system diligently pursues their recently adopted mission and vision statement through sustaining fiscal and material resources and staff dedication.

3. The school system maintains facilities, services, and equipment essential to providing a safe, clean and healthy environment that supports the Strategic Plan’s short term objective “provide a safe, sustainable and clean environment for all staff and students.”

4. The school system coordinates the availability of instructional technology resources and related personnel to support education programs and processes. 

The district has one required action: “Expand the strategic plan to ensure the system supports the vision and mission of the school system beyond 2014.”  We look forward to establishing a collaborative process for developing our future goals and objectives. LINK to story from FlaglerSchools.com

Leadership Changes at District Administration and Indian Trails Middle School

March 9, 2013

Supt. Janet Valentine has announced a leadership change. Stewart Maxcy has been directing the district's Race to the Top grant will be retiring at the end of June. Vernon Orndorff, Principal of Indian Trails Middle School, has been selected to take Mr. Maxcy's place as a Principal on Special Assignment. While Mr. Orndorff is assigned to that position, Paul Peacock will step in as Interim Principal. The leadership change will officially occur following Spring Break. Indian Trails will be in good hands under Mr. Peacock's and Asst. Principal Ms. Gridley's leadership. Congratulations! (image courtesy of Flaglerlive.com)

Applications Now Being Accepted for Flagler i3: New Tech Academy

March 7, 2013

Flagler i3: New Tech Academy, in conjunction with the New Tech Network of Schools, will be opening in August of 2013 on the Flagler Palm Coast High School Campus.  

This innovative approach to education is open to all 2013-2014 freshman and sophomore students inFlaglerCounty, providing a new opportunity for students to seek a personalized path to their education.  The i3 Academy will offer all core content courses and graduation requirements for students in a setting that is based on the following beliefs:

·        A Culture that Empowers

·        Teaching that Engages

·        Technology that Enables

At the Flagler i3: New Tech Academy, students will learn to work collaboratively in a Project Based Learning approach to the curriculum that utilizes a one-to one technology environment.  A student driven culture of respect, responsibility, and trust is deeply embedded in the New Tech philosophy. 

Applications for Flagler’s i3:TechAcademywill be available soon on theFlaglerSchool’s website, the FPC website, at all middle and high schools, and the district office.  Please be sure to get your applications in quickly as space is limited to 130 students for the 2013-2014 school year. Applications are due by May 1st and may be sent to FPCHS to the attention of Flagler i3: New Tech Academy.  Late applications will go on a waiting list.

Informational meetings for parents and students will be held at the following sites.  Please join us if you would like further information on this opportunity.

March 18th:  6:00-7:30 at theGovernmentServicesBuilding3rd Floor

April 3rd:       6:00-7:30 atFlaglerPalmCoastHighSchoolMediaCenter

April 17th:     6:00-7:30 atIndianTrailsMiddleSchoolMediaCenter

Additional information on the New Tech Network can be found at www.newtechnetwork.org.  You can also follow the journey of this exciting new endeavor on the school’s blog at www.flagleri3techacademy.blogspot.com.  

Who Let The Dawgs Out! FPC SAC Creates FPCHS Alumni Association

February 25, 2013

The FPC School Advisory Council (SAC) has organized an FPC alumni association to pull together the many groups of graduates from FPCHS to connect and network. The newly formed FPC Alumni Association will hold an organizational meeting March 18th at 6:00 PM in the FPC Media Center. 

A website has also been created to help connect fellow graduates. Please visit www.fpchsalumni.com to register and connect,  and please contact Principal Lynette Shott at shottl@flaglerschools.com to volunteer or assist in orgainizing this alumni association. 

Connect with the Flagler Palm Coast High School Alumni Association via Facebook and Twitter. "FPC, Flagler County's Past, Present, and Future."

Flagler Schools to Offer "New Tech" High School Alternative. Small School Feel, Project-Based Learning and 1:1 Computer Access Ensures Student Excitement

February 19, 2013

The Flagler County School Board approved the application today for the district's third high school, Flagler - New Tech High School Academy. New Tech will start in the fall of 2013. The focus of a New Tech High School is on preparing student for college and the real world that follows school. That is the reason for the focus of Technology, Project-based Learning, College Preparation and Internships. The program encourages students to learn through collaboration with family, business, and community.

Mission of Flagler - New Tech High School

Our mission is to inspire students to be responsible, resilient, and personally successful in the rapidly changing 21st century, and to be a student-centered model for educational innovation.

Vision of Flagler - New Tech High School

Relevant: real-world, connected, meaningful, engaging, global, integrated/interdisciplinary, project-based

Rigorous: challenging, comprehensive, standards-based, open-ended, creative, critical thinking

Relationship-based: collaborative, compassionate, sensitive, culturally inclusive, personal, respectful, trusting, emotional intelligence, self-management

Flagler - New Tech High School (FNTHS) is committed to leading educational reform. Our program encourages students to learn through collaboration with family, business, and community. Students develop the resilience necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Their education at NTHS prepares them for lifelong learning, productive citizenship, and personal growth.

Students learn in an innovative and professional environment fostered by the use of advanced learning methods and technology. Both staff and students understand the commitment necessary to implement a rigorous and relevant curriculum, one in which technology, standards, and skill development are embedded.

FNTHS integrates education and technology in order to ensure success for both students and staff. FNTHS works alongside the New Tech Network to develop project-based, 21st century student learning. At Flagler - New Tech High School, the solution to ensuring continued success is self-sufficiency.

Core Values: “Trust • Respect • Responsibility”

We believe that all people, regardless of social or economic condition, must be provided the capacity to take charge of their lives. Through new models of teaching and learning, they will be enabled and empowered to make critical decisions for their futures. We believe that we must treat others in our school and community with respect, tolerance, a kind heart, and genuine concern for their well-being. We believe our flexible business/education environment teaches and encourages student responsibility, independence, and resilience while building life skills in collaboration, project management and leadership.

Why New Tech? Top 5 Reasons to go to New Tech High School:

Technology

Flagler - New Tech High School is known for the technological learning the school offers to the students. This means that books, papers, and pencils are not always used in this school. Not only is this for the sake of the environment, but also because we believe that technological knowledge will greatly benefit our students in the future, since most professions nowadays use technology. The school ensures all students have access to a computer, resulting in a 1:1 student-computer ratio.

Internship

Students, who are in their senior year, will be required to find and complete 50 hours for an internship. Their internship may be completed in any company/organization they wish to attend, as long as it has been approved by the internship coordinator. Students will be assisted by the coordinator to choose and begin their internship. The purpose of this is to help students determine what career they want to pursue.

Project Based Learning

Here at New Tech, we use a project-based learning style.  Students are grouped together to work in a collaborative environment. We believe that project-based learning is effective in preparing students for their future careers. Through project based learning, the students will be able to simulate the working environment and develop collaboration skills. Students in teams will get assigned different, equal roles and tasks usually assigned by the students themselves. This is because working together will greatly improve the qualities of their product since they get to criticize each other’s work before submitting.

College Preparation

New Tech’s main goal is to prepare the students for college. Students will be taught how to make a professional portfolio, college applications, and how to be successful in a professional interview. Educating the students with the necessary skills and discipline will give the students a head start in getting used to college.

TRRP - Trust, Respect, Responsibility, and Professionalism 

  • Trust: Here at New Tech some students leave their backpacks and laptops in the cyber cafe, trusting their fellow students and staff members, that when they return everything will be the same as they left it.
  • Respect: Here at New Tech we respect our fellow students and staff members, kind of like the golden rule, treat others like you would want them to treat you.
  • Responsibility: Here at New Tech we hold students responsible for their own actions.
  • Professionalism: Here at New Tech we use PBL or Project Based Learning. At the end of most projects we have a presentation of what we did in the project. During the presentation students are expected to dress professionally (a suit).
It is a high school where students learn in an innovative and professional environment fostered by the use of advanced learning methods and technology. 

The focus is on preparing student for college and the real world that follows school. That is the reason for the focus of Technology, Project-based Learning, College Preparation and Internships. The program encourages students to learn through collaboration with family, business, and community.

It is a high school where students learn in an innovative and professional environment fostered by the use of advanced learning methods and technology. 

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