ManaTeach: Horizons Academy

 

In this week’s ManaTeach video, Horizons Academy students are showing us how teamwork helped to beautify their school campus. Art teacher, Rolph Vassor, uses donations from generous community business partners to purchase supplies for the teen artists.

 

 

ManaTeach allows teachers, staff and students within the School District of Manatee County to share, “What I Taught. What I Learned.”

To watch more videos, search “ManaTeach” on YouTube.

Church Women United Event Serves Migrant Community

 

On November 17, 2017, dozens of women from the community came together at Manatee United Methodist Church in Bradenton, Florida for a heartwarming event called the Migrant Tea Celebration.

 

 

Manatee Church Women United is a cross-denominational group that represents more than 40 churches. The women spend a year planning and making beautiful things by hand.

 

 

The Migrant Tea is an opportunity for the group to provide local migrant families with donations of hand-made goods such as blankets, quilts, baby clothes, and other items that families may need.

 

 

Speakers at the program included Elena Garcia, Director of Federal Programs of the School District of Manatee County; Michael Escorcia, Coordinator of Migrant Education; and Jose Moreno Hernandez, a former migrant student in Manatee County. Hernandez is the first from his family to attend college.

 

Elena Garcia
Michael Escorcia and Kelly Flynn
Jose Moreno Hernandez

 

Kindergarten migrant students from McNeal Elementary School earned cheers, and a few laughs, following their performance at the event.

 

Kindergarten migrant students from @mcnealelementaryschool perform at the annual Church Women United Migrant Tea

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Afterwards, members of Church Women United presented the children with handmade gifts. The students were proud of their new dolls.

 

 

 

Church Women United then enjoyed refreshments and each other’s company.

 

 

The women now start sewing and crocheting blankets and sweaters for next year’s event. Every single item that goes to families of migrant students is donated or made with love.

 

 

#WeManatee stands for We are the School District of Manatee County. No matter what challenges we face, we strengthen each other when we stand together.

 

 

 

 

ManaTeach: Prine Elementary School

 

This week’s ManaTeach video comes from Mrs. Hagood’s first-grade class at Prine Elementary School in Bradenton. She used a fun, fall activity to get her students excited about reading. Each decorated a pumpkin with their families based on a character in the book.

 

 

ManaTeach allows teachers, staff and students within the School District of Manatee County to share, “What I Taught. What I Learned.”

To watch more videos, search “ManaTeach” on YouTube.

 

A Special Veterans Day at Mills Elementary

 

When John Hyvonen received a call from his grandson, a second-grader at Mills Elementary School, asking him to attend the annual Veterans Day program — he didn’t hesitate.

With only four-days notice, the Army veteran made sure he could get time off of work to be there for Mason.

And he was…

 

 

John Hyvonen traveled more than 1,000 miles to grant that request. What an extraordinary gesture! To book a flight from Ohio to watch his grandson perform in a school cafeteria in Palmetto, Florida. “It was getting a little cold at home,” Hyvonen said, “I’ll stay through the weekend to enjoy Florida weather and family.”

 

 

Dozens more veterans attended two separate Veterans Day programs at Mills Elementary School.

 

 

Principal James Mennes addressed the cafeteria filled with guests.

 

 

Music teachers Christopher Edwards and David Hahn did an amazing job directing the student performers.

 

 

They even played their own instruments at the start of the program.

 

 

Students sang a number of patriotic songs and recited poems from memory.

 

 

They collectively sang “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”

 

 

 

Then, a touching tribute to their heroes…

 

 

…as students distributed handmade poppy flowers to each veteran.

 

 

Each veteran stood to be honored as their own military branch was called.

 

 

Enjoy more photos from the patriotic performance:

 

 

Thank you to all of those who bravely served our country, including John Hyvonen, who brought special meaning to this Veterans Day.

 

 

#WeManatee stands for We are the School District of Manatee County. No matter what challenges we face, we strengthen each other when we stand together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let Freedom Ring at Freedom Elementary

 

This year’s Veterans Day ceremony was special for the staff and students at Freedom Elementary School in East Manatee County. It’s the 10th anniversary of the “Let Freedom Ring” event.

 

 

The entire school community including parents, first responders and veterans joined students and staff to mark the occasion. Principal Guy Grimes and Assistant Principal Carla Fox led the program, which was both patriotic and heartfelt.

 

 

Each year, one flag by a student artist is chosen to fly on one of Freedom Elementary’s flag pole year-round. The fifth-grade class proudly sang one last song as a tribute to the school that they will be leaving.

 

 

After the morning fog burned off, everyone went out to the school’s courtyard to continue the ceremony. Each and every student wore their patriotic red, white and blue attire.

 

 

The Veterans were escorted by students to the flag poles, while a teen from Lakewood Ranch High School played the bagpipes. That student, Brandon Cox, once attended Freedom Elementary School himself.

 

 

The flags for every branch of military service were raised – along with the American flag – at half-mast for the first time in the school’s history. The order was made by the President to honor the victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas tragedy.

 

 

Students from the entire school then performed a patriotic tribute to Veterans under the direction of Music Teacher, Elizabeth Kimbrell. It was quite a sight to see all of the children waving the American flags proudly in the air!

 

 

Lastly, representatives from each grade level rang the school bell. Another yearly tradition in the history books for Freedom Elementary School, a proud family who embraces all of the Veterans in our community.

#WeManatee stands for We are the School District of Manatee County. No matter what challenges we face, we strengthen each other when we stand together.

 

Million Father March at Manatee Elementary

 

Men took a pledge to make a difference in a child’s life, today at Manatee Elementary School in Bradenton, Florida. Community leaders, fathers, father figures, mentors and school staff gathered together for the annual Million Father March event.

 

Sheriff Rick Wells visits with a Manatee Elementary student

 

The men were treated to breakfast and given time to bond with the children before they headed off to class.

 

 

Following breakfast, guests gathered in front of the historic school for an inspiring speech about being present in a child’s life. The Pledge for Fathers and Men encourages them to play an active role in their child’s academics, volunteer at least ten hours during the school year and meet with their child’s teachers.

 

 

Afterwards, the group walked through the neighborhood surrounding Manatee Elementary School in solidarity for the cause.

 

 

The event at Manatee Elementary School was only one of hundreds taking place across the country.

#WeManatee stands for We are the School District of Manatee County. No matter what challenges we face, we strengthen each other when we stand together.

North River High School Groundbreaking

 

It was a beautiful day for a groundbreaking. Board Members for the School District of Manatee County and other distinguished guests attended a ceremonial “moving of the dirt” at the site of North River High School in Parrish.

 

 

 

The new high school will be located on 98 acres at Martha Road and Erie Road. It is projected to open to students in August of 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

Guests were treated to a chocolate shovel – and a chance to be part of the first groundbreaking for the School District since Braden River High School, which opened in 2005.

 

 

North River High School will be able to accommodate 2,000 students – with the ability to expand to 2,400. The total project budget is $90 million, which was made possible with help from Manatee County citizens’ approval of the half-cent sales tax renewal for District capital needs.

 

 

SchenkelShultz Architecture designed the two-story brick school. Gilbane Building Company will manage its construction.

 

 

North River High School’s Auditorium will be able to seat more than 800 people. The high school will offer academic programs such as Automotive, Health, Agriculture and Engineering.

 

 

The vehicle queue will be longer than one-mile to insure that parents and students are safely away from public roadways during drop-off and pick-up times.

 

 

A football and soccer stadium will seat 3,000 home fans and 1,000 visitors. There will also be a rubber running track, which will presumably be the site of future state competitions.

 

 

Today’s ceremony was streamed live on Facebook. Mike Barber, Director of Communications, served as emcee.

 

North River High School Groundbreaking

Posted by School District of Manatee County on Tuesday, November 7, 2017

 

School Board Chair Charlie Kennedy

 

Afterwards, School Board members and other District officials dug into the earth with shovels to ceremoniously begin construction.

 

(L-to-R) Deputy Superintendents Ron Ciranna and Cynthia Saunders, Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene, Board Members Dave “Watchdog” Miner, Gina Messenger, Charlie Kennedy, Scott Hopes, John Colon, Ken Dean (SchenkelSchultz) and Tim Hensey (Gilbane)

 

 

 

 

 

We will continue to update the community on the progress of North River High School. Stay tuned!

#WeManatee stands for We are the School District of Manatee County. No matter what challenges we face, we strengthen each other when we stand together.