Gretchen Everhart School
2750 Mission Road,
October 2007 Everhart Express
By Jane Floyd-Bullen, Principal
Post-Secondary (AKA the Outback)
Michael R. has been doing an exceptional job working at Goodwill Industries. He even got his first paycheck last week! This position will last for 8 weeks but his training will last forever. Way to go Michael!!!!
Mr. Bill McGuire did another outstanding job this year with the Owl Run!!! The post secondary department had a great time designing and painting posters to show our support for the big race!!!! Some of us raced and some of us were spectators. Mr. Bill invited Melba Jacobs, our friend from Special Olympics, to be the guest speaker. Thanks for a great activity, Mr. Bill!
Mr. McGuire's and Ms. Simmons' classes took a trip to the Tallahassee Museum of Natural History on October 9. To prepare for their trip, Jarrod Zinser, a new Speech/Language Pathologist at Everhart, came and taught everyone sign language for some of the animals they would see. They practiced the signs for a week. It was a lot of fun to sign each animal as they saw them! Mr. Jarrod went on the trip with them and taught them even more signs while they were there. They also had a picnic at the gazebo that day when they returned from the museum. They made grocery lists and shopped for food during CBI. They were able to enjoy a great lunch that they made by themselves! Ms. Lisa peeled apples for everyone to eat and it was a GREAT day!
Ms. Wright's class is working on writing their very own book! After an inspiring picture walk through the book, The Dog Who Cried Wolf, by Keiki Kasza, the class worked on spelling some important words on the computer. After the book was read, discussions were had and letters were scanned. The class decided to title the new book, The Kissing Dog. It is sure to be a best seller! Stay tuned!
The High School Department has had a volunteer coming to join them three mornings a week. His name is Brian Carpenter and he is a Graduate student at Florida State University in the ESE Vision Program. He has been going to all of the worksites and assisting the students. They really appreciate him!!
The Department also welcomes some new teachers. Cherie Burton has joined the team as well as Ceil Parramore. Dottie Morris, a long time Everhart teacher has returned to teach at the high school level.
Ms. Morris' class would like to say goodbye to Valerie Kelly, an Instructional Assistant for 27 years at Everhart. She has accepted a new position in Leon County. Everyone wishes her well. The class has a new Instructional Assistant, Christine Haney. Welcome, Christine.
The theme this Fall in Ms. Barnes' class has been the farm, the family, and Fall. They are always looking for books and other props that support literacy, technology, and our themes.
One of their parents, Elizabeth George, Nicolas' Mother, gave us the book "Do you Have A Hat?", a cute picture book with a repetitive line. She got the book from "Cheerio's" cereal! Thanks for being so resourceful, Elizabeth.
Jenny Ger, Max's mother, gave us some Chinese candies to celebrate the Moon Festival which occurs during the full moon of September!
We are enjoying Fall and all of the great themes that go with it.
Ms. Droze's class has a very exciting CBI project going on. They are partnering with the CARD center and Super Wal-Mart on West Tennessee Street in order to give the students opportunities to shop as independently as possible. The Wal-Mart manager, agreed to train a cashier to focus only on our students as they enter the register line. Now, every time we go on CBI, we find out who our cashier will be and we go through that line.
Sue Loftis, Matthew's mom, brought this idea from an autism conference. She learned "the teachers will deal with the disability and the cashier will deal with the customer." The objective is for the students to have repeated practice of the same skill with a goal of reaching the full potential of independence for each student. Thank you to Sue Loftis for donating Wal-Mart cards. Please see Vicky Droze for more information about this project.
The Middle School Department had several new students join their family. Welcome Ana B., Brittany H., Chris W., Casey M., Samar Z., JJ B., David G., John B., Bria W., Stephanie C., and Lindsay P.
We also have some new staff members. Welcome to our new teachers: Ms. Ezobia Felder, Ms. Jennfier Smith, and Ms Susan Riley. Welcome to our new instructional assistants: Caressa Nee, Classie Franklin, Alisia Ash, Evelyn Clark, Elizabeth Carlson, Dot Williams, and Donna Pollock.
Courtney Benedix's class has had a very busy and exciting nine weeks! First, they welcomed Donielle Wilburn, an intern from Florida State University. Donielle will be with the class through December, and they are so excited to have her.
The class has been working very hard and they have enjoyed several fun cooking activities. The students really seem to enjoy making yummy snacks, while working on very important literacy and independent functioning skills. So far, they have made Jell-O apples, brownies, rice krispie treats, and trail mix.
The class had a great time visiting the book fair. They would like to thank Sophie's family, Paul's family, and Antionette's family for their generous donation of new books from the book fair. They are really enjoying the new books!
Several members of the class went to Camp Read A Lot, and have returned to write a book about their camp experiences. Paul and Courtney had a great time "running" in the Owl Run, and Paul would like to thank all of his supporters!
Ms. Barrett's Angels would like to welcome new students Brandon D. and Kei'yaun K. to their class.
Pre-K and Owl's Nest
Ms. Long's , Ms. Waltermyer's and Ms. Callen's classes have been learning about Families and All Kinds of Friends. They have had several volunteers in their classes. The volunteers have been Michelle Wilson, Amanda Barlow, Ashley Barlow, Debra Dodd, and Caroline Willis.
Ms. Benson and Ms. Morris' classes have been focusing on many topics. They have learned about themselves, their families, and their pets. They have also been working on opposites, and color, shapes, and sizes. Through the new Open Court curriculum, they have been learning letter recognition and the proper way to read and enjoy books.
The first ice cream social will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 1:00pm-2:00pm. On that day we will recognize students who have made outstanding progress during the first nine weeks of school.
Future events for the school include performances by the Cornerstone Community Learning School and Jazz Jams who will provide a wonderful toe tapping and dancing experience for all of our students.
We will be celebrating diversity at our school through the arts by providing more multicultural experiences for the students. We have so many families with very rich cultural backgrounds. If you know of any performing groups or individuals from different cultures who would like to come and perform for our very appreciative students, please contact Brenda Rice, 488-5785 ext 244.
By Jenny Chang and Jackie Pittman
Everhart recently competed in the Special Olympics Area Gymnastics Competition in Taylor County. The gymnasts are: Kassady Q., Cassie G., Brittany N., and Kristen G. The girls competed in Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, Floor Exercise, and the All Around Competition. They were FANTASTIC and all received many ribbons. They all qualified to compete in the Fall state games in Orlando. Make sure to congratulate them when you see them!
In other news, Everhart's Powerlifters competed in the Special Olympics Area Powerlifting Competition. James B., KC N., and John B. all placed 1st in their divisions! Great job boys!
Jill Klein, RN, Jan Oldenburg RN,
"F" is for Fall ......and Flu shots!
This year's supply of influenza vaccine should meet the needs of our country, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Two years ago some of the supply was contaminated and had to be destroyed. Only certain high-risk groups could be vaccinated against the "flu" until about 2 months later into the season when more vaccine was available.
Like the common cold, the flu is a virus and it has to run its course. (Antibiotics have no effect on viruses.) The only way to catch the flu is to have close contact with another person who is infected. Late November through April/May is flu season; people are together inside more during these months. You can catch the flu each year because new strains are evolving and each year scientists must make up a different vaccine to cover the strongest flu strains circulating at the time. So be ready to roll up you sleeve every single fall!
Unlike the cold, flu can cause a fever of up to 104 with severe body aches, headaches, nausea, cough, and dehydration. Once the virus is over, you can remain weak for several more days. Complications, such as pneumonia, can occur, especially if you have a medical condition like asthma or diabetes, or if you smoke.
The ideal time to get vaccinated against influenza is mid-October to mid-November. However, if you miss this time frame, you can still get the shot, as long as you don't become infected in the mean time. Healthy persons between the ages of 5 and 49 may be able to take the new inhaled FluMist. The best idea is to call your personal doctor or local county health department for an appointment right now. Check the local news to find out where and when flu shot clinics are being held. You may have to wait in line a while if you chose one of these clinics.
If you do end up getting the flu the most important things to remember are to drink plenty of fluids (water, Gatorade, Jell-o, chicken broth are examples), get lots of rest, and take your temperature if you feel feverish or have just had the chills. Call the doctor if you develop a severe headache, can't keep fluids down, are short of breath from coughing, or your fever stays uncomfortably high.
It is with great sadness that we share with our Everhart family the passing of Nickolas H. on August 16, 2007. Nick was a senior high student in Bill Thon's classroom. Nick attended Gretchen Everhart School for ten years where he was known and loved by all. Nick's family has asked that donations be made in Nick's memory to be used towards the renovation of the sensory room at the school. We will miss seeing Nick everyday but his spirit will live on with us all.
The Owl's Nest and Pre-K classes want to thank their parents for donating many supplies at the beginning of the year, goodies for the Owl Run and books from the book fair. Claire's mom, Debbie Kelly, donated a box of books and tapes.
Ms. Barrett's class would like to thank Tanner Deckerhoff for donating a CD player, Rosalyn Deckerhoff and Metra Herring for donating clothes.
The SMILE program would like to thank Mark Sheppard for the donation of toys to their program and they would also like to thank Chris Shaw for the donation of a microwave. They also want to say a big thank you for the donations of new books and pencils from the Scholastic Book Fair.
Ms. Huchins' class would like to thank the wonderful parents of their ISC students for supplying them with snacks and classroom supplies. Much appreciation to Teresa Gay, Sherri Trickey, Jackie Livingston and Deletta Starke for making contributions to support their child's class. A special thank you to Rod Bigelow for volunteering in the Book Fair, and to Symin Movaghar and Deletta Starke for purchasing books for our classroom.
Ms. Benedix's class would like to thank every one who donated much needed supplies to our classroom. Thanks to Asia' family, Paul's family, Hope's family, Antionette's family, and Sophie's family for their donations.
Thank you to Tammie Brumbley and Sandra Buchanan for donating snacks to Ms. Droze's class.
Jenny Chang would like to say thank you to Robin Garland, Linda Ray, Connie Norman, and Lucy Quick for their help with the Cheerleading Fundraiser. It wouldn't be possible without the support and help of these parents. Thanks so much to all of you!
Ms. Dottie Morris' parents generously donated supplies for the classroom. Special thanks to Andrew Miller's mom, Gina for a monetary gift for the class to use as needed!
Ms. Chris Morris' class would like to thank our principal, Jane Floyd-Bullen for donating a DVD player to use in the classroom.
The Pre-K Department would like to thank the many parents who have been so helpful and donated snacks, tissues, ketchup, and swimmy diapers to all of the classes. Some of our parents have donated books from the book fair to the classrooms as well. Thank you!
Donna Gaborde, parent in Ms. Merritt's class donated a cake for open house and soft drinks for the Owl Run. Debbie Bridges gave books to the class from the book fair. The students appreciate it! A big thank you to Angela H.'s family for donating books for the classroom.
Ms. Erickson's students would like to give special thanks to Lori Williams, Rick and Sandy Rickards, Clyde and Beverly Benedix, and Debra and Jim Taube for book donations from the book fair.
Mr. Thon's class would like to thank Nick H.'s parents, Kelly and Mike, for buying many books from the book fair and donating them to the class.
Tiffany's mom, Mrs. Murray, gave a donation at the book fair so that Ms. Riley's class could purchase a book for the class. Ashley K.'s family and Michael H.'s family donated money for the Owl's Run. Thanks from Ms. Riley's class!
Julie Delmonego donated "bug" items and books for Ms. Bloomquist's Science classes. She even found bug boxes at the Dollar Store. Thanks, Julie!
Paul C.'s family donated clothes and snacks for the students in Ms. Estes class. Thank you Chafin family!
Ms. Benedix's class would like to say thank you to Hope O.'s family, Paul L.'s family, and Antionette E.s' family for donations of snacks and supplies for the classroom.
By Brenda Rice and Jennifer Reese
Welcome back! We in the music therapy department are excited about the 2007-2008 school year and all that it will hold. With so many new faces here at Everhart and throughout Leon County, we are sure to add lots of new programs and experiences to enhance our music adventures this year!
We are excited to introduce two new music therapy interns, Shea Clanton and David Parker. Shea comes to us from William Carey College, in Mississippi, where she is completing her bachelors degree in music therapy. David is originally from Oregon and is completing his masters in music therapy at Florida State University. Both joined the music therapy team in August and are already busy leading students throughout Leon County in exciting new music experiences. Shea and David will be with us until the end of February.
On October 14, 2007, Everhart students and their families were treated to an amazing performance at Opperman Music Hall on the FSU campus. Phyllis Pancella, a Tallahassee resident with a 20 year international career as a classical singer gave a benefit concert featuring works of Bach, Handel, Berlioz, Rachmaninoff, and the comic song cycle "Miss Manners on Music". Joining her on the program were two distinguished FSU music faculty, pianist Timothy Hoekman and cellist Gregory Sauer. Admission to the recital was free, but proceeds from donations at the concert and sales of refreshments at intermission are being given to the music programs of both Gretchen Everhart and Cornerstone Learning Community. With the funds raised, we are hoping to purchase new equipment for the music therapy department. We will let you know what we are able to purchase in upcoming editions of the Everhart Express.
As part of our daily music classes, we continue to work closely with teachers to reinforce literacy experiences around Everhart. Currently, we are all enjoying the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Autumn in Tallahassee, and hope that you will feel free to drop in and visit any of our music classes throughout the day. If you are interested in volunteering in any way, please contact us at Everhart.
The school year has started off with a bang! Everyone should have received their Parent Folder/Pack at the beginning of the school year. We are in the process of putting together the Student Telephone Directory, having already distributed the directory via email (to those requesting an electronic copy) and will have a hard copy in a folder (to those that requested). The directory has been designed so that it can be easily updated during the year as new students arrive at our school. Your PTO thinks this is a great way to stay in touch with other students and parents! Please contact us if you would like to purchase a hard copy of the directory or receive it (for free) via email.
Thanks to all who visited and volunteered to help with the Scholastic Book Fair this year. Thanks to your support, GES PTO will make close to $700.00.
With fall now upon us, the first of four PTO sponsored dances scheduled to be held this school year is set for Friday, October 26. Due to an oversight on our part, the Parent Folder/Pack incorrectly stated the minimum age for students to attend dances. Any child that is 14 or older (not 16 as stated in the Parent Folder) is eligible to attend the dances. They are a wonderful opportunity for our children to socialize and have a great time in a protected environment (a great opportunity for parents and guardians to participate as well!).
If you have not done so already, please sign-up for the Gretchen Everhart School List Serve GESES-PARENTS - you will find a link to it on our home page). While we currently have 166 subscribers there are still a lot of you that have not subscribed. Everyone is encouraged to join, as this is the official electronic means of providing you with timely information about school and PTO events and activities (such as the upcoming Fall Festival on November 16th).
Debra Taube, President (firstname.lastname@example.org)
By Judy Hoecherl
Everhart students have started the year off expressing their creativity. Several classes painted black and white photographs and displayed them in their buildings. The high school classes used the techniques of artist Chuck Close to create a mystery face collage. Preschool students made life-size paintings of themselves (really fun and really messy!!).
As the air gets cooler, and fall starts to creep in, students have been making creepy crawly spiders and jolly orange pumpkins. October brings many activities to our area, to include the "Celebration of La Florida" at the Mission San Luis. The focus of this event is to draw attention to Florida's Hispanic Roots. The following students exhibited art at Mission San Luis: Denard W., Melita O., Jareth B., Ana & Helen B., Uche O., Preston P., Asia C., and Kasey B. All the artwork was great and really represented Florida's Hispanic Heritage. Ana B. won first prize in her category for her drawing entitled "Santiago Sails", an oil crayon rendering of Ponce de Leon's ship, the Santiago.
We appreciate the donations we receive from the community. Currently, we are in need of wooden scrabble tiles, fabric ribbon, old jewelry, beads, or anything you have that you feel we could make into art! We love to be creative at Gretchen Everhart School, and we find purpose in all things.
We are looking forward to many exciting things this year...but the most important thing to create is a SMILE!! Judy Hoecherl (email@example.com) or 488-5785 ext. 230
By Pam Jameson and Jeannie Barrett
In August, Everhart's SMILE program was featured in an online newsletter for afterschool programs called AfterWords. Pam Jameson, site coordinator for the SMILE program, wanted to share the article with parents, staff and the community .
"The SMILE (Students Motivated in Learning at Everhart) afterschool program in Tallahassee, Florida, is showing that there are no limits to what students can do. SMILE is a 21st Century Community Learning Center program that serves students with moderate to severe mental disabilities, many of whom have physical disabilities as well."
"Pam Jameson, site coordinator at SMILE, acknowledges that the program is unique because special-needs students constitute the majority of the program's participants. She is quick to point out, however, that her program uses strategies that all afterschool programs can use with special-needs students. "We see possibilities of what every child can do rather than focusing on limitations," she says."
"Jameson also says that the program operates with the belief that all of its staff can work with special-needs students. Although many instructors have training or certification to teach special-needs students, others learn by working with these qualified staff members. Through agreements with colleges, SMILE also recruits trained volunteers who are majoring in special education and want on-the-job practice. The program has several partnerships with community organizations, including the Boy Scouts and a hands-on science program called High Touch High Tech Science."
In other news, The before school students in the SMILE program have been learning about fitness and nutrition. They are reading and writing about their favorite fruits and vegetables. (Sorry, French Fries don't count!). Everhart has a new fitness room and the before school SMILE students have been putting it to good use by learning about the importance of exercise and keeping fit. They are also using their literacy skills by labeling the equipment and the activities in the fitness room. Not only are they working out in the fitness room, but they also swim in the pool every other day to keep fit.
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