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Fernandina Beach High School Participates in Jacksonville’s One Spark

Fernandina Beach High School Participates in Jacksonville's One SparkFernandina Beach High School is participating in OneSpark in Jacksonville, Florida!

Chef Michael Gass, teacher of the school’s culinary arts program, is creating Project Pirate CAFÉ, which is an acronym for teaching Culinary Arts through Farming Education. This outdoor classroom will consist of 12 raised beds where students can grow their own produce, prepare dishes from the foods they’ve grown and sell them in the café.

What is One Spark?
One Spark is the World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, designed to connect Creators with the resources they need to bring their ideas to life. From April 7 – 12, 2015, artists, entrepreneurs and innovators in Art, Education, Health & Science, Music, Social Good, and Technology will display Projects in a 20-square-block, multi-venue gallery in downtown Jacksonville, Florida.

One Spark is the community behind great ideas. It’s your chance to submit and decide on the next big thing. It’s the opportunity to get involved, be inspired, connect and collaborate.

The project for Fernandina Beach High School will be pitched to the judges (think Shark Tank) on Friday evening at 8:20 pm at the corner of Forsyth and Main Streets.

Chef Gass teaches his students from real world experience; this project opens the conversation, and his curriculum, to topics like healthy meal options, obesity, special diets, nutrition and more.

You can help by downloading the One Spark app for iPhone or Android devices and contributing to the projects that inspire you, like the Pirate Cafe.

For more information, visit OneSpark.com.

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Fernandina High School’s Certified Nursing Assistant Program

Fernandina High School's Certified Nursing Assistant ProgramWhen I was ten years old I told my aunt that I wanted to be a pediatric neurosurgeon when I grew up. Now, for a ten year old, this is an interesting thing to aspire to be, so my aunt immediately told me that I would never make it that far and I would change my mind. Up until a few years ago I was dead set on becoming a pediatric neurosurgeon and proving her wrong.

My freshman year of high school I was in a class called Medical Skills taught by Mrs. Sharon Belcher, ARNP. In this class I learned all about the different medical professions there are, gave a PowerPoint presentation about poison control, was introduced to my now favorite show House, kept up with current events in medicine, learned how to read and use military time, became CPR certified, learned how to dress a wound, and I was introduced to the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class offered to seniors by Mrs. Belcher.

I soon realized that getting into the CNA program as a senior would help me get used to being in the medical field and would be a good first step to becoming a Pediatric Neurosurgeon. Junior year rolled around and I signed up to be in Mrs. Belcher’s Anatomy and Physiology Honors class, which turned out to be a lot like Medical Skills. I learned the specifics of each body system and we made Anatomy music videos (as seen below) to learn all the bones and muscles.

Towards the end of February the office started to make announcements about applications to be in the 2012-2013 CNA class. Naturally, I got an application, filled it out, and set up the face-to-face interview to try and be accepted. Within a few weeks, Mrs. Belcher posted a list of the 14 people who made it into the program and I am proud to say that I have been working towards becoming a CNA ever since!

In this class we learn different skills, like bed baths, dressing a patient, catheter care, range of motion exercises, how to take vital signs, and many others. The first semester in school is all learning and book work with some fun thrown in there! We practice the skills on mannequins and get checked off so we can start learning new things. We also host school wide events. So far this year we have held 2 blood drives for the Blood Alliance, one of which my best friend and I hosted, and a Buddy Check 12 fundraiser with Jeanie Blalock.

The second semester of senior year we put these skills to use. We get to go to Baptist Medical Center – Nassau to observe and help with patients every Monday and Thursday, but some of us can be at Amelia Internal Medicine, Heartland Rehabilitation or Amelia Foot & Ankle while the rest are at BMC-N. Every Tuesday and Wednesday we are either helping the CNA’s at Quality Health, at Amelia Urgent Care, at FB Fire Rescue, or in the ESC classroom at the high school. We are each in a new department every week so we can learn the logistics of each job offered to a CNA.

So far, in the five weeks we have been going to clinical, I have been to the Pharmacy at BMC-N, Amelia Urgent Care, the lab at BMC-N, Quality Health, the ESC classroom, Heartland, FB Fire Rescue (my favorite so far!), Medical Records at BMC-N, and the Ambulatory Surgical Unit at BMC-N. We will continue to go to clinical and practice our skills for the next two months.

On May 3rd, all 14 of us will take a written test, then a skills check off test. These tests will show the CNA evaluators our patient skills and our bedside manner. Hopefully that day all of us will officially become Certified Nursing Assistants and we can work on finding a summer job before we go to college.

This class may not seem very interesting to someone who isn’t interested in being in the medical field, but it means a lot to me. I have made lifelong friends this year because of this class and learned so much that I wouldn’t have learned from taking elective classes or doing OJT. But, as much as I hate to admit it, my aunt was right… I did change my mind. I’ve decided Pediatrics isn’t my forte; I would get too attached to my patients. I believe a better fit for me is trauma. I aspire to be a trauma surgeon when I graduate from medical school. Since I like to be in the middle of the action and FB Fire Rescue has been my favorite clinical site, I am often referred to as an adrenaline junkie… well, if the shoe fits, wear it!

I see myself and every single one of my fellow classmates doing great things in the future because of the CNA program offered at Fernandina Beach High School, I strongly advise anyone interested in the medical field to look into it!

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Council on Aging Makes Scarecrows

Council on Aging Makes Scarecrows

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Fernandina Beach, FL – The Council on Aging Adult Day HealthCare seniors spent a lovely Amelia Island fall day making scarecrows with Fernandina Beach High School students recently.

Ace Hardware, located in Fernandina Beach, donated the hay for the scarecrow project. The high school students worked hard to create two scarecrows and shared stories with the seniors about scarecrows and Halloween.

They also learned that scarecrows have been in existence in farmer’s fields for more than 3,000 years!

Our new scarecrows proudly stand guard at the Council on Aging Senior Center in Fernandina Beach

The Council on Aging is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, the highest level of charitable organization.

We cheerfully deliver critical services to Nassau County seniors in five categories including Meals on Wheels, COA Transportation, In-Home Care, and Adult Day Health Care, while operating two senior recreation centers.

We are partially funded by government grants and donations from private individuals.

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Engineering Career Day 2012

Engineering Career Day CompetitionNational Engineers Week took place February 19-25, 2012 and the Tenth Annual Engineering Career Day and Compeition was held on Friday, February 24, 2012 at United States Army Corp of Engineers Jacksonville District Headquarters, located in the Prudential Building in Jacksonville, Florida.

Sophomore, junior, and senior high school students with an interest in engineering or other related scientific fields were encouraged to attend. Activities included a hands-on competition, and interaction with local engineers and Florida engineering colleges and universities. After lunch, Lieutenant Commander Dan Stoddard, PE, CEC, USN, Energy Team Leader of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast was the keynote speaker discussing renewable energy to go along with this year’s theme, “Sustaining the Future”.

Students had the opportunity to participate in a three-part competition, consisting of two design projects and an “engineering trivia challenge”. The “take-home” design project involved the design and construction of a wind turbine that was tested during the Engineering Career Day event. Teams were also presented with a “surprise” design project that required real-time decision making. The “trivia challenge”, part of the overall assessment, allowed students to learn about real-life engineering projects from the people who design them. Projects were judged against a variety of criteria, and awards were given to the winning team for each of the three competitions. The overall winner was the team with the highest average score on each of the three competitions and took home the “Stanley Cup” of engineering events for the year.

Engineering Career Day 2012Image courtesy of Ally at the Desk. Pictured from left to right: Trey B., Nathan C., Bradley B., and Ryan M.

The maximum number of teams was 25 and each team must consist of no more than 4 students.

Fernandina Beach sent two teams, one from the junior class (which included our own Ally at the Desk) and a team of four seniors. Here are the final results:

Suprise Project Design
First Place – Eagles View
Second Place – Eagles View
Third Place – Yulee High School (Team #3)

Wind Turbine Project Design
First Place – Bishop Kenny
Second Place – Fernandina Beach Junior Group
Third Place – Fernandina Beach Senior Group

Overall
First Place – Fernandina Beach Senior Group
Second Place – Trinity Christian
Third Place – Bishop Kenny

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2011 Fernandina Beach Homecoming Parade

2011 Fernandina Beach Homecoming ParadeFernandina Beach High School students were joined by Fernandina Beach Middle School and Pop Warner football players and cheerleaders to parade through the streets of Amelia Island for the annual Homecoming Parade.

Each of the four classes particpated in building their own floats. This year’s theme was Under the Sea and that fits well in this small island town with Pirate mascots at every level.

Enjoy the video of this parade as the youth from our community are escorted by Fernandina Police, the Fernandina Fire-Rescue Department and the Homecoming Court takes their traditional ride on Miss Amelia’s Pearl, one of the floats belonging to the Fernandina Pirate’s Club, Inc.

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National Honor Society Spring Induction at FBHS

National Honor Society Spring Induction at FBHS

Some of the New NHS Students

Fernandina Beach High School recently inducted two juniors and 37 sophmores into the National Honor Society at the Spring Ceremony.

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization recognizing outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS honors those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in 1921.

Scholarship: Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 85%, B, 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent standard of excellence, or a higher cumulative average set by the local school’s faculty council, meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character.

Service: This quality is defined as the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, without direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service. Chapters may establish criteria that stipulate specific quantities of projects or service hours for candidates, as well as expectations of service obligations once a student is selected as a member.

Leadership: Student leaders are often viewed as those students who are resourceful, good problem solvers, involved in and promoters of school activities, idea contributors, dependable, and who are both organized and organizers. Experiences to be considered under the leadership criterion can include activities that originate in the school or community or both, as determined by the local chapter.

Character: The student of good character can be said to be one who upholds principles of morality and ethics; is cooperative and responsible; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and is a good citizen. Local chapters consider the values and traditions of both the local school and community when defining the character criterion.

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Fernandina Beach High School

Fernandina Beach High School

Fernandina Beach High School

Entering the final nine weeks of the high school year, Fernandina Beach has put out a revised end of year calendar.

    -Report cards for the third nine weeks will be distributed on April 13, 2010.
    -AP testing will be conducted during the first two weeks of May.
    -The Fernandina Beach High School Prom will be held on Saturday, May 15, at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center.
    -Senior exams will be held the final week of May with senior make-up exams on May 28.
    -Monday, May 31st is Memorial Day and there will be no school that day.
    -Baccalaureate will be held at Fernandina Beach Middle School at 7:00 PM.
    -The SAT will be given at Fernandina Beach High School on Saturday, June 5.
    -High School Graduation will be held on June 5th at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena at 3:00 PM.
    -The last day of school is on Wednesday, June 9th and this is a 1/2 day of school.