FCAT PEP Rally At ARE | Arts & Culture

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by William Jackson, M.Ed. School Technology Contact
and Regina Thomas, M.Ed. Math Coach

Web site of Andrew Robinson

As the energy builds at Andrew Robinson Elementary, students
understand the importance of Monday, April 16th and the implications
of the FCAT – Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test 2.0.
This does not stop the energy and excitement of parents, teachers,
support staff and administrators eager to show that the students
are more than capable of excelling on this state assessment.

To channel the energetic enthusiasm, the Pep Rally at Andrew Robinson
#262 of Duval County Public Schools organized by Regina Thomas,
Math Coach and the hard work of Mrs. Jorge, Math Interventionist 
had surprises guaranteed to motivate the third, fourth and fifth grade
students. Assistance from Dr. Donnie Horner, Mayor Alvin Brown’s
Education Commissioner organized the visit by three Jacksonville
Jaguars to encourage and help instill the idea of success and goal
setting for academic success. The visiting Jaguars were Uche Nwaneri,
Jarett Dillard, and D'Anthony Smith, each sharing personal stories and
examples of how to build success and the value for education. Each
of the players talked about how each students future is shaped by
their education and not to allow a test to stop them from achieving
their goals in life.

Preceding the Jags, the First Coast High School Drum Major/Drum
Line dazzled the students with musical action that had the students cheering.
The MC’s of the event were Coach William Jackson PE Coach and
School Technology Contact and Math Coach Regina Thomas, they kept
the students pumped up and excited during the event and assistance from
Mr. Marcus White, 4th/5th Grade EBD Teacher who helped introduce the
Jaguar players.

Special thanks to Principal C. Lewis for all her support. Mrs. Lewis
believes in a 5 Star Service approach to anything that encourages and
supports academic and social responsibility and accountability to the
students at ARE.

Additional support from administrators Assistant Principals - Michelle
Walsh-Lopez and Talitha Harris, Mr. Marcus White, 4th/5th Grade EBD
Teacher, 3rd -5th  Grade teachers for their skits and stepping actions, 
Stephanie Manabat, Executive Director,  Elementary  Turnaround Cluster,
Aubrey Simmons, Band Director at First Coast High School,
Mrs. Landry-Gaines, Director of Special Events and 
Dr. Donnie Horner, Education Commissioner from the Mayor's Office,
Renzo Sheppard, Communications Assistant, and Bahati Van Pelt, Manager,
Player Relations and Youth Football of the Jacksonville Jaguars Organization. 
Special thanks to Action News Channel 47 of Jacksonville, Florida
for recording and televising the event.

This year the students will be faced with FCAT 2.0 and the standards have
been raised, but the enthusiasm and pride in these Rockets of ARE will
not be diminished and the Rockets will soar high past the FCAT.

Photo shows: D'Anthony Smith, Crystal Lewis, Principal, Jarett Dillard,
Regina Thomas, Uche Nwaneri, William Jackson

Links to pictures:
Special thanks to Angelica, Javion and Issac
4th grade students, they were the photographers for the day.


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