in 1985 to increase business and community involvement in public schools and to
provide programs and activities beyond the financial capabilities of the school
district, the nonprofit foundation is the only organization that provides
assistance to all public schools in Volusia
Volusia County Schools
Jan. 20: FUTURES Board Meeting
Jan 21: Tomorrow's Leaders Seminar on Government and Diversity
Feb. 5: Teacher of the Year Celebration
Feb. 11: Turn Around Applications Distributed
Current Teacher of the Year is Kelly Anne Conway from New Smyrna Beach High School. To see a list of the 2011 nominees, click here.
Recognized Leaders Sponsor Teacher of the Year Celebration
Volusia County's Teacher of the Year will be named at an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at the Hilton
Daytona Beach Ocean Walk Village.
The celebration is
co-sponsored by FUTURES Foundation and the Daytona Regional Chamber
of Commerce, plus these businesses and organizations:
Daytona 500 Experience
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Beth Butera, FUTURES Director, at (386) 255-6475 ext. 50730.
Get in on the 2010 FUTURES Bowl-A-Thon
The clock is ticking on FUTURES Foundation's 17th annual Bowl-A-Thon, which is ready to roll at bowling centers in Daytona Beach, DeLand, Deltona and New Smyrna Beach on Feb. 20 and 21 and in Ormond Beach March 13 and 14. Look for family fun on more than 270 bowling lanes, plus the opportunity to raise money that directly helps Volusia County's teachers and students.
To support FUTURES, make a pledge to a school Bowl-A-Thon team, and then show up to cheer your bowlers on.
Also, we're looking for virtual bowlers to take part in Wii events at Sam's Club in Daytona Beach. The addition of Wii Bowling for Education is new for the 2010 Bowl-A-Thon. For a $5 donation, you can Wii Bowl for Volusia County Schools at Sam's Club, 1175 Beville Road, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28 and March 6. Your donation also gives you a chance to win a Wii game console and gift certificates for Sam's Club. Get your tickets in advance here.
The goal is to triple participation in this annual event, enlisting more than 5,000 bowlers, including "virtual" bowlers, and raising $55,000 to support Volusia County public school classrooms. For Bowl-A-Thon sponsorship opportunities at many levels, contact Beth Butera, FUTURES Director, at (386) 255-6475, ext. 50730.
FUTURES Takes Stock in High-Achieving Students
Take Stock In Children, a program of the FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools, targets low-income but high-achieving incoming high school students for college-tuition scholarships.
"To encourage their potential, TSIC provides a mentor for each student who meets with them weekly at school," explains Pamela C. Martin, a student advocate for the program. "Students must also agree to remain drug and crime free and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA."
Participants also must guarantee their parents' support and take part in all program events. Upon graduation from a Volusia County public high school, Take Stock students will receive a two- or four-year Florida Pre-Paid college tuition scholarship to the state non-profit college or university of their choice. To give more students a chance at higher education, FUTURES is introducing and concentrating on two-year awards this school year.
Eighth-grade students are nominated by their school guidance counselor and apply together with a parent each year in January. Selections are made in March, with students signing their contracts for the upcoming school year during a ceremony each May.
Teachers Garner 103 Mini-Grants for Special Classroom Projects
FUTURES recently awarded 103 Mini-Grants to Volusia County Schools
teachers during a presentation at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach. A total of $60,385 was
awarded to teachers in amounts ranging from $150 to $1,500. Over 25 years of
community support, FUTURES has funded more than 2,200 such Mini-Grants, totaling $1,126,681, thanks to generous sponsors. Special awards announced
at the end of 2009 include:
Superintendent's Mini-Grant Award ($800) to Spruce Creek High School
teacher Andrea White for "FUTURES Meets 'Strong Science' and 'A+ Funding' in
Genetic Discovery." Twelfth-graders studying molecular genetics in higher-level biology will extract DNA from their own hair follicles and amplify it, making thousands of
copies, to track whether each of them possesses a particular DNA sequence or some form of it. (This genetic characteristic has not been linked to any disease and makes no reference to
relatedness among individuals.) Gene and genotypic frequencies for the
class as a whole will be calculated and compared with a database in which results of this test for thousands of populations are stored. The class's data
will be entered into the database so that other schools and investigators also can utilize the genetic profiles.
Creative Award ($630) to Cypress Creek Elementary School teacher Richard
West for "Racing into Learning-Otter Slot Car Club." Pup Slot Car Club for kindergarten through grade 2 and Otter Slot Car
Club for grades 3 to 5 will meet after school. A local business will supply the track, cars and
accessories to the school. Students will use interactive notebooks in completing age-appropriate, hands-on experiments involving weight, balance, force, motion, place value,
scale, design and graphing. The clubs will extend general learning
concepts from the classroom, emphasizing teamwork. Students also
will track improvement of their driving skills.
Creative Award ($1,500) to Manatee Cove Elementary School teacher Janet
Gray for "Florida Weather Just Blows Me Away." After reading up, students will do an in-depth study of Florida's hazardous weather
conditions by setting up anemometers to measure wind speed and direction, thermometers to find the effects of wind on temperature changes and tornado tubes
to look at tornado formation and vortex action. The weather
tracker will teach
students how to graph wind chills as they read isobars. Students also will also put together 500
emergency bags to be distributed to school families and community members.
Creative Award ($1,450) to Volusia Pines Elementary School teacher
Debbie Hibdon for "SOS -- Sensory Observation Stations." The science lab teacher will set up observation stations with
assistance from the physical education coach, art teacher and other adults from the Parent Teacher Association and
School Advisory Committee. The stations will cover all
grade levels, utilizing scientific process skills via sensory investigations of
natural surroundings. Lab tools
will be used to measure and record data.
Mentoring of younger students by older students also will be encouraged. Results of the observations will be
published in the Science Club newsletter.
Creative Award ($1,000) to Woodward Elementary School teachers Marsha
Cameron, Angela Grover, Kim Geist and Mary Topping for "The Return of the Glass
Slipper." Third and fourth grade
students will put on a real stage musical, with costumes, makeup, scenery and choreography. To prepare, students will focus on
reading plays, writing fairy tales and becoming familiar with play genre. Art, music and physical education choreography
classes will assist with the preparations along with the P.T.A. and
parents. Students will be reading,
writing, dancing, singing, acting, memorizing, drawing and painting. Math and social skills also
will be honed.
Creative Award ($550) to New Smyrna Beach High School teachers Tina Curry
and Deborah Samuels for "Caught Reading."
goal of the project is to promote increased school-wide reading, visual
literacy and an appreciation of graphic design. Photography students will study
principles of advertising
photography, design, layout and copy and apply these principles to a school-wide
ad campaign. Students and staff
will be "caught" in "reading moments" around campus. Students will interview the reader about the book and write original copy to accompany the picture. After digitally recording at least 30
images, students will create ad proof sheets, and peers will critique and
select some for school posters.