Exemplary Districts

Pinellas County

Principal Kafele with Raymond Duckworth, Za’kael Vaughn, Jesus Torres, Isaiah Flanning

Principal Kafele at Campbell Park

PCS student and teacher win state Black History month contest
Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott have announced the 2016 Black History Month student and teacher contest winners. Michaela Polmann of Dunedin High School won the student essay contest in the high school division. She will receive a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Shaday Lackey, a teacher at Melrose Elementary School, was recognized with the Excellence in Education Award and will receive $1,500. She was one of three educators who received the award. Each was nominated by students and peers. The winners were honored last week at a Black History Month reception at the Governor’s mansion.
African American Heritage Trail Field Trip: PMAC/Social Studies Initiative
On May 20, 2016, a group of 30 Pinellas Park High School students from PMAC, 5000 Role Models and Girlfriends embarked on a historic journey to the African American Heritage Trail; the trail began at the Carter G. Woodson Museum at 2240 9th Ave. So, in Saint Petersburg. They walked in the footsteps of African American Civil Rights pioneers from Saint Petersburg. The walking tour was facilitated by Gwendolyn Reese, a native of St. Petersburg, Florida and President of the African American Heritage Association. This event is a direct result of an engaging and comprehensive Multicultural Awareness training workshop which she facilitated in the fall of 2015. According to Gwen, the African-American Heritage Trail is the best in the nation in terms of its content. It took place from 9:30 am and concluded at 12:15 pm.
Students were chaperoned by LaFrance Clarke Jr., PPHS English teacher/USF Tampa, Educational Leadership Ph.D student/ PMAC Sponsor, ,Eric Cooper, PPHS Social Studies teacher, Keith Fisher, PPHS math coach/teacher and Donna Blend, PPHS ESE staff member. Also, Linda Lerner, Pinellas County School Board member also accompanied us and stayed with us for the entire tour.
As a follow up to the above, a group of teachers from Pinellas County Schools will enroll in professional development this summer, which will include the tour of the African American Heritage Trail. The goal of this initiative is to include this tour as part of the Social Studies curriculum for Pinellas County. This tour will enhance the existing curriculum, illuminate historical landmarks and provide a tangible frame of reference for national Civil Rights events.

Leon County

Leon County School District AAH Month Display

Leon County School District – Lincoln HS Black on Black Rhyme
This great event was organized by the Tallahassee Area Coalition Center of Excellence and Leon County Schools thanks them for their continued commitment to the education and success of our students.
A special “Shout Out” to our district winners:

James S. Rickards High School (who will travel to Tampa to represent LCS at the state competition) and Swift Creek Middle School

Runner’s up were Lincoln High School and Deerlake Middle School

Additionally many of us at the event were able to view the Kinsey Collection and If you have not yet, it is a must see!

Schools in attendance:
Rickards, Lincoln, Leon, Godby, Cobb, Deerlake, Fairview, Griffin, Swift Creek

The Nims Book club students had a great time yesterday riding in limousines, viewing the movie “Race,” and eating lunch at Earley’s Kitchen. Thanks to everyone that helped make this a most memorable event. Thanks to Chancellor Lyons, Mayor Gillum, and Asst. Superintendent Henderson for greeting our students as they entered Earley’s Kitchen for lunch; thanks Charlotte and the United Way for making that happen. Thanks to Representative Alan Williams’ staff especially (Chicarla Williams-Pye) for connecting with Governor’s Square Theater, who accommodated us with a special 10:30 a.m. viewing of “Race”. Thank you to Strong & Jones, and Tillman’s funeral homes for the limousines, the students said that they felt like “Superstars”. Thanks to Mr. Cobb, and Mr. Williams (100 Black Men of Tallahassee mentors at Nims). Thanks to Ms. Rittman for chaperoning. Thanks to our students for staying dedicated. And a final thanks to my administrators AP’s Threadgill and McQuade, and especially Mr. Cole, for having the “visionary leadership” to allow me to start a Book Club at Nims. The way all of the community stake-holders came together (it takes a village) in support of our students truly shows that Tallahassee is indeed an “All American City” with an A+ school district. Below is a link in case you missed us on WCTV.

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Commissioner of Education’s African American History Task Force
501 Orr Drive
GEC-C 316
Tallahassee, FL 32307

Upcoming Events

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture will have its Dedication and Grand Opening on September 24, 2016 in Washington, DC