Photo left to right: Executive Vice Chancellor of Education Mary Jane Tappen, WMS student participants, Chancellor Hershel Lyons, and WMS Principal Rick Myhre.
Wakulla Middle Hosts Chancellor of Education for Literacy Week
November 10, 2015
Wakulla Middle School was invited by the Florida Department of Education’s Just Read, Florida! Office to help promote this year’s Celebrate Literacy Week which will be January 25-29, 2016.
On November 2, the WMS Wildcats hosted Chancellor of Education Hershel Lyons and Executive Vice Chancellor Mary Jane Tappen as students participated in the “POP-UP Quiz Show” tour put on in partnership with FDOE and the Florida Lottery.
WMS was chosen to participate in this fun and motivational event where WMS student teams sparred with each other over the civics-based questions. The format was akin to the Brain Bowl competitions students are used to.
“WMS places a high value on teaching reading and encouraging students to read beyond what is required of them,” states WMS Principal Rick Myhre. “This was a great chance for our students to show what they have learned from the non-fiction reading they do in the required 7th grade Civics course.”
On the state Civics End of Course exam given last spring to all 7th graders, WMS scored above the state average.
Students enjoyed the program that was set up outdoors and drew in even those not participating on stage by engaging the audience in answering questions as well.
“We are always open to Department of Education personnel visiting our schools,” notes Superintendent Bobby Pearce. “They are definitely complimentary about our students and teachers. When they need to see positive education practices first-hand or want student and teacher input, FDOE knows they can call on Wakulla as an example of how public education can succeed.”