Guiding Great Sharks

Cindy David, Guidance Counselor at Kelley Smith Elementary School, has been busy teaching student Sharks that having CHARACTER matters! 

Mrs. David helped the school Safety Patrol students host a Cookies for Courage reception on First Responder Appreciation Day.  This is a National Day of recognition and appreciation for first responders in fire, police, and medical professions. During this reception First Responders enjoyed cookies and sweets while also taking the time to talk to the Safety Patrol students about the jobs they perform daily.  The Safety Patrol students were excited to show their gratitude to the First Responders who keep their town and families safe every day.

 Cookies for Courage  

In February, Mrs. David invited performers from the Kindness Adventure Program to come visit Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders.  The Kindness Adventure assembly focused on themes such as including others, caring is cool, each person matters, and being different can be good.  Through the use of storytelling, music, interactive videos, magical illusions, and voluntary participation students at Kelley Smith traveled to Bidi Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya to learn that kindness matters and that they can make friends anywhere. 


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          Students at Kelley Smith Elementary School who read three or more Sunshine State (3-5) or Junior Sunshine State (K-2) Young Reader books recently got to vote for their favorite one. 

 Mrs. Suzanne Buckles, Media Specialist, at KSES was excited to have 102 Kindergarten – Fifth grade students participate in the voting! Mr. Overturf and Ms. Adkisson from the Putnam County Elections office brought in voting machines for them to use. After the voting was done students were given patriotic pencils, rulers, rings, stickers, and candy to enjoy.  Students in grades 3-5 were allowed to pick a book purchased from a First Book grant.

The Sunshine State and Junior Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program is a statewide reading program for students in kindergarten through fifth grades. The goal of the SSYR Program is to encourage students to read independently for pleasure. There are a total of 15 books for each grade level.

Students in grades 3-5 chose Absolutely Almost as their favorite book.  Kindergarten – 2nd grade had a tie between The Princess and the Pony andTales of the Bunjitsu Bunny.  These results were sent to Tallahassee to get tallied with all the other participating Florida schools to see which book will be the overall winner.  Results will be announced in April.

Shark Bites

Mrs. Hudson’s class enjoyed an authentic literacy lesson in compare and contrast using Flat Stanley.
Meet the New Student
Mrs. Hudson’s class enjoyed an authentic literacy lesson in compare and contrast using Flat Stanley.
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Oh My Stars
Students in Pat Hudson’s first grade class have been busy learning about stars.
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Drug Free and Proud
KSES Sharks are Drug Free and Proud
Students at Kelley Smith Elementary celebrated Red Ribbon week and Character Counts week with lots of wonderfully planned activities
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2017-2018 Sunshine State Young Readers...

The Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) Program is a statewide reading motivational program for students in grades K through 8, sponsored by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) and Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). The purpose of the SSYRA Program is to encourage students to read independently for pleasure and to read books that are on, above, and below their reading level in order to improve their reading fluency. 

*Click below to view the K-2 Junior Sunshine State Readers Trailer*

*Click below to view the 3-5 Sunshine State Readers Trailer*