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Florida Educators!

Postby hdsander on Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:14 am

Calling all Florida educators...

FCAT week is underway and obviously, so is Iditarod. What better way to celebrate the down time after testing then by sharing Iditarod with your students. Tons of lessons, stories, and more await.

Our students are rootin' for Newton and all the mushers. Each teacher in the school is assigned a musher to track. You think it is competitive on the trail? You should see the teachers! Even though each class has a class musher, all want to know, where's Newton?

Why? We have over 300 students from the Caribbean and nine teachers, too!

So wutchudoin wit chu class, mon?

Linda
Pompano Beach, FL
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Re: Florida Educators!

Postby hdsander on Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:16 am

Footnote to the original post:

Each year a musher is assigned to a teacher, secretary, custodian, and administrator. Although we understand that there is a huge financial commitment on the musher's part to compete in the Iditarod, the decision to scratch is never easy. The safety of the dogs and the mushers is always paramount. However, in an effort to keep up morale for a staff member whose musher is faced with such a difficult decision, we have come up with a special award. It is called the Sour Grapes Award. It is given each year to the participant who is following the first musher to scratch.

This year, the first musher to scratch was Karin Hendrickson. The person following her on the trail, was none other than the principal of the school. Teachers were treated to a variety of green, red, and black grapes with a tasty Dubliner cheese on the side. The grapes were enjoyed by many and needless to say, not too sour.
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Re: Florida Educators!

Postby Iditabug on Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:18 pm

You sound like a GREAT faculty and school! I frequently visit Pompano Beach area (an aunt at John Knox Village) and never would have thought that there was such an active mushing-community ! I LOVE the Sour Grapes award - thanks for a great idea! Much more fun (for me) than a Superbowl pool!
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Re: Florida Educators!

Postby owensd1 on Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:05 am

:D GOOD NEWS! This years FCAT is in April! We have the whole month of March to plan lessons for the Iditarod. We can easily put FCAT strategies to Iditarod concepts and have a fun way to prepare for the FCAT! Let's find a way to "MUSH" through the FCAT!!! :D Dawn Owens
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