Today the ELLA Academy awarded two amazing ELLA teachers with the “ELLA Kernel Recognition Award.” Tiffany Bailey for Quarter 3 and Jennifer Smith for Quarter 4. These two instructors have embraced the new Leadership curriculum and have effectively integrated the 7 leadership values into their core classrooms.
Criminal Justice and Fire Academies held their First Annual Kickball Tournament on Saturday, March 29th at East Lee County High School. Support for this event was attributed to the many athletes and teachers that competed for first place and bragging rights around the school. The teacher’s team headed by Amey Williams surprised students by holding out until the quarter finals and taking third place. In addition to kickball fans were treated to hamburgers, hot dogs, and other delectable delights as they watched their favorite teams compete. Fun was had by all and this wonderful event will surely become a tradition at East Lee. Congratulations to all the competitors for a job well done!
On Friday, April 4th from 6 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Fort Myers will have their monthly Art Walk. East Lee County students will be featured as part of their cultural theme this month. Art Walk is free and they are encouraging everyone to attend. Choirs, video artists, circus performers, digital artists, performance artists, actors, musicians and painters will be featured. Bring your families and friends and encourage and support our Jag Artists.
East Lee County High School Debate Club attended the Eva Schloss event sponsored by Chabad of Cape Coral at the Westin Resort on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Students Kyle Betty, Rachel Cardero, Estrella Camacho, Jaili Iparraguirre, Icis Shufford and their sponsor Milagros Sowers learned a great deal more about Anne Frank and her step-sister Eva Schloss. Mrs. Schloss survived her own ordeal at Auschwitz and told a harrowing tale of hiding, betrayal, and finally survival. Her mother’s marriage to Otto Frank after the war lasted 27 years and provided a unique family legacy. The students were also treated to an art exhibition by local artist Myra Roberts and a visit to a local art gallery.
It’s that time again. Time for beautiful dresses and dapper tuxes. Mrs. Johnson, one of the Junior Class Sponsors, let us know that “This year’s prom will be held on the Captain J.P. Cruise ship in downtown Fort Myers. The ship will be docked and ready at 7:30 p.m. and it will leave at 8:00 p.m. and be headed to the Okeechobee River returning by 11:00 p.m.”. It is the first time in school history that we have had a river cruise as a prom destination. Here are all the details about our upcoming “Jagtastic” prom:
When: Saturday, April 5th
Where : Downtown Ft. Myers- JP Cruises
Theme: Masquerade Ball
How Much: Currently it is $35 and will go up $10 a month until right before prom. Ticket prices go up after February 14th. Tickets max out at $60.00
Waivers: Are needed for anyone that does not attend ELCHS and/or are over 21 years old. They must have a Florida Driver’s License/ID.
Dress Code: District Mandated and Strictly Enforced. Formal attire is required.
Due to the venue tickets are limited to 400 so you must buy the ticket as soon as possible or you will not be able to attend. Masks will be sold at the school for $5 a piece and are encouraged to add to your magical evening. There will be two disc jockeys and 3 floors on the vessel. Make sure you don’t miss out on the hottest prom in town.
By Jonathan Colon Student – Editorial
What happened the other morning in the cafeteria at ELCHS was something remarkable! Before I delve further into the events that took place at that morning’s protest I would like to point out a few errors in my approach. East Lee County High School is very fortunate in that we have an extremely understanding, approachable, and fair principal. I regret not speaking to him before I wrote my first article and organized this morning’s protest. The senior section was filled completely; I was never more proud of my school. Although the turnout was remarkable and everything was going according to plan, I reflected on what was happening and realized that I gave him no time to react to what happened on Thursday; instead I hurled a peaceful demonstration at him the very next morning. In spite of my premature actions he remained extremely understanding and let us have our quiet demonstration, during which he explained to us how deeply moved he is that we all banded together for our fellow classmate and expressed our concern in a mature fashion. He asked that we please be fair to him and let him do his job.
Would you take a million dollars? Simple answer, right? However, what if there was one condition? The condition would be that someone, somewhere in the world would die the minute you accepted the money. Using this ethical scenario from the movie, The Box, the Jag Journalism class was able to get into the minds of students at East Lee County High School. After surveying the student body most of them said that they would not take the offer. Junior Yeilys Matos said “Money isn’t worth a person’s life.” Sophomore, Mianah Pabon said “That it is unfair”. She also mused “I would wonder if someone else took the offer would you die?” Other reactions centered around materialism. Junior Arnol Escobar stated that he was ” not a materialistic person.” While Freshman Samantha Jordan said she would “go for it.” The survey soundly proved that it really the situation was mitgated by many different circumstances and students overall were split on whether they would take the money or not. Many times we have been told that teenagers are heartless and only care for themselves. However, it seems that maybe teens today are more ethical than otherwise regarded.
Senior Sponsors Joanna Diamantino and Melissa LaForce announced the following timeline for the class of 2014.
|Senior Awards||Thursday, 5/1/14||ELCHS Auditorium||6:30pm|
|Senior Breakfast||Thursday, 5/15/14||Lee Civic Center||8:30 am – 10:00 am|
|Graduation Practice||Thursday, 5/15/14||Lee Civic Center||10:00am to noon|
LEHIGH ACRES, FL- East Lee County High School’s Criminal Justice Academy partnered with Lee County Sheriff, Corporal Melissa Smith and brought in crime writer and television star, Phil Chalmers along with his wife Wendi to talk to students about bullying and dangers for teens. Although Chalmers didn’t just talk about bullying he covered a variety of topics that were geared towards teen dangers. Some of the topics included rape, murder, drugs, celebrity perception and school shootings. This was not your typical presentation. Mr. Chalmers was very detailed and graphic. If you had a weak stomach this presentation was definitely not for you. Although graphic, the presentation allowed students to have a realistic perception of what is sometimes glorified by the media.
Every high school student should sit through this presentation because it can save their life. Chalmers gave a lot of useful tips and information in order to prevent many of the horrible acts that happen to teens. Not only did he speak in a way we could relate as students, he most importantly, kept it “real”. One presentation won’t put an end to bullying and violence, however it will definitely make teens think twice about the way they relate to one another. In addition, the presentation allowed students to recognize warning signs in all dangerous areas.