Chamber, schools launch new partnership

A new program for middle and high school students in Volusia County Schools will help students uncover their skills and identify a potential career.

The Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce and Volusia County Schools, with support from CareerSource Flagler Volusia, are providing YouScience, an aptitude assessment program, for all students in grades six through 12 beginning with the 2021-22 academic year.

Teachers and guidance counselors can use the program to assess a wide range of career opportunities.

Through internships, apprenticeships and job shadowing, students will be able to see the day-to-day experience prior to making a long-term commitment to classes supporting that career goal.

Robot Brawl winners

VolusiaManufacturers Association announced the winners of the Robot Brawl 2021 at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

First place winner was awarded $1,000; second place, $500 and third place, $250.

The robot names and schools were:

•One pound bot, Burns Science & Technology Charter School, first place with Hyperkill; second place with Rhino Flipper; and third place with Super Nova.

•Three pound bot, DeLand High School, first place with Neptune, and second place with Please Work, and Deltona Middle School, third place with Strobe Light.

•15 pound bot, New Smyrna Beach High School, first place with Edger; Pine Ridge High School, second place with No Good; and DeLand High School, third place with Hit & Run.

Other schools participating were Spruce Creek and Taylor High Schools.

Hospitality students host Pineapple Anchor Ball

Bethune-Cookman University’s Bob Billingslea School of Hospitality Management will host its second annual, student-managed Pineapple Anchor Ball at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 at The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, 100 N. Atlantic Ave.

U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-FL, will be the keynote speaker.

For tickets, visit https://app.mobilecause.com/form/tfSH9w?vid=m1bsp/.

Review instructional materials

Volusia County Schools has initiated the process for adopting new instructional materials and is seeking public review and input.

This school year, Florida’s materials adoption focuses on mathematics for kindergarten through 12th grade.

The public can access the potential instructional materials online or see them at public meeting scheduled for Oct. 28. The deadline to provide comment is Nov. 5. The selected final choice will be available for the public to view Nov. 17.

The public meetings will be:

•5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, Mainland High School Auditorium, 1255 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach

•5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, Campbell Middle School F.A.C.T. Fair in Gym, 625 S. Keech St., Daytona Beach

The potential materials will be online at vcsedu.org/imlms/instructional-materials.

For more information, email Kris Smith, Instructional Materials Specialist, at ktsmith@volusia.k12.fl.us.

Stetson gets grants for counseling education

The Counselor Education Department will be providing students at Stetson University and other universities with specialized mental-health counseling training with two research grants totaling $2,764,570.

The John Templeton Foundation awarded Stetson $1,724,985 for the “Research in Religious and Spiritual Competencies in Clinical Training” project.

The Hatters Behavioral Health Coalition Program will get a $1,039,585 grant from the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration for a four-year program to provide counselor-education graduate students an opportunity to counsel underserved populations.

Drive through trick or treat

Orange City Elementary School will host a trick-or-treat drive-through at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at 555 E. University Ave.

A prize will be given for best costume and best overall.

For more information, email orangeciitypta@gmail.com.

Student named among tops by Arts4All Florida

Arts4All Florida has named 13-year-old Isaac Vazquez Cruz as one of the September 2021 Students of the Month, the first of the new school year.

Isaac was nominated by Jillian Larriviere, the Visual Art Teacher at Taylor Middle-High School.

Ms. Larriviere wrote, “I have seen Isaac's creativity shine through; he lights up when he creates his creatures, and he really enjoys talking about them and giving the facts about them. You can see his love of drawing when he is working and it is a joy to see!”

The Arts4All Florida Student of the Month Program is designed to increase public awareness and recognize the impact arts make on students with disabilities statewide.

For more information, visit arts4allflorida.org.

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