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School News 21 FEBRUARY 2017 COLLEGEPARKPAPER.COM ORLANDO JUNIOR ACADEMY Fifth-grade ‘Grand Rounds’ Code Blue Human Body Simulation was back in action inside Mrs. Farfan’s fifth-grade classroom. This dynamic, integrated and interactive unit of study covers six major body systems and important public health issues. Each student is assigned to a “medical clinic” and a specialty. Guests speakers who enhanced the learning experience included Dr. Dale Maynard, PhD and Professor of Psychology at Valencia (Neurology); Dr. Christopher Campbell, Professor of Health Sciences at Adventist University (Epidemiology); and Cindy Jones, RN, from Florida Hospital (Cardiology). The student’s culminating “Grand Rounds” were held at OJA December 14. Students presented patients to an audience of parents and community members. In addition, students worked as a team within their medical clinic, explained symptoms, shared diagnoses and created plans for patients’ improved health. The students planned a field trip to Adventist University and Florida Hospital in January. What happens when students at Morning Star Catholic School, a school dedicated to educating children with special needs, finish their primary education? These young adults now have a place to learn and practice everyday living skills in a real-life setting. Sisters’ House, a former convent on the Morning Star campus, has been converted into a residential learning lab to teach students how to live more independent, productive lives. “The Sisters’ House is very significant in the life of the Morning Star Catholic educational process,” said Henry Fortier, secretary for education/superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Orlando. “Familiarity and repetition for these students is critical as they develop in the skills necessary, whether they be work training skills or everyday living skills, to live more freely and independently. This place will help them develop such skills.” According to Fortier, the most important thing the home stands for is the dignity of the person. “It really speaks volumes for people that many times society devalues, or throws asides or even mocks. It really speaks about the fact that regardless how God cre- ated each individual, regardless of what skills or talents God gave each induvial, each one is precious and of equal value in God’s eyes.” The house will serve as the permanent home to the school’s Transition Program, which was started last year and is taught by certified teachers. The house features a large kitchen, two bathrooms and five community areas, where students 22 years and older will have the opportunity to practice life skills such as personal hygiene, wellness and nutrition, basic housekeeping skills, and time and money management. Participants in the program also gain real-world experience by working at local businesses in Orlando and College Park, including The Tap Room at Dubsdread, Publix, Walgreens, Risse Brothers School Uniforms and Bishop Moore Catholic High School. Job coaches from the school work with residents on how to behave in a work setting and how to complete tasks. This program focuses on helping students to lead productive lives. New head football coach hopes to restore EHS team’s pride Edgewater has a new head football coach, and he couldn’t have come at a better time. The Eagles have endured the instability of having had five coaches in the past six seasons, the most recent, Chris Leak, leaving midseason. With 13 years of coaching under his belt, Cameron Duke comes to Edgewater from Lake Highland Prep where he was head coach for the past two years. Prior to Duke coming on board, Lake Highland was on a losing streak. Under his leader- ship, the team was 6-4 the first year and 7-3 the second. A self-proclaimed “public school guy,” Duke is looking forward to making a dif- ference at Edgewater and feels blessed and fortunate that things lined up like they did, enabling him to make the move. “Edgewater has such a rich history, this is such a great community,” Duke said. “We are going to develop great relationships and develop great young men through the game of football, and not just on the field.” Duke and his team of coaches, some who have come over from Lake Highland, are committed to being there for the players. “ The players will know we care ...we will coach hard, but they will know we love them. You’ve got to coach ’em as hard as you love ’em,” Duke said. When asked what is something he will bring to the program that is lacking, he said, “stability and consistency — a quality program on and off the field.” Duke is also anxious to become a part of College Park and welcomes the oppor- tunity to meet with community leaders. “I’m looking for a house here, or close by in Lake Eola heights, as we speak, because I want to live close to the school.” Coach Duke has also established a team motto for 2017. “Our new team motto is Restore the Pride, and not just on the field,” he said. By Debbie Goetz MORNING STAR CATHOLIC SCHOOL Morning Star opens transition house By Debbie Goetz Courtesy Photo Bishop John Noonan blessed and dedicated the transition house during a special ceremony in December. Courtesy Photo Students learn valuable life skills through Morning Star’s affiliation with local businesses. Debbie Goetz Cameron Duke is enthusiastic and ready to give the community a reason to start com- ing to games again.