Hello, Panther Community!
December is one of our favorite times of year at Eagle Creek! Our days are filled with so much learning and fun. This month, we have celebrated many things around our school, including the holidays and the immense learning taking place each day. Panthers embarked on field trips, performed in grade level and choral concerts, mastered iReady and AR goals, and so much more!
Our SGA students raised $200 to help our ECE Giving Tree during their morning sales as they continue their motto for this year of “Kindness Inspires Kindness.” We are so proud of the kindness our students are spreading and thankful to have the opportunity to help those in need.
ECE National Honor Society
This year, we established an Elementary National Honor Society here at Eagle Creek. Our induction ceremony will be forthcoming. We recently selected our officers:
President: Grace DeSario, Grade 5
Vice President: Manuela Rubio, Grade 4
Secretary: Victoria Barboza, Grade 5
Treasurer: Manuel Garcia Fajardo, Grade 5
Members of Parliament: Shaurya Tandon, Grade 5; Alana Rodante, Grade 5; Eaden Pullen, Grade 4; Natalja Rawls, Grade 4
Girls Who Code
By Illie Jove
Girls Who Code is a nationwide program designed for students with a wide range of computer science experience. We have activities for girls with zero computer science experience all the way up to activities that introduce college-level concepts. The broad set of soft and hard skills we teach are teamwork, confidence, time management, communication, functions, variables, conditionals, and loops. For more information about the Girls Who Code program, please visit: https://girlswhocode.com/.
Why Girls Who Code? The problem: Computing is where the jobs are – and where they will be in the future – but our girls are being left behind. Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology.
By Heather Dencker
SWAT stands for Students Working to Advance Technology, and our mission is to bring a variety of technology-related activities to second- through fifth-grade students at ECE. Over the course of this semester, students have been exposed to introductory coding, understanding binary code, building STEM projects, interactive PowerPoints, “unplugged” coding, and sharpening computer skills through Nearpod.
In the month of November, our team participated in the Bebras Computing Challenge. This online competition is hosted in more than 30 countries and is designed to get students excited about computing by answering questions that are focused on computational and logical thinking. A big congratulations goes out to Youssef Aly for earning the top score in our school.
In early December, we also participated in the Hour of Code, which is a worldwide initiative to get everyone to practice coding for at least one hour. SWAT students were on hand to help non-team members with activities on Code.org. We are looking forward to an equally fun and engaging second semester!
ECE Panther Chorus
By: Darlene Grande
The ECE Panther chorus, under the direction of Darlene Grande, performed at the WFTV Santa Saturday on Dec. 8. The chorus collaborated with Eagle Creek SGA and Eagle Creek PTA in order to collect more than 100 toys to donate to Toys for Tots. The chorus also performed at the “Santa Workshop” at Lake Nona High School to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald Charities of Central Florida.
Second Grade Holiday Show
On Wednesday, Dec. 12, our second graders performed their annual Holidays Around the World concert under the direction of music teacher, Darlene Grande.