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Students bring international holiday cheer to retirement home

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington Panama City Renaissance School students kicked off the holiday season with a visit to the Sea Breeze Health Care retirement home on November 23. They sang holiday songs in English, Spanish and Chinese; presented handmade cards and handed out cookies. The children spent about an hour talking with the residents who came to the common room, visiting residents in their rooms and greeting people in the...

CDM engineer teaches second graders about leverage and simple machines

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington On Monday, November 19, David Kozan, Senior Project Engineer with CDM, spent his lunch hour at the St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club. But instead of hopping on a sailboat for a spin around the bay, he reinforced the science and engineering principles of levers and pulleys for Ms. Wu’s second grade class at the Panama City Renaissance School. Mr. Kozan designed a number of hands-on experiments and demonstrations to reinforce the concepts the children learned in the classroom . The demonstrations and experiments included lifting a heavy bucket by hand and with a pulley, by hand and in a wheelbarrow, and by hand and with 4×4 fence post that was used as a lever. The children learned first hand how leverage makes it possible to lift heavier items more easily and also observed how a set-up of pulleys could make it relatively easy to move a heavy load. Hands-on activities like the ones Mr. Kozan designed help PCRS children learn about “real world” applications for science and technology and make learning about how the world works...

Engineer Teaches Science

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington In second grade, the children learn about water and wastewater. In addition to in-class details of how water gets to and from our houses, the kids had a hands on demonstration of the water purification process by David Kozan, Sr. Project Engineer with CDM.”...

FAMU Panama City Research Center welcomes PCRS students

Outside the Box – Juliann Talkington On Friday November 9, children from Ms. Song’s pre-K4 and first grade classes at the Panama City Renaissance School visited the FAMU Public Health Entomology Research and Education Center in Panama City, FL. Dr. Peterson and Dr. Zhong talked with the students about ongoing research in the laboratory including mosquito surveillance, equipment calibration, and arthropod identification. The children were able to observe fish that eat mosquito larvae and hold large cockroaches. In addition, the children were also able to experiment with microscopes and look at other aspects of the laboratory. All the kids had fun talking with Dr. Zhong in Mandarin Chinese. And most importantly the children had another fun experience with...

“The Panama City Renaissance School is a community of highly skilled teachers”

The Panama City Renaissance School is not just a school for my 4-year old son Gabriel. It is a community of highly skilled teachers, who have themselves achieved a high level of self development and academic knowledge. These are indeed the 2 most important qualities I am looking for in a teacher. My son is gifted like many other children are, but he tends to fall into disruptive behavior when his curiosity and intelligence are not challenged. Learning Chinese and Spanish from native teachers and being in a multi-cultural environment 5 days a week at the Renaissance School certainly has met his needs for a constant challenge and our needs as parents for a learning place where discipline is not an issue because enough brain food is offered to satisfy the ever growing needs of his little brain especially when this nourishment is also served with love and compassion. Denis...
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