SGA Summer Scholars

Hello to all the Samuel Gaines Academy Summer Scholars. Students in grades kindergarten through 7th grade received a Summer Scholar Sac at the awards ceremony on June 1st.

Parents, please go over the program materials with your children. Students received a free book and a form to write a book review when they finish reading their book. Students who bring the book review back to school in August will be invited to an ice cream social where they will get to share their book review with other students while enjoying a sweet treat.

Also included in the materials are 100 Book Challenge Reading logs to be completed by the parents and student to document students’ reading minutes over the summer. We hope every student reads at least 30 minutes a day which will earn them 2 steps. The steps earned over the summer will be credited to your students’ reading record in August. Students can earn 148 steps if they read for 30 minutes each day of summer. Remember to visit one of the public library branches near you to check out books, DVDs or use their computers.

Students who will be in grades 1-5 should also practice their High- Frequency Words and complete a fun math activity each day. Parents should remember to initial each activity your child completes. Extra school supplies will be given to students who complete the activities and return the forms in August.

Lastly, try some of the fun educations APPS suggested on the Samuel Gaines Summer Scholars flyer.

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Gaines Academy Principal’s Challenge

When the 2014-2015 school year started Mrs. Wilke presented the students with a challenge. She challenged them to read 1,000,000 steps of reading practice for 100 Book Challenge. Mrs. Wilke told the students if they met the principal’s challenge she would do anything they wanted her to do. The students voted on several options such as sing karaoke, dress like a clown, and complete the Ice Bucket Challenge. In an almost unanimous decision, the students voted on the Ice Bucket Challenge to be their reward.

With the challenge accepted, and an exciting reward in place, the students got right to work. They read, and read, eventually earning 1,889, 715 steps collectively as a K-8 student body! Mrs. Wilke couldn’t have been prouder. She gladly accepted her fate to be soaked by ice and water in order to reward the students for their hard work and perseverance to not only meet their  reading goals, but to surpass them.

As she made her closing remarks at the end of the Ice bucket Challenge, Mrs. Wilke challenged the students to read 2,500,000 steps in the 2015-2016 school year. We can’t wait to see how she rewards the students for reaching (and surely surpassing) that reading goal!!

Gaines Academy FSA Testing Schedule for April 2015

April 13th
5th Gr, Science Session 1
April 13th
8th Gr. Science
Sessions 1 and 2
April 13th
6th Gr. ELA Session 1
April 14th
5th Gr. Science Session 2
April 14th
6th Gr. ELA Session 2
April 15th
6th Gr. Math Session 1
April 16th
6th Gr. Math Sessions 2 and 3
April 17th
7th Gr. ELA Session 1
April 20th
7th Gr. ELA Session 2
April 21st
8th Gr. ELA Session 1
April 22nd
8th Gr. ELA Session 2
April 23rd
5th Gr. Math Session 1
April 24th
5th Gr. Math Session 2
April 27th
5th Gr. ELA Session 1
April 28th
5th Gr. ELA Session 2
April 29th
7th Gr. Math Session 1
April 30th
7th Gr. Math Sessions 2 and 3
May 1st
8th Gr. Math Session 1
May 4th
8th Gr. Math Session 2 and 3

Gaines Academy participates in Music in Our Schools Month

March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®), the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. MIOSM began as a single statewide celebration in 1973, and has grown over the decades to encompass a day, then a week, and then in 1985 to become a month long celebration of school music. The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that schools is where all children should have access to music.  MIOSM is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community, and to display the benefits that school music brings to students of all ages.


Gaines Academy’s Rising Stars

​Saturday night’s annual Night of the Stars celebration was a memorable event for our nominated talents on staff.  We were represented by:

  •  Faith Colvin – Outstanding First Year Teacher
  •  Robert Plowden – Teacher of the Year
  •  Mariel Luna – School Related Employee of the Year
  •  Monique Reed – Distinguished Minority Educator

Survey for Parents who have an IEP

The Florida Department of Education is conducting a survey for parents of students who have an Individual Educational Plan (IEP), receive Exceptional Student Education (ESE) services and are currently attending a Florida Public School.  The survey is open now through May 31, 2015. Please complete the survey at:

Gaines Academy Awards Day

Come and join us as we celebrate your child’s academics!  Awards day will be held on Friday, February 6th.  Please follow the schedule below:

10:00 – 10:45                        Grades 2, 3 and 7

12:30 – 1:15                            VPK and 1st Grade

1:00 – 1:45                             4th Grade

1:30 – 2:15                             Kindergarten

2:00 – 2:45                           Grades 5 and 8

3:00 – 3:45                           6th Grade

We look forward to seeing you there.


Florida State Assessment

Come join us on Wednesday, January 28th in one of our Computer Labs for an informational session about what to expect when our children take the new Florida State Assessment.

Come to get questions answered about the FSA by district staff members, to see examples of the test and to learn about new computer based testing.

Limited seating is available so please RSVP your seat by January 27th.  Fliers are going home with students by tomorrow afternoon.  Please return the bottom portion of the form and select the session you will be attending.

Hope to see you there!

Congratulations to our Lady COLTS!

Our Lady Colts Volleyball Team 6th/7th Grade made history on Saturday, December 13th.  Samuel Gaines Academy won their first District Championship Game.  Not only are they talented but they all have great academic standing.  They were led to victory by their coaches Mr. Robert Plowden, Head Coach and Mrs. Donella Crenshaw, Assistant Coach.  Way to go COLTS!  We Believe in Gains at Gaines in all areas.