Follow Us On Facebook And Twitter Vol. 79, No. 44 Central Florida’s Oldest African American Weekly Newspaper www.floridasunreview.com November 11 -17, 2010 The Florida Sun Take one determined princi-pal, add a devoted staff and faculty, and divide them among 505 eager students and you have a formula for success. The A-rated Washington Shores Elementary School was just named a Florida Title I Distinguished School for the 2009-2010 school year by the state Department of Education. Only eight Title I schools out of 1,801 statewide earned this title. Washington Shores demon-strated great academic progress with all students. As a school, they saw a 14 percentage point increase in reading and math scores on the FCAT, from the 2008-2009 school year to 2009-2010. The Truth Shall Reign Supreme National Health Survey Underway In Orange County The National Health and Nutrition Examination Sur-vey (NHANES), the most comprehensive study of the health and nutritional status of the U.S. population started in Orange county on November Disease Control and Pre-vention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). “NHANES is very much like a ‘health exam center on wheels,’ that goes out into actual communities to get data on real Americans,” said NCHS Director Edward Sondik. “It truly is a unique resource for health information in this country, and without it we wouldn’t have data on a number of important health conditions. NHANES has been conducted by NCHS for nearly 50 years and provides annual estimates on a range of diseases such as the number of individuals who have heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, hypertension, respiratory disease, and other conditions. The information gathered in NHANES is used by public health officials, legislators, and physicians to develop sound health policies, direct and design health programs and services, and expand the health knowledge for the nation. In addition, NHANES Continued On Page 9 Washington Shores Elementary School Included In State Dept. of Education’s Elite Class of Eight 9, 2010. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Sur-vey is a unique program that monitors the health and nutritional status of the U.S. population. It is a valuable tool for developing effective health policies and programs. It is an opportunity to gain information about one’s health. The survey includes health interviews and health measurements. Each year, approximately 7,000 randomly-selected residents in fifteen counties across the nation have the opportunity to participate in the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted by the Centers for Kindergarten teacher Dei-dre Lyons teaching read-ing skills. In the all-important measure of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), Washington Shores scored 100 percent. Students in several key groups were recognized as learning at or above their level, by the U.S. Department of Education. Among them were students whose first language was not English and those who needed extra attention due to a disabi-lity. When a school proves all its groups of students move ahead academically, the school achieves a perfect AYP score. Principal Jeraldine Sims said, “My continuity of faculty and staff is a key reason why our students show proven success. I am fortunate to have teachers and staff members who want to make Washington Shores the best it can be. They are dedicated to our students and go above and beyond, daily, to make sure our children learn to the best of their ability.” The school has been rated ‘A’ for the past two years. The state calls Washington Shores an example of educational excellence in Florida. Inside This Issue Page 2 Prescription Drugs Can Be A Prescription For Trouble For Some Black Conservatives Unwilling To Give New Majority Unconditional Support Page 3 Virginia State University (pictured) will make their eighth appearance at the 2011 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase scheduled to take place on January 29th at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. They are one of the eight Historically Black College and University marching bands chosen to take part in the 2011 Invitational Showcase. The Honda Battle of the Bands is the only national scholarship program that highlights music education as an important facet of HBCU heritage and culture. See story, page 6. Racial Profiling And “The Presumption of Guilt” Page 4 Ship Named After Black Naval Officer Page 8 UCF Football Earns First Ever National Ranking Page 12 Go to: www.floridasunreview.com Click Florida Sun Online for a preview Subscribe To: Florida Sun Online Lt. Gov-Elect Jennifer Carroll, center, with the Principals of two of Jacksonville’s major and predominantly Black High Schools. Carroll attended the Raines-Rebault High School Mini Florida Classic High School Football showdown in Jacksonville attended by over 7,000 football fans. Carroll is no stranger to football since her son Nolan Carroll II plays for the Miami Dolphins. Photo by Samuel Newby.