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DEBARY ELEMENTARY
88 W. Highbanks Rd.
DeBary, FL 32713
(386) 575-4230
(386) 968-0021 fax
    Activities/Clubs

    ​​​Book Club

    Sponsor:  Mrs. Kelli Donlevy, media specialist - kmdonlev@volusia.k12.fl.us

    Every Monday the Book Club will meet for an exciting new adventure into the world of reading!  Students will read a selected title together and research the ideas, places, issues, and characters found within the story. To join the book club, students must fill out an interest survey. The Club will be open for a maximum of twenty students from third, fourth, and fifth grades combined.

    Chess Club

    Sponsor:  Mr. Dale Ritter, second grade teacher - dritter@volusia.k12.fl.us

    Chess demands both inductive and deductive reasoning, but it also improves these areas:

    • It requires students to look at a problem, break it down, and then put the whole thing back together.

    • It involves recall, analysis, judgment, and abstract reasoning.

    • It improves decision-making skills and employs Meta cognition (being aware of one's own thought processes) and Meta-meta cognition, (gaining insight to other people's thought processes).

    • It increases players self-confidence and improves organizational habits.

    Chess Club will meet once a week from 2:10 until 2:45 p.m. and is open to 20 fourth and fifth graders.

    Chorus

    Sponsor:  Ms. Erin Coatney, music teacher - eccoatne@volusia.k12.fl.us

    The DeBary Elementary Chorus is a performing ensemble made up of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders that have an interest in singing and furthering their musical talents. The group will rehearse Mondays after school from 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm to learn a variety of choral repertoire. The ensemble will work together as a team to put on different concerts and events throughout the school year to showcase all they have learned for their families and the DeBary community.

    In order to be accepted into chorus, students must complete an audition that will take place during their regular music class. The DeBary Elementary Chorus will be a very disciplined and quality group. Those students that are accepted into the ensemble will be expected to attend every after school rehearsal, show great behavior and always try their best.

    Community Problem Solving (CmPS)

    Sponsor:  Mrs. Shari Hazelton, guidance counselor - shazelto@volusia.k12.fl.us

    CmPS identify a real problem around them and develop a program to address that problem.

    Founded by creativity pioneer, Dr. E. Paul Torrance, Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) stimulates critical and creative thinking skills, encourages students in creative proglem solving within the curriculum and provides competitive opportunities.  Future Problem Solving Program International involves thousands of students annually from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States.

    Creative Writing Workshop

    Sponsor:  Mrs. Brittany LaCorte, third grade teacher - belacort@volusia.k12.fl.us

    Students will use their imaginations and creative abilities to write stories and create masterpieces.  They will also infuse visual arts to accompany their stories.  Third, fourth and fifth grade students, who have a passion and love for writing, must complete a form to joinStudents will use their imaginations and creative abilities to write stories and create masterpieces.  They will also infuse visual arts to accompany their .  Ten to fifteen students will be chosen to participate.  They will meet once a week for six weeks.

    Drama Club

    Sponsor:  Ms. Pam Howard, fifth grade teacher - phoward@volusia.k12.fl.us

    Drama Club is an opportunity for students to learn acting skills such as voice, gestures, and dramatic reading.  Students must complete a form if interested in joining.  There will be five meetings during six weeks.  All students involved in Drama must participate in the school's main event usually scheduled during the third grading period.

    Future Problem Solvers (FPS)

    Sponsor:  Mrs. Shari Hazelton, guidance counselor - shazelto@volusia.k12.fl.us  

    FPS utilizes “what if” scenarios.

    Founded by creativity pioneer, Dr. E. Paul Torrance, Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) stimulates critical and creative thinking skills, encourages students to develop a vision for the future, and prepares students for leadership roles. FPSPI engages students in creative problem solving within the curriculum and provides competitive opportunities.  Future Problem Solving Program International involves thousands of students annually from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States.

    Girls on the Run (GOTR)

    Co-Sponsor:  Mrs. Nicole Strocchia, fourth grade teacher - nsstrocc@volusia.k12.fl.us

    Co-Sponsor:  Mrs. Jennifer Ray, third grade teacher - jlray@volusia.k12.fl.us

    Girls on the Run is a life-changing program for third to eighth grade girls.

    Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

    We use the power of running to procide girls with the tools to:

    • Celebrate their bodies
    • Honor their voices
    • Recognize their gifts, and
    • Activate their personal power

    Girls on the Run of Volusia County started in 2005 and is an affiliate council of Girls on the Run International.  Founded in 1996 by Molly Barker - a visionary, Ironman triathlete, Girls on the Run has about 208 locations across the U.S. & Canada, with new locations added each year.  Girls on the Run combines training for a 5k (3.1 miles) event with healthy living education.  We use exercise, positive reinforcement, and encouraging role models to help girls discover the confidence they need in the critical pre-teen years and beyond.

    Impressionists Club & Young Impressionists Club

    Sponsor:  Mrs. Nancy Hatch, art teacher - nmhatch@volusia.k12.fl.us

    The Impressionists Club (fourth and fifth graders) and the Young Impressionists Club (second and third graders)  advocates a love for literature, writing, and visual artistic expression in the quest to developing, promoting, and engaging students to appreciate and applying their reflected thoughts in the merging of verbal and visual literacy.

    Teachers of DeBary Elementary, Mrs. Pamela Howard of 5th grade & Mrs. Nancy Hatch of Art, are proposing a program titled, “The Impressionists” to Futures Foundation and businesses that will integrate Literacy and Visual Arts. The program will target and integrate the importance of writing, reading, and the visual arts for all students of the educational learning spectrum.

     It will provide students with the opportunity for personal growth in the areas of writing and reading by invigorating their creative spirit with the connection of visual art. Their aim is emphasizing the connection between visual, verbal literacy, and writing; The Impressionists program will teach strategies that will help students merge verbal literacy and reading with the arts in order to build the connections and making engaging correlations across these content areas. Through differentiated instruction, higher order thinking strategies, and guided practice, students will discover ways in which inquiry-based learning through visual arts can be used to promote, improve, and develop their skills in writing and

    The goal for every student is to have a substantial amount of time to read their story, discuss the story in small groups, write about an intriguing part of the story or a summation of the story, and expressing their thought of the story through the many genres of visual art.

    National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS)

    Sponsor:  Mrs. Nicole O'Quinn, academic coach & SAC chairman - anoquinn@volusia.k12.fl.us

    The DeBary Elementary Chapter of National Elementary Honor Society is a service club where 4th and 5th grade students are invited to join based on their scholarship, responsibility, service, and leadership. Students meet once a month to learn about and complete leadership activities, and plan/organize community service activities, which includes brainstorming ideas and voting on decisions. Students will be expected to attend monthly meetings, maintain high academic achievement, and participate in community service.

    Orff Ensemble

    Sponsor:  Ms. Erin Coatney, music teacher - eccoatne@volusia.k12.fl.us

    The DeBary Elementary Orff Ensemble is a performing ensemble made up of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders that have an interest in furthering their musical talents through singing, classroom instrument playing, recorder playing, and movement. The group will rehearse Thursdays after school from 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm to learn a variety of choral and instrumental repertoire. The ensemble will work together as a team to put on different concerts and events throughout the school year to showcase all they have learned for their families and the DeBary community.

    In order to be accepted into Orff ensemble, students must complete an audition that will take place during their regular music class. The DeBary Elementary Orff Ensemble will be a very disciplined and quality group. Those students that are accepted into the ensemble will be expected to attend every after school rehearsal, show great behavior and always try their best.

    Photography Club

    Sponsor:  Mrs. Nancy Hatch, art teacher - nmhatch@volusia.k12.fl.us

    DeBary Elementary Photography Club provides an informal, friendly, and supportive environment, for ten fifth grade students. Our photographers can come in at all levels of experience and with interests in all types of photographic imagery. The club fosters and encourages growth of artistic vision and technical knowledge, exploring the connection between the eye, the camera, and the spirit. Students will also explore the possible opportunities for photography projects in collaboration with yearbook photos, organize peer to peer portfolio reviews, and explore the possibilities of exhibitions on campus and throughout the community.

    Pilates

    Sponsor:  Ms. Erin Coatney, music teacher - eccoatne@volusia.k12.fl.us

    The Pilates Club at DeBary Elementary will participate in a 30 minute, mat-based Pilates class every Friday afternoon. Pilates is a low-impact, core-based workout that helps to improve flexibility and support mental well-being. Pilates Club is open to a select group of students in grades 2-5.

    Run Club

    Co-Sponsor:  Coach LaPlante, P.E. teacher - rmlaplan@volusia.k12.fl.us

    Co-Sponsor:  Coach Maenza, P.E. teacher - nbmaenza@volusia.k12.fl.us

    The Run Club is for boys and girls from grades 2 through 5 who are interested in running and jogging for fun and fitness.  Parents and staff members are also welcome.  The Run Club meets once a week after school for about 30 minutes.

    Participants can run, walk or jog.  Normally the course will be around the playfield in back of the school.  At times the runners will run on the sidewalk of the new road west of playfield.  (The sidewalk is very wide, and there will be extra adult volunteers watching the runners on these days.)  Information will be provided on opportunities to participate in other running events, such as the Smile Mile which is held in Orlando.

    Program goals are to have fun and increase physical fitness.  We will need adult volunteers (must have a cleared volunteer form on file) as course monitors, check-in/check-out, and to help sell frozen juices with proceeds to pay for awards.

    The following are rules and procedures of the DeBary Flying Eagles Running Club:

    Proper behavior is expected.  A student will be removed from the program for inappropriate behavior, including discipline referrals in school.  Only those students receiving satisfactory marks in personal development (conduct) in Physical Education are eligible for participation.

    Pick-up will be no later than 2:35 p.m.  The designated pick-up area is the Parent Pick-Up loop.  If the student leaves the pick-up area, it is assumed they are walking or riding their bicycle home.  Students are not permitted to simply "hang around" the school grounds and should NOT go to the front office.

    Safety Patrols

    Sponsor:  Mrs. Jennifer Ray, third grade teacher -  jlray@volusia.k12.fl.us

    It is an honor and privilege to be on the Safety Patrol Team.  Only fifth grade students who are responsible and dedicated are selected to be members of the team.  Each year the upcoming fifth grade students must write a paragraph on why they would want to be a patroller, receive a recommendation from a teacher, and ask for their parents consent to join the team.  Once this process is completed a team will be selected.

    Safety Patrol is taken seriously throughout the school year.  The team members maintain safety at the school and are good role models for younger students.

    Student Council

    Sponsor:  Mrs. Shari Hazelton, Guidance Counselor - shazelto@volusia.k12.fl.us
       

    Members consists of elected representatives from all 4th and 5th grades.

    Student Council meets monthly.  The group meets a minimum of one time per month.  They collect for Toys for Tots and engage in other service projects that benefit our school and community.

    Technology Club

    Sponsor:  Mrs. Leah Miller, fifth grade teacher - lnmiller@volusia.k12.fl.us

    Technology club is a great opportunity for students in fourth and fifth grade to explore Office 365 programs.  They will use these programs to create projects, some of which will be shared with the school. Fourth and fifth graders will then have the opportunity to mentor a third grade and possibly a second grade student and teach them the basics of Office 365. 

    Ukulele Ensemble

    Sponsor:  Ms. Erin Coatney, music teacher - eccoatne@volusia.k12.fl.us

    The DeBary Elementary Ukulele Ensemble is a performing ensemble made up of 3rd, 4th & 5th graders that have an interest in learning the ukulele. The group will rehearse Tuesdays after school from 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm to learn a variety of repertoire based around the ukulele. The ensemble will work together as a team to put on different concerts and events throughout the school year to showcase all they have learned for their families and the DeBary community.

    In order to be accepted into the ukulele ensemble, students must complete an audition that will take place during their regular music class. The DeBary Elementary Ukulele Ensemble will be a very disciplined and quality group. Those students that are accepted into the ensemble will be expected to attend every after school rehearsal, show great behavior and always try their best.

    Volleyball Club

    Sponsor:  Coach Redmond, P.E. teacher, pbredmon@volusia.k12.fl.us

    Volleyball is an excellent sport that allows for physical activity as well as a way to build teamwork.  Volleyball Club was opened to students at DeBary Elementary who are in grades 4-5.  The players will be set up into four teams.  They will work on agility skills to help with movement and endurance within the court during game time. The players will learn serving, setting, hitting, spiking, and bumping skills, as well as learning how to keep “volleyball score” and rules of the game.  They will also spend time on how to work as a team to get the ball over the net with 3 “hits.”  Teams will play games against each other to practice and show the skills they have learned. 

    WDES News

    Sponsor:  Mrs. Kelli Donlevy, media specialist - kmdonlev@volusia.k12.fl.us

    The WDES news show is broadcast live daily by DeBary fifth graders. Students share school information like the lunch menu, upcoming events, due dates, fundraisers, the pledge, dress code, bully tips and more!   Auditions (with applications) are held twice a year with both Mrs. Donlevy and Mrs. Hazelton. Positions include anchors, pledge, dress code, guidance, camera, tech, and manager.