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GEORGE MARKS ELEMENTARY
1000 North Garfield Ave
Deland, Florida 32724
(386) 822-6986
    Activities/Clubs

    Florida Future Educators of America (FFEA)

    FFEA or Florida Future Educators of America is an exciting and welcoming club for 4th and 5th grade students.  Club members receive information about careers in education and participate in experiences that develop the qualities and skills essential for successful teaching and leadership.  Some of these experiences include collecting food and supplies for a local pet rescue,  interviewing teachers, planting a  garden, participating in a community clean-up, and celebrating teachers during teacher appreciation week.  Members will prepare for our end-of-year conference by creating an FFEA display board, organizing a  spirit song and dance routine, composing an essay, and making a scrap book. 

    Leadership Club

    Leadership Club was developed at George Marks over 17 years ago by Mrs. Maddox in an effort to give more 5th graders an opportunity to demonstrate their leadership skills.  Unlike Student Council, where 2 students are selected by their classmates to represent their class for the  school year, Leadership Club changes each 9 week period and allows any interested 5th grader to apply.  Ten to twelve students are chosen based on grades, attendance, and behavior from the previous 9 weeks.  Grades of a C or better are required as are no more than 3 absences and tardies and no discipline or bus referrals.  If a student does not meet the requirements for a 9 week period, their application is held and reviewed at the end of each 9 weeks for possible inclusion in future club sessions.

    Activities of Leadership Club include: making posters, counting and delivering flyers to classrooms, choosing the theme for Red Ribbon Week, decorating the school for Red Ribbon Week, collecting food and toys during the holidays for families in need, acting as teacher assistants, media assistants, peer tutors,  and campus greeters and classroom assistants during Kindergarten orientation.

    Students should see Mrs. Maddox to get an application for Leadership Club.

    National Elementary Honor Society


    News Team

    Before school each day, the GME Media Center runs the morning News Show. Student duties include technology skills, such as working with an iMovie or running the news show, as well as responsibilities like reporting the announcements in a timely and accurate manner. Students on the news crew report live to the entire school at 7:55am daily. News crew members are elected by teacher recommendation and are primarily fifth grade students. Interested students should visit Mrs. Adkins, the News Team sponsor.

    ​Safety Patrols

    Safety Patrol students have the duty and responsibility of serving the school and its members.  They encourage students to observe safety rules at all times. The patrols are assigned a post in the morning and in the afternoon.  On post they must politely remind students of school safety expectations and help enforce all rules and regulations fairly.  To maintain their status as a Safety Patrol member they must maintain satisfactory grades in all classes and have no discipline issues.  They serve for the entire school year and each patrol is a student role model of appropriate and safe behavior.

    EarlyAct Club

    EarlyAct Club is a school service club for students in grades 3, 4 and 5, sponsored by the Deland Rotary. The mission of the club is to provide students the opportunity to increase awareness and knowledge of their community and their world. In the 2015-2016 school year, EarlyAct sold ​bracelets and decorated the school in colorful footprints to remind students and staff to think positive thoughts. Interested students should contact Mrs. Fogle or Mrs. Hall, the club sponsors.

    Bulldog Beats

    Bulldog Beats is an extra-curricular musical ensemble made up of 3th, 4th and 5th grade students.  The focus of this group is to showcase students singing, dancing and playing instruments.  Students can expect to play recorders, Orff instruments and a variety of percussion instruments.  The group presents a Winter Program every December.  Bulldog Beats meets during the Fall semester on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:00-3:00 in the Music room.

    ​Drama Club

    The GME Drama Club is open to any 3rd, 4th or 5th grade student that shows an interest in the dramatic arts.  Interested students must be willing to sing, dance and act on stage.  This group presents the annual Spring Musical in May.  Rehearsals are Mondays and Thursdays from 2:00-3:15 in the Music Room.

    ​Grade-Level Performances

    Each year, grades K-2 present special mini-performances. 
    Kindergarten:  Thanksgiving Program
    1st Grade:  Delightful Desserts for Marvelous Moms
    2nd Grade: TBA​

    ​American Girl Club

    ​American Girl Club is open to all third and fourth grade girls interested in taking part in a book club about the American Girl series. During the 2015-2016 school year, students will read Meet Samantha, An American Girl as well as Grace, Saige and Isabella. The club meets once a month on Wednesdays from 1:15 to 2:15, beginning October 14th. In order to participate, students must provide a copy of the book. Interested students should visit Mrs. Rosekelly, the American Girl Club sponsor.

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