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Below are programs and events created and inspired by MSC

2011

Leading the nation in helping schools develop people of good character for a just and compassionate society.MSC GAINS NATIONAL ATTENTION...HAT-TRICK!!!  Coach Harte has developed an Elementary School Character Education program that has now received 3 consecutive national awards.  Borrowing straight from the MSC curriculum, "The Clipboard and The List", "The Student-Led 10-Minute Talk", and "The Alliance" bear a striking resemblance to all things MSC.  These in-school processes have received national "Promising Practices Awards" from The Character Education Partnership.  Read more...

COACH HARTE GOES TO SAN FRANCISCO TO ADDRESS THE ELITES FROM THE WORLD OF EDUCATION (see page 6 of PDF) ...The session allows an international audience to get a peak into the MSC "Way of Thinking".  These practices are based on long-standing MSC principles and practices.  The links below provide more information on these three practices:

2011 - The Alliance

2010 - The Student-Led 10-Minute Talk

2009 - The Clipboard and The List

  These international awards are recognition of the MSC philosophy since each of the practices above is based on an element of MSC that has been modified for schools. 

2010

National Recognition Again for an MSC-inspired Character Initiative

The Character Education Partnership (CEP) in Washington, DC has awarded Coach Harte and the Cypress Woods Elementary School PE program three consecutive national "Promising Practices Awards".  Furthermore, CEP invited Coach Harte to speak at the 17th National Forum on Character Education, Service & Leadership: Profiles in Character, held in San Francisco, California, October 28–30, 2010.

About 200 schools receive this prestigious award annually.  All public or private schools world-wide - elementary, middle, and high schools as well as adult education centers - are eligible for this award.  All disciplines are eligible.  Cypress Woods is one of the very few PE programs to be so honored.

Above: A daily student-initiated tribute to the military at Cypress Woods - The Bag Line.  The straight bag line with an open space was inspired by a guest speaker - MSC staff member and Naval Academy leader Matt Thomas.  Matt taught the students about a daily tribute at King Hall - the Naval Academy Mess Hall (right) - in which a table remains set however no one uses it.  This is a reminder of those that would not be at that meal due to their current service or for having given their lives in service to the country. 

The Cypress Woods programs were developed by Coach Harte and are directly related to the 35-year Marauder Soccer Camp curriculum.

The first "Promising Practice Award" was in October, 2009 for the recess and PE Character program called "The Clipboard and The List".  

The second came in October, 2010 and is an extension of The Clipboard and The List.  It is called "The Student-Led 10-Minute Talk".  Anyone walking into Cypress Woods in the middle of one of these student-led activities would easily mistakenly believe they had arrived at Marauder Soccer Camp.

The third award came on June 3, 2011 for "The Alliance".  This innovative program utilizes guest speakers to teach nutrition, fitness, and character lessons to 4th graders during lunch in the cafeteria!  Unheard of - unless you've been to MSC and seen how we operate.

These practices have generated interest throughout Pinellas County as well as in 25 states, Canada, and Taiwan.

Coach Harte was invited by Pinellas County Schools to present this program to Pinellas County teachers at the 2009 "Summer Character Camp" for teachers.  Pinellas County Schools followed this by including Coach Harte as one of the trainers in the District Wide Training Day for all Pinellas PE Teachers in August 2010.

At Right: At The Hyatt Embarcadero Conference Center in downtown San Francisco, October, 2010.

MSC campers and staff members will recognize the striking similarities between "The Clipboard and The List" and the MSC program that has been 35 years in the making.

Coach Harte was named Cypress Woods 2009 Teacher of the Year.

The following press release from CEP in Washington, DC announces the 2010 Promising Practice Award for "The Student-Led 10-Minute Talk":

Leading the nation in helping schools develop people of good character for a just and compassionate society.

2010 Promising Practices Award Winners

Contact: Rebecca Sipos, rsipos@character.org (202) 296-7743

For Immediate Release

EDUCATORS RECOGNIZED FOR ‘PROMISING PRACTICES’ IN CHARACTER EDUCATION

Over 200 practices selected for unique and effective school improvement efforts

Cypress Woods Elementary School in Palm Harbor, FL is Recognized For Two Practices: “The Student-Led 10-Minute Talk” and “SEM”

Cypress Woods PE and Recess Character Program Honored For 2nd Straight Year

Washington, DC – The Character Education Partnership (CEP) has announced it will award 196 schools and districts from across the United States, as well as Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Singapore, 228 awards for “Promising Practices” in character education.

Winning practices include new and effective ways to help students solve conflicts, decrease bullying, and take action in their schools and communities as well as programs to increase parent and community involvement.

“These educators have found creative ways to improve school climate and, as a result, their students are learning more, doing the right thing, and giving back to others,” said Lara Maupin, associate director of National Schools of Character.

Cypress Woods Elementary School in Palm Harbor, FL is one of only 32 schools to receive two awards.

SEM (School-wide Enrichment Model) and The Student-Led 10-Minute Talk are the winning practices at Cypress Woods.  To read more about SEM please click here.  To read more about The Student-Led 10-Minute Talk please click here. 

SEM is a research-based model based on highly successful practices that originated in special programs for gifted students.  This approach allows Cypress Woods to develop a collaborative school culture to create meaningful, high-level and potentially creative opportunities for students to develop their talents. 

Through the SEM program educators at Cypress examine ways to make Cypress Woods a more inviting, friendly, and enjoyable place that encourages the full development of the learner, instead of seeing students only as a repository for information that will be assessed with the next round of standardized tests.

“Simply put, SEM is the future of education in the Knowledge Worker Age” said 2009-10 CWE Principal Randy Devries.  (Randy Devries is now Principal of Seminole Elementary School – a National School of Character.)  “Why should the ‘Gifted’ model be reserved for a few select students?  Aren’t all children ‘Gifted’ in some way?”

The Student-Led 10-Minute Talk is an off-shoot that has sprung up from the 2009 Promising Practice The Clipboard and The ListThe Clipboard and The List (click here to read more) began as a Character Program in Jim Harte’s Tornado/Marauder Soccer Camps 30 years ago.  Read more about Marauder Soccer Camp at www.MSCcamp.com.

Cypress Woods PE Specialist Jim Harte presented The Clipboard and The List as a break-out session at the 17th National Forum on Character Education, Service & Leadership: Profiles in Character, held in San Francisco, California, October 28–30, 2010.

“The CWE PE Team has done an incredible job of using the platforms of PE Class and Recess to fundamentally alter the tone and culture of the school,” said Devries.

“The PE Team has made Cypress Woods proud with two consecutive Promising Practice Awards” said Lisa Freeman, current Principal of Cypress Woods.  “Coach Harte is our innovator – when I hand him a seed I turn around and there is a forest!”  The Clipboard and The List and The Student-Led 10-Minute Talk have been Florida’s only PE-based Promising Practices over the past two years.

The Character Education Partnership (CEP) gives the annual awards for unique and specific exemplary practices that encourage the ethical, social, and academic growth of K–12 students through character education. By publicizing these awards, CEP hopes to recognize educators for their efforts and to encourage others to learn from and even replicate these successful initiatives.

CEP will present the awards at the National Forum in San Francisco in October. In addition, winning practices will be featured in CEP’s annual National Schools of Character publication and on the CEP website.

CEP received a record 474 applications from 320 public and private schools and districts. Schools in Missouri submitted the most applications and will receive the most awards, followed by New Jersey, Florida, and Michigan.

The Promising Practices awards program is administered by CEP as part of its National Schools of Character awards program. Based in Washington, D.C., CEP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to helping schools develop people of good character for a just and compassionate society. To learn more about CEP and its national awards programs, visit www.character.org.

2009

     The following press release from CEP announces "The Clipboard and The List" as a 2009 Promising Practices winner.

Leading the nation in helping schools develop people of good character for a just and compassionate society.    ----- For Immediate Release -----

CYPRESS WOODS PE GARNERS NATIONAL ATTENTION

SCHOOLS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA RECOGNIZED FOR ‘PROMISING PRACTICES’
IN CHARACTER EDUCATION

“THE CLIPBOARD AND THE LIST” is honored as one of the 'Top 200' practices selected for unique and effective school reform efforts 

September 15, 2009 . . . Washington, DC – Cypress Woods Elementary School in Palm Harbor has been recognized by The Character Education Partnership (CEP) for “Promising Practices” in character education.  The Cypress Woods Recess and PE Character program known as THE CLIPBOARD AND THE LIST has made Cypress Woods one of only 170 schools and districts from across the United States, as well as Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Brazil, to receive this prestigious honor.  A total of 200 practices were selected. 

Winning practices included creative ways to help students give back to their schools and communities, raise academic expectations and achievement, decrease bullying, increase tolerance, and solve conflicts peacefully.

“These educators have created low-cost, effective programs that help transform their school communities into places where students not only learn, but learn to do what’s right,” said Lara Maupin, associate director of CEP in Washington. “Kids are being inspired through these practices to use their talents to create a better world.”

THE CLIPBOARD AND THE LIST curbs misbehavior and bullying but also inspires students to go “above and beyond” in their commitment to each other, their school, and the world at large.  Conceived by Jim Harte and executed by the Cypress Woods PE Team, this program is the core piece of the daily PE and Recess program at Cypress Woods. 

THE CLIPBOARD AND THE LIST has been credited with making the Cypress PE and Recess program “one of the best I have seen in the country in terms of Character Development” according to Dr. Richard Benjamin, Senior CEP Consultant, after his site visit to Cypress Woods last April.  The program has been held up as a model for Pinellas County Schools that are considering implementing daily recess into their programs.

The Character Education Partnership (CEP) gives the annual awards for unique and specific exemplary practices that encourage the ethical, social, and academic growth of K–12 students through character education. By publicizing these awards, CEP hopes to recognize educators for their efforts and to encourage others to learn from and even replicate these successful initiatives.

CEP will give the awards at the 16th National Forum on Character Education, Citizens of Character – the Foundation of Democracy, to be held October 29–31, 2009, outside of Washington, DC. In addition, winning practices will be featured in CEP’s annual National Schools of Character publication and on the CEP Web site.

This year, CEP received a record 368 nominations from 274 public and private schools and districts. Schools in Missouri submitted the most applications and will receive the most awards, followed by New Jersey and Florida.

The Promising Practices awards program is administered by CEP and made possible by generous support from the John Templeton Foundation and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Based in Washington, D.C., CEP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to helping schools develop people of good character for a just and compassionate society. To learn more about CEP and its national awards programs, visit www.character.org.

2009

Coach Harte and University of Tampa Head Coach Adrian Bush lead

 HCU U9-U12 Boys on the "Field Trip" of a Lifetime

Many MSC Campers Participate

ADRIAN BUSH GIVES BOYS UNPRECEDENTED "BACKSTAGE" ACCESS TO NATIONAL #1 UT SPARTANS

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Above left: MSC Campers and HCU players Noah and Charlie take the field with #1 ranked UT Spartans during player intros. Above right: the young players take the college field for a game of Old School at half-time.  Below: UT players invite HCU boys to join them in celebration after dramatic OT 2-1 victory over Lynn 0n 10/3/09 to reclaim #1 National ranking.  Many MSC campers are in this picture.  Photo courtesy of Stageshot Photos.

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2009 - More Boot News

Kaley Blades - who worked Sessions 1, 2, and 4 in 2009 - is the first name on Boot II, and she did so in red!  This represents two firsts:  1) Kaley is the only name so far to appear on Boots I and II; and 2) Kaley is only the third two-time winner in Boot history (behind Matt Tobin and Jordan Carrenno) but the first to appear in both black and red.

The criteria for appearing on the Boot in Red are that one must have either been a camper or worked in the camp, gone on to represent their homeland in either National Team Duty or Military Service, and returned to the camp to share his/her experiences with the camp.  The criteria for appearing in black is that one must be a camper.

2008

Boot I is Retired - Sun Works Plastics Comes Through BIG for MSC

Brian Myregaard - President of Sun Works Plastics in Clearwater - has built and donated a wonderful custom-made plexi-glass case for the retired Boot I.  With the addition of the name of staffer-turned-camper Jake Crotts in 2008 Session 3, both sides of Boot I are now full with the names of winners dating back to 2001.

Right: Coach Harte with 2009 Boot Winner Noah Nixon

Rob Nugent has prepared and affixed Boot II to the base of the trophy and it is ready to carry on the best soccer camp tradition in the Tampa Bay Area - the Station 3 First-In, Last-Out Award.  Rob has already secured Boot III and is holding it in a secure location.  Current estimates have Boot III coming into play in about 2014.

2007

    

ABOVE: Navy Seabees deployed in Iraq open Care Packages - complete with home-made cards - sent to them by MSC campers.

2007

CCC Boy's Soccer Team Holds 3rd "Pay It Forward" Breakfast Fundraiser: This Time to Benefit the Navy Seabees

The CCC Boy's Soccer Team is at it again.  In conjunction with Monsignor Michael Devine and St. Brendan's church the team has held its third "Pay it Forward" breakfast fundraiser.  This time the purpose of the event was to pay shipping costs of care packages collected during the recently completed high school soccer season as well as during Marauder Soccer Camp.

CCC Boy's Soccer Team Holds "Pay It Forward" Breakfast Fundraisers

On Sunday April 1st, 2007, and again in October of 2007, Coach Harte's CCC's Boy's Soccer Team held "Pay it Forward" breakfast fundraisers at St. Brendan's Church in Clearwater.  Monsignor Michael Devine - pictured in the blue shirt at left - was the host.  The team served breakfast to the parishioners and raised money for two worthy causes: the Joseph Kolb Family and Medical Assistance Fund and for a first-grade girl from Clearwater stricken with cancer. 

Twenty-five players (almost all of them former Marauder Soccer Campers), four coaches (all MSC staff members), and several parents showed up to man the 7:30 am, 9:00 am, and 11:00 am masses.  Over $1000.00 was raised at each event to help offset medical costs of the families.  Pictured at right serving breakfast are Joe Wunderlich, MSC staffers Sean Flaherty and Roberto Andrade, and Chris Dris.

Above: Monsignor Michael Devine (blue shirt).  Right: from left - Joe Wunderlich, Sean Flaherty, Roberto Andrade, and Chris Dris serve breakfast.

There is long history between the Kolb's and Coach Harte.  The Kolb's have been long time Marauder Soccer Campers.  Adam and Tim Kolb played soccer against CCC for St. Pete Catholic - CCC's main rival.  At the request of the family, a letter of recommendation was written for Tim Kolb when it came to college soccer pursuits.

Two of the three Kolb boys were hit with devastating medical situations within the same calendar year. Adam was diagnosed with tumors on the brain stem which required two surgeries. Joe became accidentally paralyzed after a fall into shallow water.

Tim Kolb is a member of the 2010 MSC Staff and Assistant Coach for the 2011 State Finalist St Petersburg Catholic Girls Soccer Team.

CCC Principal Jim Deputy and Monsignor Devine first alerted the team to the situation with the first-grader.  The CCC Boys Soccer Team took their "Pay it Forward" theme and applied it in a real way to real life.  All rivalries were forgotten as the team came to the aid of a family in need.

 
 
 
 
 

 

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