Gallon’s Good News

January 2020 Issue

I trust that your return from the Holiday Season and into 2020 brought an increased sense of hope, enthusiasm, and dedication toward achieving our collective mission as leaders, teachers, employees, parents, students, and stakeholders of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. I remain deeply humbled and honored to serve as your District 1 School Board Member. As we continue to move forward through the school year, I remain confident that we will continue to do so with an unbridled focus on the learning and achievement of our students, and ensuring the best working conditions for our employees.
As we continue our collective journey to improve the learning and lives of our students and uplift of our communities, let’s do so with the faith, determination, and work that have brought us thus far and can take us even further.
Thank you for being you and for all that you do for our schools, community, classrooms, and children.
Let’s go!
Steve Gallon III
School Board Vice Chair, District 1
January 15, 2020 Board Meeting
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At the School Board Meeting held on January 15, 2020, Dr. Gallon was humbled and honored to celebrate Dr. David Moore’s service to Miami-Dade County Public Schools and his recent appointment as Superintendent of Schools for Indian River County Public Schools.
To read more on this item, please click on the link below:
B-5: Request Approval Of Resolution No. 20-002 Of The School Board Of Miami-Dade County, Florida, Recognizing Dr. David Moore For His Leadership, Service, And Dedication To Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Excitement Radio Interview
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On January 5, 2020, Dr. Gallon had a great opportunity to discuss real and relevant issues in District 1 and Miami-Dade County Public Schools at the state and national levels while on the Excitement Radio station.
He gave thanks to Charito Henley for the professionally done interview.
Visit to Miami Carol City Senior
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On the morning of January 6, 2020, Dr. Gallon made a surprise visit to Miami Carol City Senior High School. This practice is similar to his days as a principal when he would visit at least 100 classrooms before lunch.
While there, he visited every classroom, witnessed students learning, technologies functioning, resources in place, a well-kept building, administrators visiting classes, data chats being implemented, the band planning their trip to Atlanta, and smiling students.
The only “noise” he heard were heels walking in the hallways, teachers teaching, and students engaging in the process–a sound that Dr. Gallon loves to hear.
He saluted the principal, administrators, teachers, staff, students, and stakeholders that helped improve the performance of the school for two straight years.
He also gave a big shout out to Mr. Beckford who inherited a marching band of less than 10 musicians two years ago, and now has a band of nearly 150.
Walk-Through of Miami Norland High School
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Dr. Gallon conducted a facility walk-through of Norland Senior High School and explored ways to improve the educational experience and learning environment of their students. He continues to salute the great leadership of Principal Redmond and the professional advocacy of stakeholders, Milton Parris Jr. and Francis Ragoo.
Dr. Gallon is always willing and committed to listening to and working with community stakeholders on the behalf of schools and students.
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
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It was a great morning of worship at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church where he was joined by Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. In addition to receiving a powerful word from Pastor Arthur Jackson III, both he and the Superintendent were able to share a few brief words on the progress and success of District 1 and M-DCPS.
Dr. Gallon is always humbled and honored to share the fruits of their service to the community, schools, and children.
To view the progress and work of District 1, please click on link below:
Miami-Dade County State of the County Address
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Dr. Gallon attended the Miami-Dade County State of the County Address to hear about the progress and future plans of the County from Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
Step Out of the Box Vision Summit
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On January 14, 2020, Dr. Gallon had a great afternoon speaking to young male students as a part of the Black Male Initiative of Miami-Dade Community College. It was an honor and privilege for him to speak with them about the value and importance of education and having a vision and plan for their learning and future lives.
District 1 Town Hall Meeting
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It is always a pleasure for Dr. Gallon to provide an open, public platform for parents and community members, as well as engage educators and school leaders in the progress and work of District 1.
The District 1 Town Hall Meeting once again was efficient and provided an opportunity to discuss and share policy updates and to receive feedback and questions from members of the District 1 community.
MLK Jr. Unity Luncheon
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Dr. Gallon was excited to deliver a message about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his views on education at North Dade Center of Modern Languages’ Annual MLK Jr. Unity Luncheon held on Friday, January 17, 2020.
Recognizing Imam Samra
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Dr. Gallon had a great opportunity to discuss education and express his support and gratitude to Imam Samra for his continued dedication and partnership with District 1 educational efforts and schools.
27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast
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On Monday morning, January 20, 2020, Dr. Gallon attended the 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast. He gave a huge congratulations to Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson for a great and worthy event.
He also saluted actor and activist Larenz Tate and the renowned Tom Joyner for their induction and support of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project.
43rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
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Dr. Gallon enjoyed the “Community Love” at the 43rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade.
“When you sow seeds of hope, education, inspiration, and love across generations and communities, thus you reap…
They never forget what you did, how much you cared, and what you meant in their lives,” said Dr. Gallon.
FSBA 33rd Annual Day in the Legislature & Board of Director’s Meeting
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Dr. Gallon visited Tallahassee, Florida for the Florida School Boards Association’s (FSBA) 33rd Annual Day in the Legislature and Board of Director’s Meeting. While there, he attended the Committee Meeting where Senator Oscar Braynon II and his colleagues discussed the Governor’s 2020 Budget Plan. He was also joined by School Board Member and friend, Dr. Martin Karp.
UTD Teacher Leader Program Discussion
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Dr. Gallon had a great afternoon speaking with the United Teachers of Dade (UTD) Teacher Leader Group. It was a great opportunity for him to discuss education and review past, present, and future policy positions and salient issues in education.
He gave a special thanks to UTD for the invitation to speak and share with committed professionals.
Real Men Read
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Dr. Gallon was excited to support and participate in the Real Men Read Initiative at Scott Lake Elementary School.
He saluted the male role models that took the time out of their busy schedules to support and invest in children.
Route to Super Bowl LIV Challenge
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It was great enthusiasm and pride among the students and staff at Robert Renick as they received a donation from the NFL and UNICEF for their students.
Dr. Gallon is always pleased to support and celebrate investments in the education of students.
Faith, Fitness, & Family Day at Parkview Elementary
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Dr. Gallon had a great start of the morning at Parkview Elementary School as students celebrated health, wellness and fitness as part of former NFL Player Troy Vincent Foundation’s Faith, Fitness, and Family Day.
This exciting activity was made possible through the support of CIGNA Health Care and the NFL.
Dr. Gallon gave a shout out to 103.5 The Beat for keeping the music pumping and students jumping.
He was also proud to see some of his former students, Sean Spence and Lavonte David, who he had from elementary through high school that have made it through college and the NFL with very successful careers and are giving back to their communities.
He congratulated Principal Crystal Spence and her team for this great event.
EWO Media Symposium
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Dr. Gallon was proud to partner and help provide extended learning opportunities and experiences for District 1 students from senior high schools Miami Carol City, North Miami, and Miami Norland.
This partnership with Stephen James of “Eyes Wide Open Foundation” provided a symposium for students interested in media and journalism and sports to hear from and interact with media personalities and professionals from radio and television.
The students truly benefited from this experience.
Visit to Parkway Success Center
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Dr. Gallon visited  Parkway Success Center to speak with the students.
A teacher at heart, he took advantage of the opportunity and the “teachable moment” to discuss education, goals, decision-making, and even financial planning and investments.
They were a great group of students who he shared that he wanted them to learn from what brought them there and to stay focused on their education and behavior.
District 1 Student of the Month Recognition Ceremony
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Dr. Gallon continues to celebrate the students and families in District 1 at the District 1 Student of the Month January 2020 Recognition Ceremony held at North Dade Middle School.
He gave a huge congratulations to all our honorees and encouraged them to keep up the great work.
Community Health & Wellness Meeting
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It was a great turnout at the Health and Wellness Community Meeting hosted in partnership with District 1 and County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan.
Attendees were able to receive invaluable information regarding insurance, health, dieting, and wellness. They were also treated to outstanding student performances from the students of Carol City Middle School.
High School Symposium Luncheon
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Dr. Gallon was proud to facilitate and support the participation of the student athletes from District 1 senior high schools—Miami Carol City, Miami Norland, and North Miami in a full day seminar focused on higher education, financial literacy, decision-making, and service.
He saluted the organizers of this event and the past and present NFL players that served as speakers at this event.
2021 Francisco R. Walker Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year & 2020 Rookie Teacher of the Year Recognition & Awards Dinner
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Dr. Gallon proudly attended the 2021 Francisco R. Walker Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year and 2020 Rookie Teacher of the Year Recognition and Awards Dinner where he celebrated and honored those on the front line of elevating and educating children and building and protecting their future.
He gave a special congratulations to Ms. Kalyn Lee of Miami Carol City Senior High School and District 1 for being named the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Rookie Teacher of the Year Award Winner.
He also gave a huge congratulations to all of the winners and finalists.
2020 NSBA Equity Symposium
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Dr. Gallon was glad to be joined by his colleague School Board Member Lubby Navarro at the NSBA 2020 Equity Symposium.
They are both passionately committed to issues of educational equity for all students.
Upcoming Events
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