Chelsea Sugaski
English Teacher


April 30, 2020
Recently, the Freshman English class has been reading the Greek epic The Odyssey, a story which follows the adventures of Odysseus as he travels home from the Trojan War.

Upon finally returning home, he is reunited with his family: "Now from his breast into his eyes the ache of longing mounted, and he wept at last, his dear wife, clear and faithful, in his arms, longed for as the sunwarmed earth is longed for by a swimmer spent in rough water where his ship went down under Poseidon's blows, gale winds and tons of sea" (23.81-86)

They've been working on a timeline of events and discussing how flashback affects audience and our perception of the story. For extra credit, they were given a chance to illustrate some of the events in the story? Can you identify these scenes?

  1. Cyclops eating Odysseus's men
  2. Odysseus hearing the song of the sirens
  3. Circe turning Odysseus's men into pigs
  4. Cyclops cursing Odysseus for blinding him
  5. Odysseus sailing between the monsters Charybdis and Scylla

Robert Henley
Innovation Coordinator / Robotics Instructor


April 22, 2020
The Florida Conference Innovation Lab at FLA joins the effort to flatten the COVID19 Curve. Innovation at Forest Lake Academy Innovation Lab works to produce needed products during COVID-19.

In an effort to help flatten the COVID19 curve and to provide protection for medical personal that are putting their lives at risk to combat the corona disease, the Florida Conference Innovation Lab at Forest Lake Academy has joined forces with the Mass General Brigham Center for COVID Innovation to 3D print N95 Masks and Face Shields.

The Florida Conference Innovation lab has six 3D printers that will be used to print the face shields and N95 masks. While the lab has on hand enough filament to produce a large number of face shields and masks, its biggest challenge will be the availability of additional materials to produce and assemble additional shields and masks.

We have designed an original mask and have worked with a local medical clinic, Optum, that does COVID-19 testing to test the mask. The mask has past the N95 Qualitative Fit Test for Particulate Filter Respirators. The Fit Test is a standard test that is used by the medical industry to qualify N95 masks for use. We plan to deploy the masks next week.

In addition to working on the standard N95 masks, I have challenged my students to innovate on the current N95 mask design that is in use today by designing a system that integrates molecular biosensors in the mask.

To support the lab's effort contact Robert Henley, at

COVID-19 N95 Bio-sensing Mask
COVID-19 is a virus that is easily transmitted. In an effort to detect future threats, you are to design a solution that is able to detect air borne biomolecules that can harm people. Your solution must be able to use a sensor that can detect the biomolecules and send an alert to an App. It can be a mask or stationary system that can be deployed in a building such as a hospital, school, etc.

We are basing our research on an article that has been published in the Biosensors Journal: An Alternative Medical Diagnosis Method: Biosensors for Virus Detection Yeşeren Saylan, Özgecan Erdem, Serhat Ünal, Adil DenizliBiosensors (Basel) 2019 Jun; 9(2): 65. Published online 2019 May 21. doi: 10.3390/bios9020065 PMCID: PMC6627152

Testing the printed N95 Mask

Printed N95 Mask

Mock up of N95 Mask

UPDATE: 4/23/2020

FLA Innovators meeting at AdventHealth Daytona

FLA Innovators testing their N95 mask

FLA Innovators testing their N95 mask

Updates and Fixes

Taking customer suggestions and feedback

FLA students working with AdventHealth Daytona

Today at AdventHealth Daytona. Our masks passed their N95 Fit test. David Weis, COO of the Daytona facility, stated that it performed better than the mask they were looking to go with. We talked about some modifications. Off to the next step.

Cultivating innovators!

Daniel Howell
Ar Director / Teacher


April 14, 2020
Adapting, creating, pulling within. Art students finding their canvas in non-traditional forms. I find this national crisis and subsequent shift in our schools' teaching methods to be a wonderful opportunity for the students. What better way to test our grit and catapult us into becoming independent and self-directed learners.

In my opinion, creativity thrives in this type of chaos for those who do not shrink back from the challenge but press onward and upward.

The societal limitations of our day provide students with an opportunity to create new forms of art. My hope is that my adjusted lessons reflect this and provide each student with the freedom to explore their own creativity. For our most recent project in Sculpting and Painting, students used whatever items they could find in their homes. I added one more handicap in painting that prohibited the use of conventional art supplies like paint brushes, paper, or canvas.

Among the found objects to paint were a paneled door, a metal watering can, a table top, shoes, and a portable phone charger. Many of the students are finding creative outlets to express their own journey in this time of social distancing and isolation. I applaud them for digging deep and thriving.

Malkia Saul
Sophomore Sculpting Student

Malkia shares her journey of adapting to sculpting with non-traditional supplies as she works from home in this distant learning environment. Enjoy her process.


Kana Wood

Kana Wood

Raditya Narendrasuta

Raditya Narendrasuta

Nichole Butler

Nichole Butler

Rachel Snell

Rachel Snell

Sevierre John

Sevierre John

Soleil Joseph

Soleil Joseph

Sidney Rankin

Nathanael Gordon

Nathanael Gordon


Jacklyn Mallan-King
English/History Teacher


April 07, 2020
It is so important now more than ever that we are attending to our students' emotional and spiritual lives, checking up on how they are coping, and depending on the subjects that we teach, finding ways to connect the pandemic to the material they are studying. Doing so provides a catalyst not only for learning, but also for sharing what they are feeling, how they faring, and keeping our community connected in some form during a time of global crisis and social isolation. We are not teaching and learning under normal circumstances, and it's essential to honor that truth rather than try to work around it.

In English and History, there is fertile ground for meaningful assignments, discussions, and connections to other historic events and stories that allow students to explore the meanings being made as we live an unprecedented moment in history, watching as the overarching story slowly unfolds with countless stories of individuals suffering, some we may even know personally, starting to surface. We don't know the outcome yet and that is frightening for many students, and for us too.

Some connective assignments for English and History that have helped students stay informed, share and cope with their fears, and sharpen their critical thinking skills have been exercises in determining credible and non-credible articles regarding COVID-19. They are not only better able to see history as living and always unfolding while working with what is current, but it helps reduce panic to better understand what is a panic-inducing article vs. a truly informative, researched source. Another assignment that proved meaningful was choosing another moment in U.S. History where life as we know it suddenly changed, discussing the similarities and differences with the situation now, whether Americans united or divided, the best course of action we can take now, and what we can learn from the past event they chose as we move forward. I would love to share some of my students' amazing insights and connections as they continue to bravely cope with a suddenly new world and way of doing things.

Praying that all of our families stay safe, healthy, and connected.

Adonna Andino: Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

The event I chose to research was the bombing of Pearl Harbor. On December 7, 1941 hundreds of Japanese planes bombed the US naval base near Honolulu, Hawaii. Over 2,400 people were killed and 1,000 more were wounded. The day after the attack, President Roosevelt declared war on Japan and the United States was officially drawn into World War ll. For me, one of the strangest things about the attack was that it seemed like the catalyst that brought the country together. Before Pearl Harbor, there was a big divide between Americans about whether or not the US should help Europe and join the war. As bad as it sounds, Pearl Harbor became the event to bring Americans together and unite them to a common goal. The interesting commonality between Pearl Harbor and COVID-19 is that they are both attacks. One was a physical attack from another nation while the other is a biological attack from a virus. I think a difference is that Pearl Harbor was an instant attack whereas with COVID-19 we saw it coming when it was in other countries. I think something we can learn from the past and apply is that it is important for all Americans to unite, like they did after Pearl Harbor, to stop the spread of the virus.

Kareena Singh: The Great Depression

The Great Depression

I chose to talk about the Great Depression. In the 1920s, many people invested their money in stocks, which at the time, the value of it had risen rapidly. In September 1929, stock prices began to fall, in October it officially crashed. Many people had lost their money, banks failed, and many factories and businesses closed. By 1932, 12 to 13 million people were out of work. This situation affected other countries as well due to the U.S. being unable to lend money or trade goods with other countries. This caused a huge drop in world trade. Franklin D. Roosevelt started a program called the "New Deal" which allowed people to get back to work right away. Essentially, the Great Depression had ended after the country entered World War II. Both impacted the U.S. economy a lot, with the stock market crashing and now, where businesses are closed due to the virus to protect people from catching it. It might not be as bad right now, but there is no telling how long this virus will stick around and when we could come into contact with others. Obviously, the situation is entirely different but it has its ties with people not being able to go to work. As of right now, we should just do as told so that this can pass through and not take years. Back then, I would say towards the end they became united because they were able to throw out the current president for Roosevelt who was able to help them. Right now, I would say it's both, we are taking precautions but some people just like to do their own thing and not listen in the long run.

Sam Petersen: World War II

Pearl Harbor

World War II began in Europe on September 1, 1939, when Germany invaded Poland. Great Britain and France responded by declaring war on Germany on September 3. The war between the U.S.S.R. and Germany began on June 22, 1941, with the German invasion of the Soviet Union. It ended September 2, 1945. The ways in which WWII changed the world are known as the Holocaust's killing of Jewish people and their culture. The use of atomic bombs on Japan, and the wide mass of death and destruction caused by the Axis powers in Europe. But there are also more indirect ways that WWII impacted modern society. A similarity between COVID 19 and WWII is people having been dying through all of this. A big difference is no one is killed by gun or bomb this time. The tone through this pandemic is cautious be weary of people do social distancing this is very important. We are somewhat together and divided you have people who are taking the right precautions then you have people who just don't care at all. We need to stay united that's how we will all get out of this.



Address: Forest Lake Academy
500 Education Loop, Apopka, FL 32703

Phone: 407-862-8411



Website by Karina Anderson, class of 1994   |  Imagination & Design