Ms Petkanics

  • This final 9 weeks of 2019-2020 school year is full of new learning curves.  You as a student are going to have to ask questions and listen to answers from adults on what is required from you.  We adults are also learning new ways to teach and help you learn.  Please feel free to ask; but understand we may not have all of the answers when you ask but will seek and learn with you.


    Marion County Public Schools may record online classroom sessions utilizing third-party platforms (Zoom, Google Classroom, etc.).  These recordings will only be used for educational purposes and may be shared on other learning platforms.  If you do not want your child’s image or identifying information recorded, utilize your device/platform controls to stop the camera feed from your device.



    CPI is sharing tips to help individuals control their own behavior during heightened stress and anxiety. The five tips everyone can use include: 

    1. Understand that Behavior is Communication: Most communication occurs beyond the words we use. Look for signs of anxiety in body language, tone and cadence. Understand that crisis behavior reflects a need and consider what it is the other person might want. 
    2. Avoid the Power Struggle: No one can meet every need at every moment. Challenging or exercising authority over a person can escalate negative behaviors. Considering options you can offer allows flexibility to address both parties’ needs and desired outcomes.
    3. Use Limit Setting: Behavior can’t be forced but setting limits can help us influence behaviors. Framing acceptable behaviors or outcomes can encourage the other person to choose the most productive option.
    4. Practice Rational Detachment: Don’t take behaviors personally. Stay calm. Find a positive way to release the negative energy you absorbed during the conflict. Keep in mind, you can only control your own attitude and actions.
    5. Therapeutic Rapport: Learn from the conflict and help the other person learn from the experience. Focus on identifying and preventing the pattern of behavior in the future. Finally, put time and effort into repairing the relationship.

    CPI has found that stress, fear and anxiety can impact mental health both short- and long-term. When pressed, these scenarios can cause people’s reactions to escalate and lead to verbal and even physical conflict. This is why CPI instills in its methods the philosophy of Care, Welfare, Safety and SecuritySM for everyone.

    “The realities of stress, fear and anxiety are ever present during this pandemic and it can get worse with more social restrictions, economic impacts and uncertainty,” said Tony Jace, CEO of Crisis Prevention Institute. “Learning of heated public exchanges and increasing home isolation, we realized our tools for professionals can be just as critical and helpful to the public in resolving situations influenced by the coronavirus. We felt a strong responsibility to do something positive and believe our expertise can be very helpful during these challenging times.”

    Please view an important message from Mr. Maier: Mr. Maier's Message about help, Zoom, grades, and wifi in the school parking lot.

    And remember, you can always talk to guidance [Ms. Santana (5th and 7th grade)] or [Ms. Scofield (6th & 8th grade)].


Ms. Brenda petkanics



Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Brenda petkanics

I am a 28 year veteran of Teaching.  I have taught preschool up to graduating seniors in various settings here in Florida and in Illinois.  I have also taught at the college level for pre-teacher education.

I am a single mother of two children and so I know the joys of juggling home and work life and trying to be the best parent I can be and best teacher for the students I get to guide during each school year.  Each year brings a new special feeling of awe and wonder as I watch my students blossom and grow and get to see former students make the growth needed to be successful in middle school.