U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized 362 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019. The recognition is
based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
“We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees. “As a National Blue Ribbon School, your school demonstrates what is possible when committed educators hold all students and staff to high standards and create vibrant, innovative cultures of teaching and learning.”
The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
Now in its 37th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools program has bestowed recognition on more than 9,000 schools. On Nov. 14 – 15, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with 312 public and 50 non-public school honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The Department recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, student subgroup scores and graduation rates:
Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students.
Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).
Special thanks to Mrs. Jacke and our fifth graders who created original works of art to line the walls of our dining room. Each colorful masterpiece was a collaborative effort among classmates and featured four letter words that reflected what the children loved most about attending school at Espiritu Santo
Challenge Island offers a wide array of exhilarating, collaborative STEMtastic programming for kids. When students enter the Challenge Island classroom, they are transported to a learning environment worlds away from the regular school experience. The ambience feels positively party-like as our adventurous tribes tackle high-level thinking challenges at whimsical weekly destinations.
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The diocesan forensics competition, held at St Patrick’s Catholic School on May 2, honored the skills of public speaking. Sixth graders had to compose their own speeches and deliver them using appropriate tone, inflection, eye contact and composure. Seventh grade students competed by choosing a published speech or dialogue within the categories of poetry, drama, dramatic duo and declamation. Then they performed their memorized pieces with inflection, tone, pacing, and presentation skills within the allotted time limitations. Espiritu students first competed within their respective classes and the winners then went on to compete at the diocesan level. Our students won the following awards:
- Third Place, Sixth Grade Original Speech
- Third Place, Declamation
- Second Place, Dramatic Interpretation Duo
- First Place: Dramatic Interpretation
Thank you to CBS, Channel 10 Tampa Bay for allowing our Brownie troop to visit the set during Easter vacation and participate in a live segment. The girls had a wonderful time and were able to get a first-hand look behind the scenes of news broadcasting. Watch Segment Here.
Thank you to our Espiritu community of families, friends and colleagues that make our second home such a special place to learn, love and grow every day. Read the Tampa Bay Times Article Here.
Valuable Lessons Learned During Science Class
Students in Mrs. Staggs’ seventh grade science class completed a STEM activity in whichthey were challenged to design a house made of cardboard that was both aesthetically appealing and able to withstand “hurricane force” winds. They researched hurricanes and home design. Additionally, they worked with a budget to “purchase” materials to build their house. The project culminated with a wind test: a leaf blower was used to simulate hurricane force winds.