From Nov. 16-22, we’re celebrating public education as ‘American Education Week’ and the individuals who are working to ensure every child receives a quality education. The following is the Proclamation of American Education Week, 2014 by The President of The United States of America, Barack Obama:
In the United States, every young person deserves access to a world-class education. In classrooms, lecture halls, and laboratories across America, high-quality education helps unlock the limitless potential of our Nation’s students and creates pathways for their success. It prepares them for the jobs of tomorrow and the responsibilities of citizenship. A strong school system bolsters our economy and strengthens our democracy, and it is at the core of the American belief that with hard work, anyone can get ahead. During American Education Week, we celebrate the devoted educators who instruct and inspire students of all ages, and we continue our work to provide every person with the best education possible.
So what do we do as we celebrate American Education Week? We keep doing what we have always been doing even when nobody realized just how dedicated and committed we were when some thought we were not doing at all because of some standardize test that catered to the politics of the day. There has always been quality plus teachers and A1 curriculums but when politics enters the arena it appears their only objective is to make all educators look dumb.
As usual, and with much success, in St. Lucie County School District, St. Lucie West Centennial senior class worked with Habitat for Humanity, Westgate 2nd Grade traveled to Brevard Zoo, Northport Integrates Leadership Summit with salute to Veteran’s Day, students from the varying Exceptionalities class at Forest Grove Middle School collected supplies for the military in Afghanistan, the kindergarten and first grade students at Westgate completed their studies of Argentina and Mexico with a school wide parade, Southern Oaks Tri-M completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and all of this compiles only a small portion of school activities and achievements acquired in one week in St. Lucie County.
In Indian River County School District you find the Educational Foundation that diligently works daily to ensure helpful and meaningful programs such as The Sneaker Exchange Program, Tools To Learn School Supply Closet, Vision for Reading, School Supply Fund, Professional Development, et al—-just things that some people who care about students and teachers do when it comes to education in the United States of America.
In Martin County, as in the other Districts on the Treasure Coast, there is much going on such as the United Way program, “Tools for Schools” , Good Character celebrated with grants and activities: The importance of good character – including trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship, English Language Arts adoption materials available for review: The Martin County School District is currently reviewing digital/electronic instructional materials for English Language Arts grades 6-12. Martin County High School and Jensen Beach High School, both who made it to The Daily Beast’s rankings of America’s Best High Schools!
In Palm Beach County Morikami Park Elementary School received the National Blue Ribbon honors, Acreage Pines partnered with college nursing student, Theatrical Science Show entertains and educates Dreyfoos Students, District seniors among the Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship winners, District students named National Achievement scholars earn thousands in scholarships, Pine Jog Elementary School, in West Palm Beach, celebrated its first “College Spirit Day, Eagles Landing Middle School in Boca Raton has been awarded the Annual Florida Green School Award, Watson B. Duncan Middle School’s teacher Todd LaVogue has been selected for the third consecutive year as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and Village Academy Principal Guarn Sims was honored this week for his latest efforts to make one of the Palm Beach County School District’s most unique hidden gems shine.
These are just a few of the things that the school districts of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County are involved in each and every day year after year striving for excellence in America’s schools. A week might spotlight what is being done, but what teachers, students, parents and communities do is ongoing all of the time, achieving day in and day out for the benefit of students all. Everyday education in America is celebrated as we achieve one more accomplishment, one day at a time, every day of the week, school year after year. Salute to America’s Education Week which should happen all through the school year.