District Celebrates Shining (Five) Stars
Eighty-two schools that earned the right to call themselves a Five Star School for 2018-2019, gathered on October 30 for a celebratory breakfast in honor of the impressive achievement.
Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy was on hand to congratulate the schools as well as thank the principals and Five Star coordinators for their hard work.
“The award is bestowed upon schools that are committed to incorporating family and community members into the school environment to enhance student learning.,” Dr. Fennoy said.
The Five Star School Award was created by the Florida Department of Education’s Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council and is presented annually to schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement.
In order to earn Five Star School recognition, a school must provide documentation that it has achieved 100 percent of the established criteria in the following categories:
• Business Partnerships
• Family Involvement
• Student Community Service
• School Advisory Councils
Schools must also earn a grade of “C” or above, or school improvement rating of “maintaining or improving” for the year of nomination.
“I’ve been in their shoes, and I know how hard they work,” District volunteer program coordinator Stacey Oak said. “This award is not just about getting a book together, it’s about recognizing these schools for giving importance to community involvement.”
Deputy Superintendent Keith Oswald and School Board Chairman Frank Barbieri delivered remarks as well, expressing their gratitude and appreciation to the schools for their hard work and dedication.
The number of Five Star schools in Palm Beach County has grown by six since the 2017-2018 school year.