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Friday, May 23, 2014
Congratulations are in Order!
Congratulations are in order for Bellview and Longleaf Elementary Schools! Bellview scored in the top ten out of all district schools in 3rd Grade FCAT Reading and Math, and Bellview also scored in the top five for 4th grade FCAT writing! Given the fact that this is a title one school with a very small PTA, limited parental involvement, and numerous challenging characteristics, I think these achievements are excellent; principal Hollie Wilkins, her staff, students, and parents should all be extremely proud! Right down the road at Longleaf Elementary, that school scored #1 in the district in FCAT writing for 4th grade--an incredible achievement! Longleaf also scored the highest year-over-year improvement in 4th grade FCAT writing-improving 20 points over last year! Longleaf, like Bellview, is a title one school with numerous challenges;
however, this school proves that the right students, parents, staff, and administrators can get the job done. Congrats to Dr. Patti Thomas and her entire staff. I also feel it is important to point out that a few of our charter schools are knocking it out of the park as well: Byrneville was #2, right behind Molino Park Elementary, in 3rd grade FCAT math. Pensacola Beach Charter was number three in the district in this category. In third grade FCAT reading, Pensacola Beach Charter and Byrneville charter were #1 and #2 respectively out of every district elementary school. Bravo!--and to them I say congratulations!