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Office of Public Relations and Communications

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Purpose – The Virgin Islands Department of Education’s Office of Public Relations and Communications exists to heighten the public’s awareness of the Department’s primary message, ensuring that all students are prepared for college or the career of their choice upon graduation from high school. Additionally, the Public Relations Office provides publicity for activities and the many successes surrounding the Department’s schools, students, teachers, employees and leadership. The Public Relations Office also manages the brand and image of the Department of Education through internal and local avenues.

Advertising – The Public Relations Office manages and oversees the Department’s official advertising campaigns through radio, television, print and social media, as well as through cinema and ferry advertising.

Communications – The Public Relations Office disseminates information by providing regular updates, emergency notifications and special announcements to the Department’s faculty and staff. This serves to build employee morale and to keep employees abreast of activities across the two districts. The Public Relations Office also supports the Department by fulfilling requests for funeral booklet messages as well as congratulatory messages for celebratory events.

Marketing – The Public Relations Office uses advertising, public relations, social media, publications and the web presence to promote Department accomplishments, events and services.

Media Relations – The Public Relations Office works with the media to share Department news, information and stories by building solid relationships with members of the media. This is done through press releases, media advisories and other means of communication.

Graphic Design – The Public Relations Office creates visually appealing and high-quality graphics and designs to support the Department of Education's messages, for online, electronic and print mediums. 

Videography – The Public Relations Office, through the use of contracted vendors, manages the production of video campaigns for television, cinema and other digital methods to promote the Department’s schools, students, employees and leadership.

Online and Print Publications – The Public Relations Office produces monthly online newsletters and a bi-monthly print publication to promote the Department and its activities.

Television – In conjunction with WTJX Channel 12, the Public Relations Office produces a monthly talk show that explores a range of topics relevant to public education. The host-and-guest format features topics of student successes, educator effectiveness, curriculum and instruction, social influences affecting students, and a host of other subjects.

Website – The Public Relations Office takes the lead in managing the Department’s website (www.vide.vi) and monitors the online presentation of the Department on the Internet.

 

Dober New Test

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Feature Story: October 23, 2017

 
 

The Entire Day That Just Went Well

 
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A little over a month after the September 5th official start of school, the students at Leonard E. Dober Elementary School were welcomed back to their classrooms from summer vacation—a summer vacation heavily trafficked by 14 tropical storms, six of which became hurricanes.

 
 

Hurricanes Irma and Maria rummaged through the territory with Category 5 winds and torrential rain destroying many of the territory’s schools. At least [exact number] four schools in both districts were ordered condemned, according to Governor Kenneth E. Mapp and Commissioner of Education, Sharon Ann McCollum, Ph.D.

 
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Said Mrs. Francois, "I was so happy to see them, they looked so lovely and ready to start and everybody looked like they were happy." And adding, "I was hoping that nobody had sustained any major damages and now that we were back together again, we could move on." All of the students were dressed in uniforms, with their freshly combed, braided or trimmed hairstyles, brand-new shoes and beautiful smiles beaming with hugs to share with everyone, especially the teachers, he recapped.

 
 

Mrs. François’ day was nonstop from the opening of the school gates, setting her staff in their positions as planned, a brief introduction to students parents, family members, her faculty and staff, classroom visits, monitoring the process of providing lunch for the children, taking an occasional phone call, interviews like this one, a short visit and tour by the insula superintendent of schools, Dionne Wells-Hedrington, seeing that all the kids were picked up and sent home after school, which included calling some parents from her personal phone and lots of prayers against rain— the same prayer she kept repeating in her head the night before during her, “none peaceful sleep,” as she would call it. “I did and I didn't (sleep),” she said. “I kept thinking about the next day; going over a mental list and questioning if everything is laid out and in place?” she'd ask herself.

 
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“I didn’t think that they would start school yet and wait until everybody and every school is ready but I guess it’s okay and makes sense to go ahead and rollout whoever can be rolled-out," said Breedy. "This is good for kids to be back in school and into a routine," she added.” “They showed up all bright and excited this morning in their uniforms looking so nice and it gave me a good little feeling while coming through the gate,” said Breedy..

 
 

Today, was not the first day that Mrs. Breedy met her new students. At the ending of last school year, students were introduced to Mrs. Breedy, under the, newly implemented, Departmentalization classroom standards. Also, teachers are required to meet with the student’s previous instructors to discuss each individual student’s needs and set goals as they moved forward to the next level.

 

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Mrs. Breedy said, "I like my job. ‘I like when the student comes in for the first time and the process and challenges of trying to figure them out.” “Even though we have anecdotal stuff and data, some of our students grow up or work a little bit more over the summer vacation, plus different teacher's approach to teaching him or her, may make a difference; making the process fun,’” she concluded.

 
 

Teachers Cassandra Mumin and Charmaine Washington combined both of their classes on the first day to introduce, inform and instruct the students as a team, on classroom and campus ground etiquettes, transferring from classroom to classroom, student responsibilities and more.

 

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Equally excited and yet with an even tougher challenge of teaching English to a class of Spanish-speaking forth, fifth and sixth-grade students is Mrs. Fayette Granger. Mrs. Granger has been a teacher at Dober for three years, with over 22 years as an educator.

 
 

Miss Granger feels a personal attachment to her students because all of her returning fifth and sixth-grade students are from the previous year, so, after both hurricanes, she sent out a WhatsApp text to all of them to find out their status and some of them responded and said, “they were okay.” It gave her comfort in knowing.

 
 

Her incoming fourth graders are promotees from the nearby Jane E. Tuitt elementary school which acts as a baby sister to Leonard Dober, by preparing 1st through 3rd graders to transfer to Dober for their 4th through 6th-grade classes.

 
 

Mrs. Granger says, that she was so excited and emotional to see both the returning and new students because she became worried after seeing the storm’s devastation of the island during her drive from home to school, one day.

 

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Mrs. Granger said, "it helps all of us, by being back to work and being back to school." And, she also thinks that it encourages the true sense, that we are coming back.

 

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Now in her 29th years as a teacher, Ms. Edwards seems to be in good spirits as she addresses her class of sixth-graders from a rolling shelf that was outfitted with books, pens, papers, files and other classroom knickknacks and, that she strategically utilized as a podium for teaching in her classroom.

 
 

One would not have guessed, after walking into her classroom, that this was a woman whose rooftop was destroyed in the hurricanes, forcing she and her family to relocate to the first floor and still living with water pouring through the ceiling every time it rains. A woman with nothing to drive because her car was totaled, all at the same time, protecting her grandson from the horrors brought on by two category five hurricanes; and that she would be in good spirits on the first day of school.

 
 

Mrs. Edwards is that woman.

 

 

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Sprauve School Christmas Program in the Park

The Julius Sprauve School delighted guests and tourists at their annual Christmas program held at the Frank Powell Park in Cruz Bay on December 21. Students performed a myriad of selections ranging from classical holiday jingles to cultural dance pieces.

Principal Marion Lynch Esannason welcomed students and guests to the program and wished everyone a happy holiday season. Assistant Principal Lisa Penn also brought greetings and acknowledged all the hard work students had put into the production. 2015-2016 Julius E. Sprauve School queen served as Mistress of Ceremony.

Sprauve School Ethnic Drummers, directed by Mr. Eddie Bruce, opened the program with an upbeat African drum beat selection. Sprauve music teacher Nancy Liburd then directed five Christmas carols performed by the kindergarten through fifth grade classes, to include the VI Holiday Medley, Sing Noel and Jingle Bells.  The middle school band, directed by band instructor Joyann Foster also performed holiday favorites on their instruments having recently learned to read music. The program closed out with Sprauve School Quadrille Dancers performing two types of promenades in cultural madras attire.

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