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Office of Public Relations and Communications

About Us


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.

 

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.

Tourists visiting the island from cruise ships docked in St. Thomas attended the program and praised the students and administrators for a job well done.

 

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2015-16 Smarter Balanced Scores Show Growth in ELA And Math

In the spring of 2016, the Department of Education successfully completed its second year of testing using the new Smarter Balanced assessments. The tests are aligned to higher academic standards being taught in Virgin Islands’ public schools and provide teachers and parents with more accurate information of how well students are performing as they prepare for college or the career of their choice. This year’s Smarter Balanced scores show students, territory-wide, have made gains when compared to scores from first-year testing that occurred in the spring of 2015.

In English Language Arts (ELA), the percent of students that met or exceeded standards increased by 3 percentage points year over year. Improvement in literacy occurred at the elementary (grades 3-6), junior high (grades 7-8), and high school (grade 11) levels. Encouragingly, the percentage point increase in ELA was most pronounced in 8th grade (4 percentage points) as students prepare to transition to high school, and in 11th grade (3 percentage points) as they prepare to pursue higher education and enter the workforce.

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The average student in the U.S. Virgin Islands demonstrated growth at every grade level in both ELA and Mathematics. The greatest average student growth occurred at the elementary level, followed by secondary schools and junior high schools last. In most schools, average student growth was evident, even in key subgroups such as special needs students and English language learners.

 

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The data also indicates that there has been an increase in the percentage of students performing at an exceeded-standards level (1 percentage point or a 34 percent increase from spring 2015), and a decrease in the percentage of students who fell within the below-standard category (3 percentage points reduction in ELA/literacy and 2 percentage points reduction in math) of not having met the targeted standards.

 

GRADUATION RATE

The 2015-16  four-year cohort graduation rate increased by 3.5 percentage points as compared to the 2014-15 school year. The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduate in four years with a regular diploma divided by the number of students who formed the adjusted cohort for the graduating class. Improving the graduation rate is a key strategy for economic growth in the territory. When high school graduation rates increase, it can result in a wave of economic benefits, such as higher individual earnings, home and auto sales, jobs and economic growth, spending and investment, and tax revenue.

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NEXT STEPS

While second-year data is undoubtedly encouraging, our work continues. In order to accelerate the growth we have achieved, continued professional development is necessary in the area of differentiated instruction so that teachers can more effectively engage students that have not met USVI standards while simultaneously challenging those students who have met or exceeded standards. As teachers and support staff receive on-going targeted support, and as students continue to adapt to the standards and the heightened academic expectations of those standards, we expect to see long-term progress across the territory.

With the advent of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that was signed into law by President Obama in December 2015, the Virgin Islands Department of Education is in the process of revising its accountability system to ensure that the Department meets all requirements set forth by the law. The Department has convened a territory-wide taskforce to take a more in depth look at how student and school success are defined. The redesigned accountability system will be implemented in the 2017-18 school year and will include measures of achievement, growth, English language proficiency, graduation rate, and school quality. Furthermore, with the careful crafting of the Department’s Strategic Management Plan well underway, providing a keen focus on student achievement, we are poised to see a significant turnaround in the operation of the Virgin Islands public education system.

For more information, please visit the Virgin Islands School Report Card website, which offers important information about the progress of the Virgin Islands public education system at the school, territory, and district levels: https://vivisdata.vi.gov/CustomContent.aspx?id=7.

 

 

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Cancryn Gets In The Holiday Spirit With “A Christmas On The Rise” Concert

The Addelita Cancryn Fine Arts Department welcomed family, friends and supporters to its A Christmas on the Rise Concert held December 8 in the school’s auditorium. The festive gathering featured new and familiar holiday selections from the jazz band, concert band, steel pan ensemble and concert choir.

The Mistress of Ceremony, Nisieni Griffith, gave the invocation and Assistant Principal Judy King-Edmeade welcomed guests in the true spirit of the season. A highlight of the evening came with the announcement of the evening’s release of the school’s Christmas on the Rise CD, featuring beautifully arranged pieces from the concert band, concert choir, jazz band and steel pan ensemble.

As the concert got underway, students performed a collection of holiday staples to include Deck the Halls, Mary Did You Know? and Drummer Boy. The concert choir also treated the audience to a VI Christmas Medley, which included the seasonal-favorite, Mama Make Your Johnny Cake. The Wachanga Drummers also performed three selections. Although the night was all about showcasing the students’ talents, the faculty choir performed a special selection arranged by Cancryn music teacher, Malvern Gumbs.

Assistant Principal Elvis Richardson thanked the audience for attending the event, and supporting for the students and their talents. The Concert Choir led the benediction.

Cancryn’s Christmas on the Rise CD is available for purchase at the school for $10.

 

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St. Thomas

1834 Kongens Gade
St. Thomas, VI 00802
Phone: 340-774-0100
Fax: 340-779-7153

Curriculum Center:

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Christiansted, St. Croix, 00820
Phone: 340-773-1095
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