In an effort to encourage and support academic achievement in Homestead, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick recognized five local schools during a special presentation at the August City Council meeting. All five schools that were awarded recognitions either improved their school grade or their academic performance on the FCAT for the 2011-2012 academic year.
West Homestead Elementary School Principal Dr. Columbus Williams received in the name of his school a certificate for outstanding academic performance on the FCAT. Campbell Drive Elementary, which this year increased its Florida school grade from a “C’ to a “B” was also recognized by Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick, who is the vice-chair of the City’s Education Committee. Keys Gate Charter High School, also recognized during the ceremony, was awarded an “A” this year.
The new prestigious science magnet school MAST @ Homestead, Medical Academy for Science and Technology Senior High School at Homestead, was given an “A” during its first year. Newly appointed M.A.S.T Principal Lisa Noffo received the school’s recognition during the ceremony and thanked students, faculty and staff.
The Charter School at Waterstone, which earned a grade “A’ for the fifth year in a row, was highly commended by Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick for their excellent record. Upon receiving the recognition, Principal Melissa Aguilar said “Just when we thought nobody noticed the students, teachers, and faculty for their hard work and success, Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick recognizes us with this award.”
Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick also demonstrated her commitment to local schools by joining each of the schools’ PTA groups and encouraged other parents to do the same and get involved in their children’s education.
“Last year Florida standards made it tougher for schools to earn top grades,” said Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick. “But, even though the bar was raised these schools rose to the occasion and for that they deserve to be recognized. Let’s continue working hard for excellence in education”