Five Star School Award
Five Star Award
The Five Star School Award is the highest award our state gives for volunteering. There are five categories. They are: Business Partnership, Family Involvement, Volunteers, Student Community Service, and School Advisory Council. Spruce Creek Elementary School has earned this award each year since the 1999-2000 school year. Five Star portfolios are housed in the media center. Five Star Award Criteria
Business Partnership: Each business/agency
- Signs an annual, jointly-developed plan of partnership activities.
- Maintains an ongoing, active relationship with school.
- Is involved in development and implementation of School Improvement Plan.
- Partnership supports teaching and learning through the donation of human resources and goods/services or financial resources.
- School---designates a business partnership coordinator.
- School---provides opportunities for business partners to receive orientation and training.
- Business partnership coordinator and school staff --receive training during the year on effective use of services by business partners.
- School--provides recognition of business partners.
- Active parent organization (PTA, PTO, Boosters, etc.)
- Education opportunities offered to families (i.e. Sunshine State Standards, literacy, career planning, parenting, etc.)
- Focus/discussion/support groups offered to families (parenting, drug awareness, safety, violence, prevention, etc.)
- Joint parent and student training (i.e. family reading, violence prevention, financial aid, etc.)
- Family outreach activities offered through collaborative or facilitated activities (neighborhood meetings, tutorial services, off-site programs, etc.)
- 51% of families are involved in a positive way in the school more than once during the year.
- Evidence of communication with families by teachers and school staff.
Volunteers--Meets criteria of Golden School Award. These include:
- Staff training program in which a minimum of 80% of the school staff have participated during the school year.
- School volunteer coordinator has been designated to provide leadership for the school volunteer program through recruitment, placement, training, supervision of participants.
- Total number of hours in volunteer service equals twice the number of students enrolled in the school. (Any volunteer activity that contributes to student improvement may be counted.)
- School provides recognition of volunteers or service learning that focus on an identified community need (i.e. renovating a park, working at election polls, feeding homeless, etc.)
- 50% of students are involved in community activities (i.e. pen pals to shut-ins, food drives, cross school tutoring activities, etc.)
School Advisory Councils
- Minimum of eight meetings per year. Average 80% attendance of members. Minimum of 50% attendance by each member.
- Annual presentation of School Improvement Plan to school community after public notice to all stakeholders (school marquee, flyers, etc.)
- Evidence of ongoing training and/or development of the School Advisory Council.
- School Improvement Plan reflects one new idea that involves the community in its implementation.
- School Advisory Council participated in the development and/or interpretation of the needs assessment data.