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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.

Family Involvement

  • 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.