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Teachers Recognized as Microsoft Innovator Educator Experts for 2019-2020

ST. LUCIE – Laurie Boyer and Julia Hilburn, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) teachers, have been selected as Microsoft Innovator Educator (MIE) Experts for 2019-2020.
Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild explained that her team was delighted to learn of the recognition. “Laurie and Julia are the digital trendsetters in our district. It’s no surprise that Microsoft is recognizing their ability to effectively use technology to enhance the learning environment in classrooms across our schools.”

According to Microsoft, Boyer and Hilburn were selected for this prestigious recognition because they are “self-driven, passionate about their work, have a true collaborative spirit, and strive to inspire students with outside-the-box thinking on technology in education.” As MIE Experts, they will have the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from other technology experts around the world, test new educational tools for Microsoft, and build capacity within SLPS. Microsoft describes recipients as “agents of change” tasked with “creating an environment of innovation in education using technology.”

Boyer works as a Recruitment and Outreach Specialist for the Magnet School MSAP Grant Team while Hilburn currently serves as a Technology Support Specialist on the Talent Development Team.

Astronomy Picture of the Day Supernova Cannon Expels Pulsar J0002

 

 

Image Credit: F. Schinzel et al. (NRAO, NSF), Canadian Galactic Plane Survey (DRAO), NASA (IRAS); Composition: Jayanne English (U. Manitoba)

Explanation: What could shoot out a neutron star like a cannon ball? A supernova. About 10,000 years ago, the supernova that created the nebular remnant CTB 1 not only destroyed a massive star but blasted its newly formed neutron star core -- a pulsar -- out into the Milky Way Galaxy. The pulsar, spinning 8.7 times a second, was discovered using downloadable software Einstein@Home searching through data taken by NASA's orbiting Fermi Gamma-Ray Observatory. Traveling over 1,000 kilometers per second, the pulsar PSR J0002+6216 (J0002 for short) has already left the supernova remnant CTB 1, and is even fast enough to leave our Galaxy. Pictured, the trail of the pulsar is visible extending to the lower left of the supernova remnant. The featured image is a combination of radio images from the VLA and DRAO radio observatories, as well as data archived from NASA's orbiting IRAS infrared observatory. It is well known that supernovas can act as cannons, and even that pulsars can act as cannonballs -- what is not known is how supernovas do it.

State Releases School Grades, District A Rating

The Martin County School District continues to shine as one of the state's top performing districts according to data released on July 11, 2019, by the Florida Department of Education. The District earned an overall "A" grade for the third consecutive school year, and 85% of District-operated schools earned letter grades of "A" or "B." Martin County is the only A-rated school district on the Treasure Coast and is ranked 12th out of the 67 Florida school districts in the state accountability system.

"I can't begin to share how excited I am for our school district," Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord shared. "We had so much to celebrate last school year. From the community's generous support of our tax referendums and seeing our graduation rate climb to 87.9%, to being named one of only nine Academically High-Performing School Districts in the state and once again being named the only A-rated district on the Treasure Coast, our students and employees continue to prove that success is the norm in the Martin County School District. I look forward to August - the sky is the limit for our students and schools, and I can't wait to see where our hard work and dedication to excellence will take us in the new school year."

The 2018-2019 School Grades Highlight Report, which has been provided to School Board members and other administrators, provides a summary of how the Martin County School District performed compared to last year and against other school districts statewide.

The District is ranked among the top 10 school districts in the state in the following categories:

English Language Arts Learning Gains of the Lowest Quartile (tied for 10th)
Math Achievement (tied for 9th)
Math Learning Gains (tied for 6th)
Math Learning Gains of the Lowest Quartile (tied for 8th)
Social Studies Achievement (tied for 5th)

Five Martin County schools saw increases in their letter grades last school year:

SeaWind Elementary School ("C" in the 2017-2018 school year to "A" in the 2018-2019 school year)
Warfield Elementary School ("C" in the 2017-2018 school year to to "A" in the 2018-2019 school year)
Crystal Lake Elementary School ("B" in the 2017-2018 school year to "A" in the 2018-2019 school year)
Indiantown Middle School ("C" in the 2017-2018 school year to "B" in the 2018-2019 school year)
Martin County High School ("B" in the 2017-2018 school year to "A" in the 2018-2019 school year)

Four schools ranked in the top 10% of similar schools in the state in at least one category:

Clark Advanced Learning Center (ranked in the top 10% for each of the nine components for which they received a grade)
Hidden Oaks Middle School (ranked in the top 10% of all middle schools in English Language Arts Achievement, Math Achievement, Math Learning Gains, Math Learning Gains of the Lowest Quartile and Science Achievement)
SeaWind Elementary School (ranked in the top 10% of all elementary schools for English Language Arts Learning Gains of the Lowest Quartile and Math Learning Gains)
Warfield Elementary School (ranked in the top 10% of all elementary schools for English Language Arts Learning Gains of the Lowest Quartile and Math Learning Gains of the Lowest Quartile).

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