Student Council Representatives Attend Breakfast with the Mayor of Fort Pierce

Mayor_BreakfastOn February 20, 2015, Dan McCarty School’s Student Council President, Tiferne Jean, along with the treasurer, Ladarious Burk, Student Council Sponsors, Dr. Christopher Pierre and Ms. Rhoda Butler, attended the monthly social, Breakfast with the Mayor of the City of Fort Pierce. Mr. Jean had the opportunity to speak in front of some very prominent community leaders and business owners, such as, City Representative Larry Lee, Executive Director of Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF) Doug Coward, and naturally, Mayor Linda Hudson, just to name a few. The crowd commended Mr. Jean on his ability to speak so articulately and with such poise in front of many notable individuals. He received great remarks for his brief speech on educating the public about the numerous positive things that are happening at Dan McCarty School, as reflected through him. This opportunity was a very powerful learning experience for the graduating senior.

Pictured: Tiferne Jean with Mayor Linda Hudson (top left), Ladarious Burks and Representative, Larry Lee (top right), Ladarious Burks, Mayor Linda Hudson ,and Tiferne Jean (bottom left), Ladarious Burks, Dr. Christopher Pierre, Mayor Linda Hudson, and Tiferne Jean (bottom right).

Dan McCarty Middle School Chorus Participates in Four County Honors Choir Concert

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Seventeen students representing Dan McCarty Middle School recently joined their voices with other middle school singers from around the Treasure Coast area to participate in the Four County Middle School Honors Choir at Indian River State College. Each year, middle and high school choruses from Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties come together to rehearse and perform a concert with guest clinicians. The students are selected based on their musicianship skills and the recommendation of their chorus director. Dr. Rolanda Jones directs the Dan McCarty Middle School chorus.

Teacher of the Year Finalist for SLC Teacher of the Year 2016, Ms. L. Stubbs!

IMG_4320Congratulations to Ms. Latricia Stubbs for being recognized as one of St. Lucie County Schools’ finalists for Teacher of the Year. Ms. Stubbs was astounded when Superintendent, Genelle Yost, Assistant to the Superintendent, Dr. Perry, Dan McCarty School’s Principal, Mrs. Felicia Nixon, along with several SCLB Board Members came to her classroom to give her the exciting news.
Ms. Stubbs is an 8th grade Language Arts teacher. More important than the grade she teaches is the skill she has in fostering a climate where students want to learn and believe they can! Ms. Stubbs teaches in a school where many students struggle in both their personal lives and in their educational accomplishments. Latricia has immersed herself in the Saint Lucie Way and continually adjusts her teaching methods to achieve the highest level of performance of her students. She develops relationships with the families of students through notes and personal phone calls. Parents know her through their children and they willingly work cohesively together so their children can know academic success. Ms. Stubbs serves as department chair and works tirelessly with colleagues to provide opportunities for students to apply the skills they have learned. Working with the school administration, Latricia developed a plan of action to increase the writing scores at Dan McCarty Middle School through the creation of writing prompts and practices designed to increase student achievement. The assessment data at the end of the year indicated a sixteen point gain in those scores. It was recommended by the DA team from the Florida Department of Education that Ms. Stubbs teach all grade eight students the lessons she developed. Through the specialized schedule created by administration, Latricia did just that! She works with Saint Lucie County Instructional Partners to facilitate workshops at the Saint Lucie County Differentiated Instruction Summer Academy and participated in the Five Day Reading Edge leadership training. Latricia believes that all children, wealthy or impoverished, can learn. She spends her afternoons and evenings planning, reflecting, and finding best practices for motivating students toward higher achievement and instilling a firm belief their lives can be better with education.
The official announcement for Teacher of the Year will be made at the Night of the Stars Gala on February 21, 2015. We are so proud of you, Ms. Stubbs!

Dan McCarty Represented at IRSC’s 2015 Four Counties Honors Band Concert

SQDan McCarty Middle School band student, Samuel Quinones, has been selected to take part in the 2015 Indian River State College’s Four County Honors Band. Selected middle school students will rehearse for two days with guest clinician, Mr. Dominick Eggan and perform alongside the High School Honors Concert Band and the Honors Jazz Band.

Samuel was selected based on his musicianship level and the recommendation of his band director. He will be one of four trombonists from the four counties of St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee counties.

The concert will be held on Saturday, January 24th at 6:00 p.m. at the Indian River State College Fort Pierce campus.

Winter Wonderful Holiday Concert

ChristmasConcertDan McCarty School held its annual Christmas concert, “Winter Wonderful!” featuring the Chorale Ensemble and orchestra students. The program highlighted the musical diversity and talents of DMS students. The cafetorium was jammed-pack with parents, students and school staff. The orchestra performed traditional songs such as, Jingle Bells, Up on the Housetop, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, and When the Saints Go Marching In. The Chorus also performed traditional songs: Jingle Bells, Angels We Have Heard on High, Deck the Halls, Joy to the World, Hot Chocolate and This Christmas to name a few. The concert was put together under the direction of Dr. Rolanda Jones (Chorus Director) and Mr. Richard Rogers (Band Director). The performances were overall amazing.