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

DMS-Chorus

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.

Grace Packs

Did you know that child hunger is not just a health problem, it is an education problem as well? “Grace Packs” is a weekly weekend backpack program that provides necessary food items to students in need. Dan McCarty is seeking to start this program for its students.

We are seeking help from potential donors in our community to achieve the goal of providing food each weekend to students who have found themselves in need. Did you know that many students do not want to go home from school on the weekends because there is a lack of food at home? Some students visit the school clinic on Mondays complaining of stomach aches and headaches. These illnesses often are because the children have had little food over the weekend. In fact, a recent Feeding America survey notes that the child food insecurity rate in St Lucie County is currently at 27.8%. Food insecurity means that these children do not know from where their next meal will come. At Dan McCarty, 97% of our students meet the need for free and reduced lunch, the need is great.

Is Grace Packs a cause you would like to be a part of? Would you consider partnering with us in this worthy cause? We are asking for donations of food or financial gifts. You, as our community partner can make an impact!

Do you have questions about Grace Packs? I look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Morningstar at 772-468-5700.

Dan McCarty Million Father March Kickoff a Success!

Million Fathers March

Dan McCarty participated in the National Million Father March Initiative in recognition of the power of male involvement in the education of all students. The Million Father March is an opportunity for all men to show their commitment to the educational lives of their children throughout the school year.

Over two dozen fathers brought their children to school and walked them to class to show their support of this national initiative. The father s then joined the administrative staff in the media center for some refreshments. What an awesome way to kick off the school year!