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!

Superintendent Yost Visits Dan McCarty

DSCF0203St. Lucie County Schools Superintendent Genelle Yost was special guest at Dan McCarty Schools’ January Student of the Month ceremony. Superintendent Yost delivered a very compelling message to the C.O.T.M. recipients, ecnouraging students to remain focused in their learning, set goals and work hard to accomplish them. In addition, Superintendent Yost challenged the students to go to college and earn doctoral degrees in any area of their choosing and perhaps even in education. Pictured are Superintendent Yost, left, and Assistant Principal Bennie Montenegro.