Eagles Landing Middle School scored the highest of middle schools in Boca on the latest school grades. All four Boca schools received “A” grades.
Eagles ranked 5th in the county out of 35 middle schools, with Loggers’ Run at 9th, Omni at 10th and Boca Middle at 17th.
The top spot in the county went to Bak Middle, an all-magnet arts school in West Palm Beach. Wellington Landings was in second place and Don Estridge, another all-magnet program, was 3rd. Schools are ranked based on “Total Points Earned” which is driven primarily by test scores.
Eagles Landing did particularly well in Social Studies, while Loggers’ and Omni both had stronger math scores. Omni’s score was driven down by a particularly low score in Middle School Acceleration, “a measure for participation in and performance on high school EOC assessments and Industry Certification programs by students in middle school.”
As we saw with the elementary school grades, we see that higher performing schools tend to have smaller numbers of economically disadvantaged students. Western Pines Middle in West Palm Beach overperformed in that sense, coming in 4th just behind Don Estridge.
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Eleven school bands performed today at the Ninth Annual FAU Concert Band Festival. Several local schools participated, and we caught four of their performances, below.
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The first band we saw was West Boca High:
Here they are in video and audio, with band director Larry Shane conducting. Mr. Shane informs us this was the “Symphonic Band” and also sent us another video of the Wind Ensemble, which is at bottom.
Next up we saw Spanish River High with director Craig White.
Then came Loggers’ Run Middle School and director Craig Denny.
And the last one we saw was Omni Middle School with William Castillo directing.
From West Boca High’s Mr. Shane, here is the Wind Ensemble:
Omni Middle School FCCLA Scores with Talent and Service
FCCLA stands for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. It is a national organization with family as its focus that encourages students to give back to their community and build leadership skills.
Omni Middle School FCCLA recently participated in a district competition where students made banners, t-shirts and posters, which were judged for their creativity, construction, design, and theme presentation. Omni Middle School took first place in two contests and second place in the third.
Winning first place in the banner contest were Samantha Spoonhoward, Nicole Tesmond, Kasey Michaud, Victoria Kwong, Gayoung Choi, and Zoeya Cowles. Winning first place in the t-shirt contest were Kasandra Diaz, Ana Montoya, Aaleyah Diaz, Fabiana Sanchez, Camilla DeFilippi, and Jayla Tanelus. Second place winners for the poster contest were Valerie Kwong and Nicholas Lee.
Omni Middle School students also performed the flag ceremony during the event which took place on November 5, 2014 at the Cooperative Extension Service in West Palm Beach, Florida. Omni Middle School FCCLA received two other awards: Largest Middle School Affiliated Membership and Largest Middle School in Attendance.
During the FCCLA District Meeting students participated in a leadership game, held district elections, and planned community service activities. Brandon Arnone and Lauren Victoria did a spectacular job emceeing. Leah Brand sang beautifully and Anilyse Daniel danced impressively for the talent portion!
On Friday, November 7, 2014 a few Omni FCCLA students went to a local elementary school carnival at Morikami Park Elementary School. Samantha, Nicole and Valerie volunteered from 4:10pm to 7:10pm, and were supervising some of the games, such as bounce house twister and baseball hitting. Morikami PTSA was very appreciative. FCCLA is currently spearheading a food drive and has a beach clean-up planned.
Some members in our chapter expressed what FCCLA means to them. “FCCLA is a leadership club to help us accomplish goals, to achieve hard work, and enhance leadership skills.” said Kasey Michaud. “I think that the meaning of FCCLA is learning to work to the best of your abilities to perform your duties, which strengthens leadership skills. FCCLA is a very good club because it helps kids socialize with other people as we spend time in someone else’s shoes while performing community service.” said Aaleyah Diaz. “FCCLA means to me that we will help people and become great leaders in the future. I want to help people be happy and help others to give back to their community. FCCLA is great,” said Fabiana Sanchez.
This article and the photos were submitted to us by staff at Omni Middle School.