The St. Johns County School District recently received one of the state’s 15 2012 Florida Power-Library Schools (FPLS) awards. The school recognized was Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS).
This statewide recognition is awarded to schools that involve their school faculty members, parents and students in developing and implementing outstanding library media programs focused on student achievement.
PVHS also won this award in 2009. Three other St. Johns County schools have received the FPLS award; Liberty Pines Academy in 2011, Wards Creek Elementary in 2010 and Timberlin Creek Elementary in 2009 and 2011/2012. There are currently only 61 schools in the state which have been awarded this recognition after undergoing a rigorous review process.
Based on the FPLS reviewers’ evaluations, the winning schools’ library media programs received excellent scores in the following components: Instruction, Curriculum/Assessment, Resource Management, Program Administration, Environment and Advocacy.
The FPLS award is valid for a period of three years. During that time, the schools have agreed to mentor other schools from around the state in their quest to develop quality library media programs.
The FPLS award is sponsored by the Florida Association of Supervisors of Media (FASM) in collaboration with the Florida Association of Media in Education (FAME) and the Florida Department of Education. The Florida Power-Library Program is based on the Colorado Power Libraries Program that highlights schools with a collaborative approach to improving student achievement.
The formal presentation of the FPLS award was made at the Opening General Session of the FAME Conference on Thursday, November 1 in Orlando. Ponte Vedra High School received a banner, and Principal Craig Speziale and School Librarian Lisa Barnett received lapel pins in recognition of their success. Ponte Vedra High School will be honored at the School Board meeting on Tuesday, December 11.