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Office of Public Relations and Communications

About Us


Purpose – The Virgin Islands Department of Education’s Office of Public Relations and Communications exists to heighten the public’s awareness of the Department’s primary message, ensuring that all students are prepared for college or the career of their choice upon graduation from high school. Additionally, the Public Relations Office provides publicity for activities and the many successes surrounding the Department’s schools, students, teachers, employees and leadership. The Public Relations Office also manages the brand and image of the Department of Education through internal and local avenues.

Advertising – The Public Relations Office manages and oversees the Department’s official advertising campaigns through radio, television, print and social media, as well as through cinema and ferry advertising.

Communications – The Public Relations Office disseminates information by providing regular updates, emergency notifications and special announcements to the Department’s faculty and staff. This serves to build employee morale and to keep employees abreast of activities across the two districts. The Public Relations Office also supports the Department by fulfilling requests for funeral booklet messages as well as congratulatory messages for celebratory events.

Marketing – The Public Relations Office uses advertising, public relations, social media, publications and the web presence to promote Department accomplishments, events and services.

Media Relations – The Public Relations Office works with the media to share Department news, information and stories by building solid relationships with members of the media. This is done through press releases, media advisories and other means of communication.

Graphic Design – The Public Relations Office creates visually appealing and high-quality graphics and designs to support the Department of Education's messages, for online, electronic and print mediums. 

Videography – The Public Relations Office, through the use of contracted vendors, manages the production of video campaigns for television, cinema and other digital methods to promote the Department’s schools, students, employees and leadership.

Online and Print Publications – The Public Relations Office produces monthly online newsletters and a bi-monthly print publication to promote the Department and its activities.

Television – In conjunction with WTJX Channel 12, the Public Relations Office produces a monthly talk show that explores a range of topics relevant to public education. The host-and-guest format features topics of student successes, educator effectiveness, curriculum and instruction, social influences affecting students, and a host of other subjects.

Website – The Public Relations Office takes the lead in managing the Department’s website (www.vide.vi) and monitors the online presentation of the Department on the Internet.

 

Sprauve School Christmas Program in the Park

The Julius Sprauve School delighted guests and tourists at their annual Christmas program held at the Frank Powell Park in Cruz Bay on December 21. Students performed a myriad of selections ranging from classical holiday jingles to cultural dance pieces.

Principal Marion Lynch Esannason welcomed students and guests to the program and wished everyone a happy holiday season. Assistant Principal Lisa Penn also brought greetings and acknowledged all the hard work students had put into the production. 2015-2016 Julius E. Sprauve School queen served as Mistress of Ceremony.

Sprauve School Ethnic Drummers, directed by Mr. Eddie Bruce, opened the program with an upbeat African drum beat selection. Sprauve music teacher Nancy Liburd then directed five Christmas carols performed by the kindergarten through fifth grade classes, to include the VI Holiday Medley, Sing Noel and Jingle Bells.  The middle school band, directed by band instructor Joyann Foster also performed holiday favorites on their instruments having recently learned to read music. The program closed out with Sprauve School Quadrille Dancers performing two types of promenades in cultural madras attire.

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2015-16 Smarter Balanced Scores Show Growth in ELA And Math

In the spring of 2016, the Department of Education successfully completed its second year of testing using the new Smarter Balanced assessments. The tests are aligned to higher academic standards being taught in Virgin Islands’ public schools and provide teachers and parents with more accurate information of how well students are performing as they prepare for college or the career of their choice. This year’s Smarter Balanced scores show students, territory-wide, have made gains when compared to scores from first-year testing that occurred in the spring of 2015.

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Cancryn Gets In The Holiday Spirit With “A Christmas On The Rise” Concert

The Addelita Cancryn Fine Arts Department welcomed family, friends and supporters to its A Christmas on the Rise Concert held December 8 in the school’s auditorium. The festive gathering featured new and familiar holiday selections from the jazz band, concert band, steel pan ensemble and concert choir.

The Mistress of Ceremony, Nisieni Griffith, gave the invocation and Assistant Principal Judy King-Edmeade welcomed guests in the true spirit of the season. A highlight of the evening came with the announcement of the evening’s release of the school’s Christmas on the Rise CD, featuring beautifully arranged pieces from the concert band, concert choir, jazz band and steel pan ensemble.

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Phone: 340-774-0100
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