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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.
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.