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Gladys Abraham's Nyeema Henderson Wins STTJ District Primary Spelling Bee

April 7, 2017



 ST. THOMAS, USVI— The Gladys Abraham Elementary School took home its second Spelling Bee victory this year as second grader Nyeema Henderson correctly spelled “secede” to win the 2017 St. Thomas-St. John District Primary Spelling Bee held Thursday, April 6 at the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School auditorium. 

Elementary Programs Coordinator Kalamis Maduro opened the program by bringing greetings on behalf of Insular and Deputy Superintendents Dionne Wells-Hedrington, Raquel Berry Benjamin and Michael Harrigan. Maduro praised the students for achieving the milestone of making it to the Primary Spelling Bee and reminded them that they are all winners. 

“No matter what the results are of the Spelling Bee today, all of these students are winners and we definitely look forward to seeing them participate in the intermediate spelling bee when they move onto the fourth grade” she said. 

Twenty in-school winners from public, private and parochial schools participated in the Primary Bee, which lasted for 11 rounds. The students held strong with the first elimination coming only after five rounds. Round 10 met Joseph Sibilly third grader Annalisa Fletcher and Henderson with a challenging matchup, where Henderson was victorious. 

All Spelling Bee participants received a trophy, spelling bee pencils and erasers, three books from Scholastic and a personalized Webster’s dictionary. The top six finalists also took home a Bananagrams game and the winner additionally received an iPad. 

Maduro also explained that the St. Croix district is working to establish its district Primary Spelling Bee and similar to the Intermediate Spelling Bee, the top six from both districts will advance to compete in the territorial competition. 

The top six finalists from the St. Thomas-St. John district in order of placement are Nyeema Henderson, Gladys Abraham; Annalisa Fletcher, Joseph Sibilly; Mirza Baig, Lockhart Elementary; Adore Defoe, Joseph Gomez; De'Aneysha Hill, Julius E. Sprauve; and T'Marii Francis, Bethel Baptist Day School. 




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Hola, Puerto Rico! CHS Foreign Languages Club Visits Isla Del Encanto


April 6, 2017



 ST. CROIX, USVI – Students and faculty involved in the St. Croix Central High School (CHS) Foreign Languages Program travelled to Puerto Rico March 19 to 24 as part of a cultural educational exchange program. The annual trip is conducted to give students the opportunity to explore the educational offerings of the American Commonwealth, as well as immerse themselves in the culture of the island. 

The students visited various museums, Cavern Park (Caves), Observatory of Arecibo, Mayaguez Zoo, as well as toured the “Capitolio” (Legislature), various parts of Old San Juan and received a warm welcome from the President of the Camera of Representatives Hon. Carlos J. Mendez. 

CHS students also enjoyed exchanges with the Escuela Hotelera de San Juan (Culinary), Mayaguez Campus and the School of Art and Culture of Municipality of Mayaguez. They also received enrolment information from the National University College and Puerto Rico University campuses of Mayaguez. 

The trip was led by the Foreign Languages Program staff, including Eli A. Torres, instructor; Monifa Steele, chairperson and Mr. Ehsan Said, chaperon. 

The VI Lottery, Office of Special Grants of the Department of Education and other sponsors helped make the trip possible. Special thanks to the Municipality of Mayaguez, PR and Mayor Hon. José G. Rodríguez for the warm hospitality. 



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STTJ Educators Receive President's Award at Technology Conference in Oregon


April 6, 2017


ST. THOMAS, USVI –Twelve educators and educational leaders from the St. Thomas-St. John district received the President’s Award at the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE)

46th Annual Conference and Expo for their innovative and successful practices of technology use in education. The conference, themed, “Bridging Today’s Capabilities with Tomorrow’s

Opportunities” was held March 22-24 in Portland, Ore., and brings together educators of all grade levels to share discoveries and develop solutions to challenges they face while connecting to a

global network of education resources.


The Virgin Islands Department of Education has been involved with NCCE since 2014 through sponsorship of the Department’s Territories and Freely Associated States Educational Grant

(T&FASEG). NCCE teaches educators how to integrate technology into their classrooms through a train-the-trainers initiative known as Technology Integration to Improve Teaching and Learning

(TITL). This year, TITL educators were not only conference attendees, but also conference presenters. They gave presentations on topics, such as working smarter, not harder; educational

software; and nurturing technology use in the classroom and for school administrators. 


Alice Joseph, Department of Education T&FASEG program director, expressed pride in the employees that attended the conference. “Our teachers presented on relevant and interested topics

and demonstrated full knowledge and experience on their topics,” Ms. Joseph said. “As I sat in on the presentations, and in a few instances, I had to stand because the room was full, I felt a sense of

pride. I am very proud and do appreciate all of the TITL participants.”


Shortly before the keynote addresses, given by Google’s Jamie Casap and Kevin Carroll, a former Nike executive and founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst, LLC, NCCE’s president Richard Snyder

presented the VIDE educators with the 2017 President’s Award for their significant strides in technology innovation in the St. Thomas-St. John district.


“In 2012, NCCE helped to develop a program that was built to foster leadership in teaching and the effective use of technology,” Mr. Snyder said. “We partnered with a group of energetic teachers

that were excited to learn, yet struggled. They struggled with access to technology, they struggled with lack of resources for their students. They struggled with fear and hesitation to try something

new. Five years later, this group of educators have become leaders at home and leaders abroad.  They have embraced change and modelled growth-mindset in how they teach and learn.”

NCCE is the largest education organization in the Northwest devoted to providing professional development opportunities to educators. VIDE TITL educators have attended 2015, 2016 and 2017



VIDE Presenters at the 2017 NCCE Conference:

  • Kisha and Terence Corbett presented on “OneNote for Administrators”
  • Judy King-Edmeade, Damiana Gonzalez-Williams and Eustacia Steinbergen-Mells presented on “Nurturing Technology Use in Your Building Through Coaching, Engaging
  • Professional Development, and Collaboration”
  • Renita Rhymer presented on “Burst Into Bloomz”
  • Peter Wholihan and Leroy Groeneveldt presented on “Virgin Islands & New Jersey Student Concerns: Technology and Data Empower Students”
  • Donnia Attidore-Meyers presented on “Working Smarter, Not Harder with Adobe Spark”
  • Astrid Hypolite presented on “OneNote: Everything in One Place”
  • Juanita Frett presented on “Kahoot It”
  • Eleanor Francois presented on “Using Technology for Formative-based Assessments”



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