Messages From Superintendent

September 17, 2021

Superintendent UpdatesI’ll start this week’s message with a huge congratulations to ALL of our traditional schools. We learned this week that each campus was named a Florida PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) Resilience Model School for the 2020-2021 school year.

Flagler Schools has invested in the PBIS model for a number of years and this is the second time every school in the district is a PBIS Model School. The Resilience Award was created this year to award campuses for the ongoing challenges and additional work needed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This program is a set of strategies based in behavioral and biomedical science that enhances student quality of life and reduces problem behaviors. Research conducted nationally shows that full implementation of this framework leads to improved student outcomes. By actively using this framework, we are developing student skills, making changes to the school environment, acknowledging appropriate student behavior, and using data to identify needed supports for our students.

September 15–October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Flagler Schools recognizes the impact and importance that Hispanic-Americans have on our state and our community. I also encourage our students to take part in the statewide art or essay contest. Parents and administrators can also nominate a Flagler Schools educator for the Excellence in Education Award. Details for both can be found here.

Flagler Schools congratulates four Flagler-Palm Coast High School students who were named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. They are Sean Gilliam, Paul Grau, Kenneth Logan, and Daniel Wolcott. I wish them all the best and hope the four of them are on the same list when the finalists are announced later this school year. Semifinalists represent the top 1% of all high school seniors throughout the United States.

Finally, Flagler County’s population is growing daily. If you are qualified, we are looking to fill a number of teaching, bus driving, paraprofessional, and substitute positions. If you,or someone you know is interested, we’d love to have you join the Flagler Schools family. You can start the process by visiting our HR department on our website.

Working Together,

Cathy Mittelstadt

Superintendent, Flagler Schools
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