About Us

 

Our Vision:

Maximize educational systems that empower students to successfully transition into a globally competitive society.

 

School Mission:

Perpetuate our commitment to educational excellence through:

  • Rigorous and relevant curriculum
  • Accountability
  • Stakeholder relationships

 

History:

Bluewater Elementary School, Home of the Seminoles, is a public school that opened its doors under the leadership of Dr. Robert McEachern in August of 1990. This school year, Bluewater Elementary School celebrates our 24th Anniversary! We are proud of our past and look forward eagerly to the future.

A tradition of academic excellence continues as standardized test scores reflect our success. The State of Florida awarded Bluewater Elementary an A+ ranking for the past nine years. The school recorded its highest ever-academic scores and led the district in reading, mathematics, writing, and science.

Bluewater Elementary School remains committed to our School Mission. We will seek to provide a caring, child-centered environment brought about through the cooperation of teachers, parents, students and the community. We recognize the child as the central focus of the school and we accept his/her individuality and uniqueness. Through mutual respect, we will build a foundation of honesty and trust. It is from this foundation that creativity and curiosity can spark a lifelong love of learning.

Bluewater Elementary School is a school that truly excels! We are thankful for the direction, leadership and support provided by staff members, parents, volunteers and community members who work hard everyday to provide a safe, inviting and challenging environment where children experience success.

 

Profile:

Bluewater Elementary School, home of the Seminoles, is a public school located in the Florida Panhandle with approximately 850 students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade. The enrollment at Bluewater Elementary School has increased this year due to the arrival of members of the military working with the F35. The local population is generally comprised of upper middle class working and retired citizens with a significant number of military and civilian government employees in technical fields. Approximately 14% of the student body receives Free and Reduced Breakfasts and Lunches. The student population at Bluewater Elementary School is comprised of 2% Asian, 3% Hispanic, 2% Black, 7% Indian/Mixed, and 85% White with the minority rate at 16%. The school community is actively involved supporting Bluewater Elementary, providing over 5,500 hours of volunteer time to assist in the classroom and mentor students. The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is an organization of extremely involved parent leaders. This support goes beyond financial assistance and includes numerous committees that work to provide on-going support and guidance to the school. Parents are also represented on the Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Board which meets monthly.

We are very grateful to community organizations for their support of our programs and projects. Bluewater Bay Garden Club and the United Way help keep our campus beautiful by providing volunteers. Local businesses contribute to our fundraisers and extracurricular activities, with door prizes, silent auction items etc. Military personnel provide mentors and our media center is staffed with volunteers. A great deal of additional support is provided to teachers by our PTO and classroom volunteers.

 

Under the leadership and direction of our School Advisory Council, faculty, support personnel, and parents at Bluewater Elementary School high academic standards are set annually. All staff are committed to providing a safe, inviting, and challenging environment for each student. With highly qualified teachers, school-based professional development, research-based reading and mathematics instruction, students are expected to master the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSS) and continue to make academic growth and achievement significantly above the norm.

Various instructional delivery models are utilized across grade levels. In Kindergarten through Second grade, eighteen of the twenty two classrooms are departmentalized by English/Language Arts and Math/Science. Third grade is completely self-contained with the exception of our two Team Quest classes (Gifted and Talented). Twelve of our fourteen teachers in grades four and five are departmentalized, with two self contained. All grades First through Fifth include two Team Quest classes (gifted and talented) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) programs provide academic support through consultation and resource services as well as Speech, Language, Occupational and Physical Therapy for eligible students with disabilities. A Pre-Kindergarten Disabilities class is also provided for eligible students ages 3 to 5.

An extensive array of activities is available for students in kindergarten through fifth grades during and after school as well as in the summer months. These activities include but are not limited to participation in Student Council, Young Astronauts, Green Team, Abrakadoodle, Drama Kids, Yearbook, Computer Club, and Camp Invention. All students participate in Art, Music, and Physical Education during the school day. A Math Camp was provided during the 2013 summer and included rising fourth and fifth graders. Participants were selected based on FCAT scores.

 

Bluewater Elementary School consists of a Project Child primary and intermediate curriculum strand and an on-site, self-contained, challenging program for students identified as Gifted or Talented in first through fifth grades. Students are also taught in self-contained classrooms or classes with flexible grouping or departmentalization. Exceptional Student Education (ESE) programs include Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), Speech, Language, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy.

The Media Center houses the school’s professional library, computer lab, mobile computer lab, four iPad labs, and more than 18,000 books. The professional library contains resources for teachers and includes guided reading sets, professional books, reader’s theater sets, picture book sets, literature circles sets, listening stations, books to support writer’s workshop, and books to support science and math instruction. Teachers may visit the computer lab with their class or utilize the mobile lab which contains 25 student laptops, a printer, and a projector. Our laptop lab as well as the iPad labs, are checked out by teachers for use in their classrooms. As of May 2010, Bluewater Elementary has wireless Internet capabilities enabling our teachers to integrate technology throughout their daily instruction; wireless internet capabilities have been expanded to include newly opened portable classroom

Bluewater Elementary has maintained a grade of A+ according to the Florida School Accountability System for the past eleven years and has met the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) state proficiency targets for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).Our focus on the economically disadvantaged as well as students scoring level 1 and 2 in reading and math resulted in our school grade of A being maintained based on adequate growth rates. Since the school opened in 1990, it has continued to maintain accreditation through the regional accrediting agency.

The large military and civil service population increases the transitory nature of the student population, which frequently requires additional pedagogical intervention for students to meet the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSS) as well as the Common Core State Standards. Approximately 55% of our student population comes to us from our local military community. In addition to our regular School Counselor, who provides services to all of our students supporting individual academic and social needs, a Military Family Life Counselor has joined our staff and will work with individuals, smalls groups and families of military personnel. This was provided through a military grant. This year Second through Fifth grades will join Kindergarten and First grade in implementation of the Common Core State Standards in the areas of Language Arts and Mathematics. A school-wide focus, guided by the Visible Learning research of John Hattie, is to develop methods of assisting students in tracking their own progress while monitoring and self-reporting their grades. This method of vesting students in their own learning was shown in Hattie’s research to have the greatest effect size of any learning strategy. Bluewater Elementary School is able to maintain its high academic success through ongoing data analysis of student assessments, current professional development, usage of best practice strategies, supportive parents and community in addition to a highly qualified, professional staff. The school’s continued success in maintaining a high level of academic proficiency in Reading, Mathematics, Writing, and Science is evidenced by student performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) in grades 3-5 and the Discovery Education Assessment (DEA) in Kindergarten through Second grade.

 

 

                                

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