Principal's Message

  • Principal

    Mrs. Cormic Priester

    Mother, Wife, Sister and Proud School Principal


    Welcome to Remarkable Rock Island! I am your proud principal. As I begin my sixth school year as Principal of Rock Island Elementary (RIE) School, I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of children. Our Rock Island community aims to accomplish this by setting high academic expectations for all children and providing supportive systems to assure the needs of scholars are met. As a proud product of 33311, I see myself in each scholar and I commit the work at Rock Island to specifically develop the promising futures of those that we serve daily.

    By setting high expectations for students, increasing parent involvement and engaging the community, it is my goal to continue the progress made over the years. Rock Island is a cornerstone of the community and has made a positive impact on the lives of scholars for more than 63 years.

    Serving the community, while we ensure all scholars receive a first-class education is a priority. Our school provides a safe, secure, and inviting environment to all stakeholders. I find that my role as your proud principal gives me an opportunity to advance the legacy of Rock Island as a premiere school where children and families are first. Rock Island is home to the "Rockets". Rockets accelerate in an upward motion and defeat the laws of gravity to blaze into the galaxy and ultimately reach the stars. My belief is that our faculty and staff are the scientist that contribute to a successful lift off for scholars to reach their goals and dreams.

    Eleven years ago, I began my career as an administrator and I take great pride in my ability to establish positive relationships with children, faculty, staff, business partners, parents, grandparents, and volunteers. My years of experience began as a classroom teacher, which led to my opportunity to serve as a behavior specialist, literacy coach and administrator. My experiences help me make informative decisions that are in the best interest of scholars and families.

    It is my pleasure to return to my home as an educator. I am a daughter of 33311 and a proud alumnas of Dillard High School, Bethune-Cookman University and Florida Atlantic University. As a proud product of the Dillard and Rock Island community I am pleased to serve as a positive role model to scholars. My educational philosophy is grounded in the belief that every scholar can learn and succeed if they receive consistent and positive support from a village of positive mentors in their life.

    I am a wife to a fellow product of 33311 and a mother of two amazing young men. I make every decision with my children in mind. I have an open-door policy and I am highly visible on campus for all that visit. You will see me on campus greeting scholars, visitors, and parents. My

    favorite part of the day is when our scholars arrive at school. I take great pride in greeting scholars in the morning to prepare them for a positive and productive day.

    I respect the input and perspectives of all stakeholders to improve the learning experience for scholars. I look forward to meeting all members of the Rock Island Family as we prepare for the 2022-2023 school year.

    Here are just a few of our accomplishments during the 2021-2022 school year:

    Each year, I always share our latest accomplishments. This year is no different. I am pleased to announce that we improved our school rating and our overall performance by 117 points according to the school grade calculation formula for the State of Florida. As a result, we have a "C" rating. Overall, we earned forty-nine (49%) of points available, which is the most significant increase in the past 10 years. We were 5 percentage points from a "B". I am confident that we will continue to make more progress. Here are a few more of our accomplishments to celebrate and share with you:

    1. Our 5th grade reading scores were among the highest in the state, district, and cadre. Fifty percent of our scholars were proficient on the 2021-2022 Florida Standards Assessment (F.S.A) as compared to nine (9%) of students during the 2020-2021 school year, which is a 41% percentage point increase.

    2. Science scores in fifth grade improved by 8 percentage points. Any increase of 3 percentage points or higher is considered significant.

    3. Fourth and fifth grade writing scores were phenomenal. Ninety-four of one hundred twenty-three students scored at least a six out of ten on the writing portion of the test.

    4. Sixty-seven percent of scholars made a learning gain on the English Language Arts portion of the F.S.A., which means our scholars showed evidence of a year or more of growth from the previous school year.

    5. We have an award-winning Robotics Team that continues to hold the honor of earning 1st Place in the Broward Elementary Robotics Competition. Our “Rocket” engineers are dynamic!

    6. A “High Achiever” class is present on all grade levels. I am most proud of the work that these scholars do as they work towards academic excellence.

    7. In an effort to maintain the momentum of our parent-teacher-student relationships a few scholars have looped with their current teacher. The looping concept began under my tenure at Rock Island, although this practice is not new. Looping is when a teacher moves up with his/her core class and remains as their teacher for the next school year.

    Many of our scholars that loop with their teacher(s) have made significant gains as a result.

    8. We provide resources to our school community through our school-based School Social Worker and Community Liaison.

    9. We strive to meet the needs of our families and provide first-class customer service to our parents and children. My door is always open, and I welcome parental input and participation.

    10. We will continue to provide intensive reading interventions and/or enrichment to all scholars during the “Rocket Power Hour”. The data collected during that period is used to help scholar(s) meet his/her full potential.

    11. Our School-Wide Positive Behavior Plan is recognized by the State of Florida as a Gold rated plan, which also means that our practices are exemplary. We provide ample opportunities for our scholars to earn recognition through positive reinforcement. As a school-wide Class Dojo school and through the implementation of the morning meeting concept, our positive behavior plan is amongst the best in Florida. We always celebrate our scholars through recognition awards and celebratory events.

    12. We create a safe and conducive learning environment for our scholars throughout the one hundred eighty-day school year.

    13. We offer a first-class art, computer science, physical education, and social emotional learning lab to our scholars.

    14. We also launched a string quartet during the 2022 school year. Fourth and fifth grade scholars are encouraged to learn how to play the violin.