Principal's Message

  • Principal Priester  

    Principal Priester  

    Mrs. Cormic Priester

    Mother, Wife, Sister and Proud School Principal


    Dear Rock Family,

    I have the pleasure of sharing that our transition to face to face learning at school has been a success. Our scholars that are participating in eLearning at school or face to face at home are doing very well. It’s an honor to lead our entire Rock Island School Community and continue to maintain our sense of community and pride.

    Recently, a few revisions were made to the 2020-2021 school calendar. A copy of the school calendar can be found at In addition, our school hours are at 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, which is a change from the beginning of the school year.

    As we approach the holiday season, I want to wish our entire school community the best. I am extremely grateful for all of you and the love that you have for our school community. Every family has done an amazing job with making sure that their scholars are engaged daily.

    Teachers will distribute progress reports for the first quarter on Thursday, November 12th to all Rockets! I encourage you to take the time to review the progress report with your child to reflect on their accomplishments during the first quarter. Your child may receive a progress monitoring plan (PMP) with their progress report. Progress monitoring plans provide you with information about the types of strategies and support your child may receive daily to help them make progress in math, reading or both.

    All students are eligible to receive a free and nutritious breakfast daily. Breakfast helps our Rockets to begin their day on a positive note. Our school opens for breakfast at 8:00 am. Ms. Brown and her food and nutrition team greet our students with a smile and kind words daily. We thank them for all that they do for our scholars. Breakfast ends promptly at 8:30 am for all car riders and walkers. Please make sure your child arrives early to transition to class on time to participate in our classroom meeting initiative that supports Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Classroom meetings occur from 8:30 am to 8:45 am daily.

    Broward County Public Schools has a mobile application you may download. Register today and gain access to receive information, review meal menus, follow our school happenings and much more. Type in the registration link at or download the application using the QR scan code or application store information below.

    Morning arrival is improving. I owe the improvement to our staff and to all of you. Encourage your child to quickly exit the car while you remain in the passenger seat. A swift exit helps us all depart to our destinations on time. Please wait in the car line cue instead of driving around a car. Safety is a top priority and we want to make sure all of our scholars and families are safe.

    Please refer to the safety and security reminders and updates in the newsletter each month.

    You may follow me on Twitter @Principal RIE and on Class Dojo. Make every day remarkable and have a wonderful holiday season with your family.

    Mrs. Priester

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