Dr. Verona McCarthy

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Welcome to the 2011-2012 school year!  The Rubén Darío staff committed to providing a positive, challenging, and academically oriented learning environment for all students.  Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classes use the Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards which focus on students’ demonstrating mastery of curriculum.  Our goal is to provide learning activities which require high levels of critical thinking and reasoning, accompanied by application of learning to real-world situations.  Additionally, teachers will be focusing on specific skills in each of the content areas that, based on achievement data, need improvement.  An emphasis on reading and writing skills will be evident in all content areas.  Along with a strong academic program, there are many opportunities for our students to learn about music, technology, art, journalism, and health and wellness.  Our teachers are experienced and dedicated professionals who are committed to helping all students reach their full potential.

Success is not a matter of luck, but planning and organization.  Parents, you can support your student during middle school by checking to make sure that assignments are completed, staying in contact with teachers via email or telephone, and joining PTSA.  The consistent support and encouragement of parents result in greater success for all students.

I look forward to another successful school year.  Please stay involved, and call on your child’s teacher, counselor, or administrator for any assistance you may need during the 2011-2012 school year.


Dr. Verona McCarthy, Principal

Mrs. Fabiola Izaguirre

Assistant Principal
Community School
Mrs. Rose Fernandez