Saturday, June 28, 2014

Graduates of Crooked Tree Village Government School - 2014

The Boys - 2014
You've come so far. You've worked so hard. Your graduation is a new and open door.

Congratulations to the students, teachers and people of Crooked Tree Village on the graduation class of 2014. 

The Class of 2014 
Principal, Winnie Gillett

All photos by Amber Wade 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Central American Championships - Tegucigalpa, Honduras

 The Belizean Team
A delegation of Belizean athletes and their coaches left Belize on June  20, 2014 to participate in the 25th Central American Championship Games in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  The athletes won a total of 10 medals; 1 Gold 6 Silver and 3 Bronze.

Regarding the Belizean females, Katy Sealy was outstanding, taking the gold in the heptathlon with a Belize national record, and in hurdles. Alexia Neal won silvers in the 100m and 400m hurdles. 

For the male athletes, Brandon Jones took silver medals in the 200m sprint, long jump and triple jump, and Kenneth Medwood took home silver in the 400meter hurdles. 

The games are sponsored by CADICA (Conferacion Athletica del Istmo Centroamericano)

Katy Sealy - Central American Heptathlon Champion 2014 
Katy Sealy's Gold Medal - Heptathlon Champion 

Alexa Neal - Silver Medalist in the 100 and 400 Hurdles  
Katy Sealy with BAAA President, Sutherland 
Team Belize's coach, Evans

Photos via Katy Sealy's on Facebook and Alexa Neal via Instagram

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Workplace Rights For Belizeans In The US

The Honorable Roland York, The Consulate General of Belize and Ruben Rosalez, Regional Administrator from the U.S Department of Labor, Wage, and Hours division (WHD) has come together today to sign a memorandum of understanding to bring awareness of workplace laws and regulations applicable to Belizeans in the U.S. The objective of this agreement is to help Belizeans understand their workplace rights, in particularly with regard to violations of the minimum wage, working overtime and not being paid, child labor, record keeping and all laws establish under the Fair Labor Standards Act. 

Belizeans who have worked in the U.S and returned home and even deportees who worked and left the U.S being owed wages, can collect their back pay and benefits through this initiative. 

For more information contact the Belize consulate at (323) 634-9900 or Ralph Valles at the U.S Department of Labor, Wage, and Hour division (626) 732-4928.

The WHD is working to get Belizeans their money owed and establish a system for referring complaints about unfair Labor practices. 

Know your rights! 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Crooked Tree Village Tops The Primary School Examination - Belize

Ashton Tillett, Top PSE Scorer, 2014
Ashton with family members in Crooked Tree Village
Principal of Crooked Tree Village School, Winnie Gillett
Verla Jex, PSE teacher
The Primary School Examination (PSE) results were announced this week and the Crooked Tree Village School top the nation with the highest score. A total of 19 students sat the exams and all of them were successful.

Twelve year old Ashton Tillett was the top scorer for Crooked Tree School with a score of 381 of 400. The top 5 for Crooked Tree School are Ashton Tillett, Damion Tillett, Raheema Sealy, Gabriel Crawford and Elias Flowers.

According to a release from the Belize Ministry of Education, across Belize, seven thousand two hundred and forty five students sat the exams. As has been for the past several years, the results show major weaknesses in Maths, English and Social Studies. In Maths forty seven percent of the students scored below the fifty percent of the passing grade; in English the grades improved slightly, and fifty-eight percent of the students performed at satisfactory levels in Social Sciences, which is below the level from last year. 

Ashton Tillett, the number one student in Belize along with the principal of Crooked Tree Village School Winnie Gillett were interviewed by the news media, News 5 Belize and this is what they had to say.   

“I feel totally satisfied and it is a great feeling to finally reach a goal that you have tried so hard for. It is a good feeling. I prayed to God and I asked him to be there for me. I couldn't have done this without some special teachers from school; Verla Jex and all the other teachers that supported me with additional morning classes. I think what helped me on the English is because I like to read a lot and I like to study. All were easy except for the Math Two which was a little bit challenging because I think they put a piece of high school work in it and I think that was what took me down a little. To me, the subject that was easiest was English. I am always good at English and most of the subjects.”

Principal, Winnie Gillett:

It is one of the best feelings. I can’t even explain how we felt when we got the news that we had topped the country. it is something that we've been aiming for because we are always thriving for the best. As our school motto says, “Thriving for Excellence.” So I guess we've reached excellence and we will strife harder for next year.”

Congratulations to Crooked Tree Village!!!!

All photos via 5 News