Fernandina Beach Middle School is recognized in the 2008 PRESLM Ranked Magazines by receiving a Superior ‚Äì Nominated Highest Award for Smorgasbord, All You Can Read.
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. This mission statement was adopted in 1990:
“The Council promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.‚Äù
NCTE‚Äôs Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM) recognizes students, teachers, and schools for producing excellent literary magazines. The program‚Äôs mission is to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines, seeking excellence in writing and school-wide participation in production. Participation in the program serves as an inducement for improving the quality of school literary magazines. Judges evaluate and rank middle school, junior high, and high school literary magazines. Critiques of individual magazines are not provided. Results for 2009 will be posted on the website in January.
The student literary magazine program is open to all senior high, junior high, and middle schools throughout the United States, Canada, Virgin Islands, and to American schools abroad. Only one entry may be submitted per school. In cases where a school publishes more than one magazine or more than one issue per year, a selection committee should be formed at the school to select the best entry. Two or more schools may not join to submit one entry. District wide magazines produced by student staff are eligible if such magazines are developed in a district that does not have individual school literary magazines. Note: The following types of magazines are not eligible: K-elementary magazines and other kinds of publications, e.g., newspapers, yearbooks. Evidence of plagiarism will disqualify a magazine.