Neptune Middle School's Family Literacy Night project has been selected as a regional winner for the Florida Department of Education/Florida Parent Teacher Association's 2015-2016 Family and Community Involvement Award. The school's project, designed to pique student interest in reading and writing, was selected as a model that successfully engages parents in meaningful school-based programs.
Throughout Celebrate Literacy Week, Neptune Middle's different content areas participate in lessons tied to an author's upcoming visit to the school. This year, Roland Smith, a young adult fiction and nonfiction writer, participated with the school. Mathematics classrooms had students compete in problem-solving activities related to his 39 Clues book, while science classrooms conducted tornado and volcano demonstrations related to his Storm Runners book series. Physical Education classes had students climb the school's rock wall and discuss the book Peak. Language Arts teachers engaged in a Battle of the Books with teachers competing with students to answer questions about Roland Smith books. During the day of the author's visit to the school, seventh grade students attended assemblies during which Mr. Smith spoke to them regarding his passion for reading, writing, science, and travel. A Family Literacy Night was held that evening with the author, featuring interactive activities for parents and students to do together. In addition, Mr. Smith was named honorary Director of the Neptune Middle School Cryptid Museum, which was based on his book series called The Cryptid Hunters.