Education leaders caution comparing 2012 school grades due to credibility issues of revamped accountability system

Fort Pierce, FL — School grades for Florida’s public schools for the 2011-2012 school year are expected to be released in early July, according to the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE). The announcement of school grades was delayed this year from FLDOE compared to previous years’ release schedules due to the implementation of significant changes…

St. Lucie School Board earns prestigious distinction

The distinction of “Master Board” was awarded to the St. Lucie County school district leadership team by the Florida School Boards Association at their Annual Spring Conference, held June 13 – 15, 2012, in Tampa. The St. Lucie County school district is one of only thirty-five (35) school districts in Florida to currently hold this…

Portable AED donated to Fort Pierce Central

Through the continued generosity of Cheryl and Ray Lalloo, who lost their daughter Jessica several years ago, Laura Lenihan, who lost her husband, the Jessica Clinton Foundation and the cooperation of AED provider Cardiac Science, a portable AED was donated to Fort Pierce Central High School at the June 12, 2012, St. Lucie County School…

Manatee Academy kindergartners enjoy Fancy Nancy day

Kindergartners at Manatee Academy recently dressed to impress and celebrated Fancy Nancy Day in the media center by exploring (that’s a fancy word for discovering) a Fancy Nancy glitter puzzle, listening to an original story by Media Specialist Debbie Remington titled “Radical Tad”, playing the Rad Tad fishing game, listening to the latest Fancy Nancy chapter…

Award winning projects celebrated by VGTI scientists

Seventh grade students in Claudy Bois’ and Joshua Burgess’ classrooms at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition were recently celebrated with a visit by Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) scientists for being named the overall district winners in the VGTI Grand Challenge! The challenge, posed to all seventh grade science classes in the…

Honor roll students recognized at Palm Pointe graduation

Eighth grade students were recognized at the recent graduation ceremony at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition for making the Principal’s Honor Roll. This award is for students with straight  As. Pictured, back row from left, St. Lucie County School Board vice chairman Debbie Hawley, Alexa McGlade, Genicia Williamson, Ashley Smith, Adonis Smartt and Shannon Robinson. Front…

Garden City student wins prize for reading

Student Takara Thomas was the grand prize winner of Garden City Early Learning Academy’s 100 Book Challenge. This year, the school was able to accept a donated computer as a prize to the winner. The challenge was that any time a student read over 250 steps (62.5 hours) during independent reading time or at home,…

Young Authors celebration held at Manatee Academy

The St. Lucie County Young Author Celebration sponsored by the St. Lucie County Reading Council was recently held at Manatee Academy. Over 200 parents and students enjoyed author Donna Gephart, a light lunch, book fair and free books and prizes. Pictured is the organization’s Executive Council, who made the event happen, from left, Vince Scotto, Debbie Remington,…

Forest Grove Middle students visited by Holocaust survivor

Olga Drucker, a Holocaust Kindertransport child (http://www.kindertransport.org/), visited with Ilyssa Greene’s sixth grade language arts students. Mrs. Drucker read excerpts from Kindertransport (http://us.macmillan.com/kindertransport/OlgaDrucker), her autobiography, which is a children’s book that covers her six years in England and reunion with her parents in 1945. She spoke with students about the impact separation and reunification had…

Weatherbee Elementary safety patrol earns special trip

Weatherbee Elementary Safety Patrol members celebrated a year of successful service to their school with a field trip to SeaWorld in Orlando.  Members not only assisted students and staff at arrival and dismissal each day, but truly served as role models for younger students.  Students participated in a fund-raising event with the assistance of Weatherbee’s faculty and…

Kindergarten Pinning celebrated at Palm Pointe

Kindergarten students are seen with their teachers Patricia Ifill-Bowen, left, and Kristy Henderson at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition as they perform a few songs for parents during their recent Kindergarten Pinning Ceremony. This celebration was to recognize the kindergarten students and celebrate all that they had learned in their first year at Palm Pointe. Now,…

Northport kindergartners celebrate a special day

Northport K-8 students, parents, grandparents, administrators and kindergarten teachers Megan Castiglia, Chelse Goergen, Kara McNair, Melody Nieves, Staci Saunders and Nancy Yost recently celebrated Moving Up Day as students proudly accepted accolades for their many accomplishments as beginning Northport learners.  Students each received a picture with principal Glenn Rustay and assistant principals Benigna Montenegro and…