St. Lucie Education Channel added to U-verse lineup

All subscribers to AT&T U-verse service in St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, and Palm Beach counties can now view programming on the St. Lucie Education Channel, WLX-TV. This advancement adds thousands of viewers to the school district programming to those already watching on Comcast Channels 13, 19 and Hometown Cable 19 covering St. Lucie County. Connectivity to the AT&T network utilizes V-Brick technology that has been in place in the school district for five years through Media Services; there is no cost to the school district to be added to the AT&T U-verse lineup. St. Lucie Public Schools joins the Public, Education and Government (PEG) channels for Indian River County Schools, the cities of Fort Pierce and West Palm Beach, and Martin and St. Lucie counties on the channel. To view WLX-TV programming, AT&T U-verse subscribers should tune to channel 99, press OK on the remote. Then, look for and navigate to St. Lucie County Community Channels, click OK, then look for WLX-TV and press OK.

School Board votes to extend superintendent search

The St. Lucie County School Board today decided to extend the search for a successor to retiring Superintendent Michael Lannon during a meeting with search consultant Jim Huge. Huge began the meeting by announcing that finalist Scott Bailey withdrew his candidacy due to personal health issues. Board members could come to no clear consensus in selecting a new superintendent, so they discussed several options suggested by Huge, from selecting one of the finalists, to beginning the process anew later in the year. Board members named their top three candidates — Agnella Perera, Mark Rendell and Darci Mohr — whom Huge will contact to determine their interest in continuing the process, and will also reach out to several other qualified candidates who were not available at the onset of the search process but have shown an interest in being considered. The meeting, which was open to the public, will be broadcast on the district’s educational channel on Comcast 13, 19 or Hometown 19 and posted on the district’s web site at http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/seasonal/superintendent-search.aspx. Deputy Superintendent Genelle Yost has been named interim superintendent as of July 1, 2013 and will serve in that capacity until a new superintendent is named.

Jaguar Battalion presents colors for graduating seniors

Jaguar Battalion presents colors for graduating seniors

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion supported the Port St. Lucie High’s graduation ceremony with the Presentation of the Colors. Leading the color guard was C/CPL Lily Durst, C/2LT Ashlee Seipel carrying the State Flag followed by the two guards, C/1LT James Williams and C/SSG Tyrone Salazar. Afterwards, the band played the National Anthem, led by John McGallagher, and senior class president Jemima Thermidor led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Senior Class of 2013 played a major role in leading the Jaguar Battalion to success. Pictured, from left, C/1LT James Williams, C/CPL Lily Durst, C/2LT Ashlee Seipel, and C/SSG Tyrone Salazar. Picture by Kayla Figueroa.

Northport celebrates graduates and honors DDay heroes

Northport celebrates graduates and honors DDay heroes

Northport K-8 School celebrated the annual formal eighth grade graduation ceremony recently with several hundred parents, grandparents and family members present in the school gymnasium. Instructor Angel Bracero, who is also the pastor of the Lighthouse Church in Port St. Lucie, gave a moving and funny imparting of words and advice as guest speaker, referencing George Jefferson and “Moving on Up,” encouraging students to always move forward and choose the right friends. The school community also honored the Northport K-8 School Veteran Partners In Education by beginning the program with an Honor Guard of all branches of the military and veterans from all across the county. Students honored Sgt. Ray Carter, a D-Day hero who fought at Normandy Beach and Omaha Beach as part of the 69th anniversary of D-Day. In addition, Northport Veteran Partners also dedicated a replica of the Presidential limousine inscribed with the American flag to add to the school’s collection of veteran and military memorabilia. Pictured are the Honor Guard and parent in the center, Sgt. Yobany White, United States Army Veteran who served in Iraq from 2000-2006. Sgt. White is the father of graduate Johanna Vergara.

Eighth grade 2013 mural complete at Palm Pointe

Eighth grade 2013 mural complete at Palm Pointe

Eighth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently celebrated their graduation from middle school and are getting ready to embark on new challenges at the high school level. Each year the graduating class designs a mural depicting something special about their last year at Palm Pointe.  This year, the design team’s theme was “The End Is A New Beginning”. With the NASA space program coming to a close, and the students leaving Palm Pointe, the students decided to use the rocket as this year’s theme.  Pictured is the design team, from left, Anna Cardenal, Dharic LaGrandeur, Alexander Emmert, Paula Hoheb and Sergio Solari.