Three St. Lucie principals were selected to participate in the Florida Department of Education’s Commissioner’s Leadership Academy conducted by the Council for Educational Change. The Academy is made up of 25 of the highest performing principals in the state of Florida. The intent is to build upon the skills of proven leaders so that they can serve as role models and coaches for others. Participants will return to their districts able to expand their area of influence and improve others’ ability to increase student achievement. Southport Middle School Principal Lydia Martin and Palm Pointe Educational Research School Principal Debbie Snyder are participants in the Academy, and Fort Pierce Central High School Principal Todd Smith is an alternate. Pictured with the principals are School Board Chair Debbie Hawley and Superintendent Genelle Yost.
The School Board recognized various school sites for their award winning VPK programs. The schools that were awarded the VPK Gold Seal Award are Bayshore Elementary, C.A. Moore Elementary, Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, Lakewood Park Elementary, Lawnwood Elementary, Northport K-8, Mariposa Elementary, Parkway Elementary, Samuel Gaines Academy, Savanna Ridge Elementary, St. Lucie Elementary, Weatherbee Elementary, and White City Elementary.
St. Lucie County middle school students from Southern Oaks and their teachers were recognized for achieving first place in the national competition of the Zero Robotics Challenge held on the International Space Station on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. The students recognized were Jaeger Johnson, April Vasquez, Maria Blaszkiewicz, Grisel Cabrera, Hansly Ledger, Michael Lefrancois, and Brooklynne Pimpo. The teachers who facilitated the teams are Kevin McInerney and Brian Jones. Also pictured are School Board Chair Debbie Hawley, Superintendent Genelle Yost, and Assistant Superintendent Kerry Padrick and Principal Lisa Sullivan. Congratulations!
Marcella Bianco, Wellness Program Manager FL Department of Health, along with two SWAT youth members, Vance Taylor and Victoria Binner gave a presentation to the School Board on September 10, 2013. SWAT members, SWAT advisors and partnership members were recognized for their accomplishments with the new Tobacco Free Environment Policy #2.90 that was recently passed on July 23, 2013.