Northport K-8 celebrates Black History Month

Northport K-8 celebrates Black History Month

Northport K-8 School recently celebrated Black History month with a wonderful program that included guest speaker Dr. Dwight Dawkins, who encouraged students to do their best and to have high aspirations. Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion led the program with an honor guard, and Northport choral students from all grade levels sang the “National Anthem,” “Elijah,” and “Tribute to Martin Luther King.” Students also listened to a Black History moment on the morning announcements showcasing contributions of Black Americans. The school cafeteria, along with culinary program students under the direction of instructor Rachel Ellsworth, offered a tempting Southern luncheon for all teachers and staff. As a conclusion to the programming, students and teachers were encouraged to dress in costumes and clothing from their own heritage. Northport K-8 School honors the heritage of the entire community and celebrates “Many Cultures, One Country!” Special thank you to guidance counselor Diane Reynolds for organizing the multicultural salute to Black history! Pictured is Northport Pre-K instructor Victoria Frazier and several of her students, who dressed for Northport Multicultural Day. Students pictured, from left, are Isabella Zuniga, William Hairston, Mikayla Rivera, Vanessa Hall, Tayshaun Byfield and Kucas Cardoso.

Fort Pierce Westwood High wrestler moves to state competition

Fort Pierce Westwood High wrestler moves to state competition

A member of the Fort Pierce High School wrestling team placed fourth in recent regional competition and is advancing to state competition. Pictured, from left, is Jarvis Gamble, district champion in the 195-pound weight class who is now preparing for the statewide meet, Coach Michael Torres, and Errol Pottinger, district champion in the 120-pound weight class.

St. Lucie West K8 kindergartners visit aquatic center

St. Lucie West K8 kindergartners visit aquatic center

St. Lucie West K8 School kindergartners recently enjoyed visiting the Florida Oceanographic Center. Students enjoyed opportunites to learn about local ocean life, such as petting stingrays. Pictured, from left, are Abigail Wiley, Lilliana Boham, Sophia Rodriguez, Jahari Wiggan, Caden Ongel, Kiara Rodriguez, and Adrian Pardo-Canedo.

Employee of the year finalists recognized

Employee of the year finalists recognized

Finalists for two of the four annual employee recognition groups for St. Lucie Public Schools were awarded plaques and presented during the February 11, 2014, school board meeting. The St. Lucie County Education Foundation recognized and presented plaques to Teacher of the Year (TOY) finalists Oak Hammock K-8 media specialist Heather Bolitho, Fort Pierce Central High School band and choral director Matthew Boswell, and Fairlawn Elementary School media specialist Kelly Ridle. School Related Employee of the Year (SREY) finalists recognized were Palm Pointe Educational Research School health paraprofessional Michelle DeGarmo, Allapattah Flats K-8 School office clerk Adela DellaCroce, and Parkway Elementary School nutrition manager Angelina Jean-Louis. Local winners in these two categories will go on to state competition. Pictured, from left, are Education Foundation Executive Board members Richard Kolleda and Carissa Zerga, TOY finalist Kelly Ridle, Education Foundation board member Robbi Giaccone, School Board vice chairman Dr. Donna Mills, TOY finalist Matthew Boswell, St. Lucie County Board of County Commission member Tod Mowery, TOY finalist Heather Bolitho, Education Foundation board member and CTA/CU president Vanessa Tillman, SREY finalist Michelle DeGarmo, School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, SREY finalist Angelina Jean-Louis, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Education Foundation Honorary Director Elizabeth Mallonee, SREY finalist Adela DellaCroce, Education Foundation board member and school district employee recognition coordinator Candace Stone, and Foundation Executive Director Jim McKenzie. Winners of these programs, as well as local recognitions for Outstanding First Year Teacher and Distinguished Minority Educator, will be announced February 22, 2014, during the annual Night of the Stars gala sponsored by the Education Foundation and the St. Lucie County School Board.

School district continues powerful energy rebate partnership with FPL

School district continues powerful energy rebate partnership with FPL

The St. Lucie County School Board was presented a rebate check in the amount of nearly $680,000 at the February 11, 2014, business meeting from Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) as a result of completion and verification of chiller plant replacement projects at Port St. Lucie High School, Mariposa Elementary and Southern Oaks Middle School. The school district has partnered with FPL over several years on school energy upgrades that both reduce energy consumption and reduce the need for FPL to upgrade their systems or build new power plants. The rebate program covers thermal energy storage, demand control ventilation and replacement of more efficient equipment. Pictured, front row from left, are from FPL Major Accounts Manager Jim Albury, School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Executive Director Marty Sanders, Senior Project Manager John Gillette, and Amir Kazeminia, OCI Associates Inc., chiller plant design engineer and member of district’s Energy Advisory Team. Back row, from left, are school board member Troy Ingersoll, vice-chairman Dr. Donna Mills, and members Carol Hilson and Kathryn Hensley.