Gaines Academy 5th Grade Flag Leadership

The 5th GRADE FLAG LEADERSHIP INIATIVE was started based on the administration’s vision to create a system in which a daily ceremony occurs of raising and lowering the American and FL State flag daily. Identifying 5th grade as the chosen grade for this initative would build leadership capacity with our older elementary age students. Students were taught the proper procedures for folding and caring for the flags. We are very thankful to have our very own Veteran Mr. Jeffrey Johnson, teacher at SGA teach our 5th grade student leaders important facts about our American flag.  5th grade teachers chose the … Read More

Northport Kindergartners Relish Career Exploration Series

Northport K-8 School students in Shana Cicio, Melody Nieves, Nancy Yost, Tiffany Tredor and Kara McNair’s kindergarten classes have delved into a Community Helpers project recently. Students took an indepth look at community members who affect their lives. After classroom discussions and questions, students interacted with guest speakers who work in the community. Students met as a group in the media center and welcomed Mrs. Rose Cash, Northport Maintenance Foreman, Sgt. Chris Cicio of the SLC Sheriff’s office and Paula Earll, client advisor from Chase bank. Students listened to the speakers intently in a series of scheduled visits and then … Read More

Northport Instructor Celebrates Students Successes

Northport K-8 middle grades science instructor, Dr. Laura Woodworth from the Northstar team celebrated a major victory for students recently. Dr. Woodworth rewarded forty students who achieved an 80% or above on the science Progress Monitoring Predictive test with a very special hand made lunch. Woodworth prepared the luncheon of Pirate’s pork, Black Gold and Jewels on rice at home and served her students and fellow instructors with the assistance of her father and husband. The celebratory luncheon not only promoted positive interactions with colleagues and students but also promoted success, hard work and the thrill of achievement. Dr. Woodworth … Read More

Northport K-8 School Celebrates National Library Week

Northport K-8 School is celebrating National Library Week along with schools and public libraries across the country! This year the observance is April 13 -19. The theme this year is “Lives Change @ your library!” National Library Week was first sponsored in 1958 by the American Library Association or ALA. The week was started as a response to concerns that Americans were spending too much time listening to radio, television and music and were reading much less. More and more, libraries are at the forefront of the community as family budgets perhaps become smaller. The library offers a world of … Read More

Samuel Gaines Academy’s National Junior Honor Society Inducts 58 Middle School Students

Faculty and Staff of Sam Gaines Academy are proud to announce that  58 middle school students met eligibility qualifications for the National Junior Honor Society.   These students have maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, exemplary conduct, manners and behavior as well as leadership qualities.  Dr. Donna Mills challenged and encouraged the students as the guest speaker at the Induction Ceremony this past March 20th.   We are proud of our 58 colts in our middle school National Junior Honor Society, and we are excited for what the future holds for each one.

Lawnwood Elementary Students Measure Up!

Lawnwood Elementary students are practicing “Metric Math Activities” by walking the campus and measuring everything in sight. This measuring exercise will culminate with a play starring several K-2nd grade students as the planets who compare and contrast their celestial bodies’ distance from the sun and the Earth. Pictured from left:  Alexis Nieves, Madison Talley, and Raul Pozniak.

F K Sweet Kindergarten Circus

The kindergarteners of Frances K Sweet have yet again proved that they can truly perform the Greatest Show on Earth. Students were everything from clowns, lions, elephants, jugglers, to tightrope walkers. Students entertained their families and members of the community. Pictured in the Incredible Growing Machine is Lennon Paquette, assisted by clowns Skye Graham (left) and Tylarith Limear.

Dan McCarty School – Feeding Our Children in Need

Child hunger is not just a health problem; it is an education problem as well. When a child is hungry they cannot focus on their studies because they do not know where their next meal is coming from, this is called food insecurity. In a recent Feeding America study, St. Lucie County has a food insecurity rate at 26.7%. Grace Packs is a weekly weekend backpack program that provides necessary food items to students in need. Dan McCarty will be starting this program for its students in need this Friday, April 11.

FPC French Club Students Visit Paris, “The City of Light!”

Over spring break, a group of seventeen French Club students and three teacher chaperones from Fort Pierce Central High School departed from Miami International en route to Paris, France. Each day the group sampled a variety of cuisines at various restaurants that ranged from traditional French fare to the food of the French Caribbean, West Africa, and others. The trip included stops at the Louvre and Orsay Museums to admire Leonardo DaVinci’s famous “Mona Lisa” and the works of Vincent Van Gogh. Visits to famous landmarks included the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Champs Elysées, the Versailles Palace, the Arc of … Read More

59th State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida

2014 Statistics:  37 regional fairs held throughout the state representing 67 counties 890 students participated in the State Fair at Lakeland St Lucie County Results:  12 of the 14 students representing St Lucie Public Schools won awards. (Pictured) Robert M. Bacchus  (BIOCHEMISTRY) LPA High School Senior Division 1st  Place Senior Division Biochemistry ($300 cash award) 1 of 8 senior students chosen as BEST IN FAIR-GRAND AWARD YING SCHOLARS to represent St. Lucie Public Schools and the State Of Florida at the International Science Fair ($1,000 cash award) Stephanie B. Fisher (BOTANY)  SLW Centennial High School Senior Division National Youth Science … Read More

United Way’s Largest Campaign Overall (Student and Employee Combined)

United Way of St. Lucie County’s Vice President of Development & Marketing, Monte Kosoff, announced at the April 8th School Board Meeting the winners of the largest campaign overall which included student and employee contributions. The winners are Morningside Elementary with a total of $2,785, Treasure Coast High School with a total of $2,420, West Gate K-8 with a total of $1,272, and Southern Oaks Middle School with a total of $1,172. Congratulations to all our schools. Pictured, from left, are WGK-8 Principal Robert Cranmer, TCHS Assistant Principal Henry Sanabria, Superintendent Genelle Yost (back row), SOMS campaign coordinator Brooke Martino, SOMS … Read More

Largest Employee Giving Winners for United Way Campaign

The largest employee giving awards were presented to Treasure Coast High School with a total of $1,920, Morningside Elementary with a total of $1,693, Northport K-8 with a total of $1,165, and Southport Middle School with a total of $864. Each school received a plaque from the United Way of St. Lucie County at the School Board Meeting on April 8, 2014. Pictured are Roxanne Wells of the United Way, Henry Sanabria of Treasure Coast High School, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Lydia Martin of Southport Middle School, Cortina Bell Gray of Morningside Elementary, Lynn Gruszka & Glenn Rustay of … Read More

United Way Highest Student Campaign Winners

At the School Board Meeting on April 8, 2014 Monte Kosoff and Roxanne Wells of the United Way of St. Lucie County presented awards to the schools with the highest student campaigns. Morningside Elementary students collected $1,092, Palm Pointe Educational Research School $832, Treasure Coast High School $500, and Southern Oaks Middle $450. Pictured are the Director of Communications & Work Place Giving Roxanne Wells, Assistant Principal of Treasure Coast High School Henry Sanabria, Principal of Palm Pointe Educational Research School Debra Snyder, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Campaign Coordinator at Southern Oaks Middle School Brooke Martino, Superintendent Genelle Yost, … Read More

Westwood High school World Language Department visits Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Ms. Denski’s along with Ms. Gaudreau’s Spanish and French classes had the opportunity to visit Vizcaya in Miami on March 21, 2014.  The extraordinary estate was built by James Deering.  The European- inspired estate includes a house filled with rare art and furnishings, ten acres of gardens on Biscayne Bay, and a historic village that is currently being restored for public enjoyment.  With its phenomenal man-made and natural resources, Vizcaya introduces visitors to America’s Gilded Age.  The foreign language students were able to experience first hand the historical sights where one of America’s wealthiest industrialist lived in breath-taking opulence inspired … Read More

Too Good for Drugs

Student Assistance Program successfully providing evidence-based prevention curricula in St. Lucie County schools The Student Assistance Program (SAP), which is a free, in-school prevention program, is in the process of completing another school year of successful substance abuse and violence prevention programming in St. Lucie County.  SAP, a program of New Horizons of the Treasure Coast, Inc., is funded by the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County and DCF’s Prevention Partnership Grant.  SAP’s Prevention Specialists are currently responsible for provided all 5th graders in St. Lucie County with the district-mandated Too Good for Drugs curriculum, which is a 10-week … Read More

Autism Speaks: Light It Up Blue Campaign

In support of World Autism Day acknowledged on April 2, a sea of school district employees arrived dressed in shades of blue to support the Autism Speaks: Light It Up Blue Campaign.  Pictured in this  photo with Superintendent Genelle Yost and School Board Chairwoman Debbie Hawley are a sampling of district employees showing off their  “dress blues!”

Northport Student Attends Leadership Conference in California

Northport K-8 School 8th grade Mariner student, Albert Morgan will be attending a very special three day conference in Anaheim, California this month. Albert will be representing the Chuck Hill Unit of the Port St. Lucie Boys and Girls Club on Marion Street. Ten other local students from the unit will be attending with Albert as well as Unit Director, London Reeves. Students raised the money to attend the leadership conference through fundraising. The Keystone Conference attendees are called Keystones. The Keystone Conference has three main goals for the students, community involvement, academic success and career exploration. Students will visit … Read More

Students benefit from summer internship program

While many might have enjoyed a summer “get-away” at the end of the 2013 school year, Cindy Hill, Fran Casner, and colleagues in the school district’s Facilities Department planned real-world, first job experiences for Career and Technical Education (CTE) summer interns. As in past years, the 2013 Summer Internship Program proved to be a great experience for 17 St Lucie Public Schools students. The program is a partnership between Facilities/Maintenance Department, CTE, and the Workforce Solutions/Hinkles and McCoy group, who create paid, real-world summer jobs for the students.  Team members from the Maintenance Department plan and host a golf tournament each … Read More

St. Lucie West K8 teacher surprised with honor

St. Lucie West K8 fourth grade teacher Shannon Tango was surprised recently when representatives of an area radio station visited her class as part of the station’s monthly teacher recognition program. Tango was nominated by a parent of one of her students, who credited Tango with inspiring her students to achieve in the classroom, and for making learning fun! Pictured from left are 93.7 radio host Hamp Elliott, Assistant Principal John Keelor, 93.7 Program Director Darrin Arriens, Parent Shannon Tango, 4th Grade Teacher Nikki DeMaio, Principal Susan Seal, and 93.7 radio host Geoff Moore.

Florida Department of Citrus Visits Gaines Academy

Captain Citrus, a program from the Florida Department of Citrus, came to Samuel Gaines Academy to speak with our second graders about Florida citrus.  The second graders were highly engaged, throughout the interactive and energizing presentation.  They learned more about how citrus trees grow, as well as, the nutritional benefits of Florida’s citrus fruits and juices.  Their new knowledge was treated with the opportunity to sample oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and orange juice at the end of the presentation.