Third Graders Garden at Frances K Sweet

Third Graders Garden at Frances K Sweet

Students in Barbara Bennett’s third grade class at Frances K Sweet had wonderful time learning while gardening. The students came to school on Saturday to gain some extra knowledge about plants, in preparation for their upcoming curriculum about plants and animals. Not only did the students come, but their parents also came and participated in this exciting learning experience. The students had an awesome time gardening and sharing their experiences with each other.

Anthony Oreo 2014-15 Sunshine State Scholar

Anthony Oreo 2014-15 Sunshine State Scholar

St. Lucie Public Schools proudly recognizes our 2014-2015 Sunshine State Scholar, Mr. Anthony Oreo. Anthony is a junior at Fort Pierce Central and was selected as a top junior in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to participate in the Sunshine State Scholars Program.

This program recognizes juniors who have excelled in STEM areas. Every Florida District nominates an outstanding student to the Florida Education Foundation. These students are invited to participate in a two-day event aimed at retaining intellectual talent in Florida through exposure to College and University opportunities as well as representatives from many STEM related career fields.

Anthony currently holds a 4.76 weighted grade point average and takes rigorous Advanced Placement courses. He is enrolled in the Embry-Riddle University program and has participated in an internship as well as space camp through the program.

Anthony attended the two day event on February 19th and 20th with his parents and enthusiastically reports that it opened his eyes to so many great opportunities. At the March 24th School Board meeting, he thanked his Principal, Mr. Todd Smith and all of his teachers for providing an excellent education. He revealed that they were treated like rock stars at the event. Anthony is a rock star in our eyes!

Shelby Durden 2014-15 US Presidential Scholar

Shelby Durden 2014-15 US Presidential Scholar

St. Lucie Public Schools is proud to announce our 2014-2015 US Presidential Scholar, Ms. Shelby Durden. Shelby is a senior at Fort Pierce Westwood High School.

Each year, we recognize a senior that has displayed leadership and character, been involved in community service and reached high levels of academic achievement while overcoming obstacles.

As a young child of 18 months, Shelby was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  She has been through periods of remission and also painful periods requiring hospital homebound services.  Early on, Shelby decided that she would not let this stop her.   She found selfless ways to connect with and help others with their own struggles.

Shelby has dedicated over 200 hours to the local Arthritis Foundation, Harbor Branch and the Oxbow Center.  She has taken mission trips, fed the hungry and homeless, and repaired homes with the Boys & Girls Club.  She is involved in many campus activities and now volunteers at IRSC as well as with the Sheriff’s Explorers.

As a sophomore, Shelby started taking Dual Enrollment classes.  She was invited by IRSC to join the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and selected for their honors college.  She will be graduating with her Associates Degree in Biology on May 2nd.   She plans on pursuing an eventual PhD in Neurobiology.

With all of these academic and extracurricular efforts, Shelby has maintained a weighted GPA of 5.45 ! Consequently, she is Valedictorian of Ft. Pierce Westwood High School.

Shelby credits the ongoing support of her family for helping her to develop a positive outlook on life. 

Wherever the road takes her, this humble and respectful young woman will touch others with her warm attitude and love of life.

F K Sweet Second Graders Build on Their Knowledge

F K Sweet Second Graders Build on Their Knowledge

Students in Kasey Ascani’s second grade class at Frances K. Sweet Magnet School were able to explore deeper into story structure during a recent field trip to LEGOLAND. Jordin Harper(left) and Madeline Chiong(right) crafted one part of a plot structure which they developed with their small group’s team members.