Our June STAR Awards Recipients

Our June STAR Awards Recipients

Our June STAR (Special Thanks And Recognition) recipients, Robert Hill and Marrissa Parker, were recognized at the board meeting on June 9, 2015.

Robert Hill, Port St. Lucie High School gatekeeper, is an amazing person and colleague. Every day he is out at the front of our school greeting everyone who visits our campus. He waves to every single bus, parent, student, staff member and visitor; they all love him. He is the first face of our school and sets the tone for our warm and welcoming environment. He knows a little something about almost everyone, from what kind of dog a person has to when students get their learner’s permit. He cultivates wonderful relationships with all our stakeholders. One of his other responsibilities is picking up students from classrooms if they need to be removed. While doing this, he uses the travel time between the classroom and the office to counsel the students. He helps them deescalate and gain perspective on the situation. He talks to kids throughout the day about what is going on in their lives; he takes the time to care. He is a team player who is always willing to help out where ever needed. They would be lost without him.

Two words describe Marissa Parker, Food Services, compassion and grace. A few months ago the district office was contacted by a father whose family recently relocated to St. Lucie County. His concern was that he assumed that because his family was receiving other state services that his children would automatically be granted Free Lunch. His three children had accumulated a lunch balance that raised a concern with the school lunch staff. Once the family learned that they must complete a Free Lunch Application they did so immediately. Meanwhile, the issue of an outstanding balance was still at hand. This family was living in temporary housing and financially was unable to resolve the balance and cover the cost of the upcoming week. The father feared that he would have to keep his three children home if they were unable to eat lunch. Marissa handled the situation with compassion, grace and ease, assuring that the students’ balance would be taken care of and that they would have no lapse in receiving free lunch. Marissa shows that we need to be compassionate for others who are experiencing difficulties and help out in whatever ways we can. Thank you for having a kind heart.

Congratulations to our STAR employees. We appreciate all you do.

Juneteenth Resolution

Juneteenth Resolution

Mr. Terrance Barriner, teacher at Forest Grove Middle School, read the Juneteenth Resolution to the School Board on June 9, 2015. The 19th of June is the freedom forerunner to the 13th Amendment, which implemented freedom for all slaves in the United States, Juneteenth Independence Day completes the cycle of Independence Day Celebrations in America. The Juneteenth celebration commemorates the emancipation of Southern Blacks on June 19, 1865, two and half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The memory of all those who moved from slavery to freedom remains as a lesson for all Americans regardless of their background, race, or religion.

Pictured are, Kevin Perry, Genelle Yost, Terrance Barriner, and Dr. Donna Mills.

Generation Green Apple Award Winner

Generation Green Apple Award Winner

Allapattah Flats K-8 School was recognized at the school board meeting for receiving a 1st place Green Garden Award from the US Green Building Council South Florida Chapter Treasure Coast Branch at its fourth annual Generation Green Apple Awards on May 16, 2015. The Allapattah Flats garden program was the inspiration and has been the perspiration of teacher Rebecca Benton who has coordinated the development of multiple gardens on the school campus.

Pictured are, Genelle Yost, Lydia Martin, Patricia Galloway, Rebecca Benton, Ana Rodriguez, and Dr. Donna Mills.

WeatherSTEM Donates Program to Southport Middle School

WeatherSTEM Donates Program to Southport Middle School

WeatherSTEM was recognized at the board meeting on June 9th for their donation of the Weather Compass to Southport Middle School.  WeatherSTEM is a fun and educational program that benefits the entire community. WeatherSTEM CEO, Ed Mansouri, is donating a program called Weather Compass that combines a number of products and services to create a well-rounded weather experience. The components are: a full service weather station including agricultural sensors; cloud camera; custom web portal that displays weather data and images along with a host of useful engaging weather-related educational resources; and customized Facebook and Twitter pages updated by the weather station. The value of products and services is approximately $5,000, this is 100% donation and there are no costs to the school.

Pictured are, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Peter Birtoli from WeatherSTEM, SPM Assistant Principal Tari Sexton, and Board Chairman Dr. Donna Mills.