Bayshore Elementary would like to thank all of our local heroes who joined us for our Tunnel of Hope welcoming our students back to school on Monday. We were joined by the Port St. Lucie Police Department, St. Lucie County Fire Department, and the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie.
Northport VPK-8 School Community, along with Northport ESE instructor, Marie Solide is proud to invite our entire community to participate in a 5K Walk/Run to benefit “Tough Kookie Foundation, Inc.” Tough Kookie, was founded last year with lots of work by Mrs. Solide who lost her beloved daughter, Kookie to Sickle Cell Disease. Northport administrators, teachers, students and parents have been behind Marie in her healing process and her building of this wonderful community support group and sanctioned 501c. The 5K run is sponsored by Tough Kookie Inc. as well as the City of Port Saint Lucie and Healthy Saint Lucie. At Northport VPK-8 School, we realized that many of our families have been touched by this disease and we, as a community partner, want to help be a part of the solution. Please consider joining us at Tradition Square on Saturday, September 26 from 8:00am until 12 Noon.
Rivers Edge Elementary Otters had an outstanding first week. Beginning their day reading plays an important role in creating a superb way to begin their day and year. Staff and parents both are thrilled that students are increasing their fluency while beginning their day in a quiet manner.
Our Staff was thrilled to receive t-shirts with our theme for the year – “Believe.” Joining together to believe in our students and each other to find a way (or make a way) to keep our school outstanding!
Northport VPK-8 students in seventh and eighth grades were treated to a visit in the media center by community partners (Port Saint Lucie Police Department) recently for a program initiative called StopLifting. The program led by Stacy Paton, Crime Prevention Specialist for the PSLPD, and Officers Jack White and Rod Dobler updated students on the hazards of shoplifting. Students learned about the technical camera systems that are now in retail stores, and they also learned that 89% of students know someone who has recently shoplifted. Students learned that the excuses given for shoplifting range from boredom, anxiety, depression, excitement and most importantly, peer pressure. One in eleven people have stolen from a retail store at some point in their lives. Students also learned that if you shoplift when you are young, you are 46% more likely to commit more crime in the future. Not a very encouraging statistic for the children.
Ms. Paton and the officers also spent plenty of time discussing the consequences of shoplifting such as: arrest and transport to a juvenile facility, restitution beginning at $200, probation, trespass from the store, and labeling by family and friends. Students saw concrete examples of questions on college applications, military applications, job applications, and the reality of background checks. The children learned that once you have a record, that record is forever, especially for deep checks for the military, college, and certain jobs.
Northport is deeply indebted to our community partners, the Port Saint Lucie Police Department, who visit frequently and always have the best interest of the children at heart. We, as teachers, administrators, deans, and parents depend on that partnership because we care about our whole community. We realize that we are not a closed building, we need the assistance of all invested partners to help make our community healthy and to bring the very best education to our students. Pictured are Officer Dobler, Stacy Paton, and Officer White as well as Instructor Elissa Garcia and her seventh grade students.
Mariposa Elementary’s 5th grade Monarchs received a well-deserved recognition for their participation in the NEED Project. This project encourages and rewards student leadership and innovation by sponsoring a Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement. Students in the NEED program, led by Mrs. Carla Bargeron, were awarded the Florida Elementary runner up for their excellent job educating younger students in energy conservation. Exceptional teachers and students are invited to attend NEED’s National Recognition Ceremonies held each June in Washington, DC. There, they are recognized for their efforts at the state and national level for their active role in the energy conservation education. At the conference, our 5th grade students, Ian Ottinger, Imari Johnson, Sydney Luppens, Devon Barbour, Taline El-Khoury, and Jordan Sanchez worked with peers from all over the country exploring new energy activities while NEED teachers had the opportunity to network and prepare for the coming school year. Mrs. Heydys Sanchez had the opportunity to participate as the teacher lead, and she shared the joys with a fabulous group of 6 moms attending. Although these students are now in 6th grade, attending their new schools, please join Mariposa in congratulating their achievements.