Southport’s Literacy Night

Southport’s Literacy Department held their annual celebration of Literacy and Scholastic Book Fair in the media center. There was a host of fun activities and entertainment with musical fluency by our literacy teachers: Wanda Galey, James Saunders, and Band Director James LeBon.  The Port St. Lucie Police also sponsored a Stoplifting/Drug Awareness center for the 21st Century after-school program. The students and their families enjoyed the evening.

Thanksgiving Performance Held at Palm Pointe

The second grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition performed traditional songs as well as some contemporary ones at the annual Thanksgiving Performance.  Students danced the Turkey Tango, recited poetry, played drums and sticks, and dressed as Native Americans and Pilgrims to commemorate this special holiday.

Palm Pointe Guidance Counselor in Tallahassee

Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition’s elementary school counselor, Summer Kuba, organized a “Day on the Hill” in Tallahassee where school counselors across the state met with legislators to educate them on the impact school counseling services have on student academic and social emotional development, college and career readiness, and overall lifelong success.  Pictured second from the left in the front row is Summer Kuba.

Science Classes Learn About Photosynthesis at Palm Pointe

Eighth grade students in Mrs. Huszar’s and Ms. Pulcini’s science classes at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition recently worked with inquiry-based strategies to fully understand how photosynthesis and cellular respiration are dependent on each other. They worked to label the environmental factors, show how atoms are conserved, and illustrate how these processes rely on each other. Pictured from left: Kai Rivera and Garrett Rodney

Southport Middle 2015 Employee Recognition Award

Congratulations to our wonderful teachers who have been recognized by their peers for their influence on our school and the students they care so much about. Shown here are Jenna Woods, Teacher of the Year; Yasmine Schmidt, School Related Employee of the Year; AJ Quinn, Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year; and not shown, Ocella Davis, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year.

Southport Students Attend Luncheon

Southport Middle School’s Math Coach Kathleen Manchester selected Laura Barco-Garcia, and Media Specialist Angela Mas selected Michael Lovejoy as student representatives to meet with and ask questions of Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. Both the teachers and students enjoyed their lunch with other teachers and selected students from around the county.

Oak Hammock K-8 Honors Personal Heroes for Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day 2015, Oak Hammock K-8 celebrated and honored all of their personal heroes. The wall of stars represent the friends and family members of the Oak Hammock staff and students that have served in the military. Ribbons were attached to the stars to represent special circumstances. Red = Killed in Action; White = career/extended service; Blue = became a law enforcement officer or fireman when they returned; Yellow = still serving. We also added pictures and personal stories for those who chose to share. The wall will be displayed for the rest of November. We are … Read More

SLWK-8 1st Graders Learn a New Way to Write!

Students in Mrs. Cassie Migliore’s 1st Grade class are studying the literacy theme “Now and Long Ago.”  The students read about the homes and schools long ago and decided to see if they could write like they did back then. The students used feathers as quills to try to write their names. The students were also able to model and build Indian teepees from paper bags and decorate them with symbols they learned about.

SLWK-8 Shark Chefs Prepare for Competition

Casie Schulz and Bailey Layle, two 8th grade SLWK-8 Shark chefs, are preparing Red Velvet Roulades for the District Culinary Showcase to be held at the St. Lucie County Civic Center on Wednesday December 9th from 5 to 7 PM. Their teacher is Ms. Jennifer Tremblay.

Gaines Academy Turkey Bowl

Awesome! Fantastic! Fun! Just some of the adjectives used to describe the Gaines Academy First Annual Turkey Bowl. Thursday evening’s night of family fun featured games, arts and crafts, face painting, cake walks, relay races, cheerleading instructions, and a Scholastic Book Fair. All of this took place while guests were serenaded by the impressive SGA Band. The featured event of the evening was a chance to win a turkey. Thanks to the generous donations of the following individuals there were NINE turkeys to give away:  Superintendent Gent donated two turkeys, Mrs. Ena Stewart donated one turkey, Ms. Yanet Garcia and family donated one turkey, Mr. Mike … Read More

Dan McCarty Students are Soaring to Success!

The families and faculty members of Dan McCarty Middle School (DMMS), acknowledged the school’s soaring Eagles during the first quarter honor roll assemblies. (Pictured with parents from top to bottom; Demetrius Jenkins, Mikayla Silain, Yemerson Melendez, Samuel Diaz, and Janyla King)                

Dan McCarty Eagles Celebrate TOY, DME, OFYT, and SRE

Principal Felicia Nixon and Assistant Principal Heather Stanford-Clark announced the Teacher of the Year, Distinguished Minority Educator, Outstanding First Year Teacher, and School Related Employee nominees during the Eagle News Morning Show. The entire school campus celebrated the phenomenal instructional/behavioral contributions of Ms. Dumont (TOY), Ms. Dennis (DME), Ms. Thiery (OFYT-not pictured), and Ms. Tucker (SRE). The Eagles wish them the best as they compete at the district level!      

Northport Accepts Remarkable Gift For Military Support and Americanism

Northport Principal Glenn Rustay and Northport Media Specialist Lynne Gruszka proudly accept one of the most valuable gifts that a military hero can bestow, the Purple Heart. Dr. Miles J. Gill Jr., a local Vietnam Veteran and paratrooper has dedicated his father’s Purple Heart to the children of Northport K-8 School. The Purple Heart was earned by Sgt. Miles J. Gill Sr., 1 Company, 311 Infantry, 78 Division at the Field Hospital in Germany during World War II. The Purple Heart was pinned to Sgt. Gill’s chest in his hospital bed in January of 1945. Dr. Gill is one of … Read More

Echoes and Reflections Holocaust Training

Social studies and ELA educators from St. Lucie participated in the Echoes and Reflections Holocaust training.  The training was provided by the Holocaust Task Force organized by Linda Medvin, Director of the FAU Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education.  The engaging presentation was lead by Stephanie McMahon Kaye from Yad Vashem. “I found this training to be an eye opening and engaging experience. I am excited to implement the curriculum side by side with the language arts department at the end of the school year. I truly feel that the students will gain a greater understanding of the tragedy … Read More

Kindergarten Loves Apples at Mariposa Elementary

Mrs. Kari McIntyre’s Kindergarten class at Mariposa Elementary enjoyed Apple Center Day! The children had a wonderful time using their 5 senses to explore apples. Mrs. McIntyre spent 3-weeks having the students learn about the 5-senses, specifically what, why, and how we use them. Through reading, writing, science, and math, the children were able to explore apples and create apple projects based on their findings. In the picture, Ayva Bonacchi is sharing her apple project with her grandmother, Dorothy Bonacchi. It was a fun day of learning!

Southern Oaks Middle School Annual Fall Book Fair

The students at Southern Oaks enjoyed a couple of weeks of book fun at their annual fall Scholastic Book Fair.  Thanks to our students, teachers and staff we received $2,126.89 in free books!  We could not have done it without the help of our Southern Oaks family.  Students enjoyed the new titles offered in our book fair.  Michael Schmitt was one of our best shoppers.  He enjoyed our selection of historical and military books.  We love to see our students excited about books.

A Chance to Win at SGA

The PBIS team of Samuel S. Gaines Academy is striving to engage kids in positive behaviors. When students follow the “SGA Way” which is the school-wide expectations to Stay Safe, Give Respect and Act Responsibly, they earn “Colt Cash.” Colt Cash can be used for special events and “Chance to Win” drawings. The PBIS team sponsors monthly drawings for grade groups K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Each group contains items donated by school personnel or community partners. Some of this month’s featured items are an ice cream social, play time in the SGA game room, extra recess time, teddy bears, art kits, sunglasses, … Read More

Bayshore Receives American Flag from Captain Matthew Shields

Bayshore Elementary School was presented with the American Flag by the family of Captain Matthew Shields.  For many years, Mrs. Debbie Gonzalez’s first grade class has sent letters and cards to Captain Matthew Shields and other members of his unit.  Captain Shields’ grandmother, Lauran Griffith (longtime Bayshore volunteer), presented a flag that was flown over Syria and Iraq in appreciation for the continuous support that the unit received. PSLHS Color Guard honored Captain Shields’ family during a ceremony at Bayshore Elementary School. Pictured (from left to right) is Kim Shields (mother of Captain Shields) PSLHS Color Guard,  Lauran Griffith and James Griffith (veteran … Read More

Proclamation for Education Support Professionals Day

WHEREAS, public schools are the backbone of our democracy, providing young people with the tools they need to maintain our nation’s precious values of freedom, civility and equality; and WHEREAS, education support professionals are an integral part of the education process; and WHEREAS, education support professionals work tirelessly to serve our children and communities with care and professionalism; and WHEREAS, on a daily basis, our education support professionals take great pride in using their numerous skills which are rooted in human relations, communications, verbal presentations, technical knowledge, use of resources and positive personality traits; and WHEREAS, the educational support professionals … Read More


WHEREAS, the educational system within the United States of America and State of Florida is a vital part of society, providing education for young and old alike; and WHEREAS, at the heart of the educational system are educators who are devoted to sharing their knowledge and experience with their students; and WHEREAS, in St. Lucie County, there are many retired educators who have spent most of their lives giving of themselves to all children, having demonstrated an ability to meet new challenges with enthusiasm; and WHEREAS, during their years of dedicated service, they have earned the admiration and respect of … Read More