St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) invites fathers and male caregivers to come back to school! On September 28, a movement across the state of Florida will be put into motion whereby fathers and male caregivers are encouraged to bring their child to school, sign a pledge of involvement, and demonstrate the value of being involved in their child’s education — Dads Take Your Child to School Day.
Dr. Kevin Perry leads the effort for SLPS. He explained, “The movement in SLPS began two years ago and grew out of recognition of the power of male involvement in the education of all students.” A father who actively participates in the educational and social developmental life of a child is invaluable and irreplaceable. Statistics from the National Fatherhood Initiative support findings that show when fathers and men are regularly and substantially involved in the education and social development of children, those children have higher standardized test scores, higher grade point averages, higher attendance rates and higher graduation rates. Those children also have lower rates of suspension, expulsion and arrest. As one goes up, the other goes down. When you accentuate and improve the positive, you decrease or eliminate the negative.
While there is no magic solution to solve the concerns we face in education today, getting fathers highly engaged is a huge step in the right direction. Dads, Take Your Child to School Day is an opportunity for all men to show their commitment to the educational lives of children. It also marks the beginning of a year-long commitment by men. For this reason, the movement is an influential and celebrated event.
Last year, approximately 2,700 fathers and male caregivers participated in activities in SLPS. This special event in honor of dads and their support of the educational process is implemented as a MOVEMENT, not just a MOMENT! Schools will continue to have a series of father centered activities throughout the school year.
About St. Lucie Public Schools
The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit www.stlucieschools.org or contact Kerry Padrick at email@example.com.
Each year, Northport K-8 School honors the heroes and victims of the 9/11 tragedy and begins the educational process of teaching our students about September 11th in the school media center. The media center has been dedicated to the eight children who perished on September 11th. This year has been especially powerful. In partnership with SLPS Board Member Dr. Donna Mills, Northport sixth graders had the opportunity to listen to Mr. Tony Ross, brother of Cee Cee Ross Lyles. Cee Cee, a flight attendant on United Airlines Flight 93, was from Fort Pierce. She was the beloved niece of Dr. Mills. The program started with a lovely rendition of “America the Beautiful” by teacher Tiffany Tredor playing her violin. Introductions and 9/11 background information was given by Principal Glenn Rustay and Media Specialist Lynne Gruszka. Northport Instructor Sandra Tyndale-Harvey sang a heart stoppingly beautiful rendition of the the song “Cling.”
Students’ emotions were evoked when viewing a beautiful movie about 9/11 and the children lost created by New Horizons Student Assistance Specialist Maryanne Warren. They then listened to Tony Ross talk about his memories of his little sister. Army veteran Bill Arnold, who also helped start the Northport Veterans Partners in Education program was on hand to talk about his visit to the Shanksville, PA Memorial to Flight 93. Honored guests at the program were a cadre of local veterans, including Jim Burk. Also on hand were SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, Deputy Superintendent Jonathon Prince, Rev. Kenneth Mills, a group from New Horizons School Support Specialists, many local veterans and community members, including Frank Sisto, NYPD first responder and security expert for SLPS. The Northport community was so pleased to host and help educate our students about this tragic event in history that altered the trajectory of our country’s path.
Pete the Cat! Oh my! Mariposa Elementary students kicked off their school year at Barnes and Noble with Pete the Cat. Pete stayed to listen to Mr. Logue read his very own books, Pete the Cat’s Got Class and Duncan the Story Dragon — a 2016-17 Sunshine State Young Reader Award Junior nominated book. Pete loved both stories and helped the students decorate their cookies, build Lego buildings, and shop for books.
Gianna Reuther enjoyed decorating her cookies at the Barnes and Noble event. Congratulations to Olivia Baptiste for winning the chance opportunity gift cards! She should have a lot of fun spending her gift cards. It was a great kickoff for a great school year.
Village Green Environmental Studies School held a luncheon in honor of Grandparents Day on Friday, September 9th.
Great grandparents, grandmothers, and grandfathers were treated to a special lunch, poem, gift, and a student-created video to honor this very special occasion.
We love our grandparents!
Lawnwood Elementary School faculty and staff participated in the annual College Colors Day to promote the expectations for all of our students to graduate high school and go to college. Go, college bound Leopards!