SOMS Celebrates Crossing Guards

SOMS Celebrates Crossing Guards

Southern Oaks Middle School PTO Parents, Principal Hargadine, and Mr. Gent Celebrate Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

Southern Oaks Middle School PTO parents, Ms. Evans, Ms. Phillips, and Ms. Skinner happily pose with Principal Hargadine and Superintendent Gent as they await the arrival of Southern Oaks Middle School’s crossing guards: Dawn Weinkrantz, David Griffin, and Joyce Milligan for Crossing Guard Appreciation Day!

Panther Rifle Team Success

Panther Rifle Team Success

The Panther Battalion Rifle Team swept the competition at the 5th Annual McNair Memorial Air Rifle Match. The veteran team of Alex Rediker, Tae Frazier, Kirmille Joseph and Jose Cristales retained the McNair Cup for the 4th year in a row, posting a score of 1,034 points to defeat six other veteran teams.

Alex Rediker was the match champion as well as 1st place award winner in prone and standing and a 3rd place finisher in kneeling out of 31 veteran shooters. Kirmille Joseph was the kneeling champion for the veterans’ competition. A finals event was also added this year, and Tae Frazier took 1st place honors with freshman Jose Cristales taking second.

The Panther “Boots” (first year shooters) brought the Boot trophy back home this year soundly defeating all comers by a 12-point margin. The Boot team consisted of Hilda Cristales, Diana Soto, Tyheim Graham, and Julian Egan. Freshman Diana Soto, shooting in only her second match, earned a third-place spot in prone. Nicholas Montaque was 2nd in standing and Tyheim Graham also took a second place in kneeling. The Panther Boots swept the finals with Hilda Cristales taking first, Devon Ingraham capturing second, and Tyheim walking away with third.

SAT Available to All SLPS Juniors

SAT Available to All SLPS Juniors

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to open additional pathways to college success for more and more high school students.  On March 1, 2017, the District will launch its first SAT School Day, affording all juniors the opportunity to participate in SAT testing during the regular school day.  “We are always looking for ways to support our students. Historically, students are challenged to schedule time for the SAT on a weekend.  The SAT School Day removes barriers such as weekend transportation issues to SAT test sites, conflicts with work, or other family obligations. It’s a win-win for our students,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

 

Another major hurdle the SAT School Day helps students overcome is the issue of funding.  SLPS secured a grant from the College Board to cover the $57.00 per student registration fee.  With approximately 3,200 juniors participating in the SAT, a value of $180,000.00 will be appreciated. “That’s not all,” said Lynda Octavi, secondary programs specialist. “Students taking the SAT during the regular school day also benefit by taking the test in a familiar location free from the anxiety of registration and check-in.”  She also explained that students have access to SAT prep tools as well as school-based tutorials prior to testing.

 

SAT scores are important for many applications to colleges and universities as well as scholarship opportunities. Providing all students with access to the SAT helps grant greater equity and flexibility for students in their college and career choices.

 

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 kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

SAT Available to All SLPS Juniors

SAT Available to All SLPS Juniors

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to open additional pathways to college success for more and more high school students.  On March 1, 2017, the District will launch its first SAT School Day, affording all juniors the opportunity to participate in SAT testing during the regular school day.  “We are always looking for ways to support our students. Historically, students are challenged to schedule time for the SAT on a weekend.  The SAT School Day removes barriers such as weekend transportation issues to SAT test sites, conflicts with work, or other family obligations. It’s a win-win for our students,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

 

Another major hurdle the SAT School Day helps students overcome is the issue of funding.  SLPS secured a grant from the College Board to cover the $57.00 per student registration fee.  With approximately 3,200 juniors participating in the SAT, a value of $180,000.00 will be appreciated. “That’s not all,” said Lynda Octavi, secondary programs specialist. “Students taking the SAT during the regular school day also benefit by taking the test in a familiar location free from the anxiety of registration and check-in.”  She also explained that students have access to SAT prep tools as well as school-based tutorials prior to testing.

 

SAT scores are important for many applications to colleges and universities as well as scholarship opportunities. Providing all students with access to the SAT helps grant greater equity and flexibility for students in their college and career choices.

 

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 kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

SAT Available to All SLPS Juniors

Support is Blooming for New Teachers

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – A recent professional development campaign tagged as “The Marigold Effect – Seeds of Change” was designed to foster literacy support and mentorship for new teachers.  According to Mandy Rowland, literacy curriculum specialist for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS), this particular training was designed to foster the positive support offered by the District’s literacy coaches.  “The marigold symbolizes positive, strong, cheerful, and protective qualities; likewise, our veteran educators encourage, support and nurture teachers so they will positively thrive,” said Rowland.

 

The focus on support is not uncommon as the attention of the District’s human resource team has been directed heavily on efforts to retain its quality teaching staff in order to lessen the number of new hires each year.  Providing mentoring support, coaching for instructional and behavioral strategies, and offering classes to support recertification are key components to sustaining a stable instructional team.  “We’re making positive student achievement strides in this District.  That is due to our teachers and support staff, and we’re committed to do everything we can to provide them with exceptional professional experiences so they can sustain the momentum,” said Rafael Sanchez, executive director of human resources for the District.

 

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 kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

Marigolds, donated by Lowes (St. Lucie West), supported the theme of a literacy coach training entitled “The Marigold Effect – Seeds of Change” about mentoring and coaching new teachers.