Five Star School Award

Five Star School Award

The Five Star School Award was created by the Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council and is presented annually to those schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement.

In order to earn Five Star School recognition, a school must show documentation that it has achieved 100 percent of the established criteria in the following categories.

  • Business partnerships
  • Family Involvement
  • Volunteerism
  • Student Community Service
  • School Advisory Councils

Schools must also earn a grade of “C” or above, or school improvement rating of “maintaining or improving” for the year of nomination.

This year’s winners include:

1.          Allapattah Flats K-8 School

2.          Bayshore Elementary School

3.          Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie

4.          Fairlawn Elementary Magnet School

5.          Floresta Elementary School

6.          Forest Grove Middle School

7.          Frances K. Sweet Elementary School

8.          Samuel S. Gaines Academy

9.          Lakewood Park Elementary School

10.        Lawnwood Elementary School

11.        Lincoln Park Academy

12.        Mariposa Elementary School

13.        Morningside Elementary School

14.        Northport K-8 School

15.        Oak Hammock K-8 School

16.        Palm Pointe Ed. Research School

17.        Parkway Elementary School

18.        Port St. Lucie High School

19.        Rivers Edge Elementary School

20.        Savanna Ridge Elementary School

21.        Southern Oaks Middle School

22.        Southport Middle School

23.        St. Lucie West Centennial High School

24.        St. Lucie West K-8 School

25.        Treasure Coast High School

26.        Village Green Env. Studies School

27.        West Gate K-8 School

28.        Weatherbee Elementary School

29.        White City Elementary School

30.        Windmill Point Elementary School

Commander’s Award for Civilian Service at FPWHS

Commander’s Award for Civilian Service at FPWHS

A tremendous honor was recently bestowed on our very own Fort Pierce Westwood High School Principal Mr. Joseph Lezeau.

Last week during the high school’s JROTC Awards Ceremony, an impressive number of cadets earned awards for high academic accomplishments and were recognized for their citizenship, leadership, and community service.  At the close of the ceremony, CSM Frederico Dottin presented Mr. Lezeau with the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.

The Commander’s Award for Civilian Service is an honorary award presented by the United States Department of the Army to civilian employees for commendable service or achievement. The Commander’s Award for Civilian Service is comparable to the military Army Commendation Medal.

In recognition of Mr. Lezeau’s commitment to a positive school culture, his public support of the JROTC program, and as an honored recipient of this award, he was recognized at the April School Board Meeting.

CAST Science Teacher Chosen for Summer G-Camp Through Texas A & M

CAST Science Teacher Chosen for Summer G-Camp Through Texas A & M

Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie’s eighth grade science teacher, Aaron Barnes, was just selected to represent CAST at Texas A & M University’s G-Camp through their College of Geosciences. The acceptance into this program is an extreme honor as only 50 teachers in the United States are chosen for this exciting opportunity!

G-Camp is a 20-day field camp for teachers that provides first-hand experience with the principles of geology in the field. It helps develop new curriculum and virtual field trips for classrooms and makes learning outdoors fun and exciting. This field experience puts participants on an outcrop, on the slope of a volcano, on the footwall of a fault, in a spectacular glacial valley, at the toe of a landslide, and in a pristine flowing stream – to mention just a few. The itinerary takes teachers through various states including Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Mr. Barnes will receive an introduction to the principles of geology, as well as the opportunity to develop and share curriculum materials in order to teach the standards required for grades 5-12. Throughout the trip, he will explore geologic landscapes, volcanic features, ancient marine deposits, sand dunes, faults, glacial landscapes, streams, landslides, energy resources, and mineral resources.

We can’t wait for Mr. Barnes to share all his new learning with our CAST!

April STAR Awards

April STAR Awards

The STAR program’s focus is to recognize employees for their behaviors, skills and actions that correlate with the District’s vision and acknowledge those that exemplify its core values.

Appreciation for benevolence goes to a team at West Gate K-8 and Treasure Coast High:

Kirstin Bowman

Samantha Bowman

Esther Guzman

Elyse Kirkaldy

It was over the winter holiday that a family experienced great need.  As part of the West Gate K-8 family, staff members had been taking close care of children by providing clean clothes and other necessity items for several months. Unfortunately, some unforeseen circumstances resulted in a temporary removal from their home.  Working in conjunction with the appropriate agencies, staff members stepped forward as emergency placement was sought. They opened their homes to the children so their holiday would not be spent in a shelter.   Quick action garnered additional support from the West Gate K-8 family to provide a lifetime holiday memory for the children.

The school continues to work and collaborate with the children’s current caregiver to provide support.

This is a testament to the staff’s caring nature and the willingness to go above and beyond.


In a similar channel of support, we recognize staff from Performance Based Academy:

Mrs. Tammy Christie serves as a guidance counselor.  Mrs. Christie colleague, Lisa Culver, observed how she demonstrated care and compassion to assist a student who, through no fault of his own, found himself to be homeless.

Mrs. Christie became aware of a student’s unfortunate situation, did a little digging and facilitated his transition to a shelter where he could safely stay.  But that was not all, having worked with him, she was also aware of his aspiration to graduate and pursue a career in the Army. Therefore, Mrs. Christie reached out to a contact in the military.  Fast forward:  The young man has since graduated and entered basic training to start his career in the United States Army.


Ms. Angella Robinson, 4th Grade Teacher at St. Lucie Elementary:

One of Ms. Robinson’s student’s parents shared that her child is an exceptional education student who has struggled in school, but not this year. In a memo to the District, she stated:  Ms. Robinson calls and texts me daily or weekly to let me know how my child is doing. She takes her by her side in her small groups and makes sure she understands the lesson before coming home with homework. In the past, my child could not do her homework independently because she did not understand. Mrs. Robinson has been a game changer for my child who now makes the honor roll and is happy to come to school. She feels proud that she is able to complete her work. Ms. Robinson gives that motherly love that every child needs to learn and grow; I can truly say that she is the best teacher my child has ever had.

The Concetta Viggiano Parry Foundation Founds LPA Wrestling Team

The Concetta Viggiano Parry Foundation Founds LPA Wrestling Team

A new partnership has been formed between Lincoln Park Academy and The Concetta Viggiano Parry Foundation, a non-profit organization located in Fort Pierce, focused on philanthropy, volunteerism, and grant-making.   This foundation has graciously offered to donate $10,000 toward establishing Lincoln Park Academy’s first-ever wrestling team!  The donation will help purchase the team’s initial uniforms and equipment for the students.  In addition, these funds will support the acquisition of safety equipment and assist with the logistical support related to participation in meets and competitions.  Dr. Paul Gavoni, a member of the foundation’s board of directors, presented the check to the SLC School Board, Superintendent Gent, Principal Henry Sanabria, and Athletic Director Jill Corey.