For Immediate Release
November 15, 2019
Contact: Lydia Martin
St. Lucie Public Schools Awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant
ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools was recently awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant in the amount of $2.82 million over five years from the Florida Department of Education. This grant award follows other recently obtained, large grants. This time, the grant award will fund a five-year afterschool program and summer academic tutorial, as well as lessons in social emotional learning for students at four district schools.
Chester A. Moore Elementary, Forest Grove Middle School, Lawnwood Elementary and White City Elementary are all included in the grant. Prior to applying for the grant, each of the four schools identified unique academic needs and developed plans for targeted instructional support using rigorous curricular resources. The program is free for participating families. The program at the four sites will begin on January 6, 2020. During the school year, the program will be held for two hours at the end of the regular school day. In the summer, the program will follow the District’s summer school schedule.
Chief Academic Officer Helen Wild stated, “We are excited to be able to extend the quality learning opportunities for students at these schools, both afterschool and throughout the summer.” Participating students will engage in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) activities along with skills specific lessons in reading.
About St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent. As a high-ranking B-rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work. The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.
Students learned how to conserve energy and how energy is wasted. In addition, students learned about renewable resources and how they can take action to make the world a better place.
Fort Pierce Westwood Academy, the W.E.S.T. Prep Magnet’s Brittany Shoun along with Westwood Administration and District CTE Program Specialists met with local veterinarians and veterinary technicians to plan hands-on labs for the Westwood Vet Assisting students. The Veterinary Assisting facility is revamping the surgical suite and laboratory areas. Pictured from left is Assistant Principal Leslie Taylor, Veterinary Assisting Instructor Brittany Shoun, Dr Cindy Wasserman, Jessica Hawkins, Dr.
Brett Adams, Principal Joe Lezeau and Meri Hall. Not pictured is Tessa Wines, Lei’Nitia Robinson and Dana Caputo.
Palm Pointe 4th – 8th grade BETA members soared, at the 2019 BETA Florida Junior Convention! So many memories were made, as these students represented our school with poise, determination and creativity. Our very own Laney Keys, Vice President of the Junior Beta for the State of Florida, commanded the stage several times and our students were recognized for 18 awards in the various categories! The students loved the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to service, leadership, character, and academic achievement. We are so proud of our BETA Rockets!
Beta is an organization that promotes the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. Beta recognizes and honors students for having high academic achievement. It develops character by preparing young people for life and empowers them to be successful as well as develops the leaders of tomorrow. There is an emphasis on service as the Beta motto is Let Us Lead by Serving Others.
Below is the list of students that placed in both the Junior and Elementary Categories
Vice President of the Junior Beta for the State of Florida
Apparel Design – 3rd place
Sculpture – 3rd place
Language Arts 8th grade – 2nd place
Math 6th grade – 1st place
Math 8th grade – 2nd place
Drawing – 2nd place
Science 6th grade -2nd place
Robotics – 3rd place
Marketing & Communication – 3rd place
Service Learning Showcase – 3rd place
Club Trading Pin – 1st place
Portfolio – 1st place
Robotics – 2nd place
Engineering – 1st place
Apparel Design – 2nd place
Language Arts 4th grade – 1st place
Sculpture – 1st place
Speech – 1st place
Ms. Duran’s middle school students from Lincoln Park Academy participated in the Lion’s International Peace Poster Contest. The winners were selected by the Lion’s Club of Fort Pierce. First place was awarded to Zareef Mohammed (7th). Second place was awarded to Zoey Thomaselli (8th). Third place was awarded to Zoya Mukhamedov (8th). Kaliyana Limear (8th) was selected as Honorable Mention. Zareef Mohammed’s poster will advance to represent Lincoln Park Academy in the International Peace Poster Contest.
The Fort Pierce Lion’s Club generously sponsors Lincoln Park Academy’s participation in this contest annually by providing large drawing pads of paper, prizes, ribbons, and certificates. The first, second, and third place students will be invited to attend an awards dinner hosted by the Fort Pierce Lion’s Club. We are very proud of all the students who participated and created beautiful artwork to represent our united journey of peace.