September 3, 2020 Governor’s Press Office 850-717-9282 Media@eog.myflorida.com First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Theme and Student Contests Student essay contest winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that the theme for Hispanic Heritage Month will be “Celebrating Untold Stories and Contributions of Hispanic Americans in Florida” and released information regarding the student art and essay contests and Excellence in Education awards. Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized and celebrated in the United States from September 15 to October 15. “For
The 2020-2021 Comprehensive Mental Health Plan submitted by SLPS recently obtained approval from the Florida Department of Education. This plan provides a comprehensive overview of an established infrastructure designed to address the mental, social and emotional, and behavioral needs of all children. Included in the plan is a synopsis of the many existing programs and services currently available in SLPS, as well as plans for the district’s expansion of services utilizing the Mental Health Services Allocation and the dollars generated through the passage of the voter referendum in St. Lucie County which provides additional dollars to support mental health. Establishing
Northport is pleased to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Heritage is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. Students are learning facts, participating in Governor DeSantis’ writing and art contest, learning about which countries are part of the Hispanic culture and studying about Hispanic people who have contributed richly to our country. What a pleasure to salute our Hispanic American population and tip our hat to their rich culture that enhances our American experience.
Students in Coach Branim’s physical education classes are learning about the importance of having a physically fit mind and body. All students, on campus and MySchool, start each class with warm-up exercises. Coach Branim reminds students, when your body is active, you feel better physically and mentally. Students are learning warm-ups activities that allow the blood in their body to flow, this provides for better movement and brain function. Simple exercise movements are incorporated with each lesson to help students feel comfortable and relaxed. The picture shows the Kindergarten class learning different exercises with the Little Sports website. Coach Branim’s
St. Lucie Public Schools has opportunities for qualified candidates to join our substitute teaching team. Interested candidates will hold a minimum of an Associate’s Degree or 60 college credits and must agree to work at least two days per month. · Substitute teachers in Long Term Assignments (21 days or more) earn $100.00 per day. · Substitute teachers in our Critical Needs sites earn $90.00 per day for day to day substituting. · Our substitute teachers earn a base rate of $71.00 per day and receive a rate increase to $90.00 per day after meeting our frequency requirements. We
Singing Happy Birthday two times or counting to 100, either way, the students at Dale Cassens: PRIDE Academy know how to properly wash their hands for more than 20 seconds. Mrs. Jorda, RN from Florida Community Health along with Mrs. Holmes – Health Para, taught the students in grades K-5 lessons on preventing the spread of Covid-19. Students learned how to properly wear masks, how to stay 6ft or more apart from others when in the hallways, at the bus stop and other school settings. The students ended the lesson by demonstrating the proper way to wash and/or sanitize their
Fort Pierce Central High School Ceramics 1 class is working on social-emotional learning while making Emoji Rattles. Mrs. Avra’s students researched, sketched, and created their own personal version of Emoji’s. As a percussive instrument with decorative features, each rattle is as unique as our art students. Self-expression and emotional mindfulness are experienced throughout the artistic, creative process.
Juniors, Seniors and families in St. Lucie County are invited to participate in our College Virtual Visits Showcase. From Sept 29th to Nov 20th, colleges and universities from around the country will host individual LIVE sessions created just for our St. Lucie students. Please check the calendar list on the site below. There will be multiple offerings each day after school. Every showcase has a college-hosted link that will go live at the scheduled time posted. You will also find the college admissions representative contact information listed. Check often for updates, as there are still colleges submitting their chosen dates
Northport Art students created an American Bald Eagle to adorn the main hallway outside the media center. The eagle was created by students to promote patriotic education as the school honored 9/11. The bald eagle is the emblem created by the Founding Fathers to represent our nation. The fierce beauty and proud independence symbolize the strength of our country. Students decorated and added messages to each feather. Many thanks to Northport art teacher, Stephanie Ramirez for her leadership and instruction.
CAST students in Mrs. Roti’s third-grade class completed a scientific scavenger hunt around their classroom to practice their discovery, observation, and investigative skills. Activities like these are part of CAST’s Cambridge Primary program which is designed to develop young leaders who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative, and engaged in the learning process through the use of collaboration and inquiry-based approaches.
Bruce Gardner, the Building Construction Technologies teacher at Port St Lucie High School, was invited to speak at the Treasure Coast Builder’s Association’s (TCBA) monthly meeting. The 8:00 AM meeting was held at the St. Lucie Trail Golf Club in St Lucie West. Mr. Gardner spoke about what he is doing to prepare students to enter the workforce and for careers in the Skilled Trades industry. His lab is equipped with “trainers” for Plumbing, Air Conditioning, Drywall installation and Repair and household Electrical. Attendees were impressed to learn that soon, his program will have a 3D printer and Laser Cutter/Engraver.
MySchool Science Resource classes at St. Lucie West K-8 School have been learning all about recycling and created a variety of items made from recycled goods from their own homes. The original assignment was to create friendship bracelets from recycled, plastic shopping bags, however, some students took the challenge to fuel inspiration on more elaborate projects. AWESOME JOB SHARKS!
Fort Pierce Westwood’s Criminal Justice Academy was recognized by St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners during the county board meeting. Ms. Mildred Brown and St. Lucie Public Schools was recognized for the joint effort where students go to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as interns, guided class tours of the facility yearly, and guest speaker presentations. This partnership enables students to earn training hours towards their industry certification. Additionally, students completing the program and earning their 911 industry certification can apply for and become hired by St. Lucie County as Emergency Dispatchers.
On Friday, September 11, Port St. Lucie High School JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s Color Guard presented the colors at the first football game against John Carroll High School. With COVID-19 restrictions hindering a lot of our activities, the color guard was ecstatic to finally honor our country and show respect for the victims of the 9-11 attack. Commanding the Color Guard was National Flag Bearer Cadet Command Sergeant Major Mayoliv Hernandez accompanied by Cadet Sergeant Mery Fuentes as State Flag Bearer, Cadet Sergeant First Class Robert Pollino III as right Guard, and Cadet First Sergeant Devin Callwood as left Guard.
Angela Flynn, Oak Hammock K-8 STEAM teacher, received a $500 grant from Aldi Smart Kid Program to fund engineering design materials, circuity and technology resources for the new STEAM program. The fourth-grade students explore the engineering design process this week by creating and designing a standing boat using only one sheet of paper, tape and scissors. Students were engaged in experimental learning by inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking.
Northport Culinary students have been studying Food Safety. Virtual student, Eric Hoffman-Harris showed his excitement for Culinary Arts with a graphic kitchen safety poster. He went above and beyond on the assignment including pictures of himself in the kitchen. Eric even had his dad drop off the poster so Ms. Savela can hang it in the culinary classroom.
The Project Citizen National Showcase was recently held, where students from Massachusetts to Arizona tackled problems in their community. Students from Mrs. Wright’s 3rd period Civics class from last school year earned an Exceptional rating on their project, “Water We Waiting For?” Last January, Hannah Dorval, Devin Habyan, Alexia Morgan, and Caleb Chuquillanqui represented their class at the district showcase, where they presented the class project, seeking to combat the high rate of child drownings in the state of Florida by proposing changes to public policy. They were interviewed by multiple judges and answered questions about their proposed policy, which helped the
Weatherbee School Counselors recently obtained a donation of Disney masks for all of our students. A huge THANK YOU to Disney and Medshare. Pictured are Kai, Chloe, Deion, JaShawn, Leo, and Ryan wearing their new masks.
West Gate’s Third Grade teacher, Kristin Bowman, uses ten minutes of mindful meditation to help students break into the day. She says that it’s “very effective in grounding the kids and making them present for the day ahead.”
CAST elementary students in Ms. Swabon’s on campus and MySchool virtual visual arts classes started their school year by drawing a self-portrait through the lens of a “selfie.” The young artists were given the option to use a template provided to them or to trace a cell phone to create an image of how they see themselves. This first project is always a great starting point for both the artist and the teacher to open conversation about the artistic experience.