Last week, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, accompanied by School Board Chair Dr. Donna Mills, School Board Vice Chair Troy Ingersoll, Board Members Debbie Hawley and Jennifer Richardson, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jon Prince, Thom Jones from the Education Foundation, and Assistant to the Superintendent, Dr. Kevin Perry, paid surprise visits to this year’s finalists for School Related Employee of the Year and Outstanding First Year Teacher. School Related Employee of the Year Finalists School Related Employee of the Year is a program that is supported by the Florida Department of Education in which outstanding education support personnel are recognized for the
Learning to read and write is always fun and engaging in Ms. Torres’ First Grade class at St. Lucie West K-8 School! By using Interactive Notebooks, these students are able to systematically organize their notes and thoughts while they learn! JAWSOME JOB, SHARKS!
St. Lucie West K-8 School students in Ms. Scavone’s 8th grade Gifted English Language Arts class have been reading “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton during Literature Circles. While reading, students have been focusing on learning about characters’ Point of View and completed a character chart during small group time. Each character chart included Point of View, an analysis of symbolism while citing textual evidence and identifying character traits. SUPER JAWSOME, SHARKS!
MIDFLORIDA Community Credit Union is hosting the Gift of Reading program throughout Kindergarten classrooms and elementary media centers. Every Kindergarten student and teacher will receive a copy of the book Picture book by Dog written by Michael Relth and a bookmark. If their parents open a youth savings account, MIDFLORIDA will deposit the first $5. The savings account is paying 1% interest on the first $5000 in deposits.
First Grade students from Lawnwood Elementary enjoyed a yummy snack as they explored place value and the properties of operation for addition and subtraction. Students used marshmallows and gummy worms as concrete models to deepen their understanding of place value concepts. GO LEOPARDS!
Mariposa Elementary PBIS event recently had students voting for who they wanted to wear a turkey costume. We had one nominee from each grade level and resource, along with Mrs. Whitaker and Mrs. Patton. Students were allowed to use the butterfly bucks they earned performing the I CAN expectations of Act Responsibly, Be Respectful, Create Safety, and Do My Best. The nominees were Ms. Buck, Ms. Dimeglio, Ms. Auciello, Ms. Biegner, Mr. Evans, Ms. Guntow, and Ms. Nunez. The winner of the costume was Mr. Evans! The students loved seeing their music teacher dressed as a turkey!
Every year, the Port Saint Lucie JROTC program has the privilege to work with Guardians for New Futures and Communities Connected for Kids, to collect toys for kids during the holiday season. Port Saint Lucie High School staff and JROTC cadets sponsored many kids to make sure they have a memorable holiday season. We were able to collect over 100 gifts this year.
Nursing Assistant students from Port St. Lucie High School and St. Lucie West Centennial High School participated in the Indian River State College’s (IRSC) Health Science and Nursing programs’ tour and simulation day! Students worked with the IRSC Nursing students and faculty to get hands-on demonstrations and simulated learning. Students rotated through various presentations to include skill lab training and learning, admission process, opportunities after high school graduation, financial aid, scholarship opportunities, and more! This event was a result of the collaboration between St. Lucie Public School’s Career and Technical Education department and Indian River State College’s Health Science and
Breakfast, Volunteering, Crafts, and Karaoke! FPC Key Club Does It All! Breakfast with Santa was organized by New Horizons and the wife of Fort Pierce Central High School teacher and Coach Jeff Rymer. Participants were asked to donate unwrapped gifts, adults were charged $5, and children were free. FPC Key Club helped set up tables for kid’s cookie decorating, ornament making, and Christmas card making. As children had their photos taken with Santa, FPC Key Club members would take the developed photo to the families. Everyone had fun watching and listening to Key Club members participating in the Christmas Karaoke!
Mariposa Elementary VPK Students were encouraged to review the letters they learned. The students practiced by matching magnet letters to letter cards. They also reviewed upper and lower case letters by finding their match. The students collaborated together, worked together as a team, and practiced taking turns to allow everyone’s input to be observed.
SLW Centennial High School Nursing Assistant Students participated in the Indian River State College’s Health Science and Nursing Program tours and simulation day. Students worked with the IRSC nursing students and faculty to get hands-on demonstrations and simulated learning. Students rotated through various presentations to include skill lab training and learning, admission process, opportunities after high school graduation, financial aid, scholarship opportunities, and more.
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union brought, “The Gift of Reading” to our Kindergarten classes. Mr. Slason read, Picture Book by Dog to our students and gave them each a book to take home. We are so grateful and can’t wait for them to visit again!
Ms. Quinn’s K-2 InD ESE class is using Secret Santa’s Elf Delivery Service as an opportunity to work on their communication and social skills. Each day the Oak Hammock student elves deliver gifts to teachers and take the opportunity to work on social skills. Students are learning the importance of knocking before entering a room, looking in the direction of the person they are speaking to, introducing themselves and being polite and respectful. The student elves are bringing such joy to all those they encounter along the way.
The CAST Middle School Dance Team, under the direction of Mrs. Megan Murphy, auditioned and were accepted to perform at Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida. They will be performing Saturday, December 18th at 12:45pm on the Waterside Stage in Disney Springs! Get ready, the CAST Dance Team is Disney bound and ready to dazzle the stage!
Students in the Southport Middle School band put on an outstanding performance at their annual Winter Band Concert. Under the direction of Bandmaster James LeBon, the beginning band featured music for the holidays, along with a variety of old favorites as they celebrated this exciting time of the year. The Advanced Band also did an outstanding job in front of a full house and an enthusiastic audience.
Last week the CAST Band Program, under the direction of Mr. Sandon Chevlin, presented their end-of-semester concert. The concert included four selections performed by the Sixth Grade Beginning Band, three selections performed by the Seventh/Eighth Grade Concert Band, “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” performed by the Wind Ensemble, and an arrangement of a theme from the Nutcracker performed by an advanced clarinet quintet made of students and the director. For half of the students in the concert, it was their first band concert ever. What an exciting and incredible experience!
Third and Fourth-grade CAST artists created Florida State Symbol Clay Tiles as a “practice run” for a larger tile mosaic that will be displayed permanently in the school’s administration building. Students focused on the Visual Art Standard VA.3-4.F.3.3: Demonstrate the skills needed to complete artwork in a timely manner, demonstrate perseverance, and development of 21st-century skills.
At Lakewood Park Elementary students have an opportunity to have an adult that checks in and out with them each day. They work together to improve behavior and students are rewarded with points, Falcon Bucks, games with staff members, and more. We are proud of all of our Falcons!!!!
Students and faculty at Weatherbee got festive before Thanksgiving break! Students earned tasty treats for reaching their goals while faculty members participated in a competitive turkey hunt. Fun was had by all before enjoying a restful break.
We are thrilled to share that the Lincoln Park Academy Theatre, Troupe 6958, participated in the District 15 One Act Festival this past weekend and received a straight Superior Rating as well as Best In Show. This means that they will be moving on to State Festival in March! Other awards included the Strongest Dramatic Performance and All-star Ensemble Cast. Emily Bouchillon received an award for her performance in the Best Supporting Actress category, Kaitlyn Oravec received an award for All-Star Actor in their troupe, and Darian Brown received an award for his performance in the Best Supporting Actor category.