On Friday, November 18th, The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion conducted our second Blood Drive of the year. With the help of our Cadets, we were given an opportunity to help serve the people of Port Saint Lucie. Thanks to our Cadets, members of One Blood, and teachers here at Port Saint Lucie High School, we were able to get enough blood to save over 200+ lives.
Cadets from the Fort Pierce Westwood Army JROTC Program volunteered their time to assist with the operations of the Treasure Coast Half and International Triathlon event held at Jaycee Park in Fort Pierce. Our Cadets staffed the water and food stations for the athletes as well as assisted with the teardown of the site. Triathletes that participated in the race had to complete a 1.2-mile swim in the Indian River Lagoon, followed by a 56-mile bicycle ride along A1A, and then ending the race with a 13.1-mile (half marathon) run on A1A. Many thanks to these students for stepping up
Parents, we would like to know what you think. The St. Lucie Public Schools Family Survey is now open.* We greatly appreciate your participation and feedback, which will assist us with growth and improvement. Thank you! Take the survey here: https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/blog/fall-family-survey/ *Survey closes on November 30th.
Students in AICE English II and Culinary Arts collaborated for a Friendsgiving luncheon. They wrote what Thanksgiving means to them, created a diverse menu then prepared the meal. Smiles and good food were shared by everyone!
Members of the Treasure Coast AFJROTC Color Guard, Drill, and Air Commando Teams recently competed at the Annual Sickles High School Drill Meet in Tampa. It was a very tough competition and the teams represented TCHS very well. The following awards were won: Air Commandos 3rd place Physical Fitness Team, Freshman Drill Team 3rd Place Regulation Drill, Regulation Drill Flight 3rd Place, Armed Squad Drill 2nd Place, Color Guard 2nd Place, and Freshman Drill Uniform Inspection 1st Place. TCHS AFJROTC’s own Cadet Kaylie Reichert was recognized as the top Female Physical Fitness competitor and was named “Iron Cadet.”
SLW Centennial’s HOSA students made cards for the Holiday season. They will be sent to a non-profit company called Cards For Kids where they distribute the cards to pediatric patients spending the holidays in the hospital.
Westwood students enjoyed a great spirit week! Each day was designated with a different theme. We had Costume Day, Twin Day, Anything but a Backpack Day, Throwback Day, and Celebrity Day. Everyone’s outfits were creative and went above & beyond! Thank you to Student Government for organizing a fun week!
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union came to see Palm Pointe Kindergarteners last week. Through MIDFLORIDA’s Gift of Reading program, the Kindergarten students were gifted a copy of the book “What If, Pig?” and listened to the story read by a special guest reader. Thank you MIDFLORIDA for helping to develop our love of reading!
The Treasure Coast AFJROTC was recently recognized by Chief Thomas Mateo, SSgt, USMC (Retired) a six-time Purple Heart Recipient and President of the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Purple Heart Association, for the Honor Guard POW/MIA presentation at the recent DDS4Vets Gala. Chief Mateo, who is also a retired Police Chief from the local area, was at one time the youngest U.S. Military member in Vietnam. Chief Mateo said of the team, “You were sharper than any group of Marines or other services that I have ever seen”, and he also was very touched and impressed with the impact the
Firefighters Daniel Torres and Sam Saxton had a presentation with Kindergarten and First Grade Students to talk about the many jobs of a firefighter and how kids can practice fire safety. They showed students what firefighters wear, the tools they use, and the different types of trucks they operate. They also went over fire safety and how students can practice being safety smart at home such as creating a fire exit plan with families. Students were excited to receive their little red fireman hats during the presentation.
SLPS middle school students attended a virtual field trip to Treasure Coast High School to visit the Industrial Biotechnology program. This event was hosted by Mr. John Williams (Industrial Biotechnology educator) and his Biotechnology students, along with the district’s Career and Technical Education department. Students touring this program were able to watch live lab demonstrations and learn about the Industrial Biotechnology career pathway.
Congratulations to artists Amelia Sides and Paige Kelly from Palm Pointe Educational Research School for winning the Congressional Youth Art Contest for St. Lucie County. Artists had to depict what the word patriotism means to them. Amelia won first place in the competition for her watercolor artwork of the American flag and bald eagle. Paige was runner-up with her watercolor American flag. Amelia’s artwork will be displayed in Congressman Brian Mast’s Washington DC office.
Members of the Treasure Coast High School’s Varsity Color Guard were honored to be invited to present the colors at the Orlando Magic’s Hometown Heroes game on Friday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day. The team, commanded by Cadet Major Rachel Lee, also included Cadet Lt Col Amanda Huntington, Cadet 1st Lt Jayden Beiter, and Cadet Lt 1st Lt David Ritchie.
Thank you to the voters of St. Lucie County for passing the Referendum Renewal on November 8, 2022! The vote passed with 67% voting “yes”! The overwhelming support speaks volumes to the recognition and appreciation for the first-class education that SLPS provides for our students. We are committed to ensuring that the best part of a child’s day is coming to school. Recruiting and retaining the very best teachers is a priority. The funds from this renewal will enable us to continue to offer teacher salaries that are competitive with surrounding school districts. The safety of all students, staff, and
Operation Osprey was founded in Jan. of 2014 by Mark Anthony Bozzo, a Cadet Col. at Treasure Coast High School JROTC. In this club, we work to instill the Air Force core values, as well as educate the select students in leadership, color guard, drill, and PT (physical training). The students meet every Monday after school from 3:30-5:00. The cadets from Treasure Coast Junior AFROTC program run this club under the Supervision of Col. Golden (Air Force
Westwood sophomore Anna “Paige” Cruse wrote her first published article for her supervised agricultural experience! She is now a published author. Give it a read! We are so proud of her! https://www.agdaily.com/weather/hurricane-ians-impact-on-florida-agriculture/
Cadets from the Westwood Army JROTC Program participated in a Veteran’s Day Celebration and Charity Fundraiser at Dyer Chevrolet in Fort Pierce. The Color Guard presented the National and State Flags at the beginning of the event. Upon completion of the Color Guard, 3 of our Cadets: Ayden Gardner, Maalik Banks, and Malakii Wheeler participated in the “Operation Bedrock” 5k (3.1 Mile) charity ruck march, to raise money and awareness for Homeless Veterans. Following the ruck march, the Cadets got to spend some time with Congressman Brian Mast, who was the Guest Speaker at the event. Huge praise to the
Palm Pointe 3rd grade students got a visit from Mayor Shannon Martin this week. Mayor Martin got to speak with them about things happening in our city, and things that she does as a Mayor, as well as answering some important questions that the students had for her.
The 2022 SLPS College Fair was November 3, 2022, at the Havert L. Fenn Center. This was the first in-person college fair in over two years, and it did not disappoint. We had over 50 college, university, and military representatives in attendance as well as almost 1,000 SLPS students. The evening also included two information sessions for students and parents to attend: FAFSA 101 hosted by IRSC and Scholarships 101 hosted by SLPS. This was a new addition to the college fair and we saw wonderful attendance for those sessions. We are looking forward to planning the 2023 St. Lucie
An important Referendum Renewal is on the November ballot. It provides a school resource officer on every campus to ensure our children’s safety, supports the recruitment and retention of high-quality teachers, expands mental health services for students and supports special programs such as art and music in our schools. Early voting begins October 24th and runs through November 5th. Election Day is November 8th. For more information, please visit Referendum Information – St Lucie Public Schools.