It is the annual Career Fair at Southport Middle School and our community members really came through for this event! Professionals from a wide variety of careers volunteered to set up their displays in the cafeteria for our 7th and 8th grade students to explore career options. Each of the professionals set up displays with general information about their careers, the qualifications required and the types of tasks they are involved with, etc. Many invited students to experience their careers hands-on with drawing activities, social emotional ice breakers, computer games, and medical devices. Even animals, including a rescue dog were in attendance. The professionals also provided brochures and handouts for students to take home, review and share with their parents. This event is tied into the Naviance classroom lessons that School Counselors facilitate, which promotes career awareness and helps students develop a deeper understanding of their talents, skills, and personality traits, along with the opportunity to research and reflect on their suitable career choices. We are thankful to the business and service professionals throughout St. Lucie who came out in support of our future citizens.
The SLW Centennial NAVY JROTC had two cadets presented with awards on the evening of March 12, 2020 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Post 8058 Youth Awards Ceremony.
The SLW Centennial Navy JROTC was presented with a Community Service Citation in grateful appreciation for the outstanding work and dedication to community events and patriotism. The citation was accepted by the Unit Commanding Officer, Cadet Lieutenant Commander Britney Smith.
After the Community Service Presentation the essay winners were announced. Placing third place in the VFW’s Voice of Democracy Essay Contest of “What Makes America Great” was Cadet Ensign Suhjam Bolivar and coming in First Place and winning the VFW’s Voice of Democracy Essay Contest was Cadet Lieutenant Commander Britney Smith. The awards were presented by the VFWs Post 8058 Quartermaster Ronald Stamps.
The SLW Centennial Navy JROTC provided a Color Guard for the Eagles Softball game as they competed against Okeechobee High School. The Color Guard team consisted of Left Rifleman Cadet Britney Smith, Ensign Flagman Cadet Ian Martens, Unit Flagman Cadet Bryson Laurent, and Right Rifleman Cadet Gregory Vetrano.
Snarg, from the iReady program that students use for reading and math, came to visit VGE during the iReady carnival. Students who met both math and reading goals were excited to get their picture taken with Snarg and have a laugh with him. All students were able to participate in the carnival which consisted of ice pops, free play and the ever-popular prize wheel! Thanks to Snarg and all the awesome staff at VGE for your unending student support. 💙💚
Congratulations to the Lincoln Park Odyssey of the Mind teams! On February 29, Lincoln Park Academy’s two Division 2 teams competed in the Regional Tournament at Suncoast High School in Riviera Beach. Both teams were outright winners in their respective long-term problems in a region represented by St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Martin, Highlands, Palm Beach and Broward Counties.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from K to 12th grades. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems in a competitive environment that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretations of literary classics.
The 7th Grade Team, with a strong showing in the long-term problem and style categories, left the second-place team behind by 108 points, brought home gold medals and anautomatic slot in the state tournament. Pictured here, shortly before receiving their gold medals, from left to right, are Bryce Myers, Toby Miller, Mika Blakeman, Aniya Maldonado, Lillian Porter, Derek Boyer and Coach Plasencia.
The 8th Grade Team faced some stiff competition. The strong showing on the long-term problem and style were important as the team’s excellent performance in Spontaneous (96 points) was matched by the second-place team. Eventually, LPA prevailed by 87 points. Pictured here, shortly after the long-term problem performance, from left to right, are Bryan Arias, Coach Plasencia, John Jenkins, Aaron Briggs, Steve Dwyer, Tiffany Campbell, Zoya Mukhamedov, and Jayden Weil.
The LPA support staff includes Mr. Nosley Plasencia (Head and Long-Term Coach), Mr. Stephen Windhaus (Spontaneous Coach), and Mrs. Myra Windhaus (Assistant Coach). Appreciation is extended to the students’ families for their support, with special recognition to Iva Campbell, Janet Cazanas and Melissa Porter for their many hours of volunteer efforts.
We are very proud of our Odyssey of the Mind teams and wish all the team members the best of good fortune at the State Tournament, which will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando on April 11, 2020. Go Greyhounds.
The Lawnwood Elementary Girls on the Run Team enjoyed learning about life skills, SEL, self-respect, and girl empowerment through interactive lessons and running games. The team celebrated and enjoyed the culminating 5K Run.
St. Lucie West K-8 School proudly presented Shrek the Musical, Jr on Thursday, March 5, 2020 to over 300 audience members. St. Lucie West K-8 teachers Shannon Case, Lindsey Harris, Sally Seng, Alexander Silva, Rochelle Ramonas and Allapattah Flats K-8 teacher Raymond Allen, guided a brilliant cast of over 50 students! These students put it all on the line after months of hard work and practice. Parents and loved ones excitedly packed the house to see the show and by all accounts, no one left disappointed.
The Cast of Shrek The Musical, Jr. at SLWK8 School
Students in grades third through fifth at Floresta Elementary participated in field day activities! Students engaged in activities such as tug-a-war, basketball challenge, relay races, and much more! Each class had a designated shirt color for their day and competed in all events. Students, parents, and staff all enjoyed the friendly competitions.
Village Green is pleased to announce that its permaculture garden produce won Best in Show as well as numerous other ribbons at the St. Lucie County Fair in the Vegetable and Citrus 12 and Under category! Produce from the garden included Sweet Potatoes, Taro Root, Yuca, Pigeon Peas, Bananas, Surinam Cherries, Nopales (Prickly Pear Cactus Leaves), Longevity Spinach and Okinawan Spinach. This garden was cared for and harvested by Village Green students. Special thanks to Ms. Cole, Ms. Wilson and students of the Environmental Club for making this fair display possible.
Kindergarten students at Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies are practicing reading and writing their sight words with the Nearpod student engagement platform. Thanks to the wonderful Kindergarten teachers for becoming Nearpod certified educators. They are always finding new ways to challenge and engage their students with technology! #SLPSMagnet
Weatherbee Mariners kicked off Literacy Week with a school wide read-aloud courtesy of Mrs. Cassie Fess, AP, and Ms. Juliette Thelusma, Teacher on Special Assignment. They read The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig. More activities are planned throughout the week.
Students in Mrs. Glidden’s first grade class at Bayshore Elementary have been working hard to increase their i-Ready proficiency rates. Recently many students reached 100% proficiency in reading and math iReady lessons. They were given certificates and accolades by their peers for their hard work.
On Monday, December 16th, the Titan Ambassadors from TCHS took several Windmill Point Elementary students to Target to spread holiday cheer and help them shop for gifts for themselves and their family. The students were gifted a $100 gift card, and the students were paired up with a Titan Ambassador to help them shop. The students were treated to a fun bus ride to and from the event, where they sang holiday songs and bonded with the high schoolers. They also enjoyed lunch from Chick-Fil-A! The Titan Ambassadors worked hard to fundraise for the event, and the students of Windmill Point made life long memories, made new friends, and with the presents they purchased are now sure that their family will have a wonderful holiday!
Students from St. Lucie West Centennial and Treasure Coast High School’s Criminal Justice programs participated in a tour of Keiser University. The tour included hands-on demonstrations and guest speaker presentations.
Fifth Grade students at Morningside Elementary learned lessons in motion and energy. They designed, built and launched rockets along with their teachers and former Morningside teacher, Tom Filipkowski. The students enjoyed their experience and gained a deeper understanding of science standards.
The Steam Advocates, with the help of several teachers and students, applied for an international award from the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in “STEM Excellence.” They have been selected as 1 of 3 high school finalists from across the country! This is an amazing accomplishment for Fort Pierce Westwood Academy: The WEST Prep Magnet. The faculty and staff are dedicated to the implementation of the STEAM school initiatives and this award would not be possible without their hard work for our students’ success.
Below is the link to the video portion of our application.
Congratulations to Adam Morgan (11th Grader) at Mosaic Digital Academy for earning the prestigious Eagle Scout accomplishment! As a full time public virtual school student, Adam served on Mosaic Digital Academy’s School Advisory Council and kept up with his online courses as well as his dual enrollment coursework. Serving on the School Advisory Council provided Adam with a keen understanding of not only the successes of our school program, but he also came to know some of the struggles students sometimes experience when separated from their peers as they school from home. Knowing that students at Mosaic Digital Academy can attend live classes on campus, Adam got to thinking that maybe his Eagle Scout project could bring his classmates together to make them feel less isolated. Adam approached Principal Ziemba after a School Advisory Council meeting in March 2019 and asked what kind of project ideas she might have that could positively impact the student body at Mosaic Digital Academy. After much brainstorming, Principal Ziemba and Adam Morgan settled on a set of hands-on experiences that students would engage in while on campus. These hands-on experiences are organized in 25 “Project boxes” and are intended for students of all ages and designed to encourage students to build, experiment, and collaborate as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. On November 4, 2019, Adam presented Principal Ziemba with the 25 Project boxes and introduced students to the projects. The response to the project boxes was super positive and students look forward to more opportunities to come together to enjoy the hands-on experiences with their peers. Adam Morgan was recognized at the December 10th School Board Meeting and presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from Principal Ziemba. Thank you, Adam Morgan, for choosing to give back to your school and for making such a big impact in your community through your Eagle Scout Project!!
Students from Mr. Artiles’ 7th grade Civics class at St. Lucie West K-8 School received a visit from Mark Woods, Deputy Chief of Safety and Security for St. Lucie Public Schools. Students invited Mr. Woods to present to their class as part of their Project Citizen topic of School Violence Prevention.
Deputy Chief Woods shared current school violence prevention measures already in place in the school district, including monthly Code Red drills, and perimeter security. He also stressed the importance of reporting suspicious behavior or threats immediately.
Students also had an opportunity to hear his feedback on several public policy proposals they had brainstormed on this issue.