Celebrating Successes!

Celebrating Successes!

On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, Keiser University in partnership with St. Lucie Public Schools Career and Technical Education Department hosted the Criminal Justice Academy Completers Awards Breakfast.  More than one hundred seniors from Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, and Treasure Coast High School kicked off the graduation season by being honored along with their parents and teachers.

Special guests Port St. Lucie Vice Mayor Shannon Martin, St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, Port St. Lucie Police Assistant Chief Richard DelToro, and St. Lucie Sheriff’s Lieutenant Bill Hardman addressed the future leaders with congratulations, encouragement, and words of wisdom.

Keiser University President Leslie Kristof and her staff highlighted the beautiful Keiser campus in Tradition and announced up to 25% tuition discount offered to the Criminal Justice senior completers in the audience.  Following the ceremony, Treasure Coast High School’s Culinary Arts students served a delicious breakfast!

 

Ja’ Marcus Bartley FPWHS, Mary Gemino SLWCHS, Jaymi Rigg SLWCHS are shown here with industry certification shirts. #StLucieProud

 

 

 

Southport Middle School Students Receive a Healthy Treat and Nutritious Lesson

Southport Middle School Students Receive a Healthy Treat and Nutritious Lesson

Southport’s cafeteria staff delivered a healthy treat to Mrs. Sharon Dudash’s students along with a nutritious lesson on how plants grow. After finishing up a project on seeds in their class, Cafeteria Manager Eileen Kielbasa presented a lesson on how plants grow using Florida grown vegetables from the Farm to School initiative. The students got to see the seeds inside the vegetables, and enjoyed a healthy snack later in the afternoon. According to the project’s website, “Florida’s Farm to School initiative allows students to gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips. Farm to School empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while enhancing the connection that communities have with local grower.”  The initiative aims to increase children’s consumption of nutritious foods in their diets and inform how healthy food plays a vital role in their present and future health.

Southport Students Connecting with the Community

Southport Students Connecting with the Community

The sixth-grade students at Southport Middle School extended their thanks to residents in our Port St. Lucie community with hand-crafted cards, bookmarks and blankets as part of a school-wide service project. The celebration began outside the media center where students welcomed the residents of Harbor Place Assisted Living, residents of Ballentrae and members of Holy Family Church with an “Appreciation Tunnel.”  Once they arrived to their destination, the students enjoyed conversation with their guests and gave their personalized gifts of kindness to them. 
Everyone enjoyed the entertainment the students provided through skits and a musical ensemble. These caring groups have generously donated school supplies and sponsored various programs, including Grace Packs.

  

Manatee Students Enjoy Being in the Media Center!

Manatee Students Enjoy Being in the Media Center!

Boy, do we have fun in the library!

Miss Alicia and Miss Victoria from the SLC Public Library brought cool books and library cards for all of the first grade students at Manatee Academy. Mrs. Remington invited county librarians to visit Manatee Academy as part of “Library Card Sign-up Month.” Students enjoyed listening, interacting, and being a part of the story telling with the county librarians.

​TCHS International Business Students Present in Shark Tank

​TCHS International Business Students Present in Shark Tank

​TCHS International Business students presented in a Shark Tank adult presentation format in between adult presenters seeking millions of dollars!  Students presented their business ideas or concepts and were questioned. The opportunity was open to all SLC students after extensive after school work and winning the semi finals.  Those who made it to the finals presented at the Business Opportunity Showcase on April 23, and all 9 finalists were TCHS International Business Students.

Presentations consisted of the following:

Commander On the Go Auto – Auto maintenance mobile application created by Andrew Commander

Neil Conrad Littman Designs – Timeless class for sophisticated youth created by Neil Littman

Travel Tracker – Individual tracking for anything created by Juan Rivera

College Bound Success Bound – Care packaging with purpose created by Virginia Frazier

Rise Up – Social Empowerment application partnership to achieve goals created by Camilio Tamayo and Dominik Kehoe

Rollie Ravioli-  Tasty Handheld Ravioli Food Truck with a fun flair created by Renee Miruki and Sophia Iannoitti

Somos Unidos (United We Are One)-  Education and Training for Hispanic females  created by Daniella Vargas

Four students walked away a $1,000 check made out to them. Some are Sophomores – who do not even have a bank account yet!

Camilio Tamayo
Dominik Kehoe
Renee Miruki
Sophia Iannoitti

 

10 Tips for Good Attendance

10 Tips for Good Attendance

1. Get your child to school on time, every day, and make sure homework assignments are completed on time.
2. Absences due to car trouble, an unverified late bus, and bad weather are considered Unexcused and will go on your child’s permanent record.
3. Extended vacations, long weekends, and frequent doctor appointments scheduled during school hours will cause your child to fall behind in class.
4. Being in school every day raises your child’s chances for scoring well on important tests throughout the year.
5. Follow the proper school guidelines for reporting Excused absences in a timely manner.
6. Allow your child to stay home only when he/she has a contagious illness or is too sick to be comfortable.
7. Make sure your child exercises, eats a balanced diet, and gets plenty of sleep. This will help him/her to be mentally and physically ready to learn, and strengthen the immune system.
8. Read all information sent home by the school. Post important dates on a family bulletin board or on the refrigerator.
9. Give your child enough time to get ready for school in the morning. Prepare lunches, pack school bags, and lay out clothing the night before.
10. Monitor your child’s attendance.
Resources are available to help with parenting skills, communicating with your child, and encouraging him/her to take school seriously. Contact your school principal or counselor for helpful information.
100 Book Challenge Celebration

100 Book Challenge Celebration

Averi Sams-Wilson and Micaela Goulet  from Mr. Zakrajsek’s kindergarten class reached their winter reading goal for the 100 Book Challenge.  Five hundred sixty-eight students from Allapattah Flats celebrated reaching their goals with hot chocolate, cookies, and a movie.  Students also received bracelets to mark their steps.

100th Anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service

100th Anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service

On April 22, 2014, the 100th Anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service Resolution was read by Kathryn Hensley and adopted by the School Board. May 8, 2014 marked the centennial of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act which established Cooperative Extension, known in the state of Florida as UF/IFAS Extension and Florida A and M University Extension, the nationwide transformational education system operating through land-grant universities in partnership with federal, state and local government. Pictured are, UF Extension Advisory Council Member Pat Alley, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, School Board Member Kathryn Hensley and Superintendent Genelle Yost.

100th Day of School Fun!

100th Day of School Fun!

F.K. Sweet Kindergarten teachers celebrate the 100th day of school in such a fun way!

Pictured here, dressed like 100 year old teachers, are Mrs. Herda, Mrs. O’Keefe, Mrs. Baylor, Mrs. Offerdahl, and Mrs. Francisco.

12th Annual Run for the Coach

12th Annual Run for the Coach

Dozens of Lincoln Park Academy students, both alumni and current students, were part of the more than 100 runners and volunteers who came out to support and run in the 12th Annual Run for the Coach 5K, which took place Jan. 20, 2018 beginning at the RiverWalk Center in Fort Pierce.  The 3.1 mile course, through downtown Fort Pierce area and across the South Beach Bridge, is run every year, in memory of former Lincoln Park Academy teacher and coach Wayne Cross, who passed away in 2006, and in honor of teachers and coaches everywhere.

Many St. Lucie Schools current cross country and track athletes competed in the race, including Lincoln Park Academy standout runner Sara Aube, who finished first place for the women.  Port St. Lucie High alumnus Josh Negron finished first for the men and Coach Veryl Moore was first coach finisher.  The race is planned and directed every year by LPA teacher and coach Sue-Ellen Sanders and the Cross Family. Thanks to this year’s sponsors, Orchid Island Juice Company and The Andrew Schmeer Foundation.

Academic A Team

Academic A Team

On April 10th to April 12th St. Lucie County Academic Team competed in the State Academic competition held at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. St. Lucie County’s team came in second place, just seven points shy of first. The team scored the highest of any team in one of the rounds of competition with 391 points. The students that represented St. Lucie County were Geoffrey Zeheng from Lincoln Park Academy, William Barr and Nicole Molner from Treasure Coast High, Jeremy Johnson and Lauren Herb from Westwood High and Stephanie Fisher from St. Lucie West Centennial high.

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17 Acts of Kindness

17 Acts of Kindness

The students at Southport Middle School are being challenged to participate in 17 Acts of Kindness in remembrance of the 17 lives lost in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting. Ms. Morgan Kellogg, Southport Teacher of the Year and Student Council Advisor, explained on the morning news show that if 800 Southport students were to complete just one act of kindness for each life lost, that would be 800 acts of kindness to remember each of the individuals from Marjory Stoneman Douglas. She described to students how a true act of kindness requires a sacrifice on the part of the doer and how one kind act could truly be contagious.

It’s about completing an act for someone else to bring happiness to his/her life without getting something in return. It’s about being aware of when a person around you needs an act of kindness. It’s about empathy and compassion for others. It is not about personal gain or recognition.

Parents are encouraged to remind their child to participate in the 17 Acts of Kindness movement and to help them to reflect on the person they are becoming. We all believe in different ways to prevent tragedy, but at the end of the day there should be no debate about the importance of kindness to each other especially in school.

Oak Hammock Recognized as PBIS Model School, Bronze Award

Oak Hammock Recognized as PBIS Model School, Bronze Award

Oak Hammock K-8 School was recognized at the May 27th School Board Meeting as a 2012-2013 PBIS Model School. They were presented the Bronze Award by Mr. Robert O’Neill, PBIS District Coordinator. Some of the characteristics of a PBIS Model school are their consistent methods of utilizing data to better serve students and staff, utilizing creative and engaging reward systems, teaching PBIS to new students, extending PBIS throughout the campus and partnering with the community and parents, and including PBIS into daily activities across all available teaching opportunities. Pictured are School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Heather Bolitho, Assistant Principal Kimberly Jay, Dorothy Levin, Julie Caiazzo, Principal Carmen Peterson, and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.

2012 outstanding district administrators named

2012 outstanding district administrators named

Parkway Elementary School principal Ucola Barrett-Baxter and Fort Pierce Central High School assistant principal Susan Seal were recognized at the September 11, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for earning district designations for their respective administrative roles. Ms. Barrett-Baxter was named the 2012 Outstanding Principal and Ms. Seal Outstanding Assistant Principal for their exemplary contributions to our students, school and community. Pictured, from left, are St. Lucie School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Ms. Barrett-Baxter, Ms. Seal, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

2013 Annual Report to the Community posted on district web site

The St. Lucie Public Schools’ 2013 Annual Report to the Community is posted on the school district web site at http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/pdf/AnnualReport2013.pdf. Please enjoy the growth in student performance in academics, performing arts, educational opportunities and athletics. Due to limited resources, only several hundred printed reports will be published and distributed to agencies serving children and families throughout the community.

2014 Broadcom Masters Finalist Hafsa Saeed

2014 Broadcom Masters Finalist Hafsa Saeed

Hafsa Saeed meets President Obama while attending the Broadcom Masters Science and Engineering competition in Washington DC last month. A true testament of our Greyhound spirit, pride and excellence. She certainly represented us well!!!

Hafsa received a medal, $1000 for her school (LPA), $500 for herself, and she got a mini planet and an asteroid named after her and for her sponsored teacher.

Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars)

2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Awards

2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Awards

The Grand Parade is the capstone event of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Celebration. Once again this year, all of our schools participated in the parade. At the April 22, 2014 School Board Meeting, representatives from the Commemorative Celebration Committee presented trophies to the winning schools. In the Elementary Category, first place went to Fairlawn Elementary, second place went to Savanna Ridge Elementary, and third place went to Village Green Elementary. In the K-8 Category, first place went to Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, second place went to West Gate K-8, and third place went to St. Lucie West K-8 School. In the Middle School Category, first place went to Dan McCarty Middle School, second place went to Forest Grove Middle School, and third place went to Southern Oaks Middle School. All high schools received trophies for participation. The Overall Floating Trophy went to Dan McCarty Middle School and the Chairman of Judges Award went to Fairlawn Elementary. Congratulations to all our schools.

Pictured in back row are: Superintendent Genelle Yost, Rodrick Johnson- FPCH, Dr. David Washington-FPMSA, Terry Davis-FGM, Robert Cranmer- WGK-8, Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Henry Sanabria- TCHS, John Keelor-SLWK-8, Andrew McIntosh-REE. Pictured on the front row are, James Sloan-FPW/MOA, Alex Oge-PSLH, Pam Dampier- LPA, Lillian Athill-FPMSA, Lisa Sullivan-SOM, Narvelene Lucas-WGK-8, Susan Seal-SLWK-8, Kathleen Melrose-SRE, Jennifer Hedeen-FLE.