St. Lucie West Centennial High School’s Criminal Justice students from Mrs. Angela Baumgarten’s class participated in a guest speaker presentation with business partners from the Emergency Operation Center of St. Lucie County. Guest speakers were Kathleen Hissong (Communications Manager) and Karen Kozac (Emergency Management Safety Planner). The presentation was very well received by the students and included a conversation on qualities and characteristics needed to work, and details on employment opportunities within St. Lucie County. This connection was made possible from the Criminal Justice Advisory Board and business partnerships with Doug Baber (Director, Human Resources and Risk Management) and Frank
On Wednesday, January 27th, 2021, The SLW Centennial High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) conducted its Annual Military Inspection (AMI) on its football field. Multiple distinguished and honored guests attended, including Purple Heart recipient Major Hal Davis (US Army Ret.), Navy League Treasure Coast Council Youth Director Captain Peter Petrelis (US Navy Ret.) and United States Special Forces Association Members Lieutenant Colonel Lynn Steele (US Army Ret.), Sergeant Bill Sander (US Army Ret.) and Sergeant Art Walker (US Army Ret.). The AMI is an inspection conducted annually by a Navy representative to ensure that each NJROTC unit
Students within Mrs. Becky Loupe’s medical classes (Treasure Coast High School) participated in a guest speaker presentation with Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency, University of Miami. This virtual event was hosted by Cynthia Hacker, the Life Alliance representative and a member of St. Lucie Public School’s Medical Program Advisory Board.
St. Lucie West Centennial High’s Criminal Justice student, Taylor Cuevas, is an Intern with the City of Fort Pierce- Code Enforcement Unit. This internship allows her to learn and apply her training as an Accredited Legal Professional. She states that she is gaining new knowledge and appreciates the opportunity. Taylor plans to attend the University of Central Florida to pursue Criminal Law after high school. Thank you to Mr. James “Jim” Nichols for offering this opportunity to his students through the Criminal Justice 4 course.
Criminal Justice Academy Educators from St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) participated in a virtual advisory board meeting. Board members represented: Indian River State College, Keiser University, St. Lucie County Human Resources, St. Lucie County Emergency Operations Center, St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office, SLPS Criminal Justice Educators, and Career and Technical Education department.
Fort Pierce Westwood Academy: The WEST Prep Magnet’s Pharmacy Technician Educators (Julie-Anne JnPaul and Bailey Renick) participated in a virtual advisory board meeting. This included representatives from Indian River State College, University of Florida, Crosstown Pharmacy, Career & Technical Education Department, and Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency.
The St. Lucie County Retired Educator’s Association unit President, Harry Belafonte Williams, presented a quantity of books to CA Moore Elementary School. Accepting on behalf of the school are Ms. Latricia Stubbs-James (Principal) and Ms. Kennedy (Assistant Principal). The photo was taken by Mr. Barriner (Assistant Principal). Special thanks to Ms. Nancy Spires for spearheading the book collection.
Ms. Barbara Charles, Health Science Educator at Fort Pierce Central High School, hosted a virtual session with Ms. Michelle Cuba from Indian River State College’s Health Science department. This event included all Ms. Charles’ face-to-face and virtual classes. Students learned about the various programs, prerequisites for admission, and watched ‘Live in the Lab’ to have a full experience of a field trip through a virtual setting.
Ms. Burton’s and Ms. Barberi’s 5th grade social studies students were given a challenge to conquer over winter break! If upon their return, they could write down all 50 states and capitals without assistance, they would receive 50 Mariner Dollars. Furthermore, they could use 25 of those Mariner Dollars for a kid’s lunch at Wendy’s. Jordan Muldrow and Ever Cabrera were able to complete the mission! Congratulations, gentlemen, on a job well done!
The SLW Centennial NAVY JROTC Black Talon Company annually partners with Toys for Tots and the United States Marine Corps to collect toys for underprivileged families and children. This year they collected over 600 toys (4 Large Boxes) for the Toys for Tots organization and they have volunteered over 400 community service hours in support of Toys for Tots. The NJROTC Black Talon unit begins collecting toys annually, from October and ending in December, every year. The unit assists in collecting, categorizing, and distributing the much needed toys and cheer to the local area’s less fortunate families and children.
The SEL Department’s presentation at the Excelerator Virtual Conference sponsored by the national organization, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities was well received. Traci Wilke, Director of SEL and the district’s SEL Specialists’ Cassey Chang and Christina Coppola shared St. Lucie Public Schools’ journey in Building Capacity for SEL Across a Large District. Kelly Martin, the Alliance’s Director of Impact for Educational Success shared, “Your presentation was one of the most engaging and enthusiastic sessions of the entire conference, and we are so grateful for the time and expertise you shared with the Alliance network.”
Students in Ms. Ashley Daniel’s Photography course at St. Lucie West Centennial High School participated in a virtual guest speaker presentation with Professional Fashion Editorial Photographer, Courtney Rodwell. This engaging and motivational session included a conversation on skill sets, college, and career preparation for a career in photography.
Treasure Coast High School’s Criminal Justice students from Mr. Diego Rios’ class participated in a Teen Discourse Session with Federal Judges and Attorneys. This is a yearly event that transitioned to a virtual session this school year. A special thank you to the following individuals making this event possible: Federal Magistrates Maynard and Brennan, U.S. Attorney Brandy Galler, and Attorney Andrew Lowenstein.
Criminal Justice Academy students from Treasure Coast High School (Mr. Rios’ class) and Fort Pierce Central (Mr. Wilder’s class) participated in a career exploration session with representatives from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. Fort Pierce Central students were able to participate virtually from their campus. Guest speakers included Crime Scene Investigation (Bridget Blatchford), K9 (Deputy Hill), and Sherriff’s Explorer Units (Deputy Raynolds, Deputy Gomez).
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Third-grade AMP students virtually practice the different types of angles. Students are learning their math vocabulary and creating a visual representation with their arms.
Miss Petrie’s 1st grade showed their gratitude to veterans by creating thank you cards on Veterans Day.
Samuel Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies Principal, Keith W. Davis, Sr. and Instructional Coach, Michelle Powers virtually attended an international Microsoft Showcase School Summit on November 3rd and 4th. The focus for the summit was on using Microsoft technology tools and applications for enhancing educational practices and the presentation of innovating ideas that could be brought back to the different attendees’ schools.
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) partnered with the Economic Development Council (EDC) as an initiative to continue our goals of communicating employment, post-secondary, and scholarship opportunities for our graduating students in St. Lucie Public Schools. This virtual session featured Mr. Wayne Gent (SLPS Superintendent), Mr. Pete Tesch (EDC President), CareerSource Research Coast, Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital (Martin Health), Indian River State College, Keiser University, Lawnwood Medical Center & Heart Institute (HCA), and St. Lucie Medical Center (HCA). The participants included SLPS counselors, graduation coaches, and medical educators.
On Saturday, October 17th the Treasure Coast HS AFJROTC participated in a huge ceremony honoring our veterans along with the Honor Flight organization. Cadets presented our nations colors to kick off the ceremony and then accomplished a flag folding ceremony for the veterans. Congressman Brian Mast made remarks to the veterans as well, and “challenge coins” were presented to all veterans in attendance. Veterans were thrilled with the ceremony honoring their service and appreciated the cadet’s efforts to recognize them.