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 an automatic 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.