During this season of thanks, I would like to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to all our St. Lucie Public Schools families for your ongoing support of our students, especially during this past year. Your understanding, flexibility, and commitment have not gone unnoticed. On behalf of the School Board and St. Lucie Public Schools, I wish all of our students and families a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Sincerely, E. Wayne Gent
The St. Lucie Public Schools Youth Advisory Council held its inaugural meeting on November 16, 2021. The newly established Council is a resource for St. Lucie Public Schools and its students. Its function is to discuss district-wide student concerns, provide the School Board a youth perspective on issues that affect the School District, and serve as the primary liaison between students and district administration. Each high school in St. Lucie Public School has selected 2 representatives to serve on the Council. These representatives are elected student government/council officers for their respective high schools. St. Lucie Public Schools Youth Advisory Council
Fairlawn’s student council organized a food drive to benefit the Treasure Coast Food Bank. The school in total was able to donate over 1,800 pounds of food to benefit our community. We are so proud of our Patriots!
Congratulations to Janelle Palmer, 10th grader at SLW Centennial High School. Janelle was selected by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Treasure Coast as the Outstanding Youth Philanthropist of the Year. She was honored at the National Philanthropy Day event on November 18. Great job Janelle!
Chester A. Moore Elementary, in conjunction with 21st Century, held its first family night on November 9, 2021. The goal was to empower families with skills to support their children’s academic and social emotional success at school and home. A media presentation engaged families in learning how to access Microsoft Teams, Skyward Family, and Class Dojo. Parents were afforded the opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback, and engage in hands-on activities. We are proud of the 18 parents who attended and look forward to increasing family engagement activities and participation throughout the school year.
On Thursday, October 28, 2021, C. A. Moore Elementary Principal, Dr. Thelma Jackson and Mrs. Theresa Gardner, Family and Community Engagement Teacher, held CAM’s initial parent and community involvement meeting. 21 parents along with retired teacher Ms. Nancy Spires attended, pledging their support to improve teaching and learning at CAM. The meeting was enjoyable and productive. Participants shared fond memories of their experiences as students and educators at CAM, officers were elected, and plans for upcoming parent and community involvement activities were created. CAM looks forward to rebranding and continuing these valuable partnerships in its journey to school improvement.
The Palm Pointe Book Explorers enjoyed a fun read while learning about events from the past. Students in the club are currently reading, The Watson’s Go to Birmingham 1963. They are enjoying the characters and humor in the book, while having great conversations about life back in the 1960’s. Mrs. Fazzalaro, the club sponsor, is amazed at the excitement the students have about the book and the comradery that has developed among members of the club.
PBPA Student Council partnered with the Treasure Coast Food Bank to hold our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Pictured are Student Council members Morgan Cruce and Marc Jean Baptiste (not pictured: Kiana Medina), along with sponsor Mr. Portee, with our food bank donation. Thank you, Stallions, for your contributions!
Treasure Coast High School JROTC cadets visited the Stuart Air Show this past Friday to further their education in aeronautical science. At the Air show, cadets toured multiple aircraft such as the C-130 and the A-10, military aircraft that they still use today! The significance of this trip was to enable our cadets to have a fun experience as they learned about the principles of flight. All the cadets that attended had an eye-opening experience of being a real pilot and were encouraged to continue their future in aerospace and aeronautics.
St. Lucie West K-8’s First Grade teacher, Ms. Torres, arranged a Teams call for all First Graders to interview one of her students’ dads who is serving in the United States Navy. As students took turns asking questions, he answered and then spoke about his job and what it is like to live on a Navy base in Guam. What a JAWSOME opportunity! Way to go, Sharks!
On November 13th, the Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion attended The Florida State Raider Meet in Lake Wales. The Raider competition consisted of 5 events: a 3-mile run, 1-mile Litter carry, Fitness test, Tire Flip, and Constructing, and crossing a rope bridge. The Male team came in 3rd place in the fitness challenge. The female team captured their first-ever State Championship in the Rope Bridge Event and 2nd place in Tire Flip. Both teams qualified for Nationals Raider Meet next year in Molena, GA.
On November 9th, the Army recruiters from St. Lucie County brought an armed transport and a flight simulator to Treasure Coast High School. They let our JROTC cadets and some onlooking fellow students fly a helicopter on the simulator and explore the armed car in the front seat, passenger seat, back seat, and the gun mount. They explained each part of the truck and opened their eyes to some experiences they may get from joining the Army. They had a pull-up bar to test our strength and handouts to explain further all the opportunities you may get from the Army.
St. Lucie Public School Educators presented at the D.I.Y. (Digital Inspiration by YOU) Virtual Conference. Hundreds of educators attended virtual sessions on Saturday morning to enhance their Ed-Tech skills. Dr. Stephanee Stephens, Modern Workplace Sr. Specialist for Microsoft U.S. Education, kicked off the Keynote presentation reminding us to find the joy in teaching by “orienting our attitudes and actions toward what’s possible” as we navigate new hybrid learning environments. Presenters shared fantastic tips on ways to implement ed tech applications such as Canva, Nearpod, One Note, Microsoft Translator, Savvas, Canvas, Bookings and more in classrooms from SLPS Educators. Chief Operating
Mr. Tygesson’s science classes, as part of the Marine and Oceanographic Academy (MOA) program at Forest Grove Middle, are building a greenhouse. The greenhouse project is part of a larger grant project that focuses on sustainability and creating projects that support and develop communities.
On Thursday, November 11th, 170 cadets from the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion participated in the Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park to honor veterans who have served and continue to serve our country. Everyone was gathered at 1100hrs (11:00 AM) in formation as they spoke about the history and importance of Veterans Day. The cadets were honored to pay respect to our veterans.
On Veterans Day, Port St. Lucie High School’s JROTC presented and posted the colors during the Veterans Day Celebration at The Cascades. The cadets ate dinner with the veterans and had a chance to speak and learn about their sacrifices.
On November 8th, Village Green Environmental Studies School’s own 4th Grader Brianna Bodo recognized several ‘Hometown Heroes’ through her service as a Girls Scout. She presented each honoree with a gift bag including several goodies from the Girls Scouts Fall Product Program. Pictured are Brianna Bodo with several St. Lucie County Firefighter/Paramedics, our own School Resource Deputy Lopez, Ms. Baptiste-Harris (1st Grade teacher at Village Green), and her current teacher Dr. Venzen (4th Grade teacher at Village Green). We are proud of Brianna and her dedication to service through the Girls Scouts of America. Way to go!
Students in Ms. Tallman’s second grade class at Oak Hammock K-8 learned how to summarize a reading passage to build knowledge about the government from their weekly text. Students collaborated with their group to identify relevant key elements that allowed them to answer detailed questions about the passage and identify the story elements. Students achieved their learning goal and were able to incorporate the text vocabulary to make oral and written elaboration about our government at work.
Southport Middle School Heart & Sole team had an exciting afternoon practicing for their Fall 5K Celebration Run. Southport teachers, parents, and other family members encouraged the girls every step of the way. It was a great day for everyone who attended! Thanks to you all, WE ROCKED THE RUN🏃♀️👟🎼🎸