The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Raider Team travelled to South Fork High School to compete in the Area III Raider meet qualifier, which included 10 schools from St. Lucie, Martin, Broward and Palm Beach County. The competitions were cross country rescue, truck pull, fitness test, rope bridge and a five kilometer team run. The female Raider Team placed second overall, took first place in cross country rescue and truck pull, second place in rope bridge, and third place in fitness test. The male Raider team also placed second overall, first in 5k run, and second in cross country rescue. Both the male and the female Raider teams qualified for the State Raider meet. Pictured is the Jaguar team. Photo by Jaffrey Murankus.
The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion opened the annual senior pinning ceremony for the class of 2016 at the Port Saint Lucie Civic Center. Cadet Command Sergeant Major Jamie Triplett led the Color Guard presenting the national flag, Cadet Captain Savannah Cymbal presented the state flag, and standing as the guards were Cadet Major Julian Taft and Cadet Captain Kaylee Zuidema. The Color Guard gave a great presentation of the colors to begin the ceremony. Congratulations to all the senior Jaguars of 2016 who were pinned at the ceremony.
The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion showed their pride at the annual Martin Luther King, Junior Day parade in Fort Pierce. Marching in this parade is a tremendous honor and privilege for Port Saint Lucie High.
The Battalion formation was led by the Jaguar’s Color Guard and was commanded by Cadet Sergeant Major Travis Cetin carrying the National Flag. Cadet Captain Savannah Cymbal carried the State Flag. Cadet Private first Class Marco Nadar and Cadet Staff Sergeant Damilola Jolaogun posted as Guards.
Following behind the Color Guard was the Battalion Staff and shortly after that, the company formations. Beginning with Alpha Company formation then Bravo, Charlie and lastly Delta. The cadets preformed with the utmost excellence showing the heart and pride of the Jaguar Battalion. Way to go Jags!
The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion traveled to Lakeland, FL to compete in the Florida State Final Drill Competition on April 16th. Out of the 396 Army JROTC programs in the state of FL 108 schools qualified to compete at the state finals.
The Jaguars competed in the following events: Female Color Guard, commanded by Cadet Major Jamie Triplett; Female Platoon Unarmed Regulation, commanded by Cadet Major Catherine Zukowski; Female Squad Armed Regulation, commanded by Cadet Second Lieutenant Syanna Graham; and Female Squad Armed Exhibition, commanded by Cadet Staff Sergeant Kaycee Rhodes.
Male/Mixed Squad Unarmed Regulation, commanded by Cadet Command Sergeant Major Adan Pagan; Male/Mixed Squad Armed Regulation, commanded by Cadet Sergeant Major Travis Cetin; Male/Mixed Platoon Unarmed Regulation, commanded by Cadet Major Julian Taft; and Male/Mixed Squad Armed Exhibition, commanded by Cadet Captain Zachery St. John.
The Jaguars are still waiting to hear the results from the competition. The final scores will be sent out during the week of April 18th.
Congratulations to all of the cadets who competed and to all the cadets who commanded.
The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Raider team competed in Fort Pierce Westwood’s Raider Competition against 17 teams from 7 other schools. The competition consisted of six events: 3 mile team run, Cross Country Rescue, The Raider Fitness Challenge, 200lb tire flip over a 100-meter course, an obstacle course and the One-Rope Bridge event.
Before the Cross Country Rescue, everyone takes a written first aid test, during the event the team simulates a casualty by carrying an 80-120lb stretcher over a mile long course while wearing three 30lb ruck sacks. To complete the Raider Fitness Challenge the team must go through a course consisting of a 10-yard low crawl, a 40-yard 20-30lb sandbag carry, an obstacle to either go over or under, a speed agility maze, a 120lb object to carry around 50’ length, and a turnaround point to repeat the course in reverse.
The Jaguars swept the competition with the male team and the female team winning First Place Over All. Males placed first in 3-mile team run, tire flip, obstacle course, and the One-Rope Bridge. Females took first in the 3-mile run, cross country rescue, obstacle course, and the One-Rope Bridge. The mixed team placed first for the One-Rope Bridge. We are very proud of all the cadets who worked hard and took home 11 first place trophies.
January is National Mentoring Month! Spending one hour each week – whether it’s helping with homework, playing games or just hanging out – means a young person has someone to turn to in moments big and small.
For more information on how you can become a mentor, visit http://www.nationalmentoringmonth.org/
The goals are to:
• raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms;
• recruit individuals to mentor, especially in programs that have waiting lists of young people; and
• promote increased growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations.
Several important dates are highlighted during National Mentoring Month:
• January 17, 2019: International Mentoring Day – A day of international conversation where photos, videos and messages of powerful mentoring stories are shared.
• January 21, 2019: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – A day to share in the inspirational words and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and elevate the spirit of service through volunteerism.
• January 31, 2019: #ThankYourMentor Day – A day to let mentors know they are appreciated and valued.
On February 1st the Jazz Program from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition sent two middle school jazz bands to the District 13 Florida Bandmasters Association Jazz Music Performance Assessment. As the only groups from St. Lucie County, they were proud to participate and represented our county with pride. Congratulations to them on two outstanding performances. Pictured are students from the seventh and eighth grade jazz bands with Band Director Mr. Jason Hatfield in the center.
White City Elementary students enjoyed a special performance. The Jazz Ensemble of Florida Baptist College visited White City Elementary and played some familiar, uplifting songs. Students enjoyed the selections and they enhanced their understanding of various instruments and rhythms.
The School Board extended congratulations to St. Lucie Public Schools Teacher of the Year Mr. Jeffrey Johnson who is an exceptional student education teacher at Dale Cassens Educational Complex.
Last week, during a meeting of Florida’s Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized Mr. Johnson along with four other Teachers of the Year from across the state with the Governor’s Shine Awards. The Shine Award is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education.
Governor Rick Scott said, “I am proud to recognize five of Florida’s top educators today for their commitment to making sure their students are prepared to succeed in the classroom and future careers. As 2017 Teachers of the Year, they are an outstanding example of the many hardworking educators across the state that are doing all they can to give our students the highest quality education.”
Congratulations to Mr. Johnson.
Amazing staff, talented students, and a school district making unprecedented gains — a winning combination.
As part of Bayshore Elementary School’s Bullying Prevention Campaign, students had the opportunity to hear from Joe the Biker! Joe the Biker shared his own experiences with students to teach the importance of standing up to bullying and how to get help within their school and community.
Northport K-8 School hosted bullying expert Joe Wojcik, better known as “Joe the Biker,” recently in the school gymnasium. Joe held two sessions divided into grades sixth through eighth and grades third through fifth. Students filled the school bleachers and sat eagerly on the floor in both sessions to listen to “Joe the Biker” talk about how he was bullied as a child, how it affected his life, how to know if it really is bullying and how to empower oneself, find one’s own special talents and feel awesome about oneself. He personalized and tailored the talk directly to the Northport community of children, and the students felt very special. Middle grades students were familiar with “Joe the Biker” after reading his book “Call Me Yubbie” last year at the school. Hundreds of the students wrote personal letters to Joe to express feelings, give thanks and told him how inspiring he was as a speaker. The Northport K-8 School community takes bullying extremely seriously and has held several student assemblies, the third annual Unity Day Walk empowering students against bullying and teacher workshops to address student issues and concerns. Joe Wojcik is supported by the community efforts of the Port St. Lucie Sunset Rotary Club. Northport definitely stands as a caring, concerned community and is applying constant pressure in all avenues to eradicate bullying of all kinds. Joe is pictured speaking to the students and staff.
St. Lucie West Centennial High School athletic director John Messina was recognized at the May 14, 2013, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for his recent induction into the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Hall of Fame. Coach Messina has a long list of distinguished achievements in the coaching category. As head baseball coach at Pace, Port St. Lucie and Jensen Beach high schools, he compiled a 465-160 record and totaled three state championships with two state runners-up while coaching two national Player of the Year standouts, Alex Fernandez in 1988 and Rick Ankiel in 1997. He was named the Florida State Coach of the Year on four occasions, earned the FIAAA Meritorious Service Award, two FHSAA Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Awards and is currently on the FHSAA’s Academic All-State Committee and Representative Assembly. Pictured, from left, are Jeanne Ziemba, St. Lucie School Board member Kathryn Hensley, County Athletic Director Jay Stewart, School Board members Carol Hilson, Troy Ingersoll, and Dr. Donna Mills, current Centennial High School principal Dr. Kim Stephanic, Messina, former Centennial High School principal John Lynch, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Superintendent Michael Lannon and former principal Charles Cuomo.
While learning about people of the past, kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition dressed up like Johnny Appleseed. Together, students created a timeline of the important events in Johnny Appleseed’s life. After they finished their timeline, students enjoyed all kinds of treats made from apples. Pictured is Ariana Costanzo, kindergarten teacher, as she talks to her class about Johnny Appleseed.
Together kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition learned all about Johnny Appleseed and how he was a good citizen, we also recognized that he was an important part of our history. Students were invited to dress up like Johnny Appleseed and bring an apple dessert/treat to school to share with their class. Parents were invited to attend and join us in our adventure through history to the past! Families researched special events in Johnny Appleseed’s life and we created a whole class timeline of those events.
Pictured are–Front Row (left to right): Dominic DiMarco. , Danasia Batson-Phinn, Aidan Massman, Brooke massman, Xander Arvary, Elizabeth Castelo. Middle Row (left to right): Rosie Van Name, Ethan Byrnes, Ava Versaci, Jayden Rippy-Strassel, Natalia Gonzalez, Nathaniel Guas
Top Row (left to right): Madison Edinger, Jayden Alcineus, Breanna Weiser, Elyjah St. Fleur, Jaycee Mead, Bryan Regnault, Ariana Costanzo (teacher)
Don’t miss this opportunity to join the CAST!
An exclusive Information Night on June 21st from 6 to 7 will provide students and parents the opportunity to hear about innovative experiences in the Arts at the all new Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST).
As a prestigious Cambridge School, CAST also offers advanced pre-collegiate studies aiding college and career readiness!
CAST (Formerly Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts)
1100 Delaware Ave.
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
The June 21st open house was prime time for the new and innovative programs offered at the Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) to take center stage. Parents and students discovered how students will thrive academically and artistically at CAST through participation in visual and graphic arts, dance, vocal and instrumental music, drama, and musical theater.
This K-8 Magnet will feature a black box theater, new arts classrooms, upgraded facilities, and earlier school hours to better accommodate extracurricular and community-based activities. Academic excellence will include the new Cambridge Primary program to develop pre-collegiate skills. To find out more, visit St. Lucie Public Schools’ homepage at www.stlucieschools.org
Come join the CAST! We have a spot waiting for you!
Do you like basketball, music, football, free give-aways, and more? Plan to attend the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Pop-Up Party at Bayshore Elementary School on October 18th from 5 PM to 7 PM.
This is a wonderful opportunity to meet our School Resource Officers and have fun with family and friends!