Attend Samuel Gaines Academy’s Fourth Annual Winter Games on Thursday, February 23rd from 5:30-7:00. Bring your family. The first 100 Colts will receive a goodie bag full of supplies. Play games to win prizes and cheer your Jedi teachers on to win a Pod Party.
Mrs. Baptiste’s third grade student, Jayden Fairchild, put her amazing reading skills to work as she read a favorite classic story to Mrs. Auciello’s first graders! The class was silent and fully engaged as they listened to her read to them.
Northport students and teachers welcomed the monthly Speakers Bureau recently, and the Northport Media Center truly did “Shine Forth As Gold!” The morning began with the Pledge of Allegiance led by sixth grader, Alicia Brown, dressed as Harriet Tubman. As the program progressed, students from Deborah Allen’s class dressed authentically as famous Black Americans such as Dr. Martin Luther King and Mary McCloud Bethune and more black heroes presented “Who Am I?” speeches. This segment of the program was first rate as the students taught the guests about important Black Americans and their contributions.
Dr. Donna Mills presented the first guest speaker, Dr. James Harrell, husband of District 83 House of Representatives, Gayle Harrell. Dr. Harrell spoke of his own difficult youth and the value of education. The keynote speaker was Mr. Joseph Dillard who dug deep and spoke about his life story. His father was in prison and his mother was a drug addict. He spent his youth on the streets selling drugs, was in and out of relationships, and engaged in fighting. Dillard finally broke free from the burdens of his life when he began reading voraciously at the age of 21. He recounted the story of sitting and telling the moon, “One day I am going to conquer you!” Mr. Dillard tipped his hat to his teachers who gave him the feelings that “I can do it” and “You should do it!” He had students place their hands over their hearts and repeat, “I am a champion. ” He told them to read, to listen, to go above and beyond expectations, and to ask themselves, “What do I stand for?”
The program was flawless and inspiring. Children learned about integrity, grit, determination and the importance of unifying as people, men, and women of vision and not color.
Dr. Mills spoke about the SLPS “A Promise is a Promise” program and explained to students that if they graduate from SLPS, secure credentials as a certified teacher, then SLPS will provide them with a teaching position.
Every adult present, including Pastor Kenneth Mills, who has worked tirelessly with the program, “Save Our Children was, “Don’t let anything stop you. Cry your tears and move on! We will! We promise!”
Northport is pleased to announce our results from the 2017 St. Lucie County Regional Science and Engineering Fair STEM competition. Students researched a problem having societal impact and then creatively designed their experiment to test their hypothesis or built a prototype device to find a solution. We are proud of the accomplishments of our young scientists and engineers.
Eighth grade delegates receiving awards include:
Ishe’ Toussaint…..First place in Biomedical Health and Science as well as a Broadcom Masters invitation
Brianne Yates…..Second place in Chemistry
Brandon Quijada…..Third place in Chemistry
Evence Elissaint…..First place in Environmental Engineering, a Broadcom Masters invitation, Danae Pick Artscience award and a Publix Good Science award
Alexis Bowes…..Second place in Plant Science
Seventh grade delegates include:
Chastine Maharaj …..Third place in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Illah Sasso…..St. Lucie County Fair Gate Ticket award.
Wonderful job to all delegates and our winners make us so proud! Way to go NORTHPORT!!!!!!!
GREAT JOB DR. WOODWORTH!!!!!!
On Tuesday February 7th, Cadet Major Jennifer Arriola (right) was awarded the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 8058, Voice of Democracy Essay/Audio Scholarship. She wrote and recorded a two-page essay describing her responsibility to America. Her essay was titled “The Land of the Free.” In her essay, she described her mission to give back to America and expressed her patriotism for this great country. Cadet Arriola’s essay/audio won first place locally and placed second in the District judging. She was presented her award at the award ceremony, which took place at the Fort Pierce VFW Auxiliary. The Fort Pierce Westwood Panther Battalion JROTC Color Guard presented the national colors. They were also presented with the community service award for their work in the community.
White City Elementary students enjoyed a dramatic production of Rockin’ Red Riding Hood. Students made connections between the stage presentation and the traditional story version. Students had a rockin’ good time as they compared point of view, themes, and the pattern of events.
SLWCH Parli Pro Team (11th grade) placed 2nd at the HOSA District IX Winter Leadership Conference (WLC).
The purpose of the parliamentary procedure was to develop leadership skills in HOSA members by conducting a simulated business meeting. This event was based on team competition; therefore, members learned the importance of cooperation and working together through competitive performance.
This event involved two rounds of competition. Round One consisted of a written test to evaluate the team’s understanding of parliamentary procedure.
The written test measured knowledge and understanding at the recall, application or analysis levels.
Higher-order thinking skills were incorporated as appropriate.
The top scoring teams advanced to Round Two and were given a secret problem with motions to perform during the meeting. The team had twelve (12) minutes preparation time prior to the nine (9) minute demonstration of the meeting.
Catherine Miller, Marissa Powell, Briana Farrell, Elianna Ramos and Yulitza Perez
Students across the Northport campus are working to do their part and conserve our earth. Fifth grade teacher, Melanie Polascak, spearheaded a campaign to bring recycling to the school. Students interested in the effort meet in Polascak’s classroom on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to organize and to work together to get twenty bins from Waste Pro. Every Tuesday morning before school, twelve interested students go across campus and bring the bins to the front of the school then they meet again on Thursday to bring the empty bins back to their designated spots. Northport is very proud of the efforts of these students and their teacher sponsor, Mrs. Polascak. Lessons like these are invaluable and service projects help instill citizenship in our students and help them learn to become good stewards of the earth and their own community.
Students in Sherree Madorma’s 5th grade class not only celebrated Valentine’s Day, but also paid tribute to one of the finest American poets and a Black History icon, Langston Hughes. The program entitled, “We Love Langston Hughes!” was an animated group reading of the Hughes poem, “Harlem.” Students studied what Langston Hughes’ poetry meant to people in the 1950’s. The theme of the poem, students learned, was to always follow your dreams, to never give up, and to “Just Do It!” Students learned all about segregation and the sadness that people felt during that time in history. Students paid wonderful homage to one of the greatest African American poets of all time.
The students of White City Elementary have created a Black History Hall of Fame which celebrates the accomplishments of African Americans. Students are learning about the contributions of influential African Americans. Classes are conducting research and discovering the accomplishments of historical figures.
As part of our commitment to your child’s education, we want to share with you information about the Florida Prepaid College Board’s Open Enrollment Period, the annual time when families can open Prepaid Plans. The Open Enrollment period ends February 28, and we wanted to ensure your family was aware of the opportunity to start saving for your child’s future education. College might seem like a long way off, but starting to save now means your child’s tuition will be covered when they need it.
All Florida Prepaid College Plans are guaranteed by the State of Florida, and while the plans are designed to be used in state, if your child attends an out-of-state or private college, the plan will pay the same amount as it would pay at a public college or university in Florida. The five Florida Prepaid Tuition Plans offer a variety of options starting at just $47 a month. The younger your child, the more years you have to save, and the lower the monthly payments for a Florida Prepaid Plan.
It is never too early to begin investing in your child’s future. Multiple studies have found that students with college savings are more likely to attend and finish college and that having a degree greatly improves lifetime earning potential. A Georgetown University study estimates that a student with a bachelor’s degree can earn $1.6 million more in their lifetime than a student with only a high school diploma.
We are also pleased to offer a promotional code, SUP1617, for a 50 percent discount off your application fee when you purchase a Florida Prepaid Tuition Plan before Open Enrollment ends February 28. As we prepare your child academically, you can begin preparing them financially.
Open Enrollment ends on February 28, 2017.
Learn more at www.myfloridaprepaid.com.
Jaguars First 2017 Drill Meet at Jupiter Community High School
By: Sarai Narvaez
The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Drill Team competed in Jupiter Community High School’s Drill Competition against nine other schools on February 11th. The competition consisted of Armed Squad, Unarmed Squad, Armed Platoon, Unarmed Platoon, and Color Guard. The Jaguars did incredibly well for their first competition. Male Unarmed Squad earned 2nd place, Male Armed Squad achieved 3rd place, and Male Color Guard placed 1st. Male Unarmed Platoon came in with a 1st place finish and Male Armed Platoon took 3rd place. Female Armed Squad ranked 3rd place, Female Armed and Unarmed Platoon took 2nd place. The Jaguar Drill Team received 2nd place overall.
We are very proud of all the cadets who worked hard and took home nine trophies. All of the cadets are excited and look forward to a more impressive performance at the next meet which is the Area 3 Regional Drill competition, scheduled for March 11th, 2017 at Port St. Lucie High School.
C. A. Moore Elementary School and SLPS extend appreciation and gratitude to Mrs. Frankie Sayles for her dedicated volunteer service and for her contributions to the education of children for thirty-three years.
In a special celebration on Friday, February 10, 2017, Mrs. Sayles was surrounded by children, school personnel, and community leaders as the Frankie Sayles Learning Center at C. A. Moore Elementary School was dedicated to her in honor of the support she has provided to countless children over the years.
More than 117 Health Science A&P 10th and 11th grade students at St. Lucie West Centennial High School learned Hands-Only CPR this week. These students were taught by Mary Higgins’ First Responder and Dual Enrollment students.
First Responder classes are available to students who have completed the Allied Health Program as a senior elective. First Responder students prepare for careers in emergency medicine by becoming CPR certified as Health Care Professionals, completing web based classroom instruction and skills in advanced first aid techniques, followed by a shadowing opportunity at various St. Lucie County Fire Stations. They will also take a State Certification test at the end of the year. Dual Enrollment classes are also available which gives the students the opportunity to enroll in postsecondary courses and receive both high school and postsecondary credit.
This “student-teaching-students” approach is innovative and one of the first of its kind in the state of Florida. Students will walk away knowing how to recognize the need for CPR, how to call 911, and how to push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” The American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR at this beat can more than double or triple a person’s chances of survival. This method has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work, or in public.
Each student received an American Heart Association personal use CPR Anytime kit to take home and keep so that they can train additional family and friends in Hands-Only CPR. The American Heart Association expects hundreds more will be trained to save a life by the 10th and 11th grade participants. This event is part of the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR for Schools training program and is supported by an educational grant.
The students and staff at Fort Pierce Westwood High School welcomed Mr. Michael Carbenia, the director of Career & Technical Education, as a guest in the Speakers Bureau series.
Mr. Carbenia opened his presentation with a PowerPoint used to describe the Career & Technical Education program. He explained to students that the Career and Technical Education program offers a complete range of career options for all students, helping them to discover their interests and the educational pathways that lead to success. These programs offer students the opportunity to achieve industry-recognized certifications, work-based learning experiences, and articulated college credits. CTE helps students gain the technical skills, rigorous academic foundation, and real-world experience they need for post-secondary education and a high-skill, high-wage, high-demand career.
Mr. Carbenia also spoke about the obstacles he faced throughout life and the challenges he had growing up; he acknowledges that although he experienced those moments, he was always able to overcome them because of the high expectations and the opportunities for success that were set in place by the caring adults in his life. He expressed to the students how much he enjoyed his job because now he is able through the CTE program to create the same opportunities for all children who attend high school in St. Lucie Public Schools, a District that believes all children are capable of success… No Exceptions!
Principal Lynch introduces Mr. Carbenia to 9th grade students.
2017 Military Ball
By: Sarai Narvaez
The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion hosted their 23nd annual Military Ball at the Saint Lucia River Club. This night is dedicated to a long line of military time honored traditions. The Military Ball is a formal celebration for cadets followed by a time for the cadets to enjoy building camaraderie and dancing.
The evening started with the Battalion Color Guard presenting the colors. The Color Guard was led by Cadet Major Adam Pagan carrying the national flag and Cadet Command Sergeant Major Damilola Jolaogun carrying the state flag. The guards were Cadet Sergeant Major De’ vonte Cousar and Cadet Staff Sergeant Marco Nadar. Following the presentation of the colors, the formal portion of the evening began with the history of the Military Ball, the symbolism of the traditional grog bowl, and a speech from our guest Specialist Hugo Gonzalez. Specialist Gonzalez gave a speech about leadership that inspired and motivated all the cadets who were present. The Saint Lucia River Club crew prepared and served a delicious meal for dinner.
The cadets are grateful for their instructors and the Jaguar Battalion Booster Club Parents and thank them for the tremendously successful evening.
TC-MOAA 5K Run-Walk
By: Sarai Narvaez
The Treasure Coast Military Officers Association of America (TC-MOAA) conducted a JROTC premier 5K race and walk. The purpose of this event was to promote excellence in JROTC programs in St. Lucie and Martin Counties, community involvement, Veterans programs, and membership of the TC-MOAA. Three of our cadets participated in 5K race and walk. Eleven JROTC high schools competed in the race which were Fort Pierce Central, Fort Pierce Westwood, Port St. Lucie, Centennial, Treasure Coast, Jensen Beach, Martin County, South Fork, Lincoln Park Academy, and John Carroll. Joshua Gonzalez came in 3rd place. This premier race which is expected to become an annual event was a safe and enjoyable for community participants. It consisted of successful planning, preparation, execution, and close out of all race events and tasks. We would like to thank retired LTC Bobbie Williams for making this event possible.
SLW Centennial Young Floridian candidates participated in a mock luncheon and interview in preparation for the official luncheon and interview at IRSC.
Thank you to all of the guest judges who participated.
The Lincoln Park Academy Middle School Math Team participated in the annual MathCounts competition on Friday. Kendrick Carpenter took first place individual honors and will go on to compete at the state level on March 24th. Also among the top ten finishers was Malaica Ashley who finished in eighth place. Congratulations to the entire team for a job well done!
FPMSA Students Receive a Special Visit From the First Alert Weather Team
The WPBF First Alert Weather Class brings a storm of excitement to Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts as the team of professional meteorologists teach 3rd graders about weather systems.
Meteorologists Vanessa Vincent and Taylor Grenda were on site for the day’s lesson.