Parkway Elementary hosts engaging Black History Month program

Parkway Elementary hosts engaging Black History Month program

The Parkway Elementary School community enjoyed a remarkable Black History Program that included poems, skits and songs that reflected the contributions of African Americans to society.  The program was capped with Dr. Owen Roberts delivering a motivating presentation that encouraged Parkway students to “keep your goal in sight” by overcoming obstacles of misbehavior, skipping school, not completing homework and other behaviors that would prevent them from realizing their goals.  Pictured, from left, are students Hannah Troutman, Kiara Chiarolanzio,Logan Feldherr, and Veronica Jean.

Parkway Elementary drummers present original rhythm at school board meeting

Parkway Elementary drummers present original rhythm at school board meeting

A group of student musicians representing Parkway Elementary School, with music teacher Beth Torresson, regaled the audience at the March 11, 2014, St. Lucie County School Board meeting with vocals and instrumental entertainment. Members of the drum ensemble, which consists of 12 members, grades 3-5, who auditioned to be in the group, have been working together since November, meeting every Monday and Thursday afternoon for 45 minutes in the music room to practice. Most of their rhythms are original compositions by the group members, one of which was presented during the school board meeting. Pictured, from left, are Owens Oscar, Ergens Gay, and Jeremiah Guerrier.

“Parents: You Matter” Program Launches in St. Lucie County

“Parents: You Matter” Program Launches in St. Lucie County

New Program Designed to Increase Parents’ Understanding of Drug and Alcohol Issues

Today, the Title I Department of St. Lucie Public Schools in conjunction with local agencies announced the launch of a community education program designed to increase parents’ understanding and confidence in preventing and addressing drug and alcohol issues. The multi-media training program is designed to educate parents of teens and tweens about why kids use drugs and alcohol. Program topics cover: what parents can do to protect their children, tips on how to communicate with their kids, suggestions for monitoring their activities, ways to spot drug/alcohol use, and what a parent should do when they find it.

The program, called “Parents: You Matter,” was created by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and is designed to be co-delivered by a range of community presenters from law enforcement, prevention and treatment professionals as well as educators and healthcare professionals. “Parents: You Matter” engages parents and caring adults through awareness-building presentations delivered at local businesses and civic organizations, schools, and parent groups.

The presentation is free of charge and will be held on December 2, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Way Village, 1780 Hartman Road, Ft. Pierce, FL 34947. A free lunch will also be provided.

The presentation contains a number of videos, including public service announcements from The Partnership at Drugfree.org, first-person stories, and information from experts. Drug-specific educational modules are also offered to allow presenters to customize the program to local needs, offering parents the most relevant information about the risks of drugs to their teens.

About The Partnership

The Partnership at Drugfree.org is a nonprofit organization that helps parents prevent, intervene in and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children. Bringing together renowned scientists, parent experts, and communications professionals, the Partnership translates current research on teen behavior, addiction and treatment into easy to understand resources at drugfree.org. Through its nationwide PACT360 community education programs, the Partnership educates and mobilizes local community efforts to address drug threats at the grassroots level, including methamphetamine and prescription drug abuse, and also provides parent training and teen programs that help prevent teen substance abuse. The Partnership depends on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and government. The Partnership thanks SAG/AFTRA and the advertising and media industries for their ongoing generosity.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

 

 

 

Parents graduate from computer classes

Parents graduate from computer classes

Twenty eight parents from Title I Schools have finished a Basic Computer class hosted by Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts and Title I. Parents attended classes twice a week for four weeks to learn basic computer skills and learn to use Microsoft Word. The goal of the program is to help parents to have the skills to help their child with their school work and to enhance the parent’s computer skills. Basic Computer class information is sent out to all parents in Title I schools through a ConnectEd message before the classes begin. More classes are being planned at this time and information will be sent out through the district automated phone system. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Kerry Padrick, top right, joined in the celebration with parents.

Parents flock to multi-cultural feast at Mariposa Elementary

Parents flock to multi-cultural feast at Mariposa Elementary

Second graders in Lisa Green’s class at Mariposa Elementary School invited parents and family members in for an annual Multi-Cultural Feast.  After students presented a reader’s theatre, recipes from across the globe were shared by all.  It provided the unique experience of trying foods from other cultures without actually going anywhere!  It was fantastic to see that so many parents were able to attend or send in authentic cuisine from their culture!Pictured, are Carmen Mendoza (William’s mother), William Biffle, and Ashley Mendez-Hernandez.

 

Parents engaged in special day at C. A. Moore Elementary

Parents engaged in special day at C. A. Moore Elementary

Parents rarely have the opportunity to sit with their student in class. Administrators and staff at C.A. Moore Elementary recently invited parents to Take Your Parent to School Day. The first Take Your Parent to School Day focused on reading. This time the parents were engaged in math activities spending 10 minutes in whole group instruction led by the teacher, 10 minutes in group work, and 10 minutes participating in a math game. The parents were engaged and challenged in the lesson, they were not there as observers. This is the second Take Your Parent to School Day at C.A. Moore and it was a huge success. Pictured are students and parents in Deanna Chibas’ kindergarten class.

Parents celebrate success with honor roll students

Parents celebrate success with honor roll students

Honor Roll Assemblies were held prior to winter break, and seen celebrating Principal’s Honor Roll is F.K. Sweet Elementary third grade student, Justin Adrian, and his father Todd Adrian, a teacher at Fairlawn Elementary School. Students making Principal’s Honor Roll must obtain A’s in all subjects, including art, music, physical education, and conduct.

Parenting Wisely Workshop

Parenting Wisely Workshop

Join us at ​ Grace Way Village for Parenting Wisely starting Wednesday, July 5th.  Our goal with this 4-session workshop is to provide parents support and helpful tips to improve family interactions and communication.

 

Parenting Wisely

Parenting Wisely

Beginning Wednesday, May 9th, The Parent Academy will offer Parenting Wisely –  a  free workshop for parents focused on building positive relationships and developing effective communication with your kids.

Sessions will be Wednesday evenings, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at Virginia College in Ft. Pierce.

Participants who attend all four sessions will receive a FREE gift card!

Register at:
https://www.parentacademyslc.org/worksh…/parenting-wisely-4/

or call (772) 302-3147.

Parent Academy – Workshops

Parent Academy – Workshops

 Join The Parent Academy of St. Lucie County for Two Upcoming Workshops!

Both Are Informative and FREE

 

Parenting Wisely

February 12, February 22, March 1, March 8

Secrets of Modern Parenting

March 22, March 29, April 5, April 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parade of Dads at Palm Pointe

Parade of Dads at Palm Pointe

Palm Pointe honors male role models in Dads Take Your Child to School Day! What a great event to honor our fathers and ask for their commitment to stay involved. Over 300 male role models brought their child to school on Wednesday, September 27th. After a brief ceremony with a guest speaker, the reading of the proclamation from all PPE male role models, and the choral reading with all involved to pledge to stay involved, the event ended with a parade where all faculty and staff and moms cheered as our fathers walked in the parade around the school before bringing their child to class. We look forward to seeing all male role models at future events!

 

 

Panthers Win the McNair Cup!

Panthers Win the McNair Cup!

The Westwood JROTC Air Rifle Varsity Team defeated four schools to retain the much-coveted McNair Silver Trophy cup at the 4th Annual McNair Memorial Rifle Match for the third year running. Alex Rediker led the varsity team as the match individual champion as well as earning three additional individual medals. Jennifer Arriola was the prone champion and the “Sniper” champion, boasting nine out of 30 perfect 10’s! Raul Velasco also took an individual medal in standing. Alejandro Garcia rounded out the Varsity team. Miguel Rodriguez led the JV team to a second place finish and also earned individual medals in Standing and as the runner up JV match sniper. Other members of the JV team include Quytaja Frazier, Sally Dupre and Kirmille Joseph. The Varsity team is preparing for the Area III Regional South qualifier held Atlantic HS on the 27th of February.

Panthers Continue Learning

Panthers Continue Learning

Cadets from Fort Pierce Westwood High School recently traveled to Cape Canaveral to learn about an ongoing scientific project. Cadets spent the morning with Dr. Deborah Gordon and Kurt Leucht understanding their studies of the foraging and communications algorithms of ants and how these algorithms have been converted into software that will be used for the search robots that will roam the planet Mars during the Mars missions in 2030.

The afternoon was spent in the Atlantis Center appreciating the space shuttle program. It was both an educational day and an experiential learning day for the Cadets. Cadets showed their enthusiasm and interest during the trip. All of this was sponsored by the CASIS organization.

Panther Rifle Team Success

Panther Rifle Team Success

The Panther Battalion Rifle Team swept the competition at the 5th Annual McNair Memorial Air Rifle Match. The veteran team of Alex Rediker, Tae Frazier, Kirmille Joseph and Jose Cristales retained the McNair Cup for the 4th year in a row, posting a score of 1,034 points to defeat six other veteran teams.

Alex Rediker was the match champion as well as 1st place award winner in prone and standing and a 3rd place finisher in kneeling out of 31 veteran shooters. Kirmille Joseph was the kneeling champion for the veterans’ competition. A finals event was also added this year, and Tae Frazier took 1st place honors with freshman Jose Cristales taking second.

The Panther “Boots” (first year shooters) brought the Boot trophy back home this year soundly defeating all comers by a 12-point margin. The Boot team consisted of Hilda Cristales, Diana Soto, Tyheim Graham, and Julian Egan. Freshman Diana Soto, shooting in only her second match, earned a third-place spot in prone. Nicholas Montaque was 2nd in standing and Tyheim Graham also took a second place in kneeling. The Panther Boots swept the finals with Hilda Cristales taking first, Devon Ingraham capturing second, and Tyheim walking away with third.

Panther Pride

Panther Pride

Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s cafeteria has a bright new look for students to enjoy.  Working in partnership with the high school, Child Nutrition Services infused the school’s new design to provide an uplifting experience where students can enjoy great food, fellowship, and Panther pride!