ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and PNC Bank are united in a partnership to join with over 2 million others across the globe on October 19, 2017, to highlight the importance of literacy and Read for the Record. This is an annual campaign that includes classrooms, libraries, community centers, and homes in which children and adults read together in this worldwide shared reading experience to support children having the opportunity to enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.
According to Early Childhood Coordinator Dr. Mary Huffstetter, on Thursday, a cadre of PNC employees will join with SLPS staff to read to pre-kindergartners in classrooms across the district. “We’re going quackers over reading,” she says with a smile and then explains that this year’s Read for the Record book is Quackers, by Liz Wong. Children are sure to enjoy this endearing story of a kitten who grows up thinking that he is actually a duck until the day his world turns topsy-turvy when he meets another kitten. The story is about his path to understanding, acceptance, and learning that you can be who you want to be.
About St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast. The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit, http://www.stlucieschools.org.
Ms. Swabon’s elementary visual art students at CAST have been submitting their art for various projects. Some included here are: leaf rubbings, creating a “found object” color wheel, drawing and photography of everyday life and documentary photography.
Third grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition enjoyed a demonstration by the Pt. St. Lucie Police Department K-9 unit. Students made a connection by reading a Journeys story about a police officer and his K-9 dog.
On Thursday, January 17, students in the Law Academy at SLW Centennial High School learned about K9 Patrols and how K9s are used in law enforcement. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office shared information on how the dogs are trained, handled, and used in law enforcement.
“Principal Baruti Kafele, my name is Tyler, and it’s important that you know my name.” These were the words of a Palm Pointe middle school student who echoed the heart of the guest speaker’s message to students while shaking hands with the larger-than-life Kafele. According to on-looker Principal Kathy Perez, the 12-year-old heeded the powerful message of being mission-minded and developing the necessary passion, purpose, and drive to persevere through challenges for success in school and in life.
Perez stated that Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition maintains and on-going schedule of talent development for staff throughout the year. Kafele authored Closing the Attitude Gap, is an award-winning former educator and principal, and speaks to the importance of being mission minded. “He inspired our professional staff and captivated our students as an added bonus.”
Principal Baruti Kafele engages Palm Pointe middle school students with a message of being m mission-minded.
Keiser University recently donated 10 Apple G4 computer systems, complete with a 19″ monitor, tower, keyboard, and mouse to be utilized in the television production Career and Technical Education program at St. Lucie West Centennial High School. Students will be able to use the technology in their career curriculum, as well as to produce live and videotaped programming for the school. Pictured, from left, are Keiser University Senior Community Relations Coordinator Linda Fitzpatrick, Centennial High School assistant principal Tom Kalament, with Keiser University’s Dean of Academic Affairs Jane Quattrocchi driving the cart loaded with some of the equipment ready to be delivered to the classroom.
The Key Club is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through service to others and is supported and mentored under the umbrella of the Kiwanis International family. Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities. New members of the Key Club were recently inducted for the coming school year.
To culminate a recent Principal’s Reading Challenge, the top readers in grades 3-5 played kickball against Weatherbee Faculty. All other students who obtained their goal were spectators for this event. We won’t say who won, but a fun time was had by all!
St. Lucie Public Schools engaged the entire family in learning at the KidMania event on Sunday, October 20th. Families learned how to help their child improve their reading through a variety of activities.
Kids at Hope Founder Rick Miller and staff members from St. Lucie Elementary and Weatherbee Elementary celebrate 10 years of Kids at Hope in St. Lucie County. The Roundtable of St. Lucie County and Miller recently facilitated a Kids at Hope symposium in the District where it was proudly announced that 36 schools are trained and actively participating in the program that touts All Children Are Capable Of Success — No Exceptions.
Kids at Hope founder Rick Miller recently made a surprise visit to Catie Smith’s fifth grade class at Gaines Academy. The class had written Mr. Miller a letter during their language arts class stating how much they loved the way Kids at Hope has made a difference for them. Rick decided to respond in person!
Students at Forest Grove Middle School were greeted by a Tunnel of Hope on their first day of school. Among the members of the Tunnel of Hope were firefighters, teachers, staff members, school board officials and members of the community.
Kids at Hope Day/Week 2018
November 12-16, 2018 (2nd Wednesday in November)
2018 Theme: A CULTURE of HOPE
The power behind Kids at Hope is its cultural strategy.
Rather than advance KAH within a program or curriculum, KAH is unleashed by harnessing the power of WE. It is the WE rather than the ME that can reach all children and youth with a message and strategy that demonstrates how all kids are capable of success, No Exceptions!! It is the WE that represents culture.
For KAH to work best and most effectively the village and all villagers need to be part of, rather than a part from, the three Universal Truths which define KAH:
Show us how your school, organization, department, agency or community is encouraging everyone to see every kid as AT HOPE and how your team is using BELIEVE-CONNECT-TIME TRAVEL as part of your overall strategy.
Keep in mind the ME can only reach some kids. It is the WE that can reach all kids!
Like last year, in place of a traditional contest, we want you to share your celebrations with us on social media!
Post on either Facebook, Instagramor Twitter and use the hashtag #cultureofhope2018
Posts will be checked until Friday, November 30th. Each post will be entered into a drawing to win some fabulous prizes! The more you post and tag, the more chances you have to win!*
FORT PIERCE – The Susan Broom Kilmer Branch Library’s ArtSpace hosts works by Fort Pierce native Andre Barnes Sept. 1-19.
Currently teaching art Samuel Gaines Academy in Fort Pierce, Barnes has worked for more than 15 years as an art instructor in the Leon and Gadsden County Public School systems. He has a degree in Fine Arts with a minor in Graphic Arts from Florida A&M University.
Barnes has done illustrations for four children’s books as well as murals for schools, the city of Tallahassee and art fashions for some celebrity clients. He has created works using the mediums of graphite pencil, colored pencil, pastels, watercolor acrylic paint and airbrush.
Residents interested in displaying their artwork as part of the Kilmer Library’s non-commercial ArtSpace area should contact Librarian Delphine Newton at 772-462-2787 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This is not a commercial venue. Artwork is displayed for enjoyment purposes only.
The Susan Broom Kilmer Branch of the St. Lucie County Library System is located at 101 Melody Lane. For more information about programs visit: www.stlucieco.gov/Library.
Kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated the joining of the letters Q and U as in “quack” and “quick.” They also held a ceremony for other consonants that frequently go together in words such as sh, ch, wh and th. What a beautiful occasion to commemorate these unions.