Guest Reader Day at White City Elementary

Guest Reader Day at White City Elementary

Guest Reader Day at White City Elementary was a great success.  Community Members read Have You Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud.  Students enjoyed the heartwarming book which encourages positive behavior through kindness, appreciation, and friendship.

 

  

SLWK-8 Band Director Selected

SLWK-8 Band Director Selected

Ms. Jennifer Rosser, the band director and music teacher at St. Lucie West K-8 School, was honored with the opportunity to be the clinician for the Heartland Middle School Honor Band of Highlands County recently. The honor band consisted of the best band students from nearly 11 middle schools of the surrounding cities in the Highlands County area. Ms. Rosser rehearsed the band for a mere 12 hours of rehearsal over two days culminating in a concert the second evening at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts located on the South Florida State College campus. Ms. Rosser is completing her 5th year of teaching and her 4th year as band director and general music teacher at St. Lucie West K-8 School.

Centennial Freshmen Prepare for College and Career Success

Centennial Freshmen Prepare for College and Career Success

On February 2, 2017, over one hundred 9th graders from St. Lucie West Centennial High School’s (SLWCHS) Freshman Academy visited the main campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Students visited multiple class buildings, toured the football stadium, fitness center, student union, and many other facilities associated with academia and student life, and had question-and-answer sessions with helpful FAU staff. The trip was an overwhelming success, and the kids thoroughly enjoyed the time they spent on campus.

Students often struggle to maintain motivation during high school, and it is the strong belief of the SLWCHS administrative team that exposing students to the joys of college life early in their secondary-school education will help them remain focused during times of academic hardship. Indeed, many kids came away from the trip declaring that they had never known how appealing attending a major university could be, and numerous kids put FAU at the top of the list of schools to which they will eventually apply.

This is the second campus visit for the SLWCHS Freshman Academy this year. In the fall, students visited Florida International University’s main campus in Miami with similar results. During that trip, by sheer coincidence, President Barack Obama was speaking at FIU, and while the students were unable to actually see the president himself, the sense of occasion that surrounded his visit helped reinforce the message that opportunity, success and happiness are best accessed through higher education.

Saint Lucie West Centennial High School’s next Freshman Academy college visit will be to the University of Central Florida in March of this year.

SOMS Celebrates Crossing Guards

SOMS Celebrates Crossing Guards

Southern Oaks Middle School PTO Parents, Principal Hargadine, and Mr. Gent Celebrate Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

Southern Oaks Middle School PTO parents, Ms. Evans, Ms. Phillips, and Ms. Skinner happily pose with Principal Hargadine and Superintendent Gent as they await the arrival of Southern Oaks Middle School’s crossing guards: Dawn Weinkrantz, David Griffin, and Joyce Milligan for Crossing Guard Appreciation Day!

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.

SAT Available to All SLPS Juniors

SAT Available to All SLPS Juniors

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to open additional pathways to college success for more and more high school students.  On March 1, 2017, the District will launch its first SAT School Day, affording all juniors the opportunity to participate in SAT testing during the regular school day.  “We are always looking for ways to support our students. Historically, students are challenged to schedule time for the SAT on a weekend.  The SAT School Day removes barriers such as weekend transportation issues to SAT test sites, conflicts with work, or other family obligations. It’s a win-win for our students,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

 

Another major hurdle the SAT School Day helps students overcome is the issue of funding.  SLPS secured a grant from the College Board to cover the $57.00 per student registration fee.  With approximately 3,200 juniors participating in the SAT, a value of $180,000.00 will be appreciated. “That’s not all,” said Lynda Octavi, secondary programs specialist. “Students taking the SAT during the regular school day also benefit by taking the test in a familiar location free from the anxiety of registration and check-in.”  She also explained that students have access to SAT prep tools as well as school-based tutorials prior to testing.

 

SAT scores are important for many applications to colleges and universities as well as scholarship opportunities. Providing all students with access to the SAT helps grant greater equity and flexibility for students in their college and career choices.

 

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.

 

SAT Available to All SLPS Juniors

SAT Available to All SLPS Juniors

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to open additional pathways to college success for more and more high school students.  On March 1, 2017, the District will launch its first SAT School Day, affording all juniors the opportunity to participate in SAT testing during the regular school day.  “We are always looking for ways to support our students. Historically, students are challenged to schedule time for the SAT on a weekend.  The SAT School Day removes barriers such as weekend transportation issues to SAT test sites, conflicts with work, or other family obligations. It’s a win-win for our students,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

 

Another major hurdle the SAT School Day helps students overcome is the issue of funding.  SLPS secured a grant from the College Board to cover the $57.00 per student registration fee.  With approximately 3,200 juniors participating in the SAT, a value of $180,000.00 will be appreciated. “That’s not all,” said Lynda Octavi, secondary programs specialist. “Students taking the SAT during the regular school day also benefit by taking the test in a familiar location free from the anxiety of registration and check-in.”  She also explained that students have access to SAT prep tools as well as school-based tutorials prior to testing.

 

SAT scores are important for many applications to colleges and universities as well as scholarship opportunities. Providing all students with access to the SAT helps grant greater equity and flexibility for students in their college and career choices.

 

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.

 

SAT Available to All SLPS Juniors

Support is Blooming for New Teachers

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – A recent professional development campaign tagged as “The Marigold Effect – Seeds of Change” was designed to foster literacy support and mentorship for new teachers.  According to Mandy Rowland, literacy curriculum specialist for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS), this particular training was designed to foster the positive support offered by the District’s literacy coaches.  “The marigold symbolizes positive, strong, cheerful, and protective qualities; likewise, our veteran educators encourage, support and nurture teachers so they will positively thrive,” said Rowland.

 

The focus on support is not uncommon as the attention of the District’s human resource team has been directed heavily on efforts to retain its quality teaching staff in order to lessen the number of new hires each year.  Providing mentoring support, coaching for instructional and behavioral strategies, and offering classes to support recertification are key components to sustaining a stable instructional team.  “We’re making positive student achievement strides in this District.  That is due to our teachers and support staff, and we’re committed to do everything we can to provide them with exceptional professional experiences so they can sustain the momentum,” said Rafael Sanchez, executive director of human resources for the District.

 

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.

 

Marigolds, donated by Lowes (St. Lucie West), supported the theme of a literacy coach training entitled “The Marigold Effect – Seeds of Change” about mentoring and coaching new teachers.

Literacy Week at SRE

Literacy Week at SRE

 

 

 

Parents, St. Lucie Sheriff’s officers, business leaders, and SLPS School Board members visited Savanna Ridge Elementary and read with students.

Our students and Principal, Mrs. D’Jion Jackson-Harris, had a great time designing their “vocabulary hat” to encourage literacy and to use hands on creativity to learn new words.

A few of our students with Mrs. Jackson-Harris “Taking Hats Off to Vocabulary” to enhance literacy skills.

 

Our dedicated teachers decorated their classroom doors to represent their class’s favorite book.

SGA Welcomes Dan Frank

SGA Welcomes Dan Frank

Samuel Gaines Academy had the honor of having Mr. Dan Frank, executive director of schools for SLPS, as a guest speaker for the Speakers’ Bureau.

Eighth graders had the opportunity to hear Mr. Frank’s story and his life’s struggles before he became an educator. All in an effort to help students understand the importance of an education, hard work, and effort. He was accompanied by Dr. Donna Mills, SLPS board member, and Pastor Kenny Mills Sr.

Mr. Gatorade

Mr. Gatorade

On Tuesday January 31st, Lincoln Park Academy’s Caleb Pottorff was notified that he had be named “Gatorade Player of the Year for Cross Country.”   Caleb also won the “Mr. Cross Country” award from the Florida Dairy Farmers.

Congratulations to Caleb on his recent awards.

Jazz Bands from Palm Pointe Perform

Jazz Bands from Palm Pointe Perform

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.

Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.  Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

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Community Supports Celebrate Literacy Week

Community Supports Celebrate Literacy Week

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Literacy efforts continue to grow through collaborative support with community members. In classrooms throughout SLPS, business and civic leaders read to students and participated in literacy events as part of the Celebrate Literacy Week.

 

“Parents, business leaders, neighbors, and mentors play a crucial role in helping children learn to read and foster the lifelong love of reading,” said Mandy Rowland, literacy curriculum specialist for the District. “Schools welcomed volunteers to support as participants in literacy night events, read-a-thons, vocabulary parades, and guest readers.  Beyond Celebrate Literacy Week, we invite our volunteers to stay connected throughout the entire year. Working together as a community, we can have a greater impact on helping every student read at or above grade level.”

 

As an example of Literacy Week activities, students at White City Elementary (WCE) participated in a “Read-a-Thon,” and community members poured into classrooms for “Guest Reader Day.”  Special guests included: Mayor Linda Hudson, Sheriff Ken Mascara, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, Port St. Lucie Police officers, and Fire Department officials.  Each read a heartwarming book about showing kindness entitled, Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? To foster the love of reading, staff members distributed “I Was Caught Reading” coupons along with special books and prizes.  Throughout the week, staff and students alike always had a book close at hand awaiting the surprise announcement for — DEAR (Drop Everything and Read), and the culminating event occurred for all of WCE families with Literacy Night.  Attendees enjoyed an evening that included two Readers Theater plays: The Three Little Pigs and 12 Angry Pigs.

 

To find out how you can volunteer or mentor in SLPS, visit www.stlucieschools.org and click on the Volunteer link.

 

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.

 

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Community Supports Celebrate Literacy Week

Community Supports Celebrate Literacy Week

Literacy efforts continue to grow through collaborative support with community members. In classrooms throughout SLPS, business and civic leaders read to students and participated in literacy events as part of the Celebrate Literacy Week.

“Parents, business leaders, neighbors, and mentors play a crucial role in helping children learn to read and foster the lifelong love of reading,” said Mandy Rowland, literacy curriculum specialist for the District. “Schools welcomed volunteers to support as participants in literacy night events, read-a-thons, vocabulary parades, and guest readers.  Beyond Celebrate Literacy Week, we invite our volunteers to stay connected throughout the entire year. Working together as a community, we can have a greater impact on helping every student read at or above grade level.”

As an example of Literacy Week activities, students at White City Elementary (WCE) participated in a “Read-a-Thon,” and community members poured into classrooms for “Guest Reader Day.”  Special guests included: Mayor Linda Hudson, Sheriff Ken Mascara, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, Port St. Lucie Police officers, and Fire Department officials.  Each read a heartwarming book about showing kindness entitled, Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? To foster the love of reading, staff members distributed “I Was Caught Reading” coupons along with special books and prizes.  Throughout the week, staff and students alike always had a book close at hand awaiting the surprise announcement for — DEAR (Drop Everything and Read), and the culminating event occurred for all of WCE families with Literacy Night.  Attendees enjoyed an evening that included two Readers Theater plays: The Three Little Pigs and 12 Angry Pigs.

To find out how you can volunteer or mentor in SLPS, visit www.stlucieschools.org and click on the Volunteer link.

MSE Motivation Monday!

MSE Motivation Monday!

Teachers at MSE dressed up in their favorite decade outfit and wonderful conversations with children happened.  We had representatives from 1940’s through the 1990’s.

   

Celebrate Literacy Week

Celebrate Literacy Week

Bayshore Elementary School students participated in many events during Celebrate Literacy Week.  Students had the opportunity to learn about folktales and then watch them come to life with the actors from Riverside Theatre.  Students also celebrated their favorite books by dressing up as their favorite characters and vocabulary words and then participating in a school-wide parade.  Pictured are some students from Ms. Budhram’s VPK class sharing their favorite books.