Northport Students Participate in Writing Event to Celebrate MLK!

Northport Students Participate in Writing Event to Celebrate MLK!

It is with pleasure that Northport announces the winners of our annual Dr. Martin Luther King Writing contest.

Eighth Grade Winners

First Place – Yaneisha Martinez from Susan Smith’s class

Second Place – Jailaire Garcia from Susan Matteson’s class

Third Place – Xochith Romo from Susan Smith’s class

Eighth Grade Runners Up: Anthony Nguyen, Jonathan Cales and Daniel Ramos

Fifth Grade Winners

First Place – Jaden Diago from Tiffany Tredor’s class

Second Place – Ranjiv Sundersingh from Mr. Madorma’s class

Third Place – Breyanna Robinson from Deanna Cameron’s class

Fifth Grade Runners Up: Benet Hill and Joseph Black

Teachers selected their top four papers, and the winning essays were selected from those papers. Northport Dr. Martin Luther King Events Coordinator Diane Reynolds appreciates the time and effort from both teachers and students as we celebrate student writing. Activities this year for MLK events incorporate the theme, “Renewing a Spirit of empowerment, engagement and non-violence!” We are thrilled to participate in related activities.

Blessing Bags Donated to Salvation Army from Palm Pointe

Blessing Bags Donated to Salvation Army from Palm Pointe

This year Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition decided to make Blessing Bags and partnered with the Salvation Army of St. Lucie County to help the homeless in the community. This project was part of “Kindness Week” which was from January 6 -13, 2017 in conjunction with other activities planned  for Martin Luther King Jr.    Palm Pointe asked families to fill gallon ziploc bags with items people need on a daily basis.  Some items that were included in the bags were: bottled water, hand sanitizer, toothbush/toothpaste, tissues, soap, deodorant, shampoo (trial size), comb, chapstick, snacks, canned soups with pop tops, etc.

Our goal this year was to donate 500 Blessing Bags to this organization.  Families at Palm Pointe far exceeded this goal by generously donating over 1000 bags. Palm Pointe presented Blessing Bags to Captain Maria Hernandez from the Salvation Army of St. Lucie County to be used for people in the community who are in need.  A huge thank you to all the families at Palm Pointe who helped with this worthy cause.

Pictured from left: Mrs. Rachel Koenig (Assistant Principal), Mr. John Keelor (Assistant Principal), Mrs. Kathleen Perez (Principal), Captain Maria Hernandez from the Salvation Army, Mrs. Debborah Estrada (Dean), Mrs. B-J Farrell (Dean’s Clerk) and Athresha Kalluri, president of N.J.H.S.

DMMS Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With Week of Kindness

DMMS Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With Week of Kindness

Dan McCarty Middle School participated in the MLK “Week of Kindness” Celebration. Bus drivers were welcomed with bottled water and snacks, parents received cookies as they picked up their students, and the staff was served lunch from Jimmy Johns. Guest Speakers Sandy Mack and Sophia Witherspoon gave inspiring messages to our 8th grade students. Students from Mrs. Mitchner’s ELA class also read original poems and essays on the theme “Renewing a Spirit of Empowerment, Engagement and Nonviolence.”

 

 

Mariposa Students Visit The Busch Wildlife Care Center

Mariposa Students Visit The Busch Wildlife Care Center

Mariposa Elementary first grade students enjoyed a beautiful day at The Busch Wildlife Care Center in Jupiter, FL. Each class enjoyed a tour led by one of the talented educators on staff at the Care Center. The students learned about Florida animals and their environment. Most importantly, they learned the importance of preserving animal habitats and how to care for the animals.

While on the tour, students saw an alligator and a crocodile, four species of owls, hawks, a bald eagle, a deer, raccoons, vultures, cranes, turkeys, and many more interesting animals. Under the supervision of Wildlife Care Center staff, students also had the opportunity to pet a baby alligator, a snake, and a skunk.

The day was perfect. On the bus,  Levin Mendez Lopez and Gabriel Powell have smiling faces showing just how perfect the day was.

Mosaic Digital Academy Students Participate in Writers’ Workshop

Mosaic Digital Academy Students Participate in Writers’ Workshop

Mosaic Digital Academy middle and high school students participated in a FSA Writers’ Workshop with their instructor, Mrs. Amanda Kiefer, this week and became experts at using the State’s writing rubric to score sample writings from http://fsassessments.org/students-and-families/.  Middle grades and high school students will be given either an Informational or Argumentative Prompt on the FSA Writing Assessment on February 28th. Best of luck on the FSA Writing Assessment @Mosaic_Owls !

High Success Rate

High Success Rate

Students at West Gate K-8 participated in SPARK testing to determine their level of digital literacy.  The focus of the analysis was on three major areas including: 1) Computing Fundamentals, 2) Key Applications, and 3) Living Online.

One hundred two students received certifications for global digital literacy during this initial phase of assessment — that’s a success rate of over 80%!  Ongoing support will be provided to enhance skills for other students as well.

WGK8 is proud of its students for setting the standard for technology success.

Pictured L- R: Daniella Prengel, Spence Wagner, David Jackson, and Hannah Bono

History Fair Projects Judged This Thursday

History Fair Projects Judged This Thursday

Two hundred history fair projects focused on this year’s theme of “Taking a Stand in History” will be judged by local dignitaries at IRSC’s Kight Center this Thursday (1-12-17).  Students from across the District have researched, analyzed, and interpreted information on the topic.  Working individually or in groups, they have submitted their findings and expressed their ideas in papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries, or websites.  Doors will open at 8 AM for a day-long vetting of entries in two divisions — junior (grades 6–8) and senior (grades 9–12).

 

According to Kate Ems, event organizer for St. Lucie Public Schools, the first- and second-place winners in each category and division of the District History Fair advance to the state contest in Tallahassee in May.  In addition, first- and second-place state winners in each category and division earn the right to represent Florida at the National History Day competition in College Park, Maryland, in June.

History Fair Projects Judged This Thursday

History Fair Projects Judged This Thursday

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Two hundred history fair projects focused on this year’s theme of “Taking a Stand in History” will be judged by local dignitaries at IRSC’s Kight Center this Thursday. Students from across the District have researched, analyzed, and interpreted information on the topic. Working individually or in groups, they have submitted their findings and expressed their ideas in papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries, or websites.  Doors will open at 8 AM for a day-long vetting of entries in two divisions — junior (grades 6–8) and senior (grades 9–12).

 

According to Kate Ems, event organizer for St. Lucie Public Schools, the first- and second-place winners in each category and division of the District History Fair advance to the state contest in Tallahassee in May.  In addition, first- and second-place state winners in each category and division earn the right to represent Florida at the National History Day competition in College Park, Maryland, in June.

 

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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Mariposa Teachers Recognized for Their Work with Grace Packs

Mariposa Teachers Recognized for Their Work with Grace Packs

Michelle Smith and Jenifer Scipioni were recently recognized by PNC Bank for their dedication and service to the students at Mariposa. Mrs. Smith initiated involvement with Grace Packs a few years ago and has been instrumental in continued support of this outstanding program. Grace Packs is designed to help students who are in need of food support. Every Friday, food items are sent home with identified children to augment the food available to them at home. Mrs. Scipioni has taken on the weekly logistical responsibility of this program and has even elicited help from a local Girl Scout troop in assembling the food items to go home each week. We are very proud of Mrs. Scipioni and Mrs. Smith!

A Supportive Culture

A Supportive Culture

SLPS Social Worker Kate McCormic was recognized by the Sheriff’s Office for her outstanding work with a local family in the fall. She, in collaboration with the SRD and two others, worked to locate a student who was truant, provide food for the family, and provide support services.

Frances K. Sweet Hits Big in the Stock Market Challenge

Frances K. Sweet Hits Big in the Stock Market Challenge

Students in the fourth and fifth grade Challenge Program at Frances K. Sweet participated in the Stock Market Challenge sponsored by the Florida Council on Economic Education. Teams were competing to win first, second, or third place for the Elementary Division in our region.

Members of the first place team (Josiah Fullwood, Yazmin Sosa, and Carmela Bustamante) each earned a $50.00 Papa John’s gift card and shared a $100.00 cash prize.

SLWK-8 Student Is Weekend Weather Kid

SLWK-8 Student Is Weekend Weather Kid

Christina DiMeo, an 8th Grader at St. Lucie West K-8 School, was selected as the Weekend Weather Kid by CBS12. Nominated by Barbara Ricks, her business education teacher, Christina conducted herself like a pro during the December 30th broadcast.

Congratulations, from your SLWK-8 family!

MSE Celebrates!

MSE Celebrates!

Morningside Elementary congratulates our Teacher of the Year Janice Elmasian-Therrien; First Year Teacher Michael Alvarez; Minority Teacher Sarah Williams; and School Related Employee Diana Crosdale.

We are blessed to have staff that loves children and gives their all to helping them become the best they can be as people.

 

Northport Celebrates Solid Partnership With BBBS!

Northport Celebrates Solid Partnership With BBBS!

Our school is so proud of our partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the positive influence and impact that our mentors and tutors project on our students and school community.

Pictured are third grader Josue Mondesir from Janine Wiecks class and his tutor, Sheila Atkins. Sheila started at Northport in August as part of a strong and comprehensive team of caring adults who train with BBBS to work with specific student needs.

The positive growth is palpable at times. Josue is celebrating with Sheila because he improved one grade level in the specialized reading program called iReady. Josue also is working in fourth grade sight words and checking out library books to read for enjoyment. Sheila says, “Josue is a great kid and a hardworking young man. He is very determined!”

We celebrate positive growth and a determined and positive mindset @Northport.

AICE Art and Design, Top Score in the Country

AICE Art and Design, Top Score in the Country

AICE Photography student, Sarah Lennig at Treasure Coast High School, scored the highest score in the NATION on her completion of AICE Art and Design for the 2015-2016 school year.

Susan Seal, principal of TCHS, offers a congratulatory hug.

Stephanie Stark, AICE Photography instructor, expresses how proud she is of her student.

Open Enrollment / Choice

Open Enrollment / Choice

Open Enrollment and School Choice

Questions and Answers for Parents

  • If my children currently attend a school within my zone, has anything changed for them?  No.
  • The new law says my child can enroll in any school in the District. Am I guaranteed a seat at the school of my choice? A seat must be available for your child’s grade at the school.
  • If I want my children to attend the same school outside of my zone, is there any guarantee they will be assigned together? No. Seats must be available in each of your children’s grades.
  • If my older child is enrolled in an out-of-zone school, will my younger child be given priority as a sibling? Yes.
  • Will my child be placed on a waiting list if he doesn’t get assigned to our out-of-zone school choice? No.
  • Will my high school child be allowed to change schools at any time to participate in extracurricular programs and/or sports? Placement in an out-of-zone school will only occur in January for the following school year. If enrolled, your child will be eligible to participate in extracurricular programs and/or sports.
  • If one of my children is currently enrolled in a Districtwide attractor program, will my younger child be allowed to enroll in the same school? Yes, the younger child can apply for the out-of-zone school during the appropriate open enrollment period for the next school year.
  • Will my child get a bus if she is enrolled in an out-of-zone school? No.
  • If my child is enrolled in an out-of-zone school and I can no longer provide transportation, what happens? You will need to come to the Student Assignment Office to receive an assignment for an in-zone school.
  • How do I find out about the procedures for school assignment? Information including the application process, how to apply for an out-of-zone school, and capacity for each school will be published on the District’s website (www.stlucieschools.org).
  • My child is currently enrolled at a school in another district, but I want him to attend a St. Lucie Public School. When can I apply? Applications for students who live in another district may be submitted in March. Parents will be notified if a seat is available at their Choice school two weeks before school starts.
  • When will school capacities be available on the webpage? Once approved by the School Board, each school’s final capacity will be published. Information will include which schools are over capacity and not available for out-of-zone assignment.
  • Will a percentage of seats be “held back” for out-of-zone students? The law states that parents can choose any school that has not reached capacity.
  • Has anything changed regarding enrollment in magnet schools? Ninety percent of the seats will be assigned through chronological order and the remaining 10 percent will be assigned by lottery for all students on the waitlist.
  • When will I find out if my child is assigned to a magnet school? The magnet assignment timeline has not changed. The process for assigning students to magnet schools will continue to begin in December.
  • If I need my child to be enrolled in a specific school because of a hardship, can I still apply for a transfer? Yes.
  • If I want my high school child to participate in a specific curriculum program that is not offered at her in-zone school, can I request a curriculum transfer? Yes, as long as there are seats available in the school and in the program requested.