Bayshore Donates to Toys for Tots

Bayshore Donates to Toys for Tots

Bayshore Elementary School students and staff members participated in a toy drive for Toys for Tots sponsored by the United States Marine Corps.  Second Grade Teacher Nancy Fallon coordinated the event and was excited to have Bayshore Elementary as a designated drop-off location.  All donated toys will go to local families in need.  Thank you for to our students and staff for your donations.  Pictured, from left to right: Mrs. Silas (Bayshore Assistant Principal), Mrs. Reid (Bayshore Principal) and Mrs. Fallon.

 

Bayshore Celebrates Chimpmas

Bayshore Celebrates Chimpmas

Save the Chimps, the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary, asked for assistance during the holiday season creating safe decorations to be used for their Chimpmas Celebration.  Bayshore students donated recycled boxes and created paper chains that will be part of the chimpanzees celebration.  Pictured: Mrs. Reid, Bayshore Elementary School principal, donating the items to Save the Chimps representative.

Westwood Cadets Achieve!

Westwood Cadets Achieve!

Congratulations to the Ft. Pierce Westwood HS Teams of Cadets who competed in the Junior Leadership and Academic Bowls. The Academic team consisted of Cadets Andrews, Loschin, Soto, Flores, and the alternative cadet Rigsby. The Leadership team consisted of Cadets Payen, Egan, Lovell, Ocampo, Hartley, and Reese. Out of the 1,308 teams that participated across America to include Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Guam, and DOD Schools across the world; they’ve earned the bragging rights to say both teams will be moving on to Level 2.  The next level of the competition will be held February 1-15.

Student Artwork Heading to the Capitol

Student Artwork Heading to the Capitol

ST. LUCIE COUNTY -State Representative Larry Lee was present at Tuesday night’s St. Lucie Public Schools Board meeting to accept an original artistic rendering from Palm Pointe seventh grader Kimberly Quigley. Quigley’s watercolor entitled “An Eye On the Future” will travel with Representative Lee to Tallahassee where it will be displayed and become part of the Art in the Capitol exhibit.

Art in the Capitol is the result of a bill designed to bring attention to the arts in education.  Annually, middle school art students submit art for selection at the District level, and winning entries are displayed in the Capitol during the regular legislative session.

St. Lucie Public Schools appreciates the many contributions to the Art in the Capitol contest. Special congratulations are extended to Mariana Solanilla and Hanna Bono both from West Gate K-8 whose artwork received second and third place recognition respectively in the local Art in the Capitol competition.

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.

Student Artwork Heading to the Capitol

Student Artwork Heading to the Capitol

State Representative Larry Lee was present at Tuesday night’s St. Lucie Public Schools Board meeting to accept an original artistic rendering from Palm Pointe seventh grader Kimberly Quigley. Quigley’s watercolor entitled “An Eye On the Future” will travel with Representative Lee to Tallahassee where it will be displayed and become part of the Art in the Capitol exhibit.

Art in the Capitol is the result of a bill designed to bring attention to the arts in education.  Annually, middle school art students submit art for selection at the District level, and winning entries are displayed in the Capitol during the regular legislative session.

St. Lucie Public Schools appreciates the many contributions to the Art in the Capitol contest. Special congratulations are extended to Mariana Solanilla and Hanna Bono both from West Gate K-8 whose artwork received second and third place recognition respectively in the local Art in the Capitol competition.

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Kimberly Quigley, Palm Pointe 7th Grader, and Representative Larry Lee proudly display Quigley’s winning entry. “An Eye On the Future.”

St. Lucie Public Schools Receive Model School Status

St. Lucie Public Schools Receive Model School Status

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools boasts a thirty percent increase in the number of schools recognized with Model School status for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS).  The University of South Florida (USF), manager of the PBIS Project for the State of Florida, provided District personnel with notification of this prestigious distinction.

 

PBIS is a school-wide behavioral approach that focuses on increasing academic performance and increasing safety while decreasing problem behaviors with specific and consistent strategies.  A focus on individual needs using data along with positive and effective strategies are also key elements to a successful PBIS school-wide plan.

 

Seventeen of the District’s 38 traditional schools received this accolade.  According to Executive Director of Student Services Bill Tomlinson, “Having so many of our schools identified as Model Schools is a wonderful honor for our District and a true representation of the work that all of our schools do each and every day to promote the PBIS infrastructure.”

 

“Achievement of PBIS Model School is the result of collaborative efforts between Student Services personnel and site-based personnel working tirelessly to provide for the needs of students and to build the Multi-Tiered System of Supports in the schools.  Together, educational professionals work to address appropriate behavior and celebrate students’ goal attainment,” explained SLPS’s PBIS Coordinator Robert O’Neill who also serves as the liaison between the District and USF.

Congratulations to the following schools on their PBIS Model School Status:

Gold Status (10)

Palm Pointe K-8 School

Weatherbee Elementary School

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School

Allapattah Flats K-8 School

Lakewood Park Elementary School

Bayshore Elementary School

Northport K-8 School

Village Green Environmental Studies School

Southport Middle School

Westgate K-8 School

 

Silver Status (2)

Savanna Ridge Elementary School

Manatee Academy K-8 School

 

Bronze Status (5)

St. Lucie West K-8 School

Samuel S. Gaines Academy K-8 School

Morningside Elementary School

Floresta Elementary School

Mariposa Elementary School

 

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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St. Lucie Public Schools Receive Model School Status

St. Lucie Public Schools Receive Model School Status

St. Lucie Public Schools boasts a thirty percent increase in the number of schools recognized with Model School status for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS).  The University of South Florida (USF), manager of the PBIS Project for the State of Florida, provided District personnel with notification of this prestigious distinction.

PBIS is a school-wide behavioral approach that focuses on increasing academic performance and increasing safety while decreasing problem behaviors with specific and consistent strategies.  A focus on individual needs using data along with positive and effective strategies are also key elements to a successful PBIS school-wide plan.

Seventeen of the District’s 38 traditional schools received this accolade.  According to Executive Director of Student Services Bill Tomlinson, “Having so many of our schools identified as Model Schools is a wonderful honor for our District and a true representation of the work that all of our schools do each and every day to promote the PBIS infrastructure.”

“Achievement of PBIS Model School is the result of collaborative efforts between Student Services personnel and site-based personnel working tirelessly to provide for the needs of students and to build the Multi-Tiered System of Supports in the schools.  Together, educational professionals work to address appropriate behavior and celebrate students’ goal attainment,” explained SLPS’s PBIS Coordinator Robert O’Neill who also serves as the liaison between the District and USF.

Congratulations to the following schools on their PBIS Model School Status:

Gold Status (10)

Palm Pointe K-8 School

Weatherbee Elementary School

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School

Allapattah Flats K-8 School

Lakewood Park Elementary School

Bayshore Elementary School

Northport K-8 School

Village Green Environmental Studies School

Southport Middle School

Westgate K-8 School

 

Silver Status (2)

Savanna Ridge Elementary School

Manatee Academy K-8 School

 

Bronze Status (5)

St. Lucie West K-8 School

Samuel S. Gaines Academy K-8 School

Morningside Elementary School

Floresta Elementary School

Mariposa Elementary School

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Northport Awarded PBIS Model School Status of GOLD!

Northport Awarded PBIS Model School Status of GOLD!

It is with much pleasure that we inform our community that Northport has been awarded the PBIS Model School status of GOLD. After difficult and complex work for several years, our school has achieved the highest status awarded to a school. We have worked tirelessly to address the Multi-Tiered System of Support and to fully embrace Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports framework.

What this all means is that everything we do at Northport is about the success of the students. It’s about getting ALL of our kids ready for the real world. Everything is centered around our school wide expectations. These expectations are our broad, guiding principles. They are Safety First, Act Responsibly, I Show Respect and Listen Well.

Each school year, we begin with an Action Plan about what we need to do and where our students need to be, both behaviorally and academically. The process is ongoing and fluid and the plans of implementation are part of a living document that changes with the needs of our students. We have taken indicators such as the referral rates of black males and used data and then implemented targeted interventions and progress monitoring to really help our students.

We have demonstrated three tiers of effective interventions with the Northport S.A.I.L Note, one of our reward systems, as just one part of the implementation of PBIS or Positive Behavior Intervention Support. This award goes to our entire community because everyone plays a major role in our school success. We are just so thrilled that our tiered system of support has been selected as the “GOLD STANDARD” for our SLPS because our entire culture is based on Northport school wide expectations. Job Well done!

PTO Offers Fantastic Services @Northport!

PTO Offers Fantastic Services @Northport!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Northport PTO! Northport community has been blessed with a robust and dynamic Parent and Teacher organization. PTO recently honored teachers and staff with a beautifully orchestrated holiday luncheon. The ladies served teachers and staff a lovely chicken parmesan dinner that included ziti, salad, rolls, and desserts catered by Big Apple Pizza.

The ladies from right to left are Denise Suarez, Kimberly Rydzewski, Stephanie Hoffman-Zuniga, Christine Hunsicker, Kathy Hoffman, and Christina Fernandez. The Northport PTO brings dedication and exemplary service and care to the children and staff at Northport. The dedicated group helps to make the school a shining star in the community. The PTO and their caring services make student and teacher celebrations more authentic and special. Many thanks and Merry Christmas for services rendered and their blank check of care and concern made out to the children of Northport!

Grace Packs Donations Support Students

Grace Packs Donations Support Students

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – What started out as a small packing party for approximately 150 meals to support students and families in need turned into a holiday wish-come-true as donations poured in to accommodate over 300 meals. The St. Lucie Public Schools District Office Events Committee in conjunction with Grace Packs, Pan Florida Challenge for Hungry Kids, and St. Lucie County Fire District packed over 4,000 pounds of food into weekend packs on Tuesday in preparation for deliveries prior to the holiday break.

“Each year our Grace Packs December food drive campaign provides a boost for the Organization’s ability to support students; however, the need to meet the basic nutritional requirements of our students stretches beyond the ‘giving season.’  Student hunger hampers student learning.  We want to remove barriers to help our students succeed, and Grace Packs helps us do that,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

Grace Packs is a nonprofit organization that provides students and their families with weekend food source packages. The program began in 2011 at Oak Hammock K – 8 School, and it now serves 18 schools.  Grace Packs Organization exists through the support of schools and local community organizations.  To learn more about Grace Packs, visit www.gracepacks.org.

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.

 

Grace Packs Donations Support Students

Grace Packs Donations Support Students

What started out as a small packing party for approximately 150 meals to support students and families in need turned into a holiday wish-come-true as donations poured in to accommodate over 300 meals.  The St. Lucie Public Schools District Office Events Committee in conjunction with Grace Packs, Pan Florida Challenge for Hungry Kids, and St. Lucie County Fire District packed over 4,000 pounds of food into weekend packs on Tuesday in preparation for deliveries prior to the holiday break.

 

“Each year our Grace Packs December food drive campaign provides a boost for the Organization’s ability to support students; however, the need to meet the basic nutritional requirements of our students stretches beyond the ‘giving season.’  Student hunger hampers student learning.  We want to remove barriers to help our students succeed, and Grace Packs helps us do that,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

 

Grace Packs is a nonprofit organization that provides students and their families with weekend food source packages. The program began in 2011 at Oak Hammock K – 8 School, and it now serves 18 schools.  Grace Packs Organization exists through the support of schools and local community organizations.  To learn more about Grace Packs, visit www.gracepacks.org.

 

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.

LPA Chorale Performs at Disney Candlelight Processional for the 10th Consecutive Year

LPA Chorale Performs at Disney Candlelight Processional for the 10th Consecutive Year

On Friday, December 9th, the Lincoln Park Academy Concert Chorale participated in Disney’s Candlelight Processional which was held at Epcot Center. The Candlelight Processional tells the story of Christmas in words and music including a mass choir joined by a 50-piece live orchestra and a guest celebrity narrator. The guest celebrity narrator for this evening was Anthony Mackie who played the Marvel Superhero Falcon in the movie Captain America: Civil War.

This is the Lincoln Park Academy Concert Chorale’s 10th consecutive year being selected to participate in this very prestigious event.

 

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LPA Key Club Enjoys the Fort Pierce Parade

LPA Key Club Enjoys the Fort Pierce Parade

The Lincoln Park Academy Key Club participated for the first time in the City of Fort Pierce “A Cattleman’s Christmas Parade.” The Sunrise Kiwanis Club sponsored and provided a small trailer along with a 1949 vintage tractor.  The members worked very hard to build a float. Forty-two students walked behind the float and represented the newly reinstated club and our Greyhound pride.

 

 

 

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St. Lucie Public Schools Announces Finalists for School Related Employee of the Year

St. Lucie Public Schools Announces Finalists for School Related Employee of the Year

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – In the spirit of the season, students and staff made a joyful noise filling the hallways and classrooms of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) as the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County and SLPS administrators surprised the three finalists for School Related Employee of the Year on Friday.  Juana Garcia (Mariposa Elementary), Dawn Parker (Dan McCarty Middle School), and Natasha Ramos (Oak Hammock K-8) will represent the District as this year’s finalists.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated that he is inspired by the commitment to service and volunteerism that each finalist represents.  “Our staff care deeply about our students and our community. They spend countless hours volunteering in their schools and in our community.  Their actions speak volumes to their commitment,” said Gent.

Education Foundation President Thom Jones said, “This is one of my favorite days of the year because the Education Foundation exists to promote, encourage, and recognize excellence in public education.”

Honoring school related employees is a program that is supported by the Florida Department of Education in which outstanding education support personnel are recognized for the significant impact they make on their schools and district school systems. Locally, one individual will be selected to represent SLPS at state level during the Night of the Stars gala scheduled for February 18, 2017.

About the Finalists

Juana Garcia

Juana Garcia is the nominee from Mariposa Elementary.  She is a paraprofessional for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and over the last four years her contributions to the school have proved to be far reaching.  She provides support in the classroom, assists in the ESOL lab, works as a liaison with parents, serves as research support for ESOL data with the guidance team, and is committed to helping with school events to support parent involvement.

In addition to this, Garcia facilitates Mariposa’s evening adult English language classes for Hispanic and Haitian parents.  According to Principal Logue, she has committed two evenings per week for the last year and a half to this program.  He said, “Because of Juana’s commitment, our lab program for our parents has continued to grow.  She provides the time, instruction, energy, and care to help our parents acquire the English language skills they desire.”

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Juana Garcia

 

Dawn Parker

Dawn Parker represents Dan McCarty Middle School.  She serves as the school’s executive secretary responsible for maintaining the administrative schedule of the school’s principal as well as organizing events and serving as an ambassador to parents and community members who visit the school.

As a 12-year St. Lucie Public Schools employee, Parker has been on Dan McCarty’s campus for most of those years.  She is extremely involved in campus and community activities beyond her office responsibilities.  She supports students as a mentor, step coach, and Kids at Hope Treasure Hunter.  In the community, she actively pursues committee work in her church and volunteers at Matthews Café.

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Dawn Parker

 

Natasha Ramos

Natasha Ramos is the School Related Employee of the Year for Oak Hammock K-8.  For more than nine years, Ramos has called Oak Hammock her school home serving first as an ESOL paraprofessional and currently as a school clerk.  Her keen awareness of campus activities helps her manage the many responsibilities associated with supporting her principal, teachers, and administrative staff in order to maintain a smooth flow of communication, schedules, and activities such as honor roll ceremonies.

While Ramos makes certain the teachers at Oak Hammock are provided the attention they need, she also supports the next generation of teachers by facilitating the schedule for IRSC teacher interns who are observing classes and working on credentials to complete their education programs.  She also extends herself beyond the school campus into the community as an organizer and leader for her church and Relay for Life.

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Natasha Ramos

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.

 

 

St. Lucie Public Schools Announces Finalists for School Related Employee of the Year

School Related Employee of the Year Finalists

In the spirit of the season, students and staff made a joyful noise filling the hallways and classrooms of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) as the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County and SLPS administrators surprised the three finalists for School Related Employee of the Year on Friday.  Juana Garcia (Mariposa Elementary), Dawn Parker (Dan McCarty Middle School), and Natasha Ramos (Oak Hammock K-8) will represent the District as this year’s finalists.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated that he is inspired by the commitment to service and volunteerism that each finalist represents.  “Our staff care deeply about our students and our community. They spend countless hours volunteering in their schools and in our community.  Their actions speak volumes to their commitment,” said Gent.

Education Foundation President Thom Jones said, “This is one of my favorite days of the year because the Education Foundation exists to promote, encourage, and recognize excellence in public education.”

Honoring school related employees is a program that is supported by the Florida Department of Education in which outstanding education support personnel are recognized for the significant impact they make on their schools and district school systems. Locally, one individual will be selected to represent SLPS at state level during the Night of the Stars gala scheduled for February 18, 2017.

About the Finalists

Juana Garcia

Juana Garcia is the nominee from Mariposa Elementary.  She is a paraprofessional for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and over the last four years her contributions to the school have proved to be far reaching.  She provides support in the classroom, assists in the ESOL lab, works as a liaison with parents, serves as research support for ESOL data with the guidance team, and is committed to helping with school events to support parent involvement.

In addition to this, Garcia facilitates Mariposa’s evening adult English language classes for Hispanic and Haitian parents.  According to Principal Logue, she has committed two evenings per week for the last year and a half to this program.  He said, “Because of Juana’s commitment, our lab program for our parents has continued to grow.  She provides the time, instruction, energy, and care to help our parents acquire the English language skills they desire.”

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Juana Garcia

Dawn Parker

Dawn Parker represents Dan McCarty Middle School.  She serves as the school’s executive secretary responsible for maintaining the administrative schedule of the school’s principal as well as organizing events and serving as an ambassador to parents and community members who visit the school.

As a 12-year St. Lucie Public Schools employee, Parker has been on Dan McCarty’s campus for most of those years.  She is extremely involved in campus and community activities beyond her office responsibilities.  She supports students as a mentor, step coach, and Kids at Hope Treasure Hunter.  In the community, she actively pursues committee work in her church and volunteers at Matthews Café.

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Dawn Parker

Natasha Ramos

Natasha Ramos is the School Related Employee of the Year for Oak Hammock K-8.  For more than nine years, Ramos has called Oak Hammock her school home serving first as an ESOL paraprofessional and currently as a school clerk.  Her keen awareness of campus activities helps her manage the many responsibilities associated with supporting her principal, teachers, and administrative staff in order to maintain a smooth flow of communication, schedules, and activities such as honor roll ceremonies.

While Ramos makes certain the teachers at Oak Hammock are provided the attention they need, she also supports the next generation of teachers by facilitating the schedule for IRSC teacher interns who are observing classes and working on credentials to complete their education programs.  She also extends herself beyond the school campus into the community as an organizer and leader for her church and Relay for Life.

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Natasha Ramos

Mariposa Elementary’s PBIS Pokemon Day

Mariposa Elementary’s PBIS Pokemon Day

Mariposa Elementary celebrated its PBIS by having a Pokemon Day. Students paid 20 Butterfly Bucks to participate in Pokemon Day where they created a unique Pokemon with special powers and a Poke-Ball and then played charades as they became a Pokemon.

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Maurice Johnson and Tristan Coe are working hard to create their Pokemon. Jha’keriah Galloway, Brianna Granja, and Beverly Garay are discussing their Pokemon with each other. Anaztajah Rodriguez is finishing up her Pokemon while Jovaughn Hall is just beginning to think about how his Pokemon will look and what special powers it will have.  Overall, it was a huge success!

 

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Annual Breakfast with Santa Celebrated at Palm Pointe

Annual Breakfast with Santa Celebrated at Palm Pointe

On December 3, 2016, Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated its annual Breakfast with Santa.  The event was a huge success with families enjoying a delicious pancake breakfast, kids making holiday crafts, a face painting booth, raffles, pictures with Santa, and holiday songs performed by Mrs. Melanie Larsen and Mrs. Deborrah Estrada.
It was a great time to relax with Palm Pointe families and staff at the beginning of the holiday season.  Pictured are Mrs. Luv Lima and her two sons, seventh grader Marcos Lima, fifth grader Rio Lima, and  many other families in the background.
Palm Pointe Students Attend State Beta Club Convention

Palm Pointe Students Attend State Beta Club Convention

National Beta is committed to recognizing high academic achievement, rewarding and nurturing worthy character, fostering leadership skills, and encouraging service to others. Last week students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s Beta Club were building on the school’s tradition of excellence by attending their first State Beta Convention in Orlando. Students went above and beyond by competing in eight different areas against other Florida Beta members. In Division I Robotics: Nico Tovar, Estaban Gomes Lopez, Ava Borgella, and Newman Crews received 1st Place. In Division I Advertising Design: Nachbi Pierre, Elizabeth Chavez-Munden, Gabriella Albritton, and Alexia Morgan received 1st place. In Division I Math: Keely Moody received 2nd place runner-up. In addition, in Division I Social Studies: Fabrizzio Capocci received 2nd place runner-up. Students will be competing again in the National Convention in June, here in Orlando. We are so proud that our Beta members are ready to be challenged to go above and beyond.
Pictured: students from the club along with their sponsors, Ms. Tara Hearl and Mrs. Laura Justice.
Great job, Rockets!!