The Lions Club of Saint Lucie West visited Weatherbee Elementary School to provide all second graders with a beautiful dictionary. Shown here with Lions Club members are second grade teachers Chloe Thrasher, Joan Goldson, Rebecca Perez, Lisa Wilkins, and Autumn Stone.
Mrs. Patrick’s 2nd grade class was visited by Superintendent E. Wayne Gent! He read them a wonderful Christmas story entitled Christmas City by Michael Garland.
The students thanked him with a present of their own — new socks! Mr. Gent promptly put them on and wore them with pride!
Thank you, Mr. Gent, for a wonderful visit!
Each month Lakewood Park Elementary celebrates students with attendance awards. These students are present every day of the month, arrive on time, and complete the school day. They receive a special treat each month as well as a certificate of recognition. This month they walked away with a handmade bracelet to remind them of their dedication. Way to go, Falcons!
Manatee Academy’s monthly SUNDAY BRUNCH had a special guest for December. The Big Guy himself Ho-Ho-Ho’ed his way into the library and children were treated to something better than candy canes from Santa — free, brand new books TO KEEP!
Families also enjoyed Mrs. Remington’s world-famous chocolate-chip pancakes after snapping pictures with bigger-than-life holiday characters, singing Christmas carols, and checking out up to 10 books!
St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and School Board Members enjoyed participating in the festive holiday parades in Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce. The Festival of Lights and Sights and Sounds helped ring in the season with parade floats, bands, and characters to delight the crowds.
The St. Lucie County School Board consists of a veteran team of ambassadors for education: Troy Ingersoll (chair), Dr. Donna Mills (vice-chair), Deborah Hawley, Kathryn Hensley, and Carol A. Hilson.
Students at SLW Centennial High School Freshman Academy were treated to an assembly sponsored by School Board Member Dr. Donna Mills.
She introduced the guest speaker and gave a brief description of her responsibilities as a Board Member. She entertained the freshmen with how she was elected and re-elected to serve on the School Board. She also spoke about her continued efforts to support educators in St. Lucie County.
The guest speaker of the day was the CEO of the Boys and Girls Club, Mr. William Armstead. He opened up with his personal story of how he grew up in a large family and the trials and tribulations that come with living in Brooklyn. His main topic was about abuse and how we all need to talk to someone. Mr. Armstead’s message of “you don’t need to be blood to be family, and family is someone that listens and cares about you” simply resonated through the captive audience of freshman students. Many students in the audience were mesmerized by his stories of hope and inspiration. After building a rapport with the students about the serious effects of abuse and how to recognize and recover from it, he lightened things up with a brief question and answer period. He always kept reassuring students that abuse is detrimental to one’s self esteem and they must tell someone about it.
Mr. Armstead’s message to Centennial High School students was quite clear: Abuse is no joke! Many could be suffering from it but are too afraid to talk about it.
Centennial High School students were treated to an excellent guest speaker who gave words of advice and tips to become better and more productive students. The guest speaker at Centennial High School had a great message, and that message was: You’re never alone; there is always someone out there for you; it could be a friend, a parent, a teacher, a counselor; it could be anyone. You make the Difference!
St. Lucie Public Schools administrators collected toys for this year’s Toys for Tots campaign just in time for Santa’s train as it is scheduled to roll into town on Saturday, December 10th at 1:15 at Orange Avenue and US 1. Don’t miss it!
Superintendent Gent and School Board Chair Ingersoll chat with Carol Wyatt during the recent WPSL Christmas Kids interview. Students have performed in many locations throughout St. Lucie County as local businesses support the annual Toy Drive.
Students at Fort Pierce Westwood’s Marine and Oceanographic Academy are making a difference in the local community! The Leadership class at M.O.A. organized the food drive encouraging the campus to bring in food donations. The student body overwhelmingly responded with a grand total of 1,669 food items collected — all of which are being donated to the Treasure Coast Food Bank.
Awesome job, Panthers, on the successful food drive!
Samuel S. Gaines Academy sixth graders had the honor of listening to guest speaker Mr. Joe Smith, Clerk of the Circuit Court of St. Lucie County, as he shared his life story during a recent Speakers Bureau event.
Mr. Smith, a native of Fort Pierce and a product of the St. Lucie Public Schools, comes from immigrant grandparents who arrived in the United States in the early 1900s. He was raised by a family of educators who inspired him to follow their path in helping others. His career shifted in a similar direction of helping his community, and he became our very own Clerk of the Circuit Court of St. Lucie County.
On Tuesday November 22, 2016, Lincoln Park Academy Middle School students participated in the annual Pathway to Success ceremony. Whether it’s the youngest Greyhounds in the class of 2024 or the voting-age seniors who graduate in May, all students deserve to know they inspire adults around them.
The students received a keepsake to commemorate the ceremony and signed a graduate silhouette ensuring their commitment to be successful at LPA which is displayed proudly on campus.
Great job, Greyhounds…and keep up the hard work!
On November 9th, there was a celebration for three Lincoln Park Academy seniors. Each of them have committed to the college or university of their choice to further their education and athletic excellence.
Caleb Pottorff – Cross Country to Florida State University
Joseph Stubbs – Baseball to Indian River State College
Madison Walsh – Softball to Lander University in South Carolina
The families, faculty, and staff of Weatherbee Elementary recently collected and filled over 100 shoeboxes with much needed health care supplies for our neighbors in hurricane stricken Haiti and Bahamas. Mrs. Guermithe Ogé and Mrs. Darlene Sydné coordinated the collection drive.
Fourth graders in Ms. Erica Morales’ class at Mariposa Elementary enjoyed playing the role of the math teacher. “Ms. Owens, and Mr. Orozco” guided their fellow classmates in multiplying two digit by two digit numbers using the Matrix Model. Classmates thoroughly enjoyed learning and helping their “teachers” solve each problem.
Photographed as teachers: Adrian Orozco and Amorie Owens.
Recently at St. Lucie West Centennial High School, the 19th Judicial Circuit held Teen Court. Criminal Justice students from Fort Pierce Central, Fort Pierce Westwood, St. Lucie West Centennial, and Treasure Coast High Schools prepared and presented defense and prosecution cases. Students also served as jurors, bailiff, Clerk of the Court, and audience members for three cases involving teens.
Fort Pierce Central culinary students and their instructors joined over 40 Florida high schools at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation (FRLAEF) Regional workshop at Johnson and Wales University (JWU) in Miami, Florida.
Students rotated through four sessions including: knife skills, trends in baking and pastry, Molecular Gastronomy, and trends in nutrition. Lunch was then served to everyone in the JWU cafe, and each student received a personal chef jacket for attending the event. An exciting and very educational day was had by all!
At Weatherbee, we recently celebrated the end of our latest Reading Challenge. Classes that met their reading points goal were treated to watching our principal and assistant principal get doused with gravy!! The students who earned the highest amount of points in each class did the honors of pouring a cup of gravy over our literary pilgrims – a.k.a. Mr. Hitsman and Ms. Avellino.
Olive Garden sponsored an event honoring student athletes at SLW Centennial High School. Student athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and higher were recognized for their academic achievements. The top two students who both have a 4.0 cumulative GPA include Cameron Pagan (pictured on left), 10th grade, Volleyball Team and Nalin Saraf (pictured on right), 10th grade, Cross Country Team .
This exhibit showcases the work of the Creative Photography students from Fort Pierce Central High School. The school added photography courses four years ago, and in that time Heather Blackmon-Gordon’s students have grown in both skill and scope. With photography as their commonality, they search for their own creative style and vision.
The students have spent the last few months documenting, critiquing and reflecting on physical and mental places in their lives. The photographs are of people and places, with a focus on utilizing lighting to portray moods. Many of the photos are pieces of seniors’ portfolios that they are submitting to visual arts colleges and universities for Portfolio Day, or to the prestigious Scholastic Art Competition.
The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Raider Team traveled to South Fork High School to compete in the Area III Regional Raider Meet State qualifier. They competed against 22 teams from nine other schools in five physically demanding events. The events consisted of Cross Country Rescue (team had to answer questions on first aid, treat a simulated 120lb casualty with supplies from 30lb ruck sacks, and then move the casualty and supplies one mile to the safe zone), 100 meter 300lb tire flip.
To complete the Raider Fitness Challenge, the team was required to complete a course consisting of a 10 yard low crawl, a 40 yard 20-30lb sandbag carry, an obstacle to either go over or under, a speed agility maze, a 120lb object to carry approximately 50 feet, a turnaround point to repeat the course in reverse, traverse one Rope Bridge, and complete a 5K team run.
The Female Team placed first overall. They placed first for Cross Country and Fitness test as well as second in Rope Bridge, Team Run, and Tire Flip. Female Team members are as follows: Jamie Triplett (Commander), Syanna Graham, Kaylee Zuidema, Guadaloupe Quinones, Diana Velez, Joleigh O’Connar, Sarai Narvaez, Allison Wilhoit, Savannah Cymbal, Tesa May, Hayley Pollard, and Victoria Diaz.
The Male Team placed first overall. They placed first in Cross Country Rescue and Team Run as well as second in the Fitness Test, Rope Bridge, and Tire Flip. The team was made up of Josh Gonzalez (Commander), Angel Reyes, Nick Donaldson, Ansari Khan, Malver Casanas, Demilola Jolaogun, Alex Nieves, Justin Miller, Alyis Cardenas, Jonathen Geronimo, Tyler Weaver, and Anthony Steiner.
The Mixed Team placed first overall. They placed first in Cross Country Rescue as well as second in Fitness Test, Rope Bridge, and the Team Run along with third place in Tire Flip. The team consisted of Lawrence Riccard, (Commander), Kaycee Rhodes, Joleen Kalinowski, Destiny Swain, Michelea Luyao , Crystal Suarez, Daniel Neives, Hunter Payne, Cameron Lennard, Matthew Simmons, Tyler Reynolds, and Travis. During the Cross Country Rescue Travis Cetin tripped while carrying the back of the litter and fell face first into the ground and log, after falling he got right back up and the team finished the race and came in first place. After finishing the race, he was rushed to the hospital where he received two staples.
All of the teams did outstanding and worked very hard. They took home a total 18 trophies — three overall and 15 event trophies. Not only did the team dominate nine schools, all three teams also qualified for the State Raider Meet in Lake Wales, FL to compete against the best Raider teams in the state of Florida.