Lego Robotics and Coding Camp

Lego Robotics and Coding Camp

St. Lucie County’s Oxbow Eco-Center 2019 Summer Camps were full of adventure. Children ages 8-12 participated in a Lego Robotics and Coding Camp. Using Lego Mindstorm EV-Three and We-Do kits, children worked in teams to complete animal and nature themed science experiments with robotics and coding. Some campers recognized similar problem solving experiments in STEM and Odyssey of the Mind courses.

Leopard of the Month Assembly

Leopard of the Month Assembly

Lawnwood Leopards were recognized during the monthly Leopard of the Month Assembly. These students were selected because they demonstrate ACCOUNTABILITY in their classroom. Lawnwood students are accountable for their learning, their choices, and their behavior. Together we are building a better future, one student at a time.

Leprechaun Traps

Leprechaun Traps

Ms. Mellion’s class created Leprechaun Traps for STEAM challenge. They used their critical thinking skills to figure out the best way to catch a leprechaun. The class voted for their top three favorites and they received a prize. All students received Gator Bucks (PBIS) for participation. Can’t wait to see how many leprechauns are caught over break!

 

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Citizens have an ever-present opportunity to make their voices heard through appointed and elected representatives. As students, parents, staff and community members convene with solution-oriented mindsets about school safety, consider sharing thoughts with local, state, and federal representatives. Contact information is provided in the link below:

http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/seasonal/Representatives-Contact-Information.pdf

 

Let’s Get Down to the Nuts and Bolts of  St. Lucie Public Schools  District Office Construction…

Let’s Get Down to the Nuts and Bolts of St. Lucie Public Schools District Office Construction…

Myth: Money is diverted from students and teachers to pay for the costs of the new District Office.

Truth: Not one penny of the cost of the new District Office is coming out of money available for students, teacher/employee salaries, classroom supplies, resources, or programs.

Money for the new District Office comes from the sale of the old District Office at the Orange Blossom Business Center, insurance reimbursements, and a portion of sales tax receipts that can only be used for projects like the new District Office.

 

Myth: Other construction projects in the District’s five-year plan are bumped or delayed in order to pay for the new District Office.

Truth: Not one project has been bumped or is delayed because of the construction of the new District Office. To date, projects completed or underway include, but are not limited to, security enhancements; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) replacement; gym floor maintenance; exterior waterproofing and painting; renovations; and roofing projects.

Let’s Play Ball!

Let’s Play Ball!

Emily Utts (Outstanding First Year Teacher for SLPS) is a winner on the field and in the classroom at Fort Pierce Central High. Emily threw the first pitch at Friday’s St. Lucie Mets game. Way to go!

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There’s more!  SLPS will be represented on the field at upcoming games.  Plan to attend and show your support!

April 25 – Samantha Piscopo (Assistant Principal of the Year)

April 26 – Sabrina Faniel (Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year)

May 2 – Dorothy Hall (School-Related Employee of the Year)

May 9 – Makeda Brome (Teacher of the Year)

May 10 – Andrea Popwell (Principal of the Year)

Letters Q and U unite to make words

Letters Q and U unite to make words

Melissa Bonet’s kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated Valentine’s Day in style!  The letters Q and U got married and agreed to stay together and make words.  The entire class participated in the ceremony.  The officiate for the ceremony was second grade teacher Lorrie Rudzinski.  The celebration wasn’t complete without an official wedding cake donated by Elizabeth Neal.  Pictured are the bride Kaylie Fields, the groom Zion Sanguinetti, the rest of the class in the wedding party and teacher Melissa Bonet.

Liberian delegation visits Gaines Academy

Liberian delegation visits Gaines Academy

Delegates from the African nation of Liberia visited Samuel S. Gaines Academy recently. The school visit was part of an extended tour of St. Lucie County by the developing nation’s leaders in an effort to find successful governmental infrastructure to emulate in their country. Eighth grade AVID students provided an informative tour of the campus. The visitors were interested in the school’s facility, programs and resources available. Pictured are members of the delegation with Principal Tracie Wilke and other Gaines Academy staff.

Licensed Teen Drivers Can Take “Teen Driver Challenge” To Improve Their Skills

Licensed Teen Drivers Can Take “Teen Driver Challenge” To Improve Their Skills

St. Lucie County licensed teen drivers can improve their defensive driving skills  by taking the “Teen Driver Challenge” on January 24 and 26, according to Sheriff Ken  J. Mascara.

“The number one killer of American teenagers is car crashes,” said Sheriff Mascara. “That is why the Sheriffs of Florida developed the Teen Driver Challenge Program.”

The course will take place Thursday, January 24 with a classroom session 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, located at 4700 West Midway Rd. Fort Pierce, and a hands-on driving session Saturday, January 26, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Indian River State College Public Safety Training Complex on Kirby Loop Road.

Classes are free, but space is limited. Details and registration forms are on the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office website, under “Community Programs”, at http://www.stluciesheriff.com.

Information is also available by calling the Training Unit at (772) 462-3607.

Completed forms should be returned to:  Training Unit, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, 4700  West Midway Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981 or faxed to: (772) 462-3615.

If the registration is faxed, the teen driver must bring the original copy of the registration to the first class.

The completed application can also be scanned and e-mailed to fagec@stluciesheriff.com.

ABOUT THE SHERIFF:

The Florida Constitution establishes the Office of the elected County Sheriff who is responsible for preserving the peace, carrying out the orders of Florida courts and the Board of County Commissioners, and providing deputies at court sessions and meetings of the Board of County Commissioners. The Sheriff is the chief correctional officer of the county. Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is elected by the people of St. Lucie County and is accountable to them.

Lifelong Learners

Lifelong Learners

The school year may have ended, but learning is on-going. Our teachers and staff dive in as summer professional development opportunities are offered.

Writing Plan Development
SAT Training for Math and ELA
Canvas Training for Elementary 
Medici for the Arts

Light It Up Blue

Light It Up Blue

Members of Samuel S. Gaines Academy Light It Up Blue for Autism!

Free Resources are available on St. Lucie Public Schools website.  The The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit is just a click away on the Exceptional Student Education Page under the Parents/Students tab

https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/departments/exceptional-student-education/autism/

New! Autism Speaks is excited to announce the launch of Version 2.0 of the popular Transition Tool Kit. The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood.

The guiding principle that we used in developing this kit is that all individuals with autism, regardless of the level of support needed, should be able to live a life filled with purpose, dignity, choices and happiness. This kit will provide you with suggestions and options for you to consider as you set out on this journey toward finding your child’s own unique path to adulthood.

https://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/transition-tool-kit

Light It Up Blue and Walk for Autism Speaks

Light It Up Blue and Walk for Autism Speaks

On Friday, April 1st, the efforts for creating awareness about Autism came in the form of “Lighting It Up Blue.” Staff members from across the District donned blue apparel in support of this campaign.

On Saturday, April 2nd,  approximately 2,000 St. Lucie Public Schools, community organizations, and families poured into Tradition Square to begin the Walk.   Each year this event continues to grow and help bring about a greater awareness of autism.

Event organizers Valentina Whyte and Jessica McLaughlin, both from West Gate K – 8, began organizing this event four years ago.  This year’s collaboration with Palm Pointe brought the welcomed support of Cheryl Petrino.  With its growth and community support, the Walk has turned into an event. “We are so thankful for the opportunity to bring awareness, help raise money, and help change the future for those with autism,” said McLaughlin.  Already, tallies show that this year’s event has helped raise over $24,000.00.

Executive Director of Student Services and Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson said, “We derive great benefit from having this opportunity to come together in support of such a worthwhile event. It brings about such an awareness to autism and the efforts that are under way to support the children and families both in their home and at school.   Events like this one bring about knowledge and understanding and lead to greater acceptance of individuals with disabilities.”

 

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Lighthouse Foundation Makes Donation to Westwood

Lighthouse Foundation Makes Donation to Westwood

State Representative Larry Lee along with Tom Jones from the SLC Education Foundation, Dr. David Washington, and Olivia Watkins stopped by Westwood High School to present the school with a check from the Lighthouse Foundation and other private donors.

The Lighthouse Foundation, founded in SLC by Representative Lee, assists the children and senior citizens of our community. The very generous donation will support scholarships to cover the laptop fee for go to help pay the fee for laptop computers for 100 Westwood students. The Panthers are extremely appreciative of Representative Lee, the Lighthouse Foundation, and the others who made this possible.

Pictured left to right: (Back Row) Assistant Principal Leslie Taylor, Westwood Principal John Lynch, Assistant Principal Dominick Clayton (Front Row) Dr. David Washington, Tom Jones, Olivia Watkins, Representative Larry Lee.

Lightin’ It Up For Andrew 2019

Lightin’ It Up For Andrew 2019

The Andrew Schmeer Foundation honors the memory of Andrew Schmeer who, on September 8, 2014, was tragically killed in a car accident.  Funds raised will help to recognize well-rounded students, along the Treasure Coast, each year by providing college scholarships for those in need and with donations to animal rescues as well as children’s charities. Proceeds from this event will benefit the student scholarship program and local families in need.

Lights, Camera, Cook-Off!

Lights, Camera, Cook-Off!

Fourth and Fifth Grade students at Palm Pointe competed in a cooking challenge on Tuesday, May 14th and Thursday, May 16th.  Fifty students participated in the event and showed off their cooking skills on Tuesday, and 40 competed on Thursday.  In order to participate, students had to read the book entitled Lights, Camera, Cook.  It was a Sunshine State Reader book for 2018-19.  In addition to reading the book, they had to pass a quiz or complete a graphic organizer showing they gained comprehension of the book.  Students were placed on teams of 5-6 and had a parent volunteer who led as the safety captain.  Each team came up with a recipe on their own and then prepared enough servings for the judges and, of course, themselves.  The judging panel was made up of the Principal, Kathleen Perez, the Assistant Principal, Annette Newsome, former Principal of Palm Pointe, Debra Snyder, and grades 3-5 instructional Coach, Allison Perry.

The judges tasted each of the dishes and then scored the students on dish appearance, texture, use of fresh ingredients (grown in our very own Palm Pointe gardens), description of the dish, team work, and, of course, taste.  St. Lucie Public Schools District Cafeteria staff, Farm to Table Coordinator, and the Palm Pointe Cafeteria staff worked closely with Mrs. Fazzalaro, the Media Specialist at Palm Pointe, to put on this event.  A huge shout out to our Child Nutrition Services Department for all they did to make the events successful.  The students created amazing dishes and shined brightly as they presented their mouth-watering entrees.  They can’t wait to compete again next year, as we would like to make this an annual event.

 

Lights On After School

Lights On After School

Commissioner Kim Johnson welcomed 21st Century Program Managers Terrence Platt and Kimberly Roberts to his talk show — Coffee With The Chair. They discussed Lights on After School, an upcoming afterschool expo designed to spotlight activities available to children in St. Lucie County.

Commissioner Johnson celebrated the effort to bring attention to the rich variety of programs available to children before school, after school, and during summer months.

To learn more about opportunities local youth have to explore interests and discover talents, mark your calendar for October 17th (4:00 to 7:30) and stay tuned for more details.

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Lights On After School – Oct 12

Lights On After School – Oct 12

Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Lights On Afterschool Event.  This year’s north county event will take place at the PAL Center on October 12.

Make plans to celebrate the national movement which spotlights afterschool programs.  Plan to bring the whole family — it’s FREE!

 

Lights On After School – October 22

Lights On After School – October 22

You are invited to celebrate “Lights On After School,” a national event that spotlights afterschool programs.

October 22, 2015

4:00 PM – 7:30 PM

  • Music
  • Student performances
  • Student demonstrations
  • Community vendors
  • Door prizes

Event Locations:

Port St. Lucie Community Center     

2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd.

Port Saint Lucie

PALS Center

903 S. 21st St.

Ft. Pierce

 

Lights On After School – October 22

Lights On Afterschool

On Monday, October 17, 2016, St. Lucie Public Schools will hold its 2nd Annual Lights On Afterschool event.

All community members are invited to attend to help us celebrate this national event and learn more about programs, activities, and opportunities available for your child.

Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families, and inspire learning. According to data from the Afterschool Alliance, 15.1 million children are without adult supervision in the afternoon hours.

 

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