Marching Band Music Performance Assessment

Marching Band Music Performance Assessment

Saturday, November 5th was a great day for the marching bands of SLPS as they performed in the District 13 Marching Band Music Performance Assessment (MPA)! The MPA is equal to FSA for classroom assessment. Band performances are assessed by critical experts in the field, and bands receive ratings in five categories by six judges. The highest two ratings are Superior (1) and Excellent (2).

SLPS always strives for its bands to score at a 2 or higher.  The following ratings were achieved from this year’s Marching MPAs:

Fort Pierce Central High School –  1 –  Superior

Fort Pierce Westwood High School –  1 –  Superior

Port St. Lucie High School –  2 –  Excellent

St. Lucie West Centennial High School – 2 –  Excellent

Treasure Coast High School -1 –  Superior  

Congratulations to all of our fine musicians!

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Southport Middle School Sixth Grade Retreat

Southport Middle School Sixth Grade Retreat

Southport’s sixth graders recently enjoyed an engaging, positive, and busy day at their second annual 6th Grade Student Retreat.

Students began the day all together in the gym giving positive affirmations to each other in an unusual twist of musical chairs. They were next split into small groups with adult team leaders and sent out to participate in various team building activities throughout the day.

They played games and had small group discussions where they learned about each others likes and dislikes. They wrote motivational letters to their future selves, which will be returned to each one later on in the year to see their progress. Some students were emotional as they read their Palanca letters, which are letters of encouragement, from teachers, staff, and family members.

Port St. Lucie Mayor Greg Oravec and former Southport Middle School student Carlos Nunez gave inspirational speeches about important topics such as potential, self-respect, self-esteem, and bullying.

At the end of the day everyone came back together to watch each group perform a skit to show the effects of bullying. All students participated and each group put on a great performance.

Those students with permission to stay after school enjoyed a pizza dinner and then went for a “walk a day in a life of a middle school student” blindfolded with an adult around campus and finally were welcomed into the media center to enjoy conversation together. The Retreat was a wonderful opportunity for all students and facilitators to build long lasting relationships with each other.

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Ed Foundation Gala

Ed Foundation Gala

Thank you, St. Lucie Education Foundation! The 17th Annual Evening for Education Fundraising event at the Pelican Yacht Club was a great success.
 
The Education Foundation believes that public education is essential to the well-being of our community, and its mission is “to promote, encourage and recognize excellence in public education.”
OHK-8 Promotes Bullying Prevention

OHK-8 Promotes Bullying Prevention

Oak Hammock K-8 School Promotes Bullying Prevention with a Bulletin Board Decorating Contest!

October was National Bullying Prevention Month.

To celebrate, each elementary grade group and middle school team at Oak Hammock K-8 School participated in a bulletin board decorating contest with a theme of Bullying Prevention.

The winners of the contest are:

 

Elementary — 3rd Grade

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Middle School — 6th Grade Eagles

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Thank you to all that participated!

Literacy Night at Lakewood Park

Literacy Night at Lakewood Park

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Bring on the Fall FUN! From games to a photo booth, Lakewood Park had a blast at this year’s Fall Festival and Literacy Night.

Thank you to PTO, teachers, staff, and all the volunteers who helped to make this event a HUGE success.

Garber Fundraiser – Nov. 19

Garber Fundraiser – Nov. 19

On Saturday, November 19th at Fort Pierce Central High School, Garber Buick GMC will help donate dollars to education — up to $10,000.  It is all part of the Test Drive Event that generates $10 for each 2 – 3 minute test drive.  When the event exceeds 100 drives, Buick will double the donation to $20 per test drive.

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PBIS Brag Bracelet Ceremony at Mariposa Elementary

PBIS Brag Bracelet Ceremony at Mariposa Elementary

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade at Mariposa Elementary are celebrated at monthly PBIS Brag Bracelet ceremonies for adhering to the school I CAN expectations, Act Responsible, Be Respectful, Create Safety, and Doing Their Best. They each receive a bracelet stating their accomplishment as well as a delicious chocolate chip cookie and juice!

Keegan Blaska, a 4th grader at Mariposa Elementary, has continuously gone above and beyond the school’s  I CAN expectations. She proudly wore and displayed her array of Brag Bracelets as she received yet another one for Being Respectful! Keegan is a role model for all of the students in the school! Keep up the amazing work, Keegan!

Mariposa Kindergartener Olivia Baptiste proudly displayed her bracelet for Acting Responsible. Her teacher, Mrs. Kari McIntyre, nominated her for this award because she has started out her Kindergarten year being one of the most responsible young students in her class. She has followed the classroom rules, completed her homework, and acted responsibly in her resource classes and in the hallways. Way to go, Olivia!

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VGE Hosts Student Led Conferences

VGE Hosts Student Led Conferences

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Village Green Environmental Studies School hosted student led conferences on Friday, October 28, 2016.  Students shared their growth during quarter one, set goals for the upcoming term, and planted a sunflower to signify future growth.  Village Green administration sincerely thanks the many community members who helped to ensure EVERY student was able to share with a caring adult.

Reality Store at FGMS

Reality Store at FGMS

Reality Store SM 2016 – Designed to help students get a better understanding of what it takes to survive in “real life.”

The students start the day with a set income (correlated to students’ GPA’s) and family members. Students visit various stations throughout the activity. They take responsibility of being head of the household. They pay taxes, pay rent or make house payments, buy clothes, food, take care of medical expenses, daycare, and all other daily expenses incurred once entering the work force.

Students see how their education, job, and income can determine the type of lifestyle they will live as adults. After experiencing the “Reality Store,” students have more of an understanding of the financial situations faced by their own parents/guardians.

Way to go Bulldogs!

Veterans Day Celebration at F. K. Sweet

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Principal Juanita Wright is joined by F. K. Sweet students and staff once again to honor veterans during the 8th Annual Veterans Day Celebration slated for Friday, November 4.  Event organizers Helena Grapsy, Tammy Davis, and Barbara Bennett invite local veterans interested in participating in the ceremony to meet at the school’s campus located at 1400 Avenue Q in Fort Pierce prior to the 9 AM event kick-off.

 

The JROTC cadets from Fort Pierce Westwood High School will open the ceremony with the presentation of colors followed by remarks from a special guest speaker. An interpretive dance and parade will follow along with a campus tour of patriotic-themed displays. Honored guests will then enjoy a special breakfast prepared by the F. K. Sweet Cafeteria Staff.

 

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.

 

Northport Celebrates Unity Day With Strong Anti-Bullying Message!

Northport Celebrates Unity Day With Strong Anti-Bullying Message!

Each year, the Northport community comes together to support our anti-bullying message. We all wear orange and students and parents walk with their classes on a designated route around the campus. Students carry handmade signs, banners and posters. Special thanks to all who worked so hard to make sure that bullying is not prevalent at NPK8.

The coaches, resource teachers, Big Brothers Big Sisters tutors, New Horizons Student Support Specialist Mary Anne Warren, and so many others deserve thanks for making the day phenomenal. It is a GREAT day for the children who know they are empowered to step up and not accept bullying. Classrooms in the K-5 area made door decorations to be judged and middle grades students earned SAIL notes for the best, most creative anti-bullying posters.

PNC Volunteers in VPK Classes

PNC Volunteers in VPK Classes

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record National Event was launched on October 27th and members of PNC Bank volunteered to serve as guest readers in St. Lucie Public Schools VPK/T1 classrooms.  Students and readers alike enjoyed laughing and learning about a bear’s journey in the celebrated tale, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich.

 

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                                                                                        Mario Rivera – Northport

                                                                                      Kristy Contreras – Bayshore

                                                                                           Dee Coe – C A Moore

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Jennifer Byrnes – Samuel Gaines Academy

Tiffany Nixon – Samuel Gaines

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Fall Festival

Fall Festival

Our Lakewood Park Falcon Staff is ready for our 1st Annual Fall Festival festivities! It’s going to be a night of food…fun…and many laughs!

FP Westwood Speakers Bureau – Representative Larry Lee

FP Westwood Speakers Bureau – Representative Larry Lee

Representative Larry Lee took part in the Fort Pierce Westwood Speakers Bureau presentation this past Wednesday, October 26, 2016. After being introduced by Board Member Dr. Donna Mills, Representative Lee spoke to the crowded auditorium that was full of freshman students. He shared his background as a St. Lucie Public Schools graduate to convey the need to remain motivated both in school and outside of school so students can keep working towards reaching their potential. Representative Lee urged them to capitalize on the relationships that they were building with the adults on campus to help ensure their success later in life.

The entire Fort Pierce Westwood family would like to thank Representative Lee for his time and wonderful message to the Class of 2020. The photo is a small sample of the students and their excitement after listening to the presentation.

 

Forest Grove MOA Students Display Life-Size Whale at Festival

Forest Grove MOA Students Display Life-Size Whale at Festival

FGMS MOA students engineered a life size orca whale 25 feet long x 11 feet tall and put it on display at the IRL Science Festival in Ft. Pierce on Saturday, October 22.  With the help of their teachers Ms. Cole and Mr. Stinnette, students in grades 6-8 and their parents spent 30 hours after school creating the whale out of plastic sheeting and Duck brand duct tape.  Students began by cutting a rectangular sheet of plastic into shape and taped it together. Then it was blown up with a bounce house fan, deflated, cut and taped again until they got the desired shape.  Every 40 minutes three students entered the whale and manipulated the fins to make it come alive while orca communication sounds were played.  Another student talked to those inside by radio to let them know when it was show time! Children and adults alike were mesmerized by the presentation.  The students also made paper mache vertebrae and a replica of a bottom jaw and inserted life size clay teeth.  During the festival, one group of students conducted a science experiment station and showed kids whale toothpaste. They explained the procedure and went over safety tips before, during, and after.

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P.B.I.S. Olympics Held at Palm Pointe

P.B.I.S. Olympics Held at Palm Pointe

Students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently participated in a school wide P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) fundraising event.  Students were able to come outside by grade level and participate in Olympic type games.  There were different areas set up with an obstacle course, football toss and field goal kick, soccer, kickball, basketball, flag football and a dance area.  The students went around to each area during the hour.  At the end of the event, all students received a snack, drink, and small trinket with the United States red, white and blue theme.  It was a great turn out and a fun event for all students that participated.

Pictured are eighth grade students using hula hoops to show the rings used as a symbol for the Olympics.