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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Lights On Afterschool

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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Lights On After School – Oct 12

Lights On Afterschool

Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Lights On Afterschool Event.  This year’s south county event will take place on October 2 at the Port St. Lucie Community Center, and the north county event will take place at the PAL Center on October 12.

Both venues will 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 Afterschool – October 22nd

You are invited to celebrate “Lights On Afterschool,” 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 – Oct 12

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The 3rd annual “Lights on Afterschool” expo held on  Thursday,  October 12th at the Fort Pierce Police Athletic League (PAL) was a success. The event showcased many afterschool organizations in our community. Thanks to a grant from the City of Fort Pierce, families who attended and completed a survey were entered in a drawing for a laptop computer.

Congratulations to our winners:

Terriauna Williams – (5th grade) Chester A. Moore Elementary

Zaking Baxter – (10th grade) Fort Pierce Westwood High School

 

Terriauna Williams – (5th grade) Chester A. Moore Elementary

Zaking Baxter – (10th grade) Fort Pierce Westwood High School

Lincoln Park Academy Art Department Wins First Place at The Saint Lucie County Fair

Lincoln Park Academy Art Department Wins First Place at The Saint Lucie County Fair

The Saint Lucie County Fair Association invited local schools to participate in themed displays.  Following the theme, “Preserve the Fun, Recycle When Done,” Lincoln Park Academy received the first place award in the high school division which included a generous $1,000 cash prize.  In a class discussion about why recycling is important for our planet and its inhabitant, the students came up with the idea that nature cannot be manufactured.  It is a gift from the earth and its beauty cannot be fabricated.  Ms. Duran’s 3D high school students (grades 9-12) collaborated in creating a large tree which read, “We Cannot Manufacture Nature.” 

Students created sculptures out of recycled materials such as newspaper, empty bottles, fabric, and machine parts.  These sculptures were placed around the fallen tree.  The goal of the scene was to juxtapose the subtlety of the beauty of nature with bright and colorful manufactured objects.  There were several large, featured projects including Katrina Wu’s (9th) large bird sculpture produced from recycled cardboard and Terrance Bea’s (12th) elegant and life-like baby elephant.  

 

 

 

Lincoln Park Academy Chorus Sweeps Washington D. C. National Choral Competition

Lincoln Park Academy Chorus Sweeps Washington D. C. National Choral Competition

During the weekend of March 23-26, the LPA Chorus participated in the WorldStrides OnStage Washington D. C. National Choral Festival. The results are as follows:

  • Encore Concert Choir – Gold Award (Superior Rating) – 2nd Place Ranking
  • Women’s Chorale – Gold Award (Superior Rating) – 1st Place Ranking
  • Rhapsody Concert Choir – Gold Award (Superior Rating) – 1st Place Ranking

LPA also received the following awards;

  • Most Outstanding Choral Group Award
  • Choral Sweepstakes Award
  • The Maestro Award – Awarded to individual students for an outstanding performance. LPA students awarded for their outstanding percussion performance: Joshua Cleveland, Alandini Dieujuste, and Donald Zoll.

All three choirs received an invitation to participate in the National Festival of Gold or Carnegie Hall Honors Festival.

Congratulations to Mr. George D. Rahming, Jr. and the Lincoln Park Academy Choral Program.