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.

Family Care Council Presents at MSE

Family Care Council Presents at MSE

Melody Hearn of the Family Care Council presented information to our Morningside Elementary students on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.  She discussed the challenges and daily struggles of children and adults with Down Syndrome.  To help educate the students, Melody had some hands-on demonstrations to show them how difficult it is to talk, play, write, and do everyday tasks.  The students benefited from the engaging presentation and had a much better understanding of disabilities by the end of the program!

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Port Saint Lucie High School Raider Meet

Port Saint Lucie High School Raider Meet

Several schools competed in this meet from all over Florida (29 teams in total and 10 schools). The competition consisted of five different events including 3-mile team run; tire flip; Raider fitness challenge whereby the teams moved through 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 carried 50 feet, and a turnaround point to repeat the course in reverse; rope bridge; and cross country rescue including a litter carry of 110 lbs.

This is the first Raider meet the Jaguar Battalion has hosted at our school. The Port Saint Lucie Jaguar Battalion won 1st place overall, the Female team won 1st place in every event and Male team won 1st place in every event except one.

Go Jags!

Jaguar Battalion posing with all their awards. Photo taken by: Brianna Harris

Jaguar Battalion posing with all their awards.
Photo taken by: Brianna Harris

Female Team doing the 10- yard low crawl, the beginning of the Raider Fitness Challenge. Photo taken by: Brianna Harris

Female Team doing the 10- yard low crawl, the beginning of the Raider Fitness Challenge.
Photo taken by: Brianna Harris

Male Team during litter carry. Photo taken by: Brianna Harris

Male Team during litter carry.
Photo taken by: Brianna Harris

LPA’s Juniors Are Committed to Graduating

LPA’s Juniors Are Committed to Graduating

Lincoln Park Academy’s Class of 2018 is committed to graduating! On October 26th, LPA juniors participated in their annual C2G ceremony to reaffirm their commitment to graduation. All 218 students shook principal Henry Sanabria’s hand to show their commitment to working hard, coming to school everyday, and finishing high school strong. Students also received a keychain tassel to remind them that “the tassel is worth the hassle!”

 

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SGA Welcomes D. G. Burns

SGA Welcomes D. G. Burns

Samuel Gaines Academy had the honor, once again, of hosting the Speakers Bureau with Dr. Donna Mills. During the month of October,  Samuel Gaines students were inspired by Dr. Mills and their very own Dean Gerard Burns who shared their story and struggles as they prepared to achieve their goals in life.

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St. Lucie Soars Take-Off Ceremony Set for November 1st

St. Lucie Soars Take-Off Ceremony Set for November 1st

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Business and civic leaders will join St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) officials on Tuesday, November 1st at the Treasure Coast International Airport to celebrate the official take-off of the District’s early literacy initiative – St. Lucie Soars. The kindergarten through grade three focused effort is in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties.  Its purpose is to recruit volunteers and mentors in an effort to help close the gap on third grade literacy.

 

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Giving a child the gift of reading opens the door to the world.”  He encourages community members to consider becoming a volunteer for St. Lucie Soars by donating one hour each week to read with a child.  This will be the message from Gent and other dignitaries including Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson, Port St. Lucie Mayor Gregory Oravec, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Chief Executive Officer Dr. Judi Miller at the take-off ceremony which will be held amid airplanes in an aircraft hanger at the International Airport.

 

Jim Bede of BEDE AERO Southeast, a premier aviation design and manufacturer, is donating his corporation’s space for this event which is slated to begin at 10 AM on November 1st.

 

Information and registration are available through the St. Lucie Public Schools homepage at www.stlucieschools.org.  Interested volunteers will find registration information, a mentor guide, a training video, and more through this online portal. Consider becoming a volunteer today.  Through your weekly, one-hour commitment, the difference you make will help a child soar!

 

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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Fort Pierce Westwood High School Raiders’ Victory

Fort Pierce Westwood High School Raiders’ Victory

Cadet Diana Soto was recently awarded the “Pushed to My Max” Award for displaying exceptional physical courage during the 5k Team Run at the Port St. Lucie JROTC Raider meet last weekend. Diana is a member of the Elite Westwood Raider Team. She was congratulated in front of her JROTC class by her instructor, CSM Federico Dottin, and Westwood Raider Team Co-Captains Brandon Payen and Nathan Andrews. The Westwood Raiders took first place in the fitness challenge, second in the Tire Flip and Rope Bridge and were the 3rd Place Mixed Team overall. The Panther Battalion will host the next Raider meet on Saturday, October 29th.

THE HARBOR COMES LIVE TO LINCOLN PARK ACADEMY

THE HARBOR COMES LIVE TO LINCOLN PARK ACADEMY

On Friday, October 14th, the host and creator of Jostens’ “The Harbor TV” Mike Smith made a stop at Lincoln Park Academy as part of his nationwide tour, visiting schools that embrace the Jostens’ Renaissance educational model.

Mike shared his message that impacts today’s youth about civic duty, digital citizenship, awareness and service with the Greyhounds in grades 6 through 12 in two separate assemblies that included a dance off and the world’s largest “selfie.”

Student leaders along with teachers and administration from Port Saint Lucie High School also participated in the assembly.

After the conclusion of the presentations, Mike conducted a tour of the campus, visiting classrooms, talking with students and answering questions.

“The Harbor TV is an educational video resource that provides students with real perspectives from real people that will help them achieve greater success in the outside world. The Harbor, featuring Mike Smith and guests, facilitates the teaching of character development in classrooms by showcasing tangible life lessons through a school year’s worth of episodes with rich, raw and engaging video content, which are designed for the classroom, along with a downloadable critical thinking discussion guide to foster student led discussions for each episode.”

Lincoln Park Academy has been using this resource for the past two years as part of the platform for its character development education.

 

 

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Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

Learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics along with a splash of the arts (STEAM) makes students want to sing and dance.   From a scientific point of view, the previous three trials (AKA previous three annual Rap Battles), support the hypothesis that the 4th annual STEAM Rap Battle will play to another full house at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7 P.M.

 

Middle school and high school student teams from St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) across the District will align STEAM-based lyrics to hip-hop beats in a Rap Battle that promises to showcase the astute academic content knowledge as well as the gifted artistic talents of students.  According to event coordinator Allison Barajas, “This event is a beautiful blend of content and the arts.  Student performers have clear parameters — the lyrics must be closely aligned to content standards and shared within a defined time limit.  The creative element students bring to each performance regarding the visual and performing arts is remarkable.”  She explained that during rehearsals for the STEAM Rap Battle, there is a synergy among the students, their teachers, and event coordinators.  “There truly is electricity in the air as teams rehearse their performances, thrive on feedback, and refine their stage presentation in preparation for their live evening debut,” added Barajas.

 

While the evening’s performers are supported by their teachers, parents, and backstage personnel, the event itself is wholly supported through the generosity of business partners who sponsor engaging educational opportunities and community partnerships.  This year’s sponsors align to the STEAM acronym.  Beginning with the “S” and representing science, is SLPS’s Career and Technical Education Team. Florida Institute of Technology heralds the “T” for technology in education, and the “E” which stands for Engineering is sponsored by FPL. That brings us to the “A” for arts which is supported by the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County, and PNC Bank represents the final piece of the equation.  PNC is the proud sponsor of the “M” for mathematics in STEAM education.  Donations from each of the sponsoring organizations has gifted the students of SLPS with the opportunity to deepen their studies of STEM-related content and exploration of the arts as the STEAM Rap Battle enters its fourth year.

 

One might ask, why the connection between the arts and STEM-related studies?  It is vital to continue the effort to engage students in STEM-related fields of study as they prepare for college and the world of work. Success in the 21st Century has high demand for an in-depth knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Likewise, it is important for students to hone their ability to integrate and apply these skills in order to problem solve the challenges they will be faced with in the work force of tomorrow.  As arts are integrated into the studies, opportunities for diverse learning opportunities and diverse forms of expression present themselves.  Incorporating the arts into STEM studies sparks imagination, triggers innovation, and fuels creativity.

 

This blend of STEM and the arts will be brought to center stage on November 10 as veteran Rap Battle performers and brand new talent perform live at the Sunrise Theatre. Eighteen teams will vie for the STEAM Rap Battle Championship, and a panel of community leaders will serve as judges.  Utilizing a specific scoring rubric that takes into account depth of content, collaborative impact, and artistic quality to score and rank performances, they will name the middle school champion and the high school champion for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle.

 

Tickets are free and going fast. To reserve your seat, call 772-429-7752.

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Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics along with a splash of the arts (STEAM) makes students want to sing and dance.   From a scientific point of view, the previous three trials (AKA previous three annual Rap Battles), support the hypothesis that the 4th annual STEAM Rap Battle will play to another full house at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7 P.M.

 

Middle school and high school student teams from St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) across the District will align STEAM-based lyrics to hip-hop beats in a Rap Battle that promises to showcase the astute academic content knowledge as well as the gifted artistic talents of students.  According to event coordinator Allison Barajas, “This event is a beautiful blend of content and the arts.  Student performers have clear parameters — the lyrics must be closely aligned to content standards and shared within a defined time limit.  The creative element students bring to each performance regarding the visual and performing arts is remarkable.”  She explained that during rehearsals for the STEAM Rap Battle, there is a synergy among the students, their teachers, and event coordinators.  “There truly is electricity in the air as teams rehearse their performances, thrive on feedback, and refine their stage presentation in preparation for their live evening debut,” added Barajas.

 

While the evening’s performers are supported by their teachers, parents, and backstage personnel, the event itself is wholly supported through the generosity of business partners who sponsor engaging educational opportunities and community partnerships.  This year’s sponsors align to the STEAM acronym.  Beginning with the “S” and representing science, is SLPS’s Career and Technical Education Team. Florida Institute of Technology heralds the “T” for technology in education, and the “E” which stands for Engineering is sponsored by FPL. That brings us to the “A” for arts which is supported by the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County, and PNC Bank represents the final piece of the equation.  PNC is the proud sponsor of the “M” for mathematics in STEAM education.  Donations from each of the sponsoring organizations has gifted the students of SLPS with the opportunity to deepen their studies of STEM-related content and exploration of the arts as the STEAM Rap Battle enters its fourth year.

 

One might ask, why the connection between the arts and STEM-related studies?  It is vital to continue the effort to engage students in STEM-related fields of study as they prepare for college and the world of work. Success in the 21st Century has high demand for an in-depth knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Likewise, it is important for students to hone their ability to integrate and apply these skills in order to problem solve the challenges they will be faced with in the work force of tomorrow.  As arts are integrated into the studies, opportunities for diverse learning opportunities and diverse forms of expression present themselves.  Incorporating the arts into STEM studies sparks imagination, triggers innovation, and fuels creativity.

 

This blend of STEM and the arts will be brought to center stage on November 10 as veteran Rap Battle performers and brand new talent perform live at the Sunrise Theatre. Eighteen teams will vie for the STEAM Rap Battle Championship, and a panel of community leaders will serve as judges.  Utilizing a specific scoring rubric that takes into account depth of content, collaborative impact, and artistic quality to score and rank performances, they will name the middle school champion and the high school champion for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle.

 

Tickets are free and going fast. To reserve your seat, call 772-429-7752.

 

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.

 

Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

Nov. 10 STEAM Rap Battle

Sponsors for this year’s 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle fully support what STEAM stands for:
S (Science) SLPS Career and Technical Education Programs
T (Technology) Florida Institute of Technology
E (Engineering) Florida Power & Light
A (Arts) St. Lucie County Education Foundation
M (Mathematics) PNC Bank

This year’s awards are provided by Big Boyz Barbershop.

A sincere thank you to all of our sponsors!

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SLPS Professionals Present at FCTM

SLPS Professionals Present at FCTM

The annual Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference was held in Orlando on October 20-22, 2016. Six sessions boasted presenters representing professionals from St. Lucie Public Schools.

The Area Model for Whole Numbers and Beyond (Christina Worley and Jason Bragg)
The Productive Struggle is Real (Michele Schucher, Laurie Boyer, and Adrianne Mendoza)
Operations with Fraction Blocks (Elizabeth Pruitt and Zoie Griffiths)
Making Math Meaningful for All: Transforming your instructional practices to increase student achievement for every student every day! (LaTanya Greene and Samantha Piscopo)
Differentiating Math through Daily 3 Framework (Victoria Pease)
Fluency: Beyond Flashcards and Rote Memorization (Kimberly Jay and Christina Worley)

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TCHS Counselors’ Corner

TCHS Counselors’ Corner

Treasure Coast High School’s Guidance Team initiated monthly Counselors’ Corner gatherings.  These meetings are designed for parents and guardians to meet the counselors of TCHS as well as have their voices heard and allow them to learn about some of the programs, resources, logistics, and roles of individuals at TCHS and the District.

The kick-off meeting served as a meet-and-greet with coffee, tea, and tasty breakfast items prepared by the chefs-in-training from the Titan Culinary Arts Academy.

Data Specialist Sheila Nobel went over basic Skyward accessibility, and Principal Susan Seal along with all the seven school counselors socialized with parents and addressed questions and concerns they had.  A needs assessment was provided in order to determine the most relevant topics for future Counselors’ Corner sessions.

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Career Service Award Bestowed Upon Mrs. Heather Sullivan

Career Service Award Bestowed Upon Mrs. Heather Sullivan

The Florida Art Educators Association bestowed the prestigious Career Service Award upon Mrs. Heather Sullivan, a most deserving and outstanding fine arts educator.

Mrs. Sullivan represents a generation of artists and intellectuals with an unprecedented dedication to knowledge and the learning process, accuracy, exploration, and accomplishment.  She embodies exceptional artistic vision and leadership. That is why this year she was awarded the Career Service Award for her lifelong dedication to art, art education, and students.

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