Palm Pointe Students Attend State Beta Club Convention

Palm Pointe Students Attend State Beta Club Convention

National Beta is committed to recognizing high academic achievement, rewarding and nurturing worthy character, fostering leadership skills, and encouraging service to others. Last week students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s Beta Club were building on the school’s tradition of excellence by attending their first State Beta Convention in Orlando. Students went above and beyond by competing in eight different areas against other Florida Beta members. In Division I Robotics: Nico Tovar, Estaban Gomes Lopez, Ava Borgella, and Newman Crews received 1st Place. In Division I Advertising Design: Nachbi Pierre, Elizabeth Chavez-Munden, Gabriella Albritton, and Alexia Morgan received 1st place. In Division I Math: Keely Moody received 2nd place runner-up. In addition, in Division I Social Studies: Fabrizzio Capocci received 2nd place runner-up. Students will be competing again in the National Convention in June, here in Orlando. We are so proud that our Beta members are ready to be challenged to go above and beyond.
Pictured: students from the club along with their sponsors, Ms. Tara Hearl and Mrs. Laura Justice.
Great job, Rockets!!
Lions Club Makes Donation to WBE

Lions Club Makes Donation to WBE

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.

Superintendent Gent Shares Gift of Reading

Superintendent Gent Shares Gift of Reading

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!

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Lakewood Park Attendance Awards

Lakewood Park Attendance Awards

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 Students Enjoy Sunday Brunch with Santa

Manatee Academy Students Enjoy Sunday Brunch with Santa

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!
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Holiday Parades

Holiday Parades

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.

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William Armstead Speaks to Centennial Students

William Armstead Speaks to Centennial Students

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!

 

 

Toys for Tots Collected

Toys for Tots Collected

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!

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WPSL Christmas Kids Interview

WPSL Christmas Kids Interview

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.

Westwood Students Collect Over 1,600 Food Items For Food Bank!

Westwood Students Collect Over 1,600 Food Items For Food Bank!

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!

Clerk of the Circuit Court Joe Smith Speaks to Students

Clerk of the Circuit Court Joe Smith Speaks to Students

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.

LPA Middle School Students Are Committed to Achieve

LPA Middle School Students Are Committed to Achieve

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!

 

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Congratulations to LPA’s Senior Athletes

Congratulations to LPA’s Senior Athletes

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

Weatherbee Sends Supplies To Haiti and Bahamas

Weatherbee Sends Supplies To Haiti and Bahamas

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 Grade Student “Teachers” at Mariposa

Fourth Grade Student “Teachers” at Mariposa

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.

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Criminal Justice Students Participate in Teen Court

Criminal Justice Students Participate in Teen Court

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.teen-court-2 teen-court-1

Culinary Workshop

Culinary Workshop

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!

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Weatherbee Admin Get Doused With Gravy

Weatherbee Admin Get Doused With Gravy

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.

SLW Centennial Student Athletes Recognized for Academic Achievements

SLW Centennial Student Athletes Recognized for Academic Achievements

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 .

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FPCHS – The Art Space

FPCHS – The Art Space

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.

 

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