In the course of just one day, we can find many things to be thankful for…if we only take the time.
The students and staff in Mrs. Hill’s ASD room at Samuel Gaines Academy have adopted and set aside the month of November to display an attitude of gratitude. To show their thankfulness, the students (under the artistic direction of Ms. Pattie Morse) created a wall of gratitude which is on display outside their classroom.
The wall is adorned with “Give Thanks” wreaths and a hand-made patchwork quilt depicting what the students are thankful for.
In a recent Medal of Heroism Ceremony hosted by Westwood High School Panther Battalion, Cadet First Sergeant Unique Rosario received the prestigious Medal of Heroism award. Unique leaped into a river after Hurricane Hermine to save a young boy who had fallen out of his family’s raft. She risked her life thinking only of that young boy and his safety. Unique Rosario is the epitome of heroism, and the Panther Battalion was proud to honor her with this award.
The Morningside Elementary Title I Superhero Literacy Night was a huge success! Students and families were encouraged to wear superhero costumes or shirts when they attended the fun-filled event. Families rotated through superhero stations that featured reading skills while integrating science, math, and writing. The attendees also were treated to delicious pizza from Little Caesars and all students received a superhero-themed prize at the end of the event!
The Fort Pierce Westwood High School JROTC recently competed in the Academic JLAB competition.
JLAB (Junior Leadership and Academic Bowl) is a program within JROTC sponsored by the College Options Foundation. Cadets have the opportunity to improve their ACT/SAT scores, increase interest in college admission, gain leadership skills, and advance hands-on learning. During the JLab competition, the team completed an academic test composed of three sections: verbal, math, and science. The team consisted of Cadets Andrews, Loschin, Soto, Flores, and the alternative Cadet Rigsby. The team worked together on the clock. In the end, the team received a score of 75% in the first level of the JLab academic competition.
On October 20th in the Lincoln Park Academy gymnasium, the Lady Greyhounds captured another volleyball district title against Clewiston High School. This is the forth consecutive district title for for LPA. Congratulations to the players and coaches!!
On October 10th at the Fairwinds Golf Course, our Lady Greyhounds captured their second consecutive district title. The girls went on to compete at the regional level. Congratulations to the players and Coach Williams.
The Panther Battalion was invited to attend a Veterans Ceremony at Frances K. Sweet Elementary. The Color Guard presented the national colors. The Color Guard consisted of C/SGT Barnhill, C/SGT Scanlan, C/PFC Flores, and C/PVT Lifhrid, commanded by C/MSG Tavernia. The Battalion Commander, C/LTC Hardecia Williams, gave a speech commemorating all veterans on this special day. The purpose of the event was to give respect and attention to all veterans, both alive and deceased. The Panther Battalion’s Bravo Company also started the “push-ups for veterans.”
Chester A. Moore teachers, staff, families, friends and community leaders came together for an evening of fun. Harvest Fest 2016 was put together to bring our families together, show our students a great time, and was 100% free to all.
Parents, students, and families who attended Southport’s annual Family Literacy Night enjoyed a great night of music, games, food, and fun. Literacy teachers planned activities like Reading Rocks, Beat the Clock, and Musical Literacy while others served pizza and popcorn — all to provide families the opportunity to get involved in a universal mission: encourage kids to read.
School Resource Deputy Greene from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department was there to provide bicycle safety information and fit students with brand new helmets. The Sheriff’s Department also donated two bicycles that were given to two lucky students who attended the event. There was an amazing selection of books, including the 2016—2017 Sunshine State Young Readers, available to purchase from the Scholastic Book Fair.
On October 29th, Fort Pierce Westwood hosted its Annual Raider Meet. This was the second competition of the year for Westwood’s Raider Team. Eight teams competed, each having sub-teams for a total of fifteen teams. These teams represented area high schools ranging from Okeechobee to Santaluces. There were three categories, each one stacked with heavy competition.
Westwood itself was in the mixed category, also the largest. The Westwood Raider team pushed themselves to compete with other schools. Westwood was able to secure two second place spots and showed great improvement over recent years. The Raider Team consisted of Thomas Lovell, Carina Ocampo, Omar Zunigar, Ryan Hartley, Timothy Reese, Vanessa Cruz, Karina Maldonado, Braden Rigsby, Jamerick Morrel and Marie Jean. The team captains were Brandon Payen and Nathen Andrews.
To help celebrate Fire Safety Month, Smokey Bear came to visit Oak Hammock Kindergartners. Students had the chance to see all of the equipment used to help put out forest fires. Smokey talked to the students about wildfire prevention and ways to be safe around and with fire. After the presentation, students had the chance to read their Scholastic reader on Fire Safety.
At Mariposa Elementary’s book fair, many students benefited from a special donation from two brothers, Antonio Delatorre and Alejandro Delatorre. The brothers each donated $10 along with a letter they individually wrote indicating that they would like the money to benefit students who cannot afford a book. It was a very special donation indeed and many students went home with books because of their generous donation!
Also, the book fair hosted a “Books and Bubbly” event for teachers and staff. It included homemade appetizers and sparkling cider with a performance from Mr. Guess’ fifth grade students. This spectacular musical performance revolved around three books: Ghosts, Took, and The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade! which were highlighted at the book fair.
Thank you to all who supported the book fair. It was a huge success. Plus, many thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers.
Northport welcomed twelve local veterans into the school media center recently to honor Veterans Day and to teach students about words with very important meanings like service, sacrifice, integrity, grit, and commitment. The group of veterans are an integral part of the fabric of Northport and they bring their very important message to the children of the school regularly. Students in Jennifer Lusardi’s and Kristin Schrader’s second grade classes, Michelle Kemp’s third grade class, and middle grades students from the seventh and eighth grade Stingray and Dolphins team were engaged and asked important questions. Students at Northport are blanketed in lessons about respect, patriotism, and service at an early age. Administrators, teachers, media services personnel, and support staff work diligently to scaffold lessons learned at home about the sacrifices that our veterans make and the love and respect that is offered to those who have served us so selflessly.
Many thanks to our Northport Veteran Partners in Education for once again offering students great lessons on democracy, civics, and community engagement. Students were quick to lavish thanks and shook hands with our veterans as the program wrapped up and each understood the gravity of the day’s lessons.
The students of Windmill Point Elementary School participated in a mock presidential election. The students took part in the mock election in their technology class and were able to “vote” for president and senator!
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) recently hosted the St. Lucie Soars Take-off Ceremony — an event held at the Treasure Coast International Airport in a BEDE AERO Southeast hanger. The event, supported by community leaders, served to kick-off the kindergarten through third grade early literacy initiative and highlight the importance of reading.
St. Lucie Soars is a SLPS literacy effort that includes a community initiative in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters to recruit volunteers and mentors to help close the gap on third grade literacy. The gift of reading opens the door to the world for students. Consider becoming a volunteer for St. Lucie Soars, and you will be helping a child in become a proficient reader.
St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent
Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson
Port St. Lucie Mayor Gregory Oravec
Dr. Judi Miller, Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters, is presented with a $5,000 donation from
The St. Lucie Education Foundation by Thom Jones and Representative Larry Lee.
Mr. Jim Bede is presented with a certificate of appreciation for donating BEDE AERO Southeast air hanger for the event.
Those 5th grade students who displayed fluency with their 0-12 division facts were celebrated with an ice cream sundae party! Their hard work and effort was something to be commended. Parents shared in the fun and earned some sweet treats as well. Great job to all of those who earned this privilege!
The Speakers Bureau Special Guest at Dale Cassens Educational Complex was Mr. Octavius Robinson, a Teacher on Special Assignment (TSA) for St. Lucie County Public Schools. Mr. Robinson told the students that DCEC was the first school he ever taught at when he became a teacher in 2007. At the time he taught science and social studies and he was also the named the First Year Teacher of the Year at that school. In addition, Mrs. Harden, the students’ principal, was the principal who hired him at Dale Cassens.
However, Mr. Robinson acknowledged that, as a student, he was disruptive due to personal challenges and that although he made a lot of wrong decisions, he learned how to bounce back from those decisions. He stressed to the students that we are in charge of our own destinies. He told the audience, “The instructions that I follow, determine the future I shall have.” He shared the definition of a SMART Goal — S=Sensible, M=Measurable, A=Attainable, R=Realistic, T=Timely. He left the students with this message: “Whatever you put your mind to, you can accomplish. Set your focus, set your mind.”
The students and staff at the Pace Center for Girls welcomed Mrs. Wydee’a Wilson, the Chief Probation Officer for Circuit 19, and radio host for the Pay It Forward show on 104.5 the Flame as a guest speaker in the Speakers Bureau series. Mrs. Wilson used her presentation to educate, motivate, and empower. She opened by delivering Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou.
Mrs. Wilson spoke a lot about her family life growing up in which she was 1 of 5 children. She, being the oldest, came from very humble beginnings. Early on she found herself being bullied often due to being so quiet and shy. She observed a lot in her household growing up, and even though she was athletic and studious, she would often act out because of the dysfunction she witnessed. She recounted on her many experiences of growing up and shared a very personal, yet moving story. Mrs. Wilson left the young ladies with some valuable advice: “Be truthful and real with who you are and what you’re experiencing. Believe in something. You’re unique and special. Fulfill your purpose and be a blessing to other people.” Mrs. Wilson believes success is about how you help and treat one another.