P.B.I.S. Mismatch Day at Palm Pointe

P.B.I.S. Mismatch Day at Palm Pointe

Students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition participated in a Mismatch Day sponsored by the P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) program. Students used their earned rocket fuel for good behavior in the classroom to be able to dress mismatched. Pictured from left is sixth grade student Nadia Mihajlovski, fifth grader Sara Al-Turk and fifth grader Kailee Larmon.

Oxbow Kicks Off Summer Camps with Biology Bootcamp June 24

Oxbow Kicks Off Summer Camps with Biology Bootcamp June 24

PORT ST. LUCIE – Spots are filling up at the Oxbow Eco-Center’s Summer Nature Camps, but there are still some spaces left, starting with the Wildlife Biology Bootcamp, beginning June 24.

Designed for students ages 10-14, the Biology Bootcamp run June 24-28 focusing on science in nature. Campers will conduct their very own wildlife field studies on the Oxbow’s 225 acres of diverse Florida habitat. Throughout the week, they’ll have the opportunity to meet and learn from local biologists, ecologists and nature lovers. 

The Oxbow’s Summer Camp registration is now open. All camps will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the cost is $200 per session.

Campers will participate in activities such as discovery hikes, wetland studies, animal programs, nature inspired S.T.E.M. projects, nature related games, art projects, insect collecting and more. Registration is filling up fast. Other Oxbow camps include:

·        Ecosystem Explorers: July 8 – 12 (ages 6-9)

·        Lego Robotics and Coding Adventure: July 15-19 (ages 8-12) – This camp is currently full, but there is a waiting list.

·        Archery Adventure Camp:  July 22-26 (ages 10-14)

·        The Art of Puppetry:  July 29 – Aug. 2 (ages 8-12) 

Don’t miss this opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable Oxbow camp experience. Registration is limited to keep groups small and ensure instructors have high-quality interactions with each and every camper.

Camp registration is available online at www.oxboweco.com and click on the ‘Summer Camps’ tab. If you need assistance with online registration, please call our Environmental Education Coordinator Natalie Frendberg at 772-785-5842.

Managed and operated by St. Lucie County’s Environmental Resources Department, the Oxbow Eco-Center, located at 5400 NE St. James Drive in Port St. Lucie, is a St. Lucie County Environmental Learning Center encompassing 225 acres along the St. Lucie River. For more information contact the staff at 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org or visit the website at www.oxboweco.com.

Outstanding volunteers recognized

Outstanding volunteers recognized

The district winners in three categories — Youth, Adult, and Senior — volunteers for the year were honored at the February 14, 2012 St. Lucie County School Board meeting. The Youth Volunteer of the Year is Taylor Currie serving at Floresta Elementary School; the Adult Volunteer of the Year, Priscilla Vitagliano serves at Garden City Early Learning Academy; and the Senior Volunteer of the Year, William Arnold who serves at Northport K8 School, is pictured with, from left, Deputy Superintendent Sandy Wolfe, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Arnold, Northport volunteer coordinator Lynne Gruszka, and principal Glenn Rustay.

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Awards

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Awards

Martha Underwood, District Volunteer Coordinator, announced the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients at the school board meeting on March 10, 2015. The Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year for the Youth category went to Sara Ramadan, a 12th grade student from St. Lucie West Centennial High School, who volunteers at Northport K-8 School with the band class. The total number of hours Sara has contributed is 850 hours as of now and more to come.
The Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award for the Adult category went to Jessica Lind from Northport K-8 School. Miss Lind has volunteered in the Little Light House Library and also in the Pre-Engineering Lab. The total number of hours Jessica has contributed is 1200 as of now and more to come.

The Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award for the Senior Category is Maryann Umile from Bayshore Elementary. Maryann arrives at school 45 minutes before school begins to assist Mrs. Hawkins and the other kindergarten teachers as they prepare for the day. When students are at resource, she can be found organizing and filing papers and preparing materials for the next activity. Maryann has volunteered over the past 15 years at Bayshore Elementary School with over 15,000 hours and more to come.

Thank you to all of school volunteers for everything you do for our children in St. Lucie County. It does not matter how much time you can give, it matters that you take the time to give.

Pictured are, Lori Beans, Dr. Donna Mills, Maryann Umile, Lori Reid, Genelle Yost, Sara Ramadan, Lynn Gruszka, Glenn Rustay, Jessica Lind, and Martha Underwood.

Outstanding Social Studies Teachers of the Year

Outstanding Social Studies Teachers of the Year

Each year, the Florida Council for the Social Studies honors educators across the state at their annual conference. Joe Curatolo (Treasure Coast High School), Heather Prince (Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition), and Jacqueline Baptiste-Harris (Village Green Environmental Studies School) were recognized at the 61st annual conference as the Outstanding Social Studies Teachers of the Year for St. Lucie County.
Administrators across the district nominated teachers from their schools to be considered for this honor.  Leadership and drive to bring quality lessons were qualities shared of these educators, and all are well deserving of this recognition.
Outstanding Service Awards

Outstanding Service Awards

St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and Board Members recognized this month’s Star Award recipients and honored their outstanding service to students and staff.

Congratulations are extended to Mr. Thomas Giananni from Facilities and Maintenance, Mr. Artavious Carter from Forest Grove Middle Middle, and Ms. Melanie Tate from Lawnwood Elementary.

Outstanding School Leaders of the Year Named

Outstanding School Leaders of the Year Named

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Wide eyes, smiles and tributes to the efforts of school staffs were the common threads that bound Principal Traci Wilke and Assistant Principal Marcy Luckey as they were surprised with the news that they are this year’s Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS). Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and an entourage of well-wishers visited Wilke at Lawnwood Elementary and Luckey at St. Lucie Elementary to share the accolades.

“Outstanding school leaders set the pace for school achievement,” said Superintendent Gent.  “They are definitely focused on creating learning environments in which every child succeeds.”

Wilke and Luckey are both veteran educators in St. Lucie Public Schools and have been recognized for outstanding achievement and service throughout their careers. They are also not strangers to professional learning as they have a passion for being on the forefront of the latest educational research and best practices.

Both nominations from St. Lucie Public Schools will be shared with the Florida Department of Education’s statewide pool of nominees.  State winners will be announced later this year.   The Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership was established in 1988 to recognize Florida principals for their contributions to their schools and communities. The Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award was established in 1997 to honor assistant principals that have utilized teamwork and leadership to increase student achievement and greatly improved school environments.

 

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About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit, http://www.stlucieschools.org.

Dr. Kevin Perry, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, Principal Traci Wilke, and Lydia Martin celebrate the announcement of Wilke being named Outstanding Principal of the Year for SLPS.

St. Lucie Elementary’s Assistant Principal Marcy Luckey is surprised by Superintendent E. Wayne Gent as he announces that she is St. Lucie Public Schools’ Assistant Principal of the Year.

 

 

Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Named

Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Named

ST. LUCIE  COUNTY – Ecstatic and astonished were the common reactions from St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year nominees as Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and an entourage of well-wishers surprised the school leaders with the news this week.

Mrs. Latricia Woulard, principal of St. Lucie Elementary, and Mrs. Michelle Herrington, assistant principal of Windmill Point Elementary, are this year’s nominees. While the two school leaders serve different schools this academic year, they served together last year as a dynamic duo at Windmill Point Elementary.  “Both ladies are exemplary in their dedication to helping their students excel.  Their innovation in leadership is fueled by their passion to see each and every child succeed,” said Gent.

The Principal and Assistant Principal Achievement Awards for Outstanding Leadership were established by the state to recognize exemplary school leaders for their contributions to their schools and communities. The program honors those who have utilized teamwork and leadership skills to spearhead initiatives to increase student performance, promote safe learning environments, and establish partnerships with parents and community members.  “I am truly honored to be recognized for doing what I dearly love,” said Woulard amid hugs and cheers.

Woulard and Herrington are veteran educators in St. Lucie Public Schools and have been recognized for stellar achievement throughout their careers. Both were celebrated as Teachers of the Year, both have held positions in which they led talent development as leaders of leaders, and both are voracious in their desire to bring to light the quality educational programs provided to students in St. Lucie County.  As one who benefited first-hand from SLPS, Herrington stated, “I am always proud that I am a product of St. Lucie Public Schools, LPA class of 1997!”

Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Named

Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Named

Ecstatic and astonished were the common reactions from St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year nominees as Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and an entourage of well-wishers surprised the school leaders with the news this week.

Mrs. Latricia Woulard, principal of St. Lucie Elementary, and Mrs. Michelle Herrington, assistant principal of Windmill Point Elementary, are this year’s nominees. While the two school leaders serve different schools this academic year, they served together last year as a dynamic duo at Windmill Point Elementary. “Both ladies are exemplary in their dedication to helping their students excel. Their innovation in leadership is fueled by their passion to see each and every child succeed,” said Gent.

The Principal and Assistant Principal Achievement Awards for Outstanding Leadership were established by the state to recognize exemplary school leaders for their contributions to their schools and communities. The program honors those who have utilized teamwork and leadership skills to spearhead initiatives to increase student performance, promote safe learning environments, and establish partnerships with parents and community members. “I am truly honored to be recognized for doing what I dearly love,” said Woulard amid hugs and cheers.

Woulard and Herrington are veteran educators in St. Lucie Public Schools and have been recognized for stellar achievement throughout their careers. Both were celebrated as Teachers of the Year, both have held positions in which they led talent development as leaders of leaders, and both are voracious in their desire to bring to light the quality educational programs provided to students in St. Lucie County. As one who benefited first-hand from SLPS, Herrington stated, “I am always proud that I am a product of St. Lucie Public Schools, LPA class of 1997!”

Outstanding Principal Latricia Woulard, pic3 Outstanding Principal Latricia Woulard, pic2 Outstanding Principal Latricia Woulard, pic4

Outstanding AP Michelle Herrington, pic 2 Outstanding AP Michelle Herrington, pic 3 Outstanding AP Michelle Herrington, pic 4

Outstanding First Year Teacher winner recognized at school board meeting

Outstanding First Year Teacher winner recognized at school board meeting

Treasure Coast High School (TCHS) reading teacher and St. Lucie Public Schools’ 2014 Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Leilani Ankiel was recognized at the March 11, 2014, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for her honor. Ankiel was unable to attend the Night of the Stars gala employee recognition event February 22, 2014, where she was announced as the district winner, because as the team coach, Ankiel was accompanying the TCHS girls’ varsity basketball team at the state championship game in Lakeland the same day. The team was also honored at the school board meeting for their accomplishment as the first TCHS team to reach state competition; the team was runner-up for the state title. Pictured, bottom row, from left, are team members Justine Kolb, Alexa Sucato, Alexis Romano, Evelyn Sagner, Aly Kolb, and Asia Jones. Top row, from left, are team member Jade Visser, TCHS principal Denise Rodriguez, Lincoln Park Academy assistant principal and employee recognition coordinator Candace Stone,TCHS assistant prinicipal Nikki Poole, Maria Ankiel, St. Lucie County School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, TCHS assistant principal Eldrique Gardner, Leilani Ankiel, TCHS assistant principal Henry Sanabria, Superintendent Genelle Yost, TCHS assistant principal Eric Evans, and St. Lucie County Education Foundation executive director Jim McKenzie. The foundation and the school board co-sponsor the annual recognition event.

Outboard Marine Technology Program At SLWCHS

Outboard Marine Technology Program At SLWCHS

St. Lucie Public Schools recently highlighted a new Outboard Marine Technology Program at St. Lucie West Centennial High School.  Nearly 100 freshmen at the school were introduced to the program which launches in August 2019. Dana Caputo and Keron Belgraves of the Career and Technical Education department spoke about the practical elements of the course. On display were a boat and trailer, pneumatic and battery operated tools, electrical tester and snap electrical circuit trainers. Jill Marasa of the Economic Development Council and Justin Beard of Derecktor Shipyards added to the sense of excitement when they spoke of the job opportunities and starting pay.

Outboard Marine Program Off to a Great Start

Outboard Marine Program Off to a Great Start

St. Lucie West Centennial’s Outboard Marine Technology program is off to a great start! Students are learning about general lab safety, identifying tools needed for their work and measuring electricity and temperature. The students are actively engaged and excited about the authentic learning that will take place this year.

Our STAR Recipient

Our STAR Recipient

Barbara Ricks, the Business Education teacher at St. Lucie West K-8, accepted the STAR (Special Thanks And Recognition) Award at the School Board Meeting on February 10, 2015. Mrs. Ricks is one dedicated teacher and employee. She is the Business Partner Coordinator, member of the School Advisory Council, member of the District Advisory Council, Step Team Coach, FBLA Advisor, Facilitator for Title I tutoring, STEM Rap Battle Coordinator, and the former MLK Committee Coordinator. Mrs. Ricks did all these activities while completing her MBA and ED Leadership degrees. She embodies what it means to be a lifelong learner. To say that she is a hard worker is an understatement. She is always cheerful, kind and supportive, showing leadership daily. Barbara Ricks is recognized for her untiring commitment to St. Lucie West K-8 School and their students.

Pictured are, Michelle Jerger, Chairman Donna Mills, Barbara Ricks, and Superintendent Genellle Yost.

Our June STAR Awards Recipients

Our June STAR Awards Recipients

Our June STAR (Special Thanks And Recognition) recipients, Robert Hill and Marrissa Parker, were recognized at the board meeting on June 9, 2015.

Robert Hill, Port St. Lucie High School gatekeeper, is an amazing person and colleague. Every day he is out at the front of our school greeting everyone who visits our campus. He waves to every single bus, parent, student, staff member and visitor; they all love him. He is the first face of our school and sets the tone for our warm and welcoming environment. He knows a little something about almost everyone, from what kind of dog a person has to when students get their learner’s permit. He cultivates wonderful relationships with all our stakeholders. One of his other responsibilities is picking up students from classrooms if they need to be removed. While doing this, he uses the travel time between the classroom and the office to counsel the students. He helps them deescalate and gain perspective on the situation. He talks to kids throughout the day about what is going on in their lives; he takes the time to care. He is a team player who is always willing to help out where ever needed. They would be lost without him.

Two words describe Marissa Parker, Food Services, compassion and grace. A few months ago the district office was contacted by a father whose family recently relocated to St. Lucie County. His concern was that he assumed that because his family was receiving other state services that his children would automatically be granted Free Lunch. His three children had accumulated a lunch balance that raised a concern with the school lunch staff. Once the family learned that they must complete a Free Lunch Application they did so immediately. Meanwhile, the issue of an outstanding balance was still at hand. This family was living in temporary housing and financially was unable to resolve the balance and cover the cost of the upcoming week. The father feared that he would have to keep his three children home if they were unable to eat lunch. Marissa handled the situation with compassion, grace and ease, assuring that the students’ balance would be taken care of and that they would have no lapse in receiving free lunch. Marissa shows that we need to be compassionate for others who are experiencing difficulties and help out in whatever ways we can. Thank you for having a kind heart.

Congratulations to our STAR employees. We appreciate all you do.

Our Army JROTC Jaguar Cadets Prepare Thanksgiving Meals with the Big Heart Brigade!

Our Army JROTC Jaguar Cadets Prepare Thanksgiving Meals with the Big Heart Brigade!

On Monday and Tuesday, November 19 and 20, 2018, many cadets led by Cadet Captain Brianna Harris and Cadet Sergeant James Mikovsky, along with Cadet Sergeant First Class Lawrence Moleon Mathews, and Cadet Private Heaven Savinon, Cadet 1st Lieutenant Lila Meade, Cadet Corporal Ashley Armendarez, Cadet Master Sergeant Max Marrero, Cadet Private Damien Borkowski, volunteered to help the St. Lucie County Fire District in the Annual Big Heart Brigade. Our cadets accompanied numerous volunteers from the community in preparing meal boxes to be distributed to those who would not be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner.

(Submitted by Cadet Captain Alexis Morris)

 

Osceola Magnet School adopts GCELA

A third grade class at Osceola Magnet School in Vero Beach adopted HeatherNesbitt’s first grade classroom for a “give back” Christmas.  The Osceola students all wrote two letters, wrapped a book and tied a holiday pencil on each package. It was truly amazing to watch the students open their gifts, read their letters and get really excited about a new book!  As part of a writing lesson, GCELA students wrote thank you letters to the Osceola Magnet School students.
Ortiz Recognized for Excellence

Ortiz Recognized for Excellence

Carmen Ortiz, Risk Management Specialist for St. Lucie Public Schools, bears the distinction of this year’s Outstanding Risk Manager in the Employer category. The news came at the 7th annual IN TOUCH Excellence Awards Gala.

The award recognizes outstanding performance in the workers’ compensation industry. “I’m just so honored,” said Ortiz. “I love what I do.  I work with a wonderful team, and I’m able to focus my energies on helping people.  When they come to me, they have questions and I want to instill confidence in them knowing that I’m there to help.”

Ortiz began her career in risk management nine years ago as a safety specialist and has worked in her current role for the past five years.  According to Susan Carver, Director of Risk Management for the District, “Carmen exemplifies the values the District holds as paramount for service and professionalism. She demonstrates outstanding commitment, shows care in working with individuals, and understands the importance of quality and timely customer service.”

The Excellence Awards were created established by IN TOUCH as a platform on which to recognize the best-of-the-best performance of professionals working within the workers’ compensation industry through a nomination process resulting in a formal awards celebration.

Physicians, providers of health services, and others in the workers compensation industry are formally recognized by IN TOUCH.  Colleagues, clients, and others submit nominations based on outstanding performance, excellence in customer service, and field-of-work expertise.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

Ortiz Recognized for Excellence

Ortiz Recognized for Excellence

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Carmen Ortiz, Risk Management Specialist for St. Lucie Public Schools, bears the distinction of this year’s Outstanding Risk Manager in the Employer category. The news came at the 7th annual IN TOUCH Excellence Awards Gala.

The award recognizes outstanding performance in the workers’ compensation industry. “I’m just so honored,” said Ortiz. “I love what I do.  I work with a wonderful team, and I’m able to focus my energies on helping people.  When they come to me, they have questions and I want to instill confidence in them knowing that I’m there to help.”

Ortiz began her career in risk management nine years ago as a safety specialist and has worked in her current role for the past five years.  According to Susan Carver, Director of Risk Management for the District, “Carmen exemplifies the values the District holds as paramount for service and professionalism. She demonstrates outstanding commitment, shows care in working with individuals, and understands the importance of quality and timely customer service.”

The Excellence Awards were created established by IN TOUCH as a platform on which to recognize the best-of-the-best performance of professionals working within the workers’ compensation industry through a nomination process resulting in a formal awards celebration.

Physicians, providers of health services, and others in the workers compensation industry are formally recognized by IN TOUCH.  Colleagues, clients, and others submit nominations based on outstanding performance, excellence in customer service, and field-of-work expertise.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Supports PSLHS JROTC Fundraiser

O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Supports PSLHS JROTC Fundraiser

On Saturday, March 30, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion conducted a fundraiser in the parking lot of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts to raise money for the Regional Champion Drill Team. Cadets pre-sold tickets for several weeks prior to the fundraiser to help increase participation in the event. The 23 cadets who participated raised enough money to offset the cost of attending the State Drill Meet coming up on April 13, 2019. The cadets are now able to afford transportation to the State Championship Drill Meet in Lakeland, Florida!

Operation Stoplifting at Southport Middle School

Operation Stoplifting at Southport Middle School

Students from each Social Studies class at Southport Middle School were invited to a visit the media center for a presentation by the Port Saint Lucie Police Department for a program initiative called Operation Stoplifting. The program led by Stacy Paton, Crime Prevention Specialist for the PSLPD, and Officer Frank Borges who updated students on the hazards of shoplifting. Students learned about the technical camera systems that are now in retail stores and spent time discussing the consequences of shoplifting.  Ms. Paton showed students examples of job, college and  military applications, and the reality of background checks. The children learned that once you have a criminal record you may not be eligible to attend certain colleges, military or any number of jobs.  All students received a Stoplifting Pledge where they pledge not to commit retail theft. Pictured here are Southport students, Christian Oravec, Dan Nguyen, Aivi Lang, Kanesha Gaines, Hannah Angelo-Walker, Zachary Giraldez, along with Crime Prevention Specialist Stacy Paton and Officer Frank Borges.