DMMS Speakers Bureau

DMMS Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau Special Guest at Dan McCarty Middle School was Joseph Dillard, a consultant, author, and motivational speaker. Mr. Dillard shared in depth his testimony, and a story of triumph, persistence, tenacity, and willingness. Questions he would ask himself when he was younger included: “How can I survive in a world that’s so cold and lonely?” and “Why me?”

He told the students that, “Life will be tough, challenging, and difficult. But there’s HOPE! Without an education, life becomes complicated; it’s up to you to ask questions. Your current circumstances do not define your accomplishments or ability to succeed.”

He also shared a quote by Muhammad Ali. “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” Mr. Dillard emphasized to students the need to understand that true success comes from within, and he also stressed that the choices students make will determine their success in life. Mr. Dillard posed a question to the students, “What are you doing to raise the bar?” You must be willing to fail at something, until you get it right, and he pointed out to the students throughout his presentation “I CAN, I WILL, I MUST!”

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Pumpkin Patch – WCE

Pumpkin Patch – WCE

Students from White City Elementary in Mrs. Buescher’s kindergarten class were able to observe various types of pumpkins and gourds.  Miss Kitty read them a story and students were able to tell the events that happened in the correct order.  She then cut a pumpkin open and the students could explore the inside.  The students were able to understand the properties of matter and categorize the pumpkin using their five senses.  Each student brought a pumpkin home. pp2 pp5 pp1

Gaines AVID @ Staple Center

Gaines AVID @ Staple Center

On Saturday, November 5th, Gaines Academy AVID students went to the Amway Center, where they spent the day hearing speakers who participated in the AVID program through high school and how AVID prepared them for college and their current roles with the Orlando Magic. In addition to these speakers, co-founder and Magic Executive Pat Williams took the time to speak and answer questions for the students. After which, they participated in a college fair in the arena, and were able to talk to and ask questions of representatives from 16 different Florida schools, including Steston, Full Sail, FAMU, UF and FSU.  After a long day of college experience activities, the students attended the Magic v. Wizards game.


Marching Band Music Performance Assessment

Marching Band Music Performance Assessment

Saturday, November 5th was a great day for the marching bands of SLPS as they performed in the District 13 Marching Band Music Performance Assessment (MPA)! The MPA is equal to FSA for classroom assessment. Band performances are assessed by critical experts in the field, and bands receive ratings in five categories by six judges. The highest two ratings are Superior (1) and Excellent (2).

SLPS always strives for its bands to score at a 2 or higher.  The following ratings were achieved from this year’s Marching MPAs:

Fort Pierce Central High School –  1 –  Superior

Fort Pierce Westwood High School –  1 –  Superior

Port St. Lucie High School –  2 –  Excellent

St. Lucie West Centennial High School – 2 –  Excellent

Treasure Coast High School -1 –  Superior  

Congratulations to all of our fine musicians!






Southport Middle School Sixth Grade Retreat

Southport Middle School Sixth Grade Retreat

Southport’s sixth graders recently enjoyed an engaging, positive, and busy day at their second annual 6th Grade Student Retreat.

Students began the day all together in the gym giving positive affirmations to each other in an unusual twist of musical chairs. They were next split into small groups with adult team leaders and sent out to participate in various team building activities throughout the day.

They played games and had small group discussions where they learned about each others likes and dislikes. They wrote motivational letters to their future selves, which will be returned to each one later on in the year to see their progress. Some students were emotional as they read their Palanca letters, which are letters of encouragement, from teachers, staff, and family members.

Port St. Lucie Mayor Greg Oravec and former Southport Middle School student Carlos Nunez gave inspirational speeches about important topics such as potential, self-respect, self-esteem, and bullying.

At the end of the day everyone came back together to watch each group perform a skit to show the effects of bullying. All students participated and each group put on a great performance.

Those students with permission to stay after school enjoyed a pizza dinner and then went for a “walk a day in a life of a middle school student” blindfolded with an adult around campus and finally were welcomed into the media center to enjoy conversation together. The Retreat was a wonderful opportunity for all students and facilitators to build long lasting relationships with each other.




Ed Foundation Gala

Ed Foundation Gala

Thank you, St. Lucie Education Foundation! The 17th Annual Evening for Education Fundraising event at the Pelican Yacht Club was a great success.
The Education Foundation believes that public education is essential to the well-being of our community, and its mission is “to promote, encourage and recognize excellence in public education.”
OHK-8 Promotes Bullying Prevention

OHK-8 Promotes Bullying Prevention

Oak Hammock K-8 School Promotes Bullying Prevention with a Bulletin Board Decorating Contest!

October was National Bullying Prevention Month.

To celebrate, each elementary grade group and middle school team at Oak Hammock K-8 School participated in a bulletin board decorating contest with a theme of Bullying Prevention.

The winners of the contest are:


Elementary — 3rd Grade



Middle School — 6th Grade Eagles



Thank you to all that participated!

Literacy Night at Lakewood Park

Literacy Night at Lakewood Park


Bring on the Fall FUN! From games to a photo booth, Lakewood Park had a blast at this year’s Fall Festival and Literacy Night.

Thank you to PTO, teachers, staff, and all the volunteers who helped to make this event a HUGE success.

Garber Fundraiser – Nov. 19

Garber Fundraiser – Nov. 19

On Saturday, November 19th at Fort Pierce Central High School, Garber Buick GMC will help donate dollars to education — up to $10,000.  It is all part of the Test Drive Event that generates $10 for each 2 – 3 minute test drive.  When the event exceeds 100 drives, Buick will double the donation to $20 per test drive.


PBIS Brag Bracelet Ceremony at Mariposa Elementary

PBIS Brag Bracelet Ceremony at Mariposa Elementary

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade at Mariposa Elementary are celebrated at monthly PBIS Brag Bracelet ceremonies for adhering to the school I CAN expectations, Act Responsible, Be Respectful, Create Safety, and Doing Their Best. They each receive a bracelet stating their accomplishment as well as a delicious chocolate chip cookie and juice!

Keegan Blaska, a 4th grader at Mariposa Elementary, has continuously gone above and beyond the school’s  I CAN expectations. She proudly wore and displayed her array of Brag Bracelets as she received yet another one for Being Respectful! Keegan is a role model for all of the students in the school! Keep up the amazing work, Keegan!

Mariposa Kindergartener Olivia Baptiste proudly displayed her bracelet for Acting Responsible. Her teacher, Mrs. Kari McIntyre, nominated her for this award because she has started out her Kindergarten year being one of the most responsible young students in her class. She has followed the classroom rules, completed her homework, and acted responsibly in her resource classes and in the hallways. Way to go, Olivia!



VGE Hosts Student Led Conferences

VGE Hosts Student Led Conferences


Village Green Environmental Studies School hosted student led conferences on Friday, October 28, 2016.  Students shared their growth during quarter one, set goals for the upcoming term, and planted a sunflower to signify future growth.  Village Green administration sincerely thanks the many community members who helped to ensure EVERY student was able to share with a caring adult.

Reality Store at FGMS

Reality Store at FGMS

Reality Store SM 2016 – Designed to help students get a better understanding of what it takes to survive in “real life.”

The students start the day with a set income (correlated to students’ GPA’s) and family members. Students visit various stations throughout the activity. They take responsibility of being head of the household. They pay taxes, pay rent or make house payments, buy clothes, food, take care of medical expenses, daycare, and all other daily expenses incurred once entering the work force.

Students see how their education, job, and income can determine the type of lifestyle they will live as adults. After experiencing the “Reality Store,” students have more of an understanding of the financial situations faced by their own parents/guardians.

Way to go Bulldogs!

Veterans Day Celebration at F. K. Sweet

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Principal Juanita Wright is joined by F. K. Sweet students and staff once again to honor veterans during the 8th Annual Veterans Day Celebration slated for Friday, November 4.  Event organizers Helena Grapsy, Tammy Davis, and Barbara Bennett invite local veterans interested in participating in the ceremony to meet at the school’s campus located at 1400 Avenue Q in Fort Pierce prior to the 9 AM event kick-off.


The JROTC cadets from Fort Pierce Westwood High School will open the ceremony with the presentation of colors followed by remarks from a special guest speaker. An interpretive dance and parade will follow along with a campus tour of patriotic-themed displays. Honored guests will then enjoy a special breakfast prepared by the F. K. Sweet Cafeteria Staff.


About St. Lucie Public Schools

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Northport Celebrates Unity Day With Strong Anti-Bullying Message!

Northport Celebrates Unity Day With Strong Anti-Bullying Message!

Each year, the Northport community comes together to support our anti-bullying message. We all wear orange and students and parents walk with their classes on a designated route around the campus. Students carry handmade signs, banners and posters. Special thanks to all who worked so hard to make sure that bullying is not prevalent at NPK8.

The coaches, resource teachers, Big Brothers Big Sisters tutors, New Horizons Student Support Specialist Mary Anne Warren, and so many others deserve thanks for making the day phenomenal. It is a GREAT day for the children who know they are empowered to step up and not accept bullying. Classrooms in the K-5 area made door decorations to be judged and middle grades students earned SAIL notes for the best, most creative anti-bullying posters.

PNC Volunteers in VPK Classes

PNC Volunteers in VPK Classes

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record National Event was launched on October 27th and members of PNC Bank volunteered to serve as guest readers in St. Lucie Public Schools VPK/T1 classrooms.  Students and readers alike enjoyed laughing and learning about a bear’s journey in the celebrated tale, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich.





                                                                                        Mario Rivera – Northport

                                                                                      Kristy Contreras – Bayshore

                                                                                           Dee Coe – C A Moore


Jennifer Byrnes – Samuel Gaines Academy

Tiffany Nixon – Samuel Gaines

Dee Coe – CA Moore