Two Lincoln Park Academy students won four-year scholarships at the recent Intel ISEF International Science and Engineering Fair held in Phoenix, Arizona, for their projects. The students were able to attend the International Fair with support from the St. Lucie County Education Foundation’s Fund A Project, and were able to solicit and raise the funding needed to participate. Junior Robert Bacchus presented his project, “CancAARS: A Novel Therapeutic Target for Melanoma Tumorigenesis,” and won a special award, a four year scholarship to the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, valued at $60,000.00. Robert also placed fourth in the grand awards for Biochemistry, and was presented a check for $500.00. Neha Kambam Reddy, also a junior, presented her project, “Sustaining Ecological Biodiversity with Highly Specific RNA Interference (RNAi),” and Neha also won a four year scholarship to the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, valued at $60,000.00. University of the Sciences awards five $15,000 scholarships to students whose research and academic interests align with the USciences mission. Scholarships become effective upon enrollment in the incoming class of Fall 2014. Intel ISEF, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12. Each year more than 1,500 high school students from more than 70 countries, regions, and territories display their independent research and compete for more than $4 million in awards.
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.
These students were part of the Lions International Peace Poster Contest with the Fort Pierce Lions Club. Ferlie Fabre (LPA), with her sister, took first place in the international Peace Poster Contest. Muabohn Dahn (LPA), with her father, won third place. A student from Southern Oaks, Emily Barkheimer, no pics, received second place. The First place entry will go on to represent our area in the regional portion of the competition. Teacher Judi Hueter hope that the wonderful accomplishments of her young artists will spark other St. Lucie students to participate in future events!
Parent Academy Lip Sync Battle 2: Battle For The Belt
Presented By Ocean Chiropractic and Health Center
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The 2nd occurrence of the Parent Academy Lip Sync Battle is to take place Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the gorgeous Sunrise Theatre of downtown Fort Pierce, FL.
Seven contestants will duke it out in hopes of rising to victory in 1 of 3 categories: Audience Favorite, Judges Favorite, and Fundraising Champion.
YOU will bear witness to their efforts, and YOU will decide who deserves glory.
You don’t want to miss this.
For more information on the Parent Academy of St. Lucie County, visit us our website, message us directly through Facebook, or call our office during regular business hours.
Literacy Week was a success! Students participated in daily Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) time. Students got cozy with a good book! Pictured are Cameron Wright, Josue Ajucum, and Abigail Santiago.
We also had first grade teddy bear picnics, a third grade vocabulary parade, fourth grade guest readers, as well as “Going Bananas for Reading” and book exchanges at Mariposa.
Mrs. Delancy’s third grade class also met up with Mrs. Smith’s second graders to read books and create bookmarks for literacy week! Students in those classes communicate with each other regularly through pen pal letters and activities each month. “Having older students to mentor my second graders is wonderful! My students are more motivated to check their work and make sure it includes adjectives and details! We are so thankful for Mrs. Delancy and her amazing class,” said Mrs. Michelle Smith, second grade teacher.
Community Leaders read to the students at White City Elementary (WCE). Students enjoyed listening to the book entitled,
Weatherbee Elementary hosted a “Families Building Better Readers Night” to teach parents how to help their child become the best reader they can be. The VPK started things off with a performance of songs and dance. Later, the parents rotated through sessions on how to help their child become a better reader, while students rotated through some engaging activities to help them become excited about reading.
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.
On Thursday, January 21, 2016, students, parents, and staff at St. Lucie Elementary participated in Literacy Night. In addition to the many other events SLE hosts to promote and support family involvement, teachers and staff lovingly served dinner and provided a variety of skill-based literacy activities for parents and children to partake.
Literacy Night is an innovative way to provide children and parents with various reading techniques. Participants were involved in the five components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonic, reading comprehension, reading fluency, and vocabulary development). Students and parents were engaged in literacy rich activities that were challenging, meaningful, and respectful. The literacy activities were geared towards students in grades K-5. Students learned various reading strategies, and they were given materials to take home. Parents were able to observe teachers modeling effective teaching techniques and instructional strategies.
SLPS received the Celebrate Literacy Week Proclamation from Mayor Linda Hudson at the City of Fort Pierce Commission Meeting on January 17th. Celebrate Literacy Week is slated for January 23 – 27, 2017.
Coordinator of Curriculum Jane Whitaker and Coordinator of Talent Development Didi Campbell spoke about upcoming events and thanked the City for its support of literacy throughout the District.
Students and staff at Dan McCarty School enjoyed participating in Florida’s “Take the Lead and Read!” Literacy Week recently. Activities were held to encourage and celebrate reading. Students decorated classroom doors focusing on the theme. Overall winners included K’Asha Wright (Elementary), Gina Clark (6th Grade) and Patty Mallon (7th/8th). Students contributed 115,256 minutes of reading to Florida’s Million Minutes of Reading goal for one day. A favorite event for all was Guest Reader Day. Community members read and shared their love of reading to students. One day was devoted to students performing Reader’s Theatre scripts. Character Dress Up Day for the elementary students and Definition Dress Up for middle school ended the week. Middle school students created costumes depicting a word they have learned this year. Even staff members joined the fun! Pictured is sixth grade science teacher Judy Weekes, who came as the word evaporation for Definition Dress Up Day.
Parents, St. Lucie Sheriff’s officers, business leaders, and SLPS School Board members visited Savanna Ridge Elementary and read with students.
Our students and Principal, Mrs. D’Jion Jackson-Harris, had a great time designing their “vocabulary hat” to encourage literacy and to use hands on creativity to learn new words.
A few of our students with Mrs. Jackson-Harris “Taking Hats Off to Vocabulary” to enhance literacy skills.
Our dedicated teachers decorated their classroom doors to represent their class’s favorite book.
Literacy Week was a huge success at Weatherbee Elementary. We had several planned events that helped promote literacy and get the students excited about reading. To start the week off, students participated in the “Million Minute Marathon” where WBE read 17,421 minutes! Another powerful activity was the “Buddy Reading” between different grade levels. It was great to see the older students teaching the younger ones and the little ones sharing their fluency with older students who they look up to. The week ended with our wonderful community members sharing their favorite book with the students. The students really enjoyed hearing from police officers, firefighters, district employees and they especially loved learning about sportsmanship and goals from IRSC Women’s Basketball Team.
What a fantastic week promoting literacy at Weatherbee Elementary!
Mark Your Calendar for the 10th Annual
Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!
January 22-26, 2018
2017 Graduations Live Streamed:
Ft. Pierce Central High School
8:30 am on May 23, 2017 from the Fair Grounds
Treasure Coast High School
2:00 pm on May 23, 2017 from the Fair Grounds
Lincoln Park Academy
8:30 am on May 25, 2017 from the Fenn Center
Ft. Pierce Westwood High School
1:30 pm on May 25, 2017 from the Fenn Center
St. Lucie West Centennial High School
8:30 am on May 26, 2017 from the Fenn Center
Port St. Lucie High School
1:30 pm on May 26, 2017 from the Fenn Center
8:30 am on May 31, 2017 from Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium
Performance Based Preparatory Academy
11:00 am on May 31, 2017 from Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium
Mosaic Digital Academy
2:00 pm on May 31, 2017 from Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium
EVERYONE, including children of all ages, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to SLPS graduation ceremonies.
Plan to arrive at least one hour prior to your child’s SLPS graduation start time.
For graduations taking place at the Fenn Center, access the parking areas from the east.
All ceremonies will be broadcast live on “The St. Lucie Education Channel” and streamed on YouTube.
In keeping with the academic significance of the SLPS graduations, refrain from posting signs, distributing literature, flying balloons, or undertaking any activity including air horns, whistles, bells, or loud sounding objects that might interfere with the dignity of the program.
Follow SLPS on social media for parking and traffic flow updates.
Exciting projects are underway at St. Lucie County’s Airport. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and others participated in a groundbreaking event for the MRO (Maintenance, Rehab, and Overhaul) Hangar. This facility will have the capability to house full-size jetliners for maintenance and overhaul — very positive for our county and for students working toward aligned industry certifications.
County MRO Hangar Facts
- The last new commercial construction at the airport was two manufacturing buildings on Industrial 33rd in 1980. The last new building constructed by the County was Fire Station 4 in 2008. The last new hangar was constructed by our fixed base operator in 2008 – a 12,000 sq. foot aircraft storage hangar.
- The hangar and site has been carefully designed to house a 737 or A320 and an Embraer 175 undergoing maintenance activities at the same time.
- The hangar will be the 2nd tallest structure on the airport at 59.5 feet – the tallest being the Air Traffic Control Tower at over 60 feet. It will feature over 32,000 sq. /ft. of space including more than 27,000 sq. /ft. of hangar area, 3,000 square feet of office space, 1,600 square feet of shops space, and a 600 sq. /ft. fire room. The adjacent apron is large (150 ft. x 190 ft) and a perfect complement to the hangar.
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median salary for an aircraft mechanic is over $60k per year.
Students at Centennial High School had the unique opportunity to hear about the Holocaust from an unusual perspective as local author Peter Haase spoke on Friday, May 5.
10th, 11th, and 12th grade English students were privileged to attend a presentation by Mr. Haase, President of the Treasure Coast Writers’ Guild, who spoke about growing up under the Nazi regime, being forced to join the Hitler Youth, and the devastation to Germany caused by Hitler’s years in power.
Local businessman and philanthropist Larry Lee was recognized at the January 10, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for his Lighthouse Foundation’s contributions, particularly a specific event where 250 students, 25 teachers and 25 other chaperones and principal D. David Washington from Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts were able to go to a Miami Marlins baseball game and meet Marlins player and fomer Westwood High School standout Charles “C.J.” Johnson. Pictured, from left, are Elker Harris of Fort Pierce Magnet, Superintendent Michael Lannon, school board chairman Carol Hilson, Larry Lee, foundation member Olivia Watkins, and principal Dr. David Washington with two of his students.
Fort Pierce, FL – Fort Pierce Westwood High School football jersey #32, worn by legendary Oakland Raider Khalil Mack, will move to the distinguished ranks of retirement in a pre-game ceremony at 7 PM on May 17, 2018 at Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce. Fans are invited to show their Panther Pride and celebrate Mack’s on-field and off-field accomplishments as his jersey takes its place alongside #20 Craig Swoope and #6 Ryan McNeil.
St. Lucie Public Schools Athletic Director Jill Willett said Mack will be in attendance along with family members. “We are very excited to honor such a distinguished athlete. He gives just as much off the field as he does on the field by volunteering to speak to local student groups and serving as a positive role model,” she added.
After graduating in 2009, Mack attended the University of Buffalo on a football scholarship where he was a First Team All American in 2013. He holds the all-time NCAA record for forced fumbles and is tied for career tackles for loss. In 2014, this defensive all-star was drafted fifth overall in the NFL Draft to the Oakland Raiders where he was named by ESPN as the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Mack holds the Oakland Raiders franchise record for sacks in a game, and he became the first NFL player in history to be named to the first team All Pro team in two different positions in the same year. In 2016, Mack was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year and in 2017, he was selected to his third straight Pro Bowl Team.
After the ceremony, Fort Pierce Westwood takes on Sebastian River in their Spring Game. Gates open at 6:15 PM, and there is a $6 admission fee.
About St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent. As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS 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.