DMMS Speakers Bureau: Dr. Donna Mills and Mr. Lafayette Ashley

DMMS Speakers Bureau: Dr. Donna Mills and Mr. Lafayette Ashley

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The Speakers Bureau Special Guests at Dan McCarty Middle School were Dr. Donna Mills, school board member of St. Lucie Public Schools, and Mr. Lafayette Ashley, recent FPC graduate and student at Indian River State College.  Dr. Mills shared in depth her life story. She emphasized to students the need to understand that true success comes from within and also stressed that the choices students make will determine their success in life, and she pointed out to students throughout her presentation, “No matter the situation, you can always make it out of your circumstances, knowledge will take you far, YOU CAN DO IT!”

Mr. Ashley inspired the students by sharing some of his personal challenges and expressed to the them that if you want something bad enough, you will work hard to get it. Mr. Ashley also shared some spoken words with the students.

Speakers Bureau Benefits Samuel Gaines Academy 7th Graders

Speakers Bureau Benefits Samuel Gaines Academy 7th Graders

Samuel S. Gaines Academy 7th grade students and staff welcomed Mr. Raphael Sanchez, the Executive Director of Human Resource for the St. Lucie Public Schools, as a guest speaker in the Speakers Bureau series.  Mr. Sanchez emphasized lessons and rules he established for himself while growing up.

Mr. Sanchez spoke about his childhood, and recounted a story of resiliency and perseverance.  Mr. Sanchez believes, “Life is nothing but keys and doors; the more keys you have, the more doors you’ll be able to open for yourself.”  Mr. Sanchez says he didn’t want any doors closed due to lack of an education or experiences.

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Mr. Lezeau Speaks To FPW 9th Graders

Mr. Lezeau Speaks To FPW 9th Graders

Fort Pierce Westwood High School hosted its very own Mr. Joseph Lezeau as the guest speaker for the Speakers Bureau Series.

Mr. Lezeau spoke about the basic principles that were taught to him by his father. These are two very important resources to have: information and knowledge. He recounted his experiences of initially growing up poor in both Haiti and the U.S.  Mr. Lezeau also shared with his audience the fact that, in the beginning, he did not take advantage of the resources and knowledge he attained and was not appreciative of what was in front of him. He recognized that at that age he “short-changed” himself. However, he emphasized that because of his determination and diligence “to be more” and “to have more,” his mindset eventually changed. Mr. Lezeau now represents St. Lucie Public Schools as an Intern Principal at Fort Pierce Westwood High School.

St. Lucie Shines the Light on Afterschool Activities

St. Lucie Shines the Light on Afterschool Activities

     St. Lucie Public Schools unites with other communities across the nation on Monday, October 17 to spotlight afterschool programs and activities. During this rally for program awareness, afterschool programs and activities throughout the county are expected to participate in Lights On Afterschool.
     Two locations are earmarked for the rally in St. Lucie County according to organizers Terrance Platt and Kimberly Roberts.  The Fenn Center in Fort Pierce and the Port St. Lucie Community Center in Port St. Lucie will open their doors from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM in order for parents, students, and community members to become familiar with afterschool opportunities.   Representatives from a host of organizations including library services, area churches, tutorial services, sports programs, mentoring services, service organizations, parks and recreation programs, and much more will man booths in an expo-style setting. Students will perform, attendees will have opportunities to win door prizes, and hands-on activities will be available.
     Roberts said, “This is an opportunity to showcase all afterschool, weekend, and summer programs and activities in our community.  Afterschool activities give our students outstanding opportunities to explore their skills, grow their talents, and provide service to others. Our children benefit tremendously from programs such as these and many are provided at minimal or no cost.”
     Superintendent E. Wayne Gent agrees with the afterschool programs’ positive impact on students.  He said, “Our schools offer quality afterschool programs including our 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and there is a rich variety of additional offerings in our community that will benefit our students as well.  Quality afterschool programs refine students’ skills and broaden their perspectives on opportunities available to them.” Gent also affirmed the fact that afterschool activity involvement contributes to improvements in attendance, behavior, academic achievement, and more.
     The Lights On Afterschool effort is in collaboration with Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs. For more information about Lights on Afterschool, contact Terrence Platt or Kimberly Roberts at 772.429.3617 or 772.429.3957 respectively.
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PSLHS Spirit Mural Donated to Jaguars

PSLHS Spirit Mural Donated to Jaguars

Thanks to the generous donation of an alumni, the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguars have a lot to cheer about as homecoming week festivities kick off on Monday, October 10.    A supersize spirit mural featuring the Jaguar mascot in an 18’ x 144.5’ display will send a roar of school pride across the campus in a ceremonial unveiling on October 14 at 6:55 pm before the homecoming game crowd.

The custom mural, valued at $18,900.00, was designed and will be painted by Douglas Hancock, Vice President of Sign Pro of North Florida, Inc.  Hancock is a 1995 graduate of Port St. Lucie High School who wanted to give something special back to his alma mater.  When talking about the design of the jaguar in mural, Hancock said, “I wanted a powerful and strong look without it being menacing.  After many revisions I think we nailed it.”  He added that the lettering was also unique and completely hand rendered for this project.

“Our students and staff have a vested interest in this as well.  When we received word of the generous offer, excitement spread and questions poured in asking what was needed to support the project.  The cost of the paint is $1,400; we will continue to collect donations to cover the materials cost, and we are hoping that this starts a trend towards painting additional murals throughout the school,” explained Principal Adrian Ocampo.  Financial support for this project can be sent to Port St. Lucie High School, c/o Frances Millar, 1201 SE Jaguar Lane, PSL 34952.

The mural will be featured on the high school’s athletic building greeting fans as they approach the school’s on-site athletic fields.  Spanning 2,619 square feet, it is perhaps the largest high school mural in the area. 
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Speakers Bureau – DCC

Speakers Bureau – DCC

Antravious Soleyn, a recent graduate from Fort Pierce Central High School and member of the poetry club, was one of the honored guests at a recent Speakers Bureau event at Dale Cassens Educational Complex.  His positive command of the language and poetic verse captivated students as he recited a poem that he wrote.
Guest speaker Mr. Tony Barnes, SLC NAACP President and Fort Pierce City Director of Purchasing, also spoke to students about his love for sports as a youth and because he was so good at playing football, he thought he was the man. He made poor grades in school and did not take his education serious. He soon found out after graduation and going into the workfield that he needed to continue his education in order to economically move up in life. He went back to school, graduated from college, and now has the position and career he holds today.
The Speakers Bureau provides opportunities for local personalities to share insight and inspiration with students on campuses throughout St. Lucie Public Schools.
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“Rollin’ with Dads” Breakfast at Southport Middle School

“Rollin’ with Dads” Breakfast at Southport Middle School

Southport Middle School hosted “Rollin’ with Dads” breakfast on Wednesday, September 28th with great success. We were happy to see over one hundred of our dads, granddads, uncles, big brothers and male teachers who took the time to be there for students.

Thanks to all who came out to sign pledges to support, encourage, and be involved in the lives of their children and our students. You make a BIG difference and you are appreciated!!

We would also like to thank our wonderful Cafeteria Staff for decorating, preparing and setting up this breakfast for our dads and students.  Both parents and students raved about the delicious breakfast that was prepared.

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WeatherSTEM at Southport

WeatherSTEM at Southport

Follow St. Lucie County WeatherSTEM at Southport Middle School for up-to-date local weather.

The Southport Middle School WeatherSTEM Unit is an integration of weather sensors that collects real-time atmospheric data and is available on the stlucie.weatherstem.com/spm  website or mobile app. The WeatherSTEM unit was donated to Southport through a grant by Meteorologist Edward Mansouri, CEO of Ucompass in Tallahassee. WeatherSTEM provides weather data to anyone with Internet access.

The WeatherSTEM unit features updated radar, a cloud camera that takes a snapshot once per minute, as well as wind and tide information. WeatherSTEM integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum, and one of WeatherSTEM’s objectives is to improve data literacy in schools. The Data Mining Tool lets students download real-world data to use in experiments and activities. You can download the app on your handheld devices or go directly to the website to follow the weather conditions.

 

St. Lucie Public Schools Re-open Monday, October 10

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) looks forward to welcoming all students and staff back to school on Monday, October 10th.  The School District will resume normal operations which includes transportation as well as before- and after-school programs and activities.

With only minimal damage to school facilities, some power outages, and minor debris as a result of Hurricane Matthew, the SLPS team along with community partners have been able to address all of these needs in order to safely re-open all schools.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

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MSE Bowls for Kids’ Sake

MSE Bowls for Kids’ Sake

Our MSE Blue Jays glowed with joy and pride at this year’s BBBS Bowl for Kids’ Sake event on Saturday, September 24th at Superplay USA!  Fun was had by all at this neon/glow in the dark themed event. Our team raised $636.62 for the cause!

 

Weather Update

Weather Update

St. Lucie Public Schools has a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan which includes procedures for weather events.

The District is working in close collaboration with its partners at the Emergency Operations Center in order to have the most reliable information to guide decisions, and we will continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the week.  Updates will be provided through our social media channels and media partners.

Please keep in mind, this is peak hurricane season.  It is advisable to make sure your “Hurricane Kit” is adequately supplied and your “Hurricane Plan” is up to date. 

SLPS Graduations

SLPS Graduations

Commencement: A Beginning

 

Rather than an ending, commencement – both the word and the ceremony – represents a beginning. It is appropriate that an occasion which marks the beginning of a new phase of life should be conducted with pomp and circumstance, stateliness and tradition.

The ceremony of commencement celebrated at high schools, colleges, and universities throughout the world has its roots in the scholastic traditions of the Middle Ages. It is an ancient, dignified, and highly symbolic ritual of conclusion and emergence, a rite of passage into a new life.

Upcoming Ceremonies

Ft. Pierce Central High School
8:30 am on May 23, 2017 at the Fair Grounds

Treasure Coast High School
1:30 pm on May 23, 2017 at the Fair Grounds

Lincoln Park Academy
8:30 am on May 25, 2017 at Fenn Center

Ft. Pierce Westwood High School
1:30 pm on May 25, 2017 at Fenn Center

***Please note the corrected order for PSLHS and SLWCHS graduation times.

St. Lucie West Centennial High School
8:30 am on May 26, 2017 at Fenn Center

Port St. Lucie High School
1:30 pm on May 26, 2017 at Fenn Center

St. Lucie Shines the Light on Afterschool Activities

Lights On Afterschool

On Monday, October 17, 2016, St. Lucie Public Schools will hold its 2nd Annual Lights On Afterschool event.

All community members are invited to attend to help us celebrate this national event and learn more about programs, activities, and opportunities available for your child.

Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families, and inspire learning. According to data from the Afterschool Alliance, 15.1 million children are without adult supervision in the afternoon hours.

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Getting to Know you at Mariposa Elementary

Getting to Know you at Mariposa Elementary

Mariposa Elementary students in Mrs. Michelle Smith’s 1st grade class took silly pictures with their new table team mates as a way to get to know each other! Students enjoyed the photo booth and laughed through all the pictures as they asked “getting to know you” questions to their new friends! Table team mates Lucia Costello, Zykeria Reynolds, Malaki McAdams, Kacen Maggard, and Michael Soto are enjoying getting to know one another in this picture.

STEAM Day at Floresta Elementary

STEAM Day at Floresta Elementary

Students at Floresta participated in STEAM Day. The students had to work in groups to use all recycled materials to build a car, and the wheels had to roll!

Students at Floresta working hard on their STEAM Project!

Students at Floresta working hard on their STEAM Project!

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Students working together as a group.

Students working together as a group.

Nov. 5 Golf Tournament

Nov. 5 Golf Tournament

Gather your team and register for this year’s Summer of Success Golf Tournament. 

Proceeds support summer intern and scholarship opportunities.

Saturday, November 5

Gator Trace Golf and Country Club

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Bayshore Elementary Welcomes Dads!

Bayshore Elementary Welcomes Dads!

Bayshore Elementary School participated in Dads Take Your Child to School Day on Wednesday, September 28.  Dads, stepdads, grandfathers, uncles, and many other male role models  were welcomed into the school’s media center.  All of these important role models made a commitment to remain actively involved in their children’s education.  They also learned about ways to volunteer while enjoying a light breakfast.  Bayshore thanks the more than 300 male role models who attended!

Pictured are fifth grade student Evan Morales and his father Juan Morales.

Students Lead the Way at MSE

Students Lead the Way at MSE

Morningside Elementary’s fifth grade student-led conferences received high marks on evaluation forms.  Write-in comments included feedback such as “very informative” and “it was great.”  During the 30-minute conference, parents and students were shown how to access the St. Lucie Public Schools website; the MSE website; the Skyward site; and lastly, the 5th grade 2017 t-shirt, “Think Outside the Box,” was revealed. Then students shared their work, scores on Reading Counts, goals, and interactive notebooks with their parents and grandparents.  Finally, all the students and parents signed garden pots as our 2017 contribution to the 5th grade garden. Students also took home seeds that were donated by a parent.

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