Local Celebrity Athlete’s Jersey Retired from Gridiron Line-up

Local Celebrity Athlete’s Jersey Retired from Gridiron Line-up

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.

 

Local cheer teams earn spots for state competition

Local cheer teams earn spots for state competition

Lincoln Park Academy and St. Lucie West Centennial High School cheerleading squads recently competed in the regional cheerleading competition held in Tampa. Under the direction of coaches Traci Krencik at Lincoln Park Academy, and Sara Connell at St. Lucie West Centennial, both squads practiced very hard for the regional competition and the upcoming state competition to be held soon in Kissimmee. In the regional competition, the Lincoln Park squad came in third place out of five teams in their category, and the Centennial squad placed fifth out of the eight teams in their division. Good luck to both teams at the state meet.

Local church provides books for students to take home over holiday break

Local church provides books for students to take home over holiday break

St. Bernadette Church in St. Lucie West supported a Project Children’s Literacy book drive to allow Garden City Early Learning Academy students to take a few books home with them during their Thanksgiving break. Father Victor Ulto and the church’s Stewardship Committee sponsored Project Children’s Literacy, and 15 stewards and literacy committee members regularly enjoy working with students at Garden City during their literacy block. Pictured, from left, are literacy Coach Lexi Laoutas, principal Traci Wilke, with stewards and volunteers George Lambert, Marilyn Faria, and Cilla Vitagliano, with St. Lucie Public Schools Early Childhood coordinator Mary Huffstetter. Seated is steward and volunteer Mary Lambert with several of the children who will be taking books home during the holiday break. The literacy committee presented 512 books to the school, along with $945 for the purchase of additional books!

Local Educator Receives Elementary Economics Teaching Award  And Is Invited to Present Best…

Local Educator Receives Elementary Economics Teaching Award And Is Invited to Present Best…

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Jacqueline Baptiste-Harris, a first grade teacher at Village Green Environmental Studies School, is making a difference that “exemplifies the importance of economic and financial education critical to students’ future success,” according to the Council for Economic Education. This accolade was paired with the announcement that she is a recipient of the John Morton Excellence in Teaching of Economics Award at the elementary school level.

 

Principal Terry Davis affirmed the Council’s nomination.  “Mrs. Baptiste-Harris is an outstanding educator who pours her creative talents into her lessons to help her students achieve their personal best,” said Davis.

 

As a recipient of this prestigious award, Baptiste-Harris will attend the 56th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference and Awards event on October 6th and 7th in Brooklyn, New York.   She will also have the opportunity to present best practices from her classroom to colleagues at the annual conference and participate in a Teachers’ Roundtable session.

 

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

Local Educators Selected to Participate as UF Teacher Leader Fellows

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Nardi Routten, a fourth grade instructor at F.K. Sweet Elementary and Glenna Sigmon, a first grade instructor at Palm Point Educational Research School at Tradition have been selected to be part of an elite pool of 40 professional educators from across the state of Florida to participate in the Florida Teacher Leader Fellowship Program.

The University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning partnered with the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) to host this program. It is designed to support Florida teachers and their leadership practices. Participants will benefit from a three-pronged focus: improving the quality of standards-based classroom teaching; documenting the impacts of professional learning on teacher and student growth; and promoting teacher voice and leadership within and across schools and districts.

Routten and Sigmon will participate in several leadership institutes, regional meetings, and virtual sessions throughout the year. Both educators have already proven themselves to be leaders and positive role models. “This opportunity will serve to support their on-going drive for professional growth,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “They are shining examples of the growth mindset we value in our professionals.”

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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Local Educators Selected to Participate in Advanced Placement Program Reading

Local Educators Selected to Participate in Advanced Placement Program Reading

Two St. Lucie County Public Schools teachers were selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading in World History. Sharon Ortiz, who teaches at Fort Pierce Central High School, and Celestine Dorsey, teacher at Fort Pierce Westwood High School, traveled to Salt Lake City this June to score AP World History Exams. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams. AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the world’s leading academic institutions. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between educators is both fostered and encouraged. “The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and Instruction at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Celestine Dorsey and Sharon Ortiz.”

The Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies – with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both – while still in high school. Through AP courses in 37 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to analyze complex problems, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students.

Local Heroes Welcome Bayshore Students!

Local Heroes Welcome Bayshore Students!

Bayshore Elementary would like to thank all of our local heroes who joined us for our Tunnel of Hope welcoming our students back to school on Monday. We were joined by the Port St. Lucie Police Department, St. Lucie County Fire Department, and the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie.

Local high school students job shadow at VGTI

Local high school students job shadow at VGTI

Twelve students, two from each of St. Lucie County’s six public high schools, were selected by their teachers for their aptitude and interest in science, to participate in a job shadowing experience at Vaccine Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) in Port St. Lucie. VGTI is recognized as a world class research institute that uses cutting edge technology and is on the frontier of science in the development of vaccines and immunotherapies that will improve human health around the globe. VGTI research focuses on treating and preventing AIDS, cancer, tuberculosis and the diseases associated with emerging viral infections. The VGTI job-shadowing experience is one of the many district STEM initiatives in which students in St. Lucie public schools can participate. Pictured, back row from left, are Fort Pierce Central High School students Marie Dorcelia and Jasmine Sigmon, and Fort Pierce Westwood High student Courtney Wilkerson, with two VGTI scientists.

Local HOSA student leaders attend development camp

Local HOSA student leaders attend development camp

Students in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) programs from St. Lucie West Centennial, Treasure Coast, Fort Pierce Central, and Port Saint Lucie high schools recently participated in a statewide student Leadership Development Camp (LDC) held in Central Florida. the theme of the camp was “Learn from the past, prepare for the future.” Student leaders from around Florida gathered to learn more about what it takes to be a leader, participating in workshops and activities that encouraged skills such as good communication, time management, preparing for the future, and empowerment. Participants not only learned how to strengthen leadership skills, but also how to create a unit and new friendships and life-long bonds while acquiring new skills for the future and becoming motivated to share what they learned with other students. Pictured, from left, are Lindsey Harris, Tony-Ann Walker, and Ashleigh Moten. Not pictured is Nathalia Gusmao. Written by Ashleigh Moten.

Local Kiwanis Club makes annual donation to Education Foundation

Local Kiwanis Club makes annual donation to Education Foundation

The Fort Pierce Sunrise Kiwanis Club presented its annual $1,000 donation to the St. Lucie County Education Foundation at the April 10, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting. The donation will further support the Foundation’s mission of providing scholarships to graduating seniors in St. Lucie County, as well as grants for classroom and school-wide grants for innovative instruction. “The Education Foundation board of directors is extremely appreciative of the continuing support the Kiwanis Club has provided to help in our mission,” remarked Education Foundation executive director Jim McKenzie. Pictured, from left, are Joe Mazur of the Kiwanis Club, Education Foundation president Michael Waninger, Kiwanis Club president Quinn Haisley, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Education Foundation board member Brian Garcia with daughter Sadie, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

Local principal Wright honored by state education commissioner

Local principal Wright honored by state education commissioner

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School principal Juanita Wright was honored at the Florida Department of Education Commissioner’s Leadership Award Luncheon recently held at Disney World. Pictured is Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart congratulating Mrs. Wright as St. Lucie County’s 2014 Principal of the Year and nominee for the state award.

Local Principals Selected to Attend State Leadership Academy

Local Principals Selected to Attend State Leadership Academy

St. Lucie Public Schools Principals D’Jion Jackson and Lori Reid will represent the District leadership in this year’s 2017 Dr. Brian Dassler Leadership Academy (formerly Commissioner’s Leadership Academy). As part of the elite team of academic leaders from across the state, this duo will participate in a year-long, job-embedded and research-based program for principal professional development sponsored by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) in partnership with the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership.

 

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Professional growth and talent development is vital to the continued success of an organization.  This leadership academy is an outstanding venue for professionals to deepen their knowledge, collaborate with others, and positively impact our schools.”

 

The program has three anticipated outcomes:

  • Deepen school leaders’ knowledge and skills in identifying high-quality instruction along with the professional learning necessary to support teachers’ own learning;
  • Deepen school leaders’ skills in observation, analysis and feedback through on-site support, coaching and modeling; and
  • Develop school leaders’ skills in providing targeted feedback for teacher growth.

 

Local Principals Selected to Attend State Leadership Academy

Local Principals Selected to Attend State Leadership Academy

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools Principals D’Jion Jackson and Lori Reid will represent the District leadership in this year’s 2017 Dr. Brian Dassler Leadership Academy (formerly Commissioner’s Leadership Academy). As part of the elite team of academic leaders from across the state, this duo will participate in a year-long, job-embedded and research-based program for principal professional development sponsored by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) in partnership with the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership.

 

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Professional growth and talent development is vital to the continued success of an organization.  This leadership academy is an outstanding venue for professionals to deepen their knowledge, collaborate with others, and positively impact our schools.”

 

The program has three anticipated outcomes:

  • Deepen school leaders’ knowledge and skills in identifying high-quality instruction along with the professional learning necessary to support teachers’ own learning;
  • Deepen school leaders’ skills in observation, analysis and feedback through on-site support, coaching and modeling; and
  • Develop school leaders’ skills in providing targeted feedback for teacher growth.

 

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.

Local Professionals Meet With Students

Local Professionals Meet With Students

Fort Pierce Central and Fort Pierce Westwood Criminal Justice students visited the Federal Courthouse where they learned the differences between federal and state courts, interacted with judges, lawyers, and marshals.

A special thank you is extended to Federal Public Defender Panayotta Augustin-Birch!

Local Professionals to Host Formative Assessment Webinar

Local Professionals to Host Formative Assessment Webinar

Tari Sexton, Assistant Principal at Forest Grove Middle School, is a featured blogger and webinar host for topics focused on formative assessments. She brings her love of learning and practical applications about quality assessments and data to the forefront of lively discussions that will help shape positive classroom culture.

Tari is joined as a webinar host by fellow Assistant Principal Kathleen Manchester of Southport Middle School. Together, this dynamic duo tag team tips and teaching techniques that are sure to help transform the learning curve.

An upcoming webinar is scheduled for September 14, 2017.

Registration Link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7461235713161884674

Local Realtors Rally to Support Homeless Students

Local Realtors Rally to Support Homeless Students

The Realtors of the Palm Beaches, Treasure Coast Office (RAPB) and their affiliates heard about a local need and answered the call in a big way! Kylee Fuhr, homeless liaison for St. Lucie Public Schools works with homeless students and networks with local businesses and organizations to garner support.  “They (RAPB) asked what we needed and came through in a big way,” said Fuhr.  Bookbags, pencils, paper, shirts, slacks, shorts, shoes and more poured in from all areas of the Treasure Coast.

 

RAPB Treasure Coast Manager of Programs Helen Dempsey said the realtors are involved in numerous facets of the community and appreciate opportunities to serve.  “We meet so many people and understand that many times homelessness is situational.  It’s great to be able to help families out by assisting with their children’s needs.”

 

While numbers are still rolling in this year for the District’s homeless rate, Fuhr said that last year there were 1,239 homeless children and youth – those who lack a fixed and adequate nighttime residence.  “Add to that, 118 unaccompanied youth who are students identified as not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, and we have a tremendous need in our community.”  She went on to add that while the numbers have grown over the last few years, the awareness is also growing.  “Through the support of community groups and municipalities, we can work to help turn this around.  Our main concern is that we help keep children in school to provide them with the knowledge, skills, and desire to succeed once they graduate,” she said.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District ranked in the top third of Florida’s districts, 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.

 

Local Realtors Rally to Support Homeless Students

Local Realtors Rally to Support Homeless Students

PORT ST. LUCIE – The Realtors of the Palm Beaches, Treasure Coast Office (RAPB) and their affiliates heard about a local need and answered the call in a big way! Kylee Fuhr, homeless liaison for St. Lucie Public Schools works with homeless students and networks with local businesses and organizations to garner support.  “They (RAPB) asked what we needed and came through in a big way,” said Fuhr.  Bookbags, pencils, paper, shirts, slacks, shorts, shoes and more poured in from all areas of the Treasure Coast.

 

RAPB Treasure Coast Manager of Programs Helen Dempsey said the realtors are involved in numerous facets of the community and appreciate opportunities to serve.  “We meet so many people and understand that many times homelessness is situational.  It’s great to be able to help families out by assisting with their children’s needs.”

 

While numbers are still rolling in this year for the District’s homeless rate, Fuhr said that last year there were 1,239 homeless children and youth – those who lack a fixed and adequate nighttime residence.  “Add to that, 118 unaccompanied youth who are students identified as not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, and we have a tremendous need in our community.”  She went on to add that while the numbers have grown over the last few years, the awareness is also growing.  “Through the support of community groups and municipalities, we can work to help turn this around.  Our main concern is that we help keep children in school to provide them with the knowledge, skills, and desire to succeed once they graduate,” she said.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District ranked in the top third of Florida’s districts, 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.

Local restaurant donates some proceeds to a school

Local restaurant donates some proceeds to a school

Recently McDonald’s on South US #1 in Fort Pierce hosted McTeacher Night for the staff of F.K. Sweet Elementary and donated 15% of the proceeds made between 5 and 7 PM to the school to help defray expenses. Teachers worked the counter, drive through, cooked, packaged, and wiped tables. Stacey Johnson and Cindy Young even tempted the diners with samples of chicken nuggets. It was not only a fun experience, but gave everyone an insight to what goes on in a fast food restaurant.

 

Local school golf program students excel at tournament

Local school golf program students excel at tournament

A group of students from the St.Lucie Schools’ youth golf program competed in the Martin County junior tournament recently. The tournament was held at the Martin County Golf and Country Club in Stuart. Taking first place in their divisions are, from left, Gina Carvelli from Palm Pointe K-8 in the girls 10-12 year old, Cameron Beach from Morningside Elementary in the boys 7-9 year old, and Savannah Hawthorne from Palm Pointe K-8 in the girls 7-9 year old division. Students are shown with their first place medals from the tournament.