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.

Local School Leader Honored

Local School Leader Honored

Principal Ucola Barrett-Baxter received the Children’s Hero Award of the Year Award for “Time” from the Eckerd Connects Mission. The third annual awards event recognized local heroes for their dedication to investing Time, Talent, and Treasure to youth and providing them with opportunities for a second chance at a successful life.
A very special congratulations to Mrs. Ucola Barrett- Baxter!

 

Local schools do well in cadet meet

Local schools do well in cadet meet

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion hosted the annual Treasure Coast Raider Meet at Port Saint Lucie High School recently. Participating schools included Port Saint Lucie High School, Ft. Pierce Central High School, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, Ft. Pierce Westwood High School, Okeechobee High School and
Treasure Coast High School. Treasure Coast High School has an Air Force JROTC unit, St. Lucie West Centennial has a Navy unit, and the remainder are Army JROTC units. The Jaguar battallion won first place overal, Treasure
Coast High School won second place overall, and a tie for third place between Centennial High School and Okeechobee High School. Pictured are members of the Jaguar battallion in one of the meet events.

Local student honored as Sunshine State Scholar nominee

Local student honored as Sunshine State Scholar nominee

William Barr, a junior from Treasure Coast High School (TCHS), has been nominated to the Florida Department of Education as the Sunshine State Scholar for St. Lucie County. Students are nominated based on their success in high level math and science courses, and the intent to major in those subjects in college. William also scored the highest PSAT score in TCHS history! William and his parents were recognized at the December 11, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting. Pictured, from left, are School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, TCHS assistant principal Nikki Poole, William and his parents Bill and Nancy, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Helen Roberts, TCHS assistant principal Henry Sanabria, principal Denise Rodriguez, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

Local student honored by state arts group, school board

Local student honored by state arts group, school board

Dale Cassen Educational Complex (DCEC) student Jesus Dominguez was recognized by the St. Lucie County School Board at its January 14, 2014, business meeting for being honored as the Very Special Arts Florida (VSAFL) November Student of the Month. The VSAFL program is designed to increase public awareness and recognize the impact arts make on students with disabilities statewide. Students who participate in the arts develop creativity, have increased self-confidence, understand teamwork, have increased language and math skills and are generally more engaged. DCEC art teacher Dan Galloway, who recognized Jesus’ talent and vivid imagination, and his utilization of art to achieve success in both his art and behavioral accomplishments, nominated Jesus for the award. Galloway noted that through continuous recognition and positive feedback for his new-found skill, “Jesus has discovered his enormous talent, and is well on his way to becoming a wonderful artist.” Pictured, from left, are St. Lucie County School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, Abigail, with her handler art teacher Dan Galloway, Jesus, St. Lucie Schools Superintendent Genelle Yost, Jesus’ parents Mr. and Mrs. Dominguez, DCEC principal Ellen Harden, and VSA Arts Of Florida representative Marcy Purdy.

Local Student Places Third at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair

Local Student Places Third at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Three St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) students competed in the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair along with approximately 1,700 other students representing 77 countries from around the world. Koushal Rao, the 2016 Lincoln Park Academy valedictorian, was awarded third place in the category of Biomedical Sciences.  His project, “Targeting Mistranslation in Cancer Therapy” aligns with his college and career goals of entering the medical field.

Joining Rao at the 2016 INTEL Fair in Phoenix, Arizona, were Haniya Shareef whose project entitled “Can Anareobic Soil Distribution Create a Disease-Suppressive Soil…” focused on plant sciences and Reddy Shreya’s project entitled “A Cost Efficient Solution to Citrus Root Destruction: Developing a Defensible Barrier against Citrus Root Weevils Using a Methixanthine Affect” targeted the study of Earth and the environment.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent celebrated the students, their teachers, and their parents for the award and participation at the INTEL Fair.  He said, “Our students’ talents are recognized at the local, state, and international levels. SLPS will continue to provide a rich and robust array of academic opportunities to support their interests and prepare them to be competitive in the global workforce.”

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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SLPS students Sheyra Reddy, Haniya Shariff, and Koushal Rao joined approximately 1,700 other students from around the world at the 2016 INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona.

Local Student Selected for Florida House of Representatives Page & Messenger Program

Local Student Selected for Florida House of Representatives Page & Messenger Program

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Ariana White, an eighth grade student at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition, will serve as a Page for State Representative Gayle Harrell in the upcoming Legislative Delegation session in Tallahassee, March 6-10. The exciting news came in an acceptance letter from Clerk Portia Palmer of the Florida House of Representatives.

As a participant in this time-honored program, White will fulfill duties as a Page during committee meetings, House sessions, and press conferences.  She will have opportunities to participate in tours of the Capitol, Governor’s Mansion, and other historic sites with other program participants.

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

 

Local student wins national essay contest

Local student wins national essay contest

Jacqueline Cruz, daughter of Maria Cruz-Zavala and Arturo Cruz of Fort Pierce and sixth grade student at Samuel S. Gaines Academy K-8, was recognized at the October 9, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting. Jacqueline won first place in her age category in the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs’ (AFOP) 2012 Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Children Essay Contest. The contest, open to students nationwide ages 10-18 and children of migrant workers, asked students to write about the challenges faced by farmworker families, the typical day of a farmworker, and what motivates the student. Essays were judged on style, content, and writing that is clear and articulate. Students could win a monetary prize, and be included in a booklet to be presented to key members of Congress. Jacqueline was notified in August of her first place award, and presented her essay at the AFOP national conference last month in Boston. Pictured is Jacqueline with, from left, her three brothers, mother, School Board Chairman Carol Hilson, Superintendent Michael Lannon, Samuel S. Gaines principal Carolyn Wilkins and Assistant Superintendent for Federal Programs John Lynch.

Local student wins regional braille competition

Local student wins regional braille competition

Kaitlyn Deverson, a fifth grade student at Oak Hammock K8 School, came in first in her category at the Braille Challenge, a national program of the Braille Institute® hosted by regional schools and agencies that serve blind and visually impaired children. It is the only national braille literacy competition of its kind in the country, and is specifically designed to challenge and reward blind students for their study of braille, which is essential to their future academic and employment success. There were four regional events throughout Florida; Kaitlyn competed recently in the Ft. Lauderdale event which includes five age levels who compete in catagories such as reading comprehension, speed and accuracy, proofreading and tactile chart and graph reading. Competition spans the US and Canada, from which the top 60 will advance to the national contest in Los Angeles, California. Pictured is Kaitlyn with her Teacher for the Visually Impaired, Marci Marcotte.

 

Local students awarded at state history fair

Local students awarded at state history fair

32 middle and high school students from St. Lucie Public Schools competed at the 2013 Florida History Fair in Tallahassee on May 6. All entries were based on this year’s annual theme, “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.” Students who placed in either first or second place at the District History Fair held on March 2 were eligible to advance to the state competition. Two students from Treasure Coast High School, Faith Percival and Ashlyn Rust, received the Native American Heritage Award from the Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs for their website entry “Spanish Conquest of the Inca Empire.” Pictured is the group of competitors at the state event.