THE HARBOR COMES LIVE TO LINCOLN PARK ACADEMY

THE HARBOR COMES LIVE TO LINCOLN PARK ACADEMY

On Friday, October 14th, the host and creator of Jostens’ “The Harbor TV” Mike Smith made a stop at Lincoln Park Academy as part of his nationwide tour, visiting schools that embrace the Jostens’ Renaissance educational model.

Mike shared his message that impacts today’s youth about civic duty, digital citizenship, awareness and service with the Greyhounds in grades 6 through 12 in two separate assemblies that included a dance off and the world’s largest “selfie.”

Student leaders along with teachers and administration from Port Saint Lucie High School also participated in the assembly.

After the conclusion of the presentations, Mike conducted a tour of the campus, visiting classrooms, talking with students and answering questions.

“The Harbor TV is an educational video resource that provides students with real perspectives from real people that will help them achieve greater success in the outside world. The Harbor, featuring Mike Smith and guests, facilitates the teaching of character development in classrooms by showcasing tangible life lessons through a school year’s worth of episodes with rich, raw and engaging video content, which are designed for the classroom, along with a downloadable critical thinking discussion guide to foster student led discussions for each episode.”

Lincoln Park Academy has been using this resource for the past two years as part of the platform for its character development education.

 

 

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Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

Learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics along with a splash of the arts (STEAM) makes students want to sing and dance.   From a scientific point of view, the previous three trials (AKA previous three annual Rap Battles), support the hypothesis that the 4th annual STEAM Rap Battle will play to another full house at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7 P.M.

 

Middle school and high school student teams from St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) across the District will align STEAM-based lyrics to hip-hop beats in a Rap Battle that promises to showcase the astute academic content knowledge as well as the gifted artistic talents of students.  According to event coordinator Allison Barajas, “This event is a beautiful blend of content and the arts.  Student performers have clear parameters — the lyrics must be closely aligned to content standards and shared within a defined time limit.  The creative element students bring to each performance regarding the visual and performing arts is remarkable.”  She explained that during rehearsals for the STEAM Rap Battle, there is a synergy among the students, their teachers, and event coordinators.  “There truly is electricity in the air as teams rehearse their performances, thrive on feedback, and refine their stage presentation in preparation for their live evening debut,” added Barajas.

 

While the evening’s performers are supported by their teachers, parents, and backstage personnel, the event itself is wholly supported through the generosity of business partners who sponsor engaging educational opportunities and community partnerships.  This year’s sponsors align to the STEAM acronym.  Beginning with the “S” and representing science, is SLPS’s Career and Technical Education Team. Florida Institute of Technology heralds the “T” for technology in education, and the “E” which stands for Engineering is sponsored by FPL. That brings us to the “A” for arts which is supported by the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County, and PNC Bank represents the final piece of the equation.  PNC is the proud sponsor of the “M” for mathematics in STEAM education.  Donations from each of the sponsoring organizations has gifted the students of SLPS with the opportunity to deepen their studies of STEM-related content and exploration of the arts as the STEAM Rap Battle enters its fourth year.

 

One might ask, why the connection between the arts and STEM-related studies?  It is vital to continue the effort to engage students in STEM-related fields of study as they prepare for college and the world of work. Success in the 21st Century has high demand for an in-depth knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Likewise, it is important for students to hone their ability to integrate and apply these skills in order to problem solve the challenges they will be faced with in the work force of tomorrow.  As arts are integrated into the studies, opportunities for diverse learning opportunities and diverse forms of expression present themselves.  Incorporating the arts into STEM studies sparks imagination, triggers innovation, and fuels creativity.

 

This blend of STEM and the arts will be brought to center stage on November 10 as veteran Rap Battle performers and brand new talent perform live at the Sunrise Theatre. Eighteen teams will vie for the STEAM Rap Battle Championship, and a panel of community leaders will serve as judges.  Utilizing a specific scoring rubric that takes into account depth of content, collaborative impact, and artistic quality to score and rank performances, they will name the middle school champion and the high school champion for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle.

 

Tickets are free and going fast. To reserve your seat, call 772-429-7752.

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Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics along with a splash of the arts (STEAM) makes students want to sing and dance.   From a scientific point of view, the previous three trials (AKA previous three annual Rap Battles), support the hypothesis that the 4th annual STEAM Rap Battle will play to another full house at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7 P.M.

 

Middle school and high school student teams from St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) across the District will align STEAM-based lyrics to hip-hop beats in a Rap Battle that promises to showcase the astute academic content knowledge as well as the gifted artistic talents of students.  According to event coordinator Allison Barajas, “This event is a beautiful blend of content and the arts.  Student performers have clear parameters — the lyrics must be closely aligned to content standards and shared within a defined time limit.  The creative element students bring to each performance regarding the visual and performing arts is remarkable.”  She explained that during rehearsals for the STEAM Rap Battle, there is a synergy among the students, their teachers, and event coordinators.  “There truly is electricity in the air as teams rehearse their performances, thrive on feedback, and refine their stage presentation in preparation for their live evening debut,” added Barajas.

 

While the evening’s performers are supported by their teachers, parents, and backstage personnel, the event itself is wholly supported through the generosity of business partners who sponsor engaging educational opportunities and community partnerships.  This year’s sponsors align to the STEAM acronym.  Beginning with the “S” and representing science, is SLPS’s Career and Technical Education Team. Florida Institute of Technology heralds the “T” for technology in education, and the “E” which stands for Engineering is sponsored by FPL. That brings us to the “A” for arts which is supported by the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County, and PNC Bank represents the final piece of the equation.  PNC is the proud sponsor of the “M” for mathematics in STEAM education.  Donations from each of the sponsoring organizations has gifted the students of SLPS with the opportunity to deepen their studies of STEM-related content and exploration of the arts as the STEAM Rap Battle enters its fourth year.

 

One might ask, why the connection between the arts and STEM-related studies?  It is vital to continue the effort to engage students in STEM-related fields of study as they prepare for college and the world of work. Success in the 21st Century has high demand for an in-depth knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Likewise, it is important for students to hone their ability to integrate and apply these skills in order to problem solve the challenges they will be faced with in the work force of tomorrow.  As arts are integrated into the studies, opportunities for diverse learning opportunities and diverse forms of expression present themselves.  Incorporating the arts into STEM studies sparks imagination, triggers innovation, and fuels creativity.

 

This blend of STEM and the arts will be brought to center stage on November 10 as veteran Rap Battle performers and brand new talent perform live at the Sunrise Theatre. Eighteen teams will vie for the STEAM Rap Battle Championship, and a panel of community leaders will serve as judges.  Utilizing a specific scoring rubric that takes into account depth of content, collaborative impact, and artistic quality to score and rank performances, they will name the middle school champion and the high school champion for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle.

 

Tickets are free and going fast. To reserve your seat, call 772-429-7752.

 

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.

 

Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

Nov. 10 STEAM Rap Battle

Sponsors for this year’s 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle fully support what STEAM stands for:
S (Science) SLPS Career and Technical Education Programs
T (Technology) Florida Institute of Technology
E (Engineering) Florida Power & Light
A (Arts) St. Lucie County Education Foundation
M (Mathematics) PNC Bank

This year’s awards are provided by Big Boyz Barbershop.

A sincere thank you to all of our sponsors!

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SLPS Professionals Present at FCTM

SLPS Professionals Present at FCTM

The annual Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference was held in Orlando on October 20-22, 2016. Six sessions boasted presenters representing professionals from St. Lucie Public Schools.

The Area Model for Whole Numbers and Beyond (Christina Worley and Jason Bragg)
The Productive Struggle is Real (Michele Schucher, Laurie Boyer, and Adrianne Mendoza)
Operations with Fraction Blocks (Elizabeth Pruitt and Zoie Griffiths)
Making Math Meaningful for All: Transforming your instructional practices to increase student achievement for every student every day! (LaTanya Greene and Samantha Piscopo)
Differentiating Math through Daily 3 Framework (Victoria Pease)
Fluency: Beyond Flashcards and Rote Memorization (Kimberly Jay and Christina Worley)

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TCHS Counselors’ Corner

TCHS Counselors’ Corner

Treasure Coast High School’s Guidance Team initiated monthly Counselors’ Corner gatherings.  These meetings are designed for parents and guardians to meet the counselors of TCHS as well as have their voices heard and allow them to learn about some of the programs, resources, logistics, and roles of individuals at TCHS and the District.

The kick-off meeting served as a meet-and-greet with coffee, tea, and tasty breakfast items prepared by the chefs-in-training from the Titan Culinary Arts Academy.

Data Specialist Sheila Nobel went over basic Skyward accessibility, and Principal Susan Seal along with all the seven school counselors socialized with parents and addressed questions and concerns they had.  A needs assessment was provided in order to determine the most relevant topics for future Counselors’ Corner sessions.

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Career Service Award Bestowed Upon Mrs. Heather Sullivan

Career Service Award Bestowed Upon Mrs. Heather Sullivan

The Florida Art Educators Association bestowed the prestigious Career Service Award upon Mrs. Heather Sullivan, a most deserving and outstanding fine arts educator.

Mrs. Sullivan represents a generation of artists and intellectuals with an unprecedented dedication to knowledge and the learning process, accuracy, exploration, and accomplishment.  She embodies exceptional artistic vision and leadership. That is why this year she was awarded the Career Service Award for her lifelong dedication to art, art education, and students.

Congratulations, Mrs. Sullivan!heather-sullivan

Bookaneer! at WCE

Bookaneer! at WCE

All White City Elementary parents and students were invited to book fair night.  Students enjoyed shopping, selecting popular titles, and searching for Sunshine Readers.

 

 

 

 

PSL Mayor Visits Palm Pointe

PSL Mayor Visits Palm Pointe

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s third grade students had a special visit from Port Saint Lucie’s Mayor, Greg Oravec.  Mayor Oravec talked to the students about what government means and how the different levels interact with each other.  He supported their learning by having discussions regarding the different branches of government along with how citizens can make a difference.

5th Grade FPMSA Students Visited the SLC Aquarium

5th Grade FPMSA Students Visited the SLC Aquarium

5th graders at Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts visited the SLC Aquarium on October 14th. Students were able to learn about the habitats of the Indian River Lagoon as well as the Atlantic Ocean. Students also had the opportunity to dissect oysters! Who knew learning could be so fun?

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids’ Sake

Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids’ Sake

Dr. Judi Miller presented St. Lucie Public Schools with certificates and awards for participation in this year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraising event.  One hundred percent of SLPS participated in this unique glow bowl opportunity to have fun and raise money to support the efforts of Big Brothers Big Sisters in our community.

1st Place: Floresta Elementary

2nd Place: Rivers Edge Elementary

3rd Place: F. K. Sweet Elementary

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STAR Awards – Exceptional Service

STAR Awards – Exceptional Service

St. Lucie Public Schools was proud to honor the following individuals for demonstrating exemplary customer service:

Alan Lisansky (Transportation), Ruby Bowman and Zahadia Ceballos (Rivers Edge Elementary), Jacqueline Baptiste-Harris (Village Green Elementary)

Congratulations for going above and beyond to provide exceptional service!