4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

4th Annual 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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Dr. Mills Recognized as Honoree

Dr. Mills Recognized as Honoree

Dr. Donna Mills was recognized as a distinguished honoree at this year’s NAACP 29th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet. She currently serves as a SLPS Board Member and has been a staunch advocate for children as well as a community activist for the past thirty years.  With unwavering dedication, she has continued to propel positive momentum in the community by working to support organizations and efforts including The Bible Way Soul Saving Station, Save Our Children Center, and Kids at Hope to name a few.   Dr. Mills leads by example and believes that All Children Are Capable of Success – No Exceptions.

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The Giving Concert Benefits Students

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – The fifth annual Giving Concert is planned for October 26th at Lincoln Park Academy in the auditorium located at 1806 Avenue I in Fort Pierce. The doors will open to the general public at 6:30 p.m. and the concert boasting area choral groups will begin at 7:00 p.m.

The event, sponsored by St. Lucie Public Schools and organized by Choral Director Dr. Rolanda Jones, will benefit Grace Packs which is a weekly weekend back pack program that provides necessary food items to students in need.

Admission to the concert is a non-perishable food item donated to Grace Packs. The concert will feature choruses from Allapattah Flats K-8, Dan McCarty Middle School, Forest Grove Middle School, Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Lincoln Park Academy, and Samuel S. Gaines Academy K-8.

For more information on the Giving Concert, contact Dr. Kevin Perry at Kevin.perry@stlucieschools.org or Dr. Rolanda Jones at Rolanda.jones@stlucieschools.org  or 772-468-5700 Ext. 2065.

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 St. Lucie Public Schools’ website www.stlucieschools.org ; Facebook www.facebook.com/stlucieschools; Twitter@StLucieSchools; or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

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Sirmons Speaks at PACE

Sirmons Speaks at PACE

At PACE Center for Girls, the Speakers Bureau’s first guest speaker of the year was Ms. Denise Sirmons, Treasure Hunter and Kids at Hope Coordinator. She captivated the students with her life story. Although she made several wrong choices as a youth, Ms. Sirmons eventually learned from her mistakes. The most important thing she learned in life was the importance  of surrounding herself with successful people, walking with integrity, and working hard.

 

Capt. Wattage Visits SLE

Capt. Wattage Visits SLE

St. Lucie Elementary students received a special presentation from the National Theatre for Children. During the presentation, the students learned from Captain Wattage the importance of energy conservation and how they can reduce energy consumption at home. Since 1978, The National Theatre for Children has dedicated itself to teaching young students about important and timely issues. As the largest touring theatre company in the world, the group reaches two million students every year.

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Mariposa Elementary’s Fifth Graders Explore Math and Science

Mariposa Elementary’s Fifth Graders Explore Math and Science

Mrs. J. Scipioni’s 5th grade students at Mariposa Elementary have been working hard in math and science. They worked in inquiry groups to figure out how to separate base ten blocks to divide 2-digit divisors. Ashonni Crenshaw, Elivia Hughey, and Julia Caquias are working together as a team separating their base ten blocks.

Students also worked in groups to figure out how to sort solid mixtures based on their physical properties of color, shape, magnetic attraction, and size. James White, Natalie, Matos, Arrielle Jocelyn, and Jovanny Rodriquez are sorting through their mixture based on the physical properties. Jayden Campbell, Serenity Goyette, and Antonio Williams are enjoying exploring together!

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SLPS Board Chair Honored at Luncheon

SLPS Board Chair Honored at Luncheon

St. Lucie Public Schools Board Chair Kathryn Hensley was honored at a recent St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon for her steadfast advocacy for children and tireless commitment to harnessing energy and making a positive difference in this community.

In addition to serving as the School Board Chair, Mrs. Hensley is also actively involved in HANDS of St. Lucie County and Children’s Services Council among many other groups and organizations.

Thank you for being a true Children’s Champion!

 

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Northport Thrilled to Host Speakers Bureau and Inspiring Guests!

Northport Thrilled to Host Speakers Bureau and Inspiring Guests!

Northport was so proud and thrilled to host the Speakers Bureau with Dr. Donna Mills recently. The Speakers Bureau is now in seven SLC schools and the guests who are invited to speak and interact with students are meant to help inspire, motivate, encourage and teach students how to make good choices. Each guest selected by Dr. Mills is a person who is willing to stand up for what is right and one who is a model for inspiration.

At Northport recently, students were engaged and inspired by several guests. Along with Dr. Mills and Dr. Kenneth Mills, guests included recent Fort Pierce Central graduate Antravious Soleyn. Antravious performed Spoken Word for the eighth grade students and told students about his plan to go to IRSC, become a teacher, and return to SLPS under the A Promise is a Promise program to teach and return his life lessons to the youth of our community. Big thumbs up to Antravious Soleyn for being a great role model for Northport students.

The keynote speaker in Northport’s Media Center was SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. Mr. Gent’s invaluable discussion and interaction with the students was greatly appreciated. Right off the bat, he gave the students an assignment. The assignment was to tell a teacher how much he or she is appreciated. Students listened intently as Mr. Gent spoke about his life story and their ears perked up when he told students that his role model in school was his eighth grade history teacher. Students at Northport could relate to this because an in-depth look at American History and lessons on patriotism are embedded in the culture and fabric of Northport. Mr. Gent spoke about setting goals, staying focused, being strategic, never giving up, and making good choices. He offered students a challenge: “Define Yourselves!” He said, “Nobody can take away your value!” Mr. Gent told students that the highlight of his life is to shake students’ hands at graduation. The Superintendent’s message and delivery were authentic and he skillfully wove the pattern of his life and gave students the beginnings of a map to build their own lives.

Northport has had the golden opportunity to work with the Mills and with others who inspire, offer challenges, and encourage students to rise to every occasion. Our students and teachers are blessed to be part of the Speakers Bureau. Many thanks from Principal Glenn Rustay and from the Northport community of learners.

 

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Bayshore Students Explore STEM Activities

Bayshore Students Explore STEM Activities

Mrs. Glidden’s second grade students participated in STEM activities. Students raised questions about the natural world and used nonstandard objects to build and create through free exploration. Students then explained their thought process and structure to the class.  Pictured is second grade student Estrella Covell.

PSLHS Homecoming Parade

PSLHS Homecoming Parade

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion showed their pride at the Homecoming parade at Village Green Elementary. Marching in this parade is a tremendous honor and privilege for the Port Saint Lucie High Jaguar Battalion.

The Battalion formation was led by the Jaguar’s Color Guard and was commanded by Cadet Staff Sergeant Tessa May carrying the National Flag. Cadet Staff Sergeant Allison Wilhoit carried the State Flag. Cadet Staff Sergeant Morgan Emmerson and Cadet Staff Sergeant Hayley Pollard posted as Guards.

Following behind the Color Guard was the Battalion Staff and shortly after that, the Company formations. Beginning with Alpha Company formation then Bravo, Charlie and lastly Delta. The cadets performed with the utmost excellence showing the heart and pride of the Jaguar Battalion.

Way to go, Jags!

Hispanic Heritage Celebration – Tapia Honored

Hispanic Heritage Celebration – Tapia Honored

The Division  of Minority Affairs at Indian River State College recognized Mrs. Linda Tapia, Migrant Recruiter for St. Lucie Public Schools, for her extraordinary service and dedication to the Hispanic community and her profession. The presentation was made during the 2016 National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration “Honoring Our Heritage, Building Our Future.”

 

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Scheible Goes for the Gold During the  Special Olympics State Aquatics Championship!

Scheible Goes for the Gold During the Special Olympics State Aquatics Championship!

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Cheered on by her teammates and coaches from Fort Pierce Central’s Swim Team, 9th grader Leah Scheible won the Gold Medal in the 100-meter freestyle and the Silver Medal in the 200-meter freestyle at the recent Special Olympics State Aquatics Championship held at the North County Aquatic Center in Sebastian.

Scheible met her Cobra swimming teammates over the summer at the St. Lucie County Special Olympics Swimming program where she participated and Coach Gray along with several of the Ft. Pierce Central Swim Team volunteered.  According to FPC Cobras Swim Coach Heather Gray, she was already setting goals for herself to do flip turns and dives.  “She has the drive and determination to beat her time with every swim…and she does!”

Gray also added, “My hope is that others take notice and set the bar much higher for our student athletes because given the chance they WILL succeed.  It is our duty to afford students the opportunity for greatness! I can’t even begin to describe how full my heart is and how thankful I am to have been in a position to be a part of this journey!”  Gray added that her next step is to submit Scheible’s times to the Special Olympics to see if she will qualify for Nationals.

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 St. Lucie Public Schools’ website www.stlucieschools.org ; Facebook www.facebook.com/stlucieschools; Twitter@StLucieSchools; or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

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Scheible Goes for the Gold!

Scheible Goes for the Gold!

Cheered on by her teammates and coaches from Fort Pierce Central’s Swim Team, 9th grader Leah Scheible won the Gold Medal in the 100-meter freestyle and the Silver Medal in the 200-meter freestyle at the recent Special Olympics State Aquatics Championship held at the North County Aquatic Center in Sebastian.

Scheible met her Cobra swimming teammates over the summer at the St. Lucie County Special Olympics Swimming program where she participated and Coach Gray along with several of the Ft. Pierce Central Swim Team volunteered.  According to FPC Cobras Swim Coach Heather Gray, she was already setting goals for herself to do flip turns and dives.  “She has the drive and determination to beat her time with every swim…and she does!”

Gray also added, “My hope is that others take notice and set the bar much higher for our student athletes because given the chance they WILL succeed.  It is our duty to afford students the opportunity for greatness! I can’t even begin to describe how full my heart is and how thankful I am to have been in a position to be a part of this journey!”  Gray added that her next step is to submit Scheible’s times to the Special Olympics to see if she will qualify for Nationals.

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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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