Project Citizens 2015 State Finals Particpants

Project Citizens 2015 State Finals Particpants

We the People: Project Citizen, another notable curricular program for SLPS 7th graders.  The project, designed and published by the Center for Civic Education (CCE),  promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy.

Entire classes of students work cooperatively to identify a public policy problem in their community. They then research the problem, evaluate alternative solutions, develop their own solution in the form of a public policy, and create a political action plan to enlist local or state authorities to adopt their proposed policy. Participants develop a portfolio of their work and present their project in a public hearing showcase before a panel of civic-minded community members.

After a stellar competition at the local level, two schools Lincoln Park Academy and Palm Point Educational Research School represented St. Lucie County with honor at the state competition.

The students who participated from Lincoln Park Academy under the direction of teacher David Perry were, Connor Blake, Muahbohn Dahn, Jeremy Jean Charles, Lancelot McDonald, Dylan Peate, Steve Septembre, and Marissa Ward.  The students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School under the direction of teacher Hillary Cruz were, Natalie Ruppert, Tyler Thomas, Beth Casey, Kristina Patton, Sarah Wouters, Jillian Owen, Alexander Gust, and Garret Rodney.

Southern Oaks Middle School Flower Power Band Concert

Southern Oaks Middle School Flower Power Band Concert

On Thursday, May 21, 2015 Southern Oaks Middle School Band presented their end of year “Flower Power” Concert.  Director of Bands, Joann Kinder, conducted her 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in compositions such as Dragons in the Mist by Randy Navarre, Overlords by Sean O’Loughlin and At the Hop, arranged by Michael Sweeney.

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State History Fair Participants & Winners

State History Fair Participants & Winners

The School Board recognized the participants and winners of the State History Fair at the school board meeting on May 26, 2015. The Florida History Fair (FHF) is an annual, statewide activity that enhances the teaching and learning of history at elementary and secondary levels. This year’s theme was Leadership and Legacy in History.  Because the theme was broad, topics about all time periods and geographic regions were possible. The History Fair provided an opportunity for students to showcase their skills in the form of exhibits, historical papers, and websites as they authentically met numerous social studies and English language arts standards through their participation. We are so proud of our students’ accomplishments and demonstration of academic excellence at our local and state competition levels.

These are the students who participated:

Dan McCarty Middle– Tiferne Jean Jr., Jesus Hurtado, Hakem Jean-Baptiste

Forest Grove Middle– Shanel Higuera, Samuel Porter, Rylee Nelson, Elize Starr, Amanda O’Brian, Victoria Penney

Manatee Academy– Cade Saenz

Oak Hammock K-8– Keyla Reid

Palm Pointe Educational Research School– Ellyn Delano, Isabella Nazario-Colon, Samantha Watson, Keren Keys

Southern Oaks Middle– Grace Glennon, Grace Kukielka, Tru Rotolo, Alexis Carr, Aneesa Gilbert

St. Andrews Episcopal Academy– Lindsey Doss, Isabelle McGregor, Cyrina Sofen, Joseph Parr, Taggert Mowery, Daniel Krogh, Kenny Duran, Jack Krasulak

Somerset College Prep Academy– Jordan Gray, Shelby Arbacheski, Josh Bredemeyer, Tyler Birch, Aiyanna Harris, Emilee Blum, Julian Williams, Summer Pace, Andrey Kostadinov, Salma Chirinos

Fort Pierce Central High– Q’Marcus Brooks, Nicole Fernandez, Joshua Ackley, Tianna Enge, Yaretzy Rendon

Port St. Lucie High– Jessica Fernandez, Savannah Cymbal, Mark Alton, Ondra Lee, Diana Nguyen

Treasure Coast High– Gabriella Lara, Shelby Parker

 

State Science Fair Participants and Winners

State Science Fair Participants and Winners

The school board recognized the state science fair participants and winners at the board meeting on May 26, 2015. STE@M related studies are alive and well in St. Lucie. Our students move from being creative to innovative as they explore their hypotheses and put them to the test.  The various fairs unite young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on a stage where community leaders and doctoral level scientists review and judge their work. 

After this year’s local science fair, 14 students moved on to the state science fair competition, and from there, three of our young innovators were invited to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held earlier this month in Pittsburg, PA. 

This culminating fair is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. More than 1,700 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $5 million in prizes.

Peter Jones is a student at Olivet Private School.  His project, “Antimicrobials: the Cure for HLB (Greening Disease) in Citrus” focused on a topic of interest for the Treasure Coast and was part of the plant sciences category.

Haniya Shareef is a freshman at Lincoln Park Academy who also competed in the plant sciences category.  Shareef’s project was titled, “How can the efficacy of potential biological controls against Mikanla microntha be enhanced?”  Shareef was honored with third place in the Plant Sciences category and was awarded $1,000.   

Koushal Rao who is taking a class at Indian River State College and cannot be here this evening.  He is a junior at Lincoln Park Academy.   His project, “Effectiveness of Influenza VLP and SAR9 Vaccination,” competed in the Biochemistry category. Rao was awarded the prestigious Global Innovation Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development.  The award is given to four exceptional projects that tackle topics coinciding with the four categories in development: alleviating hunger, climate change, energy, and global health. The award was accompanied by a $10,000 cash prize.

Here are the list of participants and winners:

Michael Gorbach, NPM, 4th Place Junior Medicine & Health

Callie Zheng and Yanin Lin, LPA, 3rd Place Junior Microbiology (TEAM); Special Award-Florida Agriculture in the Classroom

Shreya Reddy, LPA, Honorable Mention Junior Zoology; Special Award-FL Entomological Society & US Dept of Agriculture

Nicholas Stange, LPA, Special Award- Pinellas County Regional

Jack Krasulak and Joshua Navarro, SA, 2nd Place Junior Physics

Koushal Rao, LPA, 1st Place Senior Medicine & Health; Special Award- New College of FL Scholarship Nomination

Haniya Shareef, LPA, 3rd Place Senior Botany

Peter Jones, Olivet, 2nd Place Senior Botany; Special Award- FL Association for Food Protection

Geoffrey Zheng, LPA, 3rd Place Senior Botany; Special Award- Trescot Award

Haley Jezewski, Olivet, Senior Recognition Award Chemistry; Special award- Brevard Intercoastal Regional

Nathaniel Quirion, Olivet, 2nd Place Senior Medicine & Health

Kevin Duan, LPA, Senior Recognition Award Biochemistry; Special Award- Alachua Regional

Gaines Kindergarteners Celebrate Reading Goal

Gaines Kindergarteners Celebrate Reading Goal

Samuel S. Gaines Academy’s kindergarten student, Andreina Hernandez, loads up with her ice cream topping during Mrs. Eaker’s and Ms. Krietzman’s ice cream sundae celebration. All 27 of their K students met their end of the year reading goal in 100 Book Challenge!
Gaines Academy Principal’s Challenge

Gaines Academy Principal’s Challenge

When the 2014-2015 school year started Mrs. Wilke presented the students with a challenge. She challenged them to read 1,000,000 steps of reading practice for 100 Book Challenge. Mrs. Wilke told the students if they met the principal’s challenge she would do anything they wanted her to do. The students voted on several options such as sing karaoke, dress like a clown, and complete the Ice Bucket Challenge. In an almost unanimous decision, the students voted on the Ice Bucket Challenge to be their reward.

With the challenge accepted, and an exciting reward in place, the students got right to work. They read, and read, eventually earning 1,889, 715 steps collectively as a K-8 student body! Mrs. Wilke couldn’t have been prouder. She gladly accepted her fate to be soaked by ice and water in order to reward the students for their hard work and perseverance to not only meet their  reading goals, but to surpass them.

As she made her closing remarks at the end of the Ice bucket Challenge, Mrs. Wilke challenged the students to read 2,500,000 steps in the 2015-2016 school year. We can’t wait to see how she rewards the students for reaching (and surely surpassing) that reading goal!!

SLWCHS Elects New HOSA Officers

SLWCHS Elects New HOSA Officers

St. Lucie West Centennial High School’s HOSA chapter proudly present its new officers for the 2015-2016 school year. We’re all very excited and can’t wait to begin our officer duties!  “The purpose of the HOSA organization is to develop leadership and technical HOSA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.”

Further information click on http://www.hosa.org/node/115

From left to right, Jessica Janvier (competition co-chair), Nick Gomez (vice president), Ximena Paz (president), Allison Nerenberg (co-historian), Nathan Greelish (co-historian), Jalisa Smith (secretary), Ruth Dumond (community service chair), Yolie Cius (treasurer), Daphkar Rene (fundraiser chair), and Ashley Torres (competition co-chair).

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Lawnwood Leopards Discover History

Lawnwood Leopards Discover History

Lawnwood Elementary 4th graders travel through history in the United States’ oldest city of St. Augustine. From cannon firings to pirate escapades to sipping eternal youth, students were able to discover their own answers to the frequently asked DBQ question “Why did Spain settle St.Augustine?”

Rivers Edge PTO hosts amazing Spring Fling!

Rivers Edge PTO hosts amazing Spring Fling!

The PTO of Rivers Edge Elementary hosted an amazing Spring Fling for families on Friday, May 22! Hot dogs, chips, and drinks gave students and their families energy for the multitude of activities going on. From the basketball tournament to dancing to the free carnival games – families had a great night out!

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Fairlawn Says Fairwell to Dedicated Family Members

Fairlawn Says Fairwell to Dedicated Family Members

The Fairlawn family said their final farewells to some of their Fairlawn family that will be retiring this year. Pictured below in the front row from left to right are the retirees, Madeline Bell, Carolyn Johnson, Jan Mayr, and Steve Marcorelle. Not pictured but also retiring is Dessie Rogers. In the back row are Pat Gascoigne the Assistant Principal and Jennifer Hedeen the Principal. Collectively the retirees have 157 years in St Lucie County Schools. Thank you for all your years of dedication and service.  You will be missed!

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SLWK-8 hosts Summer School

SLWK-8 hosts Summer School

Ms. Serrano’s ESY PK-1 Hearing Impaired class participated in an interactive review of their camping vocabulary words. This activity required students to identify items they would need on a camping trip. Once identified, students located camping items that were strategically placed in the classroom and packed it in the class duffel bag.

SLWK-8 Breakfast with the Mayor

SLWK-8 Breakfast with the Mayor

On May 18, Mayor Gregory Oravec spent the morning enjoying breakfast and answering candid questions from Student Council Members. Mayor Oravec was gracious enough to spend much of the morning visiting with many of the students, and was presented with an honorary key to the school to commemorate his visit.

WeatherSTEM Donates Program to Southport Middle School

WeatherSTEM Donates Program to Southport Middle School

WeatherSTEM was recognized at the board meeting on June 9th for their donation of the Weather Compass to Southport Middle School.  WeatherSTEM is a fun and educational program that benefits the entire community. WeatherSTEM CEO, Ed Mansouri, is donating a program called Weather Compass that combines a number of products and services to create a well-rounded weather experience. The components are: a full service weather station including agricultural sensors; cloud camera; custom web portal that displays weather data and images along with a host of useful engaging weather-related educational resources; and customized Facebook and Twitter pages updated by the weather station. The value of products and services is approximately $5,000, this is 100% donation and there are no costs to the school.

Pictured are, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Peter Birtoli from WeatherSTEM, SPM Assistant Principal Tari Sexton, and Board Chairman Dr. Donna Mills.

Generation Green Apple Award Winner

Generation Green Apple Award Winner

Allapattah Flats K-8 School was recognized at the school board meeting for receiving a 1st place Green Garden Award from the US Green Building Council South Florida Chapter Treasure Coast Branch at its fourth annual Generation Green Apple Awards on May 16, 2015. The Allapattah Flats garden program was the inspiration and has been the perspiration of teacher Rebecca Benton who has coordinated the development of multiple gardens on the school campus.

Pictured are, Genelle Yost, Lydia Martin, Patricia Galloway, Rebecca Benton, Ana Rodriguez, and Dr. Donna Mills.

Juneteenth Resolution

Juneteenth Resolution

Mr. Terrance Barriner, teacher at Forest Grove Middle School, read the Juneteenth Resolution to the School Board on June 9, 2015. The 19th of June is the freedom forerunner to the 13th Amendment, which implemented freedom for all slaves in the United States, Juneteenth Independence Day completes the cycle of Independence Day Celebrations in America. The Juneteenth celebration commemorates the emancipation of Southern Blacks on June 19, 1865, two and half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The memory of all those who moved from slavery to freedom remains as a lesson for all Americans regardless of their background, race, or religion.

Pictured are, Kevin Perry, Genelle Yost, Terrance Barriner, and Dr. Donna Mills.

Our June STAR Awards Recipients

Our June STAR Awards Recipients

Our June STAR (Special Thanks And Recognition) recipients, Robert Hill and Marrissa Parker, were recognized at the board meeting on June 9, 2015.

Robert Hill, Port St. Lucie High School gatekeeper, is an amazing person and colleague. Every day he is out at the front of our school greeting everyone who visits our campus. He waves to every single bus, parent, student, staff member and visitor; they all love him. He is the first face of our school and sets the tone for our warm and welcoming environment. He knows a little something about almost everyone, from what kind of dog a person has to when students get their learner’s permit. He cultivates wonderful relationships with all our stakeholders. One of his other responsibilities is picking up students from classrooms if they need to be removed. While doing this, he uses the travel time between the classroom and the office to counsel the students. He helps them deescalate and gain perspective on the situation. He talks to kids throughout the day about what is going on in their lives; he takes the time to care. He is a team player who is always willing to help out where ever needed. They would be lost without him.

Two words describe Marissa Parker, Food Services, compassion and grace. A few months ago the district office was contacted by a father whose family recently relocated to St. Lucie County. His concern was that he assumed that because his family was receiving other state services that his children would automatically be granted Free Lunch. His three children had accumulated a lunch balance that raised a concern with the school lunch staff. Once the family learned that they must complete a Free Lunch Application they did so immediately. Meanwhile, the issue of an outstanding balance was still at hand. This family was living in temporary housing and financially was unable to resolve the balance and cover the cost of the upcoming week. The father feared that he would have to keep his three children home if they were unable to eat lunch. Marissa handled the situation with compassion, grace and ease, assuring that the students’ balance would be taken care of and that they would have no lapse in receiving free lunch. Marissa shows that we need to be compassionate for others who are experiencing difficulties and help out in whatever ways we can. Thank you for having a kind heart.

Congratulations to our STAR employees. We appreciate all you do.

White City Wildcats are Roaring Readers!

White City Wildcats are Roaring Readers!

White City Wildcats are roaring readers! They took on the Action 100 program with amazing ambition and the results show their success. Students read at least one hour every school day and 30 minutes on non school days. The program was completed with the fidelity of steps being recorded daily and ongoing conferencing throughout the year. Congratulations to all!
 

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