Northport Participates in “Dads Take Your Child to School 2016” Event!

Northport Participates in “Dads Take Your Child to School 2016” Event!

What a wonderful “Northport Dads Bring Your Child to School 2016” event. The kids were thrilled to have dads walk them to classes and to introduce them to their teachers and their friends. Everyone shared a great time eating donuts and having coffee, juice and water and meeting other dads. We care about our dads and all the positive males in our kids lives because the role they play is so powerful. Having a positive male role model can transform a child into a successful student and good citizen. Dads pledged to support their children’s education, to set high expectations, to stay informed about what happens at school and to encourage their child to do their very best.

Thank you everyone for coming out to Northport today! Pictured: Glenn McKinney(dad) and his five children

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Lakewood Park Elementary dads participated in Dads Take Your Child to School Day.    Fathers and male caregivers brought their child to school, signed a pledge of involvement, and truly demonstrated the value of their involvement in their child’s education. Student were thrilled to have their dads bring them to school, eat breakfast with them in the cafeteria, and walk them to class.  Thank you to all who participated.

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

White City Elementary celebrates “Dad Take your Child to School Day” as we welcomed over 100 dads.  Dads ate breakfast with their child, visited classrooms, and followed morning routines.  Then Dads were able to meet in the Media Center to gather information on the White City Elementary sight words expectations, I-Ready, and sign their Dad’s Pledge.

Teaming Up to Teach

Teaming Up to Teach

SLW Centennial High School and Treasure Coast High School English and reading teachers teamed up for an Advanced Thinking Maps training focused on evidence-based writing. Teachers utilized scaffolded, structured maps to guide the argumentative writing process. The teachers and administrators present were inspired and well prepared to, in turn, inspire and prepare our SLPS students! It was an effective and instrumental talent development day!

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Jaguars at the Atlantic Raider Meet

Jaguars at the Atlantic Raider Meet

Port Saint Lucie High School’s JROTC Raider Team traveled to Atlantic High School to compete in a Raider Challenge. The competition consisted of back to back events starting with Rope Bridge and a physical fitness test (PT). During the PT test the team had to complete a total of 500 push-ups, 500 sit-ups, and 100 pull-ups.  The rest of the events consisted of a ½ mile litter carry with 80lbs of weight, move 6 30lb dumbbells and a log of over 250lbs from 200 yards, flip a 300lb tire 100 yards, and finish by running ½ a mile to the finish line.  Port Saint Lucie High finished with a time of 28:18 securing the first place win by 27 seconds. It was a tough course but our raiders did an amazing job.

 

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F.P. Westwood Teacher’s Creativity Nationally Recognized

F.P. Westwood Teacher’s Creativity Nationally Recognized

Fort Pierce Westwood High School would like to recognize and celebrate one of our teachers, Mr. James Norcia. Mr. Norcia created a motivation plan known as the “The Raceway Contest” which has made its way onto the Reading Plus© Training Site – Creating Motivation Plans.  Mr. Norcia developed this plan last spring during our initial implementation of the Reading Plus© program. This extrinsic motivation plan celebrates the student’s individual and class success within the Reading Plus© program as they improve their reading comprehension skills.

“The Raceway Contest” had every class choose a car and then each class was able to earn “laps” around the raceway by achieving weekly goals.  The class with the most laps earned each week received a prize.  Individual students were also entered in to a weekly “winners circle.”  Student class prizes changed regularly to promote the three important reader motivations of interest, dedication, and confidence.

Mr. Norcia has been supporting and motivating students at Westwood for the past seven years. Please join us in congratulating him for having his work incorporated in this training site. #fpwpantherpride

Education Update and STAR Program

Education Update and STAR Program

St. Lucie County, FL -The Education Foundation of St. Lucie County sponsored the September Economic Development Council members luncheon at the Schreiber Center on the Pruitt Campus of IRSC. The keynote speaker was E. Wayne Gent, Superintendent of St. Lucie Public Schools.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent provided an educational update during the Economic Development Council’s Investors’ Lunch Meeting. With a focus on the School District’s positive momentum and escalating graduation rates as well as career and technical opportunities, he stressed how the need is greater than ever for the next generation to be prepared to deal with the demands of a complex world and economic realities.

Thom Jones, President of the Education Foundation, made a presentation on a new program called the STAR Scholars and Workforce Readiness Program. This program aligns businesses with specific curriculum in our public high schools to help inspire students to graduate work ready. Local businesses can join the program by becoming a business mentor and working within a specific CTE class (Career & Technical Education). As an example, car dealerships and  automotive repair businesses can sponsor students in the CTE automotive program. Each mentor will introduce students to the particular needs of their business and inspire the student to stay in school. The students can be identified for a future job and a fully prepaid scholarship to help them continue their education while working.

This program was created by the St. Lucie County Education Foundation, a 501 c 3 not for profit organization created to further k-12 public education along with the Florida Prepaid College Foundation and the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations. Local partners include the School District, SLC EDC, The SLC Chamber of Commerce and the Boys and Girls Clubs. The goal is to sponsor 50 HS students for two years, starting at the junior level, who are identified as at-risk students. For more information, please visit www.efslc.org.

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Lights On Afterschool

Lights On Afterschool

On Monday, October 17, 2016, St. Lucie Public Schools will hold its 2nd Annual Lights On Afterschool event.

All community members are invited to attend to help us celebrate this national event and learn more about programs, activities, and opportunities available for your child.

Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families, and inspire learning. According to data from the Afterschool Alliance, 15.1 million children are without adult supervision in the afternoon hours.

 

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Support Positive Attendance Habits for Success in School

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – With a month’s worth of attention on the importance of positive attendance, St. Lucie Public Schools and Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County unite in their message to support making attendance a priority throughout the entire school year.  “September is Attendance Awareness Month. However, with September drawing to a close, we don’t want to lose sight of the importance for our students to be in school every day of every month in order to enhance their opportunities for success,” explained St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County, Truancy Team and Director of Prevention Services Linda Soto could not agree more. “We are strong advocates for positive academic habits that support students’ success in school and in life. Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County takes pride in not only our Club members but in all children in St. Lucie County. We believe all children are capable of success and it begins with positive role models.” ATTENDANCE MATTERS!

Here are some things you can do to make school attendance a priority:

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomach aches may be signs of anxiety.

 Help your teen stay engaged.

  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe from bullies and other threats. Make sure he/she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.
  • Communicate with the school.
  • Know the school’s attendance policy – incentives and penalties.
  • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
  • Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.
  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school.

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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Positive Attendance Habits

Positive Attendance Habits

With a month’s worth of attention on the importance of positive attendance, St. Lucie Public Schools and Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County unite in their message to support making attendance a priority throughout the entire school year. “September is Attendance Awareness Month. However, with September drawing to a close, we don’t want to lose sight of the importance for our students to be in school every day of every month in order to enhance their opportunities for success,” explained St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County, Truancy Team and Director of Prevention Services Linda Soto could not agree more. “We are strong advocates for positive academic habits that support students’ success in school and in life. Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County takes pride in not only our Club members but in all children in St. Lucie County. We believe all children are capable of success and it begins with positive role models.” ATTENDANCE MATTERS!

Here are some things you can do to make school attendance a priority:

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomach aches may be signs of anxiety.

Help your teen stay engaged.

  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe from bullies and other threats. Make sure he/she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.
  • Communicate with the school.
  • Know the school’s attendance policy – incentives and penalties.
  • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
  • Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.
  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school.

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Bus Drivers Breakfast Held at Palm Pointe

Bus Drivers Breakfast Held at Palm Pointe

Every year Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition hosts a breakfast for the school’s bus drivers.  Drivers and aides that come to our school each day are invited to come and enjoy a fun morning with a delicious hot breakfast. A PowerPoint presentation is also shared with the drivers going over the P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support)  expectations for the students.

All drivers go home with a gift to show how much they are appreciated.  Raffle prizes and a game were also part of the morning’s festivities.

Pictured from left: Dean Debborah Estrada as she gives a gift to bus driver Mr. Alan Lisansky.

Bright and Beautiful Reading Therapy Dogs Thrill @ Northport!

Bright and Beautiful Reading Therapy Dogs Thrill @ Northport!

Wonderful things with literacy are happening in the K-2 section of Northport! This week is “National Dog Week!” In honor of our children building literacy skills in a fun way and dogs, Star Bright Therapy dogs have been visiting classes and titillating children to read. Reading therapy dogs have visited the classes of April Smith, Michelle Sharrah, Elaine Lawrence, Michele Kemp, Jennifer Lusardi, Deb Day, Denise Fields, Rose Rumer, Lorelle Ceville, Angela Rodriguez, Renee Immordino, Pam Mishler, Shana Cicio and Lorri Lamm.

The dogs and their loving owners have brought joy and companionship to the children and that is what is so important. Many thanks to Dorothy Blair from the SLC Public library and her group, Bright and Beautiful Reading Therapy Dogs.

We love the dogs @NP! Encouraging the love of reading is at the top of our list of goals!

TCHS Key Club and The Gardens

TCHS Key Club and The Gardens

TCHS Key Club had their first event on Sept. 18.  This was an orientation of the St. Lucie Botanical Gardens.  Students learned about the Gardens, how they are kept, and how to volunteer.

The Botanical Gardens hosts a variety of events, but have always welcomed TCHS!

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Mariposa Elementary First Grader Refused to Give Up!

Mariposa Elementary First Grader Refused to Give Up!

At Mariposa Elementary, Mrs. Linda Auciello’s 1st grade class was working on counting on and writing their numbers through 30. Student Tyler Rubenstein took this request to an ultimate level and counted all the way through the number 120.

It took him five white boards to write them, but he was determined to show what he knew and refused to give up!

PSLHS JROTC Remembers Our Missing Americans

PSLHS JROTC Remembers Our Missing Americans

The 25th annual POW/MIA ceremony was hosted by Chapter 556 of the Vietnam Veterans of America at Veterans Memorial Park.  Cadets from the Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion showed their support and paid their respects to our missing and captured veterans. This ceremony showed our appreciation to the people who defended our country and recognized that we will never forget them.

Present at the ceremony was a table set for one. This table was our way of symbolizing the fact that members of our profession of arms are missing from our midst. The cadets formed an “Honor Cordon” at the entrance and aligned to the memorial. The cadets were proud to have participated in the remembrance ceremony, which was appreciated by all those who attended.

TCHS Assists With Crime Prevention

TCHS Assists With Crime Prevention

Two TCHS Criminal Justice Interns (Matt Feirra and Noah Durran) did an amazing job helping out at a PSLPD Crime Prevention/Child Safety event at Old Navy in Tradition last weekend. The store manager was very complimentary of the help they provided. Our very own SRD Brown stated that PSLPD Sergeant Dobler and Officer Lushbaugh were very impressed.

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Throwback Thursday Celebrated at Palm Pointe

Throwback Thursday Celebrated at Palm Pointe

Students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated their positive behavior by using their earned rocket fuel to be out of dress code for Throwback Thursday sponsored by the P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) Team.

Students earn rocket fuel each day for going above and beyond and following the TEAM expectations.  This is just one event that they can spend their rocket fuel on throughout the year.  Every class has a rocket menu of items that their students can purchase with their rocket fuel, and the school also offers school-wide events that they can choose to participate in.  Throwback Thursday was enjoyed by everyone including the staff.

Pictured are middle school students and Principal Kathleen Perez.  Keep up the positive behavior Rockets!

CA Moore Families Enjoy Parent Night

CA Moore Families Enjoy Parent Night

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CA Moore Elementary School had its first Family Night in partnership with its 21st Century After-School Program and the Parent Academy of St. Lucie County. Families came out to learn about how to support their students with reading, how to access the Skyward Gradebook App on their phone, and how to utilize parenting strategies with their students. Everyone gathered for dinner and conversation when done. Thank you to everyone who came to support our students.

Lakewood Park McTeacher Night

Lakewood Park McTeacher Night

Lakewood Park Elementary held its first McTeachers Night of the school year.  Families and staff came out to support the school and even had the opportunity to get faces painted and win raffle prizes.  Fun was had by all who participated, and we look forward to the next one!