Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

 

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) invites fathers and male caregivers to come back to school!  On September 28, a movement across the state of Florida will be put into motion whereby fathers and male caregivers are encouraged to bring their child to school, sign a pledge of involvement, and demonstrate the value of being involved in their child’s education — Dads Take Your Child to School Day.

Dr. Kevin Perry leads the effort for SLPS. He explained, “The movement in SLPS began two years ago and grew out of recognition of the power of male involvement in the education of all students.”  A father who actively participates in the educational and social developmental life of a child is invaluable and irreplaceable.  Statistics from the National Fatherhood Initiative support findings that show when fathers and men are regularly and substantially involved in the education and social development of children, those children have higher standardized test scores, higher grade point averages, higher attendance rates and higher graduation rates.  Those children also have lower rates of suspension, expulsion and arrest.  As one goes up, the other goes down.  When you accentuate and improve the positive, you decrease or eliminate the negative.

While there is no magic solution to solve the concerns we face in education today, getting fathers highly engaged is a huge step in the right direction.  Dads, Take Your Child to School Day is an opportunity for all men to show their commitment to the educational lives of children.  It also marks the beginning of a year-long commitment by men.  For this reason, the movement is an influential and celebrated event.

Last year, approximately 2,700 fathers and male caregivers participated in activities in SLPS.  This special event in honor of dads and their support of the educational process is implemented as a MOVEMENT, not just a MOMENT!  Schools will continue to have a series of father centered activities throughout the school year.

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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Northport Commemorates 9/11 With Remembrance Program

Northport Commemorates 9/11 With Remembrance Program

Each year, Northport K-8 School honors the heroes and victims of the 9/11 tragedy and begins the educational process of teaching our students about September 11th in the school media center. The media center has been dedicated to the eight children who perished on September 11th. This year has been especially powerful. In partnership with SLPS Board Member Dr. Donna Mills, Northport sixth graders had the opportunity to listen to Mr. Tony Ross, brother of Cee Cee Ross Lyles. Cee Cee, a flight attendant on United Airlines Flight 93, was from Fort Pierce. She was the beloved niece of Dr. Mills. The program started with a lovely rendition of “America the Beautiful” by teacher Tiffany Tredor playing her violin. Introductions and 9/11 background information was given by Principal Glenn Rustay and Media Specialist Lynne Gruszka. Northport Instructor Sandra Tyndale-Harvey sang a heart stoppingly beautiful rendition of the the song “Cling.”

Students’ emotions were evoked when viewing a beautiful movie about 9/11 and the children lost created by New Horizons Student Assistance Specialist Maryanne Warren. They then listened to Tony Ross talk about his memories of his little sister. Army veteran Bill Arnold, who also helped start the Northport Veterans Partners in Education program was on hand to talk about his visit to the Shanksville, PA Memorial to Flight 93. Honored guests at the program were a cadre of local veterans, including Jim Burk. Also on hand were SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, Deputy Superintendent Jonathon Prince, Rev. Kenneth Mills, a group from New Horizons School Support Specialists, many local veterans and community members, including Frank Sisto, NYPD first responder and security expert for SLPS. The Northport community was so pleased to host and help educate our students about this tragic event in history that altered the trajectory of our country’s path.

Mariposa Elementary’s Barnes and Noble Night

Mariposa Elementary’s Barnes and Noble Night

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Pete the Cat! Oh my! Mariposa Elementary students kicked off their school year at Barnes and Noble with Pete the Cat. Pete stayed to listen to Mr. Logue read his very own books, Pete the Cat’s Got Class and Duncan the Story Dragon — a 2016-17 Sunshine State Young  Reader Award Junior nominated  book.  Pete loved both stories and helped the students decorate their cookies, build Lego buildings, and shop for books.

Gianna Reuther enjoyed decorating her cookies at the Barnes and Noble event. Congratulations to Olivia Baptiste for winning the chance opportunity gift cards! She should have a lot of fun spending her gift cards. It was a great kickoff for a great school year.

 

Grandparents Enjoyed Lunch @ VGESS

Grandparents Enjoyed Lunch @ VGESS

Village Green Environmental Studies School held a luncheon in honor of Grandparents Day on Friday, September 9th.

Great grandparents, grandmothers, and grandfathers were treated to a special lunch, poem, gift, and a student-created video to honor this very special occasion.

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We love our grandparents!

 

Lights On After School

Lights On After School

Commissioner Kim Johnson welcomed 21st Century Program Managers Terrence Platt and Kimberly Roberts to his talk show — Coffee With The Chair. They discussed Lights on After School, an upcoming afterschool expo designed to spotlight activities available to children in St. Lucie County.

Commissioner Johnson celebrated the effort to bring attention to the rich variety of programs available to children before school, after school, and during summer months.

To learn more about opportunities local youth have to explore interests and discover talents, mark your calendar for October 17th (4:00 to 7:30) and stay tuned for more details.

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9/11 Art

9/11 Art

Student artists from St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) channel their talents in a tribute to the heroes of 9/11.  Through a collaborative art project between SLPS and the City of Port St. Lucie, students are helping to beautify the city by painting murals that will be transferred to wraps for traffic utility cabinets throughout the city.  A special 9/11 tribute cabinet created by art students at Lincoln Park Academy will be unveiled at the upcoming remembrance ceremony for 9/11 victims and first responders.  The ceremony, which begins at 8:30 AM, will take place at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, Memorial Fountain on Sunday, September 11.  In addition to student artists, members of the Treasure Coast High School Symphonic Band will also participate in the ceremony.

When asked about the project, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “Our students are keenly aware of the importance of the events that occurred on 9/11, and this art project demonstrates a great depth of their understanding.”  The design for the project is a result of several artistic interpretations of this day in history.   According to eleventh grader Alivia Bienz, “9/11 to me is a day of great despair and of unity. In my painting, I wanted to depict the deep sorrow that civilians, first responders and people everywhere felt. This included the infamous dust clouds that swept through the city as the buildings collapsed. But in the light of all things, I put a sunrise behind the scene and the light beams from where the twin towers stood. The first responders and angel in the cloud formations act as guardians of the city. This was to symbolize the hope and unity that arose from the act of terrorism in all Americans that day. The towers are in almost a heavenly blue to give the feeling of peace and remembrance of all the lives lost that day.”

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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Student artists at Lincoln Park Academy work on the 9/11 tribute cabinet that will be unveiled at the upcoming remembrance ceremony for 9/11 victims and first responders.

 

 

9/11 Art Tribute Serves to Beautify City Utility Boxes

9/11 Art Tribute Serves to Beautify City Utility Boxes

Student artists from St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) channel their talents in a tribute to the heroes of 9/11.  Through a collaborative art project between SLPS and the City of Port St. Lucie, students are helping to beautify the city by painting murals that will be transferred to wraps for traffic utility cabinets throughout the city.  A special 9/11 tribute cabinet created by art students at Lincoln Park Academy will be unveiled at the upcoming remembrance ceremony for 9/11 victims and first responders.  The ceremony, which begins at 8:30 AM, will take place at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, Memorial Fountain on Sunday, September 11.  In addition to student artists, members of the Treasure Coast High School Symphonic Band will also participate in the ceremony.

 

When asked about the project, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “Our students are keenly aware of the importance of the events that occurred on 9/11, and this art project demonstrates a great depth of their understanding.”  The design for the project is a result of several artistic interpretations of this day in history.   According to eleventh grader Alivia Bienz, “9/11 to me is a day of great despair and of unity. In my painting, I wanted to depict the deep sorrow that civilians, first responders and people everywhere felt. This included the infamous dust clouds that swept through the city as the buildings collapsed. But in the light of all things, I put a sunrise behind the scene and the light beams from where the twin towers stood. The first responders and angel in the cloud formations act as guardians of the city. This was to symbolize the hope and unity that arose from the act of terrorism in all Americans that day. The towers are in almost a heavenly blue to give the feeling of peace and remembrance of all the lives lost that day.”

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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Student artists at Lincoln Park Academy work on the 9/11 tribute cabinet that will be unveiled at the upcoming remembrance ceremony for 9/11 victims and first responders.

 

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Speakers Bureau – DC

Speakers Bureau – DC

Mr. DeVoshay Johnson, the IT Manager for Fort Pierce City Hall, helped to kick off the 2016-2017 Speakers Bureau series with his presentation to students and staff at Dale Cassens Educational Complex. Through sharing his life story, he emphasized to students the need to understand that true success comes from within.  Mr. DeVoshay also stressed that the choices students make will determine their success in life, and he shared the value in accepting help from others.

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LPA Freshman – “C2G”

LPA Freshman – “C2G”

LPA Freshman are Committed to Graduate “C2G”

Lincoln Park Academy Freshman had their first freshman meeting.  During the meeting, several things were discussed by their class sponsor, Ms. Erickson.  Mr. Sanabria, school principal, spoke to the students and shook the hand of every freshman to ensure their commitment to graduate during 2020.  The freshman received a bracelet as a symbol of their commitment!

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Speakers Bureau – DMMS

Speakers Bureau – DMMS

Dan McCarty Middle School students and staff welcomed Attorney Lorenzo Williams of Gary, Williams, Parenti and Finney Law Firm as a guest speaker in the 2016-2017 Speakers Bureau series.  Mr. Williams emphasized lessons taught to him by his father and lessons that he, in turn, imparted to his four children.

He introduced the acronym “HOW” and went on to explain the meaning of each letter. “H” stands for honesty, “O” represents obedience, and “W” signifies work. He encouraged students to practice all three for success.

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Speakers Bureau – FPW

Speakers Bureau – FPW

On August 31st, Fort Pierce Westwood High School hosted St. Lucie Pubic Schools’ Teacher of Year Mr. Jeffrey Johnson as the guest speaker for the Speakers Bureau Series.

Mr. Johnson spoke about the power of education and its importance. He recounted his experiences of growing up poor and shared that he lived in the projects.  This distinguished and eloquent speaker also communicated with his audience the fact that he was told he would not amount to anything and that life was not easy for him. However, he emphasized that because of his determination and perseverance to get a good education, he now represents the District and carries the title of “St. Lucie Public Schools Teacher of the Year.”

Port Saint Lucie High School Pre-Season Football Game

Port Saint Lucie High School Pre-Season Football Game

The school’s first preseason football game of the year was held on August 21, 2016 at Port Saint Lucie High School.

The Color Guard provided support before the game. The Color Guard cadets were: Allison Wilhoit, Hayley Pollard and Morgan Emerson, commanded by Tesa May. During the game, the Honor Guard cadets provided help with parking.

The Port Saint Lucie Jaguar football team played against Olympic Heights High School from Boca Raton.  The Port Saint Lucie Football team won with a score of 41-0.

Jaguar Battalion Car Wash

Jaguar Battalion Car Wash

 

The Port Saint Lucie High School JROTC Jaguar Battalion had its first car wash of the year at the Auto Zone on US1, on August 27, 2016. The car washes help the Battalion raise money for field trips, competitions, and numerous other things. We had lots of people show up and support us. The cadets were out volunteering for 6 hours, and received community service hours. The cadets raised almost $300.

Wounded Warrior Surf Day

Wounded Warrior Surf Day

The Port Saint Lucie High School JROTC cadets were excited to present the colors and be part of the Wounded Warrior Surf Day.  Cadet Staff Sergeant Marco Nader led the Color Guard presenting the national flag, Cadet Captain Travis Cetin presented the state flag, and standing as the guards were Cadet Staff Sergeant Malver Casanas and Cadet Major Kaylee Zuidema.  The Color Guard marched behind the bag pipe player leading the warriors and their families to the event.  The volunteers and participants were grateful for the cadets and the Color Guard. At the end of the event, Port Saint Lucie High School JROTC was presented with a picture frame signed by all the volunteers to show their gratitude.  We look forward to doing a Color Guard for the event again next year.

MSE Grandparents Celebrated

MSE Grandparents Celebrated

Morningside Elementary’s grandparents were invited to have lunch with their grandchildren to celebrate Grandparents Day.  Grandparents and family members filled the stage and front of the cafeteria throughout the last three days to celebrate the integral part that family has as part of the team that makes students well-rounded and successful.

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Attendance Matters – September Is Attendance Awareness Month

Attendance Matters – September Is Attendance Awareness Month

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – September is Attendance Awareness Month – an opportunity to bring attention to and support building a habit of good attendance. St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Superintendent E. Wayne Gent emphasized the importance for all students to attend school regularly.  “Regular attendance is vital for our students’ success. Chronic absenteeism negatively impacts student achievement and graduation rates. Our goal is to give every student the best opportunity for success in life, so let’s help create habits of positive attendance early in their academic careers.”

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

Some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. However, when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically.  A student is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
  • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

Absences can add up quickly.  A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!!

Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick.
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take 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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Attendance Matters – September Is Attendance Awareness Month

Attendance Awareness Month

September is Attendance Awareness Month – an opportunity to bring attention to and support building a habit of good attendance. St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Superintendent E. Wayne Gent emphasized the importance for all students to attend school regularly.  “Regular attendance is vital for our students’ success. Chronic absenteeism negatively impacts student achievement and graduation rates. Our goal is to give every student the best opportunity for success in life, so let’s help create habits of positive attendance early in their academic careers.”

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

Some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. However, when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically.  A student is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
  • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

Absences can add up quickly.  A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!!

Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick.
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

 

 

 

Teach Flu A Lesson

Teach Flu A Lesson

Healthy Schools, in cooperation with St. Lucie Public Schools and the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County, are excited to kick off the “Teach Flu A Lesson” program in 2016!

Every year thousands of children miss valuable time in the classroom because of the dreaded flu. If that isn’t bad enough they carry it home with them, infecting loved ones, and causing them to miss work and school. Based on data from other counties in Florida, as well as in other states, we know the in-school flu vaccination program works and STOPS the flu in its tracks. So please join us in encouraging all of our children to be properly vaccinated and help “Teach Flu a Lesson” in 2016!

As we move into the 2016-2017 Flu Season, there are changes to the flu vaccine that will be implemented. For this coming Flu Season the only available vaccine to fight against the flu will be a vaccine done by injection as recommended by the CDC and ACIP. Healthy Schools’ trained and skilled staff of licensed nurses will be providing this pediatrician recommended flu vaccine at your child’s school this coming fall. We at Healthy Schools are excited to provide your students with another Healthy Flu Season.  With your continued support, we can “Teach Flu A Lesson!”

Healthy Schools will be providing injectable flu vaccinations October 3rd through October 6th in all St. Lucie Public Schools. Please check the district website for specific dates and times for your child’s school scheduled clinic. Your child will be bringing home a letter and form to complete.  THIS FORM MUST BE RETURNED REGARDLESS OF PARTICIPATION! The process is very simple! All you have to do is fill out and sign the consent form. You can also access a consent form and our Notice of Privacy Practices on our website www.healthyschoolsllc.com . A copy of this notice will be included in the materials given to your student at the time of the administration of the vaccine.

Once you have filled out and signed the consent form, please have your student return it to his or her school. Once your student is vaccinated, proper paper work will be sent home for your records. There is no out-of-pocket expense for you, and your student will be better protected against the flu this flu season!

If you have any questions, you can reach Healthy Schools at 1-800-566-0596 or by email at info@healthyschoolsllc.com.

Sincerely,

The Healthy Schools Team