SGA Parent Night

SGA Parent Night

On Thursday evening, SGA parents attended the “A Day in the Life of an SGA Scholar” Parent Night. Parents began their journey in the audeteria where they learned about the Title I program.  Also, they were excited about the announcement of the principal’s reading challenge. When the SGA students reach 250,000,000 reading steps, Ms. Wilke will do a cheer leading routine.

After the initial session, parents made their way to their student’s pod to experience what their scholar does during their academic day.  Students were excited to showcase their work.

 

Fort Pierce Westwood Hosts Chamber of Commerce Education and Business Committee Breakfast

Fort Pierce Westwood Hosts Chamber of Commerce Education and Business Committee Breakfast

Fort Pierce Westwood was this quarter’s highlight location for the Chamber of Commerce Education and Business Committee Breakfast. Principal John Lynch and a team of Career and Technical Education (CTE) instructors shared the innovative learning opportunities in which students participate.
For more information on SLPS’s CTE programs, visit:
www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/cte/

 

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Spirit of St. Lucie Community Impact Award

Spirit of St. Lucie Community Impact Award

St. Lucie Public Schools is honored to have been named as the recipient of this year’s United Way “Spirit of St. Lucie Community Impact Award.” This award is conferred annually on an organization that demonstrates outstanding contributions within St. Lucie County to one or more of the United Way core impact areas of focus that include Health, Education, and Income.

 

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Lights On After School – October 22

Lights On After School – October 22

You are invited to celebrate “Lights On After School,” a national event that spotlights afterschool programs.

October 22, 2015

4:00 PM – 7:30 PM

  • Music
  • Student performances
  • Student demonstrations
  • Community vendors
  • Door prizes

Event Locations:

Port St. Lucie Community Center     

2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd.

Port Saint Lucie

PALS Center

903 S. 21st St.

Ft. Pierce

 

Northport Partners With SLC School Board to Stamp Out Bullying!

Northport Partners With SLC School Board to Stamp Out Bullying!

The month of October has been designated “Bullying Prevention Month” and is recognized by Northport K-8 School as well as Saint Lucie Public Schools.  Northport is thrilled to take part in such an important and vital issue. Bullying can become pervasive if left unchecked. The Saint Lucie Public Schools and the Northport community are taking the bull by the horns and working in conjunction with parents, community members, bullying specialists, deans, teachers, school staff and administration to fight against the scourge of bullying in schools. Every October at Northport, students make posters, listen to guest speakers, consult with school deans and teachers and work in clubs such as “Boys to Men” and “Girls to Women” to help get a firm grasp on bullying in the school and to stop it in its tracks. Northport recently hosted “Joe the Biker” to discuss bullying and especially cyber bullying in the middle grades area.

In recognition of Bullying Prevention Month, an anti- bullying assembly will be held Friday, October 9th for grades K-5 in the gymnasium. The presenter will be the enthusiastic, Joe Wojcik, better known as “Joe the Biker” who visited recently with middle school. Joe is a wonderful presenter and we are looking forward to his visit! Times are grades 3-5 9:45-10:30 and grades K-2 10:45-11:15.

On Wednesday, October 28, all students will participate in the school’s 5th Annual Unity Day Walk Against Bullying. Students walk with physical education instructors, resource instructors, classroom teachers, administration, community members, parents and support staff on a marked path around the school perimeter. Students make signs to carry that depict messages to stamp out bullying and chant anti-bullying messages as they participate in the Walk. Students wear orange or blue shirts to present a unified team against bullying. All are welcome to participate in the Northport Unity Day Walk.

Manatee Academy Helps “Save the Chimps”

Manatee Academy Helps “Save the Chimps”

IMG_2376Manatee Academy’s Pre-Vet class organized a fantastic school-wide collection program this year for “Save the Chimps,” a local animal sanctuary that cares for about 300 rescued chimpanzees. Students donated over 535 items to this local organization. The goal of the non-profit animal sanctuary is to provide endangered chimpanzees a private, comfortable existence in an environment which simulates a natural habitat as closely as possible. Every chimp costs $16,000 per year to support, and chimps live to an old age of 80 years on average.

To encourage donations, Mrs. Friend’s eighth grade Vet Prep students designed an EXPO which was held in the gym to teach younger students about chimpanzee life. 7-800 students visited the vet prep presenters, who designed themes including “Why Chimps Do Not Make Good Pets,” “Natural Diet of Chimpanzees” “Chimp Social Behavior,” and “History of Save the Chimps Facility” just to name several examples.

Booth activities provided instruction for the elementary age students and included art, songs, dancing, games, puzzles and riddles to solve. Jacob Dixon even entertained classes dressed as a friendly chimp!  Classes were entered into a donation contest with the winning class earning a banana split ice cream sundae party.  Additional enrichment projects include K-8 classes signing up to create chimpanatas; paper-mache covered balloons that the sanctuary stuffs with paper shreds and treats to stimulate the chimps’ natural foraging instincts.

Manatee Academy Vet Prep students select one animal rescue effort to support each school year. Students enrolled in the Vet Prep class study animal science, humane animal treatment, and most move on to academically rigorous high school attractor programs through the district.

Jaguars Take Home the Win

Jaguars Take Home the Win

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Raider team competed in Fort Pierce Westwood’s Raider Competition against 17 teams from 7 other schools. The competition consisted of six events: 3 mile team run, Cross Country Rescue, The Raider Fitness Challenge, 200lb tire flip over a 100-meter course, an obstacle course and the One-Rope Bridge event.

Before the Cross Country Rescue, everyone takes a written first aid test, during the event the team simulates a casualty by carrying an 80-120lb stretcher over a mile long course while wearing three 30lb ruck sacks. To complete the Raider Fitness Challenge the team must go through a course consisting of a 10-yard low crawl, a 40-yard 20-30lb sandbag carry, an obstacle to either go over or under, a speed agility maze, a 120lb object to carry around 50’ length, and a turnaround point to repeat the course in reverse.

The Jaguars swept the competition with the male team and the female team winning First Place Over All. Males placed first in 3-mile team run, tire flip, obstacle course, and the One-Rope Bridge. Females took first in the 3-mile run, cross country rescue, obstacle course, and the One-Rope Bridge. The mixed team placed first for the One-Rope Bridge. We are very proud of all the cadets who worked hard and took home 11 first place trophies.tire run obstacle obstacle course

Manatee Academy Partners with Red Cross for “Pillowcase Project”

Manatee Academy Partners with Red Cross for “Pillowcase Project”

Manatee Academy was fortunate to have the dynamic Patty Mayer from our local Red Cross speak to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes.  Debbie Remington,  Manatee’s media specialist organized the event.

The Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for children in grades 3 – 5 which teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills. Generally given as a 40-minute presentation by Red Cross volunteers, the program leads students through a “learn, practice, share” framework to engage them in disaster preparedness. Students receive a sturdy pillowcase upon completion of the program in which they are encouraged to build their personal emergency supplies kit. Presentations are customized to focus on a hazard that is important and relevant to the local community.

FPMSA Fifth Grade Scientists Explore Chemical Reactions

FPMSA Fifth Grade Scientists Explore Chemical Reactions

Students in Mrs. Logue’s fifth grade science class at Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts investigated four different chemical reactions during a class lab.  Students were able to describe the basic physical properties of matter, make careful observations, and identify common signals that a chemical reaction had occurred including a color change, an endothermic reaction, an exothermic reaction, and a gas release.

Cobra Raiders Win Top Honors

Cobra Raiders Win Top Honors

Fort Pierce Central’s Cobra Battalion Raider team took home first place for both the Mixed Team Obstacle Course and Mixed Team overall during Fort Pierce Westwood’s Raider Competition. “The cadets showed some outstanding teamwork and intestinal fortitude,” said the team’s coach, retired Lieutenant Colonel Matt Saxton. The Cobras fielded two 10-cadet mixed teams (boys and girls) for the Westwood competition. “The mix of boys and girls is really good for everyone,” said Cadet Staff Sergeant Cassady Green. She added, “It helps build a lot of trust and camaraderie across the Raider Team.” The Cobras plan to compete at the South Fork  Raider Competition next.

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Lights On After School – October 22

Lights On Afterschool – October 22nd

You are invited to celebrate “Lights On Afterschool,” a national event that spotlights afterschool programs.

October 22, 2015

4:00 PM – 7:30 PM

  • Music
  • Student performances
  • Student demonstrations
  • Community vendors
  • Door prizes

Event Locations:

Port St. Lucie Community Center     

2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd.

Port Saint Lucie

PALS Center

903 S. 21st St.

Ft. Pierce

Bowl for Kids Sake

Bowl for Kids Sake

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Forest Grove Middle School faculty and staff participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake event on Saturday, September 26th. Forest Grove Middle school placed third for the 1pm session.