Mariposa Elementary Celebrates Young Authors

Mariposa Elementary Celebrates Young Authors

During the months of April and May, Mariposa students have been writing and publishing their own books as a part of the annual celebration of writers — Young Authors. Students from grades kindergarten to fifth wrote, illustrated, edited, and published original stories. These books were shared and celebrated through several classroom and school-wide activities.

Four writers were chosen to represent Mariposa at the Young Authors Celebration. The students are Zane Barszcz (K, Mrs. Kari McIntyre), Irie Phillips (1st, Mrs. Toni Baptiste), Alonzo Cabral (2nd, Ms. Loretta Humprey), and Autumn Thomas (4th, Mrs. Michelle Williams).

In the Picture, Jacob McCallum is having an original Young Authors book read to him while Jeremiah Brewster is watching.

Congratulations to all of our wonderful authors for their hard work!

Ed Foundation Awards Scholarships

Ed Foundation Awards Scholarships

The Education Foundation of St. Lucie County awarded over 60 scholarships to graduating seniors at the Education Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Night.

Congratulations to our seniors who are attending colleges and universities across the nation including, but not limited to: Berkley College of Music, Boston University, Citadel, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida State University, Johnson and Whales, New York Film Academy, Northeastern University, Princeton University, Stetson University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Massachusetts, University of Miami, University of North Florida, University of South Florida, University of Tampa, University of West Florida.

 

Lincoln Park Academy’s FHSAA State Track Champion!!!

Lincoln Park Academy’s FHSAA State Track Champion!!!

FHSAA State Champion!!

On Friday May 6th, Caleb Pottorff of Lincoln Park Academy won the 3200 meter run at the State Championship event  in Bradenton.

On Saturday May 7th, Caleb also ran the 1600 meter run and finished second.

Congratulations to Caleb and his coaches for becoming a State Champion.

Culinary Students Serve

Culinary Students Serve

Chef Folker Raynolds of Ballantrae Counrty Club supported a collaborative opportunity on Cinco de Mayo for St Lucie Public Schools culinary students to cook, serve, and speak about their programs!

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Friends and Trustees of the Rupert J. Smith Law Library Celebrate Law Day 2016

Friends and Trustees of the Rupert J. Smith Law Library Celebrate Law Day 2016

The 2016 Law Day Art Contest was open to all St. Lucie County students. The theme, Miranda: More than Words,  encouraged students to explore the protections afforded to all by the U.S. Constitution, learn how these rights are protected by the courts, and determine why they are essential to our liberty. This commemorated the 50th anniversary of the case, Miranda vs. Arizona.

Students discussed the Supreme Court case and the importance of the Miranda Warning. They experimented with medium and worked with sketches to illustrate their interpretation of the Miranda Warning.

The awards for the 2016 Law Day Contest were presented to the winners on May 2nd.  Mr. E. Wayne Gent, superintendent of St Lucie Public Schools, presented the awards and prize money to the winning students. First place was awarded to Lincoln Park Academy senior Stephanie Collazos who received a $500.00 cash prize. Breyale Jenkins, also a Lincoln Park senior, won second place and a $300.00 cash prize. All student entries showed tremendous thought, creativity, and effort.

Thank you to the Friends and Trustees of the Rupert J. Smith Law Library for Celebrating Law Day.

 

 

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2016 Commencement Schedule

2016 Commencement Schedule

St. Lucie Public Schools Spring 2016 Commencement Schedule

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. – Port St. Lucie High School

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. – Treasure Coast High School

Thursday, May 19, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. – Lincoln Park Academy

Friday, May 20, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. – St. Lucie West Centennial High School

Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 8:00 a.m. – Ft. Pierce Westwood High School

Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 1:00 p.m. – Ft. Pierce Central High School

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – 2:00 p.m. – Mosaic Digital Academy

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – 5:00 p.m. – Performance Based Preparatory Academy

REE Feels the Love Producing Lion King Kids

REE Feels the Love Producing Lion King Kids

BRAVO to Mrs. Martinkovic, REE’s Music Teacher, and the entire cast and crew of The Lion King Kids production!!! Everyone did an amazing job. You could feel the love and outright fun they were having!!! With parents and staff coming together to bring their students to rehearsals, sew costumes, make and paint props, paint faces, volunteer during the shows, and support the production wholeheartedly – it was a true school-wide event.

REE is thankful to the Lincoln Park Academy students who helped direct rehearsals and run back stage, especially Tiffany Gardner, who acted as assistant director. The Savanna Club Theater was the perfect place to host our very first production and we cannot wait for the next one.

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SLW Centennial’s Eagles Nest Preschool is Awarded $1000 Grant Through Wells Fargo

SLW Centennial’s Eagles Nest Preschool is Awarded $1000 Grant Through Wells Fargo

The Eagles Nest Preschool is the recipient of $1000 grant awarded by Wells Fargo Bank.

Wells Fargo’s Community Connection Grant Program is an annual program where each of the company’s retail banking stores and Business Banking teams explore the needs of their local communities and select a nonprofit organization or school to receive a $1,000 grant.  This year, Wells Fargo will award more than $600,000 in grants to 600-plus nonprofit organizations and schools throughout Florida.

The grants are part of the company’s broader support of its communities. In 2015, Wells Fargo invested more than $12 million in nonprofit organizations and schools, and team members volunteered 90,000 hours across the state.

 

 

Students’ Project Develops and Takes Flight

Students’ Project Develops and Takes Flight

FORT PIERCE, FL – Students in Mrs. Brandifino’s pre-kindergarten class at Lawnwood Elementary delighted in releasing butterflies into the school’s butterfly garden.  As a springboard for their unit of study, the young scholars learned about the animals’ development and nutritional needs as they morphed from egg, to larva, to pupa, to graceful adult butterfly.  Students clapped and cheered as the butterflies made their way from the butterfly cage to settle on nearby flowers and trees.

Mrs. Brandifino is one of five teachers in SLPS who supports a structured early learning educational program for students who are 3 and 4 years of age.  Students are supported in their literacy and personal development growth through play and structured language-rich activities.

“The early years offer a critical window of opportunity for us to make a difference in the lives of our children,” said Brandifino.   As a veteran educator, she passionately advocates for early literacy development and the importance of partnerships between parents and schools.

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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Academic Team Competes In State Competition

Academic Team Competes In State Competition

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Academic Challenge Team was quick on the buzzer and correct when answering questions that would stump most individuals.  With a strong showing in the preliminary rounds of the 31st Annual Commissioner’s Academic Challenge competition, SLPS’s team qualified for the semi-final rounds and finished fifth overall in their division.  Teams from across Florida gathered at the Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World for this annual academic statewide event.

Makeda Brome coached the five-member team that included Geoffrey Zheng (LPA), Mali Kaminaga (LPA), Carlos Arce (LPA), Jared Diago (Westwood), and Dominick Kehoe (Treasure Coast). Geoffrey Zheng’s impressive accumulation of individual points landed him a coveted seat on Team Florida.  He was one of the six highest individual scorers in the competition.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent expressed his appreciation for the dedication to excellence modeled by SLPS’s academic team.  “Team members are to be commended for their academic skills as well as their spirit of collaboration. I am proud of our students.”

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.

Pictured: St. Lucie Public School Academic Team (Front Row) Carlos Arce, Mali Kaminaga, Dominick Kehoe, Geoffrey Zheng (Back Row) Jared Diago, Team Coach Makeda Brome

Florida Prepaid College Foundation Launches Florida 529 Scholarship Program

Florida Prepaid College Foundation Launches Florida 529 Scholarship Program

Florida Prepaid College Foundation Launches Florida 529 Scholarship Program

Board Removes Minimum Contribution

* The Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program will award 10 winners a $529 Scholarship deposited into a Florida 529 Savings Plan account.

* The scholarships are part of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation’s ongoing commitment to increase awareness about the importance of saving for college through the Florida 529 Savings Plan.

* For the first time ever, the Florida Prepaid College Board has removed the minimum contribution to open a Florida 529 Savings Plan, opening the door for more families to save for college.

* Florida residents can enter to win between May 1 and May 29, 2016, which is 529 College Savings Day.

 

The Florida Prepaid College Foundation is launching a new scholarship program to celebrate 529 College Savings Day, awarding 10 winners a $529 Scholarship deposited into a Florida 529 Savings Plan account. The Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program is part of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation’s ongoing commitment to broadening awareness of the many budget-friendly, flexible college savings options available through the Florida Prepaid College Board.

“We look forward to awarding these scholarships, helping 10 Florida families get a strong start in the very important journey of saving for college,” said Foundation Board Chairman Duane Ottenstroer. “Setting aside even a small amount each month in a Florida 529 Savings account can help students reduce or avoid student loan debt.”

The average student debt of borrowers in the state of Florida is $24,017. Yet according to the How America Saves for College 2015 report, nearly half of families saving for college continue to rely on general savings accounts while only 27 percent utilize tax advantaged accounts like 529 college savings plans.

The Florida 529 Savings Plan lets families save at their own pace for college expenses, from tuition and fees to housing and books. A family can contribute as much and as often as desired, and accounts can be opened at any time.

Beginning this May, there is no minimum contribution to open a Florida 529 Savings account, and there are no application fees. This makes the Florida 529 Savings Plan one of the most affordable ways for families to save for college. The Florida 529 Savings Plan was a Top 10 performer among direct-sold 529 plans for the 3-year, 5-year and 10-year time periods in Savingforcollege.com’s latest quarterly performance rankings.

Families can enter to win a Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship between May 1 and May 29, 2016, at http://www.florida529SavingsPlanScholarship.com/. May 29 is celebrated nationwide as 529 College Savings Day, a time when families are encouraged to learn more about 529 Savings Plans.

Learn more about Florida 529 Savings Plans at www.myfloridaprepaid.com.

About the Florida Prepaid College Foundation

Since its founding in 1990, the Foundation has committed to giving aspiring students the opportunity to build a better future for themselves and our state by providing college scholarships funded through partnerships with individuals, businesses, educational foundations and the Florida Legislature. The Foundation administers several innovative scholarship programs designed to help students achieve their dream of earning a college education. The Foundation is the 501(c)(3) direct support organization for the Florida Prepaid College Board. Since 1988, the Florida Prepaid College Board has offered families a means to save for their children and grandchildren’s future college expenses with the Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Program. To see how Florida Prepaid helps families, visit here.

Palm Pointe at State History Fair

Palm Pointe at State History Fair

Middle School students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition are in Tallahassee, Florida representing the school at the State History Fair.  So proud of our Palm Pointe Rockets.  Pictured are from left, Nic Young, Megan Audette, Beth Casey, Natalie Ruppert, Tiana Qubain and Ariadna Hiller.

Northport Third Grade Teachers Celebrate “Big Heroes!”

Northport Third Grade Teachers Celebrate “Big Heroes!”

Each year, every Northport student participates in the Young Author’s program. The program is a wonderful opportunity for students to demonstrate that each can use the complete writing process effectively. Writing and editing the books and then publishing the final, revised book is a commitment to engaged learning. The Young Author’s writing process focuses directly on student curriculum for all grade levels in English/Language Arts and reading. Standards are applied to student organization, draft, reflection, revision, correction and then finally, publication and presentation. Working on the Young Author’s is common ground for all grade levels and a terrific platform for common language among students, teachers, and parents.

Every year at Northport, we set up our books by class or by team in the media center for optimal display. Parents, grandparents, administration, community members, and classes are invited to the media center to tour and peruse the books and observe student achievement first hand. Each year a different theme is used to showcase the books. This year the theme is “Big Heroes!” The entire library will be decorated in a Hero theme. Teachers and students will decorate their assigned display tables using a superhero, veteran, police officer, deputy sheriff, first responder, or an every day hero. The key words are “integrity,” ” service,” “empathy,” “sacrifice,” ” honor,” “commitment,” and “family.”

Students follow a common rubric and use handmade decorations and illustrations. Writing can be fiction, non fiction, poetry, or research. Any genre is acceptable. Northport may select seven students who promote the best overall achievement expected from Northport students. The District Young Author’s event will be held at Oak Hammock on May 21, 2016 at 10:00 am.

Pictured are Northport third grade teachers Jennifer Lusardi, Deb Day, Janine Wiecks, Michelle Kemp, Lorena Wilson, Sharon Nelson and Megan Castiglia. Teachers are wearing matching “Teacher Superhero” tee shirts! We can’t wait to see the fruition of our Northport Young Author’s program.