Congratulations to West Gate K – 8

Congratulations to West Gate K – 8

Seventh graders in Mrs. Lauren Kappler’s West Gate K-8 Civics class won first place accolades in the St. Lucie Public Schools Project Citizen Showcase.  Their project entitled Don’t Panic will compete at the State level and is currently on display at the Capital where legislators will serve on judging panels for a final evaluation of all projects by late May.

Family Reading Festival This Saturday at Tradition Field

Family Reading Festival This Saturday at Tradition Field

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – The 7th annual Family Reading Festival is slated for Saturday, April 23 from 9 AM – 1 PM at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.  Families are invited to bring their children to this free event and experience the many joys of literacy.  Meet Mother Goose, read with VIPs, receive free books, and enjoy interactive puppet shows.  And there is more. Bring your gently used books for a book trade, browse the Scholastic Book Fair, visit with authors, and try your hand at a variety of literacy-themed games and activities.

“We look forward to bringing this event to our community each year,” said Reading Council President Lori Beans.  “Literacy is the cornerstone for learning and is a valuable gift for all of our children.”

This event is organized by the St. Lucie Reading Council and supported by the Children’s Services Council as well as the St. Lucie Mets.  Tradition field is located at 525 Peacock Avenue, Port St. Lucie, Florida. For more information on this event, visit www.slcreadingcouncil.org.

Another free opportunity for the public scheduled at the same time and venue is the St. Lucie Safety Festival.  St. Lucie Public Schools, first responders, and other local agencies and organizations will be present with demonstrations and giveaways.

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.

Mother Goose

 

Kindergartners at Savanna Ridge Track Their Sight Words

Kindergartners at Savanna Ridge Track Their Sight Words

Kindergartners in Mrs. Warren’s class proudly show off their sight word progress by tracking their achievement.  The teacher then conferences with students individually about where they are, and they set new sight word goals.  What a fun, interactive way to show what you know as you learn and grow.

Congratulations to West Gate K – 8

West Gate K-8 Project on Display at the Capital

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – Seventh graders in Mrs. Lauren Kappler’s West Gate K-8 Civics class won first place accolades in the St. Lucie Public Schools Project Citizen Showcase.  Their project entitled Don’t Panic will compete at the State level and is currently on display at the Capital where legislators will serve on judging panels for a final evaluation of all projects by late May.

We the People: Project Citizen is organized by Florida Law Related Education, Inc. which explains the annual project as “a curricular program for upper elementary and secondary students designed and published by the Center for Civic Education (CCE) that 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.”

Students in Civics classes work in teams, identify a public policy problem in their community, research the problem, and after evaluating possible solutions to the problem, propose a public policy that could serve as the solution.  At the local level of competition, the solutions are well documented in a portfolio, and the policy is shared with a committee of community leaders using a display board along with a verbal presentation.

Mrs. Kappler’s students proposed a public policy based on panic button devices for school safety modeled after safety systems in other states such as Georgia.

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.

LPA Creative Writers Win Honors in IRSC Contest

LPA Creative Writers Win Honors in IRSC Contest

Congratulations to our Lincoln Park Academy students who placed in the annual Indian River State College Creative Writing Contest!

Molly Thomas won 2nd place in the 10th grade category for her short story, “Bermuda Love Triangle.”

Justin Heath won 3rd place in the 11th grade category for his short story, “Leviathan.”

Lindsey Allgire won 2nd place for in the 11th grade category for her untitled story.

Maya Donnell won 1st place in the 11th grade category for her short story “A Thousand Unwritten Pages.”

Lincoln Park is very proud of our authors. Congratulations!

Pictured from left to right: Maya Donnell, Lindsey Allgire, Mrs. Merritt, Justin Heath, Molly Thomas

Agritechnology

Agritechnology

Technological and economic factors have changed the way people around the world perceive the importance of agriculture.  Agritechnology is the teaching of agricultural sciences, natural resources, land management, and the 21st Century tools and technologies used in the field.  The curriculum includes horticulture, livestock management, agricultural science, and more.   It is taught through hands-on experiences that prepare students for both entry-level jobs and/or higher-level education.

Fort Pierce Westwood High School

Digital Media/Multimedia Design

Digital Media/Multimedia Design

Digital media production is the study of media creation and display through media outlets such as the Internet. This includes audio and video streaming and hybrids of the two. Interactive media or rich media combines video, audio and user participation.

Fort Pierce Central High School, Treasure Coast High School

Microsoft IT Academy

Microsoft IT Academy

The Microsoft IT Academy teaches students a greater mastery of Microsoft products such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook. Students increase personal productivity and technical skills by earning Industry Certification as Microsoft Office Specialists (MOS). Technology skills and certification taught lead students to be college and career ready for today’s technology-centered job market.

Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood School, Port St. Lucie High School, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, Treasure Coast High School

Florida Science Olympiad

Florida Science Olympiad

Congratulations Fairlawn Force Team!

A group of Fairlawn students competed in the Florida Science Olympiad at Florida Atlantic University.  Science Olympiad is a competition open to middle and high school students with a separate competition for elementary students.

The team participated in various hands-on, interactive, inquiry-based activities.  The students had to do science during the competition, not just report on a topic.  The bridge building team placed second by designing and building the lightest bridge with the highest structural efficiency that can span a given opening meeting the requirements specified in the rules.

Congratulations to the Fairlawn Force Science Olympiad Team!

NFL Player Khalil Mack Visits C.A. Moore Students

NFL Player Khalil Mack Visits C.A. Moore Students

The students at C.A. Moore Elementary received an unexpected visit from Khalil Mack.  Mr. Mack is a native of Fort Pierce, former C.A. Moore student and graduate of Fort Pierce Westwood High School.  Students had the opportunity to take pictures with Mr. Mack and he graciously provided autographs for students and staff.  Mr. Mack is currently a player with the Oakland Raiders wearing number 52.

 

Fort Pierce Westwood High School Senior Wins Art Show Award

Fort Pierce Westwood High School Senior Wins Art Show Award

ART MUNDO downtown Fort Pierce has a beautiful collection of amazing artistic talent of our St. Lucie County Public School high school students. Artwork is on display until May 4 and all are invited to vote for the People’s Choice award recipient.

Fort Pierce Westwood has ten on display from our own student artists Chelsea Merville, Carlos Succes, Kimberly Laguerre, Tatyana Alfred, Liliana Aquilar, Kirsten Bighom, Jarred Carver, Alex Burns, J.J. Hale, Jacques Julceus.

We are proud to announce that one of our seniors, Tatyana Alfred, has won the distinction of the Director’s Choice award. This award is for the one piece of artwork that stands out among all of the other submissions. Not only did Tatyana win but this is her second year winning this distinction. We are told that her painting has sold.

Thank you to our Art teacher, Ms. Conklin, for all you do for our artistic talent on campus.

winner

 

Fort Pierce Central Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Fort Pierce Central Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Cobra’s Commit: Melissa Markowitz – Webber International University, Bowling; Alekzandria Primm – Brevard College in North Carolina, Soccer; Kenrick Mendez – Florida Memorial, Baseball; Kevin Markowitz – Webber International University, Bowling; Collin Sullivan – University of South Florida,  Baseball; Janelle Pierre-Louis – Rainey River Community College, Basketball; Charity Joseph – Rainey River Community College, Basketball; Ashley Rodriguez – Neosha County Community College, Basketball; Laquazion Minnis – Neosha Community College, Basketball.

 

 

Southport Middle School Hosts the Hunger Games

Southport Middle School Hosts the Hunger Games

Principal “Effie” Nicole Telese officiated Southport Middle School’s first annual Hunger Games Math Competition and Pep Rally. Tributes from 12 districts competed to be the first to solve and answer word problems that were displayed for the packed gymnasium.

Each tribute was chosen to represent their district after the course of a week of classroom competition and rigorous math review activities. Students, one girl and one boy, from every sixth, seventh, and eighth grade math class who earned the most points throughout the week, were chosen as the tribute to represent their district.

The districts rallied to move up the leader board until the one winning district for each grade level was clearly the winner. The victorious sixth grade tributes from District 10 were Charley Willoughby and Emily Pena from Ms. Janice Williams’ class. The seventh grade champions were from District 11, Alyssa Zaccaria and Grady Pastore from Ms. Julie Sadowski’s class. Kimmika Calixte and Mario Chacin were the 8th grade victors from District 9, Ms. Kristine Ramirez’s class. Competitions in basketball, free throw, and relay races between students and faculty finished off the Pep Rally. Southport’s Band played throughout the afternoon to boost school spirit. Everyone enjoyed the excitement and fun of the Games!

hunger games poster girls

Fort Pierce Westwood Senior Wins $1,000 Grant

Fort Pierce Westwood Senior Wins $1,000 Grant

Nicole Thomas, a senior at Fort Pierce Westwood High School, received a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) grant from the National Future Farmers Association (FFA) for a Breeding gilt (a female pig that has not yet given birth). Nicole applied for the grant because she is starting to breed gilt’s for the local FFA and 4-H. She hopes to provide a service to 4-H and FFA students to be able to purchase their show pigs from a local breeder for the County Fair.

The $1,000.00 grant that she received will offset the funds associated with breeding and the purchase of a farrowing crate that the pig will be placed in when it is time for her to have her piglets.

Nicole is the first person in Florida to be interviewed by Matt Brechwald from Off Farm Income Podcast for FFA. She is also the only FFA member in Florida to be selected to receive a SAE grant.

Congratulations, Nicole!

 

Congratulations to Our Young Floridians

Congratulations to Our Young Floridians

Young FloridiansYoung Floridian Scholarship Program

The 2016 Young Floridian Scholarship Awards Program is a joint commitment between the educational and business communities of SLC in recognition of outstanding high school seniors and their volunteer efforts.

Academic Excellence: Natalia Cordeiro (LPA)

Art: Rachael Howard (LPA)

Athletics: Jeffrey Gerlica (LPA)

Career and Technology: Anson Rivera (PSLHS)

Computer Sci/Engineering and Architecture: Joshua Hulka (TCHS)

Drama: Claudia Reyes (LPA)

Foreign Language: Esther Artica (TCHS)

Human Services: Bianca Espineira (TCHS)

Journalism/Communication: Jaycie Wegner (PSLHS)

Language Arts: Kendell Spurr (PSLHS)

Mathematics: Valania Torres (FPCHS)

Music: Deoctavius Evans (TCHS)

Science: Koushal Rao (LPA)

Social Studies: Alexandra Artiles (TCHS)

Northport Teachers Building Positive Mentorships One Student at a Time!

Northport Teachers Building Positive Mentorships One Student at a Time!

Northport Media Specialist Lynne Gruszka and Austistic Spectrum Disorder or ASD instructor Lisa Richetti-Reynolds selected two girls: 8th grader, Kristina Bartley from the 7/8 Stingrays team and Briana Antoinetti, from Mrs. Richetti’s class and took them out to a Women’s Learning Lunch at McDonalds recently. The girls found out that they have so much in common and talked about school, their lives, future plans, goals and dreams. It was a wonderful experience and we hope to keep promoting positive interactions and building mentorships for students who can really assist one another. GREAT EXPERIENCE!

Northport Students Experience Public Speaking Skills

Northport Students Experience Public Speaking Skills

It is with much pride and pleasure that each morning at Northport VPK-8 School our students participate in our morning announcements by saying the Pledge of Allegiance and the Kids at Hope Pledge. Students from VPK-8 are taught to say “Good Morning,” to introduce themselves, to welcome classes and teachers to school, and to speak loudly and with well placed enthusiasm. Each then recites the two pledges.

Students sign up on a master calendar in the media center and then are responsible to get to the main office by 9:25 am on their assigned date. The students love to recite the pledges and welcome the day, so all slots are filled through the very last day of school. Our school community is thrilled that the students are learning the pledges and taking pride in reciting for the whole school.

Pictured are VPK instructor, Victoria Frazier and her VPK students Yarely Avalos-Agustin and Aliya Sneider. We are so proud of all of our students who want to step forward to show their American and Northport pride. Great experience!

FSA “Tunnel of Support” at Mariposa Elementary

FSA “Tunnel of Support” at Mariposa Elementary

Mariposa students and staff held a surprise “tunnel of support” for students taking the FSA test to show the students how proud we are of their hard work and to help motivate them to do their best. Younger students from each class made signs and posters encouraging their peers.  Students lined up on each side of the outside hallways with their signs. They cheered and held up their signs while the students walked through the tunnel.  This event meant a great deal to the students. At dismissal, a fifth grader told Literacy Coach Monica Almeida that now she doesn’t feel nervous for her FSA test, and the parade made her feel really special. Music teacher Chad Guess had his after school music program drummers lead the parade throughout the school. The drummers pictured are Tanya Lima, Corbin Hahn, Andrea Henandez, and Lehla Badillo. It was a great parade!

Community Partners Support SLPS

Community Partners Support SLPS

Mr. Michael Jackson and Mr. Randy Roundtree, founders of the Bengaay Bowl, presented proceeds from the community event to the athletic departments of Fort Pierce Central and Fort Pierce Westwood. SLPS appreciates its community partners.