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!

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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

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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.

Congratulations to Our STARS!

Congratulations to Our STARS!

SLPS honors its staff members for outstanding customer service. Congratulations to this month’s recipients of the STAR Award: Heidi Pinder, Rick Isenhour, Craig Pierce, Charles Brate, Belkis Madera, Lynn Louderback, Donella Crenshaw, Valentina Whyte, Jessica McLaughlin, and Cheryl Petrino

Fort Pierce Westwood Teacher Receives National Recognition

Fort Pierce Westwood Teacher Receives National Recognition

Celestine Dorsey, a local teacher from Fort Pierce Westwood High school, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 21 NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops. The National Endowment for the Humanities is a federal agency that each year supports summer study opportunities so that teachers can work with experts in humanities disciplines.
Celestine Dorsey will participate in a workshop entitled “Forever Wild, The Adirondacks in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.” The one-week program will be held twice this summer in Upstate New York at Camp Huntington, the first “Great Camp” of the Adirondacks, now owned and operated by SUNY Cortland. The program will be directed by Drs. Randi Storch and Kevin Sheets of SUNY Cortland’s History Department.
The 72 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a $1,200 stipend to help cover their travel, study, and living expenses.

To learn about this and other NEH Landmarks Workshops being offered this summer, visit http://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs. The approximately 1,512 teachers who participate in these programs will teach more than 189,000 American students the following year.

Fort Pierce Westwood Senior Recognized by Local Radio Station

Fort Pierce Westwood Senior Recognized by Local Radio Station

WFLM 104.5 radio station has selected our student – Tiara Evans as their Young Superstar of the week. This
selection is based upon academic grades, primarily A and B ratings. She has earned $50 cash, along with name and school recognition announced during broadcasting.

ArtWalk for Hope and Bingo for Books

ArtWalk for Hope and Bingo for Books

River Edge Elementary hosted an ArtWalk for Hope and Bingo for Books Family Event on Thursday, April 7. Students created “hopeful” images on sidewalks around the entire school. From flowers to pizza to rainbows students were given creative freedom to share their ideas of HOPE.

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Parents came at 6 pm to take in all their student’s artwork, then were invited into the cafeteria and greeted with an “artful” treat provided by the PTO.

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Bingo for Books began at 6:30 pm with their parents, students played round after round in hopes of winning a book!

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Savanna Ridge Third Graders Learn about Plants at Heathcote Botanical Gardens!

Savanna Ridge Third Graders Learn about Plants at Heathcote Botanical Gardens!

Mrs. Marino, a third grade teacher at Savanna Ridge Elementary School, was a Target Field Trip Grant recipient for the 2015/16 school year.  Therefore, third grade students benefited by enjoying a fantastic field trip to Heathcote Botanical Gardens as they explored the life of plants. They learned about the basic structures in plants, how plants respond to stimuli, and understood how plants use the sun, air, and water to make their own food. In addition, the experience provided the students with hands-on activities and a take-home plant to further their understanding of the lessons they learned.

Thank you Target for caring about children and education in our community!

White City Learns Electrical Safety

White City Learns Electrical Safety

The kindergarten classes at White City Elementary have been studying community helpers. To culminate their units, students were visited by Leland Karlson, a Fort Pierce Utilities Authority employee. Mr. Karlson visited each classroom, and explained the dangers of playing with kites by electrical wires. He also told the students that they should report any wires that are on the ground to an adult and not touch them. Mr. Karlson brought with him a giant display. Students were able to see up close the dangers of playing on or around power lines.

Savanna Ridge Staff Supports Relay for Life

Savanna Ridge Staff Supports Relay for Life

Staff at Savanna Ridge Elementary enjoyed supporting Relay for Life at the Annual Walk at Tradition Stadium in St. Lucie West.  Staff members enjoyed taking part in various activities throughout the year to fund-raise for the school Relay for Life team such as Coins for Cancer.

Donation to “Grace Packs” by a Student at Palm Pointe

Donation to “Grace Packs” by a Student at Palm Pointe

Isabella Sierra, kindergartner at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, collected over 400 food items for her sixth birthday party instead of gifts for herself. The items were donated to the school’s “Grace Packs” program.

This program helps provide weekly weekend food for students who lack an ample food supply, relieving the burden many of these children endure by being hungry. She is a role model student and example that love provides.  A huge thank you to this generous student!

Pictured from left is Isabella Sierra, Jennifer Gomez, Grace Packs Coordinator and Assistant Principal, Kathleen Perez.

 

School Improvement is Everybody’s Business

School Improvement is Everybody’s Business

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — From accelerated academic achievement to enhancements of school facilities, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) team members and partner in education The Morganti Group, Inc., roll up their sleeves and become part of the solution. Such was the case at the recent Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts (FPMSA) Improvement Day. SLPS team members from the school, custodial services, grounds and maintenance, and district office joined efforts with volunteers from Morganti to support the school’s need for fresh paint, new landscaping, and pressure cleaning.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent led the charge to solicit volunteers saying, “We all have a responsibility to ensure that our teaching and learning environments are welcoming to our students, staff, and community.” FPMSA Principal Jackie Lynch was most appreciative of the support. “On behalf of my staff and students, I thank all of the volunteers who gave of their time for our sake. This campus is a beautiful historic landmark in our community, and we appreciate the extra TLC,” said Lynch.

Gent indicated that more improvement days are planned as a way to accelerate refreshing campuses across the district in spite of lean budgets.

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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SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent paints during Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts Campus Improvement Day.

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School Improvement is Everybody’s Business

Samuel S. Gaines Academy and Home Depot – A Growing Partnership

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – The Kids at Hope Garden at Samuel S. Gaines Academy (SGA) sprang to life as thirty Home Depot employees and volunteers gathered to enhance campus grounds.  After recently receiving a Home Depot Foundation grant, volunteers installed an irrigation system, built plant boxes and fences, transplanted trees, and beautified the school’s garden area with new sod and mulch.

According to Principal Traci Wilke, “The revitalized garden is the heart of a school-wide initiative to provide an opportunity for our students to learn how to plant, grow, and maintain a variety of vegetables and herbs. The management and the care of the plants are in the hands of our very capable students.”

This recent grant-funded project was the result of the SGA Kids at Hope Committee partnering with the St. Lucie Education Foundation Inc. to write the grant.  Over the last few years, SGA and The Home Depot (#6376 SLW) have built a growing partnership in which the home improvement giant has supported students through generous provisions and sponsorships of numerous Kid’s Club events as well as donations of materials for school-wide initiatives.

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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Home Depot and school volunteers support the Kids at Hope Garden at Samuel S. Gaines Academy.

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