Middle School Students Noted for Their Musical Performance

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Music and celebration was in the air as middle school students from St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) brought home accolades from the recent District 13 Music Performance Assessment (MPAs). The MPAs are organized opportunities for Florida bands and choral groups to perform and receive feedback from qualified judges. The events are part of the Florida Vocal Association which promotes the music interests in Florida’s secondary schools.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent supports the vibrant music programs in schools across the District.  “Our students are extremely talented, and we are committed to providing quality opportunities for them to exercise their talents and enrich their experiences.  Music education has many valuable attributes including engaging opportunities to expand students’ creativity and problem solving skills.”

Eleven middle school bands from SLPS attended the MPAs hosted by Treasure Coast High School and received a total of four Superior Ratings and seven Excellent Ratings.  Specifically, each school received the following:

Superior Ratings

  • Northport Middle School Concert Band (Director Brian Hoce)
  • Southport Middle School Concert Band (Director Jim LeBon)
  • Oak Hammock K-8 School Osprey Band (Director Amy Isenhower)
  • Palm Pointe Educational Research School Palm Pointe Concert Band (Director Jason Hatfield)

Excellent Ratings

  • Allapattah Flats K-8 Symphonic Band (Director William Cromer)
  • Forest Grove Middle School Concert Band (Director Joseph Colombo)
  • Lincoln Park Academy Concert Band (Director(s) Matthew Karram and Jason Albert)
  • Manatee Academy Concert Band (Director Ashley Egan)
  • Southern Oaks Middle School MPA Band (Director Joann S. Kinder)
  • St. Lucie West Middle School Concert Band (Director Jennifer Rosser)
  • Westgate K-8 Band (Director James Lebon)

Director Jim LeBon of Southport Middle School said, “I am very humbled that the Southport Middle School Band received straight Superiors on stage and in sight reading. My students worked very hard, and I am proud of their efforts and appreciate the parents who were so helpful.”

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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Middle School Students Noted for Their Musical Performance

Middle School Students Noted for Their Musical Performance

Music and celebration was in the air as middle school students from St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) brought home accolades from the recent District 13 Music Performance Assessment (MPAs). The MPAs are organized opportunities for Florida bands and choral groups to perform and receive feedback from qualified judges. The events are part of the Florida Vocal Association which promotes the music interests in Florida’s secondary schools.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent supports the vibrant music programs in schools across the District.  “Our students are extremely talented, and we are committed to providing quality opportunities for them to exercise their talents and enrich their experiences.  Music education has many valuable attributes including engaging opportunities to expand students’ creativity and problem solving skills.”

Eleven middle school bands from SLPS attended the MPAs hosted by Treasure Coast High School and received a total of four Superior Ratings and seven Excellent Ratings.  Specifically, each school received the following:

Superior Ratings

  • Northport Middle School Concert Band (Director Brian Hoce)
  • Southport Middle School Concert Band (Director Jim LeBon)
  • Oak Hammock K-8 School Osprey Band (Director Amy Isenhower)
  • Palm Pointe Educational Research School Palm Pointe Concert Band (Director Jason Hatfield)

Excellent Ratings

  • Allapattah Flats K-8 Symphonic Band (Director William Cromer)
  • Forest Grove Middle School Concert Band (Director Joseph Colombo)
  • Lincoln Park Academy Concert Band (Director(s) Matthew Karram and Jason Albert)
  • Manatee Academy Concert Band (Director Ashley Egan)
  • Southern Oaks Middle School MPA Band (Director Joann S. Kinder)
  • St. Lucie West Middle School Concert Band (Director Jennifer Rosser)
  • Westgate K-8 Band (Director James Lebon)

Director Jim LeBon of Southport Middle School said, “I am very humbled that the Southport Middle School Band received straight Superiors on stage and in sight reading. My students worked very hard, and I am proud of their efforts and appreciate the parents who were so helpful.”

Middle School Transition Meeting

Middle School Transition Meeting

What: Transition Meeting to support 7th and 8th Grade Families of Students with Disabilities

When: Tuesday, March 15th – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: SLPS  Board Office – Community Room

Focus: Diploma Pathways, Graduation Requirements, Legislative Changes

Transition Meeting

Middle School Zero Robotics Challenge

Middle School Zero Robotics Challenge

St. Lucie County middle school students from Southern Oaks and their teachers were recognized for achieving first place in the national competition of the Zero Robotics Challenge held on the International Space Station on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. The students recognized were Jaeger Johnson, April Vasquez, Maria Blaszkiewicz, Grisel Cabrera, Hansly Ledger, Michael Lefrancois, and Brooklynne Pimpo. The teachers who facilitated the teams are Kevin McInerney and Brian Jones. Also pictured are School Board Chair Debbie Hawley, Superintendent Genelle Yost, and Assistant Superintendent Kerry Padrick and Principal Lisa Sullivan. Congratulations!

Migrant Education End-of-Year Parent Meeting

Migrant Education End-of-Year Parent Meeting

The end-of-year parent meeting for the District’s Migrant Education Program was a wonderful collaboration of people and organizations.
Elks Lodge #1520 donated 30 crock pots and surprised migrant students and parents with crock pots and groceries to take home.
Parents also enjoyed learning about a variety of topics including:
Parent Skyward Training (Facilitators: Jim Dunn and Pedro Balderas, ITS)
Online 2019-20 School Registration (Facilitator: Angie Moreno, Student Assignment)
ESE Services (Facilitator: Angie Moore, ESE)
Farmworker Career Program (Facilitator: Betty Guerrero, IRSC)
Health Services for Migrants (Facilitator: Eva Garcia, Florida Community Health Centers)

Military Ball

Military Ball

On Saturday February 2nd, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion attended its 25th Annual Military Ball at the Santa Lucia River Club. Male Cadets wore their Dress Cadet Formal uniform, and female cadets came in formal gowns. Our Jaguar Battalion Color Guard posted the colors to begin the formal portion of the ceremony. Commanding the color guard was Cadet Sergeant First Class Lawrence Moleon-Matthews, accompanied by Cadet Sergeant Shane Canady as State Flag Bearer, Cadet Sergeant James Mikovsky as National Guard, and Cadet Corporal Alex Nangle as State Guard. We proceeded to go through numerous traditions our JROTC program has conducted over the years before and during dinner; we also added our newest tradition called the “not so Oscars.” After dinner the Color Guard retrieved the colors and we began the informal portion of military ball — the dance. All cadets who attended enjoyed their Military Ball experience and are excited to see what next year brings. Photography and this article was written by Cadet Captain Alexis Morris.    

Million Dad March Northport Style!

Million Dad March Northport Style!

Northport K-8 School participated in the Saint Lucie County School Board initiative, “Million Father March” recently. Principal, Glenn Rustay and assistant principals, Lorie Monroe and Brooke Wigginton as well as many teachers and staff, welcomed the dads and their children at the parent drop off sites with many waves and smiles. Dads were welcomed with their children in the Media Center by the principal, PTO president, Marcy Waltz and center staff with coffee, juice and snacks. Dads happily filled out compacts with pledges to take their children to school as often as possible, to seek volunteer opportunities at the schools, discuss grades, check reports and support their children with their after school activities. All the fathers who brought their children were so glad for the boost and the opportunity to help out with the school, parent connection. Northport community loves and appreciates our dads! Northport is a Title 1 school and we are definitely going to keep the ball rolling and invite our dads to school for every event. Pictured is principal Rustay with uncle, Terry Scott, dad and Northport alumni, Shawn Norwood and the children, DreShawn Norwood and LeDevon Blackshear. Thanks to Mr. Scott, Mr. Norwood and all the dads, uncles, grandfathers and brothers who attended the “Million Dad March Northport Style!”

Million Father March

Million Father March

October 7, 2014, Weatherbee Elementary asked significant male caregivers to step up and take an active role in the lives of their children.  Fathers, grandfathers, uncles and cousins came to join their children for breakfast and to sign a pledge that they would actively participate in the educational and social-emotional development of their child. Featured in the foreground is Taylor Carlin and Dad.

Million Father March at Gaines Academy

Million Father March at Gaines Academy

Samuel Gaines Academy K-8 celebrated fatherhood and the impact they have on their child’s education. This event was a huge success led by Robert Plowden and Duane Turner. SGA thanks Denise Sirmons Kid at Hope advocate, Avid Team, Project Success, Parent Academy, and the PTO. Kudos to our media specialist and clerk for taking pictures of our 50 participants. SGA faculty and staff prepared a wonderful breakfast for fathers. The fathers pledged to be active participants in their student’s lives. This event truly show’s that our fathers believe in Gains at Gaines.

Million Father March held at Palm Pointe

Million Father March held at Palm Pointe

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition held their very own Million Father March on October 7, 2014 to recognize all male role models. The event consisted of these men signing a pledge, being pinned by our staff and participating in a march, with their children, around the perimeter of Palm Pointe. Mr. Houston Tate, along with his father Bishop Tate and father-in-law, Henry Miller, were our guests of honor as well as our very own Palm Pointe male faculty and staff who shared the Million Father March: Men Bring You Child to School Day Proclamation. Our band honored these male-role models by playing a special tune and our faculty and staff surrounded the perimeter of our school holding signs and cheering as the parade marched on. Pictured is the march around the school with the male role models, administration, staff and students.

Million Father March Proclamation

Million Father March Proclamation

The proclamation for the Million Father March was presented at the school board meeting on September 23, 2014. A father who actively participates in the educational and social-emotional developmental life of a child is invaluable and irreplaceable. Research shows that children whose fathers take active roles in their educational lives earn better grades, score higher on tests, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college. It is with this notion that the School Board of St. Lucie Public Schools, of Ft. Pierce, Fl., proclaims Tuesday, October 7, 2014, as Million Father March Day, Men take their Children to School Day. We call upon all citizens to observe this day by taking time to recognize and acknowledge the importance of male influence on educational success.

Pictured are, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Assistant Principal James Sloan, Principal Todd Smith, Commissioner Kim Johnson, Assistant Principal Edwin Munoz, Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Garry Wilson, SLC Tax Collector Chris Craft, Principal Henry Sanabria, Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry, Clerk of Courts Joseph Smith, PSL Chief of Police John Bolduc, Principal Craig Logue, FPPD Chief Deputy Frank Amandro, Dean Elker Harris, and Board Chairman Debbie Hawley.

Mixing it up at Allapattah Flats K8

Mixing it up at Allapattah Flats K8

As Allapattah Flats middle school students wrapped up science fair, sixth grade moved into learning about magnetic forces.  The class has been using electric charges and magnetic charges within a lab setting for hands on learning.  Eighth grade has just finished studying various kinds of mixtures as well as matter and the energy cycle. Bailey McCall is pictured intently studying his work as he conducts an experiment on mixtures.

MLK CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MLK CALENDAR OF EVENTS

LEGACY OF JUSTICE PEACE & EQUALITY

JANUARY 11 – 19, 2019

“WEEK OF KINDNESS”

TREASURE COAST CHAPTER OF CHARMETTES, INC.
LUVENIA H. MORGAN / (772) 577-0060

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019
“OPENING RECEPTION”
INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE, KOBLEGARD STUDENT UNION
3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE
TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. MELISSA NEWTON / (772) 334-0738

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019
“YOUTH SYMPOSIUM”
LINCOLN PARK ACADEMY AUDITORIUM
1806 AVENUE I, FORT PIERCE
TIME: 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC.
DR. TAMIA McEWEN / (832) 309-5662

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019
“MLK SPELLING BEE”
LINCOLN PARK ACADEMY AUDITORIUM
1806 AVENUE I, FORT PIERCE
TIME: 3:00 – 5:00 P.M.
ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY, INC.
KATHERINE CHRISTOPHER / (772) 242-3298

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019
“MLK ADULT SPELLING BEE”
LINCOLN PARK ACADEMY AUDITORIUM
1806 AVENUE I, FORT PIERCE
TIME: 6:00 P.M.
LINCOLN PARK YOUNG PROFESSIONALS CALETA SCOTT / CALETASCOTT@GMAIL.COM

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2019

“MLK INTERFAITH SERVICE”

RESURRECTION LIFE FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER 405 IXORIA AVE FORT PIERCE, FL 34982

TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
LINCOLN PARK COUNCIL OF MINISTERS, INC. REV. DR. KENNY MILLS / (772) 370-5420

MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2019
“CANDLELIGHT UNITY MARCH”
HISTORICAL LINCOLN THEATER
AVENUE D CORRIDOR
TIME: 6:00-6:45 P.M.
PHI BETA SIGMA FRATERNITY, INC.
SIMMIE BURNS / (772) 971-5898

MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2019
“MLK NAACP CEREMONY”
MT. OLIVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 800 AVENUE C, FORT PIERCE FL 34950
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
SLC BRANCH OF NAACP
BETTY BARNES / (772) 528-2774

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019
“AWARDS BREAKFAST”
INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE
TREASURE COAST PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING COMPLEX
4600 KIRBY LOOP ROAD, FORT PIERCE
TIME: 8:00 – 11:00 A.M.
SIGMA GAMMA RHO SORORITY, INC.
GLORIA JOHNSON-SCOTT / (772) 332-7193

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019

“DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WREATH LAYING CEREMONY”

DREAMLAND PARK SOUTH 25TH ST. AND
ATLANTIC AVENUE
TIME: 1:00 PM
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.
REGINALD FLOYD / (772) 971-2396

MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2019
“GRAND PARADE”
AVENUE I AND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD. LINEUP AT 9:00 A.M. PARADE AT 10:00 A.M.
MLK COMMEMORATIVE COMMITTEE
CHERYL McCRARY / (772) 985-7012

MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2019
“FESTIVAL IN THE PARK”
LAWNWOOD STADIUM
1302 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE
TIME: 12:00 NOON – 5:00 P.M.
MLK COMMEMORATIVE COMMITTEE
LASHONDA HENDERSON / (772) 242-3298 TWONNETT BRUNSON // (772) 579-6162

MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2019
HEALTH FAIR @ FESTIVAL IN THE PARK
LAWNWOOD STADIUM
TIME: 12:00 NOON – 5:00 P.M.
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT HEALTH IN ST. LUCIE COUNTY ARLEASE HALL // (772) 370-1391
DAWN JONES /(772) 201-3357

 

For More Information: Contact: Dr. Danny M. Hoey, Jr., at (832) 589-8862 or mlkofslc@gmail.com

MLK CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MLK Calendar Of Events

This year holds many opportunities to participate in the St. Lucie County Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 35th Anniversary Commemorative Celebration.

LEGACY OF JUSTICE PEACE & EQUALITY

JANUARY 11 – 19, 2019

“WEEK OF KINDNESS”

TREASURE COAST CHAPTER OF CHARMETTES, INC.
LUVENIA H. MORGAN / (772) 577-0060

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019
“AWARDS BREAKFAST”
INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE
TREASURE COAST PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING COMPLEX
4600 KIRBY LOOP ROAD, FORT PIERCE
TIME: 8:00 – 11:00 A.M.
SIGMA GAMMA RHO SORORITY, INC.
GLORIA JOHNSON-SCOTT / (772) 332-7193

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019

“DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WREATH LAYING CEREMONY”

DREAMLAND PARK SOUTH 25TH ST. AND
ATLANTIC AVENUE
TIME: 1:00 PM
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.
REGINALD FLOYD / (772) 971-2396

MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2019
“GRAND PARADE”
AVENUE I AND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD. LINEUP AT 9:00 A.M. PARADE AT 10:00 A.M.
MLK COMMEMORATIVE COMMITTEE
CHERYL McCRARY / (772) 985-7012

MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2019
“FESTIVAL IN THE PARK”
LAWNWOOD STADIUM
1302 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE
TIME: 12:00 NOON – 5:00 P.M.
MLK COMMEMORATIVE COMMITTEE
LASHONDA HENDERSON / (772) 242-3298 TWONNETT BRUNSON // (772) 579-6162

MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2019
HEALTH FAIR @ FESTIVAL IN THE PARK
LAWNWOOD STADIUM
TIME: 12:00 NOON – 5:00 P.M.
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT HEALTH IN ST. LUCIE COUNTY ARLEASE HALL // (772) 370-1391
DAWN JONES /(772) 201-3357

 

For More Information: Contact: Dr. Danny M. Hoey, Jr., at (832) 589-8862 or mlkofslc@gmail.com

MLK Grand Parade

MLK Grand Parade

St. Lucie Public Schools proudly participated in the 33rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Parade.  This year’s theme “Renewing a Spirit of Empowerment, Engagement, and Non-violence” was reflected in schools’ parade entries which included float designs, band performances, cheer and dance presentations, and more.  This year’s commentators were the District’s own Dr. Donna Mills and Dr. Kevin Perry.

MLK Grand Parade Winners

MLK Grand Parade Winners

2018 MLK Grand Parade Results for School Entries

Elementary

1st Place: Frances K. Sweet Elementary

2nd Place: Village Green Elementary

3rd Place: Rivers Edge Elementary

 

K-8

1st Place: Northport K-8

2nd Place: Fort Pierce Magnet Arts

3rd Place: St. Lucie West K-8

 

Middle

1st Place: Forest Grove Middle

2nd Place: Southport Middle

3rd Place: Dan McCarty Middle

 

High

1st Place: St. Lucie West Centennial High

2nd Place: Fort Pierce Central High

3rd Place: Port St. Lucie High

View the parade by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AZs5cipxNg&t=164s

Week of Kindness

1st Place Morningside Elementary

2nd Place Dan McCarty Middle

3rd Place F. K. Sweet Elementary

Certificate of Participation: Windmill Point Elementary