WEST Prep Selected as a Finalist in the STEM Excellence awards

WEST Prep Selected as a Finalist in the STEM Excellence awards

The Steam Advocates, with the help of several teachers and students, applied for an international award from the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in “STEM Excellence.”  They have been selected as 1 of 3 high school finalists from across the country! This is an amazing accomplishment for Fort Pierce Westwood Academy: The WEST Prep Magnet. The faculty and staff are dedicated to the implementation of the STEAM school initiatives and this award would not be possible without their hard work for our students’ success.

Below is the link to the video portion of our application.

WEST Prep Claims 1st and 2nd Place at Ocean Bowl!

WEST Prep Claims 1st and 2nd Place at Ocean Bowl!

Fort Pierce WEST Prep Marine and Oceanographic Academy claimed first and second place in the regional Manatee Bowl in Miami on Saturday February 1st. The “A” team, comprised of Chad Adkins, Matthew Zoll, Casie Schulz, Salvatore Piazza, and Captain Caleb Stacey, went undefeated for 11 rounds and will be advancing to the National Ocean Bowl Championship in Mississippi.

The B Team, comprised on Kavir Sookdeo, John Lewenec, Lorenzo Gallardo, and Liberty Juno, was defeated by Team A in the final round of competition. The competition consisted of 14 schools from south Florida.

More information about the Ocean Bowl can be found at http://nosb.org/ and more information about the FPW Marine and Oceanographic Academy can be found at https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/moa/ .

West Point Visits Students at Palm Pointe

West Point Visits Students at Palm Pointe

Recently at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition two West Point people came to speak with eighth grade students that were interested in attending West Point in the future. Mr. Chris Slate is an alum and in charge of admissions in this area. A sophomore cadet, Madison Crum also came to speak with students about the program. A video was shown about West Point, information given to the students and a question and answer session at the end. The students at Palm Pointe were very interested in the program and appreciated them coming to enlighten them on the procedures. Pictured from left is Cadet Madison Crum, Area Admissions Chris Slate and Guidance Counselor from Palm Pointe, Andrea Tang.

West Gate Staff recognized with Star Award

West Gate Staff recognized with Star Award

In April, West Gate K-8 sponsored the 2nd Annual Treasure Coast Community Walk for Autism Speaks. West Gate personnel was recognized at the School Board Meeting on May 13th for organizing and coordinating such a worthwhile and wonderful event for our community.

The turnout of support for the community was phenomenal. “You have a fantastic staff at your school and the parents know that their children are in great hands each day and getting a quality educational program. My hat is off to the entire West Gate K-8 team. Congratulations on a job well done,” stated Bill Tomlinson, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.

Pictured from left to right are, Debbie Hawley (Board Chairman), Shequita Merelus, Jessica McLaughlin, Valentina Whyte, Lisa Landis, Genelle Yost (Superintendent), Cheryl Petrino, Robert Cranmer (Principal WGK-8), and Michelle Jerger (Director of Student Assignment).

West Gate K8 celebrates Read Across America

West Gate K8 celebrates Read Across America

On Friday, March 1st, West Gate K-8 welcomed Ms. Alicia Kohanski as  guest reader for our annual celebration of Read Across America. Ms. Kohanski is a Children’s Program Specialist with the St. Lucie County Library System. Her programs are literacy based and include the use of books, stories, music, flannel boards, puppets and props. During two exciting 45 minute performances, Ms. Kohanski thoroughly engaged students in all of West Gate’s first grade classes. West Gate would like to thank Ms. Kohanski and the St. Lucie County Library system for sharing our love of reading.

West Gate K8 celebrates Read Across America

West Gate K8 celebrates Read Across America

Once again this year, WestGate K8 School celebrated Read Across America by inviting some very special readers. Some of the special guests visiting West Gate included  Sheriff Ken Mascara, Joe Smith, the Clerk of County Courts, School Board members Troy Ingersoll and Dr. Donna Mills. Pictured is CTA/CU president Vanessa Tillman who entertained Angela Fish’s fourth grade class with her amazing story-telling.

 

 

West Gate K8 and Autism Speaks Teams Up with New York Mets

West Gate K8 and Autism Speaks Teams Up with New York Mets

St. Lucie County Schools celebrated ten years of growth, progress and acceptance with Autism Speaks on Monday afternoon when over 50 students with autism were treated to a fun filled day watching the New York Mets face the Miami Marlins. West Gate K8’s and Northport K8’s Autism Spectrum Disorder units traveled to Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie for lunch and an afternoon game with a major league team. “Despite the crowds and noise all the students had a wonderful time,” said Robert Cranmer, Principal of West Gate K8. “One student even caught a ball!”

Mr. Cranmer’s staff at West Gate K8 is very active in the autism community. They cosponsor the Walk Now for Autism Speaks on the Treasure Coast and now they initiated a county-wide field trip for all ASD students. “This was our first year planning this type of event. We hope all schools in St. Lucie County that have ASD units will see what a success this year’s game was and join us next year!” said Val Whyte, Behavior Tech and co-chair of the walk.

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West Gate K-8 Project on Display at the Capital

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.

West Gate K-8 is recognized as a PBIS Model School

West Gate K-8 is recognized as a PBIS Model School

On May 27, 2014 at the School Board Meeting, West Gate K-8 was presented a Bronze Award for the 2012-2013 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Model School. A PBIS Model School is one that has met specific criteria and has reported innovative, creative and functional ways of supporting PBIS in their school. Pictured are, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Christopher Edgecombe, Andrea Malin, Assistant Principal Esther Muniz-Guzman, and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.

West Gate K-8 goes to the Birds!

West Gate K-8 goes to the Birds!

Third grade students proudly display their painted birdhouses which were made during their unit on Songbirds in Mrs. Palmer’s West Gate K-8 Elementary Art classroom. Students not only made birdhouses from recycled tissue boxes and Popsicle sticks, but also learn about a particular songbird by doing research for a display poster to accompany their bird house. Students will then give the new house to the birds in their back yards.

L to R back row: Aden Kneidel, Christine Cledanor,  Isaiah Brangan, Noelle Prinz

L to R front row: Shane Blank , Joshua Elwood, Sydney Yahn, Kyle Scerbo, Giana Paula.

We’re Hiring

We’re Hiring

SLPS is looking for innovative teachers for the 2019-2020 School Year at our magnet schools: The WEST Prep, Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie, and Samuel Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies. Find out more here: http://www.stlucieschools.org/

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Wellness program manager aims to help employees improve health

Wellness program manager aims to help employees improve health

Thanks to funds provided by BlueCross BlueShield of Florida, St. Lucie Schools’ Employer Group Health Insurance provider, St. Lucie County School District now has an Employee Wellness Program Manager, Carlye Fabrikant. Carlye has worked in the areas of health and wellness for over 12 years with experience educating all ages on various health topics, creating wellness programs for various populations, and counseling individuals on proper nutrition, exercise, stress management, and disease prevention/management. Her objectives for the district’s employees are to create programs to meet the needs and interests of the employees, and to be a resource for the employees on the health services and education that are available to them in the community and bring many of those services to our schools. These objectives will assist in reaching our goal of healthier employees and reduced insurance costs.

 

 

 

Welcome Superintendent Wayne Gent and Deputy Superintendent Jon Prince

Welcome Superintendent Wayne Gent and Deputy Superintendent Jon Prince

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent serves as the leader of St. Lucie Public Schools. Prior to assuming this leadership role, he was Palm Beach County’s Superintendent for four years. Mr. Gent is a dedicated educator who has served in a variety of roles including: teacher, coach, principal, State’s Principal in Residence, Area Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning Support, and Chief Officer of Administration.

In 2014, under Superintendent Gent, the School District of Palm Beach County out-performed Florida and all other large urban school districts with a graduation rate of 84%. Palm Beach was the only large urban district to raise its graduation rate.

Superintendent Gent graduated from Mars Hill College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Georgia.

Superintendent Wayne Gent

Superintendent Wayne Gent

Deputy Superintendent Jon Prince

Deputy Superintendent Jon Prince

Welcome, Mr. Oge

Welcome, Mr. Oge

Gaines Academy is honored to announce our new Assistant Principal, Alex Oge.  Mr. Oge is an exceptional Assistant Principal with eight years of experience at Port Saint Lucie High School.  He has served in the capacities of Dean and Science Teacher at Treasure Coast High School and in New York.  He is married and has two school-aged children.  His wife, Guermithe Oge, is also an educator at Weatherbee Elementary. Staff hosted a breakfast and extended a warm welcome to Mr. Oge as he joined our Colt Family our September 21st.

SGA administrative staff (l to r: Assistant Principal Kimberly Smith, TSA Charlene Edwards, Assistant Principal Alex Oge and Principal Traci Wilke)

SGA administrative staff
(l to r: Assistant Principal Kimberly Smith, TSA Charlene Edwards, Assistant Principal Alex Oge and Principal Traci Wilke)

Weight Watchers Free Style

Weight Watchers Free Style

Weight Watchers is launching a new program called Weight Watchers Free Style. This program encourages members to move for fun and will teach skills for a different mind set.

If you are interested in having a Weight Watchers meeting at your school site or work location, contact SLPS’s Wellness Manager:

Stacy Jacobson Donnelly

stacy.donnelly@stlucieschools.org

D: (772) 429-3974

F: (772) 429-5522

 

2018 is your year! Do something with it.

 

 

 

WeatherSTEM Donates Program to Southport Middle School

WeatherSTEM Donates Program to Southport Middle School

WeatherSTEM was recognized at the board meeting on June 9th for their donation of the Weather Compass to Southport Middle School.  WeatherSTEM is a fun and educational program that benefits the entire community. WeatherSTEM CEO, Ed Mansouri, is donating a program called Weather Compass that combines a number of products and services to create a well-rounded weather experience. The components are: a full service weather station including agricultural sensors; cloud camera; custom web portal that displays weather data and images along with a host of useful engaging weather-related educational resources; and customized Facebook and Twitter pages updated by the weather station. The value of products and services is approximately $5,000, this is 100% donation and there are no costs to the school.

Pictured are, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Peter Birtoli from WeatherSTEM, SPM Assistant Principal Tari Sexton, and Board Chairman Dr. Donna Mills.