MSE:  Rotary Club of PSL Donates Dictionaries

MSE: Rotary Club of PSL Donates Dictionaries

Students in third grade at Morningside Elementary each received a dictionary from the Rotary Club of Port Saint Lucie. Students were excited as they looked through the pages at pictures and new words in their very own dictionary.  Thank you, Rotary, for your wonderful gift!

MSE Spelling Bee Winner Buzzes to the Top

MSE Spelling Bee Winner Buzzes to the Top

Third, Fourth and Fifth grade students competed in the MSE Spelling Bee on January 12, 2015.  After 14 rounds of words, Aaron Nieves, a third grader buzzes to the top and wins the competition.  Congratulation Aaron!!

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MSE TO REPRESENT FLORIDA IN WASHINGTON, DC

MSE TO REPRESENT FLORIDA IN WASHINGTON, DC

Morningside Elementary School students are charged for their trip to Washington, D.C. as the Florida Elementary School of the Year for Energy Achievement. The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project selected Morningside Elementary as the Florida Elementary School of the Year and National Elementary School Runner-up.

 

NEED encourages and rewards student leadership and innovation by sponsoring a Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement. Principal Kathleen Melrose beamed with pride stating, “Mrs. Mukhamedov’s 5th grade students conducted studies on energy using resources made available through the NEED project. They documented their hands-on experiences throughout the unit, and submitted their portfolio of activities.”

 

The fifth-grade group was highly engaged as their studies and experiments on the science of energy led them through class activities, energy expos, and community festivals.  “This was an amazing opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge about energy and share information with others to support a more energy conscious community,” said Melrose.

 

She also explained the students look forward to the National Recognition Ceremony slated for June 25th.   While at the conference, students will work with peers to explore new energy activities, and NEED teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate and network with other professionals.

 

Multicultural holiday event celebrated at Palm Pointe

Multicultural holiday event celebrated at Palm Pointe

First grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently performed a multicultural holiday event for families. The students sang songs from different countries, such as Jingle Bells and Feliz Navidad which were led by music director Christine Hill. After the performance, the families were able to sample foods from many different countries and enjoy the company of families and friends. It was a great learning experience for all!

Music In Our Schools

Music In Our Schools

Music In Our Schools Month is the National Association for Music Education’s annual celebration.  Music educators, students, and communities engage in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in St. Lucie Public Schools.

The theme for this year is “Music Connects Us.” Music is often called a ‘universal language.’ Every culture has developed their own system of music and the art has proven to be important in nearly every aspect of society. Learning how to interact with this ubiquitous world of music is of vital importance to all students throughout their entire school career.

St. Lucie Public Schools Annual Music In Our Schools Concert was held at the Fenn Center on April 12, 2018.  The event featured over 500 elementary, middle, and high school band and chorus students from across the district.  It was an evening of pure joy!

 

 

Music in Our Schools

Music in Our Schools

Chorus and band students from across the school district performed in spectacular fashion for a full house at the Fenn Center in Fort Pierce. As part of the annual Music In Our Schools celebration, students are specially selected from among St. Lucie Public Schools’ middle and high school band and chorus programs. The composite band or chorus group is then lead by a visiting clinician. Students rehearse for weeks to sing and play at top level with their peers. Music In Our Schools Month is the National Association for Music Education’s annual celebration. Music educators, students, and communities engage in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in St. Lucie Public Schools.  To view the performance, click the link below!

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Music In Our Schools Concert

Music In Our Schools Concert

Celebrate Music in Our Schools with area bands and choral ensembles as they fill the Fenn Center with the sound of music on April 7 at 7:00 p.m.  The public is invited to attend this free concert sponsored by St. Lucie Public Schools.

With over 500 students from across the District performing, audiences will enjoy a wide range of musical selections as students showcase their talents for their community.  The concert, hosted by Jane Whitaker, will be presented in round robin style. The theme for this year’s celebration is Music Inspires! According to Whitaker, “Music is a creative process that serves to inspire and motivate both the performer and the listener.”

Music in Ours Schools Month was founded in 1973 by the National Association for Music Education.  Its goal is to stress the importance and benefits of a high quality comprehensive, sequential music education program in our schools taught by exemplary music educators.

 

Music in Our Schools Month

Music in Our Schools Month

March is Music in Our Schools Month. At the March 10th board meeting the proclamation was read by John McGallagher, band director at Port St. Lucie High School. Music instructors were also recognized.

Pictured are, Dr. Donna Mills, Christine Hill, Shelby Schutt, George Rahming, Melanie Justice, Josephine Cappelletti, Shakiya Drayton, Jason Albert, Kimberly Evans, Joann Kinder, John McGallagher, Michael Willett, and Genelle Yost.

 

Music In Our Schools Month

Music In Our Schools Month

A Proclamation read by Christine Hill designated the month of March, 2016 as Music In Our Schools Month, and Dr. Kevin Perry recognized students and teachers for their musical accomplishments.

Music Inspires Concert

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Celebrate Music in Our Schools with area bands and choral ensembles as they fill the Fenn Center with the sound of music on April 7 at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free concert sponsored by St. Lucie Public Schools.

With over 500 students from across the District performing, audiences will enjoy a wide range of musical selections as students showcase their talents for their community.  The concert, hosted by Jane Whitaker, will be presented in round robin style. The theme for this year’s celebration is Music Inspires! According to Whitaker, “Music is a creative process that serves to inspire and motivate both the performer and the listener.”

Music in Ours Schools Month was founded in 1973 by the National Association for Music Education.  Its goal is to stress the importance and benefits of a high quality comprehensive, sequential music education program in our schools taught by exemplary music educators.

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.

Music support foundation presents student with gift from anonymous donor

Music support foundation presents student with gift from anonymous donor

The Bluebird Educational Productions (BEP) organization which supports music education and appreciation in St. Lucie Public Schools recently received an anonymous donation from a local patron so that a deserving student could have a instrument of their own to pursue their love of music and perform in their school’s band and music programs. Cole Maxwell of Lincoln Park Academy was selected to receive a new alto saxophone courtesy of the donation. BEP, which sponsors music appreciation and performances in St. Lucie Public Schools, is currently promoting its Recycling in the Key of E program, which puts refurbished musical instruments in the hands of students to pursue their desire to participate in musical programs in local schools. Pictured, from left, are Lincoln Park Academy band director Jason Albert, BEP board member and Forest Grove Middle School principal Terry Davis, BEP founder and chairman Darryl Bey, Cole Maxwell with his saxophone, Superintendent Michael Lannon and St. Lucie School Board chairman Carol Hilson.

Musical Strides

Musical Strides

SLPS Medici Project held its first “Rehearsal Clinic” to help prepare students and directors for their upcoming Music Performance Assessments. On the podium is Mr. James Sammons, Vero Beach High School (retired), working with the students at Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies. The kids did a GREAT job and made impressive improvements.

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Musicians Honored

Musicians Honored

Music in our Schools Month was founded 1n 1973 by the National Association for Music Education. Since that time, it has been celebrated by St. Lucie Public Schools.  This month-long event occurs each March and its goal is to stress the importance of quality music education in our schools.  It also ensures that America’s students have access to a comprehensive, sequential music education taught by highly qualified/exemplary music educators.

 

All-State Presentations

St. Lucie Public Schools has a rich and storied history of supporting the Arts.  In doing so, music and music education is important to the curriculum for all students.

As part of the Music in Our Schools Month celebration, students were recognized for outstanding musical performances with the Music Spotlight Award.  All of these students individually passed a rigorous and highly competitive audition process where they are required to demonstrate musicianship, rhythm and tonal proficiency, music Theory and artistic expression.  Acceptance into one of these elite groups is a direct result of the talent, dedication and musicianship of these accomplished students and the superior instruction provided their dynamic music educators.  Once recognized for their superior performance, students of this caliber were invited to participate with others of equal talent  as All State Participants.  We congratulate:

 

Forest Grove Middle School

Amanda Huntington – Florida 2018 – All-State Middle School Treble Chorus

Sebastian Spence – Florida 2018 – All State Middle School Mixed Chorus

Fort Pierce Westwood High School

Jovan Osborne – Florida 2018 – All State Honor Band

Lincoln Park Academy

Gabrielle Small – Florida 2018 – All State Symphonic Band

Donald Zoll – Florida 2018 – All State Concert Choir

 

 

Mystery reader visits eighth graders at Palm Pointe

Mystery reader visits eighth graders at Palm Pointe

Lisa Weil and Karol Carvelli’s reading class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition was visited by mystery reader Adam Jones, a Port St. Lucie businessman.  Mr. Jones, a long- time resident in the area and British national shared his knowledge of English pounds and read from the novel, “Around the World in 80 Days.” Students ate British scones while listening to Jones’ interpretation of Phileas Fogg.  Pictured, left, is Mr. Jones with students from the class and Karol Carvelli, back right.

Nardi Routten – Appointed to National Assessment Governing Board

Nardi Routten – Appointed to National Assessment Governing Board

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Five leaders from around the country have been appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board to serve four-year terms, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today.

This year’s Governing Board appointees include four new members and one re-appointed member—the Board’s current Vice Chair Tonya Matthews. The appointees’ terms begin on Oct. 1, 2018, and end on Sept. 30, 2022.

The appointees will help set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card. NAEP offers to the public and to education policymakers at the national, state and local levels, objective data on student performance in nearly a dozen subjects. The information NAEP provides helps education stakeholders evaluate the progress of American education. The 26-member nonpartisan, independent Governing Board determines the subjects and content of NAEP tests, sets the achievement levels for reporting and publicly releases the results.

“I’m pleased to welcome this diverse group of leaders from across the country to the National Assessment Governing Board,” Secretary DeVos said. “The board plays an important role in assessing student achievement, and I am confident that their collective experience will be a valuable asset as we work to ensure that all students have equal access to a great education that gives them the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.”

The appointees and the roles they represent on the Board are listed below:

  • Paul Gasparini, Secondary School Principal: Gasparini is the principal of Jamesville-DeWitt High School in Dewitt, New York, a position he has held for 17 years. Gasparini chairs the Central New York High School Principals Consortium, and his accolades include being named state high school principal of the year by the School Administrators Association of New York state.
  • Julia Keleher, Chief State School Officer: Keleher was appointed as Puerto Rico’s secretary of education in December 2016. She has more than 20 years of experience in education at the federal, state, district and school levels. Keleher is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, where she teaches graduate-level courses in the Business School and the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
  • Tonya Matthews, General Public Representative: Matthews joined the Governing Board in 2014. She is the founder of The STEMinista Project—an initiative to engage girls’ interest in science and technology careers. Mostly recently, Matthews served as president and chief executive officer of the Michigan Science Center, a science museum for children and young adults in Detroit.
  • Mark Miller, Eighth-Grade Teacher: Miller is a mathematics teacher and chair of the mathematics department at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Miller has more than 20 years of experience teaching mathematics at the junior-high level. Miller is a National Board Certified Teacher and serves on a standard-setting panel for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. His accolades include being nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science.
  • Nardi Routten, Fourth-Grade Teacher: Routten is a fourth-grade teacher at Chester A. Moore Elementary in Fort Pierce, Florida. She has taught third- and fourth-graders in St. Lucie County for more than 20 years. Routten, a National Board Certified Teacher, has received local and national recognition for her excellence in teaching, including the Milken Educator Award in 2014.

“We are excited to have such a breadth of talent and expertise join the Board and contribute to a group of leaders who are dedicated to maintaining NAEP’s rigor and quality, while making the assessment useful and relevant for the public,” said Lisa Stooksberry, deputy executive director for the Governing Board.

Every year, the Governing Board conducts a nationwide search for Board nominees. After the nominations period ends, the Governing Board narrows the pool of nominees to a list of finalists from which the U.S. Secretary of Education selects Board members.

The Governing Board is now accepting nominations for Board members whose terms will begin Oct. 1, 2019. To learn more about the open Board positions and the nomination process, visit http://bit.ly/JoinTheBoard11. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. EST on Oct. 31, 2018.

NASA visits Gaines Academy

NASA visits Gaines Academy

On Friday, October 23rd, NASA Engineer George “Gabe” Gabrielle, came to Samuel Gaines Academy to speak with our students about space travel.  He taught Mr. Davino’s AVID classes about the NASA facilities, preparing them for their upcoming 8th grade field trip to Kennedy Space Center in November.  Mr. Gabrielle also had a chance to speak with the students in SGA’s 21st Century Program. Both groups enjoyed the presentation and had many questions for him about the wonders of space travel.

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National Beta School of Distinction

National Beta School of Distinction

Fort Pierce Central High School received the honor of being recognized as a National Beta School of Distinction. This national award speaks highly of the school’s commitment to academic excellence and illustrates dedication to preparing students for college and career readiness.beta