Academic Team Will Represent SLPS at State Competition

Academic Team Will Represent SLPS at State Competition

Students from across the District make up the SLPS Academic Team that will be going to the state level competition in April. Students are selected based on their content strengths to establish a well-rounded academic team.
Congratulations to: D. Kehoe (TCHS), N. Gomez (SLWCHS), J. Diago (FPWHS), C. Acre (LPA), M. Kaminaga (LPA), and G. Zheng ( LPA).

4th Annual Early Literacy Conference

4th Annual Early Literacy Conference

Early literacy is important! SLPS, in collaboration with many community sponsors, facilitated the annual early childhood conference which brought together nearly 200 public and private early childhood educators for the specific purpose of enhancing early childhood education.

This year’s theme: Kaleidoscope of Movement

Keynote Speaker: Jack Hartman

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Student Services Week and National School Counseling Week, Feb. 1–5, 2016

Throughout the state of Florida, this week is celebrated as Student Services Week to laud the contributions of student services professionals. School counselors, school nurses, school psychologists and school social workers dedicate their efforts to supporting the academic, behavioral, social, physical, mental and emotional development of all students. In sync with this is National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Both are celebrated from Feb. 1–5, 2016, with the latter honing special public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

According to Executive Director of Student Services and Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson, “This special week honors those who implement comprehensive school counseling and support programs — vital components of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

These professionals help students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; work in partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world; focus on positive ways to enhance students’ social and personal education and career development; and work with teachers and other educators to help students realize their potential and set healthy, realistic, and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with specialized training in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

“School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and personal/social skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”

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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Student Services and National School Counseling Week, Feb. 1–5, 2016

Student Services and National School Counseling Week, Feb. 1–5, 2016

Throughout the state of Florida, this week is celebrated as Student Services Week to laud the contributions of student services professionals. School counselors, school nurses, school psychologists and school social workers dedicate their efforts to supporting the academic, behavioral, social, physical, mental and emotional development of all students. In sync with this is National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Both are celebrated from Feb. 1–5, 2016, with the latter honing special public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

According to Executive Director of Student Services and Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson, “This special week honors those who implement comprehensive school counseling and support programs — vital components of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

 

SLE Serves Up Ice Cream For MLK Parade Participants

SLE Serves Up Ice Cream For MLK Parade Participants

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On Friday January 22, 2016, St. Lucie Elementary students who honored Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy during the parade were rewarded with an ice cream social.  The participating students received a little break from class to enjoy ice cream with a variety of toppings served up by SLE staff in gratitude of their time and efforts contributed as well as their community spirit.

Literacy Night At SLE Soaring To New Heights

Literacy Night At SLE Soaring To New Heights

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On Thursday, January 21, 2016, students, parents, and staff at St. Lucie Elementary participated in Literacy Night. In addition to the many other events SLE hosts to promote and support family involvement, teachers and staff lovingly served dinner and provided a variety of skill-based literacy activities for parents and children to partake.

Literacy Night is an innovative way to provide children and parents with various reading techniques. Participants were involved in the five components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonic, reading comprehension, reading fluency, and vocabulary development).  Students and parents were engaged in literacy rich activities that were challenging, meaningful, and respectful. The literacy activities were geared towards students in grades K-5. Students learned various reading strategies, and they were given materials to take home. Parents were able to observe teachers modeling effective teaching techniques and instructional strategies.

Odyssey of the Mind at Mariposa Elementary

Odyssey of the Mind at Mariposa Elementary

Mariposa Elementary has formed a Division I Odyssey team for the 2016 Regional competition.

Our team is compromised of the following team members:

Third Grade Representative: Justin Horton

Fourth Grader Representatives: Samantha Gardner, James Philips, Sydnee Rubenstein, Janellie Alvarez

Fifth Grade Representative: Alexandra Smith

Coaches: Mrs. Jennifer Scipioni,  Mrs. Patricia Gomes
Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem solving program where students work together to solve problems. Some problems are spontaneous and solved within minutes on the day of competition. They also have a long-term problem. This long-term problem takes months of preparation. The team must create their own play with costumes, props and setting without adult assistance. As if that isn’t hard enough, there are restrictions and requirements that they must include in the play. This year the problem the team decided to complete is titled Fins, Furs, Feathers and Friends. They are creating a comedic play about animals who have to solve three different problems.

Keep an eye out for the debut of our play in front of Mariposa students and staff at the end of February. It will be our final preparation for our competition in Boca Raton on Saturday, February 27th, against other schools in our region. If the team wins, they will go to University of Central Florida in April to compete against the entire state. Wish them luck!

Palm Pointe Celebrated 100 Days

Palm Pointe Celebrated 100 Days

Kindergarten students in Carmela Gauthier’s class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated their 100th day of school.  Students and staff dressed up for the celebration and had many activities throughout the day using 100. This was a fun way to learn, and the students enjoyed the learning experience.

Positive Behavior – Gold Level Award

Positive Behavior – Gold Level Award


We congratulate Bayshore Elementary, Southport Middle, West Gate K – 8, and Weatherbee Elementary for receiving Gold Level status!

The purpose of the Florida’s Positive Behavior Support (FLPBS) Project is to identify schools that exemplify best practices in the implementation of positive behavior support systems. Artifacts submitted through an online application showcase practices. The FLPBS Project recognizes Gold, Silver, and Bronze model schools.

http://flpbs.fmhi.usf.edu/modelschools.cfm

 

 

Positive Behavior – Silver Level Award

Positive Behavior – Silver Level Award

We congratulate F.K. Sweet Elementary, Allapattah Flats K – 8, Lawnwood Elementary, and Manatee Academy K – 8 for receiving Silver Level status!

The purpose of the Florida’s Positive Behavior Support (FLPBS) Project is to identify schools that exemplify best practices in the implementation of positive behavior support systems. Artifacts submitted through an online application showcase practices. The FLPBS Project recognizes Gold, Silver, and Bronze model schools.

http://flpbs.fmhi.usf.edu/modelschools.cfm

PBIS Award – Bronze Level Award

PBIS Award – Bronze Level Award

We congratulate Mariposa Elementary, Morningside Elementary, Oak Hammock K – 8, Palm Pointe Educational Research School, and Village Green Environmental Studies School for receiving Bronze Level status!

The purpose of the Florida’s Positive Behavior Support (FLPBS) Project is to identify schools that exemplify best practices in the implementation of positive behavior support systems. Artifacts submitted through an online application showcase practices. The FLPBS Project recognizes Gold, Silver, and Bronze model schools.

http://flpbs.fmhi.usf.edu/modelschools.cfm

CTE Month – Opportunities for Career Success

CTE Month – Opportunities for Career Success

CTE Month® is a public awareness campaign ACTE holds each February to celebrate Career and Technical Education and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.  “Opportunities for Career Success” is the theme for this year.

https://acteonline.org/ctemonth/#.VrB81ubCBhY

 

 

Panthers Win the McNair Cup!

Panthers Win the McNair Cup!

The Westwood JROTC Air Rifle Varsity Team defeated four schools to retain the much-coveted McNair Silver Trophy cup at the 4th Annual McNair Memorial Rifle Match for the third year running. Alex Rediker led the varsity team as the match individual champion as well as earning three additional individual medals. Jennifer Arriola was the prone champion and the “Sniper” champion, boasting nine out of 30 perfect 10’s! Raul Velasco also took an individual medal in standing. Alejandro Garcia rounded out the Varsity team. Miguel Rodriguez led the JV team to a second place finish and also earned individual medals in Standing and as the runner up JV match sniper. Other members of the JV team include Quytaja Frazier, Sally Dupre and Kirmille Joseph. The Varsity team is preparing for the Area III Regional South qualifier held Atlantic HS on the 27th of February.

QR Crazy at Southport

QR Crazy at Southport

Southport 8th grade students were engaged in a technology enhanced practice for their current unit, Systems of Equations. Students, together in groups, answered questions as a team, then when they came to a consensus for their answer, they took turns being the “runner.” The “runner” went to the answer zone in the hallway and found the correct QR code that matched the answer they chose. They scanned the QR code with their phones which, if they chose the right answer the QR code gave them the next question. The students really enjoyed the activity. Malik Copeland said, “It helped me comprehend what we did in class.” Leslie Flores said, “It was fun because we got to communicate with our peers.”

Great job to Southport’s 8th grade teachers for organizing such a fun activity.

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Weatherbee Hosts Annual Episodic Reading Day

Weatherbee Hosts Annual Episodic Reading Day

On Friday, January 29, Weatherbee Elementary hosted its annual Episodic Reading Day. The event was a huge success and a perfect ending to the many activities planned for Literacy Week. The Women’s Volleyball and Basketball teams from Indian River State College shared stories with students and talked to them about the importance of sportsmanship and keeping good grades in order to participate in sports. District leaders including: Dr. Prince, Gina Anthony, Teri Barenborg, Kimberly Roberts, and School Board Member Debbie Hawley had a fantastic time sharing their favorite books with our students. The students were especially excited to see the state troopers and meet K9 Piko! The visitors complimented the students’ excellent behavior and were impressed with students following the SAIL expectations. Thank you to the VPK students, Gracie Morris, and the wonderful safety patrol team for welcoming our guests.

Mosaic Digital Academy Is Now a Kids At Hope School!

Mosaic Digital Academy Is Now a Kids At Hope School!

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It’s official! Mosaic Digital Academy is proud to be a Kids At Hope school! Our amazing staff here are proud to join St. Lucie School District’s Treasure Hunters and wholeheartedly believe “all children are capable of success – no exceptions!”  We would like to thank the staff at The Roundtable of St. Lucie County who also recently offered a Kids At Hope Parent Workshop to train our parents!

What is Kids at Hope?  Have you heard the phrase “youth at risk?”  Kids at Hope is the opposite of that.  Kids at Hope is a belief that “all children are capable of success – no exceptions!”  We believe that all children are at HOPE – at hope of succeeding in life.  As caring adults, we must do all we can to help children focus on that hope.  We must create a Culture of Hope so that they know that the adults around them expect them to experience success!

Bayshore Families Celebrate Literacy!

Bayshore Families Celebrate Literacy!

Bayshore Elementary School hosted a Superhero Literacy Night as part of Celebrate Literacy Week.  Families started the night learning about their children’s upcoming curriculum.  Afterwards, they participated in fun literacy stations that included superhero reading, bingo for books, word building, and creating soaring reading goals!    Pictured, from left to right, are fifth grade student Vanessa Cruz, first grade student Jonathan Cruz, and Kilsy De Jesus.