Education’s Shining Stars Announced

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — In a live broadcast on Saturday, February 20, 2016, from Lincoln Park Academy, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County announced this year’s line-up of educational superstars. Mr. Jeffrey Johnson, Sr. took top honors as St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year. Mr. Johnson is a champion of students at Dale Cassens Educational Complex where he supports students in the areas of science and mathematics. Joining him on the stage during the Night of the Stars gala were School Related Employee of the Year Mr. Charles Pilson from Manatee Academy, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year Mr. Eddie L. Robinson from Manatee Academy, and Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Mr. Mike DellaFave from Weatherbee Elementary.

Teacher of the Year Johnson attributed his accomplishments as an educator to the inspiration he receives from his students’ successes. “I believe that all children are capable of success. Every child has a purpose, and every adult has a responsibility,” said Johnson. In an evening filled with accolades for the outstanding service that this year’s school representatives provide to the students in SLPS, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “These outstanding ladies and gentlemen epitomize excellence in teaching and distinction in providing professional support for the teaching and learning environment in SLPS. They represent what the District stands for in quality education for each child every day.” He added, “It is through the relentless efforts of our instructional and support team members that we are making a difference in the lives of children. The dedicated individuals who crossed the stage this evening lead the way in the points of pride we have for SLPS.”

Executive Director of the Education Foundation, Mr. Thom Jones could not agree more. “Honoring our teachers and support staff for the work they do each day for our students is the highlight of my year. Central to The Education Foundation’s mission is to recognize excellence in education and support teacher development.” Jones was also emphatic in pointing out the fact that the corporate sponsors such as the event’s grand benefactor Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are just as focused on the mission. The Morganti Group, Inc. sponsors the Teacher of the Year and Herff Jones honors the winner with a commemorative ring. The Education Foundation sponsors the School Related Employee of the Year, Keiser University sponsors the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year, and Seacoast Bank sponsors The Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year. Jones offered a special thank you to the many other event sponsors.

Event Coordinator Candace Stone said, “SLPS is proud of its educators and staff. We believe that all our distinguished honorees not only embody this mission of the District, but go beyond. Their accomplishments, both in school and in the community, reaffirms this belief.”

St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year will now move on to the state level competition. In the category of Teacher of the Year, the State has a long-standing tradition that recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. The state finalist for The Florida Teacher of the Year also serves as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education and represents the Florida Department of Education and teachers throughout the state.

About the Teacher of the Year

Jeffrey Johnson, Sr.

Mr. Jeffrey Johnson, Sr. provides structure, academic regimes, and a focused climate on achievement for his middle school students transitioning to high school at Dale Cassens Education Complex.  He supports his students’ studies in grade level mathematics and science as well as the facilitation of course recovery to support students in meeting their on-time graduation goals.

Mr. Johnson also appreciates the value of including a strong support network for his students, which is why he is passionate about including parents, coaches, pastors, and after-school organizations in the lives of his students. He endeavors to build strong bridges to solidify the home-to-school continuum for he believes that the cohesion of students, parents, community, and teachers maximize his students’ learning, provides his students with a greater sense of belonging, and inspires a subsequent desire in his students to participate in the lifelong learning process. He promotes a classroom culture that is dynamic, safe, and open for the sharing of thoughts and ideas.

About the School-Related Employee of the Year

Charles Pilson

Mr. Charles Pilson is the School Related Employee of the Year for Manatee Academy.  For the past four years, Pilson has served as the school’s Behavior Intervention Classroom Monitor. He is very aware of the challenges many students face each day and he supports and encourages their success in the classroom and in the educational environment.  He always lends an ear and a supportive word to those students who seek his counsel.

His normal work day ends and his dedication hours begin.  He serves as the school’s track coach, business partner liaison, and advisor to the Student Council and Honor Society.  Pilson works with the Guardian Ad Litem program as well.  He is a humanitarian who seeks the good in each and every student every day.

About the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year

Eddie L. Robinson

As a ten-year veteran educator, Mr. Eddie L. Robinson currently serves as an Elementary Counselor of Conduct at Manatee Academy. He believes that every child has the ability to learn and that every child needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature in their learning. He aspires to help students meet their fullest potential and continually works to help them develop and realize their uniqueness.

In his work on campus and in the community, Robinson is a steadfast advocate for youth. He volunteers his time as a youth leader, tutor, and mentor. He is positive in his demeanor, honorable in his work ethic, and counsels others to do the same.

About the Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year

Mike DellaFave

Mr. Mike DellaFave is a third grade teacher at Weatherbee Elementary School. His administrator and peers commend this positive role model on his dedication and enthusiasm for fostering a positive learning environment for his students. DellaFave’s classroom is a place where students are nurtured, motivated, and filled with wonder and encouraged to explore the world. He embraces the site-based and District initiatives and eagerly participates in talent development opportunities.

Aside from his contributions in the classroom, DellaFave is actively involved in committees and events on campus including the school’s positive behavior events. In the community, this stellar educator’s volunteer spirit shines through various outreach programs.

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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African Folk Tales Shared at SLE

African Folk Tales Shared at SLE

On Thursday, February 18, 2016, we were amazed by Master Storyteller Donna Washington who engaged and awakened the imaginations of students at St. Lucie Elementary with relevant stories and lessons. The enthusiasm was infectious from one student to the next as talk of her unforgettable performance was non-stop throughout the day.

The stories told were from African folk tales, which were so vivid and full of life.   No matter your ethnicity, it placed you right there in the moment!!   Our students here at St. Lucie Elementary listened and learned from her intriguing stories.  The students will certainly retell these stories over and over again!

Renowned Storyteller at Gaines Academy

Renowned Storyteller at Gaines Academy

The month of February is dedicated to celebrating and honoring the many achievements and contributions made by African Americans to the economic, cultural, and political development of America. On February 19th, Donna Washington joined Gaines Academy in celebrating African American culture through the art of storytelling. Ms. Washington is a renowned story teller and author who had student and teachers of all ages captivated with her narratives. Thank you, Ms. Washington!

She provided the talent on a storytelling tape that was so successful for Children’s Press that the tape was used to make four wordless picture books. It was at this time that Donna began writing books. Her first writing project was an anthology. It has been in the works for almost twelve years. A Pride of African Tales was released in December 2003. It received rave reviews from the American Library Association (ALA) Booklist and the School Library Journal. Pride was nominated for the Pennsylvania 2005-2006 Young Reader’s Choice Award. Donna’s second book, The Story of Kwanzaa, has been in print for eleven years. It is a wonderful primer for kids about the African-American celebration of Kwanzaa. Donna’s third book, A Big Spooky House, is a wonderful book to read aloud at Halloween. Her next book will be entitled Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa and will be published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Donna has performed at thousands of schools and libraries and numerous storytelling festivals throughout the country. She has also been featured at numerous storytelling festivals including the 2004 National Storytelling Festival, The Illinois Storytelling Festival, The Three Rivers Festival, The St. Louis Storytelling Festival, The NC StoryFest, The Corn Island and Cave Run Festivals in KY, and the Broward County Children’s  and Ocala Storytelling Festivals in FL just to name several.

 

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TCHS SkillsUSA Takes 1st Place

TCHS SkillsUSA Takes 1st Place

The students from the photo competed in SkillsUSA Regional Competition in Orlando, FL last week, Thursday, February 18.  Students were in the Community Service Competition and won 1st Place for Region 3.
Student Names: Olivia Wallman, Arielly Dias, and Arthur Waddell
Students in this competition had the following purpose:
To evaluate local chapter activities that benefit the community and to recognize excellence and professionalism in the area of community service. This event also enables the community to become aware of the outstanding work being performed by career and technical education students.

 

WPBF Teacher of the Week – Lindsey Perez

WPBF Teacher of the Week – Lindsey Perez

Lindsey Perez joined the Allapattah Flats family last school year and has made it her home. You never know what you will find when you enter the doors of Mrs. Perez’s science class. Hands-on, minds-on learning is always taking place as students engage in lessons designed to get them excited about science and all its wonders. At the end of the period, students never want to leave; Mrs. Perez ignites a desire in students to want to learn more. Girls and boys alike engage in competitive discoveries such as using a pumpkin to determine which is more powerful — fire or ice. She is a dynamic teacher who is always challenging her students and making science fun! Allapattah Flats is fortunate to have Lindsey Perez, and her students would definitely agree!
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Education’s Shining Stars Announced

Education’s Shining Stars Announced

In a live broadcast on Saturday, February 20, 2016, from Lincoln Park Academy, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County announced this year’s line-up of educational superstars. Mr. Jeffrey Johnson, Sr. took top honors as St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year. Mr. Johnson is a champion of students at Dale Cassens Educational Complex where he supports students in the areas of science and mathematics. Joining him on the stage during the Night of the Stars gala were School Related Employee of the Year Mr. Charles Pilson from Manatee Academy, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year Mr. Eddie L. Robinson from Manatee Academy, and Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Mr. Mike DellaFave from Weatherbee Elementary.

Teacher of the Year Johnson attributed his accomplishments as an educator to the inspiration he receives from his students’ successes. “I believe that all children are capable of success. Every child has a purpose, and every adult has a responsibility,” said Johnson. In an evening filled with accolades for the outstanding service that this year’s school representatives provide to the students in SLPS, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “These outstanding ladies and gentlemen epitomize excellence in teaching and distinction in providing professional support for the teaching and learning environment in SLPS. They represent what the District stands for in quality education for each child every day.” He added, “It is through the relentless efforts of our instructional and support team members that we are making a difference in the lives of children. The dedicated individuals who crossed the stage this evening lead the way in the points of pride we have for SLPS.”

Executive Director of the Education Foundation, Mr. Thom Jones could not agree more. “Honoring our teachers and support staff for the work they do each day for our students is the highlight of my year. Central to The Education Foundation’s mission is to recognize excellence in education and support teacher development.” Jones was also emphatic in pointing out the fact that the corporate sponsors such as the event’s grand benefactor Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are just as focused on the mission. The Morganti Group, Inc. sponsors the Teacher of the Year and Herff Jones honors the winner with a commemorative ring. The Education Foundation sponsors the School Related Employee of the Year, Keiser University sponsors the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year, and Seacoast Bank sponsors The Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year. Jones offered a special thank you to the many other event sponsors.

Event Coordinator Candace Stone said, “SLPS is proud of its educators and staff. We believe that all our distinguished honorees not only embody this mission of the District, but go beyond. Their accomplishments, both in school and in the community, reaffirms this belief.”

St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year will now move on to the state level competition. In the category of Teacher of the Year, the State has a long-standing tradition that recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. The state finalist for The Florida Teacher of the Year also serves as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education and represents the Florida Department of Education and teachers throughout the state.

About the Teacher of the Year

Jeffrey Johnson, Sr.

Mr. Jeffrey Johnson, Sr. provides structure, academic regimes, and a focused climate on achievement for his middle school students transitioning to high school at Dale Cassens Education Complex.  He supports his students’ studies in grade level mathematics and science as well as the facilitation of course recovery to support students in meeting their on-time graduation goals.

Mr. Johnson also appreciates the value of including a strong support network for his students, which is why he is passionate about including parents, coaches, pastors, and after-school organizations in the lives of his students. He endeavors to build strong bridges to solidify the home-to-school continuum for he believes that the cohesion of students, parents, community, and teachers maximize his students’ learning, provides his students with a greater sense of belonging, and inspires a subsequent desire in his students to participate in the lifelong learning process. He promotes a classroom culture that is dynamic, safe, and open for the sharing of thoughts and ideas.

About the School-Related Employee of the Year

Charles Pilson

Mr. Charles Pilson is the School Related Employee of the Year for Manatee Academy.  For the past four years, Pilson has served as the school’s Behavior Intervention Classroom Monitor. He is very aware of the challenges many students face each day and he supports and encourages their success in the classroom and in the educational environment.  He always lends an ear and a supportive word to those students who seek his counsel.

His normal work day ends and his dedication hours begin.  He serves as the school’s track coach, business partner liaison, and advisor to the Student Council and Honor Society.  Pilson works with the Guardian Ad Litem program as well.  He is a humanitarian who seeks the good in each and every student every day.

About the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year

Eddie L. Robinson

As a ten-year veteran educator, Mr. Eddie L. Robinson currently serves as an Elementary Counselor of Conduct at Manatee Academy. He believes that every child has the ability to learn and that every child needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature in their learning. He aspires to help students meet their fullest potential and continually works to help them develop and realize their uniqueness.

In his work on campus and in the community, Robinson is a steadfast advocate for youth. He volunteers his time as a youth leader, tutor, and mentor. He is positive in his demeanor, honorable in his work ethic, and counsels others to do the same.

About the Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year

Mike DellaFave

Mr. Mike DellaFave is a third grade teacher at Weatherbee Elementary School. His administrator and peers commend this positive role model on his dedication and enthusiasm for fostering a positive learning environment for his students. DellaFave’s classroom is a place where students are nurtured, motivated, and filled with wonder and encouraged to explore the world. He embraces the site-based and District initiatives and eagerly participates in talent development opportunities.

Aside from his contributions in the classroom, DellaFave is actively involved in committees and events on campus including the school’s positive behavior events. In the community, this stellar educator’s volunteer spirit shines through various outreach programs.

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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FPMSA Fifth Grade Scientists Explore Animal Adaptations

FPMSA Fifth Grade Scientists Explore Animal Adaptations

Fifth grade students in Mrs. Logue’s science class at FPMSA explored how when the environment changes, differences between individuals allow some plants and animals to survive and reproduce while others die or move to new locations.

Students had 10 seconds to pick up as many beans as possible. They discovered that they picked up more beans of the color that contrasted with the paper they were on. The beans similar in color to the paper represented the animals that have a better chance of survival due to the physical adaptation of camouflage.

Pictured are Jarvis Jerger and Cindy Hernandez

Northport Students Promote Praiseworthy Information at SLPS District History Fair!

Northport Students Promote Praiseworthy Information at SLPS District History Fair!

Northport K-8 history instructor, Bob Burdge, and eleven Northport middle grades students represented Northport at the SLPS District History Fair held at Indian River State College recently. Students explored and presented exciting and informative topics such as, “How Did the Women of the 1920’s Explore Their Rights and Encounter Change?” “The Significance of the California Gold Rush,” and “Amelia Earhart’s Exploration of Aircrafts: The Development of New Ideas.”

Mr. Burdge is celebrating his last year as not only a colorful and unparalleled history instructor for thirty-five and a half years, but as a History Fair Coordinator for at least twenty of those years. Bob Burdge has been an asset to Northport and to the “Art and Science” of teaching history. He will be sorely missed and the profession will be lacking due to the loss of his expertise.

Pictured with Mr. Burdge from top left are: Keyla Pocheco, Dallas Persick, Claudia Almanza, Haley Hensley, Dana Barcomb and Alicia Morrow.

Pictured bottom left are: Kiara Badalo, Rosette Garcia, Estefany Medina, Chastine Maharaj and Melanie Giachetti.

Great job and well done students. Via Con Dios, Mr. Burdge!

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!

Dr. Vigianno Visits MSE and Brings Body Systems to “Life”!

Dr. Vigianno Visits MSE and Brings Body Systems to “Life”!

 

Fifth grade students at Morningside Elementary learned all about body systems with hands-on activities including viewing how air expands real pig lungs, touching and seeing real animal organs, and learning where all the inner body systems are located.  Finally, the students were shown how by tapping on the body, they could tell whether the body part was solid or hollow.  The head sounded hollow much to the students’ surprise!

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TCHS Gaming Club Grows Exponentially!

TCHS Gaming Club Grows Exponentially!

Mr. Darrell M.Schwartz, history teacher at Treasure Coast High School, announces that about two months ago the Gaming Club was created on our campus.
The purpose of the club is to bring all students together who have an interest in friendship and fun competition. The club includes Video and Computer Gaming along with Board Games and Card Games. The club meets weekly and has grown to over 40 students attending with very limited promotion. The most amazing aspect of this club is that it is attracting students who would not normally participate in school events and/or after school activities. A lot of the students have now found a place to hang out, talk, make friends, and have friendly competition.
The club is now looking at creating competitive gaming groups that will be able to compete with other schools online within our state and nation. They are calling themselves Gaming Athletes.
Please feel free to stop by any Tuesday from 2 to 3pm (bldg. 4, room 211) to see this phenomena yourself!
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St. Lucie County Reading Council – Book Fest

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The St. Lucie County Reading Council invites parents and students to Bookfest – a March 5, 2016, literacy event hosted by C.A. Moore Elementary School in Fort Pierce.  This free reading festival is scheduled from 10 AM to noon and is designed to provide attendees with a wide variety of literacy resources and information.  Activities and resource stations include: Read to a VIP, Community Resource Information Station, Literacy Games and Prizes, Free Literacy Resource Center, Book Exchange, Mother Goose, and much more!

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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PBIS Celebration at FPMSA

PBIS Celebration at FPMSA

FPMSA fifth graders celebrated making great choices at a PBIS celebration on February 19th. Friends, snacks, games, and crafts were part of the fun enjoyed by all who attended. These students followed the ARTS Expectations: Always Prepared, Respect Others, Take Responsibility, and Stay Safe!          

Submitted by Kathleen Saunders

 

Fairlawn Odyssey Team is Going to State

Fairlawn Odyssey Team is Going to State

The Odyssey of the Mind team from Fairlawn Elementary Magnet School performed at Regional Competition at Suncoast High School in Riviera Beach, FL.  The team not only qualified for state, they received the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award.  This award is the highest award in the Odyssey of the Mind program.  For this award, judges are asked to only make nominations if exceptional creativity is exhibited.  Comments on their award included, “The Division I team went above and beyond the requirements of the problem.  The team was incredibly insightful and advanced for elementary students.”  Congratulations, Fairlawn Odyssey Team on a job well done!

VGE Maintenance Supports Green Efforts

VGE Maintenance Supports Green Efforts

Dirk Smith, Plant Manager of Village Green Environmental Studies School, has implemented a fun and rewarding recycling program.  Each week the classes of VGESS compete to see who will win a coveted Sundae Party for the most material recycled in one week.  The incentive program has been a huge success. In fact, one class produced ZERO trash one week as they were determined to win.  Mr. Smith’s bright idea supports the mission and vision of Village Green Environmental Studies School, connects to the theme of this year’s SLC Fair, and most importantly saves money and our planet.

WAY TO GO, MR. SMITH!

Pictured: Dirk Smith and Raul Silverio serve students in Ms. Ausnehmer’s class during a sundae party celebrating the weekly recycling challenge.

Frances K. Sweet Kindergarten Loves Volunteers

Frances K. Sweet Kindergarten Loves Volunteers

Kindergarten students at Frances K. Sweet loved having employees from the City of Fort Pierce volunteer in the classrooms.  Morgan Haupt’s students: Carter Stokes, Tyler Li, and Sienna Mills enjoyed listening to a story and playing a game of sight word Bingo with Kevin Browning.

FAU Tours Palm Pointe

FAU Tours Palm Pointe

Dr. Kelly, President of Florida Atlantic University and Debra Snyder, Principal of Palm Pointe tour the school Friday afternoon.  The President was showered with gifts as a token of appreciation for the partnership the University has with the School.

Northport Represents with Style and Flair at District Science Fair!

Northport Represents with Style and Flair at District Science Fair!

Our young scientists exemplified what Northport K-8 strives to achieve: education , practice of the basic traits of moral and ethical behavior, development of intellectual curiosity, logical thinking using problem solving and reasoning skills, and pride in achievement! At the 28th Annual Awards Ceremony of the Saint Lucie County Regional Science and Engineering Stem Competition, category award recipients included Taygen Pennella (first place in math and computational sciences), Rosette Garcia (second place in biomedical and health science), Addison Searcy (third place in animal science), and Alicia Morrow (third place in cellular/molecular biology and biochemisry). Taygen Pennella also received the prestigious Broadcom Masters Award.

All of the Northport K-8 delegates at the competition wrote thank you notes to the judges/committees after the judging process was completed. Rosette Garcia’s eloquent letter was read during the opening ceremony! We are proud to say that Northport contributed eighteen delegates to the District Fair.

Our students continue to achieve in high school. Alexis Beans was awarded a first place in the senior division of physics and astronomy; she also was selected to be a delegate at the State of Florida Science and Engineering Fair. Arabella Tenneson earned a third place in the senior division of physics and astronomy. Darley Dorvilier received the Florida Association of Science Teacher Award for her research.

Kudos to Dr. Laura Woodworth for her very committed work as Northport Science Fair Coordinator. Job well done to all!

Lincoln Park Academy Middle School Students Participate in  Great Explorations Trip

Lincoln Park Academy Middle School Students Participate in Great Explorations Trip

A select group of 8th grade students from Lincoln Park Academy participated in the 1st Middle School Great Explorations event in conjunction with Indian River State College.  Students were able to get hands-on experience with Green Room technology and video production, as well as laser, Allied Health, and Robotics fields, while speaking with professors and students about the school-college-work connection.  The all day event was intended to provide a “spark” for these students who will soon be entering high school and beginning their college exploration journey.