Battle of the Books Championship at Manatee Academy

Battle of the Books Championship at Manatee Academy

These 4th and 5th grade Manatee Academy students are thrilled with the prizes they received after competing in our recent Battle of the Books Championship match!  Students read 13-15 of the Sunshine State Young Reader Award nominees for this year.  Their overall favorite? Pie by Sarah Weeks.

Congratulations to School Related Employee of the Year Finalists

Congratulations to School Related Employee of the Year Finalists

A day of celebration and joyful cheers has occurred in SLPS as the three finalists were announced for School Related Employee of the Year.
Congratulations to Delores “Annie” Jones (Lakewood Park Elementary), Emily Siangco (Student Services Department), and Charles Pilson (Manatee Academy)!

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St. Lucie Public Schools Announces Finalists for School Related Employee of the Year

St. Lucie Public Schools Announces Finalists for School Related Employee of the Year

An entourage of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) administrators surprised the three finalists for School Related Employee of the Year on Tuesday. Cheers and sounds of glee filled the classrooms, offices, and hallways as Delores “Annie” Jones (Lakewood Park Elementary), Emily Siangco (Student Services Department), and Charles Pilson (Manatee Academy) were made aware of this recognition.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated that he was humbled by the honorees’ tremendous contributions to the District’s education system. “Our support staff team members are paramount to the success of our schools. These individuals represent the dedication, innovation, and teamwork we are so proud of in our network of SLPS professionals. The service they provide to our students and community is exceptional.”

Honoring school related employees is a program that is supported by the Florida Department of Education in which outstanding education support personnel are recognized for the significant impact they make on their schools and district school systems. Locally, one individual will be selected to represent SLPS at the state level during the Night of the Stars gala scheduled for February 20, 2016.

About the Finalists

Delores “Annie” Jones

The nominee from Lakewood Park Elementary is Delores “Annie” Jones — “Ms. Annie” as she is known by staff and students alike. She is the school clerk but her contributions to students, staff, and the community far exceed her job title.

In April of 2015, Jones joined the staff at Lakewood Park as a clerk. According to her principal, she is so much more than the school clerk; students love the attention she gives them. Many stop by to show her their planners and point sheets; she takes delight in rejoicing and reaffirming their success with them. Her days at Lakewood Park are full ones, but her commitment to her family and community are not limited by the hours in a day. Jones volunteers with the 4-H Club, Treasure Coast Food Bank, and Parents Guild Committee among other benevolent organizations.

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Delores “Annie” Jones, School Board Chair Kathryn Hensley, and Superintendent E. Wayne Gent

Charles Pilson

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.

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Assistant Principal Peggy Chase, School Board Member Debbie Hawley, Charles Pilson, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, and Assistant Principal Melissa Hutchings

 

Emily Siangco

Emily Siangco represents the Student Services Department. She has an extensive background in pediatric physical therapy and has supported students in St. Lucie County since 2002 and continues to enhance her skills through professional seminars and trainings, taking advantage of each opportunity for growth. She has received training in pediatric brain neuroanatomy and the sensory system including the necessary treatment applications. Siangco is also skilled in using visual supports in occupational and physical therapy applications.

Siangco works with students from pre-kindergarten classes to those in high school and spends time with parents helping them navigate the paperwork required to secure equipment in their own homes for their child’s needs. This equipment assures that the family can be involved in their child’s treatment. Santiago is described as a team player willing to lend a hand at any time. Her very real reward is the progress made by the students she serves.

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Emily Siangco, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, and School Board Member Donna Mills

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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Toys for Tots Donation from Palm Pointe

Toys for Tots Donation from Palm Pointe

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition would like to thank all those who donated to our Toys for Tots Drive.  We were proud to present over 250 gifts to Sgt. Lynch, coordinator of the St Lucie County Toys for Tots Drive.  Pictured from left is Joshua Berger, Cooper Kuba, Assistant Principal Kathleen Perez, Assistant Principal Debbie Iseman, Principal Debra Snyder, Sgt Lynch from Toys for Tots, Mason Engler, Alyssa Hartman, Chloe Zdenek and Zachary Berger.

White City Elementary –  Math/Science Night  a Huge Success!

White City Elementary – Math/Science Night a Huge Success!

The walls were bursting at the seams with the nearly two hundred students and parents who attended White City Elementary School’s Math/Science Night and Scholastic Book Fair last Tuesday, December 8th.  Fun was had by all as they ate dinner, played math games, shopped for books, and finished the evening with a sweet treat of a science activity with Mr. Lewis, our Teacher of the Year.  All families took home a deck of cards as a door prize to practice the math games they learned.
 

Northport Third Graders Make Magical Media Center Memories!

Northport Third Graders Make Magical Media Center Memories!

There was the most wonderful visit to the Northport Media Center with Mrs. Kemp and Ms. Lusardi’s 3rd graders recently. The students buddy read holiday books from the huge basket of book collections in the Northport Media Center, read holiday and Christmas stories by themselves and then listened to “Twas the Night Before Christmas” read by Mrs. Gruszka, Northport Media Specialist. and teachers sang “Jingle Bells,” “Silver Bells,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”  Then the students  sang “Hot, Hot Chocolate,” a song that they sang together at the Holiday Christmas Concert held at Northport as a gift to Mrs. Gruszka! The children and their smiling faces were the best gift! They were so happy! The Christmas trees and lights were ablaze, the stuffed Christmas and holiday teddy bears were hugged, and the fireplace was glowing. Beautiful season at Northport!

Palm Pointe Volleyball Team Places Second

Palm Pointe Volleyball Team Places Second

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s Volleyball Team “B” recently played in a District tournament, and we are so proud to announce that they took second place. These girls worked very hard to get ready for the tournament under the direction of their coaches, Felicia Smith and Stephanie Remsen. Pictured from the left in the back row: Coach Felicia Smith, Jordyn Behringer, Mariana Trujillo, Aashana Francis, Principal Debra Snyder, Kiana Mehu, Deztyni Joseph and Coach Stephanie Remsen. Front row from the left: Logan Poschman, Emma Allen, Shannon MacGregor, Miranda Lee, and Ariel Rubel.

Congratulations to the team!

100 Book Challenge Celebration

100 Book Challenge Celebration

Averi Sams-Wilson and Micaela Goulet  from Mr. Zakrajsek’s kindergarten class reached their winter reading goal for the 100 Book Challenge.  Five hundred sixty-eight students from Allapattah Flats celebrated reaching their goals with hot chocolate, cookies, and a movie.  Students also received bracelets to mark their steps.

Manatee Academy Sponsors “Once Around the Block to Fight Hunger”

Manatee Academy Sponsors “Once Around the Block to Fight Hunger”

Manatee Academy’s Student Government and Honor Society will be hosting a 5k Run/Walk to support the fight against hunger. The event to benefit the Treasure Coast Food Bank will be held on January 23, 2016. Registration is available online at www.active.com and search for “Manatee” or participants can obtain registration information from Charles Pilson at Manatee Academy (340-4745). The first 125 participants to register will receive a free t-shirt!

Mayor Oravec Visits Manatee Academy 1st Grade Students

Mayor Oravec Visits Manatee Academy 1st Grade Students

On Monday, December 7th, the first graders at Manatee Academy were fortunate to have Port St. Lucie’s  Mayor Gregory Oravec as a special guest speaker. He talked about the duties and responsibilities he has as our mayor. The students found this very informative and had many questions for him. This was an excellent opportunity for them to continue to learn about the roles leaders have in our community.IMG_4987 IMG_4992 IMG_4989

REE Hosts Math Night at Publix

REE Hosts Math Night at Publix

REE families came away from Publix with more than a full cart after another great Math Night!

Students had a grade appropriate worksheet to do with their parents or other students. They were rewarded at the end with a sweet math homework pass and a dessert!

A group from our 4th and 5th grade choir caroled the customers as they walked in.

Thank you to Mrs. Henderson, REE’s fabulous Math Coach, for a “delicious” night of learning!

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SLWK-8 S.A.G.E. Students Show Their Holiday Spirit

SLWK-8 S.A.G.E. Students Show Their Holiday Spirit

The SLWK-8 elementary gifted S.A.G.E. classes participated again this year in a holiday community service project. The students decorated holiday bags for the “Meals on Wheels” program in our area. This program provides and delivers meals to senior citizens who are homebound.

These students have volunteered their time to show their holiday spirit and citizenship during the holidays!

Education Foundation Grants Awarded

Education Foundation Grants Awarded

St. Lucie County’s Education Foundation awarded 33 grants to teachers throughout the district. Executive Director Thom Jones indicated that the grants represent a $50,000.00 investment in quality educational programs to benefit student achievement.

 

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Mosaic Digital Academy’s Teacher of the Year

Mosaic Digital Academy’s Teacher of the Year

Mosaic Digital Academy presents their first Teacher of the Year Award to Mrs. Kahr. We are thrilled to have Carrie Kahr represent our staff as a trailblazer in our virtual instruction program here in St. Lucie County. Mrs. Kahr teaches secondary science offering hands-on lab exploration experiences for students in grades 4-12. Mrs. Kahr serves as our Science Fair Coordinator and recently hosted our annual science fair event with the theme, “The STEAM of Water Pollution.” Congratulations, Mrs. Kahr!

Banking 101@ Southern Oaks Middle

Banking 101@ Southern Oaks Middle

Seacoast’s Relationship Manager Maryann Matteo and Stephanie Jenkin, bank teller, visited Mrs. Robinson’s Business Class to reinforce what the sixth grade students have learned about banking, writing checks, and checking accounts.