Mr. Luke Hall – A Shining Star

Mr. Luke Hall – A Shining Star

Mr. Luke Hall was the recipient of a STAR Award at the September Board Meeting based upon the recommendation of one of his students’ parents who lauded his efforts to support her son as well as the other members of the positive band program.  Mr. Hall’s high expectations for success with built-in factors for a safe and respectful environment were key attributes highlighted for this exceptional educator’s recognition.

Mr. Lezeau Speaks To FPW 9th Graders

Mr. Lezeau Speaks To FPW 9th Graders

Fort Pierce Westwood High School hosted its very own Mr. Joseph Lezeau as the guest speaker for the Speakers Bureau Series.

Mr. Lezeau spoke about the basic principles that were taught to him by his father. These are two very important resources to have: information and knowledge. He recounted his experiences of initially growing up poor in both Haiti and the U.S.  Mr. Lezeau also shared with his audience the fact that, in the beginning, he did not take advantage of the resources and knowledge he attained and was not appreciative of what was in front of him. He recognized that at that age he “short-changed” himself. However, he emphasized that because of his determination and diligence “to be more” and “to have more,” his mindset eventually changed. Mr. Lezeau now represents St. Lucie Public Schools as an Intern Principal at Fort Pierce Westwood High School.

Mr. Larry Lee Jr. Brings Excitement to Weatherbee Elementary

Mr. Larry Lee Jr. Brings Excitement to Weatherbee Elementary

For the month of February, the students in the Peer Leadership Program at Weatherbee Elementary had the privilege to meet with State Representative Mr. Larry Lee Jr. This program targeting male African American students is one of the PBS strategies used at Weatherbee Elementary. Each month a male role model from the community comes to address these students in need of extrinsic motivation. This month, Mr. Larry Lee Jr. brought a lot of excitement in the air when he offered $5 dollars to any students who answered his questions correctly. In addition, he promised a $5 incentive to all students meeting proficiency in the writing FSA. Furthermore, each Peer Leader received an interactive activity book about the Florida House of Representatives.  The educational channel was present to capture this event, which can be viewed on WLX-TV, The St. Lucie Education Channel.
Mr. Gatorade

Mr. Gatorade

On Tuesday January 31st, Lincoln Park Academy’s Caleb Pottorff was notified that he had be named “Gatorade Player of the Year for Cross Country.”   Caleb also won the “Mr. Cross Country” award from the Florida Dairy Farmers.

Congratulations to Caleb on his recent awards.

Mr. Brown Goes The Extra Mile

Mr. Brown Goes The Extra Mile

October’s School Board Meeting provided an opportunity to spotlight the services of Mr. Brown, a dedicated member of the Transportation Team, who goes the extra mile for his students and our schools.  Mr. Brown was recommended for a STAR Award based upon his outstanding service to provide assistance and support for the safe transit of students to and from schools.

Thank you, Mr. Brown, for being that ray of light for so many in our District!

 

 

Movies in the Fort

Movies in the Fort

On various Thursday and Friday nights from January to May, parks in local neighborhoods will host FREE outdoor movies featuring today’s blockbusters and classic family favorites.

Movies in the Fort gives residents in all parts of the city an opportunity to engage with their neighbors and community. Fort Pierce is committed to increasing access to family-friendly cultural opportunities, and this new movie series is a perfect example of this work.

All movies begin at dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Patrons are also welcome to bring their own picnic dinner. Visit the City’s Facebook page for details about pre-show activities on select movie nights.

Movies, dates and times are subject to change, for more information call 772.467.3031.

 

Movie: Sing!, rated PG
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019, movie begins at dusk (approximately 6:30pm)
Location: Means Court Center (532 N. 13th St)

Movie: Incredibles 2, rated PG
Date: Friday, March 15, 2019, movie begins at dusk (approximately 7pm)
Location: Fort Pierce Police Department Main Station (920 US Hwy 1)
Pre-show activity: Engagement activities with FPPD officers and staff

Movie: Peter Rabbit, rated PG
Date: Friday, April 19, 2019, movie begins at dusk (approximately 8pm)
Location: Jaycee Park (Melaleuca Dr)
Pre-show activity: Easter Egg Hunt

Movie: The Sandlot, rated PG
Date: Friday, May 24, 2019, movie begins at dusk (approximately 8pm)
Location: Former PAL Center (903 S 21st St)
Pre-show activity: Community input pop-up regarding Fort Pierce Recreation

 

Motivational speaker visits Northport K8 School

Motivational speaker visits Northport K8 School

Northport K-8 principal Glenn Rustay and assistant principals Bennie Montenegro and Doug Shook, as well as the entire Northport K-8 family and several district staff, welcomed motivational speaker Dr. Adolph Brown III  to an inspiring and energizing program for the seventh and eighth graders.  Dr. Brown entered the room dressed as a thug looking for his grandmother.  Students began to take notice of his dreads and his clothing almost immediately.  Dr. Brown moved to the stage and began taking off his first impression outfit and thrilled the students when he appeared well groomed and full of confidence.  Dr. Brown moved the students and guests to understand that first impressions are lasting impressions.  He related grade point averages to real world finances, supported positive behavior by urging students to make good choices and came down hard against bullying.  Dr. Brown used music to relate to the students and his impact was powerful.  Dr. Brown is pictured in the front with principal Rustay, staff and several students.

Motivation Station

Motivation Station

Motivation Station is now on TV!

These interactive and engaging lessons taught by SLPS teachers can be found on Comcast channel 13 (Ft. Pierce), Comcast channel 19 (Port St. Lucie), Blue Stream channel 19, and ATT TV Channel 99. For viewers that do not have cable TV, you can click on the “watch now” link on the Motivation Station logo found on the SLPS webpage at http://www.stlucieschools.org.

Below are some sample programming tickets. Please visit the district webpage for a complete list of programs.


Motivated for Math

Motivated for Math

St. Lucie Public Schools’ own Assistant Principal of the Year, Samantha Piscopo, wrote an article featured in the March 7th issue of ASCD Express, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s (ASCD) e-newsletter.  Published two to three times a month, this resource seeks to give educators practical, actionable strategies, and information from the most reputable sources—the colleagues and experts working in the education field.  Ms. Piscopo is an Assistant Principal at Dan McCarty Middle School in Fort Pierce.  Click HERE to read Ms. Piscopo’s article, Questioning Strategies That Invite Math Participation.

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!

Mosaic Digital Academy Students Participate in Writers’ Workshop

Mosaic Digital Academy Students Participate in Writers’ Workshop

Mosaic Digital Academy middle and high school students participated in a FSA Writers’ Workshop with their instructor, Mrs. Amanda Kiefer, this week and became experts at using the State’s writing rubric to score sample writings from http://fsassessments.org/students-and-families/.  Middle grades and high school students will be given either an Informational or Argumentative Prompt on the FSA Writing Assessment on February 28th. Best of luck on the FSA Writing Assessment @Mosaic_Owls !

Mosaic Digital Academy students learn physics at the golf course

Mosaic Digital Academy students learn physics at the golf course

Mosaic Digital Academy’s first STEM field experience proved to be a very STEM-ulating day on the golf course. Mosaic students and teachers met at the PGA Golf Training Center in Port St. Lucie to learn the basics of physics and how this science discipline relates to the real-world skills needed in the sport of golf. Steve Shotola, St. Lucie School District Science Curriculum Supervisor, kicked off the day with participants in the computer lab to demonstrate how gravity affects acceleration, free fall, projectile motion, and relative motion. Then it was onto the golf course to put this learning into practical terms. Students learned the basics of golf, while Mark Drenga, the technology specialist/golf instructor, helped make the connections between the basic physics they learned in the classroom to the skills needed in the sport. Students left from this experience with a new interest in the sport of golf, but more importantly, they now have a foundation in physics! STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These four disciplines are vital in contributing to success in post-secondary institutions and businesses. Most jobs will require at least basic STEM skills. Students who are exposed to STEM field experiences can learn to be problem solvers, innovators, inventors, and logical thinkers. Mosaic’s goal is to provide STEM-infused field experiences for our students throughout their education with us to ensure they have every opportunity to excel in these four disciplines. Pictured is eighth grade Mosaic student Thomas Nikakis.

Mosaic Digital Academy Student Earns Congressional Award

Mosaic Digital Academy Student Earns Congressional Award

Mosaic Digital Academy’s Christine Bourgoin (Grade 10) earned the bronze award at the 2016 Congressional Award ceremony held on April 3, 2016 at Palm Beach State College. Christine completed 100 volunteer hours: 50 Personal Development, 50 Personal Fitness, and a 2-day, 1 night expedition. She is already working toward earning the Silver award for next year and plans to go for Gold during her Senior year! #GoalSettingRocks  #CongressionalAward2016

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Pictured from the left: Dana Tillberg (School Counselor), Christine Bourgoin (MDA 10th Grader), Congressman Patrick Murphy (18th District), and Jeanne Ziemba (Principal)

Mosaic Digital Academy Recognized As A Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School

Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized St. Lucie Public Schools’ Mosaic Digital Academy as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School for the second year in a row,” said Principal Jeanne Ziemba. “By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning.”

Mosaic Digital Academy has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.

“We applaud the faculty and staff of Mosaic Digital Academy for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Rebecca Randall, vice president of education programs for Common Sense Education. “Mosaic Digital Academy deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.”

Mosaic Digital Academy has been using Common Sense Education’s innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide.

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.

 

 

Mosaic Digital Academy Recognized As A Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized St. Lucie Public Schools’ Mosaic Digital Academy as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School for the second year in a row,” said Principal Jeanne Ziemba. “By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning.”

Mosaic Digital Academy has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.

“We applaud the faculty and staff of Mosaic Digital Academy for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Rebecca Randall, vice president of education programs for Common Sense Education. “Mosaic Digital Academy deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.”

Mosaic Digital Academy has been using Common Sense Education’s innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide.

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.

 

Mosaic Digital Academy Recognized As A Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship

ST. LUCIE COUNTY –  Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) Mosaic Digital Academy as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship.

Mosaic Digital Academy has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.

“We applaud the faculty and staff of Mosaic Digital Academy for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students’ education,” said Jessica Lindl, Head of Common Sense Education. “Mosaic Digital Academy deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large.”

Mosaic Digital Academy has been using Common Sense Education’s innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School,” said Principal Jeanne Ziemba. “By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning.”

For more information about Mosaic Digital Academy, go to http://schools.stlucie.k12.fl.us/mda/. To learn more about the criteria Mosaic Digital Academy met to become certified as a Common Sense Certified School, visit http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/certification.

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.

About Common Sense Education 

Common Sense Education provides teachers and schools with free research-based classroom tools to help students harness technology for learning and life. Our K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum and interactive games teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world. Our educational ratings and reviews platform helps educators discover, use, and share high-quality digital products that propel student learning. Common Sense Education works with more than 340,000 teacher members in over 110,000 schools to help ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive in the 21st century.

Common Sense is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families and educators thrive in a world of media and technology. To see all of Common Sense’s education resources, visit https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators.

Mosaic Digital Academy keeps virtual students engaged with real-world experiences

Mosaic Digital Academy keeps virtual students engaged with real-world experiences

Virtual students often express feelings of isolation as they school from home, but not Mosaic Digital Academy students! The St. Lucie school team is committed to keeping students tethered, with live, engaging lessons and live experiences around the beautiful community, promoting a well-rounded student life. Each month there are planned events to engage students with their peers, such as social meet-ups in Tradition where students play ball, Frisbee, and organized games with their teachers. Pictured, students recently enjoyed an active day on the Indian River lagoon, sponsored by Lisa’s Kayaks in Fort Pierce. Brushing On Bisque in Tradition Town Center offered another great opportunity for middle grade students to socialize and use their creative side. Visit the Mosaic Digital Academy web site at http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/school/schools.aspx?s=mdato learn more about the program.

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!