Florida Teacher Selected as Behring Teacher Ambassador for National History Day

Ms. Valerie Arendas a teacher at Port St. Lucie High in Fort Pierce was among 23 teachers selected to be a Behring Teacher Ambassador for National History Day® during the 2016-2017 school year.

To be selected recipients must show outstanding creativity, commitment and inspiration in developing students’ interest in history education. Candidates must be excellent classroom teachers who are past winners of the Behring Teacher Award in their state or affiliate program. Arendas was awarded the Florida Behring Teacher Award for classroom excellence in National History Day’s Senior division in 2012.

The 2016–2017 National History Day theme is Taking a Stand in History. Throughout the school year, Behring Teacher Ambassadors work with students and teachers around the country to help them better understand the theme and to expand National History Day programs in their regions. Behring Teacher Ambassadors attend a training workshop in July and collaborate with their program’s affiliate coordinator to develop an annual strategy to help students discover the power of history.

“National History Day believes educators are the best resource a student has, and Ms. Arendas exemplifies what it means to be an excellent educator,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “All of these teachers are a credit to their discipline and a driving force behind the success of their students and our programs.”

About National History Day: NHD is a non-profit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers year-long academic programs that engage over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by Kenneth E. Behring, Patricia Behring, HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information, visit nhd.org.

Speakers Bureau – Samuel S. Gaines Academy

Speakers Bureau – Samuel S. Gaines Academy

The Speakers Bureau Special Guest Speaker at Samuel S. Gaines Academy K-8 this month was Mr. Alex Oge, where he is also the Assistant Principal. Mr. Oge’s presentation and personal reflections of his path to success captivated the students and gave help to inspire students to work hard to achieve their goals in life.

“Nothing is impossible if you work hard and get a good education” – Mr. Alex Oge

Speakers Bureau – Fort Pierce Westwood

Speakers Bureau – Fort Pierce Westwood

The Speakers Bureau Special Guest Speakers at Ft. Pierce Westwood High School this month were Mr. Nick Mimms, Ft. Pierce City Manager, and Mr. Joseph Smith, St. Lucie Count Clerk of Courts. Mr. Mimms and Mr. Smith encouraged the students by letting them know that despite road blocks and opposition, continue to work hard and dream big. Dr. Donna Mills also spoke to the students about the importance of paying it forward.

Centennial Valedictorian Accepted Into Four Ivy League Universities

Centennial Valedictorian Accepted Into Four Ivy League Universities

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Satchel Joseph, the 2016 SLWCHS valedictorian, has been accepted into four Ivy League Universities: Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton, and The University of Pennsylvania.

She was also accepted by Georgia Tech and Duke. All of the institutions offered her substantial scholarships ranging to more than $70,000 per year. Satchel is leaning toward attending Princeton, which accepted a mere 6% of this year’s applicants.

Here, Ms. Joseph is pictured with Centennial’s  Principal Andrea Popwell.

Middle School Students Noted for Their Musical Performance

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Music and celebration was in the air as middle school students from St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) brought home accolades from the recent District 13 Music Performance Assessment (MPAs). The MPAs are organized opportunities for Florida bands and choral groups to perform and receive feedback from qualified judges. The events are part of the Florida Vocal Association which promotes the music interests in Florida’s secondary schools.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent supports the vibrant music programs in schools across the District.  “Our students are extremely talented, and we are committed to providing quality opportunities for them to exercise their talents and enrich their experiences.  Music education has many valuable attributes including engaging opportunities to expand students’ creativity and problem solving skills.”

Eleven middle school bands from SLPS attended the MPAs hosted by Treasure Coast High School and received a total of four Superior Ratings and seven Excellent Ratings.  Specifically, each school received the following:

Superior Ratings

  • Northport Middle School Concert Band (Director Brian Hoce)
  • Southport Middle School Concert Band (Director Jim LeBon)
  • Oak Hammock K-8 School Osprey Band (Director Amy Isenhower)
  • Palm Pointe Educational Research School Palm Pointe Concert Band (Director Jason Hatfield)

Excellent Ratings

  • Allapattah Flats K-8 Symphonic Band (Director William Cromer)
  • Forest Grove Middle School Concert Band (Director Joseph Colombo)
  • Lincoln Park Academy Concert Band (Director(s) Matthew Karram and Jason Albert)
  • Manatee Academy Concert Band (Director Ashley Egan)
  • Southern Oaks Middle School MPA Band (Director Joann S. Kinder)
  • St. Lucie West Middle School Concert Band (Director Jennifer Rosser)
  • Westgate K-8 Band (Director James Lebon)

Director Jim LeBon of Southport Middle School said, “I am very humbled that the Southport Middle School Band received straight Superiors on stage and in sight reading. My students worked very hard, and I am proud of their efforts and appreciate the parents who were so helpful.”

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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Middle School Students Noted for Their Musical Performance

Middle School Students Noted for Their Musical Performance

Music and celebration was in the air as middle school students from St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) brought home accolades from the recent District 13 Music Performance Assessment (MPAs). The MPAs are organized opportunities for Florida bands and choral groups to perform and receive feedback from qualified judges. The events are part of the Florida Vocal Association which promotes the music interests in Florida’s secondary schools.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent supports the vibrant music programs in schools across the District.  “Our students are extremely talented, and we are committed to providing quality opportunities for them to exercise their talents and enrich their experiences.  Music education has many valuable attributes including engaging opportunities to expand students’ creativity and problem solving skills.”

Eleven middle school bands from SLPS attended the MPAs hosted by Treasure Coast High School and received a total of four Superior Ratings and seven Excellent Ratings.  Specifically, each school received the following:

Superior Ratings

  • Northport Middle School Concert Band (Director Brian Hoce)
  • Southport Middle School Concert Band (Director Jim LeBon)
  • Oak Hammock K-8 School Osprey Band (Director Amy Isenhower)
  • Palm Pointe Educational Research School Palm Pointe Concert Band (Director Jason Hatfield)

Excellent Ratings

  • Allapattah Flats K-8 Symphonic Band (Director William Cromer)
  • Forest Grove Middle School Concert Band (Director Joseph Colombo)
  • Lincoln Park Academy Concert Band (Director(s) Matthew Karram and Jason Albert)
  • Manatee Academy Concert Band (Director Ashley Egan)
  • Southern Oaks Middle School MPA Band (Director Joann S. Kinder)
  • St. Lucie West Middle School Concert Band (Director Jennifer Rosser)
  • Westgate K-8 Band (Director James Lebon)

Director Jim LeBon of Southport Middle School said, “I am very humbled that the Southport Middle School Band received straight Superiors on stage and in sight reading. My students worked very hard, and I am proud of their efforts and appreciate the parents who were so helpful.”

Light It Up Blue and Walk for Autism Speaks

Light It Up Blue and Walk for Autism Speaks

On Friday, April 1st, the efforts for creating awareness about Autism came in the form of “Lighting It Up Blue.” Staff members from across the District donned blue apparel in support of this campaign.

On Saturday, April 2nd,  approximately 2,000 St. Lucie Public Schools, community organizations, and families poured into Tradition Square to begin the Walk.   Each year this event continues to grow and help bring about a greater awareness of autism.

Event organizers Valentina Whyte and Jessica McLaughlin, both from West Gate K – 8, began organizing this event four years ago.  This year’s collaboration with Palm Pointe brought the welcomed support of Cheryl Petrino.  With its growth and community support, the Walk has turned into an event. “We are so thankful for the opportunity to bring awareness, help raise money, and help change the future for those with autism,” said McLaughlin.  Already, tallies show that this year’s event has helped raise over $24,000.00.

Executive Director of Student Services and Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson said, “We derive great benefit from having this opportunity to come together in support of such a worthwhile event. It brings about such an awareness to autism and the efforts that are under way to support the children and families both in their home and at school.   Events like this one bring about knowledge and understanding and lead to greater acceptance of individuals with disabilities.”

 

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Walk for Autism Speaks Brings Community Awareness

ST. LUCIE COUNTYWalk for Autism Speaks is a community event organized by volunteers at West Gate K-8 school in collaboration with Palm Point Educational Research School at Tradition.  On Saturday, April 2, an estimated 2,000 staff from St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS), community organizations, and families poured into Tradition Square to begin the Walk.   Each year this event continues to grow and help bring about a greater awareness of autism.

Event organizers Valentina Whyte and Jessica McLaughlin, both from West Gate K – 8, began organizing this event four years ago.  This year’s collaboration with Palm Pointe brought the welcomed support of Cheryl Petrino.  With its growth and community support, the Walk has turned into an event. “We are so thankful for the opportunity to bring awareness, help raise money, and help change the future for those with autism,” said McLaughlin.  Already, tallies show that this year’s event has helped raise over $24,000.00.

Executive Director of Student Services and Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson said, “We derive great benefit from having this opportunity to come together in support of such a worthwhile event. It brings about such an awareness to autism and the efforts that are under way to support the children and families both in their home and at school.   Events like this one bring about knowledge and understanding and lead to greater acceptance of individuals with disabilities.”

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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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)

WPBF’s Weather Program Visits Mariposa Elementary

WPBF’s Weather Program Visits Mariposa Elementary

Cris Martinez’s weather program from WPBF News Channel 25 visted Mariposa Elementary’s fifth graders. The students kicked off the weather program with a rap they wrote and choreographed about how hurricanes form. Next, Mr. Martinez discussed and interactively presented how tornadoes form and how they affect us in Florida. Rebecca Sampson was interviewed by Cris Martinez; she explained how much she enjoyed his interactive presentations. It was a great learning experience for our fifth graders!

Northport Advanced Band Represents With a Superior Rating!

Northport Advanced Band Represents With a Superior Rating!

Northport K-8 School Advanced Band, under the direction of Brian Hoce, received an overall Superior rating at the Music Performance Assessments held recently at Treasure Coast High School. Nearly all middle school bands were represented at the assessments from Saint Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee and Martin Counties. Parents and students were thrilled to learn of their Superior grade and realized that all their arduous work paid off with the posting of the grades.

Mr. Hoce said, “I am very proud of all of these kids. They worked very hard and deserve the rating!” Many thanks to all involved. Northport community gives a big “thumbs up” to our band and we are proud to be tagged as winners!

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Imagine what a school can do when collaboration becomes part of how things get done.  On March 31, 2016, the Treasure Coast High School Visual and Performing Arts Department collaborated with Port St Lucie Botanical Gardens to host their annual art show.  The TCHS Culinary Arts Academy provided tasty delicacies while patrons enjoyed Fine Art, Graphic Art, Photography, Theatrical Performances, and a Dance Performances.  To say the least, it was sensory overload!

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Performances by the Theater Department took place in the various Gardens.

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Northport Supports Autism Speaks Walk in Tradition

Northport Supports Autism Speaks Walk in Tradition

Northport participated in a wonderful community event recently to support Autism Awareness. Autism Speaks Walk was held in Tradition on a beautiful Saturday morning. Northport’s team called the Puzzlers had a wonderful turnout and several of our families took part in the event. Northport has particpated for two years and the teachers and families have stated that this will definitely become an annual event with an even bigger turnout and even more support. Many thanks to the teachers and administrators that attended and especially to our families, the House family, Keldani family, Caicedo family, McKinney family, Woolridge family and Tejada family. Special thanks to co-captains for the event: ESE instructors Rose Rumer and Lisa Reynolds.

Autism Awareness is more important now than ever before. One percent of the world’s population is diagnosed with some form of Autism or 1 in 68 live births and 3.5 million Americans fall someplace on the Autism Spectrum. Autism is a serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact. Symptoms vary widely such as difficulty with communication, difficulty with social interactions, obsessive interests and repetitive behaviors. Autism can’t be cured, but with therapy and specialized instruction, treatments can help.

At Northport K-8 School, we offer a full complement of staff with various instructional abilities to work with Autistic children who place on the Autistic Spectrum.

Spectacular job to all involved!

St. Lucie Public Schools State Science Fair Winners

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Participation and recognition at this year’s State Science and Engineering STEM Fair and Competition in Lakeland, Florida, proved to be laden with accolades for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) students.

Based on the project selection criteria from the Regional Fair, top-ranking students were selected to advance to the State Fair.  Escorted by their chaperones, they ventured from St. Lucie County to Lakeland for the three-day event.  Once there, they had the opportunity for their projects to be judged, to network with others, to engage in inquiry and problem solving, and to glean ideas for future exploration.  According to one of the chaperones and local Science Fair Coordinator Paul Reif, “The students continue to amaze me.  Not only do they have a passion for their projects, but they have honed their communication skills expertly so that their opportunities to discuss project research and findings with judges are equally remarkable.”

Of the 11 participating SLPS students, 10 walked across the stage to receive special awards, categorical place recognition awards, or placement awards.  Congratulations to:

Callie Zheng (Junior Division)

Cellular and Microbiology

Can Bacteroids Be Detected in Sediment Samples Collected and Saved for Three Months

Special Award: Brevard; South Regional Science and Engineering

 

Jillian Markle (Junior Division)

Earth and Environmental

Ugh! Another Invasion of Weevil in Florida

Fourth Place

Special Award: US Department of Agriculture

 

Asha Budhai (Junior Division)

Plant

Keep the “Oil” in Soil

Recognition

 

Christopher Swinford and Anthony Oreo (Senior Division)

Engineering

Foiled Again

Honorable Mention

 

Alexis Beans (Senior Division)

Physics and Astronomy

The Effects of Electromagnetic Waves on SAR Levels

Special Award: Thomas Alva Edison Regional Science and Engineering Fair

 

Koushal Rao (Senior Division)

Cellular and Microbiology

Targeting Mistranslaion in Cancer Therapy

Third Place

 

Haniya Shareef (Senior Division)

Plant

Can Anareobic Soil Distribution Create a Disease-Suppressive Soil…

Fourth Place

 

Reddy Shreya (Senior Division)

Earth and Environmental

A Cost Efficient Solution to Citrus Root Destruction: Developing a Defensible Barrier against Citrus Root Weevils Using a Methixanthine Affect

Second Place

Special Award: Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, US Department of Agriculture

 

Kevin Duan (Senior Division)

Cellular and Microbiology

Development of Rapid Detection Methods for Citrus Huanglongbing Using Host Plant

Fourth Place

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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Vision Partnership Project Helps Our Students

Vision Partnership Project Helps Our Students

The ESE Department of St. Lucie Public Schools recently hosted a free vision clinic as part of the Florida Low Vision Initiative (FLVI) Clinic. This is an annual opportunity for students who have been evaluated and meet the criteria for initial or continued placement in the Visually Impaired Program under Exceptional Student Education.  “Great value rests in these evaluations which are important in order to update low vision devices and to track visual changes,” explained Maria Benham, program specialist for visually impaired.

The FLVI is a portion of the Critical Initiatives in Visual Impairment (CIVI) Project — a grant-funded program through Florida Department of Education located at Florida State University. Students who are selected to participate in the FLVI receive, at no cost to the family or the school district, a low vision evaluation from a FLVI project-approved provider (optometrist or ophthalmologist), as well as any prescribed non-electronic portable low vision device (i.e., glasses, contacts, sunglasses, magnifier, monocular).

Students are also permitted to receive an educational assessment prior to the first low vision evaluation with additional evaluation follow-ups every one to three years thereafter. The educational evaluation assesses reading comprehension and reading speed using the prescribed low vision devices. It also includes device evaluation to determine if the student is using the prescribed device(s) proficiently.

If you are interested in finding out more about this free service, contact Maria Benham at 772-429-7701.

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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Florida Low Vision Initiative Program supports eligible students.

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F K Sweet Marine Biologists

F K Sweet Marine Biologists

Students in Mr. Donald Logue’s fifth grade class were marine biologists for the week studying sea turtles. Thanks to the Inwater Research Group’s Traveling Turtle Trunk, they measured, weighed, and inspected “captured” sea turtles for signs of distress. Then they decided to either release their sea turtle or send it to a rehabilitation facility to receive treatment based on the evidence they collected.