MOA Senior Aneesa Dial Announced as Finalist in Florida’s  Leader 4 Life Fellowship Program

MOA Senior Aneesa Dial Announced as Finalist in Florida’s Leader 4 Life Fellowship Program

In a surprise announcement, Aneesa Dial of Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Marine and Oceanographic Academy (MOA), learned that she is one of 14 finalists for the Leaders 4 Life (L4L) Fellowship Program offered through the Take Stock in Children program at Indian River State College (IRSC). This is a prestigious statewide fellowship which is designed to provide highly motivated Take Stock in Children scholars who have demonstrated strong leadership skills, moral character, and academic success with the financial resources, services, and support needed to ensure student success throughout college. Six students will become “fellows” as winners of the L4L Fellowship. Fellows will be announced in January 2016.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and other members of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) joined Take Stock in Children program administrators along with other IRSC dignitaries including Dr. Edwin R. Massey for the announcement celebration at the Fort Pierce Westwood MOA campus. As a finalist for the L4L Fellowship, Aneesa received a certificate for a laptop and a certificate honoring her as a finalist. The high school senior is currently ranked 16 out of 311 students in her graduating class. She excels in her MOA and Dual Enrollment classes and participates in numerous school-based activities including National Honor Society, Environmental Club, and Aquarium Club among others. In the community, Aneesa is also active in supporting children’s ministries and Students Working Against Tobacco. She plans to continue her studies at the university level in marine biology.

Superintendent Gent stated that he is confident in her ability to continue to shine as a leader among her peers. “Aneesa represents the quality of students we have in St. Lucie Public Schools who will continue their learning and leadership to positively impact our community. I look forward to hearing about her many successes-to-come over the years,” he added.

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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Left to Right: John Lynch, Dr. Edwin R. Massey, James Sloan, Deborah Hawley, Aneesa Dial, Dominick Clayton, E. Wayne Gent, Joseph Lezeau, Leslie Taylor

“Parents: You Matter” Program Launches in St. Lucie County

“Parents: You Matter” Program Launches in St. Lucie County

New Program Designed to Increase Parents’ Understanding of Drug and Alcohol Issues

Today, the Title I Department of St. Lucie Public Schools in conjunction with local agencies announced the launch of a community education program designed to increase parents’ understanding and confidence in preventing and addressing drug and alcohol issues. The multi-media training program is designed to educate parents of teens and tweens about why kids use drugs and alcohol. Program topics cover: what parents can do to protect their children, tips on how to communicate with their kids, suggestions for monitoring their activities, ways to spot drug/alcohol use, and what a parent should do when they find it.

The program, called “Parents: You Matter,” was created by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and is designed to be co-delivered by a range of community presenters from law enforcement, prevention and treatment professionals as well as educators and healthcare professionals. “Parents: You Matter” engages parents and caring adults through awareness-building presentations delivered at local businesses and civic organizations, schools, and parent groups.

The presentation is free of charge and will be held on December 2, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Way Village, 1780 Hartman Road, Ft. Pierce, FL 34947. A free lunch will also be provided.

The presentation contains a number of videos, including public service announcements from The Partnership at Drugfree.org, first-person stories, and information from experts. Drug-specific educational modules are also offered to allow presenters to customize the program to local needs, offering parents the most relevant information about the risks of drugs to their teens.

About The Partnership

The Partnership at Drugfree.org is a nonprofit organization that helps parents prevent, intervene in and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children. Bringing together renowned scientists, parent experts, and communications professionals, the Partnership translates current research on teen behavior, addiction and treatment into easy to understand resources at drugfree.org. Through its nationwide PACT360 community education programs, the Partnership educates and mobilizes local community efforts to address drug threats at the grassroots level, including methamphetamine and prescription drug abuse, and also provides parent training and teen programs that help prevent teen substance abuse. The Partnership depends on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and government. The Partnership thanks SAG/AFTRA and the advertising and media industries for their ongoing generosity.

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.

 

 

 

 

Families and Community Members Support Bayshore Student!

Families and Community Members Support Bayshore Student!

Bayshore Elementary School students, families and community members demonstrated an outpouring of support for Collin Cash, a fifth grade student at Bayshore who is battling Leukemia.  On November 21, 2015, Bayshore Elementary School hosted a yard sale with all proceeds being donated to help with Collin’s medical bills.  We truly thank everyone for the donations including certificates, baked goods, and yard sale items.

The Cash family also would like to thank everyone who stopped by to offer their prayers and words of encouragement. To all who supported our efforts in easing the burden of Collin’s medical bills, we are forever grateful!

Pictured are Bayshore students (from left to right) Kendall Cash, Marina Percy, and Collin Cash

Manatee Academy Students Build Oyster Reef

Manatee Academy Students Build Oyster Reef

For the second year, Manatee Academy 7th grade students have partnered with the Indian River Oyster Reef Restoration Project and the 4 H Foundation in building an oyster reef off Harbor Point Park in Ft. Pierce. The students use the natural water filtration ability of the oysters to promote a better water quality in the lagoon system. They have been involved in enrichment lessons that promote real world application of how humans impact the Earth’s water. The unit includes a series of research labs in oyster anatomy along with dissection and water quality testing. The students will return to the area in the spring as permits have been issued to place the reef at that time.

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White City Recognizes Top Staff of 2015-16

White City Recognizes Top Staff of 2015-16

White City Elementary School 2015 Employee Recognition goes to:

Shawn Lewis, Teacher of the Year; Gabrielle Gross, School Related Employee of the Year; Dawn Dukes, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year; and Alyssa FitzGerald, Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year.

Finalist for Take Stock in Children’s Leaders 4 Life (L4L) Fellowship Program Announced

Finalist for Take Stock in Children’s Leaders 4 Life (L4L) Fellowship Program Announced

In a surprise announcement today, Aneesa Dial of Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Marine and Oceanographic Academy (MOA), learned that she is one of 14 finalists for the Take Stock in Children’s Leaders 4 Life (L4L) Fellowship Program. This is a prestigious statewide fellowship which is designed to provide highly motivated Take Stock in Children scholars who have demonstrated strong leadership skills, moral character, and academic success with the financial resources, services, and support needed to ensure student success throughout college.

Six students will become “fellows” as winners of the L4L Fellowship. Fellows will be announced in January 2016.

Congratulations, Aneesa!!!

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Lincoln Park Academy’s Concert Chorale to Participate in Disney’s 2015 Candlelight Processional

Lincoln Park Academy’s Concert Chorale to Participate in Disney’s 2015 Candlelight Processional

For the 8th consecutive year, the LPA Chorale has been selected to participate in the 2015 Disney Candlelight Processional. The Candlelight Processional held in the Epcot Center at the American Gardens Theater is a breathtaking retelling of the Christmas story in words and music complete with a 50 piece orchestra, choir and celebrity guest narrators. The narrators read the Christmas story and interspersed are favorite carols of the season.

The Lincoln Park Academy Chorale will perform on Friday, December 11th at 6:45 pm and 8:15 pm. The celebrity guest narrator for the evening will be Ana Gasteyer.

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Northport Accepts Generous Dedication From Local Korean War Veterans Chapter 106

Northport Accepts Generous Dedication From Local Korean War Veterans Chapter 106

Since 2006, Northport K-8 School has proudly incorporated a thriving Veterans Partners in Education program throughout the school. Veterans are visible and can be recognized as part of the fabric of Northport. One of the founding partners in the school’s veteran program was Peter Popolizio. Peter was a corporal who served valiantly on Pork Chop Hill in the Korean War. Mr. Popolizio earned many medals on Pork Chop Hill including the Silver Star. Peter served as past Commander of the local Korean War Veterans Assoc., Chapter 106 and also was dubbed Saint Lucie County School District Volunteer of the Year two years ago, representing the work of all SLC veterans in our public schools.

His work was integral as a founding partner and his love, respect and willingness to educate our children was distinguished. Peter Popolizio passed away last March. With his passing, our children have lost a significant piece of history, a primary source for the Korean War and a very loving and caring man. The Korean War Veterans, Chapter 106 have dedicated a beautiful cherry wood working fireplace with a gold plaque thanking Popolizio for his time and dedication to the children of the school. Principal, Glenn Rustay, Assistant Principals, Lorie Monroe and Lisa Cash and Media Specialist, Lynne Gruszka as well as instructor Georgia Stone and her class of sixth graders and Jennifer Lusardi with her group of third graders proudly lit the fireplace as it was dedicated. This holiday season, the children of Northport will be enjoying a fully decorated media center with Christmas tree’s and tinsel as well as sitting by the fireplace and reading beautiful holiday books. Northport will long cherish the memory of Commander Peter Popolizio. Many thanks to all our Veteran Partners in Education. All Community members welcome to come in and sit by the fire for a few minutes to remember Peter Popolizio.

Sam Gaines Academy Speakers Bureau Begins

Sam Gaines Academy Speakers Bureau Begins

Students at Sam Gaines Academy enjoyed their first Speakers Bureau presentation. Guest speaker Dr. Kevin Perry inspired the young people with his words of wisdom in his message: If You Want to Be Somebody, If You Want to Go Somewhere, You Better Wake Up andy Attention…

Curious George Visits Gaines

Curious George Visits Gaines

Special guest readers stopped by the Gaines Academy kindergarten classes on Friday, November 20th. Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat mesmerized the students as they read their story, Curious George by H.A. Rey.  After the reading, Curious George led both students and teachers in an energetic game of ‘George Says.’ What an engaging, fun time for all!

Thank you, Ms. Barenborg, for helping to arrange this event.

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Six LPA Students Sign Intent During National Signing Week

Six LPA Students Sign Intent During National Signing Week

On Wednesday, November 18th at Lincoln Park Academy, we had the honor of congratulating six of our seniors.  These student athletes have committed to their college, university and/or academy to further their education with a scholarship.

They are as follows:  Lindsey Wright – Swimming, Gardner-Webb University;  Derek Schwimer – Baseball, Palm Beach State College;  Ashley Langel – Softball, Shorter University;  Jeffrey Gerilca – Baseball, Air Force Academy Colorado Springs; Meghan Callahan – Softball, Palm Beach State College; and Taylor Boykin – Softball, University of South Carolina Beaufort.

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Fairlawn Elementary School Collects Over 2,300 Pounds of Food

Fairlawn Elementary School Collects Over 2,300 Pounds of Food

Fairlawn Elementary Magnet School’s Student Council, led by second grade teacher Ms. Kim Singley, held a school-wide food drive and collected over 2,300 pounds of food for Treasure Coast Food Bank.  They set a goal of 1,000 pounds and were so excited to report that they more than doubled their goal!

 

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Catie Lincoln, Ayla Leitenbauer, Brandon Miranda, Lilly Herndon, Zara Chowdhury, Bryce Braswell

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Guerdyanard Joseph, Kylah Tiger, Isabel Keane, Julisa Gil, Kate Miklas, Logan O’Brien, Rylee Tiger, Me, Haley Hawkins, Abi Padon

 

Junior Beta Club at Palm Pointe donates to Operation Christmas Child

Junior Beta Club at Palm Pointe donates to Operation Christmas Child

The Junior Beta Club members led by Ms. Hearl, a fourth grade teacher at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition, brought in shoe boxes full of items for Operation Christmas Child.  The boxes will be shipped to boys and girls around the world.  The students are also collecting and donating toys for Toys for Tots.

Great job students!

Pictured: Junior Beta Club members

Manatee Academy is Celebrating Children’s Book Week in a HUGE Way!

Manatee Academy is Celebrating Children’s Book Week in a HUGE Way!

Mrs. Remington, Manatee Academy’s media specialist, set a school-wide challenge to read 3,000 pages in one day. After two hours in (because students were already at 9,000 pages) she upped the ante to 30,000!!!  Our voracious students surpassed our goal and read 76,106 pages in one day!!!

The challenge?  Kiss an exotic animal on live TV!  Mrs. Remington kissed our own Vet Prep lab rats, “Iggy” and “Izzy”(although Mrs. Remington nicknamed them both “Icky”)!

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Authors David Mark Lopez and Amy Adams Visit Manatee Academy

Authors David Mark Lopez and Amy Adams Visit Manatee Academy

Manatee Academy continued to celebrate Children’s Book Week Tuesday with presentations by not one, but two authors.  Pictured is author David Mark Lopez speaking to engaged fourth grade students.  David writes the spectacular Maddie’s Magic Marker  series. Amy Adams, author of Tagged, presented to our seventh and eighth grade students.