Allapattah students think “Off the paper” while learning math

Allapattah students think “Off the paper” while learning math

As part of their math curriculum, Shannon Johnson’s third grade class at Allapattah Flats K-8 school recently started learning strategies for multiplying single digit numbers.  The students have learned how to use equal groups, arrays, and number lines in order to solve a multiplication problem.  Students created number lines on their desks and used them to show their thinking. Pictured here are Aaliyah Sheffey, Shawn Charite, Isabella De La Rosa, and Dontavious Brown.

Allapattah students try learning the recorders karate style

Allapattah students try learning the recorders karate style

Danya Etter’s third through fifth grade students at Allapattah K8 School are karate chopping recorders to the next level. Recorder karate is a fun and exciting method that allows students to learn the recorder and test for “karate belts.” These belts hang from their recorders and they earn different colors as the music progressively gets harder. The first song, “Hot Cross Buns,” is a simple yet exciting tune that teaches students three notes: B, A, and G. Pictured are six, fourth grade students diligently working on their fingerings to successfully pass this song. Pictured, from left, are Jaime Williams, Aaron Grimes, Allison Deweese, Connor Cook, Malik Parrinello, and Aidan Atkinson.

Allapattah teachers and students get into the fall spirit

Allapattah teachers and students get into the fall spirit

Allapattah Flats’ PTO put on its annual pumpkin patch this year. Teachers and classes created pumpkins to show off their artistic talents. They highlighted some of the current trends and favorite books in their creative pumpkin presentations. Pictured are Moby from Brainpop, a few “Angry Birds”, Dr. Suess’ beloved Thing 1 and Thing 2  as well as a pumpkin with “A bad case of the stripes” from David Shannon’s book about a girl who gets a little bit too worried about what everyone else thinks.  Students and teachers alike had a great time decorating their fall pumpkins and displaying them in Allapattah’s annual Pumpkin Patch.

Allapattah third graders earn rewards for book challenge

Allapattah third graders earn rewards for book challenge

Allapattah students have taken on a new challenge this year with the implementation of the 100 Book Challenge.  Students are asked to earn ‘steps’ which are each equivalent to 15 minutes of sustained independent reading.  Just this week, a group of third grade students were recognized as the first to reach 100 steps. They were recognized by administration, given a medal and a speech of encouragement to continue down the path of regular reading. Students were excited to be awarded and they can be seen all around campus proudly wearing their medals to show off their hard work. Pictured are the students with their medals.

Allied Health

Allied Health

Our aging population, the increased use of medical technologies for diagnosis and treatment, and the resulting demand for healthcare services assure us that Healthcare will continue to be the fastest-growing industry sector.    St. Lucie County’s Allied Health programs offer students opportunities for certifications that lead to entry-level jobs in Healthcare, as well as articulated credits to continue their educational and career pathway at the college level.

Note:  Completion of Health Science 1 and Health Science 2 may be substituted for one science credit in Anatomy and Physiology (2000350).   However, this course or its substitutions do not meet requirements for an “Equally Rigorous Science” credit. (Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Port St. Lucie High School, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, Treasure Coast High School)

Allied Health

Allied Health

Our aging population, the increased use of medical technologies for diagnosis and treatment, and the resulting demand for healthcare services assure us that Healthcare will continue to be the fastest-growing industry sector.    St. Lucie County’s Allied Health programs offer students opportunities for certifications that lead to entry-level jobs in Healthcare, as well as articulated credits to continue their educational and career pathway at the college level.

Note:  Completion of Health Science Anatomy and Physiology and Health Science Foundations may be substituted for one science credit in Anatomy and Physiology (2000350).   However, this course or its substitutions do not meet requirements for an “Equally Rigorous Science” credit.

(Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Port St. Lucie High School, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, Treasure Coast High School)

 

 

Allied Health Advisory Board Meeting

Allied Health Advisory Board Meeting

The Allied Health Advisory Board met in early April at Fort Pierce Central High School in Samantha Jackson’s Health Science classroom.  Lei’Nitia Robinson, Program Specialist for Career and Tech Ed (CTE), brought together Health Science teachers from across St. Lucie Public Schools and representatives from local partners including: ABC Medical, Keiser University Admissions Department, Keiser Sports Medicine and Nursing Programs, Indian River State College Nursing and Health Science Department, and Johnson and Wales University Admissions Department.  It was a great day of collaboration and partnership!

Allied Health Industry Certifications

Allied Health Industry Certifications

Fort Pierce Westwood’s Allied Health students take their knowledge to the next level. They apply what they learn in the classroom to help earn industry certifications as Certified Nursing Assistants.
Mrs. Musgrave-Montgomery works with her students to earn clinical hours at Tiffany Hall in Port St. Lucie.
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Allapattah Flats K8 kindergartners reflect on school year

Allapattah Flats K8 kindergartners reflect on school year

As February comes to a close and March rolls in, kindergartners at Allapattah Flats K8 reflect back on their favorite events from the month. One of their most tresured was the 100 Day Celebration that kicked off the month of February, celebrating their 100 days of school since August. The students had a great time participating in an outside celebration that included 10 fun stations that the students moved to in 10-minute increments. There was hopscotch 100, 10 minutes of hula-hoops, sack racing, counting by 10s jump rope, and many more fun activities. Everyone had lots of fun and even as they move forward into March and the rest of the year the students are still looking back and remembering this notable right of passage. Pictured are teacher Ryan Zakrajsek with, from right, Detrich Washington, Hannah Horton and Brandon Brown, with Armani Metelus scrambling to find a place to sit.

Amazing Annual Retreat at Southport Middle School!

Amazing Annual Retreat at Southport Middle School!

Sixth grade students enjoyed an engaging, positive, and busy time at Southport’s annual Student Retreat. This year the Marlins and the Bobcats each had their own day for students to participate. There were activities and games throughout each day, as well as small group discussions where students learned about each other’s likes and dislikes.

The day began in the gym and students were later split into small groups with adult team leaders to take part in various team building activities. In Building Bridges, students held PVC pipes to make a bridge for their team members to walk across. The students had to continue to build the bridge in front of the person walking across it without letting them fall. The Giant Jenga game had motivational messages on the blocks for important topics such as respect, self-esteem, and anti-bullying.

In addition to writing motivational letters to themselves, students received Palanca letters at the end of their day. These hand written letters of encouragement from teachers, staff, and family members are a very powerful and emotional part of the Retreat. The goal of the retreat is to foster student connections with Southport faculty and staff, and encourage individual emotional development, a positive self-image, and empathy among sixth grade students.

 

 

American Heart Association National Wear Red Day

American Heart Association National Wear Red Day

On February 6th, students and staff of St. Lucie County were dressed in red in support of the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day to help raise awareness about heart disease in women.
Pictured are Treasure Coast High School dance class, under the organization of their teacher and Wellness Champion, Ana Bolt-Turrall, and Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts staff, under the organization of their Wellness Champion, Heather Ricksecker.
FPMSA staff wears red for Heart Disease

American Heart Association – Top Fundraisers

American Heart Association – Top Fundraisers

The health and wellness of our students is vitally important, and SLPS is proud of its continued partnership with the American Heart Association. This partnership is crucial, as today, nearly one in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese and many children to not get enough physical activity. The link between academic achievement and student health and wellness is well-researched.  Healthy students miss fewer days, and physical activity is linked to an increase in student cognitive performance.

Ms. Michelle Mason from the American Heart Association attended the August School Board Meeting to recognize students and staff from Morningside Elementary, Oak Hammock K-8, and Palm Point Research School at Tradition — top fundraisers for the American Heart Association.

American Legion Boys’ State

American Legion Boys’ State

Every leader has to start somewhere and Boys’ State has been the starting point for many successful young students. The Boys’ State program is a summer leadership and citizenship program sponsored by the American Legion for High School students between their junior and senior years. Port Saint Lucie High Jaguar Battalion’s cadet Lieutenant Colonel William Benagh was this year’s representative. The citizens of each of these cities elect mock municipal officials and representatives to the mock state legislature. While learning about the government and politics of Florida, the cadets also get the opportunity to receive High School and College credits. Port Saint Lucie High School appreciates the continuous support of the American Legion Post 318.

Port Saint Lucie High’s William Benagh

An Evening of Connecting at Village Green Environmental Studies School

An Evening of Connecting at Village Green Environmental Studies School

To celebrate National Kids at Hope Day on Wednesday, November 12th, Village Green Environmental Studies School invited parents and students for a night of connecting. The event kicked off with our SAC meeting at 3:40.  We encouraged more parents to join our SAC so they can become even more involved with our school. Following the SAC meeting, dinner was provided for families with staff members serving pizza, salad, cookies and drinks.  Families also had the opportunity to shop at the Scholastic Book Fair that was held in our Media Center. After dinner, different break-out sessions were provided for parents, including one on Kids at Hope.  Child care was also provided so parents could focus and interact. Families, teachers, and community members enjoyed an evening of connecting!

An “Excellent” Performance By Southport Middle School Band

An “Excellent” Performance By Southport Middle School Band

Under the direction of Band Director Jim Lebon, students from the Southport Middle School Band recently performed at the Florida Bandmasters Association District 13 Concert Music Performance Assessment, a yearly festival that is judged by well-known professionals from our state.  The festival was held at Treasure Coast High School.  The band prepared three pieces for stage performance: Enterprise March, Theme and Variations, and Sea Song Fantasy.

After the stage performance the band moved from the stage to the band room and sight read two pieces. They had three minutes to prepare a march and five minutes to prepare an overture.  During the prep time the band and the director could do anything except play their instruments.  After the sight reading was over, Raul Alvarez presented his preparation of Fantasy On A French Folk Song as a student conductor.

Overall, the band was rated as Excellent.  The stage performance was rated as Excellent by all three judges.  The sight reading performance was rated as Superior and the student conductor number was also rated as Superior.  The band members will receive medals as a commemorative of their efforts in their performance.
Photos courtesy of Denise Barbour, DB Photography
An Investment In Education

An Investment In Education

President of the Education Foundation, St. Lucie County Thom Jones presented a check to the St. Lucie School Board for $72,000.  This check represents the generous grant awards provided by the Foundation’s Board of Director’s for educational programs in St. Lucie Public Schools.

The St. Lucie County Education Foundation advances K-12 public education in St. Lucie County by increasing the capacity and resources of the district in partnership with key stakeholders.
  • Our local Education Foundation serves as the conduit for private sector investment and community involvement in our public schools.
  • The SLC Education Foundation serves as the primary link between local education and regional, statewide and national donors.
  • The SLC Education Foundation leverages these relationships for the benefit of local education, creating partnerships with businesses and organizations that impact students in the classroom and strengthen cooperation between the private sector and our public schools.

 

And the Beat Goes On

And the Beat Goes On

It is only the first quarter of the year, and already so may wonderful musical events and accomplishments have occurred for students and staff in St. Lucie Public Schools!

Let’s sing the good news from the roof tops!

Treasure Coast High School and Port St. Lucie High School have brought back Choir to their campuses.

The choruses at Westwood High School and Lincoln Park Academy have been selected to perform again this year in Disney’s Candlelight Ceremony.  Both schools have enjoyed participating in this prestigious event for many years and consider it a time-honored tradition of musical excellence.

The 6th Annual Giving Concert took place on October 25, in the auditorium at Lincoln Park Academy.  Audience members received the gift of song/music from nine middle and high school choirs.  In return, community members gave non-perishable items as the price of admission, and SLPS gave those items to Grace Packs.

Thus far, two students from Forest Grove will be participating in All State. We look forward to hearing about more of our students as notifications are received.

Susan Seal, principal at TCHS, will be acknowledged as Administrator of the Year FMEC for her support of music.

On October 14, SLPS hosted its inaugural Marching Band Showcase —  a fundraiser for MS/HS bands and showcase our 5 HS Marching bands.  The Steel Drum ensemble from LPA and a MS combined band performed the National Anthem at the beginning of the Showcase.  The combined MS/HS bands performed a number together to conclude the program.  It was another great night for music.

Marching Band MPAs occurred in late October and early November.  The bands did really well and received the following ratings:

Fort Pierce Central High School – Excellent

Fort Pierce Westwood High School – Superior

Port St. Lucie High School – Superior

Treasure Coast High School – Superior

St. Lucie West Centennial High School – Excellent

Congratulations to our music program!

 

 

Annual Breakfast with Santa Celebrated at Palm Pointe

Annual Breakfast with Santa Celebrated at Palm Pointe

On December 3, 2016, Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated its annual Breakfast with Santa.  The event was a huge success with families enjoying a delicious pancake breakfast, kids making holiday crafts, a face painting booth, raffles, pictures with Santa, and holiday songs performed by Mrs. Melanie Larsen and Mrs. Deborrah Estrada.
It was a great time to relax with Palm Pointe families and staff at the beginning of the holiday season.  Pictured are Mrs. Luv Lima and her two sons, seventh grader Marcos Lima, fifth grader Rio Lima, and  many other families in the background.
Annual bus drivers breakfast held at Palm Pointe

Annual bus drivers breakfast held at Palm Pointe

The bus drivers that service Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition were recognized for all that they do for our students at a recent breakfast. Volunteer and PTO member Pam Molner made a spectacular breakfast for everyone with eggs, bacon, sausage, crepes with fresh strawberries, home fries, fruit cups and other scrumptious food.  A PowerPoint presentation by Dean Estrada and Dean Pierre focused on bus data for the last few years, safety, student conduct and positive reinforcement. It was a great opportunity to visit and get to know the bus drivers that come to Palm Pointe.

Annual Family Reading Festival another success

Annual Family Reading Festival another success

The fourth annual Family Reading Festival, sponsored by the St. Lucie County Reading Council, welcomed many guest readers to Mets Stadium field with a wide variety of literacy special events. Pictured are St. Lucie School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, left, and St. Lucie County Commissioner Paula Lewis reading to several of the hundreds of children who enjoyed the day.