Students from Mrs. Erica Anderson’s 5th grade class who are a part of Mrs. Jennifer Bozone’s small group each chose a book to read over Spring Break. They were given the creative task to create a visual representation of their favorite scene from the book.
Staff at Savanna Ridge Elementary enjoyed supporting Relay for Life at the Annual Walk at Tradition Stadium in St. Lucie West. Staff members enjoyed taking part in various activities throughout the year to fund-raise for the school Relay for Life team such as Coins for Cancer.
The kindergarten classes at White City Elementary have been studying community helpers. To culminate their units, students were visited by Leland Karlson, a Fort Pierce Utilities Authority employee. Mr. Karlson visited each classroom, and explained the dangers of playing with kites by electrical wires. He also told the students that they should report any wires that are on the ground to an adult and not touch them. Mr. Karlson brought with him a giant display. Students were able to see up close the dangers of playing on or around power lines.
Mrs. Marino, a third grade teacher at Savanna Ridge Elementary School, was a Target Field Trip Grant recipient for the 2015/16 school year. Therefore, third grade students benefited by enjoying a fantastic field trip to Heathcote Botanical Gardens as they explored the life of plants. They learned about the basic structures in plants, how plants respond to stimuli, and understood how plants use the sun, air, and water to make their own food. In addition, the experience provided the students with hands-on activities and a take-home plant to further their understanding of the lessons they learned.
Thank you Target for caring about children and education in our community!
River Edge Elementary hosted an ArtWalk for Hope and Bingo for Books Family Event on Thursday, April 7. Students created “hopeful” images on sidewalks around the entire school. From flowers to pizza to rainbows students were given creative freedom to share their ideas of HOPE.
Parents came at 6 pm to take in all their student’s artwork, then were invited into the cafeteria and greeted with an “artful” treat provided by the PTO.
Bingo for Books began at 6:30 pm with their parents, students played round after round in hopes of winning a book!
WFLM 104.5 radio station has selected our student – Tiara Evans as their Young Superstar of the week. This
selection is based upon academic grades, primarily A and B ratings. She has earned $50 cash, along with name and school recognition announced during broadcasting.
Celestine Dorsey, a local teacher from Fort Pierce Westwood High school, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 21 NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops. The National Endowment for the Humanities is a federal agency that each year supports summer study opportunities so that teachers can work with experts in humanities disciplines.
Celestine Dorsey will participate in a workshop entitled “Forever Wild, The Adirondacks in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.” The one-week program will be held twice this summer in Upstate New York at Camp Huntington, the first “Great Camp” of the Adirondacks, now owned and operated by SUNY Cortland. The program will be directed by Drs. Randi Storch and Kevin Sheets of SUNY Cortland’s History Department.
The 72 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a $1,200 stipend to help cover their travel, study, and living expenses.
To learn about this and other NEH Landmarks Workshops being offered this summer, visit http://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs. The approximately 1,512 teachers who participate in these programs will teach more than 189,000 American students the following year.
SLPS honors its staff members for outstanding customer service. Congratulations to this month’s recipients of the STAR Award: Heidi Pinder, Rick Isenhour, Craig Pierce, Charles Brate, Belkis Madera, Lynn Louderback, Donella Crenshaw, Valentina Whyte, Jessica McLaughlin, and Cheryl Petrino
Fort Pierce Sunrise Kiwanis honored schools with monetary awards for their St. Lucie County Fair displays. Congratulations to our schools and special thanks to Sunrise Kiwanis!
Mr. Michael Jackson and Mr. Randy Roundtree, founders of the Bengaay Bowl, presented proceeds from the community event to the athletic departments of Fort Pierce Central and Fort Pierce Westwood. SLPS appreciates its community partners.
Mariposa students and staff held a surprise “tunnel of support” for students taking the FSA test to show the students how proud we are of their hard work and to help motivate them to do their best. Younger students from each class made signs and posters encouraging their peers. Students lined up on each side of the outside hallways with their signs. They cheered and held up their signs while the students walked through the tunnel. This event meant a great deal to the students. At dismissal, a fifth grader told Literacy Coach Monica Almeida that now she doesn’t feel nervous for her FSA test, and the parade made her feel really special. Music teacher Chad Guess had his after school music program drummers lead the parade throughout the school. The drummers pictured are Tanya Lima, Corbin Hahn, Andrea Henandez, and Lehla Badillo. It was a great parade!
It is with much pride and pleasure that each morning at Northport VPK-8 School our students participate in our morning announcements by saying the Pledge of Allegiance and the Kids at Hope Pledge. Students from VPK-8 are taught to say “Good Morning,” to introduce themselves, to welcome classes and teachers to school, and to speak loudly and with well placed enthusiasm. Each then recites the two pledges.
Students sign up on a master calendar in the media center and then are responsible to get to the main office by 9:25 am on their assigned date. The students love to recite the pledges and welcome the day, so all slots are filled through the very last day of school. Our school community is thrilled that the students are learning the pledges and taking pride in reciting for the whole school.
Pictured are VPK instructor, Victoria Frazier and her VPK students Yarely Avalos-Agustin and Aliya Sneider. We are so proud of all of our students who want to step forward to show their American and Northport pride. Great experience!
Northport Media Specialist Lynne Gruszka and Austistic Spectrum Disorder or ASD instructor Lisa Richetti-Reynolds selected two girls: 8th grader, Kristina Bartley from the 7/8 Stingrays team and Briana Antoinetti, from Mrs. Richetti’s class and took them out to a Women’s Learning Lunch at McDonalds recently. The girls found out that they have so much in common and talked about school, their lives, future plans, goals and dreams. It was a wonderful experience and we hope to keep promoting positive interactions and building mentorships for students who can really assist one another. GREAT EXPERIENCE!
Young Floridian Scholarship Program
The 2016 Young Floridian Scholarship Awards Program is a joint commitment between the educational and business communities of SLC in recognition of outstanding high school seniors and their volunteer efforts.
Academic Excellence: Natalia Cordeiro (LPA)
Art: Rachael Howard (LPA)
Athletics: Jeffrey Gerlica (LPA)
Career and Technology: Anson Rivera (PSLHS)
Computer Sci/Engineering and Architecture: Joshua Hulka (TCHS)
Drama: Claudia Reyes (LPA)
Foreign Language: Esther Artica (TCHS)
Human Services: Bianca Espineira (TCHS)
Journalism/Communication: Jaycie Wegner (PSLHS)
Language Arts: Kendell Spurr (PSLHS)
Mathematics: Valania Torres (FPCHS)
Music: Deoctavius Evans (TCHS)
Science: Koushal Rao (LPA)
Social Studies: Alexandra Artiles (TCHS)
Nicole Thomas, a senior at Fort Pierce Westwood High School, received a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) grant from the National Future Farmers Association (FFA) for a Breeding gilt (a female pig that has not yet given birth). Nicole applied for the grant because she is starting to breed gilt’s for the local FFA and 4-H. She hopes to provide a service to 4-H and FFA students to be able to purchase their show pigs from a local breeder for the County Fair.
The $1,000.00 grant that she received will offset the funds associated with breeding and the purchase of a farrowing crate that the pig will be placed in when it is time for her to have her piglets.
Nicole is the first person in Florida to be interviewed by Matt Brechwald from Off Farm Income Podcast for FFA. She is also the only FFA member in Florida to be selected to receive a SAE grant.
Principal “Effie” Nicole Telese officiated Southport Middle School’s first annual Hunger Games Math Competition and Pep Rally. Tributes from 12 districts competed to be the first to solve and answer word problems that were displayed for the packed gymnasium.
Each tribute was chosen to represent their district after the course of a week of classroom competition and rigorous math review activities. Students, one girl and one boy, from every sixth, seventh, and eighth grade math class who earned the most points throughout the week, were chosen as the tribute to represent their district.
The districts rallied to move up the leader board until the one winning district for each grade level was clearly the winner. The victorious sixth grade tributes from District 10 were Charley Willoughby and Emily Pena from Ms. Janice Williams’ class. The seventh grade champions were from District 11, Alyssa Zaccaria and Grady Pastore from Ms. Julie Sadowski’s class. Kimmika Calixte and Mario Chacin were the 8th grade victors from District 9, Ms. Kristine Ramirez’s class. Competitions in basketball, free throw, and relay races between students and faculty finished off the Pep Rally. Southport’s Band played throughout the afternoon to boost school spirit. Everyone enjoyed the excitement and fun of the Games!
Cobra’s Commit: Melissa Markowitz – Webber International University, Bowling; Alekzandria Primm – Brevard College in North Carolina, Soccer; Kenrick Mendez – Florida Memorial, Baseball; Kevin Markowitz – Webber International University, Bowling; Collin Sullivan – University of South Florida, Baseball; Janelle Pierre-Louis – Rainey River Community College, Basketball; Charity Joseph – Rainey River Community College, Basketball; Ashley Rodriguez – Neosha County Community College, Basketball; Laquazion Minnis – Neosha Community College, Basketball.
ART MUNDO downtown Fort Pierce has a beautiful collection of amazing artistic talent of our St. Lucie County Public School high school students. Artwork is on display until May 4 and all are invited to vote for the People’s Choice award recipient.
Fort Pierce Westwood has ten on display from our own student artists Chelsea Merville, Carlos Succes, Kimberly Laguerre, Tatyana Alfred, Liliana Aquilar, Kirsten Bighom, Jarred Carver, Alex Burns, J.J. Hale, Jacques Julceus.
We are proud to announce that one of our seniors, Tatyana Alfred, has won the distinction of the Director’s Choice award. This award is for the one piece of artwork that stands out among all of the other submissions. Not only did Tatyana win but this is her second year winning this distinction. We are told that her painting has sold.
Thank you to our Art teacher, Ms. Conklin, for all you do for our artistic talent on campus.
The students at C.A. Moore Elementary received an unexpected visit from Khalil Mack. Mr. Mack is a native of Fort Pierce, former C.A. Moore student and graduate of Fort Pierce Westwood High School. Students had the opportunity to take pictures with Mr. Mack and he graciously provided autographs for students and staff. Mr. Mack is currently a player with the Oakland Raiders wearing number 52.