Media Release: FPCHS Wrestling Team Clinches Regional Title

Media Release: FPCHS Wrestling Team Clinches Regional Title

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Fort Pierce Central High School’s Wrestling Team won its first Regional Wrestling Title since 1995. The 3A Region 3 Champs qualified 11 athletes for the state tournament. That is the most qualifiers in school’s 49-year history, and it ties for the most in St. Lucie County History.  Coach Seidel said, “It’s well deserved for the athletes that put their blood, sweat, and tears into it.  I am so proud of what they have accomplished so far.”  The Cobras will travel to the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, FL on Friday and Saturday for the state tournament. Go Cobras!

Pictured:  Kevin Finn, Jacob Fleitas, Jared Fleitas, Anthony Gibson, Cameron Golden, Lance Harris, Isaiah Herrington, Ryan Hester, Berlens Jean- Louis, Henry Jones, Steven Krantz, Zaine Parlor, Russell Raabe, Travon Ross, Head Coach Seidel, Assistant Coach Rocky, Coach Martinez, Coach George, Coach Glenn

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Media Release:  FPCHS Culinary Awards

Media Release: FPCHS Culinary Awards

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – On Saturday March 2, 2019, four Fort Pierce Central High School students, Sarahi Fraga, McClintock Hoeffner, Luz Martinez, and Hope Thomas, won third place in the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s 19th Annual Management Competition, sponsored by the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality & Tourism.

In this statewide competition, participating teams demonstrate their knowledge of the restaurant and foodservice industry by developing a new restaurant concept and presenting it to a panel of judges at a simulated business exposition.  The teams also submitted a written proposal for review, and presented their concepts of marketing, menu and costing, layout and décor, and critical thinking to various groups of judges through posters, verbal presentations, and question-and-answer sessions.

In addition to taking home third place overall in the state of Florida, Luz Martinez was awarded the Hospitality Excellence Award, and received a $2,000 scholarship to the post-secondary institution of her choice.  McClintock Hoeffner won a $5,000 scholarship to Keiser University for placing second in Chef Erik Youngs Voodoo Chef High School Recipe Challenge.  McClintock had to create an original recipe incorporating Chef Youngs signature DIRT spice into a meal consisting of a protein, vegetable, and starch.  His dish was a coffee and DIRT spice infused ribeye steak with a mushroom sauce, steamed broccoli finished with seasoned butter, and pan fried thinly sliced red new potatoes dusted with DIRT spice.

Their instructors Chef Jesse Strell and Cindy Swertfager, the school, and their families are more than proud of all of these outstanding students.  All their hard work and dedication has definitely paid off.  We are excited to see what the future holds for our talented Cobras!

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Commissioner’s Academic Challenge

Commissioner’s Academic Challenge

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL  — In a competitive academic competition, local high school teams competed for top honors and individual team members vied for a seat on the prestigious Team St. Lucie – an elite six-member team representing St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) at the 34th Annual Commissioner’s Academic Challenge. This state competition took place April 11-13, 2019 at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn where the St. Lucie Team advanced to the Division 2 Finals and ended up finishing 5th in the state!

Maria Battaglino Hernandez, Madeleine Sosa, Callie Zheng (Lincoln Park Academy); Ryan Lu (Treasure Coast High School); Alan Senkus (St. Lucie West Centennial); and Matthew Zoll (Fort Pierce Westwood) accumulated an impressive number of individual points in this year’s local tournament and represented St. Lucie Public Schools at the state event.  SLPS teacher Paige McMahon served as coach for the team, preparing the students for the State Competition.

Teams from across Florida gathered for this state-wide tournament in which challenging questions were posed to players in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the fine arts, world languages (French and Spanish), physical education, health, and technology. As with the local competition, players competed for their team’s top score as well as their individual score with hopes of making Florida’s team for the national competition.  The questions were written by educators from high schools throughout the state.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Media covers opening day for St. Lucie Schools

Media covers opening day for St. Lucie Schools

Television and print media covered the opening day for St. Lucie Schools, visiting several campuses for the Kids at Hope tunnels and get a glimpse of the first day of school for approximately 40,000 students at 42 schools. Pictured is Superintendent Michael Lannon being interviewed by Tasha Martinez of Channel 12 WPEC at 6:30 AM at Fort Pierce Westwood High School.

Media Advisory: Dads

Media Advisory: Dads


For Immediate Release                                                                              

September 23, 2019

Contact: Lydia Martin

Lydia.Martin@stlucieschools.org

Phone: 772-429-5544

MEDIA ADVISORYDads Take Your Child to School Day

What: St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) will celebrate Dads Take Your Child to School Day.

Dads Take Your Child to School Day is a statewide initiative of the Florida Department of Education to encourage fathers and male role models to become involved in the education of their children as a means for increasing student achievement.  Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, foster fathers and other male role models are invited to take their children to school on September 25.

When: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 

Where:  The movement takes place on SLPS campuses.

Why: The Dads Take Your Child to School Day event is designed to highlight the significant role a child’s father or male role models can have in enhancing a child’s educational experience.

“A parent or guardian is the single most important adult in a child’s life, which is why our District proudly supports this event as an opportunity to promote parent engagement,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a high-ranking B rated District ranked in the top third of Florida’s districts, there are no failing schools, and SLPS has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit, http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

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Medal of Honor Day

Medal of Honor Day

The School Board joins Governor Ron DeSantis in extending greetings and best wishes to all observing March 25, 2019 as Medal of Honor Day in Florida. Lincoln Park Academy Principal Henry Sanabria (former U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant) and Port St. Lucie High School Principal Adrian Ocampo (former U.S. Marine Lance Corporal) read the Proclamation.

All grade levels in public schools are encouraged to coordinate instruction that encourages patriotism and commemorates Medal of Honor Day.

Meal Applications

Meal Applications

Meal applications are available online for families to complete for the 2016-2017 school year. (This is an application that must be completed each year.)
It is very important to have all of this information completed in advance of your child attending school on the first day of school (August 15, 2016).
The online application is available at www.stlucieschools.org
If you have any questions, please contact Child Nutrition Services at 772.429.6229.

 

MDA Students Recognized by Broadcom

MDA Students Recognized by Broadcom

Congratulations to Mosaic Digital Academy’s Elizabeth Briglia and Trevor Gill who submitted applications to the Broadcom Masters national middle school science competition! Both were selected as Broadcom MASTERS nominees!

To be selected is a great honor—only the top 10% of science fair projects nationwide are selected for this opportunity. Elizabeth and Trevor will receive a t-shirt and bumper sticker, and could be named one of the Top 300 MASTERS (announced September 5th) or one of the 30 finalists (announced September 19th). The 30 finalists will gather in Washington, DC for a week of competition—including presentation of the research project and hands-on science and engineering challenges. Top prizes include $25,000, trips to STEM summer camps, and more. Schools of Broadcom MASTERS finalists each receive $1,000 from the Broadcom Foundation.

MDA Receives Innovation Grant

MDA Receives Innovation Grant

Mosaic Digital Academy Principal, Jeanne Ziemba and her staff were presented with a $2500 I.D.E.A. Grant from FLVS (Florida Virtual School) for demonstrating Innovation, Design, Efficiency, and Achievement in a public virtual school program.

FLVS supports franchise partners like Mosaic Digital Academy across the state of Florida and recognizes districts that represent unique local instructional practices, creative processes, and delivery efficiencies that can inform future ideation resulting in successful online teaching and learning for all.  Dr. Polly Halderman, FLVS Chief Customer Officer, presented the grant award to Principal Ziemba with staff during the Teacher Workday, March 19, 2018. The staff will use the grant award to continue to provide innovative approaches for increased student success for all Kindergarten through Grade 12 full time virtual students.

 

Pictured (Left to Right): Chris Waldrop, Will Goulet, Amanda Kiefer, Deborah Russum, Carrie Kahr, Dr. Polly Halderman (FLVS Leadership), Jeanne Ziemba, Principal, Fran Pitts, Laura Lankow and Christine Witzak.

 

May’s STAR Award Recipients Recognized

May’s STAR Award Recipients Recognized

Mrs. Barbara Bennett and Mrs. Belkis Madera were recognized as May’s STAR (Special Thanks And Recognition) Award recipients at the school board meeting on May 12, 2015.

Mrs. Barbara Bennett, 3rd grade teacher at Frances K. Sweet Elementary, was nominated by a parent of one of her students. The parent stated how happy and pleased she was with her daughter’s academic achievements and the great improvements Camila has made in reading and comprehension. Camila was super happy to get the “Star Reader Shirt” and said that she try for the next shirt. Thank you Mrs. Bennett, for giving your students great thinking skills and positive thoughts, and for your commitment to all students.

Mrs. Belkis Madera, 6th grade World History teacher at Oak Hammock K-8, was nominated by Dr. Donna Mills, School Board Chairman. In March, Dr. Mills attended Ms. Madera class, she had invited 40 Holocaust survivors, family members, and other dignitaries from the Boca Raton area to visit classrooms throughout the day to share their testimonies.  The day culminated in an assembly in the school’s auditoria for the entire sixth grade team, family and community members.  Exhibits of paintings, poems and portraits of holocaust survivors created by sixth grade students were on display throughout the school hallways.   Ms. Madera also teaches units on Hispanic heritage and African American History. Ms. Madera’s dedication to building racial and cultural tolerance among her students has won her the Outstanding Holocaust Educator Award from the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at the Florida Atlantic University.  The award recognizes teachers who have had a demonstrated positive impact on their schools and the wider community in the field of holocaust, genocide and human rights education. Ms. Madera has said she wants her students to learn that we are more alike than different—there is a vast world out there and we need to learn how to get along.

Congratulations Mrs. Bennett and Mrs. Madera.

 

Mayors recognize schools for student achievement

Mayors recognize schools for student achievement

Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson and Port St. Lucie Mayor JoAnn Faeilla have begun a recognition program to honor public schools in their communities that have shown continued excellence, improved student achievement, and innovation. Pictured is Mayor Faeilla, left, with Principal Ucola Barrett-Baxter at Parkway Elementary School in Port St. Lucie, and Mayor Hudson with Principal Juanita Wright at Frances K. Sweet Elementary in Fort Pierce.

Mayor Oravec Visits Manatee Academy 1st Grade Students

Mayor Oravec Visits Manatee Academy 1st Grade Students

On Monday, December 7th, the first graders at Manatee Academy were fortunate to have Port St. Lucie’s  Mayor Gregory Oravec as a special guest speaker. He talked about the duties and responsibilities he has as our mayor. The students found this very informative and had many questions for him. This was an excellent opportunity for them to continue to learn about the roles leaders have in our community.IMG_4987 IMG_4992 IMG_4989

Mayor Joins Westwood Cadets at their Military Ball

Mayor Joins Westwood Cadets at their Military Ball

Ft Pierce Mayor, Linda Hudson, joined the Panther Battalion Cadets for the Annual Military Ball held on Friday, February 13th. Mayor Hudson was the key note speaker for this year’s ball which was held at the Ft Pierce National Guard Armory. Cadets honored traditions such as the posting of the colors, military toasts and the grog bowl ceremony. The Panthers also let their hair down with a catered dinner and lively dancing. District 1 City Commissioner, Reginald Sessions also attended and rewarded the Cadets with an inspiring speech about “Achieving Your Dreams.” Ft Pierce 19th Judicial Circuit Drug Court Manager, Ms. Cathy Buzzolani, rounded out the Ball VIPs. American Legion Post 171 Commander, Willie Smith presented the Legion Leadership Award to Cadet Brandon Green and the Academic Award to Cadet Maria Arriola. Cadets Dustin Vanderpool, Carlos Success, Daisy Arriola and Sean Neff received the JROTC Association of the United States Army Award from Executive Vice President, Space Coast Chapter, LTC (R) Gerald Soltis.

Mayor Linda Hudson speaks to Cadets.  Panther Ball King and Queen, Brandon Green and Maria Arriola cut the cake. Commissioner Reginald Sessions shares the dance floor with Cadets.

Mayor Linda Hudson speaks to Cadets. Panther Ball King and Queen, Brandon Green and Maria Arriola cut the cake. Commissioner Reginald Sessions shares the dance floor with Cadets.

Mayor Benton proclaims new crest for Westwood ROTC

Mayor Benton proclaims new crest for Westwood ROTC

Fort Pierce Mayor Robert Benton recently presented a special proclamation from the city to the Westwood High School administration and ROTC battalion for the new unit patch and crest to recognize their “pride in the past, dedication in the present and confidence in their future.” The school colors of maroon and grey are present in the crest, with maroon symbolizing victory and black symbolizing consistency. Other icons symbolize the arts, science, atheltics, knowledge, and spirit of adventure found in every cadet, the proclamation states. Mayor Benton described the cadets as the “scholars, athletes and leaders of the future.” Pictured, from left, are Principal Mallissa Hamilton, Assistant Principals Anthony Conti, Mary Gregory, James Sloan, and Presley Charles, Battalion Commander Cadet Major Quinton McCormick, Battalion Executive Officer Cadet Major Jon Parrish, Battalion Adjutant Cadet Sergeant First Class Amanda Frederick, and Mayor Benton at the podium.

May ArtSpace Features Cobras

May ArtSpace Features Cobras

The Fort Pierce Branch Library’s ArtSpace features works by students from Fort Pierce Central High School on display during May.

Showcasing two-dimensional works from students, several of these pieces were part of their senior portfolio. Inspired by contemporary and classical artists, the students’ work experiments with various lines, values and movements, creating incredibly intricate designs and sophisticated compositions.

The Fort Pierce Branch Library is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Fridays from          9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mariposa Elementary students learn matter matters

Mariposa Elementary students learn matter matters

Students in Maria Nunez’s fourth grade class at Mariposa Elementary are studying matter. Pictured, from left, Joslyn Patterson, Sydney Luppens, Faith White, Taline El-Khoury, Alanna Riverahad were asked to measure the  volume and mass of objects. Each station had a different activity exploring matter. For example, at one station, students had to find the volume of an irregular object using water displacement. Students were engaged and learned how to work as a team.

Matter matters to Allapattah Flats third graders

Matter matters to Allapattah Flats third graders

Third grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 School continue to demonstrate their scientific minds. Recently, students had an opportunity to travel to other classrooms and participate in five different experiments related to matter. Students did experiments with oobleck to demonstrate the states of matter. Another experiment demonstrated the chemical change when a penny is dipped in a vinegar and salt solution. Students made connections relating the Statue of Liberty’s copper material to the copper in a penny. Pictured, from right, are Raul Andrews, Mea Quinones, and Miguel Sanchez.

Matter Matters at Mariposa Elementary School!

Matter Matters at Mariposa Elementary School!

Fourth grade students in Ms. Mellion’s class at Mariposa Elementary showed that matter matters! They were given an opportunity in science to show the three states of matter as well as describe their particles. Students used shoe boxes to display and create their projects. Students also presented their projects to the class for everyone to enjoy. Below are just some of the amazing examples the students created.