SLWK-8 Student’s Artwork Selected for Exhibit

SLWK-8 Student’s Artwork Selected for Exhibit

Tama Jeanchery’s artwork entitled “Rooted Heart” was recently entered in The Dali Museum’s 2016 Florida statewide Student Surrealist Art Exhibit: Between Dream and Reality.

We are proud to announce that it was chosen to be exhibited at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL this summer. Tama is an 8th grade student at SLWK-8. Her art teacher is Mrs. Jaime Mazzo.

Great work, Tama!

Mariposa Supports the American Heart Association

Mariposa Supports the American Heart Association

A note from the American Heart Association to Mariposa Elementary:

On behalf of the American Heart Association and the millions of Americans we serve, thank you very much for your school’s donation. Families and schools are critical links in providing the foundation for cardiovascular wellness in our country. By holding this event at your school each year, you raise awareness about heart-healthy living. And you help us fund more lifesaving scientific research and critically needed education efforts. Thank you.

Almost every family in America is touched by heart disease or stroke, and your school’s contribution will significantly impact our fight against these devastating illnesses.

We hope that you, your faculty and your students found this lifesaving effort rewarding and enjoyable. You are touching so many lives — and life is why we exist as an organization. Your help and support are greatly appreciated, and we look forward to partnering again with you next year!

Gabriella Darocha is jumping high at one of the many centers that were set up for Jump Rope For Heart. The weather was great and the event was enjoyed by all.

SLWCHS Nursing Assistant Student Health Fair

SLWCHS Nursing Assistant Student Health Fair

On March 16th, 2016, the Nursing Assistant students at St. Lucie West Centennial High School held their annual health fair.

The purpose of the Health Fair is to invite community partners who have health topics of interest to the teen population onto campus to present that information. They provided information for the teens on different ways for them to become a better and healthy person.

The presenters included: Project X Fitness, Parent Academy of SLC, Parent Teen Community Connection, Sexual Assault Assistance Program, Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), Teen Choices, Protect the Heart, the Jessica Clinton MVP foundation, 211 Teens, and Keiser University. Keiser University had many of their educational programs attend and present a wide variety of topics for the students.

Each student was handed a passport with the names of the programs present as they entered the gym. The purpose of the passport was to encourage the student to go around to each program and get their information on health. At each exhibit, the community partners would stamp the student’s passport.

The Nursing Assistant students did an amazing job planning and organizing the event which was attended by classrooms of students and their teachers throughout the day. They definitely demonstrated their leadership skills and their teamwork effort by communicating with walkie-talkies to smooth out any problems or to simply help other students find the program that they had an interest in. The class would kindly like to thank Keiser University for sponsoring their event and everyone who participated in it.

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FPMSA FSA Fun

FPMSA FSA Fun

Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts 7th grade students had some fun with FSA math review.  Students used beach balls with problems written on them to practice circumference and area of circles.

Manatee Academy Girls Track Wins Third Consecutive Title

Manatee Academy Girls Track Wins Third Consecutive Title

On Saturday, April 23, Saint Lucie County middle schools participated in the District championship track meet at Lawnwood Stadium. For the third year in a row, the girls team from Manatee Academy took home the championship. The boys team outperformed expectations and were a close runner up, finishing only 12 points away from their second consecutive trophy.  Head coach Chuck Pilson credits a rigorous training regiment that started in September to prepare his athletes for success.

The girls team, composed of 6th-8th grade students, dominated the field. Manatee finished first in every event except two and more than tripled the point total of the second place team. The 3-peat is even more impressive considering this is only the fourth year of Manatee’s existence in the district track program.

Coach Pilson was assisted this season by Kyle Pilson, Ashley Eldridge, and Shotput Coach Caleb Bihari. All the coaches would like to thank the fans who came out to support the team. See you next season!

Final results

 

Manatee boys team finished 2nd to Southern Oaks in the 2016 district championship track meet.

Manatee boys team finished 2nd to Southern Oaks in the 2016 district championship track meet.

 

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(From left to right): Coaches Kyle Pilson and Chuck Pilson, Manatee Academy Principal Lily Beauchamp, Coaches Caleb Bihari and Ashley Eldridge

 

Did You Know St. Lucie Public Schools Has Full Time Virtual Options?

Did You Know St. Lucie Public Schools Has Full Time Virtual Options?

Is Full Time Virtual the right choice for YOU ?  Here’s a quick checklist parents and students may use to determine if online learning is right for them:

I  am comfortable using the internet as a means of communication and research.
I own or have access to a computer with consistent and reliable Internet access and email.
I am able to learn and apply new software applications.
I am able to prioritize tasks, organize assignments and complete assigned work within a deadline.
I am gratified when I independently solve problems and take responsibility for what I learn.
My writing, reading and communication abilities are on grade level or above average.
I prefer to work alone on assignments, but can work collaboratively with peers if the assignment calls for it.
I learn best when I read the directions, rather than an instructor lecturing and giving verbal explanations.
I know how to ask for help when I need it.
I consider class discussions an important part of my learning and development.

Did you answer YES to at least 8 out of 10? Here’s how  to learn more about St. Lucie Public Schools’ Virtual Options! 

 

Click here for live links to RSVP for your child’s grade level:

Elementary Grades (K-5): http://tinyurl.com/SLPS-K5GoVirtual

Grades 6-12: http://tinyurl.com/SLPS6-12GoVirtual

SLW Centennial Law Academy Students Present Mock Trial to Palm Pointe Civics Class

SLW Centennial Law Academy Students Present Mock Trial to Palm Pointe Civics Class

SLW Centennial Law Academy students  presented a mock trial to over 120 seventh grade  students.  It was a collaborative effort between the Law  Academy teachers Sandra Oliveira and Eric Eberhardt, and the Palm Pointe 7th grade Civics teachers, Anne Lulkin and Hillary Cruz.  The 7th graders were divided into juries.  After the trial was presented by the high school students, each group had to deliberate the verdict.  The verdicts were shared and then the session was open to discussion and questions between students and teachers.

 

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REE Hosts Lunch for Principal Honor Roll

REE Hosts Lunch for Principal Honor Roll

On Friday, April 22, Rivers Edge proudly hosted all of their Principal Honor Roll students for the third quarter. Honors Assemblies were held all week and students received certificates for Principal’s Honor Roll, A/B Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, and I Try Harder. The week ended with this luncheon for our straight “A” students.

Lawnwood Leopards on the Prowl Through Their Odyssey of the Mind

Lawnwood Leopards on the Prowl Through Their Odyssey of the Mind

On Saturday, February 27th, 2016, several students from Lawnwood Elementary participated and were well-represented during the Palms Region Odyssey of The Mind Regional Tournament at Suncoast Community High School in Riviera Beach. The 4th and 5th grade Gifted classes, under the guidance and supervision of their Odyssey coaches and teachers, Ms. Courtney Crooks and Mr. Robert Knapp, used their leadership skills, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills to produce several skits involving five various problems, as well as some spontaneous random-quick thinking to this event, The Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that is able to provide creative problem-solving opportunities for students from Kindergarten through college. Each team member was able to apply their creativity to solve problems that varied from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of some literary classics. Once entered in the competition, they then brought their solutions to a tournament on the local, state, and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout all of the United States as well as several countries around the world participated in this program.

This was Lawnwood’s first year participating in this event, but through the long hours of hard work, some manual labor, several after school meetings, Saturday get-togethers, and two fundraisers, all of this time and effort was well worth it.

There were 11 District elementary schools from St. Lucie County in attendance at the competition, and Lawnwood was able to place first in one category, second in two other categories, and third in another. Out of five categories, Lawnwood received recognition in four out of the five that were presented.

Lawnwood really showed off their Leopard Pride upon completion of this exciting learning opportunity. As a matter of fact, Lawnwood was the only elementary school from our District to win first place and only missed moving on to the state level by a few points. Upon completion of the event, teacher and lead Odyssey coach, Courtney Crooks and her assistant coach, Robert Knapp, were already making plans to gear up for the 2017 competition.

What a journey and what an odyssey it has been!

SGA Speakers Bureau

SGA Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau Special Guest Speakers at Samuel S. Gaines Academy K-8 this month were Mr. E. Wayne Gent, Superintendent of St. Lucie Public Schools, and Mr. Lafayette Ashley, Graduating Senior of Ft. Pierce Central High School Class of 2016.

Mr. Gent captured the attention of the students as he told them how he chose to never give up on his dream of becoming a superintendent of schools. Mr. Ashley inspired the students by sharing some of his personal challenges and expressed to the them that if you want something bad enough, you will work hard to get it. Mr. Ashley will be attending Warner University in the fall on a full ride scholarship.

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FPWHS Speakers Bureau

FPWHS Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau Special Guest Speakers at Ft. Pierce Westwood High School this month were Mr. Randy Roundtree, Mr. Darcy McFolley, Mr. Thernell Mills, and Mrs. Shaniek Maynard.
 
All the speakers expressed to the students the importance of making the right choices as they journey through life. The central theme that was expressed by all the speakers was, “It’s okay to be different and not follow the crowd.”
LPA Students Compete in the Florida Commissioner’s Academic Challenge

LPA Students Compete in the Florida Commissioner’s Academic Challenge

Lincoln Park Academy’s Mali Kaminaga, Carlos Arce, and Geoffrey Zheng competed as members of the St. Lucie County Academic Team at the Florida Commissioner’s Academic Challenge in Orlando April 21-24. The county team placed 5th overall in their division. In addition, Geoffrey Zheng  was named to Team Florida for being one of the six highest individual scorers in the competition. As a part of being named to Team Florida, Geoffrey also received a scholarship for $1,000.

Forest Grove Middle School Chorus

Forest Grove Middle School Chorus

The Forest Grove Middle School Chorus was well received at the 2016 Spring Music Festival in Orlando on April 22, 2016. Forty-six students displayed their talents and energy in performing two songs to win 1st Place in the Middle School Treble Choir Category. These students served as exemplary musical goodwill ambassadors for Forest Grove Middle School and St. Lucie County.

The Music U.S.A. Spring Festival provides the opportunity for students to perform in a fun, competitive environment. This allows students to improve their musical skills through comments made by quality adjudicators. The festival takes place at Universal Orlando® Resort in Orlando, Florida, and it regularly attracts top quality choruses from all over the United States to perform and be adjudicated by leading music educators.

After over ten years without a Chorus program, FGMS once again offers Chorus classes to their students under the direction of Chorus Director Kathy Osking. Already the students have shown great dedication to learning music and developing their vocal skills. The Music U.S.A. Festival experience was a unique blend of a rewarding performance experience, quality evaluation and feedback from highly qualified judges, fun in the Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks topped off with the grand ceremony where the Chorus was awarded the 1st place trophy.   What a great day!

JROTC Panthers in Action

JROTC Panthers in Action

The JROTC Panther Battalion at Fort Pierce Westwood High School recently conducted their annual service learning project. This year’s project was a campus clean-up, coinciding with Earth Day. Service Learning is a teaching and learning methodology that connects classroom curriculum with identified community issues and needs. Service Learning engages students in projects that serve the community while building Cadets’ social awareness. Cadets collected more than 40 bags of trash and 3 truckloads of solid waste. They also cleaned up the signs around the school. Cadets are continuously working every day to improve the school’s appearance!

Cobras Compete at National Ocean Sciences Bowl

Cobras Compete at National Ocean Sciences Bowl

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Ft. Pierce Central High School’s (FPCHS) Cobra Pride came through in a respectable showing at the 19th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Competition in Morehead City, North Carolina. Team members Andrew Caputo, Cody Nichols, Victor Alterizio, Bryce Starr, and Riley Kicker represented the school and finished 12th in the national competition.

Team Coach Steve Shotola said the road to NOSB was rigorous.  He explained that the field was wide as 369 teams competed in regional competitions for the right to advance. “The Cobra team won the Florida Manatee Regional Competition in February and joined an elite group of 23 other regional champion teams at the finals in Morehead City.”

Students tested their knowledge of ocean-related topics, which included cross-disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, and geology by answering buzzer-style, multiple choice questions, and longer, critical thinking-based team challenge questions. They also participated in the Science Expert Briefing — a mock congressional hearing where they presented science recommendations on a piece of legislation. FPCHS received the highest and near-perfect score in the Oral Presentation portion of the testimony.

Feedback given to the students from Dr. Susan K. Avery, President and Director Emeritus at Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institution included, “Fantastic persuasiveness, great conferral with one another, very strong oral presentation in both testimonies and question and answer. Both confidence and preparation helped them shine. This team seemed the most jazzed about the policy component of any in the competition.”

FPCHS Principal Todd Smith said, “I could not be more proud of our students.  They exemplify courage and tenacity to pursue their goals, demonstrate positive leadership, and support one another through their teamwork.”

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.

Mock Trial at Palm Pointe

Mock Trial at Palm Pointe

Seventh grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, along with The Honorable Judge Smartt of the St. Lucie County Court, held a mock trial for their Civics Class.  This was a great learning experience for everyone who participated.

The students standing participated in the trial as the prosecutor, the defense, the witnesses, and the defendant along with their teacher Mrs. Anne Lulkin and Judge Smartt.

The students seated made up the jury.

Great job students.

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Change of Command

Change of Command

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion held their first annual Change of Command Ceremony on April, 27, 2016.   The Change of Command Ceremony is a ceremony to pass the command from the present Battalion Commander to the incoming Battalion Commander.  The command is also passed from the present Command Sergeant Major to the incoming Command Sergeant Major.  The key of the Change of Command is the passing of the unit’s colors.  The colors are the symbol of the commander’s authority representing her authorities to the organization.

The ceremony begins as Cadet Command Sergeant Major Adam Pagan passes the colors to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Crystal Ortiz for the last time.  Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Crystal Ortiz then passes the colors to Ms. Hargadine thereby relinquishing her responsibilities and authority.  Ms. Hargadine passes the colors to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Triplett charging the new commander with the same responsibilities and authority.  Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Triplett then passes the colors to Cadet Command Sergeant Major Adam Pagan for safe keeping.  The ceremony continues as Cadet Command Sergeant Major Adam Pagan passes the colors to Cadet Command Sergeant Major Joshua Gonzalez thereby relinquishing his responsibilities and authority.  This is known as the change of responsibilities.  Cadet Command Sergeant Major Joshua Gonzales then passes the colors to the color guard and he is now responsible for maintaining the colors.

After the ceremony was over, seniors turned in their uniforms as this was their last uniform day.  Cadets changed into sports clothes while the Booster Club Parents prepared a BBQ.  Cadets enjoyed good food and fun games for the rest of the day.  New cadets got to see what the games for the upcoming field day on May 7, will be like.

Congratulations to all of the cadets and their new positions.