Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Named

Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Named

Ecstatic and astonished were the common reactions from St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year nominees as Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and an entourage of well-wishers surprised the school leaders with the news this week.

Mrs. Latricia Woulard, principal of St. Lucie Elementary, and Mrs. Michelle Herrington, assistant principal of Windmill Point Elementary, are this year’s nominees. While the two school leaders serve different schools this academic year, they served together last year as a dynamic duo at Windmill Point Elementary. “Both ladies are exemplary in their dedication to helping their students excel. Their innovation in leadership is fueled by their passion to see each and every child succeed,” said Gent.

The Principal and Assistant Principal Achievement Awards for Outstanding Leadership were established by the state to recognize exemplary school leaders for their contributions to their schools and communities. The program honors those who have utilized teamwork and leadership skills to spearhead initiatives to increase student performance, promote safe learning environments, and establish partnerships with parents and community members. “I am truly honored to be recognized for doing what I dearly love,” said Woulard amid hugs and cheers.

Woulard and Herrington are veteran educators in St. Lucie Public Schools and have been recognized for stellar achievement throughout their careers. Both were celebrated as Teachers of the Year, both have held positions in which they led talent development as leaders of leaders, and both are voracious in their desire to bring to light the quality educational programs provided to students in St. Lucie County. As one who benefited first-hand from SLPS, Herrington stated, “I am always proud that I am a product of St. Lucie Public Schools, LPA class of 1997!”

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Crime Prevention Expo

Crime Prevention Expo

Fort Pierce Central High School’s Criminal Justice Academy hosted its annual Crime Prevention Day on Friday, October 30, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This expo-style event provided opportunities for students to learn about numerous programs, discuss the mission of each, and explore career opportunities with representatives from agencies including: Ft. Pierce Police Department, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department, Children’s Home Society, Data, Safe Space, Project Rock, Martha’s House, Healthy Start, St. Lucie County Health Department, Teen Time, Boys and Girls Club, Hospice, United Way, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

About the Criminal Justice Academy

Law enforcement and criminal justice encompasses many professions including, police officers, sheriff’s deputies, detectives, state troopers, border patrol agents, Central Intelligence Agents (CIA), crime scene investigators, corrections officers, criminologists, Federal Officers, game wardens, paralegals and private investigators.  This program prepares students to continue their education in Criminal Justice careers.

  • Students take classes that build leadership skills, develop character, integrity, and self-confidence, and create a foundation for pursuing law enforcement and criminal justice careers.
  • Constitutional law at the federal, state, and local level is taught.
  • Basic procedures are shared regarding traffic control, patrol, search and arrest, stop and frisk, mock trial, jail operations, crime prevention, fingerprinting, forensic photography, and crime laboratory examination procedures.
  • Technology is increasingly infused to address its many applications in law enforcement as well as the rapidly growing area of cyber-crime.

 

VGESS Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

VGESS Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

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“Respect Yourself, Be Drug Free” was the Red Ribbon Week theme this year. Students at Village Green Environmental Studies School participated in several anti-drug/anti bullying activities, some of which included: creating posters, signing pledges, and a presentation by Joe the Biker.

Office Depot Makes Donation

Office Depot Makes Donation

St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent recently accepted a donation of 200 sackpacks containing essential school supplies from the Office Depot Business Solutions Division. The sackpacks will be distributed to deserving students within the school district.

The donations were made as part of the Office Depot and Office Depot Foundation’s award-winning National Backpack Program, through which the company gives children important tools they need to succeed in school – and in life – every school year.

The specially designed, drawstring-style sackpacks come in seven bright and colorful designs. Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons. The sackpacks do not have any Office Depot Foundation or Office Depot logos or markings.

In 2015, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation – the independent charitable giving arm of the company – are celebrating the 15th year of the National Backpack Program. By the end of 2015, they will have given away more than 3.7 million backpacks and sackpacks since the National Backpack Program began in 2001.

Office Depot believes that every child should have the opportunity to go to school with dignity and hope. The sackpacks and school supplies that it donates help to level the playing field and give children a reason to stand just a little bit taller, the company says.

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Manatee Academy Students Visit Anne Frank Exhibit

Manatee Academy Students Visit Anne Frank Exhibit

Manatee Academy 8th grade students enjoyed lunch at a park after viewing an emotional Anne Frank exhibit sponsored by Temple Beth Am in Jupiter this week. The exhibit is part of a national tour from the Anne Frank Center, New York. Our students participated in a scavenger hunt by answering questions after reading the giant informational murals, pictures, and quotes from Anne and her family. Docents showed a 22 minute film, “The  Short Life of Anne Frank.”  Students were visibly moved by this documentary and accompanying exhibit.

Manatee Vet Prep Students Partner with Westwood’s Veterinary Assisting Academy

Manatee Vet Prep Students Partner with Westwood’s Veterinary Assisting Academy

vet prep 2Manatee Academy Vet Prep eighth graders and several of their parents visited Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Veterinary Assisting Academy to tour the available programs offered through the Career and Technical Education Department. Middle school students studying animal science learned about the many benefits the attractor program has to offer. Seniors in the program guided them through several hands-on experiences that they could expect as students, such as proper dog restraints, dog grooming and the many college/career opportunities available through FFA. Speakers included Mr. Brandon Perdue, program instructor, Mr. John Lynch, school principal and Ms. Kathie Schmidt, CTE Director. Everyone loved the authentic experiences offered while enjoying a complimentary lunch provided by the school.

Manatee Academy Re-opens “Pages Cafe”

Manatee Academy Re-opens “Pages Cafe”

Manatee Academy middle school students are so excited about the Grand Reopening of Pages Cafe (which serves one item and one item only: BOOKACCINOS!) that they were lined up before school today! Students use Manatee dollars to purchase the fabulous beverage that they can sip while reading a book in our Media Center. Media Specialist AKA Barrista (or BOOKarrista) Debbie Remington loves discussing and recommending books with her patrons as she prepares their BOOKaccino!

“Pages Cafe” Open at Manatee Academy

“Pages Cafe” Open at Manatee Academy

Manatee Academy middle school students are excited about the Grand Reopening of “Pages Cafe” (which serves one item and one item only:BOOKACCINOS! ). Students use Manatee dollars to purchase the fabulous beverage that they can sip while reading a book in our Media Center. Media Specialist A.K.A. Barrista (or BOOKarrista) Debbie Remington loves discussing and recommending books with her patrons as she prepares their BOOKaccino!Bookacino

Northport Rallies For Fifth Annual “Unity Day!”

Northport Rallies For Fifth Annual “Unity Day!”

Every year for the last five years, Northport has united for a huge campaign to stamp out bullying. The students have listened to not only “Joe the Biker” speak, but dozens of other speakers whose message has been one of nonviolence, empowerment and anti-bullying. Students have made thousands of posters, worn orange for anti-bullying and red for drug awareness. Many times, we have found that drug and alcohol usage in and around the home make bullying and anger issues more prevalent for students. We dubbed the denouement Unity Day. Every year, students dress in orange or red and walk a marked trail around the school with their resource teachers. Every year, parents and community members stop by the school to walk with the students in a show of solidarity. This year, students started the day with a special pledge and swore to:

1. Understand the dangers and consequences of bullying and drug usage.

2. Promise to respect themselves and others by not bullying or doing drugs.

3. Promise to respect the rules of Northport.

4. Encourage others to live a safe, healthy, friendly and drug free life.

This year, Student Assistance Services from New Horizons and Big Brothers, Big Sisters and AmeriCorps tutors as well as teachers, administrators, staff, parents and community members joined forces to drive home the very important issues of bullying and drug awareness. Every Northport student got to take the “Unity Day Walk,” make a poster, listen to the Northport band and to talk with each other about drug awareness and student empowerment against bullies. It was a simply first rate day at Northport VPK-8 School. Please like us on Face Book at Northport K-8 School to see pictures and to get up to the minute information about our All American School.

Recycling In The Key of E

Recycling In The Key of E

At Tuesday evening’s Board Meeting, the Bluebird Education Foundation presented students with instruments to help them exercise their musical talents.

The Foundation’s Program entitled “Donation of Musical Instruments Through Recycling In The Key of E” makes this gifting of instruments possible.

Building Tolerance Contest at Palm Pointe

Building Tolerance Contest at Palm Pointe

October is Bully Prevention Month and Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition had some exciting things planned in order to continue to create a safe and caring school environment free from bullying and exclusion. One way to increase tolerance at the school was to have students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade create anti-bullying posters about Building Tolerance and students in grades six through eight write essays with the same topic.

One poster was selected from grades K-2 and 3-5 and one essay from grades 6-8. Winners won a pizza party for their entire class. Congratulations to Caroline Croce in first grade, students in Ms. Hearl’s fourth grade class, and Anna Burtsev a seventh grade student. Everyone did a fantastic job!

Pictured from left is Caroline Croce, Jordyn Bush, Principal, Ms. Debra Snyder, Dominick Brown, Kelsey Heishman and Anna Burtsev.

A Hero Gets a Home

A Hero Gets a Home

Port Saint Lucie High School cadets were honored to provide a saber guard when Army Specialist Gonzalez and his family were awarded with their new home. Army Specialist Gonzalez, a Port Saint Lucie veteran, lost his sight and suffered severe brain injuries in an IED explosion in 2004. The home was designed for his loss of sight with handrails and textured floors. Cadet Major Julian Taft, Cadet Staff Sergeant Travis Cetin, Cadet Sergeant Major Adam Pagan, Cadet Captain Kaylee Zuidema, Cadet Command Sergeant Major Jamie Triplett, and Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Crystal Ortiz enjoyed the ceremony and listening to the key note speakers. At the end of the ceremony the saber arch was created for the family to walk through before walking into their new house for the first time. Congratulations to Specialist Gonzalez and his family for their new house.

 

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NASA visits Gaines Academy

NASA visits Gaines Academy

On Friday, October 23rd, NASA Engineer George “Gabe” Gabrielle, came to Samuel Gaines Academy to speak with our students about space travel.  He taught Mr. Davino’s AVID classes about the NASA facilities, preparing them for their upcoming 8th grade field trip to Kennedy Space Center in November.  Mr. Gabrielle also had a chance to speak with the students in SGA’s 21st Century Program. Both groups enjoyed the presentation and had many questions for him about the wonders of space travel.

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Engineers from Fort Pierce Utilities Authority Visit SLPS Engineering Programs

Engineers from Fort Pierce Utilities Authority Visit SLPS Engineering Programs

A team of engineers from Fort Pierce Utilities Authority met with students and instructors in engineering classrooms at Fort Pierce Central High School and Lincoln Park Academy. Building solid partnerships between our schools and our community is an important aspect to quality education.

About Our Programs:

An exciting partnership between St Lucie Public Schools and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) offers students interested in a career in Aerospace or any Engineering discipline the opportunity to learn from the premiere aviation and aerospace university in the world. Aerospace engineering deals with the design, construction, and study of the science behind the forces and physical properties of aircraft, rockets, and spacecraft. The field also covers aerodynamic characteristics and behaviors, airfoil, lift, drag, and other engineering-related concepts.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) pre-engineering curriculum is founded on the fundamental problem-solving and critical-thinking skills taught in traditional career and technical education (CTE), but at the same time it integrates national academic and technical learning standards and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) principles creating what has been called      “one of the great models of the new CTE succeeding all across the country.” PLTW was recently cited by the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a “model for 21st century career and technical education.”

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SLWK-8 Students Participate in Future Chef Competition

SLWK-8 Students Participate in Future Chef Competition

On Saturday, October 24,  SLWK8 students competed as a team in the Future Chef Competition held in Ft. Pierce at the Green Market. Students competed against the local high schools and one other K-8 school in this event.   The Shark Chef Team (Casie Schulz,  Laravanessa Cano and Gabriella Quimby) showed well with their appetizer of Savory Shrimp Persimmon and Plum Skewers over Orange Ginger Jasmine Rice and served an entree of Banh Mi with Watermelon Salad.  The judges particularly enjoyed that many flavors from the market were showcased and added that our chefs exhibited outstanding culinary skills.

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