Lawnwood Elementary Music Teacher Ms. Evans, AP Ms. Laoutas, and Literacy Coach Mrs. Fisher Show School Spirit on College Jersey Day!
Fourth grade students in Mr. Moulton’s class engage in math activities by working on Kagan cooperative learning strategies.
During Tuesday’s (9/8/15) School Board Meeting (also International Literacy Day), St. Lucie County’s Reading Council read a proclamation stating that each Wednesday during the 2015-2016 school year will be recognized as a day to promote a passion for literacy.
A Committee of school and community leaders brought forth a proclamation at the September 8 School Board Meeting — Dads Bring Your Child to School Day.
St. Lucie Public Schools, along with other school districts in Florida, will recognize this initiative on September 30, 2015.
St. Lucie sees this as a movement rather than a moment to promote involvement of dads and male care givers in the lives of their students.
St. Lucie Public Schools recognizes its team members for exceptional customer service each month. T his month’s recipients were:
West Gate K – 8 Team (Jennifer Harris, Ron Noble, Dana Buehrig, Christopher Calvo, Natalie Collis, Sean McInerney, and Andrea Malin): With approximately 600 students being picked up daily, this team has implemented a safe and organized pan to ensure that all students get to their parents’ cars safely – rain or shine.
Finance Team (Barbara Audette as a representative for the Payroll Department): With an eye toward the needs of the SLPS staff during the recent weather event in which circumstances were unknown about storm direction and impact to SLPS, she and her team facilitated the early release of payroll on Friday instead of Monday to support employees in their preparation for the potential threat to our coast.
District Maintenance Team (George Despinos): This gentleman is a caring and dedicated electrician. He was heralded by the principal of Oak Hammock K-8. She said, “While walking the campus on Thursday, I came across a large area of ceiling tiles and framing that were missing causing a hole above a teacher’s door. George Despinos was on campus and he assisted in getting this area fixed prior to our parents arriving for Open House. He and his co-worker did a wonderful job, and the teachers truly appreciated his attention to detail and the timeliness of his support.”
Transportation Team (LaTonya Hubbard): Mrs. Hubbard serves as a bus driver. As one of the first individuals a child sees before school starts and one of the last individuals a child sees after the school day closes, Mrs. Hubbard’s compassion and caring support for students in her charge are wonderful bookends to a child’s day. She is very customer friendly. Her introductory and update phone calls to parents are greatly appreciated. In fact, an informative phone call to the parent of a first-time Kindergarten bus rider relieved apprehension and set the tone for a positive year.
District Volunteer Team (Carol Andor): Mr. Andor has been a volunteer at Mariposa Elementary for five years and was named Mariposa’s outstanding volunteer in 2013-14. He is the chairperson for the SAC Committee and treasurer for PTO. He is an involved volunteer whose mission it is to enhance the welcoming environment for parents at Mariposa. He has painted and built tables for the Parent Resource Room, has helped paint the media center, and painted the front office. Now, he is presently building bulletin boards for the front office and cafeteria. He is ever-present with fundraisers and school-based activities and never forgets to honor the faculty and staff with his attention.
@ccess Now is a fundamental shift in teaching and learning to support the mission of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS): to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools, equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Students will have access to a digital learning device and personalized, blended, interactive curriculum to support their acquisition of personal learning goals. Teachers to more effectively facilitate instruction, manage curriculum, collaborate with their peers, and engage today’s digitally wired students. This initiative is not about a device per se; it is about providing 24/7 access to content. This is about learning innovation.
Students from each Social Studies class at Southport Middle School were invited to a visit the media center for a presentation by the Port Saint Lucie Police Department for a program initiative called Operation Stoplifting. The program led by Stacy Paton, Crime Prevention Specialist for the PSLPD, and Officer Frank Borges who updated students on the hazards of shoplifting. Students learned about the technical camera systems that are now in retail stores and spent time discussing the consequences of shoplifting. Ms. Paton showed students examples of job, college and military applications, and the reality of background checks. The children learned that once you have a criminal record you may not be eligible to attend certain colleges, military or any number of jobs. All students received a Stoplifting Pledge where they pledge not to commit retail theft. Pictured here are Southport students, Christian Oravec, Dan Nguyen, Aivi Lang, Kanesha Gaines, Hannah Angelo-Walker, Zachary Giraldez, along with Crime Prevention Specialist Stacy Paton and Officer Frank Borges.
Parents, grandparents, community members, teachers and PTO leadership met to discuss topics of interest for the new year. Topics included a speaker from Parent Academy, bullying and what it really means, and how we can support our students during the coming year.
Students in Mrs. Stacey Johnson’s second grade enrichment group at Frances K. Sweet Elementary school are learning about forces that shape our Earth. Students modeled volcanoes and simulated eruptions with a chemical reaction. Pictured left to right, are Arianne Reif, Aaliyah Morgan, Addison Burgess, and Noah Bond.
Students in Mrs. Patricia Jones third grade class at Frances K. Sweet worked as engineers on the second day of school. Their project was to create a name tag they could attach to their bodies visible to the teacher and their new classmates. The criteria included proper conventions of their name, visible from a distance, it would remain attached to them with out falling off, include at least one picture to represent themselves, and they must have used at least three colors. The students enjoyed the brainstorming and creating process. Pictured from left to right, top row, Josh Banate, Christian Adams, Nicholas Kaste, Guinevere Sauveur, Henry Mejia, Jonathan Murray, bottom row, Kaylee Uff, Madeline Chiong, Ashley Suazo, Christopher Brunson, Ja’Mauri Johnson.
Northport VPK-8 School welcomes four tutors for our kindergarten, first, and second grade learners from the SLC Big Brothers, Big Sisters AmeriCorps School-Based Mentoring program. This year, Barbara Despinos, Scott Hinckley, Tessa Falatovich and Azzam Abdur-Rahmen will service 34 children. The tutors will work with matched students on specific reading skills as targeted by their teachers and augmented by testing data. Tutors work on phoneme segmentation, letter sounds and names, word fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and passage reading to build reading skills and collaborate with the classroom teacher to give students more time and more direct instruction. The partnership with Big Brothers, Big Sisters is a win/win learning situation. The students are given valuable extra resources with a skilled tutor and the tutors love to work with children and are thrilled to see progress. Northport VPK-8 School is so very appreciative of the intense extra time that our students so need and we are incredibly grateful because we understand that we are not a closed school building. We are a community based learning center and we need and desire community support to offer our students the very best educational experience possible.
Centennial hosted its very first Operation Graduation Night on August 27. Centennial Administrators, Guidance Counselors and several teachers participated in the event to provide parents and seniors with information about graduation requirements.
Village Green Environmental Studies School welcomed their amazing bus drivers back to school with a breakfast and PBS training on Friday, August 28, 2015.
VGE loves their drivers!
On Thursday, August 27, 2015 many Village Green teachers, students, and families attended the Barnes and Noble Book Fair. The night was a great success.
Guest readers read to the book-hungry crowd.
Centennial High School launches Project Eagle. Every Athlete Giving Leading Excelling. Project Eagle is a program designed for student athletes to represent Centennial by volunteering in the community. There will be extensive volunteer opportunities throughout the year and each student athlete is encouraged to volunteer for at least 20 hours. It a way for our student eagles to give back to our community and make a difference. Eagles Making a Difference
Fourth grade students at West Gate K-8 participated in the presentation “Wildlife Around Us”. This program allowed them to meet an owl, hawk, baby alligator, and snakes. The students learned about the need for habitat protection and how to co-exist with native wildlife.
The St. Lucie Public Defense Office is sponsoring a tie drive to support SGA’s Leadership Days. All middle school students participate in a Successful Scholar elective focusing on goal setting, organizational, study and communication skills needed for success in college and careers. Each Thursday, students are encouraged to wear “Professional Dress”. Seventy ties have been donated for our young men to wear. Featured in the photo from left to right are, Defense Attorneys Steven Couzens and Mark Packard and Supervising Attorney, Stanley Glenn.