September COLT of the Month

September COLT of the Month

The September COLT of the month was held on the afternoon of September 17th in the Gaines Academy audeteria. The program started with a welcome message from Principal Wilke. Then, the SGA guidance staff led both parents and students in a fun activity that explained the month’s character trait. After the activity, the giving of the certificates ceremony began. Audience members were thrilled to hear why their child had been chosen by their teacher to represent their class in the power-up trait of RESPONSIBILITY!

September COLT of the month celebration

September COLT of the month celebration

4th grade’s COLT of the month for September

4th grade’s COLT of the month for September

College Night at Fort Pierce Central High School

College Night at Fort Pierce Central High School

Over 600 parents and students attended Ft. Pierce Central’s College Night for Juniors and Seniors.  Hosted by Central’s Guidance Dept. and Administration, families learned important information regarding the college application process, college admission data, and financial/scholarship opportunities.  Websites that can assist in selecting and applying for colleges and scholarships were demonstrated.  Students were also given a time line of what needs to be completed each month to stay on track and meet deadlines.  Guidance Counselors and teachers will continue to work with Seniors on college and career choices throughout the school year.  Many parents expressed their gratitude for the information, assistance and support provided to make this exciting college application process less stressful.

 

College Night

Northport Community Participates in National Day of Remembrance for America’s POW/MIA.

Northport Community Participates in National Day of Remembrance for America’s POW/MIA.

Friday morning, September 18, following the Pledge of Allegiance and the Kids At Hope Pledge, Northport joined the Nation in remembering our POW/MIA military members and their families. The community of learners commemorated the day with a special reciting of the “Northport American Children’s Pledge!” The pledge was recited over the school intercom by parent, Angelica Urbiza, and her first grade son, Alex.

“The Northport American Children’s Pledge”

WE, the students of Northport, promise to honor the United States of America.
We pledge to:
Respect ourselves and our fellow citizens,
Protect our Constitutional Rights,
Uphold the laws set forth by our state and nation,
Remember our Forefathers’ sacrifice for our freedom
Commit to the safety of our country with honesty and loyalty
Display pride in all that the United States of America stands for.

Northport is so thrilled to have our parents and community members joining us to bring the very best education to our school. We realize that we can’t do this alone! Thank you to every member of our community for drawing out the best educational experiences that we can offer and for helping the instructors, administrators and staff to mold our students into fine citizens! Northport is truly the epitome of an American School!
Thanks Veteran Partner, Joe Lusardi for bringing the POW/MIA Remembrance to the forefront. The National Day of Remembrance will be commemorated by the local community at Veteran’s Park on Saturday, September 19 at 7:00 pm with a candlelight ceremony. Everyone is invited to attend. Pictured are Mrs. Urbiza and her son, Alex.

Mariposa’s Kindergartners Honor Their Grandparents

Mariposa’s Kindergartners Honor Their Grandparents

Kindergarten students honored their grandparents at Mariposa Elementary. They enjoyed their time by reading and drawing together. The grandparents and their child completed a book together and shared stories. Afterwards, the children and their grandparents enjoyed lunch together. James Hiner with his Grandfather, from Mrs. Kari McIntyre’s class, enjoyed this special day. It was a beautiful morning shared!

Weatherbee Celebrates Other Caring Adults!

Weatherbee Celebrates Other Caring Adults!

In recognition of the many contributions our families make to children, Weatherbee Elementary opened its doors to welcome grandparents, family members, and friends for our Kids at Hope Celebration on September 10th and 11th.
Jahson Nelson and his special friend share lunch at Weatherbee’s Other Caring Adults Luncheon last week.

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) invites fathers and male caregivers to come back to school! On September 30, a movement across the state of Florida will be put into motion whereby fathers and male caregivers are encouraged to take their child to school, sign a pledge of involvement, and demonstrate the value of being involved in their child’s education — Dads Take Your Child to School Day.

The movement in SLPS began last year and grew out of recognition of the power of male involvement in the education of all students. A father who actively participates in the educational and social developmental life of a child is invaluable and irreplaceable. Statistics from the National Fatherhood Initiative support findings that show when fathers and men are regularly and substantially involved in the education and social development of children, those children have higher standardized test scores, higher grade point averages, higher attendance rates and higher graduation rates. Those children also have lower rates of suspension, expulsion and arrest. (As one goes up, the other goes down. When you accent and improve the positive, you decrease or eliminate the negative.)

While there is no magic solution to solve the concerns we face in education today, getting fathers highly engaged is a huge step in the right direction. Dads Take Your Child to School Day is an opportunity for all men to show their commitment to the educational lives of children. It also marks the beginning of a year-long commitment by men to children. For this reason, the movement is an influential and celebrated event.

Last year, approximately 3,000 fathers and male caregivers participated in activities in SLPS. This special event in honor of dads and their support of the educational process is implemented as a MOVEMENT, not just a MOMENT! Schools will continue to have a series of father centered activities throughout the school year.

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.

 

 

Southport Students Share Thoughts in Talking Circle

Southport Students Share Thoughts in Talking Circle

Sixth graders at Southport Middle School implement Restorative Justice practices that they have learned through informational text. They prepare to see how Ben Mikaelson weaves the practice of talking circles as they read the novel Touching Spirit Bear. These students periodically meet in a Talking Circle to share their thoughts about school, their hopes, and their future through the use of a talking piece whereby each voice is heard as everyone respectfully listens.

Port Saint Lucie High JROTC Remembers Our Missing Americans

Port Saint Lucie High JROTC Remembers Our Missing Americans

The annual POW/MIA ceremony was hosted by Chapter 556 of the Vietnam Veterans of America at Veterans Memorial Park. Cadets from Port Saint Lucie High School showed their support and paid their respects to our missing and captured veterans. This ceremony is to show our appreciation to the people that defended our country and to recognize that they have not returned home. Present at the ceremony was a table set for one. This table is our way of symbolizing the fact that members of our profession of arms are missing from our midst. The cadets formed an “Honor Cordon” at the entrance and aligned to the memorial. The cadets were proud to have participated in the remembrance ceremony, which was appreciated by all those who attended.

Holiday for All – September 23, 2015

Holiday for All – September 23, 2015

Greetings to our St. Lucie Public School family.

We want to remind you that Wednesday, September 23 is a holiday, and schools will not be in session.

Students and staff will resume a regular schedule on Thursday, September 24.

Thank you.

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) invites fathers and male caregivers to come back to school! On September 30, a movement across the state of Florida will be put into motion whereby fathers and male caregivers are encouraged to bring their child to school, sign a pledge of involvement, and demonstrate the value of being involved in their child’s education — Dads Take Your Child to School Day.

The movement in SLPS began last year and grew out of recognition of the power of male involvement in the education of all students. A father who actively participates in the educational and social developmental life of a child is invaluable and irreplaceable. Statistics from the National Fatherhood Initiative support findings that show when fathers and men are regularly and substantially involved in the education and social development of children, those children have higher standardized test scores, higher grade point averages, higher attendance rates and higher graduation rates. Those children also have lower rates of suspension, expulsion and arrest. (As one goes up, the other goes down. When you accent and improve the positive, you decrease or eliminate the negative.)

While there is no magic solution to solve the concerns we face in education today, getting fathers highly engaged is a huge step in the right direction. Dads Take Your Child to School Day is an opportunity for all men to show their commitment to the educational lives of children. It also marks the beginning of a year-long commitment by men to children. For this reason, the movement is an influential and celebrated event.

Last year, approximately 3,000 fathers and male caregivers participated in activities in SLPS. This special event in honor of dads and their support of the educational process is implemented as a MOVEMENT, not just a MOMENT! Schools will continue to have a series of father centered activities throughout the school year.

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A Surprise Homecoming Celebrated at Palm Pointe

A Surprise Homecoming Celebrated at Palm Pointe

After being stationed in Italy as a Commander in the Navy for the past nine months, Mr. Kyle Croce visited his kindergarten daughter Aria and first grade daughter Caroline during their lunch at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition.  What a wonderful welcome back surprise; there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

Capt’n Book Visits Kindergarten at Frances K Sweet

Capt’n Book Visits Kindergarten at Frances K Sweet

Caleb Miller’s grandfather, Art Lauzon, came and visited Michelle O’Keefe’s kindergarten class as Capt’n Book.  Dressed as a pirate, he entertained the students with a fun-filled book. Mr. Lauzon is a retired principal from Duval County and loves helping support reading in the school.

School District Staff Invited to Present at National Math Expo

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) conference will boast a slate of St. Lucie Public School teachers as speakers.  Instructional support specialists Liz Pruitt, Jason Bragg, and Chris Worley have been invited to present at the 2016 NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, California.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent commented on the fact that this is yet another testament to the rich talent we have in our school district to support quality instruction for our students.

The team will present to teachers from across the United States on “Leveraging the Standards of Mathematical Practices (SMPs) through Reciprocal Teaching.”   According to Liz Pruitt, mathematics curriculum lead teacher for the District and lead speaker, “This is an exciting topic. Reading strategies in math are not uncommon, but we are going to dive deep into reciprocal teaching methods that will serve as additional supports to increase student thinking in the math classroom. We will focus on how instructors can create student-led discussion groups that seamlessly embed the SMPs into the four strategies common to reciprocal teaching.”  She explained that the strategies include summarizing, questioning, clarifying, and predicting.

Mathematics professional educators flock to this conference annually.  This year’s event anticipates a capacity crowd of 9,000.  In addition to the quality breakout sessions, professional educators have the important opportunity to collaborate, extend their network of colleagues, and stay abreast of high impact instructional practices.

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 St. Lucie Public Schools’ website www.stlucieschools.org ; Facebook www.facebook.com/stlucieschools; Twitter@StLucieSchools; or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

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NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP SEMIFINALIST NAMED FROM ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP SEMIFINALIST NAMED FROM ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

“Geoffrey Zheng, a senior at Lincoln Park Academy (LPA) in Fort Pierce has been named as one of the semifinalists for the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program,” announced Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “This is a prestigious honor, and I am very proud of Geoffrey’s achievement and the instructional support he has received. He is a fine representative of students in our schools.”

LPA Principal Henry Sanabria had the pleasure of sharing the news with Zeng who said, “I am honored to have been selected as a semi-finalist.  I realize that all of my hard work throughout high school has paid off, and I hope to continue working hard and pursuing excellence.”

The Superintendent’s sentiments were echoed by Education Commissioner Pam Stewart. When the news of semifinalists was announced, she said, “I am very proud of our students for being nominated as National Merit semifinalists. This is a testament to the hard work of our state’s educators who help unlock the potential that lies within our students. As schools around the state are settling in to a new school year, I hope the success of these students will help motivate all of our students to do their very best.”

National Merit Scholarship Corporation officials recognized high school seniors with the highest scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test who met program requirements. Semifinalists are now eligible to compete for one of 7,400 National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $32 million.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship Award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to become a finalist. The semifinalist and his or her school must submit a detailed scholarship application that includes the student’s academic record throughout high school, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received. The student must also be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn an SAT score that confirms the earlier performance on the qualifying test. Finalists are selected based on exceptional skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.