Treasure Coast High School Student Leaders Participate in Penny’s Band Camp

Treasure Coast High School Student Leaders Participate in Penny’s Band Camp

Treasure Coast Titans marched into this summer’s Penny’s Band Camp with a strong student leadership team. The long-standing annual camp, held at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, was host to numerous bands seeking to hone leadership skills, refine fundamentals, and enhance specialized techniques.

During the four-day camp experience, students studied with recognized music educators and professionals from the southeastern United States. They learned from Florida Bandmasters’ Association Adjudicators and collegiate band directors. Students received group as well as one-on-one instruction in leadership, colorguard techniques, drum major conducting, and drumline techniques.

Guard Captains Alyssa Aultman and Samantha Ferrara earned superior ratings on their evaluations at the end of camp. Likewise, Drum Majors Aishani Kalluri and Andres Gonzalez earned superior ratings on their evaluations at the end of camp. The mighty Titans’ Second Lieutenant Bran Kiernan earned first place for the marching routine he created, and Band Captain Zoe Horne won the silver for most outstanding female leadership. First Lieutenants Alvino DiCarlo and Jordan Ragland both earned an award for outstanding leader, and Drum Captain Brent McFarland earned the outstanding percussion award. Guard Captain Alyssa Aultman also earned the outstanding camper award for colorguard, and wrapping up the Titan accolades was First Lieutenant Alvino DiCarlo who earned outstanding leadership camper for the second day of the camp.

As a team, the Titan band leaders also made their mark on the event. The camp spirit stick was bestowed upon the team two out of the four days of the camp. This award is noted for recognizing the school student leadership team with the most school spirit and pride. Together, the student leadership team earned the 2015 Penny’s Award which recognizes the overall outstanding school for the entire leadership camp. This award recognizes the school with the most participation, good citizenship, great leaders, and most spirit at the camp.

The Treasure Coast High School Band is beginning its 10th year and boasts a 174 member marching band, three full concert bands, a jazz band, percussion ensembles, and an 18 member colorguard. In addition, the Titans have an active parent organization that is logging several thousand volunteer hours each year.

Pictured:   Brian Kiernan, Jordan Ragland, Alvino Dicarlo, Brent McFarland, Andres Gonzalez, Alyssa Aultman, Zoe Horne, Aishani Kalluri, Nora Monval, Samantha Ferrara, and Jesus Paz

Pictured: Brian Kiernan, Jordan Ragland, Alvino Dicarlo, Brent McFarland, Andres Gonzalez, Alyssa Aultman, Zoe Horne, Aishani Kalluri, Nora Monval, Samantha Ferrara, and Jesus Paz

St. Lucie Public School Leaders Have Strong Skill Sets

ST. LUCIE COUNTY: Dr. Jonathan Prince will serve as St. Lucie Public Schools’ Deputy Superintendent. As a twenty-three year public education veteran, he brings with him vast teaching and leadership experiences including recognition as one of the state’s Turnaround Principals of the Year. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, lauded Prince for his history of building cultures of academic excellence and achievement stating, “Among his many accomplishments as a leader, Dr. Prince has supported accelerated growth in writing, reading, and most importantly increased graduation rates for students.”

Superintendent Gent cited the rich talent among the current pool of District leaders as well and highlighted several principal appointments. Susan Seal, an experienced school principal will lead Treasure Coast High School Titans for the coming year, Eldrique Gardner will bring his expertise to the campus of St. Lucie West K-8, Ucola Barrett-Baxter will turn her focus to Village Green Elementary School, and John Lynch will bring his legacy of enhancing school performance to Fort Pierce Westwood High School as an Executive Director on Special Assignment. “We have the very best leadership team in place and will continue to build a strong culture of academic excellence as we focus our teaching and learning efforts on the standards deemed appropriate for students to be successful in their choices for college and the world of work,” added Gent.

With a clear vision for configuring a strong infrastructure, Gent is also aware of the imperative to reduce the number of senior level positions. Therefore, additional leadership shifts respect talent and honor a balanced organization. These shifts to support quality instruction while maximizing talent include Denise Rodriguez as Director of Leadership Development, Aretha Vernette as Director of School Renewal, Patty Galloway as Director of Recruitment and Retention, Dr. David Washington as Director of Family and Community Engagement, and Sunny Booker as Director of Alternative Education. “St. Lucie Public School leaders have insight and talents that will serve the community and the school system well. Through collaboration and continual growth, we will meet the expectations of an innovative, world-class education system,” concluded Gent.

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.

Wayne Gent Leads St. Lucie Public Schools as the New Superintendent

St. Lucie Public Schools welcomes Superintendent Wayne Gent to the helm of the District’s operations for educational excellence. Gent is an instructional leader with a proven record for advancing student achievement and maintaining a focus on improving learning opportunities for students. He also has deep roots in St. Lucie County as a former teacher, head basketball coach, assistant principal, principal, and Florida Principal in Residence.  “I am looking forward to supporting the growth of our students, educators, support staff, and community. Together, we will see SLPS recognized as an innovative and world class educational system,” stated Gent.

Superintendent Gent was selected as the clear choice to spearhead St. Lucie County’s public school system as was evidenced by a unanimous vote from the Board in February.  He transitions into this new role from his position as Superintendent for the School District of Palm Beach County.  In 2014, under his direct leadership, Palm Beach County out-performed Florida and all other large urban school districts with a graduation rate of 84%.  Palm Beach was the only large urban district to raise its graduation rate.

Gent graduated from Mars Hill College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Georgia.

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.

Welcome Superintendent Wayne Gent and Deputy Superintendent Jon Prince

Welcome Superintendent Wayne Gent and Deputy Superintendent Jon Prince

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent serves as the leader of St. Lucie Public Schools. Prior to assuming this leadership role, he was Palm Beach County’s Superintendent for four years. Mr. Gent is a dedicated educator who has served in a variety of roles including: teacher, coach, principal, State’s Principal in Residence, Area Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning Support, and Chief Officer of Administration.

In 2014, under Superintendent Gent, the School District of Palm Beach County out-performed Florida and all other large urban school districts with a graduation rate of 84%. Palm Beach was the only large urban district to raise its graduation rate.

Superintendent Gent graduated from Mars Hill College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Georgia.

Superintendent Wayne Gent

Superintendent Wayne Gent

Deputy Superintendent Jon Prince

Deputy Superintendent Jon Prince

F. K. Sweet Summer Science Fun

F. K. Sweet Summer Science Fun

Upcoming fifth grades had the opportunity to attend summer camp at F. K. Sweet. Students are learning and having fun all at the same time. Students explored force and motion using balloon race cars to demonstrate the forces surrounding us. Pictured, left to right, are Jacob Andreacchio and Larry Freeman.

White City Wildcats are Roaring Readers!

White City Wildcats are Roaring Readers!

White City Wildcats are roaring readers! They took on the Action 100 program with amazing ambition and the results show their success. Students read at least one hour every school day and 30 minutes on non school days. The program was completed with the fidelity of steps being recorded daily and ongoing conferencing throughout the year. Congratulations to all!
 

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Our June STAR Awards Recipients

Our June STAR Awards Recipients

Our June STAR (Special Thanks And Recognition) recipients, Robert Hill and Marrissa Parker, were recognized at the board meeting on June 9, 2015.

Robert Hill, Port St. Lucie High School gatekeeper, is an amazing person and colleague. Every day he is out at the front of our school greeting everyone who visits our campus. He waves to every single bus, parent, student, staff member and visitor; they all love him. He is the first face of our school and sets the tone for our warm and welcoming environment. He knows a little something about almost everyone, from what kind of dog a person has to when students get their learner’s permit. He cultivates wonderful relationships with all our stakeholders. One of his other responsibilities is picking up students from classrooms if they need to be removed. While doing this, he uses the travel time between the classroom and the office to counsel the students. He helps them deescalate and gain perspective on the situation. He talks to kids throughout the day about what is going on in their lives; he takes the time to care. He is a team player who is always willing to help out where ever needed. They would be lost without him.

Two words describe Marissa Parker, Food Services, compassion and grace. A few months ago the district office was contacted by a father whose family recently relocated to St. Lucie County. His concern was that he assumed that because his family was receiving other state services that his children would automatically be granted Free Lunch. His three children had accumulated a lunch balance that raised a concern with the school lunch staff. Once the family learned that they must complete a Free Lunch Application they did so immediately. Meanwhile, the issue of an outstanding balance was still at hand. This family was living in temporary housing and financially was unable to resolve the balance and cover the cost of the upcoming week. The father feared that he would have to keep his three children home if they were unable to eat lunch. Marissa handled the situation with compassion, grace and ease, assuring that the students’ balance would be taken care of and that they would have no lapse in receiving free lunch. Marissa shows that we need to be compassionate for others who are experiencing difficulties and help out in whatever ways we can. Thank you for having a kind heart.

Congratulations to our STAR employees. We appreciate all you do.

Juneteenth Resolution

Juneteenth Resolution

Mr. Terrance Barriner, teacher at Forest Grove Middle School, read the Juneteenth Resolution to the School Board on June 9, 2015. The 19th of June is the freedom forerunner to the 13th Amendment, which implemented freedom for all slaves in the United States, Juneteenth Independence Day completes the cycle of Independence Day Celebrations in America. The Juneteenth celebration commemorates the emancipation of Southern Blacks on June 19, 1865, two and half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The memory of all those who moved from slavery to freedom remains as a lesson for all Americans regardless of their background, race, or religion.

Pictured are, Kevin Perry, Genelle Yost, Terrance Barriner, and Dr. Donna Mills.

Generation Green Apple Award Winner

Generation Green Apple Award Winner

Allapattah Flats K-8 School was recognized at the school board meeting for receiving a 1st place Green Garden Award from the US Green Building Council South Florida Chapter Treasure Coast Branch at its fourth annual Generation Green Apple Awards on May 16, 2015. The Allapattah Flats garden program was the inspiration and has been the perspiration of teacher Rebecca Benton who has coordinated the development of multiple gardens on the school campus.

Pictured are, Genelle Yost, Lydia Martin, Patricia Galloway, Rebecca Benton, Ana Rodriguez, and Dr. Donna Mills.

WeatherSTEM Donates Program to Southport Middle School

WeatherSTEM Donates Program to Southport Middle School

WeatherSTEM was recognized at the board meeting on June 9th for their donation of the Weather Compass to Southport Middle School.  WeatherSTEM is a fun and educational program that benefits the entire community. WeatherSTEM CEO, Ed Mansouri, is donating a program called Weather Compass that combines a number of products and services to create a well-rounded weather experience. The components are: a full service weather station including agricultural sensors; cloud camera; custom web portal that displays weather data and images along with a host of useful engaging weather-related educational resources; and customized Facebook and Twitter pages updated by the weather station. The value of products and services is approximately $5,000, this is 100% donation and there are no costs to the school.

Pictured are, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Peter Birtoli from WeatherSTEM, SPM Assistant Principal Tari Sexton, and Board Chairman Dr. Donna Mills.

SLWK-8 Breakfast with the Mayor

SLWK-8 Breakfast with the Mayor

On May 18, Mayor Gregory Oravec spent the morning enjoying breakfast and answering candid questions from Student Council Members. Mayor Oravec was gracious enough to spend much of the morning visiting with many of the students, and was presented with an honorary key to the school to commemorate his visit.

SLWK-8 hosts Summer School

SLWK-8 hosts Summer School

Ms. Serrano’s ESY PK-1 Hearing Impaired class participated in an interactive review of their camping vocabulary words. This activity required students to identify items they would need on a camping trip. Once identified, students located camping items that were strategically placed in the classroom and packed it in the class duffel bag.

Fairlawn Says Fairwell to Dedicated Family Members

Fairlawn Says Fairwell to Dedicated Family Members

The Fairlawn family said their final farewells to some of their Fairlawn family that will be retiring this year. Pictured below in the front row from left to right are the retirees, Madeline Bell, Carolyn Johnson, Jan Mayr, and Steve Marcorelle. Not pictured but also retiring is Dessie Rogers. In the back row are Pat Gascoigne the Assistant Principal and Jennifer Hedeen the Principal. Collectively the retirees have 157 years in St Lucie County Schools. Thank you for all your years of dedication and service.  You will be missed!

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Rivers Edge PTO hosts amazing Spring Fling!

Rivers Edge PTO hosts amazing Spring Fling!

The PTO of Rivers Edge Elementary hosted an amazing Spring Fling for families on Friday, May 22! Hot dogs, chips, and drinks gave students and their families energy for the multitude of activities going on. From the basketball tournament to dancing to the free carnival games – families had a great night out!

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Lawnwood Leopards Discover History

Lawnwood Leopards Discover History

Lawnwood Elementary 4th graders travel through history in the United States’ oldest city of St. Augustine. From cannon firings to pirate escapades to sipping eternal youth, students were able to discover their own answers to the frequently asked DBQ question “Why did Spain settle St.Augustine?”