Annual Family Reading Festival another success

Annual Family Reading Festival another success

The fourth annual Family Reading Festival, sponsored by the St. Lucie County Reading Council, welcomed many guest readers to Mets Stadium field with a wide variety of literacy special events. Pictured are St. Lucie School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, left, and St. Lucie County Commissioner Paula Lewis reading to several of the hundreds of children who enjoyed the day.

Annual High School Art Show This Friday

Annual High School Art Show This Friday

FORT PIERCE, FL – The annual St. Lucie County High School Art Show opens Friday, April 20, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  This years’ show takes place in the Galleria of Pierce Harbor Building located at 100 S. 2nd St. in Ft. Pierce.

An awards ceremony at 7:15 pm will pay tribute to the talents of students with first, second and third place awards in six categories along with a Peoples’ Choice award.  Judging will also include a special category just for teacher-generated art submissions.  This year’s art will remain on exhibit April 21st through Saturday, May 5th from 11 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 91.0 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

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Annual Kickin’ It 5K Run/Walk

Annual Kickin’ It 5K Run/Walk

Please see the attached flier for the annual Kickin’ It 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Andrew Schmeer Foundation.

The Andrew Schmeer Foundation honors the memory of Andrew Schmeer who, on September 8, 2014, was tragically killed in a car accident. Funds raised help to recognize well-rounded students along the Treasure Coast by providing college scholarships for those in need. We also raise funds for animal rescues as well as children’s charities. Proceeds from this event will benefit our scholarship program and families in need.

Andrew Flier PDF

Annual parade highlights MLK events

Annual parade highlights MLK events

Newly seated St. Lucie County Commissioner Kim Johnson and wife Sharita Johnson were entertaining masters of ceremony for the annual parade on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on 25th Street in Fort Pierce. The parade highlighted a 10-day celebration, which included a spelling bee, oratory contest, and candlelight parade. Schools, community groups, fraternal organizaitons and local businesses paraded down 25th Street displaying their renditions of the year’s theme, “Reach Beyond the Dream.”

Another successful Sunrise Stampede in Fort Pierce

Another successful Sunrise Stampede in Fort Pierce

F.K. Sweet Elementary teachers Michelle O’Keefe, Morgan Haupt, and Kristin Griffin are all smiles as they prepare to hand out ribbons to the winners of the annual Sunrise Stampede 5K Run/Walk, held recently in Ft. Pierce. The Sunrise Stampede is a cancer awareness and fund raising event that involves community members, and is sponsored by the school and other contributors.
Anthony Oreo 2014-15 Sunshine State Scholar

Anthony Oreo 2014-15 Sunshine State Scholar

St. Lucie Public Schools proudly recognizes our 2014-2015 Sunshine State Scholar, Mr. Anthony Oreo. Anthony is a junior at Fort Pierce Central and was selected as a top junior in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to participate in the Sunshine State Scholars Program.

This program recognizes juniors who have excelled in STEM areas. Every Florida District nominates an outstanding student to the Florida Education Foundation. These students are invited to participate in a two-day event aimed at retaining intellectual talent in Florida through exposure to College and University opportunities as well as representatives from many STEM related career fields.

Anthony currently holds a 4.76 weighted grade point average and takes rigorous Advanced Placement courses. He is enrolled in the Embry-Riddle University program and has participated in an internship as well as space camp through the program.

Anthony attended the two day event on February 19th and 20th with his parents and enthusiastically reports that it opened his eyes to so many great opportunities. At the March 24th School Board meeting, he thanked his Principal, Mr. Todd Smith and all of his teachers for providing an excellent education. He revealed that they were treated like rock stars at the event. Anthony is a rock star in our eyes!

APF Students Love Santas Pancake Breakfast

APF Students Love Santas Pancake Breakfast

​The K-2 Elementary Chorus performed on Saturday, December 6th at the Santa Pancake Breakfast. Students sang a variety of songs from Feliz Navidad to Let it Go. The APF Chorus wowed the audience with their stellar movements and beautiful singing. The 3-5 Advanced Chorus performed as well including an original holiday song to the music of “Royals” by Lorde. Both groups worked extremely hard and their dedication showed in their amazing performance.

Applebee’s Above and “Bee”yond Winner!

Applebee’s Above and “Bee”yond Winner!

In the Applebee’s Above and “Bee”yond contest, Nikayia wrote an essay about Mrs. DeVries and how she deserves to win this award. Nikayia’s essay was chosen and Mrs. DeVries was the St. Lucie County Applebee’s Above and Beyond winner! She will receive $500 to spend in her classroom for the 2019-2020 school year. Congratulations, Mrs. DeVries! Thank you for all you do!

April Is Autism Awareness Month

April Is Autism Awareness Month

Join us in celebration for 2019 National Autism Awareness Month! National Autism Awareness Month represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance, and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.

Put on the Puzzle! The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. Autism prevalence is now one in every 59 children in America. Show your support for people with autism by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon – as a pin on your shirt, a magnet on your car, a badge on your blog, or even your Facebook profile picture – and educate folks on the potential of people with autism!  For more information visit https://www.autismspeaks.org

April Is School Library Month

April Is School Library Month

The American Association of School Librarians celebrate school librarians and their programs every April during School Library Month. During this time, school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community learn more about the essential role that strong school library programs offer to tranform learning.  To learn more, visit http://www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy/slm

April Recognized As Autism Awareness Month

April Recognized As Autism Awareness Month

A presentation was given by Mr. Bill Tomlinson, Executive Director for Student Services & ESE, at the school board meeting on April 28th recognizing April as Autism Awareness Month. He thanked Mr. Robert Cranmer and his staff for organizing the walk for Autism Speaks with such a great success. Karen Kozak, from the Fire District, spoke of their work with the children to interact with the firefighters and the fire truck. They also taught children about calling 911 and fire prevention, and look forward to their continued support and partnership with St. Lucie Public Schools.

In the featured picture are, Genelle Yost, Esther Muniz-Guzman, Valentina Whyte, Kimberly Willis, Bill Tomlinson, and Dr. Donna Mills.

In the second picture are, Dr. Donna Mills, Karen Kozak, Adam Zuccaro, Pete Villoasuso, Genelle Yost, and Bill Tomlinson.
April Autism Month Firemen

April STAR Awards

April STAR Awards

The STAR program’s focus is to recognize employees for their behaviors, skills and actions that correlate with the District’s vision and acknowledge those that exemplify its core values.

Appreciation for benevolence goes to a team at West Gate K-8 and Treasure Coast High:

Kirstin Bowman

Samantha Bowman

Esther Guzman

Elyse Kirkaldy

It was over the winter holiday that a family experienced great need.  As part of the West Gate K-8 family, staff members had been taking close care of children by providing clean clothes and other necessity items for several months. Unfortunately, some unforeseen circumstances resulted in a temporary removal from their home.  Working in conjunction with the appropriate agencies, staff members stepped forward as emergency placement was sought. They opened their homes to the children so their holiday would not be spent in a shelter.   Quick action garnered additional support from the West Gate K-8 family to provide a lifetime holiday memory for the children.

The school continues to work and collaborate with the children’s current caregiver to provide support.

This is a testament to the staff’s caring nature and the willingness to go above and beyond.


In a similar channel of support, we recognize staff from Performance Based Academy:

Mrs. Tammy Christie serves as a guidance counselor.  Mrs. Christie colleague, Lisa Culver, observed how she demonstrated care and compassion to assist a student who, through no fault of his own, found himself to be homeless.

Mrs. Christie became aware of a student’s unfortunate situation, did a little digging and facilitated his transition to a shelter where he could safely stay.  But that was not all, having worked with him, she was also aware of his aspiration to graduate and pursue a career in the Army. Therefore, Mrs. Christie reached out to a contact in the military.  Fast forward:  The young man has since graduated and entered basic training to start his career in the United States Army.


Ms. Angella Robinson, 4th Grade Teacher at St. Lucie Elementary:

One of Ms. Robinson’s student’s parents shared that her child is an exceptional education student who has struggled in school, but not this year. In a memo to the District, she stated:  Ms. Robinson calls and texts me daily or weekly to let me know how my child is doing. She takes her by her side in her small groups and makes sure she understands the lesson before coming home with homework. In the past, my child could not do her homework independently because she did not understand. Mrs. Robinson has been a game changer for my child who now makes the honor roll and is happy to come to school. She feels proud that she is able to complete her work. Ms. Robinson gives that motherly love that every child needs to learn and grow; I can truly say that she is the best teacher my child has ever had.

Arbor Day at Mariposa Elementary provides trees for students

Arbor Day at Mariposa Elementary provides trees for students

In celebration of Arbor Day, Mariposa Elementary School fourth graders were foresters for a day. The students were able to plant the state tree, Sabal Palm,  around the school grounds in hopes to bring awareness of the importance of plants and trees in our environment.  At the end of the day, each student was able to take home a Sabal Palm of their very own to plant in their yards.
Are You Smarter than a Seventh Grader?

Are You Smarter than a Seventh Grader?

Are you smarter than a seventh grader?  Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s seventh grade team hosted a fun informational session for parents and students.  They competed with FSA and EOC type questions…and the student team won in all four rooms!  Way to go Rockets!

Area Plant Manager receives STAR Recognition

Area Plant Manager receives STAR Recognition

Rosemarie Abbuhl was recognized as a STAR recipient at the April 22nd School Board Meeting. She was recommended by Mrs. Wright, Principal of FK Sweet for her skills as an Area Plant Manager. She is a real asset to our custodial team. Mrs. Abbuhl supervises C A Moore Elementary, F K Sweet Elementary, Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, Ft. Pierce Westwood High, Lincoln Park Academy, Lakewood Park Elementary, Lawnwood Elemenatry, Samuel Gaines Academy, MOA, Means Court Studio, Delaware Avenue Site/North Compound, and the District School Board Office. Pictured are, Superintendent Genelle Yost, SGA Principal Traci Wilke, LWPE Principal Dianne Young, Area Plant Manager Rose Abbuhl, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Custodial Services Coordinator Carolyn Rarriek, Area Plant Manager Larry Beckham, Area Plant Manager Rudy Manna, and Custodial Bookkeeper Grisell Guanill. Congratulations Rose!