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.
St. Lucie Monitoring, Preparing For Tropical Storm Erika
FORT PIERCE – St. Lucie County’s Public Safety Department continues to work with local and state government agencies to monitor the potential impacts of Tropical Storm Erika. Because of the uncertainty of the storm’s path and potential strength, decisions regarding closures of schools and government buildings won’t be made until Saturday afternoon.
St. Lucie County Public Safety staff has been and will continue to participate in daily conference calls with the National Hurricane Center, Florida Division of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service in Melbourne. Staff is holding daily meetings with officials from the schools (St. Lucie Public Schools and Indian River State College, local government agencies (City of Fort Pierce, City of Port St. Lucie and South Florida Water Management District) as well as first responders (St. Lucie County Sheriff, St. Lucie County Fire District, Fort Pierce Police Department and Port St. Lucie Department) and the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County.
U.S. Congressman Patrick E. Murphy is scheduled to visit the Douglas M. Anderson Emergency Operations Center to talk with St. Lucie County Commissioners, Public Safety staff and other key decision makers about the projected path of Tropical Storm Erika Saturday, Aug. 29 at 9:30 a.m. The Emergency Operations Center is located at 15305 E. Midway Road.
As for the 11 a.m. update Friday, St. Lucie County is not expected to have hurricane strength winds. However, there is still the potential for Tropical Storm force winds arriving late Sunday through Tuesday.
St. Lucie County and other agencies have already begun making preparations for tropical storm activity, including staging pumps and heavy equipment in key locations around the county. State and local officials encourage residents and businesses to take precautions and follow any protective actions that are issued. For a list of suggested supplies and preparedness tips visit www.floridadisaster.org.
The St. Lucie County Code Compliance meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 2 has been canceled. Announcements regarding St. Lucie County government and school closures will be sent out to local media outlets, as well as communicated through various government agency websites and social media outlets.
Village Green Environmental Studies School welcomed back their amazing bus drivers with a breakfast and PBS training on Friday, August 28, 2015.
VGE loves their drivers!
Bayshore Elementary would like to thank all of our local heroes who joined us for our Tunnel of Hope welcoming our students back to school on Monday. We were joined by the Port St. Lucie Police Department, St. Lucie County Fire Department, and the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie.