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Save the Date for the 2019 Indian River Lagoon Science Festival!
Fort Pierce, FL – The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival returns for its 6th year on Saturday, October 26 from 10am-3pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park, part of the River Walk Center in Fort Pierce! This FREE, all-ages, day of discovery promises to be a blast for the whole family with dozens of minds-on, hands-on activities exploring the wonders of science, technology, engineering, art and math. The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival aims to show not only the importance of science, but also to highlight how fun it can be. Last year we had over 80 exhibitors and over 10,000 visitors!
Leading up to the Festival on October 26, we will be hosting a series of science-focused satellite events that will be taking place around the Treasure Coast! For more information on these events, please visit the IRL Science Festival Eventbrite Page: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/irl-science-festival-15187812659
Can’t get enough of IRL Science Festival events? We are looking for event volunteers to assist us with set up, break down, and everything in between on October 26 and October 27. Minimum age for volunteers is 16 years old. Registration for volunteers will open on September 16th. More information can be found at http://irlsciencefest.org/volunteer/. If you are interested in being an exhibitor, registration is open online at https://irlsciencefest.org/host-an-exhibit/.
The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival was established in 2014 and is a celebration of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) that culminates in a large-scale community event. The festival aims to demonstrate that science is meaningful, relevant, and fun, to make science accessible to all residents of the Treasure Coast, and to highlight STEAM resources in the IRL region. The Festival planning committee is made up entirely of volunteer organizers from local governments and research, education and non-profit organizations, and administrative support is largely provided by the Smithsonian Marine Station. A member of the Science Festival Alliance (www.sciencefestivals.org) since 2013, the IRL Science Festival serves as a leader in promoting science and science festivals across the state of Florida. For more information about all Festival partners, sponsors, and scheduled activities, visit www.irlsciencefest.org. #IRLsciencefest
The IRL Science Festival has been made possible through funding from the Smithsonian Marine Station, FAU Harbor Branch, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Foundation, Renaissance Charter School, Children’s Services Council/St. Lucie Reads, PNC Bank,and the generous support of WGYL 93.7, WJKD 99.7, WPHR 94.7, WOSN 97.1, WTTB 1490, Waste Pro, St. Lucie County and the City of Fort Pierce.
It’s early morning and Treasure Coast High’s Manufacturing Lab is busy!
Mr. Ordonez’s students are working the machines using critical thinking, engaging in teamwork, making connections, and applying classroom lessons to hands-on activities. Awesome things are happening at Treasure Coast High! Go Titans!
SLPS is seeking high performing teachers (see eligibility requirements on flyer) to make a difference in the lives and learning of children at Chester A. Moore Elementary and Lawnwood Elementary.
Interested? Apply today!
The St Lucie County Schools Facilities and Maintenance Department has identified seven scholarship winners from 2011 Summer Youth Internship Program. They include John McDonald, Ft. Pierce Westwood, $2,000; Sandra Luxama, Ft. Pierce Central, $1,500; Tedra Turner, Port St. Lucie High, $1,000; Austin Fountain, Ft. Pierce Central, $500; La’Metria Bivens, Ft. Pierce Central, $500; Iman Hall, Ft. Pierce Central, $500; and Rafael Chavez, Ft. Pierce Central, $500. For the past four years the Facilities Department has raised all funds needed to support the Summer Internship Program, primarily through their biggest fundraiser, their Annual Golf Tournament. Through the dollars that are raised, not only are student interns paid wages they also are able to compete for college scholarships from funds raised. Since the inception of the Summer Internship Program, the Facilities Department has partnered with the Career and Technical Education Department to make the internships a reality. Regional workforce board Workforce Solutions has also collaborated allowing even more students who qualify for their services to participate in the internship program. It is a great win-win situation where student interns learn the soft skills necessary for employment. For many students the summer internship is their first job. Students learn the important expectations necessary to keep a job such as being on time, coming to work every day, communicating with a supervisor, communicating with a co-worker, returning from lunch on time, and many more skills that entry-level employees need. Thanks go to maintenance department bookkeeper Cindy Hill, secretary Regina Chester, senior bookkeeper Dainia Breakenridge, and project manager Gary Taylor have spearheaded this student opportunity. Their dedication and partnership with the Career and Technical Education Department has led to a very successful program that has grown, changed and improved each summer allowing more students to participate. Pictured is Austin Fountain as he assists Gary Taylor maintaining sports fields.
Students at Floresta Elementary were truly awestruck by the captivating and mesmerizing tricks performed by the Magician Jamie Porter as part of the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention & Support. Students were charged 15 Dolphin Dollars to participate in the magic show which was held in the school’s cafeteria, on Friday, May 17. The magician performed amazing card tricks and tricks with bags and ribbons that boggled students’ minds. Some students described the event as entertaining and exciting, while others said that the magician was very funny. All in all, the magic show was a refreshing and delightful experience for the students at Floresta Elementary School.
Written by Norda Clarke and Suzanne Diaz
Lakewood Park Falcons congratulates Brendan Mackey for PERFECT ATTENDANCE for 4 years straight! Way to go Brendan!!
Lakewood Park Elementary hosted their first Drive-in Movie Night sponsored by the PTO. Students created their own
cars and left nothing to the imagination. Great job students!
Representatives from Florida Institute of Technology’s Lunabotics team recently visited Southern Oaks Middle School to meet with the students whose team took fifth place last spring among 50 international teams competing in the fourth annual NASA Lunabotics Mining competition. The team came to Southern Oaks and put on three presentations: the first session involved dissecting an edible asteroid, where students looked at all the layers and were then able to eat it; next session, students were given characteristics of a creature and based on those characteristics they then had to draw what it looked like; and last, students were shown the robot that was used at the competitions. Florida Institute of Technology’s Lunabotics Team built this robot from the ground up. After the presentation students were given an opportunity to navigate the robot around the room.
Students who participated in the Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) Poetry Spoken Word Competition at Nova Southeastern University were recognized at the school board meeting on April 28, 2015. LTAB was founded on a student-centered, educational philosophy geared toward young people ages 13-19. The “trick of the poetry slam is to use the guise of competition to attract interest in the telling of stories through the written word.” The most critical component of LTAB is the year-around, meaningful instruction inside the classroom with teachers who create and facilitate a safe space for individual and collective self-expression. LTAB bridges gaps between community borders and introduces teens who would not otherwise meet. It inverts the traditional educational paradigm by asking students what they think, see, and experience in their words, often re-engaging students. LTAB provides students with a platform for their voices to be heard. These students realize the strength they possess and are validated through the stories they tell and experiences they share.
Fort Pierce Central High School team placed 2nd in the finals. Members of this team were Katie Thompson, Kyle Scott, Darnel Medor, Antravious Soleyn, Taylor Gibbons, Dorrian Bridges and Fvshivn Bhadu. St. Lucie West Centennial High School team placed 12th in group competition. Members of this team were Dustin Ahmad-Kahn, Katy Mitchem, Taylor Ratti, Renee Shirley, and Dustin Snyders. Dustin Snyders was also a finalist for individual finals. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Lincoln Park Academy Senior Callie Zheng! She has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. She is one of 16,000 seniors selected nationwide to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.
The annual Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl played at FAU stadium in Boca Raton hosts a fantastic art contest in partnership with Palm Beach and St. Lucie Public Schools. Lincoln Park Academy Junior, Sandy Gamez, had her art work selected as best in the district at the high school level. The competition asked students to depict the connection between “health and football” in a small work of art. Mr. McGraw explained, “Ms. Gamez considered different contexts of football and health issues while composing her work and chose to render her picture in black and white to emphasize specific emotions and themes in her piece. We are so proud of Sandy’s hard work and success.” Sandy’s talent and hard work paid off in the form of a monetary award for Sandy and the LPA visual arts department.
Lincoln Park Academy’s Class of 2018 is committed to graduating! On October 26th, LPA juniors participated in their annual C2G ceremony to reaffirm their commitment to graduation. All 218 students shook principal Henry Sanabria’s hand to show their commitment to working hard, coming to school everyday, and finishing high school strong. Students also received a keychain tassel to remind them that “the tassel is worth the hassle!”
The Lincoln Park Academy Jazz Combo performed as the opening act for Grammy-nominated and award-winning Najee on November 4th, 2017 at the Sunrise Theater. Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Eta Eta Omega Chapter under the Pink Rose Foundation Inc., held its annual scholarship fundraiser at the Sunrise Theater.
Vice President of the Pink Rose Foundation and Event Chairperson Michelle Jerger said, “The students have amazing talents and are extremely professional. They set the tone for a successful evening.” Jerger also commended the leadership of Band Director Jason Albert.
Lincoln Park Academy, for the first time ever, has a wrestling program. On December 22, the Greyhounds took 1st place at the Battle on the Lake tournament hosted by Okeechobee High School. Two LPA wrestlers at the tournament were Rakan and Rayan Abulathou. The brother duo pinned every wrestler they faced. Congratulations to Coach Pryor and all of our Greyhound wrestlers.
The Lincoln Park Academy Middle School Math Team participated in the annual MathCounts competition on Friday. Kendrick Carpenter took first place individual honors and will go on to compete at the state level on March 24th. Also among the top ten finishers was Malaica Ashley who finished in eighth place. Congratulations to the entire team for a job well done!
Lincoln Park Academy Theater produced Hairspray the Musical the last week of April 2019. This toe-tapping show was a delight to work on and to see. With over 100 students involved, this show was held very near and dear to many students’ hearts. A timeless story of equality and love, Tracy Turnblad soars to new heights with her hair and her willingness to stand up for what’s right. Over 1,200 attendees traveled through time with LPA to an upbeat world of hairspray and a world of changing dance.
Students in Ms. Steffens Studio Art classes have been participating in a host of exciting contests, exhibitions and juried shows this school year. Their work has been displayed at the Art Connection in Ft. Pierce, The 3rd Annual Highwaymen Heritage Trail Festival, and the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds. We were recently notified of several wins in the PSL Drop Savers Poster Contest and are awaiting word on the Doodle4Google contest and the eminent Dali Museum’s Student Surrealist Art Exhibition entries.
Lincoln Park Academy’s Mali Kaminaga, Carlos Arce, and Geoffrey Zheng competed as members of the St. Lucie County Academic Team at the Florida Commissioner’s Academic Challenge in Orlando April 21-24. The county team placed 5th overall in their division. In addition, Geoffrey Zheng was named to Team Florida for being one of the six highest individual scorers in the competition. As a part of being named to Team Florida, Geoffrey also received a scholarship for $1,000.
LPA student Bradley Livingston, is a 10th grader whose artwork, “Lively Toes,” has been accepted for the Dali Museum’s Surrealist Art Exhibit in St. Petersburg, Florida. His work will be displayed together with 100 juried works shown at “The Marvelous, the Fantastic & the Grotesque” Exhibition, May 19th – August 26, 2018. Congratulations to Bradley Livingston on a job well done!