Mrs. Barbara Bennett and Mrs. Belkis Madera were recognized as May’s STAR (Special Thanks And Recognition) Award recipients at the school board meeting on May 12, 2015.
Mrs. Barbara Bennett, 3rd grade teacher at Frances K. Sweet Elementary, was nominated by a parent of one of her students. The parent stated how happy and pleased she was with her daughter’s academic achievements and the great improvements Camila has made in reading and comprehension. Camila was super happy to get the “Star Reader Shirt” and said that she try for the next shirt. Thank you Mrs. Bennett, for giving your students great thinking skills and positive thoughts, and for your commitment to all students.
Mrs. Belkis Madera, 6th grade World History teacher at Oak Hammock K-8, was nominated by Dr. Donna Mills, School Board Chairman. In March, Dr. Mills attended Ms. Madera class, she had invited 40 Holocaust survivors, family members, and other dignitaries from the Boca Raton area to visit classrooms throughout the day to share their testimonies. The day culminated in an assembly in the school’s auditoria for the entire sixth grade team, family and community members. Exhibits of paintings, poems and portraits of holocaust survivors created by sixth grade students were on display throughout the school hallways. Ms. Madera also teaches units on Hispanic heritage and African American History. Ms. Madera’s dedication to building racial and cultural tolerance among her students has won her the Outstanding Holocaust Educator Award from the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at the Florida Atlantic University. The award recognizes teachers who have had a demonstrated positive impact on their schools and the wider community in the field of holocaust, genocide and human rights education. Ms. Madera has said she wants her students to learn that we are more alike than different—there is a vast world out there and we need to learn how to get along.
Congratulations Mrs. Bennett and Mrs. Madera.
At the school board meeting on May 12th, Karen Knapp, Monte Kosoff, Horace Webb and Roxanne Wells from United Way of St. Lucie, presented plaques to the schools with the highest student and employee campaign fund raisers for 2014-2015.
The winners in the Highest Student Campaign were West Gate K-8 ($1,028); SLW Centennial High ($979); Frances K. Sweet Elementary ($503); and Southern Oaks Middle ($335).
The winners in the Largest Employee Giving were SLW Centennial High ($1,735); West Gate K-8 ($1,616); Morningside Elementary ($1,455); and Southport Middle ($816).
The Largest Campaign Overall, Student and Employee Combined, went to West Gate K-8 with a total raised of $2,884; SLW Centennial High with a total raised of $1,735; Morningside Elementary with a total raised of $1,455; and Southern Oaks Middle with a total raised of $1,096.
The campaign grand total raised was $36,983.
Students in Ms. Fuller’s VPK class enjoyed showing their family members what a day of learning is like in their classroom. Families enjoyed center rotations with their VPK child. Students and parents read books in the listening center, explored reading fundamentals via online programs, used manipulatives and many other engaging activities. Thank you to our VPK families for attending our Family VPK Day!
Second and Third Grade students at Mariposa Elementary challenged their families and friends to chess this week! Students came to school dressed up as chess pieces, ready to teach their families how each piece moves. Families enjoyed some chess poems and a brief explanation of how to play. Then students challenged their peers and relatives to a game of chess! This family game night was made possible through a grant called “First Move,” which teaches students to play chess through online videos, computer games, and weekly chess practice. Students spend 45 minutes each week learning chess strategies and skills. Chess costumes were created by Alicia Swink, second grade teacher at Mariposa Elementary. Students were all smiles as they showed off their chess skills! The students dressed as chess pieces in the picture are: Brianna Locklar, Bryce Myers, Sydnee Rubenstien, Riley O’Dowd, Monroe Thiery and Joseph Locklar.
The Chapter Business Procedure team takes 1st place again in SkillsUSA Florida state competition. The same team placed 8th in the National competition in June 2014. The team will be unable to compete this June due to summer college orientation commitments. Congratulation to the following members of the Chapter Business Procedure team: Tchael Jeune, president; Precious Sneeze, treasurer; LaToya Montimer, secretary; Emily Phillips, and Deon Gamble.
Rivers Edge hosted over 150 parents/students/guardians at their Spring Pentathlon on Friday, April 24. Every student was invited to come out with an adult male figure in his/her life to compete in 5 events – Egg & Spoon Race, Potato Sack Race, Hippitty Hop Race, High/Low Hurdles Race, Scooter Board Race – that required, teamwork, encouragement and a little skill. Awards were given to the top three teams in each category, but the ultimate prize was a shared memory that will surely be celebrated for years to come.
Shemar Sterlin and Nathan Gould (left to right), fourth graders at Frances K. Sweet, are the school’s top participants in the Scholastic Reading Counts Program. They each have over 1,000 reading counts points!
Student Council members at Savanna Ridge helped serve meals at Matthews Café of Grace Way Village on Sunday. They provide a healthy hot meal, every Sunday from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for those in need. What a great way for our students to show the community they care by helping others.
On May 2nd, The St. Lucie West Centennial High School Chamber Singers were invited to sing the National Anthem at the opening of the St. Lucie West Mets game at Tradition Field. Students who participate in the Chamber Singers must have completed at least one year of choral education and are selected by audition only. The ensemble performs throughout the community for local events and charity organizations. For more information on availability please contact Bridget Glass at email@example.com
This year the Westgate Adopt-A-Class program led the county in classroom donations. More than $2,450.00 was donated to various classrooms. The teachers would like to thank our parent community for their generosity. Special thanks goes to teacher Dawn Mealing and SAC member Dana Stonelake for working so hard to spread the word about this wonderful program.
Second grade students at Savanna Ridge Elementary partnered with Publix to help make Mother’s Day special for their loved ones. Publix brought cakes to Savanna Ridge and helped second graders decorate them as a Mother’s Day sweet treat. Thank you to Tina and Christine from Publix for assisting our students.
Northport VPK-8 School media specialist, Lynne Gruszka, seventh grade instructor and brand new teacher, Kendal Jo Hamblin and Maryanne Warren, student support specialist from New Horizons who is stationed at the school, collaborated recently to present a program for seventh grade Stingray students. The program was a culmination of the school’s Leadership Summit programs for middle school students that have been ongoing all year. Students have been building a list of leadership skills for the entire school year that include integrity, flexibility, passion, looking at the “big picture” and many other skills to be a great leader. Past guests have included Fl. State Representative, Gayle Harrell, Deputy City Manager of Ft. Pierce, Nick Mimms, a group of military veterans, school board member Debbie Hawley, Port Saint Lucie mayor, Greg Oravec and Ashley Mock, communications coordinator of Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County.
The most recent program held in the media center included a group of officers from the Port Saint Lucie Police Department including, Officer Toppin, Officer Brown, Officer Lushbaugh and Officer Garcia, nurse, Alicia Lange, Saint Lucie County Fire and EMT specialist, Karen Kozac, Publix store manager, Marc Waldbauer, Civil Engineer, Amanda Hanks and Children’s Services Manager of New Horizon’s of the Treasure Coast, Heather Roberts. The program was a phenomenal experience for the seventh graders who learned that the most important accomplishment is an education. To experience all that life has to offer, education is vital. Students learned that its important to find your passion but that passion can come through a variety of career experiences. Students learned about the word “integrity” and how very important that that word is for a rich and vital life well lived. Special thanks to all who have assisted in bringing these very memorable experiences to our students. Pictured are the students from Miss Hamblin’s homeroom class and the very special community leaders and guests as well as Miss Hamblin, Mr. Rustay, Northport principal and Mrs. Gruszka.
SLW Centennial’s Quiz Bowl Team took first place in the Quiz Bowl State Competition sponsored by Skills USA. The team will advance to Nationals. The student team members are:
Yeltsin Jean-Pierre, Dallas Sidebottom, Jaeger Johnson, Aylah Poe, and Adrianna Lovalente.
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!
Stephanie Isaacs, 7th Grade Civics Teacher at St. Lucie West K-8 School, and Anne Powell, 7th Grade Civics Teacher at Forest Grove Middle School, were two of 25 teachers selected from throughout Florida to attend the Supreme Court of Florida’s Justice Teaching Institute March 22-26 to learn about the state courts using a case study method. Teacher participants explored the courts and the Constitution in a four-and-a-half-day program with all seven justices serving as faculty. The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc., coordinated the program and provided instructional assistance. This year’s emphasis was on examining the structure and function of the state courts, motion to suppress hearings, Miranda warnings and the assistance of legal counsel, among other law related topics. They also participated in a simulated appellate hearing serving as justices and attorneys to reenact a mock oral argument. Judge Karen Cole from the Fourth Judicial Circuit and Judge Kelly McKibben from the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit served as mentor judges and assisted the teachers in dissecting the material throughout the week. At the conclusion of the institute, teachers observed actual oral arguments before the Supreme Court, and attended a banquet held in their honor, together with the justices, at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Dante Nurse, a third grader at Savanna Ridge Elementary, was recognized as one of the top 500 Classworks All-Star students for their excellent usage and high scores in Reading and Math for Spring 2015. We are so proud of our All-Star!
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.
Dr. Kevin Perry, Assistant to the Superintendent, presented awards to the student winners of the 2015 Dr. Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest at the school board meeting on April 28th. Students from third grade to twelfth grade wrote essays on an African American who has made a difference. The Morganti Group sponsors this essay contest each year with monetary awards to each winner in each category. The High School winners were; 1st Place- Aide Aguilar (Fort Pierce Central); 2nd Place- Cheyenne Nixon (Lincoln Park); and 3rd Place- Angie Khan (Fort Pierce Central). The Middle School winners were: 1st Place- Athresha Kalluri (Palm Pointe); 2nd Place- Sara Aube (Manatee); and 3rd Place- Annaelise Swanson (Forest Grove). The Elementary School winners were: 1st Place- Annarose Hilhorst (Palm Pointe); 2nd Place- Riley Holtzclaw (Palm Pointe); and 3rd Place- Laney Keys (Palm Pointe). Congratulations to all.
Pictured in the back row, Dr. Donna Mills, Genelle Yost, Brian Garcia from the Morganti Group, and Dr. Samuel Gaines. In the middle row are, Sara Aube, Athresha Kalluri, Cheyenne Nixon, and Aide Aguilar. In the front row are, Laney Keys, Riley Holtzclaw, and Annarose Hilhorst.
The Centennial Women’s Chorus attended State Competition on April 21, 2015 at the American Heritage School, in Plantation, Florida. The ladies did an amazing job receiving one Superior rating and two Excellent ratings. The Women’s Chorus has students ranging from the 10th grade through 12th grade who have been in Chorus for at least two years. We are so proud of all of the Chorus’ achievements this year.
Alex Lemonade Stand Foundation Fundraiser
Students at West Gate K-8 raised over $1000 dollars for the Alex Lemonade Stand Foundation. ALSF is a childhood cancer foundation which raises money for childhood cancer research and families. All donations were made in memory of our 3rd grade student Julian Fraga who passed away in February.