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.
Save The Chimps is a chimpanzee sanctuary located in Fort Pierce, Florida. At Save the Chimps there was need for enrichment activities to keep the chimps stimulated. In Ms. Schutt’s 21st CLCC class students piloted the Save The Chimps to learn about the chimpanzees.
“Save the Chimps” project was offered to 3rd and 4th grade students at Samuel Gaines Academy in order to improve math, reading, writing and science skills. The after school program consists of project based learning incorporating academics and extracurricular/ personal enrichment activities. Students created chimpanatas as enrichment activities to help the chimps celebrate “Chimpo De Mayo.”
Frances K. Sweet fourth graders learn about the characteristics of flowering plants by dissecting them and classifying the parts. Pictured here is Ansel Espinal viewing the tiny parts of the plant using a magnifying glass.
TCHS International Business students presented in a Shark Tank adult presentation format in between adult presenters seeking millions of dollars! Students presented their business ideas or concepts and were questioned. The opportunity was open to all SLC students after extensive after school work and winning the semi finals. Those who made it to the finals presented at the Business Opportunity Showcase on April 23, and all 9 finalists were TCHS International Business Students.
Presentations consisted of the following:
Commander On the Go Auto – Auto maintenance mobile application created by Andrew Commander
Neil Conrad Littman Designs – Timeless class for sophisticated youth created by Neil Littman
Travel Tracker – Individual tracking for anything created by Juan Rivera
College Bound Success Bound – Care packaging with purpose created by Virginia Frazier
Rise Up – Social Empowerment application partnership to achieve goals created by Camilio Tamayo and Dominik Kehoe
Rollie Ravioli- Tasty Handheld Ravioli Food Truck with a fun flair created by Renee Miruki and Sophia Iannoitti
Somos Unidos (United We Are One)- Education and Training for Hispanic females created by Daniella Vargas
Four students walked away a $1,000 check made out to them. Some are Sophomores – who do not even have a bank account yet!
MSE Kindergarten and first grade were mesmerized by the live production of Peter Rabbit presented by the Riverside Children’s Theatre On The Go performers.
Northport VPK-8 School Media Specialist, Lynne Gruszka and eighth grade student, Trey Bingham proudly accept the donation of three books documenting the legacies of a lengthy list of Medal of Honor recipients in our American History. The bestowing of the books, “Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty” coincides with the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Medal of Honor by an act of Congress, signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln back in 1861 during the Civil War. The milestone celebrates the heroism and sacrifice of all those who have fought and died to defend the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans. The books are filled with photos of each recipient and a story of their heroic legacy reduced to reader friendly length. The books were donated by Medal of Honor recipient, Kenneth Stumpf whose story is portrayed within the pages of the book pertaining to the recipients from the Vietnam War. The books were attained for Northport students via USAF Sgt. Roy Brewer, one of the Northport Veteran Partners in Education. Students will learn that there are 79 living Medal of Honor recipients and over three thousand medals have been distributed by presidents. The administration, students, teachers and parents are tremendously pleased to accept these books on behalf of all American heroes who are the ultimate role models for our students. These many men and one woman are real American heroes who laid their lives on the line for the good of their brothers and sisters in arms and the good of all American people. Northport instructor and 1st Infantry Army Division veteran, Nick Carey said, ” I met Staff Sgt. Walter Ellers, a MOH recipient while stationed in Germany and heard his very powerful story first hand. I have the utmost respect for all MOH recipients. Having these books available will help open our students eyes to who the true American heroes really are!” President George Bush said, ” The Medal of Honor epitomizes the very best of what America stands for and these recipients represent the very heart and soul of America.” We, at Northport VPK-8 School agree!
Ft. Pierce Central High School may have accomplished a first in the school’s history by receiving straight superiors on their MPA (Music Performance Assessment) Band Performance this afternoon. Congratulations!
Everyone loves a good book. Six cadets from the Jaguar Battalion visited Bayshore Elementary to read to first grade classes. Each cadet was assigned to a class room. After finishing the book, the cadets asked the kids questions about the book. All of the cadets, Ashlee Seipel, Zachary St.John, Robert Hopkins, Jamie Triplett, Jaffrey Murankus and Allison Miakisz, said it was a great opportunity to read to the class and see the children smile.
Mr. Matt Boyd, Treasure Coast Golf Course Superintendents Association President, was recognized at the April 14th school board meeting for donating 10 tablets valued at $3000. The tablets have been used to support student differentiated learning needs. Ms. Laure Goss, speech-language pathologist, described what the learning tool has meant for student acquisition of knowledge. Mrs. Laura Kilburn, parent of Logan Kilburn a student from St. Lucie West Centennial High School who received one of the tablet, expressed her thanks and stated how this has benefited her child.
Pictured are, Laure Goss, Dr. Donna Mills, Matt Boyd, Laura Kilburn, and Genelle Yost.
Bayshore Elementary students in the National Elementary Honor Society (N.E.H.S) clean up their school. For part of the N.E.H.S. community service project, students in fourth and fifth grade at Bayshore Elementary developed and implemented a plan to clean up their school. Students worked after school hours to clean up the entire campus of tehir school. Pictured from left to right are, Alex Martin, Teacher and Sponsor Alan (A.J.) Bevacqua, Solithia Coke, Marisa Roth, Giana Infante, Patrick Boje, Andrew Jones, Trinidy Restle, Jamaro Lee, Katelyn Hall, and Timaya Jones.
Bayshore Elementary students in the National Elementary Honor Society (N.E.H.S) participated in a school beautification project. For part of the N.E.H.S. community service project, students in fourth and fifth grade at Bayshore Elementary developed and implemented a plan to clean up their school. Students worked after school hours to clean up the entire campus of their school. Pictured from left to right are, Alex Martin, Fourth grade teacher and sponsor Alan (A.J.) Bevacqua, Solithia Coke, Marisa Roth, Giana Infante, Patrick Boje, Andrew Jones, Trinidy Restle, Jamaro Lee, Katelyn Hall, and Timaya Jones.
Bayshore Elementary School’s first grade classes received a visit from Port St. Lucie High School’s JROTC cadets. The cadets took time to share information about JROTC and their uniforms, and then spent time reading to students. Pictured is Port St. Lucie High School JROTC cadet Jamie Tripplett reading to Debbie Gonzalez’s first grade students.