St. Lucie Soars Take-Off Ceremony Set for November 1st

St. Lucie Soars Take-Off Ceremony Set for November 1st

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Business and civic leaders will join St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) officials on Tuesday, November 1st at the Treasure Coast International Airport to celebrate the official take-off of the District’s early literacy initiative – St. Lucie Soars. The kindergarten through grade three focused effort is in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties.  Its purpose is to recruit volunteers and mentors in an effort to help close the gap on third grade literacy.

 

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Giving a child the gift of reading opens the door to the world.”  He encourages community members to consider becoming a volunteer for St. Lucie Soars by donating one hour each week to read with a child.  This will be the message from Gent and other dignitaries including Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson, Port St. Lucie Mayor Gregory Oravec, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Chief Executive Officer Dr. Judi Miller at the take-off ceremony which will be held amid airplanes in an aircraft hanger at the International Airport.

 

Jim Bede of BEDE AERO Southeast, a premier aviation design and manufacturer, is donating his corporation’s space for this event which is slated to begin at 10 AM on November 1st.

 

Information and registration are available through the St. Lucie Public Schools homepage at www.stlucieschools.org.  Interested volunteers will find registration information, a mentor guide, a training video, and more through this online portal. Consider becoming a volunteer today.  Through your weekly, one-hour commitment, the difference you make will help a child soar!

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

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SGA Welcomes D. G. Burns

SGA Welcomes D. G. Burns

Samuel Gaines Academy had the honor, once again, of hosting the Speakers Bureau with Dr. Donna Mills. During the month of October,  Samuel Gaines students were inspired by Dr. Mills and their very own Dean Gerard Burns who shared their story and struggles as they prepared to achieve their goals in life.

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LPA’s Juniors Are Committed to Graduating

LPA’s Juniors Are Committed to Graduating

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!”

 

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Port Saint Lucie High School Raider Meet

Port Saint Lucie High School Raider Meet

Several schools competed in this meet from all over Florida (29 teams in total and 10 schools). The competition consisted of five different events including 3-mile team run; tire flip; Raider fitness challenge whereby the teams moved through a course consisting of a 10-yard low crawl, a 40 yard 20-30lb sandbag carry, an obstacle to either go over or under, a speed agility maze, a 120lb object carried 50 feet, and a turnaround point to repeat the course in reverse; rope bridge; and cross country rescue including a litter carry of 110 lbs.

This is the first Raider meet the Jaguar Battalion has hosted at our school. The Port Saint Lucie Jaguar Battalion won 1st place overall, the Female team won 1st place in every event and Male team won 1st place in every event except one.

Go Jags!

Jaguar Battalion posing with all their awards. Photo taken by: Brianna Harris

Jaguar Battalion posing with all their awards.
Photo taken by: Brianna Harris

Female Team doing the 10- yard low crawl, the beginning of the Raider Fitness Challenge. Photo taken by: Brianna Harris

Female Team doing the 10- yard low crawl, the beginning of the Raider Fitness Challenge.
Photo taken by: Brianna Harris

Male Team during litter carry. Photo taken by: Brianna Harris

Male Team during litter carry.
Photo taken by: Brianna Harris

Family Care Council Presents at MSE

Family Care Council Presents at MSE

Melody Hearn of the Family Care Council presented information to our Morningside Elementary students on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.  She discussed the challenges and daily struggles of children and adults with Down Syndrome.  To help educate the students, Melody had some hands-on demonstrations to show them how difficult it is to talk, play, write, and do everyday tasks.  The students benefited from the engaging presentation and had a much better understanding of disabilities by the end of the program!

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P.B.I.S. Olympics Held at Palm Pointe

P.B.I.S. Olympics Held at Palm Pointe

Students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently participated in a school wide P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) fundraising event.  Students were able to come outside by grade level and participate in Olympic type games.  There were different areas set up with an obstacle course, football toss and field goal kick, soccer, kickball, basketball, flag football and a dance area.  The students went around to each area during the hour.  At the end of the event, all students received a snack, drink, and small trinket with the United States red, white and blue theme.  It was a great turn out and a fun event for all students that participated.

Pictured are eighth grade students using hula hoops to show the rings used as a symbol for the Olympics.

Forest Grove MOA Students Display Life-Size Whale at Festival

Forest Grove MOA Students Display Life-Size Whale at Festival

FGMS MOA students engineered a life size orca whale 25 feet long x 11 feet tall and put it on display at the IRL Science Festival in Ft. Pierce on Saturday, October 22.  With the help of their teachers Ms. Cole and Mr. Stinnette, students in grades 6-8 and their parents spent 30 hours after school creating the whale out of plastic sheeting and Duck brand duct tape.  Students began by cutting a rectangular sheet of plastic into shape and taped it together. Then it was blown up with a bounce house fan, deflated, cut and taped again until they got the desired shape.  Every 40 minutes three students entered the whale and manipulated the fins to make it come alive while orca communication sounds were played.  Another student talked to those inside by radio to let them know when it was show time! Children and adults alike were mesmerized by the presentation.  The students also made paper mache vertebrae and a replica of a bottom jaw and inserted life size clay teeth.  During the festival, one group of students conducted a science experiment station and showed kids whale toothpaste. They explained the procedure and went over safety tips before, during, and after.

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FP Westwood Speakers Bureau – Representative Larry Lee

FP Westwood Speakers Bureau – Representative Larry Lee

Representative Larry Lee took part in the Fort Pierce Westwood Speakers Bureau presentation this past Wednesday, October 26, 2016. After being introduced by Board Member Dr. Donna Mills, Representative Lee spoke to the crowded auditorium that was full of freshman students. He shared his background as a St. Lucie Public Schools graduate to convey the need to remain motivated both in school and outside of school so students can keep working towards reaching their potential. Representative Lee urged them to capitalize on the relationships that they were building with the adults on campus to help ensure their success later in life.

The entire Fort Pierce Westwood family would like to thank Representative Lee for his time and wonderful message to the Class of 2020. The photo is a small sample of the students and their excitement after listening to the presentation.

 

Fall Festival

Fall Festival

Our Lakewood Park Falcon Staff is ready for our 1st Annual Fall Festival festivities! It’s going to be a night of food…fun…and many laughs!

PNC Volunteers in VPK Classes

PNC Volunteers in VPK Classes

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record National Event was launched on October 27th and members of PNC Bank volunteered to serve as guest readers in St. Lucie Public Schools VPK/T1 classrooms.  Students and readers alike enjoyed laughing and learning about a bear’s journey in the celebrated tale, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich.

 

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                                                                                        Mario Rivera – Northport

                                                                                      Kristy Contreras – Bayshore

                                                                                           Dee Coe – C A Moore

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Jennifer Byrnes – Samuel Gaines Academy

Tiffany Nixon – Samuel Gaines

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Northport Celebrates Unity Day With Strong Anti-Bullying Message!

Northport Celebrates Unity Day With Strong Anti-Bullying Message!

Each year, the Northport community comes together to support our anti-bullying message. We all wear orange and students and parents walk with their classes on a designated route around the campus. Students carry handmade signs, banners and posters. Special thanks to all who worked so hard to make sure that bullying is not prevalent at NPK8.

The coaches, resource teachers, Big Brothers Big Sisters tutors, New Horizons Student Support Specialist Mary Anne Warren, and so many others deserve thanks for making the day phenomenal. It is a GREAT day for the children who know they are empowered to step up and not accept bullying. Classrooms in the K-5 area made door decorations to be judged and middle grades students earned SAIL notes for the best, most creative anti-bullying posters.

Veterans Day Celebration at F. K. Sweet

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Principal Juanita Wright is joined by F. K. Sweet students and staff once again to honor veterans during the 8th Annual Veterans Day Celebration slated for Friday, November 4.  Event organizers Helena Grapsy, Tammy Davis, and Barbara Bennett invite local veterans interested in participating in the ceremony to meet at the school’s campus located at 1400 Avenue Q in Fort Pierce prior to the 9 AM event kick-off.

 

The JROTC cadets from Fort Pierce Westwood High School will open the ceremony with the presentation of colors followed by remarks from a special guest speaker. An interpretive dance and parade will follow along with a campus tour of patriotic-themed displays. Honored guests will then enjoy a special breakfast prepared by the F. K. Sweet Cafeteria Staff.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

Reality Store at FGMS

Reality Store at FGMS

Reality Store SM 2016 – Designed to help students get a better understanding of what it takes to survive in “real life.”

The students start the day with a set income (correlated to students’ GPA’s) and family members. Students visit various stations throughout the activity. They take responsibility of being head of the household. They pay taxes, pay rent or make house payments, buy clothes, food, take care of medical expenses, daycare, and all other daily expenses incurred once entering the work force.

Students see how their education, job, and income can determine the type of lifestyle they will live as adults. After experiencing the “Reality Store,” students have more of an understanding of the financial situations faced by their own parents/guardians.

Way to go Bulldogs!

VGE Hosts Student Led Conferences

VGE Hosts Student Led Conferences

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Village Green Environmental Studies School hosted student led conferences on Friday, October 28, 2016.  Students shared their growth during quarter one, set goals for the upcoming term, and planted a sunflower to signify future growth.  Village Green administration sincerely thanks the many community members who helped to ensure EVERY student was able to share with a caring adult.

PBIS Brag Bracelet Ceremony at Mariposa Elementary

PBIS Brag Bracelet Ceremony at Mariposa Elementary

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade at Mariposa Elementary are celebrated at monthly PBIS Brag Bracelet ceremonies for adhering to the school I CAN expectations, Act Responsible, Be Respectful, Create Safety, and Doing Their Best. They each receive a bracelet stating their accomplishment as well as a delicious chocolate chip cookie and juice!

Keegan Blaska, a 4th grader at Mariposa Elementary, has continuously gone above and beyond the school’s  I CAN expectations. She proudly wore and displayed her array of Brag Bracelets as she received yet another one for Being Respectful! Keegan is a role model for all of the students in the school! Keep up the amazing work, Keegan!

Mariposa Kindergartener Olivia Baptiste proudly displayed her bracelet for Acting Responsible. Her teacher, Mrs. Kari McIntyre, nominated her for this award because she has started out her Kindergarten year being one of the most responsible young students in her class. She has followed the classroom rules, completed her homework, and acted responsibly in her resource classes and in the hallways. Way to go, Olivia!

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Garber Fundraiser – Nov. 19

Garber Fundraiser – Nov. 19

On Saturday, November 19th at Fort Pierce Central High School, Garber Buick GMC will help donate dollars to education — up to $10,000.  It is all part of the Test Drive Event that generates $10 for each 2 – 3 minute test drive.  When the event exceeds 100 drives, Buick will double the donation to $20 per test drive.

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Literacy Night at Lakewood Park

Literacy Night at Lakewood Park

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Bring on the Fall FUN! From games to a photo booth, Lakewood Park had a blast at this year’s Fall Festival and Literacy Night.

Thank you to PTO, teachers, staff, and all the volunteers who helped to make this event a HUGE success.