Local HOSA student leaders attend development camp

Local HOSA student leaders attend development camp

Students in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) programs from St. Lucie West Centennial, Treasure Coast, Fort Pierce Central, and Port Saint Lucie high schools recently participated in a statewide student Leadership Development Camp (LDC) held in Central Florida. the theme of the camp was “Learn from the past, prepare for the future.” Student leaders from around Florida gathered to learn more about what it takes to be a leader, participating in workshops and activities that encouraged skills such as good communication, time management, preparing for the future, and empowerment. Participants not only learned how to strengthen leadership skills, but also how to create a unit and new friendships and life-long bonds while acquiring new skills for the future and becoming motivated to share what they learned with other students. Pictured, from left, are Lindsey Harris, Tony-Ann Walker, and Ashleigh Moten. Not pictured is Nathalia Gusmao. Written by Ashleigh Moten.

Local high school students job shadow at VGTI

Local high school students job shadow at VGTI

Twelve students, two from each of St. Lucie County’s six public high schools, were selected by their teachers for their aptitude and interest in science, to participate in a job shadowing experience at Vaccine Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) in Port St. Lucie. VGTI is recognized as a world class research institute that uses cutting edge technology and is on the frontier of science in the development of vaccines and immunotherapies that will improve human health around the globe. VGTI research focuses on treating and preventing AIDS, cancer, tuberculosis and the diseases associated with emerging viral infections. The VGTI job-shadowing experience is one of the many district STEM initiatives in which students in St. Lucie public schools can participate. Pictured, back row from left, are Fort Pierce Central High School students Marie Dorcelia and Jasmine Sigmon, and Fort Pierce Westwood High student Courtney Wilkerson, with two VGTI scientists.

Local Heroes Welcome Bayshore Students!

Local Heroes Welcome Bayshore Students!

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.

Local Educators Selected to Participate in Advanced Placement Program Reading

Local Educators Selected to Participate in Advanced Placement Program Reading

Two St. Lucie County Public Schools teachers were selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading in World History. Sharon Ortiz, who teaches at Fort Pierce Central High School, and Celestine Dorsey, teacher at Fort Pierce Westwood High School, traveled to Salt Lake City this June to score AP World History Exams. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams. AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the world’s leading academic institutions. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between educators is both fostered and encouraged. “The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and Instruction at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Celestine Dorsey and Sharon Ortiz.”

The Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies – with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both – while still in high school. Through AP courses in 37 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to analyze complex problems, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students.

Local Educators Selected to Participate as UF Teacher Leader Fellows

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Nardi Routten, a fourth grade instructor at F.K. Sweet Elementary and Glenna Sigmon, a first grade instructor at Palm Point Educational Research School at Tradition have been selected to be part of an elite pool of 40 professional educators from across the state of Florida to participate in the Florida Teacher Leader Fellowship Program.

The University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning partnered with the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) to host this program. It is designed to support Florida teachers and their leadership practices. Participants will benefit from a three-pronged focus: improving the quality of standards-based classroom teaching; documenting the impacts of professional learning on teacher and student growth; and promoting teacher voice and leadership within and across schools and districts.

Routten and Sigmon will participate in several leadership institutes, regional meetings, and virtual sessions throughout the year. Both educators have already proven themselves to be leaders and positive role models. “This opportunity will serve to support their on-going drive for professional growth,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “They are shining examples of the growth mindset we value in our professionals.”

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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Local Educator Receives Elementary Economics Teaching Award  And Is Invited to Present Best…

Local Educator Receives Elementary Economics Teaching Award And Is Invited to Present Best…

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Jacqueline Baptiste-Harris, a first grade teacher at Village Green Environmental Studies School, is making a difference that “exemplifies the importance of economic and financial education critical to students’ future success,” according to the Council for Economic Education. This accolade was paired with the announcement that she is a recipient of the John Morton Excellence in Teaching of Economics Award at the elementary school level.

 

Principal Terry Davis affirmed the Council’s nomination.  “Mrs. Baptiste-Harris is an outstanding educator who pours her creative talents into her lessons to help her students achieve their personal best,” said Davis.

 

As a recipient of this prestigious award, Baptiste-Harris will attend the 56th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference and Awards event on October 6th and 7th in Brooklyn, New York.   She will also have the opportunity to present best practices from her classroom to colleagues at the annual conference and participate in a Teachers’ Roundtable session.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit, http://www.stlucieschools.org

Local church provides books for students to take home over holiday break

Local church provides books for students to take home over holiday break

St. Bernadette Church in St. Lucie West supported a Project Children’s Literacy book drive to allow Garden City Early Learning Academy students to take a few books home with them during their Thanksgiving break. Father Victor Ulto and the church’s Stewardship Committee sponsored Project Children’s Literacy, and 15 stewards and literacy committee members regularly enjoy working with students at Garden City during their literacy block. Pictured, from left, are literacy Coach Lexi Laoutas, principal Traci Wilke, with stewards and volunteers George Lambert, Marilyn Faria, and Cilla Vitagliano, with St. Lucie Public Schools Early Childhood coordinator Mary Huffstetter. Seated is steward and volunteer Mary Lambert with several of the children who will be taking books home during the holiday break. The literacy committee presented 512 books to the school, along with $945 for the purchase of additional books!

Local cheer teams earn spots for state competition

Local cheer teams earn spots for state competition

Lincoln Park Academy and St. Lucie West Centennial High School cheerleading squads recently competed in the regional cheerleading competition held in Tampa. Under the direction of coaches Traci Krencik at Lincoln Park Academy, and Sara Connell at St. Lucie West Centennial, both squads practiced very hard for the regional competition and the upcoming state competition to be held soon in Kissimmee. In the regional competition, the Lincoln Park squad came in third place out of five teams in their category, and the Centennial squad placed fifth out of the eight teams in their division. Good luck to both teams at the state meet.

Local Celebrity Athlete’s Jersey Retired from Gridiron Line-up

Local Celebrity Athlete’s Jersey Retired from Gridiron Line-up

Fort Pierce Westwood High School football jersey #32, worn by legendary Oakland Raider Khalil Mack, will move to the distinguished ranks of retirement in a pre-game ceremony at 7 PM on May 17, 2018 at Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce.  Fans are invited to show their Panther Pride and celebrate Mack’s on-field and off-field accomplishments as his jersey takes its place alongside #20 Craig Swoope and #6 Ryan McNeil.

St. Lucie Public Schools Athletic Director Jill Willett said Mack will be in attendance along with family members.  “We are very excited to honor such a distinguished athlete.  He gives just as much off the field as he does on the field by volunteering to speak to local student groups and serving as a positive role model,” she added.

After graduating in 2009, Mack attended the University of Buffalo on a football scholarship where he was a First Team All American in 2013.  He holds the all-time NCAA record for forced fumbles and is tied for career tackles for loss.  In 2014, this defensive all-star was drafted fifth overall in the NFL Draft to the Oakland Raiders where he was named by ESPN as the Defensive Rookie of the Year.  Mack holds the Oakland Raiders franchise record for sacks in a game, and he became the first NFL player in history to be named to the first team All Pro team in two different positions in the same year.  In 2016, Mack was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year and in 2017, he was selected to his third straight Pro Bowl Team.

After the ceremony, Fort Pierce Westwood takes on Sebastian River in their Spring Game.  Gates open at 6:15 PM, and there is a $6 admission fee.

 

Local Celebrity Athlete’s Jersey Retired from Gridiron Line-up

Local Celebrity Athlete’s Jersey Retired from Gridiron Line-up

 

Fort Pierce, FL – Fort Pierce Westwood High School football jersey #32, worn by legendary Oakland Raider Khalil Mack, will move to the distinguished ranks of retirement in a pre-game ceremony at 7 PM on May 17, 2018 at Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce.  Fans are invited to show their Panther Pride and celebrate Mack’s on-field and off-field accomplishments as his jersey takes its place alongside #20 Craig Swoope and #6 Ryan McNeil.

St. Lucie Public Schools Athletic Director Jill Willett said Mack will be in attendance along with family members.  “We are very excited to honor such a distinguished athlete.  He gives just as much off the field as he does on the field by volunteering to speak to local student groups and serving as a positive role model,” she added.

After graduating in 2009, Mack attended the University of Buffalo on a football scholarship where he was a First Team All American in 2013.  He holds the all-time NCAA record for forced fumbles and is tied for career tackles for loss.  In 2014, this defensive all-star was drafted fifth overall in the NFL Draft to the Oakland Raiders where he was named by ESPN as the Defensive Rookie of the Year.  Mack holds the Oakland Raiders franchise record for sacks in a game, and he became the first NFL player in history to be named to the first team All Pro team in two different positions in the same year.  In 2016, Mack was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year and in 2017, he was selected to his third straight Pro Bowl Team.

After the ceremony, Fort Pierce Westwood takes on Sebastian River in their Spring Game.  Gates open at 6:15 PM, and there is a $6 admission fee.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Local businessman recognized for his foundation contributions

Local businessman recognized for his foundation contributions

Local businessman and philanthropist Larry Lee was recognized at the January 10, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for his Lighthouse Foundation’s contributions, particularly a specific event where 250 students, 25 teachers and 25 other chaperones and principal D. David Washington from Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts were able to go to a Miami Marlins baseball game and meet Marlins player and fomer Westwood High School standout Charles “C.J.” Johnson. Pictured, from left, are Elker Harris of Fort Pierce Magnet, Superintendent Michael Lannon, school board chairman Carol Hilson, Larry Lee, foundation member Olivia Watkins, and principal Dr. David Washington with two of his students.

Local Author Reads at Palm Pointe

Local Author Reads at Palm Pointe

In recognition of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, the beginning Spanish class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition welcomed award winning local author Maritza Mejia. Mrs. Mejia read her book  Vanilla and Chocolate/Vainilla y Chocolate. Multicultural Children’s Book Day has as its mission not only to raise awareness for children’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these books into classrooms and libraries.
Local Author Presents His Story to SLWCHS

Local Author Presents His Story to SLWCHS

Students at Centennial High School had the unique opportunity to hear about the  Holocaust from an unusual perspective as local author Peter Haase spoke on Friday, May 5.

10th, 11th, and 12th grade English students were privileged to attend a presentation by Mr. Haase, President of the Treasure Coast Writers’ Guild, who spoke  about growing up under the Nazi regime, being forced to join the Hitler Youth, and the devastation to Germany caused by Hitler’s years in power.

Local Airport – A Great Landing for Skilled Trades

Local Airport – A Great Landing for Skilled Trades

Exciting projects are underway at St. Lucie County’s Airport. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and others participated in a groundbreaking event for the MRO (Maintenance, Rehab, and Overhaul) Hangar.  This facility will have the capability to house full-size jetliners for maintenance and overhaul — very positive for our county and for students working toward aligned industry certifications.

County MRO Hangar Facts

  • The last new commercial construction at the airport was two manufacturing buildings on Industrial 33rd in 1980. The last new building constructed by the County was Fire Station 4 in 2008. The last new hangar was constructed by our fixed base operator in 2008 – a 12,000 sq. foot aircraft storage hangar.
  • The hangar and site has been carefully designed to house a 737 or A320 and an Embraer 175 undergoing maintenance activities at the same time.
  • The hangar will be the 2nd tallest structure on the airport at 59.5 feet – the tallest being the Air Traffic Control Tower at over 60 feet. It will feature over 32,000 sq. /ft. of space including more than 27,000 sq. /ft. of hangar area, 3,000 square feet of office space, 1,600 square feet of shops space, and a 600 sq. /ft. fire room. The adjacent apron is large (150 ft. x 190 ft) and a perfect complement to the hangar.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median salary for an aircraft mechanic is over $60k per year.
2017 Graduations

2017 Graduations

2017 Graduations Live Streamed:

Ft. Pierce Central High School
8:30 am on May 23, 2017 from the Fair Grounds

Treasure Coast High School
2:00 pm on May 23, 2017 from the Fair Grounds

Lincoln Park Academy
8:30 am on May 25, 2017 from the Fenn Center

Ft. Pierce Westwood High School
1:30 pm on May 25, 2017 from the Fenn Center

St. Lucie West Centennial High School
8:30 am on May 26, 2017 from the Fenn Center

Port St. Lucie High School
1:30 pm on May 26, 2017 from the Fenn Center

Acceleration Academy
8:30 am on May 31, 2017 from Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Performance Based Preparatory Academy
11:00 am on May 31, 2017 from Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Mosaic Digital Academy
2:00 pm on May 31, 2017 from Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

 

Helpful Tips

EVERYONE, including children of all ages, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to SLPS graduation ceremonies.

Plan to arrive at least one hour prior to your child’s SLPS graduation start time.

For graduations taking place at the Fenn Center, access the parking areas from the east.

All ceremonies will be broadcast live on “The St. Lucie Education Channel” and streamed on YouTube.

In keeping with the academic significance of the SLPS graduations, refrain from posting signs, distributing literature, flying balloons, or undertaking any activity including air horns, whistles, bells, or loud sounding objects that might interfere with the dignity of the program. 

Follow SLPS on social media for parking and traffic flow updates.

Literacy Week at Weatherbee Elementary

Literacy Week at Weatherbee Elementary

Literacy Week was a huge success at Weatherbee Elementary.  We had several planned events that helped promote literacy and get the students excited about reading.  To start the week off, students participated in the “Million Minute Marathon” where WBE read 17,421 minutes!  Another powerful activity was the “Buddy Reading” between different grade levels.  It was great to see the older students teaching the younger ones and the little ones sharing their fluency with older students who they look up to.  The week ended with our wonderful community members sharing their favorite book with the students.  The students really enjoyed hearing from police officers, firefighters, district employees and they especially loved learning about sportsmanship and goals from IRSC Women’s Basketball Team.

What a fantastic week promoting literacy at Weatherbee Elementary!

Literacy Week at SRE

Literacy Week at SRE

 

 

 

Parents, St. Lucie Sheriff’s officers, business leaders, and SLPS School Board members visited Savanna Ridge Elementary and read with students.

Our students and Principal, Mrs. D’Jion Jackson-Harris, had a great time designing their “vocabulary hat” to encourage literacy and to use hands on creativity to learn new words.

A few of our students with Mrs. Jackson-Harris “Taking Hats Off to Vocabulary” to enhance literacy skills.

 

Our dedicated teachers decorated their classroom doors to represent their class’s favorite book.

Literacy Week activities enjoyed by all Dan McCarty School

Literacy Week activities enjoyed by all Dan McCarty School

Students and staff at Dan McCarty School enjoyed participating in Florida’s “Take the Lead and Read!” Literacy Week recently. Activities were held to encourage and celebrate reading. Students decorated classroom doors focusing on the theme. Overall winners included K’Asha Wright (Elementary), Gina Clark (6th Grade) and Patty Mallon (7th/8th). Students contributed 115,256 minutes of reading to Florida’s Million Minutes of Reading goal for one day. A favorite event for all was Guest Reader Day. Community members read and shared their love of reading to students. One day was devoted to students performing Reader’s Theatre scripts. Character Dress Up Day for the elementary students and Definition Dress Up for middle school ended the week. Middle school students created costumes depicting a word they have learned this year. Even staff members joined the fun! Pictured is sixth grade science teacher Judy Weekes, who came as the word evaporation for Definition Dress Up Day.