Jacqueline was honored as the 2015 recipient of the Governor’s Excellence in Education Award for the elementary (K-5) category. This award was accompanied by a check for $1500. During his announcement of this year’s award program Governor Scott said, “This February, as we celebrate Black History Month, we are honoring African-American innovators who have helped make Florida a great place to work, live and visit…Ann and I are also looking forward to recognizing some of the many great African American educators who are helping prepare our students for future success.” Mrs. Harris is no stranger to Governor Scott’s commendations. In 2014 and 2011, Mrs. Harris won the 1st and 2nd place Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics, sponsored by the Florida Council of Economics Education (FCEE). This year, Mrs. Harris is also Village Green’s Teacher of the Year and Distinguished Minority educator. Jacqueline Baptiste-Harris is pictured between First Lady Ann Scott and Governor Rick Scott.
James Dean from Thinking Maps Skyped students in Mrs. de la Cruz Kindergarten class at Savanna Ridge Elementary and read the book, Tough Boris by Mem Fox. Students in VPK through fifth grade enjoyed special guest readers from the community, district personnel and volunteers that came to read their favorite stories to students in classrooms.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School won the St. Lucie County Middle School Soccer Championship on Saturday, February 7. The coach of the team was Mr. Robert Santoro, Physical Education teacher and athletic director at the school. “It was truly a team effort throughout the day as both the offense and defense had outstanding performances,” said Mrs. Santoro. This was their first soccer championship. Ms. Debra Snyder, principal at Palm Pointe, and Mr. Santoro, are very proud of the athletes who worked so hard. Congratulations, Rockets on this outstanding accomplishment. Pictured from left is: Back Row (standing) – Nemuel Robinson, Nicholas Gebert, Michael Smith, Rian Jamai, Martin Alvarez-Quiorga, Keaton Hall, Coach Santoro. Middle Row – Sebastian Fernandez, Alexander Antonakos, Mark Allen and Front Row (kneeling) – John Sarullo, Alessandro Tavera, David Zepeda and Andre Gomes-Lopez.
The Jaguar Battalion began the drill season with an amazing start. They earned first place overall at the first meet held at Jupiter High School. Our drill team competed against 7 other schools. The Jaguars placed in the following events: First place- Male Unarmed Squad, commanded by Chaz Pollino, Second place- Female Armed Squad commanded by Ashlee Seipel, Third place- Female Unarmed Squad commanded by Jamie Triplett, Third place- Male Unarmed Platoon commanded by Tyler Lynn, First place- Male Armed Platoon commanded by Anson Rivera, Third place- Male Armed Squad commanded by Jaffrey Murankus, and First Place- Dual Exhibition, executed by Ashlee Seipel and Zac St. John.
The Jaguar Battalion did an amazing job, congratulations to all the cadets.
St. Lucie Elementary families and students enjoyed our celebration of Literacy Week when they received free books during lunch in the courtyard.
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!
Students at Savanna Ridge Elementary enjoyed celebrating Literacy Week 2015 with Books, Bingo and Baked Ziti night. Students and families came out for a delicious baked ziti dinner and played multiple rounds of Bingo. There were many smiling faces as students were able to come up on stage and pick a book of their choice after winning!
Frances K Sweet celebrated Literacy Week by inviting dads in to read to classes. The students in Melanie Francisco’s kindergarten class enjoyed being read to by Reverend Ham. His son, Thomas, was beyond thrilled to have his dad read one of his favorite books to his class.
Bayshore Elementary School students participated in Celebrate Literacy Week! Fourth and fifth grade students had a visit from author Michael Anthony Steele who shared his experiences as a writer and screenwriter. Pictured is Alana Edwards, fourth grade student from Ms. Duprey’s class, with Michael Anthony Steele after signing a poster of his latest release, the novelization of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
Students and teachers from St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) along with private pre-kindergarten partners rallied in the month of January to collect dimes in support of March of Dimes March for Babies. On Wednesday, students and teachers convened at Lawnwood Stadium to run the track in segments. Collectively, the segments represented the distance of the total number of dimes collected if they were to be placed side-by-side. 58,880 dimes were collected! In distance, that equates to approximately 2.5 miles; in dollars, that equates to $5,880.00.
As children populated the track, they were greeted by Curious George and each participating school received a copy of Curious George to add to their classroom library. The books were donated by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, SLPS’s partner in education.
The March of Dimes organization was founded by President Roosevelt to defeat the crippling disease of polio. In 1979, polio was eradicated from the United States. The polio vaccine was only the beginning. The March of Dimes has helped stamp out rubella, pushed for regionalized newborn intensive care, and much more. They are currently working hard to find treatments and preventions for birth defects and premature births.
Pictured are, Superintendent Genelle Z. Yost and event coordinator, Dr. Mary Huffstetter.
In an effort to continually improve the safety and security of your children, St. Lucie Public Schools will be using a new visitor management system called Raptor beginning February 17th.
All campus visitors, including parents and alumni, will need to have their driver’s license or military ID available.
The Raptor system accesses a national database, preventing anyone who should not be on our campus from gaining access. No one will be allowed to be on campus without a picture ID badge printed up by the Raptor system.
The first time you submit your ID, this sophisticated system takes about one minute to process. The next time you sign in will be a much shorter process.
Thank you for your patience as we implement this important new security procedure!
Southport students celebrated Literacy Week with a giant book swap, popcorn, raffles, and a beautiful afternoon in the courtyard. Students were asked to bring in a gently used book they have read and enjoyed, and would recommend to a friend. There were plenty of wonderful books to choose from. The book exchange was just one of the fun ways students had the chance to celebrate literacy with their fellow classmates.
Allapattah Flats K8 hosted a fun-filled literacy event called Books and Blankets, January 15th. Reading stations included the integration of math and science. Families rotated through stations led by teachers and staff. Some stations were set up outside and teachers read to students with flashlights and lanterns. We also had a visit from some nocturnal animals. Families enjoyed reading under the stars, making crafts, and gazing into the sky with telescopes.
Four Oak Hammock Band students were selected to participate in Indian River State College’s Four County Honor Band. Each year students are selected from the band programs at all schools in Saint Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Indian River Counties for the Four County Honor Band.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary annually recognize the nation’s top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America’s history and traditions effectively. Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for this award.
The local VFW’s of Martin County, St Lucie County, Indian River County, Okeechobee County, Glades, and Hendry County are proud to elect Michelle Smith, second grade teacher at Mariposa Elementary School in St Lucie County, this year for the elementary award.
Michelle was first nominated by Rosemary Ayers, Veterans and Support Director of the LAVFW, and Post 10132 in Hobe Sound. Her application, biography and recommendations from her Principal, Craig Logue, and Asst Principal, Sandra Bushy, showed her to be an excellent candidate for her work. Her “Heroes Breakfast” that she does each year for first responders swayed the election committee in her favor. Her application then went before the District 11 VFW Posts in the counties and she was elected again. The next step for Michelle is the judging at the Department of Florida VFW. There she will be up against 21 other teachers with similar backgrounds that do fantastic activities in their classrooms. If she meets that standard she could be eligible for the National Teacher of the Year where she will travel to Pittsburg, PA this summer to be recognized at the National Convention.
For 36 male students at Weatherbee Elementary, It was an exciting lunch. Indeed, Commissioner Kim Johnson was the guest of honor at the Peer Leadership Luncheon. This luncheon is special program targeting African American male students with low reading proficiency or social/emotional challenges. Every month, these students get together for lunch as they are being motivated by successful African American males from the community. For the month of January, Commissioner Kim Johnson exceeded all expectations as he used his life story to inspire our Peer Leaders. Before he was elected Commissioner of district 5 in St Lucie County, Mr. Kim Johnson was Outstanding Teacher of the year in St. Lucie County and a winner of the Golden Apple Award in Missouri. In addition, he gave more than 1,000 speeches to more than 1 million teachers and students nationally. Therefore, it was an honor to have such a motivational speaker for the Peer Leadership Program. This program, coordinate by Dr. Jennifer Nelson and Guermithe Ogé, is one of the strategies used to promote Kids At Hope at Weatherbee Elementary, where ALL CHILDREN ARE CAPABLE OF SUCCESS. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Students in Grades K-5 ran laps to raise funds for Morningside PTO. Throughout the previous week Boosterthon personnel (funrun.com) and the PTO conducted a pep rally, sent out information, and presented fitness, leadership and character lessons as the students participated. Sponsors and parents pledged per lap or a set amount to help the students, and each students goal was to walk, dance, hop, or run 35 mini laps.
Fifth grade students, Jaden Finch, Levi Jackson and Liliana Rivera, worked together as a group to complete their STEAM design challenge. Their goal was to create a water slide that was tall and safe by bringing a marble to the bottom and landing in a cup. In this design challenge the students incorporated their knowledge of force, motion, friction, building, measuring and creating prototypes!
Northport K-8 School was so pleased to participate with hundreds of other schools across Saint Lucie County and the state of Florida in the annual “Celebrate Literacy, Florida” initiative. Northport students were able to participate in a wide array of events including, “Buddy Reading Day” where students partnered with younger or older children to read, “Reading Rocks, Crazy Socks Day”, “Drop Everything and Read Day”, “Buddy Bear Reading Day” and “Community Reading Day.” The school welcomed twelve local veterans from the “Northport Veterans Partners in Education Program”, Superintendent, Genelle Yost and school board member, Deborah Hawley to read to our elementary students. The week filled with literary activities highlighted the Northport mission of supporting literacy and reading with the partnership of community members and district personnel. Special thanks to our local veterans, Mrs. Yost and Mrs. Hawley for spending quality time with the students and to our student ambassadors from our eighth grade Mariners team for getting our guests to the correct classrooms.
On January 22, 2015 students that were selected as Lynx Leader (student of the month) at St. Lucie Elementary were honored at a special ceremony. They were awarded student of the month for showing the character trait of HONESTY in class and on campus. Here, 5th grade student, Javier Carrera, shows off his Lynx Leader certificate!