On October 29th, Fort Pierce Westwood hosted its Annual Raider Meet. This was the second competition of the year for Westwood’s Raider Team. Eight teams competed, each having sub-teams for a total of fifteen teams. These teams represented area high schools ranging from Okeechobee to Santaluces. There were three categories, each one stacked with heavy competition.
Westwood itself was in the mixed category, also the largest. The Westwood Raider team pushed themselves to compete with other schools. Westwood was able to secure two second place spots and showed great improvement over recent years. The Raider Team consisted of Thomas Lovell, Carina Ocampo, Omar Zunigar, Ryan Hartley, Timothy Reese, Vanessa Cruz, Karina Maldonado, Braden Rigsby, Jamerick Morrel and Marie Jean. The team captains were Brandon Payen and Nathen Andrews.
Parents, students, and families who attended Southport’s annual Family Literacy Night enjoyed a great night of music, games, food, and fun. Literacy teachers planned activities like Reading Rocks, Beat the Clock, and Musical Literacy while others served pizza and popcorn — all to provide families the opportunity to get involved in a universal mission: encourage kids to read.
School Resource Deputy Greene from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department was there to provide bicycle safety information and fit students with brand new helmets. The Sheriff’s Department also donated two bicycles that were given to two lucky students who attended the event. There was an amazing selection of books, including the 2016—2017 Sunshine State Young Readers, available to purchase from the Scholastic Book Fair.
Chester A. Moore teachers, staff, families, friends and community leaders came together for an evening of fun. Harvest Fest 2016 was put together to bring our families together, show our students a great time, and was 100% free to all.
The Panther Battalion was invited to attend a Veterans Ceremony at Frances K. Sweet Elementary. The Color Guard presented the national colors. The Color Guard consisted of C/SGT Barnhill, C/SGT Scanlan, C/PFC Flores, and C/PVT Lifhrid, commanded by C/MSG Tavernia. The Battalion Commander, C/LTC Hardecia Williams, gave a speech commemorating all veterans on this special day. The purpose of the event was to give respect and attention to all veterans, both alive and deceased. The Panther Battalion’s Bravo Company also started the “push-ups for veterans.”
On October 10th at the Fairwinds Golf Course, our Lady Greyhounds captured their second consecutive district title. The girls went on to compete at the regional level. Congratulations to the players and Coach Williams.
On October 20th in the Lincoln Park Academy gymnasium, the Lady Greyhounds captured another volleyball district title against Clewiston High School. This is the forth consecutive district title for for LPA. Congratulations to the players and coaches!!
The Fort Pierce Westwood High School JROTC recently competed in the Academic JLAB competition.
JLAB (Junior Leadership and Academic Bowl) is a program within JROTC sponsored by the College Options Foundation. Cadets have the opportunity to improve their ACT/SAT scores, increase interest in college admission, gain leadership skills, and advance hands-on learning. During the JLab competition, the team completed an academic test composed of three sections: verbal, math, and science. The team consisted of Cadets Andrews, Loschin, Soto, Flores, and the alternative Cadet Rigsby. The team worked together on the clock. In the end, the team received a score of 75% in the first level of the JLab academic competition.
The Morningside Elementary Title I Superhero Literacy Night was a huge success! Students and families were encouraged to wear superhero costumes or shirts when they attended the fun-filled event. Families rotated through superhero stations that featured reading skills while integrating science, math, and writing. The attendees also were treated to delicious pizza from Little Caesars and all students received a superhero-themed prize at the end of the event!
In a recent Medal of Heroism Ceremony hosted by Westwood High School Panther Battalion, Cadet First Sergeant Unique Rosario received the prestigious Medal of Heroism award. Unique leaped into a river after Hurricane Hermine to save a young boy who had fallen out of his family’s raft. She risked her life thinking only of that young boy and his safety. Unique Rosario is the epitome of heroism, and the Panther Battalion was proud to honor her with this award.
In the course of just one day, we can find many things to be thankful for…if we only take the time.
The students and staff in Mrs. Hill’s ASD room at Samuel Gaines Academy have adopted and set aside the month of November to display an attitude of gratitude. To show their thankfulness, the students (under the artistic direction of Ms. Pattie Morse) created a wall of gratitude which is on display outside their classroom.
The wall is adorned with “Give Thanks” wreaths and a hand-made patchwork quilt depicting what the students are thankful for.
All White City Elementary families were invited to participate in student-led conference night. Students shared their academic goals, assignments, and discussed their overall progress with their families.
White City Wildcats are held accountable for their own learning.
It was the pleasure of the Northport administration, teachers, and staff to host our monthly Speakers Bureau in partnership with Dr. Donna Mills, SLPS School Board Member recently. Each month, Northport along with several other schools, hosts guest speakers who encourage and motivate students to pull themselves up by the boot straps, make good choices, use positive role models and learn to find their passion and purpose in life.
Northport’s recent guest was Mr. Tony Barnes, Fort Pierce Executive Director of Purchasing. Mr. Barnes spoke very eloquently to Northport sixth grade students on the Sharks team. He gave background information about himself and about his youth. Mr. Barnes told students, “I believed in my mother and father until I was twelve. By the time I was fifteen, I believed in my friends.” He spoke to students about a tragic accident that happened when he was a young man that led him down a bad path. He never shared his pain and the story of loss with an adult so the pain festered inside. He encouraged students to find a mentor, friend, teacher, or pastor to share problems.
His life’s motto is, “Doing your best is more important than being your best!” Mr. Barnes told students that doing your best in middle school builds the foundation for who you will become in the future. He gave students a path to follow for a good life: (1.) Exercise the power of choice. ( 2.) Establish your priorities. (3.) Develop a passion. (4.) Stand on your morals and convictions. (5.) Know your purpose. (6.) Improve the perception of yourself.
Being a part of the Speakers Bureau is a wonderful opportunity for the students of Northport, and it is our pleasure to work with Dr. Mills and the many community leaders who are willing to share their stories.
We extend a deep and humble thank you on behalf of all of our Northport community for sharing.
The School Board of St. Lucie County held an Organizational Meeting on November 22, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in the School Board Room.
During this meeting, Mr. Troy Ingersoll was elected Chairman and Dr. Donna Mills was elected Vice Chairman.
During the November 22nd Organizational Meeting of the School Board, School Board Attorney Daniel B. Harrell administered the Oath of Office to School Board Member Carol A. Hilson (residing in District No. 2) and School Board Member Kathryn Hensley (residing in District No. 4). Both were re-elected to four year terms and will continue to proudly serve the students, staff, and community of St. Lucie County.
Lincoln Park Academy’s Middle School Student Council is grateful to be assisting the effort to eliminate hunger within the community. With the tremendous outpouring of effort from students and staff, LPA was able to donate 2 1/2 wagons of non-perishable food items to the Mustard Seed Ministry.
On Saturday November 5th, Caleb Pottorff won the 2A Cross Country State Meet. Caleb ran the fastest 5K of the 728 male and female runners who participated. Congratulations to Caleb! Your Lincoln Park Academy family is very proud of you.
Students in Mrs. Saunders’ 5th grade at FPMSA researched, prepared, and presented projects on Pre-Columbian North Americans. Students created posters or dioramas to display the information they acquired. Classmates learned from each other and learned from the past. Realizing how landscape, climate, and resources shaped the customs and homes was evident in their work.
The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Raider Team traveled to South Fork High School to compete in the Area III Regional Raider Meet State qualifier. They competed against 22 teams from nine other schools in five physically demanding events. The events consisted of Cross Country Rescue (team had to answer questions on first aid, treat a simulated 120lb casualty with supplies from 30lb ruck sacks, and then move the casualty and supplies one mile to the safe zone), 100 meter 300lb tire flip.
To complete the Raider Fitness Challenge, the team was required to complete 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 to carry approximately 50 feet, a turnaround point to repeat the course in reverse, traverse one Rope Bridge, and complete a 5K team run.
The Female Team placed first overall. They placed first for Cross Country and Fitness test as well as second in Rope Bridge, Team Run, and Tire Flip. Female Team members are as follows: Jamie Triplett (Commander), Syanna Graham, Kaylee Zuidema, Guadaloupe Quinones, Diana Velez, Joleigh O’Connar, Sarai Narvaez, Allison Wilhoit, Savannah Cymbal, Tesa May, Hayley Pollard, and Victoria Diaz.
The Male Team placed first overall. They placed first in Cross Country Rescue and Team Run as well as second in the Fitness Test, Rope Bridge, and Tire Flip. The team was made up of Josh Gonzalez (Commander), Angel Reyes, Nick Donaldson, Ansari Khan, Malver Casanas, Demilola Jolaogun, Alex Nieves, Justin Miller, Alyis Cardenas, Jonathen Geronimo, Tyler Weaver, and Anthony Steiner.
The Mixed Team placed first overall. They placed first in Cross Country Rescue as well as second in Fitness Test, Rope Bridge, and the Team Run along with third place in Tire Flip. The team consisted of Lawrence Riccard, (Commander), Kaycee Rhodes, Joleen Kalinowski, Destiny Swain, Michelea Luyao , Crystal Suarez, Daniel Neives, Hunter Payne, Cameron Lennard, Matthew Simmons, Tyler Reynolds, and Travis. During the Cross Country Rescue Travis Cetin tripped while carrying the back of the litter and fell face first into the ground and log, after falling he got right back up and the team finished the race and came in first place. After finishing the race, he was rushed to the hospital where he received two staples.
All of the teams did outstanding and worked very hard. They took home a total 18 trophies — three overall and 15 event trophies. Not only did the team dominate nine schools, all three teams also qualified for the State Raider Meet in Lake Wales, FL to compete against the best Raider teams in the state of Florida.
This exhibit showcases the work of the Creative Photography students from Fort Pierce Central High School. The school added photography courses four years ago, and in that time Heather Blackmon-Gordon’s students have grown in both skill and scope. With photography as their commonality, they search for their own creative style and vision.
The students have spent the last few months documenting, critiquing and reflecting on physical and mental places in their lives. The photographs are of people and places, with a focus on utilizing lighting to portray moods. Many of the photos are pieces of seniors’ portfolios that they are submitting to visual arts colleges and universities for Portfolio Day, or to the prestigious Scholastic Art Competition.
Olive Garden sponsored an event honoring student athletes at SLW Centennial High School. Student athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and higher were recognized for their academic achievements. The top two students who both have a 4.0 cumulative GPA include Cameron Pagan (pictured on left), 10th grade, Volleyball Team and Nalin Saraf (pictured on right), 10th grade, Cross Country Team .