Northport Leadership Summit Hosts PSL Mayor, Greg Oravec

Northport Leadership Summit Hosts PSL Mayor, Greg Oravec

It was a sincere pleasure to host Port Saint Lucie Mayor, Greg Oravec recently at the school’s sixth Student Leadership Summit. The mayor fielded a variety of questions from sixth grade Sharks students and interacted with the large group of students for nearly two hours. The Leadership Summits, held in the school’s Media Center, have been host to Florida State Representative, Gayle Harrell, SLC school board member, Deborah Hawley, Deputy City Manager of Fort Pierce, Nick Mimms, a cadre of twelve local veterans and SLC Children’s Services Council Communications Coordinator, Ashley Mock. Each community leader extended the list and scope of leadership skills required to be a strong leader.

The list of qualities includes: you must love the people you lead, be flexible, be organized, respect your people, be capable of seeing the “big picture,” give much positive feedback, ability to delegate, use humor, be a constant learner, have integrity, be a good listener and from Mayor Oravec, “have credibility!”

Mayor Oravec responded to students questions about his strengths, his weaknesses, his history, his legacy, his correctable mistakes and he gave a personal message to each student, to “not hide from your mistakes, to own it, learn from it and get better as a result!” He spoke about his desire to have the Cross Town Parkway completed and to bring jobs and higher wages to our community. Mr. Mayor told the students his favorite leader in history was President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a Rough Rider, a sportsman, an avid outdoorsmen, a reformer and he was all about “Doing!” Mayor Oravec said, “We need more Do’ers and it starts with you!”

Mayor Oravec recommended a book to teachers and students entitled, “Good To Great” by Jim Collins about having the right people in the right places. His responses to student posed questions were terrific and his demeanor of leadership and strength spoke volumes to the young students. Northport K-8 School middle grades students, teachers, parents and media specialist, Lynne Gruszka along with many community and local business leaders have been diligently focusing and targeting student leadership skills, from developing well thought out, deeper level questions, standing and introducing themselves when asking a focus question, looking the community leader in the eye and extending the response questions. The Northport Leadership summits have been a wonderful experience for the students. Special thanks to Port Saint Lucie Mayor, Greg Oravec for giving back to his community by meeting with the students and interacting so graciously.

First Move Chess Program at Mariposa Elementary

First Move Chess Program at Mariposa Elementary

On Friday, February 6, Mrs. Yost and Dr. Perry visited Mariposa’s second and third grade classes who were participating in the District’s pilot chess program called First Move. From the beginning of the year, these students and their teachers have learned how to play chess and even to develop strategies as they played the game. The picture shows Mrs. Yost and Dr. Perry with Mrs. Balletta’s second graders who were playing a match against other children in the class.

Northport Celebrates Black History with Home Town Hero!

Northport Celebrates Black History with Home Town Hero!

With much pomp, circumstance and practice, Northport students gave local hero, Attorney Willie Gary a welcome fit for a “Giant Killer!” Cheerleaders, flags, Northport band and student ambassadors led Attorney Gary to the school gymnasium to be seated on the dias along with Saint Lucie County School Board chairwoman Dr. Donna Mills, principal Glenn Rustay, program coordinator Diane Reynolds Crumpton, program emcee DeLacy Brown, and student speakers.

After a beautifully orchestrated Northport jazz band performance and cheer, student speakers gave examples of the accomplishments of famous Black Americans. Attorney Willie Gary, guest speaker, held the middle grades students in the palm of his hand speaking about his upbringing and his accomplishments. He spoke about his belief that God has been the master of his path and Mr. Gary also gave high accolades to his wife, Gloria, for the unwavering support throughout his stellar career as a uniquely successful attorney.

Attorney Gary gave concrete examples to students about how he pulled himself up by his boot straps and did not depend on anyone to give him any handouts or any expectations of entitlement. He told students about getting on a bus on a Sunday afternoon on US 1 and riding to Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina with no money and no letter of acceptance. He vowed to the students that he would look at the Northport VPK-8 grade and if he saw improvement, he would take them all out to lunch.

He spoke gravely and solemnly about the strength of the people, black and white who paved the way for students of today and urged students to get involved in their own lives. Attorney Willie Gary is an exceptional man and a masterful speaker. If only we could clone Attorney Willie Gary and bring our students many, many more strong male role models what an amazing amount of work could be accomplished. Kudos to Diane Crumpton for her programming efforts and to the children of Northport VPK-8 School for bringing their best attitudes to school not only for Attorney Willie Gary, but every day.

The Number of PBIS Model Schools Doubles in St. Lucie Public Schools

SLPS is pleased to announce the Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) Model Schools for the 2013-14 School Year. This week, notification of the PBIS Model Schools was provided from the University Of South Florida (USF). USF manages the PBIS project for the state of Florida, and PBIS Model School status is for the prior school year.

The Model Schools have worked diligently with their outstanding staff, students, PBIS coaches and PBIS technical consultants to meet the criteria for Model School Status.  Congratulations is also extended to Robert O’Neill, PBIS coordinator for the district.

 

Congratulations to the following schools and SLPS in general — the number of Model Schools has doubled this year.

BAYSHORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Gold
FRANCES K SWEET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Bronze
LAWNWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Gold
MARIPOSA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Bronze
OAK HAMMOCK K-8 SCHOOL Bronze
PALM POINTE SCHOOL Bronze
PARKWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Silver
SOUTHPORT MIDDLE SCHOOL Bronze
WEATHERBEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Gold
WEST GATE K-8 SCHOOL Silver

 

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 knowledge, skills and the desire to succeed. St. Lucie Public Schools utilize an open-enrollment system where parents select from among a variety of schools close to where they live.  Parents have the assurance that their student will remain in that school through the highest grade offered unless the parent voluntarily chooses a different school. For more information visit,www.stlucie.k12.fl.us or contact Bill Tomlinson at billtomlinson@stlucieschools.org.

Mayor Joins Westwood Cadets at their Military Ball

Mayor Joins Westwood Cadets at their Military Ball

Ft Pierce Mayor, Linda Hudson, joined the Panther Battalion Cadets for the Annual Military Ball held on Friday, February 13th. Mayor Hudson was the key note speaker for this year’s ball which was held at the Ft Pierce National Guard Armory. Cadets honored traditions such as the posting of the colors, military toasts and the grog bowl ceremony. The Panthers also let their hair down with a catered dinner and lively dancing. District 1 City Commissioner, Reginald Sessions also attended and rewarded the Cadets with an inspiring speech about “Achieving Your Dreams.” Ft Pierce 19th Judicial Circuit Drug Court Manager, Ms. Cathy Buzzolani, rounded out the Ball VIPs. American Legion Post 171 Commander, Willie Smith presented the Legion Leadership Award to Cadet Brandon Green and the Academic Award to Cadet Maria Arriola. Cadets Dustin Vanderpool, Carlos Success, Daisy Arriola and Sean Neff received the JROTC Association of the United States Army Award from Executive Vice President, Space Coast Chapter, LTC (R) Gerald Soltis.

Mayor Linda Hudson speaks to Cadets.  Panther Ball King and Queen, Brandon Green and Maria Arriola cut the cake. Commissioner Reginald Sessions shares the dance floor with Cadets.

Mayor Linda Hudson speaks to Cadets. Panther Ball King and Queen, Brandon Green and Maria Arriola cut the cake. Commissioner Reginald Sessions shares the dance floor with Cadets.

Dan McCarty Student Council Representatives Attend Breakfast with the Mayor

Dan McCarty Student Council Representatives Attend Breakfast with the Mayor

On February 20, 2015, Dan McCarty School’s Student Council President Tiferne Jean, along with Student Council Sponsors Dr. Christopher Pierre and Ms. Rhoda Butler, and treasurer Ladarious Burk,  attended the monthly social: Breakfast with the Mayor of the City of Fort Pierce. Mr. Jean had the opportunity to speak in front of some very prominent community leaders and business owners such as City Representative Larry Lee, Executive Director of Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF) Doug Coward, and Mayor Linda Hudson. The crowd commended Mr. Jean on his ability to speak so articulately and with such poise. He received favorable remarks for his brief speech on educating the public about the numerous positive things that are happening at Dan McCarty School. This opportunity was a very powerful learning experience for the graduating senior.

Pictured: Tiferne Jean with Mayor Linda Hudson (top left), Ladarious Burks and Representative Larry Lee (top right), Ladarious Burks, Mayor Linda Hudson, and Tiferne Jean (bottom left), Ladarious Burks, Dr. Christopher Pierre, Mayor Linda Hudson, and Tiferne Jean (bottom right).Mayor_Breakfast

Northport Students Learn about Cancer and Relay For Life

Northport Students Learn about Cancer and Relay For Life

Northport K-8 students are preparing to participate in the annual Relay for Life to benefit cancer research this year with a variety of activities. Students in grades K- five participated in a Valentine’s dance with music, food and their finest dress up clothes recently. A wonderful time was had by all students, parents and staff that attended the evening dance. Students in grades K-2 were visited by representatives from the American Cancer Society. Lori Finkel and Robyn Young discussed cancer and what it means to have cancer and several things that can be done to protect against the dangers of cancer for example, wearing sunscreen, exercising, staying away from second hand smoke and eating a healthy diet. Students listened to primary source, Tameka Walker, a face that is familiar to them, discuss her own fight with cancer and what it means to be a “Survivor!” Mrs. Walker is one of the school’s Americorps tutors. She comes to school every day to assist in the K-2 area and tutor students who need help with reading and writing. Americorps works hand in hand with Big Brothers, Big Sisters program of Saint Lucie County in helping to better serve our children. Pictured is Mrs. Walker, the American Cancer Society representatives and Northport teachers learning and teaching about cancer in the school’s Media Center. Special thanks to teacher, Tiffany Tredor for organizing the Northport Relay for Life benefit programs.

American Heart Association National Wear Red Day

American Heart Association National Wear Red Day

On February 6th, students and staff of St. Lucie County were dressed in red in support of the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day to help raise awareness about heart disease in women.
Pictured are Treasure Coast High School dance class, under the organization of their teacher and Wellness Champion, Ana Bolt-Turrall, and Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts staff, under the organization of their Wellness Champion, Heather Ricksecker.
FPMSA staff wears red for Heart Disease

White City Elementary is Implementing Grace Packs

White City Elementary is Implementing Grace Packs

White City Elementary is a school which has 100% of its students receiving both free breakfast and free lunch based on the poverty level of our families. But often, when they go home, there is little or no food to eat. These families have been impacted by loss of jobs, illness or choosing to pay a utility bill over a food bill because of necessity. We are trying to help our students by instituting Grace Packs, a program whose goal is to provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner food items at the end of each school week to students whose families may be food insecure. But we desperately need your help in donating food items to our food pantry or making a monetary donation that will be able to let us buy these items. Currently we have 40 children receiving a grace pack each week but there are over 45 students on our waiting list! We need your help to enable us to add these students to our program and to sustain the grace packs until the end of the school year. Items we need include:
gracecanned meats and pasta
oatmeal
cereal bars
canned vegetables
mac and cheese
soups
crackers
tuna fish
juice boxes
peanut butter jelly
canned chili

 

Maryann Umile Recognized as Senior Volunteer of the Year in Florida

Maryann Umile Recognized as Senior Volunteer of the Year in Florida

Maryann Umile was recognized at Bayshore Elementary by Superintendent Genelle Yost as Florida’s Senior Volunteer of the year in Florida for zone 3.   Mrs. Umile’s patience and dedication are evident in the over 15,000 hours of volunteering that she has given throughout the past fifteen years at Bayshore.   Pictured (from left to right) are Principal Lori Anne Reid, Superintendent of St. Lucie Public Schools Genelle Yost, Maryann Umile, District Volunteer Coordinator Martha Underwood and kindergarten teacher Annette Hawkins.

Frances K Sweet Students have Visitors on Chess Day

Frances K Sweet Students have Visitors on Chess Day

Dr. Kevin Perry and Mrs. Genelle Yost spent time observing Mrs. Lisa McGuire’s third grade class playing chess.  The chess program called “First Move” was implemented this school year for all Second and Third grade classes at Frances K. Sweet Magnet School.  The children are learning how to use and deepen their critical thinking skills through this program. Students pictured with Dr. Kevin Perry are Brie Gould and Christopher Gomez.

Tryouts for Summer Musical Seussical

Tryouts for Summer Musical Seussical

Do you know a child who can act, sing & dance?

Talented St. Lucie County school students are invited to try-out for the 19th annual St. Lucie County School Board Summer Musical on Wednesday, March 4th in the Port St. Lucie High school auditorium at 1201 SE Lennard Road, beginning at 6 pm.

This year’s show is the rollicking hit musical Seussical, to be performed June 17th- June 21st, with roles available for children ages 8-18.  Students must currently attend a St. Lucie County school, but no experience is required.  No prepared material is required for audition, but students should dress comfortably.

Be a part of Seussical, the Musical!! For more information contact Mr. Madden at the Port St Lucie High School Drama Department at 337-6768.

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Fort Pierce Central BETA Club Qualifies for Nationals

Fort Pierce Central BETA Club Qualifies for Nationals

Fort Pierce Central (FPC) High’s BETA Club celebrated a winning performance January 16-17 in Orlando at the State BETA Conference. They placed 3rd out of 17 teams in the Quiz Bowl Competition and qualified to compete at National BETA Convention this summer in Nashville, TN. Since this was the first time they participated at State Convention the team was thrilled with their results! Congratulations Cobras! The winning team is pictured: from left Cody Nichoson, Sara Ramkissoon, Bryce Starr, Riley Kicker, Andrew Caputo and Andrew Collins. Look for more great things to come from BETA Club at FPC!

Our STAR Recipient

Our STAR Recipient

Barbara Ricks, the Business Education teacher at St. Lucie West K-8, accepted the STAR (Special Thanks And Recognition) Award at the School Board Meeting on February 10, 2015. Mrs. Ricks is one dedicated teacher and employee. She is the Business Partner Coordinator, member of the School Advisory Council, member of the District Advisory Council, Step Team Coach, FBLA Advisor, Facilitator for Title I tutoring, STEM Rap Battle Coordinator, and the former MLK Committee Coordinator. Mrs. Ricks did all these activities while completing her MBA and ED Leadership degrees. She embodies what it means to be a lifelong learner. To say that she is a hard worker is an understatement. She is always cheerful, kind and supportive, showing leadership daily. Barbara Ricks is recognized for her untiring commitment to St. Lucie West K-8 School and their students.

Pictured are, Michelle Jerger, Chairman Donna Mills, Barbara Ricks, and Superintendent Genellle Yost.

Village Green Teacher Wins Third Award from Governor Rick Scott

Village Green Teacher Wins Third Award from Governor Rick Scott

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.

Skyping with Guest Readers at Savanna Ridge Elementary!

Skyping with Guest Readers at Savanna Ridge Elementary!

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.

group pic of guest readers