St. Lucie County licensed teen drivers can improve their defensive driving skills by taking the “Teen Driver Challenge” on January 24 and 26, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
“The number one killer of American teenagers is car crashes,” said Sheriff Mascara. “That is why the Sheriffs of Florida developed the Teen Driver Challenge Program.”
The course will take place Thursday, January 24 with a classroom session 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, located at 4700 West Midway Rd. Fort Pierce, and a hands-on driving session Saturday, January 26, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Indian River State College Public Safety Training Complex on Kirby Loop Road.
Classes are free, but space is limited. Details and registration forms are on the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office website, under “Community Programs”, at http://www.stluciesheriff.com.
Information is also available by calling the Training Unit at (772) 462-3607.
Completed forms should be returned to: Training Unit, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981 or faxed to: (772) 462-3615.
If the registration is faxed, the teen driver must bring the original copy of the registration to the first class.
The Florida Constitution establishes the Office of the elected County Sheriff who is responsible for preserving the peace, carrying out the orders of Florida courts and the Board of County Commissioners, and providing deputies at court sessions and meetings of the Board of County Commissioners. The Sheriff is the chief correctional officer of the county. Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is elected by the people of St. Lucie County and is accountable to them.
Delegates from the African nation of Liberia visited Samuel S. Gaines Academy recently. The school visit was part of an extended tour of St. Lucie County by the developing nation’s leaders in an effort to find successful governmental infrastructure to emulate in their country. Eighth grade AVID students provided an informative tour of the campus. The visitors were interested in the school’s facility, programs and resources available. Pictured are members of the delegation with Principal Tracie Wilke and other Gaines Academy staff.
Melissa Bonet’s kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated Valentine’s Day in style! The letters Q and U got married and agreed to stay together and make words. The entire class participated in the ceremony. The officiate for the ceremony was second grade teacher Lorrie Rudzinski. The celebration wasn’t complete without an official wedding cake donated by Elizabeth Neal. Pictured are the bride Kaylie Fields, the groom Zion Sanguinetti, the rest of the class in the wedding party and teacher Melissa Bonet.
Myth: Money is diverted from students and teachers to pay for the costs of the new District Office.
Truth: Not one penny of the cost of the new District Office is coming out of money available for students, teacher/employee salaries, classroom supplies, resources, or programs.
Money for the new District Office comes from the sale of the old District Office at the Orange Blossom Business Center, insurance reimbursements, and a portion of sales tax receipts that can only be used for projects like the new District Office.
Myth: Other construction projects in the District’s five-year plan are bumped or delayed in order to pay for the new District Office.
Truth: Not one project has been bumped or is delayed because of the construction of the new District Office. To date, projects completed or underway include, but are not limited to, security enhancements; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) replacement; gym floor maintenance; exterior waterproofing and painting; renovations; and roofing projects.
Citizens have an ever-present opportunity to make their voices heard through appointed and elected representatives. As students, parents, staff and community members convene with solution-oriented mindsets about school safety, consider sharing thoughts with local, state, and federal representatives. Contact information is provided in the link below:
Ms. Mellion’s class created Leprechaun Traps for STEAM challenge. They used their critical thinking skills to figure out the best way to catch a leprechaun. The class voted for their top three favorites and they received a prize. All students received Gator Bucks (PBIS) for participation. Can’t wait to see how many leprechauns are caught over break!
Lawnwood Leopards were recognized during the monthly Leopard of the Month Assembly. These students were selected because they demonstrate ACCOUNTABILITY in their classroom. Lawnwood students are accountable for their learning, their choices, and their behavior. Together we are building a better future, one student at a time.
St. Lucie County’s Oxbow Eco-Center 2019 Summer Camps were full of adventure. Children ages 8-12 participated in a Lego Robotics and Coding Camp. Using Lego Mindstorm EV-Three and We-Do kits, children worked in teams to complete animal and nature themed science experiments with robotics and coding. Some campers recognized similar problem solving experiments in STEM and Odyssey of the Mind courses.
St. Lucie Public Schools and Lego Education have formed a valuable partnership that supports students’ exploration in STEM education. This partnership was recently recognized at the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards Ceremony.
This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards, and all the 2019 Honorees were noted for going above and beyond to uphold the legacy of past recipients. Student outcomes and futures will improve throughout the state as a result of professional and personal endeavors of school and business partnerships.
Ms. Strunk’s 2nd grade class drew clock faces on their desks with white board markers. The students used licorice hands to show the times that Ms.Strunk wrote on the board. The students had so much fun!
Leah Scheible, a rising junior at Fort Pierce Central High School, made some waves – of the good kind — at this year’s Special Olympics 2018 USA Games held in Seattle, Washington. As one of Florida’s 7-member swim team delegation, she took twin silvers in her individual 200 freestyle event and 4X50 freestyle relay, and she scooped a fourth-place finish in her individual 100 freestyle event.
According to her swim coach, Heather Gray, Scheible is an outstanding athlete. “Leah participates in swim, track, basketball and cheerleading for Saint Lucie County’s Special Olympics. She is equally active on our campus, participating as a varsity athlete on the school’s swim team and track team. She also plays junior varsity ladies basketball.” Gray noted that Scheible is no novice when it comes to vying for medals at Special Olympic events. “As a ninth grader, she took gold in the 100-meter freestyle and silver in the 200-meter freestyle at the recent Special Olympics State Aquatics Championship held in Sebastian, FL,” added Gray. It was at this race that the goal was set for Scheible to qualify for Nationals.
When asked about her next goal, Scheible was very clear that she will continue to compete and wants to go for the gold!
Without a doubt, the 2018 USA Games in Seattle provided the setting to showcase the inspirational talents of athletes with intellectual disabilities. In addition, this 50th anniversary event served as a model for inclusion.
About St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent. As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is amongst the State’s top one-third for school grade rankings. The District also 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.
Principal Susan Seal was recognized at the February School Board Meeting for her leadership in music education. The Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) Awards Committee presented Principal Susan Seal of Treasure Coast High School (TCHS) with the 2018 FMEA Secondary Administrator of the Year Award on January 12 during the FMEA Professional Development Clinic/Conference at the Tampa Bay Convention Center.
This prestigious award is given to a school administrator who is not a professional music educator, but who displays ardent support of the school music program. It recognizes leadership, excellence in encouragement and promotion of music education in Florida schools. The recipient must have demonstrated significant efforts in support of music education resulting in awareness or enhancement of the school’s music program and allocation of resources.
Under Seal’s leadership, the music program at TCHS has become an important part of the school culture and she is most deserving of this award. Thank you for the value you place on the Arts in education.
Windmill Point Elementary School hosted a Leadership Day and welcomed community members to learn about the school’s programs. Fourth grade student Talia Ricketts shows visitors her data binder at a mock student led conference.
Congratulations to Mrs. Felicia Nixon and Mr. Adrian Ocampo for representing St. Lucie County as 2019- 2020 Dr. Brian Dassler Leadership Academy participants.
Dr. Brian Dassler Leadership Academy, is a year-long, job-embedded professional learning opportunity designed to deepen the leaders’ skills for improving instruction. Over 160 principals and principal supervisors from 53 districts in Florida applied for this opportunity. The Academy represents the top educational leaders statewide, and it is an honor to have them represent the District.
Lawnwood Elementary teacher of the year, Ashlay Parker , has been selected to attend the ExxonMobil Academy. The selection panel based their decision on Ms. Parker’s “qualifications, dedication to inspiring students, and overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.” This selection gives Ms. Parker an opportunity to network with other educators and help her discover innovative ways to teach math and science to her students. Ms. Parker is pictured l to r with Anazia Lundia and Kayla Hildago-Agular.
Students, parents, and staff members enjoyed using creative and critical thinking skills to problem-solve. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math education will help our young leopards achieve their academic goals. GO LAWNWOOD!