O’Leary to Serve On Microsoft K12 Advisory Committee

O’Leary to Serve On Microsoft K12 Advisory Committee

With a strong history of innovative leadership and a positive record of advancing St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) technology infrastructure and technology support system, Chief Information Officer Terence O’Leary, will serve a two-year term on the Microsoft’s K12 Advisory Board.  This prestigious Board is made up of 30 members from across the United States representing both large and small districts.

O’Leary said, “Having our voice at the table is of great importance to our school centers.  The opportunity to serve on this Board will help ensure we are delivering a valuable service as well as help shape the service and relationship needs of our partnering organization.”

As a member of the Advisory Board, O’Leary will be working with other like-minded individuals to discuss and address school challenges, develop product solutions, and advocate for priorities to Microsoft leadership.

MLK Grand Parade

MLK Grand Parade

St. Lucie Public Schools proudly participated in the 33rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Parade.  This year’s theme “Renewing a Spirit of Empowerment, Engagement, and Non-violence” was reflected in schools’ parade entries which included float designs, band performances, cheer and dance presentations, and more.  This year’s commentators were the District’s own Dr. Donna Mills and Dr. Kevin Perry.

Jaguars March in the MLK Jr. Parade

Jaguars March in the MLK Jr. Parade

To the left we have Cadet Staff Sergeant Victor Alvarez, Cadet Private Michaela Luyao, Cadet Corporal Andre Hannon, and Cadet Private Cameron Lennard Carrying the Battalion Banner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaguars March in the MLK Jr. Parade

By: Sarai Narvaez

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion showed their pride at the annual Martin Luther King Junior Day parade in Fort Pierce. Marching in this parade is a tremendous honor and privilege for Port Saint Lucie High.

The Battalion formation was led by the Jaguar’s Color Guard and was commanded by Cadet Staff Sergeant Tesa May carrying the National Flag. Cadet Staff Sergeant Marco Nader carried the State Flag. Cadet Staff Sergeant Haley Pollard and Malver Casanas posted as Guards.

Following behind the Color Guard was the Battalion Staff and shortly after that, the Company formations beginning with Alpha Company formation then Bravo, Charlie and lastly Delta. The cadets preformed with the utmost excellence showing the heart and pride of the Jaguar Battalion.

Way to go Jags!

Literacy Proclamation

Literacy Proclamation

SLPS received the Celebrate Literacy Week Proclamation from Mayor Linda Hudson at the City of Fort Pierce Commission Meeting on January 17th. Celebrate Literacy Week is slated for January 23 – 27, 2017.

Coordinator of Curriculum Jane Whitaker and Coordinator of Talent Development Didi Campbell spoke about upcoming events and thanked the City for its support of literacy throughout the District.

College Fair – January 23rd

College Fair – January 23rd

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to bring opportunities to students for college and career success.  On January 23, the School District will launch its premier Historically Black College/University (HBCU) and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) College Fair for its students.  With over 17 major institutions slated to attend at Samuel Gaines Academy, excitement is escalating about pending on-the-spot scholarship opportunities and prospects for local students to participate in prestigious programs.

SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Events such as this have the potential to change lives for our students, and we are committed to doing everything we can to connect their brimming talents with individuals and organizations offering pathways to rewarding careers.”

Gent attributes the success of this premier event to the District’s highly motivated secondary leadership team.  Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry and Program Specialist Lynda Octavi have worked with local, state, and national colleges and universities; human resource organizations; Greek fraternities and sororities; local alumni; as well as local business leaders to make connections with the wide array of learning organizations that will be in attendance at this year’s College Fair.

“The idea is to help as many students as we can. This Career Fair is about students having options, and our students are definitely motivated to attend,” explained Perry. Students will attend the Career Fair with their high schools and are coming to this event well prepared with completed FASA forms, awareness of interview techniques, and dress for success tips.

SLPS Human Resources team will also be in attendance to discuss the Promise is a Promise opportunity scholarship with students who plan to pursue education as a career and return to teach in St. Lucie Public Schools.

 

 

Westwood Panther Battalion Supports!

Westwood Panther Battalion Supports!

On Monday, January 16, Fort Pierce Westwood JROTC Battalion participated in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in Fort Pierce, Florida. The Panther Color Guard also presented the national colors as they marched down Martin Luther King Blvd. A mass formation of cadets followed behind the Color Guard. They marched and shouted cadences exciting the crowd around them. Many Fort Pierce Westwood alumni and children shouted positive comments while the cadets marched. The Battalion endured many miles marching all while maintaining their military bearing. Parents, teachers, officials, and children were all impressed with the improvement the program has experienced over recent years.

Project Citizen

Project Citizen

We the People: Project Citizen is an annual academic event organized by Florida Law Related Education, Inc. which explains the project as “a curricular program for upper elementary and secondary students designed and published by the Center for Civic Education (CCE) that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy.”

Seventh graders from across the District convened at IRSC’s Kight Center in January to share their projects with judges and vie for the opportunity to move on to the State level competition.

Award winners will be announced at the February 15th Awards Ceremony scheduled for 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Fort Pierce Central High School auditorium.

 

Palm Point Research School at Tradition

Saint Lucie West K-8

 

West Gate K-8

Westwood Cadets Assist at Canes for Vets Event

Westwood Cadets Assist at Canes for Vets Event

On January 21st, the Westwood Panthers JROTC Cadets were honored to assist veterans of the Ft. Pierce and Indian River community who have been awarded the Purple Heart Award. The Purple Heart Award is awarded to veterans who have been wounded in action while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

The event took place at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum. The Indian River Woodcarver’s, headed by Lloyd Lasenby, designed and carved eagle-head canes. Each cane was personalized to each Purple Heart recipient.

MLK Parade Winners

MLK Parade Winners

Congratulations to the following schools that received special recognition for their Martin Luther King, Jr. Grand Parade entries:

Elementary Schools

1st Place – Lawnwood Elementary

2nd Place – Rivers Edge Elementary

3rd Place – Savanna Ridge Elementary

Middle Schools

1st Place – Forest Grove Middle

2nd Place – Southern Oaks Middle

3rd Place – Dan McCarty Middle

K-8 Schools

1st Place – Northport K-8

2nd Place – Samuel Gaines K-8

3rd Place – Oak Hammock K-8

High Schools – Floating – Westwood High

Overall Participation and Creativity – St. Lucie West K – 8

 

Local Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced

Local Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Cheers echoed across campuses today as three deserving teachers were named as finalists for St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) Teacher of the Year.  Makeda-Ione Brome (Lincoln Park Academy), John J. Davino (Samuel S. Gaines Academy K-8), and Jim LeBon (Southport Middle School) were surprised by a throng of delegates from St. Lucie’s Education Foundation and School Board who showered them with congratulations.

SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Our Teacher of the Year finalists are all-stars; they are outstanding in their craft.  They positively impact the lives of our young people by seeing them as individuals, building up their strengths, and helping them achieve lofty goals.”

Locally, one of the three finalists will be selected as the SLPS Teacher of the Year during the Night of the Stars gala scheduled for February 18, 2017, at Lincoln Park Academy’s auditorium in Fort Pierce.  This person will then represent SLPS in the Florida Department of Education – Macy’s Teacher of the Year program.

The local Night of the Stars annual event is sponsored by the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County. Thom Jones, president of the Foundation, explained that MIDFLORIDA Credit Union is the sponsor of the local Teacher of the Year category.  “This is an especially exciting year. Through our generous sponsor, we have been able to go above and beyond expectations, and we will honor our winners with very special recognitions this year.”

The State’s Teacher of the Year Program is a long-standing tradition that recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. The State finalist for The Florida Teacher of the Year also serves as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education and represents the Florida Department of Education and teachers throughout Florida.

 

About the Teacher of the Year Finalists

Makeda-Ione Brome

Makeda-Ione Brome is an instructor at Lincoln Park Academy where she dedicates herself to helping her students advance their learning in the areas of International Baccalaureate (IB) Pre-Calculus and Calculus as well as Probability and Statistics.  Striving for excellence for herself as well as for her students, Ms. Brome has set a standard for high pass rates which includes a 95% pass rate on the IB Math Studies (Statistics) exam.

 

With a history of strong data and keen expertise in a wide array of mathematics practices, this energetic educator is also a leader among her peers serving as a Department Chair for Mathematics and site-based facilitator for collaborative teaching discussions.  At the District, Ms. Brome stands out as a member of the Teacher Leader Program supporting professional development, and at the State level, she is currently a Florida Teacher Leader Fellow through the University of Florida and Center for Teaching Quality.  She is one of an elite team of 40 teachers from across the state participating in this program.

 

In the classroom, Ms. Brome gets her inspiration from her students. Everything she does is because she wants to see them grow in all aspects of their lives.  She takes to heart the fact they must learn and retain required mathematics in order to be successful in the next course, in college, and beyond.  She uses a variety of teaching styles and instructional tools, and she has been known to show a concept three, four, five, times; upside-down, right-side up; however  many ways it takes for every student to learn the concept. Just as others inspired her to step out of her glass box and teach, she wants to be an inspiration to teach others to step out of their glass boxes by developing their talents so they, in turn, can also share with others the gifts they have to offer.

 

John J. Davino

John J. Davino is an AVID elective teacher for students in grades six, seven, and eight at Samuel S. Gaines Academy.  AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination – is the name of the elective course he instructs, and Mr. Davino’s job is to support his students in all of their classes by holding them accountable to the highest standards and providing academic and social support so they will rise to the challenge in preparation for the rigors of college and career readiness.  Based on Mr. Davino’s data that boasts a 20 percent learning gain for his students, he is most definitely making an impact.

 

Mr. Davino appreciates opportunities to work alongside colleagues and share his craft with others.  At his school, he has served as a Team Leader and Department Chair.  As a member of the inaugural District Teacher Leadership Program, he has had many opportunities over the last four years to support district-wide professional development including the teaching and learning framework, instructional strategies, and new teacher mentoring.

 

Collaboration with colleagues supports the planning and implementation of engaging lessons for his students who are the source of his direct inspiration.  Reflecting on specific individuals who motivate his desire to be the very best teacher, Mr. Davino attributes his inspiration to the quiet Spanish-speaking girl hiding in anonymity and maintaining average grades who comes out of her shell making all A’s, to the young boy who said to him, “Mr. Davino, I’m going to work for you because my brother said you actually care,” and to the girl whose confidence grew as she worked to channel her anger and model herself after the ethics and attitude of her teacher – Mr. Davino.  For this model educator, inspiration from students continues to fuel his desire to teach.

 

 

Jim LeBon

Jim LeBon is the music instructor at Southport Middle School serving students in grades six, seven, and eight.  However, as a veteran band master, Mr. LeBon works with students and staff at the high school and collegiate level as well as supporting the integration of collegial support necessary to grow budding middle school programs and sustain robust music arts programs throughout the county.

 

Mr. LeBon is gifted in playing many instruments, talented in composing, and enthusiastic in performing. He bundles this into the unique gift of teaching, and to his credit, his students regularly earn Superior awards at Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) Concert Band Festivals as well as FBA Solo and Ensemble Festivals. Opportunities to play quality selections are important to inspire young musicians, and over the years, Mr. LeBon noticed a void in the availability of music literature suitable for young musicians.  With his spirit of advocacy for students, he set to work in order to fix the problem by gathering his resources and employing quality writers.  The result of his arts advocacy is a portal of eighty-five compositions and arrangements available for band masters everywhere.

 

He truly enjoys his opportunity to teach.  He looks forward to and never tires of hearing his students navigate through Mary Had a Little Lamb for the first time, and he enjoys the expression of joy on his students’ faces as they experience the applause for a well-executed performance.  He knows that what he does makes a difference to his students and that he has an obligation to do a great job and leave a lasting impression that will impact their perspective on music as well as on the world around them.

 

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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Scholarship Dollars Committed at the HBCU/HSI College Fair

Scholarship Dollars Committed at the HBCU/HSI College Fair

Seniors were awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to launch their collegiate careers at the premier SLPS HBCU/HIS College Fair, and others were bought together with collegiate advisors who shed light on academic programs and information that will serve to brighten futures and spark dreams.

Hundreds of soon-to-be graduates spoke with representatives from over 18 colleges and universities, the Coast Guard, Army National Guard, SLPS A Promise Is a Promise Program, financial advisors, and local Greek organizations.  Students from the District’s high schools learned about options for college and networks of support for college and career planning.

It was a positive day for all who were in attendance and yet another opportunity for St. Lucie Public Schools students to shine!

  

SLPS Teacher of the Year Finalists

SLPS Teacher of the Year Finalists

Cheers echoed across campuses today as three deserving teachers were named as finalists for St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) Teacher of the Year. Makeda-Ione Brome (Lincoln Park Academy), John J. Davino (Samuel S. Gaines Academy K-8), and Jim LeBon (Southport Middle School) were surprised by a throng of delegates from St. Lucie’s Education Foundation and School Board who showered them with congratulations.

SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Our Teacher of the Year finalists are all-stars; they are outstanding in their craft.  They positively impact the lives of our young people by seeing them as individuals, building up their strengths, and helping them achieve lofty goals.”

Locally, one of the three finalists will be selected as the SLPS Teacher of the Year during the Night of the Stars gala scheduled for February 18, 2017, at Lincoln Park Academy’s auditorium in Fort Pierce.  This person will then represent SLPS in the Florida Department of Education – Macy’s Teacher of the Year program.

The local Night of the Stars annual event is sponsored by the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County. Thom Jones, president of the Foundation, explained that MIDFLORIDA Credit Union is the sponsor of the local Teacher of the Year category.  “This is an especially exciting year. Through our generous sponsor, we have been able to go above and beyond expectations, and we will honor our winners with very special recognitions this year.”

The State’s Teacher of the Year Program is a long-standing tradition that recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. The State finalist for The Florida Teacher of the Year also serves as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education and represents the Florida Department of Education and teachers throughout Florida.


About the Teacher of the Year Finalists

Makeda-Ione Brome

Makeda-Ione Brome is an instructor at Lincoln Park Academy where she dedicates herself to helping her students advance their learning in the areas of International Baccalaureate (IB) Pre-Calculus and Calculus as well as Probability and Statistics.  Striving for excellence for herself as well as for her students, Ms. Brome has set a standard for high pass rates which includes a 95% pass rate on the IB Math Studies (Statistics) exam.

 

With a history of strong data and keen expertise in a wide array of mathematics practices, this energetic educator is also a leader among her peers serving as a Department Chair for Mathematics and site-based facilitator for collaborative teaching discussions.  At the District, Ms. Brome stands out as a member of the Teacher Leader Program supporting professional development, and at the State level, she is currently a Florida Teacher Leader Fellow through the University of Florida and Center for Teaching Quality.  She is one of an elite team of 40 teachers from across the state participating in this program.

 

In the classroom, Ms. Brome gets her inspiration from her students. Everything she does is because she wants to see them grow in all aspects of their lives.  She takes to heart the fact they must learn and retain required mathematics in order to be successful in the next course, in college, and beyond.  She uses a variety of teaching styles and instructional tools, and she has been known to show a concept three, four, five, times; upside-down, right-side up; however  many ways it takes for every student to learn the concept. Just as others inspired her to step out of her glass box and teach, she wants to be an inspiration to teach others to step out of their glass boxes by developing their talents so they, in turn, can also share with others the gifts they have to offer.

 

John J. Davino

John J. Davino is an AVID elective teacher for students in grades six, seven, and eight at Samuel S. Gaines Academy.  AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination – is the name of the elective course he instructs, and Mr. Davino’s job is to support his students in all of their classes by holding them accountable to the highest standards and providing academic and social support so they will rise to the challenge in preparation for the rigors of college and career readiness.  Based on Mr. Davino’s data that boasts a 20 percent learning gain for his students, he is most definitely making an impact.

 

Mr. Davino appreciates opportunities to work alongside colleagues and share his craft with others.  At his school, he has served as a Team Leader and Department Chair.  As a member of the inaugural District Teacher Leadership Program, he has had many opportunities over the last four years to support district-wide professional development including the teaching and learning framework, instructional strategies, and new teacher mentoring.

 

Collaboration with colleagues supports the planning and implementation of engaging lessons for his students who are the source of his direct inspiration.  Reflecting on specific individuals who motivate his desire to be the very best teacher, Mr. Davino attributes his inspiration to the quiet Spanish-speaking girl hiding in anonymity and maintaining average grades who comes out of her shell making all A’s, to the young boy who said to him, “Mr. Davino, I’m going to work for you because my brother said you actually care,” and to the girl whose confidence grew as she worked to channel her anger and model herself after the ethics and attitude of her teacher – Mr. Davino.  For this model educator, inspiration from students continues to fuel his desire to teach.

 

Jim LeBon

Jim LeBon is the music instructor at Southport Middle School serving students in grades six, seven, and eight.  However, as a veteran band master, Mr. LeBon works with students and staff at the high school and collegiate level as well as supporting the integration of collegial support necessary to grow budding middle school programs and sustain robust music arts programs throughout the county.

 

Mr. LeBon is gifted in playing many instruments, talented in composing, and enthusiastic in performing. He bundles this into the unique gift of teaching, and to his credit, his students regularly earn Superior awards at Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) Concert Band Festivals as well as FBA Solo and Ensemble Festivals. Opportunities to play quality selections are important to inspire young musicians, and over the years, Mr. LeBon noticed a void in the availability of music literature suitable for young musicians.  With his spirit of advocacy for students, he set to work in order to fix the problem by gathering his resources and employing quality writers.  The result of his arts advocacy is a portal of eighty-five compositions and arrangements available for band masters everywhere.

 

He truly enjoys his opportunity to teach.  He looks forward to and never tires of hearing his students navigate through Mary Had a Little Lamb for the first time, and he enjoys the expression of joy on his students’ faces as they experience the applause for a well-executed performance.  He knows that what he does makes a difference to his students and that he has an obligation to do a great job and leave a lasting impression that will impact their perspective on music as well as on the world around them.

 

 

Southport’s Spelling Bee Winners

Southport’s Spelling Bee Winners

Sixteen participants gave it their all at Southport Middle School’s annual Spelling Bee.

We would like to congratulate our 1st place winner, 6th grader, Sunana Singh, who will go on to the district competition, and our 2nd place winner 6th grader, Evan Puentes. Also, a big shout out to Mr. Jim Saunders for coordinating the event, Principal Nicole Telese, Assistant Principal Kathleen Manchester, and sixth grade teacher Kim Nicholas for being our judges. Band instructor Mr. Jim Lebon had the honor of being the word pronouncer again this year. Each participant was presented with an honorary certificate and gifts and to thanks to Eileen Kielbasa and her wonderful kitchen staff prepared cookies and lemonade for everyone after the final round.

Thank you to all our Hurricanes who participated; we are proud of you. Way to go!!!

Snowballs Fly at Weatherbee

Snowballs Fly at Weatherbee

Snowballs in all colors of the rainbow were whizzing through the air outside Weatherbee Elementary School this week. The PBIS Event for January was… a SNOWBALL FIGHT! Students spent their Mariner Dollars to buy into this annual fun filled affair which is always one of the most popular highlights of the WBE Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support program.

Meteorologist Visits Palm Pointe

Meteorologist Visits Palm Pointe

News Channel 12’s Meteorologist Michael Ehrenberg came to Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition to speak with the fifth grade students to discuss weather patterns. He explained how using tools to measure weather helps meteorologists explain our forecast and provide us with our weather for the day or week. He also showed students pictures of what the studio looks like and how he is able to point on the green screen.

Students enjoyed asking him questions and built an understanding of why weather is important.

Pictured is Meteorologist Michael Ehrenberg talking to fifth grade students at Palm Pointe.

Northport Second Graders Get Visit From Weather Celebrity!

Northport Second Graders Get Visit From Weather Celebrity!

Great morning of learning at Northport K-8 School recently as WPTV Weatherman Steve Weagle visited and intrigued students.

Children in Kate Ploeckelman, Lorri Lamm, Kristin Schrader, Denise Fields and Jennifer Lusardi’s classes learned all about weather and weather calculations from the chief meteorologist. Students learned that to be a meteorologist, you need to love math, science and computer technology. Mr. Weagle spoke to students about weather forecasting and showed students how to make a homemade anemometer and how to study weather maps from satellites. He also discussed mini weather stations for hurricanes that take measurements of wind speed, temperature and humidity with a mini parachute called a dropsonde.

This was a great opportunity to hear and learn authentic information from a community professional and a television celebrity. Thanks to Steve Weagle and to all the second grade teachers for offering students a full complement of learning strategies and information.