Key Club Installation of Officers

Key Club Installation of Officers

The Key Club is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through service to others and is supported and mentored under the umbrella of the Kiwanis International family. Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities. New members of the Key Club were recently inducted for the coming school year.

 

Keiser University donates computers to Centennial High

Keiser University donates computers to Centennial High

Keiser University recently donated 10 Apple G4 computer systems, complete with a 19″ monitor, tower, keyboard, and mouse to be utilized in the television production Career and Technical Education program at St. Lucie West Centennial High School. Students will be able to use the technology in their career curriculum, as well as to produce live and videotaped programming for the school. Pictured, from left, are Keiser University Senior Community Relations Coordinator Linda Fitzpatrick, Centennial High School assistant principal Tom Kalament, with Keiser University’s Dean of Academic Affairs Jane Quattrocchi driving the cart loaded with some of the equipment ready to be delivered to the classroom.

Keep Calm And Bowl On!

Keep Calm And Bowl On!

Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for a bowling fundraiser where it’s not about the bowling, it’s about the kids and raising money to support the mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters!


When: September 22, 2018

Where: Superplay USA, St Lucie West

Cost: $35/bowler

Details: Sessions available at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm. Each bowler will receive 1 ¾ hours of bowling, shoe rental, door prize ticket and event t-shirt.

Sign Up Link:

https://bbbsbigs.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/bfks-2018

Kafele Sends Positive Message

Kafele Sends Positive Message

“Principal Baruti Kafele, my name is Tyler, and it’s important that you know my name.” These were the words of a Palm Pointe middle school student who echoed the heart of the guest speaker’s message to students while shaking hands with the larger-than-life Kafele.  According to on-looker Principal Kathy Perez, the 12-year-old heeded the powerful message of being mission-minded and developing the necessary passion, purpose, and drive to persevere through challenges for success in school and in life.

Perez stated that Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition maintains and on-going schedule of talent development for staff throughout the year. Kafele authored Closing the Attitude Gap, is an award-winning former educator and principal, and speaks to the importance of being mission minded.  “He inspired our professional staff and captivated our students as an added bonus.”

Principal Baruti Kafele engages Palm Pointe middle school students with a message of being m   mission-minded.

K-9s On Patrol

K-9s On Patrol

On Thursday, January 17, students in the Law Academy at SLW Centennial High School learned about K9 Patrols and how K9s are used in law enforcement. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office shared information on how the dogs are trained, handled, and used in law enforcement.

Just for the Record, We’re Going Quackers Over Reading

Just for the Record, We’re Going Quackers Over Reading

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and PNC Bank are united in a partnership to join with over 2 million others across the globe on October 19, 2017, to highlight the importance of literacy and Read for the Record. This is an annual campaign that includes classrooms, libraries, community centers, and homes in which children and adults read together in this worldwide shared reading experience to support children having the opportunity to enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.

 

According to Early Childhood Coordinator Dr. Mary Huffstetter, on Thursday, a cadre of PNC employees will join with SLPS staff to read to pre-kindergartners in classrooms across the district.  “We’re going quackers over reading,” she says with a smile and then explains that this year’s Read for the Record book is Quackers, by Liz Wong.  Children are sure to enjoy this endearing story of a kitten who grows up thinking that he is actually a duck until the day his world turns topsy-turvy when he meets another kitten. The story is about his path to understanding, acceptance, and learning that you can be who you want to be.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast.  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.

 

 

Just for the Record, We’re Going Quackers Over Reading

Just for the Record, We’re Going Quackers Over Reading

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and PNC Bank are united in a partnership to join with over 2 million others across the globe on October 19, 2017, to highlight the importance of literacy and Read for the Record.  This is an annual campaign that includes classrooms, libraries, community centers, and homes in which children and adults read together in this worldwide shared reading experience to support children having the opportunity to enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.

According to Early Childhood Coordinator Dr. Mary Huffstetter, on Thursday, a cadre of PNC employees will join with SLPS staff to read to pre-kindergartners in classrooms across the district.  “We’re going quackers over reading,” she says with a smile and then explains that this year’s Read for the Record book is Quackers, by Liz Wong.  Children are sure to enjoy this endearing story of a kitten who grows up thinking that he is actually a duck until the day his world turns topsy-turvy when he meets another kitten. The story is about his path to understanding, acceptance, and learning that you can be who you want to be.

 

 

Junior Beta Club at Palm Pointe donates to Operation Christmas Child

Junior Beta Club at Palm Pointe donates to Operation Christmas Child

The Junior Beta Club members led by Ms. Hearl, a fourth grade teacher at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition, brought in shoe boxes full of items for Operation Christmas Child.  The boxes will be shipped to boys and girls around the world.  The students are also collecting and donating toys for Toys for Tots.

Great job students!

Pictured: Junior Beta Club members

Juneteenth Resolution

Juneteenth Resolution

Mr. Terrance Barriner, teacher at Forest Grove Middle School, read the Juneteenth Resolution to the School Board on June 9, 2015. The 19th of June is the freedom forerunner to the 13th Amendment, which implemented freedom for all slaves in the United States, Juneteenth Independence Day completes the cycle of Independence Day Celebrations in America. The Juneteenth celebration commemorates the emancipation of Southern Blacks on June 19, 1865, two and half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The memory of all those who moved from slavery to freedom remains as a lesson for all Americans regardless of their background, race, or religion.

Pictured are, Kevin Perry, Genelle Yost, Terrance Barriner, and Dr. Donna Mills.

Jump Rope For Heart!

Jump Rope For Heart!

Northport lower school students are collecting funds and skipping rope to help save lives. Northport physical education instructors have organized the event to encourage students and families to help the American Heart Association. Education is the key to service!

July Programs – Hurston Library

July Programs – Hurston Library

Entertain the entire family this July with a host of programs at the Zora Neale Hurston Branch Library.

Storytime Jam runs every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2-5.

Legos at the Library is slated for Saturday, July 1 at 2 p.m.

Jam out with the movie “Rock Dog” on Friday, July 7 at 2 p.m. Featuring the voices of Luke Wilson and Eddie Izzard, this animated film is rated PG with a running time of 90 minutes.

S.T.E.A.M. Power gets cooking on Saturday, July 8 at 2 p.m. Ages 8 to 18 can participate in hands-on activities that focus on science, technology, engineering art and math.

Make & Take Crafts provides students with a chance to build some unique summer crafts that they can take home with them on Friday, July 14 & 28 at 2 p.m.

Contraption Faction happens on Saturday, July 15 at 2 p.m. Students (ages 10 and older) can get technical and explore different areas of technology including coding with Scratch and Ozobots, circuitry with MaKey MaKey and Snap Circuits, solar power robots and much more.

Power up with the most recent version of the “Power Rangers” on Friday, July 21 at 2 p.m. Featuring Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott and RJ Cyler, this film is rated PG-13 with a running time of 124 minutes. Permission slips must be approved by a parent or guardian for those under 13.

The Library’s Science Experiments program runs Wednesday, July 12 and 19 at 3 p.m. Designed for students in kindergarten through 5th grade, this program provides students with the opportunity to take part in hands-on science experiments. Come early, as space is limited.

The Summer Reading Entertainment Program takes place on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Check out the Kitchen Chemists on July 13; Mosquitoes: Florida’s Vampires on July 19; and the Read, Set, Move! Summer Wrap up event July 27.

These programs are free and open to the public – thanks in part to the generous support of the Friends of the Library.

The Zora Neale Hurston Branch of the St. Lucie County Library System is located at 3008 Avenue D, Fort Pierce. For more information about library programs visit: http://library.stlucieco.gov or call 772-462-2154 or email rovitoa@stlucieco.org.

July Events at Hurston Branch

July Events at Hurston Branch

FORT PIERCE – If your children have time on their hands this summer, take them to the Zora Neale Hurston Branch Library for fun activities from movie matinees to interactive, hands-on programs.

Family activities for July include:

·       Library Science Rocks continues on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. through July 14 (except for the week of July 4). Designed for students in kindergarten through 5th grade, this program provides students with the opportunity to take part in hands-on science experiments.

·       Weekly Storytimes take place on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

·       Game Day gets competitive Thursday, July 5 at 3 p.m.  Youth of all ages can challenge each other on the Nintendo Wii system or have fun with board games and more.

·       “Sherlock Gnomes” cracks the case on Friday, July 6 at 3 p.m. Featuring the voices of Kelly Asbury, Mary J. Blige and Emily Blunt, garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, recruit renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments. This film is rated PG with a running time of 86 minutes.

·       Snap into “Legos at the Library” on Friday, July 7 at 3 p.m. for a chance to build, learn and play.

·       S.T.E.A.M. Power heats up on Saturday, July 14 at 2 p.m. Ages 8 to 18 can participate in hands-on activities that focus on science, technology, engineering art and math.

·       Fictionaries flutter in on Thursday, July 12 at 10 a.m. at Hurston.Don’t miss this fun, fast paced, game show-themed spectacular. We’ll test our participants’ knowledge in current and past kid’s fiction questions.

·       Contraption Faction will be offered three times this month: Friday, July 13 and July 27 at 3 p.m. and Saturday, July 21 at 2 p.m. Suited for ages 10 and older, these programs will focus on building games, gadgets and robotics, including a session with Legos.

·       Dewey and the Decibel Sisters dance into the libraries on Thursday, July 19 at 10 a.m. at Hurston. Come join us for some fun, music and laughs as Dewey and her sisters get ready for their big performance.

·       “A Wrinkle in Time” checks into the movie matinee on Friday, July 20 at 3 p.m. Featuring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, after the disappearance of Meg Murry’s scientist father, three celestials journey to Earth to help Meg search for him. This film is rated PG with a running time of 109 minutes.

·       The Hobe Sound Nature Center gets wild with live animals on Thursday, July 26 at 10 a.m. at Hurston. Explore the world of Raptors, presented by Hobe Sound Nature Center Interpretive Naturalists.

·       Welcome to the Jungle on Saturday, July 28 at 2 p.m. at the movie matinee presents “Jumanji” (2018). Featuring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Kevin Hart,four teenagers are sucked into a magical video game, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game. This film is rated PG-13 with a running time of 119 minutes. Anyone younger than 13, must have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian. Permission slips will be available at the front desk.

These programs are free and open to the public.

The Zora Neale Hurston Branch of the St. Lucie County Library System is located at 3008 Avenue D, Fort Pierce. For more information about library programs visit: www.stlucieco.gov/library or call 772-462-2154 or email greshamg@stlucieco.org.

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July 14 – Career Fair

July 14 – Career Fair

Don’t Miss This!

Calling all candidates who have the unique abilities to create, motivate, inspire, and teach students. Let St. Lucie Public Schools investigate career possibilities with you.  We offer competitive salaries and benefits, perks and discounts to sites and services, and referrals for discounts on local rents or associated fees.  Visit our website at  Why St Lucie and visit our Teacher Career Fair on July 14.

SLPS Teacher Career Fair

Friday, July 14th

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

St. Lucie West K-8 School

July 10 Hiring Event

July 10 Hiring Event

Opportunities abound in St. Lucie Public Schools, named one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work. The Child Nutrition Services Department will host a hiring event on July 10 at Fort Pierce Central High School.

JROTC Program for Accreditation (JPA)

JROTC Program for Accreditation (JPA)

The Honor Unit with Distinction is the highest award a JROTC unit can earn; it’s represented by a gold star. Keeping the gold star is a big deal; it reflects how hard the Battalion has worked. This is a triennial inspection from the US Army to determine whether a unit can keep their gold star. The Army inspects eleven areas such as Battalion staff interviews, cadet and instructor portfolio inspections, Drill, color guard, cadet briefings, and in-ranks inspection. The Jaguar Battalion passed with a score of 97% out of 100%; it was a big relief to know the Battalion gets to keep their high honor. The cadets worked hard for the inspection and are proud to maintain their status as an Honor Unit with Distinction.

JROTC Panthers in Action

JROTC Panthers in Action

The JROTC Panther Battalion at Fort Pierce Westwood High School recently conducted their annual service learning project. This year’s project was a campus clean-up, coinciding with Earth Day. Service Learning is a teaching and learning methodology that connects classroom curriculum with identified community issues and needs. Service Learning engages students in projects that serve the community while building Cadets’ social awareness. Cadets collected more than 40 bags of trash and 3 truckloads of solid waste. They also cleaned up the signs around the school. Cadets are continuously working every day to improve the school’s appearance!