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.
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!
On Friday October 19, 2018, Port St. Lucie High School’s Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s Raider Team attended the South Fork Raider meet. We competed against eight other schools through multiple events. Our male and female teams participated in five events including: three-mile run, rope bridge, cross country rescue, etc. Our first male team won 1st overall and ranked first place in the three-mile run and rope bridge. Our second male team won third overall. Lastly, our female team ranked second overall and placed first in the three-mile run and cross-country rescue.
Cadets of the Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion participated in the annual JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp which took place at Camp Tanah Keeta in southern Martin County. Through the camp’s five days, cadets developed their leadership skills and were tested mentally and physically, conquering their fears during many events. The camp presented many challenges such as orienteering, basic survival skills, and various aquatic activities. A few selected cadets were chosen to be a part of the camp’s Raider Platoon. Raider Platoon went above and beyond the normal training schedule. Summer Camp is always a great experience for participating cadets, which is always why they always want to go back!
Port Saint Lucie High’s JROTC Cadets
Students in Keva Miller’s journalism classes at Fort Pierce Central High School created children’s books to donate to a local daycare and elementary school. The students were required to produce their own children’s stories with a moral or lesson learned, draw, trace, or use computer graphics for their pictures and other instructions and requirements that were given to them in a rubric for creating their children’s books. The students enjoyed writing, illustrating and designing their children’s books to inspire other students to learn and develop a love for reading.
Do you like basketball, music, football, free give-aways, and more? Plan to attend the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Pop-Up Party at Bayshore Elementary School on October 18th from 5 PM to 7 PM.
This is a wonderful opportunity to meet our School Resource Officers and have fun with family and friends!
The June 21st open house was prime time for the new and innovative programs offered at the Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) to take center stage. Parents and students discovered how students will thrive academically and artistically at CAST through participation in visual and graphic arts, dance, vocal and instrumental music, drama, and musical theater.
This K-8 Magnet will feature a black box theater, new arts classrooms, upgraded facilities, and earlier school hours to better accommodate extracurricular and community-based activities. Academic excellence will include the new Cambridge Primary program to develop pre-collegiate skills. To find out more, visit St. Lucie Public Schools’ homepage at www.stlucieschools.org
Come join the CAST! We have a spot waiting for you!
Don’t miss this opportunity to join the CAST!
An exclusive Information Night on June 21st from 6 to 7 will provide students and parents the opportunity to hear about innovative experiences in the Arts at the all new Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST).
As a prestigious Cambridge School, CAST also offers advanced pre-collegiate studies aiding college and career readiness!
CAST (Formerly Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts)
1100 Delaware Ave.
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Together kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition learned all about Johnny Appleseed and how he was a good citizen, we also recognized that he was an important part of our history. Students were invited to dress up like Johnny Appleseed and bring an apple dessert/treat to school to share with their class. Parents were invited to attend and join us in our adventure through history to the past! Families researched special events in Johnny Appleseed’s life and we created a whole class timeline of those events.
Pictured are–Front Row (left to right): Dominic DiMarco. , Danasia Batson-Phinn, Aidan Massman, Brooke massman, Xander Arvary, Elizabeth Castelo. Middle Row (left to right): Rosie Van Name, Ethan Byrnes, Ava Versaci, Jayden Rippy-Strassel, Natalia Gonzalez, Nathaniel Guas
Top Row (left to right): Madison Edinger, Jayden Alcineus, Breanna Weiser, Elyjah St. Fleur, Jaycee Mead, Bryan Regnault, Ariana Costanzo (teacher)
While learning about people of the past, kindergarten students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition dressed up like Johnny Appleseed. Together, students created a timeline of the important events in Johnny Appleseed’s life. After they finished their timeline, students enjoyed all kinds of treats made from apples. Pictured is Ariana Costanzo, kindergarten teacher, as she talks to her class about Johnny Appleseed.
St. Lucie West Centennial High School athletic director John Messina was recognized at the May 14, 2013, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for his recent induction into the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Hall of Fame. Coach Messina has a long list of distinguished achievements in the coaching category. As head baseball coach at Pace, Port St. Lucie and Jensen Beach high schools, he compiled a 465-160 record and totaled three state championships with two state runners-up while coaching two national Player of the Year standouts, Alex Fernandez in 1988 and Rick Ankiel in 1997. He was named the Florida State Coach of the Year on four occasions, earned the FIAAA Meritorious Service Award, two FHSAA Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Awards and is currently on the FHSAA’s Academic All-State Committee and Representative Assembly. Pictured, from left, are Jeanne Ziemba, St. Lucie School Board member Kathryn Hensley, County Athletic Director Jay Stewart, School Board members Carol Hilson, Troy Ingersoll, and Dr. Donna Mills, current Centennial High School principal Dr. Kim Stephanic, Messina, former Centennial High School principal John Lynch, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Superintendent Michael Lannon and former principal Charles Cuomo.
Northport K-8 School hosted bullying expert Joe Wojcik, better known as “Joe the Biker,” recently in the school gymnasium. Joe held two sessions divided into grades sixth through eighth and grades third through fifth. Students filled the school bleachers and sat eagerly on the floor in both sessions to listen to “Joe the Biker” talk about how he was bullied as a child, how it affected his life, how to know if it really is bullying and how to empower oneself, find one’s own special talents and feel awesome about oneself. He personalized and tailored the talk directly to the Northport community of children, and the students felt very special. Middle grades students were familiar with “Joe the Biker” after reading his book “Call Me Yubbie” last year at the school. Hundreds of the students wrote personal letters to Joe to express feelings, give thanks and told him how inspiring he was as a speaker. The Northport K-8 School community takes bullying extremely seriously and has held several student assemblies, the third annual Unity Day Walk empowering students against bullying and teacher workshops to address student issues and concerns. Joe Wojcik is supported by the community efforts of the Port St. Lucie Sunset Rotary Club. Northport definitely stands as a caring, concerned community and is applying constant pressure in all avenues to eradicate bullying of all kinds. Joe is pictured speaking to the students and staff.
As part of Bayshore Elementary School’s Bullying Prevention Campaign, students had the opportunity to hear from Joe the Biker! Joe the Biker shared his own experiences with students to teach the importance of standing up to bullying and how to get help within their school and community.
Amazing staff, talented students, and a school district making unprecedented gains — a winning combination.
The School Board extended congratulations to St. Lucie Public Schools Teacher of the Year Mr. Jeffrey Johnson who is an exceptional student education teacher at Dale Cassens Educational Complex.
Last week, during a meeting of Florida’s Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized Mr. Johnson along with four other Teachers of the Year from across the state with the Governor’s Shine Awards. The Shine Award is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education.
Governor Rick Scott said, “I am proud to recognize five of Florida’s top educators today for their commitment to making sure their students are prepared to succeed in the classroom and future careers. As 2017 Teachers of the Year, they are an outstanding example of the many hardworking educators across the state that are doing all they can to give our students the highest quality education.”
Congratulations to Mr. Johnson.
White City Elementary students enjoyed a special performance. The Jazz Ensemble of Florida Baptist College visited White City Elementary and played some familiar, uplifting songs. Students enjoyed the selections and they enhanced their understanding of various instruments and rhythms.
On February 1st the Jazz Program from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition sent two middle school jazz bands to the District 13 Florida Bandmasters Association Jazz Music Performance Assessment. As the only groups from St. Lucie County, they were proud to participate and represented our county with pride. Congratulations to them on two outstanding performances. Pictured are students from the seventh and eighth grade jazz bands with Band Director Mr. Jason Hatfield in the center.
The goals are to:
• raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms;
• recruit individuals to mentor, especially in programs that have waiting lists of young people; and
• promote increased growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations.
Several important dates are highlighted during National Mentoring Month:
• January 17, 2019: International Mentoring Day – A day of international conversation where photos, videos and messages of powerful mentoring stories are shared.
• January 21, 2019: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – A day to share in the inspirational words and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and elevate the spirit of service through volunteerism.
• January 31, 2019: #ThankYourMentor Day – A day to let mentors know they are appreciated and valued.