John Messina recognized for state honor

John Messina recognized for state honor

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.

Joe the Biker inspires Northport K8 students

Joe the Biker inspires Northport K8 students

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.

Joe the Biker Empowers Bayshore Students

Joe the Biker Empowers Bayshore Students

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.

Job Fair – December 1st

Job Fair – December 1st

We’re growing our team —  spread the word!  St. Lucie Public Schools will host a job fair for teachers and paraprofessionals on December 1st in the gymnasium of St. Lucie West K-8 from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.

Amazing staff, talented students, and a school district making unprecedented gains — a winning combination.

Jeffrey Johnson Honored

Jeffrey Johnson Honored

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.

Jazz Bands from Palm Pointe Perform

Jazz Bands from Palm Pointe Perform

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.

January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) is proud to celebrate January as National Mentoring Month. This nationwide initiative is in its 18th year and is a means of celebrating and promoting the value of mentoring to the students of Florida. FDOE encourages all schools to use the month of January as an opportunity to renew their efforts to recruit and train more mentors.
National Mentoring Month 2019 celebrates mentoring and the positive effects it can have on young lives.
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.

January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month! Spending one hour each week – whether it’s helping with homework, playing games or just hanging out – means a young person has someone to turn to in moments big and small.

For more information on how you can become a mentor, visit http://www.nationalmentoringmonth.org/

 

Jaguars Take Home the Win

Jaguars Take Home the Win

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Raider team competed in Fort Pierce Westwood’s Raider Competition against 17 teams from 7 other schools. The competition consisted of six events: 3 mile team run, Cross Country Rescue, The Raider Fitness Challenge, 200lb tire flip over a 100-meter course, an obstacle course and the One-Rope Bridge event.

Before the Cross Country Rescue, everyone takes a written first aid test, during the event the team simulates a casualty by carrying an 80-120lb stretcher over a mile long course while wearing three 30lb ruck sacks. To complete the Raider Fitness Challenge the team must go through a course consisting of a 10-yard low crawl, a 40-yard 20-30lb sandbag carry, an obstacle to either go over or under, a speed agility maze, a 120lb object to carry around 50’ length, and a turnaround point to repeat the course in reverse.

The Jaguars swept the competition with the male team and the female team winning First Place Over All. Males placed first in 3-mile team run, tire flip, obstacle course, and the One-Rope Bridge. Females took first in the 3-mile run, cross country rescue, obstacle course, and the One-Rope Bridge. The mixed team placed first for the One-Rope Bridge. We are very proud of all the cadets who worked hard and took home 11 first place trophies.tire run obstacle obstacle course

Jaguars State Drill Meet

Jaguars State Drill Meet

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion traveled to Lakeland, FL to compete in the Florida State Final Drill Competition on April 16th.  Out of the 396 Army JROTC programs in the state of FL 108 schools qualified to compete at the state finals.

The Jaguars competed in the following events: Female Color Guard, commanded by Cadet Major Jamie Triplett; Female Platoon Unarmed Regulation, commanded by Cadet Major Catherine Zukowski; Female Squad Armed Regulation, commanded by Cadet Second Lieutenant Syanna Graham; and Female Squad Armed Exhibition, commanded by Cadet Staff Sergeant Kaycee Rhodes.

Male/Mixed Squad Unarmed Regulation, commanded by Cadet Command Sergeant Major Adan Pagan; Male/Mixed Squad Armed Regulation, commanded by Cadet Sergeant Major Travis Cetin; Male/Mixed Platoon Unarmed Regulation, commanded by Cadet Major Julian Taft; and Male/Mixed Squad Armed Exhibition, commanded by Cadet Captain Zachery St. John.

The Jaguars are still waiting to hear the results from the competition.  The final scores will be sent out during the week of April 18th.

Congratulations to all of the cadets who competed and to all the cadets who commanded.

Jaguars Show Their Pride

Jaguars Show Their Pride

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 Sergeant Major Travis Cetin carrying the National Flag. Cadet Captain Savannah Cymbal carried the State Flag. Cadet Private first Class Marco Nadar and Cadet Staff Sergeant Damilola Jolaogun 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!

Jaguars Salute the Seniors

Jaguars Salute the Seniors

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion opened the annual senior pinning ceremony for the class of 2016 at the Port Saint Lucie Civic Center. Cadet Command Sergeant Major Jamie Triplett led the Color Guard presenting the national flag, Cadet Captain Savannah Cymbal presented the state flag, and standing as the guards were Cadet Major Julian Taft and Cadet Captain Kaylee Zuidema. The Color Guard gave a great presentation of the colors to begin the ceremony. Congratulations to all the senior Jaguars of 2016 who were pinned at the ceremony.

Jaguars qualify for state Raider meet

Jaguars qualify for state Raider meet

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Raider Team travelled to South Fork High School to compete in the Area III Raider meet qualifier, which included 10 schools from St. Lucie, Martin, Broward and Palm Beach County. The competitions were cross country rescue, truck pull, fitness test, rope bridge and a five kilometer team run. The female Raider Team placed second overall, took first place in cross country rescue and truck pull, second place in rope bridge, and third place in fitness test. The male Raider team also placed second overall, first in 5k run, and second in cross country rescue. Both the male and the female Raider teams qualified for the State Raider meet. Pictured is the Jaguar team. Photo by Jaffrey Murankus.

Jaguars place second in marksmanship match

Jaguars place second in marksmanship match

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion hosted this year’s Treasure Coast Air Rifle Match sponsored by American Legion Post 318. This competition was made possible by the continuous support of the American Legion Post 318, which provided the competition’s trophies and medals.

Competing against four other schools in St. Lucie County, Port St. Lucie placed second overall. This was a standard shoulder-to-shoulder match, shooting the three standard shooting positions: standing, kneeling and prone.

Cadet Captain Michael Hutchinson was the “Top Shot” from Port Saint Lucie scoring 222 points. Each cadet preformed to the best of his or her ability. The Jaguar Battalion gives a special thanks to The American Legion Post 318 for their continued support. Photo by Clay Lesniak.

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!

Jaguars March in the MLK Jr. Parade

Jaguars March in the MLK Jr. Parade

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 was commanded by Cadet Sergeant First Class Jamie Triplett carrying the National Flag. Cadet Second Lieutenant Jonathan Steiner carried the State Flag. Cadet Sergeant First Class Adam Pagan and Cadet Staff Sergeant Seth Taylor 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!

Jaguars Dominate at South Fork

Jaguars Dominate at South Fork

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Raider team competed in South Fork’s Raider Competition against 17 teams from 7 other schools. The competition consisted of five events: 3 mile team run, Cross Country Rescue, The Raider Fitness Challenge, 200lb tire flip over a 100 meter course, and the One-Rope Bridge event.  Before the Cross Country Rescue everyone takes a written first aid test, during the event the team simulates a casualty by carrying an 80-120lb stretcher over a mile long course while wearing three 30lb ruck sacks.  To complete the Raider Fitness Challenge the team must go through a course consisting of a 10 yard low crawl, a 40 yard 20-30lb sandbag carry, an obstacle to either go over or under, a speed agility maze, an 120lb object to carry around 50’ length, and a turnaround point to repeat the course in reverse.  The Jaguars dominated the competition, the male team and the female team won first place Over All winning four out of the five events.  Males and females placed first place in the 3 mile team run, cross country rescue, the raider fitness challenge, and the One-Rope Bridge.  We are very proud of all the cadets’ who work hard and took home 10 first place trophies.

 

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Jaguars Continue to Set the Standards

Jaguars Continue to Set the Standards

The Jaguars placed in the following events:

First Place Male Squad Exhibition, commanded by Zachary St.John, First Place Male Unarmed Squad, commanded by Chaz Pollino, First Place Male Unarmed Platoon, commanded by Tyler Lynn, First Place Female Unarmed Squad, commanded by Allison Miakisz, and First Place Female Unarmed Platoon commanded by Catherine Zukowski.

Second Place Female Squad Exhibition commanded by Ashlee Seipel, and Second Place Female Platoon Exhibition commanded by Ashlee Seipel.

Third Place Male Color Guard commanded by Robert Hopkins, Third Place Male Armed Platoon commanded by Anson Rivera, Third Place Female Color Guard commanded by Mackenzie Shea, and Third Place Female Armed Squad commanded by Ashlee Seipel.

The Jaguars did an amazing job and will be training hard for the State drill meet. Congratulations to all of the cadets.

 

The Jaguar Battalion Drill Team posing with all of their trophies.

The Jaguar Battalion Drill Team posing with all of their trophies.