Bayshore’s Odyssey of the Mind Team Places Second

Bayshore’s Odyssey of the Mind Team Places Second

Bayshore Elementary’s Odyssey of the Mind Team competed on Saturday, February 25, and received 2nd place!

The team created a humorous story about a family that brings home an “Odd-a-Bot.” Instead of being programmed to perform tasks, this Odd-a-Bot robot learned from watching others. The team designed an original robot character that demonstrated human characteristics when performing tasks. In the performance, the Odd-a-Bot character moved and learned human actions from watching characters perform activities such as household chores, singing, and dancing. The Odd-a-Bot learned more than it was expected to learn, and confused its actions with humorous results. The team was coached by fifth grade teachers Megan Krinsky and Heather Cruz, and the team included 5th grade students Isabella, Rachel, Adrianna, Juliana, Samantha, Benny, and Lukas.

Congratulations to Bayshore’s Odyssey of the Mind Team!

Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Black History Month Color Guard

Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Black History Month Color Guard

 

From left to right: C/SSG Marco Nader, C/SFC De’vonte Cousar, C/CSM Damilola Joloagun, and C/MAJ Dalla Reyes
Picture by: Sarai Narvaez

Black History Month Color Guard

By: Sarai Narvaez

The Port Saint Lucie High School JROTC cadets were excited to present the colors and be part of the Black History month program at Port Saint Lucie High School. Cadet Sergeant First Class De’vonte Cousar led the Color Guard presenting the national flag, Cadet Commander Sergeant Major Damilola Joloagun presented the state flag, and standing as the guards were Cadet Major Dallas Reyes and Cadet Staff Sergeant Marco Nader. The Color Guard marched in honor to recognize the central role of Black Americans in U.S. history. Soon after the ceremony was followed by a presentation and a guest speaker, Michael Hill. We look forward to doing a Color Guard for the event again next year.

Star Awards

Star Awards

St. Lucie Public Schools staff members were celebrated at the February School Board Meeting for demonstrating exemplary customer service.

Ana Fernandez (St. Lucie Elementary, Reception)

Steve Devlin (WLX-TV, St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel)

Jaeda Williams (WLX-TV, St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel)

Stephen Tipton (WLX-TV, St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel)

Craig Jerome (WLX-TV, St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel)

Mitch Miller (Transportation, Driver for Community Parade Events)

Dorothy Barron (Transportation, Driver)

Mona Webb (Transportation, Bus Aid and Worksite Leader)

James LeBon (West Gate K-8, Band Master and Volunteer for High School Band Programs)

Dorothy Barron                                                                               Mona Webb

 

 

 

 

Autism Speaker Series – March 23

Autism Speaker Series – March 23

Plan to attend the Autism Speaks presentation by Liane Holliday-Willey on March 23.

Location: St. Lucie School District Board Room

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

The FAU CARD Autism Lecture Series is brought to you FREE by a grant from the Harry T. Mangurian Foundation.

 

K – 8 Open Enrollment

K – 8 Open Enrollment

CHOICE OPEN ENROLLMENT WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY
(applies to in-zone and out-of-zone students)
Kindergarten – 8th Grade: March 1 – 31

Open Enrollment and School Choice Questions and Answers

  • If my children currently attend a school within my zone, has anything changed for them? No.
  • The new law says my child can enroll in any school in the District. Am I guaranteed a seat at the school of my choice? A seat must be available for your child’s grade at the school.
  • If I want my children to attend the same school outside of my zone, is there any guarantee they will be assigned together? No. Seats must be available in each of your children’s grades.
  • If my older child is enrolled in an out-of-zone school, will my younger child be given priority as a sibling? Yes.
  • Will my child be placed on a waiting list if he doesn’t get assigned to our out-of-zone school choice? No.
  • Will my high school child be allowed to change schools at any time to participate in extracurricular programs and/or sports? Placement in an out-of-zone school will only occur in January for the following school year. If enrolled, your child will be eligible to participate in extracurricular programs and/or sports.
  • If one of my children is currently enrolled in a District-wide attractor program, will my younger child be allowed to enroll in the same school? Yes, the younger child can apply for the out-of-zone school during the appropriate open enrollment period for the next school year.
  • Will my child get a bus if she is enrolled in an out-of-zone school? No.
  • If my child is enrolled in an out-of-zone school and I can no longer provide transportation, what happens? You will need to come to the Student Assignment Office to receive an assignment for an in-zone school.
  • How do I find out about the procedures for school assignment? Information including the application process, how to apply for an out-of-zone school, and capacity for each school will be published on the District’s website (www.stlucieschools.org).
  • My child is currently enrolled at a school in another district, but I want him to attend a St. Lucie Public School. When can I apply? Applications for students who live in another district may be submitted in March. Parents will be notified if a seat is available at their Choice school two weeks before school starts.
  • When will school capacities be available on the web page? Once approved by the School Board, each school’s final capacity will be published. Information will include which schools are over capacity and not available for out-of-zone assignment.
  • Will a percentage of seats be “held back” for out-of-zone students? The law states that parents can choose any school that has not reached capacity.
  • Has anything changed regarding enrollment in magnet schools? Ninety percent of the seats will be assigned through chronological order and the remaining 10 percent will be assigned by lottery for all students on the waitlist.
  • When will I find out if my child is assigned to a magnet school? The magnet assignment timeline has not changed. The process for assigning students to magnet schools will continue to begin in December.
  • If I need my child to be enrolled in a specific school because of a hardship, can I still apply for a transfer? Yes.
  • If I want my high school child to participate in a specific curriculum program that is not offered at her in-zone school, can I request a curriculum transfer? Yes, as long as there are seats available in the school and in the program requested.
FPWHS FFA Students Breed Champions

FPWHS FFA Students Breed Champions

St. Lucie County Fair 2017 Steer Show Results:
Kiana Green (Chapter calf) 1st in class
Aaron Jackson 2nd in class
Bryce Deans 4th in class
Rhett Baumann 3rd in class
Arielle Fountain Reserve Grand Champion County Bred Calf!

Former Mariposian Studies to Become a Future Teacher

Former Mariposian Studies to Become a Future Teacher

Former student, Mark Jattan, comes back to Mariposa Elementary to shadow teachers. Mark is seen here with his former fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Sarah Letsch. Mark is interested in becoming a teacher and is currently attending the University of Central Florida.  He would like to begin his career teaching at the elementary school that started it all for him. He has a great deal of fond memories from Mariposa and would like to continue that tradition for the upcoming generation of Mariposians.

Hall Places at State Wrestling Tournament

Hall Places at State Wrestling Tournament

St. Lucie Public Schools congratulates David Hall who represented Fort Pierce Westwood and the District in the State Wrestling Tournament this weekend.

David upset a number one seed in the first round in an unbelievable match; he then went on to win 6th place in the State Meet!  David was the only wrestler from St. Lucie County to place at the meet.

Congratulations to David, Coach Torres, Coach Bama, and the entire wrestling team for a great season and for representing Westwood with Panther Pride!

Northport Celebrates Dr. Seuss and Read Across America!

Northport Celebrates Dr. Seuss and Read Across America!

What a wonderful morning @Northport K-8 School. We hosted a notable group of community service members who really care about our school. We partnered with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Saint Lucie County and Americorps to bring the very best learning experience to our VPK-grade through three students. Guest readers included PSL Mayor Greg Oravec, SLPS Board Members Debbie Hawley and Troy Ingersoll, Commisioner Tod Mowery, Star Bright Reading Therapy dogs and their handlers, many members of BBBS and our wonderful volunteers from Port St. Lucie United Methodist Church. Students and community members interacted and learned that Seuss wrote more than 40 books filled with odd looking animals, imaginary places and funny rhymes. They also learned that Dr. Seuss whose real name is Theodore Seuss Geisel only used 50 different words when writing “Green Eggs and Ham.” The event held for our students was priceless and the rewards for our community members who truly care about our kids were monumental. Big thank you to all who were able to come out and help celebrate reading and of course, the birthday of Dr. Seuss!

Exceptional Performances by Concert Bands

Exceptional Performances by Concert Bands

Eleven concert bands from throughout St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) participated in the District 13 Concert Band Music Performance Assessments (MPAs) this past weekend.

At this assessment, the ensembles perform on Stage 3 prepared numbers for three judges.  One selection must be a march.  Students leave the stage and go into the Sight Reading room.  They are handed a booklet that resembles the booklet that students receive when taking FSAs.  They are directed to different passages in the booklet.  The director is allotted a small amount of time to give brief directions, and the bands are then expected to “sight read” the selections and reach a high level of mastery.  To do so, they must bring all of the knowledge they have acquired in daily instruction and apply it in that instant setting.

Keep in mind that MPAs are the Music FSAs.

Also, remember the scale:

FSA        MPA

5        =     1   =   Superior

4        =     2   =   Excellent

3        =     3   =   Good

We urge our directors to always bring high quality instruction to their classes so that our students will always be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency and earn one of the highest two ratings.  It is also important to point out that SLPS had 11 bands participate at the District 13 MPAs.

Ft. Pierce Central

Band 2 = Excellent

Band 1 = Superior

Treasure Coast

Band 3 = Excellent

Band 2 = Excellent

Band 1 = Superior

Ft. Pierce Westwood

Band 1 = Superior

St. Lucie West Centennial

Band 2 = Excellent

Band 1 = Excellent

Lincoln Park Academy

Band 2 = Excellent

Band 1 = Superior

Pt. St. Lucie High

Band 1 = Excellent

It was a great weekend for Bands and The Arts from St. Lucie Public Schools!

 

Open House – March 22

Open House – March 22

As 8th graders in St. Lucie Public Schools, we know you are excited to start your high school journey.  You should have received a high school assignment card, and we want to remind you to attend the open house at your new high school on Wednesday, March 22nd at 6:00 pm.

 

Learn about the course selections, see the school, and meet the staff.   We look forward to welcoming you as our new freshmen class.

Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness

Please join St. Lucie Public Schools in supporting the St. Lucie Fire Department as it  hosts a family fun event on April 8th for Autism Awareness.  This family fun day centered around a charity flag football game will also host many vendors and provide fun activities for all ages.

This event will be held at the Jessica Clinton Park in Port St. Lucie.

 

LPA MS Students Preparing for the Next Step

LPA MS Students Preparing for the Next Step

On Friday, February 3, 2017, 26 select 8th grade students from Lincoln Park Academy toured several programs at Indian River State College during Middle School Great Explorations.  These students spent the day gaining valuable hands-on experience in the robotics, photonics, medical services, and computer animation/digital media fields.  The purpose of the trip centered on the connection between secondary education and the world of work, cementing the learning which took place during the 8th grade Naviance activities completed throughout the school year.  Feedback from the students was very encouraging and we can’t wait for next year’s trip!

 

 

 

Unified Track and Field Meet

Unified Track and Field Meet

With the support of Special Olympics Coordinators from local high schools, St. Lucie Public Schools hosted its first Unified Track and Field Meet on Wednesday, March 8th at Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce.

The Meet started out as a practice run, but it soon turned into a full-fledged event that engaged all participants in a spirited day.  The excitement of the track and field events was infectious and everyone left with smiles on their faces.

 

Northport Second Graders Become Researchers and Scientists!

Northport Second Graders Become Researchers and Scientists!

Northport students became researchers and scientists in their classrooms. Hobe Sound Nature Preserve brought live owls to enhance the science lessons learned in school. Students learned about heredity and the difference between owls and red tailed hawks. They learned what owls eat as well as their natural habitats, and they also learned that owls can’t digest foods so they form pellets similar to hairballs. The pellets are filled with bones from their prey. Students were able to dissect sterilized pellets and match bone pieces to figures on a chart.

A big thumbs up to this terrific hands-on lesson. Many thanks to Hobe Sound Nature Preserve and to the many parents who helped dissect and engage our students. Woo Hoo! Parents Rock!

TCHS Takes FPSA by Storm

TCHS Takes FPSA by Storm

We are pleased to announce the outcome of the Florida Public Service Association 2017 state conference/competition.
Treasure Coast High School Criminal Justice Academy students placed in the following events:
·         1st Place – Evidence Packaging, Selina Velazquez
·         2nd Place – Evidence Packaging, Layla Labish
·         3rd Place – Latent Fingerprinting, Chari Rivera
·         5th Place – High Risk (felony) Traffic Stops, Matthew and Timothy Ferreira
·         3rd Place –  Brain Bowl
·         1st Place – Prepared Marketing Poster, Selina Velazquez
·         3rd Place – Use of Force Novice, Matthew Ferreira
 
In addition, the following six students received eight ($1000, and $500) partial scholarships from Johnson and Wales University:
·         Selina Velazquez
·         Brooke Santino
·         Lara Calzana
·         Jaqueline Castro
·         Logan Lowery
·         Kyrah Carter  
 
The Jungle Book for Kids

The Jungle Book for Kids

Southport Middle School students put on a magnificent performance of the Disney production The Jungle Book for Kids. It all began with an exciting announcement in early January to Mrs. Dusash’s Exceptional Student Education class that all of her students would have an important part to play in the upcoming drama production of The Jungle Book for Kids. According to Ms. Ruby Soto, ESE Para professional and stage hand for the performance, “The students’ enthusiasm was, without any doubt, reflected in their performances” (on March 9, 2017).

Mrs. Dudash’s class, along with many other Southport students, put on a performance that brought tears to the eyes of staff members and laughter to all who were present. The inclusion of ALL students in this performance is what made it so SPECTACULAR.  Drama Teacher and Director A.J. Quinn did an exceptional job teaching an extraordinary lesson that there are no limitations on the stage or in our abilities. Our students, of all abilities, learned to overcome their own fears by proving that with hard work and dedication amazing things can be accomplished, particularly when we work together to do so.

The talent exhibited on stage was inspiring and “limitless.” The immense pride of student success was felt by all. Mr. Quinn, noted that it was “an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to create such an amazing show with an even more amazing group of people!   The excitement emanating from the stage was palpable and the warmth of that joy was felt by every member of the audience.

A sincere thank you is extended to the faculty, staff, parents, and students who worked so hard to make this production a reality — thank you for “celebrating the bare necessities of life.”

Congratulations to all on a job well done!