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.
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!
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.