Mariposa’s Odyssey

Mariposa’s Odyssey

Mariposa Elementary’s Award Winning Odyssey of the Mind Team

A team of seven creative minds from Mariposa Elementary came together to save creativity through problem solving. Mariposa’s Odyssey of the Mind team went to a regional competition in Riviera Beach, where they won 2nd place! The team members that participated were 5th graders Janellie Alvarez, Sydnee Rubenstein, James Philips, and Samantha Gardner; 4th graders Justin Horton and Mason Mumford; 3rd grader Taylor Wildes.

This is the 2nd year in a row that the Mariposa team was able to earn a medal at the regional competition. Their coach, Mrs. Scipioni, is extremely proud of them. She is sad that her 5th graders will not be returning for another year on her team. However she is excited about forming a new team for next years’ problem!

 

Summer Programs

Summer Programs

3rd Grade Summer School and ESE Extended School Year

June 12 – July 10 (Monday – Friday)

*July 4 – Holiday for All

Students 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: TBD

Title 3/ELL Students

Camp Exploration

June 12 – June 30

Students 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: West Gate K-8

Grace Packs and Pan Florida Challenge

Grace Packs and Pan Florida Challenge

Grace Packs is an organization serving St. Lucie County that provides weekly weekend food for students who lack an ample food supply. Currently, Grace Packs provides service to 20 schools in St. Lucie County, thus relieving the burden many children endure by being hungry.

This past weekend, Grace Packs and St. Lucie Public Schools volunteers supported the Pan Florida Challenge — a two-day, 180 mile bike ride to end kids’ hunger — one meal at a time.   The ride started in Naples on March 11th and ended in Fort Pierce on March 12.

A big thank you to Pan Florida Challenge event founders, organizers, riders, and volunteers. Our children thank you!!

 

 

 

 

 

Leprechaun Traps

Leprechaun Traps

Ms. Mellion’s class created Leprechaun Traps for STEAM challenge. They used their critical thinking skills to figure out the best way to catch a leprechaun. The class voted for their top three favorites and they received a prize. All students received Gator Bucks (PBIS) for participation. Can’t wait to see how many leprechauns are caught over break!

 

LPA Sends Two Teams to Odyssey of the Mind State Finals

LPA Sends Two Teams to Odyssey of the Mind State Finals

Congratulations to the LPA Odyssey of the Mind teams! On February 26, two teams competed in the Regional Tournament at Suncoast High School in Riviera Beach and both teams are headed to the Florida State Tournament on the campus of the University of Central Florida on April 8.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from K to 12th grades. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.

The Problem 5 Team came in first in its category and received the Ra’natra Fusca Award for the most outstanding performance in the regional tournament. Team members are Reese Perretta, Shreya Reddy, Haniya Shareef, Cristin Donaldson, Lance Barrett, Gary Simmons, and Camila Parra.

The Problem 3 Team placed second in its category and is headed into the state tournament with the intention to win the event outright. The team members are of Elizabeth Sterling, Amanda Bouquet, Isabella Gomes, Rafaella Milla, Lourdina Payen and Juanita Maldonado.

We are so proud of our Odyssey of the Mind teams and wish them the best of luck at the State Tournament.

 

 

LPA Advances in Global Video Competition

LPA Advances in Global Video Competition

The Lincoln Park Academy Adobe CAPE Academy team made it into the final round of judging for another global digital video competition! Kid Witness News (KWN) is a global video education program supported by Panasonic, with the aim of boosting creativity and communication skills and fostering teamwork through video production by children at the elementary and secondary school levels. There are currently 553 schools in 19 countries participating in the program worldwide, of which 53 of those schools are enrolled in the U.S. Although KWN represents students from schools across the country and around the world, the messages in their videos have common themes that cannot be ignored. They reflect the world they live in and what affects their everyday lives. Through these videos, we are able to see “The World Through Their Eyes.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZovgmTeMh0&feature=youtu.be

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LPA Key Club Shows Support

LPA Key Club Shows Support

On Saturday, March 18, the LPA Key Club provided assistance to the Main Street Fort Pierce program by sponsoring and promoting the Coloring Wall during the Taste of the Sea and Sandy Shoes Seafood Festival in downtown Fort Pierce. Designed as a means to recruit festival participants in an entertaining and creative activity, the Coloring Wall was very successful.

Throughout the day, several Key Club members were able to entice young and old alike to express themselves with crayons, paints, chalk and markers. As the pictures show, the wall drew many children and adults alike to paint pictures, express their emotions and convey messages for others to read.

Main Street Fort Pierce, Inc. is a comprehensive revitalization program designed to encourage economic development in conjunction with historic preservation. Established in 1988, Main Street Fort Pierce, Inc. (a not-for-profit corporation) is a local, public-private partnership funded by memberships, fund-raising projects and city government.

The LPA Key Club’s next civic activity is scheduled for April 1 when it will join with the Fort Pierce Central Key Club, the Fort Pierce Sunrise Kiwanis Club and the Public Works Department of the City of Fort Pierce in the Lott Insurance Beach Cleanup. It will begin at 9:30 am at the Kimberly Bergalis Beach Park. A lunch of Jambalaya and drinks will be prepared and provided by Lott Insurance Services.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Break Camp

Spring Break Camp

Students from C. A. Moore and Lakewood Park Elementary gathered for a Spring Break Tutorial Camp. Working alongside staff, they were able to spend time on reading and math while also enjoying extracurricular activities.

During the camp, students were thrilled with the Oxbow Center’s Reptile Show, and many special community guests stopped by to spend time with students including officers from the Fort Pierce Police Department, Mr.Dan Frank, and Dr. Kevin Perry.

         

LPA Wins at Fair

LPA Wins at Fair

Lincoln Park Academy’s 3-dimmensional art classes worked collaboratively to create a red, white, and blue Floridian inspired booth. The students each formed an individual red, white, or blue flower to contribute to a large hanging garden mural. The main focal point of the booth was a large eagle relief that read, “Art can change people and people change the world.”

Ms. Duran’s advanced classes produced large “Big Head” sculptures inspired by influential Floridians and characters such as Tim Tebow, Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse, and Donald Duck. In order to recreate Florida’s famous beaches, sand and sandcastles were lined along the floor space. Lincoln Park Academy’s booth received 1,037 votes of the total 7,136 votes cast to become this year’s $1,000.00 People’s Choice Award recipient. This award was in conjunction with the Out-of-the-Box Award which provided Lincoln Park Academy with a total of $1,250.00 from their 2017 St. Lucie County Fair School Display.

Lincoln Park Academy would like to thank the Fort Pierce Sunrise Kiwanis Club, the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections, and our wonderful surrounding community who supported our fair booth. Ms. Duran and her 3D classes plan to use a portion of the reward to fund a community service project in the future.

 

Student Art On Display In New York

Student Art On Display In New York

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Students’ ceramic art pieces from Art Instructor Katherine Avra’s classes at Fort Pierce Central High School are on their way to the New York City National Art Education Conference this month.  These selections join other entries from across the United States as showcase pieces by Skutt Ceramics.

Students were challenged to create functional peep hole plugs of specific dimensions from clay and fired in a kiln.  Bill Jones, editor of Pottery Making Illustrated, judged the designs which will become part of a permanent traveling Peep Plug Collection.  According to Avra, students were enthusiastic about participating and even more excited to discover that their creations will be part of a traveling art show.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

 

Student Art On Display In New York

Art on Display in NY

Students’ ceramic art pieces from Art Instructor Katherine Avra’s classes at Fort Pierce Central High School are on their way to the New York City National Art Education Conference this month.  These selections join other entries from across the United States as showcase pieces by Skutt Ceramics.

Students were challenged to create functional peep hole plugs of specific dimensions from clay and fired in a kiln.  Bill Jones, editor of Pottery Making Illustrated, judged the designs which will become part of a permanent traveling Peep Plug Collection.  According to Avra, students were enthusiastic about participating and even more excited to discover that their creations will be part of a traveling art show.

PSL Jaguar Battalion 20th Annual Award Ceremony

PSL Jaguar Battalion 20th Annual Award Ceremony

Jaguars Award Ceremony 2017

By: Sarai Narvaez

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion held its 20th Annual Army JROTC Awards Ceremony. This ceremony awards cadets for their outstanding excellence both inside and outside of the program. This ceremony could not be possible without the support of local civic organizations like the American Legion Post 318, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and our special guest Hugo Gonzalez, a Wounded Warrior who has served our country with honor.

The Ceremony was opened by the presentation and posting of the National colors by the Jaguar Color Guard led by cadet Sergeant 1st Class De’vonte Cousar presenting the National flag. Following was cadet 1st Sergeant Morgan Emerson presenting the State flag; and cadet 1st Sergeant Tesa May along with cadet Sergeant 1st Class Marco Nadar as guards. Also standing on the stage was our proud Principal Adrian Ocampo and cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Triplett, who presented the Superior Cadet awards to cadets Joleen Kalinowski, Morgan Emerson, Damilola Jolaogun, and Jamie Triplett.

The ceremony provided the opportunity to congratulate the cadets for their unrelenting service and loyalty to the Battalion, School, and Community; their professional appearance and character; their ability as leaders and knowledge of the JROTC values, program, and curriculum.

The Jaguars give a special thanks to all the organizations that participated and supported the ceremony.

Efficacy Program at Bayshore

Efficacy Program at Bayshore

Third grade students from Bayshore Elementary School were recently recognized for completing the Efficacy for Students Program.  Throughout the program students learned strategies to empower their learning, such as using data to create meaningful feedback and strategies for success.  They also developed a greater sense of self-confidence by learning to choose their strong side to build character.  Pictured (from left to right) are Katherine Clark, Reese Adams, RJ McWilliams, Mrs. Reid (Bayshore Principal), and Mariah Lewis.

FKS Water Conservation Poster Contest Winner

FKS Water Conservation Poster Contest Winner

Christopher Gomez at Frances K. Sweet was surprised to find out he won the 2017 Drop Savers Water Conservation Poster Contest for fifth grade. The City of Port St. Lucie Utility Systems, in conjunction with Florida Section American Water Works Association (FSAWWA), held the contest for all St. Lucie County students in order for them to better understand the importance of water conservation.

Grade level county winners now have their posters submitted for the state contest. Christopher was excited they made his poster into a bag, a window cling, a magnet, and his poster will be on display in the city offices.

Shark Chefs in Final 4

Shark Chefs in Final 4

The SLWK-8 Shark Chefs have been working hard all year preparing dishes for the Gridiron Challenge and they have qualified for the 2017 FINAL FOUR! The competition takes place April 22 in Davie FL, at the NFL Training Facility. The Chefs have perfected their Chicken Alfredo with Broccoli recipe and are ready for the competition! They are excited to represent SLWK-8 and St. Lucie Public Schools!

Jaguar Battalion Hosts Drill Meet

Jaguar Battalion Hosts Drill Meet

Area Three Drill Meet 2017

By: Sarai Narvaez

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Drill Team hosted the 23rd Annual Area Three Drill Meet. The Best School Overall was determined by the combined scores of the male and female drill teams.  The Jaguar Battalion Drill Team competed against 18 other schools and earned first place overall. The Jaguar Battalion Drill Team was State qualified to compete in the annual State Drill Meet Competition. The Jaguars placed in the following events:

First place in Female Armed Platoon and Female Platoon Exhibition, commanded by Cadet Staff Sergeant Allison Wilhoit.

Second place in Female Unarmed Platoon commanded by Cadet Captain Kaycee Rhodes.

Third place in Female Armed Squad, commanded by Cadet 1st Sergeant Syanna Graham.

Third place in Female Squad Exhibition commanded by Cadet Captain Kaycee Rhodes.

First place in Male Unarmed Squad commanded by Cadet Major Adam Pagan.

First place in Male Platoon Armed Regulation, commanded by Cadet 1st Lieutenant Christopher Casciano.

Second place in Male Unarmed Platoon commanded by Cadet 1st Sergeant Thomas Schneider.

Second place in Male Unarmed Squad commanded by Cadet Captain Travis Cetin.

The Jaguars did an outstanding job and will be training hard for the Florida State Drill Competition in Lakeland, FL on April 1st.

Congratulations to the Jaguar Battalion Drill Team!

 

Area 3 Award Ceremony.
Photo by: Sarai Narvaez

 

 

 

Male Unarmed Platoon Regulation.                                                                                         Photo by: Sarai Narvaez

 

Female Armed Platoon Regulation.
Photo by: Sarai Narvaez

 

 

 

 

Holocaust Survivors Recount History for Students at Oak Hammock K-8

Holocaust Survivors Recount History for Students at Oak Hammock K-8

PORT ST. LUCIE – Norman Frajman, an 86-year-old Holocaust survivor and President of the Child Survivors/Hidden Children of the Holocaust group, traveled from Boynton Beach to Oak Hammock K – 8 in Port St. Lucie with 20 members of the organization for what has become an annual commemorative event – Holocaust Remembrance Day. Frajman and others, shared their emotional and moving stories of concentration camp survival during World War II with sixth graders who linked their classroom studies to the authentic experiences of their campus guests.

 

According to Belkis Madera, event organizer and veteran educator, “Honoring children of the Holocaust has grown into a highly anticipated event each year.  It is an opportunity to connect living history with our students so they may learn, understand, appreciate, and carry forth the message of survivors for future generations.”

 

Frajman is a welcome speaker on school and college campuses. He shares his childhood memories of the concentration camps, Death March, and ultimate liberation at age 15 in an effort to educate. His story is one of survival, determination, and appreciation.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

 

Holocaust Day of Remembrance at Oak Hammock

Holocaust Day of Remembrance at Oak Hammock

Norman Frajman, an 86-year-old Holocaust survivor and President of the Child Survivors/Hidden Children of the Holocaust group, traveled from Boynton Beach to Oak Hammock K – 8 in Port St. Lucie with 20 members of the organization for what has become an annual commemorative event – Holocaust Remembrance Day. Frajman and others, shared their emotional and moving stories of concentration camp survival during World War II with sixth graders who linked their classroom studies to the authentic experiences of their campus guests.

According to Belkis Madera, event organizer and veteran educator, “Honoring children of the Holocaust has grown into a highly anticipated event each year.  It is an opportunity to connect living history with our students so they may learn, understand, appreciate, and carry forth the message of survivors for future generations.”

Frajman is a welcome speaker on school and college campuses. He shares his childhood memories of the concentration camps, Death March, and ultimate liberation at age 15 in an effort to educate. His story is one of survival, determination, and appreciation.

86-year-old Norm Frajman shares his moving story as a Child of the Holocaust survivor with students at Oak Hammock K – 8.

Summer Internships

Summer Internships

Preparing St. Lucie County’s students with valuable internship experiences and supporting local businesses with summer workforce candidates creates a win-win program that St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is happy to support.  Career Source Research Coast has once again organized the Summer of Success Summer Youth Internship Program providing paid internships for 130 youth residing in St. Lucie County.

Spearheading the effort from SLPS is Executive Director of Growth Management Marty Sanders. He explained that the SLPS Maintenance Department has supported the funding of summer internships through grass roots fundraising for the past ten years.  “We have a vested interest in supporting our students as they pursue their career goals.  The opportunity to partner with Career Source Research Coast in this positive effort is most welcome.”

Students ages 16 – 21 are eligible for the two-week Youth Employment Success Solutions (YESS) program and six-week Internship Program. A $100 bonus is provided to participants for the successful completion of the YESS Training as well as compensation for up to 32 hours per week during the internship portion of the program.

Applications for internship opportunities can be found on the SLPS homepage (www.stlucieschools.org) or Career Source Research Coast homepage (http://careersourcerc.com/).  For more information about the program, visit http://careersourcerc.com/sos-2017-youth-internship-program/ .

 

Summer Internships

Summer Internship Program – A Win-Win for Youth and Business

ST. LUCIE COUNTY –  Preparing St. Lucie County’s students with valuable internship experiences and supporting local businesses with summer workforce candidates creates a win-win program that St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is happy to support.  Career Source Research Coast has once again organized the Summer of Success Summer Youth Internship Program providing paid internships for 130 youth residing in St. Lucie County.

Spearheading the effort from SLPS is Executive Director of Growth Management Marty Sanders. He explained that the SLPS Maintenance Department has supported the funding of summer internships through grass roots fundraising for the past ten years.  “We have a vested interest in supporting our students as they pursue their career goals.  The opportunity to partner with Career Source Research Coast in this positive effort is most welcome.”

 

Students ages 16 – 21 are eligible for the two-week Youth Employment Success Solutions (YESS) program and six-week Internship Program. A $100 bonus is provided to participants for the successful completion of the YESS Training as well as compensation for up to 32 hours per week during the internship portion of the program.

 

Applications for internship opportunities can be found on the SLPS homepage (www.stlucieschools.org) or Career Source Research Coast homepage (http://careersourcerc.com/).  For more information about the program, visit http://careersourcerc.com/sos-2017-youth-internship-program/ .

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.