Jaguar Battalion says farewell to graduating seniors

Jaguar Battalion says farewell to graduating seniors

Teamwork and physical fitness are two of the fundamentals of JROTC training. A year’s worth of training is put the test annually at Field Day hosted by the Jaguar Battalion at Port St. Lucie High School. During Field Day, the three companies battled each other in several different sports and athletic activities to determine the best unit.  Battalion Field day is about saying goodbye to departing seniors. The Booster Club’s parting gift to the year’s seniors was a challenge coin commemorating their years spent with the Jaguar Battalion. Many seniors had several words to say about their experiences in the battalion, thanking the cadets and instructors within it for some of their greatest memories of high school.

Jaguar Battalion presents colors for graduating seniors

Jaguar Battalion presents colors for graduating seniors

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion supported the Port St. Lucie High’s graduation ceremony with the Presentation of the Colors. Leading the color guard was C/CPL Lily Durst, C/2LT Ashlee Seipel carrying the State Flag followed by the two guards, C/1LT James Williams and C/SSG Tyrone Salazar. Afterwards, the band played the National Anthem, led by John McGallagher, and senior class president Jemima Thermidor led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Senior Class of 2013 played a major role in leading the Jaguar Battalion to success. Pictured, from left, C/1LT James Williams, C/CPL Lily Durst, C/2LT Ashlee Seipel, and C/SSG Tyrone Salazar. Picture by Kayla Figueroa.

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

 

 

 

 

Jaguar battalion honors Martin Luther King Jr.

Jaguar battalion honors Martin Luther King Jr.

The Jaguar Battalion of Port St. Lucie High School participated in the recent parade honoring one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Jaguar Battalion stretched over two city blocks and received many accolades from the spectators. The Jaguar Battalion was a very notable feature of this parade. The battalion was led by the Battalion Commander, cadet Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Jacobson, followed by the battalion Color Guard, the battalion staff and the three companies. The cadets’ professionalism was undeniable, as they set the standards for all other JROTC units in the area. Through the dedication of the cadets and the leadership of the senior cadets, the Jaguar Battalion remained loud and proud throughout the parade.

Jaguar Battalion holds annual chili cook-off

Jaguar Battalion holds annual chili cook-off

The Port St. Lucie Moose Lodge hosted the annual chili cook-off recently with the help of cadets of Port St. Lucie High School’s JROTC. Cadets labeled the bowls of chili and served them to the voters. Six pots of chili were entered, and five of those six were entered by a cadet or parent from the Jaguar Battalion. Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Jacobson (middle) and his mother were awarded a first place ribbon and $30. The second place ribbon and $20 were earned by cadet First Lieutenant Albert Farrant and his father (left). Cadet Sergeant First Class William Benagh and his mother (right) received the third place ribbon and $10. Good job to all competitors and congratulations to the winners!

Jaguar Battalion Flag Retirement Ceremony 2017

Jaguar Battalion Flag Retirement Ceremony 2017

Flag Retirement Ceremony 2017

By: Sarai Narvaez

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion held its annual Service Learning event, a U.S. Flag Retirement ceremony, at the school.  The Jaguars retired unserviceable American Flags in accordance with the U.S. Flag Code.  The Jaguars’ Band took part in the ceremony playing Taps, reveille, retreat, and the National Anthem. We appreciate Mrs. Wiley, the band, and Principal Ocampo for participating in the event.

The Color Guard was commanded by Cadet Captain Travis Cetin carrying the National flag. Cadet Staff Sergeant Patrick Archer carried the State Flag, Cadet Sergeant 1st Class Hayley Pollard carried the Battalion Flag, and Cadet Sergeant 1st class Marco Nadar and Cadet Sergeant 1st Class De’vonte Cousar posted as Guards.  The Jaguar Battalion gives a special thanks to all those who were part of of the ceremony.

Cadets retiring flags.
Picture by: Sarai Narvaez

Color Guard Presenting the Colors.
Picture by: Sarai Narvaez

Principal Ocampo retiring the first flag.
Picture by: Sarai Narvaez

Jaguar Battalion Drill Team – First Place

Jaguar Battalion Drill Team – First Place

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Drill Team hosted the 22nd Annual Area Three Drill Meet. Best school overall was determined by the combined scores of the male and female drill teams. Our drill team competed against 18 other schools, and earned First Place overall.

The Jaguars did an outstanding job and will be training hard for the Florida State Final Drill Competition in Lakeland, FL on April 15th-16th.
Congratulations to all of the cadets.
Jaguar Battalion Car Wash

Jaguar Battalion Car Wash

 

The Port Saint Lucie High School JROTC Jaguar Battalion had its first car wash of the year at the Auto Zone on US1, on August 27, 2016. The car washes help the Battalion raise money for field trips, competitions, and numerous other things. We had lots of people show up and support us. The cadets were out volunteering for 6 hours, and received community service hours. The cadets raised almost $300.

Jaguar Battalion cadets earn excellence awards

Jaguar Battalion cadets earn excellence awards

Port St. Lucie High School’s Jaguar ROTC Battalion hosted its 16thannual award ceremony where various awards were presented to deserving cadets. The awardees are selected based on exceptional JROTC performance and superior physical fitness, but a prerequisite for each award is academic excellence. The entire battalion gathered in the auditorium, anxious to learn who earned one or more of the various awards presented at the ceremony, such as the Sons of the American Revolution award, presented to cadet Captain Alex Seipel. Following the ceremony, the JROTC Booster Club hosted a reception for cadets who received an award and special guests that participated in the ceremony. Pictured, from left, are Jay Wise from The Sons of the American Revolution, St. Lucie River Chapter, and Cadet Seipel.

Jaguar Battalion 2017 Jupiter Drill Meet

Jaguar Battalion 2017 Jupiter Drill Meet

Jaguars First 2017 Drill Meet at Jupiter Community High School

By: Sarai Narvaez

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Drill Team competed in Jupiter Community High School’s Drill Competition against nine other schools on February 11th. The competition consisted of Armed Squad, Unarmed Squad, Armed Platoon, Unarmed Platoon, and Color Guard.  The Jaguars did incredibly well for their first competition. Male Unarmed Squad earned 2nd place, Male Armed Squad achieved 3rd place, and Male Color Guard placed 1st. Male Unarmed Platoon came in with a 1st place finish and Male Armed Platoon took 3rd place. Female Armed Squad ranked 3rd place, Female Armed and Unarmed Platoon took 2nd place. The Jaguar Drill Team received 2nd place overall.

We are very proud of all the cadets who worked hard and took home nine trophies.  All of the cadets are excited and look forward to a more impressive performance at the next meet which is the Area 3 Regional Drill competition, scheduled for March 11th, 2017 at Port St. Lucie High School.

Jaguar Cadets after the Awards Ceremony
Photos by: Brianna Harris

Photo by: Brianna Harris

Photo by: Brianna Harris

Photo by: Brianna Harris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jags Take the Lead

Jags Take the Lead

The Jaguar Battalion began the drill season with an amazing start. They earned first place overall at the first meet held at Jupiter High School. Our drill team competed against 7 other schools. The Jaguars placed in the following events: First place- Male Unarmed Squad, commanded by Chaz Pollino, Second place- Female Armed Squad commanded by Ashlee Seipel, Third place- Female Unarmed Squad commanded by Jamie Triplett, Third place- Male Unarmed Platoon commanded by Tyler Lynn, First place- Male Armed Platoon commanded by Anson Rivera,  Third place- Male Armed Squad commanded by Jaffrey Murankus, and First Place- Dual Exhibition, executed by Ashlee Seipel and Zac St. John.

The Jaguar Battalion did an amazing job, congratulations to all the cadets.

J.A.G.S. support community efforts

J.A.G.S. support community efforts

The (J)aguar (A)thletes (G)etting (S)tronger, or JAGS, donated money, time, enthusiasm, and support for breast cancer research at the recent Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, held at the Port St. Lucie Civc Center. Port St. Lucie High School had representation from basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, soccer, and volleyball, along with teachers, clerical staff, and family members and friends of the Jaguar Nation.

It’s Expo Time!

It’s Expo Time!

Mark your calendar for the 2019 Back-to-School Non-profit Expo at Grace Way Village.

When: Thursday, August 1, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Grace Way Village is one of many non-profits looking forward to supporting teachers in their efforts to care for our community’s children!

There are many non-profit organizations in the area that can help with the needs of your students.

It’s alligator story time at Allapattah Flats K-8

It’s alligator story time at Allapattah Flats K-8

First grade students in Ann Hartman’s class at Allapattah Flats K8 have been practicing the rules and expectations in learning areas, and one of the most favorite is the reading area. Jacob Garcia is pictured reading one of his favorite books, “Egad, Alligator” to the classroom alligator.  First graders are off to a fabulous start with demonstrating their love of reading on a daily basis! 

It was a ‘better’ day at Manatee Academy

It was a ‘better’ day at Manatee Academy

Office Max store manager Katrina Dannon, pictured left, and her team surprised fifth grade teacher Vincent Scotto, right, at Manatee Academy recently. Scotto was the recipient of the 2012 “A Day Made Better,” an award comprised of generous donations of school supplies! Principal Lillian Beauchamp nominated Mr. Scotto for maintaining high expectations in all students, modeling the belief that all children are capable of success, using his own money to buy student supplies, and his willingness to go beyond his classroom to help his colleagues.

It is science experiment time at Gaines Academy

Science experiments are underway during Angella Bennett’s science resource class at Gaines Academy. Fifth grade students took a sixteen ounce bottle and put baking soda and vinegar in it, added a balloon on the top of the bottle which inflated due to the chemical reaction.  Pictured, from left, are students from Saphir St. Louis class Hope Johnson, Daisy Covarrubias, Samantha White, Destiny Richardson, and Gabrielle Harris.

 

IRSC Wins Top Aspen Prize

IRSC Wins Top Aspen Prize

FORT PIERCE, FL — The Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., awarded its highest honor, the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, to Indian River State College. The award is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges.

IRSC was selected from more than 1,000 state and community colleges following a rigorous review of data, strategies, and outcomes related to student learning, degree and certificate completion, high rates of graduate employment, earnings for graduates, and exceptional access and success for minority and low-income students.

“The 2019 Aspen Prize is a credit to the people of Indian River State College and the outstanding communities we serve,” said Dr. Edwin Massey, President of IRSC. “From our Trustees, to our community partners, to our employees, to our dedicated students, IRSC is enriched with some of the most incredible people supporting our college mission, and this distinct honor validates their commitment on a national level. Bringing home the Aspen Prize is truly a celebration of their hard work.”

 

According to the Aspen Institute, Indian River State College stands out as one of the nation’s top community colleges for many reasons, including:

• IRSC has a 56 percent transfer rate, compared to the national average of 32 percent;
• IRSC has a 52 percent Bachelor’s attainment rate for students who go on to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree, compared to the national average transfer rate of 42 percent; and
• IRSC alumni earn $41,492 on average five years after graduation, compared to the $38,714 average salary of all regional workers.

 

Additional factors underscore IRSC’s commitment to student success:

• During the 2017-2018 academic year, IRSC’s graduating class—3,951 students—was the largest in the College’s 58-year history;
• 94% of IRSC graduates find employment or continue their education, typically earning more than twice the average entry wage in the four-county area; and
• IRSC is designated as the 3rd Most Affordable College in the U.S. by the Department of Education, with no tuition increase in six years.

The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence is awarded every two years and is generously funded by ECMC Foundation, Joyce Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and Siemens Foundation. IRSC has been selected as a top ten finalist for the award in each of the past three program cycles. In 2017, the College advanced to the Aspen Prize Top 3 as a Finalist with Distinction.

IRSC Tuition Assistance

IRSC Tuition Assistance

Indian River State College (IRSC) has a long-standing collaboration with St. Lucie County School District through which school district employees are given
tuition assistance. The tuition voucher allows employees to only pay for the first credit of each three-credit course.  IRSC provides a tuition scholarship for the remaining two credits. 

I am pleased to announce that IRSC has established a defined scholarship allocation for the school district for Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020 which
will include Associate and Bachelor level courses.  

The District has been authorized to begin issuing vouchers per the normal process, effective now.  The school district is responsible for authorizing our
employees to “draw against” the allocation through the issuance of tuition vouchers.  Employees then take the tuition vouchers to IRSC cashiers along with the portion of the tuition due from the employee. 

In order to be issued a tuition voucher, you must bring a copy of your registration form to the School Board Human Resources Office.  Tuition vouchers are
available for full-time employees. 
Samples of acceptable registration forms are attached to this email.  Please do not pay for your course(s) prior to receiving your tuition voucher from the school district.

Please note that if your student ID number does not print on your registration, you will need to provide the number to the Human Resources Department when you receive the tuition voucher.

Office hours for the Human Resources Department:

Summer Hours through August 1:  Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Regular Hours beginning August 5:  Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

**********IMPORTANT NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR IRSC**********

IRSC has a new registration process that is being implemented this year, what is referred to as a Rolling Purge.  All Fall 2019 fees are due by August 1st or
the student will be dropped for non-payment.  Any student who is purged can attempt to register again on August 2nd
pending availability of the course, and will have to pay the same day.  IRSC will continue purging for non-payment each night between August 1st
and August 16th.
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