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

Hensley – Finalist for Hegener Award

Hensley – Finalist for Hegener Award

EDC announces finalists for the Pete Hegener Leadership Award

The EDC is pleased to announce Alto “Bud” Adams, Jr., Mike Brown, Sr. and Kathryn Hensley, have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Pete Hegener Leadership Award. 

Schools Advance to State Competition for Odyssey of the Mind

Schools Advance to State Competition for Odyssey of the Mind

FORT PIERCE, FL –  Teams from three St. Lucie Public Schools will advance to the Florida State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament on the campus of the University of Central Florida on Saturday, April 8. Rivers Edge Elementary, Morningside Elementary, and Lincoln Park Academy will join hundreds of other problem solvers vying for top spots in order to proceed to the World Finals in May.

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. These school teams have already proven themselves successful as they were top finishers in the Regional competition and received an invitation to move on to the State level competition.

At Regionals, specialty awards were bestowed upon teams. Rivers Edge Elementary and Morningside Elementary received the Omer’s Award for great teamwork and Lincoln Park Academy was honored with Ra’natra Fusca Award for the most outstanding performance.

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.

Schools Advance to State Competition for Odyssey of the Mind

Schools Advance to State Competition for Odyssey of the Mind

Teams from three St. Lucie Public Schools will advance to the Florida State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament on the campus of the University of Central Florida on Saturday, April 8. Rivers Edge Elementary, Morningside Elementary, and Lincoln Park Academy will join hundreds of other problem solvers vying for top spots in order to proceed to the World Finals in May.

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. These school teams have already proven themselves successful as they were top finishers in the Regional competition and received an invitation to move on to the State level competition.

At Regionals, specialty awards were bestowed upon teams. Rivers Edge Elementary and Morningside Elementary received the Omer’s Award for great teamwork and Lincoln Park Academy was honored with Ra’natra Fusca Award for the most outstanding performance.

 

Lady Greyhounds’ Coach Mathews Brings Home 500th Win

Lady Greyhounds’ Coach Mathews Brings Home 500th Win

FORT PIERCE, FLSurrounded by his softball team, St. Lucie Public Schools staff, and fans, Roger Mathews celebrated his 500th victory as a softball coach on Tuesday, April 4th. He has supported Lincoln Park Academy’s (LPA) Lady Greyhounds round the bases for the last 14 years. Prior to that, he coached softball at Port St. Lucie High School and John Carroll. In sum, this legendary coach has spent 29 years on the field.
 
LPA’s Athletic Director Jill Corey presented Mathews with a commemorative plaque and banner on a softball field chalked with special “500” markings in honor of his coaching accomplishment. Sharing a personal account of his career with his wife by his side, Mathews indicated that having no children of his own, his players are like his family, and he looks forward to continue coaching softball and watching his athletes accomplish their goals on and off the field.
 
Mathews is ten and three for the season as he heads into his last four games for the 2017 season.
 
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.

Lady Greyhounds’ Coach Mathews Brings Home 500th Win

Lady Greyhounds’ Coach Mathews Brings Home 500th Win

Surrounded by his softball team, St. Lucie Public Schools staff, and fans, Roger Mathews celebrated his 500th victory as a softball coach on Tuesday, April 4th. He has supported Lincoln Park Academy’s (LPA) Lady Greyhounds round the bases for the last 14 years. Prior to that, he coached softball at Port St. Lucie High School and John Carroll. In sum, this legendary coach has spent 29 years on the field.
 
LPA’s Athletic Director Jill Corey presented Mathews with a commemorative plaque and banner on a softball field chalked with special “500” markings in honor of his coaching accomplishment. Sharing a personal account of his career with his wife by his side, Mathews indicated that having no children of his own, his players are like his family, and he looks forward to continue coaching softball and watching his athletes accomplish their goals on and off the field.
 
Mathews is ten and three for the season as he heads into his last four games for the 2017 season.
 

 

Morningside’s Odyssey

Morningside’s Odyssey

Morningside Elementary hosted a dessert theater and silent auction fundraiser to support their school teams’ trip to the State Finals for Odyssey of the Mind.  Morningside was honored with Omer’s award for great teamwork at the Regional Competition held earlier in the year.

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. These school teams have already proven themselves successful as they were top finishers in the Regional competition and received an invitation to move on to the State level competition.

 

 

Hill Speaks to Class of 2020

Hill Speaks to Class of 2020

Fort Pierce Westwood’s Class of 2020 was introduced to Dr. Michael J. Hill as part of the Speakers Bureau Series. He is currently a pastor at Prophetic Praise Ministries in Fort Pierce, Florida. His message was simple and to the point.

We all have decisions to make, and for the most part, we make good decisions. What’s really important in life is when we have to make the right choice or an important decision that may be deemed as unpopular by our social clique.  We ask ourselves, Do we have the fortitude to choose wisely?

Dr. Hill held the students captive as he reminisced about his trials and tribulations as a youth and his dealings with law enforcement. Dr. Hill continued by adding how one bad decision can lead to greater misfortune and how we overcome life’s challenges by making better decisions that can lead to a better quality of life. His final comments were on the importance of education and how we must use this as our primary vehicle to escape poverty. He made it a point to stress that academics, attendance, and graduation rates are major indicators of our future success.

 

Jaguar Battalion Flag Retirement Ceremony 2017

2017 Drill Meet

By: Sarai Narvaez

 

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion traveled to Lakeland, FL to compete in the Florida State Final Drill Competition on April 1st.  Out of the 396 Army JROTC programs in FL, 108 schools qualified to compete at the State finals.

The Jaguars competed in the following events: Female Color Guard, commanded by Cadet First Sergeant Morgan Emerson, Female Platoon Unarmed Regulation, commanded by Cadet Captain Kaycee Rhodes, Female Squad Armed Regulation, commanded by Cadet First Sergeant Syanna Graham, Female Platoon Exhibition, commanded by Staff Sergeant Allison Wilhoit and Female Squad Armed Exhibition, commanded by Cadet Captain Sergeant Kaycee Rhodes.

Male Squad Unarmed Regulation, commanded by Cadet Major Adan Pagan, Male Squad Armed Regulation, commanded by Cadet Captain Travis Cetin, Male Platoon Unarmed Regulation, commanded by Cadet First Sergeant Schneider, and Male Squad Armed Exhibition, commanded by Cadet Major Dallas Reyes.

The Jaguars received 7 top 10 finishes, with the accomplishment of Cadet Captain Travis Cetin finishing in 7th place. Congratulations to all of the cadets who competed and to all the cadets who commanded.

Male Squad Armed Regulation. Photo by: Sarai Narvaez

Female Squad Unarmed Regulation.
Photo by: Sarai Narvaez

Female Platoon Armed Regulation.
Photo by: Sarai Narvaez

Mariposa Elementary’s VPK Orbits

Mariposa Elementary’s VPK Orbits

After discussing mysterious movers all week, and learning that wind, water, and planets are mysterious movers; the students in Mrs. Claudia Bonilla’s Mariposa VPK classroom learned about the solar system and how the planets are constantly moving. They learned the correct term to describe that movement — orbit. They then discussed which planets were closer to the sun, and they all held a planet, moon, or star and began to orbit. The use of technology, images, and songs were implemented as well.

Students pictured: Brayden Myers, Arianna Jesse, Madilynn Bonocchi, and Shantel Perch.

 

2017 Graduation Schedule

2017 Graduation Schedule

EVERYONE, including children of all ages, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to the graduation.
Upcoming Ceremonies

Ft. Pierce Central High School
8:30 am on May 23, 2017 at the Fair Grounds

Treasure Coast High School
2:00 pm on May 23, 2017 at the Fair Grounds

Lincoln Park Academy
8:30 am on May 25, 2017 at Fenn Center

Ft. Pierce Westwood High School
1:30 pm on May 25, 2017 at Fenn Center

St. Lucie West Centennial High School
8:30 am on May 26, 2017 at Fenn Center

Port St. Lucie High School
1:30 pm on May 26, 2017 at Fenn Center

Acceleration Academy
8:30 am on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Performance Based Preparatory Academy
11:00 am on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Mosaic Digital Academy
2:00 pm on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

All ceremonies will be streamed live on YouTube.

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – On Saturday April 22, test drive a new Buick and help Buick donate up to $10,000 to Treasure Coast High School located at 1000 SW Darwin Blvd. in Port St. Lucie. Garber Buick GMC in Ft. Pierce will have new Buick vehicles at the school for this Test Drive Event from 8:00am-3:00pm.  For each 2-3 minute Test Drive, Buick will donate $10.00.  When the event exceeds 100 test drives, Buick will double the donation to $20.00.  The goal is to reach the maximum donation of $10,000 for the day!

The Sheriff’s Department will provide free fingerprinting for children and officers will be on site with their pop-up recreational center.  Food and drinks will also be available during the Buick Test Drive Event.

Participants will sign-in at the gym entrance in the back of Treasure Coast High School.  To test drive, drivers must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.  There is a limit of two donations per household.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our bands and athletic teams to work with a strong educational partner like Garber Buick GMC,” said Principal Susan Seal.  “We are always in need of additional funds to meet the needs of our students so they have opportunities to compete in festivals and competitions to flex their talents.”

Garber Buick GMC is a Full Service GM dealership on 8 Acres at 5255 U. S Highway One in Ft Pierce.  Garber Buick GMC has been in their new showroom for one year. The property was renovated and rebuilt and features a new car showroom, state of the art service department, new business offices, parts department and a Quick Lane Oil Change.  The Used Car Sales Office was finished in January of 2015.  They have room to display hundreds of new Buicks, GMCs and GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.  Garber Buick GMC also has a large Collision Center that is supported by all Insurance Companies.  Consumers have rated Garber Buick GMC #1 in Customer Service on the Treasure Coast.  The Garber family has been in the automobile business for over 100 years beginning with Garber Buick in Saginaw Michigan established in 1907.  Garber Automotive Group has 15 dealerships representing 14 manufacturers.    The company is known for their civic leadership in the communities where they do business.  To that end, Garber Buick GMC has a Community Room free to use for group meetings and non-profit organizations.  The Community Room can accommodate up to 40 people with tables, chairs and a 60” TV for presentations.   Garber Buick GMC’s website is www.garberbuickgmc.com.

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.

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BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

On Saturday April 22, test drive a new Buick and help Buick donate up to $10,000 to Treasure Coast High School located at 1000 SW Darwin Blvd. in Port St. Lucie.  Garber Buick GMC in Ft. Pierce will have new Buick vehicles at the school for this Test Drive Event from 8:00am-3:00pm.  For each 2-3 minute Test Drive, Buick will donate $10.00.  When the event exceeds 100 test drives, Buick will double the donation to $20.00.  The goal is to reach the maximum donation of $10,000 for the day!

The Sheriff’s Department will provide free fingerprinting for children and officers will be on site with their pop-up recreational center.  Food and drinks will also be available during the Buick Test Drive Event.

Participants will sign-in at the gym entrance in the back of Treasure Coast High School.  To test drive, drivers must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.  There is a limit of two donations per household.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our bands and athletic teams to work with a strong educational partner like Garber Buick GMC,” said Principal Susan Seal.  “We are always in need of additional funds to meet the needs of our students so they have opportunities to compete in festivals and competitions to flex their talents.”

Garber Buick GMC is a Full Service GM dealership on 8 Acres at 5255 U. S Highway One in Ft Pierce.  Garber Buick GMC has been in their new showroom for one year. The property was renovated and rebuilt and features a new car showroom, state of the art service department, new business offices, parts department and a Quick Lane Oil Change.  The Used Car Sales Office was finished in January of 2015.  They have room to display hundreds of new Buicks, GMCs and GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.  Garber Buick GMC also has a large Collision Center that is supported by all Insurance Companies.  Consumers have rated Garber Buick GMC #1 in Customer Service on the Treasure Coast.  The Garber family has been in the automobile business for over 100 years beginning with Garber Buick in Saginaw Michigan established in 1907.  Garber Automotive Group has 15 dealerships representing 14 manufacturers.    The company is known for their civic leadership in the communities where they do business.  To that end, Garber Buick GMC has a Community Room free to use for group meetings and non-profit organizations.  The Community Room can accommodate up to 40 people with tables, chairs and a 60” TV for presentations.   Garber Buick GMC’s website is www.garberbuickgmc.com.

 

Cobra Poets Strike Hard

Cobra Poets Strike Hard

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Fort Pierce Central High School’s (FPCHS) student poets took to the stage with words spoken from the heart intended to excite and engage at this year’s Louder than a Bomb (LTAB) Poetry Slam. Kayla Daley, a senior, was one of 12 South Florida high school students selected from more than 300 participants in the individual final competition held at Nova Southeastern University on April 8.  As a team, the FPCHS Cobras placed second in the semi-final round of the competition which draws famous name backers such as Jason Taylor of the Jason Taylor Foundation and Omari Hardwick of Bluapple Poetry. LTAB is designed to help students express themselves, and for some, the experience is life altering.

 

“This artistic outlet gives students an opportunity to share their innermost thoughts, concerns, and frustrations in an artistic manner that is heard and appreciated by others. When competing, our students give everything they have when on stage,” said Simone McPhee, FPCHS competition coach.  She explained that students work together throughout the year honing their poetic verse and practicing their delivery. “They are passionate about what they do and work hard to coach and support one another in preparation for this competition.” McPhee, together with co-coaches Kelly Addams and Peter Miserocchi of FPCHS, are in their third year helping to prepare students for this annual event.

 

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.

 

Fort Pierce Central Cobras celebrate a second place finish in the semi-final round of competition.

L to R: Maika Eugene, Kayla Daley, Sienna Medina, Jarrett Sauer

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Cobra Poets Strike Hard

Cobra Poets Strike Hard

Fort Pierce Central High School’s (FPCHS) student poets took to the stage with words spoken from the heart intended to excite and engage at this year’s Louder than a Bomb (LTAB) Poetry Slam. Kayla Daley, a senior, was one of 12 South Florida high school students selected from more than 300 participants in the individual final competition held at Nova Southeastern University on April 8.  As a team, the FPCHS Cobras placed second in the semi-final round of the competition which draws famous name backers such as Jason Taylor of the Jason Taylor Foundation and Omari Hardwick of Bluapple Poetry. LTAB is designed to help students express themselves, and for some, the experience is life altering.

 

“This artistic outlet gives students an opportunity to share their innermost thoughts, concerns, and frustrations in an artistic manner that is heard and appreciated by others. When competing, our students give everything they have when on stage,” said Simone McPhee, FPCHS competition coach.  She explained that students work together throughout the year honing their poetic verse and practicing their delivery. “They are passionate about what they do and work hard to coach and support one another in preparation for this competition.” McPhee, together with co-coaches Kelly Addams and Peter Miserocchi of FPCHS, are in their third year helping to prepare students for this annual event.

 

Fort Pierce Central Cobras celebrate a second place finish in the semi-final round of competition.

L to R: Maika Eugene, Kayla Daley, Sienna Medina, Jarrett Sauer

 

 

 

 

Family Fun at Forest Grove

Family Fun at Forest Grove

Bulldogs enjoyed an evening of Civics and Science at their Title 1 Parent Night. Families experienced technology-enhanced learning through QR codes with examples of Civics EOC questions. Science focused on heavily tested standards to show families how to attack those types of questions. Fun was had by young and old alike!