Huge Savings Result from Efficient Energy Practices in St. Lucie Public Schools

Huge Savings Result from Efficient Energy Practices in St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Superintendent E. Wayne Gent accepted a rebate check from Florida Power and Light (FPL) in the amount of $97,440.00 during Tuesday’s School Board Meeting. The rebate resulted from the recent installation of a new Thermal Energy System (TES) at Lakewood Park Elementary.  The District has had a long-standing commitment to maximizing the efficiency of its facilities, and the installation of such systems in local schools has proven effective. Schools with systems such as these have demonstrated an average savings of approximately 50 percent in energy costs.  “Every dollar is important to education, and these savings equate to a re-investment in our students,” said Gent.  

Over the lifetime of SLPS’s partnership with FPL, a total of $2,428,873.00 worth of incentives and rebates has been realized.  Replacement projects on roofs and lighting control retrofits along with other TES system installations contribute to this total. Specifically, the TES is an ice storage system for chilled water cooling in air conditioners that helps reduce the energy bills while still keeping the school at a comfortable temperature for students and staff.  The TES system runs during off-peak hours to take advantage of FPL’s Time of Use Rate.  This rate allows for lower electric charges during off-peak hours. 

HS Graduates Revisit the Nest at MSE

HS Graduates Revisit the Nest at MSE

MSE Blue Jay High School Seniors come back to the nest for a last visit!  From left to right they are Julia Theiss, Syia Hill, Nicole Hernandez, Jessica Smith, Rachel Jones, and Maddie Sands.  Syia, Nicole, Rachel, and Maddie were all in Ms. Williams-Johnson’s 5th grade class.  Ricky Estrada joined them shortly after the picture. An inspiration for our current Blue Jays!!!!

 

How Would You Make Your City A Better Place?

How Would You Make Your City A Better Place?

Calling all seventh graders! 

We want to know how you would make your city a better place.  What would you do if you were mayor?  Share your ideas on how you would make your city a better place.

Follow the guidelines for the essay contest below, and submit your entry prior to the deadline. You could be our next mayor!

 

 

Hot air abounds in Palm Pointe science classes

Peggy Radtke’s eighth grade science classes at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently did an experiment where they constructed their own hot air balloons and then measured the amount of time that their balloons stayed in the air. Pictured, from left, are Mackenzie McMichael and Alexandra Velasco as they watch their balloon soar!

HOSA Fall Leadership Conference

HOSA Fall Leadership Conference

FPC HOSA students traveled to Jupiter High School for the Fall Leadership Conference. Here, students gained the opportunity to network with other student leaders, learned about HOSA’s national charity project, and made note of the upcoming Regional Competitive Events Conference.
Senior Cassandra Connor is the Regional President Officer Candidate pictured with Danielle Geary, her campaign manager.

Pictured in the feature image:

Top Row: Flor Rico, Yedanny Dominguez, Irene Vallejo, Guadalupe Morano, Maria Ramirez

2nd row: Amber Hood, Danielle Geary, Cassandra Connor, Tamia Renaud, Alliyah Frank, Tamia Foxx-Bailey
Horray for Hollywood

Horray for Hollywood

SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, November 3, 2018

6:00PM
Education Foundation, St. Lucie
presents its
19th Annual Gala
“An Elegant Evening for Education”

THEME: Hooray for Hollywood
Dress in Hollywood style and walk the red carpet
Be A Star! 
Support Public Education

at the
Harbour Ridge Club House, Palm City, Florida

Don’t miss this premiere dinner, dance and live/silent auction event
and help support public education in St. Lucie County.

For more information contact Thom Jones at 772-429-5505

RSVP ONLINE
The mission of the Education Foundation is
to promote, encourage and recognize excellence in public education.

 

 

Hop Aboard a Virtual Reality School Bus

Hop Aboard a Virtual Reality School Bus

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools welcomes the arrival of an innovative mobile classroom scheduled to stop by four school sites so students, teachers, and community members can discover how hundreds of K-12 school districts, universities and medical schools are effectively incorporating virtual reality into their lesson plans and curriculum. On Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30, the zSpace bus rolls into town with its virtual stations set up and ready for use.

 

Students and teachers are using zSpace to globally transform education with hundreds of thousands of students using the technology in their classrooms and labs for STEM learning. Students can dissect organs, dive into volcanoes and more – all in a virtual reality world. No headsets are required, just simple 3D glasses so students and teachers can work collaboratively.

 

zSpace enables fearless learning. Students learn by trying and doing without the fear of breaking materials, spilling chemicals, making a wrong incision or blowing up a circuit – medical students and doctors can even practice surgeries and organ dissections without the messiness of working on real cadavers.

 

zSpace Schedule

Date Time School Address
November 29, 2018 8 AM – 10 AM Fort Pierce Westwood High School 1801 Panther Lane

Fort Pierce, FL 34947

November 29, 2018 Noon – 2:30 PM Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies 2250 S. Jenkins Road

Ft. Pierce, FL 34947

       
November 30, 2018 9 AM – 11 AM Oak Hammock K-8 1251 S.W. California Blvd.

Port St. Lucie, FL 34953

November 30, 2018 1 PM – 3 PM Windmill Point Elementary 700 Darwin Blvd.

Port St. Lucie, FL 34953

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Hop Aboard a Virtual Reality School Bus

Hop Aboard a Virtual Reality School Bus

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools welcomes the arrival of an innovative mobile classroom scheduled to stop by four school sites so students, teachers, and community members can discover how hundreds of K-12 school districts, universities and medical schools are effectively incorporating virtual reality into their lesson plans and curriculum. On Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30, the zSpace bus rolls into town with its virtual stations set up and ready for use.

 

Students and teachers are using zSpace to globally transform education with hundreds of thousands of students using the technology in their classrooms and labs for STEM learning. Students can dissect organs, dive into volcanoes and more – all in a virtual reality world. No headsets are required, just simple 3D glasses so students and teachers can work collaboratively.

 

zSpace enables fearless learning. Students learn by trying and doing without the fear of breaking materials, spilling chemicals, making a wrong incision or blowing up a circuit – medical students and doctors can even practice surgeries and organ dissections without the messiness of working on real cadavers.

 

zSpace Schedule

Date Time School Address
November 29, 2018 8 AM – 10 AM Fort Pierce Westwood High School 1801 Panther Lane

Fort Pierce, FL 34947

November 29, 2018 Noon – 2:30 PM Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies 2250 S. Jenkins Road

Ft. Pierce, FL 34947

       
November 30, 2018 9 AM – 11 AM Oak Hammock K-8 1251 S.W. California Blvd.

Port St. Lucie, FL 34953

November 30, 2018 1 PM – 3 PM Windmill Point Elementary 700 Darwin Blvd.

Port St. Lucie, FL 34953

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

Hoops for Life Celebrity Charity Basketball Game is Coming to Southport Middle School

Hoops for Life Celebrity Charity Basketball Game is Coming to Southport Middle School

 

An all-star lineup promises to score big for the Southport Middle School (SPMS) National Junior Honor Society’s (NJHS) cancer awareness fundraising efforts. Impressed with the students’ efforts to fundraise, Southport’s lead basketball coach Kerry Parks pledged to help support NJHS’s efforts by donating additional proceeds from the Annual Hoops for Life Celebrity Charity Basketball Game scheduled for March 31, 2018 at SPMS.

According to his wife, Dean Yolanda Parks, “Coach has been working day and night to bring together an All-Star basketball game between Team Gridiron and Team TKO that includes former St. Lucie County football players Yamon Figurs, Albert Wilson, and Jamar Chaney.” Yamon Figurs graduated from Westwood and played in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens. Albert Wilson graduated from PSLH and currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Jamar Chaney, current coach at Centennial High School, played for the Philadelphia Eagles. Other players on Team Gridiron include Damien Berry and Khalil Mach, who has donated signed pictures and basketball shoes that will be included in a charity benefit.

Athletes for Team TKO include James Mcgirt Jr., son of all-time great Buddy Mcgirt, Roy Jones Jr., and Orlando Rivera. James Mcgirt Jr. is one of the top middleweight boxers in the world. Roy Jones Jr. was pound for pound the best fighter in the world at one time and has won world titles from super welterweight to heavy weight, and Orlando “The Warrior” Rivera, is a 5X kickboxing champion and a top 10 boxer in the world.

There will be a special half-time performance by Kayylove & Schooly who will sing for guests during this spectacular event for cancer awareness. Allapattah Flats School Counselor Sheri Reichard and her family have been invited as special guests. All donations will continue to help raise cancer awareness as well as social awareness to spread love in our school and community.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at BIGWILLFIGHTFORLIFE.EVENTBRITE.COM for $10. Doors open at 12 pm. Tip-off is at 1 pm for the SPMS All Star Basketball Game. Immediately following the All Star Game, there will be a 2-Ball, Celebrity 3-point Contest and then the 5-on-5 Celebrity Basketball Game.

 

 

 

 

Honoring, Celebrating, and Supporting Athletes

Honoring, Celebrating, and Supporting Athletes

Treasure Coast Sports Commission

Honoring Top Male and Female Scholar Athletes From Area Public and Private High Schools

WHERE: THE SUNRISE THEATRE

DATE: MONDAY APRIL 30, 2018

TIME: DOORS WILL OPEN AT 6PM

EVENT BEGINS AT 7PM

TICKETS: $5.00

AVAILABLE ON LINE AND AT THE DOOR

 

 

 

Honorees from Gaines Academy join in parade

Honorees from Gaines Academy join in parade

Staff and faculty from Samuel S. Gaines Academy participated in the recent Grand Parade to celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day festivities. Representing the school, from left, are district employee award nominees, Teacher of the Year nominee Christen McCray, Distinguished Minority Educator nominee Robert Plowden, and and School Related Employee of the Year nominee Cequila Terry.

Honor Student Cierra Yuhas Nominated for  The Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, MA

Honor Student Cierra Yuhas Nominated for The Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, MA

PORT St. LUCIE, FL – Cierra Yuhas, a sophomore at Port St Lucie High School will be a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA on June 23-25, 2019.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Cierra’s nomination letter was signed by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and the Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists to represent Florida based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day Congress, Cierra Yuhas will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cutting edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

“This is a crucial time in America when we need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially,” said Richard Rossi, Executive Director, National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. “Focused, bright and determined students like Cierra Yuhas are our future and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.”

The Academy offers free services and programs to students who want to be physicians or go into medical science. Some of the services and programs the Academy offers are online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and much more.

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists was founded on the belief that we must identify prospective medical talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of this vital career. Based in Washington, D.C. and with offices in Boston, MA, the Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution to help address this crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians, medical scientists.
For more information visit www.FutureDocs.com or call 617-307-7425.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

Honor Student Cierra Yuhas Nominated for  The Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, MA

Honor Student Cierra Yuhas Nominated for The Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, MA

PORT St. LUCIE, FL – Cierra Yuhas, a sophomore at Port St Lucie High School will be a Delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, MA on June 23-25, 2019.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Cierra’s nomination letter was signed by Dr. Mario Capecchi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and the Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists to represent Florida based on her academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day Congress, Cierra Yuhas will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what to expect in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cutting edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

“This is a crucial time in America when we need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially,” said Richard Rossi, Executive Director, National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. “Focused, bright and determined students like Cierra Yuhas are our future and she deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give her.”

The Academy offers free services and programs to students who want to be physicians or go into medical science. Some of the services and programs the Academy offers are online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and much more.

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists was founded on the belief that we must identify prospective medical talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of this vital career. Based in Washington, D.C. and with offices in Boston, MA, the Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution to help address this crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians, medical scientists.
For more information visit www.FutureDocs.com or call 617-307-7425.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

Honor roll students recognized at Palm Pointe graduation

Honor roll students recognized at Palm Pointe graduation

Eighth grade students were recognized at the recent graduation ceremony at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition for making the Principal’s Honor Roll. This award is for students with straight  As. Pictured, back row from left, St. Lucie County School Board vice chairman Debbie Hawley, Alexa McGlade, Genicia Williamson, Ashley Smith, Adonis Smartt and Shannon Robinson. Front row, from left, Megan Wichern, Nicole Delano,Brianna McGlade, Aishani Kalluri, Yolie Cius and Danae’ Beech.

Honor Roll Season Northport K-8

Honor Roll Season Northport K-8

Northport community is so proud of our sixth grade Sharks and our seventh grade Stingrays who earned the Principal’s Honor Roll, A Honor Roll, B Honor Roll, and Perfect Attendance. The third nine weeks is always the most difficult, and these students worked hard to achieve. We congratulate all teachers, students and parents for working as a team and ensuring success and forward progress. Great job everyone!

Honor Band

Honor Band

Congratulations to Gaines Academy students: Lorena Ramirez-Garcia, Sedre Wright, Brandon Davis, and Nira Troublefield for being selected to the Indian River State College’s Four County Honor Band.  The Four County Honor Band is comprised of students from St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties.  These students will spend roughly 15 hours over the course of three days in rehearsal with guest clinician Dr. Shelby Chipman, Associate Professor of Music at Florida A&M University, and perform a concert at the end of the clinic.

Homework Help Workshop Held at Palm Pointe

Homework Help Workshop Held at Palm Pointe

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently held a workshop “Homework Help” for parents. St Lucie County’s Parent Academy came to Palm Pointe to provide parents with the tools to help them deal with common homework problems such as: refusing to do homework, talking, or waiting until the last minute. All parents with students in grades K-8 were invited to come to the event. This workshop was very informative for the parents and was well attended. Pictured is Craig Perry and Nancy Brown from the Parent Academy as they present information at the workshop.

Homecoming Reunion At Southport

Homecoming Reunion At Southport

We were extremely honored to help Private First Class Kimberly Foulk, United States Army, to surprise her children after being deployed for the past seven months. Her children were in class when they were called to the office. Her son William was little anxious when he was called, but when he walked into the attendance office and saw the badge on her arm, he was overwhelmed with joy! What a great reunion and the children were filled with so much happiness to see mom.

We thank you for your service and dedication to our country. Enjoy this time with your family!