Students at Gaines Academy generously donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Pennies for Pasta campaign. We surpassed our school goal of $2,000 with a grand total of $2,700 being donated to help local blood cancer patients with their treatments and hopefully find a cure. Ms. Lenaiah Wood’s second grade class collected the most donations and were treated to a delicious luncheon by Olive Garden. Pictured enjoying their pasta are David Hernandez (L) and Pierre Jerome (R).
Students at Floresta Elementary were truly awestruck by the captivating and mesmerizing tricks performed by the Magician Jamie Porter as part of the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention & Support. Students were charged 15 Dolphin Dollars to participate in the magic show which was held in the school’s cafeteria, on Friday, May 17. The magician performed amazing card tricks and tricks with bags and ribbons that boggled students’ minds. Some students described the event as entertaining and exciting, while others said that the magician was very funny. All in all, the magic show was a refreshing and delightful experience for the students at Floresta Elementary School.
Written by Norda Clarke and Suzanne Diaz
Second grade students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition in Lorri Rudzinski’s class had a special visitor. The Writing Wizard, aka James Dean from Thinking Maps, stopped by to provide writing instruction. There were rich discussions on Making Our Writing more precise using a Bridge Map. Pictured from left is: Naje’ Carter-Evans, The Writing Wizard, and Cooper Kuba.
Northport K-8 School celebrated students, parents and teachers with a wonderful Fifth Grade Moving Up ceremony recently in the school gymnasium. The gym was packed with cheering parents, grandparents and friends as the students listened to principal, Glenn Rustay give words of advice for becoming successful students in the middle grades. Children’s Services Council Communications Director, Ashley Mock was the keynote speaker with more pearls of wisdom on success and becoming a great student. Ms. Mock is a graduate of University of South Florida. Northport was so pleased to host Ms. Mock. The school has a strong partnership with the Children’s Services Council. Music was provided by the Northport Symphonic Band under the direction of Brian Hoce. Pictured is fifth grade student from Tracey Healy’s class, Clovis Wilson holding a special award for “Most Improved!” When asked how he was selected to be the recipient of this honor, Clovis stated, “Last year, I had eight referrals, this year, Mrs. Healy tamed me and got me to learn!” Clovis’s quote speaks volumes for all the fifth graders that in order to become successful you need to become part of the learning community and do your very best!
At the May 13th School Board Meeting, Trane presented the St. Lucie County School Board with the “Energy Efficiency Leader Award” in recognition of the District’s commitment to energy and operational efficiency and sustainability.
The District has been aggressive in reducing energy costs; electric utility cost has been reduced by almost 40% in 4 years. Previously ranked 60th out of the 67 Florida school districts for electrical expenses per student, the District has reduced its ranking to 18th in the 2012-2013 school year.
The District reduced annual utility costs from over $12 million to less than $7 million.
Pictured from left to right are, Genelle Yost (Superintendent), Fernando Lagomasino (District Manager over Florida for Trane), Marty Sanders (Executive Director SLCSB), Sean Murray (Energy Manager SLCSB), Chris Cowling (Trane), James DeSousa (Trane), Mark Johnson (Calmac), Amir Kazeminia (OCI Engineering), Vera Stoller (Trane Marketing Florida), John Gillette (Senior Project Manager SLCSB), Debbie Hawley (School Board Chairman).
It’s that time of year again! Field day at Floresta Elementary kicked off on Monday, May 12, 2014. Students from all grades participated in a half-day of friendly, yet challenging competitions. The fourth grade students participated in eight events consisting of baton-relay racing, scooter relays, basketball-dribbling relays, paired beach ball relay, sponge relay, tug-of-war, and 50-yard dash. The competition was friendly and hard fought with Mrs. Diaz edging out Mrs. Clarke, Ms. Pagliughi, and Mrs. Burkett. Many parents were in attendance to support their child’s class and to celebrate good sportsmanship. Our very thoughtful and supportive Floresta Elementary PTO provided a variety of icy cold refreshments.
Similar field days were held for other grade levels. The grade level champions were:
1st grade – Miss Browning’s class
2nd grade – Mrs. Gray’s class
3rd grade – Mrs. Moore
4th grade – Mrs. Diaz
5th grade – Mr. Lehman
Written by Sandy Pagliughi and Suzanne Diaz
Photo courtesy of Mrs. Gilooly
PRESS RELEASE: Administrative Assignments for FY2015
Superintendent Genelle Zoratti Yost is pleased to announce administrative changes occurring with St. Lucie Public Schools for the 2014-15 school year.
Mrs. Felicia Nixon is being promoted to the position of principal at Dan McCarty Middle School. Mrs. Nixon is currently the principal at C.A.Moore Elementary School (2011-Present) where she has facilitated an improvement in student performance. Most notably, she is celebrated for her expertise in literacy.
Dr. David Washington, current principal at Dan McCarty Middle School, is assigned to the position of Director of Recruitment/Retention. Beginning his career in 1983, Dr. Washington has filled many roles in St. Lucie County and is an advocate for students and educators alike.
Mrs. Pam Holmes, current Assistant Principal at C.A.Moore Elementary School, will move into the principalship at this site. Mrs. Holmes has vast experience as a leader in St. Lucie where she has served the District as a teacher and an administrator since 1991.
Mrs. Cynthia Cobb, Principal at Rivers Edge Elementary, is retiring after 35 years of service to St. Lucie. Mrs. Kerry Walukiewcz is being named Principal at Rivers Edge Elementary School. Mrs. Walukiewcz began her teaching career in St. Lucie County in 1995 and has served as teacher in a variety of locations. In recognition of her teaching excellence, she was named the State of Florida’s Teacher of the Year in 2005. Additionally, she holds credentials of a National Board Certified Teacher. She has been serving as the Assistant Principal of Oak Hammock K-8 School since 2010.
We congratulate the newly appointed principals and look forward to a productive year ahead.
Northport Commemorates Eighth Grade Graduation by Instilling Pride and Exceptionalism with Community Support
Northport K-8 School graduated their twenty-eighth group of eighth grade students in the gymnasium recently. Over two hundred students completed the school requirements and were able to march to Pomp and Circumstance to receive their diplomas. The gym was decorated in the school colors with banners flying! As the families arrived in the courtyard, Bagpiper Michael Hyde, a Merchant Marine, welcomed the community to gather together. A full Honor Guard of veterans from across St. Lucie County, including Jack Ivy Detachment 666, United Veterans, Sons of the American Revolution, Vietnam Chapters and many other Northport Veteran Partners were on hand to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day and to wish our students well. All veterans in the packed gymnasium were given a standing ovation. Another aspect of the graduation program to instill patriotism, pride in America and educate students was the “Building American Pride One Flag At A Time” program held throughout the school year. The school, through community funding, was able to purchase an American flag home kit to give to each graduating student and family in honor of retired NYC Detective, Albert Hickey. Detective Hickey, 9/11 First Responder, spoke to the students at the beginning of the school year about the need for American flags to fly on homes throughout the county. The school honored Detective Hickey by dedicating the flags at graduation. Detective Hickey shook each graduates hand as they received their graduating diploma, a Patriot’s Diploma from the Son’s of the American Revolution and their American flag kit. Florida Representative Gayle Harrell was the keynote speaker and personalized her words by calling students by name with accolades and commenting on specific awards and memorable moments from the school year. Paulina Palma, Student Council President also gave a heartfelt commentary to her fellow students. Northport band and choral students gave exceptional music contributions with powerful musical performances to accentuate the program. Special thanks must go to Susan Matteson, eighth grade team leader and program coordinator and her assistant, parent, Suzi Scott for an outstanding job organizing the program. Congratulations to eighth grade students, families and teachers! Job Well Done on a very special commemorative graduation! Pictured is Northport Student Kylee Lanni accepting her Patriot’s Diploma and her American flag from Sons of the American Revolution and Detective Hickey. Kylee’s parents also attended Northport.
On May 8, as part of Floresta Elementary’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support Program, Riverside Community Theatre presented to all grade 2-5 students, the performance entitled “The Wolf and It’s Shadows.” Based on Aesop’s fable “The Dog and the Wolf,” the play weaves together stories about wolves, dogs, and humans, and includes tales from Russian, Tlingit, English, Inuit and German folklore. The message, according to some students was, “Don’t be influenced by the opinions of others.” For other students, the message was, “Freedom is worth more than being served as royalty.” Alexandria Howlett stated that she liked the play and thought that while it was funny at times, it had an important message. Seth Excellent said it was entertaining, hilarious, and he hopes to see more plays like that one performed at the school. Alanzandria Delphin feels that it was a very worthwhile event. True to their mission, the Riverside Community Theatre remains steadfast in their commitment to providing a total theatre arts experience that entertains, challenges, and educates both adults and children.
Written by Suzanne Diaz
We are proud to announce that the Lincoln Park Academy Odyssey of the Mind Team’s performance at the 2014 World Finals ranked 8th in the world! The students are to be commended for their hard work and exceptional creativity.
Congratulations to the team: S. Razuman, H. Razuman, R. Howard, B. Cainas, S. Strong, B. Rouse, W. Clarizio and their coach, Judith Hueter.
Parents, Students, Staff, and Artists gathered for the Southport Middle School Spring Art Show at the Vista Grille on Tuesday May 27th. The show featured the current semester’s Adobe Photoshop digital art work including St. Lucie County Fair photography, personal Color “Interest” Boards, and unique Typography. Sixth grader Christian Oravec and his family are pictured.
We are excited to announce the new Saint Lucie West Centennial High School HOSA officers. We welcomed the new officers in an induction ceremony and also had an ice cream social with prizes! The officers from the 2013-2014 school year had to step down and “pass the torch” to the new officers for the 2014-2015 year in a candle lighting ceremony to symbolize the changes in office from former officers to the present officers. The new President is Lindsey Harris, Vice President is Rachel Cormier, Secretary is Ximena Paz, Historian Dalia Mejia, Treasurer Nathalia Gomez, and Competition Co-chair is Jose Ortiz. We are all excited to embark on a new journey for the 2014 and 2015 school year!
Assistant Principal, Deborah Iseman accepted the 2012-2013 PBIS Model School Bronze Award at the School Board Meeting on May 27, 2014. A PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Model School is characterized by their consistent methods of utilizing data to better serve students and staff, utilizing creative and engaging reward systems, teaching PBIS to new students, extending PBIS throughout the campus and partnering with the community and parents, and including PBIS into daily activities across all available teaching opportunities. Mrs. Iseman is pictured with Board Chairman Debbie Hawley and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.
At the April 8th School Board Meeting, the Pilot Club of Fort Pierce donated $1,500.00 to the St. Lucie Public Schools Exceptional Education Department to work with students on a project with on-the-job training using technology. Pictured in the front row are, Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, President of the Pilot Club of Fort Pierce Jan Smith, Incoming President of the Pilot Club Tammy Wood, Pilot Club Member Joan Dodd, ESE Program Specialist Lesa Kitzmiller. Pictured on the back row are, Superintendent Genelle Yost, and Assistant Superintendent Bill Tomlinson.
At the April 8th School Board Meeting, James McKenzie, Executive Director of the St. Lucie County Education Foundation was presented the S.T.A.R. Award for his help with the Music In Our Schools Month. He has been a strong supporter of St. Lucie County Public Schools. Congratulations Jim! Pictured are, Director of Student Assignment Michelle Jerger, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Executive Director of the SLC Education Foundation James McKenzie, and Superintendent Genelle Yost.
Third grade students proudly display their painted birdhouses which were made during their unit on Songbirds in Mrs. Palmer’s West Gate K-8 Elementary Art classroom. Students not only made birdhouses from recycled tissue boxes and Popsicle sticks, but also learn about a particular songbird by doing research for a display poster to accompany their bird house. Students will then give the new house to the birds in their back yards.
L to R back row: Aden Kneidel, Christine Cledanor, Isaiah Brangan, Noelle Prinz
L to R front row: Shane Blank , Joshua Elwood, Sydney Yahn, Kyle Scerbo, Giana Paula.
Oak Hammock K-8 School was recognized at the May 27th School Board Meeting as a 2012-2013 PBIS Model School. They were presented the Bronze Award by Mr. Robert O’Neill, PBIS District Coordinator. Some of the characteristics of a PBIS Model school are their consistent methods of utilizing data to better serve students and staff, utilizing creative and engaging reward systems, teaching PBIS to new students, extending PBIS throughout the campus and partnering with the community and parents, and including PBIS into daily activities across all available teaching opportunities. Pictured are School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Heather Bolitho, Assistant Principal Kimberly Jay, Dorothy Levin, Julie Caiazzo, Principal Carmen Peterson, and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.
On May 27, 2014 at the School Board Meeting, West Gate K-8 was presented a Bronze Award for the 2012-2013 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Model School. A PBIS Model School is one that has met specific criteria and has reported innovative, creative and functional ways of supporting PBIS in their school. Pictured are, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Christopher Edgecombe, Andrea Malin, Assistant Principal Esther Muniz-Guzman, and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.
At the School Board Meeting on May 27, 2014, PBIS District Coordinator Robert O’Neill presented a Bronze Award for the 2012-2013 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Model Schools to Bayshore Elementary. A PBIS Model School is one that has met specific criteria and has reported innovative, creative and functional ways of supporting PBIS in their school. Pictured are Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Assistant Principal Edwin Munoz, PBIS Coach Kathryn Tromblay, Principal Lori Reid, and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.
Jennifer Avellino, Assistant Principal of Weatherbee Elementary, accepted the Gold Award for the 2012-2013 PBIS Model School at the School Board Meeting on May 27, 2014. Five schools from St. Lucie County were recognized as PBIS Model School for the State. Along with Weatherbee are, Bayshore Elementary, Oak Hammock K-8, Palm Pointe Educational Research School and West Gate K-8, each receiving the Bronze Award. There are approximately 1500 schools across the state of Florida who particpate in PBIS, and less than 10 % are chosen as PBIS Model Schools. Congratulations to all our schools! Jennifer is pictured here between School Board Chair Debbie Halwey and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.