State Rep. Larry Lee, Jr. Addresses Allapattah Flats Upward Mobility Group

State Rep. Larry Lee, Jr. Addresses Allapattah Flats Upward Mobility Group

On Friday, October 20, 2017, Allapattah Flats welcomed motivational speaker and State Representative Larry Lee, Jr. as a guest of the Speakers Bureau.  State Rep. Lee was introduced by Dr. Donna Mills who began the Speakers Bureau four years ago.  Rep. Lee has a passion for reaching young people with a message about “Choosing Success!”

Rep. Lee shared some real life struggles from elementary school on up through high school.  He admitted that he did not always make good choices along the way but always had people in his life who encouraged him to strive for better things, and he listened because of the respect that he had for them.  This led Rep. Lee to an avenue of playing football, being on the FPC undefeated football team, and obtaining a football scholarship to attend college!  This is when attending college truly became a reality to Rep. Lee.  A reality that was not on his radar during the early years of his life.

As Rep. Lee continued to share, he captured the group’s attention, especially when he spoke about how he signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos in 1976.  He spoke about how he was released during the pre-season and did not make the final cut.  Rep. Lee’s story to young men who are aspiring to play professional football is to always have a back-up plan and he explained that the NFL has another meaning and that is ‘Not For Long.’  That’s why you need to get a good education so that you will be “SFL”  which means Set For Life!  He spoke about his pathway from teaching school to where he is today and explained to the group that he has accomplished many things in life by making plans. He offered crucial advice to the group about planning for success.

Rep. Lee explained that if you want to be successful – hang with success people!  He explained that association brings about assimilation so be smart enough to know how to surround yourself with smart people!  Rep. Lee then directed the students’ attention to a “T” model with “Dos” on the left and “Don’ts” on the right and encouraged them to use this model as a guide to govern their daily actions and to evaluate the things that they can do to improve their daily lives, their grades, and their actions.

Rep. Lee concluded with encouraging the students to maintain good grade point averages, good behavior, to dress for success, and above all, encourage each other along the way!  Rep. Lee has high expectations for this “APF-Upward Mobility Group” and will be checking in on their SUCCESS!

Northport Celebrates Eighth Annual Unity Day!

Northport Celebrates Eighth Annual Unity Day!

This year, Northport K-8 School celebrates our 8th annual Unity Day. Students from across the VKP-8 school make posters and banners and march throughout a path pre-marked by our PE coaches. All day long, during resource time, students can be seen marching, carrying homemade decorations and singing choruses of “No More Bullies! No More Drugs!”

Northport combines our message of anti-bullying and anti -drugs every single year. The students look forward to Unity Day and the teachers make the day special. We also hold Unity Day door decorating contests for elementary classes and yearly anti-bullying/anti-drug essay contests in the middle grades. Many thanks to our prevention specialist, Maryanne Warren, who helps organize the event. Special thanks to Coaches Kim Kanada, Darryn Ploeckelman, Donald Patterson, Art Teacher Valerie Kirk, Band Director Joseph Bigler and all the other great and truly dedicated staff members and teachers at Northport who made the day so special and empowering for the kids!!!!!!

9th Annual Frances K. Sweet Veterans Day Celebration

9th Annual Frances K. Sweet Veterans Day Celebration

Principal Juanita Wright along with Frances K. Sweet Elementary (FKS) students and staff invite veterans to the 9th Annual Veterans Day Celebration slated for Friday, November 3, 2017.  This time-honored celebration of distinguished service men and women is held on the school’s campus located at 1400 Avenue Q in Fort Pierce. Event organizers Helena Grapsy, Tammy Davis, and Barbara Bennett encourage veterans interested in participating in the ceremony to meet ten minutes prior to the 9 AM kick-off in order to line up for a parade of appreciation that will wind through the FKS campus.

The JROTC cadets from Fort Pierce Westwood High School will open the ceremony with the presentation of colors followed by remarks from a special guest speaker. After the ceremony, there will be a campus tour of patriotic-themed displays. Honored guests will then enjoy a special breakfast prepared by FKS’s cafeteria staff.

9th Annual Frances K. Sweet Veterans Day Celebration

9th Annual Frances K. Sweet Veterans Day Celebration

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL –  Principal Juanita Wright along with Frances K. Sweet Elementary (FKS) students and staff invite veterans to the 9th Annual Veterans Day Celebration slated for Friday, November 3, 2017.  This time-honored celebration of distinguished service men and women is held on the school’s campus located at 1400 Avenue Q in Fort Pierce. Event organizers Helena Grapsy, Tammy Davis, and Barbara Bennett encourage veterans interested in participating in the ceremony to meet ten minutes prior to the 9 AM kick-off in order to line up for a parade of appreciation that will wind through the FKS campus.

The JROTC cadets from Fort Pierce Westwood High School will open the ceremony with the presentation of colors followed by remarks from a special guest speaker. After the ceremony, there will be a campus tour of patriotic-themed displays. Honored guests will then enjoy a special breakfast prepared by FKS’s cafeteria staff.

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About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast.  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.

Northport Deans Support Eighth Annual UNITY DAY!

Northport Deans Support Eighth Annual UNITY DAY!

Northport Deans, Billy Hicks and Georgia Stone, along with Clerk Kachina Hall, are doing a superior job of taking care of security at Northport. Not only are they working on anti-bullying efforts and focusing on positive behavior efforts, but they are also working on a good citizenship program called “Step Up Northport!”

“Step Up Northport” is a student call-to-action to be good citizens, learn to “see something, say something” in all avenues of life, in the school and in the community. Students are learning about cybersecurity and the foundations of our government.

Congratulations on an exemplary job to these super educators at Northport!

Northport Students Engage in Idioms Opportunity!

Northport Students Engage in Idioms Opportunity!

Third grade Rising Star instructor, Lorena Wilson, and her students had a wonderful time celebrating Amelia Bedelia and Her Idioms Day recently. Students and teacher used the lesson as an extension of a study on figurative language. Mrs. Wilson dressed as Amelia Bedelia and students dressed as the literal meaning of idioms that they learned about in class. Students then invited other classes to come into the room and play “Guess the Idiom” game. Students decorated themselves as “like the cookie crumbles,” “it’s raining cats and dogs,” “the icing on the cake,” and “fresh as a daisy.” Every student in the class had their own idiom to show and tell.

Great lesson! Great kids and SUPER GREAT teacher!

Hispanic Festival Fundraiser

Hispanic Festival Fundraiser

Educators coming together to help educators is the underlying theme of this year’s annual West Gate K8 Hispanic Heritage Festival and Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, November 18th on the school’s campus located at 1050 NW Cashmere Blvd. in Port Saint Lucie.  Community members are invited to enjoy music, games, live performances, and a variety of food from 1PM to 5PM.

Many schools in Puerto Rico were left in ruins as a result of the devastating winds and rain from Hurricane Maria.  Event organizer, Assistant Principal Esther Muniz-Guzman, explained that donated items such as paper, pencils, glue sticks, and other school supplies will be collected during the Festival.  “All proceeds from this event will go to the restoration of schools in Puerto Rico,” she said.  “We also accept monetary donations. No gift is too small.”

West Gate’s planning team is dedicated to making this year’s Festival one of the largest in the school’s 5-year history of annual Hispanic Celebrations.  Spurred by personal connections to those who have been impacted by losses resulting from recent weather events and by a deep passion to help others, the committee has already secured special performances by Hispanic recording artist Chamoco Rivera before he embarks upon his European tour, championship wrestling entertainment and autograph sessions, 20th Street Jazz Band, Sheriff’s Department canine demonstrations, and staging by the SLC Fire Department.  In addition, event attendees will also enjoy bounce houses, Fort Pierce Central and West Gate bands, face painting, food vendors, and much more.  This festival promises to be fun for the whole family while beneficial to those in need.

For questions or information about how to be a vendor, call Esther Muniz-Guzman at 772-807-7605.

 

 

Yard Sale – November 18

Yard Sale – November 18

Annual Mega Yard Sale-Village Green Elementary


When: Saturday, November 18, 2017

(In the event of a rain day, the event will be rescheduled. Date to TBA)

 Time: 7:00 am to 11:00 am

(Set-up time 6 am to 7 am; clean-up time 11:00 am to 11:30 am.)

Where: Village Green’s Front Parking Lot

Check-in Table will be located near the front office, please check in to confirm your parking spot.

You will be given two parking spots one for your vehicle and one to sell your items. They will be parallel to each other; you will only need to purchase one $ 10.00 spot.

As a Yard Sale participant you are responsible for your items and vehicle at all times. St. Lucie County Schools are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. Participants are responsible for pricing, selling, set up and clean up. The PBIS team will supply advertising, permit and location.

Please note: Due to St. Lucie County School Board rules the following items are not permitted on school grounds – smoking, adult materials, illegal drugs, weapons, explosives and non-domestic animalsYou may be asked to leave and will not receive a refund if contraband items are present on school grounds.

Additional information http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/pdf/codeofconduct.pdf

 

Please copy and return this portion to the Village Green’s PBIS Team.

_____ YES, I would like to reserve a yard sale parking lot space $10.00 is enclosed.

Name: ______________________________________________________ Phone: _____________________

E-mail:________________________________________________________

Office use only

Parking lot number _______________Check # or Cash______________

Spelling Bee – The Musical

Spelling Bee – The Musical

Don’t miss the Fall musical that everyone is buzzing about — The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!

Showtimes:

Friday, November 17th at 6:30 PM

Saturday, November 18th at 2:00 PM and 6:30 PM

Tickets are on sale now at LPAtheatre.webs.com

 

Bayshore Elementary Fifth Graders Explore Sound Energy

Bayshore Elementary Fifth Graders Explore Sound Energy

Students in Andrea Logue’s fifth grade science class at Bayshore Elementary explored sound energy last week. They used tuning forks to investigate how sound is produced by vibrations. Then students were challenged to use those vibrations to transfer the sound energy to the ping-pong ball to make it move. They learned that energy is never used up, but instead it changes form. In this case, sound energy was transformed into mechanical energy.

Science comes to life at Bayshore Elementary!

Tour Showcases Career Opportunities

Tour Showcases Career Opportunities

The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC) and the Treasure Coast Manufacturers Association (TCMA) introduced 15 high school guidance counselors from St. Lucie Public Schools to some of the county’s most prominent manufacturers.

The inaugural School Counselor Tour showcased the wide variety of rewarding careers in manufacturing available to their students right here at home.  The group visited A-1 Roof Trusses, Phoenix Metal Products, Maverick Boat Group, D&D Welding, and Advanced Machine & Tool.

“The work these people do is incredibly important and has a powerful impact on students’ lives for decades,” said Scott Deal, CEO and founder of Maverick Boat Company in Fort Pierce.  Deal said he appreciated the counselors taking time to learn about his business and his need for quality workers of all kinds.

“We not only build boats, we build things that go into boats,” said Deal, explaining that the company employs a wide variety of workers to do programming, accounting, sewing and upholstery, lamination, hanging motors and much more. “The three Qs are the biggest thing for us,” he said. “We are a quality company with quality people building quality products. We are looking for the three As – attitude, aptitude and attendance.”  Deal said Maverick Boat Group will train workers who demonstrate the three As.

“I think this tour opened the counselors’ eyes to a lot of good, local career possibilities for their students that they weren’t aware of,” said Jill Marasa, EDC vice president, business retention and expansion.  “These manufacturing jobs pay well and have great benefits. They are a fantastic option for students who are not college-bound.”

“It was great to see the counselors touring our local manufacturers. Several of them had no idea the careers that these local companies have to offer their students. What an eye-opening experience for them,” said Tammy Roncaglione, CenterState Bank St. Lucie County community president and founding member of TCMA.

Korissa Diaz, counselor at Performance Based Preparatory Academy, a public alternative high school in Fort Pierce, agrees wholeheartedly with Marasa. “I kept thinking, as we were going through the different businesses, what an untapped resource this is,” said Diaz. “I’ve lived in St. Lucie County all my life and I had no idea any of these businesses existed. You could have told me about this all day long, but I wouldn’t have realized the magnitude of it.”

Diaz said that more than half of her school’s 120 students would benefit from taking entry-level jobs with these local manufacturers and working their way up.

The tour was one of the initiatives the EDC is fostering to address the Treasure Coast Skills Gap Study findings that confirmed a significant shortfall in manufacturing, skilled construction and healthcare workers in the Treasure Coast region.

Northport Teachers Offer First-Rate Education!

Northport Teachers Offer First-Rate Education!

Northport teachers are amazing! The seventh grade Stingrays team include Tracey Lejeune, Kat Black, Tony Mancini, Jeffrey Bennett, Angela Elliott and Heath Degiovine. Tiffany Tredor, 5th grade Rising Stars teacher, Lorri Lamm, second grade teacher along with NP Media Specialist, Lynne Gruszka are enjoying a priceless friendship and an admiration for colleagues that is not often replicated. Northport is noted for high quality, reputable and fun-loving teachers who bring out the best in their students. Northport is a great place to “make the magic happen!”

Lights On Laptops

Lights On Laptops

The 3rd annual “Lights on Afterschool” expo held on  Thursday,  October 12th at the Fort Pierce Police Athletic League (PAL) was a success. The event showcased many afterschool organizations in our community. Thanks to a grant from the City of Fort Pierce, families who attended and completed a survey were entered in a drawing for a laptop computer.

Congratulations to our winners:

Terriauna Williams – (5th grade) Chester A. Moore Elementary

Zaking Baxter – (10th grade) Fort Pierce Westwood High School

 

Terriauna Williams – (5th grade) Chester A. Moore Elementary

Zaking Baxter – (10th grade) Fort Pierce Westwood High School

SS Teachers Recognized for Excellence

SS Teachers Recognized for Excellence

Social Studies educators from Pensacola to Key West made their way to Palm Harbor, Florida for the 60th Annual Florida Council for Social Studies Conference. Amid their peers, St. Lucie Public Schools educators were honored for teaching excellence. In an awards dinner celebration that carried the conference theme of “Honoring the Past, Preserving the Present, and Shaping the Future,” Nikki Gomez (Rivers Edge Elementary), Lauren Kappler (Westgate K-8), and Lea Ann McCaffrey (St. Lucie West Centennial High School) were recognized for their efforts and strengths in teaching that they bring to their profession and share with others.

 

In addition, Sharon Ortiz (Fort Pierce Central High School) was also recognized with the J. R. Skretting Social Science Professional Award for her work in expanding the membership and ably representing the goals of the organization.  Sharon is a founding member and the first president of the Treasure Coast Council of the Social Studies.  “Our social studies department is outstanding,” said Social Studies Curriculum Lead Kate Ems.  “The team from elementary to high school work together to keep the past vibrant while we work to support our students as they become thoughtful citizens.”

SS Teachers Recognized for Excellence

Social Studies Teachers Recognized for Excellence at Annual Conference

ST. LUCIE COUNTY –  Social Studies educators from Pensacola to Key West made their way to Palm Harbor, Florida for the 60th Annual Florida Council for Social Studies Conference. Amid their peers, St. Lucie Public Schools educators were honored for teaching excellence. In an awards dinner celebration that carried the conference theme of “Honoring the Past, Preserving the Present, and Shaping the Future,” Nikki Gomez (Rivers Edge Elementary), Lauren Kappler (Westgate K-8), and Lea Ann McCaffrey (St. Lucie West Centennial High School) were recognized for their efforts and strengths in teaching that they bring to their profession and share with others.

 

In addition, Sharon Ortiz (Fort Pierce Central High School) was also recognized with the J. R. Skretting Social Science Professional Award for her work in expanding the membership and ably representing the goals of the organization.  Sharon is a founding member and the first president of the Treasure Coast Council of the Social Studies.  “Our social studies department is outstanding,” said Social Studies Curriculum Lead Kate Ems.  “The team from elementary to high school work together to keep the past vibrant while we work to support our students as they become thoughtful citizens.”

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast.  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.