2017 Florida Art Education Association Virtual Exhibition Winner!

2017 Florida Art Education Association Virtual Exhibition Winner!

Caroline Duran, Art Teacher at Lincoln Park Academy has once again qualified as a Florida Art Education Association (FAEA) Member Virtual Exhibition Winner.  Ms. Duran was recognized by the FAEA and her peers at this year’s conference held at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts on October 18th, where she received the Pacon Award for her entry, “Terra Nova,” a ceramic sculpture surfaced with acrylic paint. Congratulations to Caroline Duran for her dedication to her craft!

 

 

“Terra Nova”

 

 

Southport Middle School Sixth Grade Retreat

Southport Middle School Sixth Grade Retreat

Southport Middle School’s sixth grade students enjoyed an engaging, positive, and busy day at our annual Sixth Grade Student Retreat. This year’s theme was respect.

To begin the day, students met in the gym to give each other positive affirmations in an unusual game of “musical” chairs. They were then split into small groups with adult team leaders and sent out to participate in various team building activities throughout the day to play games and take part in small group discussions. In their groups, they wrote motivational letters to their future selves, which will be returned to each student later in the year for them to see their progress. They read their Palanca letters of encouragement from teachers, staff, and family members and then reflected on the day’s activities. At the end of the day, students were taken for a blindfolded trust walk for “a day in a life of a middle school student” where they met teachers, parents, and then were welcomed into the Media Center to enjoy conversation together and later the Halloween Dance, sponsored by Student Council.

Jeane Bartlet, Treasure Coast Council Director for Girls on the Run and Josh Rowell, Worship Pastor from First Baptist Church of Port St Lucie, gave inspirational speeches about important topics such as respect, potential, self-respect, self-esteem, and bullying.

The Retreat was a wonderful opportunity for all students and facilitators to build long lasting relationships with each other.

White City Elementary Partners with Community

White City Elementary Partners with Community

White City Elementary  is partnering with the community.  The residents of the Lake Forest Park Villa Association provided a lobster dinner to support White City Elementary School. A special thank you goes out to the Lake Forest Park Villa Association for supporting White City Elementary.  Proceeds will be used to purchase school supplies for the teachers and students of White City Elementary.

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – On Saturday November 11, test drive a new Buick and help St. Lucie West Centennial High School located at 1485 Cashmere Boulevard in Port St. Lucie receive up to $10,000. 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!

Participants will sign-in at the front of St. Lucie West Centennial’s campus where they will have easy access to the test drive range.  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.

Principal Andrea Popwell couldn’t be happier. “Our athletic teams, bands, and choral ensembles excel and often have opportunities beyond what our budgets allow.” She added, “Fundraising events with strong educational partners like Garber Buick GMC help us supplement the budgetary shortfalls so our students can flex their talents at high level competitions and festivals.”

Garber Buick GMC is a Full Service GM dealership on 8 Acres at 5255 U. S Highway One in Ft. Pierce.  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

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.

 

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

On Saturday November 11, test drive a new Buick and help St. Lucie West Centennial High School located at 1485 Cashmere Boulevard in Port St. Lucie receive up to $10,000. 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!

Participants will sign-in at the front of St. Lucie West Centennial’s campus where they will have easy access to the test drive range.  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.

Principal Andrea Popwell couldn’t be happier. “Our athletic teams, bands, and choral ensembles excel and often have opportunities beyond what our budgets allow.” She added, “Fundraising events with strong educational partners like Garber Buick GMC help us supplement the budgetary shortfalls so our students can flex their talents at high level competitions and festivals.”

Garber Buick GMC is a Full Service GM dealership on 8 Acres at 5255 U. S Highway One in Ft. Pierce.  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.

 

Albritton Earns Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Credential

Albritton Earns Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Credential

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – Kimberly Albritton was recently notified by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) that she has earned the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential.

 

Albritton, St. Lucie Public Schools coordinator for business services, was among 82 professionals who successfully completed the CPPB examination.  Initially established in 1979 as the Professional Public Buyer (PPB) certificate program and expanded in 1991 to a full-scale certification, this prestigious certification is an outstanding honor for individuals employed in the public procurement profession and is an asset to their specific division of government.  Chief Financial Officer Tim Bargeron lauds Albritton’s accomplishment saying, “Professional certification makes a powerful statement about the level of passion and commitment an individual has for providing outstanding service.”

 

To become CPPB certified, candidates must demonstrate through the application process, that they meet specific requisites established by the UPPCC; including formal education procurement-related coursework/training, and public procurement experience.  A comprehensive written examination is required to confirm mastery of a variety of public procurement concepts.  The CPPB certification recognizes only those professionals who have fulfilled these prescribed standards of competency.

 

To date, 10,283 procurement professionals have achieved this accomplished status.  For a complete listing of CPPB certified individuals and for additional information and qualifications, please visit the UPPCC website, uppcc.org.

 

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.

 

 

Albritton Earns Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Credential

Albritton Earns Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Credential

Kimberly Albritton was recently notified by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) that she has earned the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential.

 

Albritton, St. Lucie Public Schools coordinator for business services, was among 82 professionals who successfully completed the CPPB examination.  Initially established in 1979 as the Professional Public Buyer (PPB) certificate program and expanded in 1991 to a full-scale certification, this prestigious certification is an outstanding honor for individuals employed in the public procurement profession and is an asset to their specific division of government.  Chief Financial Officer Tim Bargeron lauds Albritton’s accomplishment saying, “Professional certification makes a powerful statement about the level of passion and commitment an individual has for providing outstanding service.”

 

To become CPPB certified, candidates must demonstrate through the application process, that they meet specific requisites established by the UPPCC; including formal education procurement-related coursework/training, and public procurement experience.  A comprehensive written examination is required to confirm mastery of a variety of public procurement concepts.  The CPPB certification recognizes only those professionals who have fulfilled these prescribed standards of competency.

 

To date, 10,283 procurement professionals have achieved this accomplished status.  For a complete listing of CPPB certified individuals and for additional information and qualifications, please visit the UPPCC website, uppcc.org.

 

And the Beat Goes On

And the Beat Goes On

It is only the first quarter of the year, and already so may wonderful musical events and accomplishments have occurred for students and staff in St. Lucie Public Schools!

Let’s sing the good news from the roof tops!

Treasure Coast High School and Port St. Lucie High School have brought back Choir to their campuses.

The choruses at Westwood High School and Lincoln Park Academy have been selected to perform again this year in Disney’s Candlelight Ceremony.  Both schools have enjoyed participating in this prestigious event for many years and consider it a time-honored tradition of musical excellence.

The 6th Annual Giving Concert took place on October 25, in the auditorium at Lincoln Park Academy.  Audience members received the gift of song/music from nine middle and high school choirs.  In return, community members gave non-perishable items as the price of admission, and SLPS gave those items to Grace Packs.

Thus far, two students from Forest Grove will be participating in All State. We look forward to hearing about more of our students as notifications are received.

Susan Seal, principal at TCHS, will be acknowledged as Administrator of the Year FMEC for her support of music.

On October 14, SLPS hosted its inaugural Marching Band Showcase —  a fundraiser for MS/HS bands and showcase our 5 HS Marching bands.  The Steel Drum ensemble from LPA and a MS combined band performed the National Anthem at the beginning of the Showcase.  The combined MS/HS bands performed a number together to conclude the program.  It was another great night for music.

Marching Band MPAs occurred in late October and early November.  The bands did really well and received the following ratings:

Fort Pierce Central High School – Excellent

Fort Pierce Westwood High School – Superior

Port St. Lucie High School – Superior

Treasure Coast High School – Superior

St. Lucie West Centennial High School – Excellent

Congratulations to our music program!

 

 

November is Florida Family Engagement in Education Month

November is Florida Family Engagement in Education Month

Get Involved!  #EngagedFamiliesFL
  • Contact your child’s teacher early in the school year and maintain communication throughout the school year.
  • Participate in parent/teacher conferences.
  • Ask the teacher what your child is learning and how you can support this at home.
  • Talk with your child daily about homework, classroom activities, and events.
  • Learn about school policies and expectations so you can help your child understand them.
  • Make efforts to stay informed of school and classroom events.
  • Model behaviors and attitudes you expect from your child.
  • Encourage and nurture your child’s creativity.
  • Be proactive in making the school aware of your support for your child’s education.
  • Talk with your employer about flex time so you can participate in school activities.
  • Establish a daily family routine.
  • Monitor out of school activities.
  • Model the value of learning, self-discipline, and hard work.
  • Express high, but realistic expectations for achievement.
  • Encourage your child’s development/progress in school.
  • Encourage reading, writing, and discussions among family members.
  • Be positive when talking with your child about school related activities.
St. Lucie Public Schools Honored as One of Best Places to Work

St. Lucie Public Schools Honored as One of Best Places to Work

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – With over 5,400 employees, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) was recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work. This announcement came amid cheers from staff members at the 16th Annual Best Places to Work St. Lucie County Awards Ceremony held on November 1st and hosted by the St. Lucie County Human Resources Association and Personnel Dynamics.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent accepted the award on behalf of the District, and commended the dedicated team of professionals whose mission it is to support students saying, “You win with the right people.”  SLPS Director of Human Resources Dr. Rafael Sanchez agrees.  “The new retention and recruitment model we now use has transformed our human resources department from a compliance machine to a strategic force in K-12 education.” Sanchez added, “The HR retention and recruitment model is unique and unlike any model currently used in public education today.”

Winning the Best Places to Work distinction enhances the SLPS recruitment brand and model which integrates support functions that correlate to the District’s mission and vision.   Determining factors for award recognition which is open to organizations annually include turnover, growth, training, benefits, profit sharing, pay, work environment, and retirement programs.

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.

St. Lucie Public Schools Honored as One of Best Places to Work

SLPS Honored as One of Best Places to Work

With over 5,400 employees, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) was recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work. This announcement came amid cheers from staff members at the 16th Annual Best Places to Work St. Lucie County Awards Ceremony held on November 1st and hosted by the St. Lucie County Human Resources Association and Personnel Dynamics.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent accepted the award on behalf of the District, and commended the dedicated team of professionals whose mission it is to support students saying, “You win with the right people.”  SLPS Director of Human Resources Dr. Rafael Sanchez agrees.  “The new retention and recruitment model we now use has transformed our human resources department from a compliance machine to a strategic force in K-12 education.” Sanchez added, “The HR retention and recruitment model is unique and unlike any model currently used in public education today.”

Winning the Best Places to Work distinction enhances the SLPS recruitment brand and model which integrates support functions that correlate to the District’s mission and vision.   Determining factors for award recognition which is open to organizations annually include turnover, growth, training, benefits, profit sharing, pay, work environment, and retirement programs.

 

LPA’s Jazz Combo Sets Positive Tone

LPA’s Jazz Combo Sets Positive Tone

The Lincoln Park Academy Jazz Combo performed as the opening act for Grammy-nominated and award-winning Najee on November 4th, 2017 at the Sunrise Theater. Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Eta Eta Omega Chapter under the Pink Rose Foundation Inc., held its annual scholarship fundraiser at the Sunrise Theater.

Vice President of the Pink Rose Foundation and Event Chairperson Michelle Jerger said, “The students have amazing talents and are extremely professional.  They set the tone for a successful evening.”  Jerger also commended the leadership of Band Director Jason Albert.

 

Hispanic Heritage Festival and Fundraiser – Nov. 18

Hispanic Heritage Festival and Fundraiser – Nov. 18

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.

 

Lip Sync Battle 2

Lip Sync Battle 2

Parent Academy Lip Sync Battle 2: Battle For The Belt

Presented By Ocean Chiropractic and Health Center

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: bit.ly/PALSB2

The 2nd occurrence of the Parent Academy Lip Sync Battle is to take place Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the gorgeous Sunrise Theatre of downtown Fort Pierce, FL.

Seven contestants will duke it out in hopes of rising to victory in 1 of 3 categories: Audience Favorite, Judges Favorite, and Fundraising Champion.

YOU will bear witness to their efforts, and YOU will decide who deserves glory.

You don’t want to miss this.

For more information on the Parent Academy of St. Lucie County, visit us our website, message us directly through Facebook, or call our office during regular business hours.

www.parentacademyslc.org
(772) 302-3147

 

Northport Commemorates Veterans Day With a Flourish!

Northport Commemorates Veterans Day With a Flourish!

Northport welcomed five local veterans into the school media center recently to honor Veterans Day and to teach students about words with very important meanings like service, sacrifice, integrity, grit, education and commitment. The group of veterans are an integral part of the fabric of Northport and they bring their very important message to the children of the school regularly.  Elissa Garcia’s Northstar sixth grade students, Dr. Angela Bennett and Sandra Tyndale-Harvey’s eighth grade students were engaged and asked important questions.

Students at Northport are blanketed in lessons about respect, patriotism and service at an early age. Administrators, teachers, media services personnel and staff work diligently to support and scaffold lessons learned at home about the sacrifices that our veterans make and the love and respect that is offered to those who have served us so selflessly. Many thanks to our Northport Veteran Partners in Education for once again offering students great lessons on democracy, civics and community engagement. Students were quick to lavish thanks and shook hands with our veterans as the program wrapped and each understood the gravity of the day’s lessons.

School Board Leadership

School Board Leadership

St. Lucie Public Schools welcomes Dr. Donna Mills as the new School Board Chairman and extends a thank you to Mr. Troy Ingersoll for his outstanding leadership as the outgoing School Board Chairman.

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

Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day Ceremony

On Saturday, November 11th, the JROTC Jaguar Battalion participated in the honoring of all veterans. Alongside Air Force JROTC, Navy JROTC and veterans dating back to WWII, the Jaguar Battalion stood in honor of those who fought to keep our country safe. (more…)