Village Green Flag Folding

Village Green Flag Folding

On Wednesday, November 8, the Port St. Lucie High School JROTC went to Village Green Elementary to teach about flag folding and about the Class B uniform to first graders and to fifth graders. The JROTC cadets taught the meaning of the colors and each fold in the American Flag.

Congratulations Leadership Graduates

Congratulations Leadership Graduates

Leadership St. Lucie is a community leadership adventure! Each year community leaders are selected to work together and develop together as they learn and grow in their knowledge and expertise necessary for them to serve in public or private leadership positions within St. Lucie County.  Selections are made based upon a nominee’s volunteerism, education, professional achievement, personal objectives, commitment to the community and community accomplishments.

We congratulate Dr. Kevin Perry and Dr. Rafael Sanchez, proud graduates of this year’s Leadership Class of 35!

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MSE Honored Veterans

MSE Honored Veterans

Morningside Elementary School invited veterans from all branches of the armed forces to join students and staff in a tribute to honor their service to our county.  On Thursday, November 9, the school’s hallway was lined with students waving flags, clapping, and cheering as veterans made their way to the school’s cafeteria.

Standing at attention, awaiting the ladies and gentlemen who served our country (some on active duty, some on reserve duty, some retired), was Port St. Lucie High School’s Color Guard.  Students from each grade group performed songs and tributes to the audience with a medley of tunes representing each branch rounding out the performance as the finale.

 

 

 

 

 

Science with Mr. Capozolli at White City Elementary

Science with Mr. Capozolli at White City Elementary

The Grade 5 students of White City Elementary conducted an investigation and they were able to explain that energy can be transformed into sound energy.  Mr. Capozolli, science resource teacher, provided a hands-on lesson to help students hypothesize, predict, and problem solve.

 

 

Northport Boys to Men Host Special Guests!

Northport Boys to Men Host Special Guests!

Northport Boys to Men program hosted members of the local chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity recently. Harry Williams, Roderick Johnson, Mike Greene and Jack Boatwright attended the meeting to help bring a message of integrity and respect to the boys. The men mentor a group of local boys called the “Lamp Lighters.”

Each brought a message about respecting parents and teachers as well as other students. They spoke about how critical school attendance is to success and how critical a time that middle school really is for young people. The chapter members will visit the group twice a month to help steer the boys in the right direction in life. The men told the boys that after each meeting they close with all standing and saying out loud, “I am my Brother’s Keeper!” Thanks to guidance counselor Diane Reynolds for coordinating this very special meeting. Also, thanks to instructor Aaron Barnes for keeping this group vibrant.

Sunrise Theatre Offers School Time Performances

Sunrise Theatre Offers School Time Performances

The Sunrise Theatre and the Sunrise Theatre Foundation are pleased to announce the 2018 school time performances!

Space is limited, so please plan early with your school administrator’s approval for your class or grade group participation. Confirm Theatre space and bus availability with the Sunrise, and ensure that all  District field trip procedures are followed.

For the 11th year the Sunrise Theatre is committed to providing students in St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, and Martin Counties the opportunity to attend live theatrical performances free of charge.

The School Time Performances offer current, challenging and artistically diverse programming performed by international, national and regional artists and theatrical companies. For some students, it is their first time seeing a live performance and for others yet another glimpse into the world of education, brought to life.

 

 

Jest In Time – Let’s Go Science Show

Tuesday, January 23 at 10:30am
Recommended Grades 4-8 


The wacky and talented Professor Smart and Dr. Knowitall join forces for an educational, entertaining, exciting and experiential extravaganza. Professor Smart shrinks his head, has toilet paper flying, juggles and has peoples’ hair standing on end all while demonstrating principals of physics. Researcher and comedic sidekick Dr. Knowitall keeps the facts straight. During the Let’s Go Science Show you and children will learn science concepts through impressive and memorable demonstrations. They will learn about air pressure, figure out flight, see awesome optical illusions, be shocked by static electricity, see experiments with falling masses, grasp gyroscopic properties and get a handle on the scientific method.

Click Here to Submit a Request Form for this Performance

 

 

Steve Trash

Ecology Is Awesome!

Thursday, May 3 at 10:30am
Recommended Grades K-8


STEVE TRASH: ECOLOGY IS AWESOME (A Totally Rockin’ Environment Show) focuses on pollution, conservation of natural resources, and the amazing connections that exist in the natural world. It features all new music, new tricks, new explanations, new Garbage Monsters (Garbage Monsters?) Yes. Garbage Monsters! And lots of new funny stuff. It’s a whole new show with the same ecological theme but different content! Woohoo. This show has almost exactly the same technical requirements as The Science of Ecology. It’s a one-man/solo show suitable for 500 – 1500 seat performing arts theatres. It’s a terrific eco-educational show that’s specifically tailored to the school audience. Steve’s shows are always an excellent blend of curriculum based ecological lessons (with lesson plans) and awesome green themed magic tricks, music, and craziness that kids find irresistible. STEVE TRASH: ECOLOGY IS AWESOME is an amazing new shows and kids will take home a new understanding of their connection to the planet.

Click Here to Submit a Request Form for this Performance

 

For additional information or questions, please contact Sharon Engle at the Sunrise Theatre sengle@sunrisetheatre.com or 772.467.4122.

Student Perks Brewing Up Business

Student Perks Brewing Up Business

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – A work skills opportunity that began percolating last year for students in the St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program is brewing again this year with bold expectations.  On Tuesday, November 28, the student-run enterprise known as Student Perks will begin selling coffee, pastries, fresh fruit, and signature brand tumblers in a kiosk on the first floor breezeway of the Board of County Commissioners Administration Building located at 2300 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce.

The grand re-opening is slated for 9 AM. Patrons working in the Administration Building as well as customers from the general public are welcome to purchase items every Tuesday from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM.  The goal of the coffee shop is to support students in their effort to refine skills that will aid them as they transfer to competitive employment after high school. According to Job Coach Martha Taylor, “The coffee cart is a training gold mine. Student Perks offers our students opportunities to work with customers to flex their abilities in the areas of nutrition, money, marketing, social skills, safety, work ethics, and working with the public.”

This year, students from two high schools will man the kiosk — Port St. Lucie High School and Fort Pierce Westwood High School.  Two returning students from last year’s inaugural team will serve as mentors for the nine other Student Perks team members.  This will be important, because students are held to high standards. “It’s real work,” said Taylor.  “First the students must excel in their schoolwork. Then, based upon recommendations from their teachers, the students interview for the various positions available in the Student Perks kiosk.” In keeping with the Student Perks tagline, “It’s more than coffee!”

Taylor and others who work with the students in the program laud the Board of County Commissioners and staff members in the Board of County Commissioners Administration Building for their support.  She indicated that while participants in the Student Perks program receive support from a SLPS Job Coach, there is no better practical application of a skill than to use it when authentically interacting with customers.

All proceeds from the coffee shop will offset Student Perks’ expenses. For information, contact SLPS Job Coach Martha Taylor at 772-370-0891 or SLC Human Resources Manager Douglas Baber at 772- 462-5267.

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.

 

Student Perks Brewing Up Business

Student Perks Brewing Up Business

A work skills opportunity that began percolating last year for students in the St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program is brewing again this year with bold expectations.  On Tuesday, November 28, the student-run enterprise known as Student Perks will begin selling coffee, pastries, fresh fruit, and signature brand tumblers in a kiosk on the first floor breezeway of the Board of County Commissioners Administration Building located at 2300 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce.

The grand re-opening is slated for 9 AM. Patrons working in the Administration Building as well as customers from the general public are welcome to purchase items every Tuesday from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM.  The goal of the coffee shop is to support students in their effort to refine skills that will aid them as they transfer to competitive employment after high school. According to Job Coach Martha Taylor, “The coffee cart is a training gold mine. Student Perks offers our students opportunities to work with customers to flex their abilities in the areas of nutrition, money, marketing, social skills, safety, work ethics, and working with the public.”

This year, students from two high schools will man the kiosk — Port St. Lucie High School and Fort Pierce Westwood High School.  Two returning students from last year’s inaugural team will serve as mentors for the nine other Student Perks team members.  This will be important, because students are held to high standards. “It’s real work,” said Taylor.  “First the students must excel in their schoolwork. Then, based upon recommendations from their teachers, the students interview for the various positions available in the Student Perks kiosk.” In keeping with the Student Perks tagline, “It’s more than coffee!”

Taylor and others who work with the students in the program laud the Board of County Commissioners and staff members in the Board of County Commissioners Administration Building for their support.  She indicated that while participants in the Student Perks program receive support from a SLPS Job Coach, there is no better practical application of a skill than to use it when authentically interacting with customers.

All proceeds from the coffee shop will offset Student Perks’ expenses. For information, contact SLPS Job Coach Martha Taylor at 772-370-0891 or SLC Human Resources Manager Douglas Baber at 772- 462-5267.

 

 

 

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!

 

 

Culver’s Supports Education – December 6th

Culver’s Supports Education – December 6th

Save the Date!

The Education Foundation of St. Lucie and Culver’s in Tradition are partnering for a “Share Night” to benefit the Foundation.

On Wednesday, December 6th from 4-8 PM, Culver’s will donate a portion of their receipts to the Education Foundation. Mention the Education Foundation when you order. Culver’s features delicious burgers and their famous custard-like ice cream.

 

Culver’s Location:

10770 SW Tradition Pkwy.

Port St Lucie, FL 34987

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

The aroma of baked goods fills the air as families and friends gather for the holidays. The same thing is taking place in our schools as our staff and students teach and learn about the season’s traditions.  We find many schools participating in food drives, hosting concerts, and enjoying special luncheons to welcome the season of Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 21st is an early release day for students. Wednesday, November 22nd through Friday, November 24th are days designated as holidays for observance of the Thanksgiving Break. (Please note: 12-month personnel work on November 22nd.)

Allapattah Flats administrators carve turkeys to serve their students and staff a feast.

F. K. Sweet second graders prepare for a “Let’s Be Thankful Program.”

 

Weatherbee Elementary hosted a Turkey Trot Reading Challenge.

Students in Mrs. Harris’ class at Village Green Elementary learned about the First Thanksgiving and the origin of the celebration/holiday. The students wrote opinion pieces about various people and things they are thankful for and explained why. They also made turkey placemats for their pals who are elderly residents of the Grand Oaks Assisted Living Home in Jensen Beach.

 

 

Southport Middle School Rocks

Southport Middle School Rocks

Students at Southport Middle School celebrated World Kindness Day all week long. The National Junior Honor Society started each day with kindness quotes on the morning news show. They passed around kindness bracelets that included random acts of kindness. They also handed out kind cheerful notes to teachers and students throughout the week. To help celebrate World Kindness Day, students in Mrs. Dudash’s class painted rocks from the Smokey Mountains for fellow students to find and enjoy.

Southport students believe that there is nothing better than getting random kind messages and the simple act of finding rocks make people smile and inspires them to pass on the kindness! Underneath each rock students will find the message SPM ROCKS to represent Southport Middle. Special helpers included: Ms.Soto, Ms. Bailey, Mrs.Mee-Joy, and Ms. Neil.

Here Comes the Bus App for Parents

Here Comes the Bus App for Parents

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is extending the adoption of an innovative mobile device app and website entitled Here Comes the Bus.  Five more schools are coming on board with this user friendly tool that allows parents and authorized caregivers to view the real-time location of their child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Transportation Director Don Carter explained that while five schools (Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, Lawnwood Elementary, Mariposa Elementary, Savanna Ridge Elementary, and West Gate K-8) are included in the early phase of the roll-out plan, the District will continue to add additional schools until all schools are included in the system.  The tool was successfully piloted with Allapattah Flats K-8 at the close of last school year.  He said, “Adding schools in stages allows our bus routers to ensure routing accuracy within the Here Comes the Bus system.”  Carter also emphasized the importance of customer feedback.  “We want to know what our parents are thinking and what benefit this provides them,” he said, “A positive customer service experience with the safety and well-being of student riders is at the heart of this implementation.”

Here Comes the Bus app is free and enables parents and authorized caregivers to:

  • See the location of their child’s bus both before and after school pick-up
  • Confirm that their child’s bus has arrived at the bus stop, at school or both
  • Receive a push notification or email message when the bus is a certain distance from the bus stop

Here Comes the Bus is powered by Synovia Solutions, makers of the GPS-tracking technology used by St. Lucie Public Schools to increase safety and cost savings as it relates to our school bus fleet.

Available in three languages (English, Spanish and French), the Here Comes the Bus app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

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.

 

Breakfast With Santa

Breakfast With Santa

New Horizons Breakfast With Santa

Free for Youth 17 and Under

$5 for Adult or Bring an Unwrapped Gift

Saturday, December 2

8 AM – Noon

Mets Stadium/First Data Field

Toys for Tots Toy Drive

A Day in the Life of a Nurse

A Day in the Life of a Nurse

Students found out what it was like to be a nurse during a hospital tour at Tradition Medical Center in Port St. Lucie.  For these Port St. Lucie High School students, a day in the life of a nurse was a valuable experience.

 

To find out more about this annual opportunity for students in St. Lucie Public Schools Career and Technical Education Program, click on the link below for TCPalm article:

 

http://www.tcpalm.com/picture-gallery/news/local/st-lucie-county/2017/11/17/students-learn-from-nurses-at-tradition-medical-center-port-st-lucie/107786810/

Thank You Community Partners

Thank You Community Partners

West Gate K-8’s Hispanic Heritage Festival was a successful event thanks to the outpouring of community support from sponsors and attendees alike. The event provided an opportunity for festival participants to learn about Hispanic heritage, their community, and share goodwill to those in Puerto Rico who are in need of support.

Here Comes the Bus App for Parents

Here Comes the Bus App for Parents

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is extending the adoption of an innovative mobile device app and website entitled Here Comes the Bus.  Five more schools are coming on board with this user friendly tool that allows parents and authorized caregivers to view the real-time location of their child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Transportation Director Don Carter explained that while five schools (Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, Lawnwood Elementary, Mariposa Elementary, Savanna Ridge Elementary, and West Gate K-8) are included in the early phase of the roll-out plan, the District will continue to add additional schools until all schools are included in the system.  The tool was successfully piloted with Allapattah Flats K-8 at the close of last school year.  He said, “Adding schools in stages allows our bus routers to ensure routing accuracy within the Here Comes the Bus system.”  Carter also emphasized the importance of customer feedback.  “We want to know what our parents are thinking and what benefit this provides them,” he said, “A positive customer service experience with the safety and well-being of student riders is at the heart of this implementation.”

Here Comes the Bus app is free and enables parents and authorized caregivers to:

  • See the location of their child’s bus both before and after school pick-up
  • Confirm that their child’s bus has arrived at the bus stop, at school or both
  • Receive a push notification or email message when the bus is a certain distance from the bus stop

Here Comes the Bus is powered by Synovia Solutions, makers of the GPS-tracking technology used by St. Lucie Public Schools to increase safety and cost savings as it relates to our school bus fleet.

Available in three languages (English, Spanish and French), the Here Comes the Bus app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

 

FGMS Students Visit History Museum

FGMS Students Visit History Museum

On Wednesday, November 15th, sixth grade world history students stepped back in time by taking a field trip to the St. Lucie Regional History Center.

Students were excited to be joined by the new FGMS principal for the 2017-2018 school year, Mrs. Monarae Miller-Buchanan, and many staff members. All enjoyed seeing and hearing about the early Ais Indians, the later Seminole Tribe, artifacts and displays from the fishing industry, commerce and the furnished Gardner House.

Many thanks to the St. Lucie Historical Society and to Nancy, employees, and volunteer staff at the museum.