St. Lucie West Centennial High School students recently donated $2,500 to New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee to support mental health and addiction recovery programs for children and adolescents.
The funds were raised during CENTennial Cares Week, a campaign promoting compassion and kindness in tribute of the students and staff that lost their lives last year at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.
During the week, students handed out compliments, granted favors, went out of their way to say hello, filled bulletin boards with positive affirmations, and donated their “cents,” which can add up to make significant “change” in the world.
“There was such an outpouring of generosity,” said Amanda Bevacqua, a teacher and organizer of the inaugural event.
The majority of funds – a whopping $700 – were donated by students in Kenneth Skurnick’s and Rebecca Davis’ classes.
In total, the students raised $1,250 during the CENTennial Cares Week. Those funds were matched by the Student Government, for a sizeable check of $2,500 to New Horizons for increased access to mental health for students and community.
“We know as a community of teachers that unless we have our student’s total health in mind, minimal learning will occur.” said Bevacqua, who added that she and her colleagues “know New Horizon’s services are essential to their students’ overall health.”
New Horizons is the most comprehensive mental health and substance abuse recovery agency in the region, with nine offices across four counties serving 14,000 children and adults, regardless of their ability to pay.
In fact, 57% of New Horizons clients have no source of income or insurance, yet as nonprofit, no one is turned away due to lack of financial resources. Funds raised from incredible groups like Centennial High School go directly to their care.
You may be hearing buzz around the District and are asking yourself, what is a Tower Garden? Tower Gardens are a vertical, aeroponic growing system, compact in design, and contain a closed-loop technology system. This technology allows you to grow up to 20 vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers in less than three square feet – indoors or outdoors. Because this system allows you to grow plants indoors using special grow lights, with no dirt, we have incorporated hands-on learning into our curriculum in collaboration with Child Nutrition Services and the ESE Department. Tower Gardens grow up to 3 times faster and produce 30% greater yields than the average garden, and we do not have to worry about pests and disease.
We are honored to be able to support this project through our Farm to School Award. This gives our students the opportunity to learn where their food is from, understand the entire growing process, and sample what is grown. Schools incorporate items into their kitchens so students can eat what has been harvested. The hope is that students then go home to share what they have tried and/or seen growing in the Tower Garden and have an entire family eating healthier together.
Treasure Coast High School is the first pilot in the District to use Tower Gardens. Ms. Nelson’s students have done a wonderful job setting up the garden, watering it daily, maintaining healthy ph levels for optimal growing, and will soon be transplanting the wool cubes into the system. We are hoping to continue our partnerships with the remaining high schools and have Tower Gardens purchased for the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.
The Farm to School Award also supports outdoor gardens, nutrition education, community and student culinary events, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, cooking classes, and much more! To find out more, please contact Stacy Donnelly, Farm to School Specialist, at email@example.com | 772-200-7148.
The Coordinator of Accountability, Pete Zsiga, PhD, for St. Lucie Public Schools, shares how the district uses actionable data from PowerSchool Performance Matters Assessment and Analytics to support teachers and drive student success.
Congratulations to Fort Pierce Central High School Senior Laura Haggerty! Laura was honored on Senior Day for her academic and athletic accomplishments. With 4 Years Varsity Soccer and 3 Years Varsity Tennis, Laura will graduate this May from FPCHS with a 5.58 weighted GPA, and 3.98 unweighted GPA. She will also graduate from IRSC with her AA degree on May 2, 2019. Laura plans to attend the University of Florida in the fall to study engineering. Congrats Laura! Once a Cobra, Always a Cobra!
Have you made your voice heard on this very important school funding referendum? With the Tuesday, April 23rd deadline upon us, you can hand deliver your ballot to one of the Supervisor of Elections Office locations to ensure that your vote counts.
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There are some great offerings this summer for non-instructional staff to further their skills! Both in-person and online courses are offered. Click the link below for more information on courses and how to sign up.
The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office bomb disposal team on Thursday, April 18, 2019 hosted their annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt. The event took place place at Westside Church in Fort Pierce.
The Beeping Easter Egg Hunt is hosted each year for visually impaired students in the St. Lucie School District and features plastic eggs that beep, assembled by the bomb disposal team. The students and adults all have a wonderful time finding the beeping eggs!
Mr. Morales, a local peach farmer, and Sandy White, representative from Titan Farms located in South Carolina, partner in marketing Florida grown peaches, and made their first presentation to a first grade audience at Lakewood Park Elementary. The first graders were excited to learn how the peaches grow and created pictures to show how Florida peaches look. As a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program school, students were able to sample some of the peaches grown on the farm Mr. Morales operates in St. Lucie County, just a few miles away from Lakewood Park Elementary. What a yummy presentation!
ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — In a competitive academic competition, local high school teams competed for top honors and individual team members vied for a seat on the prestigious Team St. Lucie – an elite six-member team representing St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) at the 34th Annual Commissioner’s Academic Challenge. This state competition took place April 11-13, 2019 at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn where the St. Lucie Team advanced to the Division 2 Finals and ended up finishing 5th in the state!
Maria Battaglino Hernandez, Madeleine Sosa, Callie Zheng (Lincoln Park Academy); Ryan Lu (Treasure Coast High School); Alan Senkus (St. Lucie West Centennial); and Matthew Zoll (Fort Pierce Westwood) accumulated an impressive number of individual points in this year’s local tournament and represented St. Lucie Public Schools at the state event. SLPS teacher Paige McMahon served as coach for the team, preparing the students for the State Competition.
Teams from across Florida gathered for this state-wide tournament in which challenging questions were posed to players in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the fine arts, world languages (French and Spanish), physical education, health, and technology. As with the local competition, players competed for their team’s top score as well as their individual score with hopes of making Florida’s team for the national competition. The questions were written by educators from high schools throughout the state.
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.
In a competitive academic competition, local high school teams competed for top honors and individual team members vied for a seat on the prestigious Team St. Lucie – an elite six-member team that represented St. Lucie Public Schools at the 34th Annual Commissioner’s Academic Challenge.
Maria Battaglino Hernandez, Madeleine Sosa, Callie Zheng (Lincoln Park Academy); Ryan Lu (Treasure Coast High School); Alan Senkus (St. Lucie West Centennial); and Matthew Zoll (Fort Pierce Westwood) accumulated an impressive number of individual points in this year’s local tournament to secure a seat on Team St. Lucie. SLPS teacher Paige McMahon served as coach for the team, preparing the students for the State Competition.
The state competition took place April 11-13, 2019 at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, and Team St. Lucie advanced to the Division 2 Finals and ended up finishing 5th in the state!
Teams from across Florida gathered for this state-wide tournament in which challenging questions were posed to players in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the fine arts, world languages (French and Spanish), physical education, health, and technology. As with the local competition, players competed for their team’s top score as well as their individual score in hopes of being selected as a member of Florida’s team for the national competition. The questions were written by educators from high schools throughout the state.
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!
Northport K-8 GiveBack2Kids Student of the Month show citizenship, outstanding progress in awesomeness, and are all around GREAT students! We thank our partners in education, James Monds and David Gornitzky (GiveBack2Kids CEOs) who help us honor positive attitude and remarkable behavior. This is our final GB2K award for the 2018-2019 school year. All students selected this year for this award and their families will be invited to an honorary banquet in May. Pictured is second grader, Aiden Sharrah receiving his award.
Our new shows for the week are Sak Pase hosted by Maggie Remy and the 2nd Annual Student Culinary Cook-Off. Be sure to check them out!
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In Ms. Bonilla’s VPK class at Mariposa Elementary, students have been discussing what sentences are, the parts of a sentence, and how to build a sentence. Students were given a sentence on a strip, completed some shared reading, and went around their tables reading each of the sentences. The students were able to pick up on the pattern of “I can” and decode words by looking at a visual. Afterwards, they rebuillt their sentences since they had been deconstructed. They counted how many words their sentences contained and then put them together. Annahisha and Cristian are very proud of the sentences they constructed!
On Saturday April 13, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s drill team took 32 cadets to compete at the State Drill Meet at George W. Jenkins High School in Lakeland, Florida. The drill team competed in five regulation events: Female Armed and Unarmed Platoon, Male Unarmed and Armed Squad, and Male Unarmed Platoon. The Jaguar Battalion Drill team also competed in six exhibitions: Female Exhibition Squad and Platoon along with Male Exhibition Squad and Platoon. Cadet Sergeant Alex Nangle placed 14th in the state in the Individual Category while Cadet Captain Alexis Morris and 2nd Lieutenant Lawrence Moleon Mathews placed 16th in the Dual Category. The Jaguar Battalion Drill team’s hard work, effort, and precision in drill and ceremonies culminated in a great showing for the final drill meet of the year!
The students of Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies were excited to raise money to benefit the March of Dimes. Students were asked to make donations and they were able to choose a bucket in which to place their donations. Each bucket represented a different administrator on campus. The administrators’ buckets with the most money received a pie in the face! Students could also purchase raffle tickets to be chosen as a pie thrower. Thank you to everyone at SGAET who donated to this worthy cause!
Education analytics is helping to improve learning outcomes for students in St. Lucie County, Florida. Through a comprehensive and data-driven approach using Microsoft Azure and Power BI, St. Lucie Public Schools has turned around its lower graduation rates and embraced policies that work, school by school, staff by staff, and student by student. Click below to view the inspirational story of one of our students at Treasure Coast High School.
Registered voters recently received a mail-in ballot. To ensure your vote counts, it must be mailed by this Friday — April 19th. This referendum supports teacher pay, safety on our campuses, and mental health services for our children.