PSLHS JROTC Participates in State Championship Drill Competition

PSLHS JROTC Participates in State Championship Drill Competition

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!

 

Samuel Gaines Academy Fundraiser for March of Dimes

Samuel Gaines Academy Fundraiser for March of Dimes

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!

Microsoft and St. Lucie Public Schools Improve Learning Outcomes Using Data

Microsoft and St. Lucie Public Schools Improve Learning Outcomes Using Data

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.

http://videos.microsoft.com/customer-stories/watch/UDP12GMEkDPV2Dq2goP8zj?

 

Ensure Your Vote Counts

Ensure Your Vote Counts

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.

St. Lucie County Firefighters Visit FPCHS

St. Lucie County Firefighters Visit FPCHS

The St. Lucie County Fire District brought firefighters and fire trucks to visit a class at Fort Pierce Central High School.  The students spent the afternoon learning about fire safety, finding out what it takes to be a firefighter, and exploring a fire truck.  Thank you to SLCFD for making the visit so enjoyable for our students!

Media Release: Morningside Elementary’s Odyssey of the Mind Team Takes First in State and Is…

Media Release: Morningside Elementary’s Odyssey of the Mind Team Takes First in State and Is…

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools is proud to announce that Morningside Elementary’s (MSE) Odyssey of the Mind Team won first place at the state competition and is advancing to the World Finals competition slated for May 21 – May 26 in Lansing, Michigan. MSE’s team will convene with approximately 850 other teams for what is deemed to be the largest creative problem-solving competition.

When asked about the school’s team, Principal Kathleen Melrose said, “The students learn more than just engineering and performance arts, they learn to cooperate and work together. They learn to accept and build on each other’s answers to solve for an open-ended solution.”  She went on to explain the value of the process and its inclusion of science, technology, engineering, arts, and, mathematics (STEAM) as well as the role of the coach.  “The students have a great pair of coaches.  They have supported appropriately and motivated this innovative team; but the team is self-reliant.  They completed the required tasks on their own.  Their independence is extremely important.  Adult assistance, or any outside assistance for that matter, will incur penalty points at the tournament.”

For more information on Odyssey of the Mind, check out www.odysseyofthemind.com or keep up with the school’s journey on Morningside Elementary’s Facebook page.

Team Coaches: Karen and Dave Carpenter

Students: Sophia Arias, Brady Young, Mackenzie Carpenter, Jesus Rivera, Gabriele Melo, Jimena Garcia

Problem 5: Opposites Distract 
Divisions I, II, III & IV
Disagreements can distract groups from seeing the bigger picture. Teams will create and present a humorous performance about a sneaky character that distracts others while trying to take control of anything the team wishes. In the performance it will lure others into silly arguments and be successful two times. The arguments will be presented using different dramatic styles and will include attention-getting effects. In the end, the groups will learn that they have been intentionally distracted and will catch the sneaky character before it takes control.

 

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 FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Northport K-8 Navigators Promote “Adopt Don’t Shop!”

Northport K-8 Navigators Promote “Adopt Don’t Shop!”

Northport K-8 middle school art class students created an art project with the theme Adopt Don’t Shop in hopes of raising awareness of the adoption for cats and dogs. Students created a colorful background collage using reused paper, creating a new purpose for the paper. The collage served as a symbolic gesture for animals because those who are adopted gain a new purpose in life. Once the collage was completed, students created a dog or a cat using oil pastels for the eyes, nose, and face. Dominic, a 6th grader, stated, “The important thing I did was make a dog poster to help dogs like pit bulls get adopted.” Selected students’ artwork can be seen at Dogs and Cats Forever, a no-kill animal shelter located at 4600 Selvitz Road in Fort Pierce, FL.

Environmental Studies Expo

Environmental Studies Expo

On Saturday, May 4, Village Green Environmental Studies School will host a community Environmental Studies Exposition.  From 10AM to noon, students will serve as tour guides for guests and will provide information about the school’s permaculture garden, raised bed gardens, astronomy night activities, solar energy kits, and weather stations.

 

2nd Annual Culinary Cook-Off

2nd Annual Culinary Cook-Off

The 2nd Annual Student Culinary Cook-Off is a collaboration between Child Nutrition Services and the Career and Technical Education Culinary Arts Program. The purpose of the event is to provide student chefs with the opportunity to create and showcase enticing entrees that their peers would enjoy while following the USDA guidelines for the National School Lunch Program.

This year’s champion team is St. Lucie West Centennial High School.  Their winning entree, Braised BBQ Pork Flatbread, will be placed on the school lunch menu for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Northport K-8 Culinary Arts Students Shine

Northport K-8 Culinary Arts Students Shine

Northport K-8 Culinary Arts students participated in the 2nd Annual Culinary Cook Off. Students were asked to design and produce a dessert recipe using all food commodities from our food services or cafeteria.

Northport students created a cake using 51% wheat flour and low sugar standards set by the USDA.

Students left to right:
Thia Tassy
Christopher Rivas
Philena Maharha
Jada Thomas
Danielle Speers
Ruth Jeanty

Also pictured are Culinary Instructor Rachel Savela along with Board Member Debbie Hawley and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild.

We are so proud of our Northport K-8 Culinary Arts students!

Let’s Play Ball!

Let’s Play Ball!

Emily Utts (Outstanding First Year Teacher for SLPS) is a winner on the field and in the classroom at Fort Pierce Central High. Emily threw the first pitch at Friday’s St. Lucie Mets game. Way to go!

#StLucieProud

 

 

There’s more!  SLPS will be represented on the field at upcoming games.  Plan to attend and show your support!

April 25 – Samantha Piscopo (Assistant Principal of the Year)

April 26 – Sabrina Faniel (Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year)

May 2 – Dorothy Hall (School-Related Employee of the Year)

May 9 – Makeda Brome (Teacher of the Year)

May 10 – Andrea Popwell (Principal of the Year)

CAST Teacher Among Elite Group to Attend Geosciences Camp

CAST Teacher Among Elite Group to Attend Geosciences Camp

FORT PIERCE, FL – Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie’s (CAST) eighth grade science teacher, Aaron Barnes, was selected to represent CAST at Texas A & M University’s G-Camp through their College of Geosciences. The acceptance into this program is an extreme honor as only 50 teachers in the United States are chosen for this opportunity.

G-Camp is a 20-day field camp for teachers that provides first-hand experience with the principles of geology in the field. It helps develop new curriculum and virtual field trips for classrooms and makes learning outdoors fun and exciting. This field experience puts participants on an outcrop, on the slope of a volcano, on the footwall of a fault, in a spectacular glacial valley, at the toe of a landslide, and in a pristine flowing stream – to mention just a few. The itinerary takes teachers through various states including Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Mr. Barnes will receive an introduction to the principles of geology, as well as the opportunity to develop and share curriculum materials in order to teach the standards required for grades 5-12. Throughout the trip, he will explore geologic landscapes, volcanic features, ancient marine deposits, sand dunes, faults, glacial landscapes, streams, landslides, energy resources, and mineral resources.

CAST Principal Lori Reid said, “This is a tremendous professional growth opportunity for our entire school.  Mr. Barnes will reap professional rewards from his experiences and, in turn, our students and our staff will also benefit. When he returns, he will share valuable knowledge with our staff and incorporate the learning into his teaching practices.”

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 FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Media Release: Morningside Elementary’s Odyssey of the Mind Team Takes First in State and Is…

Morningside Elementary’s Odyssey of the Mind Team Takes First in State and Is Headed to World…

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools is proud to announce that Morningside Elementary’s (MSE) Odyssey of the Mind Team won first place at the state competition and is advancing to the World Finals competition slated for May 21 – May 26 in Lansing, Michigan. MSE’s team will convene with approximately 850 other teams for what is deemed to be the largest creative problem-solving competition.

 

When asked about the school’s team, Principal Kathleen Melrose said, “The students learn more than just engineering and performance arts, they learn to cooperate and work together. They learn to accept and build on each other’s answers to solve for an open-ended solution.”  She went on to explain the value of the process and its inclusion of science, technology, engineering, arts, and, mathematics (STEAM) as well as the role of the coach.  “The students have a great pair of coaches.  They have supported appropriately and motivated this innovative team; but the team is self-reliant.  They completed the required tasks on their own.  Their independence is extremely important.  Adult assistance, or any outside assistance for that matter, will incur penalty points at the tournament.”

 

For more information on Odyssey of the Mind, check out www.odysseyofthemind.com or keep up with the school’s journey on Morningside Elementary’s Facebook page.

 

Team Coaches: Karen and Dave Carpenter

Students: Sophia Arias, Brady Young, Mackenzie Carpenter, Jesus Rivera, Gabriele Melo, Jimena Garcia

 

Problem 5: Opposites Distract 
Divisions I, II, III & IV
Disagreements can distract groups from seeing the bigger picture. Teams will create and present a humorous performance about a sneaky character that distracts others while trying to take control of anything the team wishes. In the performance it will lure others into silly arguments and be successful two times. The arguments will be presented using different dramatic styles and will include attention-getting effects. In the end, the groups will learn that they have been intentionally distracted and will catch the sneaky character before it takes control.

 

 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 FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Male Youth Summit

Male Youth Summit

The inaugural Male Youth Summit at Performance Based Preparatory Academy was a collaboration between the Bethune-Cookman University’s Male Development Institute and the Omicron Tau (Treasure Coast) Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Male students in grades six through twelve attended this event and participated in breakout sessions covered topics such as: dressing for success, grades, mental health, and time management.

 

 

Five Star School Award

Five Star School Award

The Five Star School Award was created by the Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council and is presented annually to those schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement.

In order to earn Five Star School recognition, a school must show documentation that it has achieved 100 percent of the established criteria in the following categories.

  • Business partnerships
  • Family Involvement
  • Volunteerism
  • Student Community Service
  • School Advisory Councils

Schools must also earn a grade of “C” or above, or school improvement rating of “maintaining or improving” for the year of nomination.

This year’s winners include:

1.          Allapattah Flats K-8 School

2.          Bayshore Elementary School

3.          Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie

4.          Fairlawn Elementary Magnet School

5.          Floresta Elementary School

6.          Forest Grove Middle School

7.          Frances K. Sweet Elementary School

8.          Samuel S. Gaines Academy

9.          Lakewood Park Elementary School

10.        Lawnwood Elementary School

11.        Lincoln Park Academy

12.        Mariposa Elementary School

13.        Morningside Elementary School

14.        Northport K-8 School

15.        Oak Hammock K-8 School

16.        Palm Pointe Ed. Research School

17.        Parkway Elementary School

18.        Port St. Lucie High School

19.        Rivers Edge Elementary School

20.        Savanna Ridge Elementary School

21.        Southern Oaks Middle School

22.        Southport Middle School

23.        St. Lucie West Centennial High School

24.        St. Lucie West K-8 School

25.        Treasure Coast High School

26.        Village Green Env. Studies School

27.        West Gate K-8 School

28.        Weatherbee Elementary School

29.        White City Elementary School

30.        Windmill Point Elementary School

Commander’s Award for Civilian Service at FPWHS

Commander’s Award for Civilian Service at FPWHS

A tremendous honor was recently bestowed on our very own Fort Pierce Westwood High School Principal Mr. Joseph Lezeau.

Last week during the high school’s JROTC Awards Ceremony, an impressive number of cadets earned awards for high academic accomplishments and were recognized for their citizenship, leadership, and community service.  At the close of the ceremony, CSM Frederico Dottin presented Mr. Lezeau with the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.

The Commander’s Award for Civilian Service is an honorary award presented by the United States Department of the Army to civilian employees for commendable service or achievement. The Commander’s Award for Civilian Service is comparable to the military Army Commendation Medal.

In recognition of Mr. Lezeau’s commitment to a positive school culture, his public support of the JROTC program, and as an honored recipient of this award, he was recognized at the April School Board Meeting.

CAST Teacher Among Elite Group to Attend Geosciences Camp

CAST Science Teacher Chosen for Summer G-Camp Through Texas A & M

Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie’s eighth grade science teacher, Aaron Barnes, was just selected to represent CAST at Texas A & M University’s G-Camp through their College of Geosciences. The acceptance into this program is an extreme honor as only 50 teachers in the United States are chosen for this exciting opportunity!

G-Camp is a 20-day field camp for teachers that provides first-hand experience with the principles of geology in the field. It helps develop new curriculum and virtual field trips for classrooms and makes learning outdoors fun and exciting. This field experience puts participants on an outcrop, on the slope of a volcano, on the footwall of a fault, in a spectacular glacial valley, at the toe of a landslide, and in a pristine flowing stream – to mention just a few. The itinerary takes teachers through various states including Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Mr. Barnes will receive an introduction to the principles of geology, as well as the opportunity to develop and share curriculum materials in order to teach the standards required for grades 5-12. Throughout the trip, he will explore geologic landscapes, volcanic features, ancient marine deposits, sand dunes, faults, glacial landscapes, streams, landslides, energy resources, and mineral resources.

We can’t wait for Mr. Barnes to share all his new learning with our CAST!