A group of local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 566 visited Lakewood Park Elementary School recently to speak with students. The veterans also decorated a display case filled with helmets, books, dog tags, hats of the different branches of the military, old photos and model helicopters of the UH-1Huey and the AH-64D Apache Longbow. The group, spearheaded by Joe Lusardi, discussed the importance of freedom and about parts they played in the Vietnam War. Thevets also donated a new American flag to the school. Principal Dianne Young presented the group with a plaque from Lakewood Park Elementary School as a thank you for their dedication to the students. The students gave the vets 27 boxes filled with donated items to be sent to U.S. military troops serving overseas. Students also made cards, poems, letters, and art work for troops to enjoy. We are thankful for the freedom that our servicemen have given to us here in America. Pictured, Principal Dianne Young presents a plaque to Joe Lusardi, Aris Atoa, Scott Bartal, Myles Gill, Dave Cameron, Mike Bradley, Mike Kiper, and Wally Wallentiny.
Village Green Environmental Studies School students, teachers, and staff stand together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 was dedicated to everyone coming together—in schools, communities, and online — and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
Village Green Environmental Studies School administration was honored to attend a banquet celebrating the dedication, hard-work, and care the foster grandparents provide each day to students in St. Lucie County. We love our grandparents!
“Respect Yourself, Be Drug Free” was the Red Ribbon Week theme this year. Students at Village Green Environmental Studies School participated in several anti-drug/anti bullying activities, some of which included: creating posters, signing pledges, and a presentation by Joe the Biker.
On Thursday, August 27, 2015 many Village Green teachers, students, and families attended the Barnes and Noble Book Fair. The night was a great success.
Guest readers read to the book-hungry crowd.
Village Green Environmental Studies School welcomed back their amazing bus drivers with a breakfast and PBS training on Friday, August 28, 2015.
VGE loves their drivers!
Village Green Environmental Studies School welcomed their amazing bus drivers back to school with a breakfast and PBS training on Friday, August 28, 2015.
VGE loves their drivers!
Dirk Smith, Plant Manager of Village Green Environmental Studies School, has implemented a fun and rewarding recycling program. Each week the classes of VGESS compete to see who will win a coveted Sundae Party for the most material recycled in one week. The incentive program has been a huge success. In fact, one class produced ZERO trash one week as they were determined to win. Mr. Smith’s bright idea supports the mission and vision of Village Green Environmental Studies School, connects to the theme of this year’s SLC Fair, and most importantly saves money and our planet.
WAY TO GO, MR. SMITH!
Pictured: Dirk Smith and Raul Silverio serve students in Ms. Ausnehmer’s class during a sundae party celebrating the weekly recycling challenge.
Village Green Environmental Studies School hosted student led conferences on Friday, October 28, 2016. Students shared their growth during quarter one, set goals for the upcoming term, and planted a sunflower to signify future growth. Village Green administration sincerely thanks the many community members who helped to ensure EVERY student was able to share with a caring adult.
A group of local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 566 came to Lakewood Park Elementary School to speak with 7 third grade classes. The Veterans also decorated a display case filled with metals, flags, helmets, books, dog tags, plaques, awards, hats of the different branches of the military, and old photos. The group, spearheaded by Joe Lusardi, discussed the importance of freedom and about their parts they played in the Vietnam War. The group of Vets also donated new American Flags to Lakewood Park Elementary School classrooms. Principal Dianne Young presented the group with a plaque from Lakewood Park Elementary School as a thank you for their dedication to our students.
In photo: Joe Lusardi, Dave Cameron, Roy Brewer, Mike Kiper, Myles Gill and Wally Wallentini.
It was another fun-filled, Kids at Hope day at Windmill Point Elementary as students welcomed local veterans to celebrate Veterans Day with students and staff. The special day began with a warm and enthusiastic tunnel that honored the veterans. They were truly touched by the decorated main hall and the many students waving flags and posters thanking them for their service. The special guests visited every class and spoke about the meaning of freedom and their experiences in the military. Students learned just how fortunate it is to live in a country in which freedom is valued and how the veterans have allowed us to remain free. Pictured, Windmill Point students, staff and families give special thanks to Vincent La Valle, Dennis Petrinik and Beth Bowden, for teaching us all life-long learned lessons, and a wonderful Veterans Day wish for this year!
On Tuesday February 7th, Cadet Major Jennifer Arriola (right) was awarded the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 8058, Voice of Democracy Essay/Audio Scholarship. She wrote and recorded a two-page essay describing her responsibility to America. Her essay was titled “The Land of the Free.” In her essay, she described her mission to give back to America and expressed her patriotism for this great country. Cadet Arriola’s essay/audio won first place locally and placed second in the District judging. She was presented her award at the award ceremony, which took place at the Fort Pierce VFW Auxiliary. The Fort Pierce Westwood Panther Battalion JROTC Color Guard presented the national colors. They were also presented with the community service award for their work in the community.
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…)
The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion proudly supported the Port Saint Lucie Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. The Jaguar cadets provided an Honor Formation during the ceremony, Color Guard, and a tap ceremony. Lieutenant Colonel (USA Ret.) Nevarez was one of the guest speakers who gave an amazing speech.
The Jaguars worked in unison with Treasure Coast High School Air Force JROTC, and other organizations for the posting of the colors. The cadets gave an outstanding presentation overall. The Jaguar Battalion greatly appreciates and salutes all of the veterans, and their sacrifices to our nations.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Principal Juanita Wright is joined by F. K. Sweet students and staff once again to honor veterans during the 8th Annual Veterans Day Celebration slated for Friday, November 4. Event organizers Helena Grapsy, Tammy Davis, and Barbara Bennett invite local veterans interested in participating in the ceremony to meet at the school’s campus located at 1400 Avenue Q in Fort Pierce prior to the 9 AM event kick-off.
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. An interpretive dance and parade will follow along with a campus tour of patriotic-themed displays. Honored guests will then enjoy a special breakfast prepared by the F. K. Sweet Cafeteria Staff.
About St. Lucie Public Schools
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Students in Kaitlyn Malloy’s ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) middle grades class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition showed their appreciation for veterans recently. After several interactive and hands on lessons describing veterans’ importance, students created individual cards for soldiers who are currently serving the nation, and to their parents who have previously served. Pictured, from left, are Noah Landon, River Rashford, Richard Perez and Maliyah Cruz.
FORT PIERCE, FL – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Teacher Nardi Routten as one of five leaders from around the country who has been appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board. Routten, a veteran educator with more than twenty years of experience, will serve a four-year term during which time she will help set policy and assist in the identification of subject area content for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card.
According to information released by the U.S. Department of Education, “NAEP offers to the public and to education policymakers at the national, state and local levels, objective data on student performance in nearly a dozen subjects. The information NAEP provides helps education stakeholders evaluate the progress of American education. The 26-member nonpartisan, independent Governing Board determines the subjects and content of NAEP tests, sets the achievement levels for reporting and publicly releases the results.”
Routten is a fourth-grade teacher at Chester A. Moore Elementary in Fort Pierce, Florida who has taught third- and fourth-graders in St. Lucie County. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and has received local and national recognition for her excellence in teaching, including the Milken Educator Award in 2014.
C. A. Moore Principal Ucola Baxter-Barrett said, “Mrs. Routten’s deep knowledge, years of professional expertise, and enthusiastic leadership qualities will be tremendous assets to the Board. She is a phenomenal teacher who meets our challenge to ensure that she provides a classroom experience her students see as the best part of their day.”
This year’s Governing Board appointees include four new members and one re-appointed member—the Board’s current Vice Chair Tonya Matthews. The appointees’ terms began on Oct. 1, 2018, and end on Sept. 30, 2022.
Routten is joined by:
- Paul Gasparini, Secondary School Principal: Gasparini is the principal of Jamesville-DeWitt High School in Dewitt, New York, a position he has held for 17 years. Gasparini chairs the Central New York High School Principals Consortium, and his accolades include being named state high school principal of the year by the School Administrators Association of New York state.
- Julia Keleher, Chief State School Officer: Keleher was appointed as Puerto Rico’s secretary of education in December 2016. She has more than 20 years of experience in education at the federal, state, district and school levels. Keleher is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, where she teaches graduate-level courses in the Business School and the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
- Tonya Matthews, General Public Representative: Matthews joined the Governing Board in 2014. She is the founder of The STEMinista Project—an initiative to engage girls’ interest in science and technology careers. Mostly recently, Matthews served as president and chief executive officer of the Michigan Science Center, a science museum for children and young adults in Detroit.
- Mark Miller, Eighth-Grade Teacher: Miller is a mathematics teacher and chair of the mathematics department at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Miller has more than 20 years of experience teaching mathematics at the junior-high level. Miller is a National Board Certified Teacher and serves on a standard-setting panel for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. His accolades include being nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science.
About National Assessment Governing Board
The National Assessment Governing Board is an independent, nonpartisan board whose members include governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators, business representatives and members of the general public. Congress created the 26-member Governing Board in 1988 to set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress. For more information about the Governing Board, visit www.nagb.org.
About St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent. As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked 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. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.
After participating in the Tribute to Veterans celebration at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School, Richard Soricelli, Seargent in the U.S. Army, spoke to his daughter’s fourth grade class. Mr. Soricelli shared pictures, equipment, and items that he brought back from Iraq. The students in Elish Mancuso’s class were engaged and interested as they learned information about Army life. Pictured is Seargent Soricelli with his daughter Mackenzie.
In October, Fort Pierce Westwood Agriscience hosted 22 Manatee Vet Prep 8th grade students and parents. The group was treated to a tour and demonstration at the Agriscience facility then on to Veterinary Assisting where several Manatee alumni were seen leading hands-on activities. The Manatee 8th graders were engaged and appreciated seeing the opportunities Westwood offers its students.