Science Parade at MSE

Science Parade at MSE

Science costumes give a whole new meaning to Science vocabulary.  On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, students and teachers at Morningside Elementary dressed up as their favorite Science term.  Some of the terms included texture, stars, clouds, the skeletal system, camouflage, atoms and color.  The students paraded through the halls showing their costumes to their fellow school mates.

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Science support team provides Hispanic community tips about science studies

Science support team provides Hispanic community tips about science studies

The St. Lucie County School District Science Support team was a guest at the local Spanish language radio station La Gigante 1330 AM to discuss the importance of science in the curriculum. The experts discussed STEM, science projects, the Parent Tips website, and future science brochures in three languages. They also talked about three Hispanic high school students who attended last year’s international science fair, two of whom earned full scholarships, as well as a three-session Science Project Family Night recently at Forest Grove Middle School. The team members provided crucial information to the Spanish-speaking community on science-related academic resources. Pictured, from left, are team members Beth Bonvie, Paul Reif, radio show host Irma Cabriales, support teacher Michelle Baretto, Maria Schwarz-Gilabert, a volunteer from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and science curriculum support specialist Teri Barenborg.

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.

 

 

Seal Honored as FMEA Secondary Administrator of the Year

Seal Honored as FMEA Secondary Administrator of the Year

Treasure Coast High School Principal Susan Seal is the distinguished recipient of the Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) Secondary Administrator of the Year award – the first St. Lucie County administrator in the organization’s 27-year history to receive this honor.

 

According to TCHS Band Director Luke Hall, Seal is an avid advocate of the arts and is ever-present at events and performances to support students and instructors alike.   “She is most deserving of this award,” said Hall.  “I appreciate her dedication enhancing music education.”  Seal has served as the Titan’s principal for three years, and the strong music program has continued to blossom under her leadership.

 

FMEA Awards Chair Debbie Fahmie explained that a special recognition will take place in January at the FMEA Professional Development Conference in Tampa — one of the largest music education professional development events in the United States. Here, Seal and Primary Administrator of the Year will be recognized together at a special awards ceremony to honor their dedication to music excellence.

 

Seal Is First SLC Administrator to Receive Florida Music Association  Secondary Administrator of…

Seal Is First SLC Administrator to Receive Florida Music Association Secondary Administrator of…

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Treasure Coast High School Principal Susan Seal is the distinguished recipient of the Florida Music Education  Association (FMEA) Secondary Administrator of the Year award – the first St. Lucie County administrator in the organization’s 27-year history to receive this honor.

 

According to TCHS Band Director Luke Hall, Seal is an avid advocate of the arts and is ever-present at events and performances to support students and instructors alike.   “She is most deserving of this award,” said Hall.  “I appreciate her dedication enhancing music education.”  Seal has served as the Titan’s principal for three years, and the strong music program has continued to blossom under her leadership.

 

FMEA Awards Chair Debbie Fahmie explained that a special recognition will take place in January at the FMEA Professional Development Conference in Tampa — one of the largest music education professional development events in the United States. Here, Seal and Primary Administrator of the Year will be recognized together at a special awards ceremony to honor their dedication to music excellence.

 

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.

 

Second Grade Celebrates Other Cultures

Second Grade Celebrates Other Cultures

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Ms. Schumacher’s 2nd graders at West Gate K-8 rang in the Chinese New Year with their new lanterns. They spent the day learning about China’s culture and customs. They were excited to get their hands on the Chinese alphabet to write to their friends and to decorate their lanterns. They also incorporated math, too! By using rulers, they were able to measure one inch borders around their paper (to know where not to cut!).

Second grade students at Allapattah Flats focus on the details

Second grade students at Allapattah Flats focus on the details

Students in Eric Redding’s second grade at Allapattah Flats K8 class made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a culminating activity for their Expository Writing Unit. This activity focused on using specific details and descriptions in writing. Students were asked to list the steps to make the sandwich, and then were invited up to try it!  The students learned that they might not have included all of the steps when making the sandwich, as it didn’t quite work out as planned.  Students quickly realized what a difference details can make in writing. Pictured is Tatiana Holloway as she watches to see if her directions were clear enough to complete the sandwich. When the teacher is able to follow her steps and make the sandwich, she enjoys the benefits of her hard work as she eats her well-earned treat.

Second Grade Vocabulary Parade at FK Sweet

Second grade students at Frances K Sweet participated in a vocabulary parade showcasing their knowledge of vocabulary words that were learned in the first nine weeks of school. Mrs. Amy Johnson’s we excited to share their knowledge with the other students in the school. Students Pictured: Jaquez Albury, Omar Andrade-Fernandez, Yaiden Beausejour-Joseph, Christopher Brunson, Javian Gardner, Jayden Leddy, Andy Marin-Ortiz, Wilkens Michaud, Genese Roopnarine, Guinevere Sauveur, Dennis Scott Jr., and Kaylee Uff

Seeking Volunteers: Citizens Advisory Committee

Seeking Volunteers: Citizens Advisory Committee

St. Lucie Public Schools is looking for residents to serve on the Referendum Citizens Advisory Committee.  The Committee’s sole duty will be to provide oversight to ensure that the referendum funds are used for the purposes described in the referendum ballot language.  On April 23, 2019, voters approved a 1 mil property tax to raise teacher pay and retain high quality teachers, improve school safety with school resource officers in every school, expand mental health services and preserve important school programs. School District staff shall provide the Committee with sufficient information, documents and administrative support for the Committee to fulfill its duties. The Committee shall provide the School Board with periodic reports as it deems necessary. 

Interested citizens should submit a resume to Chris Harrison, Executive Assistant to the School Board,  via email to christine.harrison@stlucieschools.org,  or to the SLPS Board Members’ Office located at 12051 NW Copper Creek Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987 on or before July 25, 2019. The minimum requirements to serve on this Advisory Committee include:

  • A representative shall be a resident of St. Lucie County;

  • Each School Board member shall appoint one representative whose term on the Committee shall coincide with the term of the School Board member who appoints them. The School Board member appointee shall serve at the pleasure of the School Board member and may be removed at any time by the School Board member who appointed them;

  • The School Board, by majority vote, shall appoint one at-large representative whose term shall coincide with the term of the Referendum and who shall serve at the pleasure of the School Board and may be removed at any time by a majority vote of the School Board;

  • The CTA/CU union (“Union”) shall appoint one representative whose term shall coincide with the term of the Referendum and who shall serve at the pleasure of the Union and who may be removed at any time by the Union;
  • No Committee representative shall be an elected official, Union official, School District employee, or Union member; and

  • Committee vacancies shall be filled as soon as practicable but in no event more than ninety (90) days from the date of the vacancy.

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.

Seminole Ridge Drill Meet 2/8/20

Seminole Ridge Drill Meet 2/8/20

On Saturday February 8, 2020 the Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion Drill team took part in a Drill Competition at Seminole Ridge High School. Drill is an after school activity that tests a cadet’s ability to not only snap to the commands given but have high discipline and listening skills. In this competition, the teams preformed in many different events such as unarmed squad, armed squad, unarmed platoon, male and female duo exhibition and solo exhibition. All these events take a lot of focus from the cadets and an extreme amount of precision.

Results

1st Place: Female Armed Squad

1st Place: Male Unarmed Squad

2nd Place: Female Unarmed Platoon

2nd Place: Male Armed Squad

 

Article and photography produced by Cadet Sergeant Seaira Swain and Cadet Major Alexis Morris.

Senior Pinning Celebration

Senior Pinning Celebration

The Fort Pierce Westwood’s Class of 2019 senior pinning ceremony was a tremendous success!

Alumni Ian Osking inspired students with his keynote address.  Once a panther, always a panther!

Congratulations seniors!

Senior Signing at Lincoln Park Academy

Senior Signing at Lincoln Park Academy

On Friday, April 6th, six seniors were recognized for their academic and athletic excellence as they committed to the college or university of their choice to continue playing their sport.  Congratulations to these fine seniors:

From left to right:

Logan Peters -Baseball – North Park University in Chicago, IL

Emilie Passanante – Bowling – Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA

Alisa Passanante – Bowling – Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA

Phillip Katta – Tennis – Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, NC

Tyler Hogan – Soccer – Florida International University

Kayla Glennon – Swimming – North Florida University

September COLT of the Month

September COLT of the Month

The September COLT of the month was held on the afternoon of September 17th in the Gaines Academy audeteria. The program started with a welcome message from Principal Wilke. Then, the SGA guidance staff led both parents and students in a fun activity that explained the month’s character trait. After the activity, the giving of the certificates ceremony began. Audience members were thrilled to hear why their child had been chosen by their teacher to represent their class in the power-up trait of RESPONSIBILITY!

September COLT of the month celebration

September COLT of the month celebration

4th grade’s COLT of the month for September

4th grade’s COLT of the month for September

Seventh grade Dan McCarty students win VGTI academic challenge

Seventh grade Dan McCarty students win VGTI academic challenge

Students in one of two Christopher Tolliver’s seventh grade classes at Dan McCarty School bested eight other school groups in this year’s Vaccine Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) Academic Challenge. Nine classes from six schools competed in this year’s challenge posed by VGTI scientists in an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school and real world problems facing society. In a video presentation to the students, scientists had seventh grade students identify a naturally occurring ecosystem with limited resources where one organism has established dominance over all others in consumption of these resources. Students determined a natural predator(s) and selected the most likely organism to be enhanced through selective breeding and genetic engineering to exert a population check on the dominant consumer. Students collaborated as a class to create PowerPoint presentations, backboards and videos to present their solution to the problem. Dr. John Schatzle , Director of Scientific Operations at VGTI, announced the best project in the scientists’ determination was from Toliver’s class entitled “The Lionfish Problem.” “This project had the most scientifically sound solution to the invasive species problem and utilized an indigenous species and introduced traits that wouldn’t affect the natural ecosystem or other organisms besides the invasive consumer,” Schatzle remarked. Tolliver also had another classroom present “The Rhesus Monkey Problem.” Other teachers who advanced STEM education in the classroom by participating in the challenge were Andrea Anicito from Forest Grove Middle School with “The Tegu” and The Cane Toad,” Thomas Balcer from Lincoln Park Academy with “ Deadly Little Lionfish,” Claudy Bois from Palm Pointe Educational Research School with “Attack of the Red Fire Ants” and “Everglades: A struggling Ecosystem,” Eric Johnson from Southport Middle School with “Control of the Burmese Python,” and Sean Lynch from WestGate K-8 with “The Lionfish Invasion.” Pictured, back row from left, are Michelande Eliassaint, Roberto Barrera, Louis Lopez, Janicia Larcher, Laurel Peterson, A’lexeairia Johnson, Rentavius Brice and Joana Magana. Front row, from left, are Jason Harless, Anastiastia Hillary, Marissa Perkins, Dwight Lazarro, and Yasmin Martinez. Team members not pictured include Davonte Hanna, Jaquelyn Macias, Jaslym Varela, and Quytaeja Frazier.

Seventh grade student Jamya Wiley recognized by Duke University

Seventh grade student Jamya Wiley recognized by Duke University

Seventh grade Lincoln Park Academy student Jamya Wiley was recently honored by Duke University at a reception at Florida Atlantic University for students the university has identified for its Duke University Talent Program (Duke TIP). Jamya scored a 20 out of a perfect 36 on her first attempt at the college entrance exam, at the 99% percentile of students who took the ACT, and is college ready now according to ACT guidelines.

SGA Attitude of Gratitude Quilt

SGA Attitude of Gratitude Quilt

In the course of just one day, we can find many things to be thankful for…if we only take the time.

The students and staff in Mrs. Hill’s ASD room at Samuel Gaines Academy have adopted and set aside the month of November to display an attitude of gratitude. To show their thankfulness, the students (under the artistic direction of Ms. Pattie Morse) created a wall of gratitude which is on display outside their classroom.

The wall is adorned with “Give Thanks” wreaths and a hand-made patchwork quilt depicting what the students are thankful for.