Fourth grade F. K. Sweet students publish a book about turtles

Fourth grade F. K. Sweet students publish a book about turtles

Students in Nardi Routten’s fourth grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary recently wrote a children’s book as part of their Disney Planet Challenge.  This book is about two sea turtles — Bianca and Timmy — and their journey to their ocean home.  They face many dangers as they strive to reach the ocean waters.  Published via DiggyPod, students are selling these books for $6.00 each.   Proceeds from the sale of these books will be donated to the Mosquito Control and Marine and Coastal Management Services to help fund their projects with sea turtles.  Pictured from left are Melanie Page, Jacob Corman, Lauren Nipper, Callie Zheng, Jacob Yannucci, and Aaron Beauchamp.

Fourth grade at Allapattah Flats is looking back at history

Fourth grade at Allapattah Flats is looking back at history

Fourth graders at Allapattah Flats K8 have been working together on Social Studies projects based on Florida history. They spent time researching their topic, as well as creating a timeline and poster board, complete with a description, pictures and an oral presentation. From left, Riley Franklin, Gabriella Maimone, Alexis Allen, and Chyna Nazario proudly display their work.

Four students to be ambassadors for international program

Four students to be ambassadors for international program

Four St. Lucie Public Schools students have been selected to participate in the international ambassador program, People to People International, this summer. The organization was begun by former President Dwight Eisenhower in an efffort to bring people from around the world together for understanding and friendship. The students will join with others around the country as delegates to France and England, including visiting Parliament and meeting with a Representative of the House of Commons. Pictured, from left, front row are teacher leader from People to People Karen Koehnlein, student ambassadors Braden Rigsby, Hunter Hooven, and Enrique Crespo. A student ambassador not pictured is Dakota Foster. Back row, from left, are Braden, Hunter and Enrique’s parents, with Superintendent Michael Lannon and Chairman Carol Hilson.

Four local teams to compete in academic world competition

Four local teams to compete in academic world competition

Three teams from Lincoln Park Academy and one team from Port St. Lucie High School have advanced to the 2013 Odyssey of the Mind World Competition in Lansing, Michigan, next month. The three Lincoln Park teams earned first place in state competition, a first for any school or individual coach. The team from Port St. Lucie High earned second place in state competition in only its second year of competition. Pictured are Coaches Diane Tucker from Port St. Lucie High, left, and Judith Hueter from Lincoln Park displaying the ceremonial checks representing donations from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and other district partners that were a surprise presentation at the April 23, 2013, St. Lucie County School Board meeting. Pictured also are student team members, school administrators, and, third from right, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Helen Roberts, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

Four local schools benefiting from Young Adult Choices book program

Four local schools benefiting from Young Adult Choices book program

Manatee Academy K8 School media specialist and St. Lucie County Reading Council president Debbie Remington LOVES books, especially when students read books. This affection prompted Ms. Remington to volunteer to serve as the Florida Director of the Young Adult Choices, a division of the International Reading Association which will enable her to bring to St. Lucie County Schools over 5,000 recently released books for grades 7-12 over the next three years! That’s about $90,000.00 worth of books that will be going on library shelves in four different schools: Northport K-8, Dan McCarty School, Treasure Coast High School and Manatee Academy. “All summer the doorbell would ring and my husband and I would shout in unison “books are here”, Remington said. “It was like Christmas all summer! Remington said the hardest decision was which school should get which books.  The first 400 books came this year, next year the bulk of the books will be delivered (about 3,000) and the remaining books the year after that. In the program, students in grades 7-12 read the books from numerous publishers and then rate them on a ballot in each book that doubles as a bookmark. All of the ballots in all four schools are tallied and sent to the reading associatioin, who collects ballots from across the country, the results determining the top 30 books for the year. Remington calls the program unique because teens are selecting the best books, not publishers, teachers or even librarians.

Four Gaines Academy students winners at Fort Pierce Elk hoop shoot

Four Gaines Academy students participated in the recent Fort Pierce Elks Lodge #1520 Basketball Hoop Shoot free throw contest, all of whom “placed” and received a trophy!  Three of these students will have the opportunity to participate in the District Hoop Shoot Contest on January 7th in Lake Placid.  Scholarship money may be awarded to these students because of their participation.  Pictured, from left, are Mathieu Zamy first place boys 8-10, Karim Sulton, first place boys 11-13, Mickaela Kelly, first place girls 11-13, and Angel Zamy, second place boys 8-10.

 

Four elementary schools pilot content literacy in grades 4 and 5

Four elementary schools pilot content literacy in grades 4 and 5

Teachers Abigail Prager, left, and Erin Bunnell of Parkway Elementary School model analyzing an historical primary source document in order to answer the document-based question (DBQ), “Early Jamestown: Why Did So Many Colonists Die?” They were among a group of 36 teachers trained on October 15 in the Common Core-aligned literacy strategies used throughout the DBQ Project method. With this method, students analyze and corroborate information from multiple documents to write an evidence-based argumentative essay. This method shows great promise for integrating literacy skills with content knowledge. The four schools participating in the pilot are Dan McCarty School, Lakewood Park, Lawnwood, and Parkway elementary schools.

Fostering a Growth Mindset Summer Training

Fostering a Growth Mindset Summer Training

The Office of Teaching and Learning is excited to offer a summer training on Fostering a Growth Mindset.  It will focus on how to help students believe they can succeed in the classroom.  It is being offered through Canvas online from 6/4 – 7/31.  Participants receive 20 hours in-service credits and it meets ESE recertification.  Register via Frontline at www.mylearningplan.com

FortifyFL Safety App Available for Anonymous Reporting

FortifyFL Safety App Available for Anonymous Reporting

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – FortifyFL – a new safety app is LIVE. Any student, educator, parent or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or www.getfortifyfl.com. The Florida Legislature directed this tool’s development in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.

The app, which is available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices, is critical to ensuring all Florida schools are safe environments where students and educators can experience and share the joy of learning without fear.

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is proud to spread the word about this new app and the opportunity it affords users for yet another enhancement to the See Something, Say Something safety and security measures.  Students, educators, parents, and community members in the District now have opportunities to anonymously report through the new FortifyFL app, its See Something Say Something predecessor on the St. Lucie Public Schools app, and through Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers.

SLPS will continue to use the School Messenger robo-call system as a means of communicating via phone calls, emails, and text messages to mobile devices.  To support timely and accurate reporting, the District encourages parents and guardians to make sure their contact information is up-to-date.  If families have had a phone number or address change or are not receiving calls from their child’s school or the District, contact the school’s data specialist to update information or make changes directly by logging into the Skylert parent portal.

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.

FortifyFL Safety App Available for Anonymous Reporting

FortifyFL Safety App Available for Anonymous Reporting

FortifyFL – a new safety app is LIVE. Any student, educator, parent or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or www.getfortifyfl.com. The Florida Legislature directed this tool’s development in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.

The app, which is available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices, is critical to ensuring all Florida schools are safe environments where students and educators can experience and share the joy of learning without fear.

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is proud to spread the word about this new app and the opportunity it affords users for yet another enhancement to the See Something, Say Something safety and security measures.  Students, educators, parents, and community members in the District now have opportunities to anonymously report through the new FortifyFL app, its See Something Say Something predecessor on the St. Lucie Public Schools app, and through Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers.

SLPS will continue to use the School Messenger robo-call system as a means of communicating via phone calls, emails, and text messages to mobile devices.  To support timely and accurate reporting, the District encourages parents and guardians to make sure their contact information is up-to-date.  If families have had a phone number or address change or are not receiving calls from their child’s school or the District, contact the school’s data specialist to update information or make changes directly by logging into the Skylert parent portal.

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.

Fort Pierce Westwood’s Tuesday Leadership Club Service Project

Fort Pierce Westwood’s Tuesday Leadership Club Service Project

Fort Pierce Westwood’s Tuesday Leadership Club (TLC) met for their first 2017/18 service project. TLC members stuffed 50 donated backpacks with school supplies for Panther students in need. TLC is a student driven group which develops positive leadership and characteristics to enhance themselves, their school and their community at large.

The students involved with this service project are Trey Doilvien, Kenneshia Murriel, Matilde Mendez, Vanessa Vazquez, Kristina Thomas, Alvin Paschal, and Pharah St. Louis. Well done, Panthers! #fpwpantherpride #moalife1 @fpwhs

Fort Pierce Westwood Veterinary Students Support Rescue Effort

Fort Pierce Westwood Veterinary Students Support Rescue Effort

Fort Pierce Westwood Veterinary students were at the St. Lucie International Airport on October 5th to support in the arrival of a plane from Puerto Rico carrying animals in need of homes and care. The veterinary students along with their teacher, Whitney Uribe, helped to unload the animals from the plane, unload them from their carriers for examination, as well as support the veterinarian with their examinations. That support included completing paperwork, getting the medication requested by the vet ready, as well as the vaccines as requested by the vet.

The students earned volunteer hours as well as invaluable experience working along with the community of people involved in the support and rescue of animals in need. The following students were part of the tremendous response from our community: Maria Zuniga, Alejandra Russelburg, Alexis Mecham, Logan Ankiel, Amanda Birch, Unique Rosario, Sabrina Cardenas, Noah Ortiz, Grace Ramos, Otis Ward, and Hannah Mitchelltree. #fpwpantherpride #moalife1 @fpwhs

Well done, Panthers! We are very proud of you.

The news did an article on the rescue effort of the community for these animals. It can be found here at this link.

http://www.wpbf.com/article/animals-from-hurricane-ravaged-puerto-rico-now-calling-treasure-coast-home/12789819

Fort Pierce Westwood Veterinary Assisting Advisory Board

Fort Pierce Westwood Veterinary Assisting Advisory Board

Fort Pierce Westwood Academy, the W.E.S.T. Prep Magnet’s Brittany Shoun along with Westwood Administration and District CTE Program Specialists met with local veterinarians and veterinary technicians to plan hands-on labs for the Westwood Vet Assisting students.  The Veterinary Assisting facility is revamping the surgical suite and laboratory areas. Pictured from left is Assistant Principal Leslie Taylor, Veterinary Assisting Instructor Brittany Shoun, Dr Cindy  Wasserman, Jessica Hawkins, Dr.

Brett Adams, Principal Joe Lezeau and Meri Hall.  Not pictured is Tessa Wines, Lei’Nitia Robinson and Dana Caputo.

Fort Pierce Westwood Teacher Receives National Recognition

Fort Pierce Westwood Teacher Receives National Recognition

Celestine Dorsey, a local teacher from Fort Pierce Westwood High school, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 21 NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops. The National Endowment for the Humanities is a federal agency that each year supports summer study opportunities so that teachers can work with experts in humanities disciplines.
Celestine Dorsey will participate in a workshop entitled “Forever Wild, The Adirondacks in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.” The one-week program will be held twice this summer in Upstate New York at Camp Huntington, the first “Great Camp” of the Adirondacks, now owned and operated by SUNY Cortland. The program will be directed by Drs. Randi Storch and Kevin Sheets of SUNY Cortland’s History Department.
The 72 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a $1,200 stipend to help cover their travel, study, and living expenses.

To learn about this and other NEH Landmarks Workshops being offered this summer, visit http://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs. The approximately 1,512 teachers who participate in these programs will teach more than 189,000 American students the following year.

Fort Pierce Westwood Senior Wins $1,000 Grant

Fort Pierce Westwood Senior Wins $1,000 Grant

Nicole Thomas, a senior at Fort Pierce Westwood High School, received a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) grant from the National Future Farmers Association (FFA) for a Breeding gilt (a female pig that has not yet given birth). Nicole applied for the grant because she is starting to breed gilt’s for the local FFA and 4-H. She hopes to provide a service to 4-H and FFA students to be able to purchase their show pigs from a local breeder for the County Fair.

The $1,000.00 grant that she received will offset the funds associated with breeding and the purchase of a farrowing crate that the pig will be placed in when it is time for her to have her piglets.

Nicole is the first person in Florida to be interviewed by Matt Brechwald from Off Farm Income Podcast for FFA. She is also the only FFA member in Florida to be selected to receive a SAE grant.

Congratulations, Nicole!

 

Fort Pierce Westwood Senior Recognized by Local Radio Station

Fort Pierce Westwood Senior Recognized by Local Radio Station

WFLM 104.5 radio station has selected our student – Tiara Evans as their Young Superstar of the week. This
selection is based upon academic grades, primarily A and B ratings. She has earned $50 cash, along with name and school recognition announced during broadcasting.

Fort Pierce Westwood Remakes Feliz Navidad

Fort Pierce Westwood Remakes Feliz Navidad

Mr. Jesus Rivera recorded and edited the holiday greeting for Fort Pierce Westwood this year.  Faculty, staff and students sang to Feliz Navidad and Mr. Rivera created a video to highlight the best (or worst) of our campus talent.  Please visit the following link to view our holiday greetings for you and your families. Wishing you and your families a very happy holiday season.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6auARWSf7fY&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

 

Fort Pierce Westwood Hosts Chamber of Commerce Education and Business Committee Breakfast

Fort Pierce Westwood Hosts Chamber of Commerce Education and Business Committee Breakfast

Fort Pierce Westwood was this quarter’s highlight location for the Chamber of Commerce Education and Business Committee Breakfast. Principal John Lynch and a team of Career and Technical Education (CTE) instructors shared the innovative learning opportunities in which students participate.
For more information on SLPS’s CTE programs, visit:
www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/cte/

 

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Fort Pierce Westwood High wrestler moves to state competition

Fort Pierce Westwood High wrestler moves to state competition

A member of the Fort Pierce High School wrestling team placed fourth in recent regional competition and is advancing to state competition. Pictured, from left, is Jarvis Gamble, district champion in the 195-pound weight class who is now preparing for the statewide meet, Coach Michael Torres, and Errol Pottinger, district champion in the 120-pound weight class.