FPC Fall Food Drive

FPC Fall Food Drive

The Sophomore Class at Fort Pierce Central sponsored a Fall Food Drive to benefit the Treasure Coast Food Bank on November 20-24. Freshmen class members collected the most with 127lbs of the 387lbs of food collected.

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Fort Pierce Central culinary students experience lifetime learning trip

Fort Pierce Central culinary students experience lifetime learning trip

Fort Pierce Central (FPC) High School culinary students, from left, Micah Bowen and Madison Moon attended the Annual Heritage Harvest Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia Sept. 6 and 7 at Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson. Culinary instructors Peggy Ash, third from left, and and Barbara Schwenger chaperoned the students and secured funding for this opportunity of a lifetime! Thanks to private backer Daniel Silvis and the Cobra Café, these students participated in such demonstrations as Master Gardeners, lectures and workshops in organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, and seed swap, to name a few. Thomas Jefferson is an American Political Icon who kept meticulous records of his personal interests, travels and studies many relating to horticulture. The detail in these journals allows Jefferson’s horticulture experiments to be studied and shared. Each September his contributions to American Agriculture are celebrated! The FPC team learned how Jefferson was an architect, U.S. President, Vice President, father of University of Virginia, Declaration of Independence writer, U.S. Secretary of State, Governor of Virginia, scientist, French cook connoisseur, and America’s First ‘foodie.’ The FPC team toured historic sites with a local educator, stopping at Lewis and Clark expeditions departure point, early American settlers’ roadways, and University of Virginia campus. The trip ties back to FPC campus 2014 happenings as Dr. Vergote’s chemistry classes partner with Peggy Ash’s culinary classes in hydroponics.  The classes will grow lettuces and herbs to cook in Cobra Café recipes! Visiting Monticello to see how Jefferson championed vegetable cuisine, plant experiments and sustainable agriculture helps launch the FPC Hydroponics Collaborative!

FPC Cobra Battalion Committed to a Cleaner Environment

FPC Cobra Battalion Committed to a Cleaner Environment

As dawn broke on the morning of Saturday, September 19, 2015, the Fort Pierce Central High JROTC Cobra Battalion held their annual beach cleanup at Pepper Park on North A1A in Fort Pierce.

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The Fort Pierce Central High JROTC Cobra Battalion is dedicated to helping maintain a clean environment and this event was just one in a series of Cobra Battalion events scheduled for this year that will help achieve that goal.

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The Cobra Battalion walked the beach for about an hour and collected 15 bags of garbage.

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After cleaning the beach, the cadets ran the obstacle course at the Navy Seal and UDT Museum and played Company vs. Company games while the Cobra Battalion staff and parents cooked lunch for the other cadets.

After lunch we cleaned up and left no trace that we were there except for a cleaner beach. A special thanks to the cadets, cadre and parents who participated.

FPC Art Students Participate In National Portfolio Day

FPC Art Students Participate In National Portfolio Day

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Fort Pierce Central High School students attended National Portfolio Day in downtown Miami – an event specifically for visual artists and designers. Instructor Heather Blackmon championed the opportunity for twelve of her advanced Drawing, Painting, and Photography students to attend and showcase their portfolios, which included mixed medium, photography, digital art, illustration, drawing, and painting.

 

According to Blackmon, National Portfolio Day is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.  Representatives review student artwork, discuss programs and answer questions about professional careers in art.  National Portfolio Day serves a variety of purposes.  Most importantly, it is designed to help further the artistic development of young artists by bringing together experienced college representatives to review artwork and provide feedback.  “The experience of attending National Portfolio Day is a small taste of what a professional art program can look like,” she said.

 

Blackmon’s students received excellent feedback on their work and were encouraged to keep working in their perspective mediums.  After participating in National Portfolio Day, the students visited the Wynwood Walls in the Design District as well as several local art galleries in the area.

 

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About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 91.0 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS 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.

Students waiting to have their portfolios evaluated.

 

Seniors: Devonte James and Lexi Noland, taking it all in.

 

Digital Artist/Photographer, Jalen Christine, meets with a college representative.

FPC Art Students Participate In National Portfolio Day

FPC Art Students Participate In National Portfolio Day

Fort Pierce Central High School students recently attended National Portfolio Day in downtown Miami – an event specifically for visual artists and designers. Instructor Heather Blackmon championed the opportunity for twelve of her advanced Drawing, Painting, and Photography students to attend and showcase their portfolios, which included mixed medium, photography, digital art, illustration, drawing, and painting.

 

According to Blackmon, National Portfolio Day is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.  Representatives review student artwork, discuss programs and answer questions about professional careers in art.  National Portfolio Day serves a variety of purposes.  Most importantly, it is designed to help further the artistic development of young artists by bringing together experienced college representatives to review artwork and provide feedback.  “The experience of attending National Portfolio Day is a small taste of what a professional art program can look like,” she said.

 

Blackmon’s students received excellent feedback on their work and were encouraged to keep working in their perspective mediums.  After participating in National Portfolio Day, the students visited the Wynwood Walls in the Design District as well as several local art galleries in the area.

 

Students waiting to have their portfolios evaluated.

Seniors: Devonte James and Lexi Noland, taking it all in.

Digital Artist/Photographer, Jalen Christine, meets with a college representative.

FPC Aerospace Internships

FPC Aerospace Internships

Summer 2013 proved to be an exciting time for Fort Pierce Central (FPC)/Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) students.  Eight FPC/ERAU Aerospace Institute students, 1012 graders, were selected to be the inaugural class for a new internship program launched in cooperation with Renegade Light Sport Aircraft of Fort Pierce.

The interns spent the summer learning and working at Renegade at the St. Lucie County International Airport in Fort Pierce under the mentoring of several members from the Fort Pierce Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 908.  Interns included Anthony Oreo, Zac Molinelli, Bryce Starr, Brady Loupe, Leo Troncoso, Ruelane Kindred, Aaron Quinn, and Cody Elndenin.   These students worked side by side with accomplished local pilots and mechanics acquiring more than 25 hours of pilot ground school, 34 hours of mechanical instruction and 2 hours of individual flight time.  Each participant is accumulating hours toward two Industry recognized certifications: Light Sport Pilot and Light Sport Repairman.

When Renegade CEO Doc Bailey speaks of the students he conveys his pride in having them work at his facility and shares his amazement at the dedication these teens put forth over a number of hot summer days.

InternsatRenegade Photo 1Doc partnered with Kevin Adkins – FPC/ERAU Aerospace Institute Director, Paul Dekker – President EAA Chapter 908, June Beers – Treasurer EAA Chapter 908 and Kathie Schmidt-Career and Technical Director St. Lucie County Public Schools to pull this internship together.  This group of students will now transition to the second internship rotation while another group prepares to start anew.

FP Westwood Speakers Bureau – Representative Larry Lee

FP Westwood Speakers Bureau – Representative Larry Lee

Representative Larry Lee took part in the Fort Pierce Westwood Speakers Bureau presentation this past Wednesday, October 26, 2016. After being introduced by Board Member Dr. Donna Mills, Representative Lee spoke to the crowded auditorium that was full of freshman students. He shared his background as a St. Lucie Public Schools graduate to convey the need to remain motivated both in school and outside of school so students can keep working towards reaching their potential. Representative Lee urged them to capitalize on the relationships that they were building with the adults on campus to help ensure their success later in life.

The entire Fort Pierce Westwood family would like to thank Representative Lee for his time and wonderful message to the Class of 2020. The photo is a small sample of the students and their excitement after listening to the presentation.

 

Fourth Graders at Savanna Ridge are Math Fluency Stars!

Fourth Graders at Savanna Ridge are Math Fluency Stars!

Fourth graders at Savanna Ridge Elementary took part in a math fluency fact challenge.  Those who met the math fluency expectations in each class got to eat their lunch outside with the Assistant Principal, Mrs. Melrose, and were treated to cupcakes.  Way to go fourth grade math superstars!

Fourth graders at Palm Pointe celebrate Arbor Day

Fourth graders at Palm Pointe celebrate Arbor Day

State Farm agent Janine Tillman sponsored the fourth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition by donating trees and wildflower seeds for Arbor Day. Students learned the importance of taking care of the Earth, not only for themselves but for future generations. They were all excited to plant, care for, and watch their trees grow for many years to come.  Pictured are students from Victoria Cornelius’ fourth grade class as they show their certificates, trees and seeds.

Fourth graders at Allapattah ‘quack’ the mystery of life cycles with live duck eggs

Fourth graders at Allapattah ‘quack’ the mystery of life cycles with live duck eggs

Bethany DiTullio’s fourth grade students at Allapattah Flats K8 are hatching duck eggs to further cultivate their knowledge for the third nine weeks’ science curriculum on animal reproduction and growth. The class has two different incubators with 33 duck eggs total. They are hatching both Call ducks and Pekin ducks. The students will be responsible for checking the humidity and temperature of both incubators and adjusting them as necessary. They will also “candle” or look inside the eggs using a flashlight to keep track of the growing duck embryos.  Pictured, back to front, Latoya Zamor, Victoya Zamor, Kaiya Bullard work on setting eggs up in the incubators after they arrive.

Fourth graders ask Scientific Questions at Frances K Sweet

Fourth graders ask Scientific Questions at Frances K Sweet

4th graders at Frances K. Sweet learn how to make observations and create scientific questions during an ice balloon investigation. The investigation involves a frozen, water filled balloon and the students remove the latex and examine the ice using magnifying glasses, flashlights, toothpicks, popsicle sticks, and paper clips.  They then observe what happens when salt and food coloring are added.  Throughout the lesson, students document their observations and raise questions about what they see. Pictured here are 4th graders Ansel Espinal and Dona Lima from Mrs. Elish Mancuso’s class.

Fourth grade student wins F.K. Sweet spelling bee

Fourth grade student wins F.K. Sweet spelling bee

The joy is real as Animesh Saha, fourth grade student at Frances K Sweet Elementary School won the school spelling bee against 18 other school mates, third through fifth grade. Pictured in the background is the second place winner, fifth grade student India Duval. No pictured, placing third was fifth grade student Justice Anderson.

Fourth Grade Student “Teachers” at Mariposa

Fourth Grade Student “Teachers” at Mariposa

Fourth graders in Ms. Erica Morales’ class at Mariposa Elementary enjoyed playing the role of the math teacher. “Ms. Owens, and Mr. Orozco” guided their fellow classmates in multiplying two digit by two digit numbers using the Matrix Model. Classmates thoroughly enjoyed learning and helping their “teachers” solve each problem.

Photographed as teachers: Adrian Orozco and Amorie Owens.

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Fourth grade scientists at Frances K Sweet

Fourth grade scientists at Frances K Sweet

Frances K. Sweet’s fourth grade students in Mrs. Nardi Routten’s class became scientists as they explored “ice balloons”.  Students recorded their observation as they performed several tasks.  First they compared and contrasted the results of scraping the ice balloon with a toothpick versus a paperclip.  Students also observed what happened after salt was poured on the top of the ice balloon, and then food coloring.  Finally, students observed what happened when the ice balloon was placed in a tub of water.  During each activity students formed questions and wrote them on post-it notes.  Later, these questions were grouped according to the type of questions and investigations were designed by each group in order to further their knowledge. Addison Dewar is pictured making some close observations.

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.