30th Annual St. Lucie County  Regional Science and Engineering Fair-STEM Competition  Slated for…

30th Annual St. Lucie County Regional Science and Engineering Fair-STEM Competition Slated for…

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – So, just how can you build a better mouse trap? Or how do you transform wastewater into purified drinking water for pennies per gallon? Come see for yourself as innovation and creation are on display at this year’s 30th annual St. Lucie County Regional Science and Engineering Fair – STEM Competition that is slated for Friday, February 8 and 9 at IRSC’s Kight Center in Fort Pierce.

 

The public is invited to view projects on Thursday, February 8.  Doors to the event are open from 8 AM to 4 PM.  Distinguished judges from area municipalities, research centers, and community organizations will speak to students about their projects and discern award status on Friday, February 9.

 

According to Paul Reif long-time event coordinator for St. Lucie Public Schools, the first place award winners in each category will move to the state level competition in March.  From there, top finishers have the opportunity to compete at the international level with thousands of other inquisitive-minded students.  Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair is scheduled for May and will take place in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. “Our students are wonderfully self-motivated.  Some began working on this year’s project at the close of last year’s STEM Fair.  Each year we have students bringing forth projects worthy of International attention, and I am certain that this year will be no different,” said Reif.

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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.

30th Annual St. Lucie County  Regional Science and Engineering Fair-STEM Competition  Slated for…

Significant Changes Coming to Three SLPS Schools

 

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) bears the distinction of receiving a sizeable federal Magnet School Assistance Program Grant (MSAP) valued at 12.5 million dollars. The District’s winning grant proposal will transform the historic Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts (FPMSA), Samuel S. Gaines Academy (SGA), and Fort Pierce Westwood High School (FPWHS).

 

All three schools will become Magnet Schools offering innovative programs.  FPMSA and SGA will begin their transformation this August for the 2018-2019 school year as the revitalized, all-new Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) and Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies respectively.  FPWHS will begin infusing new programs in August with full implementation for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Students are invited to join the “CAST” of The Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie as the school begins its transformation and is revitalized into a true comprehensive Arts magnet.   Programs will include dance, vocal and instrumental music, drama, musical theatre, and visual and graphic arts. Students will thrive academically and artistically in our performing and visual arts programs.  These programs will develop and enhance the talents of students to realize their full potential as performers and artists.  Student talents will be on full display for the community in many forums in the future.

 

In addition, the CAST campus is undergoing the addition of a new dance studio and a black box theatre along with remodeled classrooms for each art program.  The historic auditorium will be upgraded with new state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment to ensure top quality performances. Portable equipment will allow for lunchtime entertainment as well as outdoor theater and musical events such as monologue and one-act performances in the courtyard.

 

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies will be a STEM-based K-8 Magnet School, exposing students to skills needed for current and future jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  New courses will expose students to computer coding, gaming, robotics, agri-technology, medicine, and augmented and virtual reality applications.  The Technology, Agri-tech and Science/Medical course pathways promote an inquiry-based approach to learning through Innovation Labs, Design Challenge Studios and the use of emerging technologies made available through grant funds.  Dedicated partnerships with industry leaders such as Microsoft will expose students and teachers to cutting edge-concepts and develop unique skills.

 

FPWHS students will be future ready.  New Course pathways include Pre-med, Pharmacy Tech, and Technology/Computer Programming in addition to the existing Agri-technology, Veterinary Science and award-winning Marine Oceanographic Academy.  Preparation for high demand and emerging careers such as data scientists will be at the forefront in Makerspaces that foster collaboration with immersive learning tools, analytic tools, and other technologies.  A plethora of rigorous pre-collegiate and college level courses will be added and science labs will be upgraded and re-designed to ensure students are prepared for challenging careers in this increasingly digital global economy.  As a 1:1 technology-based high school, it is an ideal candidate for a STEAM college/career program as they continue to build their partnerships with the local scientific community, including Indian River State College and Florida Atlantic University.

 

According to Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild, “All three schools will feature pre-collegiate course offerings.” She added, “All three will use cutting-edge concepts such as Makerspaces.  Makerspaces bring together science, art, computers and building to allow students to create, experiment, mentor and to invent as they collaborate to solve problems.  This is so exciting for our students. The grant also includes learning opportunities for teacher development through specialized training aligned to new programming and tools.”

 

Magnet school enrollment information will be available in March during the regular enrollment period.  Please check www.stlucieschools.org for application timelines and updates.

 

 

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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

Significant Changes Coming to Three SLPS Schools

Significant Changes Coming to Three SLPS Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) bears the distinction of receiving a sizeable federal Magnet School Assistance Program Grant (MSAP) valued at 12.5 million dollars. The District’s winning grant proposal will transform the historic Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts (FPMSA), Samuel S. Gaines Academy (SGA), and Fort Pierce Westwood High School (FPWHS).

 

All three schools will become Magnet Schools offering innovative programs.  FPMSA and SGA will begin their transformation this August for the 2018-2019 school year as the revitalized, all-new Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) and Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies respectively.  FPWHS will begin infusing new programs in August with full implementation for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Students are invited to join the “CAST” of The Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie as the school begins its transformation and is revitalized into a true comprehensive Arts magnet.   Programs will include dance, vocal and instrumental music, drama, musical theatre, and visual and graphic arts. Students will thrive academically and artistically in our performing and visual arts programs.  These programs will develop and enhance the talents of students to realize their full potential as performers and artists.  Student talents will be on full display for the community in many forums in the future.

 

In addition, the CAST campus is undergoing the addition of a new dance studio and a black box theatre along with remodeled classrooms for each art program.  The historic auditorium will be upgraded with new state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment to ensure top quality performances. Portable equipment will allow for lunchtime entertainment as well as outdoor theater and musical events such as monologue and one-act performances in the courtyard.

 

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies will be a STEM-based K-8 Magnet School, exposing students to skills needed for current and future jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  New courses will expose students to computer coding, gaming, robotics, agri-technology, medicine, and augmented and virtual reality applications.  The Technology, Agri-tech and Science/Medical course pathways promote an inquiry-based approach to learning through Innovation Labs, Design Challenge Studios and the use of emerging technologies made available through grant funds.  Dedicated partnerships with industry leaders such as Microsoft will expose students and teachers to cutting edge-concepts and develop unique skills.

 

FPWHS students will be future ready.  New Course pathways include Pre-med, Pharmacy Tech, and Technology/Computer Programming in addition to the existing Agri-technology, Veterinary Science and award-winning Marine Oceanographic Academy.  Preparation for high demand and emerging careers such as data scientists will be at the forefront in Makerspaces that foster collaboration with immersive learning tools, analytic tools, and other technologies.  A plethora of rigorous pre-collegiate and college level courses will be added and science labs will be upgraded and re-designed to ensure students are prepared for challenging careers in this increasingly digital global economy.  As a 1:1 technology-based high school, it is an ideal candidate for a STEAM college/career program as they continue to build their partnerships with the local scientific community, including Indian River State College and Florida Atlantic University.

 

According to Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild, “All three schools will feature pre-collegiate course offerings.” She added, “All three will use cutting-edge concepts such as Makerspaces.  Makerspaces bring together science, art, computers and building to allow students to create, experiment, mentor and to invent as they collaborate to solve problems.  This is so exciting for our students. The grant also includes learning opportunities for teacher development through specialized training aligned to new programming and tools.”

 

Magnet school enrollment information will be available in March during the regular enrollment period.  Please check www.stlucieschools.org for application timelines and updates.

Weatherbee Mariners Celebrate Literacy Week 2018

Weatherbee Mariners Celebrate Literacy Week 2018

Weatherbee Mariners bid adieu to Celebrate Literacy Week!, Florida 2018 with an old fashioned parade. On Friday afternoon, students and staff joined the magnificent cavalcade of favorite book characters and vocabulary words parading through our hallways.  It was the crowning glory of a week filled with classroom door decorating, buddy reading, Dropping Everything And Reading, creating personalized bookmarks, and more.  Thanks to Literacy Coach Heather Bolitho and the amazing Literacy Committee for promoting a love of literacy at Weatherbee.

 

                

Author Lois McGuire Reads to the Students of Rivers Edge!

Author Lois McGuire Reads to the Students of Rivers Edge!

Author Lois McGuire visited Rivers Edge Elementary School to read her book Don’t Be That Kid At School Each Rivers Edge teacher was given a copy of the book as well as the Teacher Resource Guide, funded through the Education Foundation grants for teachers.

Dr. McGuire is a retired Superintendent from New Jersey and worked many years as a classroom teacher. She knows a thing or two about discipline and behavior! In the book, Don’t Be That Kid at School, the reader follows a Kid (a baby goat) as he misbehaves at school and on each page we are reminded  – Don’t Be That Kid!

Lois says she wrote the book as a resource for parents and teachers looking for a whimsical rhyming picture book portraying baaaad behavior and how it can be turned around!

Feb 2 – Wear Red

Feb 2 – Wear Red

Let’s unite on February 2 to show support for National Wear Red Day.

February is Heart Month and wearing red is an effort to bring about awareness to prevent heart attacks and strokes in the United States.

 

 

February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month

Black History Month is celebrated every February and is a time set aside to learn about the accomplishments, culture, and contributions of African Americans.

Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme.

The Black History Month 2018 theme, “African Americans in Times of War,” marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and honors the roles that black Americans have played in warfare, from the American Revolution to the present day.

http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month

A Reading Council Event for K-2 Teachers!

A Reading Council Event for K-2 Teachers!

The St. Lucie County Reading Council is at it again! Bringing the best presenters to share information that will benefit us as professionals and our students as they develop their love of literacy!

On Tuesday, February 6th, Dr. Debra Gurvitz will bring you ideas you can implement immediately in your writing block. Read about Debra’s vast experience and her work with researchers like Doug Fisher and Harvey Daniels on the flier.

A special thanks to the Keiser University for hosting our event and a great big shout out to the Education Foundation for providing dinner to all! Members are FREE and nonmembers can become members at the door if they choose.Debra Gurvitz – SLCRC February Event

Questions? Please email me at ilyse.brainin@stlucieschools.org

Feb 2 – Wear Red

February Is Heart Month

The perfect gift this Valentine’s Day is the gift of heart health. Along with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women.1 While Americans of all backgrounds can be at risk for heart disease, African American men, especially those who live in the southeast region of the United States, are at the highest risk for heart disease.2 Additionally, more than 40 percent of African Americans have high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease and stroke.3 That’s why this February during American Heart Month, Million Hearts® is encouraging African American men to take charge of their health and start one new, heart-healthy behavior that can help reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.

https://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/index.html

 

Take the Billion Step Challenge

Take the Billion Step Challenge

Help support Healthy St. Lucie Coalition, a project focused on promoting health where we live, learn, work, and play.

The 2018 Billion Step Challenge is open to anyone who lives in the County.

Think about linking a wearable activity tracker device to your “Walker Tracker” account.

If you are interested in participating as an individual or as a team, contact Stacy Donnelly for more information.

 

Stacy Jacobson Donnelly

Wellness Manager

St. Lucie Public Schools

stacy.donnelly@stlucieschools.org

(772) 429-3974

 

Help Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu

Help Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu

Click on the link below for a short and informative video on how you can protect yourself and others from the flu this season.  There is also a trivia game (“Just the Vax”) to test your knowledge about vaccines, their history, and value in the fight against the flu.

There’s more! Check it out.

http://www.preventchildhoodinfluenza.org/keep-flu-out-of-school/students

 

Visit stluciepublicschools.org and click on the link under announcements for additional resources.

Local Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced

Local Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced

Three teachers were named as finalists for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Teacher of the Year during surprise announcements on Monday, January 22nd.  Luca Bradley (Fort Pierce Central High School), Luke Hall (Treasure Coast High School), and Samantha Lamora (Savanna Ridge Elementary School) reveled in the news from delegates representing SLPS, School Board, St. Lucie County Education Foundation, and MidFLORIDA Credit Union.

SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Our Teacher of the Year finalists are outstanding individuals who are stand-outs in their profession.  These are the individuals students grow up to remember as that ‘special someone’ who made a difference in their lives. They positively impact the lives of our young people by seeing them as individuals, building up their strengths, and helping them achieve lofty goals.”

Locally, one of the three finalists will be selected as the SLPS Teacher of the Year during the Night of the Stars gala scheduled for February 10, 2018, at Lincoln Park Academy’s auditorium in Fort Pierce.  This person will then represent SLPS in the Florida Department of Education – Macy’s Teacher of the Year program.

The local Night of the Stars annual event is sponsored by the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County. Thom Jones, president of the Foundation, explained that MIDFLORIDA Credit Union is the sponsor of the local Teacher of the Year category.  “This is an especially exciting year. Through our generous sponsor, we have been able to go above and beyond expectations, and we will honor our winners with very special recognitions this year.”

The State’s Teacher of the Year Program is a long-standing tradition that recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. The State finalist for The Florida Teacher of the Year also serves as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education and represents the Florida Department of Education and teachers throughout Florida.

About the Teacher of the Year Finalists                                                                                         

Luca Bradley

Luca Bradley is a social studies teacher at Fort Pierce Central High School where he serves in multiple capacities beyond the classroom including soccer coach, teacher mentor, and curriculum specialist.  Serving in this capacity was what he longed to do as a child, and happily, he brought that dream to a reality four years ago by returning to his alma mater to teach. He feels it is his duty to help his students fulfill their quest for knowledge, inspire their dreams, and influence their livelihoods.  Through partnerships with various local organizations, he has also developed opportunities for his students and their families to learn more about and interact with the community and its rich history.

In the words of his principal, Bradley, creates critical thinkers who use knowledge gained in his classes to facilitate the acquisition of skills necessary to be self-sufficient learners.  His students demonstrate mastery as measured by the U.S. History EOC and AP History Examination.  Although Bradley’s students have seen exponential growth and success in their test scores, his influence is not solely limited to academics. He strives to create an environment in which his students connect content with real life experiences.

Luke Hall

With 14 years of experience in education, Luke Hall is an arts educator who serves as the band director at Treasure Coast High School.   The growth of his students inspires him, and he also finds working with the music program as a collection of large ensembles equally as rewarding in that it provides an avenue for positively influencing the community.  During his six years as the Titan Band Director, the program has grown from 60 to nearly 200 students.  He also launched a chorus program; organized a successful booster program; and the various bands, ensembles, and color guards proudly boast outstanding ratings at district and State Music Performance Assessments (MPAs).

More importantly, Hall is pleased that the band program has provided the opportunity for his students to become active members in civic pageantry and community events.  Titan bands and ensembles have participated in a wide array of events ranging from local parades to the wreath laying ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery. According to his principal, Hall spends many hours on community-based activities, as he is an ambassador for SLPS.  He also holds his students to high expectations, not only with their music performance, but academically and behaviorally as well, for they too are our ambassadors.

Samantha Lamora

Samantha Lamora is a first grade teacher at Savanna Ridge Elementary School with five years of teaching experience.  For her, stepping into the role of a teacher is an answer to a lifetime career calling she deems “magical.”   She enjoys helping students set goals and working with them to achieve their goals.  Lamora is inspired by her students desire to learn, grow, and celebrate their own successes. With proficiency rates spiraling upward into the nineties on the most recent math unit assessment in mathematics and writing scores improving by 57 percent, there is certainly cause to celebrate.

The cornerstone philosophy of her classroom is “family” where she begins by establishing solid partnerships between home and school and continues with nurturing respectful relationships among students in the classroom to support academic and behavioral progress. In the spirit of working collaboratively with her colleagues, she also helps produce a weekly newsletter to streamline communication from school to home. Lamora’s principal lauds her as a dedicated professional whose strong belief that she can be the difference in the life of a child and an influencer in the community speaks volumes to her commitment.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students 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.

 

Lincoln Park Academy Senior Named Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalist

Lincoln Park Academy Senior Named Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalist

Lincoln Park Academy senior, Haniya Shareef has been named one of the top 40 a finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. As a top 40 finalist,

Haniya will receive at least $25,000 in awards. She was selected from a pool of highly qualified entrants based on her project’s scientific rigor and her potential to become world-changing scientific leaders.

Haniya will also travel to Washington, D.C., from March 8-14 to undergo a rigorous judging process to determine the top 10 winners. If chosen as one of the Top 10 winners, she will also have the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and share her project with the public at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on March 11. While in D.C., this year’s finalists will compete for more than $1.8 million in top awards. The top 10 awards range from $40,000 to $250,000 for the first-place winner. Winners will be announced at a formal awards gala at the National Building Museum on March 13.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science & the Public since 1942, focuses on identifying the next generation of scientists and engineers who will provide critical leadership in solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges while shaping the future of research and development for our nation and the world.

 

 

 

12th Annual Run for the Coach

12th Annual Run for the Coach

Dozens of Lincoln Park Academy students, both alumni and current students, were part of the more than 100 runners and volunteers who came out to support and run in the 12th Annual Run for the Coach 5K, which took place Jan. 20, 2018 beginning at the RiverWalk Center in Fort Pierce.  The 3.1 mile course, through downtown Fort Pierce area and across the South Beach Bridge, is run every year, in memory of former Lincoln Park Academy teacher and coach Wayne Cross, who passed away in 2006, and in honor of teachers and coaches everywhere.

Many St. Lucie Schools current cross country and track athletes competed in the race, including Lincoln Park Academy standout runner Sara Aube, who finished first place for the women.  Port St. Lucie High alumnus Josh Negron finished first for the men and Coach Veryl Moore was first coach finisher.  The race is planned and directed every year by LPA teacher and coach Sue-Ellen Sanders and the Cross Family. Thanks to this year’s sponsors, Orchid Island Juice Company and The Andrew Schmeer Foundation.

Cobras Visit The River

Cobras Visit The River

Fort Pierce Central High School Dual Enrollment students participated in a fieldtrip championed by Instructor Robert Ott to Indian River State College. Once on the college campus, Katie Williams and her staff provided valuable information including library instruction and academic services for students.

The next generation class was treated to an impromptu and greatly appreciated visit by the president of  Indian River State College Dr. Edwin Massey who took the time to visit with the group and share comments about the value of an education along with the benefits of a guided pathway.

 

A Deeper Dive into the Fieldtrip:

The librarian staff added benefit to the overall experience while exceeding expectations for all members involved. The main objective of the library instruction was to show the students how to write a research paper by accessing digital journals and the ordering of books not available on the library shelf. The librarians also explained the relevance of a peer-reviewed article for scholarly purposes and the reasons why information on the Internet that is not peer-reviewed should not be used.

Afterwards, the students transitioned to Academic Services which included access to the labs and awareness of available tutorials. The students learned the value of asking for help sooner than later.

 

 

Night of the Stars Gala Scheduled for Saturday, February 10

Night of the Stars Gala Scheduled for Saturday, February 10

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Excitement is in the air as the Annual Night of the Stars gala draws closer. This ticketed event scheduled for Saturday, February 10, at the Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium in Fort Pierce will honor outstanding educational and support staff professionals in St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS). A VIP welcome reception is planned for 5:00 PM and the awards ceremony is set to begin at 6:00 PM.

 

This year’s categories will include: Teacher of the Year, School Related Employee of the Year, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year, and Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year.

 

SLPS’s Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year will represent St. Lucie County at the State level.

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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.

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 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.

STUDENT CHANGE-MAKERS PRESENT IDEAS IN PROJECT CITIZEN SHOWCASE

STUDENT CHANGE-MAKERS PRESENT IDEAS IN PROJECT CITIZEN SHOWCASE

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools seventh graders don’t just talk about perceived problems in the community, they seek solutions and find ways to put their plans into action in this year’s Project Citizen Showcase.

 

Distinguished judges from area municipalities, research centers, and community organizations will speak to students about their projects and discern award status.  The event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 14 at IRSC’s Kight Center on the Fort Pierce campus from 8:45 AM to 12:30 PM.

 

Kate Ems, coordinator for this event, explains that seventh grade students work to identify a problem in their community, research public policy, contemplate solutions to the problem, and create an action plan.  She said, “This is an outstanding opportunity for students to learn to work collaboratively and learn about government through a new lens.  It gives them great perspective on how they can be contributing members of society and change-makers.”

 

The top three projects will be placed on display in the State Capitol Building with other seventh grade projects from across Florida to be viewed by State Representatives.  Of these projects, a select number will then compete for state-level accolades.

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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.