STUDENT CHANGE-MAKERS PRESENT IDEAS IN PROJECT CITIZEN SHOWCASE

STUDENT CHANGE-MAKERS PRESENT IDEAS IN PROJECT CITIZEN SHOWCASE

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.

 

Featured Artist Thomas H. Lewis

Featured Artist Thomas H. Lewis

Tallahassee-based artist Thomas H. Lewis aims to create one-of-a-kind colorful, detailed, complex and exciting works of stained glass art that capture and translate images in a manner that reflects the reality, emotion and true nature of the subject being presented.

Lewis has worked in the medium of stained glass for more than 23 years. His concentration has been in perfecting the copper foil technique, which allows the subject to be translated onto glass in realistic detail. The objective in all of Lewis’ work is to achieve a detailed realistic presentation of the subject; be it humans, flowers and plants, animals or birds.

Lewis was selected to present his work in juried shows beginning in 1998. In 2012 “The Queen and Her Baby” and “Hold Me Forever” were accepted for inclusion in the Fourth Annual PINNACLE National Juried Art Competition sponsored by the Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery at Florida A&M University. His work “The Queen and Her Baby” was selected as the “Best in Show.”

Lewis was commissioned by Anheuser-Busch Corporation to complete three pieces for the corporate officers of Essence Communications. These three stained glass panels were presented at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana to Susan Taylor, Senior Vice President of Essence Communications, Edward Lewis, Publisher of Essence Magazine and CEO of Essence Communications and Clarence Smith, President of Essence Communications. These works are in the private collections of the recipients and on public display in the corporate offices of Essence Communications in New York City.

In 2002, Lewis was commissioned by the Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs Art in State Buildings Program to design, create and install the signature work of art for the entrance lobby of the South Walton County Health Department in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. The twelve-foot long, four-panel piece of work is titled “The Estuary on the Emerald Coast.” It is a detailed four-panel copper foil stained glass presentation of the water, sky, plants, animals, birds and aquatic life indigenous to Walton County, Florida.

In the spring of 2002, Lewis was selected as the featured artist in the FLA-VOUR Magazine. A quarterly statewide publication that captures Black Florida life and style.

In 2007 and again in 2011, Lewis was selected to present in the City of Tallahassee’s Town Show. The Town Show is a juried selection and his piece “Yellow Sundress” was selected a favorite of the show. In 2011, his work “Hold Me Forever” was selected a favorite of the show and was featured in the 2011 City of Tallahassee’s art show at the Lemoyne Center for the Visual Arts.

Lewis is a graduate of Kentucky State University with a B.S. in Accounting and Economics and he received his Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh. Following a 43-year career in community development, urban revitalization and education at the local, state and federal government level, Lewis retired in 2012 as the Director of the Department of Economic and Community Development for the City of Tallahassee.

Shareef Among Nation’s Most Promising Young Scientists

Shareef Among Nation’s Most Promising Young Scientists

Lincoln Park Academy Senior Haniya Shareef has been named a finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Each of the 40 finalists will receive at least $25,000 in awards, and selection from the pool of highly qualified entrants was based on their projects’ scientific rigor and their potential to become world-changing scientific leaders.

 

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.

 

Shareef will go to Washington, D.C., from March 8-14 to undergo a rigorous judging process to determine the top 10 winners. She will also have the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and share their projects 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 14.

 

“The recognition alone says it all, said Henry Sanabria, Shareef’s principal.  “Being selected as one of the top 40 finalists is a direct result of Haniya’s hard work, dedication and passion for research.  Haniya has always demonstrated her love for science since she was in middle school.  Since sixth grade, she always excelled in Science Fair, which quite honestly, prepared her for opportunities such as this through middle school and high school. This is a true testament of her devotion to scientific research and helping to make the world a better place through her work.”

 

“The Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists are tomorrow’s scientific leaders, and their projects address some of the most urgent challenges we face as a society. Our world has no greater or more important resource than these bright young minds,” said George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron and Science Talent Search winner (1976). “I have deep respect and appreciation for each student who conducted extensive scientific research and completed a Regeneron Science Talent Search application. I look forward to what the finalists will achieve, as they add to the list of world-changing accomplishments started by Science Talent Search alumni before them. It is my honor to congratulate and support these inspiring young people today.”

 

“This year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists are some of the best and brightest young scientists and mathematicians in our country,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News. “Their projects demonstrate the remarkable power of scientific curiosity, commitment and the desire to make the world a better place. We are eager to see how they shape the future of STEM in our country and impact people all across the globe.”

 

Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 Fast Facts

The Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 finalists are from 31 schools in 15 states.

 

Forty finalists were selected from 300 scholars and more than 1,800 entrants based on the originality and creativity of their scientific research, as well as their achievement and leadership both inside and outside of the classroom.

 

Finalist projects cover disciplines of science including behavioral and social sciences, bioengineering, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, computational biology and bioinformatics, computer science, engineering, environmental science, genomics, mathematics, medicine and health, physics, plant sciences and space science.

 

Finalists’ research includes an algorithm for alleviating vehicular traffic delays; using artificial intelligence to identify biased language in social media; and a three-year investigation into the effects of an insecticide on a bee population.

 

For a list of this year’s finalists, visit https://student.societyforscience.org/regeneron-sts-2018-finalists.

 

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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

Shareef Among Nation’s Most Promising Young Scientists

Shareef Among Nation’s Most Promising Young Scientists

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Lincoln Park Academy Senior Haniya Shareef has been named a finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Each of the 40 finalists will receive at least $25,000 in awards, and selection from the pool of highly qualified entrants was based on their projects’ scientific rigor and their potential to become world-changing scientific leaders.

 

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.

 

Shareef will go to Washington, D.C., from March 8-14 to undergo a rigorous judging process to determine the top 10 winners. She will also have the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and share their projects 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 14.

 

“The recognition alone says it all, said Henry Sanabria, Shareef’s principal.  “Being selected as one of the top 40 finalists is a direct result of Haniya’s hard work, dedication and passion for research.  Haniya has always demonstrated her love for science since she was in middle school.  Since sixth grade, she always excelled in Science Fair, which quite honestly, prepared her for opportunities such as this through middle school and high school. This is a true testament of her devotion to scientific research and helping to make the world a better place through her work.”

 

“The Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists are tomorrow’s scientific leaders, and their projects address some of the most urgent challenges we face as a society. Our world has no greater or more important resource than these bright young minds,” said George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron and Science Talent Search winner (1976). “I have deep respect and appreciation for each student who conducted extensive scientific research and completed a Regeneron Science Talent Search application. I look forward to what the finalists will achieve, as they add to the list of world-changing accomplishments started by Science Talent Search alumni before them. It is my honor to congratulate and support these inspiring young people today.”

 

“This year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists are some of the best and brightest young scientists and mathematicians in our country,” said Maya Ajmera, president and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and publisher of Science News. “Their projects demonstrate the remarkable power of scientific curiosity, commitment and the desire to make the world a better place. We are eager to see how they shape the future of STEM in our country and impact people all across the globe.”

 

Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 Fast Facts

The Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 finalists are from 31 schools in 15 states.

 

Forty finalists were selected from 300 scholars and more than 1,800 entrants based on the originality and creativity of their scientific research, as well as their achievement and leadership both inside and outside of the classroom.

 

Finalist projects cover disciplines of science including behavioral and social sciences, bioengineering, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, computational biology and bioinformatics, computer science, engineering, environmental science, genomics, mathematics, medicine and health, physics, plant sciences and space science.

 

Finalists’ research includes an algorithm for alleviating vehicular traffic delays; using artificial intelligence to identify biased language in social media; and a three-year investigation into the effects of an insecticide on a bee population.

 

For a list of this year’s finalists, visit https://student.societyforscience.org/regeneron-sts-2018-finalists.

 

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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

WCE Welcomes WPBF

WCE Welcomes WPBF

Britley Ritz, WPBF Meteorologist, received a warm welcome from White City Wildcats before she even stepped foot on campus. 

 

She recently visited the school to share an interactive and informative weather lesson on weather systems that included thunderstorms, tornadoes, tropical systems, and rip currents — all very relevant to students in South Florida.  A big shout out to WPBF and their on-going support to stay involved with our students!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Meets Education for Breakfast

Business Meets Education for Breakfast

Fort Pierce Central High School’s culinary chefs prepared and served area business leaders a delicious breakfast at the Chamber of Commerce Business & Education Breakfast sponsored by the St. Lucie County Education Foundation!

At this quarterly breakfast, attendees also enjoyed tours of Fort Pierce Central’s career and technical academies,thus providing a closer look at what students are learning in preparation for their next step into college and/or career opportunities.

These events are available throughout the year at various school sites, and we invite you to join.  For more information and upcoming opportunities, visit:

Chamber website: http://stluciechamber.org/…/education-business-breakfast-a…/

and https://www.facebook.com/stlucieschools/

THIS IS A FREE EVENT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Lucie Speaks…and Listens

St. Lucie Speaks…and Listens

One hundred ninety early childhood educators laughed and learned at the “St. Lucie Speaks…and Listens” Conference at Fort Pierce Central High School on Saturday, February 3, 2018.

The conference was presented by ALPI-Head Start, Early Learning Coalition of SLC, Children’s Services Council, St. Lucie County Education Foundation and St. Lucie Public Schools. The conference’s keynote speaker was Jennifer Faber of the Florida Children’s Council.

Flu – A Guide for Parents

Flu – A Guide for Parents

It’s flu season, and working together there are some everyday preventive actions we can take to help slow the spread of germs that may offer some protection against the flu.
 
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
 
If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.
 
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
 
Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
 
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
 
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
 
If an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs, follow public health advice. This may include information about how to increase distance between people and other measures.
 
For more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/flu or call 1-800-CDC-INFO
    

 

Parent Academy – Workshops

Parent Academy – Workshops

 Join The Parent Academy of St. Lucie County for Two Upcoming Workshops!

Both Are Informative and FREE

 

Parenting Wisely

February 12, February 22, March 1, March 8

Secrets of Modern Parenting

March 22, March 29, April 5, April 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take Charge of Your Future

Take Charge of Your Future

Don’t miss an opportunity on February 22nd to learn about and gather resources for career opportunities within the community.

Speak with career counselors about adult and vocational programs as well as options for personal career planning.

This is a FREE event at Lawnwood Elementary School on Thursday, February 22nd from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

 

 

 

Gators Welcome Photographer and Journalist to Speakers Bureau

Gators Welcome Photographer and Journalist to Speakers Bureau

In December, Allapattah Flats welcomed motivational speaker and Sports Photographer, Ned Schuster of the Speakers Bureau.  Mr. Schuster was introduced by Dr. Donna Mills who began the Speakers Bureau four years ago.  Mr. Schuster has a passion for reaching students by sharing his real life story and impressing upon them that in life you can overcome many of the obstacles that may come your way.

 

Mr. Schuster shared some real life struggles concerning some of his own educational challenges as a child and his determination alongside his family’s determination to work through those problems.  Mr. Schuster’s determination blazed the trail for his educational accomplishments that resulted in him receiving his college degrees.  Mr. Schuster is the Publisher and Chief Photographer of the Treasure Coast Sports Journal.  Ned’s love for photography has been referenced with this question, “Is it possible to be born with a camera in your hand?”

 

As the students sat and listened attentively to Mr. Schuster, they also had the opportunity to view many of his professional photos and slides that captured many authentic moments in the lives of students in sports as well as advocates of education.  Mr. Schuster spoke to the students in such a way as to encourage them to capture moments in their lives that exhibit their determination for success.  Even when they think that there are obstacles that they can’t overcome…be even more determined to succeed and be your own best advocate.

 

Mr. Schuster acknowledged that every moment captured in sports does not always end in a victory but it is always a moment worth capturing!  He had Dr. Kenny Mills to stand and show the students his state championship ring for football from 1972 and how that didn’t lead to a football career for him but getting his education lead to a career in life…something we all need.

 

Mr. Schuster captured the students’ attention once again when he shared a heartfelt story about his wife’s accident and his son’s life afterwards and how having a good education will allow you to be a true advocate for yourself and for those whom you love and simply throughout your life.

 

100th Day of School Fun!

100th Day of School Fun!

F.K. Sweet Kindergarten teachers celebrate the 100th day of school in such a fun way!

Pictured here, dressed like 100 year old teachers, are Mrs. Herda, Mrs. O’Keefe, Mrs. Baylor, Mrs. Offerdahl, and Mrs. Francisco.

Ms. Marino’s Magnificent Investi-“GATORS”

Ms. Marino’s Magnificent Investi-“GATORS”

A WORD FROM MS. MARINO:

My 2nd grade RTI class from Allapattah Flats K8 School has been busy reading and finding evidence in text. After reading The Science of Snow, Snowflake Bentley and Freddy Flake’s Water Cycle Journey, I decided that these students were ready to be real investi-“gators” on the concept of snow. So, each student was given a magnifying glass to begin their hunt, and off they went.

The students were broken up into groups of three and four and assigned one of the stories. Certain questions were asked and the search began for the quickest find! In the end, they all earned prizes and are ready to begin the journey again next week.

Dwyer High School Drill Meet

Dwyer High School Drill Meet

The Port St. Lucie High School’s Drill Team competed in the W. T. Dwyer High School Drill Meet on Saturday February 3rd.  Competing in platoon, squad, and exhibition drill and winning in several categories, the Jaguars placed in the top three. The Jaguars will continue to practice for their next meet at Seminole Ridge High School Drill meet.

Eagles Sign Letters of Intent

Eagles Sign Letters of Intent

George Bento and Nepoleon Pringle, two of St. Lucie West Centennial senior football players, signed letters of intent to play football at the next level.  Congratulations, Eagles!

George Bento: Palmetto Prep Academy (Columbia, South Carolina)
Nepoleon Pringle: Independence Community College (Kansas)

 

Teen Driver Challenge

Teen Driver Challenge

Teen Driver Challenge

When:
Classroom – February 22 (Thursday) 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Driving Range – February 24 (Saturday) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: 
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Training Room
4700 W. Midway Rd.
Ft. Pierce, FL 34981
Contact Person:
Carrie Fage
Training Unit
(772) 462.3607
The Teen Driver Challenge is an effective program providing information and first hand experience. If confronted with an emergency situation students who complete this course will have the knowledge and skills to react accordingly and reduce the chance of becoming a statistic.
The Teen is required to have a valid Florida Operators License, or a Learner’s Permit for the last six months, and drive a car they will be using a majority of the time. (The Sheriff’s Office will not provide cars for this program.) 
The following documents MUST be submitted along with the liability release forms and application NO LATER than TWO WEEKS prior to the first class:
  1. Vehicle owner’s driver’s license
  2. Student’s driver’s license or permit
  3. Vehicle registration
  4. Automobile insurance card
  5. Student’s medical insurance card

For more information and to access on-line forms, click on the link below.

 

https://www.stluciesheriff.com/p/17/teen-driver-challenge#.Wnw67edG18I

Downing Signs Intent With Jacksonville

Downing Signs Intent With Jacksonville

Port St. Lucie High School Jaguars celebrate with Ryan Downing as he signs a letter of intent to play Jacksonville Dolphins Football for the University of Jacksonville. He is joined by his Mother, Grandparents, and Coach Dent. Many teammates, teachers, and staff shared in the celebration.

Southport Middle School Selected for NAEP

Southport Middle School Selected for NAEP

Southport Middle School eighth grade students participated in the National Assessment of Educational Progress, an assessment also known as NAEP or The Nation’s Report Card. According to NAEP, the results of the assessment are a way to show what students nationwide know and can do in different subjects. The results provide educators, policymakers, elected officials and parents across the country with invaluable information regarding what students their age are learning. The students who completed the science portion of the NAEP test were especially engaged and enjoyed the interactivity of the assessment experience. Henry King and Khamani Wright liked the hands-on experiments using cookie dough. Erik Meads and Imani Pierre really dug into their experiments involving sedimentary rocks.

Mariposa Elementary Fifth Graders Study Native Americans

Mariposa Elementary Fifth Graders Study Native Americans

Students in Mrs. Saunders’ 5th grade present Native American Projects.  Fifth graders enjoyed presenting Native American projects. As part of their Reading and Social Studies standards, each student researched a tribe, wrote about the culture, then created a board or diorama reflecting the unique attributes they discovered.  Pictured: Zachary Cobb, Jonah McCrory, and Victoria Serrano Melendez.