Fort Pierce Central Army Junior Reserve Officers‘ Training Corps (JROTC) hosted its 27th Annual Military Ball recently. The evening began with a reception line. Student cadets in uniform or floor-length dresses greeted senior officers and guests before finding their assigned chairs. The Cadet Color Guard Posted the Colors, and ceremonies began, including an address by Assistant Superintendent Kevin G. Perry, and the night ended with a traditional dance. JROTC cadets at Fort Pierce Central spend five hours of class time, plus homework and a test, learning etiquette to prepare for the ball, according to LCT Al Nevarez, the senior program instructor. This includes instruction on appropriate dress, forms of address and place settings. Military balls have their origins before the Civil War, as social events on isolated posts on the midwestern frontier, according to Nevarez. Pictured, from left, are Army instructor 1SG Darin Randall, teacher Michele Nurse, teacher Arin Terwilliger, Kevin Perry, Mrs. Williams, LTC Nevarez and Fort Pierce High School principal Todd Smith.
This Article was written by the FPC Battalion Public Affairs Officer Cadet Captain Gene Moore Jr.
Fort Pierce Central JROTC Cobra Battalion hosted its annual Angel Tree project which reaches out to the community and gives assistance to many families in the area who are struggling in today’s economy. Annually the Cobra Battalion help put smiles on children’s faces for Christmas and gives them something positive to remember. Mr. Todd Smith the school Principal and Mr. Arthur Jamison one of FPC’s Assistant Principal’s attended the special event. The Angel Tree Project consists of Cadets and School Staff and several organizations such as Cheyne Family Chiropractic which helped make this event a great success with their contributions to the angel tree. Cadets, Faculty and local families volunteered to buy the gifts for the children, and gifts were giving to Children’s home society and to local children, who don’t have a home or who has not yet been adopted. This Article was written by the FPC Battalion Public Affairs Officer, Cadet Captain Gene Moore Jr.
The Fort Pierce Central JROTC Cobra Battalion recently enjoyed a Family Night, when parents and cadets come together and parents get the opportunity to see their children receive awards for his or her endeavors. Awards were given for Community Service, Leadership Education and Training (LET) Level attained, Student Government, Varsity and JV Sports, Perfect Attendance, Honor Roll, JROTC Summer Camp and more. In addition to awards, LET level 1 Cadets who participated in this year’s first Promotion Board were promoted based on scores received by their class leaders. Of all the LET level 1 cadets, 14 Cadets were promoted to Private, 40 Private First Class, and 19 to Corporal. Pictured is LTC (R) Al Nevarez and 1SG (R) Randall presenting the awards to the cadets.
This Article was written by the FPC Battalion Public Affairs Officer, Cadet Captain Gene Moore Jr.
The Fort Pierce Central JROTC program started a food drive to support Big Brothers, Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties in order to provide Thanksgiving meals for families in need. With the help of the Army JROTC program, led by LTC Nevárez and 1SG Randall, the Fort Pierce Central High School faculty and students, with the help of the girls’ soccer team, collected enough non-perishable food items to feed over 30 families, successfully exceeding their goals and expectations of 15 families. Each family received a large bag, containing Thanksgiving-related items plus a whole turkey. The program has held this charity for the past six years, and will continue to help and provide for the less fortunate. Kelly Chicvara and Meagan Wiggins from Big Brothers, Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties are photographed with LTC Al Nevárez and cadets from the Army JROTC program picking up the meals for delivery. Written by CDT/1SG Connor Cheslock.
Students enrolled in the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Aerospace Institute at Fort Pierce Central High School, a joint partnership between ERAU and the St. Lucie County School District, designed and constructed a 12-foot wind tunnel during the Fall 2012 term under the guidance of Professor Kevin Adkins. The wind tunnel was designed to assess aerodynamic forces on objects such as wings, aircraft, ships, and other blunt and streamlined bodies. Fort Pierce Central senior Michael Alexander, pictured, left, and junior Jose Forero brought the wind tunnel to Lisa Friend’s advanced eighth grade science classroom at Manatee Academy recently. Following a lesson on aerodynamics led by Forero and an overview of the tunnel’s design and construction by Alexander, Friend’s students analyzed data collected from the wind tunnel and confirmed some basic aerodynamic concepts. Forero and Alexander also took time to share their experience while in the Institute. Alexander shared that besides earning college credit for the advanced course, he enjoys not only the rigorous math and physics, but also the opportunity to see the application of these subjects in real world context. Alexander plans to attend the Honors College at Embry-Riddle in the fall and begin an aerospace engineering curriculum, and Forero also plans to enroll in an engineering degree program in the future. Students interested in the Aerospace Institute can contact Fort Pierce Central High School. Friend’s eighth grade student Keondra Blue said she enjoyed learning about the lift equation, while classmate Briana Wells enjoyed learning about the components of airplanes and how they work. Classmate Kyle Yurchak said seeing how the wind tunnel worked was very exciting because it showed how it would work in the real world, while Jon Walborn, who has already applied to enter the program next year, said Professer Adkins explained the topic in a very interesting way.
Left to Right: Coach Jeannie Glenton, Cinthia Valdez, Lanie Smith, Laura Haggerty, Sofie Vanmoorlegham, Natalia Illuzzi, Jade Sites, Isabella King, Coach Sophia Witherspoon.
Mozart Sobrinho stopped by his former school, West Gate K8, to perform a benefit concert for autism. Students in grades 3 through 8 were treated to a half hour concert which included his song “Stay with You” inspired by his former teacher and her autistic daughter. His performance allowed West Gate to raise over $500.00. The monies raised will help sponsor the April 11th, 2015 Walk for Autism Speaks.
Students in Veronica Patrick’s second grade class at St. Lucie Elementary was paid a special visit from Mr. Reverend James Sullivan, a former principal of St. Lucie County Schools. Reverend Sullivan took the time to educate her students on Black History and honorable individuals remembered for their braveness, such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Bunche, and many more. A special thank you Reverend Sullivan.
Former F. K. Sweet Elementary School parent, community leader, and cancer survivor Aileen Pruitt spoke to the annual Circle of Hope gathering recently. She empasized to the audience the importance of taking good care of one’s body and “listening” to it for any signs of trouble. Aileen’s inspirational talk preceded the release of white doves and songs by the school chorus and fifth graders.
Tony Boselli, former Jacksonville Jaguar football player #71, spoke to the St. Lucie County school principals on Thursday, September 11th at 8:00 am at the School Board District Office regarding his company, Healthy Schools and the FluMist Vaccination Program. Healthy Schools, in cooperation with the St. Lucie County Public Schools and the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County, is excited to kick off the “Teach Flu A Lesson” program in St. Lucie County. Every year thousands of children miss valuable school days because of the influenza virus. Offering flu vaccinations in the school setting has been proven to be effective in preventing disease and reducing absenteeism. October 2nd and 3rd are the designated days for the FluMist Program in St. Lucie County Schools.
Jeff Cross, retired former Miami Dolphin’s player came to visit the sixth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition and spoke about perseverance, organization and staying on track with academics with their years to come. He stressed to the students how important organizational skills are and how pertinent they will be for them in the future. Teachers are here to help you form good study habits and continue to follow rules and procedures later in life. Jeff interacted with the students by having them give their definitions of “a professional football player” and what “scholarships” are. He stressed the importance of getting good grades and following through with their goals. Sports and academics go hand in hand. Students asked him a variety of questions related to academics and his football career. Overall, it was a great way for our students to really see the importance of academics and taking school seriously from a professional athlete who DID work hard from the very start. He said “you are going to close your eyes one day and wake up and it’s going to be over.”
Former Miami Dolphins NFL football player Jeff Cross recently visited Oak Hammock K8 School. Meeting and talking with Cross was an incentive for students to be among the school’s top readers for Sunshine State Books. Pictured is Cross with, from left, Sydnee, Hailey, Jennifer, Cassidy, and Julianna.
Former student, Mark Jattan, comes back to Mariposa Elementary to shadow teachers. Mark is seen here with his former fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Sarah Letsch. Mark is interested in becoming a teacher and is currently attending the University of Central Florida. He would like to begin his career teaching at the elementary school that started it all for him. He has a great deal of fond memories from Mariposa and would like to continue that tradition for the upcoming generation of Mariposians.
Junior volunteers and former F. K. Sweet Elementary students Callie Zheng and Amelia Nelson are ace librarians when it comes to working in Barbara Whellams’ classroom library after school. They check book tubs to make sure books are returned correctly, sort out duplicates, and then lexile each book. With well over 5,000 books, lots of assistance is needed and appreciated.
Twelve teams from six Title One Schools competed against each other in a science bowl competition at Westwood High School’s Marine Oceanographic Academy and FAU-Harbor Branch Oceanographic Center on Saturday, February 16th. The competition was a Jeopardy-style competition were two teams competed against each other in each match. Questions in the subjects of physical science, life science, earth and space science and mathematics were asked. Two types of questions were used including individual toss questions as well as team-answered bonus questions. Teams from Allapattah Flats K-8, Dan McCarty School, Forest Grove Middle School, Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, Southern Oaks Middle School, Southport Middle School were represented in the competition. Excitement filled the air as the final match between Southport Middle School and Forest Grove Middle School ended in a tie and had to be decided by a five question tie-breaker round. Members of the winning team, from left, are Dillon Griggs, Dustin Vanderpool, Vincent Rappa, Samantha Doohan, Krysta Burchard and Coach Colleen Wilson.
Civics teacher Anne Powell of Forest Grove Middle School was one of twenty-five teachers selected from throughout Florida to attend the Supreme Court of Florida’s Justice Teaching Institute March 22-26 to learn about the state courts using a case study method. Powell and other teacher participants explored the courts and the Constitution in a four and one half day program with all seven justices serving as faculty. The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc., coordinated the program and provided instructional assistance. This year’s emphasis was on examining the structure and function of the state courts, motion to suppress hearings, Miranda warnings and the assistance of legal counsel, among other law related topics. They also participated in a simulated appellate hearing serving as justices and attorneys to reenact a mock oral argument. Judge Karen Cole from the Fourth Judicial Circuit and Judge Kelly McKibben from the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit served as mentor judges and assisted the teachers in dissecting the material throughout the week. At the conclusion of the institute, teachers observed actual oral arguments before the Supreme Court, and attended a banquet held in their honor, together with the justices, at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Powell with Florida Supreme Court Justice Perry at the JTI Banquet
2015 Justice Teaching Institute Participants at the Florida Supreme Court
Forest Grove Middle School students and staff recently raised $800 for Bahamas Relief. Furthermore, the students donated over 550 items to be transported to the Bahamas via Missionary Flights International. Pictured here accepting the check are Ray Oostdyk, Kay Hall, Emma Espinal and Principal Dr. Arthur Jamison. The schoolwide fundraiser was organized by seventh grader Emma Espinal. Supporting the effort were her classmates, Sarah Galvin, Lorilai Coto and Lilly Keim. The team distributed flyers and collection boxes to all the school’s homeroom classes. The homeroom that brought in the greatest number of items was Mrs. Hall’s class with 22 students donating 129 items. Second place went to Ms. Nicole Collins’ homeroom, which donated 77 items. Some students also wrote heartfelt letters to the Dorian survivors. One of them stated, “I, along with others in my school, donated money to help you rebuild. We can only imagine what you’re going through, and we were so close to experiencing it, too. May God bless you.”
The Forest Grove Middle School Honors Geometry classes learned how triangles and their points of concurrency assist in solving one of the most important problems in the world – supplying rural communities with clean water! Students studied areas of the earth in need of clean water and the traditional ways of bringing clean water to these areas. They then studied points of concurrency and used those points to determine optimal locations for places to dig wells or provide point source filtration. Pictured are Colin Lawrence and Sydnee Rubenstein (left to right) sharing their discoveries about Kenya, Africa.
Sixty Forest Grove students got the experience of a lifetime on March 17 when they got to see the Miami Heat play at the American Airlines Arena. After the game, students were able to go on the court and take a shot from the free throw line just like the players do! This elite group of Bulldogs were nominated by their teachers for doing well in school academically and behaviorally. Students also won a spot on the trip through PBIS events. All of these well-deserving students will write about their experience at the game to share with the rest of the Bulldog family.
We at Forest Grove Middle School have implemented a stupendous initiative to foster a strong bond between the students and their Ace. Each month the students will vote on the Ace that inspires them to succeed academically and flourish positively socially. The students have been informed that the Ace with the most votes will attend a very special lunch with the administrative team at Forest Grove. The students have been participating in droves. This incentive reminds teachers that they are valued by their students and it gives the students a sense of responsibility in choosing and honoring the staff and teachers at their school. Altogether, this increases the positive bond between students and staff/ teachers.
Students Taylor Lewis and Mixi Mitra nominate the Treasure Hunters who see the gold in them, with assistance from School-Based New Horizons Counselor Kimberly Lively.