Forest Grove Hosts Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Forest Grove Hosts Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Forest Grove Middle School hosted its 5th annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater titled “Going to the Chapel and We’re Going to Get…Murdered?”  Students wrote and performed an original “whodunit” play filled with comedy and suspense after studying the elements of literature.  The cafeteria was transformed into a reception hall for the wedding of Olive Payne and Chris P. Bacon, two teachers at the fictional Forest Grove High.  The bride and groom are distraught when members of their wedding party are dying.  Between scenes, the audience was entertained with hilarious commercials created and performed by the students.  The evening began with a performance from our Jazz band directed by Bradley Esau and guests dined on a delicious meal served by student waiters and made possible by fundraising and donations from Mr. Rene Arteaga of TD Bank and Mrs. Tania Nelson of Frosted Bakery. This event was a culmination of our Parent Nights and promoted reading and writing.

Forest Grove Honors Black History Month

Forest Grove Honors Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Forest Grove Middle School hosted a Black History Wax Museum. Selected students researched an African-American historical figure, created a poster, and gave oral presentations.

Sixth-grade history students were afforded the opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt and win prizes based on their knowledge of the historical figures presented to them. Figures included: Louis Armstrong, Mae Jemison, Whitney Houston, Mary McLeod Bethune, and many more!

Forest Grove Eighth Graders Take a Bite Out of the Periodic Table

Forest Grove Eighth Graders Take a Bite Out of the Periodic Table

In Mrs. Clarke’s eighth grade Earth and Space Science class, students apply knowledge they have acquired about atomic theory to create models of atoms using marshmallows and toothpicks! Students had to select an element of their choice form the periodic table, identify and calculate the amount of subatomic particles, select specific colors of marshmallows for each particle and create the atomic nucleus with orbiting electrons likened to the Bohr model. The best part of course was in the end when they got to enjoy them as a tasty treat!

Force and Motion Mini Investigation Centers

Force and Motion Mini Investigation Centers

Students at Allapattah Flats K-8 did some mini force and motion investigations before their unit assessment. They were able to see the effect friction has on the distance of the toy school bus versus when they placed it on the tile. They were also able to see the more mass something has the more force it has such as trying to knock down water bottles with a golf ball and a volleyball. Students also explored magnets and the attraction and repulsion between the poles. The station that every student loved the most was using the spring scales to find the weight in grams and Newtons pulling on a regular toy school bus and one that had added mass. They then took these school buses and saw how mass can effect the distance an object in motion goes. Students loved this fun center rotation for force and motion.

 

 

 

For Third Year in a Row, Agreement Is Reached with St. Lucie Public Schools and  Classroom…

For Third Year in a Row, Agreement Is Reached with St. Lucie Public Schools and Classroom…

 

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – For the third year in a row, prior to the start of school, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) reached a positive agreement with its Classroom Teachers Association (CTA) and Classified Unit (CU) partners on Monday, July 31, despite challenging financial constraints from the State. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “This is a testament to what true collaboration can produce.  I congratulate our bargaining teams and our School Board for having the spirit of trust and good will to work together for the benefit of our employees to reach an agreement before we mark the beginning of another school year.”  CTA/CU President Vicki Rodriguez said, “We are pleased to bring our members an agreement prior to the start of the school year.  We appreciate our District’s willingness to commit to making employee salaries a priority, despite the legislature’s challenging budget.”

The package includes an average increase of 2.14% for both CTA and CU employees and represents a commitment by the District to increase compensation beyond the 1.49% increase in State funds received this year. Teachers will see a raise of $1,000 for those on the grandfathered salary schedule and those on the pay-for-performance salary schedule rated “Effective.”

Non-instructional employees (CU bargaining unit) will each receive a step increase. In addition, each step in the salary schedule will be increased by $70. A 23rd step will also be added to all CU salary schedules providing raises to those currently on the top step.

In addition to the 2.14% salary increase, the package also includes the continued Board contribution of $750 to a Health Savings Account (HSA) for employees enrolled in high-deductible H.S.A. eligible plans and a contribution of $6,010 to insurance premiums.

In addition, the District and the Union have agreed to increase the supplement base amount from $24,000 to $25,500 for all academic and athletic supplements representing a commitment to fulfill the promise to restore cuts to the supplement base dating back to 2009.

After the November FTE count, the District and the CTA/CU agreed to return to negotiations and increase employee compensation further if funds are available.

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 rated 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.

 

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For Second Year in a Row Positive Agreement Is Reached With St. Lucie Public Schools and Unions…

For Second Year in a Row Positive Agreement Is Reached With St. Lucie Public Schools and Unions…

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) reached a positive agreement with its Classroom Teachers Association (CTA) and Classified Unit (CU) partners on Tuesday, July 12th. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “This represents a true spirit of collaboration and trust. I commend our bargaining teams and the commitment of our School Board who have worked together to reach an agreement prior to the beginning of the school year. This marks the second year in a row we have accomplished this.” CTA/CU President Vicki Rodriguez said, “Both teams have been diligent in their work this summer to reach the best agreement possible given the state’s lack of new money. We are pleased to have reached an agreement for the second year in a row before the start of school.”

The value of compensation package is approximately $4,725,000 and includes $2,757,000 in recurring salary increases and $1,968.000 in one-time bonus money. In addition to salary and bonus, the package also includes the continued Board contribution of $750 to a Health Savings Account (HSA) for employees enrolled in the Blue Options Plan 5180/5181. This adds approximately $1,141,000 to the overall package bringing the total package to an approximate $5,866,000.

For teachers (CTA), this means a minimum annual increase of $1,030. Classified Employees (CU) members will each receive a step increase as well as an increase in the step amounts. In addition to the annual recurring increases above, eligible CTA and CU employees will all receive a one-time $500 bonus per employee.

Bargaining continues with SLPS and CWA partners.

For Second Year in a Row Positive Agreement Is Reached With St. Lucie Public Schools and Unions Prior to the Start of School

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) reached a positive agreement with its Classroom Teachers Association (CTA) and Classified Unit (CU) partners on Tuesday, July 12th. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “This represents a true spirit of collaboration and trust.  I commend our bargaining teams and the commitment of our School Board who have worked together to reach an agreement prior to the beginning of the school year.  This marks the second year in a row we have accomplished this.”  CTA/CU President Vicki Rodriguez said, “Both teams have been diligent in their work this summer to reach the best agreement possible given the state’s lack of new money. We are pleased to have reached an agreement for the second year in a row before the start of school.”

The value of compensation package is approximately $4,725,000 and includes $2,757,000 in recurring salary increases and $1,968.000 in one-time bonus money.  In addition to salary and bonus, the package also includes the continued Board contribution of $750 to a Health Savings Account (HSA) for employees enrolled in the Blue Options Plan 5180/5181. This adds approximately $1,141,000 to the overall package bringing the total package to an approximate $5,866,000.

For teachers (CTA), this means a minimum annual increase of $1,030. Classified Employees (CU) members will each receive a step increase as well as an increase in the step amounts.  In addition to the annual recurring increases above, eligible CTA and CU employees will all receive a one-time $500 bonus per employee.

Bargaining continues with SLPS and CWA partners.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

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“Foods Up” for National Junior Honor Society members at Allapattah Flats

“Foods Up” for National Junior Honor Society members at Allapattah Flats

The National Junior Honor Society volunteered at the Golden Corral Restaurant in Fort Pierce.   The students earned time towards their required community service hours as well as giving their tips to the school to be used towards several planned activities.   It was a fun night and we hope to make this an annual event. Pictured is Ximena Paz as she cleans up the tables after a long night of working as a server for NJHS.

Food service employee recognized in state association magazine

Food service employee recognized in state association magazine

An article about the accomplishments of Southern Oaks Middle School food service assistant Patricia Johnson will be published in the Florida School Nutrition Association Magazine Fall edition. Ms. Johnson has worked with St. Lucie County Public Schools for five years. In 2008-2009, she successfully completed all requierements for the district’s Management Intern Program, in 2009-2010 served as president of the Florida School Nutrition Association and received the President’s Gold’s Award at the FSNA state conference. In 2011-2012, she received a scholarship from FSNA, in 2012 received the Train the Trainer Certification and assisted at the 2012 Foodservice Employees Summer Training program.

Food Drive at PPE

Food Drive at PPE

Palm Pointe’s National Junior Honor Society sponsored a food drive in the month of November for the Treasure Coast Food Bank and collected 802 pounds of food.

 

Way to go Rockets!

WeatherSTEM at Southport

WeatherSTEM at Southport

Follow St. Lucie County WeatherSTEM at Southport Middle School for up-to-date local weather.

The Southport Middle School WeatherSTEM Unit is an integration of weather sensors that collects real-time atmospheric data and is available on the stlucie.weatherstem.com/spm  website or mobile app. The WeatherSTEM unit was donated to Southport through a grant by Meteorologist Edward Mansouri, CEO of Ucompass in Tallahassee. WeatherSTEM provides weather data to anyone with Internet access.

The WeatherSTEM unit features updated radar, a cloud camera that takes a snapshot once per minute, as well as wind and tide information. WeatherSTEM integrates Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum, and one of WeatherSTEM’s objectives is to improve data literacy in schools. The Data Mining Tool lets students download real-world data to use in experiments and activities. You can download the app on your handheld devices or go directly to the website to follow the weather conditions.

 

Flu Shots

Flu Shots

St. Lucie Public Schools is participating in the Healthy Schools flu vaccination program. Flu vaccinations will be provided to children while they are in school at no cost.

Healthy Schools is scheduled to be at our schools during the week of October 17-20, 2017.

If you would like your child to be vaccinated, please complete a Consent Form and return it to school with your child. Consent Forms may be downloaded and printed from this link: www.healthyschoolsllc.com/florida

Flu Defense

Flu Defense

St. Lucie Public Schools has partnered with Healthy Schools – the nation’s largest school vaccine provider – to offer flu shots to your child during the school day. The copay is $0, so there is no cost to you.

The CDC recommends a flu shot as your child’s #1 defense against the flu. Our district’s goal is to ensure that flu shots are available to 100% of our students. Help us as St. Lucie Public Schools Fights the Flu.

Learn more & sign up your child for a flu shot by August 27, 2018: http://bit.ly/2tj2COU

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
    

 

Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance Silver Award

Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance Silver Award

We thank Stacy Donnelly, our Wellness Manager for helping St. Lucie Public Schools stay focused on healthier habits.  At March’s School Board Meeting, Marsha Jaquays, Executive Director for the American Lung Association, presented the Silver Level Award to the School Board and Superintendent E. Wayne Gent on behalf of the Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance.  This award recognizes the overall efforts to help employees break their nicotine addiction and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

 

*This award is based on the Public Health Services Clinical Practice Guidelines on “Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence.” Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance has set up an award system for GOLD and SILVER level standards for comprehensive tobacco cessation benefits.

FLORIDA TEEN WINS TOP AWARD AMONG YOUTH ADVOCATES WORKING AGAINST TOBACCO

FLORIDA TEEN WINS TOP AWARD AMONG YOUTH ADVOCATES WORKING AGAINST TOBACCO

Nicolas Suarez, a St. Lucie Public Schools high school student and Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) youth advocate, was named the South Region Youth Advocate of the Year by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. This is one of the highest awards among the country’s top youth advocates working against tobacco.

Nicolas was honored in Washington, D.C. on May 10 along with three U.S. regional winners, a group winner, and a national winner. More than 400 public health, political, civic and business leaders attended the 21st annual Youth Advocates of the Year Awards Gala to recognize these young leaders.

The Youth Advocates of the Year Awards honor outstanding young people who are among today’s most effective leaders in tobacco control. These youth have fought hard to protect their generation from the dangers of tobacco by promoting tobacco prevention legislation, exposing tobacco marketing to kids, and keeping their peers from using tobacco.

“Nicolas is an outstanding leader in Florida’s SWAT movement, and he is very deserving of this national recognition for his dedication to youth tobacco prevention,” said Tobacco Free Florida Bureau Chief Kellie O’Dare. “His leadership is helping make the next generation tobacco free.”

The smoking rate for high school students in Florida reached an historic low at 5.2 percent in 2016, cut nearly in half from 10 percent in 2012. Since Tobacco Free Florida launched in 2007, the state’s high school smoking rate has decreased by 64.1 percent.

About Nicolas

Nicolas, 17, a senior at Lincoln Park Academy, became a tobacco control advocate after watching his mother struggle with smoking-related health problems. His joining Florida SWAT inspired his mother to quit smoking. He is a member of the statewide Youth Advocacy Board, which works with the Tobacco Free Florida program to set the direction and goals of SWAT and the youth prevention component of the state’s tobacco control efforts.

He developed interactive and informative events that highlight the toll of tobacco and the industry’s harmful marketing tactics that target youth. He also advocated in Port St. Lucie for policies to reduce tobacco use. He worked with the local government to grant proclamations to raise visibility for the Great American Smokeout.

As part of the award, Nicolas will receive an educational scholarship and grant to continue his prevention efforts. He will also serve as an ambassador for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Nicolas, who is graduating high school on May 25, will attend Boston University this fall.

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

About Tobacco Free Florida

The department’s Tobacco Free Florida campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. Since the program began in 2007, more than 159,000 Floridians have successfully quit using one of Tobacco Free Florida’s free tools and services. There are now approximately 451,000 fewer adult smokers in Florida than there was 10 years ago, and the state has saved $17.7 billion in health care costs. To learn more about Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way services, visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TobaccoFreeFlorida or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tobaccofreefla.

FLORIDA TEEN WINS TOP AWARD AMONG YOUTH ADVOCATES WORKING AGAINST TOBACCO

FLORIDA TEEN WINS TOP AWARD AMONG YOUTH ADVOCATES WORKING AGAINST TOBACCO

Tallahassee, Fla.—Nicolas Suarez, a St. Lucie County high school student and Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) youth advocate, was named the South Region Youth Advocate of the Year by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. This is one of the highest awards among the country’s top youth advocates working against tobacco.

Nicolas was honored in Washington, D.C. on May 10 along with three U.S. regional winners, a group winner, and a national winner. More than 400 public health, political, civic and business leaders attended the 21st annual Youth Advocates of the Year Awards Gala to recognize these young leaders.

The Youth Advocates of the Year Awards honor outstanding young people who are among today’s most effective leaders in tobacco control. These youth have fought hard to protect their generation from the dangers of tobacco by promoting tobacco prevention legislation, exposing tobacco marketing to kids, and keeping their peers from using tobacco.

“Nicolas is an outstanding leader in Florida’s SWAT movement, and he is very deserving of this national recognition for his dedication to youth tobacco prevention,” said Tobacco Free Florida Bureau Chief Kellie O’Dare. “His leadership is helping make the next generation tobacco free.”

The smoking rate for high school students in Florida reached an historic low at 5.2 percent in 2016, cut nearly in half from 10 percent in 2012. Since Tobacco Free Florida launched in 2007, the state’s high school smoking rate has decreased by 64.1 percent.

About Nicolas

Nicolas, 17, a senior at Lincoln Park Academy, became a tobacco control advocate after watching his mother struggle with smoking-related health problems. His joining Florida SWAT inspired his mother to quit smoking. He is a member of the statewide Youth Advocacy Board, which works with the Tobacco Free Florida program to set the direction and goals of SWAT and the youth prevention component of the state’s tobacco control efforts.

He developed interactive and informative events that highlight the toll of tobacco and the industry’s harmful marketing tactics that target youth. He also advocated in Port St. Lucie for policies to reduce tobacco use. He worked with the local government to grant proclamations to raise visibility for the Great American Smokeout.

As part of the award, Nicolas will receive an educational scholarship and grant to continue his prevention efforts. He will also serve as an ambassador for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Nicolas, who is graduating high school on May 25, will attend Boston University this fall.

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

About Tobacco Free Florida

The department’s Tobacco Free Florida campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. Since the program began in 2007, more than 159,000 Floridians have successfully quit using one of Tobacco Free Florida’s free tools and services. There are now approximately 451,000 fewer adult smokers in Florida than there was 10 years ago, and the state has saved $17.7 billion in health care costs. To learn more about Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way services, visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TobaccoFreeFlorida or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tobaccofreefla.

 

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