United Way’s Largest Campaign Overall (Student and Employee Combined)

United Way’s Largest Campaign Overall (Student and Employee Combined)

United Way of St. Lucie County’s Vice President of Development & Marketing, Monte Kosoff, announced at the April 8th School Board Meeting the winners of the largest campaign overall which included student and employee contributions. The winners are Morningside Elementary with a total of $2,785, Treasure Coast High School with a total of $2,420, West Gate K-8 with a total of $1,272, and Southern Oaks Middle School with a total of $1,172. Congratulations to all our schools. Pictured, from left, are WGK-8 Principal Robert Cranmer, TCHS Assistant Principal Henry Sanabria, Superintendent Genelle Yost (back row), SOMS campaign coordinator Brooke Martino, SOMS Principal Lisa Sullivan, School Board Chair Debbie Hawley, MSE Principal Cortina Bell Gray, Roxanne Wells and Monte Kosoff of United Way SLC.

United Way Thanks SLPS for Support

United Way Thanks SLPS for Support

“United Way of St. Lucie County is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income, and health. These are the building blocks for a good life — a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.

Our goal is to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place.

We invite you to be part of the change.

Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow.”

https://www.unitedwayslc.org/

United Way Board Chair Andrew Treadwell of Indian River State College thanked members of St. Lucie Public Schools at the June School Board Meeting for their support.  He expressed his appreciation, on behalf of the United Way, for the District’s on-going efforts for raise funds and participate in the organization’s annual campaign drives.

 

 

United Way presents campaign awards at school board meeting

United Way presents campaign awards at school board meeting

The United Way of St. Lucie County presented awards for the 2012 campaign at the May 8, 2012, meeting of the St. Lucie County School Board for the campaign that netted over $55,700. The awards included: Highest Student Campaign, Elementary, Lakewood Park; K-8, Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition; and High School, Tresure Coast High School. In the largest Employee Giving site, for Elementary, Morningside Elementary; Middle School, Southport Middle School; for K8 School, Northport K8 School; and for High School, Treasure Coast High School. In the Largest Campaign Overall, for Elementary, Lakewood Park Elementary; Middle School, Southport Middle School; K8 School, WestGate K8 School; and High School, Treasure Coast High School. Pictured, front row from left, Lakewood Park Elementary School principal Jennifer Avellino, Southport Middle School principal Lydia Martin, WestGate K8 School teacher and campaign coordinator Deborah Schremmer, and School Board Chairman Carol Hilson. Back row, from left, United Way executive director Karen Knapp, Lakewood Park Elementary teacher and campaign coordinator Harry Stuart, Lakewood Park Elementary assistant principal LaVonne Walker, Treasure Coast High School principal Denise Rodriguez, WestGate K8 principal Robert Cranmer, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

United Way Highest Student Campaign Winners

United Way Highest Student Campaign Winners

At the School Board Meeting on April 8, 2014 Monte Kosoff and Roxanne Wells of the United Way of St. Lucie County presented awards to the schools with the highest student campaigns. Morningside Elementary students collected $1,092, Palm Pointe Educational Research School $832, Treasure Coast High School $500, and Southern Oaks Middle $450. Pictured are the Director of Communications & Work Place Giving Roxanne Wells, Assistant Principal of Treasure Coast High School Henry Sanabria, Principal of Palm Pointe Educational Research School Debra Snyder, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Campaign Coordinator at Southern Oaks Middle School Brooke Martino, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Principal of Morningside Elementary Cortina Bell Gray, and the Vice President of Development & Marketing for United Way of St. Lucie County Monte Kosoff.

United Way Back to School Event for Teachers

United Way Back to School Event for Teachers

United Way of St. Lucie County will be hosting a Back to School event for all St. Lucie County teachers August 5th – 8th and Saturday, August 10th.

Last year, United Way transformed their School Supplies for Students program into Tools for Schools St. Lucie, a free teacher resource center where teachers can directly shop for needed supplies for their classrooms. At the end of last
year, we served 20 public schools.

Teachers are welcomed to come shop at the Tools for Schools St. Lucie in preparation for the first day of school. The event will be held at 3855 S US Highway 1, Suite C, Fort Pierce, FL 3482.

Teachers are required to schedule an appointment at

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e49acab2fa2f58-back
. Teachers may shop only once during the week. Limited slots are available.

If you have any questions, please contact:

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Jessica Parrish

Director of Collaborative Impact

United Way of St. Lucie County, Inc.

4800 S. U.S. Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL  34982  /  tel:  772.464.5300 

www.unitedwayslc.org

United Way Annual Campaign

United Way Annual Campaign

Distinguished members of the United Way of St. Lucie County were present at the St. Lucie School Board Meeting to honor schools for this year’s giving campaign.

Campaign Chair Andrew Treadwell recognized the following schools for their outstanding contributions:

Forest Grove Middle School – Largest Employee Giving and the Largest Campaign Overall

West Gate K-8 School – Highest Student Campaign and the Largest Campaign Overall

White City Elementary School – Highest Student Campaign

Morningside Elementary School – Largest Employee Giving and the Largest Campaign Overall

Southport Middle School – Highest Student Campaign

Northport K-8 School – Largest Employee Giving

Treasure Coast High School – Largest Employee Giving and the Largest Campaign Overall

 

United Way of St. Lucie County is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income, and health. These are the building blocks for a good life — a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. (https://www.unitedwayslc.org/p/2/home#.WUgoO-mQySQ)

 

United Way

United Way

St. Lucie Public Schools received the St. Lucie Education Impact Award at the annual United Way Spirit Awards Breakfast.  Each year, the School District supports the United Way in the areas of health, education, and financial independence.

Congratulations SLPS!
Unified Track Meet Brings Student Athletes Together

Unified Track Meet Brings Student Athletes Together

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Runners will take their mark on Thursday, March 8, 2018, for this year’s Unified Track Meet scheduled for 3:00 PM. Here, participants with and without intellectual disabilities partner to form teams representing Fort Pierce Central, Fort Pierce Westwood, Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie West Centennial, and Treasure Coast High Schools. They will convene at Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce, Florida to compete in track and field events including the 4×100 meter relay, 4×400 meter relay, 100 meter dash, and softball toss.

 

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Athletic Director Jill Willette explains that Thursday’s meet serves as a preliminary event in preparation for the Unified regional meet slated for April. “This Thursday is a wonderful opportunity for our teams to practice their events and have a great time as well as promote the mutual respect students have for one another,” she added.

 

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 90.1 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.

 

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Unified Track and Field Meet

Unified Track and Field Meet

With the support of Special Olympics Coordinators from local high schools, St. Lucie Public Schools hosted its first Unified Track and Field Meet on Wednesday, March 8th at Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce.

The Meet started out as a practice run, but it soon turned into a full-fledged event that engaged all participants in a spirited day.  The excitement of the track and field events was infectious and everyone left with smiles on their faces.

 

UF USDA Visits Frances K. Sweet

UF USDA Visits Frances K. Sweet

Students in Mrs. Kasey Ascani’s second grade class at Frances K. Sweet had a visitor from UF USDA lab. Sean Reif, parent of Arianne Reif, came in to do a presentation about plants and afterwards the class  enjoyed some of the delicious fruit that grows on them.

Pictured from left to right: Sean Reif, Jeffery Stephens, Tyleb Phinzee, Arianne Reif, Danny Parrish

Two Windmill Point students earn awards in DAR contest

Two Windmill Point students earn awards in DAR contest

Students in Caryol-Lynn Hallahan’s second grade class at Windmill Point Elementary participated in the National Society DAR Junior American Citizens contest. This year’s theme was “Invest in America’s Future.” The students were able to create a poster or write a short story depicting the theme. The local Cora Stockney Harper Chapter submitted two entries for judging by the state organization, and Efrain Pellot’s entry received a second place award for his short story from the Florida State Society and Anthony Phillip’s entry received a third place award for his poster category from the state. Pictured are Efrain, left, and Anthony.

Two St. Lucie teachers honored at state conference

Two St. Lucie teachers honored at state conference

Richard Gray of Lincoln Park Academy and Kathleen Ems of St. Lucie West K-8 School were recognized as St. Lucie Public Schools’ Social Studies teachers of the year for 2013 at an awards dinner during the Florida Council for the Social Studies 56th annual conference October 26 and 27 in Daytona Beach. St. Lucie’s honorees, as well as recipients from other Florida school districts, are selected from principal nominations at the elementary, middle, and high school level for their outstanding professionalism, instructional practices, and ability to build student-teacher relationships. Ms. Ems was recognized for high expectations for all students and implementation of Data Based Questioning to improve content literacy; Mr. Gray was recognized for his leadership in the International Baccalaureate program and his activities as a senior advisor.

Two St. Lucie students chosen to participate in International Science Fair

Two St. Lucie students chosen to participate in International Science Fair

Two St. Lucie Public Schools students were chosen by the regional judges as international finalists at the recent 58th annual State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida, and 10 were recognized as state finalists. Lincoln Park Academy students Robert Bacchus and Neha Reddy are now eligible to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair next month in Phoenix, Arizona. Robert is studying cancer cells in the brain and Neha is studying citrus greening. The St. Lucie County Education Foundation has established a fund to help support the students and a teacher/chaperone to attend. The link is https://www.educationfoundationstlucie.org/education-funding/project-detail/pid/14/id/10. Pictured, back row, are Kousal T. Rao, left, and Darron Irving. Third row are Haniya Shareef, from left, Cristin Donaldson, and Stephanie B. Fisher. Second row are Neha K. Reddy, from left, Robert M. Bacchus, Jr., and Faizah Shareef. And front row are Vrinda Jerome, from left, Emily Cohen, and Shreya Reddy.

The state competition is an affiliate of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and is sponsored by the Florida Foundation for Future Scientists and the State of Florida Department of Education.

Ten of the 13 St. Lucie County students presenting projects were recognized as state finalists. Finalists included:
• Robert Bacchus Jr. from Lincoln Park Academy- First Place in Senior Biochemistry, $20,000 Scholarship from Rollins College, and $125 in cash prizes. His project was entitled, “Targeting “CancaaRS”: Defining the Novel Functions of Lysyl-tRNA Systhetases in Melanoma Etiology.” His teacher is Mrs. Nancy Hosie.
• Neha Reddy from Lincoln Park Academy- Second Place in Senior Environmental Sciences, $250 in cash prizes. Her project was entitled, “Insights into Off-Target Effects of RNA Interference (RNAi): Management of Huanglongbing, One of the World’s Most Destructive Citrus Diseases. ” Her teacher is Mrs. Nancy Hosie.
• Faizah Shareef from Lincoln Park Academy- Third Place in Senior Botany. Her project was entitled, “Identification of Potential Biological Control Fungi for Control of the Invasive Weed, Mikania micrantha .” Her teacher is Mrs. Nancy Hosie.
• Zoe Barbeau a home schooled student- Third Place in Senior Engineering. Her project was entitled, “Spidron Geometry Applied to the Solar Shade Concept: A Continuation Study”. Her teacher is Mrs. Lori Barbeau.
• Koushal T. Rao from Lincoln Park Academy- Honorable Mention in Senior Botany. His project was entitled, “Changes in Allelopathic Properties of an Invasive Species by Insect Damage.” His teacher is Ms. Lisa Hevner.
• Stephanie Fisher from St. Lucie West Centennial High School- Fourth place in Senior Botany. Her project was entitled, “Effect of Soil Type and Rainfall Intensity on Leaching of Simazine.” Her teacher is Mrs. Connie McCraw.
• Isabelle Victoria Daza from Olivet Private School- Recognition in senior Zoology, $54,000 Scholarship from Florida Institute of Technology. Her project was entitled, “survivorship of Green Lacewing Preying on Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle.” Her teacher is Mrs. Sandra Alexander.
• Haniya Shareef from Lincoln Park Academy- First Place in Junior Zoology, $230 in cash prizes and a nomination to submit research to Broadcom MASTERS. Her project was entitled, “Will Biotic Resistance by the Leafminer Flies Calycomyza platyptera and Nemorimyza maculosa Prevent the Invasion of Mikania micrantha?” Her teacher is Ms. Barbara Saraduke.
• Vrinda Jerome from West Gate K-8- Third place in Junior Chemistry and $100 in cash prizes. Her project was entitled, “Eliminating BPA, Which Method Eliminates the Most BPA from Del Monte French Style Green Beans: Rinsing, Microwaving, or cooking?” Her teacher is Ms. Janet Brewi.
• Cristin K. Donaldson from Lincoln Park Academy- Third Place in Junior Microbiology. Her project was entitled, “What Environmental Changes Increase Lipid Production in Isochrysis Microalgae? Her teacher is Mr. Thomas Balcer.
• Darron Irving from Fort Pierce Central High School- State Finalist in Senior Engineering. His project was entitled, “Do Tubercles Added to the Leading Edge of a Swimmer’s Fin Increase Efficiency?” His teacher is Mrs. Jennifer Kalament.
• Emily Cohen from Fort Pierce Central High School- State Finalist in Senior Microbiology. Her project was entitled, “Heating Up and Thawing; Is Ground Beef’s Bacterial Population Still Growing?” Her teacher is Mrs. Jennifer Kalament.
• Shreya Reddy from Lincoln Park Academy- State Finalist in Junior Biochemistry. Her project is entitled, “Anti-Corrosive Effects of Phoenix dactylifera and Related Species on Aluminum.” Her teacher is Ms. Barbara Saraduke.

Two St. Lucie science teachers spend summer conducting research

Two St. Lucie science teachers spend summer conducting research

Manatee Academy pre-veterinary science teacher Lisa Friend and Port St. Lucie High School biology teacher Michael Mimnaugh spent their summer conducting STEM related research at formal research institutions. Ms. Friend spent six weeks at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, actively experimenting with superconducting magnets and spectral equipment to test crystals for magnetic properties. She co-authored a published scientific article as a result of the experience. “Bringing back insights into how scientific inquiry is conducted to the classroom will result in my students having more realistic and beneficial learning experiences,” she remarked. Mike Mimnaugh spent eight weeks at Torrey Pines working alongside scientists who were testing the side effects of newly created medications on mice. His work consisted of observing and documenting whether trained mice, after receiving prescription medicines, had changes in dexterity and motor skills. “I’m going to allow more time in the lab, and make sure they have good data that can be retested. With high-tech companies in our backyard, the possibilities are endless for students who want to pursue a career in science,” Mimnaugh said. Pictured are Ms. Friend, left, and Mr. Mimnaugh.

Two St. Lucie Reading Council Events You Will NOT Want to Miss!

Two St. Lucie Reading Council Events You Will NOT Want to Miss!

Ready to FALL into a good book?
How about Learn an Effective Strategy to Teach Your 3rd – 5th grade Students? “Color Your Way to the FSA Writing Prompt”
These are 2 events you’ll not want to miss!

Wednesday, October 25th – Fall Into a Good Book, with Good Friends at our first SLCRC Social!

The event is FREE to members and $5.00 for non-members. Bring your favorite book, read aloud or poem to share. Of course you can sign up to become a member at the event and learn more about the council.
Where – Applebee’s Restaurant 10501 S. US 1 in PSL
When – 5:00 – 7:00
Light snacks will be provided.

Wednesday, November 8th – “Color Your Way to the FSA Writing Prompt”

Where – Keiser University
Time – 5:00 – 7:00
What will we learn? – Are you in need of a sure fire strategy to teach your students how to write to an FSA style writing prompt? How to PAT the prompt? How to collect evidence that is relevant and cite it correctly in a flowing multi-paragraph essay? This strategy is for YOU (and your students)!
Bring your team, or grab a colleague and join us at Keiser University in PSL for dinner provided by the Education Foundation and a night of learning!
Cost: FREE to members – $12.00 for non-members, or become a member for $15.00 at the door and get in FREE!

Two Lincoln Park students take top honors in state science competition

Two Lincoln Park students take top honors in state science competition

Lincoln Park Academy senior Robert Bacchus, Jr., and eighth grade student Haniyah Shareef took the top prizes in their respective age groups at the recent Florida Junior Academy of Sciences (FJAS) speaker competition. Only 10 students were chosen in the state per research category for the competitive contest. Robert took first place in High School Medical Sciences, and received the FJAS Senior Scholarship; Haniyah took first place in Middle School Environmental Sciences. Robert was also named a semifinalist in the Intel® Science Talent Search (Intel STS) in 2014, the
nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition.

Two Fort Pierce Central staff, volunteer named S.T.A.R.S

Two Fort Pierce Central staff, volunteer named S.T.A.R.S

Two Fort Pierce Central High School (FPCHS) staff members, and a volunteer, were honored as S.T.A.R.S (Special Thanks and Recognition), the district’s employee recognition program, at the St. Lucie County School Board meeting on February 11, 2014, for their quick thinking that potentially saved the life of a FPCHS student athlete. The focus of the STAR program is to RECOGNIZE employees for their behavior, skills and actions that correlate with the district vision, to REWARD employees on the results of their behavior and outcomes by clarifying what we value most as an organization, and to RECLAIM passive employees by rewarding those that exemplify our core values. Football coaches and teachers Josh Shaffer and Evan Muldoon, plus volunteer Tom Estep, all of whom fortunately had been trained to use an AED defibrillator, recently responded to a medical emergency involving the student athlete during a recent practice, using the defibrillator. The defibrillator at FPCHS is one of the dozens throughout St. Lucie Public Schools funded and donated through the Jessica Clinton Foundation, sponsored by Ray and Cheryl Lalloo. Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Genelle Yost, Estep, School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, Shaffer, Muldoon and Student Assignment Director Michelle Jerger, who made the presentation.