It is the pleasure of Northport to announce our Young Authors “Best in the School” representatives. Each school in SLPS is allowed a specific number of students to represent their school. Northport was able to choose only SEVEN books from our entire school population of student writers.
It is the pleasure of Northport, in partnership with Giveback2kids, Inc. to invite our students to a special banquet at the Port Saint Lucie Community Center at 2195 Airoso Blvd. on Monday evening May 7 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. These students were selected throughout the year to represent kindness, good citizenship, leadership, growth and maturity and perhaps for being an overcomer!
We thank our community partners, David Gornitzky and James Monds who make up the Giveback2kids, Inc. partnership for hosting this special evening.
Our Northport Giveback2kids for the 2017-18 school year are:
These are wonderful children who have given their best to Northport this year!
Get your tickets for another amazing show brought to you by the students in Mr. AJ Quinn’s Drama Department.
Shrek JR The Musical is about everyone’s favorite ogre leading the way to adventures to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Southport students can use their Cane Cash and $3 to see the In School Shows on Thursday, May 17, 2018. The public performances will be taking place on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, 2018 at the Southport Middle School Cafetorium. Doors open at 6:30PM for Friday’s 7:00PM performance and Saturday’s show begins at 2:00PM, with doors opening at 1:30PM. Tickets may be purchased at the door. The cost is $6.
Southport’s Heart & Sole team had a fabulous time as they completed their 2018 Girls on the Run 5K this past weekend. After completing a 10-week course, you could see the sense of accomplishment as the girls made it through to the finish line alongside their running buddy.
Heart & Sole is a transformational physical activity based program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. “The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. The program teaches life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running event.”
A special thank you to the running buddies, teachers, parents and community members, who ran along with the girls and cheered them on throughout the 3.1 mile run.
Mrs. Ciufo’s and Ms. Rovendro’s 4th Grade classes are participating in an embryology program with the 4H Club and we are incubating eggs in our classrooms. It will take 21 days for the eggs to hatch.
“Candling” the chicken eggs is the way that you visually inspect the development and integrity of each egg using a bright beam of light. In the past, when there was no electricity, farmers used a candle to check the egg. Now we use flashlights!
On April 26th at 6PM, the Port Saint Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion hosted their annual Change of Command ceremony. Relieving the current Battalion Commander of his duty c/LTC Travis Cetin welcomes c/LTC Veronika Patti to command and led the Battalion on a successful path.
Pictured below is Mr. Jerry Earley as the Commander performing the tradition of “Passing of the Colors.” The Change of Command is a simple, traditional event that is rich with symbolism and heritage. The distinguished guest for the ceremony was Assistant Chief Richard Del Toro, of the Port St. Lucie Police Department.
Education Foundation, St. Lucie County will be hosting a celebrity softball game to raise money for public school teachers and students.
The game will feature an all-star lineup of St. Lucie County firefighters vs. St. Lucie County public school educators.
The first annual All-Star Softball game will be at First Data Field on May 12. Activities will begin at 3 p.m. with a variety of sponsors and vendors who support education. The softball game will begin at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a St. Lucie Mets game at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks after the game.
“We’re excited to bring St. Lucie County fans the first annual softball game between local firefighters and educators,” said Thom Jones, president of the Education Foundation. “The money we raise from the game will be used to fund student scholarships and provide grants to public school teachers.”
St. Lucie County Public Schools, St. Lucie Fire District, St. Lucie Mets and the Education Foundation have teamed up to create this fun and exciting new event.
“We hope the community will come out and support this event,” said county Fire Chief Nate Spera. “The more money we raise, the more that will be available to fund scholarships for our students and to help teachers with classroom expenses.”
Education Foundation, St. Lucie was created in 1990, to support the St. Lucie County School Board. Its mission is to advance public K-12 education through partnerships with local businesses and organizations.
It sprang from legislation that was passed in 1984 allowing school districts to create local foundations to raise money for programs to support students, teachers and public schools. Since its beginning, Education Foundation, St. Lucie, has provided millions of dollars in student scholarships and teacher grants. The grants allow educators to increase and create opportunities for student success by providing the funds to support innovative teaching methods and programs.
Education Foundation, St. Lucie is a community wide organization. If you would like to get involved as a sponsor, volunteer or supporter, contact Jones at 772-429-5505 or visit www.efslc.org.
Forest Grove Middle School students recently traveled to Medieval Times in Kissimmee, FL for a day of information, entertainment and lunch. Students viewed medieval artifacts and then watched medieval games, sword-fighting, and jousting while feasting on a hearty lunch. Shown in the photo are participants from FGMS.
Congratulations to the following students who won recognitions and awards at the HOSA conference. HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Career Health Display:
Our amazing Cobras organized events over the last month to discuss and bring attention to the issue of school shootings. These events included performances by our Louder Than a Bomb Team, Choir, Drama, and culminated with a student panel discussion. On Friday, May 4th, the audience included our Superintendent of Schools, police officers, local judge, commissioners, representatives, and many other community leaders — all listening to our students! We are so proud of our Cobras!
While attending the #IAMPSL Citizen Summit, Jane Whitaker, Magnet School Coordinator for St. Lucie Public Schools, and Korissa Diaz, Outreach and Recruitment Specialist, shared some exciting news coming soon to St. Lucie County. Two new magnet schools are opening in August 2018. The Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) is a K-8 creative arts school for students interested in developing their skills and talents as artists and performers. Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies is a K-8 STEM Magnet School looking for innovative Kindergarten and 6th Grade students interested in coding, gaming, virtual and augmented reality, robotics and more. Both schools will offer advanced level pre-collegiate courses through the prestigious Cambridge University AICE programs. Visit www.stlucieschools.org to find out more information.programs.
Fort Pierce, FL – Fort Pierce Westwood High School football jersey #32, worn by legendary Oakland Raider Khalil Mack, will move to the distinguished ranks of retirement in a pre-game ceremony at 7 PM on May 17, 2018 at Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce. Fans are invited to show their Panther Pride and celebrate Mack’s on-field and off-field accomplishments as his jersey takes its place alongside #20 Craig Swoope and #6 Ryan McNeil.
St. Lucie Public Schools Athletic Director Jill Willett said Mack will be in attendance along with family members. “We are very excited to honor such a distinguished athlete. He gives just as much off the field as he does on the field by volunteering to speak to local student groups and serving as a positive role model,” she added.
After graduating in 2009, Mack attended the University of Buffalo on a football scholarship where he was a First Team All American in 2013. He holds the all-time NCAA record for forced fumbles and is tied for career tackles for loss. In 2014, this defensive all-star was drafted fifth overall in the NFL Draft to the Oakland Raiders where he was named by ESPN as the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Mack holds the Oakland Raiders franchise record for sacks in a game, and he became the first NFL player in history to be named to the first team All Pro team in two different positions in the same year. In 2016, Mack was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year and in 2017, he was selected to his third straight Pro Bowl Team.
After the ceremony, Fort Pierce Westwood takes on Sebastian River in their Spring Game. Gates open at 6:15 PM, and there is a $6 admission fee.
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.
The sixth-grade students at Southport Middle School extended their thanks to residents in our Port St. Lucie community with hand-crafted cards, bookmarks and blankets as part of a school-wide service project. The celebration began outside the media center where students welcomed the residents of Harbor Place Assisted Living, residents of Ballentrae and members of Holy Family Church with an “Appreciation Tunnel.”Once they arrived to their destination, the students enjoyed conversation with their guests and gave their personalized gifts of kindness to them.
Everyone enjoyed the entertainment the students provided through skits and a musical ensemble. These caring groups have generously donated school supplies and sponsored various programs, including Grace Packs.
Morningside Elementary’s (MSE) Odyssey of the Mind Team is advancing to the World Finals competition slated for May 23 – May 26 in Ames, Iowa.
Morningside’s team will convene with approximately 850 other teams for what is deemed to be the largest creative problem-solving competition.
Julie Moore is an instructor at MSE and coach for the MSE Odyssey of the Mind Team. She explained that the team, operating on their own were challenged to create a team-operated vehicle.
Judging was based on the creativity and uniqueness of the vehicle’s propulsion and steering systems.
The team then used the vehicle to complete three tasks: curling, tracking, and jousting — all while telling an original and humorous story. Their solution incorporated creative use of recycled materials, team choreographed song and dance, and a uniquely powered vehicle that was successful in all three areas of competition.
At the World Finals, teams will be judged on three different areas: their long-term problem, their spontaneous problem, and overall style of their solution, and we wish them great success.
They are currently hard at work fundraising for this trip along with the support of the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County.
St. Lucie West Centennial High School Junior Kaylee Wampler was applauded for her student leadership efforts at May’s School Board Meeting. She has already started making her mark and lending her voice to causes for which she feels passion.
Most recently, she was an eloquent speaker at the League of Women Voters. In addition, she organized the March for Our Lives in Port St. Lucie.
Kaylee is to be admired for her advocacy, self-empowerment, and encouragement to engage others in positive community action.
The School Board recognized the following students who won calendar and poster art contests from the Florida Council on Economic Education:
Jayden Carey – 4th grade student at St. Lucie Elementary
Jata Kahn – 4th grade student at St. Lucie Elementary
Jennavie Porteous – 1st grade student at Village Green Environmental Studies School
Gracious Ianniccheri – 1st grade student at Village Green Environmental Studies School
The students used art to express economic concepts such as trade, savings, entrepreneur, and more. Students also presented Board Members with a Florida Council on Economic Education calendar in which Jayden’s artwork was displayed.
The STAR program’s focus is to recognize employees for their conduct, skills and actions that correlate with the District’s vision and acknowledge those who exemplify its core values. During May’s School Board Meeting, four individuals were recognized for their STAR qualities.
Wanda Bird (Miss Rosie) – Bus Driver, Transportation Department
Denise Coyle – Bus Driver, Transportation Department
Beth Payne – Teacher, Morningside Elementary School
Margot Williams – Teacher, Village Green Environmental Studies School
Click on this link to view the Board Meeting and watch the recognitions.
SLPS added an emergency alert button to the St. Lucie Public Schools app. The app is FREE and available in your favorite app store. The added feature allows users to submit anonymous tips to school and district officials anytime, anywhere.