Students from C. A. Moore and Lakewood Park Elementary gathered for a Spring Break Tutorial Camp. Working alongside staff, they were able to spend time on reading and math while also enjoying extracurricular activities.
During the camp, students were thrilled with the Oxbow Center’s Reptile Show, and many special community guests stopped by to spend time with students including officers from the Fort Pierce Police Department, Mr.Dan Frank, and Dr. Kevin Perry.
Mariposa Elementary recently had their Spring Music Concert. This was an “interactive” concert. Not only did the students perform, but the audience and parents also participated with singing, dancing, and playing instruments. What a fun evening for all! The concert included the Chorus, the Handbell Choir, and the Band. Pictured is the Mariposa Hand Bell Choir including Tnanazia Young, Mikaelah Charles, Sophia May, Nelson St. Louis, Stephanie Diaz, Jeremy Rosas, Kylie Christiansen, Sydnee Rubenstien, Lea Cesiro, and Chloe Gillis.
St. Lucie Public Schools Announces Finalists for School Related Employee of the Year
Amid cheers from colleagues, a band of educational prize patrol leaders made surprise visits to announce the three School Related Employee of the Year finalists on Tuesday, December 5th. Adela DellaCroce (Treasure Coast High School), Ja’Mia Gibson (Fairlawn Elementary School), and Jonathan Marcelin (Dan McCarty Middle School) are all contenders to represent the District at the State level. St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) administrators, School Board Members, Education Foundation Board Members, and major teacher recognition sponsors from MIDFLORIDA CREDIT Union were among those on the day’s announcement tour.
Superintendent E. Wayne Gent is proud to honor the commitment of these dedicated employees. He said, “The individuals we recognized today are all deserving. Each plays an integral role in supporting the positive climate and continued academic success that our schools experience. Their service on campus and off campus is superior and has a positive impact to the overall well-being of our community.”
Celebrating school related employees is a program that is supported by the Florida Department of Education in which outstanding education support personnel are recognized for the significant impact they make on their schools and district school systems. Locally, one individual will be selected to represent SLPS at the state level during the Night of the Stars gala scheduled for February 10, 2018.
The Night of the Stars event is an annual event sponsored the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County. President Thom Jones emphasized the importance of the Foundation in advancing K-12 public education in St. Lucie County by increasing the capacity and resources of the district in partnership with key stakeholders. According to Jones, “Our local Education Foundation serves as the conduit for private sector investment and community involvement in our public schools. It also serves as the primary link between local education and regional, statewide and national donors; and it leverages these relationships for the benefit of local education, creating partnerships with businesses and organizations that impact students in the classroom and strengthen cooperation between the private sector and our public schools.”
About the Finalists
Adela DellaCroce, a 13-year SLPS veteran, serves as a clerk managing meeting schedules, student attendance, and paperwork for the 700 strong junior class at Treasure Coast High School. In addition, she assists with maintaining discipline records, supporting honor roll recognitions, organizing school assemblies, and coordinating faculty meetings. She handles each of these responsibilities with grace and passion. She truly sees the entire school as an organization and understands the different roles that are necessary for it to function effectively.
Her colleagues appreciate the fact that she has a mindset that is constantly focused on how the school can improve services and opportunities for students. With her support, the school has established a campaign for aiding students in need of basic toiletries through Nick’s Necessities and for those who are food insecure, a healthy partnership with the Treasure Coast Food Bank is now viable on campus.
With her ability to network, communicate, and advocate for Treasure Coast High School, Mrs. DellaCroce was a natural for the Volunteer Coordinator and Community Business Partner Liaison. Last year, she coordinated efforts with the Titan’s International Business Academy to create BizCom, an annual showcase for the academies within Treasure Coast High School specifically designed to inform area businesses of the skills and training students develop prior to entering the local workforce.
Ja’Mia Gibson is a caring and dedicated health paraprofessional who is committed to maintaining a safe environment for all students and staff. Having worked in the District for over six years, staff and students count on Ms. Gibson for positive health care including daily TLC along with routine vision and health screenings, maintenance of student health records, follow-up health care, on-campus emergency care, and positive campus support. Her smile is something that is always welcome, especially the first thing in the morning as students arrive on campus.
She also extends herself beyond her required duties and responsibilities by taking on initiatives that support activities such as the Martin Luther King Jr. parade float creation and parade march. Off campus, her good deeds continue. For over six years, Ms. Gibson has volunteered at Daily Bread Storehouse Ministries preparing over 200 meals on Saturdays to help feed those in need. She helps plan, prep, prepare, and serve meals; pass out flyers; and fundraise for the organization. To those with whom she works, they see her as a ray of sunshine – someone who brightens a room. Whether on campus or off campus, her spirit of good will and service to others is a common thread.
Mr. Jonathan Marcelin joined the SLPS team two years ago and serves as the Dan McCarty campus monitor responsible for maintaining a positive environment. As a cornerstone of the school, members of the campus find it hard not to get caught up in his enthusiasm for children, enveloped in his warmth, his smile, his constant cheer. He is tireless in his commitment to the well–being of the overall Eagles population, and he wants to ensure that all are soaring to greater heights. On any given day, Mr. Marcelin finds himself serving a variety of roles to assist students. They seek his guidance as a positive and caring adult on campus, ask for his assistance in problem solving, and use him as a sounding board to share progress toward their goals.
Mr. Marcelin also takes part in before- and after- school activities in order to facilitate parent and business partnerships. His fresh and energetic appeal to the community has been the catalyst for recruiting additional members to the school’s PTO and SAC organizations. Once he completes his responsibilities on campus, he continues his service walk in the community through organizations that support youth mentorship and leadership. He dedicates both his professional and personal time to making Dan McCarty as well as St. Lucie County a great place to learn and grow.
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 ranking 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.
Social Studies educators from Pensacola to Key West made their way to Palm Harbor, Florida for the 60th Annual Florida Council for Social Studies Conference. Amid their peers, St. Lucie Public Schools educators were honored for teaching excellence. In an awards dinner celebration that carried the conference theme of “Honoring the Past, Preserving the Present, and Shaping the Future,” Nikki Gomez (Rivers Edge Elementary), Lauren Kappler (Westgate K-8), and Lea Ann McCaffrey (St. Lucie West Centennial High School) were recognized for their efforts and strengths in teaching that they bring to their profession and share with others.
In addition, Sharon Ortiz (Fort Pierce Central High School) was also recognized with the J. R. Skretting Social Science Professional Award for her work in expanding the membership and ably representing the goals of the organization. Sharon is a founding member and the first president of the Treasure Coast Council of the Social Studies. “Our social studies department is outstanding,” said Social Studies Curriculum Lead Kate Ems. “The team from elementary to high school work together to keep the past vibrant while we work to support our students as they become thoughtful citizens.”
St. Lucie West Centennial High School SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) Club hosted the monthly meeting of the Tobacco Free Partnership of St. Lucie County recently. Students have been promoting prevention and cessation initiatives as well as all-around tobacco education at Centennial High School and have been asked to reach out to other district schools that may want to start their own SWAT club. If you are interested in getting SWAT started at your own school, please contact Marcella Bianco at 772-785-6135. Pictured, from left, are Leedy Boyle, Keegan Mafiore, and Christina Wilson.
Miss Debra Snyder, Mrs. Kathy Perez, Mrs. Lydia Martin and Ms. Liz Pruitt all from the St. Lucie County School District stand with Mr. Wang XuMing, the former Ministry of Education in China spokesman before participating in a panel discussion in Beijing, China on August 18, 2013. International Education “Makes a Marvelous World” was the theme of the international conference with over 2,000 parents and distinguished guests attending. The famous headmasters from China and America held the summit to shine light on the characteristics and differences between the two countries’ education. This was followed by discussions on how to prepare our children to become international leaders.
The St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce Foundation congratulates the Young Floridian Scholarship Program Winners for the 2017-2018 academic year.
The Young Floridian Award was established in 1988 by General Development Corporation to recognize outstanding seniors for achievement and service to their school and community. Young Floridian awards honor one St. Lucie high school senior in 15 academic or extracurricular disciplines.
Winners were announced at the award ceremony on February, 21st at the Indian River State College McAlpin Fine Arts Theatre. Each winner received a $1,000 scholarship to the college or university of their choice and/or a two-year full scholarship to IRSC.
Alice Artica from Treasure Coast High School was the winner of Academic Excellence. Jesus Paz Cardenas from Treasure Coast High School was the winner of Academies/Certifications/Manufacturing. Ashton David from Fort Pierce Central High School was the winner of Art. Emmanuel Francois from Treasure Coast High School was the winner of Athletics. Syanna Graham from Port St. Lucie High School was the winner of Career & Technology. Madeline Chabab from Lincoln Park Academy was the winner of Computer Science/Engineering & Architecture. Beatrice Reyes from Lincoln Park Academy was the winner of Drama. Camila Parra from Lincoln Park Academy was the winner of Foreign Language. Sebastian Suarez from Lincoln Park Academy was the winner of Human Services. Rachalle Nehmeh from Lincoln Park Academy was the winner of Journalism & Communications. Aminda Murray from Port St. Lucie High School was the winner of Language Arts. Deanna Bowman from Treasure Coast High School was the winner of Mathematics. Reese Perretta from Lincoln Park Academy was the winner of Music. Haniya Shareef from Lincoln Park Academy was the winner of Science. Brigham Miller from Port St. Lucie High School was the winner of Social Studies.
Dan McCarty Middle School is stepping up their civics game this year!
The local middle school was proud to welcome County Clerk Joseph Smith into the Eagles family for a visit to all seventh graders. It’s a state requirement for seventh graders to have a civic education, and Dan McCarty has found innovative ways of teaching the subject. The visit from Clerk Joseph Smith was an opportunity for students to communicate with an elected official about public policy ideas and interact with a public servant who was also once a student in St Lucie County.
The children responded to this occasion with enthusiasm and open-mindedness. The seventh-grade teachers observed the students with pride. As an educator in attendance, I felt as though I could see the civic motivation begin to spark in the student’s eyes as they carried on educated conversations with the Clerk.
Written by Rachel Phillips, a seventh-grade civics teacher at Dan McCarty Middle School
Photos courtesy of Jessina Hernandez, Dan McCarty Middle School civics teacher
Student Kearion Smith answers a difficult question, “Who writes federal laws?” Clerk Joseph Smith inquires over the P.A. in the Dan McCarty Cafeteria with around 250 seventh graders in attendance. “The Legislative Branch,” Kearion correctly answers.
School display winners from the St. Lucie County Fair were recognized at the April 10, 2012 St. Lucie County School Board meeting, and presented with their monetary awards. Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Michael Lannon, Port St. Lucie High School assistant principal Alex Oge, St. Lucie West Centennial High School principal John Lynch, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, St. Lucie Elementary principal Bernadette Floyd and assistant principal Nicole Ortega, and Quinn Haisley, president of the Sunrise Kiwanis Club of Fort Pierce who presented the monetary awards. All told, Sunrise Kiwanis presented $4,300 to schools at the board meeting. The following were those awarded $500 for first place, $250 for second place, $100 for third place, and $50 for Honorable Mention:
1. Frances K. Sweet Elementary
2. Windmill Point Elementary and Savanna Ridge Elementary (tie)
3. Bayshore Elementary
Honorable Mentions: Fairlawn Elementary
Middle School Division
1. WestGate K-8
2. Forest Grove Middle School
3. Oak Hammock K-8
Honorable Mentions: Southern Oaks Middle School
High School Division
1. Port St. Lucie High School
2. St. Lucie West High School
The St. Lucie County Fire District brought firefighters and fire trucks to visit a class at Fort Pierce Central High School. The students spent the afternoon learning about fire safety, finding out what it takes to be a firefighter, and exploring a fire truck. Thank you to SLCFD for making the visit so enjoyable for our students!
The annual St. Lucie County High School Art Show opening is Friday, April 20th, from 5 to 8pm. This year’s show takes place in the Galleria of Pierce Harbor building at 100 S. 2nd St. in Ft. Pierce. An awards ceremony will take place at 7:15 after the closing of “Peoples’ Choice” voting.
Students will be judged in 6 categories for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, plus a “Peoples’ Choice” award. There is also a teacher component where teachers can show one piece.
The opening takes place the same night as Art Walk because the exposure to our vibrant art community is invaluable. The Art Walk artists love to mingle and mentor our students when they get a chance.
The show is on exhibit after opening night, April 21st through Saturday, May 5th, 11am-6pm Monday-Saturday.
The St. Lucie County Reading Council invites parents and students to Bookfest – a March 5, 2016, literacy event hosted by C.A. Moore Elementary School in Fort Pierce. This free reading festival is scheduled from 10 AM to noon and is designed to provide attendees with a wide variety of literacy resources and information. Activities and resource stations include: Read to a VIP, Community Resource Information Station, Literacy Games and Prizes, Free Literacy Resource Center, Book Exchange, Mother Goose, and much more!
ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The St. Lucie County Reading Council invites parents and students to Bookfest – a March 5, 2016, literacy event hosted by C.A. Moore Elementary School in Fort Pierce. This free reading festival is scheduled from 10 AM to noon and is designed to provide attendees with a wide variety of literacy resources and information. Activities and resource stations include: Read to a VIP, Community Resource Information Station, Literacy Games and Prizes, Free Literacy Resource Center, Book Exchange, Mother Goose, and much more!
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 email@example.com.
A HUGE shout out to our members! Thank you for supporting the reading council! It is never too late to become a Reading Council Member! Membership opportunities and information will be available at every SLCRC event. For membership forms, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or…check the Lucie Link Archive. Membership is $15 and includes a T-shirt to be proudly worn on Wednesdays! Membership also means FREE access to most of our upcoming EVENTS!
Speaking of events…What is coming up?
Tuesday 10/10 – The reading of the St. Lucie County Reading Council Proclamation AND the announcement of the name of the school with the highest percentage of Reading Council Members! The winning school will receive an author visit from Louis McGuire, author of “Don’t Be That Kid” and the “Don’t Be That Kid” School Resource Guide!
Wednesday, 10/25 – 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. Up and coming events will also be posted and information will be made available.
Where – Applebee’s Restaurant 10501 S. US 1 in PSL
When – 5:00 – 7:00
Light snacks will be provided.
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 an afterschool snack and learn!
Cost: FREE to members – $12.00 for non-members, or become a member for $15.00 at the door and get in FREE!
St. Lucie County Schools hosted its annual Teacher Recruitment Fair on June 23, 2014 with over 150 applicants attending this event. School leaders from 16 schools interviewed prospective teachers in preparation for the coming school year which begins August 18, 2014.
Recognizing that the greatest impact on student success is high quality instruction one of the District’s Strategic Goals is to recruit and retain effective teachers for all classrooms. As one of several recruitment strategies the Fair provided an opportunity to hire teachers before school starts.
Recruitment activities to attract the “brightest and best” will continue throughout the school year. More information is available by contacting Dr. David Washington, Director of Teacher Recruitment and Retention at: David.Washington@stlucieschools.org
St. Lucie County students rank number one in the nation for the Middle School Zero Robotics Challenge held on the International Space Station on Tuesday, August 13th.
Two teams of students participated in the 5-week summer program held at Southern Oaks Middle School. Kevin McInerney and Brian Jones facilitated the teams to learn about and write programs that could control satellites in space. The participants competed with 26 other teams across the nation to win a technically challenging game by programming their strategies into a SPHERE satellite. A series of elimination tournaments were conducted with astronauts on the International Space Station and the event was broadcast to participants who gathered at sites such as MIT in Massachusetts and Cape Canaveral in Florida.
The St. Lucie 2 Team reigned victorious. This is truly a stellar accomplishment!