Safety Fest

Safety Fest

Friends, families, businesses, and organizations came together on Saturday, April 27th for a day of fun, food, festivities, and demonstrations at the 5th Annual Safety Fest held at the Digital Domain Stadium in Port St. Lucie.

The Ft. Pierce Central High School JROTC Color Guard and St. Lucie West Centennial High School Band opened the event by presenting the Colors and playing the National Anthem.  St. Lucie Public Schools was represented by Transportation, FDLRS, Media Services, Magnet School Programs, and General Programs of Study.

 

 

St. Lucie Culinary Arts Students Show at Taste of St. Lucie

St. Lucie Culinary Arts Students Show at Taste of St. Lucie

Culinary Arts students from Port St. Lucie High School, Northport K-8, and St. Lucie West Centennial High School hosted three booths at the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Taste of St. Lucie fundraiser.

Port St. Lucie High’s Jaguar Culinary Team sautéed and served Lucky 7 Wontons with Asian Slaw and Gator Loupgaroo with Boom-Boom Sauce. Delicious!

St. Lucie West K-8 students served their homemade “Shark Bites” — a combination of dark chocolate cake, chocolate cream, dark chocolate, and whipped cream.  Yummy!

Northport K-8 Navigators baked and served pineapple cake with coconut-pecan icing.  It was a hit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congressman Mast Speaks at Port St. Lucie High School’s  Change of Command Ceremony 2019

Congressman Mast Speaks at Port St. Lucie High School’s Change of Command Ceremony 2019

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, the Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion had its annual Change of Command ceremony to announce the incoming Battalion Commander and Command Sergeant Major for the school year 2019-2020. As our honored guest, Congressman Mast gave an inspirational speech to the nearly 200 cadets.

The outgoing Battalion Commander, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Veronika Patti, passed the Battalion colors to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Simmons relinquishing her duties and responsibilities to the new commander. The change of responsibilities was given from Cadet Command Sergeant Major Victoria Diaz to Cadet Command Sergeant Major Lawrence Moleon- Mathews.

During the ceremony, cadets received awards by the following distinguished guests: Congressman Brian Mast, Principal Adrian Ocampo, Mr. Jack Irvin, and Mr. Joe Lusardi.

The article and photography were produced by Cadet Captain Alexis Morris.  

Elementary Science Showcase

Elementary Science Showcase

The elementary science showcase was held this past weekend at the Savannas Preserve State Park and the Oxbow Eco-Center.  With student work on display at both locations, it was a great opportunity for families and friends to enjoy learning about the students’ projects as well as visiting exhibit halls and nature trails.

Pictured: Village Green Environmental Studies School Principal Terry Davis, students, teachers, and family members

Faniel Wows Fans

Faniel Wows Fans

Ms. Sabrina Faniel, this year’s St. Lucie Public Schools Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year, threw out the first at Friday night’s St. Lucie Mets game. Faniel proudly represented the School District as she took the field.

Piscopo Winds Up For First Pitch

Piscopo Winds Up For First Pitch

St. Lucie County’s Assistant Principal of the Year and one of Florida’s finalists for this prestigious honor Samantha Piscopo warmed up to throw the ceremonial first pitch at the St. Lucie Mets baseball game.  She was accompanied by family and friends for an exciting evening of baseball on Thursday, April 25.

TCHS Band Earns Prestigious Award

TCHS Band Earns Prestigious Award

Mr. Luke Hall and The Symphonic Band 1 of Treasure Coast High School earned the Otto J. Kraushaar Award, which is the highest award bands in the state of Florida can earn. This honor is given to bands that earn a perfect record of straight superior ratings from each adjudicator at Marching, District Concert, and State Concert Music Performance Assessments throughout and entire school year. This is the first time the Titan band program has earned this award.

LPA Speech and Debate Team Make Their Mark

LPA Speech and Debate Team Make Their Mark

The newly formed Lincoln Park Academy Speech and Debate Team can boast of great accomplishments during its inaugural year as all six members qualified for State and one member qualified for Nationals.

Team members Aaron Address, Jennifer Barajas, Daphne Bellot, and Zyla Marc qualified for State in the Program of Oral Interpretation. Alyssa Monaco also qualified for State in the category of Declamation, and Donald Smith qualified for Nationals in Dramatic Interpretation.

Coaches Debra Scherer and Stuart Address are proud of the team and looking forward to next year.

TCHS Air Force JROTC Wins Distinguished Unit Award

TCHS Air Force JROTC Wins Distinguished Unit Award

FL-20081 at Treasure Coast High School has been selected as one of 376 units worldwide to receive the 2018-2019 Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit Award.This award recognizes Air Force JROTC units that have performed well above and beyond normal expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force JROTC citizen development mission for America.

The objectives of the Air Force JROTC program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline through character education; and to provide instruction in air and space fundamentals. Enrollment is open to high school students who are in grades 9 through 12.  Air Force JROTC is located in approximately 900 high schools across the United States and at selected schools in Europe, in the Pacific, and in Puerto Rico. Air Force JROTC enrollment includes more than 120,000 cadets who do over 1.6 million hours of community service each year.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Taste of St. Lucie

Big Brothers Big Sisters Taste of St. Lucie

Northport culinary students serve their tasty creation at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Taste of St. Lucie.

A fun time was had by all as students enjoyed serving the community and working with educational partners.

Student Chefs:

Kamara Pierre
Aleilla Jones
Teresa Mervil
Benet Hill
Crystal Falcon-Paulin

Awesome job students! Busy! Busy! Thank you Mrs. Savela!

Northport Wins Florida Retired Educators Essay Contest!

Northport Wins Florida Retired Educators Essay Contest!

Congratulations to Margeaux McKinney for her District 9 overall first place win for the Florida Retired Educators Association annual 5th grade essay contest. She was recognized at the FREA luncheon today at the Heathcote Botanical Gardens and awarded writing items to inspire her continued interest in writing.

This is the third consecutive year that a Northport Rising Star student has taken first place! Mrs. Tredor was also recognized for this achievement.

STEM Studies

STEM Studies

The future is bright! Students in Mr. Fess’ Northstars STEM classes created laser security systems today as part of their Laser and Photonics unit. Students are learning about reflection, refraction and the use of lasers in fiberoptic cable as well as their application in multiple career fields.

Venue Change for April 30 School Board Public Hearing

Venue Change for April 30 School Board Public Hearing

FORT PIERCE, FL – The venue for the St. Lucie County School Board Public Hearing scheduled for Tuesday, April 30 at 8:30 a.m. has changed to Fort Pierce Central High School’s auditorium located at 4101 S. 25th Street in Fort Pierce.

The original location was slated for Allapattah Flats K-8 School. The new location will provide attendees with an enhanced parking area and facilitate a safe and efficient process for entering the meeting through the auditorium.

About St. Lucie Public Schools 

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also 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. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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St. Lucie Public Schools Education Referendum Passes with 66% of the Vote

St. Lucie Public Schools Education Referendum Passes with 66% of the Vote

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and School Board members thank St. Lucie County voters and community members for supporting the education referendum with a 66% vote.

“The record number of returned ballots and support from our community speaks volumes to the value placed on a quality public school education system. High performing students must have high performing teachers, and they must have opportunities to learn on safe and secure campuses,” said Superintendent Gent. He added that students will also benefit from expanded mental health services and important programs afforded to them by this referendum.

“Many people worked hard to help educate the community on the need and the benefits of this referendum,” said School Board Chair Debbie Hawley.   “We appreciate the collaboration and dedication of our employees, union partners, parents, business partners, community groups, and civic organizations.”

 

This is a four-year referendum, and Gent stressed that funds will only be utilized as they were promised.  He said, “As an added layer of assurance, the District will form an Advisory Committee to provide oversight on expenditures.”

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also 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. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Media Release:  St. Lucie Public Schools Education Referendum Passes

Media Release: St. Lucie Public Schools Education Referendum Passes

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and School Board members thank St. Lucie County voters and community members for supporting the education referendum with a 66% vote.

“The record number of returned ballots and support from our community speaks volumes to the value placed on a quality public school education system. High performing students must have high performing teachers, and they must have opportunities to learn on safe and secure campuses,” said Superintendent Gent. He added that students will also benefit from expanded mental health services and important programs afforded to them by this referendum.

“Many people worked hard to help educate the community on the need and the benefits of this referendum,” said School Board Chair Debbie Hawley.   “We appreciate the collaboration and dedication of our employees, union partners, parents, business partners, community groups, and civic organizations.”

This is a four-year referendum, and Gent stressed that funds will only be utilized as they were promised.  He said, “As an added layer of assurance, the District will form an Advisory Committee to provide oversight on expenditures.”

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also 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. Connect with us on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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SLWCHS Students Collect Funds for  Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

SLWCHS Students Collect Funds for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

St. Lucie West Centennial High School students recently donated $2,500 to New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee to support mental health and addiction recovery programs for children and adolescents.

The funds were raised during CENTennial Cares Week, a campaign promoting compassion and kindness in tribute of the students and staff that lost their lives last year at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.

During the week, students handed out compliments, granted favors, went out of their way to say hello, filled bulletin boards with positive affirmations, and donated their “cents,” which can add up to make significant “change” in the world.

“There was such an outpouring of generosity,” said Amanda Bevacqua, a teacher and organizer of the inaugural event.

The majority of funds – a whopping $700 – were donated by students in Kenneth Skurnick’s and Rebecca Davis’ classes.

In total, the students raised $1,250 during the CENTennial Cares Week. Those funds were matched by the Student Government, for a sizeable check of $2,500 to New Horizons for increased access to mental health for students and community.

“We know as a community of teachers that unless we have our student’s total health in mind, minimal learning will occur.” said Bevacqua, who added that she and her colleagues “know New Horizon’s services are essential to their students’ overall health.”

New Horizons is the most comprehensive mental health and substance abuse recovery agency in the region, with nine offices across four counties serving 14,000 children and adults, regardless of their ability to pay.

In fact, 57% of New Horizons clients have no source of income or insurance, yet as nonprofit, no one is turned away due to lack of financial resources. Funds raised from incredible groups like Centennial High School go directly to their care.

To learn more, please visit www.nhtcinc.org or call (772) 696-2729.

Tower Gardens Grow at TCHS

Tower Gardens Grow at TCHS

You may be hearing buzz around the District and are asking yourself, what is a Tower Garden? Tower Gardens are a vertical, aeroponic growing system, compact in design, and contain a closed-loop technology system.  This technology allows you to grow up to 20 vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers in less than three square feet – indoors or outdoors. Because this system allows you to grow plants indoors using special grow lights, with no dirt, we have incorporated hands-on learning into our curriculum in collaboration with Child Nutrition Services and the ESE Department. Tower Gardens grow up to 3 times faster and produce 30% greater yields than the average garden, and we do not have to worry about pests and disease.

We are honored to be able to support this project through our Farm to School Award. This gives our students the opportunity to learn where their food is from, understand the entire growing process, and sample what is grown.  Schools incorporate items into their kitchens so students can eat what has been harvested.  The hope is that students then go home to share what they have tried and/or seen growing in the Tower Garden and have an entire family eating healthier together.

Treasure Coast High School is the first pilot in the District to use Tower Gardens. Ms. Nelson’s students have done a wonderful job setting up the garden, watering it daily, maintaining healthy ph levels for optimal growing, and will soon be transplanting the wool cubes into the system. We are hoping to continue our partnerships with the remaining high schools and have Tower Gardens purchased for the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

The Farm to School Award also supports outdoor gardens, nutrition education, community and student culinary events, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, cooking classes, and much more! To find out more, please contact Stacy Donnelly, Farm to School Specialist, at stacy.donnelly@stlucieschools.org | 772-200-7148.

FPCHS Celebrates Scholar Athlete

FPCHS Celebrates Scholar Athlete

Congratulations to Fort Pierce Central High School Senior Laura Haggerty!  Laura was honored on Senior Day for her academic and athletic accomplishments.  With 4 Years Varsity Soccer and 3 Years Varsity Tennis, Laura will graduate this May from FPCHS with a 5.58 weighted GPA, and 3.98 unweighted GPA.  She will also graduate from IRSC with her AA degree on May 2, 2019.  Laura plans to attend the University of Florida in the fall to study engineering.  Congrats Laura!  Once a Cobra, Always a Cobra!