Two Fairlawn Elementary students to compete at state level for essay contest

Two Fairlawn Elementary students to compete at state level for essay contest

Students in Shirley Helton’s fifth grade class at Fairlawn Elementary took top honors in the VFW (Veteran’s of Foreign Wars) essay contest promoting citizenship and patriotism. Jillian Markle, left, placed first in the district and Sariah Strunk came in second. They won for the district and will go on to the state competition. Congratulations!

Two additional candidates for schools superintendent to visit St. Lucie August 29

Two additional candidates for schools superintendent to visit St. Lucie August 29

Two additional candidates for Superintendent of Schools will visit St. Lucie County on August 29, search consultant Jim Huge informed the St. Lucie County School Board.

Ronald Scott Fritz, currently chief Academic Officer for the Orange County, Florida, School District, and Constance Ann Jones, currently Executive Director of School Development for the Lee County, Florida, School District, have joined the list of potential successors to Michael Lannon, who retired June 30, 2013, after a decade of service leading St. Lucie Public Schools and a 45-year career in public education. Former Deputy Superintendent Genelle Yost is the Interim Superintendent until a successor is named.

Continuing to be an active candidate from the original five finalists is Darcy Mohr, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in the Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, Colorado. Finalists Agnella Perera, Mark Rendell and Scott Bailey have withdrawn their candidacy for personal reasons; finalist Scott Flowers was eliminated following the original round of interviews June 3-4.

Fritz and Jones will follow the same format of visits and interviews on August 29 (see schedule below) as the previous sessions in June, and will be asked the same questions as those asked of the other candidates. The Superintendent’s Search Advisory Committee (SSAC), District Advisory Committee (DAC), Community Forums and School Board interviews are open to the public.

Huge has continued to contact qualified candidates throughout the search process, which began
in March, 2013, when the St. Lucie School Board contracted with Huge to conduct an extensive search. At its May 14, 2013 board meeting, Huge recommended to the Board six finalists and one alternate applicant for interviews from an original pool of 21 applicants. School Board chairman Debbie Hawley has maintained the Board is dedicated to finding the most suitable individual as St. Lucie County’s next superintendent, rather than meeting a deadline.

Finalists’ resumes may be viewed at http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/pdf/Applicants/index.asp.

Time Ronald S. Fritz Constance A. Jones
8:00 – 8:30 Meet at Central Office for Coffee- 237 Meet at Central Office for Coffee- 237
8:30 – 11:00 Tour of Schools and Community Tour of Schools and Community
11:00 – 11:15 Break- 237 Break- 237
11:15 – 12:00 Unions Interview – Supt. Conf. Rm. Executive Council Interview -407
12:00 – 12:15 Break -237 Break -237
12:15 – 1:00 Exec. Council Interview/Lunch -407 Unions Interview/Lunch – Supt. Cf. Rm.
1:00 – 1:30 Break- 237 Break -237
* 1:30 – 2:45 School Board Interview- Board Room SSAC Interview- Community Room
2:45 – 3:00 Break –237 Break -237
3:00 – 4:15 SSAC Interview – Community Room *School Board Interview – Board Room
4:15 – 5:30 Dinner -237 Dinner -237
*5:30 – 6:30 DAC Interview – Supt. Conf. Rm. Community Forum – Board Room
6:30 – 6:45 Break -237 Break -237
*6:45 – 7:45 Community Forum – Board Room *DAC Interview – Supt. Conf. Rm.

Turn-Around Principals Hard at Work

Turn-Around Principals Hard at Work

School turnaround leaders from Chester A. Moore Elementary and St. Lucie Elementary recently participated in a highly specialized leadership program at the Principals’ Center of Harvard University.  Along with skill development and feedback from peers and faculty, this five-day institute is designed for highly charged teams to work together, translate data into action, and design an actionable school improvement plan geared for successful results.

 

Tunnels of Hope

Tunnels of Hope

St. Lucie Public Schools extends a special thank you to the civic groups, local businesses, and community agencies that supported back-to-school Tunnels of Hope for students and staff throughout St. Lucie County.

We are a Kids at Hope community with a strong belief that All Students Are Capable of Success — No Exceptions!

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Tunnel of Welcome for FPWHS Incoming Freshmen

Tunnel of Welcome for FPWHS Incoming Freshmen

Faculty, staff, and students created a welcome tunnel for our incoming students and their families at the Freshmen Open House.  The FPWHS band and cheerleaders boosted everyone’s spirits in our courtyard and the JROTC along with our chorus led the presentation with of colors, Pledge of Allegiance, and the National Anthem.

Tuning Up For The Season

Tuning Up For The Season

With the beginning of school just around the corner, students and band directors are tuning up for the season! Rehearsals are underway as students prepare to perform the musical selections fans will hear and appreciate in stadiums across the District. Treasure Coast Titans, under the direction of Luke Hall, began meeting this week.

 

Tune In To New Shows On WLX-TV

Tune In To New Shows On WLX-TV

The Education Channel is featuring a number of new shows this week! Make sure to watch the annual St. Lucie County Safety Festival, Legal Affairs hosted by Diamond Litty, Live United hosted by Kenrick Thomas, and more.

We are on Comcast Channel 13 (Fort Pierce), Channel 19 (Port St. Lucie), and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse. You can also catch us on YouTube. While you’re there, subscribe to our channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV.

 

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Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance

Indian River State College (IRSC) has a long-standing collaboration with St. Lucie County School District through which school district employees are given tuition assistance for Associate Degree level courses.  The tuition voucher allows employees to only pay for the first credit of each three-credit course & IRSC provides a tuition scholarship for the other two credits.

IRSC has established a defined scholarship allocation for the school district for Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019 and has authorized the district to begin issuing vouchers per the normal process, effective now.  The school district is responsible for authorizing our employees to “draw against” this allocation through the issuance of tuition vouchers.  Employees then take the tuition vouchers to IRSC cashiers along with the portion of the tuition due from the employee.

In order to be issued a tuition voucher, you must bring a copy of your registration form to the School Board Human Resources Office.  Tuition vouchers are available for full-time employees.  Please do not pay for your course(s) prior to receiving your tuition voucher from the school district.

Please note that if your student ID number does not print on your registration, you will need to provide the number to the Human Resources Department when you receive the tuition voucher.

Office hours for the Human Resources Department:

Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tryouts for Summer Musical Seussical

Tryouts for Summer Musical Seussical

Do you know a child who can act, sing & dance?

Talented St. Lucie County school students are invited to try-out for the 19th annual St. Lucie County School Board Summer Musical on Wednesday, March 4th in the Port St. Lucie High school auditorium at 1201 SE Lennard Road, beginning at 6 pm.

This year’s show is the rollicking hit musical Seussical, to be performed June 17th- June 21st, with roles available for children ages 8-18.  Students must currently attend a St. Lucie County school, but no experience is required.  No prepared material is required for audition, but students should dress comfortably.

Be a part of Seussical, the Musical!! For more information contact Mr. Madden at the Port St Lucie High School Drama Department at 337-6768.

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Tryouts for Summer Musical Bye Bye Birdie Announced

Tryouts for Summer Musical Bye Bye Birdie Announced

Do you know a child who can act, sing, and dance? Students in St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) are invited to try out for the 20th annual SLPS summer musical on Tuesday, March 15th, at the Port St. Lucie High School auditorium located at 1201 SE Lennard Road in Port St. Lucie.  Auditions will begin at 6 pm.

This year’s show is the rollicking hit musical Bye Bye Birdie to be performed June 15th – June 19th.  Roles are available for students ages 8-18.  No experience or prepared material is required to audition for this summer show, but students must currently attend a school in the SLPS system.  Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably.

Be a part of Bye Bye Birdie, the musical. For more information, contact Mr. Patrick Madden at the Port St Lucie High School Drama Department at 337-6768.

Tryouts for Summer Musical Bye Bye Birdie Announced

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Do you know a child who can act, sing, and dance? Students in St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) are invited to try out for the 20th annual SLPS summer musical on Tuesday, March 15th, at the Port St. Lucie High School auditorium located at 1201 SE Lennard Road in Port St. Lucie.  Auditions will begin at 6 pm.

This year’s show is the rollicking hit musical Bye Bye Birdie to be performed June 15th – June 19th.  Roles are available for students ages 8-18.  No experience or prepared material is required to audition for this summer show, but students must currently attend a school in the SLPS system.  Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably.

Be a part of Bye Bye Birdie, the musical. For more information, contact Mr. Patrick Madden at the Port St Lucie High School Drama Department at 337-6768.

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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Trophies go to MLK parade winners

Trophies go to MLK parade winners

Trophies were awarded for the winning entries in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemmorative Committee parade on January 21, 2013, in Fort Pierce. First, second and third place, plus winners of special judges’ awards, were presented. Pictured, front row kneeling, are Jerrime Shells of Forest Grove Middle School with its first place trophy for the middle school division , and Principal Todd Smith of Fort Pierce Central High School with the first place trophy for the high school category. Second row, from left, are Assistant Principal Kim Smith with the Overall Floating Trophy awarded to Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, Lilliam Athill with the first place trophy for Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts for the K-8 division, Barbara Bennett and Principal Juanita Wright of F. K. Sweet Elementary with the second place elementary division and Chairman of Judges Trophy, Assistant Principal Pat Gascoigne of Fairlawn Elementary with the first place trophy for the elementary school category, and School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley. Back row, from left, are Principal Terry Davis and Assistant Principal Latasha Scurry of Forest Grove Middle School, Superintendent Michael Lannon, Fairlawn Elementary School principal Marcia Cully, Rivers Edge assistant principal and committee chairperson Andrew McIntosh, committee member Dianne Williams, and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.

Triangles Are A Lot of Fun at Mariposa Elementary

Triangles Are A Lot of Fun at Mariposa Elementary

The students in Mrs. Kari McIntyre’s Kindergarten class at Mariposa Elementary are having fun learning all about triangles! Michael Soto, Zykeria Reynolds, and Kaarina Wiley are demonstrating their skills by creating a human triangle. One of the many activities the students participated in was using a string to create a triangle in their classroom. Also, they were able to describe the triangle by its attributes; they recited that “A triangle has three sides and three vertices!”

Treasured Turtles at SGA

Treasured Turtles at SGA

Rebecca and Cody Mott from the Inwater Research group conducted a Treasured Turtles program with Gaines Academy 6th grade science classes. The program engaged, educated, and stimulated the students into thinking about the world of marine science and ocean conservation. The students especially enjoyed the hands-on artifacts and specimens.

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Treasure Hunter group recognized by school board

Treasure Hunter group recognized by school board

Calvary Compassion Church members, a group of caring Treasure Hunters, will be recognized by the Board for a variety of contributions. They organized three huge events for Garden City Elementary, C.A. Moore Elementary and the families of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. They successfully put on a wonderful Fall Festival for families that was held on October 22, on Garden City’s campus. They also coordinated a Thanksgiving dinner give-away for these same families as well as Christmas gifts and needed items. This group of caring people organized everything as well as coordinated the various agencies and volunteers.

 

Treasure Coast Youth Symphony Awards

Treasure Coast Youth Symphony Awards

The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony, known for its highly successful orchestral training program for young musicians, topped off its greatly successful performance 30th anniversary season with merit scholarship and grant awards to member musicians totaling over $15,000.00. Through the years, the organization has provided more than $125,000 to its young musicians to augment their music education and pursuits.

Director Awards for wind and percussion instruments were earned by Abby Bracken (oboe) and Cameron Slack (trumpet), and the Director Awards for string instruments were earned by Brooke Gunter (violin) and Eric Lora (cello). The Director Awards are merit awards presented for musicianship and leadership within the orchestra. This year’s featured concerto competition winner was Shane Savage, bassist.

Merit scholarships in the wind section were awarded to *Cameron Slack (trumpet), Alex Cooper (trumpet), John Miavez (bassoon), Kyla Marquardt (percussion), and Morgan O’Neil (clarinet). Merit scholarships in the string section were awarded to Zahava Misshula (violin), Khalia Mesquita (violin), Leif Clark (cello), Allison Jasper (harp), and Aubrey Flink (cello).

Grants for continuing music education were presented to Dalton Berner, Abby Bracken, Sophie Bracken, Angela Charles, Spencer Clark, Sarah Foster, Paris Lopez, Andrew Lopez, Andrea Lora, Kyla Marquardt, Ashlynn McNerney, Zahava Misshula, Emma Niemczyk, Morgan O’Neil, Sarah Paprotna, Jules Phen, Kyle Ramos, *Zachary Rondeau, Catherine Sager, Edward Sager, Phebe Sager, Svetlana Stephens, Charlotte Strohl, and *Diego Teran.

The orchestra’s season included performances at the The Lyric Theatre in Stuart, the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College, the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts in Vero Beach, and the Church of the Good Shepherd in Tequesta. This year’s concerts were MEMORABLE SOLOS last fall and PRINCESS DREAMS this spring. For a third year, the season included a sold-out performance by the popular Beatles tribute band, McCartney Mania with the Academy Orchestra, and a 30th anniversary celebratory concert with a very special performance of Rachmaninoff’s RHAPSODY ON A THEME OF PAGANINI featuring highly acclaimed, award-winning concert pianist, Lindsey Garritson and the Academy Orchestra. The Academy Orchestra is the youth symphony’s own mentoring orchestra for its advanced musicians.

The mission of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony is to provide challenging experiences in orchestral and individual performance for student musicians, to broaden their technical skills and artistic expression, to instill professionalism, and to enhance enjoyment of the musical talents individually and for their audiences. Thanks to the focus and dedication of the young musicians of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony, a repertoire of the world’s greatest music, the excitement and enthusiasm of local audiences, the generosity of private individual, business, and organizational benefactors, and the many hours of volunteered professional time by the conductors and administrators, this thriving organization is able to continue its mission as one of the finest performing arts organizations for youth on the Treasure Coast and Florida.

The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony is an all volunteer, non-profit 501(c) (3)

organization and is composed of the most talented student musicians from Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and northern Palm Beach counties. The conductors of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony are Dr. John Enyart (founder), Mr. Ben Enyart and Mr. Thomas Servinsky.

*Diego Teran – Fort Pierce Central High School

*Cameron Slack – Lincoln Park Academy

*Zachary Rondeau – St. Lucie West Centennial High School

Treasure Coast Partners with Wing Stop

Treasure Coast Partners with Wing Stop

Treasure Coast High School boasts of many business partners throughout the community.  One such business partner is Wing Stop. During their grand opening, TCHS was there in full force to support and celebrate with them. From the step team to our musicians, TCHS was there.  Wings never tasted so good!

 

Treasure Coast Literacy Association’s Young Authors

Treasure Coast Literacy Association’s Young Authors

Each year St. Lucie Public Schools commends its Young Authors with a celebration. This year’s event will be at Oak Hammock School and the guest author will be Lois McGuire, author of Don’t Be That Kid At School! and her latest book, Don’t be that Kid at Home! Dr. McGuire’s books will be available for purchase at the event.

Want to get involved?  Contact Ilyse.Brainin@stlucieschools.org