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.
2018 Young Floridian Winners
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
1. St. Lucie Elementary
Peoples’ Choice Award
$500.00 – Treasure Coast 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!
More information coming your way soon!
The 5th Annual St. Lucie County Safety Fest will be held in the parking area outside First Data Field (Home of the Mets). The event features LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS from our local First Responders.
An explosive Bomb Disposal Demonstration – A stunning Jaws of Life Demonstration – A dynamic K-9 Demonstration – An incredible Fire Demonstration – and more!
Plus enjoy these attractions:
- Static Displays
- Safety Information
- Free Kids Zone
- Food Trucks
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!
Mrs. Jennifer Votino was selected from candidates across the nation to be a 2019 Carson Dellosa Brand Ambassador. Mrs. Votino teaches first and second grade math and science at Rivers Edge Elementary. As a brand ambassador, Mrs. Votino will be providing feedback on Carson Dellosa products used in the classroom. Each month she will receive products from Carson Dellosa to review.
As a Brand Ambassador, she will also be given products to give away on her Facebook and Instagram pages.
The teachers visited restaurants in Tradition including PGA Golf Club, Longhorn Steakhouse, HopCat, The Great Greek, Panera, and Pop Stroke. The Krawls establish collaboration and partnerships to enhance job opportunities and enrich classrooms with relevant industry needs. Along the way, they saw several St. Lucie Public Schools Culinary graduates working in the local restaurants. We are very poud of our culinary students!
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!
The St. Lucie County School District has been recognized by Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership and Florida Action for Healthy Kids for achieving the status of a Florida Healthy School District at the Silver level. The criterion for recognition as a Florida Healthy School District is the Florida Healthy School District (FHSD) Self Assessment Tool developed by experts from state agencies, school districts, and community partner organizations working together through the Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership. The self-assessment is based on the eight component areas of the Coordinated School Health model and focuses on district infrastructure, policy, programs, and practices identified from national and state guidelines, best practices, and Florida statutes. St. Lucie County School District is performing as a leader in the state as a result of the well established district infrastructure and component area strengths. Pictured, from left, are Eric Stern from Florida Action for Healthy Kids, district Wellness Manager Carlye Fabrikant, School Board chairman Carol Hilson and Superintendent Michael Lannon as the district was recognized at the September 11, 2001, St. Lucie County School Board meeting.
All subscribers to AT&T U-verse service in St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, and Palm Beach counties can now view programming on the St. Lucie Education Channel, WLX-TV. This advancement adds thousands of viewers to the school district programming to those already watching on Comcast Channels 13, 19 and Hometown Cable 19 covering St. Lucie County. Connectivity to the AT&T network utilizes V-Brick technology that has been in place in the school district for five years through Media Services; there is no cost to the school district to be added to the AT&T U-verse lineup. St. Lucie Public Schools joins the Public, Education and Government (PEG) channels for Indian River County Schools, the cities of Fort Pierce and West Palm Beach, and Martin and St. Lucie counties on the channel. To view WLX-TV programming, AT&T U-verse subscribers should tune to channel 99, press OK on the remote. Then, look for and navigate to St. Lucie County Community Channels, click OK, then look for WLX-TV and press OK.
St. Lucie Elementary 3rd and 4th graders are well prepared for the FSA! Students who arrived on time and worked their hardest earned a chance to win prizes.