Biomedical Academy Students Learn About CSI

Biomedical Academy Students Learn About CSI

During the first year of the Port Saint Lucie High School’s Biomedical Program taught by Ms. Irene Ruiz, students are introduced to “The Case of Anna Garcia.” Students spend the year solving the case of this fictitious character, reading through autopsy reports, medical records, and learning about her medical conditions. On Tuesday, 9.18.2018, Bridget Coghlan, from St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Crime Scene Unit, came to speak to the students about crime scene investigating, fingerprinting, and analyzing blood spatters at the scene.

Photos include the simulated crime scene, and Coghlan speaking to the classes about CSI.

A great thanks to Bridget Coghlan and the Sheriff’s Office for showing the students all about Crime Scene Investigating!.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month Art and Essay Contests

Hispanic Heritage Month Art and Essay Contests

Once again, Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott have invited all Florida students to participate in the annual Hispanic Heritage Month art and essay contests, which will be centered around the theme, “A Celebration of Innovative Hispanic-American Leaders.” Students in grades K-3 have a chance to win a cash prize by submitting artwork, and students in grades 4-12 can earn a 4-YEAR FLORIDA PREPAID SCHOLARSHIP through the essay contest.

The prizes could transform the lives of a student in your class or school. We hope that you will encourage all of your students to take full advantage of this opportunity to enhance their appreciation for Hispanic-American History and prepare financially for their own future education aspirations.

Additionally, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award.

All entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, October 15, 2018.

To learn more about Florida’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and contests, visit www.FloridaHispanicHeritage.com. You can also access promotional materials to share with your students and their families at http://www.fldoe.org/newsroom/hhm.stml.

CDC Recommends a Flu Shot as Number One Defense Against the Flu

CDC Recommends a Flu Shot as Number One Defense Against the Flu

St. Lucie Public Schools has partnered with Healthy Schools – the nation’s largest school vaccine provider – to offer flu shots to your child during the school day. The copay is $0, so there is no cost to you.

The CDC recommends a flu shot as your child’s number one defense against the flu. Our District’s goal is to ensure that flu shots are available to our students.

Help us as St. Lucie Public Schools Fights the Flu.

Learn more and sign up your child for a flu shot — it’s not too late!

enroll.stlucieflu.com

Nardi Routten – Appointed to National Assessment Governing Board

Nardi Routten – Appointed to National Assessment Governing Board

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Five leaders from around the country have been appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board to serve four-year terms, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today.

This year’s Governing Board appointees include four new members and one re-appointed member—the Board’s current Vice Chair Tonya Matthews. The appointees’ terms begin on Oct. 1, 2018, and end on Sept. 30, 2022.

The appointees will help set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card. NAEP offers to the public and to education policymakers at the national, state and local levels, objective data on student performance in nearly a dozen subjects. The information NAEP provides helps education stakeholders evaluate the progress of American education. The 26-member nonpartisan, independent Governing Board determines the subjects and content of NAEP tests, sets the achievement levels for reporting and publicly releases the results.

“I’m pleased to welcome this diverse group of leaders from across the country to the National Assessment Governing Board,” Secretary DeVos said. “The board plays an important role in assessing student achievement, and I am confident that their collective experience will be a valuable asset as we work to ensure that all students have equal access to a great education that gives them the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.”

The appointees and the roles they represent on the Board are listed below:

  • Paul Gasparini, Secondary School Principal: Gasparini is the principal of Jamesville-DeWitt High School in Dewitt, New York, a position he has held for 17 years. Gasparini chairs the Central New York High School Principals Consortium, and his accolades include being named state high school principal of the year by the School Administrators Association of New York state.
  • Julia Keleher, Chief State School Officer: Keleher was appointed as Puerto Rico’s secretary of education in December 2016. She has more than 20 years of experience in education at the federal, state, district and school levels. Keleher is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, where she teaches graduate-level courses in the Business School and the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
  • Tonya Matthews, General Public Representative: Matthews joined the Governing Board in 2014. She is the founder of The STEMinista Project—an initiative to engage girls’ interest in science and technology careers. Mostly recently, Matthews served as president and chief executive officer of the Michigan Science Center, a science museum for children and young adults in Detroit.
  • Mark Miller, Eighth-Grade Teacher: Miller is a mathematics teacher and chair of the mathematics department at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Miller has more than 20 years of experience teaching mathematics at the junior-high level. Miller is a National Board Certified Teacher and serves on a standard-setting panel for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. His accolades include being nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science.
  • Nardi Routten, Fourth-Grade Teacher: Routten is a fourth-grade teacher at Chester A. Moore Elementary in Fort Pierce, Florida. She has taught third- and fourth-graders in St. Lucie County for more than 20 years. Routten, a National Board Certified Teacher, has received local and national recognition for her excellence in teaching, including the Milken Educator Award in 2014.

“We are excited to have such a breadth of talent and expertise join the Board and contribute to a group of leaders who are dedicated to maintaining NAEP’s rigor and quality, while making the assessment useful and relevant for the public,” said Lisa Stooksberry, deputy executive director for the Governing Board.

Every year, the Governing Board conducts a nationwide search for Board nominees. After the nominations period ends, the Governing Board narrows the pool of nominees to a list of finalists from which the U.S. Secretary of Education selects Board members.

The Governing Board is now accepting nominations for Board members whose terms will begin Oct. 1, 2019. To learn more about the open Board positions and the nomination process, visit http://bit.ly/JoinTheBoard11. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. EST on Oct. 31, 2018.

Palm Pointe Students Enjoy Book Club

Palm Pointe Students Enjoy Book Club

Students are having a fabulous time enjoying cookies and hot chocolate at their book club.  Over 60 students, ranging from grades 5-8, are currently participating in a book club reading, The House With a Clock in It’s Walls, by John Bellairs.  Students meet in the mornings with Media Specialist Amy Fazzalaro to read and discuss the book.  After completing the book, everyone will meet at the movie theater to view the film.  It is exciting to see our students thrilled about reading.

 

 

Atlantic High School Raider Meet

Atlantic High School Raider Meet

On Saturday September 29, 2018, Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion’s Raider Team attended their first Raider Meet of the season at Atlantic Coast High School. Our mixed team of six males and four females came in second place under the host school Atlantic Community High School. The Raider Event consisted of: a rope bridge construction, 500 push-ups, 500 sit-ups, 100 pull-ups, a mile run while carrying a stretcher with a stimulated patient, a half mile kettlebell carry, and a tractor trailer tire flip weighing in at over 400 lbs. The team finished off the event with multiple obstacles including low crawl, under and over, and commando crawl.

FPWHS Students Begin “START with Hello” Initiative

FPWHS Students Begin “START with Hello” Initiative

The Key Club, Student Government, and Senior Class Officers kicked off the “START with Hello” initiative to address social isolation. Their goal is to help create a school where everyone feels connected and included.

Students wore identifying t-shirts and gave bracelets to those with whom they interacted.

To learn more about “START with Hello,” visit: https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/startwithhelloweek .

Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Assist with Wounded Warrior Surf Day Project!!!

Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Assist with Wounded Warrior Surf Day Project!!!

On Saturday, September 29, 2018, the Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion Color Guard presented the nation’s colors at the 7th annual Wounded Warrior Surf Day.

Leading the parade along with St. Lucie County Fire Rescue Bag Pipes and Drums, the Color Guard proudly marched wounded warriors and their families to the beach. PSLHS’s Color Guard included Cadet Captain Brianna Harris as National Flag Bearer, Cadet Sergeant First Class Lawrence Moleon-Mathews as the State Flag Bearer, Cadet Second Lieutenant Justin Locklar, and Cadet Sergeant Alexis Morris as Guards.

Jaguar Cadets appreciated the opportunity to support the event, and look forward to continuing their aid of the Wounded Warrior Project. Cadets interacted with veterans and learned new surfing skills.

Pictures include St. Lucie County Fire Rescue bag pipes and drums band, our color guard and the Reverence Motorcycle Association members Scott Guntz, Linda Deslvo, Dan Milne, Donna Duffy, Jim Burg, Wayne Hanners, Harry Brewick, and Kerrie Santiago.  

Disability Awareness

Disability Awareness

The first two weeks of October are Disability History and Awareness Weeks!

Here are some facts:

One of every five Americans is a person with a disability.   A person may be born with a disability, may acquire a disability through an accident or illness, or may acquire a disability as part of growing older.  Although disability is a natural part of life, people with disabilities have not always had access to equal opportunities.  Not until 1975, with the passage of the Federal Education for All Handicapped Children Act (now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), did school-age children with disabilities have a right to a free appropriate public education.
Florida started its first special education class in 1926 in Jacksonville.  Since then, specially designed instruction and related services have expanded throughout Florida.  Now, more than 360,000 students identified as having a disability participate in Florida’s public education system.  In Florida, all students with disabilities pursue a standard high school diploma  and many of our students pursue post-secondary education and employment upon graduation.
We are proud of the work that continues in our district to provide valuable and meaningful educational opportunities as well as access for all children.  St. Lucie Public Schools has a current graduation rate for students with disabilities of 83.7% which is the third highest in the state.  Our post-school outcomes for students with disabilities continue to exceed the state average for students in higher education or for individuals who are competitively employed.
ESE DAC Meeting

ESE DAC Meeting

St. Lucie Public Schools Exceptional Student Education District Advisory Council will meet on Monday, October 22, 2018, to discuss social/emotional learning.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at Virginia College in Fort Pierce from 9 AM to 10:30 AM.

 

 

Treasure Coast Literacy Association – Upcoming Events

Treasure Coast Literacy Association – Upcoming Events

Interested in what’s happening in October?

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 20th and don’t miss the Fall Into Literacy Celebration!  This event is for the whole community.  The Treasure Coast Literacy Association will be there with our puppet theatre and fairy tale books helping families to understand the benefits of reading and play.

 

Attendance and Single School Culture – A Perfect Recipe for Success!

Attendance and Single School Culture – A Perfect Recipe for Success!

Northport second grade (and a few first graders) celebrated perfect attendance for the month of September. ❤ 🌞

At Northport, one of our main objectives is to make sure that children and families know how important school attendance is to achieving our educational goals. Attendance and a positive single school culture offer our students, teachers and support staff an optimal environment for excellence in education.

Northport Encourages Kindness Through Community!

Northport Encourages Kindness Through Community!

At Northport, kindness is contagious! We celebrated “Be A Buddy Week” in a few different ways. On Monday, many in our community wore blue shirts to honor “World Day of Bullying.” Recently, we celebrated “World Smile Day!” Smiling is a beautiful and delightful way to connect with others and to shine a positive light! Looking at others smiling is like looking at a work of art or a masterpiece because no two smiles are alike. Every smile, like every individual, is unique. Smiling spreads good feelings, and kids love to sport their grins. Even when it’s a bad day, smiling brings a change of attitude. Check out all of our precious smiles and you might even smile yourself 🙂

NORTHPORT ROCKS and the children are a true treasure. There is NOTHING like making a kid smile!!!

FREE Heart Screenings

FREE Heart Screenings

On Saturday, November 3rd, the Jessica Clinton Foundation and the Florida Health Department in St. Lucie County will host FREE heart screenings for students ages 5 to 20.

Registration is easy.  Simply visit www.JessicaClinton.org or call 772-215-1912.  Don’t miss a beat.  Register for your FREE heart screening today.

The screenings will take place on Saturday, November 3rd from 8AM to 4:30PM at the Florida Health Department in St. Lucie County located at 5150 NW Milner Drive. That’s just off Midway Road.

Be heart healthy – register today!

 

Touring and Learning Benefit Students

Touring and Learning Benefit Students

On September 27, high school guidance counselors and graduation coaches from across the District had the privilege of touring and learning about five outstanding businesses in St. Lucie County.  The stops included ABC Medical, The Porch Factory, Maverick Boat Group, Southern Eagle Distributing and PGA Golf Club.

While on the tour, participants learned about job opportunities for students that address the skills gap, as identified by the Economic Development Council, in the areas of healthcare, manufacturing and skill trades.

 

Northport Offers Flight and Space Course!

Northport Offers Flight and Space Course!

Students in Mr. Fess’ 8th grade Northstars STEM class are creating kites as part of their Flight & Space course. In addition to studying the history and predicted future of flight travel, students are learning the forces acting on flying objects and how aerodynamics can help improve the efficiency of flying objects.