Indian River Lagoon Science Festival Celebrates Science on the Treasure Coast

Indian River Lagoon Science Festival Celebrates Science on the Treasure Coast

The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival returns for its fifth year on Saturday October 27 from 10am-3pm at Veterans Memorial Park, part of the River Walk Center in Fort Pierce! This FREE all-ages day of discovery promises to be a blast for the whole family with dozens of minds-on, hands-on activities exploring the wonders of science, technology, engineering, art and math on the Treasure Coast.

 

The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival aims to show not only the importance of science, but also to highlight how very fun it can be! This event features over 75 exhibitors from around the Treasure Coast, all of which have fascinating learning opportunities and activities available at their booth. This year’s participants will be able to:

 

  • Build robots with LEGO Education
  • Make tornadoes with the National Weather Service
  • Learn about our flying, feathered friends with the St. Lucie Audubon Society
  • Create eco-art from ocean plastic with BlueTube
  • Explore Florida’s prehistory with Southeast Florida Archaeology Society
  • See real, live corals with the Smithsonian Marine Station
  • Learn about marine mammal rescue on the Treasure Coast and take a peek at a real marine mammal ambulance with FAU Harbor Branch Marine Mammal Rescue Team
  • Discover how sea turtles survive and thrive with Fort Pierce Westwood High School
  • Plus much, much more!

 

A variety of food trucks will be on-site to satisfy the hunger of festival-goers and free parking will be available in the Downtown Fort Pierce Parking Garage with free trolley transport to the festival site. Admission at the St. Lucie County Aquarium will also be free that day.

 

Science-focused satellite events are going on now through October 20. For more information on these events, please visit the IRL Science Festival website at www.irlsciencefest.org/satellite.

 

The IRL Science Festival has been made possible through funding from the Smithsonian Marine Station, FAU Harbor Branch, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation’s Specialty License Plate Program, LEGO Education, Sunrise Ford, and the generous support of WGYL 93.7, WJKD 99.7, WPHR 94.7, WOSN 97.1, WTTB 1490, Waste Pro, Indian River State College and ECO Magazine.

 

Can’t get enough of IRL Science Festival events? We’re currently looking for event volunteers to assist us with set up, break down, and everything in between on October 27. Minimum age for volunteers is 16 years old. More information can be found at http://irlsciencefest.org/volunteer/. If you are interested in being an exhibitor, late registration is open online until October 17at http://irlsciencefest.org/hostexhibit/.

 

About the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival

Established in 2014, the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival is a celebration of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) that culminates with a large-scale community event. The festival aims to demonstrate that science is meaningful, relevant, and fun, to make science accessible to all residents of the Treasure Coast, and to highlight STEAM resources in the IRL region. The Festival planning committee is made up entirely of volunteer organizers from local governments and research, education and non-profit organizations, and administrative support is largely provided by the Smithsonian Marine Station. A member of the Science Festival Alliance (www.sciencefestivals.org) since 2013, the IRL Science Festival serves as a leader in promoting science and science festivals across the state of Florida. For more information about all Festival partners, sponsors, and scheduled activities, visit www.irlsciencefest.org. #IRLsciencefest

Miami Dolphins Albert Wilson Supports C.A. Moore Elementary

Miami Dolphins Albert Wilson Supports C.A. Moore Elementary

FORT PIERCE, FL – Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver Albert Wilson (#15) continues to support Chester A. Moore Elementary School (CAM) in Fort Pierce, Florida. Wilson, a Port St. Lucie High School graduate, has deep ties to St. Lucie County and the elementary school located in Fort Pierce.  He is the foster son of Mrs. Sherri Brown, media specialist at CAM.

 

“Students are inspired to do their best knowing that one of their sports heroes could stop in their classroom or visit during lunch to check on progress or give a great-job high five,” said Principal Ucola Barrett-Baxter.

 

Wilson shepherds groups of students from the school to Miami Dolphins games at Hard Rock Stadium.  The privilege of attending is earned by demonstrating academic and behavioral achievements.  The acclaimed wide receiver also provides end-of-game meals and autograph sessions for the students as well. In keeping with his vision, Wilson continues to plan with the school to provide more free game ticket incentives.  “He has taken a keen interest in the well-being of our students, and we welcome his support,” said Barrett-Baxter.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked 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. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

The Giving Concert Benefits Students in St. Lucie County

The Giving Concert Benefits Students in St. Lucie County

St. Lucie County, FL –   The seventh annual Giving Concert is planned for Thursday, October 25th at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium located at 1806 Avenue I in Fort Pierce. The doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m. and the concert boasting area choral groups will begin at 7:00 p.m.

 

The event, sponsored by St. Lucie Public Schools and organized by Choral Director Dr. Rolanda Jones, will benefit Grace Packs which is a weekly weekend back pack program that provides necessary food items to students in need.

 

Admission to the concert is a non-perishable food item (Chef Boyardee products are suggested) donation. The concert will feature choruses from Allapattah Flats K-8, Dan McCarty Middle School, Forest Grove Middle School, Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Lincoln Park Academy, Port St. Lucie High School, and St. Lucie West Centennial High School.

 

For more information on the Giving Concert, contact Dr. Rolanda Jones at Rolanda.jones@stlucieschools.org .

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked 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. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

 

The Giving Concert Benefits Students in St. Lucie County

The Giving Concert Benefits Students in St. Lucie County

The seventh annual Giving Concert is planned for Thursday, October 25th at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium located at 1806 Avenue I in Fort Pierce. The doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m. and the concert boasting area choral groups will begin at 7:00 p.m.

 

The event, sponsored by St. Lucie Public Schools and organized by Choral Director Dr. Rolanda Jones, will benefit Grace Packs which is a weekly weekend back pack program that provides necessary food items to students in need.

 

Admission to the concert is a non-perishable food item (Chef Boyardee products are suggested) donation. The concert will feature choruses from Allapattah Flats K-8, Dan McCarty Middle School, Forest Grove Middle School, Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Lincoln Park Academy, Port St. Lucie High School, and St. Lucie West Centennial High School.

 

For more information on the Giving Concert, contact Dr. Rolanda Jones at Rolanda.jones@stlucieschools.org .

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked 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. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

Purple and Gold Partnership

Purple and Gold Partnership

Fort Pierce Central Culinary students and Health Science HOSA students partnered for a successful HOSA Fundraiser.

Chef Jesse Strell and Mrs. Samantha Jackson combined forces to host a Spaghetti Fund Raiser where and HOSA students sold 115 dinners, and Central’s Culinary students prepared the meals.

Go Cobras!

Routten Recognized by Board

Routten Recognized by Board

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that Chester A. Moore Elementary teacher Nardi Routten is one of five leaders from around the country who has been appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board.  Ms. Routten will serve a four-year term during which she will help set policy and assist in the identification of subject area content for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation’s Report Card.

The School Board and Superintendent recognized Mrs. Routten for her teaching excellence and for her prestigious appointment.

Congratulations, Mrs. Routten!

Mr. Brown Goes The Extra Mile

Mr. Brown Goes The Extra Mile

October’s School Board Meeting provided an opportunity to spotlight the services of Mr. Brown, a dedicated member of the Transportation Team, who goes the extra mile for his students and our schools.  Mr. Brown was recommended for a STAR Award based upon his outstanding service to provide assistance and support for the safe transit of students to and from schools.

Thank you, Mr. Brown, for being that ray of light for so many in our District!

 

 

Heroic Action!

Heroic Action!

Heroes come in all ages.

On August 20th, Allison Goldsmith, a fourth grader at Fairlawn Elementary School, saved a fellow student who was choking during lunch. Deputy Rue, the school’s resource officer, witnessed the quick and positive action of Allison as she attended to her friend by patting her on the back until the food dislodged.

The officer celebrated Allison’s ability to come to the aid of a fellow student.  She set a great example for being a good citizen/leader/friend.

Click here to hear Allison share her thoughts:

 

 

 

National Bullying Prevention Month and Proclamation

National Bullying Prevention Month and Proclamation

October is recognized as National Bullying Prevention Month.  The statistics associated with bullying are staggering across the United States.  More than one out of every five students reports being bullied at some point in their educational career.

As part of our work to address social and emotional learning throughout the district, our goal is to decrease the number by developing strategies that reduce bullying and increase attention to the issue.  Increased focus on awareness and prevention will help everyone understand that bullying by any means will not be tolerated.

The District invites everyone to stand united against bullying and wear orange on October 24th to celebrate National Unity Day — a day in which we demonstrate that we stand together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

Fort Pierce Central students read the Anti Bullying Proclamation which was accepted by the Board.

Test Drive for Education Fundraiser at Fort Pierce Westwood

Test Drive for Education Fundraiser at Fort Pierce Westwood

On Saturday November 3, test drive a new Buick and help Fort Pierce Westwood High School (FPWHS) located at 1801 Panther Lane in Fort Pierce, receive up to $10,000. Garber Buick GMC in Ft. Pierce will have new Buick vehicles at the school for this Test Drive Event from 8:00am-3:00pm. For each two-to-three minute test drive, Buick will donate $10.00.  When the event exceeds 100 test drives, Buick will double the donation to $20.00.  The goal is to reach the maximum donation of $10,000 for the day!

 

Participants will sign-in at the main entrance of FPWHS’s campus where they will have easy access to the test drive range.  Drivers must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.  There is a limit of two donations per household.

 

Visitors to the campus will also benefit from the services of other community organizations such as the Sheriff’s Office with fingerprinting services for children and the Humane Society with on-site adoption opportunities.

 

Principal Joseph Lezeau is eager to host the drive event.  “Garber Buick GMC is a remarkable community partner in education.  This event will help our school raise funds for extracurricular activities and competitions for students who are active in productions and competitions that take place far beyond the regular school day. Fundraisers like this help us provide the means for our students to showcase their talents at high level competitions and events.”

 

About Garber Buick GMC

Garber Buick GMC is a full-service GM dealership at 5255 U. S Highway One in Ft. Pierce.  The property features a new car showroom, state-of-the-art service department, business offices, parts department and a Quick Lane Oil Change.  They have room to display hundreds of new Buicks, GMCs and GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.  Garber Buick GMC also has a large Collision Center that is supported by all Insurance Companies.  Consumers have rated Garber Buick GMC #1 in Customer Service on the Treasure Coast.  The Garber family has been in the automobile business for over 100 years beginning with Garber Buick in Saginaw Michigan established in 1907.  Garber Automotive Group has 15 dealerships representing 14 manufacturers.    The company is known for their civic leadership in the communities where they do business.  To that end, Garber Buick GMC has a Community Room free to use for group meetings and non-profit organizations.  The Community Room can accommodate up to 40 people with tables, chairs and a 60” TV for presentations.   Garber Buick GMC’s website is www.garberbuickgmc.com.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked 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. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

 

 

Test Drive for Education Fundraiser at Fort Pierce Westwood

Test Drive for Education Fundraiser at Fort Pierce Westwood

FORT PIERCE, FL – On Saturday November 3, test drive a new Buick and help Fort Pierce Westwood High School (FPWHS) located at 1801 Panther Lane in Fort Pierce, receive up to $10,000. Garber Buick GMC in Ft. Pierce will have new Buick vehicles at the school for this Test Drive Event from 8:00am-3:00pm. For each two-to-three minute test drive, Buick will donate $10.00.  When the event exceeds 100 test drives, Buick will double the donation to $20.00.  The goal is to reach the maximum donation of $10,000 for the day!

 

Participants will sign-in at the main entrance of FPWHS’s campus where they will have easy access to the test drive range.  Drivers must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.  There is a limit of two donations per household.

 

Visitors to the campus will also benefit from the services of other community organizations such as the Sheriff’s Office with fingerprinting services for children and the Humane Society with on-site adoption opportunities.

 

Principal Joseph Lezeau is eager to host the drive event.  “Garber Buick GMC is a remarkable community partner in education.  This event will help our school raise funds for extracurricular activities and competitions for students who are active in productions and competitions that take place far beyond the regular school day. Fundraisers like this help us provide the means for our students to showcase their talents at high level competitions and events.”

 

About Garber Buick GMC

Garber Buick GMC is a full-service GM dealership at 5255 U. S Highway One in Ft. Pierce.  The property features a new car showroom, state-of-the-art service department, business offices, parts department and a Quick Lane Oil Change.  They have room to display hundreds of new Buicks, GMCs and GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.  Garber Buick GMC also has a large Collision Center that is supported by all Insurance Companies.  Consumers have rated Garber Buick GMC #1 in Customer Service on the Treasure Coast.  The Garber family has been in the automobile business for over 100 years beginning with Garber Buick in Saginaw Michigan established in 1907.  Garber Automotive Group has 15 dealerships representing 14 manufacturers.    The company is known for their civic leadership in the communities where they do business.  To that end, Garber Buick GMC has a Community Room free to use for group meetings and non-profit organizations.  The Community Room can accommodate up to 40 people with tables, chairs and a 60” TV for presentations.   Garber Buick GMC’s website is www.garberbuickgmc.com.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked 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. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

STUDENT WORK SKILLS OPPORTUNITY CONTINUES TO “PERK” INTEREST

STUDENT WORK SKILLS OPPORTUNITY CONTINUES TO “PERK” INTEREST

FORT PIERCE, FL – “Student Perks: It’s More Than Coffee.”  This slogan, used to promote a student-run enterprise known as Student Perks, rings true for those who instituted a work skills opportunity that began percolating three years ago in the St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program.   On Tuesday, October 16, Student Perks was recognized by the St. Lucie County Commission via a proclamation for Disability Employment Awareness Month, and they were also commended on the national award they received for this project — the National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Award in the Children and Youth Category.  The award lauds the collaborative venture with St. Lucie County and SLPS’s ESE program.

This year, patrons of Student Perks look forward to the coffee kiosk re-opening for business on October 23rd at the Board of County Commissioners Administration Building located at 2300 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. Students sell coffee, pastries, fresh fruit, and signature brand tumblers in a kiosk on the first-floor breezeway, and they reap benefits of authentic experiences while their customers benefit from their valuable services.

 

Student Perks is open to the public every Tuesday from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM.  The goal of the coffee shop is to support students in their effort to refine skills that will aid them as they transfer to competitive employment after high school. According to Job Coach Martha Taylor, “There is no better practical application of a skill than to use it when authentically interacting with customers.  Student Perks offers our students opportunities to work with customers to flex their abilities in the areas of nutrition, money, marketing, social skills, safety, work ethics, and working with the public.”

Students from Port St. Lucie High School are responsible for kiosk operations, and proceeds from the coffee shop will offset Student Perks’ expenses. For information, contact SLPS Job Coach Martha Taylor at 772-370-0891 or SLC Human Resources Manager Douglas Baber at 772- 462-5267.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked 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. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

PSLHS Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s Raiders Conquer Jupiter High

PSLHS Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s Raiders Conquer Jupiter High

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s Raider Team attended the Jupiter High School Raider meet. Our male and female teams competed in each of five different obstacles: Sand Bag Carry, Rope Bridge, Cross Country Rescue, Team Run, and Tire Flip. In Sand Bag Carry, our first male team ranked 4th, our second male team ranked 9th, and our female team ranked in 3rd. In Rope Bridge, our first male team ranked 4th, our second male team ranked 6th, and our female team ranked 3rd. In Cross- Country Rescue, our first male team ranked 1st, our second male team ranked 3rd, and our female team ranked 3rd. In the Team Run, our first male team ranked 1st, our second male team ranked 5th, and our female team ranked 1st. Lastly, in the Tire Flip event, our first male team ranked 2nd, our second male team ranked 7th, and our female team ranked 3rd.  Overall, the Battalion’s first male team had twelve points and ranked 1st place. The second male team accumulated 30 points and ranked in 6th place. And the female team totaled 13 points and ranked in 3rd place.  The lowest score wins.  

30th Anniversary at PSLHS

30th Anniversary at PSLHS

On Friday October 12, 2018, the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguars had their homecoming game against the Pompano Beach High School Golden Tornados. It was the 30th Anniversary of our school, and alumni came back to support and watch the game. Our homecoming game is the most popular football game of the season, so we had more cadets work this event.  Cadet Captain Hunter Payne oversaw visitor parking. For the home parking lot, the team of Cadet Captain David Alvarez, Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Justin Locklar, and Cadet 1st Sergeant Elyas Cardenas took charge. Lastly, manning the front gate was Cadet Captain Jonathan Nunez.

Presenting the colors was our color guard commanded by Cadet Captain Brianna Harris, accompanied by Cadet Sergeant Major Jonathan Geronimo as state flag bearer and Cadet Sergeant Lawrence Moleon- Mathews, and Cadet Sergeant Major Victoria Diaz as guards. The Cadets on the Saber Guard presenting the homecoming court were Cadet Captain Brianna Harris, accompanied by Cadet Command Sergeant Major Victoria Diaz, Cadet Sergeant First Class Lawrence Moleon- Mathews, Cadet First Sergeant Andre Hannon, Cadet Command Sergeant Major Jonathan Geronimo, and Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Justin Locklar.  

Stop the Bleed Training

Stop the Bleed Training

Stop The Bleed is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly to save lives.  According the the Department of Homeland Security, it can take less than five minutes for someone to bleed out after an accident.  EMS and other forms of emergency rescue often take longer to arrive on the scene.  It is vital that everyone has the knowledge and the tools to stop bleeding before it is too late.  The Stop the Bleed Campaign is critical to saving lives in America.

The training is sponsored by Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and St. Lucie Public Schools.   Each participant completing the training will receive a Stop the Bleed kit for their school free of charge.   The targeted audience for the training is teachers, bus drivers, food service employees, security officials, and administrators.

The training is approximately 2 hours in length and participation is voluntary.
Registration is now available in Frontline for participants to register.  All scheduled trainings will be held at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center located at 1700 S 23rd Street in Fort Pierce.  If you have a special request for training  for your staff at your school location or for students in your medical academies,  please let me know and I will see if that can be accommodated.

 

Training Dates:

October 26, 2018 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m 1:00 p.m.–3:00p.m. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center
January  7, 2019 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center
January 23, 2019 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center
February 1, 2019 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center
April 3, 2019 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center
June 3, 2019 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center
June 4, 2019 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center

 

Community Support

Community Support

A Community Team comprised of local leaders (Mayor Hudson, Nick Mimms, Will Armstead, Judi Miller, Deb LaBella and Joe Smith) and St. Lucie Public Schools district personnel joined with St. Lucie Elementary School’s leaders to brainstorm support strategies for students.

The value of partnerships is immeasurable. Thank you to all of our valuable partners.

 

Citizen Hero Award

Citizen Hero Award

Fifth grader Brandon Roth from Mariposa Elementary School received the St. Lucie County Fire Department Citizen Hero Award for his courageous actions during a life-threatening situation on June 25th, 2018.
On this day, ten-year-old Roth was riding his skateboard when he discovered a neighbor in distress lying in her doorway. He ran to her aid and flagged down a passing car to call 911. He continued to wait with her until the rescue trucks and firefighters arrived.
His quick thinking and immediate action averted a potentially tragic outcome.