Dr. Kevin Perry, Assistant to the Superintendent, presented awards to the student winners of the 2015 Dr. Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest at the school board meeting on April 28th. Students from third grade to twelfth grade wrote essays on an African American who has made a difference. The Morganti Group sponsors this essay contest each year with monetary awards to each winner in each category. The High School winners were; 1st Place- Aide Aguilar (Fort Pierce Central); 2nd Place- Cheyenne Nixon (Lincoln Park); and 3rd Place- Angie Khan (Fort Pierce Central). The Middle School winners were: 1st Place- Athresha Kalluri (Palm Pointe); 2nd Place- Sara Aube (Manatee); and 3rd Place- Annaelise Swanson (Forest Grove). The Elementary School winners were: 1st Place- Annarose Hilhorst (Palm Pointe); 2nd Place- Riley Holtzclaw (Palm Pointe); and 3rd Place- Laney Keys (Palm Pointe). Congratulations to all.
Pictured in the back row, Dr. Donna Mills, Genelle Yost, Brian Garcia from the Morganti Group, and Dr. Samuel Gaines. In the middle row are, Sara Aube, Athresha Kalluri, Cheyenne Nixon, and Aide Aguilar. In the front row are, Laney Keys, Riley Holtzclaw, and Annarose Hilhorst.
At the April 8th School Board Meeting, the winners of the Dr. Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest were announced.
The First Place award was presented to Grishma Patel, Manatee Academy K-8.
The Second Place Award was presented to Jewel Edwards, Lincoln Park Academy.
The Third Place Award was presented to Alyssa Fernandez, Forest Grove Middle School.
Pictured on back row, David Foxx (LPA Assistant Principal), Terry Davis (FGM Principal), Debbie Hawley (Board Chairman), Genelle Yost (Superintendent), Dr. Samual S. Gaines; on the second row, Jewel Edwards (LPA), Katina Barriner (FGM Teacher), Lillian Beachamp (MANK-8 Principal), Peggy Chase (MANK-8 Assistant Principal), Melissa Hutchings (MANK-8 Assistant Principal), Chuck Kearns (Morganti Group), and on front row, Alyssa Fernandez (FGM), and Grishma Patel (MANK-8).
The Dr. Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest in observance of African American History Month is something our students look forward to each year.
Describe a person/an African American in St. Lucie County (not a family member), who has impacted your life, and explain what this person has done to make such a difference.
All students in St. Lucie County / Grades 3-12
- Essays must be the original work of the student.
- Essay word count must be included and must be a minimum length of the following:
*250 words for grades 3-5
*500 words for grades 6-8
*750 words for grades 9-12
- Essays should be typed or neatly handwritten with minimal or no errors.
- Submissions must include a completed registration form attached to the essay.
All submissions must be received in School Operations no later than Friday, March 8, 2019 by 4:30 p.m.
Please submit all essays to the attention of Annette Jackson / Superintendent’s Suite @ AFK8.
As in year’s past, we are asking each school to send THE TOP 5 ESSAYS FROM EACH GRADE LEVEL.
Essays that do not adhere to the guidelines and due date indicated on the flyer will not be considered.
Mrs. West’s First Grade Class had the privilege of another visit from Dr. Rendell, our Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources. This was his 3rd year coming into their classroom and reading to the boys and girls. Dr. Rendell brought in the book “Pete the Cat: Wheels on the Bus.” The students loved Dr. Rendell’s interactive method where he would read and the boys and girls would join and sing along.
This school year, there were more than just these two fine educators in the classroom. Dr. Rendell got to meet Janice Aleixo, Mrs. West’s student teacher from Florida Atlantic University. With the whole class engaged in this reading environment the students were off to a great school year and cannot wait for another visit and another story from Dr. Rendell!
SLPS Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell presented Mrs. Joy West’s first grade students with some thought-provoking questions that inspired some important discussion after he read the story “Hey, Little Ant.” To squish or not to squish? What would you do if the ant you were about to step on looked up and started talking? After Dr. Rendell left, students became real life authors and wrote opinion pieces identifying the reasons they gave to support their text.
Dr. Mark Rendell kicked off Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s yearlong reading initiative entitled, “Real Men Read” which encourages all students to read but emphasizes the importance of boys reading. During his 2 minute video presentation he discussed his love of reading and shared several books that he thinks students would enjoy as well as what he is currently reading.
Dr. Kevin G. Perry, Assistant to the Superintendent, was the featured speaker for the 8th Annual Alumni Day of Service (ADOS) for Bethune-Cookman University’s Events Luncheon. He delivered a speech entitled, “A Call To Service,” in which alumni were reminded of the University’s motto, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” and why their service is relevant and important.
During this annual event, alumni return to campus to serve the current students by providing workshops, conducting mock interviews, providing forums, and offering real life real work information and experience to students in an effort to further prepare them for life after college. Alumni are assigned to the School or College from which they earned their degree or the field of study in which they are currently working. This form of service began while Dr. Perry served as the Chairman of the Associate Trustees (Board of Visitors). It also aligns to the spirit of support and service of SLPS’s as the District strives to maintain positive connections with colleges and universities and support student pathways to success from high school to college and/or careers.
Dr. Perry has been asked to be one of the featured speakers at the Bethune-Cookman University National Alumni Convention in June.
On Friday, November 17, 2017, Allapattah Flats welcomed motivational speaker and SLPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Prince of the Speakers Bureau. Dr. Prince was introduced by Dr. Donna Mills who began the Speakers Bureau four years ago. Dr. Prince has a passion for reaching students by sharing his real life story and impressing upon them that all decisions you make in life does have an everlasting impact upon your life.
Dr. Prince shared some real life struggles from elementary school on up thru high school. He admitted that he did not always make good choices along the way but always had people in his life to encourage him. Dr. Prince spoke about a particular teacher who had an everlasting impact upon his life that began when this teacher taught him the game of chess! Furthering your education wasn’t something that was stressed in Dr. Prince’s younger life, but he explained to the students that this did not determine his outcome.
As Dr. Prince continued to share, he really caught the student’s attention when he spoke about how he made the decision not to help a friend, whom he had come to know, when that friend was being mistreated by his other friends. He explained that the thoughts of this decision has followed him up until this very day and he will forever remember the look in his friends eyes when he chose to just keep riding by on his bicycle and not lending a helping hand. This is one of the reasons that Dr. Prince has such a great outreach and dedication to education.
Once Dr. Prince began to see the big picture in his life, there was no stopping him! He is the only one in his immediate family who has reached educational milestones! Dr. Prince encouraged the students and reminded them that the decisions you make today can have an everlasting impact on your life in many ways and you can accomplish what you want to with determination, effort, and belief in yourself!
With a combined 30+ years of experience in behavior, leadership, and organizational improvement, authors Dr. Paul Gavoni and Manuel Rodriguez have created an efficient yet comprehensive guide for launching and accelerating school transformation. The first book of its kind in education, Quick Wins! Accelerating School Transformation through Science, Engagement, and Leadership is not a flavor of the month program. It is an approach rooted in science. Specifically, the science of human behavior in the workplace, also known as Organizational Behavior Management (OBM).
Congratulations, Dr. Gavoni!
SLPS added an emergency alert button to the St. Lucie Public Schools app. The app is FREE and available in your favorite app store. The added feature allows users to submit anonymous tips to school and district officials anytime, anywhere.
Port St. Lucie High School Jaguars celebrate with Ryan Downing as he signs a letter of intent to play Jacksonville Dolphins Football for the University of Jacksonville. He is joined by his Mother, Grandparents, and Coach Dent. Many teammates, teachers, and staff shared in the celebration.
To promote their Scholastic Book Fair and create a way for dads to be involved with their children’s school day, Fairlawn Elementary School hosted a Doughnuts for Dads themed shopping morning. Dads were invited to come shop with their students and then have a doughnut and a cup of coffee before they left to start their day. Approximately 145 dads came to Fairlawn to shop with their students and support Fairlawn Elementary’s Media Center.
Dorothy in Wonderland, The Musical is the first full drama production performed at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition. What an amazing job the cast and crew did. The drama class, under the direction of Mrs. Melanie Larsen, worked very hard getting ready for this show and it definitely paid off. The cast posed for a picture just before the opening performance. Congratulations to all the Palm Pointe Players!
Recently, the Palm Pointe Media Center was transformed into Sir Read-A-Lot’s Castle. One Tuesday morning, Donuts for Dad was the theme and Princess Paige Turner (Mrs. Garber, Media Specialist) and Sir Read-A-Lot (Mrs. Ferguson, Media Clerk) welcomed our Rockets and their male role models to a bountiful banquet of books. Almost 40 families participated to show our students that “Real Men Read.” This activity was held in conjunction with the district initiative to encourage men to be involved in our schools as well as our school-wide literacy focus this quarter. It was so rewarding to see our students and dads choosing books together and then sitting down to share them (and a donut) before school began for the day. Pictured from left is Media Clerk, Kathy Ferguson, Media Specialist, Elsie Garber and Dads with their children.
Over 200 fathers and their children enjoyed freshly made donuts at Village Green Environmental Studies School in celebration of Dads Take Your Children to School Day!
Gaines Academy will host a Doughnuts with Dad Day this Wednesday September 30th at 8am in the SGA Auditeria. Students will have doughnuts with Dad (or any honorary dad or male role model). Then, they will create a special project with Dad for a school-wide display. Come on out, Dads!
Florida’s educational leaders are providing opportunities for fathers to engage more fully in their children’s education and to strengthen the connections between fathers and schools through the celebration of Dads Take Your Child to School Day.
Your child’s school will share specific information with you. In the meantime, mark your calendar and plan to join in this statewide movement on September 28, 2016.
FORT PIERCE, FL – Over 600 St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) students received food, clothing, and supplies from generous members of the Elks Lodge #1520 in Fort Pierce. The December 12th delivery schedule started out promising to serve 3 schools, but as donations poured in, the number of schools quickly grew to 13.
This growth mirrors the growth in the number of students who benefit from the Elks Backpack Program which supports students throughout the year. According to Lenny Smallacombe, organizer of the Elks support program, “Who would have thought we would have the ability to support so many children. Six years ago, when my wife and I started this Backpack Program with five students, I never dreamed it would be so successful!” He added that he and his fellow Lodge members are so happy to be able to provide this service to the community.
Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Support such as this makes a monumental difference in the lives of our students. In order to achieve their very best, basic needs must be met, and with the support of our community partners, everyone wins.”
Smallacombe is deeply committed to helping children and embraces the work that goes on behind the scenes to make this all happen. In a slight modification to the celebrated quote, he said, “No Elk ever stands so tall as one who stoops to help a child.” He and his team at the Elks Lodge #1520 are, indeed, making a difference in the lives of many children.
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.