Students Learn the Importance of Breakfast at C. A. Moore Elementary

Students Learn the Importance of Breakfast at C. A. Moore Elementary

To celebrate National School Breakfast Week, Cafeteria Manager Maria Coellos-Mayz and Manager Intern Diana Crosdale dressed up to welcome students to school on Monday to highlight the importance of a healthy breakfast each morning.  Students were definitely excited to enter the cafeteria on Monday and see what a wonderful breakfast the cafeteria staff had prepared for them.

Students learn through volcanic eruptions at Southport Middle School

Students learn through volcanic eruptions at Southport Middle School

At Southport Middle School, students in Jessica Allen’s seventh grade science class from the Panthers team work with students from the Hornets team. The students had the opportunity to see the different types of volcanic eruptions with different types of sodas (regular and diet) and mentos. The students estimated the distance of the height of the eruption after putting the mentos into the soda bottle and graphed the results to determine the reaction of each type of soda.

Students learn to use PowerPoint at Mariposa Elementary media center

Students learn to use PowerPoint at Mariposa Elementary media center

Students visiting the media center at Mariposa Elementary School are learning how to use Powerpoint to help present their research projects.  Students are taught by media specialist Charlotte Pennington on how to create powerful slide presentations by using photos, clipart, music, audio recordings, text, and animation to help make their research project come alive.  Many of the projects created in the media center will be used in the morning news show, WingsTV, for all to view. 

 

Students learn valuable skills through F.K. Sweet golf club

Students learn valuable skills through F.K. Sweet golf club

The golf club at F.K. Sweet Elementary is part of the partnership between St. Lucie Public Schools and the PGA. Students, pictured from left Keith Colley, David McDaniel, Jerry Johnson, Lance Fleschner, and Michael Mangeri, met once a week for eight weeks to develop and practice skills need for beginners and intermediate players.  Along with the technical aspects of the game, students also learned the golf rules of etiquette.  All of the students, who were taught by the golf pros at PGA, celebrated the final week with an awards banquet at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition. Students were awarded participation trophies, but also won medals for most improved, and most professional.

Students make Mother’s Day surprises at Windmill Point

Students make Mother’s Day surprises at Windmill Point

Students at Windmill Point Elementary decorated surprise Mother’s Day cakes as part of  the school’s PBS fundraiser. Students enjoyed making their own special cakes with the help of cafeteria staff to honor the  significant person in their lives.  Many, many thanks to Publix for always supporting students!

Students’ painted bowls support local charity

Students’ painted bowls support local charity

Cary Schott, Art Specialist at Frances K. Sweet Elementary, and Janey MacArthur, retired from Westwood High School, volunteered for an Empty Bowls program event recently at the Downtown Farmers’ Market of Fort Pierce. Students from several schools made and painted bowls to sell and raise money for the Treasure Coast Food Bank. Pictured, from left, are Ms. Schott and Ms. McArthur.

Students Participate in Judge Maynard’s Teen Discourse Session at Federal Courthouse

Students Participate in Judge Maynard’s Teen Discourse Session at Federal Courthouse

Students from Fort Pierce Central, Fort Pierce Westwood Academy, Performance Based Preparatory Academy, St. Lucie West Centennial and Treasure Coast High Schools attended a Teen Discourse Session.  This event included students from the Criminal Justice programs where participants heard from multiple professionals working directly in the industry.  Federal Judge Maynard, and Assistant Federal Public Defender Panayotta Augustin-Birch were the organizers for this event held at the Federal Courthouse in Fort Pierce.

Students Participate in Valuable Internships with St. Lucie Public Schools

Students Participate in Valuable Internships with St. Lucie Public Schools

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Long gone are the lazy days of summer.  Students are finding more valuable ways to spend their summer days through an internship program made available through a partnership with St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and Career Source Research Coast.  St. Lucie County has funded the program and hired over 100 community youth.  From this program, over 40 student interns – more than twice the number from last year – were welcomed into the School District’s media services, publications, technology, student assignment, nutritional services, accounting, and maintenance service departments for hands-on experiences during this eight-week opportunity.

Marty Sanders, SLPS executive director of growth management, explained that SLPS Maintenance Department has supported the funding of summer internships through grass roots fundraising for the past nine years.  “We have a vested interest in supporting our students as they pursue their career goals.  The opportunity to partner with Career Source Research Coast was a win-win for sure.  Our joint interests in expanding opportunities for students was enhanced further by the support of our County Commission when funds were allocated for summer employment programs to create opportunities for youth.”  Sanders added that this year’s summer program built upon a program that was well-rooted.  “As our numbers indicate, we have doubled our reach to provide students with an opportunity to explore jobs they have an interest in as well as provide them opportunities to earn income through this collaborative internship program.”

Students who are ages 16 – 18 are eligible for the eight-week internship program.  Shantecia Holloman, an 18-year-old senior at Fort Pierce Central High School (FPCHS), said that the internship

program has offered much more than she expected.  “At first, I did not fully appreciate the two-week training before we were able to get started.  Now, I see why it is important to understand job etiquette and the necessities of being polite and being on time.”  The two-week training Holloman refers to is a mandatory Career Source introductory session for all internship candidates prior to beginning their actual on-the-job experiences.  “I have enjoyed my internship here at WLX-TV.  The field work has given me a chance to experience editing and voice over work as well as meet others in the community,” said Holloman.  Upon graduating high school, she aspires to attend the University of South Florida where she will obtain her credentials as an OBGYN physician and return to Fort Pierce to practice in her community.

Future Air Force Cadet Destiny Hill is also interning in media services at the School District’s WLX-TV station where she feels everyone should have the opportunity to experience such an opportunity.  “This internship teaches you about what you are capable of learning.  It is a great opportunity – just jump in.  That is how I learned to work a camera,” she said.  This FPCHS rising senior looks forward to serving her country and her community.  With a solid career in the Air Force, she plans to help support her brother’s college fund and give back to the local churches in her community where her grandmother served as a pastor.

Craig Jerome, ITV manager at WLX-TV, said he welcomes interns each summer.  “They are eager to learn the technical aspects that take place behind the camera and are excited to see their work produced and aired on our network,” he added.

Students are engaged in internships throughout SLPS, and in each case, they are celebrated for their work ethic and their capacity to learn new skills.  The summer intern program provides a positive platform for students to gain knowledge of the workforce and explore occupational fields that may lead to lifelong careers.

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.

Career Source Summer

Steve Devlin of WLX-TV studios coaches summer interns Destiny Hill and Shantecia Holloman on how to operate cameras.

 

Students Participate in Valuable Internships with St. Lucie Public Schools

Students Participate in Valuable Internships with St. Lucie Public Schools

Long gone are the lazy days of summer.  Students are finding more valuable ways to spend their summer days through an internship program made available through a partnership with St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and Career Source Research Coast.  St. Lucie County has funded the program and hired over 100 community youth.  From this program, over 40 student interns – more than twice the number from last year – were welcomed into the School District’s media services, publications, technology, student assignment, nutritional services, accounting, and maintenance service departments for hands-on experiences during this eight-week opportunity.

Marty Sanders, SLPS executive director of growth management, explained that SLPS Maintenance Department has supported the funding of summer internships through grass roots fundraising for the past nine years.  “We have a vested interest in supporting our students as they pursue their career goals.  The opportunity to partner with Career Source Research Coast was a win-win for sure.  Our joint interests in expanding opportunities for students was enhanced further by the support of our County Commission when funds were allocated for summer employment programs to create opportunities for youth.”  Sanders added that this year’s summer program built upon a program that was well-rooted.  “As our numbers indicate, we have doubled our reach to provide students with an opportunity to explore jobs they have an interest in as well as provide them opportunities to earn income through this collaborative internship program.”

Students who are ages 16 – 18 are eligible for the eight-week internship program.  Shantecia Holloman, an 18-year-old senior at Fort Pierce Central High School (FPCHS), said that the internship program has offered much more than she expected.  “At first, I did not fully appreciate the two-week training before we were able to get started.  Now, I see why it is important to understand job etiquette and the necessities of being polite and being on time.”  The two-week training Holloman refers to is a mandatory Career Source introductory session for all internship candidates prior to beginning their actual on-the-job experiences.  “I have enjoyed my internship here at WLX-TV.  The field work has given me a chance to experience editing and voice over work as well as meet others in the community,” said Holloman.  Upon graduating high school, she aspires to attend the University of South Florida where she will obtain her credentials as an OBGYN physician and return to Fort Pierce to practice in her community.

Future Air Force Cadet Destiny Hill is also interning in media services at the School District’s WLX-TV station where she feels everyone should have the opportunity to experience such an opportunity.  “This internship teaches you about what you are capable of learning.  It is a great opportunity – just jump in.  That is how I learned to work a camera,” she said.  This FPCHS rising senior looks forward to serving her country and her community.  With a solid career in the Air Force, she plans to help support her brother’s college fund and give back to the local churches in her community where her grandmother served as a pastor.

Craig Jerome, ITV manager at WLX-TV, said he welcomes interns each summer.  “They are eager to learn the technical aspects that take place behind the camera and are excited to see their work produced and aired on our network,” he added.

Students are engaged in internships throughout SLPS, and in each case, they are celebrated for their work ethic and their capacity to learn new skills.  The summer intern program provides a positive platform for students to gain knowledge of the workforce and explore occupational fields that may lead to lifelong careers.

 

Students Participate in Youth Leadership Forum

Students Participate in Youth Leadership Forum

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Easton Santoro of Fort Pierce Central High School and Megan McClain of Port St. Lucie High School are Tallahassee bound for this summer’s 2017 Florida Youth Leadership Forum. Both freshman delegates are excited about the opportunity to participate in this Forum designed to bring together students with disabilities in order to support networking, awareness of employment and educational resources, and inspire participants to strive for the highest level of independence.

Both students have proven themselves to be successful on their respective campuses. Santoro is always eager to participate and dive into new experiences.  His teachers see him as one who is always ready, and they are excited to hear about his Tallahassee experiences.  McClain is also a dynamic individual who helped establish and operate the premier Coffee Perks kiosk – a student-run coffee and pastry business.

While in Tallahassee, the local high school representatives will also have opportunities to participate in sessions to expand their awareness of business and dinner etiquette, explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers, engage with local business leaders, and visit The Florida Capitol for a mock legislative session.

For more information on Florida Youth Leadership Forum, visit http://www.abletrust.org/youth-programs/florida-youth-leadership-forum

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

 

Students Participate in Youth Leadership Forum

Students Participate in Youth Leadership Forum

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Easton Santoro of Fort Pierce Central High School and Megan McClain of Port St. Lucie High School are Tallahassee bound for this summer’s 2017 Florida Youth Leadership Forum. Both freshman delegates are excited about the opportunity to participate in this Forum designed to bring together students with disabilities in order to support networking, awareness of employment and educational resources, and inspire participants to strive for the highest level of independence.

Both students have proven themselves to be successful on their respective campuses. Santoro is always eager to participate and dive into new experiences.  His teachers see him as one who is always ready, and they are excited to hear about his Tallahassee experiences.  McClain is also a dynamic individual who helped establish and operate the premier Coffee Perks kiosk – a student-run coffee and pastry business.

While in Tallahassee, the local high school representatives will also have opportunities to participate in sessions to expand their awareness of business and dinner etiquette, explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers, engage with local business leaders, and visit The Florida Capitol for a mock legislative session.

For more information on Florida Youth Leadership Forum, visit http://www.abletrust.org/youth-programs/florida-youth-leadership-forum

 

 

 

Students present anti-tobacco campaign update at school board meeting

Students present anti-tobacco campaign update at school board meeting

Members of the St. Lucie County Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) team presented an update on their tobacco prevention efforts in local schools at the December 11, 2012, St. Lucie School Board meeting. Students also provided local data from the 2012 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey. Pictured at back, far left, is School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, and at back, far right, Superintendent Michael Lannon, with the students and their sponsors.

Students preview Westwood High veterinary assisting program

Students preview Westwood High veterinary assisting program

Manatee Academy K8 School Vet Prep students and their parents recently visited Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Veterinary Assisting Facility. Westwood’s Career and Tech Ed (CTE) Vet Assisting and Agricultural Biotech students hosted the campus visit, along with instructors Lisa Davenport and Charles Paschal, with the support of Westwood’s ninth grade counselor Monarae Buchanon. Manatee K-8 Science/Vet Prep instructor Lisa Friend said the visit was a great success, students were amazed at the variety of activities and learning experiences available in the Westwood program, and had many questions following the tour. Westwood students commented on how the Manatee students were so well-behaved and excited to see the high school campus. Pictured are Manatee Academy students Tori Mulligan, left, and Jessica Alles with a rabbit.

Students’ Project Develops and Takes Flight

Students’ Project Develops and Takes Flight

FORT PIERCE, FL – Students in Mrs. Brandifino’s pre-kindergarten class at Lawnwood Elementary delighted in releasing butterflies into the school’s butterfly garden.  As a springboard for their unit of study, the young scholars learned about the animals’ development and nutritional needs as they morphed from egg, to larva, to pupa, to graceful adult butterfly.  Students clapped and cheered as the butterflies made their way from the butterfly cage to settle on nearby flowers and trees.

Mrs. Brandifino is one of five teachers in SLPS who supports a structured early learning educational program for students who are 3 and 4 years of age.  Students are supported in their literacy and personal development growth through play and structured language-rich activities.

“The early years offer a critical window of opportunity for us to make a difference in the lives of our children,” said Brandifino.   As a veteran educator, she passionately advocates for early literacy development and the importance of partnerships between parents and schools.

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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Students Provided Another Way to Say Something When They See Something

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – As part of our continued partnership with Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers on crime prevention and crime detection, St. Lucie Public Schools, Crime Stoppers, and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office have partnered to heighten awareness among students and staff about the Crime Stoppers program as yet another way of supporting safe campuses and responsible citizenship.  In keeping with the mantra of See Something, Say Something, all high school principals were presented with two Crime Stopper banners at the onset of this month’s School Board meeting. The banners will hang prominently on their campuses to support messages about the Crime Stoppers program shared with students.

 

Chief Brian Reuther, a 40-year decorated law enforcement veteran leading the St. Lucie Public Schools security division said, “We want to provide every opportunity for students, staff, parents, and community members to report information that may be of concern or seem suspicious. Crime Stoppers is yet another channel of communication for people to communicate with law enforcement so we can do our job to protect the citizens of this community on campus and off campus.”

 

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About Crime Stoppers USA

Local Crime Stoppers programs are non-profit organizations led by citizens against crime. Some Crime Stoppers programs offer cash rewards of up to $1000 to persons providing anonymous information that leads to the felony arrest of criminals and fugitives. Information is received through anonymous Crime Stoppers tips that are received through a secure tips line or through a secure web connection manned by a professional program coordinator. Each caller is assigned a code number for the purpose of ensuring anonymity.

 

Crime Stoppers is based on the principal that someone other than the criminal has information that can solve a crime and was created to combat the three major problems faced by law enforcement in generating that information:

  • Fear of REPRISAL
  • An attitude of APATHY
  • Reluctance to get INVOLVED

Crime Stoppers resolves these problems by:

  • Offering ANONYMITY to people who provide information about crimes.
  • Paying REWARDS when the information supplied leads to arrest.

 

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 91.0 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS 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.

 

Students Receive Free Meals in Wake of Hurricane Irma

Students Receive Free Meals in Wake of Hurricane Irma

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Every St. Lucie Public School (SLPS) student, regardless of previous lunch eligibility status, has the option to receive a free breakfast and lunch each day they attend school from September 18 through October 20, 2017. This, according to St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services Director Deborah Wuest, is to accommodate displaced Floridians and resume operations in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness is working with USDA child nutrition programs such as the one in SLPS with information and support during recovery efforts.  St. Lucie was one of 37 counties named to receive benefits of free meals.

“No additional paperwork needs to be filled out,” said Wuest.  “We just want to ensure that every child has the opportunity to receive nutritional meals as families and communities rebuild.”

After October 20, food service operations will return to normal.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast.  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.

 

 

Students Receive Free Meals in Wake of Hurricane Irma

Students Receive Free Meals in Wake of Hurricane Irma

Every St. Lucie Public School (SLPS) student, regardless of previous lunch eligibility status, has the option to receive a free breakfast and lunch each day they attend school from September 18 through October 20, 2017.  This, according to St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services Director Deborah Wuest, is to accommodate displaced Floridians and resume operations in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

 

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness is working with USDA child nutrition programs such as the one in SLPS with information and support during recovery efforts.  St. Lucie was one of 37 counties named to receive benefits of free meals.

 

“No additional paperwork needs to be filled out,” said Wuest.  “We just want to ensure that every child has the opportunity to receive nutritional meals as families and communities rebuild.”

 

After October 20, food service operations will return to normal.