St. Lucie Public Schools is proud to announce that on November 20, 2018, School Board Attorney Dan Harrell swore into office three re-elected School Board Members. The District welcomes the continued leadership of Debbie Hawley (District 1), Dr. Donna Mills, (District 3) and Troy Ingersoll (District 5). The three Board Members unite with members Carol Hilson (District 2) and Kathryn Hensley (District 4).
Also, in the November 20th School Board Organizational Meeting, Mrs. Debbie Hawley was elected Chairman and Mrs. Kathryn Hensley was elected Vice Chairman. Congratulations, Mrs. Hawley and Mrs. Hensley!
I have a fun story opportunity that I thought you might be interested in. It’s happening this Thursday at Fort Pierce Westwood and Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies and again on Friday at Oak Hammock K-8 and Windmill Point Elementary.
The zSpace virtual reality school bus will be parked outside of our scheduled schools so teachers, students, and members of our community can hop aboard and learn about the human heart or hold a 3D butterfly in their hands!
Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) is a K-8 Creative Arts Magnet School where students thrive academically and artistically through participation in visual and graphic arts, dance, vocal and instrumental music, drama, and musical theater.
Click on the link below to read an article about the school’s performing arts hall.
Palm Pointe’s Junior Beta members attended the Florida State Beta Convention in Orlando this week. The National Beta Organization is a service based group that focuses on cultivating the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership, and service among students. This organization celebrates students who strive to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Students competed in individual and group competitions against other Beta chapters. Our Palm Pointe students placed in 17 different competitions and Laney Keys, one of our 7th grade students, was elected Beta Vice President for the State of Florida. Students placing in these competitions include: Elementary Fiber Arts- Runner Up Third Place, Victoria Zaravellis; Third Place Elementary Drawing, Isabella Perez; Runner Up Elementary Language Arts, Victoria Zaravellis; Runner Up-Elementary Creative Writing, Sebastian Rebelo; Runner Up- Elementary Speech, Gavin Lunsford; Champion – Elementary Social Studies, Gavin Lunsford; Runner Up-Elementary Book Battle, Alyx Hanley, Isabella Perez, and Victoria Zaravellis; Champion- Elementary Science, Jocelyn Hatfield; Runner Up Elementary Technology, Benjamin Arisi; Third Place- Elementary 2D Design, John Bouris; Runner Up-Junior Mixed Media Ava Borgella; Runner Up Junior Science, Josslyn Withrow; Third Place Junior Speech, Dominique Thomas; Runner Up Junior Engineering, Elizabeth Chavez-Munden, Devin Habyan, Hannah Dorval, Addison Moore, and Ava Borgella; Champion- Junior Robotics, Ava Brogella, Josslyn Withrow, Rihanna Garcia, Addison Moore, Ashwin Dhar, and Avis Khatiwada; Champion Junior Service Learning, Ava Borgella, Alexia Morgan, Dominque Thomas, Devin Habyan, Hannah Dorval, and Elizabeth Chavez-Munden; Florida Junior Beta Vice President, Laney Keys.
On Monday and Tuesday, November 19 and 20, 2018, many cadets led by Cadet Captain Brianna Harris and Cadet Sergeant James Mikovsky, along with Cadet Sergeant First Class Lawrence Moleon Mathews, and Cadet Private Heaven Savinon, Cadet 1st Lieutenant Lila Meade, Cadet Corporal Ashley Armendarez, Cadet Master Sergeant Max Marrero, Cadet Private Damien Borkowski, volunteered to help the St. Lucie County Fire District in the Annual Big Heart Brigade. Our cadets accompanied numerous volunteers from the community in preparing meal boxes to be distributed to those who would not be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner.
We are so thrilled to announce our Student of the Month for November. Students are selected for being a good friend, improving their attitude, standing up for someone else, being a good citizen and many other reasons. Students are selected by their teachers and sometimes, by a class consensus. We are so proud of these kids! Many thanks to all our parents who attended the Student of the Month. We celebrate our students’ accomplishments as often as possible. Pictured are the Lira family attending Student of the Month for Jorge and Brian Lira.
On November 28, Mariposa Elementary had an assembly to honor men and women who have served and those who are currently serving in the United States Military. Our students were encouraged to invite a family member or friend who is a Veteran or currently serving to attend this assembly.
During the program, a group of Veterans came to speak to the students. Mr. Chad Guess had his Mariposa Marching Band Drumline put on an amazing performance. Also, fifth grader Arbenz Jocelyn shared his essay about Veterans. Students truly enjoyed learning about patriotism and service and were extra excited when they found out that Amvets Post 15 donated a U.S flag to every student at Mariposa Elementary!
In February, the Veterans will be returning to Mariposa Elementary to present in individual classes. Students love to hear the Veterans’ life stories and the students have so much to learn from them.
Southport Middle School students have been working on a number of service projects this year. For their service project, the Hawks team chose to raise funds and collect donations to benefit Save the Chimps, the world’s largest privately funded chimpanzee sanctuary located in Fort Pierce.
As part of the service learning project, the students have been collecting blankets, food, toys, etc. to donate to the sanctuary. In addition, each month students have been finding ways to raise money in hopes of adopting a chimp. At the end of the year they are planning be make piñatas and stuff them with tasty treats for the chimps. Pictured is Charles Medwick with a box of donations he brought from home.
According to the Save the Chimps website, there are nearly 250 retired chimpanzees that live in large family groups on 12 separate three-acre islands and a donation of $300 will provide one week of care for an adopted chimp. This complete care includes three fresh and nutritious meals of fruits and vegetables daily, loving care from the staff, maintenance of their beautiful island homes, and enrichment activities to fulfill their lives.
Larry Kaskey and his 7th grade Northstar students at Northport are having fun and learning about how to build a working volcano. Great hands-on lessons! The students are loving the lessons and being outside on this glorious day!
Northport Breakfast With Santa was a wonderful success. Big thank you to the PTO and everyone who came out to school to make it a special occasion for the children. 🎄 ❤ Principal, Glenn Rustay and Assistant Principals Lisa Cash and Mehgan Drost got right into the spirit of the holiday season. Pictured: Northport administrators and the Tredor family.
You can watch an all new Notebook hosted by Jane Whitaker on YouTube. Also, you can watch a new #BuildAFuture – Career and Technical Education hosted by Leinitia Robinson along with a new Speakers Bureau featuring Dr. Rafael Sanchez on YouTube and television. While you’re there subscribe to our channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV.
Are you a classroom teacher that is interested in learning about the Microsoft Office tools available to utilize in your classroom? Would you like to become Microsoft Innovative Educator certified? If so, Technology Tuesdays is for you! Tech Tuesday will take place every other Tuesday beginning January 29 via Skype. A quick orientation will be held January 15!
Log into Frontline to learn more and to register for this Course! The Session Code: 002-3003001 Session:128
Forest Grove Middle School is excited to share that the Forest Grove SUPERIOR Chorus BROUGHT IT for a third time at the Holiday Music Festival in Universal Studios on Friday! They won 1st Place for Middle School Choir then took top honors as GRAND CHAMPION for Middle School Vocal Performance overall! What a great day!
Please join us at our WINTER CONCERT on Thursday at Ft. Pierce Central High School at 6:30 p.m. to see this dynamic choir in action!
St. Lucie County licensed teen drivers can improve their defensive driving skills by taking the “Teen Driver Challenge” on January 24 and 26, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
“The number one killer of American teenagers is car crashes,” said Sheriff Mascara. “That is why the Sheriffs of Florida developed the Teen Driver Challenge Program.”
The course will take place Thursday, January 24 with a classroom session 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, located at 4700 West Midway Rd. Fort Pierce, and a hands-on driving session Saturday, January 26, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Indian River State College Public Safety Training Complex on Kirby Loop Road.
Classes are free, but space is limited. Details and registration forms are on the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office website, under “Community Programs”, at http://www.stluciesheriff.com.
Information is also available by calling the Training Unit at (772) 462-3607.
Completed forms should be returned to: Training Unit, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981 or faxed to: (772) 462-3615.
If the registration is faxed, the teen driver must bring the original copy of the registration to the first class.
The Florida Constitution establishes the Office of the elected County Sheriff who is responsible for preserving the peace, carrying out the orders of Florida courts and the Board of County Commissioners, and providing deputies at court sessions and meetings of the Board of County Commissioners. The Sheriff is the chief correctional officer of the county. Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is elected by the people of St. Lucie County and is accountable to them.
Taking flight! 8th grade students in Mr. Fess’ Northstars STEM class have been working hard designing their own airplanes online and constructing them out of balsa wood. Students competed against one another both in an on-line simulator and in real life!
The School Board of St. Lucie County and all bargaining units have reached agreements regarding salary compensation for the 2018-2019 school year.
Returning CTA employees will receive an $850 retention supplement. Their retro portion of this $850 (representing 7/1/18 through current) will be distributed by 12/19/18 and should equal approximately half of the negotiated supplement amount. The remaining negotiated supplement balance will be paid in equal installments over the remaining paychecks for 2018-2019.
All CU employees will receive a $250 bonus by 12/19/18. In addition, returning employees will receive a supplement in the amount equivalent to their step within the salary schedule. Their retro payment for this negotiated supplement will be distributed by 12/19/18. This retro payment will represent 7/1/18 through current and should equal approximately half of the negotiated supplement amount. The remaining negotiated supplement balance will be paid in equal installments over the remaining paychecks for 2018-2019.
All CWA employees will receive a $250 bonus by 12/19/18. In addition, returning employees will receive a supplement in the amount equivalent to their step within the salary schedule. Their retro payment for this negotiated supplement will be distributed by 1/15/19. (This timeline is due to the extended negotiations for the CWA bargaining unit.) This retro payment will represent 7/1/18 through current and should equal approximately half of the negotiated supplement amount. The remaining negotiated supplement balance will be paid in equal installments over the remaining paychecks for 2018-2019.
The supplement negotiated with the CWA is subject to ratification and School Board approval and, as with all negotiated agreements, is non-recurring unless future funding allows for them to become permanent salary increases. Unlike a bonus, supplements are treated as income and count toward retirement.
Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “The District, the CTA/CU and CWA have all worked together over the last several months to get the most out of exhausted funding options stretched thin by legislative shortfalls and unfunded mandates. Salaries fall short of where we’d like them to be, and we’re committed to finding ways to increase compensation for all employees.”
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.