Fort Pierce Central medical academy students receive much needed supplies

Fort Pierce Central medical academy students receive much needed supplies

Some 120 students in Samantha Pullins’ Medical Academy at Fort Pierce Central High School received free composition books from the Kids In Need Foundation thanks to donations from the back to school supply drive held by local Walgreen drug stores. Ms. Pullins wrote and won a grant with the foundation to be the recipient of school supplies collected by Walgreen stores located in Indian River, Saint Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties. While at one of the stores collecting supplies, the store manager asked specifically what item her students were in need of, and Ms. Pullins responded they needed composition books for their journals, so the manager purchased books for each student in need. Pictured are students in a Health Science 2 course with their composition books!

Bayshore Elementary Open House welcomes families

Bayshore Elementary Open House welcomes families

Bayshore Elementary School’s Open House was a great success. Families had an opportunity to meet teachers and staff members. Families were also provided assistance in the computer labs to find their children’s bus and lunch information. Pictured is the Barbot family, from left, Juan, Emlio and Doris, with second grade teacher Carol Galloway discussing the upcoming school year.

Northport K8 PTO promotes parent involvement

Northport K8 PTO promotes parent involvement

Northport K8 School administration and staff recognize the fact that parental involvement is critical for a truly successful school. Northport K8 PTO sponsors many events throughout the school year such as, Breakfast With Santa, Student of the Month, Fun Run, Fifth grade Moving Up ceremony, AYP celebrations, school wide beautification programs, Teacher Appreciation programs, faculty breakfasts, holiday luncheons and eighth grade graduation. The PTO also matched the school Media Center’s Titlewish program by matching funds collected. The Media Center was able to purchase many new books. Northport k8 School would love to have additional parent involvement and encourage all to become involved in the achievement of each and every child.  First NPK8 PTO meeting is August 27 at 4:15 pm in our parent room.  Pictured, from left, are students Cody Scott, Kylee Cicio and Finn Carey.

Volunteers help Northport K8 students and staff succeed

Volunteers help Northport K8 students and staff succeed

Northport K-8 school depends on a large and dynamic contingency of parent, grandparent, community and student volunteers to provide assistance to teachers and staff. Volunteers provide individual educational assistance to students to help increase achievement in all areas of curriculum.  There are many opportunities for volunteerism in the school. Categories are instructional, resource, organizational such as PTO and School Advisory committee, Business Partners, Mentoring and fundraisers as well as our dynamic Veterans Partners In Education program.  Pictured are parents Jackie Weir, left, and Suzie Scott who are assisting in the Media Center preparing book sets for the middle grades bookroom.  Anyone Interested in becoming involved at Northport K-8 can contact Lynne Gruszka at lynne.gruszka@stlucieschools.org.

Channel 5 focuses cameras on Mosaic Digital Academy

Channel 5 focuses cameras on Mosaic Digital Academy

A news crew from WPTV News Channel 5 spent much of the early morning Tuesday, August 21, interviewing the staff of St. Lucie Schools’ newest instructional choice for parents and students, Mosaic Digital Academy virtual K-12 school. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Helen Roberts was on the morning news live explaining the philosophy of the school, innovative digital delivery with a personal touch. Pictured, from left, are K-3 full time teacher Katie Johansen, 4-6 full time teacher Laurie Boyer, Virtual School Coordinator Jeanne Ziemba with reporter Christina Dettman, and Guidance Counselor Dana Tillberg, in the Mosaic Digital Academy office located in the school district building in Fort Pierce. Here, parents and students can get information or meet with teachers and counselors. Enrollment for first semester of this school year is closed, but enrollment for second semester will begin on October 20.

Families enjoy Palm Pointe Open House

Families enjoy Palm Pointe Open House

Teachers and staff welcomed back students and parents for the 2012-2013 school year at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @Tradition’s “Open House”.  Families met their new teachers, purchase planners and spirit shirts, get information on before and after school providers, pay lunch money and get information on buses. Students also visited the library to turn in their summer reading logs and families visited teachers from previous years. It was a fantastic day seeing everyone anxious to begin the new school year!  Pictured, from left, are Mrs. Losee, Clayton Losee, Colby Losee and kindergarten teacher Jenny Clancy.

Passionate educator inspires St. Lucie teachers

Passionate educator inspires St. Lucie teachers

Dr. Adolph Brown, Passionate Educator is pictured with Brandi Pagano, speech-language pathologist at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition.  Dr. Brown, “The World’s Greatest Edu-tainer,” kicked off the school year right for all of St. Lucie Public Schools educators with an informative, awe inspired and energized presentation! Dr. Brown lives in Brandi’s hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is a professor at Hampton University where Brandi received her Master’s Degree.

Media covers opening day for St. Lucie Schools

Media covers opening day for St. Lucie Schools

Television and print media covered the opening day for St. Lucie Schools, visiting several campuses for the Kids at Hope tunnels and get a glimpse of the first day of school for approximately 40,000 students at 42 schools. Pictured is Superintendent Michael Lannon being interviewed by Tasha Martinez of Channel 12 WPEC at 6:30 AM at Fort Pierce Westwood High School.

Smooth opening day for St. Lucie Schools

Smooth opening day for St. Lucie Schools

Opening day for the 2012-2013 school year went smoothly, no major issues had arisen by mid-day. Students at 13 local schools were welcomed with Kids at Hope tunnels, where school staff and community members applauded and gave “high-five” greetings with encouraging messages to the returning students. Pictured, at left, are St. Lucie School Board members Kathryn Hensley and Debbie Hawley, and right, Superintendent Michael Lannon and Boys and Girls Club executive director Norm Penner welcoming students at Garden City Early Learning Academy.

Teachers extend warm welcomes to new Village Green staff

Teachers extend warm welcomes to new Village Green staff

As kindergarten teacher Patricia Collins stands and shares tidbits about herself, Village Green Environmental Studies School teachers look on with warm smiles and excitement as they ready themselves to welcome her to the Village Green family with applause. The process is repeated more times as they welcome Jacqueline Baptiste-Harris and Margot Williams to first grade, Ashley Foreman to the kindergarten team, and Erin Saunders as the new speech language pathologist. Gina Burns joined the second grade team after this opening day event.

Student wows trainer and Village Green teachers

Student wows trainer and Village Green teachers

Although Josiah Fullwood is a first-time kindergartner who is scheduled to attend Frances K. Sweet, he has already made a huge impression on teachers at Village Green Environmental Studies School during the opening professional development day.

As 100 Book Challenge trainer Meighan Radigan models how teachers should level an incoming kindergarten child for his appropriate reading level, teachers and administrators were both stunned and thrilled that Josiah continued to ascend the reading levels to match first grade reading fluency and comprehension!

Josiah shared with the group that he enjoys reading about animals and even pointed out that he saw a fish in the pond before entering the beautiful facilities of the Botanical Gardens where the training took place. That drew a chuckle from the audience.

Port St. Lucie High cadets attend leadership programs sponsored by American Legion

Port St. Lucie High cadets attend leadership programs sponsored by American Legion

Boys’ and Girls’ State are summer leadership and citizenship programs for high school students between their junior and senior years. American Legion post 318 sponsored Posrt St. Lucie High School cadet First Sergeant Troy Conover and cadet Second Lieutenant Jeremy Dardon for Boys’ State, while Girls’ State Chairperson for American Legion Post 318 Ladies Auxiliary Ms. Rita Woodburn sponsored Port St. Lucie High School cadet Devynn Rhodes to participate in Girl’s State. The students had the opportunity to go to Florida State University in Tallahassee, where they learned government processes and earned college credits. Pictured, from left, are cadet First Sergeant Troy Conover, cadet Second Lieutenant Jeremy Dardon, and cadet First Lieutenant Devynn Rhodes.

Three local schools recognized for quarter century of excellence

Three local schools recognized for quarter century of excellence

Three St. Lucie County public schools were recgonized at the August 14, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for continuously maintaining accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS-CASI) for 25 years. Windmill Point Elementary, Village Green Environmental Studies, and Northport K-8 Schools were presented a plaque to commemorate the achievement. While the highly regarded accreditation is a set of rigorous protocols and research-based processes for evaluating an institution’s organizational effectiveness, accreditation also examines the whole institution — the programs, the cultural context, the community of stakeholders — to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of students. Pictured, from left, with their school’s plaques are Windmill Point Elementary principal Jonetha Maness, Village Green Environmental Studies School principal Aretha Vernette, and Northport K-8 principal Glenn Rustay.

Student Code of Conduct booklet to be available electronically

Student Code of Conduct booklet to be available electronically

To save money and printing resources, the annual St. Lucie School Board Student Code of Conduct booklet, which outlines expectations and consequences for students and parents, will be available electronically on the district website. An electronic copy of the Code can be located online at http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/pdf/codeofconduct.pdf. If parents require a paper copy of the Code, they can indicate in the online form, sign and return to the district office, and one will be provided to their child. Paper copies are also available upon request at the child’s school and at the District Administration Office located at 4204 Okeechobee Road, Ft. Pierce, Florida. District Administrative Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This Code has been adopted to help students gain the greatest possible benefit from his/her school experience. Parents/guardians are responsible for the actions of their children and should be involved in the education of their children. Parents will be notified at school open house events, as well as via email notices and automated telephone calls.

New teachers welcomed to St. Lucie School District

New teachers welcomed to St. Lucie School District

Approximately 250 new teachers who will be in classrooms in St. Lucie County public schools on August 20 when students begin the 2012-2013 school year were welcomed with great celebration on Tuesday, August 7, by school board members, administrators, and a wide variety of community members, including local elected officials. A tunnel of well wishers ushered the teachers into the event, as pictured in the photo, to two days of orientation to district policies, procedures, to review curriculum, as well as network with new colleagues. Photo provided by Christine Epps, executive director of the Roundatable of St. Lucie, which will sponsor similar Kids at Hope tunnels at local schools on the first day of classes.

Port St. Lucie High grad earns national recognition

Port St. Lucie High grad earns national recognition

Port St. Lucie High School (PSLHS) 2012 graduate Diamond Salazer was recognized at the July 31, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for her outstanding performance during the national SkillsUSA career and technical education competition this past school year. She was awarded by the Florida Masonry Apprentice and Educational Foundation. Pictured, from left, are mother Mrs. Lambert, Ms. Salazar, Director for Career and Technical Education Kathie Schmidt, School Board Chairman Carol Hilson, PSLHS career/technical teacher Bob Rossbury, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

District summer programs enrich, educate, enlighten

District summer programs enrich, educate, enlighten

The school district’s 21st Century Learning Centers summer programs just completed last week and served over 200 children in a wide variety of activities to enrich, educate and enlighten. Four sites hosted the programs, including C. A. Moore and Weatherbee elementary schools, Garden City Early Learning Academy, and Sam Gaines K-8 School. Activities ranged from a wildlife hospital presentation, swimming and basketball camps, Girl Scouts’ leadership and positive character empowerment, and a community gardening project where children not only learned how to grow vegetables, but utilized literacy and math skills in the process. Hands-on science activities involved project in robotics and solar powered ovens. Children also presented a musical tribute to the classic play “Annie,” and a recorder recital to close out the program. The 21st Century Learning Centers program is a federally funded program guided by Michael McCarthy and Fred Woltjen.

St. Lucie West Centennial cadets attend leadership academy

St. Lucie West Centennial cadets attend leadership academy

Shortly after school ended, St. Lucie West Centennial High School Navy Junior ROTC proudly sent seven cadets to Leadership Academy to learn how to become the future leaders of their unit. Pictured, rom left, Cadets Dane Tushinski, Devin Spellman Michael Battaglia, Johnna Moody,Luis Still and Ro-aine Graham, along with Chester Merrill who is not pictured, were selected to attend due to their achievement in academics, athletics, and military aptitude. Training at the academy began with chaos and yelling from retired Marine Corp Drill Instructors, as they instilled attention to detail and discipline in each cadet. Throughout the training sessions, the academy had a boot camp atmosphere as the cadets learned that in order to become a good leader, one must first become a good follower. The classes they attended included leadership studies, military etiquette, orienteering, military customs, water survival, and sailing. Physical training also played a major role at leadership academy. Each day began before sunrise with calisthenics and sprints, and the day ended with a two or three mile run. All seven cadets passed their physical fitness and academic tests with flying colors. Congratulations to Eagle Navy’s newly minted leaders.

St. Lucie Public Schools 2012 Annual Report posted online

St. Lucie Public Schools 2012 Annual Report posted online

The 2012 St. Lucie Public Schools’ Annual Report to the Community focuses on the value of the school system to the greater community. The report has been published and posted on the school district website. To view the publication, click on the following link: http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/pdf/AnnualReport2012.pdf.