Combined high school color guard has community presentation

Combined high school color guard has community presentation

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion recently conducted a combined Color Guard with the Treasure Coast High School Air Force JROTC. The Color Guard was led by Port Saint Lucie High School’s Cadet Captain Rhodes who presented the U.S. flag. Bearing the state flag was Cadet Pollino. The guards to follow were Cadet Lynn and Cadet Hopkins. Treasure Coast High School’s cadets Gillman,
Shoemaker, Crewse and Love presented the POW/MIA flag and the service flags. The Port St. Lucie High School Color Guard and Treasure Coast High School Color Guard did a phenomenal presentation to
remember veterans.

College Night at Fort Pierce Central High School

College Night at Fort Pierce Central High School

Over 600 parents and students attended Ft. Pierce Central’s College Night for Juniors and Seniors.  Hosted by Central’s Guidance Dept. and Administration, families learned important information regarding the college application process, college admission data, and financial/scholarship opportunities.  Websites that can assist in selecting and applying for colleges and scholarships were demonstrated.  Students were also given a time line of what needs to be completed each month to stay on track and meet deadlines.  Guidance Counselors and teachers will continue to work with Seniors on college and career choices throughout the school year.  Many parents expressed their gratitude for the information, assistance and support provided to make this exciting college application process less stressful.

 

College Night

College Fair Results in Scholarships Worth Nearly 6 Million for St. Lucie High School Seniors

College Fair Results in Scholarships Worth Nearly 6 Million for St. Lucie High School Seniors

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) seniors are still buzzing with excitement about the college opportunities that are open to them as a result of the recent Historically Black College/University (HBCU) and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) College Fair. To date, students have been awarded scholarships worth nearly six million dollars to pursue their goals and dreams. One proud recipient, Treasure Coast Senior Aaliyah Brown, said, “I am so happy this amazing opportunity was provided to us.  Where else could you go and have all of these resources and all of these schools willing to invest in us and our education?”

Secondary Program Coordinator Lynda Octavi and Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry united 18 college and university advisor groups from Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia; the Coast Guard and Army National Guard; SLPS’s A Promise Is a Promise Team; Greek Fraternities and Sororities; and financial coaches from the Department of Education and Wells Fargo.   Over 600 public school seniors attended the College Fair at Samuel S. Gaines Academy dressed for success and prepared with college entrance documentation to discuss program options and career goals. Three hundred forty-three college admittances were offered and, in many cases, on-the-spot scholarship awards were granted to candidates brightening futures and sparking dreams.

“Twenty-two of our talented seniors signed A Promise Is a Promise contracts at the Fair which means that once they have earned their credentials in education, they are guaranteed jobs as instructors in St. Lucie Public Schools,” explained SLPS Director of Recruitment and Retention Patricia Galloway.

With such a positive launch for SLPS, college and university recruiters have already made commitments to return to next year’s event which promises to be even more beneficial as a gateway opportunity for students.

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.

College Fair – October 5

College Fair – October 5

Mark your calendar for this year’s college fair!

With over 70 colleges and universities represented, there is sure to be something of interest to you.

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017

Time: 6PM – 8PM

Location: Port St. Lucie Civic Center

 

 

College Fair – October 4

College Fair – October 4

College Fair Night is slated for Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Plan to attend and gather information about college and university options.

 

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College Fair Night Draws Crowds

College Fair Night Draws Crowds

Each year, the SLPS College Fair gets bigger and better as it affords students and their parents with an opportunity to receive information and connect with colleges and universities from around the country.

St. Lucie Public Schools – a quality education system focused on providing students with the knowledge, skills, and desire to succeed.

 

College Fair – January 23rd

College Fair – January 23rd

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to bring opportunities to students for college and career success.  On January 23, the School District will launch its premier Historically Black College/University (HBCU) and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) College Fair for its students.  With over 17 major institutions slated to attend at Samuel Gaines Academy, excitement is escalating about pending on-the-spot scholarship opportunities and prospects for local students to participate in prestigious programs.

SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Events such as this have the potential to change lives for our students, and we are committed to doing everything we can to connect their brimming talents with individuals and organizations offering pathways to rewarding careers.”

Gent attributes the success of this premier event to the District’s highly motivated secondary leadership team.  Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry and Program Specialist Lynda Octavi have worked with local, state, and national colleges and universities; human resource organizations; Greek fraternities and sororities; local alumni; as well as local business leaders to make connections with the wide array of learning organizations that will be in attendance at this year’s College Fair.

“The idea is to help as many students as we can. This Career Fair is about students having options, and our students are definitely motivated to attend,” explained Perry. Students will attend the Career Fair with their high schools and are coming to this event well prepared with completed FASA forms, awareness of interview techniques, and dress for success tips.

SLPS Human Resources team will also be in attendance to discuss the Promise is a Promise opportunity scholarship with students who plan to pursue education as a career and return to teach in St. Lucie Public Schools.

 

 

College Fair Results in Scholarships Worth Nearly 6 Million for St. Lucie High School Seniors

College Fair – BIG Results

College Fair Results in Scholarships Worth Nearly 6 Million for St. Lucie High School Seniors

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) seniors are still buzzing with excitement about the college opportunities that are open to them as a result of the recent Historically Black College/University (HBCU) and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) College Fair. To date, students have been awarded scholarships worth nearly six million dollars to pursue their goals and dreams. One proud recipient, Treasure Coast Senior Aaliyah Brown, said, “I am so happy this amazing opportunity was provided to us.  Where else could you go and have all of these resources and all of these schools willing to invest in us and our education?”

 

Secondary Program Coordinator Lynda Octavi and Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry united 18 college and university advisor groups from Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia; the Coast Guard and Army National Guard; SLPS’s A Promise Is a Promise Team; Greek Fraternities and Sororities; and financial coaches from the Department of Education and Wells Fargo.   Over 600 public school seniors attended the College Fair at Samuel S. Gaines Academy dressed for success and prepared with college entrance documentation to discuss program options and career goals. Three hundred forty-three college admittances were offered and, in many cases, on-the-spot scholarship awards were granted to candidates brightening futures and sparking dreams.

 

“Twenty-two of our talented seniors signed A Promise Is a Promise contracts at the Fair which means that once they have earned their credentials in education, they are guaranteed jobs as instructors in St. Lucie Public Schools,” explained SLPS Director of Recruitment and Retention Patricia Galloway.

With such a positive launch for SLPS, college and university recruiters have already made commitments to return to next year’s event which promises to be even more beneficial as a gateway opportunity for students.

 

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College Fair

College Fair

The Port St. Lucie Civic Center hosted the annual College Fair to inform all students and parents about colleges and universities to prepare them for the future.

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar JROTC volunteered to help the colleges, universities, and community supporters set up and prepare for the the event.

Cobras Visit The River

Cobras Visit The River

Fort Pierce Central High School Dual Enrollment students participated in a fieldtrip championed by Instructor Robert Ott to Indian River State College. Once on the college campus, Katie Williams and her staff provided valuable information including library instruction and academic services for students.

The next generation class was treated to an impromptu and greatly appreciated visit by the president of  Indian River State College Dr. Edwin Massey who took the time to visit with the group and share comments about the value of an education along with the benefits of a guided pathway.

 

A Deeper Dive into the Fieldtrip:

The librarian staff added benefit to the overall experience while exceeding expectations for all members involved. The main objective of the library instruction was to show the students how to write a research paper by accessing digital journals and the ordering of books not available on the library shelf. The librarians also explained the relevance of a peer-reviewed article for scholarly purposes and the reasons why information on the Internet that is not peer-reviewed should not be used.

Afterwards, the students transitioned to Academic Services which included access to the labs and awareness of available tutorials. The students learned the value of asking for help sooner than later.

 

 

College Night at Fort Pierce Central High School

Cobras Pledge Not to Text and Drive

Fort Pierce Central High School conducted a week of training to increase awareness about the dangers of texting and driving. All drivers entering the FPC campus last week were asked to sign a pledge to NOT TEXT AND DRIVE and were given a thumb-ring inscribed with TXTL8R to remind them through the day. This campaign will culminate with Teen Awareness Week as part of FPC Homecoming 2015.

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Cobras Organize And Make Impact

Cobras Organize And Make Impact

Our amazing Cobras organized events over the last month to discuss and bring attention to the issue of school shootings. These events included performances by our Louder Than a Bomb Team, Choir, Drama, and culminated with a student panel discussion. On Friday, May 4th, the audience included our Superintendent of Schools, police officers, local judge, commissioners, representatives, and many other community leaders — all listening to our students! We are so proud of our Cobras!

 

 

 

 

Cobras Feast with Lake Forest Park Residents

Cobras Feast with Lake Forest Park Residents

The Thanksgiving Feast is an annual event sponsored by Fort Pierce Central High School JROTC battalion and the Fort Pierce Central Culinary Program students that allows the students to meet and have a meal with the residents of the Lake Forest Park senior living home. This year, the Cobra Battalion cadets also partnered with the Fort Pierce Central High School Student Government Association and Fort Pierce Central High School Chorus students to provide the seniors with an even greater event than last year. Before starting the feast, Dr. Bugaki, a Lake Forest Park resident and World War II Navy veteran, talked to the students about his life in the military and public service and gave words of wisdom for a successful life. Following the talk, the students greeted and served the other residents attending the event. The chorus sang a few songs for the residents and the Cadets and Samuel Gaines Academy (SGA) students served the excellent lunch prepared by the award winning Cobra Culinary Program. Cadets and SGA students dined with the Lake Forest Park residents and had friendly conversations. The chorus closed the event with another great Christmas song that warmed the hearts of the all of the guests.

Cadet Captain Trevor Alexander, Cobra Battalion Public Affairs Officer

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Cobras Compete at National Ocean Sciences Bowl

Cobras Compete at National Ocean Sciences Bowl

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Ft. Pierce Central High School’s (FPCHS) Cobra Pride came through in a respectable showing at the 19th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Competition in Morehead City, North Carolina. Team members Andrew Caputo, Cody Nichols, Victor Alterizio, Bryce Starr, and Riley Kicker represented the school and finished 12th in the national competition.

Team Coach Steve Shotola said the road to NOSB was rigorous.  He explained that the field was wide as 369 teams competed in regional competitions for the right to advance. “The Cobra team won the Florida Manatee Regional Competition in February and joined an elite group of 23 other regional champion teams at the finals in Morehead City.”

Students tested their knowledge of ocean-related topics, which included cross-disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, and geology by answering buzzer-style, multiple choice questions, and longer, critical thinking-based team challenge questions. They also participated in the Science Expert Briefing — a mock congressional hearing where they presented science recommendations on a piece of legislation. FPCHS received the highest and near-perfect score in the Oral Presentation portion of the testimony.

Feedback given to the students from Dr. Susan K. Avery, President and Director Emeritus at Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institution included, “Fantastic persuasiveness, great conferral with one another, very strong oral presentation in both testimonies and question and answer. Both confidence and preparation helped them shine. This team seemed the most jazzed about the policy component of any in the competition.”

FPCHS Principal Todd Smith said, “I could not be more proud of our students.  They exemplify courage and tenacity to pursue their goals, demonstrate positive leadership, and support one another through their teamwork.”

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.

Cobra Student Athletes Make Commitments on Signing Day

Cobra Student Athletes Make Commitments on Signing Day

Fort Pierce Central High School football players participated in National Signing Day and made commitments to their selected Universities.

Football players from left to right:

Cecile Rolle- Warner University

Maurice Walley- Warner University

Stuart Reese- University of Mississippi

Coach Shaffer – Fort Pierce Central High School Football Coach

Antonio Hadden- Florida Atlantic University

William Davis- Florida Atlantic University

Lafayette Ashley- Warner University

College Night at Fort Pierce Central High School

Cobra Raiders Win Top Honors

Fort Pierce Central’s Cobra Battalion Raider team took home first place for both the Mixed Team Obstacle Course and Mixed Team overall during Fort Pierce Westwood’s Raider Competition. “The cadets showed some outstanding teamwork and intestinal fortitude,” said the team’s coach, retired Lieutenant Colonel Matt Saxton. The Cobras fielded two 10-cadet mixed teams (boys and girls) for the Westwood competition. “The mix of boys and girls is really good for everyone,” said Cadet Staff Sergeant Cassady Green. She added, “It helps build a lot of trust and camaraderie across the Raider Team.” The Cobras plan to compete at the South Fork  Raider Competition next.

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Cobra Pride Recipients for 2014

Cobra Pride Recipients for 2014

The students in the picture are our Cobra Pride recipients for 2014. These student athletes have competed in at least two sports per year since their freshman year at FPC. Pictured left to right: Bonita Williams, Jessica Golden, Kaitlyn Reese, Kyle Glenton, Lasonja Edwards, Sam Vaughn, Audrey Edmondson, Kayla Deifendorf, Courtney Mooney, Jay Stewart.

First College Athlete: Margaret Martszoft  North Carolina Weslynn – Softball – full ride

Second : Mike Percevel – Florida A&M – Football

Third : Lasonja Edwards – Florida Gulf Coast College – Basketball

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Cobra Poets Strike Hard

Cobra Poets Strike Hard

Fort Pierce Central High School’s (FPCHS) student poets took to the stage with words spoken from the heart intended to excite and engage at this year’s Louder than a Bomb (LTAB) Poetry Slam. Kayla Daley, a senior, was one of 12 South Florida high school students selected from more than 300 participants in the individual final competition held at Nova Southeastern University on April 8.  As a team, the FPCHS Cobras placed second in the semi-final round of the competition which draws famous name backers such as Jason Taylor of the Jason Taylor Foundation and Omari Hardwick of Bluapple Poetry. LTAB is designed to help students express themselves, and for some, the experience is life altering.

 

“This artistic outlet gives students an opportunity to share their innermost thoughts, concerns, and frustrations in an artistic manner that is heard and appreciated by others. When competing, our students give everything they have when on stage,” said Simone McPhee, FPCHS competition coach.  She explained that students work together throughout the year honing their poetic verse and practicing their delivery. “They are passionate about what they do and work hard to coach and support one another in preparation for this competition.” McPhee, together with co-coaches Kelly Addams and Peter Miserocchi of FPCHS, are in their third year helping to prepare students for this annual event.

 

Fort Pierce Central Cobras celebrate a second place finish in the semi-final round of competition.

L to R: Maika Eugene, Kayla Daley, Sienna Medina, Jarrett Sauer