Cobra Battalion Serves

Cobra Battalion Serves

Fort Pierce Central High School (FPCHS) Cadets from the Cobra Battalion crossed the 100 community service-hour threshold this year. They sacrificed personal time to ensure the support of community stakeholders including civic groups, service organizations, neighborhood associations, and religious organizations.

Cadets achieving 100 community service hours who will be recommended for the President’s Volunteer Service Award for FPCHS this school year are:

Aide Aguilar: 194 hours
Shasly Brooks: 100 hours
Baldomero Cardenas: 154 hours
Kevin Gudino: 106 hours
Nicklaus Halter: 311 hours
Abigail Hetherington: 370 hours
Victor-Andre Jacob: 247 hours
Artyanna Kitchen: 280 hours
Evan Kohuth: 346 hours
Amber Kolbinskie: 163 hours
Laura Manzano: 156 hours
Yalenah Mestre: 161 hours
Sevren Most: 100 hours
Audrey Rubio: 189 hours
Daniela Tristan: 109 hours
Bryan Vega: 241 hours

      

 

 

Cobra Athletes Commit for Next-Level Success

Cobra Athletes Commit for Next-Level Success

Fort Pierce Central athletes have committed to colleges and universities, and look forward to pursuing their goals and dreams while participating in the sport they enjoy!

Jerimiah Hyde : Hutchinson Community College (football)

Brett Oliver- Stetson University (football)

Jalen Mason- Jacksonville University (football)

Branson Stone- Boston College (baseball)

Teddy Zervos- Stetson University (football)

Cobra Alumni Anthony Knighton Named Finalist for Jerry Rice Award

Cobra Alumni Anthony Knighton Named Finalist for Jerry Rice Award

Anthony Knighton, a graduate of Fort Pierce Central High School is currently attending Southern Illinois University (SIU) where he was named as a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award.  Weighing in at 246 and clearing six feet by two inches, this defensive end from Fort Pierce, Florida set SIU freshman records and led all MVFC freshmen in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (11.0) this season.
Knighton finished 11th in voting among the elite group of final contenders being considered for the Jerry Rice Award.  This award, named for the renowned Hall-of-Famer credited by many for being the greatest wide receiver, is given to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) player of the year. Knighton is credited with 28 tackles (21 solo), 9.5 TFL, 1 PBU, 5 QBH, and 1 FF (9 games).  He received recognition as a first team FCS freshman All-American by HERO Sports and was designated the runner-up for the Missouri Valley Football Conference Freshman of the Year Award.
His high school coaches were not at all surprised by these recognitions and stats.  Josh Shaffer, Knighton’s former head football coach at Fort Pierce Central High School said, “Anthony is an intelligent, hardworking young man. It does not surprise me to see him excel at such a high level. His humble nature allows him to focus on achieving excellence. He has consistently made his former teachers and coaches proud.”
Shaffer’s sentiments were echoed by Central’s Athletic Director Peter Crespo. “We are very proud of Anthony Knighton for being nominated for this award; however, we are not surprised. His character on and off the field exemplifies what every student athlete should strive for.”
What is surprising is the fact that Anthony almost hung up his cleats before heading into his high school senior year.  According to Knighton’s mother, there was a stand-out coach who motivated her son back onto the field.  “Coach Kappler saw something special in Anthony,” explained Shontay Marshall-Smith. “He had a way of connecting with him like no one else could.  When ‘Ant’ needed that extra inspiration to dig his heels in for one more season, Coach Kap was there.”
Cobra Alumni Anthony Knighton Named Finalist for Jerry Rice Award

Cobra Alumni Anthony Knighton Named Finalist for Jerry Rice Award

FORT PIERCE, FL –  Anthony Knighton, a graduate of Fort Pierce Central High School is currently attending Southern Illinois University (SIU) where he was named as a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award.  Weighing in at 246 and clearing six feet by two inches, this defensive end from Fort Pierce, Florida set SIU freshman records and led all MVFC freshmen in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (11.0) this season. 
 
Knighton finished 11th in voting among the elite group of final contenders being considered for the Jerry Rice Award.  This award, named for the renowned Hall-of-Famer credited by many for being the greatest wide receiver, is given to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) player of the year. Knighton is credited with 28 tackles (21 solo), 9.5 TFL, 1 PBU, 5 QBH, and 1 FF (9 games).  He received recognition as a first team FCS freshman All-American by HERO Sports and was designated the runner-up for the Missouri Valley Football Conference Freshman of the Year Award.
 
His high school coaches were not at all surprised by these recognitions and stats.  Josh Shaffer, Knighton’s former head football coach at Fort Pierce Central High School said, “Anthony is an intelligent, hardworking young man. It does not surprise me to see him excel at such a high level. His humble nature allows him to focus on achieving excellence. He has consistently made his former teachers and coaches proud.”
 
Shaffer’s sentiments were echoed by Central’s Athletic Director Peter Crespo. “We are very proud of Anthony Knighton for being nominated for this award; however, we are not surprised. His character on and off the field exemplifies what every student athlete should strive for.”
 
What is surprising is the fact that Anthony almost hung up his cleats before heading into his high school senior year.  According to Knighton’s mother, there was a stand-out coach who motivated her son back onto the field.  “Coach Kappler saw something special in Anthony,” explained Shontay Marshall-Smith. “He had a way of connecting with him like no one else could.  When ‘Ant’ needed that extra inspiration to dig his heels in for one more season, Coach Kap was there.”
 
 
 
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About St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students 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. 

 

Cobra Adopt-a-Road

Cobra Adopt-a-Road

On Wednesday, September 20, 2015, the Fort Pierce Central High JROTC Cobra Battalion continued their commitment to a cleaner environment. More than 70 students headed out with pokers and garbage bags to clean up on South 25th Street. The Cobra Battalion has participated in the “Adopt-A-Road” program for many years cleaning up the section of South 25th Street between Midway Road north to Bell Avenue. After picking-up numerous bags of garbage and making the road cleaner, the Cobra Battalion headed back to the school to enjoy an afternoon bar-b-que and fellowship.

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Coaches are slimed at Palm Pointe for good cause

Coaches are slimed at Palm Pointe for good cause

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently participated in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. This fundraiser helps teach students to value their health and to help those less fortunate and don’t have healthy hearts.  The top three student fundraisers from each class earned the opportunity to slime the physical education coaches. The middle school Hoops for Heart will be in February with the proceeds also going to the American Heart Association. Palm Pointe would like to thank Nicole Perez, the school representative from the American Heart association, for all her help. Pictured, from left, are coaches Kristen Stafford and Robert Santoro as they are covered in slime by the students who raised the most money. 
 

 

CNA Scholarship Recipients

CNA Scholarship Recipients

St. Lucie West Centennial High School hosted Senior Awards Night on May 17, 2018.  Midway Specialty Care Center awarded five scholarships to seniors having earned their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) License. The CNA completer scholarship can be used for items needed for post-secondary employment in the healthcare field.  Students are being awarded this scholarship after meeting a specified criterion including pursuing a career in the health care industry. 

Students scholarship recipients: Jasmine Castro, Dahnae McDonald, Melissa Stone, Marissa Powell, and Trinity Salisbury

‘Clifford’ celebrates Northport K8 book fair with students

‘Clifford’ celebrates Northport K8 book fair with students

Northport K-8 School kicked off its second book fair of the school year themed “Cruise Into Reading” by inviting Clifford the Big, Red Dog to shake the hand of parents in the parent drop off area and to welcome students into school to check out the book fair. Big Brothers, Big Sisters AmeriCorps tutors Renee Simpson and Alex Neelan are taking turns donning the red suit to intrigue the students into visiting the book fair and to promote the joy of reading to the students and parents at Northport K-8 School. The AmeriCorps tutors have become an integral facet of the school, and the students and teachers are thrilled to see them hard at work helping to make the educational experience at Northport very positive. Pictured are AmeriCorps tutor Renee Simpson as Clifford, and several excited Northport students.

Clerk of Courts presents check to Education Foundation

Clerk of Courts presents check to Education Foundation

At the November 18th School Board Meeting, Mr. Joseph Smith, St. Lucie County Clerk of Courts, presented the St. Lucie County Education Foundation a check for $1,500 for the Adopt-A-Class campaign. Their support has helped over 20 classrooms.
Pictured are Joseph Abreu, Joann Baker, Board Chair Donna Mills, Joseph Smith, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Elizabeth Mallonee, James McKenzie, and Vanessa Tillman.

 

Clerk of courts encourages Garden City students

Clerk of courts encourages Garden City students

As part of Black History month, Joseph E. Smith, Clerk of Circuit Courts for St. Lucie County, spoke with second grade students at Garden City Early Learning Academy about his life and how they, too, can reach their goals and be successful. Mr. Smith is a native to Fort Pierce and graduated from Lincoln Park Academy. He worked in Washington, D.C., and then came back to St. Lucie County to serve the community. Smith is the first African-American Clerk of Circuit Courts in St. Lucie County, and is tireless in his efforts to give back to the community.

Clerk of the Circuit Court Joe Smith Speaks to Students

Clerk of the Circuit Court Joe Smith Speaks to Students

Samuel S. Gaines Academy sixth graders had the honor of listening to guest speaker Mr. Joe Smith, Clerk of the Circuit Court of St. Lucie County, as he shared his life story during a recent Speakers Bureau event.

Mr. Smith, a native of Fort Pierce and a product of the St. Lucie Public Schools, comes from immigrant grandparents who arrived in the United States in the early 1900s. He was raised by a family of educators who inspired him to follow their path in helping others. His career shifted in a similar direction of helping his community, and he became our very own Clerk of the Circuit Court of St. Lucie County.

Clear Skies for Mariners

Clear Skies for Mariners

There’s no drought when it comes to exploring science at Weatherbee. This week, fourth grade classes were excited to receive a visit from WPBF 25 First Alert Weather’s Mike Lyons who talked to them about weather. Clear skies ahead, Mariners!

Citizen of the Month – WCE

Citizen of the Month – WCE

White City celebrates integrity at this month’s citizen of the month ceremony. A student in each class was selected by the teacher for demonstrating the character trait of integrity. Integrity is showing good moral character, being honest, doing the right thing consistently and meeting challenges with a good attitude. Wildcats, we are so very proud of you!

Citizen Hero Award

Citizen Hero Award

Fifth grader Brandon Roth from Mariposa Elementary School received the St. Lucie County Fire Department Citizen Hero Award for his courageous actions during a life-threatening situation on June 25th, 2018.
On this day, ten-year-old Roth was riding his skateboard when he discovered a neighbor in distress lying in her doorway. He ran to her aid and flagged down a passing car to call 911. He continued to wait with her until the rescue trucks and firefighters arrived.
His quick thinking and immediate action averted a potentially tragic outcome.
Circuit judge Vaughn visits Southern Oaks Middle to discuss judiciary

Circuit judge Vaughn visits Southern Oaks Middle to discuss judiciary

St. Lucie County Circuit Court Judge Dan Vaughn recently visited Southern Oaks Middle School. Seventh grade students have been learning about the three branches of government in their civics classes this year. Judge Vaughn spoke with the students about what it means to him to be a judge, and the education needed to become one. The students were eager to ask Judge Vaughn questions about the judicial branch of the government and how it works. Judge Vaughn explained to the students about the history of the robe, which seemed to be a big cause for questions. He also discussed courtroom etiquette as well as respect for the judicial system. Students were impressed that a person of Judge Vaughn’s prestige would visit the school. Judge Vaughn is pictured with students asking questions about the judiciary.

Cinco de Mayo at Gaines Academy

Cinco de Mayo at Gaines Academy

Cinco de Mayo is not going unnoticed here at Samuel Gaines Academy. Students in Mr. Plowden’s 8th grade History spent some time researching different Hispanic leaders who has made significant contributions to their culture by creating Thinking Maps, taking Cornell notes, and using technology resources.  This is a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage and is warmly embraced at Gaines Academy.

CIA Day at SLWC

CIA Day at SLWC

On Tuesday, September 17 four Culinary Institute of America (CIA) chefs presented CIA at St Lucie West Centennial High.  Over 92 high school students from St Lucie West Centennial (SLWC), Fort Pierce Central, and Martin County High participated in four workshops: Chef Donald Sedivy-CIA Graduate and local Chef working in prestigious Private Clubs demonstrated a Garde Manger appetizer (chopped fresh veggies showcasing Florida tomatoes, mangos, avocados, and lump crab meat); Chef Harrison Kantor-2013 CIA graduate prepared an ethic dish of Falafel with Tahini Sauce; Chef Arnym Solomon-CIA Trustee Emeriti prepared Caribbean Style Stews; and Chef Jacqui Pressinger- CIA Assistant Director of Admissions created a modern twist on bacon and eggs.  Proud Centennial Principal Alan Cox along with Chefs Calvin Lewis and Jesse Strell hosted the students at SLWC High’s Culinary Labs from 9 am until 1:30 pm.  Chef Peggy Ash and her students from FPC along with Chef Shaun Southwick and his students from Martin County High attended the workshop.  Students engaged in the four presentations asking questions and tasting the new recipes. A great day for Culinary in St Lucie County!

CIA Day at SLWC

CIA Day at SLW Centennial!

On Tuesday, September 17 four Culinary Institute of America (CIA) chefs presented CIA at St Lucie West Centennial High.  Over 92 high school students from St Lucie West Centennial (SLWC), Fort Pierce Central, and Martin County High participated in four workshops: Chef Donald Sedivy-CIA Graduate and local Chef working in prestigious Private Clubs demonstrated a Garde Manger appetizer (chopped fresh veggies showcasing Florida tomatoes, mangos, avocados, and lump crab meat); Chef Harrison Kantor-2013 CIA graduate prepared an ethic dish of Falafel with Tahini Sauce; Chef Arnym Solomon-CIA Trustee Emeriti prepared Caribbean Style Stews; and Chef Jacqui Pressinger- CIA Assistant Director of Admissions created a modern twist on bacon and eggs.

Proud Centennial Principal Alan Cox along with Chefs Calvin Lewis and Jesse Strell hosted the students at SLWC High’s Culinary Labs from 9 am until 1:30 pm.  Chef Peggy Ash and her students from FPC along with Chef Shaun Southwick and his students from Martin County High attended the workshop.  Students engaged in the four presentations asking questions and tasting the new recipes. A great day for Culinary in St Lucie County!  Pictured is Chef Jacqui Pressinger at SLW Centennial in Culinary Lab.

Dr. Jones Honored at FMEA

Dr. Jones Honored at FMEA

Congratulations to Dr. Rolanda A. Jones, Chorus Director, Dan McCarty Middle School, who was recently honored with FMEA’s 2018 Music Education Service Award. This award recognizes the outstanding service of members who have been active in music education for 25 years or more.

Choices For Viewing The Eclipse

Choices For Viewing The Eclipse

We have a unique opportunity on Monday, August 21!

This will be the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse will cross the nation coast-to-coast. In Florida, as the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, it will only partially block the Sun making it look like early evening in the middle of the day.

Students who are absent or check out of school early on Monday, Aug. 21, so they can experience the eclipse with their families will be allowed to make up any missed assignments and will be excused for their absences.  Please note: If early check out is planned, it is important to pick your child up by noon.

We are also offering parents of elementary students the option of attending Extended Day so their students may remain on campus indoors until picked up by parents no later than 5:00 pm. Please contact your child’s school for details and send a note if you intend to have your elementary student remain on campus.