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.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day – May 9, 2019

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day – May 9, 2019

Join Florida Department of Education (FDOE) in helping increase awareness about children with mental health needs and end the stigma around seeking help. On May 9, 2019, join the FDOE and wear green in support of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

Celebrate the statewide awareness campaign and tag a photo of your group wearing green or a green ribbon using one of these hashtags.

#NotAlone, #LetsTalkAboutIt and #ItStartsHere

Child Nutrition Services Farm to School Program

Child Nutrition Services Farm to School Program

Child Nutrition Services is proud to announce for the 2017-2018 school year we offered the students of St. Lucie Public Schools over 219,000 pounds of Florida grown produce, over 53,000 pounds of Florida beef, and over 6,400,000 half pints of milk on school serving lines as part of the Farm to School Program.

As we begin the fifth year of the Farm to School Program we are increasing the amount of Florida grown produce to twenty items that of our original seven when the program started in 2015. Child Nutrition Services is excited to continue partnerships with our vendors ensuring fresh Florida grown produce is delivered to our schools within days of harvest.

We would like to thank our partners Localecopia, Miami Beef, Dean Foods, and Treasure Coast Food Bank, for their continued support making Child Nutrition Services Farm to School Program a success for the students of St. Lucie Public Schools during the Florida growing season, October through May.

Chicks in Kindergarten!

Chicks in Kindergarten!

The kindergarten students in Ms. Ham’s class at Oak Hammock K-8 have four new fluffy additions to their classroom.  In September, we studied farm animals and what animals need to survive.  As a culminating activity, we received eggs from the 4-H farm in Fort Pierce to incubate.  We learned what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator each day for twenty-one days and are so happy to announce that our chicks are finally here! We’ve been taking great care of them and love having extra friends in our room!

Ms. Ham's Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Ms. Ham’s Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Ms. Ham's Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Ms. Ham’s Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Ms. Ham's Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Ms. Ham’s Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Ms. Ham's Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Ms. Ham’s Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Ms. Ham's Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Ms. Ham’s Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Chess Night at Mariposa Elementary!

Chess Night at Mariposa Elementary!

Second and Third Grade students at Mariposa Elementary challenged their families and friends to chess this week! Students came to school dressed up as chess pieces, ready to teach their families how each piece moves. Families enjoyed some chess poems and a brief explanation of how to play. Then students challenged their peers and relatives to a game of chess! This family game night was made possible through a grant called “First Move,” which teaches students to play chess through online videos, computer games, and weekly chess practice. Students spend 45 minutes each week learning chess strategies and skills. Chess costumes were created by Alicia Swink, second grade teacher at Mariposa Elementary. Students were all smiles as they showed off their chess skills! The students dressed as chess pieces in the picture are: Brianna Locklar, Bryce Myers, Sydnee Rubenstien, Riley O’Dowd, Monroe Thiery and Joseph Locklar.

Chess at Frances K. Sweet

Chess at Frances K. Sweet

Students in Ms. Marla Liberatore’s third grade class at Frances K. Sweet are honing their chess skills after their “First Move” lesson. Pictured from the left are Wilkens Michaud and Jonah DiCuia.

 

 

Checkmate can be heard weekday mornings at F. K. Sweet Elementary

Checkmate can be heard weekday mornings at F. K. Sweet Elementary

F.K. Sweet Elementary is very fortunate to have former teacher Tom Filipkowski return to volunteer his time in continuing the ever popular Chess Club on Thursday mornings. The Chess Club has always been a favorite with intermediate students. Not only are the skills of the game and high level thinking covered, but the love of the game and sportsmanship is also stressed.

Check Out Summer Slide Resources

Check Out Summer Slide Resources

St. Lucie Public Schools Launches Summer Slide Program

The summer months are upon us, and St. Lucie Public Schools is pleased to help your child continue to learn and grow throughout the summer. New this year, we are providing free academic resources to support students’ continued growth. The “Summer Slide” program includes engaging web-based resources for grades PreK through 12 available for use by students, parents, and community organizations any time and from any place.

What is Summer Slide? It is the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. The web page of resources was created in order to allow students to strengthen their skills and avoid learning loss over the summer. Grade level resources are arranged by content, including: Arts/Technology, English Language Arts, English Language Learners (ELL), Math, Science, Social Studies, and College Career Readiness. The resources allow students to have a self-guided and self-paced experience. Students will be able to interact with a variety of learning programs with content geared toward a multitude of interests. Visit www.stlucieschools.org homepage and look for the “Summer Slide” logo to explore the VPK through grade 12 resources.

St. Lucie Public Schools is committed to supporting student growth. There is evidence of positive trends in many areas including, climbing graduation rates, ever increasing scholarship dollars, and the rising percent of students scoring satisfactory on the grade 3 ELA assessment. We look forward to these resources strengthening our partnership with our parents and community leaders. Don’t let summer slide away, explore the many resources we have put together for you. We think you will like what you see!

 

Character is rewarded at Northport K8 School

Character is rewarded at Northport K8 School

Northport K-8 second grader Breanna Guillaume and her classmates learned an excellent lesson in character development recently. One day, U. S. Army veteran Bill Arnold was visiting the school, and he lost his keys.  Breanna found the keys, and ran up to Mr. Arnold to return them. Mr. Arnold was so overwhelmed with gratitude that he returned to the school to award Breanna with an American flag pin and a good lesson that character counts to the students in Denise Fields’ second grade class.  Pictured are Mr. Arnold, Breanna,and Ms. Fields.  Northport students are rewarded for good character as well as achievement in their lessons.

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.

Channel 25 Weather Visits Village Green

Channel 25 Weather Visits Village Green

Students at Village Green Environmental Studies School received a visit from WPBF News Channel 25’s Meteorologist Britley Ritz.  5th grade students showed Ms. Ritz one of the school’s weather stations and explained how it tracks winds, precipitation, and barometric pressure.

 

Channel 12 Honors Davino

Channel 12 Honors Davino

Congratulations to Samuel S. Gaines Academy’s John Davino! In a surprise visit by CBS Channel 12’s Teri Hornstein, he was recognized as an outstanding teacher and provided a check for $312 as part of Channel 12’s Tools for Teachers campaign.  Mr. Davino, who was praised by former students as being a teacher who helped them strive for success, will use the funds to support his efforts for positive behavior instructional support efforts on campus.

Interested in nominating a great teacher in St. Lucie Public Schools?  Simply click on on the Tools for Teachers link (http://cbs12.com/station/contests/toolkit ), tell Channel 12 why, and your nominee could be the Channel 12 Teacher of the Week.

Change of Command Ceremony

Change of Command Ceremony

By: Sarai Narvaez

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion held their annual Change of Command Ceremony on April 26, 2017. The Change of Command Ceremony is a ceremony to pass the command from the current Battalion Commander to the incoming Battalion Commander. The key of the Change of Command is the passing of the unit’s colors. The colors are the symbol of the commander’s authority representing her authorities to the organization. Port St. Lucie High School Principal Adrian Ocampo and Mayor Gregory J. Oravec were our distinguished guests at the ceremony.

The ceremony began as Cadet Command Sergeant Major Damilola Joloagun passed the colors to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Triplett for the last time. Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Triplett then passed the colors to Principal Adrian Ocampo thereby relinquishing her responsibilities and authority. This is known as the change of responsibilities. Mr. Ocampo passed the colors to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Travis Cetin charging the new commander with the same responsibilities and authority. Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Travis Cetin then passed the colors to Cadet Command Sergeant Major Damilola Joloagun for safe keeping. Cadet Command Sergeant Major Damilola Jolaogun then passed the colors to the color guard and he is now responsible for maintaining the colors.

After the ceremony was over, seniors turned in their uniforms as this was their last uniform day. The cadets changed into sports clothes while the Booster Club parents prepared a BBQ. Cadets enjoyed good  food and fun games for the remainder of the evening.

Jaguar Battalion at the beginning of the ceremony
Picture by: Brianna Harris

Passing of the Colors
Photo by: Brianna Harris

Our new Jaguar Battalion Commander Travis Cetin with Mayor Gregory J. Oravec
Picture by: Brianna Harris

 

Change of Command

Change of Command

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion held their first annual Change of Command Ceremony on April, 27, 2016.   The Change of Command Ceremony is a ceremony to pass the command from the present Battalion Commander to the incoming Battalion Commander.  The command is also passed from the present Command Sergeant Major to the incoming Command Sergeant Major.  The key of the Change of Command is the passing of the unit’s colors.  The colors are the symbol of the commander’s authority representing her authorities to the organization.

The ceremony begins as Cadet Command Sergeant Major Adam Pagan passes the colors to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Crystal Ortiz for the last time.  Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Crystal Ortiz then passes the colors to Ms. Hargadine thereby relinquishing her responsibilities and authority.  Ms. Hargadine passes the colors to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Triplett charging the new commander with the same responsibilities and authority.  Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Triplett then passes the colors to Cadet Command Sergeant Major Adam Pagan for safe keeping.  The ceremony continues as Cadet Command Sergeant Major Adam Pagan passes the colors to Cadet Command Sergeant Major Joshua Gonzalez thereby relinquishing his responsibilities and authority.  This is known as the change of responsibilities.  Cadet Command Sergeant Major Joshua Gonzales then passes the colors to the color guard and he is now responsible for maintaining the colors.

After the ceremony was over, seniors turned in their uniforms as this was their last uniform day.  Cadets changed into sports clothes while the Booster Club Parents prepared a BBQ.  Cadets enjoyed good food and fun games for the rest of the day.  New cadets got to see what the games for the upcoming field day on May 7, will be like.

Congratulations to all of the cadets and their new positions.

Chamber of Commerce Education Day

Chamber of Commerce Education Day

St. Lucie Public Schools welcomed this year’s Chamber of Commerce Leadership St. Lucie class for two stops on its “Education Day Tour.”   The day began with a hearty and healthy breakfast prepared by students in Fort Pierce Central High School’s Culinary Academy and sponsored by the St. Lucie County Education Foundation.  The group toured innovative programs including: Aeronautics, Digital Design, and Allied Health.  Later in the day, the group of distinguished county business and civic leaders were treated to lunch prepared by students in the WEST Prep Magnet’s Culinary Academy.  While on the Panther campus, the visitors toured state-of-the-art academies including: Agritechnology, Veterinary Technology,  Allied Health (Z-Space), and Robotics.

About Leadership St. Lucie

Leadership St. Lucie continues to develop a network of community leaders providing the background, knowledge and expertise necessary for them to serve in public or private leadership positions within St. Lucie County. Each year, up to thirty candidates are selected to participate in the program from nominations by alumni, individuals, businesses, community associations and governmental bodies. Selections are made based upon a nominee’s volunteerism, education, professional achievement, personal objectives, commitment to the community and community accomplishments.

Source: https://stluciechamber.org/leadership/

 

 

 

Centennial’s Messina to be inducted into state athletic Hall of Fame

Centennial’s Messina to be inducted into state athletic Hall of Fame

St. Lucie West Centennial High School athletic director John Messina joins six other individuals being inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame April 28 in Gainesville during the 23rd-annual Induction Ceremony. Their induction will bring to only 157 members who have earned this prestigious honor. As head baseball coach at Pace, Port St. Lucie and Jensen Beach high schools, Messina compiled a 465-160 record and totaled three state championships with two state runner-ups while coaching two USA Players of the Year — Alex Fernandez in 1988 and Rick Ankiel in 1997. Messina was also named the Florida State Coach of the Year on four occasions, earned the FIAAA Meritorious Service Award, two FHSAA Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Awards and currently serves on the FHSAA’s Academic All-State Committee and Representative Assembly. The Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame was started in 1991 by the FHSAA to honor high school student-athletes, coaches, administrators, contest officials, media and other contributors for significant long-term contributions with meaningful statewide impact in high school athletics sponsored by the Association. The seven individuals were chosen using a selection process which first involved a screening committee comprised of coaches, past Hall of Fame members, athletic directors, media representatives, contest officials and former male and female student-athletes. Once the screening committee pared down the nominee list, the selection committee then rated each remaining candidate. Congratulations to our colleague John Messina!

Centennial Valedictorian Accepted Into Four Ivy League Universities

Centennial Valedictorian Accepted Into Four Ivy League Universities

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Satchel Joseph, the 2016 SLWCHS valedictorian, has been accepted into four Ivy League Universities: Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton, and The University of Pennsylvania.

She was also accepted by Georgia Tech and Duke. All of the institutions offered her substantial scholarships ranging to more than $70,000 per year. Satchel is leaning toward attending Princeton, which accepted a mere 6% of this year’s applicants.

Here, Ms. Joseph is pictured with Centennial’s  Principal Andrea Popwell.