Fifth grade students at Mariposa Elementary observed the life cycle of a butterfly during their science unit on living organisms. They learned about plant and animal adaptations, including complete and incomplete metamorphosis. The students finished off this unit by releasing the butterflies into their natural environment.
Fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Zoie Griffiths, releases a butterfly as Travis Nimal looks on.
St. Lucie County Retired Educators visited St. Lucie Elementary. The Retired Educators of St. Lucie County donated all items needed to start a butterfly garden on campus to the classes of Ms. Kurtti and Ms. Lewis.
Principal Woulard along with the entire staff and student body of St. Lucie Elementary are thankful for the beautiful addition to their campus.
On Monday, September 17th, the Business Services team moved to its forever location within the new District office. You can find all their teams on the third floor, section 500. The Business Services Team is ready to serve their customers, host trainings and meet with employees. The Business Services team includes Payroll, Risk Management, Finance, Purchasing and Accounts Payable. For more information, please visit them on the web at: https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/finance/.
The two 2013 Business Partners of the Year for St. Lucie Public Schools were recognized at the May 28, 2013, St. Lucie County School Board meeting. The 26th Annual Commissioner’s Business Partner recognition reception, sponsored by the Florida Department of Education, will be held June 13, 2013, in Tampa where the state winner will be named. School districts throughout the state may nominate one, two or three businesses, depending on student population, for the state honor. St. Lucie Public Schools selected the school district’s Facilities and Maintenance Department (with FLDOE approval) for its annual summer student internship and scholarship program, which since 2007 has awarded $30,000 to St. Lucie students. Pictured with the recognition plaque is department bookkeeper Cindy Hill, who has been the driving force behind the project, along with the late Regina Chesser. With Ms. Hill, from left, are School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, Hill, Delores Austell from the Career and Technical Education department, which nominated the internship program, and Superintendent Michael Lannon. The other Business Partner of the Year is Martin Health Systems – St. Lucie West and site manager Debbie Markey. This company provides internships for medical academy students from St. Lucie West Centennial. Teachers Elizabeth Durkee and Mary Higgins nominated Martin Health Systems for their unwavering commitment to providing the requisite clinical experiences for medical academy students to earn certification.
Recently at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, an annual breakfast was hosted to recognize its Business Partners and Volunteers. Pictured, from left, are Karol Carvelli-Volunteer Coordinator, Diane Yeager-Senior Volunteer of the Year, Diana Hight-Adult Volunteer of the Year, Natisha Burch-Adult Volunteer of the Year, Stephen LePore-Male Youth Volunteer of the Year, Ariana Marie Ramos-Female Youth Volunteer of the Year, and Debra Snyder-Principal.
Fort Pierce Central High School’s culinary chefs prepared and served area business leaders a delicious breakfast at the Chamber of Commerce Business & Education Breakfast sponsored by the St. Lucie County Education Foundation!
At this quarterly breakfast, attendees also enjoyed tours of Fort Pierce Central’s career and technical academies,thus providing a closer look at what students are learning in preparation for their next step into college and/or career opportunities.
These events are available throughout the year at various school sites, and we invite you to join. For more information and upcoming opportunities, visit:
Chamber website: http://stluciechamber.org/…/education-business-breakfast-a…/
THIS IS A FREE EVENT!
This year’s 34th Annual Business & Industry Awards, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and MIDFLORIDA Credit Union, was an evening to celebrate businesses and organizations in St. Lucie County that positively contribute to the area’s economic well-being and quality of life.
Nominees for the award were submitted to the Chamber and each was judged on criteria including community involvement, economic impact, Chamber participation, and environmental responsibility.
St. Lucie Public Schools and the Fort Pierce Westwood Veterinary Academy are proud to have been recognized as finalists in their respective categories of Subsidized Organizations and Animal Services.
Congratulations to the overall winners in each category:
- Animal Services: North Port St. Lucie Animal Hospital
- Auto Services: St. Lucie Battery & Tire
- Financial Services: IBM Southeast Employees’ Credit Union
- Food & Beverage: St. Lucie Draft House
- Health Services: Tradition Family Chiropractic
- Insurance Services: GEICO Local Office
- Legal Services: Carroll Collins Bail Bonds
- New Business: HopLife Brewing Company
- Non-Profit Organizations: Grace Way Village
- PR/Media Services: All Things Treasure Coast
- Professional Services: Aycock Funeral Home
- Real Estate Services: Realtor® Association of the Palm Beaches & Greater Fort Lauderdale
- Retail Services: Swig of Color
- Subsidized Organizations: Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County
- Tourism: St. Lucie Mets
- Trades: AApex Electric
Allapattah Flats K8 first graders were treated to a special event after studying animals in science. Cheryl Wise from Busch Wildlife Sanctuary educated first graders about Florida wildlife and habitats. First graders were able to touch an alligator, opossum, bofu frog, king snake and a skunk. Students beam, anxiously awaiting their turn to touch the bofu frog. Pictured, from left, are Andre Hayle, Angelica Maldonado, Jaydin White, Enrique Mojica, and Courtney Waithe. They were also able to see an owl, compare and contrast features of an alligator to a crocodile, and visit with a tortoise. What a great day to be in first grade at Allapattah Flats K-8!
Staff members from the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary visited the Bobcats team at Southport Middle School. The presentation was part of a conservation unit with the student teacher in Christine Richards’ sixth grade reading classes.
Florida school buses carry precious cargo – our children. Motorists should always be alert and drive with caution around school buses and in school zones where children may be present like schools, bus stops, school buses and school parking lots. Parents should also go over safety tips with their children to make sure they are safe on and around school buses and school zones.
School Bus Safety Tips for Motorists
- Be alert and watch for children especially near schools, bus stops, school buses and in school parking lots.
- Children on bicycles can be unpredictable and can make sudden changes in direction. Be especially careful when children are present in school zones and residential areas.
- Pay extra attention to lower speed limits in school zones.
- Watch for and obey signals from school crossing guards.
- Only drive or park in authorized areas to drop off or pick up children at school.
- Motorists are required to stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and STOP arms extended. (See the different situations in the diagram below)
- All drivers moving in either direction on a two-way street must stop for a school bus displaying a stop signal, and must remain stopped until the road is clear of children AND the school bus stop arm is withdrawn. (see diagram, TWO-LANE)
- On a highway divided by a paved median, all drivers moving in either direction must stop for a school bus displaying a stop signal, and must remain stopped until the road is clear of children AND the school bus stop arm is withdrawn. (see diagram, MULTI-LANE)
- The only time traffic approaching an oncoming school bus does not need to stop, is if there is a raised barrier such as a concrete divider or at least five feet of unpaved space separating the lanes of traffic. (see diagram, DIVIDED HIGHWAY)
- On a highway divided by a raised barrier or an unpaved median at least 5 feet wide, drivers moving in the opposite direction do not have to stop for the bus (painted lines or pavement markings are not considered barriers). However, these motorists should slow down and watch for students loading or unloading from the bus. (see diagram, DIVIDED HIGHWAY)
Penalties for passing stopped school bus include:
- Moving violation subject to citation;
- Requirement to complete a basic Driver Improvement Course upon conviction;
- Four points on your driver license; and
- Minimum fine of $165, if you pass on the side where children enter and exit, you will receive a minimum fine of $265.
On July 1, 2017, the Cameron Mayhew Act took effect in Florida, which increases the minimum penalty for drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus, resulting in the injury or death of another person. Cameron Mayhew was killed by a motorist that failed to stop as he was walking to his stopped school bus in 2016.
Penalties for passing a stopped school bus that causes or results in the serious bodily injury or the death of another person include:
- Serving 120 community service hours in a trauma center or hospital;
- Participating in a victim’s impact panel session, or if such a panel does not exist, attending a DHSMV approved driver improvement course;
- Six points on your driver license;
- Suspension of license for a minimum of one year; and
- $1,500 fine.
School Bus Safety Tips for Parents and Children
- Arrive at the bus stop with about five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
- At bus stops, children should wait in a safe place away from the road. Never sit on the roadway or curb while waiting for your bus.
- Make sure your children know their bus driver’s name and bus number.
- Tell children to never speak to strangers at the bus stop or get into the car with a stranger. Children should tell parents, the bus driver and a teacher at school if a stranger tries to talk to them or pick them up.
- Children should never walk behind a bus and should stay away from bus wheels at all times. When the bus stops, children should wait for the driver’s signal that it is safe to cross the road or board the bus.
- Children should look both ways before crossing the street- look left, right and left again. Tell them to make eye contact to make sure the bus driver can see them as they cross the street.
- On the bus, children should remain seated at all times and keep the aisle clear. Tell children not to put their head, hands or arms out the window.
- Remind children to stop talking and remain silent when the bus comes to a railroad crossing so the driver can hear if a train is approaching.
- Children should avoid any loud or disruptive behavior that could distract the bus driver from safely operating the bus.
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Every year Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition hosts a breakfast for the school’s bus drivers. Drivers and aides that come to our school each day are invited to come and enjoy a fun morning with a delicious hot breakfast. A PowerPoint presentation is also shared with the drivers going over the P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) expectations for the students.
All drivers go home with a gift to show how much they are appreciated. Raffle prizes and a game were also part of the morning’s festivities.
Pictured from left: Dean Debborah Estrada as she gives a gift to bus driver Mr. Alan Lisansky.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently celebrated our P.P.E. bus drivers during our 4th Annual Bus Driver Breakfast prepared by one of our volunteers, Ms. Pam Molner. The bus drivers were treated to a delicious breakfast and a short Positvie Behavior Intervention Support (P.B.I.S.) presentation given by Dean Debborah Estrada and Dean Matthew Kovach. Diana Hight,(P.B.I.S. parent volunteer) collected gifts from area businesses that were used as raffle gifts for drivers to win. Pictured is Assistant Principal, Mrs. Kathleen Perez as she welcomes the bus driver’s to the breakfast. Thanks to the many parent volunteers that helped to make this celebration a success!
Parkway Elementary showed their appreciation for the team who delivers their students to and from campus each day.
A big thank you to our bus drivers for caring for their special cargo!
Parkway Pirates appreciate the participation of our perfectly pleasant participants at our annual Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast! Drivers devote their daily drive to the our delightful students and we are indebted to them for their work.
Palm Pointe hosted their annual Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, September 28th.
PPE appreciates all their bus drivers do each day bringing our Rockets to and from school safely! Each driver received a gift, enjoyed special drawings, a delicious breakfast, and hopefully left knowing how much we appreciate all they do!
The Division of Student Services sponsored a bullying prevention poster contest.
Judges from Student Services and FDLRS are pleased to announce the top three designs in this year’s creative challenge.
- Charliz Castro – Allapattah Flats K-8 (4th Grade)
- Piper Hambleton – Allapattah Flats K-8 (4th Grade)
- Lillian Austin – Fairlawn Elementary (3rd Grade)
MOA Students engaged in an ecosystem sampling/surveying activity that included dip-netting, cast netting and hiking through mangrove swamp and hammock along the Indian River Lagoon at Pepper Park and Wild Cat Cove. Our young minds are exploring and finding solutions to protect our waterways! Way to go Bulldogs!
Congratulations to the Forest Grove Middle School students who were selected to participate in the IRSC Honor Band! Thank you, Mr. Colombo, for doing an outstanding job of preparing our Bulldogs for this honor!! Way to go Bulldogs!