White City Students are celebrating Black History Month. All VPK through Grade 5 classes are learning about the contributions of influential African Americans; see below for some beautiful student work samples.
Black History recognition sparkled at Northport K-8 School recently. Principal Glenn Rustay gave opening remarks to students and faculty with a short story prepared by student Rubenson Charles called “If There Were No Black
People.” The Northport K-8 band conducted by Derrick Williams played “Mercy,Mercy, Mercy”. The Northport choir ensemble directed by Shirley Lyons performed as well as a modern praise dance routine by Monique Robinson. The highlight of the Black History presentation was an inspiring narrative given by former Northport K-8 principal Eric Seymour. Mr. Seymour told students that he was a member in good standing at Northport forever and inspired the students to think about the dash in between their own birth and death dates. He told students to think and be positive and surround yourself with positive people. He urged students to be positive role models for their friends and to always remember their parents first. He concluded with his policy that a life plan is a map for a positive life and that he wants each student to formulate their own plan. Pictured, from left, are assistant principals Doug Shook and Benigna Montenegro, Eric Seymour, emcee Delacy Bembry, guidance counselor Diane Reynolds, and principal Glenn Rustay.
This year Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition decided to make Blessing Bags and partnered with the Salvation Army of St. Lucie County to help the homeless in the community. This project was part of “Kindness Week” which was from January 6 -13, 2017 in conjunction with other activities planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Palm Pointe asked families to fill gallon ziploc bags with items people need on a daily basis. Some items that were included in the bags were: bottled water, hand sanitizer, toothbush/toothpaste, tissues, soap, deodorant, shampoo (trial size), comb, chapstick, snacks, canned soups with pop tops, etc.
Our goal this year was to donate 500 Blessing Bags to this organization. Families at Palm Pointe far exceeded this goal by generously donating over 1000 bags. Palm Pointe presented Blessing Bags to Captain Maria Hernandez from the Salvation Army of St. Lucie County to be used for people in the community who are in need. A huge thank you to all the families at Palm Pointe who helped with this worthy cause.
Pictured from left: Mrs. Rachel Koenig (Assistant Principal), Mr. John Keelor (Assistant Principal), Mrs. Kathleen Perez (Principal), Captain Maria Hernandez from the Salvation Army, Mrs. Debborah Estrada (Dean), Mrs. B-J Farrell (Dean’s Clerk) and Athresha Kalluri, president of N.J.H.S.
February 28, 2019
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Sunny Booker, president of the Bluebird Foundation, and director of alternative education for SLPS presented seven middle and high school students with instruments during the January School Board Meeting.
Bluebird Education Foundation serves St. Lucie County and provides musical instruments for youth with the goal of helping them pursue musical interests and supporting the love of music. The Foundation gifted violins, a cello, flute, trombone, and clarinet to students as part of the Recycling in the Key of E (RIKE) initiative in which the Foundation purchases or receives donations of gently used instruments.
John Parker, famous BMX rider, visited White City Elementary.
During his presentation, he discussed the spokes of good character, motion, and speed.
It was a fun, energizing, and thrilling presentation.
Dr. Donna Mills, SLPS School Board Member, was honored by the Chamber of Commerce as April’s Woman of the Month. Dr. Mills was introduced by her daughter, United States District Court Judge Shaniek Maynard – a past recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Month Award. This made for a unique pairing for the mother and daughter team to both hold the Chamber’s “Woman of the Month” distinction.
Dr. Mills has been a champion of students and families in St. Lucie County for 30 years and has served on the School Board since 2010. She invests time in literacy efforts, is dedicated to ministerial missions, and spearheads outreach projects to Haiti. She is also known for her advocacy and participation in community-based events. Congratulations, Dr. Mills!
St. Lucie County School Board member Dr. Donna Mills recently visited Mariposa Elementary School and addressed third to fifth grade students in an assembly on Black History. Dr. Mills discussed the importance of caring about yourself and gave a background on her life.
Students in the Aerospace Technologies Academy at Fort Pierce Central High School gained knowledge from experts in the Aerospace career pathways. Speakers included Paul Cejas, Deputy Chief Engineer for Autonomous Systems from Boeing; and representing Aeronyde was Alexander “Sasha” Biloos, Chief Technology Officer.
Windmill Point Elementary School invited students from Treasure Coast High School to join the elementary school students. These older “book buddies” had a wonderful time reading with their new friends!
The recent Scholastic Book Fair at F.K. Sweet Elementary was a huge success. Students were able to browse before making their final selections of favorite reads. Pictured getting ready to shop are students Alexicia Barron and Derek Paredes.
The book fair at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition is in full swing and is an all-star event. Parents and students throughout the school are purchasing books and enjoying the display of all the choices of books. Books can also be ordered online from Scholastic. Pictured are Liani Rivera, left, younger sister of first grade Palm Pointe student Ariana Rivera as they shop at the book fair.
The Spring Book Fair at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition had a tropical theme this year and students and staff were excited about all the choices in books. Pictured, from left, media clerk Kathy Ferguson, media specialist Elsie Garber, and fourth grade students from Allison Snyder’s class Maria Prussing and Natalie Hernandez enjoy browsing through one of the books.
Book retailer Barnes and Noble is donating over 4,000 children’s books divided between schools in St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties and Hibiscus Children’s Centers purchased by store customers. Linda Daly, Community Relations Manager, brought the first 1,125 books sorted by reading level to St. Lucie School District offices this week. The books will be distributed through the Title One department. Pictured with Daly, right, is Rod Natta, manager of Federal and Special Programs, accepting the first delivery.
All White City Elementary parents and students were invited to book fair night. Students enjoyed shopping, selecting popular titles, and searching for Sunshine Readers.
Allapattah Flats K8 hosted a fun-filled literacy event called Books and Blankets, January 15th. Reading stations included the integration of math and science. Families rotated through stations led by teachers and staff. Some stations were set up outside and teachers read to students with flashlights and lanterns. We also had a visit from some nocturnal animals. Families enjoyed reading under the stars, making crafts, and gazing into the sky with telescopes.
Jamie Duplantis from PNC Bank volunteers weekly in the VPK classroom at Lakewood Park Elementary School. PNC Bank donated two books to each of the 40 VPK students for Christmas.
On February 10th and 11th, the Jaguar Battalion participated in the annual Port St. Lucie Botanical Garden Plant Sale. From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm both days, a Battalion cadet helped plant shoppers carry multiple plants or heavy plants to their vehicles. Participation in this event was a win-win for the Botanical Gardens as well as for the cadet who earned community service hours and donations for the Battalion.
Forest Grove Middle School faculty and staff participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake event on Saturday, September 26th. Forest Grove Middle school placed third for the 1pm session.
Interested in a little friendly competition and a chance to support Big Brothers Big Sisters? Now is the time to reserve your lane for this year’s big event!
Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 22, 2018, and get your team ready for the 30th Anniversary Bowl for Kids’ Sake event at Superplay USA.
You can sign up by clicking on the link below: