Top speller is champion for second straight year

Top speller is champion for second straight year

Fifth grade Francis K. Sweet Elementary School student Rida Ahmed emerged as the champion speller for the second  consecutive year in the 2012 St. Lucie County Spelling Bee, winning on the word bromeliad. Second place went to Northport K8 School seventh grade student Jared Diago, and in third place was fourth grade WestGate K8 School student Sreya Banik. Ten students will move on to regional competition next month. Congratulations to all 32 winners who participated. Pictured, from left, are third place Sreya Banik, champion Rida Ahmed, and second place Jared Diago.

Top fund raisers for Bowl for Kids’ Sake recognized at meeting

Top fund raisers for Bowl for Kids’ Sake recognized at meeting

The three top school fundraising teams for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS) “Bowl for Kids Sake” event were recognized at the October 23, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting. The popular event is held every year, where teams raise funds to support BBBS mentoring programs. Pictured, from left with the trophies, are first place assistant principal Maria Noya from WestGate K8, second place assistant principal Linda Menekheim from Floresta Elementary, and Christy Nuccio from F. K. Sweet Elementary School.

Too Good for Drugs

Student Assistance Program successfully providing evidence-based prevention curricula in St. Lucie County schools

The Student Assistance Program (SAP), which is a free, in-school prevention program, is in the process of completing another school year of successful substance abuse and violence prevention programming in St. Lucie County.  SAP, a program of New Horizons of the Treasure Coast, Inc., is funded by the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County and DCF’s Prevention Partnership Grant.  SAP’s Prevention Specialists are currently responsible for provided all 5th graders in St. Lucie County with the district-mandated Too Good for Drugs curriculum, which is a 10-week evidence-based substance abuse prevention program.     In addition to the Too Good for Drugs curriculum (which has appropriate curriculum programs for grades K – 8), SAP can provide the following evidence-based prevention programs to students in elementary and middle school:  Too Good for Violence, Second Step and the Peace4Kids curriculum.  Throughout the school year, SAP is in a total of 29 St. Lucie County K-8, elementary and middle schools.

The five main educational components of the Too Good for Drugs curriculum are:  goal setting, decision making skills, bonding with positive peer groups, identifying and managing emotions, and effective communication skills.  SAP began implementing the Too Good for Drugs curriculum in school year 2009-10.  That school year, the curriculum was presented to 931 students in 49 different classrooms.  In school year 2012-13, SAP provided the Too Good for Drugs curriculum to 3217 students in 160 different classrooms.  This school year (2013-14), SAP is on pace to provide the curriculum to even more students.

The four main educational components of the Too Good for Violence curriculum are:  conflict resolution, anger management, respect for self and others, and effective communication.  In school year 2010-11, which is the first year SAP began using the Too Good for Violence in the schools, they provided the curriculum to 272 students in 25 different classrooms.  In school year 2012-13, SAP provided this curriculum to 1839 students in 112 different classrooms.  So far for this school year, SAP has already provided the curriculum to 1929 students (and counting!)

The best news is that for this school year and the past two school years, 100% of the classrooms that received either of these curricula showed an increase on their post-test score averages compared with their pre-test score averages, indicating that the students have increased their knowledge about the life skills and protective factors necessary to help avoid the onset of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, bullying and other high risk-behaviors.

For more information about the Student Assistance Program call 772-467-3010.

Title I/School Renewal hosts institute to support schools in increasing student achievement

Title I/School Renewal hosts institute to support schools in increasing student achievement

The Office of Title I/School Renewal hosted a three-day institute for teachers and administrators from nine St. Lucie schools on August 7, 8 and 9 at Samuel Gaines Academy. The institute provided the opportunity for additional guidance, support and motivation to those supporting these schools as they work together to increase student achievement. Each day there was a keynote speaker, as well as a full day’s agenda of breakout sessions for teachers and administrators. Pictured is Sam Foerster, who currently serves as the Deputy Chancellor of School Improvement and Student Achievement for the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). In this capacity, he oversees the Bureau of School Improvement, the Bureau of Federal Education Programs, the Bureau of Family and Community Outreach, the Office of Equal Education Opportunity, and Florida’s five regional offices supporting Differentiated Accountability. Prior to joining the Florida Department of Education in June, 2012, Mr. Foerster served as the Associate Superintendent of Support Services for the Putnam County School District. In that role, Mr. Foerster contributed to a number of projects related to data-driven decision making and continuous process improvement, including the development of an online teacher effectiveness dashboard and implementation of district-wide standards-based interim assessments. Mr. Foerster also served as chair of Florida’s Student Growth Implementation Committee (SGIC), the organization charged with recommending a value added model for use in teacher evaluations in Florida.

Titan Musicians Prove Themselves as Leaders

Titan Musicians Prove Themselves as Leaders

In what has become an annual tradition, the Treasure Coast High School (TCHS) Titan Band Executive Leadership Team participated in a leadership workshop at Penny’s Band Camp.  In mid-June, Eckerd College in St. Petersburg hosted this well respected four-day camp which has been training student leaders since 1972.  Students from across Florida as well as from other states attended this camp to develop the skills necessary to lead their peers and their band programs to a successful year.

The Titan band leaders collaborated with others to learn about the strengths of different band programs and to gain ideas for enhancing their own programs.  Through role play, skits, and group discussions, participants also learned about successes and failures of others in order to become better leaders in their own right. Among the leadership topics that students explored were: integrity, honesty, goal setting, motivational skills, and responsibility.  TCHS Band Director Luke Hall said he could not be more proud of his leadership team. “Our student leaders know what it means to be ‘Titan Born and Titan Bred.’ Their talents, their leadership, and their actions will speak volumes for their high values and expectations for themselves and their peers.”

Hall reported that the team received numerous awards while at Penny’s Band Camp. However, most prestigious was the Penny’s Award.  For the second year in a row, the student leadership team won this award which recognizes the most outstanding school in the entire camp. It honors the school with the most participation, good citizenship, outstanding leadership, most pride, and most spirit at the camp.

Included in the daily awards category were: Leadership Camp Spirit Stick (Team), Outstanding Camper of the Day for Percussion (Davor Scutt), and Outstanding Camper Awards for Student Leadership (Zoe Horne and Jordan Ragland). For overall camp awards, the Titans received: Silver Outstanding Guard Award (Samantha Ferrara), Silver Outstanding Leadership Award (Jordan Ragland), Gold Outstanding Leadership Award (Zoe Horne), Outstanding Leadership Medal (Brian Kiernan).  The students attending the Leadership and Drum Major Camps both earned the spirit sticks for their camps.  Bianca Joseph received a superior rating on her evaluation as a Drum Major.  Samantha Ferrara and Amanda Acevedo earned three superior ratings each on their evaluations at the Color Guard Camp for their Flag and Rifle Skills.

Titan Musicians Prove Themselves as Leaders

Titan Musicians Prove Themselves as Leaders

ST. LUCIE COUNTY —  In what has become an annual tradition, the Treasure Coast High School (TCHS) Titan Band Executive Leadership Team participated in a leadership workshop at Penny’s Band Camp.  In mid-June, Eckerd College in St. Petersburg hosted this well respected four-day camp which has been training student leaders since 1972.  Students from across Florida as well as from other states attended this camp to develop the skills necessary to lead their peers and their band programs to a successful year.

The Titan band leaders collaborated with others to learn about the strengths of different band programs and to gain ideas for enhancing their own programs.  Through role play, skits, and group discussions, participants also learned about successes and failures of others in order to become better leaders in their own right. Among the leadership topics that students explored were: integrity, honesty, goal setting, motivational skills, and responsibility.  TCHS Band Director Luke Hall said he could not be more proud of his leadership team. “Our student leaders know what it means to be ‘Titan Born and Titan Bred.’ Their talents, their leadership, and their actions will speak volumes for their high values and expectations for themselves and their peers.”

Hall reported that the team received numerous awards while at Penny’s Band Camp. However, most prestigious was the Penny’s Award.  For the second year in a row, the student leadership team won this award which recognizes the most outstanding school in the entire camp. It honors the school with the most participation, good citizenship, outstanding leadership, most pride, and most spirit at the camp.

Included in the daily awards category were: Leadership Camp Spirit Stick (Team), Outstanding Camper of the Day for Percussion (Davor Scutt), and Outstanding Camper Awards for Student Leadership (Zoe Horne and Jordan Ragland). For overall camp awards, the Titans received: Silver Outstanding Guard Award (Samantha Ferrara), Silver Outstanding Leadership Award (Jordan Ragland), Gold Outstanding Leadership Award (Zoe Horne), Outstanding Leadership Medal (Brian Kiernan).  The students attending the Leadership and Drum Major Camps both earned the spirit sticks for their camps.  Bianca Joseph received a superior rating on her evaluation as a Drum Major.  Samantha Ferrara and Amanda Acevedo earned three superior ratings each on their evaluations at the Color Guard Camp for their Flag and Rifle Skills.

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.

TCHS Penny's Band Camp

Treasure Coast High School Titan Executive Band Leadership Team wins prestigious Penny’s Award for second year in a row.

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Time to learn at Allapattah Flats

Time to learn at Allapattah Flats

Students in Susan Funari’s second grade class at Allapattah Flats K-8 School have been busy learning how to tell time on an analog and digital clock. They have learned that there are 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour.  They’ve even made their own clocks to practice telling time to the hour and half-hour. Pictured is Mrs. Funari’s class proudly showing off thier home made clocks.

Time for tea at White City Elementary

Time for tea at White City Elementary

Students who follow the ROAR Expectations at White City Elementary in Maria Cranmer’s and Amanda Dewey’s fifth grade class were invited to a tea to celebrate great behavior. Everyone was dressed to impress and enjoyed tea and pastries in an afternoon of elegance. Pictured is Alexis Rinaldo enjoying a cup of tea.

Tickets Now Available for the PSLHS Play

Tickets Now Available for the PSLHS Play

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Tickets are going fast! Please don’t wait until shows are sold out!
Tickets are still only $15 each.

Show times are:

Thursday, Friday, (Jan. 25th, 26th) * 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, (Jan. 27th) * 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday (January 28th) 12 Noon and 4:00 p.m.; Thursday, Friday (Feb. 1st, 2nd) * 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, (Feb. 3rd) * 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday (Feb. 4th) * 2:00 p.m.
Locations currently selling tickets can be found here:
www.PSLHSDrama.com/tickets

 

 

Tickets Available for Oklahoma

Tickets Available for Oklahoma

This summer’s musical is Oklahoma!

SHOWTIMES AT PORT ST. LUCIE HIGH SCHOOL: JUNE 12TH THROUGH JUNE 16TH

Wednesday, June 12th 7:30 PM

Thursday, June 13th 7:30 PM

Friday, June 14th 7:30 PM

Sat., June 15th 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, June 16th 12:00 PM and 4:30 PM

Thursday and Friday SLPS Graduation Venue Changes

Thursday and Friday SLPS Graduation Venue Changes

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — Record-breaking rainfall and predictions for even more rain coming necessitate a change in venue for the St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) graduations set for this Thursday and Friday. District officials made the call after closely monitoring the St. Lucie County Fair Grounds. Saturated grounds after days of rain deem the area unsafe for set-up and parking for the large crowds anticipated to celebrate 2018 graduates.

 

Changes to May 24 and May 25 St. Lucie Public Schools Graduation Ceremonies:

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Fenn Center

St. Lucie West Centennial High School

Students with last name A – K will graduate at 8:30 AM

Students with last name L – Z will graduate at 11:30 AM

 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Fenn Center

Fort Pierce Central High School

Students with last name A – H and top 10 percent will graduate at 8:00 AM

Students with last name I – Z will graduate at 11:00 AM

 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Fenn Center

Treasure Coast High School

Students with last name A – K will graduate at 2:00 PM

Students with last name L – Z will graduate at 5:00 PM

 

“We appreciate the staff at the Fenn Center, Sheriff’s Office, Fair Grounds, and Alpi Head Start,” said SLPS Chief Operational Officer Terence O’Leary.  “Working together, we reorganized event schedules to accommodate all graduations at the Fenn Center.”

 

Parking and seating at the Fenn Center are limited.  Carpool when possible and consider the option of livestreaming graduation events by subscribing to WLX-TV on YouTube or watch ceremonies on the WLX Education Channel (13 or 19 for most viewers).

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 90.1 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.

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Thursday and Friday SLPS Graduation Venue Changes

Thursday and Friday SLPS Graduation Venue Changes

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — Record-breaking rainfall and predictions for even more rain coming necessitate a change in venue for the St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) graduations set for this Thursday and Friday. District officials made the call after closely monitoring the St. Lucie County Fair Grounds. Saturated grounds after days of rain deem the area unsafe for set-up and parking for the large crowds anticipated to celebrate 2018 graduates.

 

Changes to May 24 and May 25 St. Lucie Public Schools Graduation Ceremonies:

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Fenn Center

St. Lucie West Centennial High School

Students with last name A – K will graduate at 8:30 AM

Students with last name L – Z will graduate at 11:30 AM

 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Fenn Center

Fort Pierce Central High School

Students with last name A – H and top 10 percent will graduate at 8:00 AM

Students with last name I – Z will graduate at 11:00 AM

 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Fenn Center

Treasure Coast High School

Students with last name A – K will graduate at 2:00 PM

Students with last name L – Z will graduate at 5:00 PM

 

“We appreciate the staff at the Fenn Center, Sheriff’s Office, Fair Grounds, and Alpi Head Start,” said SLPS Chief Operational Officer Terence O’Leary.  “Working together, we reorganized event schedules to accommodate all graduations at the Fenn Center.”

 

Parking and seating at the Fenn Center are limited.  Carpool when possible and consider the option of livestreaming graduation events by subscribing to WLX-TV on YouTube or watch ceremonies on the WLX Education Channel (13 or 19 for most viewers).

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 90.1 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.

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Throwback Thursday Celebrated at Palm Pointe

Throwback Thursday Celebrated at Palm Pointe

Students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated their positive behavior by using their earned rocket fuel to be out of dress code for Throwback Thursday sponsored by the P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) Team.

Students earn rocket fuel each day for going above and beyond and following the TEAM expectations.  This is just one event that they can spend their rocket fuel on throughout the year.  Every class has a rocket menu of items that their students can purchase with their rocket fuel, and the school also offers school-wide events that they can choose to participate in.  Throwback Thursday was enjoyed by everyone including the staff.

Pictured are middle school students and Principal Kathleen Perez.  Keep up the positive behavior Rockets!

Three women honored for academics and philanthropy

Three women honored for academics and philanthropy

Fort Pierce Central High School dean Bonita Monica Williams, Forest Grove Middle School teacher Christine Santos-Nurse, and Fort Pierce Central High School student and future pediatritian Sabrina Valencia LaFrance were honored by the International Haitian Inter-Cultural Association, Inc . (IHICA) service organization at a recent celebratory event. The honorees were selected for their academic careers, altruism, philanthropy, and service to others. Pictured, from left, are IHICA board members Tybule and Saphir St. Louis, Bonita Williams, and IHICA volunteer Robert McCorrison.

Three St. Lucie schools honored for ELL learning gains

Three St. Lucie schools honored for ELL learning gains

Garden City Early Learning Academy, Weatherbee Elementary and Lawnwood Elementary schools were recognized at the March 13, 2012 St. Lucie County School Board meeting by ESOL curriculum provider Imagine Learning for the fanatastic learning gains in reading proficiency for students learning to speak and read English at the three schools. The schools were specifically highlighted for implementing the program with fidelity for the recommended number of minutes per day devoted to the curriculum, which has yielded the tremendous student performance gains. The schools received a plaque and banner to proudly display at their schools. Pictured, from left, are Assistant Superintendent Genelle Yost, Deputy Superintendent Sandy Wolfe, Weatherbee guidance counselor Nitza Roman, Weatherbee Elementary principal Mike Hitsman, Susy Garcia from Imagine Learning, Weatherbee Elementary assistant principal Dianne Young, Lawnwood Elementary principal D’Jion Jackson, Garden City principal Teri Barenborg, ESOL specialist Clarissa Duskin, Superintendent Michael Lannon and School Board Chairman Carol Hilson.

Three Schools Attend Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement in Washington DC

Three Schools Attend Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement in Washington DC

Three St. Lucie Public Schools were represented in Washington, D.C. last month at the Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement.  Mariposa Elementary, Morningside Elementary, and Lincoln Park Academy attended the N.E.E.D. (National Energy Education Development) Project festivities.  NEED students understand energy.  They are local experts and leaders in community discussions on energy use, energy efficiency, and new energy technologies.  Students learn how to design buildings better to maximum energy efficiency and to keep our buildings healthy.  NEED students are the future of the energy workforce.  Students interested in engineering, science, economics, environmental sciences, law, geology, and a host of other disciplines have a role in the energy industry.

Florida Elementary Finalist – Mariposa Elementary School

Project Advisors: Adam Archer and Mary McCartney

Pictured left to right: Cathy Smith, Allysha Lillard,  Tnanazia Young , Johann Vianna, Mary McCartney, Mikayla  Sampson, Monica Kalina,  Ariana White, Hannah Wright, Justin Locklar, Jan Feliciano Alvarez.

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Three-Read Strategy Works At Weatherbee

Three-Read Strategy Works At Weatherbee

Ms. Alyssa Barbieri’s fifth grade students enjoy implementing the Three-Read strategy for math word problems that Math Coach Erin Albano introduced to them.  Multiple groups of students generated some very good questions which helped them focus on what was happening in the problem instead of just jumping to answer the question.  Way to go Mariners!!