WHEREAS, public schools are the backbone of our democracy, providing young people with the tools they need to maintain our nation’s precious values of freedom, civility and equality; and
WHEREAS, education support professionals are an integral part of the education process; and
WHEREAS, education support professionals work tirelessly to serve our children and communities with care and professionalism; and
WHEREAS, on a daily basis, our education support professionals take great pride in using their numerous skills which are rooted in human relations, communications, verbal presentations, technical knowledge, use of resources and positive personality traits; and
WHEREAS, the educational support professionals in our school district are to be commended for the professional manner in which they perform their duties; they put forth effort, individually and collectively, to assure that our educational system will continue to have prosperity and success;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the School Board of St. Lucie County, Florida, does hereby recognize and proclaim November 18, 2015, as National Education Support Professionals Day and urges all employees and the entire community to join in this observance by expressing grateful appreciation to the education support professionals for their commitment and dedication to the school system.
WHEREAS, the educational system within the United States of America and State of Florida is a vital part of society, providing education for young and old alike; and
WHEREAS, at the heart of the educational system are educators who are devoted to sharing their knowledge and experience with their students; and
WHEREAS, in St. Lucie County, there are many retired educators who have spent most of their lives giving of themselves to all children, having demonstrated an ability to meet new challenges with enthusiasm; and
WHEREAS, during their years of dedicated service, they have earned the admiration and respect of students, parents, friends and colleagues; and
WHEREAS, Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, has designated November 15, 2015, as Retired Educators Day,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The School Board of St. Lucie County, Florida, extends its appreciation and gratitude to these valued retired educators for their years of dedicated service and their contribution to the education of children; and be it further
RESOLVED that The School Board of St. Lucie County, Florida, joins Governor Rick Scott in extending greetings and best wishes to all observing November 15, 2015, as Retired Educators Day.
Over 600 St. Lucie Public Schools students received food, clothing, and supplies from generous members of the Elks Lodge #1520 in Fort Pierce. The December 12th delivery schedule started out promising to serve 3 schools, but as donations poured in, the number of schools quickly grew to 13. This growth mirrors the growth in the number of students who benefit from the Elks Backpack Program which supports students throughout the year.
On Saturday May 19th, over 100 parents and their Young Authors gathered to celebrate literacy and the art of writing! The St. Lucie County Reading Council sponsors the celebration annually held at Oak Hammock School.
This year over 20 of our schools participated and their representatives were treated to a new book, a guest author presentation by Dr. Lois McGuire who wrote, “Don’t Be That Kid at School” and a special ticket for RUSH, Jenson Beach. Of course there were pictures in the photo booth, awards in calligraphy, (hand written by Trish Gomes) and cookies while our parents read their child’s book and the books of other talented authors from every zone in our county. The Young Authors celebration is a demonstration of our most important literacy standards in action!
If our mission is to ensure that all students graduate from safe and caring schools, equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed…this celebration clearly shows we are on the right track!
In an effort to better engage families this school year, Parkway Elementary, of St. Lucie County Schools hosted a family literacy workshop, called REaD Carpet Ready. This fun, interactive family workshop engaged K-5 parents and their children in a 1.5-hour, red-carpet-themed training program. Parents learned easy-to-implement reading strategies to support their child’s literacy development at home.
REaD Carpet Ready workshop allowed families to enter the world of Hollywood celebrities, complete with red carpet, paparazzi and voting on nominees for best-dressed “star”, all while learning how to incorporate an extra 20 minutes of reading into their busy lives.
REaD Carpet Ready family workshop is part of the Just Take 20 campaign that launched across the state of Florida during the 2015/2016 school year.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – An all-star lineup promises to score big for the Southport Middle School (SPMS) National Junior Honor Society’s (NJHS) cancer awareness fundraising efforts. Impressed with the students’ efforts to fundraise, Southport’s lead basketball coach Kerry Parks pledged to help support NJHS’s efforts by donating additional proceeds from the Annual Hoops for Life Celebrity Charity Basketball Game scheduled for March 31, 2018 at SPMS.
According to his wife, Dean Yolanda Parks, “Coach has been working day and night to bring together an All-Star basketball game between Team Gridiron and Team TKO that includes former St. Lucie County football players Yamon Figurs, Albert Wilson, and Jamar Chaney.” Yamon Figurs graduated from Westwood and played in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens. Albert Wilson graduated from PSLH and currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Jamar Chaney, current coach at Centennial High School, played for the Philadelphia Eagles. Other players on Team Gridiron include Damien Berry and Khalil Mach, who has donated signed pictures and basketball shoes that will be included in a charity benefit.
Athletes for Team TKO include James Mcgirt Jr., son of all-time great Buddy Mcgirt, Roy Jones Jr., and Orlando Rivera. James Mcgirt Jr. is one of the top middleweight boxers in the world. Roy Jones Jr. was pound for pound the best fighter in the world at one time and has won world titles from super welterweight to heavy weight, and Orlando “The Warrior” Rivera, is a 5X kickboxing champion and a top 10 boxer in the world.
There will be a special half-time performance by Kayylove & Schooly who will sing for guests during this spectacular event for cancer awareness. Allapattah Flats School Counselor Sheri Reichard and her family have been invited as special guests. All donations will continue to help raise cancer awareness as well as social awareness to spread love in our school and community.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at BIGWILLFIGHTFORLIFE.EVENTBRITE.COM for $10. Doors open at 12 pm. Tip-off is at 1 pm for the SPMS All Star Basketball Game. Immediately following the All Star Game, there will be a 2-Ball, Celebrity 3-point Contest and then the 5-on-5 Celebrity Basketball Game.
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.
Over 300 students, parents, police officers and ROTC members participated in CSI night at MSE. The students “scientifically” tested clues (blood, finger prints, PH, hair, etc.) to find out who stole the candy jar. Mr. Graff was the thief! Thank you, Mrs. Jennings, for another successful CSI night!
Fourth and Fifth Grade students in 21st CCLC received donated “Walk-Its” from The Walking Classroom. Students walk three times per week, while listening to content related pod-casts. Students track their heart rate and total steps. Floresta students LOVE getting fit while learning!
A collection of artworks from twelve young Lincoln Park Academy artists are being displayed at Art Connection Gallery in the Arcade Building, 101 US-1 (and Orange Ave.) in Ft Pierce. The students from Lisa Steffens-Smith class have been studying the contemporary artist Jim Dine. All student work is a representation of the artist.
An opening reception has taken place in the gallery. Exhibitions will be open to the public until November 30th.
Students participating in the St. Lucie County Teen Art have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes. All winners of the two-week segment will have their art on display for the month of December. The grand prize winner, chosen by the judges, will receive four hours of instruction from a local professional artist. Artists specializing in different mediums will be available for students to choose. The 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive gift cards for art supplies at Michaels. All finalists will receive certificates for participation. Last, winners will have their art displayed at Seacoast Bank.
Manatee Academy 4th and 5th grades were enraptured by the performance of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by The Riverside Children’s Theatre professional group this week. Students and teachers have been reading the Narnia books for the last month and thought this interactive interpretation was “Awesome!”
The Starbright Therapy Dogs visit Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition every week and visit and read with the middle school autistic students. Pictured is coordinator Dot Blair with Music, an Australian Shepherd that loves coming each week and reading with the students. Music looks great dressed up for
Have you made your voice heard on this very important school funding referendum? With the Tuesday, April 23rd deadline upon us, you can hand deliver your ballot to one of the Supervisor of Elections Office locations to ensure that your vote counts.
SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE LOCATIONS:
250 NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie
1664 SE Walton Road, Port St. Lucie
4132 Okeechobee Road, Ft. Pierce
Tax Collector 10264 SW Village Parkway Drive, Port St. Lucie
Allapattah Flats middle school staff and students recently competed in Battle of the Books. Each grade group had their own battle which was conducted as a game show. Sixth grade students read Freak the Mighty. Sixth grade students were victorious and won the battle clearly showing their superior reading efforts. Seventh and eighth grade students and teachers read “The Hunger Games”. After a heated round of bonus questions in both the seventh and eighth grade battles, the staff finally reigned as victors! Stay tuned for next year’s battle with the most anticipated sequel, “Catching Fire.” From left, Cedric McCutchen, Markens Paul, Ximena Paz, Brinklee Locrotondo and Austin Tabor debate one of their final answers.
Families learned about chemical reactions, density and Newtonian and Non-Newtonian liquids at a recent family activity day at Garden City Early Learning Academy sponsored by The Parent Academy. Everyone left with snow, slime, and a lava lamp. Pictured, from left, are kindergartner Kari’sma Buchanon and pre-kindergartner Gabriella Mele.
Teachers at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition spent time after school recently learning another strategy to use in their classrooms. Socratic Seminars…presented by our fabulous instructional coaches, Amy Fazzalaro, Rachel Koenig and Jenny Clancy.
Lorri Rudzinski’s second grade class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition completed a Thinking Map flee map using the Common Core standard of demonstrating understanding of characters, setting and plot using the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. They were excited to share their group effort with James Dean the representative of Thinking Maps.
Pictured from left is Karie Dyer, Naje’ Carter Evans, Jacob Eichenlaub, Alaysia Jackson, Nicolas Tovar, Nikko Lopez, Cianna Lents, Jack Lopez, Jasmine Duarte-Garcia, Cooper Kuba, Joshua Volcin, Zion Sanguinetti, Kenzie Kemerson, Breanna Sylvain, Madison Kohn and Luptia Vargus
The Fairlawn Elementary students and staff held their second annual “Think Pink” Day to raise money and awareness for cancer on October 2nd. Students enjoyed wearing pink clothing items for $1.00 each while supporting an important cause, raising almost $800. All funds raised by Fairlawn will be presented to local organizations at the Pink Heals Tour event on October 11th in Tradition’s downtown area.