Fort Pierce Central High School student Valerie Collins won 4th place for poetry in the National Beta Club competition in Oklahoma!
Valerie was joined by thousands of other students at the 2019 National Convention for Beta Clubs around the world. This convention offers a unique experience for Beta members to gather and collaborate on project ideas as well as share academic and leadership abilities with peers from around the globe.
Florida’s Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program, established by the Florida Legislature, offers classroom teachers a monetary scholarship based on SAT or ACT scores and job performance evaluations. To qualify, a classroom teacher must have received a “highly effective” rating on their most recent performance evaluation and have scored at or above the 80th percentile on the SAT or ACT. Beginning classroom teachers who have not been evaluated must only submit official documentation showing that their score on the SAT or ACT meets the eligibility requirements. The amended statute indicates that a school district or charter school employee who is eligible for the $6,000 scholarship and who is no longer a classroom teacher may receive a Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship award if the employee met the requirement as a classroom teacher in the prior school year and was rated highly effective.
Classroom teachers can receive up to $6,000. However, if the number of eligible teachers statewide causes bonuses to exceed the total amount of the legislative appropriation, the Florida Department of Education will prorate the per-teacher scholarship amount. Please read the Q and A document for additional details to assist in understanding the program’s parameters and provisions.
Classroom teachers must submit a completed Florida’s Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Application Form with the requested documentation to Marla Grant in Human Resources, by November 1, 2018. Note, previous recipients must submit the complete application form only.
Best and Brightest Q and A
Best and Brightest Application Form
FLDOE Memo Re: Best and Brightest
ACT-SAT Percentile Charts
Jacqueline, a 5th grader at Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, designed the first annual “Believe in Yourself” day. Students celebrated the positive qualities within themselves and others to motivate one another to be their best every day.
Check out the before- and after-school programs and activities offered by the Boys and Girls Clubs — most are offered on SLPS school campuses.
For information, please call 772-409-4491.
The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Team partnered with Westside Church and St. Lucie Public Schools to again offer a “beeping” Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, March 29. The event took place at Westside Church.
The Beeping Easter Egg Hunt was specifically offered for students with a visual impairment and featured special eggs that beep to help locate them. After the hunt, participants were given special goodie bags of treats to enjoy when they returned home. The project was made possible through equipment and funds provided by the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI).
Photos provided by SLCSO.
Become a school volunteer today! We can help match your interests, skills, and schedule to the needs of our schools. Opportunities include:
After School Programs
Supervises, under the direction of the teacher, any after-school activities
Arts and Crafts Volunteer
Works with the art or classroom teacher helping students develop creativity and expanding appreciation of art
Provides expertise and resources to enhance the career-based educational perspective by participating in advisory committee functions, opportunities for career related internships, and/or special events and programs which assist student in skill development
Provides additional support and supervision of students while on field trips, sporting events, etc.
Classroom / Office Assistant Volunteer
Works with a particular school department or office staff performing designated departmental tasks such as, maintaining records, keeping inventory, and duplicating materials, cataloging materials or preparing teaching aids data entry.
Works in the clinic or health room to provide services for those students who are ill or unable to be in class because of health reasons and helping with health screening activities such as visual and hearing screenings. Community Resource Volunteer Provides special demonstrations, tasks or instruction on a variety of topics including careers, hobbies, travel or interests, which enrich student awareness and knowledge.
Exceptional Student Volunteer
Assists special education teacher in implementing instructional activities for individual or groups of special education pupils
Library/Media Center Volunteer
Works under the supervision of the librarian to assist in operating the school library by shelving, filing, clipping, circulating, and processing books are some of the tasks to be performed
Works with a student or students on and individual or small group basis for approximately one hour per week. To provide academic reinforcement, assist in goal development, and serve as a role model to students who may have been identified as at-risk
Speakers of Other Languages Volunteer
Assists in establishing effective written and oral communication among limited and non-English speaking students, parents and school personnel
Special Activities Volunteer
Performs occasional but important support as needed for the duration of a particular project by serving on committees, working with parent / teacher groups, assisting with special school activities working in the school store or assisting with school fund-raising projects
Assists in the cafeteria, as a hall monitor, in the parking lot or on the play- ground to provide additional supervision
Career / Technical Skills Volunteer
Assists individual students in areas of applied technology and career development activities These are only a sample of the areas in our schools where volunteers are needed. Some additional job areas are:
- Math Superstars
- Readers / Listeners
- Physical Education
- Maintenance / Gardening
To celebrate Kids at Hope Day 2014, Oak Hammock K-8 School implemented an anti-bullying campaign from November through January that empowers all Treasure Hunters and students to find the treasures in all members of the school community. Our personal rendition of the 2014 Kids at Hope theme: “Everyone a Treasure Hunter: Be the ONE to Stand up to Bullying!”
This campaign kicked off with a “Hats Off to You” fundraiser, where students and staff paid $1 to wear a hat on campus. Students were asked to identify their own talents, skills, and intelligence, as well as the treasures in their friends and family.
Next was a school-wide reading of the book One, by Kathryn Otoshi in each classroom. One is a simple yet powerful anti-bullying picture book that has many levels of meaning, making it accessible to students from Pre-K through 8th grade.
Then in January, staff will be trained on strategies to help students mentally time travel to the four destinations. Students’ and staff’s future dreams will be shared to further support connecting across our school community and see the treasures in one another.
We will be closing our campaign with the school-wide signing of a pledge to be a Treasure Hunter by seizing Moments of Truth to stand up against bullying. Students who agree to be the ONE to stand up to bullying will sign the pledge and receive a blue dot sticker as a symbol of their commitment to being a Treasure Hunter for others.
Hailey Mack, Mikey D’Andria, Jenny Nguyen, & Caden Deis stand next to the bulletin board created in band. Students focused on individual talents and compared it to how, just as in music, many different notes come together to create a masterpiece.
Dr. Judi Miller, Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director, and Ms. Sabrina Seme, Volunteer Recruiter, presented the School Board with a Certificate of Appreciation for their continued support. January is National Mentoring Month and Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to observe the month by honoring its valued partners.
Pictured are, Dr. Judi MIller, Board Chair Dr. Donna Mills, Superintendent Genelle Yost and Sabrina Seme.
Bayshore Elementary’s Odyssey of the Mind Team competed on Saturday, February 25, and received 2nd place!
The team created a humorous story about a family that brings home an “Odd-a-Bot.” Instead of being programmed to perform tasks, this Odd-a-Bot robot learned from watching others. The team designed an original robot character that demonstrated human characteristics when performing tasks. In the performance, the Odd-a-Bot character moved and learned human actions from watching characters perform activities such as household chores, singing, and dancing. The Odd-a-Bot learned more than it was expected to learn, and confused its actions with humorous results. The team was coached by fifth grade teachers Megan Krinsky and Heather Cruz, and the team included 5th grade students Isabella, Rachel, Adrianna, Juliana, Samantha, Benny, and Lukas.
Congratulations to Bayshore’s Odyssey of the Mind Team!
Bayshore Elementary School’s first grade classes received a visit from Port St. Lucie High School’s JROTC cadets. The cadets took time to share information about JROTC and their uniforms, and then spent time reading to students. Pictured is Port St. Lucie High School JROTC cadet Jamie Tripplett reading to Debbie Gonzalez’s first grade students.
The final reveal of Bayshore Elementary School’s new cafe wall designs were met with excitement and applause! Students and staff are very proud of their new cafeteria and send kudos to Child Nutrition Services and others from the District who supported this grant-funded project.
Bayshore Elementary hosted its annual Literacy Night during Celebrate Literacy Week. Students and families had a great time learning about literacy while participating in literacy games and activities. Second grade student, Tyler Jennings, and his mom, Karen Jennings, worked together to set a literacy goal for Tyler while learning about additional resources at the event.
Bayshore hosted its 5th annual Community Resource Night! Families that attended had the opportunity to learn about community and school resources. Valuable information was shared from Children’s Services Council, Kids at Hope, St. Lucie County Health Department, Hibiscus Children’s Center and many more local organizations. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department also provided fingerprinting services and hosted the Bike Rodeo to teach students about safety rules when riding a bike.
Pictured, from left to right, is Officer Estrada with third-grader Robert Rodriquez and second-grader Amaris Rodriguez, after completing the Bike Rodeo.
Pamela Garrity, Bayshore Elementary STEM teacher, recently entered the Kids at Hope Day Contest. She was recognized with the Time Traveler Award for teaching students how to mentally travel to the future. Her lessons taught students to realize how they can utilize their personal talents and the importance of the skills they are currently learning to reach their destinations in the future. Pictured, from left to right: Pamela Garrity and fifth grade students Taryn Erdosi, Jessica Holsten, and Angelica Moreno.
On September 30, Bayshore Elementary welcomed fathers and male role models to observe the Dads Take Your Child to School Day. The media center received 120 fathers and male role models representing 146 students, or 20% of the student body, who were greeted by the school administrators and teachers. During the event, fathers and male role models participated in the signing of the pledge as a demonstration of their commitment to their children’s education. Fathers were also invited and encouraged to participate in future Dads Take Your Child to School Day events.
Third grade students at Bayshore Elementary were visited on Tuesday, Januray 19, by members of the Lions Club. Mr. James Coy and Mrs. Sandra Coy presented our third graders dictionaries as part of a campaign by the local Lions and Rotary Clubs. This year, both clubs have joined to provide all third grades in Saint Lucie County with dictionaries. Our students are very grateful for their generous gesture.
On Friday, January 15, fourth grade students attended a presentation by the Port Saint Lucie Botanical Gardens and the Keep Port Saint Lucie Beautiful about Arbor Day and the Fourth Grade Foresters Program. Students learned about growing a Sabal Palm and received their own Sabal Palm to take and plant at home. The trees were generously donated by Keep Port Saint Lucie Beautiful and Waste Pro.
Mrs. Glidden’s second grade students participated in STEM activities. Students raised questions about the natural world and used nonstandard objects to build and create through free exploration. Students then explained their thought process and structure to the class. Pictured is second grade student Estrella Covell.
Bayshore students and families recently collected relief supplies for victims of Hurricane Matthew. All supplies collected were donated to Missionary Flights International to provide relief and hope to Haiti in this time of crisis.
This year marked the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day on September 8, 2016. In honor of this special day, Bayshore students participated in a book exchange. First grade students Sophia Schmitt, Jilieah Taylor and Kaelyn Scheumeister (pictured from left to right) were excited to choose new books!