Students at two Village Green Environmental Studies Schools classes buddy up with each other in a variety of ways. Pictured are students from Christine Duane’s first grade class and Mark Casper’s second grade class “blasting away” at the SAT 10 standardized test.
Village Green teacher Christopher Kelly tracks his progress on the professional development learning goal. The professional development session was facilitated using the research-based strategies that teachers use in the classroom to focus on quality instruction in order to help students succeed.
Jacqueline was honored as the 2015 recipient of the Governor’s Excellence in Education Award for the elementary (K-5) category. This award was accompanied by a check for $1500. During his announcement of this year’s award program Governor Scott said, “This February, as we celebrate Black History Month, we are honoring African-American innovators who have helped make Florida a great place to work, live and visit…Ann and I are also looking forward to recognizing some of the many great African American educators who are helping prepare our students for future success.” Mrs. Harris is no stranger to Governor Scott’s commendations. In 2014 and 2011, Mrs. Harris won the 1st and 2nd place Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics, sponsored by the Florida Council of Economics Education (FCEE). This year, Mrs. Harris is also Village Green’s Teacher of the Year and Distinguished Minority educator. Jacqueline Baptiste-Harris is pictured between First Lady Ann Scott and Governor Rick Scott.
VIP readers visited several classes for our Dr. Seuss Day on March 2nd. Media Specialist Debbie Remington organized this event in which our “VIPs” read to our students and engaged in meaningful conversations about what they read. Students and staff were appreciative of the VIP guests who took time to read with them and celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
The ESE Department of St. Lucie Public Schools recently hosted a free vision clinic as part of the Florida Low Vision Initiative (FLVI) Clinic. This is an annual opportunity for students who have been evaluated and meet the criteria for initial or continued placement in the Visually Impaired Program under Exceptional Student Education. “Great value rests in these evaluations which are important in order to update low vision devices and to track visual changes,” explained Maria Benham, program specialist for visually impaired.
The FLVI is a portion of the Critical Initiatives in Visual Impairment (CIVI) Project — a grant-funded program through Florida Department of Education located at Florida State University. Students who are selected to participate in the FLVI receive, at no cost to the family or the school district, a low vision evaluation from a FLVI project-approved provider (optometrist or ophthalmologist), as well as any prescribed non-electronic portable low vision device (i.e., glasses, contacts, sunglasses, magnifier, monocular).
Students are also permitted to receive an educational assessment prior to the first low vision evaluation with additional evaluation follow-ups every one to three years thereafter. The educational evaluation assesses reading comprehension and reading speed using the prescribed low vision devices. It also includes device evaluation to determine if the student is using the prescribed device(s) proficiently.
If you are interested in finding out more about this free service, contact Maria Benham at 772-429-7701.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida Low Vision Initiative Program supports eligible students.
In early October, Lincoln Park Academy middle school art students participated in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest which is sponsored by Lions Clubs around the world. This art contest encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. For more than 25 years, millions of children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest. The theme of the 2015-2016 Peace Poster Contest was “Share Peace.” Thirty-three students, ages 11, 12 or 13, were selected to showcase their work in Art Mundo, a local gallery/workshop located in beautiful downtown Fort Pierce, 111 Orange Avenue. The opening reception will be during Art Walk on December 9th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and will run throughout the month of December. Please join us in celebrating the students’ hard work and achievements!
Additionally, several of Ms. Duran’s students will be honored for their work at the Lion’s Club’s December 3rd meeting at 2nd Street Bistro. Diego Luna won 1st Place and will be the LPA candidate for the Lion’s International Peace Poster Contest at the District level. Our local Lions Club Sponsor, Crystal Samuel stated, “The melting of the national flags to form the candle and then the overwhelming candlelight spoke volumes about what countries can do to ‘share peace’ if we all come together! It is brilliant! It stood out immediately from the rest.” Christen McCann and Samira Bowman were awarded second and third place. The Lion’s Club will honor each winner with a certificate, ribbon, and small cash award and give each of them a chance to briefly explain the creative process behind their art piece.
Please take a moment to visit the newly redesigned website for the Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie.
Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie
1100 Delaware Ave. Fort Pierce, FL 34950
You can visit the site by clicking here: https://schools.stlucie.k12.fl.us/cast/
The faculty, staff and students at C.A. Moore Elementary School gave a warm Florida welcome to the Worcester Academy baseball team from Worcester, Massachusetts. This is the third year the team has visited C.A. Moore Elementary. The team donates supplies and books to the school on each visit, and this year presented the school with a video camera. The players read to the students and spent time in the classrooms motivating the students to do well in school. Cesar Hurtado, a fourth grade student, commented, “I want to be very successful in school, make A’s and B’s and I am now inspired to get good grades to play baseball.” Makayla Tillman spoke about team member, Turner Greenty reading excerpts from the biography of Babe Ruth. According to Tillman, “I love biographies and I was inspired to finish the biography of Babe Ruth during Spring Break.” Pictured is literacy coach Barbara Sutton giving directions to the team members for their classroom assignments. The team’s annual visits support the local economy as well as the literacy goals of the school.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s first grade students participated in Vocabulary Day. These proficient pupils transformed into vocabulary words for an audience of perfectly pleased parents. This performance task was a great success as students’ demonstrated understanding of tier 2 vocabulary, an essential skill for comprehension of complex text. Palm Pointe’s first graders are feeling fabulous about their foundation in reading! Pictured from left is; Reese Parrish, Kayleigh Murnane, and Jaycie Mera students from Glenna Sigmon’s first grade class.
Students at Floresta Elementary participated in a vocabulary parade showcasing their knowledge of vocabulary words they have read. The whole school paraded down the halls dressed as their favorite vocabulary word.
We had words such as enormous,fancy, mischievous, busybee, headstrong and glitzy.
Students in picture: Riley Luther, Isabella DiMeglio, Aiden Perga
White City Elementary students participated in a vocabulary parade. WCE students enjoyed this visually amusing event. Students are using their creative skills and learning new words!
The Vocabulary Parade came to Windmill Point Elementary again this year, and the students were invited to dress up to describe their assigned word. Ashli Sivalls, kindergarten student from Tara Nettles’ class, described her word “observe” perfectly with her magnifying glass!
Wadson Charmant, Owen Morgan, and Dylan Torello in Mrs. Moreira’s 8th grade reading class at Westgate K-8 are involved in an active game of $1,000,000 Pyramid. Some friendly competition makes learning challenging vocabulary words more fun!
Karol Carvelli, Volunteer Coordinator at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition, recently met with all the volunteers for this school year to orient them on the new on-line application system. They also reviewed the volunteer expectations at the school while enjoying morning coffee and sweet rolls.
Northport K-8 school depends on a large and dynamic contingency of parent, grandparent, community and student volunteers to provide assistance to teachers and staff. Volunteers provide individual educational assistance to students to help increase achievement in all areas of curriculum. There are many opportunities for volunteerism in the school. Categories are instructional, resource, organizational such as PTO and School Advisory committee, Business Partners, Mentoring and fundraisers as well as our dynamic Veterans Partners In Education program. Pictured are parents Jackie Weir, left, and Suzie Scott who are assisting in the Media Center preparing book sets for the middle grades bookroom. Anyone Interested in becoming involved at Northport K-8 can contact Lynne Gruszka at email@example.com.
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) thanks the 5,300 volunteers who served in our schools this year logging more than 17,000 hours as they helped students and staff.
With this level of dedication, it was most challenging, indeed, to select only three individuals to recognize as Senior, Adult, and Youth of the Year. Nevertheless, it is with great pride that the District announces the following as Volunteers of the Year:
Rita Banashek – Senior Volunteer of the Year from Parkway Elementary
Kimberly Anderson – Adult Volunteer of the Year from Port St. Lucie High School
Jessica Alles – Youth Volunteer of the Year from Manatee K-8 Academy
*Volunteers are selected based on the following criteria: (1) type of contribution, (2) character of service, (3) number of years, and (4) breadth of service.
The Outstanding School Volunteer Award is presented annually to school volunteers who have shown exemplary dedication and commitment to quality education in Florida. The Outstanding School Volunteer award recognizes a youth/student, adult and a senior volunteer. St. Lucie Public Schools is appreciative of the many volunteers who support schools and is especially pleased to honor this year’s representatives:
ADULT VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – Patricia Orlandi (Northport K-8)
SENIOR VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – Timothy Reardon (Parkway Elementary)
YOUTH VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – Terry Gardner (Rivers Edge Elementary)
Each year, the United Way of St. Lucie County hosts a Stuff the Bus event. It is a one day push for the collection of school supplies at all local Walmart locations. This year the event will be held on July 20th from 9 AM – 3 PM. It is a great opportunity to come out and volunteer!
Volunteers serve in 2 hour shifts at the Walmart of their choosing. The volunteers help pass out flyers to the patrons, collect the supplies and donations, and count the supplies as they come in. Every volunteer receives a Live United t-shirt to wear at the event. Last year we collected over 5,000 items and approximately $2,000 in donations.
To sign-up, please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e49acab2fa2f58-stuff2. Children are welcomed as long as they are supervised by an adult.
United Way utilizes these supplies in our Tools for School St. Lucie Program. Tools for Schools, for short, is a free teacher resource store where teachers can come and shop for the supplies needed by students in their classrooms.
The Senior, Adult, and Youth Outstanding School Volunteer Awards were presented by Volunteer Coordinator Martha Underwood during the June School Board Meeting. Sharing the valuable qualities of each shining individual, Mrs. Underwood highlighted their service to schools and children.
Senior Volunteer of the Year: Joan Blake – Bayshore Elementary
Adult Volunteer of the Year: Suzi Scott – Northport K-8
Youth Volunteer of the Year: Nichapa Dancharnjitt – Lawnwood Elementary
Volunteers are vital to the success of school programs, and SLPS is very appreciative of the countless hours, energy, and compassion its school volunteers generously donate each year. Thank you, and congratulations!