March is Arts Education Month

March is Arts Education Month

March is nationally recognized as Music in Our Schools Month, Theatre in Our Schools Month, Dance in Our Schools Month and Youth Art Month. The Florida Department of Education values the arts and acknowledges the impact they have on student development and academic achievement. The arts not only offer students an opportunity for self-expression and personal growth, but interdisciplinary activities involving the arts can also improve comprehension and challenge students to approach learning in new ways.

Join Treasure Coast High School as they celebrate with The Believe Project.  This festival and workshop celebrates music and dance as true art forms.  To find out more, visit http://the-believe-project.weebly.com

Art on Display in NY

Art on Display in NY

Students’ ceramic art pieces from Art Instructor Katherine Avra’s classes at Fort Pierce Central High School are on their way to the New York City National Art Education Conference this month.  These selections join other entries from across the United States as showcase pieces by Skutt Ceramics.

Students were challenged to create functional peep hole plugs of specific dimensions from clay and fired in a kiln.  Bill Jones, editor of Pottery Making Illustrated, judged the designs which will become part of a permanent traveling Peep Plug Collection.  According to Avra, students were enthusiastic about participating and even more excited to discover that their creations will be part of a traveling art show.

Art In The Capitol

Art In The Capitol

As part of an annual appreciation of the Arts in education, students share various selections of art in hopes of their piece being selected and placed on display the State Capitol.  This year’s Art in the Capitol selection honors the artistic abilities of Oak Hammock eighth grader Amber Hobbs.

Representative Delores Hogan Johnson was present at the May School Board Meeting to recognize Amber and celebrate her work.

Art In The Capitol

Art In The Capitol

Student artwork from around the district was amazing, and the decision was difficult for the judges.  Artists demonstrated depth, movement, brush strokes, detail, and flow in their work.  Comments from the judges also focused on dynamic contrasts within art selections that included delicacy and boldness, as well as vibrancy and stillness.

 

Congratulations are extended to all participants.  The following submissions were recognized at the October School Board meeting with the first place winner’s artwork being presented to Representative Larry Lee’s office.  This piece will hang in the State Capitol for the entire Legislative session.

 

Congratulations to the winners of the Art in the Capitol Contest!

 

Honorable Mention

Luis Marriquin – 7th Grade – Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts

“Jungle King”

Gerard Saltus – Teacher

3rd place

Alana Edwards – 7th Grade -Northport K-8

“The Bloom”

Valarie Kirk – Teacher

2nd Place

Brooklyn Warens – 7th Grade – Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition

“Intelligent Design”

Diane Turner – Teacher

1st Place

Kiera Natta –  7th Grade – Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition

“Autumn’s Last Leaf”

Diane Turner – Teacher

 

Art classes at Allapattah Flats work on enlarging scale

Art classes at Allapattah Flats work on enlarging scale

Fifth grade students in Tekia Montgomery’s elementary art classes at Allapattah Flats K-8 are re-introduced to the concept of enlarging.  They will create enlarged drawings from small pictures using a grid technique. Students will use T- squares and work together to make a large grid where they will transfer their original drawings into a larger scale. This year’s theme is under the sea. This particular project is done every year, and although this project is a bit of a challenge for the students, it seems to be a favorite! Pictured are Calendra Holbrook and Jorge Liberate taking their time with their underwater creations.

Art and Essay Contest

Art and Essay Contest

Art Contest 

(Grades K-3)

Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott’s Hispanic Heritage Month Art Contest is open to all K-3 students in the state of Florida. Two winners will be selected.

Entry Dates: Entries must be mailed to Volunteer Florida: Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, 3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180, Tallahassee, Florida 32311. All entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 15, 2018. Emailed, scanned, or faxed entries will not be accepted. Contestants are responsible for all shipping costs.

Awards: Winners will be notified after October 22, 2018. Winners will receive a prize at Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration to be held in Tallahassee. Reasonable travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the winners and one immediate family member.

2018 Art Contest Rules, Guidelines & Waiver Form(.PDF)

2018 Art Contest Rules, Guidelines & Waiver Form (.PDF) – Spanish

 

Essay Contest

(Grades 4-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott’s Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest is open to all 4th through 12th grade students in the state of Florida. Three winners will be selected: one elementary (4-5) student, one middle (6-8) student, and one high school (9-12) student.

Entry Dates: Entries can be mailed to Volunteer Florida, Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, 3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180, Tallahassee, Florida 32311, or submitted electronically. All entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 15, 2018. Contestants are responsible for all shipping costs. Entries submitted electronically will receive email confirmation.

Awards: Winners will be notified after October 22, 2018. Winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Winners will receive awards at Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration to be held in Tallahassee. Reasonable travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the winners and one immediate family member.

Contact Volunteer Florida at (850) 414-7400 for any further questions.

Online Submission

2018 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest Online Submission

2018 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest Parent/Legal Guardian Waiver Form (required for Online Submission)

Paper Submission

2018 Essay Contest Rules, Guidelines & Waiver Form (.PDF)

2018 Essay Contest Rules, Guidelines & Waiver Form (.PDF) – Spanish

Army Ranger Dedicated Jump #53 to Northport Children!

Army Ranger Dedicated Jump #53 to Northport Children!

Second Lieutenant, Army Ranger, Xiovani Guanill dedicated his 53rd parachute jump to NPK* students. Xiovani attended school at Northport and graduated from our Landsharks team. He was just a regular funny kid with a sarcastic and witty sense of humor. Xiovani Guanill wanted in some way to make his parents proud because he grew up with his mom in a wheelchair. He floated around a little then joined the United States Army. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He even visited Northport children one time and his helmet still had Iraqi sand in it. He pushed and trained and persevered in the face of many dangers. Today, Xiovani is an officer and an Army Ranger who has been all over the world. He wants to make sure that the children understand that it was hard work and perseverance that enabled him to accomplish his goals. JUMP #53 to the children of Northport…. OORAH! Much love and thanks to Xiovani for being a great role model.

Area Plant Manager receives STAR Recognition

Area Plant Manager receives STAR Recognition

Rosemarie Abbuhl was recognized as a STAR recipient at the April 22nd School Board Meeting. She was recommended by Mrs. Wright, Principal of FK Sweet for her skills as an Area Plant Manager. She is a real asset to our custodial team. Mrs. Abbuhl supervises C A Moore Elementary, F K Sweet Elementary, Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, Ft. Pierce Westwood High, Lincoln Park Academy, Lakewood Park Elementary, Lawnwood Elemenatry, Samuel Gaines Academy, MOA, Means Court Studio, Delaware Avenue Site/North Compound, and the District School Board Office. Pictured are, Superintendent Genelle Yost, SGA Principal Traci Wilke, LWPE Principal Dianne Young, Area Plant Manager Rose Abbuhl, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Custodial Services Coordinator Carolyn Rarriek, Area Plant Manager Larry Beckham, Area Plant Manager Rudy Manna, and Custodial Bookkeeper Grisell Guanill. Congratulations Rose!

Are You Smarter than a Seventh Grader?

Are You Smarter than a Seventh Grader?

Are you smarter than a seventh grader?  Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s seventh grade team hosted a fun informational session for parents and students.  They competed with FSA and EOC type questions…and the student team won in all four rooms!  Way to go Rockets!

Arbor Day at Mariposa Elementary provides trees for students

Arbor Day at Mariposa Elementary provides trees for students

In celebration of Arbor Day, Mariposa Elementary School fourth graders were foresters for a day. The students were able to plant the state tree, Sabal Palm,  around the school grounds in hopes to bring awareness of the importance of plants and trees in our environment.  At the end of the day, each student was able to take home a Sabal Palm of their very own to plant in their yards.
April STAR Awards

April STAR Awards

The STAR program’s focus is to recognize employees for their behaviors, skills and actions that correlate with the District’s vision and acknowledge those that exemplify its core values.

Appreciation for benevolence goes to a team at West Gate K-8 and Treasure Coast High:

Kirstin Bowman

Samantha Bowman

Esther Guzman

Elyse Kirkaldy

It was over the winter holiday that a family experienced great need.  As part of the West Gate K-8 family, staff members had been taking close care of children by providing clean clothes and other necessity items for several months. Unfortunately, some unforeseen circumstances resulted in a temporary removal from their home.  Working in conjunction with the appropriate agencies, staff members stepped forward as emergency placement was sought. They opened their homes to the children so their holiday would not be spent in a shelter.   Quick action garnered additional support from the West Gate K-8 family to provide a lifetime holiday memory for the children.

The school continues to work and collaborate with the children’s current caregiver to provide support.

This is a testament to the staff’s caring nature and the willingness to go above and beyond.


In a similar channel of support, we recognize staff from Performance Based Academy:

Mrs. Tammy Christie serves as a guidance counselor.  Mrs. Christie colleague, Lisa Culver, observed how she demonstrated care and compassion to assist a student who, through no fault of his own, found himself to be homeless.

Mrs. Christie became aware of a student’s unfortunate situation, did a little digging and facilitated his transition to a shelter where he could safely stay.  But that was not all, having worked with him, she was also aware of his aspiration to graduate and pursue a career in the Army. Therefore, Mrs. Christie reached out to a contact in the military.  Fast forward:  The young man has since graduated and entered basic training to start his career in the United States Army.


Ms. Angella Robinson, 4th Grade Teacher at St. Lucie Elementary:

One of Ms. Robinson’s student’s parents shared that her child is an exceptional education student who has struggled in school, but not this year. In a memo to the District, she stated:  Ms. Robinson calls and texts me daily or weekly to let me know how my child is doing. She takes her by her side in her small groups and makes sure she understands the lesson before coming home with homework. In the past, my child could not do her homework independently because she did not understand. Mrs. Robinson has been a game changer for my child who now makes the honor roll and is happy to come to school. She feels proud that she is able to complete her work. Ms. Robinson gives that motherly love that every child needs to learn and grow; I can truly say that she is the best teacher my child has ever had.

April Recognized As Autism Awareness Month

April Recognized As Autism Awareness Month

A presentation was given by Mr. Bill Tomlinson, Executive Director for Student Services & ESE, at the school board meeting on April 28th recognizing April as Autism Awareness Month. He thanked Mr. Robert Cranmer and his staff for organizing the walk for Autism Speaks with such a great success. Karen Kozak, from the Fire District, spoke of their work with the children to interact with the firefighters and the fire truck. They also taught children about calling 911 and fire prevention, and look forward to their continued support and partnership with St. Lucie Public Schools.

In the featured picture are, Genelle Yost, Esther Muniz-Guzman, Valentina Whyte, Kimberly Willis, Bill Tomlinson, and Dr. Donna Mills.

In the second picture are, Dr. Donna Mills, Karen Kozak, Adam Zuccaro, Pete Villoasuso, Genelle Yost, and Bill Tomlinson.
April Autism Month Firemen

April Is School Library Month

April Is School Library Month

The American Association of School Librarians celebrate school librarians and their programs every April during School Library Month. During this time, school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community learn more about the essential role that strong school library programs offer to tranform learning.  To learn more, visit http://www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy/slm

April Is Autism Awareness Month

April Is Autism Awareness Month

Join us in celebration for 2019 National Autism Awareness Month! National Autism Awareness Month represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance, and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.

Put on the Puzzle! The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. Autism prevalence is now one in every 59 children in America. Show your support for people with autism by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon – as a pin on your shirt, a magnet on your car, a badge on your blog, or even your Facebook profile picture – and educate folks on the potential of people with autism!  For more information visit https://www.autismspeaks.org

Applebee’s Above and “Bee”yond Winner!

Applebee’s Above and “Bee”yond Winner!

In the Applebee’s Above and “Bee”yond contest, Nikayia wrote an essay about Mrs. DeVries and how she deserves to win this award. Nikayia’s essay was chosen and Mrs. DeVries was the St. Lucie County Applebee’s Above and Beyond winner! She will receive $500 to spend in her classroom for the 2019-2020 school year. Congratulations, Mrs. DeVries! Thank you for all you do!

APF Students Love Santas Pancake Breakfast

APF Students Love Santas Pancake Breakfast

​The K-2 Elementary Chorus performed on Saturday, December 6th at the Santa Pancake Breakfast. Students sang a variety of songs from Feliz Navidad to Let it Go. The APF Chorus wowed the audience with their stellar movements and beautiful singing. The 3-5 Advanced Chorus performed as well including an original holiday song to the music of “Royals” by Lorde. Both groups worked extremely hard and their dedication showed in their amazing performance.