On Saturday, March 30, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion conducted a fundraiser in the parking lot of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts to raise money for the Regional Champion Drill Team. Cadets pre-sold tickets for several weeks prior to the fundraiser to help increase participation in the event. The 23 cadets who participated raised enough money to offset the cost of attending the State Drill Meet coming up on April 13, 2019. The cadets are now able to afford transportation to the State Championship Drill Meet in Lakeland, Florida!
This week, we are featuring an all new Que Pasa St. Lucie featuring Superintendent Gent, UF/IFAS hosted by Ken Gioeli, Legal Affairs hosted by Diamond Litty, and Live United hosted by Kenrick Thomas. Watch and see what is happening within our schools and our community!
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State of the Schools Update
Ms. Whitney Lerman and her kindergarten students are teaming up with Mrs. Andrea Pierson, Cafeteria Manager, to grow and serve ‘school grown’ vegetables on the cafeteria line at Weatherbee. The veggies shown will be transformed into coleslaw and salad and served in our cafeteria for lunch!
Please join us to celebrate the arts in our schools on Thursday, April 11, 2019, from 6:00PM-8:00PM at Treasure Coast High School.
On Saturday March 30, 2019, the Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s Marksmanship Team competed at Sebastian River High School in the inaugural American Legion 12th District 3P Air Rifle Match. Our cadets: Cadet Major Joleen Kalinowski, Cadet Captain Mathew Simmons, Cadet Corporal Emmalyne Lewiston, and Cadet Sergeant First Class Edward Cook competed against 12 other schools from three counties. The match was to help prepare cadets for the Area 3 South Regional Air Rifle Meet on April 6th at Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach, FL. Cadet Corporal Emmalyne Lewiston scored a 431 and received a medal for Best Shooter at Port St. Lucie High School!
April is designated as National School Library Month! Northport 9/11 Children’s Memorial Library is a tribute to the learning and achievement that occurs on a daily basis at our school. Please help us celebrate our library by giving a salute to the research, books checked in and out daily, and the many programs that happen in the media center to extend and promote knowledge and learning. We promote free choice in reading, and librarians are always on hand to promote the love of good books. Our services and programs are planned and ALWAYS reflect the love of our students. We mindfully plan for the teaching of citizenship, service, empathy, kindness, commitment, respect and integrity. Please thank a public school librarian/media specialist every chance you get!
Northport K-8 middle school girls are champion basketball players! The girls, coached by teacher Stephanie Soomar, recently played their final game. Every player contributed and the girls played their hearts out to bring home the District victory.
Northport K-8 participated in the 2019 Relay For Life recently held at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center this month. Northport is happy to provide community service and to receive the lessons that the students learn about cancer, care, kindness, and empathy. Northport’s team won Best in Show for the Lip Sync contest and participated in the Luminaria Walk and the Road to Recovery. We are so thankful for our entire Relay For Life team for their participation!
Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Criminal Justice students toured the St. Lucie County Emergency Operations Center. This tour was hosted by St. Lucie County officials and the St. Lucie County Human Resources Department. Students gained insightful information on potential careers and how to utilize their industry certification starting this summer! Students are excited and looking forward to the many opportunities right here in St. Lucie County.
FPCHS Medical Academy students were shining at the HOSA State Competition in Orlando, FL. Congratulations to all of our students on their amazing accomplishments!
Ben Taulbee- Nursing Assisting
Cassandra Connor, Sebastian Falconi & Yamilet Avilies- Community Awareness
Jose Enriques- Vet Science
Marie Ramirez, Tamia Foxx, Yedanny Dominguez, Irene Vallejo, Tamia Renaud- Health Education.
Haley O’Connor- Human Growth and Development.
Jamal Theobault- Medical Spelling
Aaliyah Frank- Home Health
On Wednesday March 28, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion attended its 25th Annual Awards Ceremony. Guests from veteran associations collaborated with school staff and presented awards to deserving cadets. Cadets received awards for academic achievement, leadership qualities, and patriotism. Cadets were proud to receive recognition for their hard work. Starting the ceremony was the Color Guard commanded by Cadet Command Sergeant Major Victoria Diaz, accompanied by Cadet Major Joleen Kalinowski, Cadet 1st Lieutenant Lila Meade, and Cadet Sergeant Alex Nangle. The Master of Ceremonies announcing the awards was Cadet Major Dariel Parzych. Cadets featured in the images below are: Cadet Corporal Emmalyne Lewiston with PSLHS Principal Adrian Ocampo and Cadet Sergeant Isaiah Hylton with Senior Army Instructor Lieutenant Colonel Nevarez.
The Florida Department of Education selected TCHS Principal Susan Seal to serve on the Level 2 School Principal Performance Assessment Task Development Team. The purpose of this team is to develop performance tasks aligned to the competencies and skills finalized as part of the Level 2 School Principal Performance Assessment development process. Congratulations, Ms. Seal for being chosen for this honor!
SLPS’s own Coordinator of ELL/Translation Services, Clarissa Duskin, is featured in an article on the website, Malty the Blue Tiger, a website where children’s books help teach another language. Clarissa is featured in the article called, “Ask an Expert: How can I help my child be confident in her second language skills?” Click here to read the full article!
Every registered voter in St. Lucie County will receive a postage paid mail-in ballot on or about April 3rd. This is a very important referendum to raise teacher pay, keep a school resource officer on every campus, and enhance mental health services for our children. A Citizens Advisory Committee will have oversight to guarantee every dollar goes where it is intended.
Please cast your ballot and make your voice heard. Return your ballot on or before April 23 in the postage-paid envelope.
Southport’s cafeteria staff delivered a healthy treat to Mrs. Sharon Dudash’s students along with a nutritious lesson on how plants grow. After finishing up a project on seeds in their class, Cafeteria Manager Eileen Kielbasa presented a lesson on how plants grow using Florida grown vegetables from the Farm to School initiative. The students got to see the seeds inside the vegetables, and enjoyed a healthy snack later in the afternoon. According to the project’s website, “Florida’s Farm to School initiative allows students to gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips. Farm to School empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while enhancing the connection that communities have with local grower.” The initiative aims to increase children’s consumption of nutritious foods in their diets and inform how healthy food plays a vital role in their present and future health.
On Friday, March 29th, Palm Pointe fourth graders participated in an exciting day of writing e”lab” oration stations. Students had an opportunity to travel to different stations and refine their writing through various mini-lessons and practice. They were thrilled to show what they know after working hard all year on the writing process. Towards the end of the day, students got to participate in a balloon drop that included balloons with positive messages to let them know they can do it. Students will take their FSA Writing Assessment on Tuesday, April 2nd.
In celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, Mr. Chad Guess took a group of Mariposa students to the All County Chorus which was held at Lincoln Park Academy. Radley Yackamouih, Alexis Whyms, Karina Arocho, Nathalie Carrion, Szofi Viskolcz, and Celeste Swanson sang with students from other St. Lucie Public Schools during the annual All County Chorus event.
FPCHS art students were honored by the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. FPCHS student Noah Weston won an Honorable Mention for his Portfolio piece, Prize Chicken. Student Justin Brunelle won the prestigious Gold Key Award from Scholastic for his photograph, Friend in the Dark. Congrats to these two talented art students!
Hot off the press! Save the dates! 2019 SLPS Spring Graduation Dates are announced.
Coming April 26, 27, and 28, LPA Drama Department Proudly Presents: Hairspray the Musical!