Three Port St. Lucie High cadets selected for state leadership program

Three Port St. Lucie High cadets selected for state leadership program

By Sean Scott and William Benagh, Port St. Lucie High School

Three Port St. Lucie High School ROTC Jaguar cadets have been selected to attend Florida’s American Legion Boys’ State and Girls’ State, the starting point for many successful young people. These programs are coordinated by the American Legion, and thanks to Post 318, cadet First Sergeant Troy Conover and cadet Second Lieutenant Jeremy Dardon have the opportunity to travel to Florida State University in Tallahassee. Cadet First Lieutenant Devynn Rhodes will also be traveling to Florida State University to participate in Girls State. She was selected by Rita Woodburn, Girls’ State Chairperson for American Legion Post 318 Ladies Auxiliary. Delegates’ rooms are provided by Florida State University, and the delegates are given a tour of Florida’s capitol building. Boys’ State and Girls’ State are two rigorous and comprehensive leadership programs where students learn about Florida’s politics and government. High school juniors are selected to participate in the program, and expenses are paid for by the American Legion Post or local organization sponsoring them. While learning about the government and politics of Florida, the cadets also get the opportunity to receive high school and college credits. Overall, it is a great experience for the cadets, and Port St. Lucie High School appreciates the continuous support of American Legion Post 318 and the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion. Pictured, from left, are cadet First Sergeant Troy Conover, cadet Second Lieutenant Jeremy Dardon, and cadet First Lieutenant Devynn Rhodes.

Photo by William Benagh

Three local schools recognized for quarter century of excellence

Three local schools recognized for quarter century of excellence

Three St. Lucie County public schools were recgonized at the August 14, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting for continuously maintaining accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS-CASI) for 25 years. Windmill Point Elementary, Village Green Environmental Studies, and Northport K-8 Schools were presented a plaque to commemorate the achievement. While the highly regarded accreditation is a set of rigorous protocols and research-based processes for evaluating an institution’s organizational effectiveness, accreditation also examines the whole institution — the programs, the cultural context, the community of stakeholders — to determine how well the parts work together to meet the needs of students. Pictured, from left, with their school’s plaques are Windmill Point Elementary principal Jonetha Maness, Village Green Environmental Studies School principal Aretha Vernette, and Northport K-8 principal Glenn Rustay.

Three Fort Pierce Central student athletes sign scholarships

Three Fort Pierce Central student athletes sign scholarships

Three student athletes at Fort Pierce Central High School have signed letters of intent to attend colleges and participate in athletics. Ron Clarke, right, who earned a varsity letter for four years as a Cobra, will play football at Florida Institute of Technology. Gabby Lopez, center, who earned a varsity letter three years at Central, will play softball at Western Oklahoma State College. Marcus Sigmon, left, lettered in baseball four years at Central and will play  baseball Indian River State College.

 

Three Area Schools Distinguished

Three Area Schools Distinguished

Lincoln Park Academy, Palm Point Research School at Tradition, and West Gate K-8, have been distinguished by Florida’s State Board of Education as Schools of Excellence. To be eligible, schools must have an A or a B for each of the last three years and rank in the 80th percentile in their school type or grade grouping for at least two of the most recent three years.

“All three schools boast rigorous academic programs and cater to multi-age groups,” explained Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild. “Lincoln Park serves grades 6 – 12 and both Palm Point and West Gate serve grades K – 8.”

As a school principal, Henry Sanabria indicated that he is proud to include this as one of the Greyhound’s points of pride.  Palm Point’s Kathy Perez and Melissa Hutchings of West Gate agree that the distinction is a mark of excellence for their respective schools. All three school leaders attribute the positive qualities of each staff’s professional culture to on-going talent development and to the focus on student achievement.

 

 

Three Area Schools Distinguished

Three Area Schools Distinguished

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Lincoln Park Academy, Palm Point Research School at Tradition, and West Gate K-8, have been distinguished by the Florida’s State Board of Education as Schools of Excellence. To be eligible, schools must have an A or a B for each of the last three years and rank in the 80th percentile in their school type or grade grouping for at least two of the most recent three years.

“All three schools boast rigorous academic programs and cater to multi-age groups,” explained Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild. “Lincoln Park serves grades 6 – 12 and both Palm Point and West Gate serve grades K – 8.”

As a school principal, Henry Sanabria indicated that he is proud to include this as one of the Greyhound’s points of pride.  Palm Point’s Kathy Perez and Melissa Hutchings of West Gate agree that the distinction is a mark of excellence for their respective schools. All three school leaders attribute the positive qualities of each staff’s professional culture to on-going talent development and to the focus on student achievement.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast.  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.

 

 

This Sounds Like Something Great

This Sounds Like Something Great

Let’s hear it for Mr. Lee Langridge!

Mr. Lee Langridge, a safety system technician who works with the District Maintenance Department was recognized as a Star recipient based on his outstanding service to Lakewood Park Elementary’s stage PA and sound system.

According to school personnel, Mr. Langridge taught them the ins and outs of making sure the sound system was set up properly, and he took the time to get every single speaker, microphone, and amplifier adjusted to perfection.  The result was a VPK graduation that was spectacular and memorable for so many throughout the community!

 

 

 

 

Thirteen! The Musical – Lincoln Park Academy Theater

Thirteen! The Musical – Lincoln Park Academy Theater

The first weekend of November, Lincoln Park Academy Theater presented 13! The Musical.

Over the course of seven months, the students worked diligently to learn a plethora of lines, harmonies, and choreography that resulted in an immensely fun and honest performance and a close family bond between cast and crew. This heartwarming show of friendship and morals brought the audience to their feet in applause. It’s safe to say, this hilarious piece of theater was a tremendous toe-tapping success!

Third graders study Greek civilization

Third graders study Greek civilization

Kamryn Gardner and Morgan Busby show off their laurel wreaths while studying ancient Greece. Students in Stacey Johnson’s third grade RTI Enrichment group at F.K. Sweet Elementary are learning about the contributions of this ancient civilization to our modern society. Students discovered the roots of democracy and the Olympic Games. They enjoyed learning about the gods and goddesses and the myths that were told to explain the world around them, practiced writing letters of the Greek alphabet and learned where they are still in use today in our fraternal organizations.

Third graders rack up reading

Third graders rack up reading

How many kids does it take to read 20,979,863 words and rack up 8,490 points since the beginning of school in August? Well, it only took 17 third graders in Barbara Whellams’ class at F.K. Sweet Elementary School to accomplish such a task! To reward the students for reaching and surpassing their goal of 300 points each, the students will be treated to a movie matinee and concessions before the end of the school year. Reading Counts is a district wide program that encourages children to read and provides the classroom teacher with an array of information that can target  individual strengths and weaknesses.
Third Graders Garden at Frances K Sweet

Third Graders Garden at Frances K Sweet

Students in Barbara Bennett’s third grade class at Frances K Sweet had wonderful time learning while gardening. The students came to school on Saturday to gain some extra knowledge about plants, in preparation for their upcoming curriculum about plants and animals. Not only did the students come, but their parents also came and participated in this exciting learning experience. The students had an awesome time gardening and sharing their experiences with each other.

Third graders’ favorite book features unsavory character

Third graders’ favorite book features unsavory character

“Fly Guy” is a favorite read of third grade students at F.K. Sweet Elementary. Fly Guy is a character created by Tedd Arnold, author of more than 50 children’s books. Fly Guy can be found hanging out in garbage cans and eating his favorite foods, anything brown, oozy and smelly. These books are bound to make you smile and students Kayla Jungjohan, Justin Adrian, and Stoney Braynen are proof!
Third graders enjoy yummy math lesson

Third graders enjoy yummy math lesson

Third grade students Ajeya Adams and Julian Nunez in Barbara Whellams’ class at F.K. Sweet Elementary enjoyed a yummy math lesson on fractions using M & Ms. The students had several exercises on understanding that fractions can be a part of a whole, or part of a group. Afterwards, the M & Ms mysteriouly disappeared off each student’s desk.
Third grade students compete in spelling bee

Third grade students compete in spelling bee

Twenty one F.K .Sweet Elementary third graders students participated in the recent spelling bee. After 18 rounds of challenging words, the winners were finally declared. Pictured is Principal Juanita Wright applauding, from left, Shellanda Pierre, third place, De’ Jaunte Timothy, second place, and Caleb Cobb, first place.  Congratulations on a job well done.

Third Grade ELA Scores On the Rise

The Florida Department of Education released the Grade 3 ELA Scores, and the percent of Grade 3 students in St. Lucie Public Schools scoring satisfactory rose by two percent this year exceeding the State of Florida’s one percent gain.

Seventeen schools had a higher percentage of students with satisfactory scores over last year’s results, and some schools made significant gains.  Floresta Elementary realized an 11 percent gain, and two schools (Allapattah Flats and Oak Hammock) saw an eight percent gain. In addition to these gains, Morningside Elementary grew by seven percent.

“We recognize the significant impact early literacy has on our students’ overall success in school, college, and the world of work.  Therefore, St. Lucie Public Schools is heavily focused on improving the proficiency rates for our students.  We are excited to see that our positive trend in Grade 3 ELA aligns to our continuing improvements in our graduation rates. These results are a testament to the dedication and hard work of our administrators, teachers, and staff,” said Deputy Superintendent Jon Prince.

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 kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

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Third grade at Allapattah Flats moves full speed ahead with PBS

Third grade at Allapattah Flats moves full speed ahead with PBS

Third grade classes at Allapattah Flats are excited about Positive Behavior Support! The students that have earned 10 Gator Bucks are looking forward to a movie and popcorn party.  Students are working hard to show their best behavior and earn Gator Bucks. They also try to be good role models for other students and work their way towards becoming “Gator of the Month”.  In order to accomplish this, students must remember to follow the school wide PBS expectations of: Responsible, Respectful and Safe.  Way to go third grade. Pictured are Rhianna Sheehan, Jeremy Auguste, Heather Granjean, Gabriel Vernon, Jaida Haynes, Nevlee Litton, Lauren Bishop, Mariana Trujillo Naranjo, Madison Garcia, Connor Cook, Kahmyrah Greene

Thinking Pink at Fairlawn

Thinking Pink at Fairlawn

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.