Botanical Gardens Plant Sale Honor Guard

Botanical Gardens Plant Sale Honor Guard

On February 10th and 11th, the Jaguar Battalion participated in the annual Port St. Lucie Botanical Garden Plant Sale. From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm both days, a Battalion cadet helped plant shoppers carry multiple plants or heavy plants to their vehicles. Participation in this event was a win-win for the Botanical Gardens as well as for the cadet who earned community service hours and donations for the Battalion.

Bowl for Kids Sake

Bowl for Kids Sake

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Forest Grove Middle School faculty and staff participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake event on Saturday, September 26th. Forest Grove Middle school placed third for the 1pm session.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Bowl for Kids’ Sake

This year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake proved to be inviting and exciting for participants in St. Lucie County as school teams and SLPS departments took to the lanes with other community organizations.

The annual fundraiser is more than just bowling.  “It’s about the kids and raising money to support the mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters!”

 

Bowl For Kids’ Sake

Bowl For Kids’ Sake

St. Lucie Public Schools supports Big Brothers Big Sisters each year during the annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake campaign.  This year, five schools were recognized by the organization for their tremendous fundraising efforts.

Morningside Elementary
1st Place $1,037.95

Floresta Elementary
2nd Place $970.50

Rivers Edge Elementary
3rd Place $830.00

F. K. Sweet Elementary
4th Place  $731.40

Samuel S.  Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies
5th Place  $606.05

Bowl for Kids Sake Winners

Bowl for Kids Sake Winners

At the School Board Meeting on October 14th Dr. Judi Miller, Big Brothers Big Sisters, recognized winners from the Bowl For Kids Sake event. 100 % of all monies collected go to Big Brothers Big Sisters Reading Mentor Program. In fifth place was St. Lucie West K-8, Susan Seal and John Keelor. In fourth place was Palm Pointe Educational Research School, Debra Snyder and Beth Wuycheck. In third place was Rivers Edge Elementary, Kerri Walukiewicz and Ashley Easom. In Second place was Frances K. Sweet Elementary, Juanita Wright and Barbara Bennett; and First Place went to Floresta Elementary, Bernadette Floyd and Linda Menikheim.

Pictured are, Debbie Hawley, Christy Nuccio, Barbara Bennett, Mike Fitzgerald, Andrew McIntosh, Ashley Easom, Kerri Walukiewicz, Christine Hill, John Keelor, Susan Seal, Genelle Yost, Bernadette Floyd, and on the front row are, Linda Menikheim, Cemera Clancy, and Judi Miller.

 

Branstorms brewing at Allapattah Flats

Branstorms brewing at Allapattah Flats

Students in eighth grade language arts classes at Allapattah Flats K8 are busy brainstorming and categorizing different topics. Pictured, from left, Jonaton Jeantry, Latonia Jones, and Skylar Lasseur are racing against a clock to brainstorm as many phrases, words or related categories as possible. Once their time is up they create different categories to narrow the topic for the words they wrote on their desks. Students love the novelty of writing all over their desks, but don’t worry — the desk washes clean.

Breakfast gets festive at Allapattah Flats

Breakfast gets festive at Allapattah Flats

“Ho, Ho, Ho,” proclaimed Santa, at Allapattah Flats’ Santa Breakfast recently. Parents, teachers and students alike enjoyed the festivities as they watched Danya Etter’s elementary chorus perform several Christmas songs to bring in the holiday season, and eagerly awaited the arrival of Santa. The morning included a pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa and a holiday shop for all to enjoy. Students were overwhelmed with all the holiday decorations and couldn’t wait to tell Santa their wish lists. It was a great event for the whole family. Allapattah staff even took a quick moment to get their own picture with the man in red.

Breakfast With Santa

Breakfast With Santa

New Horizons Breakfast With Santa

Free for Youth 17 and Under

$5 for Adult or Bring an Unwrapped Gift

Saturday, December 2

8 AM – Noon

Mets Stadium/First Data Field

Toys for Tots Toy Drive

Breakfast With Santa Is Coming To Town

Breakfast With Santa Is Coming To Town

This is a FREE event for children in the community to visit with the big guy in the red suit, who brings good cheer and fun activities to local children in need.

Presented by the St. Lucie Mets, children are treated to an awesome all-you-can-eat breakfast, they decorate holiday cookies, make Christmas cards, and go home with photos of themselves with Santa.

There are few things more gratifying than to watch a child’s face light up with joy and wondrous excitement — particularly children served by New Horizons and other area agencies assisting youth who have experienced trauma, loss and other hardships. If they have a family, often resources are stretched thin to take care of medical bills, housing and special services. Too often, Christmas festivities are just not an option.

The goal for New Horizons is to help children create wholesome memories that will last a lifetime.

 

 

Bright and Beautiful Reading Therapy Dogs Thrill @ Northport!

Bright and Beautiful Reading Therapy Dogs Thrill @ Northport!

Wonderful things with literacy are happening in the K-2 section of Northport! This week is “National Dog Week!” In honor of our children building literacy skills in a fun way and dogs, Star Bright Therapy dogs have been visiting classes and titillating children to read. Reading therapy dogs have visited the classes of April Smith, Michelle Sharrah, Elaine Lawrence, Michele Kemp, Jennifer Lusardi, Deb Day, Denise Fields, Rose Rumer, Lorelle Ceville, Angela Rodriguez, Renee Immordino, Pam Mishler, Shana Cicio and Lorri Lamm.

The dogs and their loving owners have brought joy and companionship to the children and that is what is so important. Many thanks to Dorothy Blair from the SLC Public library and her group, Bright and Beautiful Reading Therapy Dogs.

We love the dogs @NP! Encouraging the love of reading is at the top of our list of goals!

Bring Interactivity To Your Canvas Modules!

Bring Interactivity To Your Canvas Modules!

Do you currently use Canvas in your classroom?  Do you want to learn how to add interactivity to your modules to increase engagement?  If so, you can learn more with this online learning opportunity, Adding Interactivity to your Canvas Courses.  Sign up now in Frontline.  Contact Julia Hilburn at Julia.Hilburn@stlucieschools.org with any questions.

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Britley Ritz Causes A Storm Of Excitement

Britley Ritz Causes A Storm Of Excitement

WPBF Meteorologist Britley Ritz did it again! She brought a storm of excitement to students at St. Lucie West K-8 during a special weather lesson.  Britley  helped students understand weather systems and answered the many interesting questions ranging from what it takes to be a meteorologist to detailed inquiries about hurricanes.

Thank you, WPBF, for your continued partnership!

 

Broadcom MASTERS Finalist from LPA

Broadcom MASTERS Finalist from LPA

At the October 14th School Board Meeting, Hafsa Saeed, a student from Lincoln Park Academy, was recognized as being a 2014 finalist in the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) competition. She will represent LPA and SLPS at Washington DC where she will get an opportunity to meet President Obama. Pictured are, Board Chair Debbie Hawley, Hafsa Saeed, Superintendent Genelle Yost, and Assistant Superintendent Kerry Padrick.

 

Budding scientists’ projects to highlight community showcase

Budding scientists’ projects to highlight community showcase

The community is invited to enjoy a showcase of hundreds of science projects created by some of our district’s youngest budding scientists in kindergarten through fifth grade at the 2012 St. Lucie Public Schools Science Showcase on Saturday, May 19 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Southern Oaks Middle School, located at 5500 N. E. St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie. The event is central to the school district’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiative and an opportunity for the community to appreciate the STEM resources available in St. Lucie Public Schools.

This free community event will also feature exhibitors from local science institutions and organizations, as well as STEM-related high school academies, including Treasure Coast Wildlife, Indian River State College, Savannas Preserve State Park, Florida Fish and Wildlife, Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Marine and Oceanographic Academy at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, and Fort Pierce Central High School’s Aeronautical Aviation Academy affiliated with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Families will be engaged with hands-on science activities, live animal shows, and interactive displays.  Fun items such as Frisbees and water bottles will be given away, and concessions will be available for purchase.  

For more information, call St. Lucie Public Schools K-12 Science Curriculum Supervisor Cristina Veresan at 429.3615.

Buddy Bench Awarded to Southport Middle School for Recycling to Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful

Buddy Bench Awarded to Southport Middle School for Recycling to Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful

To mark America Recycles Day, the City of Port St. Lucie awarded Southport with a “Buddy Bench” made from the plastic caps that students have been collecting and sending in to recycle. The participation from students, teachers, and Southport friends was amazing!  Principal Nicole Telese remarked, “This project not only helps our students to see the value in pollution prevention and recycling, it is also symbolic of our work to end bullying and to learn empathy.  The idea behind the “Buddy Bench” concept is that if someone is having a bad day or is struggling to form relationships with their peers, they can have a seat on the buddy bench and their peers can join them to offer support.”

Whether our students participated in Adopt-a-Street Litter Control or brought in plastic caps to recycle for their “Buddy Bench,”  Southport Middle School students want to bring awareness to keeping our community clean. We thank our Southport family for making both programs a true success.