Water Safety at Weatherbee

Water Safety at Weatherbee

Thanks to the Partnership in Education between Weatherbee Elementary and the United States Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce, Weatherbee’s first, third, and fifth graders were able to learn about water safety. Seaman Fawn Moro delivered an informative presentation, teaching the students how to stay safe in, on, and around the water. After the presentation, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary set up the ‘Let’s Talk Trash Game’ and the ‘Fishing Game’ for the students to learn the importance of keeping our waterways clean. Every student also had the opportunity to practice putting a personal floatation device on correctly. The students especially loved the surprise visit from PFD Panda.

Pictured: Mrs. McNair’s third grade class with USCG Station Fort Pierce and USCG Auxiliary

Wayne Gent Leads St. Lucie Public Schools as the New Superintendent

St. Lucie Public Schools welcomes Superintendent Wayne Gent to the helm of the District’s operations for educational excellence. Gent is an instructional leader with a proven record for advancing student achievement and maintaining a focus on improving learning opportunities for students. He also has deep roots in St. Lucie County as a former teacher, head basketball coach, assistant principal, principal, and Florida Principal in Residence.  “I am looking forward to supporting the growth of our students, educators, support staff, and community. Together, we will see SLPS recognized as an innovative and world class educational system,” stated Gent.

Superintendent Gent was selected as the clear choice to spearhead St. Lucie County’s public school system as was evidenced by a unanimous vote from the Board in February.  He transitions into this new role from his position as Superintendent for the School District of Palm Beach County.  In 2014, under his direct leadership, Palm Beach County out-performed Florida and all other large urban school districts with a graduation rate of 84%.  Palm Beach was the only large urban district to raise its graduation rate.

Gent graduated from Mars Hill College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Georgia.

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.

WCE Welcomes WPBF

WCE Welcomes WPBF

Britley Ritz, WPBF Meteorologist, received a warm welcome from White City Wildcats before she even stepped foot on campus. 

 

She recently visited the school to share an interactive and informative weather lesson on weather systems that included thunderstorms, tornadoes, tropical systems, and rip currents — all very relevant to students in South Florida.  A big shout out to WPBF and their on-going support to stay involved with our students!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather Update

Weather Update

St. Lucie Public Schools has a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan which includes procedures for weather events.

The District is working in close collaboration with its partners at the Emergency Operations Center in order to have the most reliable information to guide decisions, and we will continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the week.  Updates will be provided through our social media channels and media partners.

Please keep in mind, this is peak hurricane season.  It is advisable to make sure your “Hurricane Kit” is adequately supplied and your “Hurricane Plan” is up to date. 

Weatherbee 5th Graders Practice Math Skills at The Diner

Weatherbee 5th Graders Practice Math Skills at The Diner

Ms. Alyssa Barbieri furnished her 5th grade math students with a diner menu and $20.  They practiced adding and subtracting to the hundredths place by selecting three items within their $20 budget – calculating both the cost of the items and the change they would receive back.  Whether they chose the most expensive items or elected to spend the least amount possible, they had lots of fun while practicing their math skills!

 

Weatherbee Admin Get Doused With Gravy

Weatherbee Admin Get Doused With Gravy

At Weatherbee, we recently celebrated the end of our latest Reading Challenge. Classes that met their reading points goal were treated to watching our principal and assistant principal get doused with gravy!! The students who earned the highest amount of points in each class did the honors of pouring a cup of gravy over our literary pilgrims – a.k.a. Mr. Hitsman and Ms. Avellino.

Weatherbee ALS Ice Bucket Reading Challenge

Weatherbee ALS Ice Bucket Reading Challenge

Weatherbee collected a dollar from each participant for “Jeans Day”.  All the donations will go to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (when the messages from our brains that tell our bodies to move do not get to our muscles).  Along with the fundraiser, the school had an Ice Bucket Reading Challenge!

Top readers in each class got to dump a bucket of ice water on a teacher or staff member chosen from a special list.  The top overall readers in the school got to earn the privilege of dumping buckets of ice water on Mr. Hitsman and Ms. Avellino.  The students accumulated 8,176 points through Reading Counts in six weeks. “READERS ARE LEADERS!”

Weatherbee Celebrates Kids at Hope Day

Weatherbee Celebrates Kids at Hope Day

Weatherbee Elementary School celebrated National Kids at Hope Day during student led conferences. Each student took a letter and sat with their parent(s) or other caring adult and wrote down why they are a Kid at Hope.  The letters were then posted outside of the individual teacher’s room spelling out “Kids at Hope, No Exceptions!” Teachers came out and took a picture with their classes, which were put together in one large poster to display on campus.

Weatherbee Celebrates Other Caring Adults!

Weatherbee Celebrates Other Caring Adults!

In recognition of the many contributions our families make to children, Weatherbee Elementary opened its doors to welcome grandparents, family members, and friends for our Kids at Hope Celebration on September 10th and 11th.
Jahson Nelson and his special friend share lunch at Weatherbee’s Other Caring Adults Luncheon last week.

Weatherbee Celebrates Our Volunteers

Weatherbee Celebrates Our Volunteers

September 9th the volunteers at Weatherbee Elementary were given a breakfast and orientation for new prospects.  Last year our volunteers donated over 7,000 hours of their time to our classrooms.  We look forward to seeing more of them in this coming school year and appreciate all they do for our children.  Featured here are Elizabeth Thomas, PTO President, and  Donna Pancoast.

Weatherbee Elementary celebrates national soup month

Weatherbee Elementary celebrates national soup month

 Students in Julie Moore’s enrichment class at Weatherbee Elementary celebrated National Soup Month by serving students and staff a hearty bowl of their delicious soup.  Students participated in this authentic learning experience under the direction of Andrea Pierson, Cafeteria Manager.  Pictured, from left, are Marcus Reed, Jessica Eastland, Britney Ellisaint and Andrea Pierson.

 

 

 

Weatherbee Elementary faculty embraces mentor program

Weatherbee Elementary faculty embraces mentor program

Weatherbee Elementary School faculty participated in a math routine training led by math coach Teresa Longar as a part of the monthly new teacher/mentor meetings.  Pictured, from left, are guidance counselor Nitza Roman, ESE teacher Christine Gawlak, Teresa Longar, second grade teacher Monica Adhin, fourth grade teachers Shannon Walsh and Jennifer Nelson, second grade teacher Tammie Pittsley, fifth grade teacher Kim Brennan-Lee, principal Michael Hitsman, ESE teacher Roberta Weil, and kindergarten teacher Christel Denson. 

 

Weatherbee Elementary honors employee recognition nominees

Weatherbee Elementary honors employee recognition nominees

Weatherbee Elementary recently honored all of the school’s nominees for various awards that will be presented at this year’s Night of the Stars employee recognition ceremony. Pictured are Monica Adhin, Weatherbee Elementary’s nominee for Outstanding First Year Teacher, with Principal Michael Hitsman, left, and Assistant Principal Dianne Young.