Westwood Panther Battalion Supports!

Westwood Panther Battalion Supports!

On Monday, January 16, Fort Pierce Westwood JROTC Battalion participated in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in Fort Pierce, Florida. The Panther Color Guard also presented the national colors as they marched down Martin Luther King Blvd. A mass formation of cadets followed behind the Color Guard. They marched and shouted cadences exciting the crowd around them. Many Fort Pierce Westwood alumni and children shouted positive comments while the cadets marched. The Battalion endured many miles marching all while maintaining their military bearing. Parents, teachers, officials, and children were all impressed with the improvement the program has experienced over recent years.

Westwood Raider Consistency

Westwood Raider Consistency

On October 29th, Fort Pierce Westwood hosted its Annual Raider Meet. This was the second competition of the year for Westwood’s Raider Team. Eight teams competed, each having sub-teams for a total of  fifteen teams. These teams represented area high schools ranging from Okeechobee to Santaluces. There were three categories, each one stacked with heavy competition.

Westwood itself was in the mixed category, also the largest. The Westwood Raider team pushed themselves to compete with other schools. Westwood was able to secure two second place spots and showed great improvement over recent years. The Raider Team consisted of Thomas Lovell, Carina Ocampo, Omar Zunigar, Ryan Hartley, Timothy Reese, Vanessa Cruz, Karina Maldonado, Braden Rigsby, Jamerick Morrel and Marie Jean. The team captains were Brandon Payen and Nathen Andrews.

Westwood Students Collect Over 1,600 Food Items For Food Bank!

Westwood Students Collect Over 1,600 Food Items For Food Bank!

Students at Fort Pierce Westwood’s Marine and Oceanographic Academy are making a difference in the local community! The Leadership class at M.O.A. organized the food drive encouraging the campus to bring in food donations. The student body overwhelmingly responded with a grand total of 1,669 food items collected — all of which are being donated to the Treasure Coast Food Bank.

Awesome job, Panthers, on the successful food drive!

Westwood’s Agriscience Virtual Field Trip

Westwood’s Agriscience Virtual Field Trip

Fort Pierce Westwood Academy, W.E.S.T. Prep’s Agriscience program hosted a virtual field trip for Samuel S. Gaines Academy, Forest Grove Middle and Allapattah Flats K8 schools. Students explored the Agriscience career pathway with out leaving their classroom.

Westwood’s Criminal Justice Students Tour Emergency Operations Center

Westwood’s Criminal Justice Students Tour Emergency Operations Center

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.

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Westwood Holiday Gift

Westwood Holiday Gift

Students from Fort Pierce Westwood Marine and Oceanographic Academy had a holiday celebration before Winter Break where they shared various food and activities from all over the world. As part of the festivities, money was collected to aide the Hibiscus Children’s Center of the Treasure Coast. Westwood MOA students raised a total of $580, all of which was donated.

What a Difference a Year Makes

What a Difference a Year Makes

It has been said that every cloud has a silver lining.

If a cloud can produce a silver lining, just think what a hurricane like Irma can do. New friendships are formed, care for others is demonstrated, a chance to calm the nerves of those who are frightened is taken, food is provided, help is given, laughter becomes common language among those who come to seek shelter, and finally, sometimes even romance blossoms!

As the winds blew and the rain poured outside the Lakewood Park Elementary Shelter, the flood water began rising. Inside, a flood of a different kind was sweeping the campus — a flood of caring as residents and staff sought ways to help one another. Mrs. White, retired and ready to volunteer in any way, entertained the children during the day and walked the floor with a tiny baby in the early morning so the mother could sleep. Hallway neighbors began to look out for those who were not always able to care for themselves, seeking out the help of staff when their newfound friends were in need. So many stories, so much laughter, and compliments about the amazing efforts of the staff sent reassurances to them that what they do in times of crisis does indeed make a difference in the lives of others.

The Lakewood Park team also learned of a special couple whose relationship began when they met at the shelter during Hurricane Matthew just one year earlier.  The two walked and talked their way through one blustery night and when the shelter doors opened at Lakewood Park Elementary one year later to once again host shelter residents from Hurricane Irma, the two returned.  This time, they returned celebrating their one year anniversary as a married couple.

In 2016, both were fairly new to St. Lucie County.  Doris was from Kentucky and Rick was from Pennsylvania. Now, they both call St. Lucie their home, and for them, Hurricane Irma offered a bit of a nostalgic spirit to celebrate.

What is Autism?

What is Autism?

April is Autism Awareness Month which provides outstanding opportunities to increase our knowledge, understanding, acceptance, and appreciation of Autism as well as all levels of disabilities, and thus continue our efforts to promote inclusionary environments for Students with Disabilities.

SLPS staff and students are wearing blue each Friday in April.

What is Autism? (AutismSociety.Org)

What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes. Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities. Again, a person on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others besides. The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity.

In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 68 births in the United States – nearly twice as great as the 2004 rate of 1 in 125 – and almost 1 in 54 boys. The spotlight shining on autism as a result has opened opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve families facing a lifetime of supports for their children. In June 2014, researchers estimated the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism is as great as $2.4 million. The Autism Society estimates that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism. (This figure includes research, insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for autism, educational spending, housing, transportation, employment, related therapeutic services and caregiver costs.)

Learn About @ccess Now

Learn About @ccess Now

@ccess Now is a fundamental shift in teaching and learning to support the mission of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS): to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools, equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Students will have access to a digital learning device and personalized, blended, interactive curriculum to support their acquisition of personal learning goals. Teachers to more effectively facilitate instruction, manage curriculum, collaborate with their peers, and engage today’s digitally wired students. This initiative is not about a device per se; it is about providing 24/7 access to content. This is about learning innovation.

What is the oxygen level of water?

What is the oxygen level of water?

Students from Nardi Routten’s fourth grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary recently enjoyed an unique  learning experience at Blind Creek Park. Students rotated through four different activities: seining, beach clean-up, water testing, and mangrove planting/measuring.  Jennifer Fleschner, a  parent volunteer helped Jason Moore and Annamarie Brosnihan test the river water for oxygen levels.  The students concluded that the deeper the water level, the higher the oxygen levels.

What’s Coming Up On WLX-TV

What’s Coming Up On WLX-TV

Watch an all new episode of #BuildAFuture Career and Technical Education, hosted by LeiNitia Robinson, on YouTube. Also, you can watch an all new Eye on St. Lucie hosted by Kerry Padrick on YouTube and television. While you’re there subscribe to our channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV.

Weekly Programming Guide
 
#BuildAFuture
Eye on St. Lucie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHZyGRFCPOs

What’s New on the Education Channel

What’s New on the Education Channel

You can watch an all new episode of Hey Coach hosted by John Messina on YouTube. Also, you can watch a new Sak Pase hosted by Maggie Remy on YouTube and television.

While you’re there subscribe to the WLX-TV channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV.

Weekly Programming Guide

 

WLX-TV

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3GKMqcIjbgqXb7XDy27uYw

Hey Coach

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yj9qe_H3wA

Sak Pase

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS7qMH1ly8c

 

What’s New on the Education Channel

What’s New on the Education Channel

Watch an all new Eye on St. Lucie hosted by Kerry Padrick! We will be featuring new School Report episodes that you do not want to miss! Those include the Makerspace Launches and Elks Donations.
 
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as New Years Eve and New Years Day, we will have all-day Christmas marathons. The WPSL Christmas Kids shows will air along with holiday concerts from our schools. We will send the Christmas programming schedule to you all late tomorrow.
 
We are on Comcast Channel 13 (Fort Pierce), Channel 19 (Port St. Lucie), and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse. You can also catch us on YouTube. While you’re there, subscribe to our channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV.
 
 
Eye on St. Lucie
 
Makerspace Launch
 
Elks Donations
 
WPSL Christmas Kids
 
Happy Holidays and all the best to you in the year to come!

Thank you,

WLX-TV Media Services Team

What’s New on the Education Channel

What’s New on the Education Channel

Week 3 of the 2020 Teacher of the Year Interviews is airing now. Be sure to check that out! We will be also featuring an all new Foundation Focus hosted by Thom Jones, Notebook hosted by Jane Whitaker, and #BuildAFuture hosted by LeiNitia Robinson.
There are many exciting things happening in our schools and in our community, so you do not want to miss out on these shows!
 
We are on Comcast Channel 13 (Fort Pierce), Channel 19 (Port St. Lucie), and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse. You can also catch us on YouTube. While you’re there, subscribe to our channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV.
 
 
Teacher of the Year Interviews
 
Foundation Focus
 
Notebook
 
#BuildAFuture – CTE


Thank you,

WLX-TV Media Services Team

What’s Coming Up On WLX-TV

What’s New On WLX-TV

You can watch the first episode of WLX-TV’s newest show, #BuildAFuture Career and Technical Education, hosted by LeiNitia Robinson now, on YouTube. Also, you can watch Speakers Bureau hosted by Dr. Donna Mills and Notebook hosted by Jane Whitaker on YouTube and television.

 

While you’re there subscribe to our channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV.

Weekly Programming Guide
 
#BuildAFuture Career and Technical Education

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho3gwMN2pwo

Speakers Bureau

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjrr_majDxk

Notebook

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEDxe4i_AhI

White City 1st Grader Earns Top Fundraiser

White City 1st Grader Earns Top Fundraiser

White City Elementary School congratulates first grader Madison Maclachlan in Ms. Bianchi’s class! Madison was the school-wide top fundraiser for Jump Rope for Heart! Madison raised $370. This money is donated to the American Heart Association whose primary mission is to help “build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”  We are so proud of you Madison!  

Westwood Panther Battalion Supports!

White City Elementary 3rd Grade Class Celebrates

Miss Dewey’s classroom won a grant for Reflex Math Fact Fluency program.  The students have been using the program now for a week and are so eager for math time.  Reflex is game-based and highly motivational so students enjoy the learning process.  Reflex helps students of all ability levels to develop fluency with their basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. ReflexMath