Each year St. Lucie Public Schools commends its Young Authors with a celebration. This year’s event will be at Oak Hammock School and the guest author will be Lois McGuire, author of Don’t Be That Kid At School! and her latest book, Don’t be that Kid at Home! Dr. McGuire’s books will be available for purchase at the event.
Want to get involved? Contact Ilyse.Brainin@stlucieschools.org
St. Lucie Public Schools put together an energy advisory board, consisting of vendors, engineers, district staff, utility company personnel, architects, engineers, school board members and others, to address ways to reduce utility costs. Rather than just considering individual schools with immediate needs, the group outlined a long-term plan for the entire district, looking at systems that would need to be replaced in five, ten and fifteen years. They evaluated their replacement vs repair options, taking into account maintenance expenses and the age of the chillers, and analyzed life cycle costs of replacement chillers. Thermal energy storage was suggested as a sustainable solution for the district.
Pleased with its long-term relationship with Trane, which included excellent equipment performance, superior service and training for its technicians, the district asked Trane to bid on its HVAC upgrades. Trane presented a chiller plant upgrade with thermal energy storage, using energy savings and utility rebates to offset the cost of the chiller investment.
The Treasure Coast Inter-Agency Transition Council gives the Navigation Award to five people from the four-county area. It is given to those we are leading the way by navigating transition services for supporting the successful transition of persons with disabilities from school to post-graduation. Penny Scialdo, School-Based ESE Specialist, has always been a proponent of seamless, positive transition for her students. We appreciate all she has done for the students in St. Lucie Public Schools. A big congratulations to Penny for her outstanding service!
Join Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office for Town Hall Meetings scheduled at high schools around the district. The purpose of these meetings is to inform the public about the referendum scheduled for mail-in vote on April 3, 2019. Superintendent Gent will share a brief presentation and afterwards the floor will be open to the public for questions.
Fort Pierce Central High School art students and culinary students are working together to bring awareness to a community problem. For $15 anyone can purchase a bowl, fill it with fresh hot soup prepared by the school’s culinary arts students and when they are done eating, the bowl goes home with them as a symbol of all the empty bowls in the community.
The bowls will be on sale at the Fort Pierce Farmers Market on Saturday, March 16th. All proceeds benefit the Treasure Coast Food Bank.
The Weatherbee Kindergarten Team was rewarded with a special whiz-bang, whatcha-ma-doodle, thing-a-ma-jiggity prize for having the most participation and most Seussical attire during the Hats Off to Dr. Seuss event on Friday, March 1st. Way to go Kindergarten Team!
What a stupendous morning at Northport K-8 celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss! Many thanks to Big Brothers Big Sisters and new CEO, Stacey Watson-Mesley, SLPS Board Members Debbie Hawley and Troy Ingersoll, and SLC Councilwoman, Stephanie Morgan. A big thanks to members of First United Methodist Church as well. We had a beautiful time celebrating literacy as a community. The students and their smiling, friendly, grins truly represented the best of Northport K-8 hospitality. Thanks to culinary arts instructor, Rachel Savela and her team of students who baked cakes for every VPK through third grade class. We truly are thankful and appreciative of all the community support that we receive. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Pictured are New Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Stacey Watson Mesley, SLPS Board Member Debbie Hawley, and Northport K-8 media specialist, Lynne Gruszka.
Students at Parkway Elementary got to sample Sweet Potato Fries on Thursday during lunch. Students learned where sweet potatoes are grown, how fries are made from them, and the surprising health benefits they provide!
We have a very important press conference on the air regarding the Referendum and School Safety. Our very own Superintendent Gent and Sheriff Ken Mascara will be sharing important information throughout the press conference. Watch our brand new episodes of Foundation Focus, hosted by Thom Jones, and #BuildAFuture, hosted by LeiNitia Robinson. You can also watch Notebook, hosted by Jane Whitaker, to find out more about Referendum.
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.
Northport fifth graders were excited to top off their unit on weather with a visit to the media center from Britley Ritz, ABC Channel 25 meteorologist. The students began the program with a water cycle Flocabulary review. The Flocab was titled, “I’m water, I make the planet blue!” Britley spoke about her fear of weather as a child, when she lived through a tornado. She went on to study meteorology and weather at Ball State University where she conquered those childhood fears. Students learned about warm fronts, cold fronts, dense air, friction, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, water spouts, tropical systems, and rip current safety. Students participated in several interactive lessons and had the exciting opportunity to engage Britley with some great questions.
Part of what makes Northport K-8 community-friendly is their continued battle against bullying. At Northport K-8, students and families are educated to stand up against bullying in all forms. This year, thanks to two community business partners who help make Northport K-8 flourish, IDProducts Source and David Toth Construction, donated enough money to bring our students two “Buddy Benches.” The community cares about our children and these donations put real, first rate effort into community service and community action. Northport K-8 is so grateful!
Do you need to pass one or more subtests of the General Knowledge Test? Beginning the week of April 1st, the Spring session of FREEGeneral Knowledge Tutoring will begin. Sign up today using the links below to register for a spot.
Math Tutoring will be offered on Tuesdays at St. Lucie West Centennial High School from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Sign up for the Spring session at tinyurl.com/GKSpringMath Password:GKTutoring
Reading Tutoring will be offered on Thursdays at Dan McCarty Middle School from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Sign up for the Spring session at tinyurl.com/GKSpringRead Password: GKTutoring
Contact Laurie Boyer at Laurie.Boyer@stlucieschools.org with questions.
Join us for the 2nd Annual Student Culinary Cook-Off, a collaboration of Child Nutrition Services and the Career and Technical Education Culinary Arts Program. The purpose of the event is for our student chefs in the Middle School and High School Culinary Arts Program to create enticing entrees that their peers would enjoy while following the USDA guidelines for the National School Lunch Program. The winning entrée will be placed on the menu for the 2019-2020 school year.
When: Wednesday, April 10th from 4-6 pm (Tasting will be at 5:30 pm)
Northport was so pleased to host Ary De Latorre from Dr. Cook’s Dental Office. With February being National Dental Health Month, students learned all about healthy sneezing, correct hand washing techniques, and how to brush their teeth properly. Students also learned not to share toothbrushes, how to floss, and how to eat to deter bacteria. It was a great learning experience, and we appreciate all the time spent educating our youngest students on proper teeth brushing. Thank you very much to Dr. Cook’s Dental Office!
Two of our area high schools were featured in the Spring 2019 e-newsletter for Gaetz Aerospace Institute and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. See the articles and featured photos below!
School safety is a concern not only for parents, teachers, administrators, but also for students that attend school. When local law enforcement asked students to assist them in a school safety plan, they provided some high tech solutions. Students at Fort Pierce Central High Schoolprovided drones as an option to help with school safety. (Image below)
Fort Pierce Central High School students visited Triumph Aerostructures in Stuart, Florida during Florida Aviation Business Association week. They were able to tour the production facility that produces flight control surfaces for Boeing aircraft. Students really enjoyed the opportunity and look forward to possible internships with Triumph. Thank you Triumph Aerostructures! (Image below)
Emma Teague from Piper Aerospace Company of Vero Beach presented at Treasure Coast High School to the AFJROTC and ERAU dual enrolled students/cadets. Ms. Teague discussed the Piper Apprenticeship Program for seniors that are interested in a career in the aviation industry. Students have an opportunity to apply for this apprenticeship, and if selected will be hired full time after graduation at Piper for two years while completing the program.
Later this spring, three Saint Lucie Public Schools: Morningside Elementary, Oak Hammock K-8, and West Gate K-8 will each receive a Buddy Bench.
A Buddy Bench is anti-bullying, and keeps plastic out of the landfill! It’s a brightly colored bench made from recycled plastic caps that’s also a ‘safe space’ – signaling when a child has a need, and teaches all of the children about the environment.