5th Graders at FPMSA Present Pre-Columbian North American Projects

5th Graders at FPMSA Present Pre-Columbian North American Projects

Students in Mrs. Saunders’ 5th grade at FPMSA researched, prepared, and presented projects on Pre-Columbian North Americans. Students created posters or dioramas to display the information they acquired. Classmates learned from each other and learned from the past. Realizing how landscape, climate, and resources shaped the customs and homes was evident in their work.

5th Graders at APF Make STEAM

5th Graders at APF Make STEAM

Fifth grade students, Jaden Finch, Levi Jackson and Liliana Rivera, worked together as a group to complete their STEAM design challenge. Their goal was to create a water slide that was tall and safe by bringing a marble to the bottom and landing in a cup. In this design challenge the students incorporated their knowledge of force, motion, friction, building, measuring and creating prototypes!

5th Grade Students at Allapattah Flats K-8 Know Matter Matters!

5th Grade Students at Allapattah Flats K-8 Know Matter Matters!

Fifth grade students at Allapattah Flats K-8 know all about matter! They used shoe boxes to explore their creative side to display the three states of matter. Students were able to use correct vocabulary and elaboration with their provided “explanation” boxes. Some students showed the particle behavior of states of matter while others showed examples of solids, liquids, and gases. This was an optional extra credit grade and many students participated. Way to go everyone!

 

5th Grade FPMSA Students Visited the SLC Aquarium

5th Grade FPMSA Students Visited the SLC Aquarium

5th graders at Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts visited the SLC Aquarium on October 14th. Students were able to learn about the habitats of the Indian River Lagoon as well as the Atlantic Ocean. Students also had the opportunity to dissect oysters! Who knew learning could be so fun?

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59th State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida

59th State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida

2014 Statistics:  37 regional fairs held throughout the state representing 67 counties

890 students participated in the State Fair at Lakeland

St Lucie County Results:  12 of the 14 students representing St Lucie Public Schools won awards.

Robert Bacchus 1(Pictured) Robert M. Bacchus  (BIOCHEMISTRY) LPA High School Senior Division

  • 1st  Place Senior Division Biochemistry ($300 cash award)
  • 1 of 8 senior students chosen as BEST IN FAIR-GRAND AWARD YING SCHOLARS to represent St. Lucie Public Schools and the State Of Florida at the International Science Fair ($1,000 cash award)

Stephanie B. Fisher (BOTANY)  SLW Centennial High School Senior Division

  • National Youth Science Camp Award:  camp held in Monongahela National Forest in West Va.  This is an all-expense paid opportunity to include transportation.  This month-long summer, outdoor adventure program honors excellence through lectures, hands-on research opportunities and challenging outdoor activities.
  • New College of Florida: $2000 per year totaling $8000 over four years toward attendance at New College of Florida.
  • University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences:   $2,500 per academic year; this can be  renewed for up to four years.
  • Special Award-Association of Fertilizer and Phosphate Chemists-$100 Award for the students whose research exhibits excellence in research of chemistry, biochemist, botany and/or environmental science.
  • 3rd Place Senior Division Botany

Shreya Redy (ZOOLOGY) LPA-Middle School Junior Division

  • Special Award-Association of Fertilizer and Phosphate Chemists- Second Place $75 Award for the students whose research exhibits excellence in research of chemistry, biochemist, botany and/or environmental science.
  • Florida Agriculture in the Classroom:  $150 cash award and certificates for research involving interdisciplinary articulation.
  • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service Agriculture Award- $300 cash award for a project that demonstrates the principles and technical innovations that address a need of Florida agriculture and offer the greatest potential or scientific promise to increase agriculture production or efficiency in Florida.
  • Honorable Mention Junior Division Zoology

Cristin Donaldson (MICRBIOLOGY)-LPA Middle School Junior Division

  • NOAA’s Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award- A certificate and medallion to a student whose research emphasizes NOAA’s mission to understand and predict changes in Earth’s environment and conserve and mange coastal and marine resources to meet of nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs.
  • 3rd Place Junior Division Microbiology

Luke P. Horger (MICRBIOLOGY) LPA High School Senior Division

  • Florida Association of Science Supervisors (FASS) $50 cash award for project’s demonstrating outstanding scientific research.

Koushal Rao (ZOOLOGY) LPA School Seniors Division

  • Honorable Mention-Senior Division Zoology

Zoe Barbeau (ENGINEERING) Home School Senior Division

  • 4th Place Senior Division Engineering

Isabella Daza (ZOOLOGY) Home School Senior Division

  • 4th Place Senior Division Zoology

Rachel Dowell  (PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY) Home Junior Division

  • 2nd Place Junior Division Physics and Astronomy

Haniya Shareef (ZOOLOGY) LPA Middle School Junior Division

  • 2nd Place Junior Division Zoology

Priya Budhai (CHEMISTRY) Oak Hammock Junior Division

  • 1st  Place Junior Division Physics and Astronomy  ($200 cash award)

Hafsa Saeed (ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE) LPA Middle School Junior Division

  • 1st  Place Junior Division Environmental Science ($200 cash award)

Robert M. Bacchus  (BIOCHEMISTRY) LPA High School Senior Division

  • 1st  Place Senior Division Biochemistry ($300 cash award)
  • 1 of 8 senior students chosen as BEST IN FAIR-GRAND AWARD YING SCHOLARS to represent St. Lucie Public Schools and the State Of Florida at the International Science Fair ($1,000 cash award)
59th Annual State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida Winners

59th Annual State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida Winners

Recently hundreds of students participated in our Regional STEM Fair held in St. Lucie County. STEM education includes every field under the umbrella of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – everything from chemistry to physics, software design to trigonometry. From this academic showcase, individuals participated in the 59th Annual State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida held in Lakeland in April.

Our students participated and made quite an impact on a continuum of categories ranging from zoology to biochemistry. In fact, three of our 14 participants were invited to participate in the next level of competition- the International Science Fair in Los Angeles, California.

At the School Board Meeting on May 13th, students were recognized and presented plaques by Paul Reif, SLC Science Fair Coordinator, and Kerry Padrick, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.

The winners in each division were:

Junior Division 1st Place, Environmental Science- Hafsa Saeed, Lincoln Park Academy
1st Place, Chemistry- Priya Budhai, Oak Hammock K-8
2nd Place, Zoology- Haniya Shareef, Lincoln Park Academy
2nd Place, Physics & Astronomy- Rachel Dowell, Home School
3rd Place, Microbiology- Cristin Donaldson, Lincoln Park Academy
Honorable Mention, Zoology- Shreya Reddy, Lincoln Park Academy
Senior Division 1st Place, Biochemistry- Robert Bacchus, Lincoln Park Academy
3rd Place, Botany- Stephanie Fisher, St. Lucie West Centennial
4th Place, Engineering- Zoe Barbeau, Home School
4th Place, Zoology- Isabella Daza, Home School
Special Award, Luke Horger, Lincoln Park Academy
Honorable Mention, Zoology- Kousal Rao, Lincoln Park Academy
Participants- Ryan Beany and Savannah Senko

Pictured left to right are, Debbie Hawley (Board Chairman), Ryan Beany, Hafsa Saeed, Priya Budhai, Haniya Shareef, Alan Cox (SLWCH Principal), Deanna Pick (accepting for Home School students), Isabella Daza, Pam Dampier (LPA Principal), Cristin Donaldson, Shreya Reddy, Genelle Yost (Superintendent).

5 Star Schools Shine

5 Star Schools Shine

St. Lucie Public Schools proudly celebrates its 26 schools that were recently recognized as Five Star Schools in recognition of their community service.

The Five Star School Award was created by the Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council and is presented annually to those schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement. In order to earn Five Star School recognition, a school must show documentation that it has achieved 100 percent of the established criteria in the following categories.

  • Business partnerships
  • Family Involvement
  • Volunteerism
  • Student Community Service
  • School Advisory Councils

Schools must also earn a grade of “C” or above or improvement rating of “maintaining” or “improving” for the year of nomination.

Allapattah Flats K8 School

Bayshore Elementary School

Fairlawn Elementary School

Floresta Elementary School

Forest Grove Middle School        

Fort Pierce Magnet School

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School

Lakewood Park Elementary School

Lawnwood Elementary School

Lincoln Park Academy

Mariposa Elementary School

Morningside Elementary School

Northport K-8 School

Oak Hammock K-8 School

Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition

Parkway Elementary School

Port St. Lucie High School

Rivers Edge Elementary School

Southern Oaks Middle School

Southport Middle School

St. Lucie West Centennial High School

St. Lucie West K-8 School

Treasure Coast High School

Village Green Environmental Studies School

West Gate K-8 School

White City Elementary School

 

5 Star School Award

5 Star School Award

The Five Star School Award was created by the Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council and is presented annually to those schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement. In order to earn Five Star School recognition, a school must show documentation that it has achieved 100 percent of the established criteria in the following categories. Schools must also earn a grade of “C” or above, or school improvement rating of “maintaining or improving” for the year of nomination.

  • Business partnerships
  • Family Involvement
  • Volunteerism
  • Student Community Service
  • School Advisory Councils

Congratulations to:

Allapattah Flats

Bayshore

Fairlawn

Floresta

F. K. Sweet

Forest Grove

Lincoln Park

Morningside

Northport

Rivers Edge

St. Lucie West Centennial

St. Lucie West K-8

Southern Oaks

Southport

Treasure Coast

Village Green

West Gate

White City

Windmill Point

5 Levels of Leadership Book Study

5 Levels of Leadership Book Study

Administrators recently completed a book study to support on-going professional growth: John C. Maxwell’s The 5 Levels of Leadership.

“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.”

–John C. Maxwell

4th Grade is Magnetic at APF

4th Grade is Magnetic at APF

Chandler Snowden, Wyatt Clayton, and Cory Rendell are future Electric Engineers who are trying to determine how to effectively increase the strength of an electromagnet at Allapattah Flats.

4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

Sponsors for this year’s 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle fully support what STEAM stands for:
S (Science) SLPS Career and Technical Education Programs
T (Technology) Florida Institute of Technology
E (Engineering) Florida Power & Light
A (Arts) St. Lucie County Education Foundation
M (Mathematics) PNC Bank

This year’s awards are provided by Big Boyz Barbershop.

 

A sincere thank you to all of our sponsors!

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4th Annual Early Literacy Conference

4th Annual Early Literacy Conference

Early literacy is important! SLPS, in collaboration with many community sponsors, facilitated the annual early childhood conference which brought together nearly 200 public and private early childhood educators for the specific purpose of enhancing early childhood education.

This year’s theme: Kaleidoscope of Movement

Keynote Speaker: Jack Hartman

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4th Annual Early Childhood Learning Conference

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Voluntary pre-kindergarten (VPK) and kindergarten educators from across the District will convene on Fort Pierce Central High School’s campus for the Kaleidoscope of Movement Conference on Saturday, January 30, 2016. A wide array of talent development sessions will target early learning needs for four to six-year-old children with special sessions designed to support important learning opportunities for infants and toddlers. Interested public and private educators may register for this free event by contacting Dr. Mary Huffstetter at Mary.Huffstetter@stlucieschools.org.

A strong early learning initiative has grown in St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) for the last four years through the District’s partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. When asked why early learning is important to the overall educational needs of children, Early Childhood Coordinator Dr. Huffstetter stated that children who receive high-quality early learning experiences and opportunities experience greater success in kindergarten and in their subsequent school careers. “This is why we feel it is so important to provide on-going opportunities to learn and collaborate with one another. We want the very best for our children.”

SLPS supports 18 Title One VPK classrooms and the District works hand in hand with the Early Learning Coalition and ALPI Head Start to support consistent instructional practices and provide quality resources for teaching and learning.   The VPK Program is a free prekindergarten program for four-year-olds who reside in Florida and were born on or before September 1.

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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$40,000 Farm to School Award

$40,000 Farm to School Award

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – A $40,000 boost in funding is awarded by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Child Nutrition Services. This is part of the Florida Farm to School Award Program Grant according to Director of Child Nutrition Services Deborah Wuest. “We are so excited to receive this funding. It provides the opportunity to bring nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables directly in from our local producers and so much more,” said Wuest.

 

The Farm to School Program is a nationwide in scope, and it supports connections with students, communities, and local producers.  Educational programs including nutrition, how food is grown, and where it comes from is one valuable aspect of the grant.  Another benefit is the opportunity to enhance the local market by introducing locally produced fruits and vegetables into the schools’ purchasing network.

 

“It is a win-win,” said Wuest.  “Our students have access to fresh foods grown locally, and our own farmers and harvesters have the opportunity to network with our local schools.”  The Florida Farm to School Award Program must be applied for each year

 

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 rated 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.

 

3rd Annual HBCU/HSI College Fair

3rd Annual HBCU/HSI College Fair

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to bring opportunities to students for college and career success. On January 24, the school district hosted 18 historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) and Hispanic serving institutions (HSI) at the 3rd Annual HBCU/HSI College Fair. Students entered the fair prepared with resumes, test scores, and a mindset of moving on to the next level.  With over $5 million in scholarships offered that day, students were not disappointed.

SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Events such as this have the potential to change lives for our students, and we are committed to doing everything we can to connect their brimming talents with individuals and organizations offering pathways to rewarding careers.”

Gent attributes the success of this premier event to the District’s highly motivated secondary leadership team.  Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry has worked with local, state, and national colleges and universities; human resource organizations; Greek fraternities and sororities; local alumni; as well as local business leaders to make connections with the wide array of learning organizations that were in attendance at this year’s college fair.

“The idea is to help as many students as we can. This college fair is about students having options, and our students are definitely motivated to attend,” explained Perry. Students attended the fair well-prepared with completed FAFSA forms, awareness of interview techniques, and dressed for success.

SLPS Human Resources team was also in attendance to discuss the Promise is a Promise opportunity with students who plan to pursue education as a career and return to teach in St. Lucie Public Schools.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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3D Animation

3D Animation

Graphic designers develop and create designs for a variety of media including print publications, websites, and computer animation projects. Motion picture, computer, and video game companies also employ 3D animators and graphic designers due to increasing demand for high-quality visual effects, interactive media, and multi-player gaming solutions. These artists and designers also work in less high-profile industries including research and scientific interests. (St. Lucie West Centennial High School)
30th Annual St. Lucie County  Regional Science and Engineering Fair-STEM Competition  Slated for…

30th Annual St. Lucie County Regional Science and Engineering Fair-STEM Competition Slated for…

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – So, just how can you build a better mouse trap? Or how do you transform wastewater into purified drinking water for pennies per gallon? Come see for yourself as innovation and creation are on display at this year’s 30th annual St. Lucie County Regional Science and Engineering Fair – STEM Competition that is slated for Friday, February 8 and 9 at IRSC’s Kight Center in Fort Pierce.

 

The public is invited to view projects on Thursday, February 8.  Doors to the event are open from 8 AM to 4 PM.  Distinguished judges from area municipalities, research centers, and community organizations will speak to students about their projects and discern award status on Friday, February 9.

 

According to Paul Reif long-time event coordinator for St. Lucie Public Schools, the first place award winners in each category will move to the state level competition in March.  From there, top finishers have the opportunity to compete at the international level with thousands of other inquisitive-minded students.  Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair is scheduled for May and will take place in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. “Our students are wonderfully self-motivated.  Some began working on this year’s project at the close of last year’s STEM Fair.  Each year we have students bringing forth projects worthy of International attention, and I am certain that this year will be no different,” said Reif.

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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.

30th Anniversary at PSLHS

30th Anniversary at PSLHS

On Friday October 12, 2018, the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguars had their homecoming game against the Pompano Beach High School Golden Tornados. It was the 30th Anniversary of our school, and alumni came back to support and watch the game. Our homecoming game is the most popular football game of the season, so we had more cadets work this event.  Cadet Captain Hunter Payne oversaw visitor parking. For the home parking lot, the team of Cadet Captain David Alvarez, Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Justin Locklar, and Cadet 1st Sergeant Elyas Cardenas took charge. Lastly, manning the front gate was Cadet Captain Jonathan Nunez.

Presenting the colors was our color guard commanded by Cadet Captain Brianna Harris, accompanied by Cadet Sergeant Major Jonathan Geronimo as state flag bearer and Cadet Sergeant Lawrence Moleon- Mathews, and Cadet Sergeant Major Victoria Diaz as guards. The Cadets on the Saber Guard presenting the homecoming court were Cadet Captain Brianna Harris, accompanied by Cadet Command Sergeant Major Victoria Diaz, Cadet Sergeant First Class Lawrence Moleon- Mathews, Cadet First Sergeant Andre Hannon, Cadet Command Sergeant Major Jonathan Geronimo, and Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Justin Locklar.  

2ND ANNUAL HBCU/HSI COLLEGE FAIR HOLDS PROMISE FOR MILLIONS IN SCHOLARSHIPS

2ND ANNUAL HBCU/HSI COLLEGE FAIR HOLDS PROMISE FOR MILLIONS IN SCHOLARSHIPS

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) officials are looking forward to hosting what promises to be a gateway to college opportunities for hundreds of high school seniors on Monday, January 22, 2018.  The School District will host the second annual Historically Black College/University (HBCU) and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) College Fair for its students.  With over 17 major institutions slated to attend at Samuel S. Gaines Academy, excitement is escalating about pending on-the-spot scholarship opportunities and prospects for local students to attend prestigious programs.

 

SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent has been a major motivator behind the event since its inception.  “This event has the potential to transform the lives of many of our students.   Last year, over six million dollars in scholarships were offered to our students.  Our seniors are motivated, and they are coming to the Fair well prepared again this year with their completed FASFA forms, SAT/ACT score reports, and high school transcripts.”

 

Gent attributes the success of this event to the District’s highly driven secondary leadership team.  Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry and Program Specialist Kimberlee Cooper have worked with local, state, and national colleges and universities; human resource organizations; Greek fraternities and sororities; local alumni; as well as local business leaders to make connections with the wide array of learning organizations that will be in attendance.

 

“Our goal is to support as many students in reaching their college and career goals as we can. This College Fair is about students having options, and they are definitely enthused about attending. Our teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators are steadily working with them — doing everything they can to connect their brimming talents with individuals and organizations offering pathways to rewarding careers,” explained Perry.

 

SLPS Human Resources team will also be in attendance to discuss the Promise is a Promise opportunity scholarship with students who plan to pursue education as a career and return to teach in St. Lucie Public Schools.

 

 

 

2ND ANNUAL HBCU/HSI COLLEGE FAIR HOLDS PROMISE FOR MILLIONS IN SCHOLARSHIPS

2ND ANNUAL HBCU/HSI COLLEGE FAIR HOLDS PROMISE FOR MILLIONS IN SCHOLARSHIPS

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) officials are looking forward to hosting what promises to be a gateway to college opportunities for hundreds of high school seniors on Monday, January 22, 2018.  The School District will host the second annual Historically Black College/University (HBCU) and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) College Fair for its students.  With over 17 major institutions slated to attend at Samuel S. Gaines Academy, excitement is escalating about pending on-the-spot scholarship opportunities and prospects for local students to attend prestigious programs.

 

SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent has been a major motivator behind the event since its inception.  “This event has the potential to transform the lives of many of our students.   Last year, over six million dollars in scholarships were offered to our students.  Our seniors are motivated, and they are coming to the Fair well prepared again this year with their completed FASFA forms, SAT/ACT score reports, and high school transcripts.”

 

Gent attributes the success of this event to the District’s highly driven secondary leadership team.  Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry and Program Specialist Kimberlee Cooper have worked with local, state, and national colleges and universities; human resource organizations; Greek fraternities and sororities; local alumni; as well as local business leaders to make connections with the wide array of learning organizations that will be in attendance.

 

“Our goal is to support as many students in reaching their college and career goals as we can. This College Fair is about students having options, and they are definitely enthused about attending. Our teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators are steadily working with them — doing everything they can to connect their brimming talents with individuals and organizations offering pathways to rewarding careers,” explained Perry.

 

SLPS Human Resources team will also be in attendance to discuss the Promise is a Promise opportunity scholarship with students who plan to pursue education as a career and return to teach in St. Lucie Public Schools.

 

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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.