9/11 Art

9/11 Art

Student artists from St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) channel their talents in a tribute to the heroes of 9/11.  Through a collaborative art project between SLPS and the City of Port St. Lucie, students are helping to beautify the city by painting murals that will be transferred to wraps for traffic utility cabinets throughout the city.  A special 9/11 tribute cabinet created by art students at Lincoln Park Academy will be unveiled at the upcoming remembrance ceremony for 9/11 victims and first responders.  The ceremony, which begins at 8:30 AM, will take place at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, Memorial Fountain on Sunday, September 11.  In addition to student artists, members of the Treasure Coast High School Symphonic Band will also participate in the ceremony.

When asked about the project, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “Our students are keenly aware of the importance of the events that occurred on 9/11, and this art project demonstrates a great depth of their understanding.”  The design for the project is a result of several artistic interpretations of this day in history.   According to eleventh grader Alivia Bienz, “9/11 to me is a day of great despair and of unity. In my painting, I wanted to depict the deep sorrow that civilians, first responders and people everywhere felt. This included the infamous dust clouds that swept through the city as the buildings collapsed. But in the light of all things, I put a sunrise behind the scene and the light beams from where the twin towers stood. The first responders and angel in the cloud formations act as guardians of the city. This was to symbolize the hope and unity that arose from the act of terrorism in all Americans that day. The towers are in almost a heavenly blue to give the feeling of peace and remembrance of all the lives lost that day.”

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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Student artists at Lincoln Park Academy work on the 9/11 tribute cabinet that will be unveiled at the upcoming remembrance ceremony for 9/11 victims and first responders.

 

 

9-11 Presentation at Port St. Lucie High School

9-11 Presentation at Port St. Lucie High School

On September 11, 2014 in the Port St. Lucie High School Auditorium, Deputy Rosario gave a very powerful lecture on his personal experiences on that dreadful day in New York when the Twin Towers toppled to the ground.  The presentation began with a student who sang God Bless America and led in the Pledge of Allegience. The JROTC posted the colors. Deputy Rosario spoke about his personal experiences and how many of the first responders came to support the situation with disregard to their own safety, while helping others. He also shared a power point presentation. “This was the best presentation that I have ever seen on 9-11,” stated Ronald Frazier, Teacher Leader & Adjunct Professor IRSC Dual Enrollment PSLH.
Deputy Rosario read a quote from George S. Patton in commemoration to 9-11. Paraphased:  America was down, but America will bounce back.

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Port St. Lucie High School students attended a ceremony during third period on September 11, 2018, to recognize and recollect the tragedy that happened on September 11, 2001.

The ceremony began with the Presentation of Colors by the Jaguar Battalion’s Color Guard commanded by Cadet Captain Brianna Harris, accompanied by Cadet Sergeant Justin Locklar as state flag, Cadet Sergeant Alexis Morris as national guard and Cadet Sergeant Shane Canady as state guard. In the ceremony, students witnessed videos and heeded a speech given by Deputy Milton Rosario who was an eyewitness and first responder at ground zero when this event took place. In his speech, he gave vivid descriptions of what he felt and saw. It was a humble commemoration of the tragic events that took place on that day.

 

8th Grade MOA FGMS

8th Grade MOA FGMS

8th grade MOA students planted slash pine seedlings for the Moore’s Creek, Wesley Island restoration project. They will continue taking care of them until they are large enough to transplant where they are needed! What a great way to support our local waterways and learn proper growth care of plants! Way to go Bulldogs!!

 

Cobras sign seven for college football

Cobras sign seven for college football

Seven Fort Pierce Central High School football players signed letters of intent on National Signing Day to play football. Cobras who have officially committed and are pictured, from left, include: Josh Knight, Marshall University; Stacey Noble, Jackson University; Cobras head football coach Josh Shaffer; Garrett Smith, Mercer University; Marcus Levy, Bowling Green University; Jerandious Works, Jacksonville University; and Joseph Figueroa, Colgate University. Not pictured is Maurice Campbell, who signed a letter of commitment to Southern University for football.

Centennial HOSA members join others at leadership camp

Centennial HOSA members join others at leadership camp

Members of several St. Lucie County high school HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) organizations attended a leadership conference in the beautiful facility of Camp Kulaqua in High Springs, Florida, accompanied by their teachers. The Leadership Development Camp, or LDC, was definitely worth it all. St. Lucie West Centennial HOSA officers left for that weekend in hopes of learning skills to become more effective leaders, and that goal was accomplished. HOSA members from Treasure Coast and Fort Pierce Central high schools also attended, along with over 300 HOSA students from all over Florida. participants learned skills in communication, public speaking, problem solving, and so much more. The food was great, too! There wasn’t a minute wasted at camp and making friends wasn’t hard at all. Overall, the weekend activities were very beneficial for the chapters. A quote used during the event, “Good things happen to those who wait, but great things happen to those who chase,” was adopted by the participants. Written by Alexia Steward, Centennial HOSA vice president; photo by Tony-Ann Walker, historian.

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.