For Immediate Release
November 15, 2019
Contact: Lydia Martin
St. Lucie Public Schools Awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant
ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools was recently awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant in the amount of $2.82 million over five years from the Florida Department of Education. This grant award follows other recently obtained, large grants. This time, the grant award will fund a five-year afterschool program and summer academic tutorial, as well as lessons in social emotional learning for students at four district schools.
Chester A. Moore Elementary, Forest Grove Middle School, Lawnwood Elementary and White City Elementary are all included in the grant. Prior to applying for the grant, each of the four schools identified unique academic needs and developed plans for targeted instructional support using rigorous curricular resources. The program is free for participating families. The program at the four sites will begin on January 6, 2020. During the school year, the program will be held for two hours at the end of the regular school day. In the summer, the program will follow the District’s summer school schedule.
Chief Academic Officer Helen Wild stated, “We are excited to be able to extend the quality learning opportunities for students at these schools, both afterschool and throughout the summer.” Participating students will engage in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) activities along with skills specific lessons in reading.
About St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent. As a high-ranking 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.
Northport students experienced a wonderful and festive time at the annual Port Saint Lucie Rotary Club Christmas party. Students were treated to lunch from the Olive Garden, met Santa Claus and received gifts. Thanks to Diane Crumpton and Tammy Boston for escorting our students.
NPK8 Culinary students assisted Fort Pierce Central’s Culinary students to prepare for the Master Gardeners of SLC luncheon today. Well ✔ Done! Great job to Mrs. Rachel Savela and students! You make Northport proud!
The students at CAST participated in the international peace poster contest held by the Ft. Pierce Lions Club. The theme for this year was “Journey of Peace”. Our students were able to express their vision and interpretation of peace through their drawings. Their artistic interpretations were remarkable! All of our students’ artwork were displayed in the Zora Neale Hurston Library and winners were announced at the Lions Club December meeting.
1st place -Angelina Miller
2nd place-Jessica Perez
3rd place -Andrew Peters
Honorable Mention-Naomi Kazama
Congratulations to all of our participants and our winners!
Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies has been awarded a UBTECH Early Innovator Grant! SGAET is the first and only school in Florida to be awarded an Early Innovator Grant, and just 23 schools across the nation received the award. UBTECH Education is a division of UBTECH—a global leader in intelligent, humanoid robots for consumers, business, and industry. Now, students will have the opportunity to work with UBTECH Robotics UKITs to practice engineering, coding, and apply their understanding of science and mathematics to create fully functioning robots. The students’ robots will be used to complete tasks in simulated real world scenarios. Per the U.S. Department of Commerce, college-educated STEM job-holders earn up to 39% more than non-STEM employees. In addition, between 2016 and 2026, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs in STEM fields will grow by 10.8%. At SGAET, we expect our students to be on the cutting edge of future technology. They will build and live in a world of limitless potential. #SLPSMagnet
Floresta’s kindergarten and first grade students participated in their very first winter concert conducted by Michele Haddock, the music teacher. Students put on a great show for their families.
At Mariposa Elementary, Mrs. Bonilla’s Pre-Kindergarten class answered the following focus question during literacy centers: How do we build sentences?
The students spoke about sentences being made up of words and how some can be short, and some can be long. Students were shown a photograph where they needed to use vocabulary to explain what was happening in the photo. Afterwards as a team, they would agree on a sentence and Mrs. Bonilla would then write each word on a post it. Each child would then put a “post it” on a building block. The blocks represented each word. The students then read the sentence out loud, and Mrs. Bonilla also had them mix the blocks around and had them determine whether the sentence still made sense. Melody Kinder, Nia Johnson, and Isabella Chave built their sentence to say “The mom and daughter are planting the flowers.” While Liam Bailey, Louis Toth, Julani Hernandez, and Thatcher Hettema built their sentence to say “Two girls are growing flowers.”
It was a lot of fun and great strides were made during literacy.
Students from Mr. Artiles’ 7th grade Civics class at St. Lucie West K-8 School received a visit from Mark Woods, Deputy Chief of Safety and Security for St. Lucie Public Schools. Students invited Mr. Woods to present to their class as part of their Project Citizen topic of School Violence Prevention.
Deputy Chief Woods shared current school violence prevention measures already in place in the school district, including monthly Code Red drills, and perimeter security. He also stressed the importance of reporting suspicious behavior or threats immediately.
Students also had an opportunity to hear his feedback on several public policy proposals they had brainstormed on this issue.
Congratulations to Adam Morgan (11th Grader) at Mosaic Digital Academy for earning the prestigious Eagle Scout accomplishment! As a full time public virtual school student, Adam served on Mosaic Digital Academy’s School Advisory Council and kept up with his online courses as well as his dual enrollment coursework. Serving on the School Advisory Council provided Adam with a keen understanding of not only the successes of our school program, but he also came to know some of the struggles students sometimes experience when separated from their peers as they school from home. Knowing that students at Mosaic Digital Academy can attend live classes on campus, Adam got to thinking that maybe his Eagle Scout project could bring his classmates together to make them feel less isolated. Adam approached Principal Ziemba after a School Advisory Council meeting in March 2019 and asked what kind of project ideas she might have that could positively impact the student body at Mosaic Digital Academy. After much brainstorming, Principal Ziemba and Adam Morgan settled on a set of hands-on experiences that students would engage in while on campus. These hands-on experiences are organized in 25 “Project boxes” and are intended for students of all ages and designed to encourage students to build, experiment, and collaborate as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. On November 4, 2019, Adam presented Principal Ziemba with the 25 Project boxes and introduced students to the projects. The response to the project boxes was super positive and students look forward to more opportunities to come together to enjoy the hands-on experiences with their peers. Adam Morgan was recognized at the December 10th School Board Meeting and presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from Principal Ziemba. Thank you, Adam Morgan, for choosing to give back to your school and for making such a big impact in your community through your Eagle Scout Project!!
Clifford made a special appearance at the Fall Book Fair.
The Steam Advocates, with the help of several teachers and students, applied for an international award from the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in “STEM Excellence.” They have been selected as 1 of 3 high school finalists from across the country! This is an amazing accomplishment for Fort Pierce Westwood Academy: The WEST Prep Magnet. The faculty and staff are dedicated to the implementation of the STEAM school initiatives and this award would not be possible without their hard work for our students’ success.
Below is the link to the video portion of our application.
Fifth Grade students at Morningside Elementary learned lessons in motion and energy. They designed, built and launched rockets along with their teachers and former Morningside teacher, Tom Filipkowski. The students enjoyed their experience and gained a deeper understanding of science standards.
Students from St. Lucie West Centennial and Treasure Coast High School’s Criminal Justice programs participated in a tour of Keiser University. The tour included hands-on demonstrations and guest speaker presentations.
On Monday, December 16th, the Titan Ambassadors from TCHS took several Windmill Point Elementary students to Target to spread holiday cheer and help them shop for gifts for themselves and their family. The students were gifted a $100 gift card, and the students were paired up with a Titan Ambassador to help them shop. The students were treated to a fun bus ride to and from the event, where they sang holiday songs and bonded with the high schoolers. They also enjoyed lunch from Chick-Fil-A! The Titan Ambassadors worked hard to fundraise for the event, and the students of Windmill Point made life long memories, made new friends, and with the presents they purchased are now sure that their family will have a wonderful holiday!
Students in Mrs. Glidden’s first grade class at Bayshore Elementary have been working hard to increase their i-Ready proficiency rates. Recently many students reached 100% proficiency in reading and math iReady lessons. They were given certificates and accolades by their peers for their hard work.
Weatherbee Mariners kicked off Literacy Week with a school wide read-aloud courtesy of Mrs. Cassie Fess, AP, and Ms. Juliette Thelusma, Teacher on Special Assignment. They read The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig. More activities are planned throughout the week.
Kindergarten students at Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies are practicing reading and writing their sight words with the Nearpod student engagement platform. Thanks to the wonderful Kindergarten teachers for becoming Nearpod certified educators. They are always finding new ways to challenge and engage their students with technology! #SLPSMagnet
Village Green is pleased to announce that its permaculture garden produce won Best in Show as well as numerous other ribbons at the St. Lucie County Fair in the Vegetable and Citrus 12 and Under category! Produce from the garden included Sweet Potatoes, Taro Root, Yuca, Pigeon Peas, Bananas, Surinam Cherries, Nopales (Prickly Pear Cactus Leaves), Longevity Spinach and Okinawan Spinach. This garden was cared for and harvested by Village Green students. Special thanks to Ms. Cole, Ms. Wilson and students of the Environmental Club for making this fair display possible.