Fort Pierce Westwood Academy, the W.E.S.T. Prep Magnet’s Brittany Shoun along with Westwood Administration and District CTE Program Specialists met with local veterinarians and veterinary technicians to plan hands-on labs for the Westwood Vet Assisting students. The Veterinary Assisting facility is revamping the surgical suite and laboratory areas. Pictured from left is Assistant Principal Leslie Taylor, Veterinary Assisting Instructor Brittany Shoun, Dr Cindy Wasserman, Jessica Hawkins, Dr.
Brett Adams, Principal Joe Lezeau and Meri Hall. Not pictured is Tessa Wines, Lei’Nitia Robinson and Dana Caputo.
Palm Pointe 4th – 8th grade BETA members soared, at the 2019 BETA Florida Junior Convention! So many memories were made, as these students represented our school with poise, determination and creativity. Our very own Laney Keys, Vice President of the Junior Beta for the State of Florida, commanded the stage several times and our students were recognized for 18 awards in the various categories! The students loved the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to service, leadership, character, and academic achievement. We are so proud of our BETA Rockets!
Beta is an organization that promotes the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. Beta recognizes and honors students for having high academic achievement. It develops character by preparing young people for life and empowers them to be successful as well as develops the leaders of tomorrow. There is an emphasis on service as the Beta motto is Let Us Lead by Serving Others.
Below is the list of students that placed in both the Junior and Elementary Categories
Vice President of the Junior Beta for the State of Florida
Apparel Design – 3rd place
Sculpture – 3rd place
Language Arts 8th grade – 2nd place
Math 6th grade – 1st place
Math 8th grade – 2nd place
Drawing – 2nd place
Science 6th grade -2nd place
Robotics – 3rd place
Marketing & Communication – 3rd place
Service Learning Showcase – 3rd place
Club Trading Pin – 1st place
Portfolio – 1st place
Robotics – 2nd place
Engineering – 1st place
Apparel Design – 2nd place
Language Arts 4th grade – 1st place
Sculpture – 1st place
Speech – 1st place
Ms. Duran’s middle school students from Lincoln Park Academy participated in the Lion’s International Peace Poster Contest. The winners were selected by the Lion’s Club of Fort Pierce. First place was awarded to Zareef Mohammed (7th). Second place was awarded to Zoey Thomaselli (8th). Third place was awarded to Zoya Mukhamedov (8th). Kaliyana Limear (8th) was selected as Honorable Mention. Zareef Mohammed’s poster will advance to represent Lincoln Park Academy in the International Peace Poster Contest.
The Fort Pierce Lion’s Club generously sponsors Lincoln Park Academy’s participation in this contest annually by providing large drawing pads of paper, prizes, ribbons, and certificates. The first, second, and third place students will be invited to attend an awards dinner hosted by the Fort Pierce Lion’s Club. We are very proud of all the students who participated and created beautiful artwork to represent our united journey of peace.
Fairlawn Elementary’s Student Council sponsored a food drive to benefit those in need on the Treasure Coast. In one week, the school was able to gather more than 1,100 pounds of food!
Bayshore 5th graders, along with their families, celebrated their division fact fluency! Students earned pieces of an ice cream sundae as they worked their way up the “fact ladder” during weekly timed quizzes. Once they earned enough sundae pieces, they earned an invitation to the party! We loved celebrating their hard work. Congratulations to those that earned this delicious experience!
The Robotics program from Fort Pierce Westwood Academy hosted a virtual field trip. This event was well attended by middle school students and representatives from the Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County.
For Immediate Release
November 15, 2019
Contact: Lydia Martin
St. Lucie Public Schools Awarded Pathways to Career Opportunities
Pre-apprenticeship Programs Grant
ST.LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) was just awarded $408,310 from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) for the Pathways to Career Opportunities Pre-apprenticeship Programs Grant. This grant award follows other recently obtained grants. This time, the grant award will fund pre-apprenticeship programs in Building Construction Technologies and Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing. These programs were designed to aid in our continuous effort to fill the skills gap in our local community.
The Building Construction Technologies Program, already established at Port St. Lucie High School, will be enhanced through this grant. The grant will fund a pre-apprenticeship opportunity to include: Learning Lab Work Stations, industry standard tools, field trips, Learning Lab Safety equipment and recognized certification exam fees for students.
The Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program at Treasure Coast High School, will be augmented by the pre-apprenticeship component which will include laptops for students with ACU Autodesk LearnKey software, manufacturing materials and supplies, and training in the areas of mechanical drive system, electro-pneumatic systems and robotic pick and placement systems.
Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE), Aliesha Seitz stated, “We are thrilled to receive these dollars from FLDOE. These funds will amplify both the Building Construction Technologies Program and the Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program by providing pre-apprenticeship opportunities.”
SLPS proudly boasts 65 career academies and 40 career and technical programs. The number of industry certifications has increased more than 200% over the last four years. College and career ready students demonstrate they have the knowledge, skills and academic preparation to succeed in a career or in college. CTE is for ALL students. CTE students will develop both hard and soft skills which can be validated by earning one or more industry certifications.
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.
For Immediate Release
December 2, 2019
Contact: Lydia Martin
School Relate Employee of the Year Finalists Announced
ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Superintendent E. Wayne Gent accompanied by members of the School Board, Education Foundation, and others paid surprise visits to this year’s finalists for School Related Employee of the Year (SREY). Dorena Beckerman, a school assessment clerk at Lawnwood Elementary; Donna Haynes, an executive school secretary at Manatee Academy K8; and Linda Rubenstein, a health paraprofessional at Mariposa Elementary are the finalists who have the distinction of representing the School District at this year’s Night of the Stars gala.
“The SREY finalists represent the outstanding services our support staff provide to the District. Their commitment and contribution are vitally important to the overall success of our students,” said Gent.
Honoring school related employees is a program that is supported by the Florida Department of Education in which outstanding education support personnel are recognized for the significant impact they make on their schools and district school systems. Locally, one individual will be selected to represent St. Lucie Public Schools at the state level during the Night of the Stars gala scheduled for February 8, 2020.
Dorena Beckerman, Lawnwood Elementary
Dorena Beckerman’s positive attitude and love of children are reflected in the outstanding quality support she provides for all students at Lawnwood Elementary. Her work as a school assessment clerk is exemplary and she extends herself to support all aspects of the school. She serves as the volunteer coordinator, family involvement team member, fall fundraiser sponsor and business partner liaison. She gives of her time and talent to ensure that students have the very best learning environment.
Donna Haynes, Manatee K8
Donna Haynes serves Manatee K8 in the role of executive secretary and always strives to perform above and beyond her job expectations. She is a role model for her peers and students due to her vast experiences which translate into extensive support for all she encounters. She is always smiling and has a positive outlook no matter the situation. She recently initiated a drama program for the exceptional education students and is working with them to create a meaningful performance for both students and families.
Linda Rubenstein, Mariposa Elementary
Linda Rubenstein’s impact at Mariposa Elementary is felt throughout the school and earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues, students and parents. She greets students who arrive by bus with a friendly smile or hug when needed. In addition to her duties in the clinic as the health paraprofessional, Linda manages the school’s bus transportation system, leads the Parent Teacher Organization, and serves as a mentor to numerous students both formally and informally.
On November 16, 2019 the Port St Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Male and Female Raider teams competed at the state level at Boy Scout Camp Flaming Arrow in Lake Wales, FL. The teams went through physical and mental challenges and overcame a lot of different tasks to get through the competition. Many of our teams persisted on even when they were past their breaking points. They performed with the most effort and determination to accomplish their tasks. The events they competed in were Rope Bridge, Cross Country Rescue, Tire Flip, Team Run, and finally Obstacle Course. Each were very challenging, and in the end, the female team placed 4th overall on the state level and the male team placed 3rd overall at the state level. This article and photography were produced by Cadet Sergeant Seaira Swain, Cadet Major Alexis Morris and Cadet Sergeant Rico Rovito.
Lawnwood Elementary Families enjoyed TACO TUESDAY during the schoolwide Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration.
All year long, Kindergarten Rockets have been tending their garden of fresh herbs, vegetables, and greens. Students were excited to harvest some of their produce to create fresh, homemade salsa using cilantro and green peppers from the gardens. To quench their thirst, they also made a lemonade that they incorporated fresh mint into. Students, parents, and family members all came to see the bounty they prepared and to check out their gardens. Everyone joined together at a Friendship Feast where our Rockets serenaded their families with songs of thanks and friendship. Palm Pointe is thankful for all our students and families.
Students from Fort Pierce Central, Fort Pierce Westwood Academy, Performance Based Preparatory Academy, St. Lucie West Centennial and Treasure Coast High Schools attended a Teen Discourse Session. This event included students from the Criminal Justice programs where participants heard from multiple professionals working directly in the industry. Federal Judge Maynard, and Assistant Federal Public Defender Panayotta Augustin-Birch were the organizers for this event held at the Federal Courthouse in Fort Pierce.
Northport is so proud to announce our November Navigator of the Month award recipients. The students selected have exhibited all the qualities that our teachers and staff are looking for in a fine student. Integrity, commitment, honor, being a great friend, stopping a bully or understanding and role modeling the word service. We are so proud to celebrate, along with our parents and grandparents and to make sure that our students know what it means to be a great Northport kid! Good job everyone!
Sixth grade students in Mr. Fess’ Northstars STEM class designed and built water turbines as part of their unit on Hydropower. These students are studying various types of alternative energy sources in this course while also learning about the Engineering, Science and Math necessary to harness the energy.
Northport is thrilled to present Cindi Cairo as our Adult Volunteer of the Year for 2019-2020.
Cindi has volunteered at Northport for the last three years. She has assisted in the kindergarten and in third-grade. One of the jobs that Cindi helps with at Northport is assisting in small group centers for math. She is innovative in her modeling methods for math. She makes up new games to help children learn multiplication tables. The students love the games so much that they are playing them with other children from different classes at recess.mCindi also has chaperoned many field trips including the planetarium and the park, as well as the Oxbow Eco Center.
Cindi spends much of her time on the hunt for school supplies and books for all the children in need at our Title I school. Every week at least once or twice, she brings a bag of school supplies and books to the media center to be dispersed to students in need. She hunts in thrift stores for items that are much needed and appreciated here at school. Cindi is also an excellent mentor. She supplies much needed emotional support for children with an encouraging word, a smile and a pat on the back. She has built a wonderful and genuine rapport with the students and teachers. Cindi helps bring food to the school along with many members of our local church Partners in Education, First United Methodist Church of Port Saint Lucie. The church congregation supplies much appreciated breakfast and lunch during teachers Professional Development days and during Teacher Workdays. What a wonderful and kind feeling it is to know that Cindi and the congregation appreciate our school staff and children.
Cindi also makes homemade flash cards for children struggling with math facts and multiplication. The students love to have a handmade set of cards. A large part of Cindi’s work is collecting books for the school’s “Faith In Literacy” Summer Reading program. Cindi has collected thousands of great books to help students hone and keep the reading skills acquired from their teachers throughout the school year. She has cultivated friendships with so many people in the community that offer her small amounts of money to help pick out good books for kids. She gets real satisfaction looking for and finding the most popular books that children enjoy and at the same time, tries to find books of many different topics so that students can expand their reading horizons.
Cindi feels that finding that “Just Right” book can make a huge difference in a child’s life or just spark that light that encourages children to find a passion for reading and learning. Cindi kicks the school year off right with the kids too! She, along with many members of the local community, stand in front of the school on the very first day holding a sign that may read, “I Care. Do Your Best!”
We are so thankful that Cindi comes to Northport every week. She is a great advocate for the school and the children and she genuinely cares about each child finding a passion for literacy. Way to go Cindi!
Julio Vazquez and Dan Kroger of the Florida Masonry Apprentice and Education Foundation demonstrated to students how to lay block, apply mortar and build walls. All students were engaged and excited for the hands-on experience.
At Mariposa Elementary, second grade students conducted science investigations in groups to classify the different kinds of materials by their physical properties by making root beer floats. Students observed and explained how the three states of matter went through a chemical change. When the (liquid) root beer was poured on the (solid) ice cream, it foamed up into a (gas) or bubbles. Students engaged in discussions with their teams explaining their observations using science vocabulary. This hands-on science investigation culminated the unit on Matter. Pictured are students enjoying their root beer floats from left to right, Juan Carlos Sepulveda , Ian Hallback, Evan Lugo, Landon Donnelly, Journi Kahl, and Meadow Carbonaro.