St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) was a proud sponsor of the Education Foundation of St. Lucie charity softball showdown between the SLC Firefighters and the School District. Many people had a chance to stop by the SLPS vendor table to learn about exciting new performing arts and STEM academies — Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie and Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies.
Inside the stadium, the bases were loaded with St. Lucie Public Schools personnel and St. Lucie County Firefighters battling it out in an exhibition game for student scholarships and teacher grants. Thanks to everyone for your support!
Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) is a K-8 Creative Arts Magnet School where students thrive academically and artistically through participation in visual and graphic arts, dance, vocal and instrumental music, drama, and musical theater.
Click on the link below to read an article about the school’s performing arts hall.
Many thanks to SLPS School Board Member, Dr. Donna Mills and her husband, Pastor Kenneth Mills. The Mills hold a very special place in the heart and soul of all that makes up Northport K-8. Thanks as well to Gertrude Walker, Supervisor of Elections for Saint Lucie County and to Debra Hall, mail in ballot supervisor. Ms. Walker’s words were meaningful and the students were enthralled. Our Black History program was so memorable thanks to these wonderful people who shared their time, knowledge, and experience, as well as their love for our children and teachers. Job well done to Diane Crumpton, Northport K-8 guidance counselor for organizing the beautiful event, and thank you to band director, Ricardo Renelus, and drama teacher, Allison Barajas for providing entertainment.
Several members of the St. Lucie Public Schools community who submitted applications to the Aaron Project received grant funding to support classroom and school-wide projects. The following awards were announced at the December 12th School Board Meeting.
Colleen Wilson – Village Green Elementary, Art and the Environment
Brittany Buckley – Village Green Elementary Kindergarten Photographers, ‘Oh Snap!’
Belkis Madera – Oak Hammock K-8 School, Uncovering Stories – A Jewish Family Album
Renee Hawkins and Brittany Eatman – Fairlawn Elementary, Challenge Living Wax Museum
The St. Lucie County Education Foundation and The Aaron Project (honoring the memory of Aaron Beauchamp) presented two grants to schools from the Aaron Project Arts in Education grant program. Thom Jones, Education Foundation Executive Director, introduced Vicki Rodriguez, board member of the Aaron Project, to present the grants.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Do you have a keen sense of philosophy and humanities, knowledge of advanced mathematics and scientific theory, and a broad background in history? If so, you may stand a chance against this year’s Academic Challenge Team. On Friday, January 19, local high school teams will compete for the overall St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) championship and a seat on this year’s six-member team representing SLPS at the State-level Commissioner’s Academic Challenge in the spring.
The first round of competition will begin at 8 AM in the auditorium of St. Lucie West Centennial High School and admission is free. While teams will vie for points to secure first, second, and third place bragging rights in the county, individuals will hit the buzzer for a chance to answer with hopes of capturing one of the six coveted Team St. Lucie seats. At the end of the competition, judges representing all schools in the District review individual scores to select a State team that represents high scoring competitors with strong skill sets from the various academic topics such as humanities, foreign language, and mathematics. This is the team that will represent the District at State.
Superintendent E. Wayne Gent expressed his appreciation for the dedication to excellence modeled by SLPS’s academic teams. “I look forward to this annual competition. Team members are to be commended for their academic skills and spirit of collaboration.”
About St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 91.0 percent. As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS 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. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.
The second grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition performed traditional songs as well as some contemporary ones at the annual Thanksgiving Performance. Students danced the Turkey Tango, recited poetry, played drums and sticks, and dressed as Native Americans and Pilgrims to commemorate this special holiday.
Students and staff members from Lakewood Park Elementary participated in an engaging week of Spring Break Camp that was housed at C. A. Moore Elementary. Students had fun as they “pumped up” their core academics. The Falcons send a special shout out to the Explorers for their willingness to share their campus with us.
Northport K-8 School has been the fortunate recipient of the assistance and support of the First United Methodist Church of Port Saint Lucie. The church and the school have joined mission statements and worked together for the good of the children of Northport and to benefit the community. Northport is a Title I school with a 100% free lunch population. The support and good will from church members has been phenomenal and has truly brought community services directly into the school. Not only have church volunteers helped out in classrooms, but they have also kick-started the Northport Summer Reading Program.
At each and every church service, members of the congregation were reminded about the Northport Children’s Book Drive. Boxes and bins were placed throughout the church. Members sorted and rallied to collect 1,005 children’s books targeted for kindergarten through grade four — enough books for each student to take home and keep two books. Books will be displayed in the media center and students will be able to come in by class and “shop” with their teachers for books that look just right for summer reading.
The Northport community is so excited and thankful for the hand up from First United Methodist Church. It is an exciting time in education because the community is stepping up and offering unprecedented support. People are acknowledging the fact that we, as a community school, just can’t offer everything that our children need to be first class citizens and educated young adults. Our community partners play a huge role in our mission of providing a safe and caring school, equipped with the services to offer knowledge, skills and a desire to succeed. Many thanks to Rad and Pat Orlandi who served as direct contacts and partners in collaboration.
Pictured are students unloading the books, Marc Dorcin, Isaiah Evangelista, Nathan Lejeune and August Millang as well as Mr. and Mrs. Orlandi
At the Board Meeting on December 9, 2014, Dr. Donna Mills, current Board Chair, presented Mrs. Debbie Hawley with two pictures as a “thank you” for her service as the Board Chair for the past two consecutive years. Pictured are, Debbie Hawley, and Board Chair Donna Mills.
West Gate K-8’s Hispanic Heritage Festival was a successful event thanks to the outpouring of community support from sponsors and attendees alike. The event provided an opportunity for festival participants to learn about Hispanic heritage, their community, and share goodwill to those in Puerto Rico who are in need of support.
Are you currently a Biology teacher and interested in learning more about your new textbook? Join us on Monday, June 18th from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm for a training facilitated by Canvas. Canvas is St. Lucie Public Schools learning management system which has replaced Infinity for the 2017-18 school year. It connects all of the digital tools and resources into one simple place so you can venture digitally. Please register in Frontline at www.mylearningplan.com
St Lucie Culinary Arts instructors participated in the St Lucie West Kitchen Krawl hosted by Texas Roadhouse! Sarah Kirk, Store Marketer and Tanner Hedberg, Assistant Kitchen Manager welcomed the culinary instructors with open arms. The Krawl focuses on partnerships to enhance job opportunities and enrich culinary classrooms with relevant industry needs. Tanner hosted a detailed kitchen tour explaining “soup to nuts” and highlighting the entry-level kitchen positions. The visit highlight was talking with Gary Gerena, a 2019 Culinary Program graduate, from Fort Pierce Central High working at Texas Roadhouse! We are very proud of Gary and our culinary students. The Texas Roadhouse hospitality wrapped up with a delicious Texas Barbecue lunch. Big thanks to our partners at Texas Roadhouse Sarah Kirk, Rick Kirk and Tanner Hedberg! Special thanks to Jen Tremblay, Culinary Instructor at St Lucie West K8 who coordinated the Krawl for the teachers.
FORT PIERCE, FL – On Saturday November 3, test drive a new Buick and help Fort Pierce Westwood High School (FPWHS) located at 1801 Panther Lane in Fort Pierce, receive up to $10,000. Garber Buick GMC in Ft. Pierce will have new Buick vehicles at the school for this Test Drive Event from 8:00am-3:00pm. For each two-to-three minute test drive, Buick will donate $10.00. When the event exceeds 100 test drives, Buick will double the donation to $20.00. The goal is to reach the maximum donation of $10,000 for the day!
Participants will sign-in at the main entrance of FPWHS’s campus where they will have easy access to the test drive range. Drivers must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. There is a limit of two donations per household.
Visitors to the campus will also benefit from the services of other community organizations such as the Sheriff’s Office with fingerprinting services for children and the Humane Society with on-site adoption opportunities.
Principal Joseph Lezeau is eager to host the drive event. “Garber Buick GMC is a remarkable community partner in education. This event will help our school raise funds for extracurricular activities and competitions for students who are active in productions and competitions that take place far beyond the regular school day. Fundraisers like this help us provide the means for our students to showcase their talents at high level competitions and events.”
About Garber Buick GMC
Garber Buick GMC is a full-service GM dealership at 5255 U. S Highway One in Ft. Pierce. The property features a new car showroom, state-of-the-art service department, business offices, parts department and a Quick Lane Oil Change. They have room to display hundreds of new Buicks, GMCs and GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. Garber Buick GMC also has a large Collision Center that is supported by all Insurance Companies. Consumers have rated Garber Buick GMC #1 in Customer Service on the Treasure Coast. The Garber family has been in the automobile business for over 100 years beginning with Garber Buick in Saginaw Michigan established in 1907. Garber Automotive Group has 15 dealerships representing 14 manufacturers. The company is known for their civic leadership in the communities where they do business. To that end, Garber Buick GMC has a Community Room free to use for group meetings and non-profit organizations. The Community Room can accommodate up to 40 people with tables, chairs and a 60” TV for presentations. Garber Buick GMC’s website is www.garberbuickgmc.com.
About St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent. As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked 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. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.