The Weatherbee Kindergarten Team was rewarded with a special whiz-bang, whatcha-ma-doodle, thing-a-ma-jiggity prize for having the most participation and most Seussical attire during the Hats Off to Dr. Seuss event on Friday, March 1st. Way to go Kindergarten Team!
What a stupendous morning at Northport K-8 celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss! Many thanks to Big Brothers Big Sisters and new CEO, Stacey Watson-Mesley, SLPS Board Members Debbie Hawley and Troy Ingersoll, and SLC Councilwoman, Stephanie Morgan. A big thanks to members of First United Methodist Church as well. We had a beautiful time celebrating literacy as a community. The students and their smiling, friendly, grins truly represented the best of Northport K-8 hospitality. Thanks to culinary arts instructor, Rachel Savela and her team of students who baked cakes for every VPK through third grade class. We truly are thankful and appreciative of all the community support that we receive. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Pictured are New Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Stacey Watson Mesley, SLPS Board Member Debbie Hawley, and Northport K-8 media specialist, Lynne Gruszka.
Students at Parkway Elementary got to sample Sweet Potato Fries on Thursday during lunch. Students learned where sweet potatoes are grown, how fries are made from them, and the surprising health benefits they provide!
We have a very important press conference on the air regarding the Referendum and School Safety. Our very own Superintendent Gent and Sheriff Ken Mascara will be sharing important information throughout the press conference. Watch our brand new episodes of Foundation Focus, hosted by Thom Jones, and #BuildAFuture, hosted by LeiNitia Robinson. You can also watch Notebook, hosted by Jane Whitaker, to find out more about Referendum.
We are on Comcast Channel 13 (Fort Pierce), Channel 19 (Port St. Lucie), and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse. You can also catch us on YouTube. While you’re there, subscribe to our channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV.
Northport fifth graders were excited to top off their unit on weather with a visit to the media center from Britley Ritz, ABC Channel 25 meteorologist. The students began the program with a water cycle Flocabulary review. The Flocab was titled, “I’m water, I make the planet blue!” Britley spoke about her fear of weather as a child, when she lived through a tornado. She went on to study meteorology and weather at Ball State University where she conquered those childhood fears. Students learned about warm fronts, cold fronts, dense air, friction, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, water spouts, tropical systems, and rip current safety. Students participated in several interactive lessons and had the exciting opportunity to engage Britley with some great questions.
Part of what makes Northport K-8 community-friendly is their continued battle against bullying. At Northport K-8, students and families are educated to stand up against bullying in all forms. This year, thanks to two community business partners who help make Northport K-8 flourish, IDProducts Source and David Toth Construction, donated enough money to bring our students two “Buddy Benches.” The community cares about our children and these donations put real, first rate effort into community service and community action. Northport K-8 is so grateful!
Do you need to pass one or more subtests of the General Knowledge Test? Beginning the week of April 1st, the Spring session of FREEGeneral Knowledge Tutoring will begin. Sign up today using the links below to register for a spot.
Math Tutoring will be offered on Tuesdays at St. Lucie West Centennial High School from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Sign up for the Spring session at tinyurl.com/GKSpringMath Password:GKTutoring
Reading Tutoring will be offered on Thursdays at Dan McCarty Middle School from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Sign up for the Spring session at tinyurl.com/GKSpringRead Password: GKTutoring
Contact Laurie Boyer at Laurie.Boyer@stlucieschools.org with questions.
Join us for the 2nd Annual Student Culinary Cook-Off, a collaboration of Child Nutrition Services and the Career and Technical Education Culinary Arts Program. The purpose of the event is for our student chefs in the Middle School and High School Culinary Arts Program to create enticing entrees that their peers would enjoy while following the USDA guidelines for the National School Lunch Program. The winning entrée will be placed on the menu for the 2019-2020 school year.
When: Wednesday, April 10th from 4-6 pm (Tasting will be at 5:30 pm)
Northport was so pleased to host Ary De Latorre from Dr. Cook’s Dental Office. With February being National Dental Health Month, students learned all about healthy sneezing, correct hand washing techniques, and how to brush their teeth properly. Students also learned not to share toothbrushes, how to floss, and how to eat to deter bacteria. It was a great learning experience, and we appreciate all the time spent educating our youngest students on proper teeth brushing. Thank you very much to Dr. Cook’s Dental Office!
Two of our area high schools were featured in the Spring 2019 e-newsletter for Gaetz Aerospace Institute and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. See the articles and featured photos below!
School safety is a concern not only for parents, teachers, administrators, but also for students that attend school. When local law enforcement asked students to assist them in a school safety plan, they provided some high tech solutions. Students at Fort Pierce Central High Schoolprovided drones as an option to help with school safety. (Image below)
Fort Pierce Central High School students visited Triumph Aerostructures in Stuart, Florida during Florida Aviation Business Association week. They were able to tour the production facility that produces flight control surfaces for Boeing aircraft. Students really enjoyed the opportunity and look forward to possible internships with Triumph. Thank you Triumph Aerostructures! (Image below)
Emma Teague from Piper Aerospace Company of Vero Beach presented at Treasure Coast High School to the AFJROTC and ERAU dual enrolled students/cadets. Ms. Teague discussed the Piper Apprenticeship Program for seniors that are interested in a career in the aviation industry. Students have an opportunity to apply for this apprenticeship, and if selected will be hired full time after graduation at Piper for two years while completing the program.
Later this spring, three Saint Lucie Public Schools: Morningside Elementary, Oak Hammock K-8, and West Gate K-8 will each receive a Buddy Bench.
A Buddy Bench is anti-bullying, and keeps plastic out of the landfill! It’s a brightly colored bench made from recycled plastic caps that’s also a ‘safe space’ – signaling when a child has a need, and teaches all of the children about the environment.
On various Thursday and Friday nights from January to May, parks in local neighborhoods will host FREE outdoor movies featuring today’s blockbusters and classic family favorites.
Movies in the Fort gives residents in all parts of the city an opportunity to engage with their neighbors and community. Fort Pierce is committed to increasing access to family-friendly cultural opportunities, and this new movie series is a perfect example of this work.
All movies begin at dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Patrons are also welcome to bring their own picnic dinner. Visit the City’s Facebook page for details about pre-show activities on select movie nights.
Movies, dates and times are subject to change, for more information call 772.467.3031.
Movie: Sing!, rated PG Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019, movie begins at dusk (approximately 6:30pm) Location: Means Court Center (532 N. 13th St)
Movie: Incredibles 2, rated PG Date: Friday, March 15, 2019, movie begins at dusk (approximately 7pm) Location: Fort Pierce Police Department Main Station (920 US Hwy 1) Pre-show activity: Engagement activities with FPPD officers and staff
Movie: Peter Rabbit, rated PG Date: Friday, April 19, 2019, movie begins at dusk (approximately 8pm) Location: Jaycee Park (Melaleuca Dr) Pre-show activity: Easter Egg Hunt
Movie: The Sandlot, rated PG Date: Friday, May 24, 2019, movie begins at dusk (approximately 8pm) Location: Former PAL Center (903 S 21st St) Pre-show activity: Community input pop-up regarding Fort Pierce Recreation
On March 2 and 3, 2019, the Treasure Coast High School Air Force JROTC will be conducting a 14 mile walk to raise awareness of those who survived and those who gave their lives in WWII during the fight for control of the Philippines. This walk, titled The 2019 Bataan Memorial Death March, will take place starting at the school and cadets will walk down Port St. Lucie Boulevard to Veterans Memorial Parkway on Saturday from 08:00-11:00, and then from Veterans Memorial Parkway back to the school on Sunday from 12:00-3pm. On Saturday, there will be a few words spoken at approximately 11:00 in the morning at Veterans Memorial Park. All the cadets that participate in the walk will be in a neon yellow shirt.
This Bataan Memorial Death March is held to honor the veterans and prisoners of war that may or may not have made it along the way. There were roughly 60,000 to 80,000 American and Filipino men and women that were forced by the Imperial Japanese Army to walk 85 miles in a span of 6 days and were only given one meal throughout the entire journey. Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Brandon Melendez will be leading the effort.
The Southport Middle School Guidance Department held a Career Fair for our seventh and eighth grade students to support them in career exploration. The event tied into the Naviance classroom lessons that counselors facilitate, which promotes career awareness and helps students develop a deeper understanding of their talents, skills, and personality traits.
The community really came through for this event, with professionals from a wide variety of careers for students to meet and greet. Professionals were set up in a job fair style so students could move around and explore careers that may interest them, ask questions, and gather information. Each of the professionals set up displays with general information about their careers, the qualifications required, the job duties for the featured career.
Many invited students to experience their careers hands-on with drawing activities, social-emotional ice breakers, computer games, microscopic experiments, interactive body models, and medical devices. Even animals, including a police K9 and infant kittens in need of care were in attendance. The professionals also provided brochures and handouts for students to take home, review and share with their parents.
Students concluded their visits by completing a reflection questionnaire on the career/profession of most interest and the action steps they would need to take in order to pursue that career. The media center also supported efforts by displaying an assortment of career related books for students to check out and research career choices further.It was a great event that we plan to continue year after year.
We are thankful to the business and service professionals throughout St. Lucie County that include:
Please see the attached flier for the annual Kickin’ It 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Andrew Schmeer Foundation.
The Andrew Schmeer Foundation honors the memory of Andrew Schmeer who, on September 8, 2014, was tragically killed in a car accident. Funds raised help to recognize well-rounded students along the Treasure Coast by providing college scholarships for those in need. We also raise funds for animal rescues as well as children’s charities. Proceeds from this event will benefit our scholarship program and families in need.
Join Big Brothers Big Sisters and Treasure Coast Lexus at this year’s Taste of St. Lucie. This event benefits our one-to-one mentoring services which serves over 1,400 children and youth in our community. You will enjoy an amazing evening with over 25 restaurants, caterers, and beverage vendors offering their best samples. Music and other featured performances will keep the party alive as you enjoy your favorite nibbles and sips! Tickets are on sale now!
This year we will be offering a discounted ticket called the “HomeTown Hero Ticket,” which allows Active Military, Veterans, First Responders, and Public School Employees to attend at a discounted rate with proof of an ID.
For more information please visit www.tasteofstlucie.org or give us a call at 772-466-8535 option 3.
Join the community of Port St. Lucie in a day of beautification! On Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 7:30AM – 1:00PM, volunteers are needed to assist in clean up around the city. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for volunteers. To get involved, contact the Civic Center at 772.873.6312.