Tools for Teachers recipient Mrs. Kristen Lee was surprised by Channel 12’s Teri Hornstein with a check for $312.00. Mrs. Lee is a third grade teacher at Morningside Elementary School.
Tools for Teachers recognizes outstanding teachers along the Treasure Coast. If you would like to nominate a teacher, go to: https://cbs12.com/station/contests/tools-for-teachers-09-06-2018
Congratulations to Geometry teacher Brandon Comeau at Treasure Coast High School is this week’s CBS 12 Tools For Teachers winner!
“I feel like that’s my calling this is where I’m supposed to be,” said Brandon about teaching. For Brandon, watching his students learn and knowing the ‘why’ behind the lessons is what it’s all about.
To watch the full interview, click here.
St. Lucie Public Schools has partnered with Healthy Schools – the nation’s largest school vaccine provider – to offer flu shots to your child during the school day. The copay is $0, so there is no cost to you.
The CDC recommends a flu shot as your child’s number one defense against the flu. Our District’s goal is to ensure that flu shots are available to our students.
Help us as St. Lucie Public Schools Fights the Flu.
Learn more and sign up your child for a flu shot — it’s not too late!
May was a banner month for student participation in State and international competitions, and the District is proud to celebrate students’ accomplishments.
Students in 7th grade classrooms in St. Lucie County have a unique opportunity to learn how our government works in their Civics classrooms. Each year they identify a local or State issue, research the levels of government needed to be influenced, the positives and negatives of possible solutions, and ultimately create an action plan. Students learn about public policy and the interaction of citizens and the government through their research.
This year, 18 schools participated at the District Showcase in January and three projects were sent to the first round of the State competition. Their research was displayed in the Capitol Building where Florida law makers has the opportunity to view each project. All three groups from St. Lucie were invited to compete in the State finals held in Palm Beach Gardens in May. The judges’ feedback was very positive and each group was commended on their passion, poise, and preparation.
Lincoln Park Academy
Samuel Gaines Academy
Each year students in 6th, 8th, 10th, and 11th grade research historical topics under an annual theme. This year’s theme was Taking a Stand in History. Students were able to showcase their work in 5 categories: Exhibit, Documentary, Website, Performance, or Research Paper. The District Fair was held in January, and 21 school participated with a total of 259 students.
The State History Day competition was held at Tallahassee Community College on May 8th. Over one thousand students competed with over 650 entries. Of those, 45 students with 30 entries were from St. Lucie County.
“Angel” Vo from Port St. Lucie High School was awarded the Florida Heritage Award and the Outstanding County Award for her website on the environmentalist Marjorie Harris Carr and her stand against the cross-Florida barge canal.
The students who attended the State History Day competition are already thinking of next year’s theme which is Conflict and Compromise in History.
(Thuytran) “Angel” Vo
State and International Science Fairs
Based on the project selection criteria from the Regional Fair, top-ranking students were selected to advance to the State Fair. Escorted by their chaperones, they ventured from St. Lucie County to Lakeland for the three-day event. Once there, they had the opportunity for their projects to be judged, to network with others, to engage in inquiry and problem solving, and to glean ideas for future exploration.
Haniya Shareef, a senior at Lincoln Park Academy, is no stranger to innovation as her ratings at this year’s State Science and Engineering STEM Fair and Competition prove. Her individual project, “Molecular Characterization and Enhanced Efficacy of a Novel Host-Specified Bioherbicide Candidate for Cyperus Rotundus T,” entered in the Plant Sciences Category was awarded First Place and the Division Grand Award. In addition, Shareef was one of only eight students throughout the entire state of Florida whose project was selected as Best in Show. The other St. Lucie County students participating in the State Fair also returned to the District laden with accolades for their ingenuity and creativity.
Of the 14 participating St. Lucie County students, 13 walked across the stage to receive special awards, categorical place recognition awards, or placement awards. Congratulations to:
Haniya Shareef, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)
“Molecular Characterization and Enhanced Efficacy of a Novel Host-Specified Bioherbicide Candidate for Cyperus Rotundus”
First Place, Division Grand Award, Best in Show (1 of 8 to receive this distinction)
Special Awards: Scholarship, New College of Florida; Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services Award; Society for In Vitro Biology Certificate
Catherine Horger, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)
Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
“The Effect of Indole-3-Acetic Production by Lactobacillus Acidophilus”
Shreya Reddy, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)
“Improving Health of Beneficial Insects through Ingestion of Nonpathogenic Indovirus”
Riley Hogge and Alexis Moreira, Fort Pierce Westwood High School (Senior Division)
Physics & Astronomy
Sreya Banik, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)
Mathematical & Computational
“Application of Chaos Game Representation of Genes to Measure the Predictability Using Random DNA Sequences to Determine if the Sequence is of Kinase of Phosphatase Protein”
Jillian Markle, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)
Earth and Environment
“Ugh! Another Invasive Weevil in Florida”
Special Award: Florida Association of Science Supervisors Award
Callie Zheng, Lincoln Park Academy, (Senior Division)
Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
“Can Human Fecal Specific Primers Be Used to Detect Fecal Contamination in Sediment and Muck Samples?”
Special Award: Tomolka Regional Science and Engineering Fair Award
Jack Krasulak, St. Andrews (Junior Division)
“Mitigating the Effects of IED Explosion Through Novel Hull Design”
First Place, Division Grand Award
Special Awards: Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Service Florida Engineering Foundation Award, Collier Regional Science and Engineering Fair Award, ASM Materials Foundation Certificate, Broadcom Masters Award, US Navy Science Award
*Best In Fair Award at the Star Science Fair
Riley Hamilton, Olivet (Junior Division)
Physics and Astronomy
“Testing Fluids for Geothermal Heating and Air Conditioning”
Third Place, Division Grand Award
Conner O’Sullivan, Forest Grove Middle School (Junior Division)
Earth & Environmental
“Recharge, Repower, and Restore Energy”
Asha Budhai, Oak Hammock K-8 School (Junior Division)
Behavioral Social Sciences
“Drop the Pressure”
Mason Kozac, Lincoln Park Academy (Junior Division)
International Science Fair: Haniya Shareef and Shreya Reddy
At the International Science Fair, Haniya Shareef was awarded 4th place for her project, and Shreya Reddy also made a positive presentation to the international judges in Los Angeles at this prestigious gathering of genius from around the world.
Join us for our BACK TO SCHOOL celebration!
August 3, 2018 at 5 PM
First Data Field (Mets Stadium)
All students K-12 will receive a FREE TICKET to the game!
All St. Lucie Public Schools employees will be able to check in at a special check in-table to receive a FREE TICKET to the game! Please bring your school system ID (or another proof of employment).
Help us celebrate our amazing scores and achievements, and kick off another school year!
Teachers can register for a chance to win a visit from the Mets mascot, KLUTCH!
Bayshore Elementary School students participated in many events during Celebrate Literacy Week. Students had the opportunity to learn about folktales and then watch them come to life with the actors from Riverside Theatre. Students also celebrated their favorite books by dressing up as their favorite characters and vocabulary words and then participating in a school-wide parade. Pictured are some students from Ms. Budhram’s VPK class sharing their favorite books.
Celebrate Literacy Week: January 28 – February 1, 2019
The Just Read, Florida! Office and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), in partnership with other FDOE offices, the Office of Early Learning
(OEL), school districts, early learning coalitions and numerous other state agencies, are pleased to announce the 11th annual statewide Celebrate
Literacy Week, Florida! (CLW). The event will take place the week of January 28 – February 1, 2019.
The 2019 CLW theme is Spreading Literacy, One View at a Time, which OEL has chosen to expand into a garden-focused theme as we Spread Literacy, One Book at Time. With this theme in mind, we are encouraging all schools to help spread the love of reading and the importance of literacy
by participating in a garden-themed approach. As educators, we are spreading seeds, growing readers and harvesting the love of reading every
day with the young children we serve.
Please join us in this year’s simultaneous reading activity on Wednesday, January 30, at 9 a.m. (EST). Providers will spread the love of literacy in their homes, centers and schools by reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault to infants and toddlers (birth to 3-year-olds), and Planting a Rainbow, by Lois Ehlert to preschoolers (3 to 5-year-olds). We have included in this notice several supporting resources (suggested books, expansion activities and targeted standards) which you may find useful as you plan for this year’s CLW activities.
The foundation for reading begins at infancy, as a child’s early experiences with books and language lay the groundwork for future success in learning to read. When you read, talk or play with children, their brains are stimulated and build the connections that become the building blocks for reading. Brain development research shows that the development of language and literacy skills begins at birth and reading aloud to children every day increases their brains’ capacity for language and literacy skills.
Reading a book to young children is not only one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills, but it also builds motivation for reading along with curiosity and memory. The more words parents use when speaking to an infant, the greater the size of their infant’s vocabulary.
Expansion Activities for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Infant/Toddler (Birth to 3-year-olds). Following the simultaneous reading, teachers may want to provide one of the following activities for the children in their class.
• Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Sing-Along – Play the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom song located at the link below and provide children with musical instruments to play while singing and dancing to this fun and happy song.
(Standards: Creative Expression Through the Arts/Sensory Art Experience – Discover and engages in creative music experiences; Physical Development/Fine Motor Development – Gains control of hands and fingers)
• Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree – After reading the story, talk about the parts of the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree (tunk, leaves, coconuts). Provide children with finger paint paper and green (leaves) and brown (trunk) finger paint. Allow children to explore the paint and create their very own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree.
(Standards: Creative Expression Through the Arts/Sensory Art Experience – combine a variety of open-ended, process-oriented and diverse art materials to explore techniques with intention; Physical Development/Fine Motor Development – Uses handeye coordination with participating in routines, play and activities)
• Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Snack – Create an edible snack using a banana/trunk, kiwi slices/leaves, raisins/coconuts and alphabet cereal. Allow children to construct their tree and place letters on the plate as you read the story Chicka Chicka Boom Boom or sing an alphabet song. Talk with children about the tree parts (trunk, leaves, fruit) and the letters they have on their plate. Provide time for the children to enjoy eating the snack.
(Standards: Scientific Inquiry/Life Science – Explores the needs of living things; Phy sical Development/Fine Motor- coordinates the use of hands and fingers)
• Climb the Coconut Tree – After reading the story, talk about the directional words, sharing how the letters went up the tree and fell down. Make a coconut tree on a bulletin board (at child’s level) or poster board and give each child a plastic, felt or magnetic letter. Ask each child to make their letter go up the tree, down the tree, to the top of the tree and to the bottom of the tree. Give each child a cut-out first letter of their name and let them use different colors of finger-paint to paint the letter. When the letters are dry, help the children glue the letters to the trunk of the coconut tree.
(Standards: Mathematical Thinking/Spatial Relations – begins to use body to demonstrate an understanding of basic spatial directions; Language and Literacy/Vocabulary – Uses increased vocabulary to describe objects, actions and events)
• Coconut Senses – Sit on the rug or at a table with the children in a circle and place a coconut in the middle (or have a coconut for each child).Tell the children to use their hands and eyes to look at and feel the coconut. Ask them: Is the coconut rough, smooth or bumpy, hard or soft, flat or round? Ask them to shake the coconut and listen for any sounds. Ask them, “Do you hear any sounds? What do you think is making that sound?” Cut a coconut open and show them the coconut milk inside the coconut. Give each child some coconut milk and some coconut meat or flakes for them to taste. Ask how it tastes and if they like the taste of the milk or the meat/flakes.
(Standards: Language and Literacy/Vocabulary – Uses increased vocabulary to describe objects, actions and events; Scientific Inquiry/Exploration and Discovery – uses senses to explore and understand their social and physical environment)
Expansion Activities for Planting a Rainbow Preschool (3 to 5-year-olds)
Following the simultaneous reading, teachers may want to provide one of the following activities for the children in their class. Planting a Rainbow read aloud https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sti3PXBeVag
• Children Rainbow – Read the story Planting a Rainbow. Ask children to identify the color of their shirt or dress. Direct all the children wearing one specific color to stand and line up next to each other. Share that these children are the first color in the children rainbow. Follow this process with additional colors until all the children are in the line, grouped by color and part of the children rainbow. Take a picture of the children rainbow and then share with the children to show the children rainbow they created. You may also do this with various colors of construction paper and ask the
children to line up holding the color paper they are holding.
(Standards: Mathematical Thinking/Measurement and Data – participates in group sorting and data collection; Language
and Literacy/Conversation – Uses verbal and nonverbal communication and language to express needs and feelings, share
experiences and resolve problems)
• Celery Rainbow – Prepare five to six stalks of celery (with leaves still attached) by trimming the base of the celery and placing one stalk each in individual jars. Fill each jar ¾ full with water. Add eight to ten drops of one shade of food coloring in each jar (red in one jar, blue in another jar). Ask the children to predict what they think will happen to the celery and talk with them about their predictions. Create a class chart with comments and possible illustrations. Ask them: “What do you think is going to happen to the celery?” “Why?” “How?”
Return to the celery after several hours to note any changes. Discuss further. Ask them: “What do you see that happened?” “ How do you think it happened?” “What can we assume?” “What does this tell us about plants?”
(Standards: Scientific Inquiry/ Life Science – Demonstrates knowledge related to living things and their environment; Language
and Literacy/Vocabulary – describes what objects are used for and is able to express ideas (e.g., names some colors,
shapes and says full name)
• Letter Garden – Plant a class letter garden using some or all of the following plants or seeds:
A – avocado
B – beans
C – carrot seeds
D – daisy
E – egg plant
F – flower
G – garlic
H – huckleberry
I – iceburg lettuce
J – jasmine
K – kale
L – lima beans
M – melons
N – create a noise maker to keep the birds away
O – okra
P – pineapple Q – use a quilt in the winter to keep plants warm during cold nights
R – radish
S – squash
T – tomatoes
U – an umbrella for the shade plants
V – violets
W – watermelon
X – use your x-ray vision to make sure plants are well cared for (binoculars, magnifying glasses)
Y – yukon potatoes
Z – zinnias
• Allow children to plant, grow and harvest any fruit or flowers. During this project, teachers can share the many and various needs of plants, types of plants, why some survived better than others and the climate. This garden can vary in size from a terrarium or window box to a large plot of soil on school property depending on the needs and resources available.
(Standards: Physical Development/Fine Motor- coordinates the use of hands and fingers; Scientific Inquiry/Exploration and Discovery – demonstrates the use of simple tools and equipment for observing and investigating)
• Rainbow Graph – Provide children with a small cup with approximately 20 color candies or cereal pieces (e.g., M&Ms, Skittles, Fruit Loops) and one sheet of plain paper. Ask the children to sort candies or cereal into groups based on their color. Teacher may say, “I would like you to pick out all the green pieces and put them in a row on your paper.” Children would pick out the green candies or cereal pieces and place them in a row. Teacher will continue the process until the children have sorted all the colors on their paper. Talk with the children about the different colors of candy or cereal and compare them to the colors in Planting a Rainbow book.
Ask the children to count all of the yellow pieces and then direct them to eat one piece from the yellow row. Ask the children to recount their pieces and share how many yellow pieces they now have. Here are some suggested comments or questions: “Let’s count the yellow ones. How many do you have?”
“Eat one of the yellow pieces. Now how many do you have?” “Doy ou have more or less?” “Is 4 more than 3?” etc.
(Standards: Language and Literacy/Vocabulary – describes what objects are used for and is able to express ideas (e.g., names some colors, shapes and says full name; Mathematical Thinking/Measurement and Data – Participates in sorting and data collection)
2019 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! January 28 – February 1, 2019 Supporting Book List:
• Growing Vegetable Soup, by Lois Ehlert
• The Magnificent Sunflower, by Lee Haydn Straight
• The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle
• The Carrot Seed, By Ruth Krauss
• Isabella’s Garden, by Glenda Millard
• Ten Read Apples, by Pat Hutchins
• If You Plant a Seed, by Kadir Nelson
• Flower Garden, by Eve Bunting
African American History Month is celebrated every February and is a time to learn about the accomplishments, culture, and contributions of African Americans.
The website below provides a variety of resources to gather first-hand facts, data, and evidence from a variety of primary sources such as letters, reports, notes, memos, and photographs. This link provides activities that can be used to enhance lessons.
Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.
The custodial staff at Lakewood Park Elementary were treated to a lunch and dessert for all of their hard work. Not only do they care for the school on a daily basis, but they also supported the school and residents when the school was used as a shelter for Hurricane Irma.
Thank you for all the hard work!
Those 5th grade students who displayed fluency with their 0-12 division facts were celebrated with an ice cream sundae party! Their hard work and effort was something to be commended. Parents shared in the fun and earned some sweet treats as well. Great job to all of those who earned this privilege!
St. Lucie Public Schools congratulates its graduating seniors!
The Class of 2018 is almost 3,000 strong and boasts nearly $33.5 million in scholarships to support next steps toward their college and career goals. Some of the inspired young leaders have chosen to pursue pathways into the military service, 92 have elected careers in education and have received “A Promise is a Promise” certificates from SLPS, others have select varied college and career courses that will lead them on wonderful and exciting lifelong journeys including medicine, technology, engineering, political advocacy, artistic design, and journalism. To all of the 2018 graduates, we send hearty wishes of success and fulfillment!
Each October, National Princpals Month recognizes the essential role that principals play in making a school great.
Principals are among the hardest working, yet often least recognized individuals in education. Principals set the academic tone for their schools, and it is their vision, dedication, and determination that provide the mobilizing force for achieving student success. Each October, NASSP, NAESP, and AFSA seek to honor these unsung heroes for their tireless efforts in pursuit of excellence in education.
National Principals Month is a widely recognized celebration of the principalship, marked by national and state resolutions supporting the event, as well as acknowledgements from U.S. Senators and Representatives, and top government officials. However, the most important National Principals Month celebrations are the ones that take place in schools and communities across the country.
Visit www.principalsmonth.org for more information about National Principals Month 2018!
State Representative Larry Lee Jr., of the Florida House of Representatives, challenged Southport Middle School ESOL students to continue working hard in school. Through his own life story, he explained how anything is possible when you remain determined to achieve your goals. The students also got the chance to learn about his grassroots community movement “Restoring the Village” and his beliefs that by working together, we can make the world a better place.
Representative Lee was the keynote speaker for Mr. Hochberg’s 22nd Annual Multicultural Celebration at Southport on Friday, May 18, 2018. The celebration also included former students’ words of inspiration, as well as presentations involving the seven noble virtues. The students, with the help of their families, prepared and shared a feast of indigenous food from their family’s home country which was enjoyed by all. Over 15 different countries were represented such as Brazil, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Iran, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, and Venezuela.
Principal Nicole Telese, Representative Lee, Dana Hochberg and Assistant Principal Kathleen Manchester
Congratulations to all of the AP Spanish Language students who passed with scores of 3, 4 and 5. Ms. Denski’s students had a 100% passing rate! These test takers were among the first to take the newly redesigned AP Spanish Language and Culture course which went into effect in fall 2013. The new curriculum integrates the following five themes: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities. The Advanced Placement Program enables students to pursue college-level studies with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. AP Exams are given each year in May. Ms. Denski, an AP Reader herself, is very happy and grateful that the new course demands were successfully met.
Friends of Morningside Elementary hosted a get-together to celebrate the season!
St. Lucie West Centennial High School baseball players visited Mrs. Yancy’s first grade class at St. Lucie West K-8 School recently. The players introduced themselves to the students and read a book to them. Afterward, students asked questions about being a baseball player and what it was like over at the “big school” (SLWCHS). The players seemed to enjoy themselves and our first graders were ecstatic to meet the “big boys”! The baseball players will be returning next month for an interview session, where the first graders will interview the players.
St. Lucie West Centennial High School NJROTC competition team recently participated at Flanagan High School’s field meet in Pembroke Pines, Florida. This event included 16 of Florida’s finest NJROTC units. Displaying outstanding motivation and skill, the cadets brought home 10 trophies. The cadets took fifth place 200 yard relay, third place team curl ups, fourth place color guard, fifth place unarmed basic, first place armed basic, second place armed exhibition, second place unarmed exhibition, first place personnel inspection, second place overall drill, and third place overall, qualifying for the state championship for the third time this season.
The cadets of St. Lucie West Centennial High School Navy Junior ROTC, recently held their annual Military Ball at the Port Saint Lucie Community Center. The evening included dinner, awards, promotions, and dancing to great music. Pictured is he Military Ball court, from left, sophomore Duchess and Duke Jenna Merrill and Billy Lents, junior Prince and Princess Ro’aine Graham and Johanna Moody, senior King and Queen Lucas Glykas and Bailey Lake, and freshman Baron and Baroness Anthony Stabile and Emily Daigle. Cadets and guests enjoyed the evening.
St Lucie West Centennial High school Navy Junior ROTC cadets presented the colors at the recent Treasure Coast Navy League Dinner honoring 95 year old Rear Admiral William Jenkins. Admiral Robert J. Papp, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, lauded Admiral Jenkins for his many years of outstanding service to the nation. Pictured, from left, are Cadets Lucas Glykas, Bailey Lake, Admiral Papp, Kelsey Daly, and Luis Still. The cadets were honored to meet both admirals, as well as Michael P. Leavitt, the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard.