Checkmate can be heard weekday mornings at F. K. Sweet Elementary

Checkmate can be heard weekday mornings at F. K. Sweet Elementary

F.K. Sweet Elementary is very fortunate to have former teacher Tom Filipkowski return to volunteer his time in continuing the ever popular Chess Club on Thursday mornings. The Chess Club has always been a favorite with intermediate students. Not only are the skills of the game and high level thinking covered, but the love of the game and sportsmanship is also stressed.

Chess at Frances K. Sweet

Chess at Frances K. Sweet

Students in Ms. Marla Liberatore’s third grade class at Frances K. Sweet are honing their chess skills after their “First Move” lesson. Pictured from the left are Wilkens Michaud and Jonah DiCuia.

 

 

Chess Night at Mariposa Elementary!

Chess Night at Mariposa Elementary!

Second and Third Grade students at Mariposa Elementary challenged their families and friends to chess this week! Students came to school dressed up as chess pieces, ready to teach their families how each piece moves. Families enjoyed some chess poems and a brief explanation of how to play. Then students challenged their peers and relatives to a game of chess! This family game night was made possible through a grant called “First Move,” which teaches students to play chess through online videos, computer games, and weekly chess practice. Students spend 45 minutes each week learning chess strategies and skills. Chess costumes were created by Alicia Swink, second grade teacher at Mariposa Elementary. Students were all smiles as they showed off their chess skills! The students dressed as chess pieces in the picture are: Brianna Locklar, Bryce Myers, Sydnee Rubenstien, Riley O’Dowd, Monroe Thiery and Joseph Locklar.

Chicks in Kindergarten!

Chicks in Kindergarten!

The kindergarten students in Ms. Ham’s class at Oak Hammock K-8 have four new fluffy additions to their classroom.  In September, we studied farm animals and what animals need to survive.  As a culminating activity, we received eggs from the 4-H farm in Fort Pierce to incubate.  We learned what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator each day for twenty-one days and are so happy to announce that our chicks are finally here! We’ve been taking great care of them and love having extra friends in our room!

Ms. Ham's Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Ms. Ham’s Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Ms. Ham's Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Ms. Ham’s Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Ms. Ham's Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Ms. Ham’s Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Ms. Ham's Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Ms. Ham’s Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Ms. Ham's Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Ms. Ham’s Kindergarten class at Oak Hammock K-8 pets their baby chicks that they hatched as a culminating activity for their farm unit in September! They learned about what was happening inside of the eggs in the incubator for 21 LONG days and they are so happy to have 4 new fluffy students in the classroom!

Child Nutrition Services Farm to School Program

Child Nutrition Services Farm to School Program

Child Nutrition Services is proud to announce for the 2017-2018 school year we offered the students of St. Lucie Public Schools over 219,000 pounds of Florida grown produce, over 53,000 pounds of Florida beef, and over 6,400,000 half pints of milk on school serving lines as part of the Farm to School Program.

As we begin the fifth year of the Farm to School Program we are increasing the amount of Florida grown produce to twenty items that of our original seven when the program started in 2015. Child Nutrition Services is excited to continue partnerships with our vendors ensuring fresh Florida grown produce is delivered to our schools within days of harvest.

We would like to thank our partners Localecopia, Miami Beef, Dean Foods, and Treasure Coast Food Bank, for their continued support making Child Nutrition Services Farm to School Program a success for the students of St. Lucie Public Schools during the Florida growing season, October through May.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day – May 9, 2019

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day – May 9, 2019

Join Florida Department of Education (FDOE) in helping increase awareness about children with mental health needs and end the stigma around seeking help. On May 9, 2019, join the FDOE and wear green in support of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

Celebrate the statewide awareness campaign and tag a photo of your group wearing green or a green ribbon using one of these hashtags.

#NotAlone, #LetsTalkAboutIt and #ItStartsHere

Choices For Viewing The Eclipse

Choices For Viewing The Eclipse

We have a unique opportunity on Monday, August 21!

This will be the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse will cross the nation coast-to-coast. In Florida, as the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, it will only partially block the Sun making it look like early evening in the middle of the day.

Students who are absent or check out of school early on Monday, Aug. 21, so they can experience the eclipse with their families will be allowed to make up any missed assignments and will be excused for their absences.  Please note: If early check out is planned, it is important to pick your child up by noon.

We are also offering parents of elementary students the option of attending Extended Day so their students may remain on campus indoors until picked up by parents no later than 5:00 pm. Please contact your child’s school for details and send a note if you intend to have your elementary student remain on campus.

Dr. Jones Honored at FMEA

Dr. Jones Honored at FMEA

Congratulations to Dr. Rolanda A. Jones, Chorus Director, Dan McCarty Middle School, who was recently honored with FMEA’s 2018 Music Education Service Award. This award recognizes the outstanding service of members who have been active in music education for 25 years or more.

CIA Day at SLW Centennial!

CIA Day at SLW Centennial!

On Tuesday, September 17 four Culinary Institute of America (CIA) chefs presented CIA at St Lucie West Centennial High.  Over 92 high school students from St Lucie West Centennial (SLWC), Fort Pierce Central, and Martin County High participated in four workshops: Chef Donald Sedivy-CIA Graduate and local Chef working in prestigious Private Clubs demonstrated a Garde Manger appetizer (chopped fresh veggies showcasing Florida tomatoes, mangos, avocados, and lump crab meat); Chef Harrison Kantor-2013 CIA graduate prepared an ethic dish of Falafel with Tahini Sauce; Chef Arnym Solomon-CIA Trustee Emeriti prepared Caribbean Style Stews; and Chef Jacqui Pressinger- CIA Assistant Director of Admissions created a modern twist on bacon and eggs.

Proud Centennial Principal Alan Cox along with Chefs Calvin Lewis and Jesse Strell hosted the students at SLWC High’s Culinary Labs from 9 am until 1:30 pm.  Chef Peggy Ash and her students from FPC along with Chef Shaun Southwick and his students from Martin County High attended the workshop.  Students engaged in the four presentations asking questions and tasting the new recipes. A great day for Culinary in St Lucie County!  Pictured is Chef Jacqui Pressinger at SLW Centennial in Culinary Lab.

CIA Day at SLW Centennial!

CIA Day at SLWC

On Tuesday, September 17 four Culinary Institute of America (CIA) chefs presented CIA at St Lucie West Centennial High.  Over 92 high school students from St Lucie West Centennial (SLWC), Fort Pierce Central, and Martin County High participated in four workshops: Chef Donald Sedivy-CIA Graduate and local Chef working in prestigious Private Clubs demonstrated a Garde Manger appetizer (chopped fresh veggies showcasing Florida tomatoes, mangos, avocados, and lump crab meat); Chef Harrison Kantor-2013 CIA graduate prepared an ethic dish of Falafel with Tahini Sauce; Chef Arnym Solomon-CIA Trustee Emeriti prepared Caribbean Style Stews; and Chef Jacqui Pressinger- CIA Assistant Director of Admissions created a modern twist on bacon and eggs.  Proud Centennial Principal Alan Cox along with Chefs Calvin Lewis and Jesse Strell hosted the students at SLWC High’s Culinary Labs from 9 am until 1:30 pm.  Chef Peggy Ash and her students from FPC along with Chef Shaun Southwick and his students from Martin County High attended the workshop.  Students engaged in the four presentations asking questions and tasting the new recipes. A great day for Culinary in St Lucie County!

Cinco de Mayo at Gaines Academy

Cinco de Mayo at Gaines Academy

Cinco de Mayo is not going unnoticed here at Samuel Gaines Academy. Students in Mr. Plowden’s 8th grade History spent some time researching different Hispanic leaders who has made significant contributions to their culture by creating Thinking Maps, taking Cornell notes, and using technology resources.  This is a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage and is warmly embraced at Gaines Academy.

Circuit judge Vaughn visits Southern Oaks Middle to discuss judiciary

Circuit judge Vaughn visits Southern Oaks Middle to discuss judiciary

St. Lucie County Circuit Court Judge Dan Vaughn recently visited Southern Oaks Middle School. Seventh grade students have been learning about the three branches of government in their civics classes this year. Judge Vaughn spoke with the students about what it means to him to be a judge, and the education needed to become one. The students were eager to ask Judge Vaughn questions about the judicial branch of the government and how it works. Judge Vaughn explained to the students about the history of the robe, which seemed to be a big cause for questions. He also discussed courtroom etiquette as well as respect for the judicial system. Students were impressed that a person of Judge Vaughn’s prestige would visit the school. Judge Vaughn is pictured with students asking questions about the judiciary.

Citizen Hero Award

Citizen Hero Award

Fifth grader Brandon Roth from Mariposa Elementary School received the St. Lucie County Fire Department Citizen Hero Award for his courageous actions during a life-threatening situation on June 25th, 2018.
On this day, ten-year-old Roth was riding his skateboard when he discovered a neighbor in distress lying in her doorway. He ran to her aid and flagged down a passing car to call 911. He continued to wait with her until the rescue trucks and firefighters arrived.
His quick thinking and immediate action averted a potentially tragic outcome.
Citizen of the Month – WCE

Citizen of the Month – WCE

White City celebrates integrity at this month’s citizen of the month ceremony. A student in each class was selected by the teacher for demonstrating the character trait of integrity. Integrity is showing good moral character, being honest, doing the right thing consistently and meeting challenges with a good attitude. Wildcats, we are so very proud of you!

Clear Skies for Mariners

Clear Skies for Mariners

There’s no drought when it comes to exploring science at Weatherbee. This week, fourth grade classes were excited to receive a visit from WPBF 25 First Alert Weather’s Mike Lyons who talked to them about weather. Clear skies ahead, Mariners!

Clerk of the Circuit Court Joe Smith Speaks to Students

Clerk of the Circuit Court Joe Smith Speaks to Students

Samuel S. Gaines Academy sixth graders had the honor of listening to guest speaker Mr. Joe Smith, Clerk of the Circuit Court of St. Lucie County, as he shared his life story during a recent Speakers Bureau event.

Mr. Smith, a native of Fort Pierce and a product of the St. Lucie Public Schools, comes from immigrant grandparents who arrived in the United States in the early 1900s. He was raised by a family of educators who inspired him to follow their path in helping others. His career shifted in a similar direction of helping his community, and he became our very own Clerk of the Circuit Court of St. Lucie County.

Clerk of courts encourages Garden City students

Clerk of courts encourages Garden City students

As part of Black History month, Joseph E. Smith, Clerk of Circuit Courts for St. Lucie County, spoke with second grade students at Garden City Early Learning Academy about his life and how they, too, can reach their goals and be successful. Mr. Smith is a native to Fort Pierce and graduated from Lincoln Park Academy. He worked in Washington, D.C., and then came back to St. Lucie County to serve the community. Smith is the first African-American Clerk of Circuit Courts in St. Lucie County, and is tireless in his efforts to give back to the community.

Clerk of Courts presents check to Education Foundation

Clerk of Courts presents check to Education Foundation

At the November 18th School Board Meeting, Mr. Joseph Smith, St. Lucie County Clerk of Courts, presented the St. Lucie County Education Foundation a check for $1,500 for the Adopt-A-Class campaign. Their support has helped over 20 classrooms.
Pictured are Joseph Abreu, Joann Baker, Board Chair Donna Mills, Joseph Smith, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Elizabeth Mallonee, James McKenzie, and Vanessa Tillman.