Channel 12 Honors Davino

Channel 12 Honors Davino

Congratulations to Samuel S. Gaines Academy’s John Davino! In a surprise visit by CBS Channel 12’s Teri Hornstein, he was recognized as an outstanding teacher and provided a check for $312 as part of Channel 12’s Tools for Teachers campaign.  Mr. Davino, who was praised by former students as being a teacher who helped them strive for success, will use the funds to support his efforts for positive behavior instructional support efforts on campus.

Interested in nominating a great teacher in St. Lucie Public Schools?  Simply click on on the Tools for Teachers link (http://cbs12.com/station/contests/toolkit ), tell Channel 12 why, and your nominee could be the Channel 12 Teacher of the Week.

Channel 25 Weather Visits Village Green

Channel 25 Weather Visits Village Green

Students at Village Green Environmental Studies School received a visit from WPBF News Channel 25’s Meteorologist Britley Ritz.  5th grade students showed Ms. Ritz one of the school’s weather stations and explained how it tracks winds, precipitation, and barometric pressure.

 

Channel 5 focuses cameras on Mosaic Digital Academy

Channel 5 focuses cameras on Mosaic Digital Academy

A news crew from WPTV News Channel 5 spent much of the early morning Tuesday, August 21, interviewing the staff of St. Lucie Schools’ newest instructional choice for parents and students, Mosaic Digital Academy virtual K-12 school. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Helen Roberts was on the morning news live explaining the philosophy of the school, innovative digital delivery with a personal touch. Pictured, from left, are K-3 full time teacher Katie Johansen, 4-6 full time teacher Laurie Boyer, Virtual School Coordinator Jeanne Ziemba with reporter Christina Dettman, and Guidance Counselor Dana Tillberg, in the Mosaic Digital Academy office located in the school district building in Fort Pierce. Here, parents and students can get information or meet with teachers and counselors. Enrollment for first semester of this school year is closed, but enrollment for second semester will begin on October 20.

Character is rewarded at Northport K8 School

Character is rewarded at Northport K8 School

Northport K-8 second grader Breanna Guillaume and her classmates learned an excellent lesson in character development recently. One day, U. S. Army veteran Bill Arnold was visiting the school, and he lost his keys.  Breanna found the keys, and ran up to Mr. Arnold to return them. Mr. Arnold was so overwhelmed with gratitude that he returned to the school to award Breanna with an American flag pin and a good lesson that character counts to the students in Denise Fields’ second grade class.  Pictured are Mr. Arnold, Breanna,and Ms. Fields.  Northport students are rewarded for good character as well as achievement in their lessons.

Check Out Summer Slide Resources

Check Out Summer Slide Resources

St. Lucie Public Schools Launches Summer Slide Program

The summer months are upon us, and St. Lucie Public Schools is pleased to help your child continue to learn and grow throughout the summer. New this year, we are providing free academic resources to support students’ continued growth. The “Summer Slide” program includes engaging web-based resources for grades PreK through 12 available for use by students, parents, and community organizations any time and from any place.

What is Summer Slide? It is the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. The web page of resources was created in order to allow students to strengthen their skills and avoid learning loss over the summer. Grade level resources are arranged by content, including: Arts/Technology, English Language Arts, English Language Learners (ELL), Math, Science, Social Studies, and College Career Readiness. The resources allow students to have a self-guided and self-paced experience. Students will be able to interact with a variety of learning programs with content geared toward a multitude of interests. Visit www.stlucieschools.org homepage and look for the “Summer Slide” logo to explore the VPK through grade 12 resources.

St. Lucie Public Schools is committed to supporting student growth. There is evidence of positive trends in many areas including, climbing graduation rates, ever increasing scholarship dollars, and the rising percent of students scoring satisfactory on the grade 3 ELA assessment. We look forward to these resources strengthening our partnership with our parents and community leaders. Don’t let summer slide away, explore the many resources we have put together for you. We think you will like what you see!

 

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.