Port St. Lucie’s Drill Team Attends 1st Competition of the Season!

Port St. Lucie’s Drill Team Attends 1st Competition of the Season!

On Friday, January 18, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion’s Army JROTC Drill Team attended the Santaluces Community High School Army JROTC drill meet in Lantana, FL. Cadets competed in male and female squads and color guard. Out of eight schools, Port St. Lucie ranked in first place overall.  The Jaguars’ female unarmed squad commanded by Cadet Major Joleen Kalinowski placed first, the female armed squad commanded by Cadet Captain Alexis Morris placed third, and the female color guard commanded by Cadet Captain Brianna Harris placed third as well.  The team’s  male unarmed squad commanded by Cadet Captain Jonathan Nunez placed third, and the male Color guard commanded by Cadet Sergeant first class placed first.

 

This article was written by Cadet Captain Alexis Morris and photography was taken by Cadet 1st Lieutenant Lila Meade.  

What’s New on the Education Channel

What’s New on the Education Channel

Week 3 of the 2020 Teacher of the Year Interviews is airing now. Be sure to check that out! We will be also featuring an all new Foundation Focus hosted by Thom Jones, Notebook hosted by Jane Whitaker, and #BuildAFuture hosted by LeiNitia Robinson.
There are many exciting things happening in our schools and in our community, so you do not want to miss out on these shows!
 
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.
 
 
Teacher of the Year Interviews
 
Foundation Focus
 
Notebook
 
#BuildAFuture – CTE


Thank you,

WLX-TV Media Services Team

Grand Parade Winners

Grand Parade Winners

Judges Trophy for Overall Creativity and Participation
St. Lucie West K-8 School
Elementary
1st Place – Morningside Elementary
2nd Place – St. Lucie Elementary
3rd Place – C. A. Moore Elementary
K-8
1st Place – Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies
2nd Place – Northport K-8
3rd Place – Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie
Middle 
1st Place – Forest Grove Middle
2nd Place – Southern Oaks Middle
3rd Place – Dan McCarty Middle
High School
1st Place –  Ft. Pierce Westwood
2nd Place – Ft. Pierce Central
3rd Place- Lincoln Park Academy
Week of Kindness
First Place     
Morningside Elementary
Second Place 
Windmill Point Elementary
Third Place
Palm Pointe Research School @ Tradition
Certificate of Participation
Frances K Sweet
Students Shine

Students Shine

The Career and Technical Education and the Magnet School Assistance Program (MSAP) teams were recognized at the Florida Career Pathways Network conference. Teams presented their own Best Practices in Education during the State’s conference.

SLW Centennial Medical Academy Students Collect Toys for Local Children in Foster Care

SLW Centennial Medical Academy Students Collect Toys for Local Children in Foster Care

Mrs. Durkee and Mrs. Higgins’ Allied Health classes and HOSA-Future Health Professional members partnered up with Communities Connected for Kids for their annual Making Christmas Bright project. CCK oversees child-welfare services in Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast, and Guardians for New Futures, which helps meet the unfunded needs of children in foster care. The project has served thousands of children in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties.

For the fourth year, students, student groups, faculty and staff from all over the Centennial campus, jumped at the chance to participate in this year’s toy drive. We were even fortunate to have a parent ‘Secret Santa’ partner with us this year. We were able to provide the 60 children on our list with the three gifts on their Christmas wish list. In addition, because of our Secret Santa mom, we had at least 200 extra gifts for additional kids.

We wish to thank all who generously donated gifts to this very worthwhile organization. It means so much to us to participate with this very important project for local children in need. If you ever want to consider participating with this toy drive event, contact Christina Kaiser at CCK (772) 528-0362 or email christina.kaiser@cckids.net and join the fun.

 

Partnership Continues To Grow

Partnership Continues To Grow

The Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County support a myriad of activities and programs in our county including meal programs and before / after school programs. If you are interested in learning more or finding out how the Boys and Girls Clubs can support students at your school, please call Maygan Johnson at 460-9918 (ext. 108).

High Schools Compete for Top Honors at This Year’s Academic Challenge

High Schools Compete for Top Honors at This Year’s Academic Challenge

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — In a competitive academic competition, local high school teams competed for top honors and individual team members vied for a seat on the prestigious Team St. Lucie – an elite six-member team representing the School District at the 34th Annual Commissioners Academic Challenge scheduled for April 11-13, 2019, at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. Lincoln Park Academy, coached by Paige McMahon, won first place in this year’s local competition.

 

Maria Battaglino Hernandez (Lincoln Park Academy), Ryan Lu (Treasure Coast High School), Alan Senkus (St. Lucie West Centennial), Madeleine Sosa (Lincoln Park Academy), Callie Zheng (Lincoln Park Academy), and Matthew Zoll (Fort Pierce Westwood) accumulated an impressive number of individual points in this year’s tournament to secure a seat on Team St. Lucie.  Paige McMahon will serve as coach for the team.

 

Teams from across Florida gather for this state-wide tournament in which challenging questions are posed to players in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the fine arts, world languages (French and Spanish) physical education, health, and technology. As with the local competition, players are competing for their team’s top score as well as their individual score which could land them on Florida’s team for the national competition.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks 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. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

St. Lucie Public School Academic Team: (Left to Right) Ryan Lu, Matthew Zoll, Alan Senkus, Callie Zheng, Madeleine Sosa, Maria Battaglino Hernandez, and Team Coach Paige McMahon

 

High Schools Compete for Top Honors at This Year’s Academic Challenge

High Schools Compete for Top Honors at This Year’s Academic Challenge

In a competitive academic competition, local high school teams competed for top honors and individual team members vied for a seat on the prestigious Team St. Lucie – an elite six-member team representing the School District at the 34th Annual Commissioners Academic Challenge scheduled for April 11-13, 2019, at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. Lincoln Park Academy, coached by Paige McMahon, won first place in this year’s local competition.

 

Maria Battaglino Hernandez (Lincoln Park Academy), Ryan Lu (Treasure Coast High School), Alan Senkus (St. Lucie West Centennial), Madeleine Sosa (Lincoln Park Academy), Callie Zheng (Lincoln Park Academy), and Matthew Zoll (Fort Pierce Westwood) accumulated an impressive number of individual points in this year’s tournament to secure seats on Team St. Lucie.  Paige McMahon will serve as coach for the team.

 

Teams from across Florida gather for this state-wide tournament in which challenging questions are posed to players in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the fine arts, world languages (French and Spanish) physical education, health, and technology. As with the local competition, players are competing for their team’s top score as well as their individual score which could land them on Florida’s team for the national competition.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks 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. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

Fort Pierce Central High School

Coach: Rob Sullivan

 

Fort Pierce Westwood High School

Coach: Dr. Allen Rupert

 

Lincoln Park Academy

Coach: Paige McMahon

 

Port St. Lucie High School

Coach: Samuel Villari

 

St. Lucie West Centennial High School

Coach: William Britton

 

Treasure Coast High School

Coach: Stephen Maxwell

 

Soup’s On!

Soup’s On!

On Friday January 11, 2019, the Culinary Department at St. Lucie West Centennial High School hosted StratherDuPree II, the Director of Articulation and Partnerships at Indian River State College, and Rachel Rosiak, an IRSC Recruitment Specialist. Mr. DuPree and Ms. Rosiak received an overview of the program from the teacher, Christina Gedke-Balaschak, and interacted with students as they prepared to make five different soups. 

K-9s On Patrol

K-9s On Patrol

On Thursday, January 17, students in the Law Academy at SLW Centennial High School learned about K9 Patrols and how K9s are used in law enforcement. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office shared information on how the dogs are trained, handled, and used in law enforcement.

Technology Tuesdays

Technology Tuesdays

Every other Tuesday, Julia Hilburn and Laurie Boyer will host a Technology session for Teachers via Microsoft Teams.

From the comfort of your home, classroom, office, or public location you can learn everything you need to know about Microsoft and Office365 products to better enhance technology within your classroom and work environment. Each session will run for roughly one hour.

You can become a Microsoft Innovative Educator by attending all sessions and completing a “Check for Understanding” form at the end. Attendance will be recorded each session.

A meeting invitation will be sent out to those enrolled in Frontline.

Tuesday sessions start January 29th and will take place every other Tuesday until April 9th.  Seats are limited so make sure to sign up in Frontline.

Afterschool Meals Program at Performance Based Preparatory Academy

Afterschool Meals Program at Performance Based Preparatory Academy

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools announces its intent to participate in the Afterschool Meals Program, a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program.  The Afterschool Meals Program is designed primarily to provide nutritious snacks and/or meals to children in participating afterschool programs.  Snacks and/or meals will be available at no separate charge to children attending the site listed below, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Site: Performance Based Preparatory Academy

2909 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34947

About USDA

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)         mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)         fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)         email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks 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. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

 

Local Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced

Local Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced

Fashioned after a red-carpet celebration, the three St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Teacher of the Year Finalists were announced and supported with a backdrop of cheers from the surprised candidates’ students and colleagues. Makeda-Ione Brome (Fort Pierce Westwood High School), Cheri V. Maxon (Southern Oaks Middle School), and Jami Williams (St. Lucie West K-8 School) were overjoyed as a throng of delegates from St. Lucie’s Education Foundation, School Board, and MIDFLORIDA Credit Union showered them with congratulations.

SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “This is a great honor. Our teacher-of-the-year finalists represent a dedicated and highly qualified team of teachers who impact the lives and learning of each child, every day. Their dedication and their relentless passion to support the goals and dreams of our future innovators and creators are evidenced by the School District’s continual growth in academic excellence.  We are a B rated district with no failing schools, our graduation rates are among the top ten in Florida, we rank third in academic achievement, and our students have access to thriving career and technical opportunities with 37 academies and 67 programs that have led to 2,390 Industry Certifications in the past year alone.”

Locally, one of the three finalists will be selected as the SLPS Teacher of the Year during the Night of the Stars gala scheduled for February 9, 2019, at Lincoln Park Academy’s auditorium in Fort Pierce.  This person will then represent SLPS in the Florida Department of Education – Macy’s Teacher of the Year program.

The local Night of the Stars annual event is sponsored by the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County. Thom Jones, president of the Foundation, explained that MIDFLORIDA Credit Union is the sponsor of the local Teacher of the Year category.  “This is an especially exciting year. Through our generous sponsor, we have been able to go above and beyond expectations, and we will honor our winners with very special recognitions this year.”

The State’s Teacher of the Year Program is a long-standing tradition that recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. The State finalist for The Florida Teacher of the Year also serves as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education and represents the Florida Department of Education and teachers throughout Florida.

About the Teacher of the Year Finalists

Makeda-Ione Brome

Makeda-Ione Brome is an instructional mathematics coach at Fort Pierce Westwood High School where she dedicates herself to supporting teachers and students.  She models best practices in classrooms, leads collaborative planning sessions, tutors students, and leads Algebra 1 and Geometry Boot Camps for students before and after school.

Her expertise in a wide array of mathematics practices and keen ability to share this knowledge with others makes this energetic educator a leader among her peers.  At the District, Ms. Brome is a Teacher Leader who stands out as professional development facilitator, and at the State level, she is a Florida Department of Education Math Content Specialist selected to review and revise Florida’s certification and professional exams.

In the classrooms and throughout the campus, Ms. Brome gets her inspiration from her students and her colleagues. Everything she does is because she wants to serve others and see them experience success in all aspects of their lives.  She takes to heart the fact that students must learn and retain required mathematics to be successful in the next course, in college, and beyond.  She believes that students cannot be successful without first empowering teachers to be successful.  Therefore, she uses a variety of teaching styles and instructional tools to help others learn new concepts. She is inspired to be the best she can be so that she, in turn, can help others realize the potential within them to become the best versions of themselves.

Cheri V. Maxon

Cheri V. Maxon is a sixth-grade science teacher at Southern Oaks Middle School where she also serves as the department chair and lead teacher who mentors others to support a collaborative teaching and learning environment.  Her students consistently perform at high levels and thrive in the challenging, engaging, and nurturing learning environment she sets for them.

Mrs. Maxon spearheads the school’s student-led conference initiative whereby she coordinates and helps over 900 students establish, monitor, and communicate goals to promote visible learning and student ownership of achievement.  She strongly believes that people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.  Therefore, she is committed to building trust and rapport with students, colleagues, and parents in her many roles as a teacher, leadership mentor, PBIS coach, and professional development facilitator.

Mrs. Maxon is honored to serve children and is a teacher today because of the many educators in her life who believed in her abilities and supported her when she did not believe in herself. She was inspired to pay it forward, to positively impact lives, to make a difference for children in the same way others did for her.

Jami Williams

Jami Williams is an eighth-grade science teacher at St. Lucie West K-8 School.  She is passionate about helping every student succeed and celebrating their accomplishments along the way to realizing their goals.  She is a campus leader who welcomes new opportunities to serve which include being a team leader, peer mentor, faculty council representative, and volleyball coach.

Her active involvement in campus activities is reflected in her classroom as well.  She encourages the love of science by promoting curiosity among her students, by providing hands-on opportunities to question why, and by designing lessons whereby students discover and are excited to learn more.  Ms. Williams is dedicated to creating a classroom experience for her students that is safe, trusted, and nurturing.  She wants every day to be one in which learning is strengthened by joy.

Her students are her true inspiration. She strives to ignite their interests, empower them with knowledge, and leave a lasting impression that will positively impact them as well as the world around them.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks 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. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

Northport Takes to the Sky!

Northport Takes to the Sky!

As part of their Flight and Space curriculum, 8th grade Northstars students in Mr. Fess’ STEM class designed a flight obstacle course. Throughout the day, other students had the opportunity to fly through the course and try for the fastest time.

Bulldog Honor Band

Bulldog Honor Band

Congratulations to the Forest Grove Middle School students who were selected to participate in the IRSC Honor Band! Thank you, Mr. Colombo, for doing an outstanding job of preparing our Bulldogs for this honor!! Way to go Bulldogs!

Lady Colts Take First!

Lady Colts Take First!

Congratulations to Sam Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies!  Coach Crenshaw and the Lady Colts basketball team bounded into first place at the MLK Basketball Tournament!

Senior Pinning Celebration

Senior Pinning Celebration

The Fort Pierce Westwood’s Class of 2019 senior pinning ceremony was a tremendous success!

Alumni Ian Osking inspired students with his keynote address.  Once a panther, always a panther!

Congratulations seniors!

Student of the Month Named for 2019

Student of the Month Named for 2019

Northport community is so pleased to present our Northport Students of the Month for January 2019. Students are selected by their teachers for having good citizenship, being a good friend, being a positive role model or for just doing the right thing. There are so many reasons why a student might be selected to represent their peers as a Student of the Month.

We are so grateful for all the parental support. Thank you to all parents who came to our celebration in support of their children. It means the world to the students and their teachers. Parental and family support makes our school stronger. Great job to all of our first Students of the Month for 2019.