Cobras Visit The River

Cobras Visit The River

Fort Pierce Central High School Dual Enrollment students participated in a fieldtrip championed by Instructor Robert Ott to Indian River State College. Once on the college campus, Katie Williams and her staff provided valuable information including library instruction and academic services for students.

The next generation class was treated to an impromptu and greatly appreciated visit by the president of  Indian River State College Dr. Edwin Massey who took the time to visit with the group and share comments about the value of an education along with the benefits of a guided pathway.

 

A Deeper Dive into the Fieldtrip:

The librarian staff added benefit to the overall experience while exceeding expectations for all members involved. The main objective of the library instruction was to show the students how to write a research paper by accessing digital journals and the ordering of books not available on the library shelf. The librarians also explained the relevance of a peer-reviewed article for scholarly purposes and the reasons why information on the Internet that is not peer-reviewed should not be used.

Afterwards, the students transitioned to Academic Services which included access to the labs and awareness of available tutorials. The students learned the value of asking for help sooner than later.

 

 

College Fair

College Fair

The Port St. Lucie Civic Center hosted the annual College Fair to inform all students and parents about colleges and universities to prepare them for the future.

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar JROTC volunteered to help the colleges, universities, and community supporters set up and prepare for the the event.

College Fair – BIG Results

College Fair – BIG Results

College Fair Results in Scholarships Worth Nearly 6 Million for St. Lucie High School Seniors

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) seniors are still buzzing with excitement about the college opportunities that are open to them as a result of the recent Historically Black College/University (HBCU) and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) College Fair. To date, students have been awarded scholarships worth nearly six million dollars to pursue their goals and dreams. One proud recipient, Treasure Coast Senior Aaliyah Brown, said, “I am so happy this amazing opportunity was provided to us.  Where else could you go and have all of these resources and all of these schools willing to invest in us and our education?”

 

Secondary Program Coordinator Lynda Octavi and Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry united 18 college and university advisor groups from Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia; the Coast Guard and Army National Guard; SLPS’s A Promise Is a Promise Team; Greek Fraternities and Sororities; and financial coaches from the Department of Education and Wells Fargo.   Over 600 public school seniors attended the College Fair at Samuel S. Gaines Academy dressed for success and prepared with college entrance documentation to discuss program options and career goals. Three hundred forty-three college admittances were offered and, in many cases, on-the-spot scholarship awards were granted to candidates brightening futures and sparking dreams.

 

“Twenty-two of our talented seniors signed A Promise Is a Promise contracts at the Fair which means that once they have earned their credentials in education, they are guaranteed jobs as instructors in St. Lucie Public Schools,” explained SLPS Director of Recruitment and Retention Patricia Galloway.

With such a positive launch for SLPS, college and university recruiters have already made commitments to return to next year’s event which promises to be even more beneficial as a gateway opportunity for students.

 

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College Fair – January 23rd

College Fair – January 23rd

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to bring opportunities to students for college and career success.  On January 23, the School District will launch its premier Historically Black College/University (HBCU) and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) College Fair for its students.  With over 17 major institutions slated to attend at Samuel Gaines Academy, excitement is escalating about pending on-the-spot scholarship opportunities and prospects for local students to participate in prestigious programs.

SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Events such as this have the potential to change lives for our students, and we are committed to doing everything we can to connect their brimming talents with individuals and organizations offering pathways to rewarding careers.”

Gent attributes the success of this premier event to the District’s highly motivated secondary leadership team.  Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry and Program Specialist Lynda Octavi have worked with local, state, and national colleges and universities; human resource organizations; Greek fraternities and sororities; local alumni; as well as local business leaders to make connections with the wide array of learning organizations that will be in attendance at this year’s College Fair.

“The idea is to help as many students as we can. This Career Fair is about students having options, and our students are definitely motivated to attend,” explained Perry. Students will attend the Career Fair with their high schools and are coming to this event well prepared with completed FASA forms, awareness of interview techniques, and dress for success tips.

SLPS Human Resources team will also be in attendance to discuss the Promise is a Promise opportunity scholarship with students who plan to pursue education as a career and return to teach in St. Lucie Public Schools.

 

 

College Fair Night Draws Crowds

College Fair Night Draws Crowds

Each year, the SLPS College Fair gets bigger and better as it affords students and their parents with an opportunity to receive information and connect with colleges and universities from around the country.

St. Lucie Public Schools – a quality education system focused on providing students with the knowledge, skills, and desire to succeed.

 

College Fair – October 4

College Fair – October 4

College Fair Night is slated for Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Plan to attend and gather information about college and university options.

 

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College Fair – October 5

College Fair – October 5

Mark your calendar for this year’s college fair!

With over 70 colleges and universities represented, there is sure to be something of interest to you.

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017

Time: 6PM – 8PM

Location: Port St. Lucie Civic Center

 

 

College Fair – BIG Results

College Fair Results in Scholarships Worth Nearly 6 Million for St. Lucie High School Seniors

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) seniors are still buzzing with excitement about the college opportunities that are open to them as a result of the recent Historically Black College/University (HBCU) and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) College Fair. To date, students have been awarded scholarships worth nearly six million dollars to pursue their goals and dreams. One proud recipient, Treasure Coast Senior Aaliyah Brown, said, “I am so happy this amazing opportunity was provided to us.  Where else could you go and have all of these resources and all of these schools willing to invest in us and our education?”

Secondary Program Coordinator Lynda Octavi and Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry united 18 college and university advisor groups from Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia; the Coast Guard and Army National Guard; SLPS’s A Promise Is a Promise Team; Greek Fraternities and Sororities; and financial coaches from the Department of Education and Wells Fargo.   Over 600 public school seniors attended the College Fair at Samuel S. Gaines Academy dressed for success and prepared with college entrance documentation to discuss program options and career goals. Three hundred forty-three college admittances were offered and, in many cases, on-the-spot scholarship awards were granted to candidates brightening futures and sparking dreams.

“Twenty-two of our talented seniors signed A Promise Is a Promise contracts at the Fair which means that once they have earned their credentials in education, they are guaranteed jobs as instructors in St. Lucie Public Schools,” explained SLPS Director of Recruitment and Retention Patricia Galloway.

With such a positive launch for SLPS, college and university recruiters have already made commitments to return to next year’s event which promises to be even more beneficial as a gateway opportunity for students.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

College Night at Fort Pierce Central High School

College Night at Fort Pierce Central High School

Over 600 parents and students attended Ft. Pierce Central’s College Night for Juniors and Seniors.  Hosted by Central’s Guidance Dept. and Administration, families learned important information regarding the college application process, college admission data, and financial/scholarship opportunities.  Websites that can assist in selecting and applying for colleges and scholarships were demonstrated.  Students were also given a time line of what needs to be completed each month to stay on track and meet deadlines.  Guidance Counselors and teachers will continue to work with Seniors on college and career choices throughout the school year.  Many parents expressed their gratitude for the information, assistance and support provided to make this exciting college application process less stressful.

 

College Night

Combined high school color guard has community presentation

Combined high school color guard has community presentation

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion recently conducted a combined Color Guard with the Treasure Coast High School Air Force JROTC. The Color Guard was led by Port Saint Lucie High School’s Cadet Captain Rhodes who presented the U.S. flag. Bearing the state flag was Cadet Pollino. The guards to follow were Cadet Lynn and Cadet Hopkins. Treasure Coast High School’s cadets Gillman,
Shoemaker, Crewse and Love presented the POW/MIA flag and the service flags. The Port St. Lucie High School Color Guard and Treasure Coast High School Color Guard did a phenomenal presentation to
remember veterans.

Commander’s Award for Civilian Service at FPWHS

Commander’s Award for Civilian Service at FPWHS

A tremendous honor was recently bestowed on our very own Fort Pierce Westwood High School Principal Mr. Joseph Lezeau.

Last week during the high school’s JROTC Awards Ceremony, an impressive number of cadets earned awards for high academic accomplishments and were recognized for their citizenship, leadership, and community service.  At the close of the ceremony, CSM Frederico Dottin presented Mr. Lezeau with the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.

The Commander’s Award for Civilian Service is an honorary award presented by the United States Department of the Army to civilian employees for commendable service or achievement. The Commander’s Award for Civilian Service is comparable to the military Army Commendation Medal.

In recognition of Mr. Lezeau’s commitment to a positive school culture, his public support of the JROTC program, and as an honored recipient of this award, he was recognized at the April School Board Meeting.

Commissioners 29th Annual Academic Challenge Team Recognition

Commissioners 29th Annual Academic Challenge Team Recognition

At the May 13th School Board Meeting, St. Lucie County high school students received plaques for placing 2nd in the State for the 29th Annual Commissioner’s Academic Challenge. The Commissioner’s Academic Challenge is a highly academic statewide high school tournament inaugurated in 1986 and designed to provide a prestigious academic arena in which Florida’s academically talented high school students are recognized. Each district team consisting of six high school students and one coach from around the state come together to compete in an inspiring demonstration of academic astuteness and teamwork. Players are challenged with questions from the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the fine arts, world languages (French and Spanish) and technology.

Pictured on back row are, Debbie Hawley (Board Chairman), Principal Alan Cox (SLWCH), Jeremy Johnson (FPW), David Wahlman (Dean and Coach at LPA); and on the front row are, Lauren Herb (FPW), Nicole Molner (TCHS), William Barr (TCHS), Geoffrey Zheng (LPA), and Genelle Yost (Superintendent). Stephanie Fisher (SLWCH) was not present for the picture.

Commissioner’s Academic Challenge

Commissioner’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 that represented St. Lucie Public Schools at the 34th Annual Commissioner’s Academic Challenge.

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

The state competition took place April 11-13, 2019 at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, and Team St. Lucie advanced to the Division 2 Finals and ended up finishing 5th in the state!

Teams from across Florida gathered for this state-wide tournament in which challenging questions were 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 competed for their team’s top score as well as their individual score in hopes of being selected as a member of Florida’s team for the national competition.  The questions were written by educators from high schools throughout the state.

COMMITMENT TO TECHNICAL AND MECHANICAL TRAINING ENHANCES SAFETY

COMMITMENT TO TECHNICAL AND MECHANICAL TRAINING ENHANCES SAFETY

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools mechanics were among 106 who gathered from 34 of Florida’s school districts to successfully complete an intensive four-day training held in Daytona Beach last week. Training was provided by professional instructors from Cummins, Allison, Stemco, NAPA, Braun, Ricon, and the three major school bus suppliers in Florida. Trainers from IC, Blue Bird and Thomas Built Buses captivated the technicians and afforded them hours of hands on diagnostic and repair training in the latest techniques for maintaining and repairing school buses.

A recent trend in many school districts is the addition of air conditioning on school buses. Trans/Air, RAC and MCC, major air condition manufacturers, all offered classes in these specialized systems.

In addition to attending the class, many technicians remained during after class hours to sit for on-line examinations to be certified as Vehicle Service Technicians or the coveted Master Repair Technician. Twenty-seven technicians are now FAPT Certified Master Repair Technicians and 11 are certified as Vehicle Service Technicians. One additional technician passed the examination to be certified as a Parts Service Technician.

Robert Manspeaker, the Director of Student Transportation Management Services (STMS) with the Florida Department of Education said, “The dedication to students, work ethic and sincere efforts to provide the highest-level safety possible is evident right here in this room with the commitment of you men and women.”

In its 29th year of being offered, this training continues to be the result of many hours of hard work by the Volusia District Transportation team and the Florida Association for Pupil Transportation Committee on Bus Qualifications and Standards. During this four-day workshop, an additional 60 plus technicians from around the state passed their School Bus Safety Inspector hands on test under Mr. Manspeaker and his staff who assisted in the testing. This will help alleviate the severe shortage of qualified bus safety inspectors required to certify every 30 days that the bus meets all safety requirements.

For additional information, please contact the Florida Association for Pupil Transportation at execdir@faptflorida.org

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS 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. For more information, visit, http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

COMMITMENT TO TECHNICAL AND MECHANICAL TRAINING ENHANCES SAFETY

COMMITMENT TO TECHNICAL AND MECHANICAL TRAINING ENHANCES SAFETY

St. Lucie Public Schools mechanics were among 106 who gathered from 34 of Florida’s school districts to successfully complete an intensive four-day training held in Daytona Beach last week. Training was provided by professional instructors from Cummins, Allison, Stemco, NAPA, Braun, Ricon, and the three major school bus suppliers in Florida. Trainers from IC, Blue Bird and Thomas Built Buses captivated the technicians and afforded them hours of hands on diagnostic and repair training in the latest techniques for maintaining and repairing school buses.

A recent trend in many school districts is the addition of air conditioning on school buses. Trans/Air, RAC and MCC, major air condition manufacturers, all offered classes in these specialized systems.

In addition to attending the class, many technicians remained during after class hours to sit for on-line examinations to be certified as Vehicle Service Technicians or the coveted Master Repair Technician. Twenty-seven technicians are now FAPT Certified Master Repair Technicians and 11 are certified as Vehicle Service Technicians. One additional technician passed the examination to be certified as a Parts Service Technician.

Robert Manspeaker, the Director of Student Transportation Management Services (STMS) with the Florida Department of Education said, “The dedication to students, work ethic and sincere efforts to provide the highest-level safety possible is evident right here in this room with the commitment of you men and women.”

In its 29th year of being offered, this training continues to be the result of many hours of hard work by the Volusia District Transportation team and the Florida Association for Pupil Transportation Committee on Bus Qualifications and Standards. During this four-day workshop, an additional 60 plus technicians from around the state passed their School Bus Safety Inspector hands on test under Mr. Manspeaker and his staff who assisted in the testing. This will help alleviate the severe shortage of qualified bus safety inspectors required to certify every 30 days that the bus meets all safety requirements.

 

 

Community Clean Up Day

Community Clean Up Day

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.

Community Comes Together for Southport Middle School Career Fair

Community Comes Together for Southport Middle School Career Fair

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:
DeVonica Vaught-Heath Information Technology
Jessica Fulton-Pharmacy Technician
Pamela Giannone-Medical Assisting
Guilene Napoleon-Auguste, Melissa Nazario & Evette Louhisdon-Social Workers
Traci Wilke, Christina Coppola & Cassey Chang-Social Emotional Learning
Sarah Butler-School Psychologist & Ivey Wood-School Psychology Intern
Lieutenant Colonel Alberto Nevárez-Army JROTC
Lisa Lima & Jesse Wilson-Children’s Program Media Specialists
Dr. Lynnly Miller DVM-Veterinarian
Deanna Wilds-Prevention Specialist
Terri Mee-Joy & Lauren Watkins-Occupational Therapists
Michael Caracciolo-Financial Professional
Dr. Ravi Jitta-Chiropractor/Holistic Medicine
Dr. Marcela Radojevic DMD-Orthodontist
Victoria Christensen-Acute Medical Social Worker
KrystiGardner-Make-Up Artist
Charles DeSanti-Urban Planning & Land Development Contractor
Lieutenant Chad Crouse-Firefighter/Paramedic
Cameron Eddy-Restaurant Manager
Ryan Floyd Franchise Owner-SUBWAY
Ryan Briggs-Business manager-Lowes
Deputy Thomas Johnson-Sheriff Deputy, Erik Wilson & Jamie Sparks, Police Training/Recruiting