Congratulations to Allapattah Flats elementary spelling bee winners

Congratulations to Allapattah Flats elementary spelling bee winners

The Allapattah Flats school family congratulates the top two students in the elementary school spelling bee.  The competition was fierce as the students were phenomenal spellers and they were each very determined to do their best. Diego Teran and Bryant Melton were the top two in elementary with Bryant Melton as the first place winner. Congratulations to all students who participated, you did a fantastic job! Good luck to Bryant who will go on to participate in the district spelling bee.

Congratulations to LPA’s Senior Athletes

Congratulations to LPA’s Senior Athletes

On November 9th, there was a celebration for three Lincoln Park Academy seniors.  Each of them have committed to the college or university of their choice to further their education and athletic excellence.

Caleb Pottorff – Cross Country to Florida State University

Joseph Stubbs – Baseball to Indian River State College

Madison Walsh – Softball to Lander University in South Carolina

Congratulations to Our 2017 Graduates!

Congratulations to Our 2017 Graduates!

Acceleration Academy
8:30 am on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Performance Based Preparatory Academy
11:00 am on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Mosaic Digital Academy
2:00 pm on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

SLPS will continue to live stream graduations this week.  Congratulations to all of our 2017 graduates!


Congratulations to Our Shining Stars!

Congratulations to Our Shining Stars!

John Davino (SGA) – Teacher of the Year

Dawn Parker (DMMS) – School Related Employee of the Year

Zakiyyah Owens (CAM) – Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year

Bridgette Marie Hyde (REE) – Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year

It was a night to be remembered as recognition and respect was bestowed upon individuals from all walks of education during the annual Night of the Stars gala on Saturday, February 18, 2017.  In a live broadcast from Lincoln Park Academy, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County announced this year’s line-up of educational superstars. Mr. John J. Davino took top honors as St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year.  Mr. Davino is an AVID elective educator at Samuel S. Gaines Academy where he supports students on pathways to success in their rigorous academic coursework.  Joining him on the stage were School Related Employee of the Year Mrs. Dawn Parker from Dan McCarty Middle School, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year Zakiyyah Owens from Chester A. Moore Elementary, and Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Ms. Bridgette Marie Hyde from Rivers Edge Elementary.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “The individuals who were recognized this evening represent the outstanding professionals on our campuses who support our students’ learning goals.  They challenge, mentor, and advocate for them with an unwavering commitment every day.”

Education Foundation President Thom Jones said, “I look forward to this celebration each year as an opportunity to honoring our teachers and support staff for the work they do each day for our students.”  He added that The Education Foundation’s mission is to recognize excellence in education and support teacher development.  “Event sponsors such as PNC Bank, this year’s Grand Benefactor, share our passion for recognizing excellence in education. MIDFLORIDA Community Credit Union sponsored the Teacher of the Year and Herff Jones honored the winner with a commemorative ring. Proctor Construction Company sponsored the School Related Employee of the Year, Keiser University sponsored the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year, and Seacoast Bank sponsored The Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year.  Jones offered a special thank you to the many other event sponsors.

Event Coordinator Candace Stone said, “I am honored to help bring this event to the community each year for the sake of our distinguished honorees.  The Night of the Stars is one way in which we can truly honor their commitment to providing for the individual needs of all students.”

St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year will now move on to the state level competition.  In the category of Teacher of the Year, the State has 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 the state.

About the Teacher of the Year

John J. Davino

John J. Davino is an AVID elective teacher for students in grades six, seven, and eight at Samuel S. Gaines Academy.  AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination – is the name of the elective course he instructs, and Mr. Davino’s job is to support his students in all of their classes by holding them accountable to the highest standards and providing academic and social support so they will rise to the challenge in preparation for the rigors of college and career readiness.  Based on Mr. Davino’s data that boasts a 20 percent learning gain for his students, he is most definitely making an impact.


Mr. Davino appreciates opportunities to work alongside colleagues and share his craft with others.  At his school, he has served as a Team Leader and Department Chair.  As a member of the inaugural District Teacher Leadership Program, he has had many opportunities over the last four years to support district-wide professional development including the teaching and learning framework, instructional strategies, and new teacher mentoring.


Collaboration with colleagues supports the planning and implementation of engaging lessons for his students who are the source of his direct inspiration.  Reflecting on specific individuals who motivate his desire to be the very best teacher, Mr. Davino attributes his inspiration to the quiet Spanish-speaking girl hiding in anonymity and maintaining average grades who comes out of her shell making all A’s, to the young boy who said to him, “Mr. Davino, I’m going to work for you because my brother said you actually care,” and to the girl whose confidence grew as she worked to channel her anger and model herself after the ethics and attitude of her teacher – Mr. Davino.  For this model educator, inspiration from students continues to fuel his desire to teach.


About the School-Related Employee of the Year

Dawn Parker

Dawn Parker represents Dan McCarty Middle School.  She serves as the school’s executive secretary responsible for maintaining the administrative schedule of the school’s principal as well as organizing events and serving as an ambassador to parents and community members who visit the school.


As a 12-year St. Lucie Public Schools employee, Parker has been on Dan McCarty’s campus for most of those years.  She is extremely involved in campus and community activities beyond her office responsibilities.  She supports students as a mentor, step coach, and Kids at Hope Treasure Hunter.  In the community, she actively pursues committee work in her church and volunteers at Matthews Café.


About the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year

Zakiyyah Owens

As a thirteen-year veteran educator, Ms. Zakiyyah Owens currently serves as an elementary teacher at Chester A. Moore Elementary.  She believes that her job is to establish a classroom community where all students feel valued and are able to express themselves in their own special way.  She strives to maintain an environment in which students are motivated and praised for following expectations and for being responsible learners. She believes every child brings something special to the learning environment and she strives to assist in the development of their uniqueness.


She works tirelessly in the community to tutor and mentor students and encourages them to participate in group activities.  She is the coordinator and founder of a community youth step team, and in all things, challenges students to go beyond their perceived limitations in order to reach their full potential.


About the Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year

Bridgette Marie Hyde

Ms. Bridgette Marie Hyde is a third grade teacher at Rivers Edge Elementary School.  She sees her job as one in which she is responsible for helping her students want to learn and know more, for helping build their community while also supporting their mutual respect for one another. She understands that to be a successful teacher, she must understand her students’ differing abilities, address the varying needs, balance priorities, and plan strategically.  She also recognizes great value in seeking advice in order to maximize support for helping students.

Aside from her contributions in the classroom, Hyde is actively involved in committees on campus including the school’s Cooperative Culture/Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Committee and STEAM Club for students.  She is an enthusiastic educator who passes this trait along to her students.

Congratulations to Our STARS!

Congratulations to Our STARS!

SLPS honors its staff members for outstanding customer service. Congratulations to this month’s recipients of the STAR Award: Heidi Pinder, Rick Isenhour, Craig Pierce, Charles Brate, Belkis Madera, Lynn Louderback, Donella Crenshaw, Valentina Whyte, Jessica McLaughlin, and Cheryl Petrino

Congratulations to Our Young Floridians

Congratulations to Our Young Floridians

Young FloridiansYoung Floridian Scholarship Program

The 2016 Young Floridian Scholarship Awards Program is a joint commitment between the educational and business communities of SLC in recognition of outstanding high school seniors and their volunteer efforts.

Academic Excellence: Natalia Cordeiro (LPA)

Art: Rachael Howard (LPA)

Athletics: Jeffrey Gerlica (LPA)

Career and Technology: Anson Rivera (PSLHS)

Computer Sci/Engineering and Architecture: Joshua Hulka (TCHS)

Drama: Claudia Reyes (LPA)

Foreign Language: Esther Artica (TCHS)

Human Services: Bianca Espineira (TCHS)

Journalism/Communication: Jaycie Wegner (PSLHS)

Language Arts: Kendell Spurr (PSLHS)

Mathematics: Valania Torres (FPCHS)

Music: Deoctavius Evans (TCHS)

Science: Koushal Rao (LPA)

Social Studies: Alexandra Artiles (TCHS)

Congratulations to Project Citizen Teams!

Congratulations to Project Citizen Teams!

St. Lucie Public Schools congratulates teams from Lincoln Park Academy, Manatee Academy, and West Gate K8.  Each school’s Project Citizen entry advanced to the state primary competition, and teams were invited to participate in the state finals of Project Citizen.

Through the use of technology, students were able to virtually present to the judges in north Miami.

The following projects competed:

Lincoln Park Academy – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Fresh Food

The students want to bring attention to the lack of fresh food stores in the Lincoln Park area of Fort Pierce and proposed ways to incentivize stores or food trucks to bring fresh foods to these “food deserts.”

Teacher: Alaina Moise

2nd Place – Oral Hearing


Manatee Academy – Drop the Weight

The students investigated the average weight of backpacks that the students carry on a daily basis and proposed alternatives such as lockers and electronic devices.

Teacher: Megan Shaver


Westgate K-8 – Let’s Give Attention to Suicide Prevention

The students felt that knowledge should be brought forth to both students and teachers about the warning signs of depression through a required training and recurring professional development program.

Teacher: Lauren Kappler

2nd Place – Portfolio

Congratulations to School Related Employee of the Year Finalists

Congratulations to School Related Employee of the Year Finalists

A day of celebration and joyful cheers has occurred in SLPS as the three finalists were announced for School Related Employee of the Year.
Congratulations to Delores “Annie” Jones (Lakewood Park Elementary), Emily Siangco (Student Services Department), and Charles Pilson (Manatee Academy)!

SREY Emily Siangco SREY Delores  A Jones SREY Charles Pilson

Congratulations to West Gate K – 8

Congratulations to West Gate K – 8

Seventh graders in Mrs. Lauren Kappler’s West Gate K-8 Civics class won first place accolades in the St. Lucie Public Schools Project Citizen Showcase.  Their project entitled Don’t Panic will compete at the State level and is currently on display at the Capital where legislators will serve on judging panels for a final evaluation of all projects by late May.

Congressional Award Presented to Mosaic Digital Academy Sophomore

Congressional Award Presented to Mosaic Digital Academy Sophomore

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) sophomore Christine Bourgoin of Mosaic Digital Academy was presented a Congressional Award on April 3 at a ceremony hosted by Congressman Patrick E. Murphy.  Bourgoin, a bronze medal recipient, was among 50 young Floridians from St. Lucie, Martin, and Palm Beach honored for volunteerism, leadership, and personal development.

According to Jeanne Ziemba, principal of Mosaic Digital Academy, “Christine is already working toward earning the Silver award for next year and plans to go for the Gold during her senior year!”  A log of her hours reflects that Bourgoin volunteered over 100 hours including an investment of 50 Personal Development hours, 50 Personal Fitness hours, and a 2-day, 1 night leadership expedition.

Since its inception in 1979, the Congressional Award has recognized youth across the nation who have recorded over 3.5 million hours of service to their community.  This prestigious award promotes initiative, service, and achievement with a goal of establishing a positive foundation for the upcoming generation of leaders.

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Pictured from the left: Dana Tillberg (School Counselor), Christine Bourgoin (Mosaic Digital Academy Sophomore), Congressman Patrick Murphy (18th District), and Jeanne Ziemba (Principal)



Congressional Gold Medal

Congressional Gold Medal

Sebastian Suarez was joined by his family and administrators from Lincoln Park Academy as Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and School Board Members recognized him for earning his the Congressional Award Gold Medal.  Established into law in 1979, the Congressional Award was created to honor, encourage, and inspire America’s youth.

To earn the Gold Medal, Suarez, a senior, completed 400 hours of Voluntary Public Service, 200 hours of Personal Development, and 200 hours of Physical Fitness. Additionally, he planned a trip to and explored New York City over a five-day period to better understand the cultures that shaped the metropolitan area.

He will be recognized at the national Gold Medal ceremony along with other distinguished award recipients next summer.

Congressman Brian Mast Visits TCHS AFJROTC

Congressman Brian Mast Visits TCHS AFJROTC

Congressman Brian Mast took time out his busy schedule on April 23rd to meet with the AFJROTC cadets of Treasure Coast High School.  Addressing them for an hour in the school’s auditorium, he spoke passionately about keys to success in life after high school, sharing his own personal life experiences to both educate and inspire the cadets towards reaching their goals.  Additionally, he addressed civic responsibility and patriotism.  It was a huge honor for the cadets to have an audience with their congressman and be allowed to ask him a lot of questions.
Congressman Mast Speaks at Port St. Lucie High School’s  Change of Command Ceremony 2019

Congressman Mast Speaks at Port St. Lucie High School’s Change of Command Ceremony 2019

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, the Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion had its annual Change of Command ceremony to announce the incoming Battalion Commander and Command Sergeant Major for the school year 2019-2020. As our honored guest, Congressman Mast gave an inspirational speech to the nearly 200 cadets.

The outgoing Battalion Commander, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Veronika Patti, passed the Battalion colors to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Simmons relinquishing her duties and responsibilities to the new commander. The change of responsibilities was given from Cadet Command Sergeant Major Victoria Diaz to Cadet Command Sergeant Major Lawrence Moleon- Mathews.

During the ceremony, cadets received awards by the following distinguished guests: Congressman Brian Mast, Principal Adrian Ocampo, Mr. Jack Irvin, and Mr. Joe Lusardi.

The article and photography were produced by Cadet Captain Alexis Morris.