Ortiz Recognized for Excellence

Ortiz Recognized for Excellence

Carmen Ortiz, Risk Management Specialist for St. Lucie Public Schools, bears the distinction of this year’s Outstanding Risk Manager in the Employer category. The news came at the 7th annual IN TOUCH Excellence Awards Gala.

The award recognizes outstanding performance in the workers’ compensation industry. “I’m just so honored,” said Ortiz. “I love what I do.  I work with a wonderful team, and I’m able to focus my energies on helping people.  When they come to me, they have questions and I want to instill confidence in them knowing that I’m there to help.”

Ortiz began her career in risk management nine years ago as a safety specialist and has worked in her current role for the past five years.  According to Susan Carver, Director of Risk Management for the District, “Carmen exemplifies the values the District holds as paramount for service and professionalism. She demonstrates outstanding commitment, shows care in working with individuals, and understands the importance of quality and timely customer service.”

The Excellence Awards were created established by IN TOUCH as a platform on which to recognize the best-of-the-best performance of professionals working within the workers’ compensation industry through a nomination process resulting in a formal awards celebration.

Physicians, providers of health services, and others in the workers compensation industry are formally recognized by IN TOUCH.  Colleagues, clients, and others submit nominations based on outstanding performance, excellence in customer service, and field-of-work expertise.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

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

 

 

Student Art, 3D, Photography, and Video Contest

Student Art, 3D, Photography, and Video Contest

RULES, GUIDELINES AND PRIZE AMOUNTS

STUDENTS PARTICIPATING MUST COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES:
THEME: All artwork, 3D sculptures, photographs or video should focus on the corner-stones of representative government, Free Speech, Free Press and Free Society and how these rights ensure “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.“

Artwork needs to be on colored construction paper or white/colored poster board, no larger than 22 x 28 inches. Only original artwork from individual students will be considered. Cutouts from news or media publications are not permitted and will disqualify the entry! Please clearly print your full name, school grade, name of teacher (for contact purposes) and name of school on the back of your artwork.

3D sculptures may be submitted in any medium, but should not be larger than 12 inches wide by 12 inches deep by 18 inches high, and should not weigh more than 20 pounds.

Photographs must be taken by the student. Photographs may not be larger than 11 x 14 inches. Photographs may be enhanced, edited or photoshopped. Please attach all photos to colored construction paper or white/colored poster board, no larger than 22 x 28 inches along with a type written summary in a large print font attached to the front of the poster board. Please also attach an unedited 4 inch by 6 inch reference copy of the original unedited photograph to the front or back. Also, the student is free to decorate the poster board, but it should not be the primary focus of the submission.

Videos submitted must be either a 30 second public service announcement, or an informational piece not exceeding 2 minutes in length with focus on the Law Day theme. Students will provide a copy of the video on either a CD/DVD or thumb drive.

All submissions are the property of the Friends of the Rupert J. Smith Law Library. Submissions will be judged on originality, creativity, technical use of the materials chosen and how well the theme is incorporated into the work. Please be sure to include the student’s name and contact information with their submission or it may be disqualified.

 

Submissions must be delivered to the Rupert J. Smith Law Library located at: 221South Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, Florida, 34950 between Monday through Thurs-day: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (772) 462-2370.
Entries must be turned in no later than March 22, 2019.
Award winners will receive their prize and certificate during an award ceremony held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 beginning at 5:00pm at the Paula A. Lewis Branch Library, 2950 SW Rosser Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Please join us in celebration of Law Day. Light refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions about Law Day 2019 rules & guidelines? Please call Kim A. Cunzo, Esq.:(772) 409-4353.

 

Law Day 2019 – Final Revision – Rules

Harbor Place Color Guard

Harbor Place Color Guard

On Friday November 9, 2018, Port St. Lucie High School’s Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s color guard presented our nation’s colors for a Veterans Day ceremony at the independent and assisted living retirement community Harbor Place in Port St. Lucie.

Commanding the color guard was Cadet Sergeant Lawrence Moleon- Mathews, accompanied by Cadet Commander Sergeant Major Victoria Diaz, Cadet Sergeant Justin Bennett as state guard, and Cadet Private First- Class Emma Lewiston as National Guard.

Members of the community were thankful to have a color guard present for the duration of the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.

 

Port St. Lucie Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion in Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony

Port St. Lucie Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion in Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony

On Sunday November 11, 2018, Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion participated in the Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. All cadets who attended demonstrated reverence and gratitude towards veterans and those we lost. Overall, the ceremony was a great learning experience for cadets, and students were moved by various speeches given by known members of our community.

The guests included in the pictures below are Gregg Mann with his Jack Ivy Detachment 666 Marine Corps League, Mayor Gregory J. Oravec, Vincent LaValle from Air Force Sergeants Association Elmer Andrews Chapter 56, and Thomas Matteo, United States Marine Corps Veteran.

The Lions Club Donates to Mariposa Elementary

The Lions Club Donates to Mariposa Elementary

Mariposa Elementary 2nd grade students received the generous donation of free dictionaries from The Lions Club.

The students love their dictionaries, and they are putting them to good use. Thank you for such a useful and appreciated donation.

      

Palm Pointe Enchanted Forest Book Fair

Palm Pointe Enchanted Forest Book Fair

Palm Pointe students and parents really enjoyed our Fall Book Fair.  The theme this year is the Enchanted Forest.  Many dedicated parent volunteers gave of their time and talents to transform our the Media Center into a magical land filled with books and surprises.  Gnomes, fairies, and unicorns were hiding around every corner.  The fair ran from November the 5th through November the 15th.

 

PSLHS Jaguar Battalion Honors Veterans by Presenting the Colors at St. Andrews

PSLHS Jaguar Battalion Honors Veterans by Presenting the Colors at St. Andrews

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion had the honor of presenting the colors to pay homage to veterans at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church located at 295 SW Prima Vista Blvd. in Port St. Lucie. Pastor David Dangerfield appreciated the Port St. High School Jaguar Battalion coming out and displaying their professionalism in drill and ceremony along with bringing the attitude of patriotism and service to his congregation.

The color guard was commanded by Cadet Sergeant First Class Lawrence Moleon-Mathews, accompanied by Cadet Major Joleen Kalinowski as State Flag Bearer, Cadet Second Lieutenant Justin Locklar as Right Guard and Cadet Sergeant Joseph Locklar as Left Guard. 

Thirteen! The Musical – Lincoln Park Academy Theater

Thirteen! The Musical – Lincoln Park Academy Theater

The first weekend of November, Lincoln Park Academy Theater presented 13! The Musical.

Over the course of seven months, the students worked diligently to learn a plethora of lines, harmonies, and choreography that resulted in an immensely fun and honest performance and a close family bond between cast and crew. This heartwarming show of friendship and morals brought the audience to their feet in applause. It’s safe to say, this hilarious piece of theater was a tremendous toe-tapping success!

Hop Aboard a Virtual Reality School Bus

Hop Aboard a Virtual Reality School Bus

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools welcomes the arrival of an innovative mobile classroom scheduled to stop by four school sites so students, teachers, and community members can discover how hundreds of K-12 school districts, universities and medical schools are effectively incorporating virtual reality into their lesson plans and curriculum. On Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30, the zSpace bus rolls into town with its virtual stations set up and ready for use.

 

Students and teachers are using zSpace to globally transform education with hundreds of thousands of students using the technology in their classrooms and labs for STEM learning. Students can dissect organs, dive into volcanoes and more – all in a virtual reality world. No headsets are required, just simple 3D glasses so students and teachers can work collaboratively.

 

zSpace enables fearless learning. Students learn by trying and doing without the fear of breaking materials, spilling chemicals, making a wrong incision or blowing up a circuit – medical students and doctors can even practice surgeries and organ dissections without the messiness of working on real cadavers.

 

zSpace Schedule

Date Time School Address
November 29, 2018 8 AM – 10 AM Fort Pierce Westwood High School 1801 Panther Lane

Fort Pierce, FL 34947

November 29, 2018 Noon – 2:30 PM Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies 2250 S. Jenkins Road

Ft. Pierce, FL 34947

       
November 30, 2018 9 AM – 11 AM Oak Hammock K-8 1251 S.W. California Blvd.

Port St. Lucie, FL 34953

November 30, 2018 1 PM – 3 PM Windmill Point Elementary 700 Darwin Blvd.

Port St. Lucie, FL 34953

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

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

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Hop Aboard a Virtual Reality School Bus

Hop Aboard a Virtual Reality School Bus

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools welcomes the arrival of an innovative mobile classroom scheduled to stop by four school sites so students, teachers, and community members can discover how hundreds of K-12 school districts, universities and medical schools are effectively incorporating virtual reality into their lesson plans and curriculum. On Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30, the zSpace bus rolls into town with its virtual stations set up and ready for use.

 

Students and teachers are using zSpace to globally transform education with hundreds of thousands of students using the technology in their classrooms and labs for STEM learning. Students can dissect organs, dive into volcanoes and more – all in a virtual reality world. No headsets are required, just simple 3D glasses so students and teachers can work collaboratively.

 

zSpace enables fearless learning. Students learn by trying and doing without the fear of breaking materials, spilling chemicals, making a wrong incision or blowing up a circuit – medical students and doctors can even practice surgeries and organ dissections without the messiness of working on real cadavers.

 

zSpace Schedule

Date Time School Address
November 29, 2018 8 AM – 10 AM Fort Pierce Westwood High School 1801 Panther Lane

Fort Pierce, FL 34947

November 29, 2018 Noon – 2:30 PM Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies 2250 S. Jenkins Road

Ft. Pierce, FL 34947

       
November 30, 2018 9 AM – 11 AM Oak Hammock K-8 1251 S.W. California Blvd.

Port St. Lucie, FL 34953

November 30, 2018 1 PM – 3 PM Windmill Point Elementary 700 Darwin Blvd.

Port St. Lucie, FL 34953

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

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

 

Surf Champion and Outstanding Student

Surf Champion and Outstanding Student

Meet Maddy Polina Malizia in the November edition of Eye on St. Lucie. Polina, as she likes to be called, is a successful student at St. Lucie Virtual School who also bears the distinction of the Russian Federation National Woman’s Surf Champion. Your host, Kerry Padrick, will speak with her and with Jeanne Ziemba, Polina’s St. Lucie Virtual School principal, to find out how this impressive young champion successfully balances academics and international sports championships.

 

Thanksgiving at The Rapids

Thanksgiving at The Rapids

RAPIDS WATER PARK WILL BE OPEN THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING!

NO SCHOOL THIS WEEK!  GET THE KIDS OUT OF THE HOUSE FOR SOME FUN!

ATTACHED IS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WITH A SPECIAL LOW PRICE  ($19.99 + TAX) AND YOUR SLPS PROMO CODE!

 

Buddy Bench – Save Those Caps

Buddy Bench – Save Those Caps

Residents and community members are encouraged to collect plastic bottle caps and lids — which typically cannot be recycled locally -and help Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful re-use and transform them into community “buddy benches.”

Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful will officially kick off this new Buddy Bench project on America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, 2018 with a 10:30 a.m. rally at West Gate K-8 School. KPSLB received a $500 Waste-in­-Place Grant from Keep Florida Beautiful to get the project off the ground, which is part of a nationwide movement to give children a place to sit with a buddy when they are feeling alone or bullied.

KPSLB partnered with several City departments (Communications, Neighborhood Services, Police and Utility Systems), Waste Pro and the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County, whose members have become ambassadors for the project. The City also is working with three local schools for the initial phase of the project: Morningside Elementary, Oak Hammock K-8 and West Gate K-8.

“This Buddy Bench project is a perfect fit with Keep Port St. Lucie’s goal to expand awareness for litter prevention and recycling,” said Georgette Beck, Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful Coordinator. “It also allows us to work on the City’s strategic goals to partner with our local schools and to keep Port St. Lucie safe, clean and beautiful.”

Each school will need to collect 200 pounds of caps to create their one bench. Once collected, KPSLB will send the caps to Green Tree Plastics, based in Evansville, IN, which has created a program designed to fabricate the benches to help educate students about recycling.

Community members are invited and encouraged to help the students reach their 200 pound of caps goal. Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful has placed blue buckets at four City locations for residents to drop off their clean collected caps:

• City Hall Lobby, 121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd.
• PSL Civic Center -Recreation area, 9221 SE Civic Center Place
• PSL Community Center, 2195 SE Airoso Blvd
• Port St. Lucie Police Department

Any local business or community group that would like to set up a collection spot can contact Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful at 772-871-5103. The attached flyer lists the specific types of accepted caps and lids. This project will wrap up on April 20, 2019 at KPSLB’s Caring Community Clean Up and Celebration Day.

National School Psychologist Week

National School Psychologist Week

November 12-18, 2018 is designated as National School Psychology Awareness Week. This week serves to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help students thrive in school.

Our school psychologists are all actively involved in problem solving meetings at schools, conducting evaluations, assisting in implementing our mental health initiative, addressing suicide prevention and supporting our schools with their Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports initiatives.

Congratulations to our wonderful group of school psychologists.
#StLucieProud

FPCHS Students Use Drone Technology For Safety

FPCHS Students Use Drone Technology For Safety

Fort Pierce Central High School students use drone technology to keep fellow students safe.

Students in Fort Pierce Central High School’s Embry Riddle Aeronautical University program are working in collaboration with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. These amazing students are using drone technology to improve safety on our campus. This is an ongoing project and we are excited to see the next phase. Thank you to WPTV for featuring these wonderful students! Central Can!

https://www.wptv.com/news/region-st-lucie-county/fort-pierce/students-use-drone-technology-to-keep-fellow-students-safe

Kitchen Krawl

Kitchen Krawl

St. Lucie Public Schools partnered with Main Street Fort Pierce to connect downtown Fort Pierce businesses to the high and middle school culinary programs.  In mid-October, nine culinary teachers toured eight restaurants; Importico Bakery, Uncle Carlo’s Gelato, Taco Dive, 2nd Street Bistro, Subway, Sunrise City Café, The Bradford and the Cake Lady.  The whirlwind tour started at 3 PM with kitchen tours, sampling flagship dishes, historical tidbits, and moving on to the next stop.  The group was thrilled to see Fort Pierce Central and Fort Pierce Westwood culinary graduates in action —  one as hostess and one as restaurant owner!  Teachers loved the fast- paced event, hospitality shown, making connections, and hearing each restaurant’s story.  Restaurants loved hearing that culinary students take the ServSafe Industry Certification exam while in high school.  Future collaborations were planned including classroom presentations, student employment, and advisory board meetings.  Big thanks to Doris Tillman and Michelle Cavalcanti from Main Street Fort Pierce.

 

 

Vet Tech Tour

Vet Tech Tour

In October, Fort Pierce Westwood Agriscience hosted 22 Manatee Vet Prep 8th grade students and parents.  The group was treated to a tour and demonstration at the Agriscience facility then on to Veterinary Assisting where several Manatee alumni were seen leading hands-on activities.  The Manatee 8th graders were engaged and appreciated seeing the opportunities Westwood offers its students.

All-State Chorus

All-State Chorus

Three Forest Grove Middle School Chorus students have been selected to participate in the 2019 Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) All-State Choruses.  They are:

Sebastian Spence (8th Grade) –  Tenor – Florida All-State 7/8 Mixed Chorus

Alvin Lyons, Jr. (7th Grade) –  Tenor – Florida All-State 7/8 Mixed Chorus

Ella Gagliardi (8th Grade) –  Alto – Florida All-State 7/8 Treble Chorus

 

Also congratulations to two additional All-State Candidates who earned Honorable Mention are::

Honorable Mention – Catalina Black – Soprano 1 – Florida All-State 7/8 Treble Chorus

Honorable Mention – Caila Calhoun – Soprano 2 – Florida All-State 7/8 Treble Chorus

These students will join more than 800 students throughout Florida for three days of vocal workshops and rehearsals, culminating in performances that are the highlight of the FMEA conference in Tampa, January 10 – 12, 2019.  The All-State Choruses are highly select groups of choral students from Florida’s middle and high schools who are brought together for the purposes of rehearsing and performing selected music with guest conductors. Students are selected based on competitive scoring on a written music theory test, vocal performance, and sight reading.

These All-State students are not only blessed with exceptional vocal talent, but also possess the mental focus and perseverance necessary to rise to the top through a rigorous selection process that began in September. We are so proud of them!

Great Explorations

Great Explorations

Early in November, approximately 300 St. Lucie Public Schools students attended Indian River State College’s Great Explorations.  Each student was able to focus on an area of interest then attend program tours, presentations, and hands-on activities.  Many set plans and goals for their future careers! .