Constitution Day is not going unnoticed at Samuel Gaines Academy. Mr. Robert Plowden’s 8th grade students joined this celebration by displaying thinking maps and art work. The students also have entered the “Constitution Day” poster contest and a group of attorneys from the Tri-County area came to speak with them about constitutional amendments.
Seventh grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research @ Tradition enjoyed listening and learning to guest speaker, attorney Tanya Fender. She came to talk to them about the Constitution, rights and responsibilities. The students later were able to ask questions and discuss the information. It was a very informative and educational experience for the students.
DCEC hosted a THANK YOU luncheon for community members. Members from Kiwanis, Health Department, Restoring the Village, Concetta Viggiano Parry Foundation, and Appreciation Financial participated. The Kiwanis donated $1,000 and Concetta Viggiano Parry Foundation donated $800 to the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Program. For both organizations, these donations are annual contributions for which the school is most thankful.
According to Principal Harden, one of the luncheon guests indicated that his neighbor attends DCEC and he has seen a great difference in his behavior in the neighborhood since attending the school.
The 2017 “Fresh from Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off champions announcement from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services brought cheers from students and staff at Fort Pierce Westwood High School. ProStart student Sheldon Riley placed second with his Southwestern Chicken and Orzo Salad.
The competition included students in grades nine through 12 from across the state who were challenged to prepare original dishes featuring at least one Florida-grown fruit or vegetable for a panel of judges. Recipes from the top five finalists will be converted into school meal service portions and accessible to sponsors throughout the state.
“A healthy diet is the foundation of academic success, and this competition is a fun way for students to learn how to incorporate wholesome ingredients into their daily lives,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.
The “Fresh from Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off entry requirements included:
- Applicants had to be a Florida student in 9th through 12th grade.
- The recipe had to be original and submitted with a photo.
- The recipe had to contain at least one fresh fruit or fresh vegetable grown in Florida.
- The recipe had to have clear directions and be prepared in 75 minutes or less.
- The recipe had to promote healthy eating habits and meet National School Lunch Program guidelines.
For more information on the “Fresh From Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off, visit FreshFromFlorida.com/StudentCookOff.
A group of students and their parents at CA Moore Elementary participated in a nutrition education class and enjoyed a healthy cooking demonstration as part of Career Week. They learned about making a balanced, quick, and cost-effective snack which they then made. The class wrapped up by enjoying yogurt parfaits with a variety of fresh berries!
Students from Lakewood Park Elementary enjoyed a creative twist to their math homework as they used the many items at the local Indrio Crossing Winn Dixie to help them solve grade level math problems. Parents and grandparents got in on the fun and drawings for Winn Dixie gift cards. What a great evening of mathematical fun!
St. Lucie County Commissioner Kim Johnson helped kick off the Samuel S. Gaines Academy K8 School annual 100 Book Challenge recently. Johnson spoke to the middle school students about the importance of reading and its connection to one’s future success in life. Johnson is pictured, center, with Assistant Principal Mallissa Hamilton, left, and Principal Tracy Wilke.
Northport K-8 fifth graders in Judy Fowler’s class have partnered with the St. Lucie County 4H Extension to plant and harvest a thriving and well loved winter garden. The entire class planted, checked temperatures , humidity and rain
gauges as well as kept daily log books on plant growth and development. Students harvested red tomatoes, bell peppers, red cabbage, collards, kohlrabi, mustard and strawberries. Students also presented projects including shadow
boxes, board presentations and written reports. The class garden project will be on display at the St. Lucie County Fair. The garden is a prime example of engaging students in cognitively complex tasks and enjoying the end product.
Pictured, from left, are Enzo Ampuero, Melissa Royo, Kylee Cicio, Dominique Sthilaire, Ellie O’Connor, Lindsay Sullivan and Alexis Rosamond.
From the kitchen to the community, Cowboys Cares is helping to grow and unite our diverse community through collective outreach and activities. Their first community event included hosting the Kindergarten pumpkin carving contest on Wednesday at Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie. Cowboys was happy to donate the pumpkins for this event. There was also a Cowboys catered lunch for all kindergarten teaching staff on Wednesday.
CAST appreciates the commitment from Cowboys and giving back to our school.
The students in the STEAM Design Challenges classes at Samuel Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies (SGAET) just completed their first Design Challenge: Galactic Gliders.
Students worked in teams to design a unique hoop glider that would satisfy their client, Mrs. Ima Sorin’s, needs. Students had the chance to design, build, test, redesign and retest prototypes of gliders and then create and present different marketing projects in order to promote their product. The students recorded their data and knowledge learned in their Interactive STEM Notebooks and in their online Canvas course.
Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie proudly showcased their talented students during the debut of Arts Week. Fine arts teachers collaborated to create and put on nightly performances. “Scenes and Sounds,” was the premiere of this year’s inaugural annual student film festival presented by The Media Arts Department which included transcendent music from The CAST Band.
The Dance Department dazzled the stage with a showcase of various dance styles and techniques. The Elementary Music & Drama Department presented a lyrical and theatrical evening filled with tales from the animal kingdom and Florida history.
The CAST Vocal Arts Department showcased their sensational singers by performing classic hits in the black box theater.
Kona Ice and Chick Cuisine food trucks offered delicious delights for friends, families and students and donated back to CAST. As families enjoyed their treats, they could admire and partake in riveting interactive art exhibits by The Visual Arts Department.
CAST’s Arts Week was truly a success due to the collaborative efforts across our campus and within our community.
While attending the #IAMPSL Citizen Summit, Jane Whitaker, Magnet School Coordinator for St. Lucie Public Schools, and Korissa Diaz, Outreach and Recruitment Specialist, shared some exciting news coming soon to St. Lucie County. Two new magnet schools are opening in August 2018. The Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) is a K-8 creative arts school for students interested in developing their skills and talents as artists and performers. Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies is a K-8 STEM Magnet School looking for innovative Kindergarten and 6th Grade students interested in coding, gaming, virtual and augmented reality, robotics and more. Both schools will offer advanced level pre-collegiate courses through the prestigious Cambridge University AICE programs. Visit www.stlucieschools.org to find out more information.programs.
Numerous public and private high school students in the four-county area of Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties participated in the Indian River State College Creative Writing Contest. The event is hosted annually by the English/Communications/Modern Languages Department. Contestants entered original short stories, one-act plays and poems for a chance to win scholarships and other awards.
In the Senior Awards category, Ramei Boothe of Somerset College Preparatory Academy (SCPA) received first place and won an IRSC scholarship for a series of poems portraying the struggles and emotions of a teenager in a minority community. Zahir Karim also of SCPA earned second place for a short story about the ruthlessness of destiny, and Stephanie Cuello-Martinez of SCPA won third place for a series of poems about hunger, obesity, school violence and teen shaming.
In the Junior Awards category, Sarah Welborn of Okeechobee High School (OHS) received first place for a science-fiction short story about human blood changing colors when crimes are committed. Isabelle McConville of Lincoln Park Academy (LPA) earned second place for a short story about seeking purpose in life as an artist, and Ryan Dakin of LPA won third place for a comedic series of poems about judging poetry contests, the artificiality of “natural” soda flavors and poetry structure likened to board games.
In the Sophomore Awards category, Marissa Ward of LPA received first place for a short story about writing as a saving grace from depression. Marley Elmore of SCPA earned second place for a series of poems about gender, sexuality, the future of teenagers in underprivileged neighborhoods, and challenging the status quo. Alize Merchant of OHS won third place for poems about hopelessness and fear of failure.
In the Freshman Awards category, Weiyu Wu of South Fork High School (SFHS) received first place for a short story likening human experiences and emotions to chess. Casarah Dickson of LPA earned second place for a poem about the struggle, pride and history of African Americans, and Brianthony Cesar of SCPA won third place for a poem about the pain of love and rejection.
The winners were recognized at an awards ceremony March 29 at the Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce.
Fort Pierce Central High School’s Criminal Justice Academy hosted its annual Crime Prevention Day on Friday, October 30, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This expo-style event provided opportunities for students to learn about numerous programs, discuss the mission of each, and explore career opportunities with representatives from agencies including: Ft. Pierce Police Department, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department, Children’s Home Society, Data, Safe Space, Project Rock, Martha’s House, Healthy Start, St. Lucie County Health Department, Teen Time, Boys and Girls Club, Hospice, United Way, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
About the Criminal Justice Academy
Law enforcement and criminal justice encompasses many professions including, police officers, sheriff’s deputies, detectives, state troopers, border patrol agents, Central Intelligence Agents (CIA), crime scene investigators, corrections officers, criminologists, Federal Officers, game wardens, paralegals and private investigators. This program prepares students to continue their education in Criminal Justice careers.
- Students take classes that build leadership skills, develop character, integrity, and self-confidence, and create a foundation for pursuing law enforcement and criminal justice careers.
- Constitutional law at the federal, state, and local level is taught.
- Basic procedures are shared regarding traffic control, patrol, search and arrest, stop and frisk, mock trial, jail operations, crime prevention, fingerprinting, forensic photography, and crime laboratory examination procedures.
- Technology is increasingly infused to address its many applications in law enforcement as well as the rapidly growing area of cyber-crime.
As part of our continued partnership with Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers on crime prevention/crime detection, St. Lucie Public Schools, Crime Stoppers, and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office have partnered to heighten awareness among students and staff about the Crime Stoppers program as yet another way of supporting safe campuses and responsible citizenship. In keeping with the mantra of See Something, Say Something, all high school principals were presented with two Crime Stopper banners that will hang prominently on their campuses.
Chief Brian Reuther, a 40-year decorated law enforcement veteran leading the St. Lucie Public Schools security division said, “We want to provide every opportunity for students, staff, parents, and community members to report information that may be of concern or seem suspicious. Crime Stoppers is yet another channel of communication for people to communicate with law enforcement so we can do our job to protect the citizens of this community on campus and off campus.”
About Crime Stoppers USA
Local Crime Stoppers programs are non-profit organizations led by citizens against crime. Some Crime Stoppers programs offer cash rewards of up to $1000 to persons providing anonymous information that leads to the felony arrest of criminals and fugitives. Information is received through anonymous Crime Stoppers tips that are received through a secure tips line or through a secure web connection manned by a professional program coordinator. Each caller is assigned a code number for the purpose of ensuring anonymity.
Crime Stoppers is based on the principal that someone other than the criminal has information that can solve a crime and was created to combat the three major problems faced by law enforcement in generating that information:
- Fear of REPRISAL
- An attitude of APATHY
- Reluctance to get INVOLVED
Crime Stoppers resolves these problems by:
- Offering ANONYMITY to people who provide information about crimes.
- Paying REWARDS when the information supplied leads to arrest.
Criminal Justice teachers in St Lucie Public Schools have so much to be proud of! Students earn 911 Operator and Accredited Legal Professional Industry Certifications; participate in the St Lucie County Emergency Operations Center activities; attend a Teen Discourse session with the U.S. Federal Courthouse and Judges; and partner with Indian River State College Public Safety Programs, Keiser University Criminal Justice Programs, and the Public Defender’s Office of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court.
In late March, Lei’Nitia Robinson, Program Specialist for Career and Tech Ed (CTE), organized a Criminal Justice Advisory Board meeting with St Lucie Public Schools Criminal Justice teachers and community partners including Keiser University’s Criminal Justice Program, the Public Defender’s Office, and Indian River State College’s Criminal Justice Institute and Law Enforcement Academy. The teachers and partners opened the lines of communication by focusing on connecting students to the community and planning activities. It was a great collaborative meeting!
Recently at St. Lucie West Centennial High School, the 19th Judicial Circuit held Teen Court. Criminal Justice students from Fort Pierce Central, Fort Pierce Westwood, St. Lucie West Centennial, and Treasure Coast High Schools prepared and presented defense and prosecution cases. Students also served as jurors, bailiff, Clerk of the Court, and audience members for three cases involving teens.