Mrs. Lankow’s wonderful Mosaic Digital Academy elementary students honored Earth Day this past week! After meeting virtually to discuss ideas and brainstorming, students created shared slides for classmates to collaborate on ideas to save our planet Earth! Mosaic elementary students want to inspire and encourage others to make positive choices to help save our animals, plants, and habitats! #EarthDay2020 #VirtualElementary #SaveOurPlanet #DoYourPart
Principal Rustay joined the 7th-grade Stingrays planning last week. The Stingrays are nearly at capacity with check-ins and attendance. The team is organized for maximum Virtual Learning. The teachers are hard at work and have their students online and checking in daily. Next, teachers are making sure that students are completing work. Now they are working on ensuring that students are serious about their work and are humming along and that they understand the vitality and importance of completing assignments. Work ethic mixed with care, concern, and understanding is the trademark of the Stingrays team. That trademark can be viewed all across Northport throughout the grade levels. A recent morning report from middle grades Edgenuity stated out of 574 students, all have logged in. This is a tribute to TEAMWORK on behalf of teachers, students, parents, support staff, and administration. Keep up the great work ❤
What a wonderful experience! Darryen Noel from Mrs. Wilson’s class called Mrs. Gruszka, Northport Media Specialist and Young Authors Program Coordinator on TEAMS recently. They discussed his Young Author’s book and how much he is enjoying using his imagination and developing his writing skills. His book is titled “Lana and the Hidden Gem.” Lana is the main character. Lana is a spirit along with her teacher and two shape shifting dogs who are battling against evil sorcerers.
“As the Northport media specialist, it is a pleasure and a joy to continue interacting with our students through both books and writing. Darryen is interested in becoming an author and I am so glad that he shared with me. Big shout out to Mrs. Wilson for making this connection.” Many of our teachers have assigned our Young Authors Annual Program as an activity through Canvas. Great Job to teacher and student.
The show must go on at Northport.
Students at Village Green Environmental Studies School respect and cherish the Earth so, it was just natural that they celebrate the 50th year anniversary of Earth Day with a spirit week dedicated to saving the Earth. Students had fun each day participating in a different Earth Day theme as a reminder to their commitment to keeping the Earth clean.
St. Lucie Elementary kindergarten teacher, Talaya Reeves, was able to visit all of her students at home to give them much needed supplies. Mrs. Reeves applied for a grant from General Motors and Donors Choose – the Keep Kids Learning Program. She received a $1,000 gift card to Walmart and was able to gift each of her students with food, games, crafts, and other educational supplies. Way to go, Mrs. Reeves! Thanks for always loving your students!
Southport Middle School students and staff took part in a virtual “Inspiration Day” to help everyone feel a little more at ease with our new distance learning initiative. Students and teachers used their new learning platform to upload inspirational selfies, some even with their pets. They included quotes to remind one another that we are still connected as a school family and together we have HURRICANE STRENGTH! Please remember that we are all in this together, and we can and will overcome this. Take some time each day to “stop and smell the roses” as they say, and enjoy life each and every day. Hurricane Pride is not just a statement but a way of life!
Weatherbee faculty and staff recently compiled a collage of smiling faces and words of encouragement for students. .
Youth Volunteer – Alexis Wilson – Port St. Lucie High School
Alexis enjoys giving back to people in the form of volunteering. She accumulated approximately 131 community service hours within her high school JROTC program. Her volunteer activities include parking details at football games, providing daycare services, and assisting at the Botanical Gardens. She also helps at Southport Middle with school events. Furthermore, she has been volunteering at her church since she was 12 years old. She started out by helping in the Children’s Ministry teaching worship dances to the young children and has grown to train in a leadership role as a Sunday morning teacher for the 3-5 year olds. Alexis has also given a lot of her free time to her youth group. She helped remodel the student center at her church and runs a camera for Sunday morning services. She has even been on 3 mission trips through her Church helping orphanages in Honduras and Bolivia.
Port St. Lucie High School is ecstatic that Alexis Wilson is being recognized as St. Lucie Public Schools Youth Volunteer of the Year.
Adult Volunteer – John Neilson – Ft. Pierce Central High School
John Neilson started as a student at Fort Pierce Central in 1979 where he was a member of the marching band. He graduated from Central in 1983. His daughter started attending Ft. Pierce Central in 2016 and he noticed there was little parent participation, so he jumped right in and got involved helping out wherever he was needed to support the marching band. He loaded the ice water coolers and made sure the students got their instruments ready and loaded on the truck. He assisted with the pregame setup of podiums and would repair instruments if he could. He built many items to help the band and served as a coach helping students learn the marching steps.
Ft. Pierce Central is extremely grateful for his ongoing support of their band program and thrilled that he is being recognized as St. Lucie Public Schools Adult Volunteer of the Year.
Senior Volunteer – Joy Custis – Morningside Elementary
Mrs. Custis had been involved with education for many years. She started out as a fourth-grade teacher at Ft. Pierce Elementary. Later she returned to FAU for a master’s in early childhood development. She continued to serve the county as a teacher at Lakewood Park, Morningside, and finally White City Elementary until her retirement in 2007. For the past five years, Mrs. Custis has been a volunteer at Morningside Elementary. She has volunteered across Morningside Elementary in the Media Center and in Kindergarten through third-grade classrooms. She helps out wherever she is needed and is always ready to take on a new challenge.
Mrs. Curtis states, “Watching children grow and learn and interacting with them brings me joy. I know how much time teachers give beyond their paid days to do the extras that make learning fascinating and exciting. I had some wonderful volunteers when I was a teacher and I wanted to give back to others. I think I get more than I give most days because of the staff, teachers, and children I serve. I feel so honored. Thank you to all who had a hand in this recognition.”
Joy is an amazing asset to the Morningside family, and they are so proud that she is being recognized as St. Lucie Public Schools Senior Volunteer of the Year.
District Laptop Repair Locations: April 20 – April 24
If your district issued laptop is in need of repair, please visit Lakewood Park Elementary from 9am-11am or Southport Middle School from 1:30pm-3:00pm. Repair technicians are available and on-site Monday through Friday.
St. Lucie Public Schools will celebrate the Class of 2020 with virtual graduations in May, but is committed to holding live graduations at an outdoor site in late June if it is safe to do so based on guidance from the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
During the broadcast of the ceremonies, members of the Class of 2020 are invited to gather online with their family and friends as their school recognizes them and confers their high school diplomas. The prerecorded, streamed ceremonies will feature valedictorian and salutatorian speeches, digital slides honoring each graduate as their name is called and the traditional “turn your tassel” moment that each graduate can participate in safely at home in their cap and gown.
“Although we are disappointed that we will not be able to hold our traditional graduations in May, we are committed to commemorating this very special occasion in a unique and memorable way,” said Superintendent Gent. “I want our graduates and their families to know that we are thrilled to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020.”
Schedule of Virtual Graduations
May 26, 2020
St. Lucie West Centennial, 9:00 A.M.
Ft. Pierce Westwood Academy, 11:00 A.M.
Treasure Coast High School, 1:00 P.M.
May 27, 2020
Lincoln Park Academy, 9:00 A.M.
Ft. Pierce Central High School, 11:00 A.M.
Port St. Lucie High School, 1:00 P.M.
May 28, 2020
Mosaic Digital Academy, 9:00 A.M.
Performance Based Preparatory Academy, 11:00 A.M.
The graduation ceremonies will air on WLX-TV, the Education Channel of St. Lucie County, appearing on Comcast channel 13 (Ft. Pierce), Comcast channel 19 (Port St. Lucie), Blue Stream channel 19, and ATT TV channel 99. Furthermore, a link to the broadcasts will be found on the St. Lucie Public Schools webpage. Once aired, the ceremonies can be accessed through YouTube on-demand.
Motivation Station is now on TV!
These interactive and engaging lessons taught by SLPS teachers can be found on Comcast channel 13 (Ft. Pierce), Comcast channel 19 (Port St. Lucie), Blue Stream channel 19, and ATT TV Channel 99. For viewers that do not have cable TV, you can click on the “watch now” link on the Motivation Station logo found on the SLPS webpage at http://www.stlucieschools.org.
Below are some sample programming tickets. Please visit the district webpage for a complete list of programs.
Free Meals for Children
Free “Grab and Go” Meals are available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11am-1pm.
The multi-day meal packages contain 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on Monday and Wednesday and 1 breakfast and 1 lunch on Friday.
Forest Grove Middle School
Ft. Pierce Westwood Academy
Frances K. Sweet Elementary
Lakewood Park Elementary
St. Lucie Elementary
Oak Hammock K8
West Gate K8
Windmill Point Elementary
Kindergarten students at Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies are practicing reading and writing their sight words with the Nearpod student engagement platform. Thanks to the wonderful Kindergarten teachers for becoming Nearpod certified educators. They are always finding new ways to challenge and engage their students with technology! #SLPSMagnet
Weatherbee Mariners kicked off Literacy Week with a school wide read-aloud courtesy of Mrs. Cassie Fess, AP, and Ms. Juliette Thelusma, Teacher on Special Assignment. They read The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig. More activities are planned throughout the week.
Students in Mrs. Glidden’s first grade class at Bayshore Elementary have been working hard to increase their i-Ready proficiency rates. Recently many students reached 100% proficiency in reading and math iReady lessons. They were given certificates and accolades by their peers for their hard work.
On Monday, December 16th, the Titan Ambassadors from TCHS took several Windmill Point Elementary students to Target to spread holiday cheer and help them shop for gifts for themselves and their family. The students were gifted a $100 gift card, and the students were paired up with a Titan Ambassador to help them shop. The students were treated to a fun bus ride to and from the event, where they sang holiday songs and bonded with the high schoolers. They also enjoyed lunch from Chick-Fil-A! The Titan Ambassadors worked hard to fundraise for the event, and the students of Windmill Point made life long memories, made new friends, and with the presents they purchased are now sure that their family will have a wonderful holiday!
Students from St. Lucie West Centennial and Treasure Coast High School’s Criminal Justice programs participated in a tour of Keiser University. The tour included hands-on demonstrations and guest speaker presentations.
Fifth Grade students at Morningside Elementary learned lessons in motion and energy. They designed, built and launched rockets along with their teachers and former Morningside teacher, Tom Filipkowski. The students enjoyed their experience and gained a deeper understanding of science standards.