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:
Law enforcement and criminal justice encompass many professions including police officers, sheriff’s deputies, detectives and state troopers, border patrol agents, Central Intelligence (CIA), crime scene investigation (CSI), corrections officers, criminologists, federal officers, game wardens, paralegals, and private investigators. This program prepares students to continue their education in Criminal Justice careers. (Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, Treasure Coast High School)
- 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.
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.
The 5th graders at Rivers Edge Elementary were honored to have Cris Martinez of Channel 25 News Weather Team host his Weather School on Wednesday, December 3. He used our very own students to explain how a tornado works and what happens when a cold and warm front collide. Our 5th graders welcomed Mr. Martinez with a song they had written about hurricanes.
Lincoln Park Academy sent three high school teams to this year’s Odyssey of the Mind state competition. Odyssey of the Mind, often referred to as OM (although the official acronym is OotM), is a creative problem-solving competition involving students from kindergarten through college. Team members work together at length to solve a predefined problem (the long term problem) and present their solution to the problem at a competition. They must also generate spontaneous solutions to a problem they have not seen before in the spontaneous competition. In an unprecedented turn of events, all three teams earned first place trophies and a position in the 2013 World Competition in Lansing, Michigan. These creative and dedicated problem solvers are now racing against the clock to raise the $ 18,000.00 they will need to fund their trip. With the deadline for payment just weeks away, they are applying all of their problem solving skills and talents to make this trip possible. These students, along with the students from Port St. Lucie High School who will also be moving onto world championships, are proof of the high caliber of critical thinking that is being fostered in St. Lucie County Schools. To help fund this project, please click on the following link to the Education Foundation: http://www.educationfoundationstlucie.org/p/14/fund-a-project.
Dr. Karen Crocco, SLPS Instructional Specialist for Visual and Performing Arts, was selected to present a session at the Carnegie Hall Summer Music Educator Workshop in New York City. Music educators from across the country came to Carnegie Hall to expand the impact of their work with young musicians.
Dr. Crocco’s standing-room-only workshop entitled “Beginning with the End in Mind: Intention in Rehearsal and Assessment” focused on teacher learning to reinvigorate student creativity and musicianship, building a community of peers, and investing in one’s own artistry through creative activities and music-making ensembles. Participants focused on the Great Music Teaching
Frameworks: Artistry, Intention, Inquiry, Inspiration, Compassion, Expression, and Agency.
Dr. Crocco also performed “Stay on It” by Julius Eastman, with other workshop participants. “This entire opportunity provided me with a phenomenal experience professionally, musically, and personally! I am so excited to share with others in our District,” said Crocco.
Ms. Barbara Kaste, President of the CTA/CU Retirees Chapter, presented two CTA/CU Mentor Grants to two F.K. Sweet Elementary educators: Barbara Bennett and Anastasia Johnson.
Graduating seniors from the 2018-2019 Certified Nursing Assistant class were recognized by Mrs. Durkee, Mrs. Higgins, School Administration, District staff, and parents/guardians at St. Lucie West Centennial High School.
Career and Technical educators from the district were provided the opportunity to partake in two ribbon cutting events hosted by the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners. The celebrations included opening for the south county Drug Lab and the Heath Clinic on Lyngate Drive, Port St. Lucie. This event was celebrated on May 22, 2018 alongside City and County Commissioners, Clerk of the Court, St. Lucie County Sheriff, and City of Port St. Lucie’s administrators.
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) department hosted St. Lucie Public Schools educators, post-secondary institutions, community and business partners. The fall training sessions included adobe, medical, biotechnology, criminal justice, aerospace, engineering, and technical design programs.
CTE Month® is a public awareness campaign ACTE holds each February to celebrate Career and Technical Education and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. “Opportunities for Career Success” is the theme for this year.
Career and Technical Education Programs expand students’ opportunities for college and career readiness.
As the world gets more and more competitive, it’s imperative that we provide the opportunity for students to continue their education beyond high school and train them in the skills that our businesses need today.
Our Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs offer a range of opportunities in everything from engineering technologies to culinary arts to automotive repair to accounting and finance. Take a closer look at the CTE Programs SLPS has to offer. You will like what you see.
Students from Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Performance Based Academy, and Treasure Coast High School attended a Civil Discourse and Teen Decision Making session at the Federal Courthouse. U.S. Magistrate Judge Maynard and U.S. District Court Judge Rosenberg invited the students to this unique opportunity to have a Federal Courtroom tour and simulation of a civil case. The students enjoyed this special experience!
St. Lucie Public Schools Criminal Justice students from Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Fort Pierce Central High School, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, and Treasure Coast High School were invited to Keiser University. Students were afforded the opportunity to partake in guided tours, hands-on demonstrations, and an informational session on college scholarships and planning. Thank you Keiser University for providing this experience to our students!
Career Technical Education (CTE) teachers participated in district-wide professional development on Friday October 26th. CTE teachers collaborated on lesson plans and activities to enhance the college and career readiness of students.
As part of the Piper Apprenticeship kickoff, Mark Hueter, Engineering Pathways and Technical Design instructor at Lincoln Park Academy and Rafael Ordonez, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering instructor at Treasure Coast High School, toured Piper Aircraft in Vero Beach. They are pictured here with John Bowman, Senior Manager for Piper Aircraft. Piper Aircraft is a manufacturer of general aviation aircraft.