Dan McCarty School to celebrate 60 years

Dan McCarty School to celebrate 60 years

Dan McCarty school will celebrate its 60th birthday on Nov. 9, 2013. All former and present faculty and students are invited to come to the gym and reminisce. The gym is an original building and holds many memories for students and faculty alike. The celebration will begin at 2 p.m. and continue on in the cafeteria with refreshments and a slideshow.

Dan McCarty School – Feeding Our Children in Need

Dan McCarty School – Feeding Our Children in Need

Child hunger is not just a health problem; it is an education problem as well. When a child is hungry they cannot focus on their studies because they do not know where their next meal is coming from, this is called food insecurity. In a recent Feeding America study, St. Lucie County has a food insecurity rate at 26.7%. Grace Packs is a weekly weekend backpack program that provides necessary food items to students in need. Dan McCarty will be starting this program for its students in need this Friday, April 11.

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Dan McCarty School staff, students and guests celebrate Circle of Hope

Dan McCarty School staff, students and guests celebrate Circle of Hope

Students and staff of Dan McCarty School recently gathered around the school track  to create the Circle of Hope and show support for cancer victims, survivors and research.  Assistant Principal Luvenia Morgan welcomed and thanked everyone, and Annie Kate Jackson, cancer survivor and Secretary of the American Cancer Society, made brief remarks.  Dan McCarty School band director Richard Shaw sang to close the gathering.  Many students and staff wore purple or pink to show support as well.  Staff and students of Dan McCarty School were proud to participate in this moving and important event.      

 

Dan McCarty School team competes in regional science bowl

Dan McCarty School team competes in regional science bowl

A team of middle grades students from Dan McCarty School recently competed in the Space Coast Science Education Alliance Regional Science Bowl in Melbourne, Florida. After practicing for weeks under the direction of science teacher Holly Kaas, the students made the trip on a Saturday to participate.  The team made it through two grueling rounds before defeat.  Pictured, from left, are Coach Kaas and team members Micoy O’Meally, Meshun Atkins, Colton Gillman, Jonathan Ordonez and Edmundo Moreno.  St. Lucie Public Schools’ K-12 Science Title 1 Curriculum Supervisor District Science Coordinator Steven Shotola, far right, was also on hand to support the team.   

 

Dan McCarty School team wins Project Citizen state title

Dan McCarty School team wins Project Citizen state title

The state finals, held May 24 in West Palm Beach, were the culmination of the nearly year-long effort by the class to identify and problem-solve a community public policy issue. The class Project Citizen project, “Vote to Make Fort Pierce Better: Voting Counts,” hopes to increase voter registration and voter participation in local, state, and national elections. A team of eight students representing the class made their oral presentation to a team of community judges. St. Lucie Public Schools had three teams participating in the state finals. Project Citizen is a national program encouraging students to get involved in their local communities. It is part of the School Violence Prevention Demonstration Program supported by the Center for Civic Education and implemented for all seventh grade Civics classes in St. Lucie Public Schools since the 2010-2011 school year. This year marked the first time St. Lucie Public Schools participated in the state competition. Pictured, from left, are Edmundo Moreno, Kiara Laurent, Kaviola Valsaint, Benjamin Johnson, Cindy Lucas, Alexandra St. Tellien, teacher Heather Eakins, Vanessa Cruz, Anna Duran, and judges Dr. Patricia Brannon, Florida Atlantic University, (Retired), Political Science and Public Policy, and Kalinthia Dillard, attorney with the Palm Beach County School Board.

Dan McCarty Singing Eagles Earn Superior Rating For Inspiring Performance

Dan McCarty Singing Eagles Earn Superior Rating For Inspiring Performance

The Singing Eagles Choir from Dan McCarty Middle School recently participated in the District 13 Music Performance Assessment earning straight “Superior” ratings. The choir received an “A” rating from all four judges in performance and sight-reading. In addition, the students were highly praised for their performance. The chorus is directed by Dr. Rolanda A. Jones.

Dan McCarty staff and students appreciate resource officer Hogan

Dan McCarty staff and students appreciate resource officer Hogan

St. Lucie County sheriff’s deputy and school resource officer Todd Hogan, a former sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, recently visited Dan McCarty School and spoke with eighth grade students in the “Elite Eight” program, which features students who have expressed an interest in participating in community service and becoming better students. Deputy Hogan spoke to the students about his experience in Air Force and his tour in Afghanistan. He also thanked them for the gift packages that were sent over to his men from Dan McCarty and how much they were appreciated. Pictured is SRO Hogan describing his helicopter shown in the background.

Dan McCarty Student Council Representatives Attend Breakfast with the Mayor

Dan McCarty Student Council Representatives Attend Breakfast with the Mayor

On February 20, 2015, Dan McCarty School’s Student Council President Tiferne Jean, along with Student Council Sponsors Dr. Christopher Pierre and Ms. Rhoda Butler, and treasurer Ladarious Burk,  attended the monthly social: Breakfast with the Mayor of the City of Fort Pierce. Mr. Jean had the opportunity to speak in front of some very prominent community leaders and business owners such as City Representative Larry Lee, Executive Director of Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF) Doug Coward, and Mayor Linda Hudson. The crowd commended Mr. Jean on his ability to speak so articulately and with such poise. He received favorable remarks for his brief speech on educating the public about the numerous positive things that are happening at Dan McCarty School. This opportunity was a very powerful learning experience for the graduating senior.

Pictured: Tiferne Jean with Mayor Linda Hudson (top left), Ladarious Burks and Representative Larry Lee (top right), Ladarious Burks, Mayor Linda Hudson, and Tiferne Jean (bottom left), Ladarious Burks, Dr. Christopher Pierre, Mayor Linda Hudson, and Tiferne Jean (bottom right).Mayor_Breakfast

Dan McCarty Students are Soaring to Success!

Dan McCarty Students are Soaring to Success!

The families and faculty members of Dan McCarty Middle School (DMMS), acknowledged the school’s soaring Eagles during the first quarter honor roll assemblies.
(Pictured with parents from top to bottom; Demetrius Jenkins, Mikayla Silain, Yemerson Melendez, Samuel Diaz, and Janyla King)

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Dan McCarty students show support for classmates

Dan McCarty students show support for classmates

Six and seventh grade students at Dan McCarty School decided to show their support of the eighth grade students on their quest to pass the upcoming FCAT Writing 2.0 test, so they reached out to the administrative team for assistance. The students asked the administrative team to purchase mints and other goodies to pack and distribute to all the eighth graders on Tuesday morning as kind gesture and show of support. The students also placed a positive note in the bag. Pictured are Kiara Diehl, left, and Patricia Vining packing the bags.

Dan McCarty Students Win First Place at 2015 District History Fair Competition

Dan McCarty Students Win First Place at 2015 District History Fair Competition

The top prize in the Group Website category went to Dan McCarty students, Tiferne Jean, Jr., Jesus Hurtado, and Hakeem Jean-Baptiste for their excellent interpretation of George Washington’s “Leadership and Legacy,” hence, this year’s National History Day (NHD) theme.   NHD makes history come alive for students by engaging them in the discovery of the historical, cultural, and social experiences of the past. The students tackled the task of selecting a historical figure that demonstrated great leadership and left a profound legacy. As a group they selected one of our Founding Fathers and the first President our country, George Washington.

This was an unforgettable experience for the young men and a remarkable accomplishment. The teachers and staff at Dan McCarty are overwhelmed with pride and contentment for this outstanding achievement for the three Mighty Eagles. Best wishes to the young men as they head to Tallahassee, Florida to  the State History Fair from May 3-5, 2015 to compete for another big win.HF2015Winners

Dan McCarty team wins district Project Citizen showcase

Dan McCarty team wins district Project Citizen showcase

The second annual District Project Citizen Showcase was held recently at Samuel S. Gaines Academy. Middle and K-8 schools presented their best projects developed by students in their seventh grade civics classes. The projects highlight a solution to a school or community public policy problem. The projects demonstrate extensive research, writing, collaboration, and application of civic knowledge in a student-developed project. The top six entries (three from each St. Lucie County Congressional district), will be displayed in Tallahassee at the State Capitol and selected projects will then advance to the state showcase in Orlando later this spring. This year’s showcase was supported in part through a grant from the St. Lucie County Education Foundation with additional support from the St. Lucie County League of Women Voters and the Florida Law Related Education Association. Pictured is the first place team from Dan McCarty School in Heather Eakins’ class. From left, School Board Chairman Carol Hilson, student Edmundo Moreno,  Ms. Eakin, Anna Duran, Kiara Laurent, Benjamin Johnson, district K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Supervisor Tim Norfleet, school board member Dr. Donna Mills and vice chairman Debbie Hawley.

Day of Caring

Day of Caring

United Way of St. Lucie County will be hosting our First Annual Day of Caring on September 29th!

It’s a single-day service event like no other! Day of Caring brings together teams of volunteers to help non-profit organizations across St. Lucie County. Our volunteers will take to the streets, offices, playgrounds and schools of our community. They spend their day painting, landscaping, cleaning and more. All to prove the amazing difference one day can make when we work together.

Do you have a project for which you need a group of volunteers?  We need your projects to make Day of Caring a success. Help us create a list of potential projects which support one or more of United Way’s priority areas of Basic Needs, Education, Financial Stability and Health.

If you would like the opportunity to have United Way place volunteers for your project(s), please complete the attached Project Submission Form. You are welcomed, and encouraged, to submit more than one project. Some project ideas to get you thinking include: 1) Creation of a garden or existing garden clean up; 2) Sorting food in a pantry or clothing in a thrift store; 3) Repairs to a computer lab or volunteer room, etc.

Project Submission Forms are due by July 31st to be included in this year’s Day of Caring.

Join us for the Kickoff Breakfast Rally at the River Walk Center from 8-9AM the morning of the Day of Caring. Enjoy a fresh breakfast and plenty of coffee and music to help get our volunteers ready for the day. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with other teams/agencies while joining in all of the fun!

Tentative Timeline:

·         July 31st  – Project Submission Deadline

·         August 31st  – Team & Individual Volunteer Registration Deadline

·         September 7th  – Projects Assigned to Volunteer Teams

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions. Completed forms should be emailed to Crystal Barker at crystal.barker@unitedwayslc.org.

Thank you, and we look forward to working with you to build a more dynamic model for year-round volunteerism in our community!

Jessica Parrish

Director of Collaborative Impact

United Way of St. Lucie County, Inc.

4800 S. U.S. Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL  34982  /  tel:  772.464.5300  /  fax:  772.464.7805

Day of Caring

Day of Caring

United Way of St. Lucie County will be hosting its annual Day of Caring on October 12th. Last year over 400 volunteers completed 16 projects!

United Way is currently recruiting volunteers. This year, registration will be online. There are two (2) different registration options: individual and team. Registration link can be found at: https://www.unitedwayslc.org/day-caring-2019. Volunteer (individual and team) submissions are due by September 30th

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to: Jessica Parrish, Director of Collaborative Impact 772.464.5300 

DCEC – Speakers Bureau

DCEC – Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau Special Guest at Dale Cassens Educational Complex was Mr. Octavius Robinson, a Teacher on Special Assignment (TSA) for St. Lucie County Public Schools.  Mr. Robinson told the students that DCEC was the first school he ever taught at when he became a teacher in 2007.  At the time he taught science and social studies and he was also the named the First Year Teacher of the Year at that school. In addition, Mrs. Harden, the students’ principal, was the principal who hired him at Dale Cassens.

However, Mr. Robinson acknowledged that, as a student, he was disruptive due to personal challenges and that although he made a lot of wrong decisions, he learned how to bounce back from those decisions.  He stressed to the students that we are in charge of our own destinies.  He told the audience, “The instructions that I follow, determine the future I shall have.” He shared the definition of a SMART Goal —  S=Sensible, M=Measurable, A=Attainable, R=Realistic, T=Timely.  He left the students with this message:  “Whatever you put your mind to, you can accomplish. Set your focus, set your mind.”

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Deals and Discounts

Deals and Discounts

St. Lucie Public Schools Deals and Discounts Page is an internal savings site for employees.  Throughout the year, offerings are added that may be of interest. Check it out to see if something meets your need!

Coming up:  Rapids Water Park – Educators Appreciation Day: June 3rd

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