The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival returns for its fifth year on Saturday October 27 from 10am-3pm at Veterans Memorial Park, part of the River Walk Center in Fort Pierce! This FREE all-ages day of discovery and exploration promises to be a blast for the whole family with dozens of hands-on activities and exhibits exploring science topics including agriculture, computer science, ecology, entomology, marine science and much more!
The goal of the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival is to highlight the vast scientific and engineering resources along the Indian River Lagoon, which stretches 156 miles from Ponce de León Inlet in the north to Jupiter Inlet in the south. The festival celebrates the role of science in our everyday lives and our world through fun, exciting and downright fascinating exhibits, activities and demonstrations. Just a few of the activities that participants can enjoy this year include:
- Using upcycled materials to create toys for the chimpanzees at Save the Chimps, Inc
- Building robots with LEGO Education
- Making tornadoes with the National Weather Service
- Getting an up close view of live bees in Treasure Coast Beekeeper’s live observation hive
- Learning about and touching bones and tools from Florida’s prehistoric animals and humans with the Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee
- Breaking boards with Sidekick Martial Arts and learning the physics behind why they break
- Making manatee puppets with the Save the Manatee Club
- Learning about sharks and rays with a hands-on question and answer game from Florida Oceanographic Society
- Plus much, much more!
A variety of food trucks will be on-site to satisfy the hunger of festival-goers and free parking will be available in the Downtown Fort Pierce Parking Garage with free trolley transport to the festival site. Admission at the St. Lucie County Aquarium will also be free that day.
Five weeks of satellite events that are science-focused will be taking place around the Treasure Coast leading up to the Festival on October 27. The satellite events begin on September 27 and run through October 20. For more information on these events, please visit the IRL Science Festival website at www.irlsciencefest.org/satellite.
FPC HOSA students traveled to Jupiter High School for the Fall Leadership Conference. Here, students gained the opportunity to network with other student leaders, learned about HOSA’s national charity project, and made note of the upcoming Regional Competitive Events Conference.
Senior Cassandra Connor is the Regional President Officer Candidate pictured with Danielle Geary, her campaign manager.
Pictured in the feature image:
Top Row: Flor Rico, Yedanny Dominguez, Irene Vallejo, Guadalupe Morano, Maria Ramirez
2nd row: Amber Hood, Danielle Geary, Cassandra Connor, Tamia Renaud, Alliyah Frank, Tamia Foxx-Bailey
Thanks to Albert Wilson, running back for the Miami Dolphins, Chester A. Moore Elementary students scoring a level 3 or higher on FSA were treated to a trip to the Hard Rock Stadium for the Dolphins versus Raiders football game.
Trees are cleared, earth is leveled, and a footprint of the new St. Lucie Public Schools District Office is taking shape.
Amid the progress, District Office staff and Economic Development Council representatives participated in an official groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Economic Development Council President Pete Tesch and Superintendent E. Wayne Gent spoke about the District’s progress and innovation just before they were joined by School Board Members who picked up shovels and donned construction hats for the official groundbreaking ceremony.
The work of Dr. Douglas Reeves, “The Case Against Zero,” asserts that a five-point grading scale of 0-4 is more accurate and equitable for students because it ensures that the range of points in each grading category is equal. (When using an electronic gradebook on a zero to 100 scale, the way to achieve this is to use the following grade bands so that there is a ten-point scale for each letter grade: A = 90 to 100, B = 80 to 89, C = 70-79, D = 60-69 and F = 50=59).
The work of Reeves and others around effective grading practices is supported by the District; however, it is not a requirement. This practice still results in a normal grading curve requiring student mastery of content.
WPTV asked Reeves for his thoughts the grading scale:
“Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observance of National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.
Monday, October 1st 2018 is World Day of Bullying Prevention
Wear a blue shirt.
This is your chance to make bullying prevention heard around the world!
You can begin to change the culture by putting an end to Bullying and Cyberbullying!”
Mark your calendars! Agriculture Literacy Day is November 13th, 2018!
Registration is available starting October 1st, 2018!
This year’s book is These Florida Farms!
Florida Agriculture in the Classroom is moving Agriculture Literacy Day to the fall and this year’s date is November 13, 2018.
To transition Agriculture Literacy Day from the spring to the fall Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. will be using These Florida Farms!, the 2008-2009 book. This gives volunteers the entire school year to find an elementary school to work with and the perfect date to read. FAITC invites Florida agriculture industry volunteers to find an elementary school near them!
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services employees, University of Florida IFAS Extension Agents, 4-H Agents and Master Gardeners, Florida Farm Bureau members, Florida Cattlemen and Cattlewomen members, FFA teachers, students and other agriculture industry representatives are invited to read and are asked to schedule their classroom visits with schools at least two weeks before their readings.
For Teacher Resources and more, click on the link below:
Southport Middle School sixth grade students enjoyed an engaging, positive, and busy day at the Guidance Department’s annual Student Retreat! Students participated in various activities and games throughout the day as well as small group discussions where they had the opportunity to learn about each other as well as themselves. They talked about likes and dislikes, shared personal stories and bonded together. Faculty and staff had the chance to make connections with students as well in their role as team leaders.
Students were divided into teams with an assigned faculty or staff team leader who facilitated the activities, games and discussions throughout the day. Each team participated in several team building activities, such as Building Bridges, where students had to work together to make a “bridge” of PVC pipes and get their team members across. The students had to continue to build the bridge in front of the person walking across it without letting them fall. Teams also built obstacle courses, which they had to navigate while blindfolded, guided only by the verbal direction of their teammates.
At the end of the day, students wrote letters to their future selves which Guidance collects and returns to the students next school year. Each student also received Palanca letters, which are letters of love, support and encouragement from their teachers, school staff, parents and family members. This is a very special part of the retreat.
Our 6th grade students made great memories and hopefully lasting connections with their school, their teachers and their peers.
Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion Cadets attended the Treasure Coast Vietnam Veterans Association’s candlelight POW/MIA service on the 21st of September at the Veterans Memorial Park in Port St. Lucie. Cadets paid reverence to Floridia Service Members who were taken prisoner of war and/or declared missing in action. Cadets who attended the ceremony felt moved and honored to participate and pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Retired Sergeant First Class Paul Wilson of the Vietnam Veterans Association and several other members recited each name of the Floridia POW/MIA’s in an extremely emotional ceremony. Pictured: Jaguar Battalion cadets showing their support.
Watch an all new episode of #BuildAFuture Career and Technical Education, hosted by LeiNitia Robinson, on YouTube. Also, you can watch an all new Eye on St. Lucie hosted by Kerry Padrick on YouTube and television. While you’re there subscribe to our channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV.
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This year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake proved to be inviting and exciting for participants in St. Lucie County as school teams and SLPS departments took to the lanes with other community organizations.
The annual fundraiser is more than just bowling. “It’s about the kids and raising money to support the mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters!”
The Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) was thrilled to spotlight the school’s programs as the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce offered community leaders the opportunity to participate in an Executive Academy Leadership Day.
Student ambassadors served as school history narrators and tour guides of the historic auditorium, the black box theater, and the dance studio.
The key to St. Lucie Public Schools’ success is teamwork. Caring and committed adults work with a united purpose — to support each child every day to ensure they graduate from safe and caring schools, equipped with the knowledge, skills, and desire to succeed.
Pictured: SLPS Locksmith Fred Borneman, and Plumber Willie Parnel.
At Mariposa Elementary, fourth grader Jesse Hindman received a perfect score on his third grade math FSA and received a certificate from the Governor for his hard work!
Ms. Mackenzie Buck was his third grade teacher last school year and had these thoughts about his achievement:
“Jesse was one of my awesome third graders during the 2017-2018 school year. I will never forget his first day—upon walking into my classroom, he immediately wanted to know when we would be starting multiplication. He was excited to learn and ready for a challenge. Jesse personifies hard-work and a determination to exceed his own expectations EVERY SINGLE DAY. As soon as I would model a new strategy, he was ready to practice and try the next step.”
As teachers, we are often asked what brought us into this field or what we most so enjoy about teaching. For me, it is the daily opportunity to watch amazing kids, like Jesse, grow, challenge themselves and learn through exploration and trial/error. Jesse’s enthusiasm for learning, especially math, was incredibly contagious to all who surrounded him. His excitement constantly encouraged me to push my abilities as a teacher to the next level—to broaden my horizon of teaching strategies and provide new learning challenges. Jesse was a blast to teach and I was always excited to see what new things Jesse was wanting to learn or challenge himself in.
His academic drive, character and positive attitude are no doubt the reasons why he performed exceptionally on the math Florida Standards Assessment. I am so very proud of his success and the young man he is becoming each day!”
Congratulations, Jesse and to all students who earned a perfect score on the FSA!
Are you a classroom teacher interested in learning about applications in Microsoft Office to utilize for classroom instruction? Would you like to become Microsoft Innovative Educator certified?
Join Julia Hilburn and Laurie Boyer from the Talent Development Department for Technology Tuesdays for Teachers via Skype. A brief orientation to Skype will take place on Thursday, September 27th and the learning sessions begin October 2nd.
Log into Frontline to learn more details at mylearningplan.com
Lakewood Park Elementary staff and students were on hand for the Grand Re-opening of the newly remodeled Lakewood Park Winn Dixie. The LWP chorus performed at the ceremony and the school received a generous donation.
Watch an all new episode of Eye on St. Lucie hosted by Kerry Padrick on YouTube. Also, you’re invited to watch an all new Sak Pase hosted by Maggie Remy on YouTube and television. While you’re there, subscribe to our channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV.
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Don’t forget to check out the St. Lucie Public Schools Deals and Discounts page for new offerings. Deals and Discounts is an internal savings site for employees. Throughout the year, offerings are added that may be of interest including entertainment, finance, technology, health/wellness, and more. Most recently, we’ve added cruise and mobile phone discounts. Check it out!
Click on the “TEAM SLPS on Share” icon at the bottom of the SLPS Homepage.
Type in your username and password to access Deals and Discounts.
Once you are on the Deals and Discounts page, click the arrow in the upper left-hand corner to advance offerings to page 2.
Northport K8 culinary students celebrated Grandparents Day by preparing, cooking and serving Taco Salads.
Rachel Savela and her culinary students greeted fellow students and Grandparents Day luncheon guests by selling and serving tasty Taco Salads made to order!
It was a hit!
The Education Foundation, St. Lucie invites you to the 2018 Annual Dinner Gala on Saturday, November 3, 2018.
Attendees will walk the red carpet at the event and celebrate public education in grand style at this Horray for Hollywood themed event.
To reserve your tickets today, click on this link: https://www.educationfoundationstlucie.org/