Northport Celebrates Bus Drivers

Northport Celebrates Bus Drivers

What a testament to hard work and dedication! Being a bus driver is a commitment to the students, families and community that you will carry our most prized possessions, our children, from home to school safely.

We thank you for your service. Please keep up the great work and always remember, Northport community is truly grateful for your professionalism, courtesy, patience and care. Bus Drivers ROCK!!!!!!

LPA and Dads: Combo for Success!

LPA and Dads: Combo for Success!

On Wed. Sept. 26, we were privileged to host LPA dads as they brought their children to school, showing their committed support in their children’s education and social and emotional well-being. During our time together, we recognized, appreciated, and encouraged dads to continue partnering with LPA and together we will equip “our children” with the knowledge, skills, and desire to succeed.

LPA is proud of our dads!

Northport Media Center Teaches the Value of a Dollar!

Northport Media Center Teaches the Value of a Dollar!

@NP, students earn SAIL Notes for PBIS or Positive Behavior Intervention Support. So many community partners, such as First United Methodist Church, volunteers, Cindy Cairo, Women of the Moose and so many individual donors give school supplies and books to the children of our school. We have shirts donated by Joe the Biker with an anti-bullying logo and so many more items that need to get into the hands of our kids.

The media center, often times, serves as a clearinghouse for so many of these coveted items. Today, we set up a storefront with school supplies, books and anti-bullying shirts. The community would be so pleased to note that children counted out their SAIL Notes, and we earned close to $1,500 in notes at the day-long sale. Children of all ages were thrilled to purchase much needed supplies and materials.

Many thanks to ALL of our community partners and parents and keep those supplies coming because the kids are getting first hand lessons right along with much needed materials. You guys ROCK!!!!!

Join the Pop-Up Party

Join the Pop-Up Party

Do you like basketball, music, football, free give-aways, and more?  Plan to attend the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Pop-Up Party at Bayshore Elementary School on October 18th from 5 PM to 7 PM.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet our School Resource Officers and have fun with family and friends!

 

 

 

 

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) was started in 2002 as a pilot program through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in four states with the purpose of introducing school children to fresh fruits and vegetables. The FFVP was made a permanent grant program nationwide in 2008 and is funded through the Farm Bill.

The goal of FFVP is to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices; expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience; increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption; and make a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health.

The FFVP is an essential part of Child Nutrition Services. We are very proud of the schools that participates in this program. After careful review and feedback, we have decided to update this program to reflect the core values of providing students the opportunity to try new fruits and vegetables to expand their tastes and experiences. Starting in October, FFVP will be now be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students will begin to see different and unique fruits and vegetable in larger servings sizes. Wednesdays will focus on Florida Grown Produce.

The FFVP could not be successful without our teachers and school administration support. Teachers participating in the FFVP provide the required nutrition education component for the grant and encourage students to try new items by being a positive role model.

Child Nutrition Services is excited to partner with the following nine elementary schools to administer the FFVP: Lakewood Park Elementary, CA Moore Elementary, Lawnwood Elemetary, Sam Gaines Academy for Emerging Technologies (through 5th grade), Weatherbee Elementary, White City Elementary, Savanna Ridge Elementary, and Parkway Elementary.

For more information about FFVP please visit:  https://www.fns.usda.gov/ffvp/fresh-fruit-and-vegetable-program

 

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TCHS HOSA LEADS THE WAY

TCHS HOSA LEADS THE WAY

On Sept. 27th thirty-one TCHS HOSA Club members traveled from TCHS to Jupiter to participate in HOSA’s Regional Fall Leadership Conference.  During the conference, HOSA students had the opportunity to observe the parliamentary process by listening to campaign speeches and voting for different candidates running for their prospective offices at the regional level.  Members also voted on this year’s HOSA t-shirt design as well as learning about the HOSA national service project: National Pediatric Cancer Project.  Our Club will participate with this effort by raising awareness and funds to support this foundation in research and development for a cure for pediatric cancer!
 
Our HOSA Club was part of 400 other HOSA members which allowed our students to collaborate with other schools and learn more about future leadership opportunities as they strive toward their own personal healthcare academic and career goals.  Our club will travel to West Palm Beach in January of 2019 to participate in the HOSA Regional Winter Conference and various competitions.  TCHS HOSA club members who rank first, second or third in their competition category will then have an opportunity to compete at a State level.
Indian River Lagoon Science Festival Returns for Its Fifth Year of Discovery and Fun!

Indian River Lagoon Science Festival Returns for Its Fifth Year of Discovery and Fun!

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.

HOSA Fall Leadership Conference

HOSA Fall Leadership Conference

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
District Office Groundbreaking

District Office Groundbreaking

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spark a Conversation About Grading

Spark a Conversation About Grading

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:

https://www.wptv.com/news/region-st-lucie-county/port-st-lucie/author-of-the-case-against-the-zero-talks-about-national-attention-to-grading-scale

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

“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!”

#BlueUp

 

Agriculture Literacy Day

Agriculture Literacy Day

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:

https://faitc.org/ag-literacy-day/

Southport Middle School Sixth Graders Make Lasting Memories

Southport Middle School Sixth Graders Make Lasting Memories

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 Army JROTC Cadets Remember Prisoners of War/Missing In Action Service Members

Port St. Lucie Army JROTC Cadets Remember Prisoners of War/Missing In Action Service Members

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.

What’s Coming Up On WLX-TV

What’s Coming Up On WLX-TV

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.

Weekly Programming Guide
 
#BuildAFuture
Eye on St. Lucie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHZyGRFCPOs

Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Bowl for Kids’ Sake

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!”

 

All the World’s a Stage!

All the World’s a Stage!

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 Success

The “Key” to Success

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.

 

 

Perfect Score on the FSA at Mariposa Elementary

Perfect Score on the FSA at Mariposa Elementary

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!