St. Lucie Public Schools staff members were celebrated at the February School Board Meeting for demonstrating exemplary customer service.
Ana Fernandez (St. Lucie Elementary, Reception)
Steve Devlin (WLX-TV, St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel)
Jaeda Williams (WLX-TV, St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel)
Stephen Tipton (WLX-TV, St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel)
Craig Jerome (WLX-TV, St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel)
Mitch Miller (Transportation, Driver for Community Parade Events)
Dorothy Barron (Transportation, Driver)
Mona Webb (Transportation, Bus Aid and Worksite Leader)
James LeBon (West Gate K-8, Band Master and Volunteer for High School Band Programs)
Dorothy Barron Mona Webb
St. Lucie Public Schools celebrates individuals each month for exceptional customer service with the STAR award. This month’s recipients were from Lakewood Park Elementary and the Finance Department.
Mr. Blount, a music instructor at Lakewood Park Elementary School, provides support to the marching band program at Fort Pierce Central High School. After coaching his aspiring elementary musicians, he devotes hours supporting the older musicians in a voluntary capacity.
During the Hurricane Matthew weather event, the Finance Team took measures to ensure that payroll was prepared and released early. With the uncertainties that weather conditions bring and the need to prepare for such emergencies, this was most definitely appreciated by employees.
This month’s STAR Awards were presented to Angela LaRose, Assistive Technology Assistant, FDLRS, and to Christine Jordan, Administrative Assistant, FDLRS. Both Angie and Chris have provided stellar customer service to teachers and parents in St. Lucie County for over 10 years. They provide information and classroom support materials for students ages 3-22 in both general education and ESE settings.
Congratulations to members of the SLPS family for demonstrating outstanding customer service. This month’s STAR Award recipients are:
Daphne Anderson, Trencia Scott (Transportation)
Jennifer Del Carpio (Personnel)
Jeff Diefendorf (Maintenance)
Nile Gentry (ITS)
Joanie Marquez (Rivers Edge Elementary – 3rd grade teacher)
Craig Jerome, Kevin Perry, Elker Harris, Pam Hazelief, Thom Jones, Emily McNutt, Henry Sanabria, Candace Stone, Jane Whitaker (Night of the Stars Committee)
George Petroff, Mark Woods (Security)
Mrs. Cary Schott enthusiastically shares her love of the arts and her artistic talents with others. When asked if she and her students could provide art for District Office visitors and staff to appreciate, she readily provided three beautiful pieces to adorn the walls in the Community Room for all to enjoy.
Thank you for helping to keep the arts alive in St. Lucie!
STAR Awards are special recognitions for employees who demonstrate outstanding service above and beyond expectations. At the January School Board Meeting, the District was honored to recognize Mr. Stephen Malpass, a member of the maintenance team.
According to administrators and staff at Lakewood Park Elementary, Mr. Malpass is always a tremendous help and is never seen without a smile on his face. His positive attitude and willingness to do whatever he can, whenever he can, make him a valuable asset to their school and certainly to the St. Lucie Public Schools District. Even though he is a member of the District’s maintenance team, they feel like he is a part of their Lakewood Park Falcon family.
Mr. Garry Athill, Plant Manager of Lakewood Park Elementary School, was presented the STAR (Special Thanks And Recognition) Award at the school board meeting on March 10, 2015. You know there is nothing like having someone you can depend on when you need them most. Someone that is able to show up, get the job done on time, and above expectations. As per Principal Dianne Young, this describes Mr. Garry Athill. Garry was nominated for his organization of school maintenance staff, as well as district maintenance, and contractors that has improved the overall appearance of the school. He has helped to build a spirit of pride at Lakewood Park Elementary School.
Pictured are, Rose Abbuhl, Michelle Jerger, Dr. Donna Mills, Garry Athill, Genelle Yost, Dianne Young, and Tammy Smith.
The STAR Program focuses on recognizing stellar service from our employees for their behaviors, skills and actions that correlate with the District’s core values.
Alberto Diaz is an electrician for the District that impressed Bayshore Elementary by his professionalism and attention to detail. The school’s principal called and wrote to express their sincere appreciation for making certain that all systems were go and all equipment was working as it should to ensure safe and caring learning environments for students and staff. Thank you for your service!
St. Lucie Public Schools’ STAR program focuses on celebrating employees who demonstrate exceptional customer service in their endeavor to support the mission and vision of the District.
Orlando Fargas was recognized as the recipient of this prestigious award during Tuesday evening’s Board meeting.
Congratulations, Orlando! We appreciate all you do.
Pictured from left are: Michelle Jerger, Donna Mills, Orlando Fargas, Rose Abbuhl, Carolyn Rarrieck, and E. Wayne Gent
“Sometimes it’s just the little things we do that can make all the difference.” At the School Board Meeting on April 22, 2014, Linda King, School Office Clerk at Treasure Coast High School, was presented the STAR Award. She was recommended by a parent for helping a student at the school complete the process to apply for scholarships, and helping to prepare her to be a successful lifelong learner. Pictured from left are, Assistant Principal Nikki Poole, Principal Denise Rodriguez, Assistant Principal Henry Sanabria, Student Assignment Director Michelle Jerger, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, our STAR Linda King, and Superintendent Genelle Yost.
“Miss Jackie” (Jacquelyn Occhiuzzo) was nominated as a STAR recipient for her outstanding service to students and parents as a member of the Transportation Department. Miss Jackie, as her students and parents fondly call her, was celebrated most recently because of her tremendous efforts to keep children safe and parents well-informed during a heavy thunderstorm when a mechanical issue necessitated a substitute bus during her regular route. With care and compassion, she escorted children from one bus to the other under an umbrella and notified parents of the delay with a personal call helping to calm everyone. She then safely finished transporting all children.
Singer, dancers, karate, gymnastics, and football moves were only a few of the dozens of talented teachers and students who took the Lawnwood Elementary stage. The annual Talent Show Night was presented to over 300 friends and parents who excitedly packed the auditorium. All performers received a goody bag and a big dose of self esteem for their hard work. pictured l to r are Keirra Holycross and Audrey Kloeckner.
Thanks to the Partnership in Education between Weatherbee Elementary and the United States Coast Guard Station in Fort Pierce, first, third, and fifth grade students at Weatherbee learned about water safety during a visit to the school by staff from the Coast Guard station who delivered an informative presentation, teaching the students how to stay safe in, on, and around the water. After the presentation, members of the Auxiliary presented a “Let’s Talk Trash” game for the students to learn the importance of keeping waterways clean and also to learn how to put on a personal floatation device correctly. The students especially loved the surprise visit from Coastie, the remote control boat, pictured.
Frances K. Sweet Elementary School principal Juanita Wright and Treasure Coast High School assistant principal Henry Sanabria were recognized and congratulated at the October 22, 2013, St. Lucie County School Board meeting. The administrators have been selected as the 2013 Outstanding Principal and Outstanding Assistant Principal, respectively, for St. Lucie County Public Schools as part of a Florida Department of Education recognition program. Both of these administrators are applauded for their exemplary contributions to our students, school and our community. Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Genelle Yost, Principal Wright, St. Lucie School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, Assistant Principal Sanabria, and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry. These administrators’ applications will be sent on to the state DOE for consideration for the state award.
Students in Karen Madalena’s class at Samuel Gaines Academy enjoy their time spent with Mr. Dan Galloway and Abigail. Mr. Dan and Abigail travel to several schools in St Lucie County teaching students with special needs a unique “Art/Abigail” curriculum. One of the many commands that students are taught in order to interact with Abigail is to say the word “visit” and Abigail will lay her head in the student’s lap. Pictured with Abigail “visiting” with second grade student Sevaan Wright with Dan Galloway helping.
Palm Beach Area Schools Recognized as Five Star Schools
~ Hundreds of schools statewide honored for exemplary community involvement ~
Tallahassee, Fla., October 9, 2017 – Today, the Florida Department of Education announced the names of schools in the Palm Beach area that have earned the Five Star School Award for the 2016-2017 school year. The award is bestowed upon schools that are committed to incorporating family and community members into the school environment to enhance student learning. Statewide, over 700 schools earned the recognition.
“It is an honor to recognize these schools with the Five Star Award,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “As a former teacher and principal, I have seen firsthand the positive impact family and community involvement can have on the lives of students. I commend our state’s parents, guardians and community members for going above and beyond for Florida’s students and the schools for encouraging parent and community involvement.”
To earn Five Star School recognition, a school must show that it has achieved all of the benchmarks and criteria in five categories – Community/Business Partnerships, Family Involvement, Volunteerism, Student Community Service and School Advisory Council. Schools must also earn a grade of “C” or above or a school improvement rating of “Maintaining” or “Commendable” for the year being recognized.
Below are the schools in the Palm Beach area that received the Five Star School Award for the 2016-2017 school year.
School District Schools
Glendale Elementary School
Storm Grove Middle School
Crystal Lake Elementary School
J. D. Parker Elementary School
Jensen Beach High School
Felix A. Williams Elementary School
Murray Middle School
Palm City Elementary School
Sea Wind Elementary School
South Fork High School
Bayshore Elementary School
Fairlawn Elementary School
Floresta Elementary School
Forest Grove Middle School
Fort Pierce Magnet School
Frances K. Sweet Elementary School
Lawnwood Elementary School
Lincoln Park Academy
Mariposa Elementary School
Morningside Elementary School
Northport K-8 School
Oak Hammock K-8 School
Palm Pointe Educational Research School
Parkway Elementary School
Rivers Edge Elementary School
Southern Oaks Middle School
Southport Middle School
St. Lucie West Centennial High School
St. Lucie West K-8 School
Treasure Coast High School
Village Green Environmental Studies School
West Gate K-8 School
White City Elementary School
Bak Middle School of the Arts
Beacon Cove Intermediate School
Belle Glade Elementary School
Benoist Farms Elementary School
Berkshire Elementary School
Binks Forest Elementary School
Boca Raton Community Middle School
Boca Raton Elementary School
Calusa Elementary School
Christa McAuliffe Middle School
Congress Middle School
Coral Reef Elementary School
Coral Sunset Elementary School
Crosspointe Elementary School
Crystal Lakes Elementary School
Cypress Trails Elementary School
Del Prado Elementary School
Diamond View Elementary School
Dwight D. Eisenhowser Elementary School
Eagles Landing Middle School
Elbridge Gale Elementary School
Emerald Cove Middle School
Equestrian Trails Elementary School
Everglades Elementary School
Forest Hill Elementary School
Freedom Shores Elementary School
Frontier Elementary School
Golden Grove Elementary School
Grassy Waters Elementary School
H. L. Johnson Elementary School
Hagen Road Elementary School
Independence Middle School
Indian Ridge School
John I. Leonard High School
Jupiter Elementary School
Jupiter Farms Elementary School
Jupiter Middle School of Technology
Lighthouse Elementary School
Limestone Creek Elementary School
Logger’s Run Middle School
Manatee Elementary School
Meadow Park Elementary School
Morikami Park Elementary School
New Horizons Elementary School
North Grade Elementary School
Northboro Elementary School
Okeeheelee Middle School
Palm Beach Central High School
Palm Beach Gardens Elementary School
Palm Beach Public School
Palm Springs Community Middle School
Panther Run Elementary School
Pierce Hammock Elementary School
Plumosa School of the Arts
Poinciana Elementary School
Royal Palm Bach High School
Royal Palm Beach Elementary School
S.D. Spady Montessori Elementary School
Sandpiper Shoers Elementary School
Santacules Community High School
South Olive Elementary School
Suncoast High School
Sunrise Park Elementary School
Sunset Palm Elementary School
Timber Trace Elementary School
U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School
Waters Edge Elementary School
Watson B. Duncan Middle School
Wellington Elementary School
Wellington High School
Wellington Landings Middle School
Western Academy Charter
Woodlands Middle School
Wynnebrook Elementary School
Students in Lesley Eagle’s fifth grade gifted classroom participated in the Stock Market Game and placed first in the Elementary Division! They were honored at a recent awards ceremony. Pictured, from left, are Carson McCann, Matthew Ongel, Ms. Eagle, and Jack Siruchek.
A team of four students from St. Lucie West K8 School, coached by science teacher Dannette Rikard, placed fifth out of the 24 teams competing in the recent Florida Regional Space Coast Science Education Alliance Middle School Science Bowl at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa Beach. Pictured, from left, are Maikel House, Alexis Henke, Ms. Rikard, Asja Misner, and Kevin Le.
St. Lucie West K8 fourth grade teacher Shannon Tango was surprised recently when representatives of an area radio station visited her class as part of the station’s monthly teacher recognition program. Tango was nominated by a parent of one of her students, who credited Tango with inspiring her students to achieve in the classroom, and for making learning fun! Pictured from left are 93.7 radio host Hamp Elliott, Assistant Principal John Keelor, 93.7 Program Director Darrin Arriens, Parent Shannon Tango, 4th Grade Teacher Nikki DeMaio, Principal Susan Seal, and 93.7 radio host Geoff Moore.
St. Lucie West K-8 eighth grade students have found a unique way to learn about the Pythagorean theorem, by putting their problems down on the sidewalks around school! Not only did the students in Carol Matulonis’ class learn about the mathematical theorem, but students viewing their artwork were able to see how it works. Pictured, from left, are Marie Saint-Fleury, Eli Renteria, Alexis Henke, Kayla Manso, Guerna Lormejuste, Ashley Masabanda, and Brianna O’Day.