Weatherbee Kicks Off Literacy Week 2020

Weatherbee Kicks Off Literacy Week 2020

Weatherbee Mariners kicked off Literacy Week  with a school wide read-aloud courtesy of Mrs. Cassie Fess, AP, and Ms. Juliette Thelusma, Teacher on Special Assignment. They read The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig.  More activities are planned throughout the week.

Bayshore First Graders Celebrate iReady Proficiency!

Bayshore First Graders Celebrate iReady Proficiency!

Students in Mrs. Glidden’s first grade class at Bayshore Elementary have been working hard to increase their i-Ready proficiency rates. Recently many students reached 100% proficiency in reading and math iReady lessons. They were given certificates and accolades by their peers for their hard work.

Congratulations!

TCHS Titan Ambassadors Treat Windmill Point Students to Shopping Spree!

TCHS Titan Ambassadors Treat Windmill Point Students to Shopping Spree!

On Monday, December 16th, the Titan Ambassadors from TCHS took several Windmill Point Elementary students to Target to spread holiday cheer and help them shop for gifts for themselves and their family. The students were gifted a $100 gift card, and the students were paired up with a Titan Ambassador to help them shop.  The students were treated to a fun bus ride to and from the event, where they sang holiday songs and bonded with the high schoolers. They also enjoyed lunch from Chick-Fil-A!   The Titan Ambassadors worked hard to fundraise for the event, and the students of Windmill Point made life long memories, made new friends, and with the presents they purchased are now sure that their family will have a wonderful holiday!

Morningside 5th Graders Launch Rockets

Morningside 5th Graders Launch Rockets

Fifth Grade students at Morningside Elementary learned lessons in motion and energy. They designed, built and launched rockets along with their teachers and former Morningside teacher, Tom Filipkowski. The students enjoyed their experience and gained a deeper understanding of science standards.

WEST Prep Selected as a Finalist in the STEM Excellence awards

WEST Prep Selected as a Finalist in the STEM Excellence awards

The Steam Advocates, with the help of several teachers and students, applied for an international award from the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in “STEM Excellence.”  They have been selected as 1 of 3 high school finalists from across the country! This is an amazing accomplishment for Fort Pierce Westwood Academy: The WEST Prep Magnet. The faculty and staff are dedicated to the implementation of the STEAM school initiatives and this award would not be possible without their hard work for our students’ success.

Below is the link to the video portion of our application.

Eagle Scout Project Directly Impacts Students At Mosaic Digital Academy!

Eagle Scout Project Directly Impacts Students At Mosaic Digital Academy!

Congratulations to Adam Morgan (11th Grader) at Mosaic Digital Academy for earning the prestigious Eagle Scout accomplishment! As a full time public virtual school student, Adam served on Mosaic Digital Academy’s School Advisory Council and kept up with his online courses as well as his dual enrollment coursework. Serving on the School Advisory Council provided Adam with a keen understanding of not only the successes of our school program, but he also came to know some of the struggles students sometimes experience when separated from their peers as they school from home. Knowing that students at Mosaic Digital Academy can attend live classes on campus, Adam got to thinking that maybe his Eagle Scout project could bring his classmates together to make them feel less isolated. Adam approached Principal Ziemba after a School Advisory Council meeting in March 2019 and asked what kind of project ideas she might have that could positively impact the student body at Mosaic Digital Academy. After much brainstorming, Principal Ziemba and Adam Morgan settled on a set of hands-on experiences that students would engage in while on campus. These hands-on experiences are organized in 25 “Project boxes” and are intended for students of all ages and designed to encourage students to build, experiment, and collaborate as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. On November 4, 2019,  Adam presented Principal Ziemba with the 25 Project boxes and introduced students to the projects. The response to the project boxes was super positive and students look forward to more opportunities to come together to enjoy the hands-on experiences with their peers. Adam Morgan was recognized at the December 10th School Board Meeting and presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from Principal Ziemba. Thank you, Adam Morgan, for choosing to give back to your school and for making such a big impact in your community through your Eagle Scout Project!!

SLWK8 Civics Class Gets Visit From Deputy Chief Woods

SLWK8 Civics Class Gets Visit From Deputy Chief Woods

Students from Mr. Artiles’ 7th grade Civics class at St. Lucie West K-8 School received a visit from Mark Woods, Deputy Chief of Safety and Security for St. Lucie Public Schools. Students invited Mr. Woods to present to their class as part of their Project Citizen topic of School Violence Prevention.

Deputy Chief Woods shared current school violence prevention measures already in place in the school district, including monthly Code Red drills, and perimeter security. He also stressed the importance of reporting suspicious behavior or threats immediately.

Students also had an opportunity to hear his feedback on several public policy proposals they had brainstormed on this issue.

Pre-Kindergarten at Mariposa Elementary is Building Sentences

Pre-Kindergarten at Mariposa Elementary is Building Sentences

At Mariposa Elementary, Mrs. Bonilla’s Pre-Kindergarten class answered the following focus question during literacy centers: How do we build sentences?

The students spoke about sentences being made up of words and how some can be short, and some can be long. Students were shown a photograph where they needed to use vocabulary to explain what was happening in the photo. Afterwards as a team, they would agree on a sentence and Mrs. Bonilla would then write each word on a post it. Each child would then put a “post it” on a building block. The blocks represented each word. The students then read the sentence out loud, and Mrs. Bonilla also had them mix the blocks around and had them determine whether the sentence still made sense. Melody Kinder, Nia Johnson, and Isabella Chave built their sentence to say “The mom and daughter are planting the flowers.” While Liam Bailey, Louis Toth, Julani Hernandez, and Thatcher Hettema built their sentence to say “Two girls are growing flowers.”

 

It was a lot of fun and great strides were made during literacy.

SGAET Colts Receive Early Innovator Distinction

SGAET Colts Receive Early Innovator Distinction

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies has been awarded a UBTECH Early Innovator Grant! SGAET is the first and only school  in Florida to be awarded an Early Innovator Grant, and just 23 schools across the nation received the award. UBTECH Education is a division of UBTECH—a global leader in intelligent, humanoid robots for consumers, business, and industry. Now, students will have the opportunity to work with UBTECH Robotics UKITs to practice engineering, coding, and apply their understanding of science and mathematics to create fully functioning robots. The students’ robots will be used to complete tasks in simulated real world scenarios. Per the U.S. Department of Commerce, college-educated STEM job-holders earn up to 39% more than non-STEM employees. In addition, between 2016 and 2026, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs in STEM fields will grow by 10.8%.  At SGAET, we expect our students to be on the cutting edge of future technology. They will build and live in a world of limitless potential. #SLPSMagnet

CAST Students Win Peace Poster Contest

CAST Students Win Peace Poster Contest

The students at CAST participated in the international peace poster contest held by the Ft. Pierce Lions Club.   The theme for this year was “Journey of Peace”.  Our students were able to express their vision and interpretation of peace through their drawings.  Their artistic interpretations were remarkable!  All of our students’ artwork were displayed in the Zora Neale Hurston Library and winners were announced at the Lions Club December meeting.

1st place -Angelina Miller

2nd place-Jessica Perez

3rd place -Andrew Peters

Honorable Mention-Naomi Kazama

Congratulations to all of our participants and our winners!

Northport Culinary Program Shines!

Northport Culinary Program Shines!

NPK8 Culinary students assisted Fort Pierce Central’s Culinary students to prepare for the Master Gardeners of SLC luncheon today. Well ✔ Done!  Great job to Mrs. Rachel Savela and students! You make Northport proud!

Northport Students Enjoy Annual Rotary Lunch!

Northport Students Enjoy Annual Rotary Lunch!

Northport students experienced a wonderful and festive time at the annual Port Saint Lucie Rotary Club Christmas party. Students were treated to lunch from the Olive Garden, met Santa Claus and received gifts. Thanks to Diane Crumpton and Tammy Boston for escorting our students.

St. Lucie Public Schools Awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

St. Lucie Public Schools Awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

 

 

 

For Immediate Release                                                                     

November 15, 2019

Contact: Lydia Martin

Lydia.Martin@stlucieschools.org

Phone: 772-429-5544

 

 

St. Lucie Public Schools Awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools was recently awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant in the amount of $2.82 million over five years from the Florida Department of Education. This grant award follows other recently obtained, large grants.  This time, the grant award will fund a five-year afterschool program and summer academic tutorial, as well as lessons in social emotional learning for students at four district schools.

 

Chester A. Moore Elementary, Forest Grove Middle School, Lawnwood Elementary and White City Elementary are all included in the grant.  Prior to applying for the grant, each of the four schools identified unique academic needs and developed plans for targeted instructional support using rigorous curricular resources.  The program is free for participating families.  The program at the four sites will begin on January 6, 2020.  During the school year, the program will be held for two hours at the end of the regular school day.  In the summer, the program will follow the District’s summer school schedule.

 

Chief Academic Officer Helen Wild stated, “We are excited to be able to extend the quality learning opportunities for students at these schools, both afterschool and throughout the summer.”  Participating students will engage in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) activities along with skills specific lessons in reading.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a high-ranking B-rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Fort Pierce Westwood Veterinary Assisting Advisory Board

Fort Pierce Westwood Veterinary Assisting Advisory Board

Fort Pierce Westwood Academy, the W.E.S.T. Prep Magnet’s Brittany Shoun along with Westwood Administration and District CTE Program Specialists met with local veterinarians and veterinary technicians to plan hands-on labs for the Westwood Vet Assisting students.  The Veterinary Assisting facility is revamping the surgical suite and laboratory areas. Pictured from left is Assistant Principal Leslie Taylor, Veterinary Assisting Instructor Brittany Shoun, Dr Cindy  Wasserman, Jessica Hawkins, Dr.

Brett Adams, Principal Joe Lezeau and Meri Hall.  Not pictured is Tessa Wines, Lei’Nitia Robinson and Dana Caputo.

Rockets Soar at the State BETA Convention!

Rockets Soar at the State BETA Convention!

Palm Pointe 4th – 8th grade BETA members soared, at the 2019 BETA Florida Junior Convention! So many memories were made, as these students represented our school with poise, determination and creativity. Our very own Laney Keys, Vice President of the Junior Beta for the State of Florida, commanded the stage several times and our students were recognized for 18 awards in the various categories! The students loved the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to service, leadership, character, and academic achievement. We are so proud of our BETA Rockets!

 

Beta is an organization that promotes the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students.  Beta recognizes and honors students for having high academic achievement.  It develops character by preparing young people for life and empowers them to be successful as well as develops the leaders of tomorrow.  There is an emphasis on service as the Beta motto is Let Us Lead by Serving Others.

 

Below is the list of students that placed in both the Junior and Elementary Categories

Junior

Vice President of the Junior Beta for the State of Florida

Laney Keys

Apparel Design – 3rd place

Gavin Lunsford

Sebastian Rebelo

Ava Borgella

Alyx Hanley

Saya Joseph

Josslynn Withrow

Sculpture – 3rd place

Gavin Lunsford

Language Arts 8th grade – 2nd place

Ashwin Dhar

Math 6th grade – 1st place

Benjamin Arisi

Math 8th grade – 2nd place

Nico Tovar

Drawing – 2nd place

Nico Tovar

Science 6th grade -2nd place

Alyx Hanley

Robotics – 3rd place

Avis Khatiwada

Nico Tovar

Josslyn Withrow

Ahswin Dhar

Ava Borgella

Saya Joseph

Kirsten Bremekamp

Marketing & Communication  – 3rd place

Ava Borgella

Gabby Albritton

Saya Joseph

Jocelyn Hatfield

Gavin Lunsford

Service Learning Showcase – 3rd place

Isabella Perez

Gabby Thomas

Gabby Albritton

Club Trading Pin – 1st place

Josselyn Withrow

Benjamin Arisi

Saya Joseph

Portfolio – 1st place

Gabby Thomas

Isabella Perez

Natalie Rubel

Sebastian Rebelo

 

Elementary

Robotics – 2nd place

Jeremiah Henderson

Malachi Henderson

Fateen Bouchfaa

Austin Borgella

Engineering – 1st place

Austin Borgella

Meredith Prince

Tessa Scadlock

Alize Thompson

Apparel Design – 2nd place

Tessa Scadlock

Alize Thompson

Jeremiah Henderson

Malachi Henderson

Language Arts 4th grade – 1st place

Kailey Rowell

Sculpture – 1st place

Tessa Scadlock

Speech – 1st place

Alize Thompson