St. Lucie West K8 science teacher to present at national conference

St. Lucie West K8 science teacher to present at national conference

St. Lucie West K8 eighth grade science teacher Debra Quintero has been selected to present at the 2012 National Science Teachers Conference in Indianapolis in April.  Pictured are Ms. Quintero and Todd Hilgendorff, of Farnsworth Middle School, Guiderland, New York, who will share a series of lessons based on their experiences working with marine researchers in the North Atlantic.  Their session is entitled Authentic Research Experiences in the Inquiry Science Classroom.

 

St. Lucie West K8 kindergartners visit aquatic center

St. Lucie West K8 kindergartners visit aquatic center

St. Lucie West K8 School kindergartners recently enjoyed visiting the Florida Oceanographic Center. Students enjoyed opportunites to learn about local ocean life, such as petting stingrays. Pictured, from left, are Abigail Wiley, Lilliana Boham, Sophia Rodriguez, Jahari Wiggan, Caden Ongel, Kiara Rodriguez, and Adrian Pardo-Canedo.

St. Lucie West Centennial Seniors Walk Through the Halls at Manatee Academy

St. Lucie West Centennial Seniors Walk Through the Halls at Manatee Academy

On Wednesday, May 18, a group of graduating seniors from St. Lucie West Centennial High School walked through the halls of Manatee Academy for the first ever high school clap out. Each year our 8th grade students participate in a clap out on their way to their middle school graduation ceremonies but this was the first time with high school seniors.

It was special for the seniors as some of them had once attended Manatee and had the opportunity to come back one last time to see the teachers and staff who helped them get to this point.  It was a memorable experience. For the Manatee students, seeing the seniors in their caps and gowns provided excitement and understanding that with hard work, one day they too will graduate high school and get to have an entire school celebrating their accomplishments.
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St. Lucie West Centennial nursing program hosts annual student health fair

St. Lucie West Centennial nursing program hosts annual student health fair

St. Lucie West Centennial High School’s Nursing Assistant students held their annual health fair recently in the school’s gym. Students in social studies classes, and all Freshman Academy students were invited and were very enthusiastic about attending this informative event. The nursing program students planned for several months to bring 26 community agencies on campus to impart their knowledge of teen health issues. Some of the agencies that participated included the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, IRSC nursing students from Indian River State College, Children’s Home Society, Care Net, SWAT and and school district nurses. Students were provided a bag in which to put their brochures and other souvenirs from the organizations. They were also given a ‘passport’ that contained a listing of all of the agencies that attended. Students got their ‘passport’ stamped by the agencies when they approached each table to obtain information from them. This encouraged engagement and participation by the students. Allied Health students and HOSA members also acted as ambassadors to each community agency. School nurses instructed HOSA students prior to the event in calculating height, weight, and BMI. HOSA students assisted the school nurses with this vision screenings. Pictured is Lisa Pressendo, right, an 11th grade HOSA member, stamping the passport of fellow students Carl Durbin.

St. Lucie West Centennial HOSA students advance to state contest

St. Lucie West Centennial HOSA students advance to state contest

Thirty-three St. Lucie West Centennial High School HOSA competitors attended the recent 2012 Region IX Winter Leadership Conference, where several students were recognized with a medal or a ribbon. Congratulations go to: Michael Riley, first place in Dental Spelling; Dru’ Curtis, second place in Medical Terminology;  Lisa Pressendo, second place in Medical Assisting; Iris Santa Cruz, fourth place in Healthy Lifestyles; Mary Hartley, fifth place in Home Health Aide; Katie Roge, Recognition Category for Chapter Newsletter; and Courtney Powell, Recognition Category for Outstanding HOSA Chapter. Students placing first, second or third,or in a Recognition Category, will advance onto the state competition to be held in Jacksonville the end of March. Pictured, from left, are Lisa Pressendo, Courtney Powell, Mike Riley, Katie Roge, and Dru’ Curtis who will be at the state conference.

St. Lucie West Centennial High School Chamber Singers Perform at Tradition Field

St. Lucie West Centennial High School Chamber Singers Perform at Tradition Field

On May 2nd, The St. Lucie West Centennial High School Chamber Singers were invited to sing the National Anthem at the opening of the St. Lucie West Mets game at Tradition Field.  Students who participate in the Chamber Singers must have completed at least one year of choral education and are selected by audition only.    The ensemble performs throughout the community for local events and charity organizations.  For more information on availability please contact Bridget Glass at bridget.glass@stlucieschools.org

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St. Lucie West Centennial High cadets shine in review

St. Lucie West Centennial High cadets shine in review

The St. Lucie West Centennial Navy Junior ROTC Black Talon Company celebrated its annual Navy Day Pass-in-Review ceremony.  All 140 cadets came out to show Commander Dirk Herbert, the Florida Area 7 Manager, Admiral Jenkins, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.), Mr. Michael Lannon, Superintendent of Schools, Vice Mayor Linda Bartz of the City of Port St. Lucie, their parents and friends just how well they could march.  In addition, the award winning Armed Exhibition Drill Team performed with awe inspiring precision.  (See photo.)  After the Area Manager completed his inspection of the unit he said that the Black Talons were on track to receive the coveted National Distinguished Unit award again this year.  Go Navy!

St. Lucie West Centennial culinary students capture inaugural competition

St. Lucie West Centennial culinary students capture inaugural competition

Congratulations to Chef Jesse Strell and his team of culinary arts students from St. Lucie West Centennial High School for earning the Chefs of Tomorrow trophy by virtue of getting the most votes from the public for the best of show entry in the inaugural St. Lucie Public Schools Culinary Arts Showcase held recently at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. Teams from five of the county’s public high schools — Centennial, Fort Pierce Westwood, Fort Pierce Central, Port St. Lucie, and Treasure Coast high schools — plus Northport and St. Lucie West K8 schools competed in the event, which drew nearly 300 community members to sample the culinary creations. The winning team earned the trophy, a culinary arts speciality book for each member, and a $100 gift card from event sponsor Sam’s Club for their school’s program. Other event sponsors included Johnson & Wales University, Culinary Institute of America, WalMart, Target, Robert Erneston Produce, and Nelson Family Farms. Pictured is the Port St. Lucie High School team preparing to create their culinary delights.

St. Lucie West Centennial cadets attend leadership academy

St. Lucie West Centennial cadets attend leadership academy

Shortly after school ended, St. Lucie West Centennial High School Navy Junior ROTC proudly sent seven cadets to Leadership Academy to learn how to become the future leaders of their unit. Pictured, rom left, Cadets Dane Tushinski, Devin Spellman Michael Battaglia, Johnna Moody,Luis Still and Ro-aine Graham, along with Chester Merrill who is not pictured, were selected to attend due to their achievement in academics, athletics, and military aptitude. Training at the academy began with chaos and yelling from retired Marine Corp Drill Instructors, as they instilled attention to detail and discipline in each cadet. Throughout the training sessions, the academy had a boot camp atmosphere as the cadets learned that in order to become a good leader, one must first become a good follower. The classes they attended included leadership studies, military etiquette, orienteering, military customs, water survival, and sailing. Physical training also played a major role at leadership academy. Each day began before sunrise with calisthenics and sprints, and the day ended with a two or three mile run. All seven cadets passed their physical fitness and academic tests with flying colors. Congratulations to Eagle Navy’s newly minted leaders.

St. Lucie Turns On Lights for Afterschool on October 22nd

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools unites with other communities across the nation on October 22nd to turn the lights on for afterschool programs and activities. During this rally for afterschool program awareness, more than twenty-five area afterschool programs are expected to participate in the 16th annual Lights On Afterschool.

Two locations are earmarked for the rally in St. Lucie County according to organizers Terrance Platt and Kimberly Roberts. The PALS Center in Fort Pierce and the Port St. Lucie Community Center in Port St. Lucie will open their doors from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM in order for parents, students, and community members to become familiar with afterschool opportunities.   Representatives from a host of organizations including library services, area churches, tutorial services, sports programs, mentoring services, service organizations, parks and recreation programs, and much more will man booths in an expo-style setting. Students will perform, attendees will have opportunities to win door prizes, and hands-on activities will be available.

Roberts said, “We want this to be a community event. We want everyone in our community to see this as an opportunity to showcase all the programs and activities in our community, because this can have a positive impact on our children.”

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent agrees with afterschool programs’ positive impact on students. He said, “Quality afterschool programs refine students’ skills and broaden their perspectives on opportunities available to them.” Gent also affirmed the fact that afterschool activity involvement contributes to improvements in attendance, behavior, academic achievement, and more.

For more information about Lights on Afterschool, contact Terrence Platt or Kimberly Roberts at    772.429.3617 or 772.429.3957 respectively.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit St. Lucie Public Schools’ website www.stlucieschools.org ; Facebook www.facebook.com/stlucieschools; Twitter@StLucieSchools; or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

St. Lucie technical skills students move on to regional and state contests

St. Lucie technical skills students move on to regional and state contests

Having already qualified through regional events held earlier this month, a goup of 21 Allied Health students from Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie West Centennial, Fort Pierce Central and Fort Pierce Westwood high schools and their instructors head to the Florida Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Championships to be held March 30-April 1, 2012. Meanwhile 46 additional students from Fort Pierce Central, St. Lucie West Centennial, and Treasure Coast high schools will travel to several technical centers in Polk and Orange Counties soon to participate in many other Region III SkillsUSA technical and leadership competitions.  Criminal Justice students from Treasure Coast and Fort Pierce Central high schools will also compete locally in SkillsUSA Crime Scene Investigation and Criminal Justice contests.  Gold and silver medalists from all of these events will qualify to participate in the Florida SkillsUSA Championships to be held April 29-May 2, 2012.  Pictured is the HOSA team from Fort Pierce Westwood High and their instructor Cindy Kreis. Front row, from left, Stephanie Honeycutt, Chelsea Coggins, Coraima Gomez, Tiffany Harry, Ms. Kreis, and Jasmine Loussant. Back row, from left, Unity Wiggins, State Finalist Everett Ramos, Shavela Vaughn, Maeonna Wright, Hannah Bauer, State Finalist Dustin Tuckett, Sabrina Cuker, Nicole Bohaboj, Jonathan Barrow, State Finalist Tiffany Stonesifer, and Kristen Brunson.

St. Lucie Teacher Nardi Routten Surprised with $25,000 Milken Award for Educational Excellence

St. Lucie Teacher Nardi Routten Surprised with $25,000 Milken Award for Educational Excellence

Ft. Pierce, Fla., January 9, 2015 – Film has the Oscar™, music has the Grammy™, science has the Nobel and sports has its gold medals, but what about the true unsung heroes on the frontlines of shaping our future? Where is the recognition for our nation’s educators? Enter Lowell Milken and the Milken Educator Awards.

mea_logo_smallNardi Routten, a fourth-grade teacher at St. Lucie County’s Frances K. Sweet Elementary School was surprised with this coveted $25,000 Milken Award this morning during a school-wide assembly in the cafeteria. Presenting the award was Dr. Jane Foley, Senior Vice President of the Milken Family Foundation. Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott and Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart were also in attendance.

Routten stands out for her exceptional passion and dedication for her job as an educator. She is known throughout the St. Lucie School District for dedicating extra time to her students before and after school and even during the weekends. She is highly requested among parents because her willingness and ability to meet each child’s specific needs is widely known. Routten’s students routinely score the highest in her school and throughout the school district on standardized assessments. She is National Board Certified and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in reading.

Routten was caught by surprise when her name was announced by Dr. Jane Foley at an emotional school assembly in front of cheering students, proud colleagues, distinguished officials and the media.

Award 3Routten was overwhelmed and moved to tears. Fellow teachers, staff and elected officials were teary eyed as well. The students showed their enthusiasm with gasps, cheers and thunderous applause. Routten remarked, “I am blessed beyond measure to have a passion and desire to work with kids. My students, they are amazing. They work hard and I push them hard, because I know they can do it.”

As Milken’s own website explains, “there’s a reason why Teacher magazine calls the award the ‘Oscars of Teaching.’ New Milken Educators have even been asked for autographs by admiring students. While the celebrity treatment is well-deserved, the Awards aren’t about the glitz and glamor. They’re about bringing attention to these classroom heroes; serving at once as validation, motivation and inspiration to current and future quality educators. The message: We recognize you. We value you. We thank you.”

“A great teacher can set a student on a path for success both now and in the future,” said First Lady Ann Scott. “I’ve met countless caring and dedicated professionals in classrooms throughout the state who have made a lasting impact on the students in their communities. Ms. Routten is a shining example of the kind of teacher every parent hopes for and every student remembers fondly.”

Routten is one of the exceptional educators being recognized nationwide by the Milken Family Foundation with an award ceremony and an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000. She is the only teacher in FAward 2lorida honored with the award this year. Only 40 Florida teachers have been honored with the Milken award since Florida joined the program in 1998, receiving more than $1 million.

In addition to surprising Routten with the prestigious Milken Award, Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott and Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart paid tribute to Frances K. Sweet Elementary School, a Magnet School, for 14 years of academic excellence and continuous A ratings. The school’s Principal Juanita Wright was also the St. Lucie Public School Principal of the Year last year.

“Saint Lucie County Public Schools is so fortunate to have an exceptional number of truly outstanding and passionate educators who routinely go beyond expectations in order to ensure their students are successful learners,” said St. Lucie County School District Superintendent Genelle Zoratti Yost. “Nardi Routten certainly qualifies as one of our phenomenal educators. She represents the district well as a recipient of the highly acclaimed Milken Educator Award. Ms. Routten enjoys the respect of the educational community and works cohesively with her peers, administration and parents. Her passion for education and her conviction that all children can learn is demonstrated each day in the work she does. The Saint Lucie Public School District is delighted to offer congratulations to Ms. Routten on this acclaimed achievement. She represents a grand institution and an honorable profession.”
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St. Lucie Students Will Soar to Greater Heights with Community Support

St. Lucie Students Will Soar to Greater Heights with Community Support

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Soars is an early literacy effort launched by St. Lucie Public Schools that includes a community initiative in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters.  A component of the program involves the recruitment of volunteers/mentors to support reading efforts in kindergarten through grade three to help close the gap in third grade literacy.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Giving a child the gift of reading opens the door to the world.”

Gent encourages community members to consider becoming a volunteer for St. Lucie Soars by donating one hour each week to read with a child.  Information and registration are available through the St. Lucie Public Schools homepage at www.stlucieschools.org.  Interested volunteers will find registration information, a mentor guide, a training video, and more through this online portal.

Consider becoming a volunteer today.  Through your weekly, one-hour commitment, the difference you make will help a child soar!

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

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St. Lucie Students Will Soar to Greater Heights with Community Support

St. Lucie Students Will Soar to Greater Heights with Community Support

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Soars is an early literacy effort launched by St. Lucie Public Schools that includes a community initiative in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters.  A component of the program involves the recruitment of volunteers/mentors to support reading efforts in kindergarten through grade three to help close the gap in third grade literacy.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Giving a child the gift of reading opens the door to the world.”

Gent encourages community members to consider becoming a volunteer for St. Lucie Soars by donating one hour each week to read with a child.  Information and registration are available through the St. Lucie Public Schools homepage at www.stlucieschools.org.  Interested volunteers will find registration information, a mentor guide, a training video, and more through this online portal.

Consider becoming a volunteer today.  Through your weekly, one-hour commitment, the difference you make will help a child soar!

 

St. Lucie students’ percentage of proficiency scores on FCAT science test improve

Fort Pierce, FL — The percentage of St. Lucie Public Schools fifth and eighth grade students who scored proficiency, or passing, scores on the science section of the 2013 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) 2.0 went up two percentage points this year compared to last, from 43% to 45%, according to results released today by the Florida Department of Education.

White City Elementary fifth grade students led the district in increased level of proficiency on this year’s FCAT 2.0 science test compared to last year with an increase of 25 percentage points. F. K. Sweet Elementary fifth grade students and Lincoln Park Academy eighth grade students led the district in proficiency on the new FCAT 2.0 science test, with 72% of students at both schools scoring at proficiency, followed by fifth grade students from Morningside, White City, and Fairlawn elementary schools, and St. Lucie West and WestGate K-8 schools, all with students scoring above 60% proficiency.

This year’s scores are the first reported on the new proficiency scale developed in September of 2012. The FDOE will release ‘retrofitted scores’ for science, designed to provide more accurate comparisons between students’ performance from 2012 to 2013.

St. Lucie students learn universe mysteries at planetarium shows

St. Lucie students learn universe mysteries at planetarium shows

Students in Deborah Day, John Fallon and Janine Wiecks third grade classes from Northport K-8 school attended a stellar star show recently in the Hallstrom Planetarium at Indian River State College. Museums and planetariums evoke excitement and give children the foundational skills that enable them to be lifelong learners. Planetarium Director Jon Bell has been giving dynamic planetarium shows that engage students in the splendor of the stars and other celestial bodies for 20 years. Over 3,600 students from 19 St. Lucie Public Schools attended a planetarium show at IRSC this year. By seeing a planetarium show, students begin to understand their place in space and how scientists uncover the deep mysteries of the universe.

St Lucie Students Connect To Their Future at IRSC Great Explorations

St Lucie Students Connect To Their Future at IRSC Great Explorations

Close to four hundred St Lucie Public high school students attended Indian River State College Great Explorations held at IRSC main campus in Fort Pierce.  The annual event attracted juniors and seniors from every high school (Fort Pierce Westwood, Central, Lincoln Park, Mosaic, Port St Lucie, Performance Based, St Lucie West Centennial, and Treasure Coast) who spent the day planning for their future after high school. Each student chose their top career interests and visited four college programs matching those interests. 

 

 

 

St. Lucie Strong

St. Lucie Strong

St. Lucie Public Schools continues making historic gains – this year is no exception. We’ve strengthened our B rating and our District is only 1.5% from an A. We are now in the top third and ranked 22nd in Florida. #StLucieStrong #StLucieProud