Staff from Coast Guard station teach water safety at Weatherbee Elementary

Staff from Coast Guard station teach water safety at Weatherbee Elementary

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.

St. Lucie’s outstanding administrators honored at school board meeting

St. Lucie’s outstanding administrators honored at school board meeting

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.

St. Lucie’s distinctive ambassador visits with students at Gaines Academy

St. Lucie’s distinctive ambassador visits with students at Gaines Academy

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.

St. Lucie’s 5 Star Schools Announced

St. Lucie’s 5 Star Schools Announced

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

Indian River
Glendale Elementary School
Storm Grove Middle School

Martin
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

St. Lucie
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

Palm Beach
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

St. Lucie West K8 team places in regional science bowl

St. Lucie West K8 team places in regional science bowl

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 teacher surprised with honor

St. Lucie West K8 teacher surprised with honor

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 K8 students learn about math theory

St. Lucie West K8 students learn about math theory

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.

St. Lucie West K8 students learn about cell structure in biology

St. Lucie West K8 students learn about cell structure in biology

Students in Lindsey Laury’s seventh grade science classes at St. Lucie West K8 School are kicking off the year’s fourth quarter learning about DNA and RNA, and how proteins play an important part in DNA development. Students created edible DNA models using Twizzlers and marshmallows to emphasize the physical components of such an important biological structure. Pictured are students Ethan Morris, left, and Andrew Pierro.

St. Lucie West K8 student earns scholarship

St. Lucie West K8 student earns scholarship

Congratulations to Jonathan Burgos, eighth grade St. Lucie West K8 student who was selected as a recipient of the 2012 President’s Challenge/Take Stock in Children Scholarship. The Deerbrook Charitable Trust, St. Lucie County Education Foundation, Fort Pierce Sunrise Kiwanis Club, Indian River State College Foundation and many other local businesses and organizations sponsor this program to recognize and encourage student achievement. The scholarship covers two years of study at IRSC and two years at a Florida public college or university.

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.