Spelling bee winners emerge at F.K. Sweet Elementary

Spelling bee winners emerge at F.K. Sweet Elementary

It took over 30 rounds to declare the 2012 spelling bee winners at F.K. Sweet Elementary. The best of the spellers from each fourth and fifth grade class recently took stage  to spell some very difficult words. In the end, pictured from left, Rida Ahmed emerged as the winner, followed by second place speller Cassie Ackenbrack, and Ariel Neptune took third place. Congratulations on a job well done.

Spelling Bee – The Musical

Spelling Bee – The Musical

Don’t miss the Fall musical that everyone is buzzing about — The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!

Showtimes: Friday, November 17th at 6:30 PM

Saturday, November 18th at 2:00 PM and 6:30 PM

Tickets are on sale now at LPAtheatre.webs.com

Spelling Bee – The Musical

Spelling Bee – The Musical

Don’t miss the Fall musical that everyone is buzzing about — The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!

Showtimes:

Friday, November 17th at 6:30 PM

Saturday, November 18th at 2:00 PM and 6:30 PM

Tickets are on sale now at LPAtheatre.webs.com

 

Special Olympics 2018 Schedule

Special Olympics 2018 Schedule

There are many opportunities over the coming weeks to support Special Olympics culminating in a Torch Run on Saturday, April 21st from Fort Pierce Central High School to Publix at St. James.  Don’t miss out!  Join with family and friends for one or more of these family friendly events.

 

 

Special guests enjoy Lakewood Park Elementary student led conference event

Special guests enjoy Lakewood Park Elementary student led conference event

Lakewood Park Elementary School students and families recently enjoyed Student Led Conferences, where students can show, with examples, their learning to their parents who can then see and experience materials and activities that students engaged in during the school day. Awards are presented during the evening event, such as for perfect attendance, the Kids at Hope Award, and honor roll. Parents may also see PowerPoint presentations outlining their child’s future goals, while teachers enjoy observing the interaction among all active participants. Pictured is a group of students with Superintendent Genelle Yost in Lori Checchi’s kindergarten class, who have taken charge of their own learning, are reviewing their goals, and talk about what they are doing at the present. From left, are Michael Reynolds, Khloe Williams, Jose Ojeda, Superintendent Yost, and Piper Hambleton.

Special guest treats Allapattah Flats students to popular holiday story

Special guest treats Allapattah Flats students to popular holiday story

Second grade students at Allapattah Flats K-8 School were treated with a very special guest visitor recently. Former Allapattah Flats principal Patti Heffelfinger visited the school and read the popular holiday story “The Polar Express” to the students. After listening to the story, students completed a project to show the sequence of events that occurred throughout the book. Pictured is Ms. Heffelfinger, right, as she captivates students with her reading.

Special bond created with first grade students

Special bond created with first grade students

What started out as a routine drop by visit to observe Oak Hammock first grade teacher Joy West teach Common Core writing has turned into a lasting friendship between students, teacher and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell. The first grade common core learning goal for writing states that Students will be able to write a variety of opinion, narrative, and informative pieces using digital tools to produce and publish writing. To meet this goal, students chose their favorite book, found three reasons that supported why they liked the book, planned their writing using a multi-flow map, created a draft, revised, edited and published a class book of opinions. Because of Dr. Rendell’s high interest in all students, he continued to visit the class and keep up with the students throughout the process. As a culminating celebration, students’ eyes beamed with excitement as they listened to Dr. Rendell share one of his favorite books, “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes”. Dr. Rendell’s apparent love for children and the interest that he has taken has created a memory that will last a lifetime. Pictured is Dr. Rendell, with Ms. West and her students.

Speakers Bureau Volunteer Breakfast

Speakers Bureau Volunteer Breakfast

In a tribute to the volunteer spirit that has made the Speakers Bureau a success throughout the years, Dr. Donna Mills hosted a breakfast to honor the ladies and gentlemen who have shared their stories of inspiration and motivation with students in middle and high schools across the District.

The Panther Chorus, under the direction of Mr. Donald Meely, set the tone for a harmonious morning that was followed by warm expressions of appreciation for the contribution of time and commitment by volunteers coming into the schools with positive and powerful messages.  Attendees also enjoyed a world class breakfast prepared by state champion culinary students before taking a tour of the some of the Fort Pierce Westwood’s unique career and technical academies including Agritechnology and Veterinary programs.

Speakers Bureau – SGA

Speakers Bureau – SGA

During the Speakers Bureau Event, Samuel S. Gaines Academy students were inspired by School Board Member Dr. Mills and Executive Director of Human Resources Mr. Rafael Sanchez Jr., who overcame obstacles on their way to achieving their goals and dreams.

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Speakers Bureau – Samuel S. Gaines Academy

Speakers Bureau – Samuel S. Gaines Academy

The Speakers Bureau Special Guest Speaker at Samuel S. Gaines Academy K-8 this month was Mr. Alex Oge, where he is also the Assistant Principal. Mr. Oge’s presentation and personal reflections of his path to success captivated the students and gave help to inspire students to work hard to achieve their goals in life.

“Nothing is impossible if you work hard and get a good education” – Mr. Alex Oge

Speakers Bureau – PACE

Speakers Bureau – PACE

The students and staff at the Pace Center for Girls welcomed Mrs. Wydee’a Wilson, the Chief Probation Officer for Circuit 19, and radio host for the Pay It Forward show on 104.5 the Flame as a guest speaker in the Speakers Bureau series.  Mrs. Wilson used her presentation to educate, motivate, and empower.  She opened by delivering Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou.

Mrs. Wilson spoke a lot about her family life growing up in which she was 1 of 5 children. She, being the oldest, came from very humble beginnings. Early on she found herself being bullied often due to being so quiet and shy.  She observed a lot in her household growing up, and even though she was athletic and studious, she would often act out because of the dysfunction she witnessed. She recounted on her many experiences of growing up and shared a very personal, yet moving story.  Mrs. Wilson left the young ladies with some valuable advice: “Be truthful and real with who you are and what you’re experiencing.  Believe in something.  You’re unique and special. Fulfill your purpose and be a blessing to other people.” Mrs. Wilson believes success is about how you help and treat one another.

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Speakers Bureau – FPW

Speakers Bureau – FPW

On August 31st, Fort Pierce Westwood High School hosted St. Lucie Pubic Schools’ Teacher of Year Mr. Jeffrey Johnson as the guest speaker for the Speakers Bureau Series.

Mr. Johnson spoke about the power of education and its importance. He recounted his experiences of growing up poor and shared that he lived in the projects.  This distinguished and eloquent speaker also communicated with his audience the fact that he was told he would not amount to anything and that life was not easy for him. However, he emphasized that because of his determination and perseverance to get a good education, he now represents the District and carries the title of “St. Lucie Public Schools Teacher of the Year.”

Speakers Bureau – Fort Pierce Westwood

Speakers Bureau – Fort Pierce Westwood

The Speakers Bureau Special Guest Speakers at Ft. Pierce Westwood High School this month were Mr. Nick Mimms, Ft. Pierce City Manager, and Mr. Joseph Smith, St. Lucie Count Clerk of Courts. Mr. Mimms and Mr. Smith encouraged the students by letting them know that despite road blocks and opposition, continue to work hard and dream big. Dr. Donna Mills also spoke to the students about the importance of paying it forward.

Speakers Bureau – DMMS

Speakers Bureau – DMMS

Dan McCarty Middle School students and staff welcomed Attorney Lorenzo Williams of Gary, Williams, Parenti and Finney Law Firm as a guest speaker in the 2016-2017 Speakers Bureau series.  Mr. Williams emphasized lessons taught to him by his father and lessons that he, in turn, imparted to his four children.

He introduced the acronym “HOW” and went on to explain the meaning of each letter. “H” stands for honesty, “O” represents obedience, and “W” signifies work. He encouraged students to practice all three for success.

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Speakers Bureau – DCC

Speakers Bureau – DCC

Antravious Soleyn, a recent graduate from Fort Pierce Central High School and member of the poetry club, was one of the honored guests at a recent Speakers Bureau event at Dale Cassens Educational Complex.  His positive command of the language and poetic verse captivated students as he recited a poem that he wrote.
Guest speaker Mr. Tony Barnes, SLC NAACP President and Fort Pierce City Director of Purchasing, also spoke to students about his love for sports as a youth and because he was so good at playing football, he thought he was the man. He made poor grades in school and did not take his education serious. He soon found out after graduation and going into the workfield that he needed to continue his education in order to economically move up in life. He went back to school, graduated from college, and now has the position and career he holds today.
The Speakers Bureau provides opportunities for local personalities to share insight and inspiration with students on campuses throughout St. Lucie Public Schools.
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Speakers Bureau – DC

Speakers Bureau – DC

Mr. DeVoshay Johnson, the IT Manager for Fort Pierce City Hall, helped to kick off the 2016-2017 Speakers Bureau series with his presentation to students and staff at Dale Cassens Educational Complex. Through sharing his life story, he emphasized to students the need to understand that true success comes from within.  Mr. DeVoshay also stressed that the choices students make will determine their success in life, and he shared the value in accepting help from others.

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Speakers Bureau Benefits Samuel Gaines Academy 7th Graders

Speakers Bureau Benefits Samuel Gaines Academy 7th Graders

Samuel S. Gaines Academy 7th grade students and staff welcomed Mr. Raphael Sanchez, the Executive Director of Human Resource for the St. Lucie Public Schools, as a guest speaker in the Speakers Bureau series.  Mr. Sanchez emphasized lessons and rules he established for himself while growing up.

Mr. Sanchez spoke about his childhood, and recounted a story of resiliency and perseverance.  Mr. Sanchez believes, “Life is nothing but keys and doors; the more keys you have, the more doors you’ll be able to open for yourself.”  Mr. Sanchez says he didn’t want any doors closed due to lack of an education or experiences.

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