On Friday, February 6, Mrs. Yost and Dr. Perry visited Mariposa’s second and third grade classes who were participating in the District’s pilot chess program called First Move. From the beginning of the year, these students and their teachers have learned how to play chess and even to develop strategies as they played the game. The picture shows Mrs. Yost and Dr. Perry with Mrs. Balletta’s second graders who were playing a match against other children in the class.
Check out St. Lucie Public School’s line-up of stars who threw the first pitch at St. Lucie Mets games this season! We have an all-star team.
Emily Utts (Outstanding First Year Teacher)
Samantha Piscopo (Assistant Principal of the Year)
Sabrina Faniel (Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year)
Dorothy Hall (School-Related Employee of the Year)
Makeda Brome (Teacher of the Year)
Andrea Popwell (Principal of the Year)
For the second consecutive year, Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed January 4-8, 2016 as Florida First Responder Appreciation Week.
First responders play a critical role in keeping our communities safe, and all Floridians benefit greatly from the services they provide.
On behalf of St. Lucie Public Schools, thank you for your dedicated service!
Students in fifth and seventh grades in St. Lucie County Public Schools will continue this school year with a program begun last year with Vaccine Gene Therapy Institute called Saturdays with Scientists. Approximately 200 students will meet with the VGTI scientists at three different high schools during the school year to work on real scienitific projects. The purpose is to spark an interest in science for the students. Pictured is the school district Science Curriculum supervisor and 2011 Teacher of the Year Cristina Veresan with students at Treasure Coast High School for a recent Saturday event.
Northport community is thankful and grateful for the wonderful partnership with First United Methodist Church of Port St. Lucie. Not only do many members of the congregation serve in the school as volunteers and mentors and Rev. Dr. Rad Orlandi has been tapped as NP Volunteer of the Year, but the church and the Pastor, Brian Carr, offered fellowship and good will to the staff with platters of food for the Northport teachers’ Professional Development day.
Many thanks to our first-rate partners from First United Methodist Church for always supporting the schools’ efforts and for “having our back!” Without community support, our job would be so much more difficult. Pictured are Northport Principal Glenn Rustay, Assistant Principal Lisa Cash, Media Specialist Lynne Gruszka, Pastor Carr, Rev. Dr. Orlandi and a group of Northport instructors.
Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker requested the Board’s endorsement of the “First Vote Week” Proclamation for March 11-15, 2019, that upholds a non-partisan, classroom-based voter education, registration and citizenship program conducted in Social Studies and American Government classes for high school students.
The goal of the Supervisor of Elections is to give every student the opportunity to register to vote at age 18 or pre-register at age 16 and 17. The Supervisor of Elections and her staff will be on high school campuses to assist students and teachers with voter registration in support of the First Vote program.
On Thursday, October 26, the Jaguar cadets took a trip to Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) to expand their knowledge of senior ROTC and the college admission process. With a few guest speakers from the admissions office, ROTC and a US Army Officer; the Jaguar cadets have learned valuable information about how their future should go.
Students in three Allied Health Assisting classes at St. Lucie West Centennial High School recently completed a Financial Literacy Program in Mary Higgins’ and Elizabeth Durkee’s classes. The program consisted of 12 online modules and was completed as a class assignment. The program is offered through the nonprofit Debt Management Credit Counseling by Jason Athas, Manager of Educational Programs at Debt Management Credit Corps. He has been teaching these classes at Centennial for about seven years. Five of the students in the program received a perfect score, who are pictured, from left, Christa Oralus, Matt Leo, Jason Athas from DMCC, Levi Wesley, Taylor Ferruggia, and Holly Aldrich. All received a certificate for completing but also received a cash prize. Students were quoted as saying “I didn’t know credit was that important;” “It’s definitely something I need to pay attention to;” “The financial literacy program was a very good experience;” “All high school students should participate in this program. By learning about finances ahead of time, a person would be less likely to end up in a bad financial situation.”
Article submitted by Holly Aldrich
Congratulations to Shamir Sterlin, Dayden Holtman, Lana Lovanh, Brian Wu, and Skylar Monroe who won this year’s Law Poster Contest! The theme this year (for Elementary grades) was “Voting at the Polls”. Mrs. Cary Schott was so proud of her art students. Each student worked hard to create a winning illustration. For grades 3-5, Brian Wu took 1st place and received $150.00. Dayden Holtman took 2nd place and received $100.00. Lana Lovanh took third place and received $75.00. For grades K – 2, Skylar Monroe took 1st place and received $100.00 and Shamir Sterlin won 2nd place and received $75.00. Thank you to the Friends of the Saint Lucie County Law Library who sponsored such a wonderful event for the students.
Manatee Academy K8 students, from left, Crystal Fissette, Serona Brown, Michael Pecora, Tia Camp, and Naiah James were chosen to represent the school in the All County Elementary Chorus. Attached is a link to the performance which will air on WLX-TV, the St. Lucie County Education Channel, at various times.
Students who will represent Mariposa Elementary School in the All County Chorus in April are Jessica Bently, SadiahKouns, Mia Rose Kirchner, Alex Perry, and Sara Cardoso. This year’s theme is Songs of Florida. The students will be practicing after school with music teacher Thomas Conner to prepare for their video taping for the concert April 26 at the Fenn Center in Fort Peirce. Pictured, from left, are Jessica Bently, SadiahKouns, Mia Rose Kirchner, and Alex Perry.
Five St. Lucie Public Schools were recognized at the April 23, 2013, St. Lucie County School Board meeting as PBS model schools. Bayshore Elementary, C.A. Moore Elementary, Delaware Avenue School, and Parkway Elementary were recognized as a Bronze, Garden City Early Learning Academy as a Gold, and Weatherbee Elementary as a Gold for the third year in a row. Pictured, from left, from Weatherbee Elementary School are PBS team members assistant principal Jennifer Avellino, Melanie Macpherson, Erinn Anderson, Monica Adhin, Principal Mike Hitsman, Christine Gawlak, Roberta Weil, former assistant principal Dianne Young who was instrumental in guiding the program, and PBS coach Peggy Kirby-Sewell.
The Five Star School Award was created by the Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council and is presented annually to those schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement.
In order to earn Five Star School recognition, a school must show documentation that it has achieved 100 percent of the established criteria in the following categories.
- Business partnerships
- Family Involvement
- Student Community Service
- School Advisory Councils
Schools must also earn a grade of “C” or above, or school improvement rating of “maintaining or improving” for the year of nomination.
This year’s winners include:
1. Allapattah Flats K-8 School
2. Bayshore Elementary School
3. Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie
4. Fairlawn Elementary Magnet School
5. Floresta Elementary School
6. Forest Grove Middle School
7. Frances K. Sweet Elementary School
8. Samuel S. Gaines Academy
9. Lakewood Park Elementary School
10. Lawnwood Elementary School
11. Lincoln Park Academy
12. Mariposa Elementary School
13. Morningside Elementary School
14. Northport K-8 School
15. Oak Hammock K-8 School
16. Palm Pointe Ed. Research School
17. Parkway Elementary School
18. Port St. Lucie High School
19. Rivers Edge Elementary School
20. Savanna Ridge Elementary School
21. Southern Oaks Middle School
22. Southport Middle School
23. St. Lucie West Centennial High School
24. St. Lucie West K-8 School
25. Treasure Coast High School
26. Village Green Env. Studies School
27. West Gate K-8 School
28. Weatherbee Elementary School
29. White City Elementary School
30. Windmill Point Elementary School
Five Star School Awards for 2013-14 were presented to St. Lucie Public Schools at the Board meeting on October 28, 2014. In order for a school to qualify for this prestigious award they must have a grade of “C” or above for the school year; achieve 100% of the criteria in the categories of Business Partners, Family Involvement, Volunteers, Student Community Service and School advisory Councils; and have a portfolio that documents the achievements of each criteria. The awards were given to: Allapattah Flats K-8, Bayshore Elementary, Fairlawn Elementary, Forest Grove Middle, Frances K. Sweet Elementary, Lawnwood Elementary, Lincoln Park Academy, Mariposa Elementary, Morningside Elementary, Northport K-8, Palm Pointe Educational Research School, Parkway Elementary, Savanna Ridge Elementary, Southern oaks Middle, Southport Middle, St. Lucie West Centennial High, St. Lucie West K-8, Treasure Coast High, Village Green Environmental Studies School, Weatherbee Elementary, West Gate K-8, and White City Elementary. Congratulations!
Frances K. Sweet Magnet School was pleased to host Mr. E. Wayne Gent at our School Advisory Council Meeting on February 12, 2019. Parents, teachers, students, staff, and community members received important information regarding the proposed referendum directly from our Superintendent. They had the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.
After the meeting, Mr. Gent visited the music suite and performed a solo piano exhibition that was impressive to students and educators alike! Thank you Mr. Gent for your belief in our students, teachers, and community.
The students in Mrs. Traci Lott’s second grade class had a wonderful time on their field trip to Al’s Family Farms. Students had the opportunity to learn about the citrus industry with a guided tour of the packing house. Students were able to learn about Florida citrus from the time it was planted until the time it was picked and cleaned and then finally packed for delivery or sold to consumers. All the students agree that the best part was the samples of oranges, orange juice, and the delicious orange ice cream.
The Classics, Mockumentary!
Finished First and Advances to State Competition
Team Members: Chyanne Creel, Carmela Bustamante, Chase Wu, Julia Mills, Sienna Mills, Camryn Monroe, and Charles Frazier
Coach: Stacey Johnson
A Stellar Hangout
Team Members: Madeline Chiong, Vanessa Tabana, Arianne Reif, Julian Wright, Anthony Green, Charlotte Sellers, and Julia Hidrowah
Coaches: Celeste Hartsfield and Minnie Spivey
Christopher Gomez at Frances K. Sweet was surprised to find out he won the 2017 Drop Savers Water Conservation Poster Contest for fifth grade. The City of Port St. Lucie Utility Systems, in conjunction with Florida Section American Water Works Association (FSAWWA), held the contest for all St. Lucie County students in order for them to better understand the importance of water conservation.
Grade level county winners now have their posters submitted for the state contest. Christopher was excited they made his poster into a bag, a window cling, a magnet, and his poster will be on display in the city offices.
On February 14, 2018, the JROTC Jaguar Battalion had our annual Service Learning event. At this event our cadets retired unserviceable flags from public buildings and military bases. We had U.S. veterans attend, along with our Jaguar band and Mr. Frazer’s class. The master of ceremony was C/ Major Syanna Graham.