First graders enjoy Spring in Paris dance at Palm Pointe

First graders enjoy Spring in Paris dance at Palm Pointe

First grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition enjoyed a PBS (Positive Behavior Support) dance recently. The theme was Spring in Paris and the students dressed in their finest attire. Students earned rocket fuel for their positive behavior and turned them in to their teachers to be able to attend the dance. All the classes enjoyed the event as well as the teachers. Pictured is first grader A’Marion Hall in the center surrounded by his classmates.

First Graders Learn Sink or Float at Mariposa Elementary

First Graders Learn Sink or Float at Mariposa Elementary

Beth Forbes’ First graders conducted an experiment in science. They predicted items would either float or sink in a tub of water. Each student had an opportunity to gently drop something into the tub. Most of their predictions were correct…however, they had two surprises: a tiny paper clip plummeted to the bottom, and a pencil floated on top of the water! It was fun…learning…a good day in first grade. Pictured from left to right in the first row are Jakoby Riley, Sofia Delgado Ortiz, and Karli Rubin. Pictured in the Second Row is Thomas Rivera, Symora Dowe, Leana Nguyen, and Kadence Haddon. Pictured in the third row is Dominic Delancy, Boden Bishop, Luke LaCombe, Taylor Wildes, Brandon Reyna, and Paige Huhn.

First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month Theme and Student Contests

First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month Theme and Student Contests

Student essay contest winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation

First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the theme and student contests for 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month. This year’s theme will be “Celebrating Public Service” to recognize and pay tribute to Hispanic leaders who play prominent roles in public service throughout Florida.

“Governor DeSantis and I are excited to join Floridians across the state in honoring some of our greatest Hispanic leaders and public servants,” said First Lady DeSantis. “Florida is particularly rich in Hispanic history and culture. In celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, we welcome the opportunity to celebrate the great accomplishments of our Hispanic neighbors and Americans of Hispanic descent for their noteworthy contributions to the Sunshine State.”

First Lady DeSantis invited students to participate in academic and creative contests based on this year’s theme. Students in grades K-3 are invited to participate in an art contest while students in grades 4-12 are invited to participate in an essay contest. Additionally, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators of all student grades for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award.

About the Student Art Contest 
First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Hispanic Heritage Month Art Contest is open to all K-3 students in Florida. Each student will submit original, two-dimensional artwork based on this year’s theme. Two winners will be selected.

About the Student Essay Contest
First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest is open to all 4-12 students in Florida. Each student will submit one essay no longer than 500 words based on this year’s theme. Three winners will be selected: one elementary school student (grades 4-5), one middle school student (grades 6-8) and one high school student (grades 9-12). Each winner will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

About the Excellence in Education Award 
First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award Contest is open to all full-time educators in an elementary, middle, or high school in Florida. Three winners will be selected: one elementary school teacher (grades K-5), one middle school teacher (grades 6-8) and one high school teacher (grades 9-12). Nominations may be submitted by a principal, teacher, parent/guardian or student.

Contest Entries and Nominating Forms and Guidelines 
Student contest forms and educator nomination forms must be mailed to Volunteer Florida or submitted online at www.FloridaHispanicHeritage.com.

Volunteer Florida
Hispanic Heritage Month Committee
1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 250
Tallahassee, Florida 32308

All entries must be received by 5 pm (ET) on Friday, September 13, 2019.

First math bowl for grades three to five a big success!

First math bowl for grades three to five a big success!

St. Lucie Schools held its first Math Bowl for students in grades three through five recently at Fort Pierce Central High School. Students from C. A. Moore Elementary, Weatherbee Elementary, Northport K8, Samuel S. Gaines Academy K8, and Dan McCarty School participated in this inaugural yet successful event. Several parents, teachers, math coaches, and principals also attended to join in the fun. Students competed at their schools to create the teams to compete in the math bowl. Coordinators included host Gina Renna, and math coaches Teresa Longar, Josie Bailey, Tari Sexton, Cecilia Martin, Victoria Pease and Robert Suggs helped coordinate the event. Victoria Pease, Elizabeth Pruitt and Tari Sexton also served as judges. Congratulations to the Weatherbee Elementary team for first place in third grade, Samuel S. Gaines Academy team for first place for fourth grade, and the Weatherbee Elementary team for first place in fifth grade. Pictured, from left, are Sara Robbins, Aaron Reed, Rolando Castro and Marissa Garcia on Weatherbee Elementary’s first place fifth grade team.

 

First Move Chess Program at Mariposa Elementary

First Move Chess Program at Mariposa Elementary

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.

First Pitch

First Pitch

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)

Emily Utts
Samantha Piscopo
Sabrina Faniel
Dorothy Hall
Makeda-Ione Brome
Andrea Popwell
First Responder Appreciation Week

First Responder Appreciation Week

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!

 


First Saturdays with Scientists rewarding for students

First Saturdays with Scientists rewarding for students

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.

First United Methodist Church Supports Northport Teachers!

First United Methodist Church Supports Northport Teachers!

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.

 

First Vote Week

First Vote Week

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.

FIT Field Trip

FIT Field Trip

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.

Five Centennial High students complete finance course with perfect scores

Five Centennial High students complete finance course with perfect scores

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

 

Five F.K. Sweet Students Win the Law Poster Contest

Five F.K. Sweet Students Win the Law Poster Contest

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.

Five Manatee Academy students participated in the All County Elementary Chorus

Five Manatee Academy students participated in the All County Elementary Chorus

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.

http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/MediaServicesVideos/ACC_2012_WEB.wmv

Five Mariposa Elementary students to participate in all county chorus

Five Mariposa Elementary students to participate in all county chorus

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 schools recognized as model schools

Five schools recognized as model schools

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.

Five Star School Award

Five Star School Award

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
  • Volunteerism
  • 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