SLW Centennial Student Recognized by PrepVolleyball.com

SLW Centennial Student Recognized by PrepVolleyball.com

PrepVolleyball.com has been working since November attempting to identify the top varsity-playing sophomores (Class of 2020) in the country in 2017.

This recognition is based on outstanding High School Varsity Achievement for the 2017 season.

SLW Centennial Sophomore, Kailey McKnight made it onto the Elite Honorable Mention List.

Kailey McKnight, 5-9 OH, St. Lucie West Centennial (Port St. Lucie, Florida) — First Team All-Area and the team’s Offensive MVP, McKnight recorded a county-leading 358 kills and added 274 digs and 58 aces and passed 298 serves for the Eagles in 2017. “She is a standout when it comes to her offensive and defensive skills,” said coach Carla Nicholson. “She has a passion for the sport and works very hard during and after high school season to become a better player. Her higher level skills are evident as she led the district in almost every category. Kailey is definitely a team player and her teammates love playing with her. With all of her experience at such a high level, Kailey was a huge asset in helping our team reach the Regional Finals and finishing in the top 8 schools in Class 9A in Florida.”

 

 

 

Stop The Bleed Training

Stop The Bleed Training

School Board Chair Dr. Donna Mills was at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center with SLPS educators and Executive Director of Exceptional Student Education and Student Services Bill Tomlinson taking a STOP THE BLEED Training.

The training was all about saving a life by knowing how to stop bleeding of open wounds after an injury. More people in the U.S. die from traumatic open wounds and loss of blood than any other cause of death. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center has a partnership with SLPS to train staff. Each participant received a free STOP THE BLEED kit.

A special thank you to the trainers for this session: Lawnwood’s Director of Trauma Services Doreen Gilligan, Mary Givans and Chinetta Neal. A special thanks to Chinetta Neal for helping Dr. Mills bring this invaluable training to St. Lucie Public schools.

 

 

Arts In Education are “Sweet”

Arts In Education are “Sweet”

At Frances K. Sweet, students and teachers are celebrating “Fine Arts in the School” month. Mr. Ingram’s classroom entrance welcomes students with “The Colors of Music” and each week they will be exploring a new genre of music. In Mrs. Miller’s Visual Arts class, students are exploring different medias and are voting on which piece of art will come out on top in our Sweet Sixteen championship! The students can keep track with graphs generated by their voting and a very large bracket set up on the wall of the main hallway.

The Fine Arts are all about creation and celebration at Frances K. Sweet!

 

Stem Leaders

Stem Leaders

Florida Community Builds Pipeline Of Stem Leaders With Annual Science Competition

LAKELAND, Fla. (March 8, 2018)– Florida Foundation for Future Scientists (FFFS) continues their longstanding commitment to stimulating student, teacher and public interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with the 63rd State Science Engineering Fair of Florida (SSEF) March 27-29 2018 in Lakeland, FL.

More than 900 aspiring engineers, scientists and mathematicians from across Florida will compete in the SSEF STEM Competition. Students have an opportunity to win $1.2 million in awards, prizes, scholarships and internships. The top senior projects will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering (ISEF) STEM Competition in Pittsburgh to represent SSEF. Florida is the single largest state present at the Intel ISEF with 93 finalists winning 23 place awards in 2017 – including 3 Best in Category and one Best in Fair Grand Prize Winner of $50,000.

“We are excited about entering the 63rd STEM competition season. Our goal is to recognize scientific talent in young people. They are making our planet more sustainable and livable. SSEF provides a unique opportunity to motivate students to learn. The students excitement to share their research proves that notion. ” says Nancy Besley, Exec. Dir. Florida Foundation for Future Scientists

The efforts to introduce more students to careers in STEM through SSEF cannot take place without the help of the community. This year, the SSEF STEM Competition is setting its sights on reaching more students and showing more businesses how their monetary donations have a positive impact on the growth of SSEF and the opportunities they provide to Florida students.

About State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida- STEM Competition

The SSEF– STEM Competition is the largest academic competition in the state of Florida and has touched the lives of many students, teachers, and adults since its inception in 1957. SSEF is a three-day display of science research project exhibits prepared by aspiring scientists and engineers in grades six through twelve.  More than 55,000 students are involved at local school and regional levels before being

 

https://ssefflorida.com/florida-community-builds-pipeline-stem-leaders-annual-science-competition/

Congratulations to St. Lucie County’s Participants:

 

 

 

Honoring, Celebrating, and Supporting Athletes

Honoring, Celebrating, and Supporting Athletes

Treasure Coast Sports Commission

Honoring Top Male and Female Scholar Athletes From Area Public and Private High Schools

WHERE: THE SUNRISE THEATRE

DATE: MONDAY APRIL 30, 2018

TIME: DOORS WILL OPEN AT 6PM

EVENT BEGINS AT 7PM

TICKETS: $5.00

AVAILABLE ON LINE AND AT THE DOOR

 

 

 

All-Star Game

All-Star Game

Save the Date

All-Star Softball Game – May 12

SLPS vs SLC Firefighters

3-4 PM Vendor Booths

4 – 5 PM Game

$8.00 Ticket Includes All-Star Game and Mets Game

Proceeds Benefit St. Lucie Public Schools Educators and Students

Buy Tickets online @ www.EFSLC.org

 

A New Look

A New Look

The Port St. Lucie High School (PSLHS) Jaguar Cafeteria is undergoing a facelift.  The school’s mascot is boosting school spirit around campus and what better place to make an impact than in the cafeteria!

A special Jaguar shout out to Child Nutrition Services for supporting this tremendous effort at PSLHS!

 

 

 

Beeping Eggs

Beeping Eggs

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Team partnered with Westside Church and St. Lucie Public Schools to again offer a “beeping” Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, March 29.  The event took place at Westside Church.

The Beeping Easter Egg Hunt was specifically offered for students with a visual impairment and featured special eggs that beep to help locate them.  After the hunt, participants were given special goodie bags of treats to enjoy when they returned home.  The project was made possible through equipment and funds provided by the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI).

Photos provided by SLCSO.

      

Northport Celebrates Women With Speakers Bureau

Northport Celebrates Women With Speakers Bureau

What a marvelous and celebratory morning in the Northport Media Center recently. Students from the 6th and 7th grade Northstar team were privileged to take part in an engaging program honoring the contributions of top-notch women from across so many arenas and avenues of life. Girls from the classes kicked off the program with a Maya Angelou poem and then used the alphabet to lionize many powerful and courageous women from all walks of life and in all areas of history and the present.

Dr. Donna Mills introduced the impressive guest speaker, United States Attorney Carmen Lineberger.  Attorney Lineberger spoke about diversity, courage, setting goals and becoming the best person you can be by challenging yourself. She also spoke about never burning bridges, being respectful, kind, finding a role model and following a roadmap to get the job done. It was a tremendous pleasure to host such an extraordinary woman. Students wrapped up the program with a rousing rendition of Helen Reddy’s incomparable song, “I Am Women” dedicated to Dr. Mills and Attorney Lineberger.

Northport Speaker’s Bureau has been such a moving and high quality roadmap for our students and teachers this year. Many thanks to Dr. Mills and all the high quality guest speakers that have visited Northport during the 2017-18 school year.

Love you and Speakers Bureau!

Northport Students Empowered as Safe Citizens!

Northport Students Empowered as Safe Citizens!

Thanks to community partners The American Security Council Foundation and Step Up America, Northport has posters all over the school with the direct line to the Saint Lucie County Sheriff’s office to report any suspicious activity. Our job is to provide a safe environment for learning. We believe that student empowerment and voice are imperative to support a culture of safety and ❤. We support Step Up America, A Call To Good Citizenship.

St. Lucie County High School Art Show

St. Lucie County High School Art Show

The annual St. Lucie County High School Art Show opening is Friday, April 20th, from 5 to 8pm.  This year’s show takes place in the Galleria of Pierce Harbor building at 100 S. 2nd St. in Ft. Pierce. An awards ceremony will take place at 7:15 after the closing of “Peoples’ Choice” voting.

Students will be judged in 6 categories for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, plus a “Peoples’ Choice” award. There is also a teacher component where teachers can show one piece.

The opening takes place the same night as Art Walk because the exposure to our vibrant art community is invaluable.  The Art Walk artists love to mingle and mentor our students when they get a chance.

The show is on exhibit after opening night, April 21st through Saturday, May 5th, 11am-6pm Monday-Saturday.

 

 

 

Count On Math Night

Count On Math Night

Students from Lakewood Park Elementary enjoyed a creative twist to their math homework as they used the many items at the local Indrio Crossing Winn Dixie to help them solve grade level math problems. Parents and grandparents got in on the fun and drawings for Winn Dixie gift cards. What a great evening of mathematical fun!

Thankful Shout Out!

Thankful Shout Out!

Students and staff members from Lakewood Park Elementary participated in an engaging week of Spring Break Camp that was housed at C. A. Moore Elementary. Students had fun as they “pumped up” their core academics. The Falcons send a special shout out to the Explorers for their willingness to share their campus with us.

Save the Water Contest Winners Announced

Save the Water Contest Winners Announced

Below are the winners of the 2018 Drop Savers Water Conservation Poster Contest. Students demonstrated amazing talent and challenged the judges to select from a wide array of creative entries.

 

Each student was presented with a prize for being selected as a local contest winner.

Five of the student entries (noted with an asterisk) have been submitted to the state competition.  Locally, student winners are recognized in each participating grade, but the state recognizes winners in the following divisions: kindergarten/1st grade; 2nd/3rd grade; 4th/5th grade; middle school; high school. State winners will be announced in April and all participants will receive a prize from the state.
1st Grade: Annabella Nieves-Traina
Savanna Ridge Elementary School
Mrs. Lamora
*State Division 1
2nd Grade: Jemneishah Septembre
Village Green Environmental Studies School
Mrs. Scimeca
3rd Grade: Juan Martinez
Bayshore Elementary School
Mrs. Goess
*State Division 2
4th Grade: Vanessa Tabana
Frances K. Sweet Elementary School
Mrs. Johnson
*State Division 3
5th Grade: Payton Norkus
Manatee Academy
Ms. Doyle
6th Grade: Maria Vicente
Dan McCarty Middle School
Mr. Hillabrandt
*State Division 4
9th Grade: Eliza Atandi
Lincoln Park Academy
Mrs. Steffens-Smith
10th Grade: Sara Fitzsimmons
Lincoln Park Academy
Mrs. Rao
11th Grade: Siobhan Whaley
Lincoln Park Academy
Mrs. Steffens-Smith
*State Division 5
Navigator Transition Award

Navigator Transition Award

For the last two years, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) have worked collaboratively to create a community work experience for students with disabilities.  Martha Taylor, Job Coach for ESE, and Mr. Douglas Baber, Human Resources Manager for St. Lucie County Board of Commissioners, along with the support of Mr. Howard Tipton and Ms. Frannie Hutchinson paved the way for the “Coffee Perks” program.

Participation in this program has provided valuable experiences for students that has allowed them to transfer the skills they have been taught in the classroom to a real world opportunity, thus expanding their learning.   The “Coffee Perks” program operates weekly at the BOCC Office on Virginia Avenue and is managed completely by students with the supervision of Martha Taylor and staff.

SLPS is fortunate to have the wonderful opportunity for students to gain real-world experiences in the natural setting and to gain the essential skills necessary to eventually obtain gainful competitive employment.

*This team was recognized for their outstanding efforts at the March School Board Meeting.  They were presented with a Navigator Transition Award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Test Drive Today Will Help Students Tomorrow

A Test Drive Today Will Help Students Tomorrow

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – On Saturday April 21, test drive a new Buick and help Port St. Lucie High School (PSLHS) located at 1201 SE Jaguar Lane in Port St. Lucie receive up to $10,000. Garber Buick GMC in Ft. Pierce will have new Buick vehicles at the school for this Test Drive Event from 8:00am-3:00pm. For each 2-3 minute Test Drive, Buick will donate $10.00.  When the event exceeds 100 test drives, Buick will double the donation to $20.00.  The goal is to reach the maximum donation of $10,000 for the day!

 

Participants will sign-in on the east side of PSLHS’s campus where they will have easy access to the test drive range.  Drivers must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.  There is a limit of two donations per household.

 

Principal Adrian Ocampo is eager to host the drive event.  “Having the support of Garber Buick GMC to help our school raise funds for extracurricular activities and competitions is fantastic. Our students are very involved and active in productions, competitions, and events that take place far beyond the regular school day. Fundraisers with strong educational partners like Garber help us supplement the budgetary shortfalls so our students can showcase their talents at high level competitions and festivals.”

 

Garber Buick GMC is a Full Service GM dealership at 5255 U. S Highway One in Ft. Pierce.  The property features a new car showroom, state of the art service department, new business offices, parts department and a Quick Lane Oil Change.  They have room to display hundreds of new Buicks, GMCs and GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.  Garber Buick GMC also has a large Collision Center that is supported by all Insurance Companies.  Consumers have rated Garber Buick GMC #1 in Customer Service on the Treasure Coast.  The Garber family has been in the automobile business for over 100 years beginning with Garber Buick in Saginaw Michigan established in 1907.  Garber Automotive Group has 15 dealerships representing 14 manufacturers.    The company is known for their civic leadership in the communities where they do business.  To that end, Garber Buick GMC has a Community Room free to use for group meetings and non-profit organizations.  The Community Room can accommodate up to 40 people with tables, chairs and a 60” TV for presentations.   Garber Buick GMC’s website is www.garberbuickgmc.com.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

Billion Step Challenge

Billion Step Challenge

St. Lucie Public Schools is already making great strides with the Billion Steps Walking Challenge, an exciting new component of our employee wellness program. Everyone is invited to join in this challenge. It is a great way to begin a personal commitment to exercise, and it should prove to be a lot of fun as well!

The Billion Steps Walking Challenge is a chance to join your family, friends, and co-workers to develop healthy habits that will extend your life. For example, every minute of walking increases your lifespan by three minutes.

St. Lucie Public Schools is making a commitment to wellness and to having a healthy employees and students.

Calling all walkers!

This is your mission, should you chose to accept it!

If you would like to start your own team:

  1. Go to https://healthystlucie.walkertracker.com
  2. Click on “Register Now!”
  3. When it asks you to join a team, click “Need to Create One Instead”
  4. Create a team name and finish registering

(Once you’ve finished the signup process, you will find your team under the “Teams” tab in the navigation bar.  In your teams’ settings panel, you can then invite walkers to join).

If you would like to start your own team:

  1. Go to https://healthystlucie.walkertracker.com
  2. Click on “Register Now!”
  3. When it asks you to join a team, click “Need to Create One Instead”
  4. Create a team name and finish registering
9th Annual Family Reading Festival In Partnership With Safety Fest!

9th Annual Family Reading Festival In Partnership With Safety Fest!

The St. Lucie County Reading Council invites ALL of our Treasure Coast families out for a FUN day of Safety Demonstrations and Literacy Fun and Prizes! We are again partnering with the Safety Fest, making it an extremely exciting day for all!

The Reading Council is currently seeking volunteers with a LOVE for all things literacy!

Look for the flyer at school, or check our FB page for more information! Need a flyer? Want to volunteer?  Email: ilyse.brainin@stlucieschools.org

8th Grade MOA FGMS

8th Grade MOA FGMS

8th grade MOA students planted slash pine seedlings for the Moore’s Creek, Wesley Island restoration project. They will continue taking care of them until they are large enough to transplant where they are needed! What a great way to support our local waterways and learn proper growth care of plants! Way to go Bulldogs!!