St Lucie Culinary Arts instructors participated in the St Lucie West Kitchen Krawl hosted by Texas Roadhouse! Sarah Kirk, Store Marketer and Tanner Hedberg, Assistant Kitchen Manager welcomed the culinary instructors with open arms. The Krawl focuses on partnerships to enhance job opportunities and enrich culinary classrooms with relevant industry needs. Tanner hosted a detailed kitchen tour explaining “soup to nuts” and highlighting the entry-level kitchen positions. The visit highlight was talking with Gary Gerena, a 2019 Culinary Program graduate, from Fort Pierce Central High working at Texas Roadhouse! We are very proud of Gary and our culinary students. The Texas Roadhouse hospitality wrapped up with a delicious Texas Barbecue lunch. Big thanks to our partners at Texas Roadhouse Sarah Kirk, Rick Kirk and Tanner Hedberg! Special thanks to Jen Tremblay, Culinary Instructor at St Lucie West K8 who coordinated the Krawl for the teachers.
Mariposa Elementary’s reading night at Barnes and Noble was a huge success. There were stories, cookies, and surprises. Catarina Rodriguez is reading a book before Storytime. Jeremiah Grant and Logan Elliott are listening to Principal R. Craig Logue read We don’t eat our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins. Mariposa will have its next Barnes and Noble reading night Tuesday, December 17. Please plan to come for the fun!
On 10/11/19 the Port St. Lucie Jaguars faced off against the Okeechobee Bulls. The Port St. Lucie Jaguar Battalion accomplished many tasks to see that the game went smoothly.
Honor Guard: Cadet First Lieutenant Lila Meade
Directing Traffic: Cadet Command Sargent Major Lawrence Moleon- Mathews,Cadet Major Alexis Morris, Cadet Sergeant First Class Alexis Wilson
Presentation of Colors: Cadet First Sergeant Isaiah Hilton
Saber Guard: Cadet Sergeant Major Lawrence Moleon- Matthews, Cadet First Lieutenant Mayoliv Hernandez, Cadet First Sergeant Isaiah Hylton, Cadet Sergeant First Class Alexis Wilson, Cadet Major Alexis Morris, and Cadet Second Lieutenant Noah Cook
Battalion Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Simmons
Homecoming Court: Emmalyne Lewiston
Produced by Cadet Major Alexis Morris and Cadet Sergeant Seaira Swain.
What an amazing day at Northport! The school community came together with a unified message against bullying. Parent and PTO president, Kendra Hansard, joined students for the Pledge of Allegiance and PTO vice president, Kristy Ellison, led the students in the Kids at Hope Pledge with a nod to a culture of kindness and antibullying on campus.
Students across the campus made posters and banners to promote bullying awareness and voiced a powerful message of care, concern and kindness. Students, teachers and staff wore orange to promote unity and togetherness. Many thanks to the teachers who assisted in making posters and banners. We need all hands on deck for this annual unifying event. Many thanks to our parents who participated and a special SHOUT OUT to our resource/elective teachers who marched around the school with the students for the annual walk. Thanks to Kim Kanada Graff, Rachel Savela, Stephanie Ramirez, Christine Ilgenfritz, Ricardo Renelus, Kim Fields, Daryn Ploeckelman and Michael Morales. Without these special teachers, Unity Day could not happen! We don’t accept bullying on Northport campus and we always look forward to this unifying event.
Northport Northstar students hosted Port St. Lucie Mayor, Greg Oravec and Major Chris Cicio, Director of Detention for the Sheriff’s Department, in the media center recently. Both men initiated conversations with students about how they handle stress.
In order for young people to achieve their potential, we need to recognize that social and emotional learning is a critical element in the educational process. Both men gave their own career experiences with stress and provided students with real life experiences on how they each handle the stress reaction.
Mayor Oravec spoke about recognizing emotional states, and how he copes such as working out, fishing, surfing and staying off social media. He spoke about recognizing and handling stress before the stress turns into more than what can be handled alone.
Major Cicio spoke about the stress response and how to stop the feelings of stress before it becomes dangerous. He spoke about recognizing the “here and now, what’s right in front of you and dealing with each step and not trying to attack and sweat over the big picture life problems.” Major Cicio gave students tips about breathing techniques that officers use when in stressful situations, better communications skills, and never to respond out of anger. Both men spoke about finding “passion and life purpose.” Both spoke about investing their time in other people.
When students learn critical social and emotional skills not only from their parents and teachers, but also community members, they learn to embrace the value of service and can better learn. They become better citizens and that makes stronger communities. We are definitely on the right track at Northport.
Lincoln Park Academy students, teachers, and staff participated with millions of people across the country in Unity Day on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, to take a stand against bullying. By wearing orange, Lincoln Park Academy showed that we believe that no student should be subjected to bullying.
Students from Port St. Lucie High School and St. Lucie West Centennial High School were joined by their principals and District Student Services Personnel to read a resolution proclaiming the month of October as “Disability Employment Awareness Month” in St. Lucie County. The proclamation was read at the October Board of County Commissioners Meeting.
Treasure Coast High School AFJROTC, cadets from Unit FL-2008, in collaboration with Angel Robertson, the Outreach Coordinator for Congressman Brian Mast, took time out of their class to write letters dedicated to individual troops stationed overseas. The Christmas letters will arrive in time to deployed troops to wish them Happy Holidays! Hopefully these letters will make them feel less distant from home, and let them know that the cadets of Treasure Coast High School AFJROTC wish them all the best in the upcoming holiday season.
Lawnwood’s SRO Azeredo and the St. Lucie Sheriff’s Department donated uniforms to the students of Lawnwood Elementary. Thank you for this great donation!
During the first weekend of October, Lincoln Park Academy produced the musical James and the Giant Peach! This production was a resounding success, attracting audience members of all ages. This fun filled production is full of magic, family and songs that make you want to sing along. The students involved performed with such heart and energy. It was a beautiful way to spend an evening. The following Monday, October 7th, over 700 students from across St. Lucie County came to the Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium to enjoy this show. The young students brought so much life and joy and it was a lovely time had by all.
St. Lucie Public Schools engaged the entire family in learning at the KidMania event on Sunday, October 20th. Families learned how to help their child improve their reading through a variety of activities.
Kindergarten parents learned about the kindergarten standards, classroom procedures, and at-home reading strategies.
Forest Grove Middle School students and staff recently raised $800 for Bahamas Relief. Furthermore, the students donated over 550 items to be transported to the Bahamas via Missionary Flights International. Pictured here accepting the check are Ray Oostdyk, Kay Hall, Emma Espinal and Principal Dr. Arthur Jamison. The schoolwide fundraiser was organized by seventh grader Emma Espinal. Supporting the effort were her classmates, Sarah Galvin, Lorilai Coto and Lilly Keim. The team distributed flyers and collection boxes to all the school’s homeroom classes. The homeroom that brought in the greatest number of items was Mrs. Hall’s class with 22 students donating 129 items. Second place went to Ms. Nicole Collins’ homeroom, which donated 77 items. Some students also wrote heartfelt letters to the Dorian survivors. One of them stated, “I, along with others in my school, donated money to help you rebuild. We can only imagine what you’re going through, and we were so close to experiencing it, too. May God bless you.”
TCHS AFJROTC spent a recent afternoon removing the stars from properly and ceremoniously retired American Flags. Blue Star Moms are mothers of US Service members who undertake this annual project to support and encourage service members, especially those overseas. The stars are packaged with a note of support and sent to military members to provide them a token that they can carry in their pocket to remind them that US Citizens at home support them and are thinking about them.
Students in the Aerospace Technologies Academy at Fort Pierce Central High School gained knowledge from experts in the Aerospace career pathways. Speakers included Paul Cejas, Deputy Chief Engineer for Autonomous Systems from Boeing; and representing Aeronyde was Alexander “Sasha” Biloos, Chief Technology Officer.
Community members attended PBPA’s first Community Connection Luncheon on Oct. 8th. Students were able to hear success stories and interact with different community members. They were also able to learn about some interests that our community members have and how those interests helped them experience success in their careers.
Students from Mr. Rios’ Criminal Justice classes participated in a mock crime scene investigation. The demonstration was set up by the Port St. Lucie Police Department’s Crime Scene Investigation Team. Students observed the process from securing the scene to the physical collection of evidence. This mock investigation provided hands-on opportunities for all of the students.
On Saturday October 5, 2019, the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion hosted a practice Raider meet. This meet is a warm-up for the upcoming Raider season. The teams got the chance to work together efficiently and effectively while also seeing how well each teammate performed under pressure. The competition consisted of different physical and mental challenges. Teams all started with the relay race and moved on to other sections of the competition such as a rope bridge, tire flip, cross country rescue, and a team obstacle course. Although it was just a practice meet, every team worked their hardest to perform their best. Port St. Lucie High School will also host two other regional level events on October 26 and November 9. Please come out and support the Jaguar Battalion. This article and photography were produced by Cadet Sergeant Seaira Swain and Cadet Major Alexis Morris.
PSLHS’s Battalion Honor Guard Sergeant Major Locklar was recently promoted to an Eagle Scout with his Boy Scout Troop 499. Becoming an Eagle Scout is a major accomplishment that is recognized by the military. Joseph can enter any branch of the military he desires as an Private First Class, which is two ranks higher then everyone else. He is actively involved with JROTC, Scouts of America, and his local church/ youth group. His ceremony will be held this November. During his time in the program he went on many camping trips and completed many requirements on his pathway to becoming an Eagle Scout.