Northport and BBBS Partner to Celebrate Dr. Seuss!

Northport and BBBS Partner to Celebrate Dr. Seuss!

Today is the day!

Northport and BBBS partnered to make this year the best Dr. Seuss birthday party ever! Thanks to all of our guests who too visited Northport to read and enjoy time with the children. Thank you to Tiffany Tredor and her fifth grade students who served as ambassadors. They made sure every guest was securely in place. Northport extends a delightful thank you to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Hoops for Life Celebrity Charity Basketball Game is Coming to Southport Middle School

Hoops for Life Celebrity Charity Basketball Game is Coming to Southport Middle School

 

An all-star lineup promises to score big for the Southport Middle School (SPMS) National Junior Honor Society’s (NJHS) cancer awareness fundraising efforts. Impressed with the students’ efforts to fundraise, Southport’s lead basketball coach Kerry Parks pledged to help support NJHS’s efforts by donating additional proceeds from the Annual Hoops for Life Celebrity Charity Basketball Game scheduled for March 31, 2018 at SPMS.

According to his wife, Dean Yolanda Parks, “Coach has been working day and night to bring together an All-Star basketball game between Team Gridiron and Team TKO that includes former St. Lucie County football players Yamon Figurs, Albert Wilson, and Jamar Chaney.” Yamon Figurs graduated from Westwood and played in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens. Albert Wilson graduated from PSLH and currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Jamar Chaney, current coach at Centennial High School, played for the Philadelphia Eagles. Other players on Team Gridiron include Damien Berry and Khalil Mach, who has donated signed pictures and basketball shoes that will be included in a charity benefit.

Athletes for Team TKO include James Mcgirt Jr., son of all-time great Buddy Mcgirt, Roy Jones Jr., and Orlando Rivera. James Mcgirt Jr. is one of the top middleweight boxers in the world. Roy Jones Jr. was pound for pound the best fighter in the world at one time and has won world titles from super welterweight to heavy weight, and Orlando “The Warrior” Rivera, is a 5X kickboxing champion and a top 10 boxer in the world.

There will be a special half-time performance by Kayylove & Schooly who will sing for guests during this spectacular event for cancer awareness. Allapattah Flats School Counselor Sheri Reichard and her family have been invited as special guests. All donations will continue to help raise cancer awareness as well as social awareness to spread love in our school and community.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at BIGWILLFIGHTFORLIFE.EVENTBRITE.COM for $10. Doors open at 12 pm. Tip-off is at 1 pm for the SPMS All Star Basketball Game. Immediately following the All Star Game, there will be a 2-Ball, Celebrity 3-point Contest and then the 5-on-5 Celebrity Basketball Game.

 

 

 

 

Mariposa Elementary’s PreKindergarten Explores the Importance of Paper

Mariposa Elementary’s PreKindergarten Explores the Importance of Paper

In Mrs. C. Bonilla’s PreKindergarten class at Mariposa Elementary, the students discussed many different kinds of paper. This included where paper comes from and what different things we can create with it. The students practiced writing, drawing, cutting, and gluing the paper.

Madison Barr wrote, ” Paper comes from trees.” She drew trees to illustrate her sentence. She practiced copying, starting with a capital letter, and left appropriate spaces between the words.

Jackson Anderson is standing in a circle with his classmates holding the paper chains they created. He said the paper chain looked like a friendship chain. The students enjoyed learning about paper and the uses of it that day.

2018 Freshman Open House

2018 Freshman Open House

On March 1, 2018, the Jaguar Battalion participated in the Freshman Open House at Port St. Lucie High School. The Battalion hosted a color guard composed of four cadets: c/1SG Kalinowski, c/CPT Harris, c/MAJ May, and c/CPL Garcia. Furthermore, the Battalion was able to recruit a multitude of promising new cadets for next school year.

Northport History Fair Students Return as Champs!

Northport History Fair Students Return as Champs!

On behalf of Northport K8, We would like to congratulate the following students for their placement at the St. Lucie County History Fair competition.
Jennifer Lugo-Rodriguez and Chastine Maharaj received 3rd place for Junior Group website.
Rebebak Papsidero and Lily Swantic received 2nd place for Junior Group Exhibit.
Arthur Sanders received 1st place for Junior Individual Documentary and was awarded a new laptop from Walmart Distribution Center for having an outstanding entry in the technology category.

Rebekah, Lily, and Arthur will advance to the National History Day competition that will be held at Florida State University in May. Lily Swantic was absent for the picture.

This is an amazing feat and we are proud to make this announcement! Good Job Students!

Northport Elementary Students Support 8th Grade FSA Writing!

Northport Elementary Students Support 8th Grade FSA Writing!

Northport elementary students made cards, banners and posters to encourage eighth grade students as they take their FSA Writing tests. Students also offered lollipops, mints and treats. Northport students are uncommonly caring and loving. We are thankful that our administration and staff are so supportive and encourage a “family” atmosphere.

17 Acts of Kindness

17 Acts of Kindness

The students at Southport Middle School are being challenged to participate in 17 Acts of Kindness in remembrance of the 17 lives lost in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting. Ms. Morgan Kellogg, Southport Teacher of the Year and Student Council Advisor, explained on the morning news show that if 800 Southport students were to complete just one act of kindness for each life lost, that would be 800 acts of kindness to remember each of the individuals from Marjory Stoneman Douglas. She described to students how a true act of kindness requires a sacrifice on the part of the doer and how one kind act could truly be contagious.

It’s about completing an act for someone else to bring happiness to his/her life without getting something in return. It’s about being aware of when a person around you needs an act of kindness. It’s about empathy and compassion for others. It is not about personal gain or recognition.

Parents are encouraged to remind their child to participate in the 17 Acts of Kindness movement and to help them to reflect on the person they are becoming. We all believe in different ways to prevent tragedy, but at the end of the day there should be no debate about the importance of kindness to each other especially in school.

Northport Rising Stars Present Wax Museum!

Northport Rising Stars Present Wax Museum!

What a delightful morning in the Northport gymnasium! Northport Rising Stars gifted and enriched teachers and students researched very important people and then portrayed an authentic Wax Museum for parents, families and classes to enjoy. Janine Wiecks, Kate Ploeckelman, Lorena Wilson and Tiffany Tredor presented their students with a wonderful and engaging lesson that brought history to life for so many guests. Students were winsome in their authentic costumes and everyone actually felt like they were in a real wax museum. The collaboration that the teachers and students displayed was fascinating and guests understood that high caliber work was the order of the day! YAY! Many thanks to all parents who attended this beautiful event at Northport.

FSA Parent Night at White City Elementary

FSA Parent Night at White City Elementary

The students and parents of White City Elementary participated in FSA Parent Night.  Grades 3-5 families worked cooperatively to learn about FSA questions, writing rubric, and how iReady and SLC Unit Assessments are used to monitor students’ progress.  It was an informative parent event.

 

Students Provided Another Way to Say Something When They See Something

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – As part of our continued partnership with Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers on crime prevention and crime detection, St. Lucie Public Schools, Crime Stoppers, and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office have partnered to heighten awareness among students and staff about the Crime Stoppers program as yet another way of supporting safe campuses and responsible citizenship.  In keeping with the mantra of See Something, Say Something, all high school principals were presented with two Crime Stopper banners at the onset of this month’s School Board meeting. The banners will hang prominently on their campuses to support messages about the Crime Stoppers program shared with students.

 

Chief Brian Reuther, a 40-year decorated law enforcement veteran leading the St. Lucie Public Schools security division said, “We want to provide every opportunity for students, staff, parents, and community members to report information that may be of concern or seem suspicious. Crime Stoppers is yet another channel of communication for people to communicate with law enforcement so we can do our job to protect the citizens of this community on campus and off campus.”

 

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About Crime Stoppers USA

Local Crime Stoppers programs are non-profit organizations led by citizens against crime. Some Crime Stoppers programs offer cash rewards of up to $1000 to persons providing anonymous information that leads to the felony arrest of criminals and fugitives. Information is received through anonymous Crime Stoppers tips that are received through a secure tips line or through a secure web connection manned by a professional program coordinator. Each caller is assigned a code number for the purpose of ensuring anonymity.

 

Crime Stoppers is based on the principal that someone other than the criminal has information that can solve a crime and was created to combat the three major problems faced by law enforcement in generating that information:

  • Fear of REPRISAL
  • An attitude of APATHY
  • Reluctance to get INVOLVED

Crime Stoppers resolves these problems by:

  • Offering ANONYMITY to people who provide information about crimes.
  • Paying REWARDS when the information supplied leads to arrest.

 

 

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 91.0 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.

 

Crime Stoppers – See Something Say Something

Crime Stoppers – See Something Say Something

As part of our continued partnership with Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers on crime prevention/crime detection, St. Lucie Public Schools, Crime Stoppers, and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office have partnered to heighten awareness among students and staff about the Crime Stoppers program as yet another way of supporting safe campuses and responsible citizenship.  In keeping with the mantra of See Something, Say Something, all high school principals were presented with two Crime Stopper banners that will hang prominently on their campuses.

Chief Brian Reuther, a 40-year decorated law enforcement veteran leading the St. Lucie Public Schools security division said, “We want to provide every opportunity for students, staff, parents, and community members to report information that may be of concern or seem suspicious. Crime Stoppers is yet another channel of communication for people to communicate with law enforcement so we can do our job to protect the citizens of this community on campus and off campus.”

About Crime Stoppers USA

Local Crime Stoppers programs are non-profit organizations led by citizens against crime. Some Crime Stoppers programs offer cash rewards of up to $1000 to persons providing anonymous information that leads to the felony arrest of criminals and fugitives. Information is received through anonymous Crime Stoppers tips that are received through a secure tips line or through a secure web connection manned by a professional program coordinator. Each caller is assigned a code number for the purpose of ensuring anonymity.

Crime Stoppers is based on the principal that someone other than the criminal has information that can solve a crime and was created to combat the three major problems faced by law enforcement in generating that information:

  • Fear of REPRISAL
  • An attitude of APATHY
  • Reluctance to get INVOLVED

Crime Stoppers resolves these problems by:

  • Offering ANONYMITY to people who provide information about crimes.
  • Paying REWARDS when the information supplied leads to arrest.
Let Your Voice Be Heard

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Citizens have an ever-present opportunity to make their voices heard through appointed and elected representatives. As students, parents, staff and community members convene with solution-oriented mindsets about school safety, consider sharing thoughts with local, state, and federal representatives. Contact information is provided in the link below:

http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/seasonal/Representatives-Contact-Information.pdf

 

Dine to Donate

Dine to Donate

Join with others in supporting the Education Foundation, St. Lucie County on February 28th from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Recovery Sports Grill.  Present one of the vouchers below to your server prior to ordering, and you will not only enjoy a great meal, but you will also help the Education Foundation receive 20% of the proceeds — that’s an additional 5% more than the voucher says. We want to thank the Recovery Sports Grill for increasing their contribution to public education!

Please joins us, and share vouchers with your friends!

 

High Schools Recognized for Excellence

High Schools Recognized for Excellence

During February’s School Board Meeting, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent provided an overview of the school district’s graduation rates and commended each of the area’s high schools for their gains.

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 91.0 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools.

LPA Grad Rate 99.6%

TCHS Grad Rate 97.3%

FPCHS Grad Rate 95.5%

SLWCHS 93.2%

PSLHS 89.8%

FPWHS 89.8%

MDA – 87.4%

 

DCC – District Grad Rate 90.1%

PBPA –  District Grad Rate 90.1%

Gold and Silver School Awards

Gold and Silver School Awards

Martha Underwood, Volunteer Coordinator for St. Lucie Public Schools, presented the Golden and Silver School Awards to area schools in February.  The awards are based upon volunteerism and the number of schools receiving recognition  continues to grow each year.

 

The Golden School Award (Elementary or Secondary Schools)

  • A minimum of 80% of the school staff participate in training related to school volunteerism
  • Designated school–based Volunteer Coordinator
  • Total number volunteer service hours equals twice the number of students enrolled in the school

The Silver School Award (Secondary Schools)

  • Designated school-based Volunteer Coordinator
  • Student volunteers and faculty must both receive orientation and training
  • The composite student volunteer hours must equal at least one half the total number of students

 

Gold Star Schools

Allapattah Flats K-8 School

Bayshore Elementary School

Chester A. Moore Elementary School

Fairlawn Elementary School

Floresta Elementary School

Forest Grove Middle School

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School

Ft. Pierce Central High School

Ft. Pierce Westwood High School

Lakewood Park Elementary

Lawnwood Park Elementary

Lincoln Park Academy

Mariposa Elementary School

Morningside Elementary School

Northport K-8 School

Oak Hammock K-8 School

Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition

Parkway Elementary School

Port St. Lucie High School

Rivers Edge Elementary School

Samuel S. Gaines Academy

Savannah Ridge Elementary

Southern Oaks Middle School

Southport Middle School

St. Lucie Elementary School

St. Lucie West Centennial High School

St. Lucie West K-8 School

Treasure Coast High School

Village Green Env. Studies School

Weatherbee Elementary School

West Gate K-8 School

Windmill Point Elementary

 

Silver Star Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allapattah Flats K-8 School

Ft. Pierce Central High School

Ft. Pierce Westwood High School

Forest Grove Middle School

Lincoln Park Academy

Northport K-8 School

Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition

Port St. Lucie High School

St. Lucie West Centennial High School

St. Lucie West K-8 School

Southern Oaks Middle School

Southport Middle School

Treasure Coast High School

West Gate K-8 School

 

An Investment In Education

An Investment In Education

President of the Education Foundation, St. Lucie County Thom Jones presented a check to the St. Lucie School Board for $72,000.  This check represents the generous grant awards provided by the Foundation’s Board of Director’s for educational programs in St. Lucie Public Schools.

The St. Lucie County Education Foundation advances K-12 public education in St. Lucie County by increasing the capacity and resources of the district in partnership with key stakeholders.
  • Our local Education Foundation serves as the conduit for private sector investment and community involvement in our public schools.
  • The SLC Education Foundation serves as the primary link between local education and regional, statewide and national donors.
  • The SLC Education Foundation leverages these relationships for the benefit of local education, creating partnerships with businesses and organizations that impact students in the classroom and strengthen cooperation between the private sector and our public schools.

 

Northport Black History Program 2018

Northport Black History Program 2018

It is with pleasure that we thank our esteemed guests who visited Northport for our annual Black History program.  The program began with Principal Glenn Rustay having a heart-to-heart talk with our middle grades students about kindness and the feeling of being a family.  He also spoke about safety in light of recent events in Parkland.  Students joyously listened to music performed by Marissia Wallace and viewed the Northport cheerleaders perform.  A very special thank you to Fort Pierce Central JROTC for leading us in the colors to honor our country and our veterans.  The entire group participated in a Moment of Silence for the tragedy that befell our school family at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Dr. Donna Mills, SLPS Board Chairman, spoke with the students eloquently about being able to accomplish anything if you set a goal and follow through with your heart and mind.  Dr. Mills is a wonderful partner in our students’ education by championing the Speakers Bureau.  We are so grateful to her for bringing us this educational platform.
Northport’s special guest for Speakers Bureau and Black History combined was Attorney Donald Watson from the law firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson and Gary P.L.L.C.  Attorney Watson spoke about not being “defined by your failures, but overcoming them to become successful.”  Attorney Watson spoke passionately about his joy of reading and about his long and winding road to his law career.  Attorney Watson and Dr. Mills were presented plaques and fruit baskets from the school.
Many thanks to Diane Crumpton and Deborah Allen for organizing the Northport Black History Program and to DeLacy Bembry for leading the program.  The program was very inspirational.