SLE Lynx Leaders: PBS for Great Character Traits

SLE Lynx Leaders: PBS for Great Character Traits

On January 22, 2015 students that were selected as Lynx Leader (student of the month)  at St. Lucie Elementary were honored at a special ceremony. They were awarded student of the month for showing the character trait of HONESTY in class and on campus.  Here, 5th grade student, Javier Carrera, shows off his Lynx Leader certificate!

SLE ESE Students Prepare for Florida Alternate Assessment

SLE ESE Students Prepare for Florida Alternate Assessment

This past month our ESE classrooms are working hard in preparation for the upcoming Florida Alternate Assessment that will begin on March 2, 2015. They have been working on different engaging learning activities in order to be best prepared for the upcoming test. We are proud of the hard work that our ESE students have and continue to accomplish throughout the school year.

SLC Teachers Participate in Supreme Court Justice Institute

SLC Teachers Participate in Supreme Court Justice Institute

Stephanie Isaacs, 7th Grade Civics Teacher at St. Lucie West K-8 School, and Anne Powell, 7th Grade Civics Teacher at Forest Grove Middle School, were two of 25 teachers selected from throughout Florida to attend the Supreme Court of Florida’s Justice Teaching Institute March 22-26 to learn about the state courts using a case study method. Teacher participants explored the courts and the Constitution in a four-and-a-half-day program with all seven justices serving as faculty. The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc., coordinated the program and provided instructional assistance. This year’s emphasis was on examining the structure and function of the state courts, motion to suppress hearings, Miranda warnings and the assistance of legal counsel, among other law related topics. They also participated in a simulated appellate hearing serving as justices and attorneys to reenact a mock oral argument. Judge Karen Cole from the Fourth Judicial Circuit and Judge Kelly McKibben from the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit served as mentor judges and assisted the teachers in dissecting the material throughout the week. At the conclusion of the institute, teachers observed actual oral arguments before the Supreme Court, and attended a banquet held in their honor, together with the justices, at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

SLC Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration

SLC Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration

St. Lucie County Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration

MLK

32nd Anniversary January 8 – 18, 2016

Theme:

“Dream Forward: Choose Peace, Equality, and Change”

2016 Officers

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee

 Chairperson – Dianne Williams Johnson

1st Vice Chairperson – Mary Butler

2nd Vice Chairperson – Ruth Davis

Recording Secretary – Twonnett Brunson

Corresponding Secretary – Andrew McIntosh

Assistant Corresponding Secretary – Delores Hines

Treasurer – Cheryl McCrary

Financial Secretary – Rashandia Johnson

Assistant Financial Secretary – Patricia Gascoigne

Parliamentarian – LaShonda Henderson

Chaplain – Reverend Delores Williams

Immediate Past Chairperson – Andrew McIntosh

Scholarship Chairperson – Gertrude Walker

IRSC Liaison – André Hawkins

SLC School Board Liaison – Dr. Kevin Perry

Lincoln Theater Chairperson – Margaret Benton

Advisory Board Members

Simmie Burns

Rudy Howard

Roderick Johnson

Gloria Johnson-Scott

Alice Lee

Arlena Lee

Larry Lee, Jr

Dr. Chris Taylor

Queen Townsend

Gertrude Walker

Jessye Walker

MLK Activities

January 8 – 15, 2016

“Week of Kindness”

Treasure Coast Chapter of Charmettes, Inc.

Delores Hines § (772) 461-1709

 

Friday, January 8

“Opening Reception”

Indian River State College, Koblegard Student Union

3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Chris Taylor § (772) 466-4800

 

Saturday, January 9

“Youth Symposium”

Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

1806 Avenue I, Fort Pierce

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Bonita Williams § (772) 879-4761

 

Saturday, January 9

“Blood Drive & Voter Registration”

Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

1806 Avenue I, Fort Pierce

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Roderick Johnson § (772) 359-5651

Saturday, January 9

“Youth Essay & Oratorical Contest”

Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

1806 Avenue I, Fort Pierce

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Kahari Wood § (772) 834-7656

Sunday, January 10

“Ecumenical Service”

Notre Dame Catholic Mission

217 U.S. Hwy. 1, Fort Pierce

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

MLK Commemorative Committee

Ruth Davis § (772) 812-9078

Monday, January 11

“Candlelight March”

Starting from Lincoln Theater

1132 Avenue D

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Simmie Burns § (772) 971-5898

Monday, January 11

“MLK NAACP Ceremony”

Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church

800 Avenue C, Fort Pierce

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

SLC Branch of NAACP

Tony Barnes § (772) 905-7185

Friday, January 15

“MLK Spelling Bee”

White City Elementary School

905 West 2nd Street, Fort Pierce

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

LaShonda Henderson § (772) 333-6488

Saturday, January 16

“Awards Breakfast”

Indian River State College

Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex

4600 Kirby Loop Road, Fort Pierce

Time: 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Gloria Johnson-Scott § (772) 332-7193

Monday, January 18

“Grand Parade”

Avenue I and Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Lineup at 9:00 a.m. *Parade starts at 10:00 a.m.

MLK Commemorative Committee

Cheryl McCrary § (772) 672-4439

Monday, January 18

“Festival in the Park”

Lawnwood Stadium

1302 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce

Time: 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.

MLK Commemorative Committee

LaShonda Henderson § (772) 333-6488

Monday, January 18

Health Fair @ “Festival in the Park”

Lawnwood Stadium

Time: 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.

St. Lucie County Health Department

Arlease Hall § (772) 370-1391

Twonnett Brunson § (772) 579-6162

SLC Public Library Makes House Call

SLC Public Library Makes House Call

Many thanks to the St. Lucie County Public Library for visiting Northport second graders. Jayme Kostandinu, children’s program specialist, and Brittany Ellis, program associate, brought news about the public library’s summer reading program themed “A Universe of Stories!”

Students received applications for public library cards and listened to interactive stories to spur their reading initiative. The program runs from June 1 through August 3.

Parents, take your children to the public library and check out their many programs and books.

SLC Law Day Poster Contest Winners

SLC Law Day Poster Contest Winners

The Law Day Art & Poster Contest was a great opportunity for students to show off their art skills and take home some cash. This year’s theme was “The Right to Vote.” Lincoln Park Academy art students took top prizes again with winners in 1st place: HS Abbey Bilici; 2nd place HS Breyale Jenkins; 3rd place HS YingYing Zhang and from middle school, 1st place winner, Ferlie Fabre.

Art photo 1

1st HS A. Bilicic

art photo 2

2nd HS B. Jenkins

art photo 3

3rd HS Y. Zhang

art photo 4

1st MS F. Fabre

SLC Fire Department Visits NP

SLC Fire Department Visits NP

The Fire Department visited students in Mrs. Richetti’s, Mrs. Licameli’s, Mr. Patterson’s, and Mrs. D’Argenio’s classes at NPK8 today.

The students were able to explore the trucks and speak with the Firefighters about their job. What a great experience for all!

SLC Fair 2014 School Display-  Special Award

SLC Fair 2014 School Display- Special Award

At the April 8, 2014 School Board Meeting, Jimmie Burchard, President of the Sunrise Kiwanis, presented cash awards to the winning schools who participated in the St. Lucie County Fair 2014 School Display. The theme was “Locally Grown! Locally Sewn! A Community Stitched Together- What Makes St. Lucie County Special.” The “Out of the Box” award of $250 went to Fairlawn Elementary School. Pictured are, Principal Jennifer Hedeen, Assistant Principal Patricia Gascoigne, Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Teacher Kelly Johnson, Media Specialist Kelly Ridle, Superintendent Genelle Yost, and Kiwanis President Jimmie Burchard.

SLC Fair 2014 School Display- Peoples Choice

SLC Fair 2014 School Display- Peoples Choice

At the April 8, 2014 School Board Meeting, Jimmie Burchard, President of the Sunrise Kiwanis, presented cash awards to the winning schools who participated in the St. Lucie County Fair 2014 School Display. The theme was “Locally Grown! Locally Sewn! A Community Stitched Together- What Makes St. Lucie County Special.” The People’s Choice Award of $500 went to Lincoln Park Academy. Pictured are, Assistant Principal David Foxx, Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Superintendent Genelle Yost, and Kiwanis President Jimmie Burchard.

SLC Fair 2014 School Display- Middle/K-8

SLC Fair 2014 School Display- Middle/K-8

At the April 8, 2014 School Board Meeting, Jimmie Burchard, President of the Sunrise Kiwanis, presented cash awards to the winning schools who participated in the St. Lucie County Fair 2014 School Display. The theme was “Locally Grown! Locally Sewn! A Community Stitched Together- What Makes St. Lucie County Special.” The winners in the middle school/ K-8 category were: First Place with $500 went to Palm Point Educational Research School, Second Place with $250 went to Forest Grove Middle School, and Third Place with $100 went to Allapattah Flats K-8. Pictured are, AFK-8 Assistant Principal Ana Rodriguez, AFK-8 Assistant Principal Cassandra Flores, AFK-8 Principal Patricia Galloway, FGM Principal Terry Davis, Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, PPE Art Specialist Diane Turner, PPE Principal Debra Snyder, Superintendent Genelle Yost, and Kiwanis President Jimmie Burchard.

SLC Fair 2014 School Display- Elementary

SLC Fair 2014 School Display- Elementary

At the April 8, 2014 School Board Meeting, Jimmie Burchard, President of the Sunrise Kiwanis, presented cash awards to the winning schools who participated in the St. Lucie County Fair 2014 School Display. The theme was “Locally Grown! Locally Sewn! A Community Stitched Together- What Makes St. Lucie County Special.” The winners in the elementary school category were: First Place with $500 went to Lawnwood Elementary, Second Place with $250 went to Chester A Moore Elementary, Third Place with $100 went to Windmill Point Elementary, and an Honorable Mention with $50 went to Weatherbee Elementary. Pictured are, WBE Reading Teacher Erin Paul, WMP Assistant Principal Michelle Herrington, WMP Principal Latricia Woulard, CAM Teacher Sabrina Faniel, CAM Principal Felicia Nixon, CAM Teacher Katherine Christopher holding her son Brian Christopher, Superintendent Genelle Yost, CAM Assistant Principal Pam Holmes, School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, LWE Speech Pathologist Janice Berryman, LWE Assistant Principal Kim Cain, and Sunrise Kiwanis President Jimmie Burchard.

Skyping with Guest Readers at Savanna Ridge Elementary!

Skyping with Guest Readers at Savanna Ridge Elementary!

James Dean from Thinking Maps Skyped students in Mrs. de la Cruz Kindergarten class at Savanna Ridge Elementary and read the book, Tough Boris by Mem Fox.  Students in VPK through fifth grade enjoyed special guest readers from the community, district personnel and volunteers that came to read their favorite stories to students in classrooms.

group pic of guest readers

Sixth graders learn the art of debate through writing

Sixth graders learn the art of debate through writing

Students in Michelle Mullins’ sixth-grade Language Arts class at Allapattah Flats K8 are learning how to utilize the writing process to write creatively, informatively and persuasively. As part of learning to write persuasively, students participated in a debate project in which they were grouped and asked to analyze a specific scenario and record the “pros” and “cons” of each. Some examples included consideration of a four-day school week or the positive and negative aspects of a school-enforced dress code. Students then split into sub groups and prepared a formal debate in which they had to argue in favor for, or against, a specific scenario. The debaters’ classmates then voted on whose argument was most convincing. The winning team was awarded with Gator Bucks. Pictured, from left to right, Deven Jones and Shan Askari counter-argue a point presented by Vincent Ancewicz and Justin Nolasco. Onlookers, Desiree Nolasco and Amber Kolbinskie, listen to the debate and consider which team deserves each of their votes.

Six LPA Students Sign Intent During National Signing Week

Six LPA Students Sign Intent During National Signing Week

On Wednesday, November 18th at Lincoln Park Academy, we had the honor of congratulating six of our seniors.  These student athletes have committed to their college, university and/or academy to further their education with a scholarship.

They are as follows:  Lindsey Wright – Swimming, Gardner-Webb University;  Derek Schwimer – Baseball, Palm Beach State College;  Ashley Langel – Softball, Shorter University;  Jeffrey Gerilca – Baseball, Air Force Academy Colorado Springs; Meghan Callahan – Softball, Palm Beach State College; and Taylor Boykin – Softball, University of South Carolina Beaufort.

Singing w adm

Sirmons Speaks at PACE

Sirmons Speaks at PACE

At PACE Center for Girls, the Speakers Bureau’s first guest speaker of the year was Ms. Denise Sirmons, Treasure Hunter and Kids at Hope Coordinator. She captivated the students with her life story. Although she made several wrong choices as a youth, Ms. Sirmons eventually learned from her mistakes. The most important thing she learned in life was the importance  of surrounding herself with successful people, walking with integrity, and working hard.

 

Silver School Award 2013-14

Silver School Award 2013-14

St. Lucie Public Schools were recognized at the School Board Meeting on October 28th who achieved the Silver School Award for 2013-14. The Silver School Award is presented to recognize secondary schools that provide exemplary services to elementary and secondary schools that meet the following criteria: the sending school must have a school volunteer who provides coordination of the program, placement of students, orientation/training for the receiving staff, student/program evaluation, and student volunteer supervision; student volunteers and the receiving faculty must both receive orientation and training; the composite student volunteer hours must equal at least one half the total number of students (FTE count) in the sending school; and elementary schools are not eligible for this award.

The awards were presented to the following schools: Fort Pierce Central High, Fort Pierce Westwood High, Forest Grove Middle, Lincoln Park Academy, Northport K-8, Oak Hammock K-8, Port St. Lucie High, St. Lucie West Centennial High, St. Lucie West K-8, Southern Oaks Middle, Southport Middle, Treasure Coast High, and West Gate K-8. Congratulations!

Silver Level Recognition for the Worksite Wellness Award

Silver Level Recognition for the Worksite Wellness Award

Tad Fisher of the Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance presented St. Lucie Public Schools with the Silver Level Recognition for the Worksite Wellness Award for Comprehensive Tobacco Cessation Benefits. Stacy Jacobson, Wellness Manager and champion for healthy choices, submitted the application on behalf of SLPS. The award is based upon the Public Health Services Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence to effect cessation treatments.

Significant Changes Coming to Three SLPS Schools

Significant Changes Coming to Three SLPS Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) bears the distinction of receiving a sizeable federal Magnet School Assistance Program Grant (MSAP) valued at 12.5 million dollars. The District’s winning grant proposal will transform the historic Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts (FPMSA), Samuel S. Gaines Academy (SGA), and Fort Pierce Westwood High School (FPWHS).

 

All three schools will become Magnet Schools offering innovative programs.  FPMSA and SGA will begin their transformation this August for the 2018-2019 school year as the revitalized, all-new Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) and Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies respectively.  FPWHS will begin infusing new programs in August with full implementation for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Students are invited to join the “CAST” of The Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie as the school begins its transformation and is revitalized into a true comprehensive Arts magnet.   Programs will include dance, vocal and instrumental music, drama, musical theatre, and visual and graphic arts. Students will thrive academically and artistically in our performing and visual arts programs.  These programs will develop and enhance the talents of students to realize their full potential as performers and artists.  Student talents will be on full display for the community in many forums in the future.

 

In addition, the CAST campus is undergoing the addition of a new dance studio and a black box theatre along with remodeled classrooms for each art program.  The historic auditorium will be upgraded with new state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment to ensure top quality performances. Portable equipment will allow for lunchtime entertainment as well as outdoor theater and musical events such as monologue and one-act performances in the courtyard.

 

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies will be a STEM-based K-8 Magnet School, exposing students to skills needed for current and future jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  New courses will expose students to computer coding, gaming, robotics, agri-technology, medicine, and augmented and virtual reality applications.  The Technology, Agri-tech and Science/Medical course pathways promote an inquiry-based approach to learning through Innovation Labs, Design Challenge Studios and the use of emerging technologies made available through grant funds.  Dedicated partnerships with industry leaders such as Microsoft will expose students and teachers to cutting edge-concepts and develop unique skills.

 

FPWHS students will be future ready.  New Course pathways include Pre-med, Pharmacy Tech, and Technology/Computer Programming in addition to the existing Agri-technology, Veterinary Science and award-winning Marine Oceanographic Academy.  Preparation for high demand and emerging careers such as data scientists will be at the forefront in Makerspaces that foster collaboration with immersive learning tools, analytic tools, and other technologies.  A plethora of rigorous pre-collegiate and college level courses will be added and science labs will be upgraded and re-designed to ensure students are prepared for challenging careers in this increasingly digital global economy.  As a 1:1 technology-based high school, it is an ideal candidate for a STEAM college/career program as they continue to build their partnerships with the local scientific community, including Indian River State College and Florida Atlantic University.

 

According to Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild, “All three schools will feature pre-collegiate course offerings.” She added, “All three will use cutting-edge concepts such as Makerspaces.  Makerspaces bring together science, art, computers and building to allow students to create, experiment, mentor and to invent as they collaborate to solve problems.  This is so exciting for our students. The grant also includes learning opportunities for teacher development through specialized training aligned to new programming and tools.”

 

Magnet school enrollment information will be available in March during the regular enrollment period.  Please check www.stlucieschools.org for application timelines and updates.