Take Steps to Stay Healthy

Take Steps to Stay Healthy

Take steps to keep yourself and others healthy by following some everyday actions:

Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.

Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.

 

 

Northport Celebrates Florida Literacy Plan

Northport Celebrates Florida Literacy Plan

Northport K-8 students are celebrating literacy this entire week along with all the other schools in SLPS and throughout Florida. Students are making “Storybook Snowmen,” playing pre-k through 5 Bingo Challenge, Middle School Literacy Link Challenge, Get Caught Reading and Buddy Reading activities as well as “Chew and Read” and “Lollipop Reading!”

Students are promoting reading and literacy skills throughout the school. They love to participate and it brings a focus on reading for pleasure specifically. Northport is pleased to participate in “Celebrate Literacy Week Florida!”

Academic Challenge Champions Announced

Academic Challenge Champions Announced

On Friday, January 19, students from local high schools competed in a battle of academic with-it-ness that challenged team members’ knowledge of philosophy and humanities, advanced mathematics and scientific theory, as well as a broad range of literature, music, and foreign language. The teams competed for the overall St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) District Championship Team and individual placement on the six-member District Team moving to the State-level 33rd Commissioner’s Academic Challenge slated for April at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

 

Lincoln Park Academy captured this year’s District Championship title.  Team members Sreya Banik, Maria Dominguez, Rachel Fryer Dommel, Maria Battanlino Hernandez, Yanan Lin, and Callie Zheng were well versed in the variety of academic questions posed in the two-round event held at St. Lucie West Centennial High School.  Their coach, Paige McMahon, will serve as the District Team Coach.  The District Team members include: Maria Battaglino (Lincoln Park Academy), Bay Deckert (Fort Pierce Westwood High School), Rachel Fryer Dommel (Lincoln Park Academy), Joseph Rios (Treasure Coast High School), Riley Smith (Fort Pierce Central), and Callie Zheng (Lincoln Park Academy). Each member was selected based upon individual scores to represent SLPS at the state competition.

 

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent expressed his appreciation for the dedication to excellence modeled by SLPS’s academic team.  “Team members are to be commended for their academic skills and spirit of collaboration.”

 

St. Lucie Public Schools District Academic Challenge Team will compete in the State competition at Walt Disney World in April.  Team Members (Left to Right: Joseph Rios (Treasure Coast High School), Callie Zheng (Lincoln Park Academy), Rachel Fryer Dommel (Lincoln Park Academy), Bay Deckert (Fort Pierce Westwood High School), Maria Battaglino (Lincoln Park Academy), Riley Smith (Fort Pierce Central), and Coach Paige McMahon.

 

 

Lincoln Park Academy, First Place in the District

Fort Pierce Westwood High School

Treasure Coast High School

St. Lucie West Centennial High School

Port St. Lucie High School

Fort Pierce Central High School

 

 

Winter Graduation

Winter Graduation

Congratulations to our winter graduates!

WLX-TV – St. Lucie Public Schools Education Channel has made the 2018 Winter Graduation available on You Tube!

Check it out.

2018 Winter Graduation

 

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uusj7u2VnjE

Academic Challenge Champions Announced

Academic Challenge Champions Announced

 

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – On Friday, January 19, students from local high schools competed in a battle of academic with-it-ness that challenged team members’ knowledge of philosophy and humanities, advanced mathematics and scientific theory, as well as a broad range of literature, music, and foreign language. The teams competed for the overall St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) District Championship Team and individual placement on the six-member District Team moving to the State-level 33rd Commissioner’s Academic Challenge slated for April at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

 

Lincoln Park Academy captured this year’s District Championship title.  Team members Sreya Banik, Maria Dominguez, Rachel Fryer Dommel, Maria Battanlino Hernandez, Yanan Lin, and Callie Zheng were well versed in the variety of academic questions posed in the two-round event held at St. Lucie West Centennial High School.  Their coach, Paige McMahon, will serve as the District Team Coach.  The District Team members include: Maria Battaglino (Lincoln Park Academy), Bay Deckert (Fort Pierce Westwood High School), Rachel Fryer Dommel (Lincoln Park Academy), Joseph Rios (Treasure Coast High School), Riley Smith (Fort Pierce Central), and Callie Zheng (Lincoln Park Academy). Each member was selected based upon individual scores to represent SLPS at the state competition.

 

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent expressed his appreciation for the dedication to excellence modeled by SLPS’s academic team.  “Team members are to be commended for their academic skills and spirit of collaboration.”

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About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students 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.

 

St. Lucie Public Schools District Academic Challenge Team will compete in the State competition at Walt Disney World in April.  Team Members (Left to Right: Joseph Rios (Treasure Coast High School), Callie Zheng (Lincoln Park Academy), Rachel Fryer Dommel (Lincoln Park Academy), Bay Deckert (Fort Pierce Westwood High School), Maria Battaglino (Lincoln Park Academy), Riley Smith (Fort Pierce Central), and Coach Paige McMahon.

 

 

 

Local Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced

Local Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — Three teachers were named as finalists for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Teacher of the Year during surprise announcements on Monday, January 22nd.  Luca Bradley (Fort Pierce Central High School), Luke Hall (Treasure Coast High School), and Samantha Lamora (Savanna Ridge Elementary School) reveled in the news from delegates representing SLPS, School Board, St. Lucie County Education Foundation, and MidFLORIDA Credit Union.

 

SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Our Teacher of the Year finalists are outstanding individuals who are stand-outs in their profession.  These are the individuals students grow up to remember as that ‘special someone’ who made a difference in their lives. They positively impact the lives of our young people by seeing them as individuals, building up their strengths, and helping them achieve lofty goals.”

Locally, one of the three finalists will be selected as the SLPS Teacher of the Year during the Night of the Stars gala scheduled for February 10, 2018, at Lincoln Park Academy’s auditorium in Fort Pierce.  This person will then represent SLPS in the Florida Department of Education – Macy’s Teacher of the Year program.

The local Night of the Stars annual event is sponsored by the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County. Thom Jones, president of the Foundation, explained that MIDFLORIDA Credit Union is the sponsor of the local Teacher of the Year category.  “This is an especially exciting year. Through our generous sponsor, we have been able to go above and beyond expectations, and we will honor our winners with very special recognitions this year.”

The State’s Teacher of the Year Program is a long-standing tradition that recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. The State finalist for The Florida Teacher of the Year also serves as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education and represents the Florida Department of Education and teachers throughout Florida.

About the Teacher of the Year Finalists                                                                                         

 

 

Luca Bradley

Luca Bradley is a social studies teacher at Fort Pierce Central High School where he serves in multiple capacities beyond the classroom including soccer coach, teacher mentor, and curriculum specialist.  Serving in this capacity was what he longed to do as a child, and happily, he brought that dream to a reality four years ago by returning to his alma mater to teach. He feels it is his duty to help his students fulfill their quest for knowledge, inspire their dreams, and influence their livelihoods.  Through partnerships with various local organizations, he has also developed opportunities for his students and their families to learn more about and interact with the community and its rich history.

 

In the words of his principal, Bradley, creates critical thinkers who use knowledge gained in his classes to facilitate the acquisition of skills necessary to be self-sufficient learners.  His students demonstrate mastery as measured by the U.S. History EOC and AP History Examination.  Although Bradley’s students have seen exponential growth and success in their test scores, his influence is not solely limited to academics. He strives to create an environment in which his students connect content with real life experiences.

 

 

Luke Hall

With 14 years of experience in education, Luke Hall is an arts educator who serves as the band director at Treasure Coast High School.   The growth of his students inspires him, and he also finds working with the music program as a collection of large ensembles equally as rewarding in that it provides an avenue for positively influencing the community.  During his six years as the Titan Band Director, the program has grown from 60 to nearly 200 students.  He also launched a chorus program; organized a successful booster program; and the various bands, ensembles, and color guards proudly boast outstanding ratings at district and State Music Performance Assessments (MPAs).

 

More importantly, Hall is pleased that the band program has provided the opportunity for his students to become active members in civic pageantry and community events.  Titan bands and ensembles have participated in a wide array of events ranging from local parades to the wreath laying ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery. According to his principal, Hall spends many hours on community-based activities, as he is an ambassador for SLPS.  He also holds his students to high expectations, not only with their music performance, but academically and behaviorally as well, for they too are our ambassadors.

 

Samantha Lamora

Samantha Lamora is a first grade teacher at Savanna Ridge Elementary School with five years of teaching experience.  For her, stepping into the role of a teacher is an answer to a lifetime career calling she deems “magical.”   She enjoys helping students set goals and working with them to achieve their goals.  Lamora is inspired by her students desire to learn, grow, and celebrate their own successes. With proficiency rates spiraling upward into the nineties on the most recent math unit assessment in mathematics and writing scores improving by 57 percent, there is certainly cause to celebrate.

 

The cornerstone philosophy of her classroom is “family” where she begins by establishing solid partnerships between home and school and continues with nurturing respectful relationships among students in the classroom to support academic and behavioral progress. In the spirit of working collaboratively with her colleagues, she also helps produce a weekly newsletter to streamline communication from school to home. Lamora’s principal lauds her as a dedicated professional whose strong belief that she can be the difference in the life of a child and an influencer in the community speaks volumes to her commitment.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students 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.

 

WLX-TV: The Education Channel

WLX-TV: The Education Channel

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Northport Deans Promote “Step Up America!”

Northport Deans Promote “Step Up America!”

Northport Deans Georgia Stone and Billy Hicks recently stepped into Susan Matteson’s eighth grade class and presented a solid lesson pertaining to personal security. The lesson was a group project where students were given information from the American Security Council Foundation website about personal security and the UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Each group was given an article to read. Students then created a word cloud about the main idea of their topic and the important words about each topic. Students then collaborated and shared their findings with the class about the article.

All groups were engaged and knew more about their rights as a citizen and personal security at the end of the lesson. For example, inherent right to life, being treated with respect and dignity if arrested, and freedom of religion and political choice were addressed.

The American Security Council Foundation is a Northport Community Partner and their lessons and website bring so much to the table when educating our students about civic rights and duties. Thanks to our Northport Deans for working on this very important issue in our classrooms. The teamwork is tangible.

MLK Grand Parade Winners

MLK Grand Parade Winners

2018 MLK Grand Parade Results for School Entries

Elementary

1st Place: Frances K. Sweet Elementary

2nd Place: Village Green Elementary

3rd Place: Rivers Edge Elementary

 

K-8

1st Place: Northport K-8

2nd Place: Fort Pierce Magnet Arts

3rd Place: St. Lucie West K-8

 

Middle

1st Place: Forest Grove Middle

2nd Place: Southport Middle

3rd Place: Dan McCarty Middle

 

High

1st Place: St. Lucie West Centennial High

2nd Place: Fort Pierce Central High

3rd Place: Port St. Lucie High

View the parade by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AZs5cipxNg&t=164s

Week of Kindness

1st Place Morningside Elementary

2nd Place Dan McCarty Middle

3rd Place F. K. Sweet Elementary

Certificate of Participation: Windmill Point Elementary

Dr. Jones Honored at FMEA

Dr. Jones Honored at FMEA

Congratulations to Dr. Rolanda A. Jones, Chorus Director, Dan McCarty Middle School, who was recently honored with FMEA’s 2018 Music Education Service Award. This award recognizes the outstanding service of members who have been active in music education for 25 years or more.

Experience Will Count for St. Lucie Public Schools Educators

Experience Will Count for St. Lucie Public Schools Educators

In support of St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) continuing effort to recruit and retain experienced teachers, SLPS and the St. Lucie Classroom Teachers’ Association/Classified Unit have agreed to remove contract language that limits the years of experience awarded to returning DROP retirees. Previously, returning DROP retirees had a cap of five years on the experience for which they could receive credit. New language removes the cap and now qualified returning retirees can receive credit for all of their verified years of experience.  Current employees who returned from DROP will be credited with all verified years of experience beginning February 1, 2018.

 

Executive Director of Human Resources Dr. Rafael Sanchez said, “It’s a significant step in the right direction to attract and retain experienced, qualified teachers. We are excited about welcoming back these experienced teachers.” Union President Vicki Rodriguez agreed and added, “There is no substitute for experienced, highly effective teachers in the classroom, especially ones who have experience in our county.”

 

For more information on this and other opportunities within SLPS, contact the Human Resources department at http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/departments/human-resources/ or 772-429-7508.

 

 

Experience Will Count for St. Lucie Public Schools Educators

Experience Will Count for St. Lucie Public Schools Educators

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – In support of St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) continuing effort to recruit and retain experienced teachers, SLPS and the St. Lucie Classroom Teachers’ Association/Classified Unit have agreed to remove contract language that limits the years of experience awarded to returning DROP retirees. Previously, returning DROP retirees had a cap of five years on the experience for which they could receive credit. New language removes the cap and now qualified returning retirees can receive credit for all of their verified years of experience.  Current employees who returned from DROP will be credited with all verified years of experience beginning February 1, 2018.

 

Executive Director of Human Resources Dr. Rafael Sanchez said, “It’s a significant step in the right direction to attract and retain experienced, qualified teachers. We are excited about welcoming back these experienced teachers.” Union President Vicki Rodriguez agreed and added, “There is no substitute for experienced, highly effective teachers in the classroom, especially ones who have experience in our county.”

 

For more information on this and other opportunities within SLPS, contact the Human Resources department at http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/departments/human-resources/ or 772-429-7508.

 

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About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students 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.

 

Susan S. Seal Receives 2018 FMEA Secondary Administrator of the Year Award

Susan S. Seal Receives 2018 FMEA Secondary Administrator of the Year Award

The Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) Awards Committee presented Principal Susan Seal of Treasure Coast High School (TCHS) with the 2018 FMEA Secondary Administrator of the Year Award on January 12 during the FMEA Professional Development Clinic/Conference at the Tampa Bay Convention Center.  The FMEA Awards and Recognition Program is one of the more visible ways in which FMEA can recognize those who make outstanding contributions to music education throughout the state.

 

This prestigious award is given to a school administrator who is not a professional music educator, but who displays ardent support of the school music program. This award recognizes leadership, excellence in encouragement and promotion of music education in Florida schools. The recipient must have demonstrated significant efforts in support of music education resulting in awareness or enhancement of the school’s music program and allocation of resources. Seal has been an educator in St. Lucie County for 23 years and is entering her 11th year as an administrator in the school district. She has been recognized in the district as a teacher of the year and as an assistant principal of the year as a result of her dedication to students and teachers. During her tenure as both principal and assistant principal, the arts programs at all three of the schools she has served have thrived and grown as a result of her support.

 

Under Seal’s leadership, the music program at TCHS has become an important part of the school culture. She works with the guidance department to make sure that all music classes are scheduled with the same considerations and priority given to the other academic classes. The music program has the fortune of being well funded because Seal takes the needs into consideration when setting budgets. As a result, the program has an excellent inventory and has been able to build a quality music library. When special situations arise, she is always ready to look for ways “outside of the box” to help find solutions. Administrative support has also allowed for the development of dynamic relationships with the feeder schools, ultimately affecting the growth of the music programs at TCHS.

Luke Hall, TCHS band master, nominated Seal for the award. There were many who submitted letters of support singing the praises of the acclaimed principal, including School Board Members, the Superintendent and the Mayor of Port St. Lucie.

 

 

 

 

Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) Presents Susan S. Seal with the 2018 FMEA Secondary…

Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) Presents Susan S. Seal with the 2018 FMEA Secondary…

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL –  The Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) Awards Committee presented Principal Susan Seal of Treasure Coast High School (TCHS) with the 2018 FMEA Secondary Administrator of the Year Award on January 12 during the FMEA Professional Development Clinic/Conference at the Tampa Bay Convention Center.  The FMEA Awards and Recognition Program is one of the more visible ways in which FMEA can recognize those who make outstanding contributions to music education throughout the state.

 

This prestigious award is given to a school administrator who is not a professional music educator, but who displays ardent support of the school music program. This award recognizes leadership, excellence in encouragement and promotion of music education in Florida schools. The recipient must have demonstrated significant efforts in support of music education resulting in awareness or enhancement of the school’s music program and allocation of resources. Seal has been an educator in St. Lucie County for 23 years and is entering her 11th year as an administrator in the school district. She has been recognized in the district as a teacher of the year and as an assistant principal of the year as a result of her dedication to students and teachers. During her tenure as both principal and assistant principal, the arts programs at all three of the schools she has served have thrived and grown as a result of her support.

 

Under Seal’s leadership, the music program at TCHS has become an important part of the school culture. She works with the guidance department to make sure that all music classes are scheduled with the same considerations and priority given to the other academic classes. The music program has the fortune of being well funded because Seal takes the needs into consideration when setting budgets. As a result, the program has an excellent inventory and has been able to build a quality music library. When special situations arise, she is always ready to look for ways “outside of the box” to help find solutions. Administrative support has also allowed for the development of dynamic relationships with the feeder schools, ultimately affecting the growth of the music programs at TCHS.

Luke Hall, TCHS band master, nominated Seal for the award. There were many who submitted letters of support singing the praises of the acclaimed principal, including School Board Members, the Superintendent and the Mayor of Port St. Lucie.

 

 

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About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students 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.

 

 

Susan Seal (center) with Luke Hall (left) and Dr. Ken Williams, President of FMEA, (right) receiving Secondary Administrator of the Year from FMEA

Experience Will Count for St. Lucie Public Schools Educators

The 2018 Academic Challenge Set for January 19th

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL –  Do you have a keen sense of philosophy and humanities, knowledge of advanced mathematics and scientific theory, and a broad background in history? If so, you may stand a chance against this year’s Academic Challenge Team.  On Friday, January 19, local high school teams will compete for the overall St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) championship and a seat on this year’s six-member team representing SLPS at the State-level Commissioner’s Academic Challenge in the spring. 
 
The first round of competition will begin at 8 AM in the auditorium of St. Lucie West Centennial High School and admission is free.  While teams will vie for points to secure first, second, and third place bragging rights in the county, individuals will hit the buzzer for a chance to answer with hopes of capturing one of the six coveted Team St. Lucie seats.  At the end of the competition, judges representing all schools in the District review individual scores to select a State team that represents high scoring competitors with strong skill sets from the various academic topics such as humanities, foreign language, and mathematics.  This is the team that will represent the District at State.
 
Superintendent E. Wayne Gent expressed his appreciation for the dedication to excellence modeled by SLPS’s academic teams.  “I look forward to this annual competition.  Team members are to be commended for their academic skills and spirit of collaboration.”

 

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About St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students 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.
 

 

Cobra Alumni Anthony Knighton Named Finalist for Jerry Rice Award

Cobra Alumni Anthony Knighton Named Finalist for Jerry Rice Award

Anthony Knighton, a graduate of Fort Pierce Central High School is currently attending Southern Illinois University (SIU) where he was named as a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award.  Weighing in at 246 and clearing six feet by two inches, this defensive end from Fort Pierce, Florida set SIU freshman records and led all MVFC freshmen in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (11.0) this season.
Knighton finished 11th in voting among the elite group of final contenders being considered for the Jerry Rice Award.  This award, named for the renowned Hall-of-Famer credited by many for being the greatest wide receiver, is given to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) player of the year. Knighton is credited with 28 tackles (21 solo), 9.5 TFL, 1 PBU, 5 QBH, and 1 FF (9 games).  He received recognition as a first team FCS freshman All-American by HERO Sports and was designated the runner-up for the Missouri Valley Football Conference Freshman of the Year Award.
His high school coaches were not at all surprised by these recognitions and stats.  Josh Shaffer, Knighton’s former head football coach at Fort Pierce Central High School said, “Anthony is an intelligent, hardworking young man. It does not surprise me to see him excel at such a high level. His humble nature allows him to focus on achieving excellence. He has consistently made his former teachers and coaches proud.”
Shaffer’s sentiments were echoed by Central’s Athletic Director Peter Crespo. “We are very proud of Anthony Knighton for being nominated for this award; however, we are not surprised. His character on and off the field exemplifies what every student athlete should strive for.”
What is surprising is the fact that Anthony almost hung up his cleats before heading into his high school senior year.  According to Knighton’s mother, there was a stand-out coach who motivated her son back onto the field.  “Coach Kappler saw something special in Anthony,” explained Shontay Marshall-Smith. “He had a way of connecting with him like no one else could.  When ‘Ant’ needed that extra inspiration to dig his heels in for one more season, Coach Kap was there.”
Experience Will Count for St. Lucie Public Schools Educators

Cobra Alumni Anthony Knighton Named Finalist for Jerry Rice Award

FORT PIERCE, FL –  Anthony Knighton, a graduate of Fort Pierce Central High School is currently attending Southern Illinois University (SIU) where he was named as a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award.  Weighing in at 246 and clearing six feet by two inches, this defensive end from Fort Pierce, Florida set SIU freshman records and led all MVFC freshmen in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (11.0) this season. 
 
Knighton finished 11th in voting among the elite group of final contenders being considered for the Jerry Rice Award.  This award, named for the renowned Hall-of-Famer credited by many for being the greatest wide receiver, is given to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) player of the year. Knighton is credited with 28 tackles (21 solo), 9.5 TFL, 1 PBU, 5 QBH, and 1 FF (9 games).  He received recognition as a first team FCS freshman All-American by HERO Sports and was designated the runner-up for the Missouri Valley Football Conference Freshman of the Year Award.
 
His high school coaches were not at all surprised by these recognitions and stats.  Josh Shaffer, Knighton’s former head football coach at Fort Pierce Central High School said, “Anthony is an intelligent, hardworking young man. It does not surprise me to see him excel at such a high level. His humble nature allows him to focus on achieving excellence. He has consistently made his former teachers and coaches proud.”
 
Shaffer’s sentiments were echoed by Central’s Athletic Director Peter Crespo. “We are very proud of Anthony Knighton for being nominated for this award; however, we are not surprised. His character on and off the field exemplifies what every student athlete should strive for.”
 
What is surprising is the fact that Anthony almost hung up his cleats before heading into his high school senior year.  According to Knighton’s mother, there was a stand-out coach who motivated her son back onto the field.  “Coach Kappler saw something special in Anthony,” explained Shontay Marshall-Smith. “He had a way of connecting with him like no one else could.  When ‘Ant’ needed that extra inspiration to dig his heels in for one more season, Coach Kap was there.”
 
 
 
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About St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students 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. 

 

Mariposa Elementary’s Student Council

Mariposa Elementary’s Student Council

Mariposa Elementary Student Council, led by Mrs. Alice Gale-Wharton, passed on the usual bi-monthly meeting to kick-off the season with a luncheon and craft project.  Dipping pinecones into peanut butter and birdseed, everyone enjoyed creating an environmentally safe gift to keep or give and share with our feathered Florida wildlife.

Student Council members are: Austin Gillis, Analisa Bermudez, Laikyn Leclerc, Justin Horton, Brianna Estrada, Monte Wells, Amorie Owens, Mateo Villegas, Taylor Fairchild, Victoria Rivero-Camey, Matthew Roth, Arbenz Jocelyn, Rayne Ellison Reyes, Josue Ajucum, Jeovaughn Henry, Christina Frederick, Tahlia Sugrim, Evan Lamb, Anthony Resendiz, Emily Fote, Erin Lyons, Chris Ali, Krystal Santiago, Auston Marsh, Jabari Monds

Martin Luther King, Jr. Grand Parade

Martin Luther King, Jr. Grand Parade

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion showed their pride at the annual Martin Luther King, Junior Day Parade in Fort Pierce.  Marching in this parade is a tremendous honor and privilege for Port St. Lucie High.

The Battalion formation led by the Jaguar’s Color Guard was commanded by Cadet Captain Morgan Emerson carrying the National Flag. Cadet Major Tesa May carried the State Flag. Cadet Staff Sergeant Haley Pollard and Destiny Swain posted as Guards.

Following behind the Color Guard was the Battalion Staff and shortly after that, the Company formations beginning with Alpha Company formation then Bravo, Charlie and lastly Delta. The cadets performed with the utmost excellence showing the heart and pride of the Jaguar Battalion.

Way to go, Jags!