Student Perks Brewing Up Business

Student Perks Brewing Up Business

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – A work skills opportunity that began percolating last year for students in the St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program is brewing again this year with bold expectations.  On Tuesday, November 28, the student-run enterprise known as Student Perks will begin selling coffee, pastries, fresh fruit, and signature brand tumblers in a kiosk on the first floor breezeway of the Board of County Commissioners Administration Building located at 2300 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce.

The grand re-opening is slated for 9 AM. Patrons working in the Administration Building as well as customers from the general public are welcome to purchase items every Tuesday from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM.  The goal of the coffee shop is to support students in their effort to refine skills that will aid them as they transfer to competitive employment after high school. According to Job Coach Martha Taylor, “The coffee cart is a training gold mine. Student Perks offers our students opportunities to work with customers to flex their abilities in the areas of nutrition, money, marketing, social skills, safety, work ethics, and working with the public.”

This year, students from two high schools will man the kiosk — Port St. Lucie High School and Fort Pierce Westwood High School.  Two returning students from last year’s inaugural team will serve as mentors for the nine other Student Perks team members.  This will be important, because students are held to high standards. “It’s real work,” said Taylor.  “First the students must excel in their schoolwork. Then, based upon recommendations from their teachers, the students interview for the various positions available in the Student Perks kiosk.” In keeping with the Student Perks tagline, “It’s more than coffee!”

Taylor and others who work with the students in the program laud the Board of County Commissioners and staff members in the Board of County Commissioners Administration Building for their support.  She indicated that while participants in the Student Perks program receive support from a SLPS Job Coach, there is no better practical application of a skill than to use it when authentically interacting with customers.

All proceeds from the coffee shop will offset Student Perks’ expenses. For information, contact SLPS Job Coach Martha Taylor at 772-370-0891 or SLC Human Resources Manager Douglas Baber at 772- 462-5267.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast.  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.

 

Sunrise Theatre Offers School Time Performances

Sunrise Theatre Offers School Time Performances

The Sunrise Theatre and the Sunrise Theatre Foundation are pleased to announce the 2018 school time performances!

Space is limited, so please plan early with your school administrator’s approval for your class or grade group participation. Confirm Theatre space and bus availability with the Sunrise, and ensure that all  District field trip procedures are followed.

For the 11th year the Sunrise Theatre is committed to providing students in St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, and Martin Counties the opportunity to attend live theatrical performances free of charge.

The School Time Performances offer current, challenging and artistically diverse programming performed by international, national and regional artists and theatrical companies. For some students, it is their first time seeing a live performance and for others yet another glimpse into the world of education, brought to life.

 

 

Jest In Time – Let’s Go Science Show

Tuesday, January 23 at 10:30am
Recommended Grades 4-8 


The wacky and talented Professor Smart and Dr. Knowitall join forces for an educational, entertaining, exciting and experiential extravaganza. Professor Smart shrinks his head, has toilet paper flying, juggles and has peoples’ hair standing on end all while demonstrating principals of physics. Researcher and comedic sidekick Dr. Knowitall keeps the facts straight. During the Let’s Go Science Show you and children will learn science concepts through impressive and memorable demonstrations. They will learn about air pressure, figure out flight, see awesome optical illusions, be shocked by static electricity, see experiments with falling masses, grasp gyroscopic properties and get a handle on the scientific method.

Click Here to Submit a Request Form for this Performance

 

 

Steve Trash

Ecology Is Awesome!

Thursday, May 3 at 10:30am
Recommended Grades K-8


STEVE TRASH: ECOLOGY IS AWESOME (A Totally Rockin’ Environment Show) focuses on pollution, conservation of natural resources, and the amazing connections that exist in the natural world. It features all new music, new tricks, new explanations, new Garbage Monsters (Garbage Monsters?) Yes. Garbage Monsters! And lots of new funny stuff. It’s a whole new show with the same ecological theme but different content! Woohoo. This show has almost exactly the same technical requirements as The Science of Ecology. It’s a one-man/solo show suitable for 500 – 1500 seat performing arts theatres. It’s a terrific eco-educational show that’s specifically tailored to the school audience. Steve’s shows are always an excellent blend of curriculum based ecological lessons (with lesson plans) and awesome green themed magic tricks, music, and craziness that kids find irresistible. STEVE TRASH: ECOLOGY IS AWESOME is an amazing new shows and kids will take home a new understanding of their connection to the planet.

Click Here to Submit a Request Form for this Performance

 

For additional information or questions, please contact Sharon Engle at the Sunrise Theatre sengle@sunrisetheatre.com or 772.467.4122.

Northport Boys to Men Host Special Guests!

Northport Boys to Men Host Special Guests!

Northport Boys to Men program hosted members of the local chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity recently. Harry Williams, Roderick Johnson, Mike Greene and Jack Boatwright attended the meeting to help bring a message of integrity and respect to the boys. The men mentor a group of local boys called the “Lamp Lighters.”

Each brought a message about respecting parents and teachers as well as other students. They spoke about how critical school attendance is to success and how critical a time that middle school really is for young people. The chapter members will visit the group twice a month to help steer the boys in the right direction in life. The men told the boys that after each meeting they close with all standing and saying out loud, “I am my Brother’s Keeper!” Thanks to guidance counselor Diane Reynolds for coordinating this very special meeting. Also, thanks to instructor Aaron Barnes for keeping this group vibrant.

Science with Mr. Capozolli at White City Elementary

Science with Mr. Capozolli at White City Elementary

The Grade 5 students of White City Elementary conducted an investigation and they were able to explain that energy can be transformed into sound energy.  Mr. Capozolli, science resource teacher, provided a hands-on lesson to help students hypothesize, predict, and problem solve.

 

 

MSE Honored Veterans

MSE Honored Veterans

Morningside Elementary School invited veterans from all branches of the armed forces to join students and staff in a tribute to honor their service to our county.  On Thursday, November 9, the school’s hallway was lined with students waving flags, clapping, and cheering as veterans made their way to the school’s cafeteria.

Standing at attention, awaiting the ladies and gentlemen who served our country (some on active duty, some on reserve duty, some retired), was Port St. Lucie High School’s Color Guard.  Students from each grade group performed songs and tributes to the audience with a medley of tunes representing each branch rounding out the performance as the finale.

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations Leadership Graduates

Congratulations Leadership Graduates

Leadership St. Lucie is a community leadership adventure! Each year community leaders are selected to work together and develop together as they learn and grow in their knowledge and expertise necessary for them to serve in public or private leadership positions within St. Lucie County.  Selections are made based upon a nominee’s volunteerism, education, professional achievement, personal objectives, commitment to the community and community accomplishments.

We congratulate Dr. Kevin Perry and Dr. Rafael Sanchez, proud graduates of this year’s Leadership Class of 35!

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Village Green Flag Folding

Village Green Flag Folding

On Wednesday, November 8, the Port St. Lucie High School JROTC went to Village Green Elementary to teach about flag folding and about the Class B uniform to first graders and to fifth graders. The JROTC cadets taught the meaning of the colors and each fold in the American Flag.

Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day Ceremony

On Saturday, November 11th, the JROTC Jaguar Battalion participated in the honoring of all veterans. Alongside Air Force JROTC, Navy JROTC and veterans dating back to WWII, the Jaguar Battalion stood in honor of those who fought to keep our country safe. (more…)

Spelling Bee – The Musical

Spelling Bee – The Musical

Don’t miss the Fall musical that everyone is buzzing about — The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!

Showtimes: Friday, November 17th at 6:30 PM

Saturday, November 18th at 2:00 PM and 6:30 PM

Tickets are on sale now at LPAtheatre.webs.com

School Board Leadership

School Board Leadership

St. Lucie Public Schools welcomes Dr. Donna Mills as the new School Board Chairman and extends a thank you to Mr. Troy Ingersoll for his outstanding leadership as the outgoing School Board Chairman.

Northport Commemorates Veterans Day With a Flourish!

Northport Commemorates Veterans Day With a Flourish!

Northport welcomed five local veterans into the school media center recently to honor Veterans Day and to teach students about words with very important meanings like service, sacrifice, integrity, grit, education and commitment. The group of veterans are an integral part of the fabric of Northport and they bring their very important message to the children of the school regularly.  Elissa Garcia’s Northstar sixth grade students, Dr. Angela Bennett and Sandra Tyndale-Harvey’s eighth grade students were engaged and asked important questions.

Students at Northport are blanketed in lessons about respect, patriotism and service at an early age. Administrators, teachers, media services personnel and staff work diligently to support and scaffold lessons learned at home about the sacrifices that our veterans make and the love and respect that is offered to those who have served us so selflessly. Many thanks to our Northport Veteran Partners in Education for once again offering students great lessons on democracy, civics and community engagement. Students were quick to lavish thanks and shook hands with our veterans as the program wrapped and each understood the gravity of the day’s lessons.

Lip Sync Battle 2

Lip Sync Battle 2

Parent Academy Lip Sync Battle 2: Battle For The Belt

Presented By Ocean Chiropractic and Health Center

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: bit.ly/PALSB2

The 2nd occurrence of the Parent Academy Lip Sync Battle is to take place Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the gorgeous Sunrise Theatre of downtown Fort Pierce, FL.

Seven contestants will duke it out in hopes of rising to victory in 1 of 3 categories: Audience Favorite, Judges Favorite, and Fundraising Champion.

YOU will bear witness to their efforts, and YOU will decide who deserves glory.

You don’t want to miss this.

For more information on the Parent Academy of St. Lucie County, visit us our website, message us directly through Facebook, or call our office during regular business hours.

www.parentacademyslc.org
(772) 302-3147

 

Hispanic Heritage Festival and Fundraiser – Nov. 18

Hispanic Heritage Festival and Fundraiser – Nov. 18

Educators coming together to help educators is the underlying theme of this year’s annual West Gate K8 Hispanic Heritage Festival and Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, November 18th on the school’s campus located at 1050 NW Cashmere Blvd. in Port Saint Lucie.  Community members are invited to enjoy music, games, live performances, and a variety of food from 1PM to 5PM.

Many schools in Puerto Rico were left in ruins as a result of the devastating winds and rain from Hurricane Maria.  Event organizer, Assistant Principal Esther Muniz-Guzman, explained that donated items such as paper, pencils, glue sticks, and other school supplies will be collected during the Festival.  “All proceeds from this event will go to the restoration of schools in Puerto Rico,” she said.  “We also accept monetary donations. No gift is too small.”

West Gate’s planning team is dedicated to making this year’s Festival one of the largest in the school’s 5-year history of annual Hispanic Celebrations.  Spurred by personal connections to those who have been impacted by losses resulting from recent weather events and by a deep passion to help others, the committee has already secured special performances by Hispanic recording artist Chamoco Rivera before he embarks upon his European tour, championship wrestling entertainment and autograph sessions, 20th Street Jazz Band, Sheriff’s Department canine demonstrations, and staging by the SLC Fire Department.  In addition, event attendees will also enjoy bounce houses, Fort Pierce Central and West Gate bands, face painting, food vendors, and much more.  This festival promises to be fun for the whole family while beneficial to those in need.

For questions or information about how to be a vendor, call Esther Muniz-Guzman at 772-807-7605.

 

LPA’s Jazz Combo Sets Positive Tone

LPA’s Jazz Combo Sets Positive Tone

The Lincoln Park Academy Jazz Combo performed as the opening act for Grammy-nominated and award-winning Najee on November 4th, 2017 at the Sunrise Theater. Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Eta Eta Omega Chapter under the Pink Rose Foundation Inc., held its annual scholarship fundraiser at the Sunrise Theater.

Vice President of the Pink Rose Foundation and Event Chairperson Michelle Jerger said, “The students have amazing talents and are extremely professional.  They set the tone for a successful evening.”  Jerger also commended the leadership of Band Director Jason Albert.

 

SLPS Honored as One of Best Places to Work

SLPS Honored as One of Best Places to Work

With over 5,400 employees, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) was recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work. This announcement came amid cheers from staff members at the 16th Annual Best Places to Work St. Lucie County Awards Ceremony held on November 1st and hosted by the St. Lucie County Human Resources Association and Personnel Dynamics.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent accepted the award on behalf of the District, and commended the dedicated team of professionals whose mission it is to support students saying, “You win with the right people.”  SLPS Director of Human Resources Dr. Rafael Sanchez agrees.  “The new retention and recruitment model we now use has transformed our human resources department from a compliance machine to a strategic force in K-12 education.” Sanchez added, “The HR retention and recruitment model is unique and unlike any model currently used in public education today.”

Winning the Best Places to Work distinction enhances the SLPS recruitment brand and model which integrates support functions that correlate to the District’s mission and vision.   Determining factors for award recognition which is open to organizations annually include turnover, growth, training, benefits, profit sharing, pay, work environment, and retirement programs.

 

SLPS Honored as One of Best Places to Work

St. Lucie Public Schools Honored as One of Best Places to Work

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – With over 5,400 employees, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) was recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work. This announcement came amid cheers from staff members at the 16th Annual Best Places to Work St. Lucie County Awards Ceremony held on November 1st and hosted by the St. Lucie County Human Resources Association and Personnel Dynamics.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent accepted the award on behalf of the District, and commended the dedicated team of professionals whose mission it is to support students saying, “You win with the right people.”  SLPS Director of Human Resources Dr. Rafael Sanchez agrees.  “The new retention and recruitment model we now use has transformed our human resources department from a compliance machine to a strategic force in K-12 education.” Sanchez added, “The HR retention and recruitment model is unique and unlike any model currently used in public education today.”

Winning the Best Places to Work distinction enhances the SLPS recruitment brand and model which integrates support functions that correlate to the District’s mission and vision.   Determining factors for award recognition which is open to organizations annually include turnover, growth, training, benefits, profit sharing, pay, work environment, and retirement programs.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast.  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.