Senior Pinning Celebration

Senior Pinning Celebration

The Fort Pierce Westwood’s Class of 2019 senior pinning ceremony was a tremendous success!

Alumni Ian Osking inspired students with his keynote address.  Once a panther, always a panther!

Congratulations seniors!

Seeking Volunteers: Citizens Advisory Committee

Seeking Volunteers: Citizens Advisory Committee

St. Lucie Public Schools is looking for residents to serve on the Referendum Citizens Advisory Committee.  The Committee’s sole duty will be to provide oversight to ensure that the referendum funds are used for the purposes described in the referendum ballot language.  On April 23, 2019, voters approved a 1 mil property tax to raise teacher pay and retain high quality teachers, improve school safety with school resource officers in every school, expand mental health services and preserve important school programs. School District staff shall provide the Committee with sufficient information, documents and administrative support for the Committee to fulfill its duties. The Committee shall provide the School Board with periodic reports as it deems necessary. 

Interested citizens should submit a resume to Chris Harrison, Executive Assistant to the School Board,  via email to christine.harrison@stlucieschools.org,  or to the SLPS Board Members’ Office located at 12051 NW Copper Creek Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987 on or before July 25, 2019. The minimum requirements to serve on this Advisory Committee include:

  • A representative shall be a resident of St. Lucie County;

  • Each School Board member shall appoint one representative whose term on the Committee shall coincide with the term of the School Board member who appoints them. The School Board member appointee shall serve at the pleasure of the School Board member and may be removed at any time by the School Board member who appointed them;

  • The School Board, by majority vote, shall appoint one at-large representative whose term shall coincide with the term of the Referendum and who shall serve at the pleasure of the School Board and may be removed at any time by a majority vote of the School Board;

  • The CTA/CU union (“Union”) shall appoint one representative whose term shall coincide with the term of the Referendum and who shall serve at the pleasure of the Union and who may be removed at any time by the Union;
  • No Committee representative shall be an elected official, Union official, School District employee, or Union member; and

  • Committee vacancies shall be filled as soon as practicable but in no event more than ninety (90) days from the date of the vacancy.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s Districts for student achievement. The District also 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. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

Second Grade Vocabulary Parade at FK Sweet

Second grade students at Frances K Sweet participated in a vocabulary parade showcasing their knowledge of vocabulary words that were learned in the first nine weeks of school. Mrs. Amy Johnson’s we excited to share their knowledge with the other students in the school. Students Pictured: Jaquez Albury, Omar Andrade-Fernandez, Yaiden Beausejour-Joseph, Christopher Brunson, Javian Gardner, Jayden Leddy, Andy Marin-Ortiz, Wilkens Michaud, Genese Roopnarine, Guinevere Sauveur, Dennis Scott Jr., and Kaylee Uff

Second grade students at Allapattah Flats focus on the details

Second grade students at Allapattah Flats focus on the details

Students in Eric Redding’s second grade at Allapattah Flats K8 class made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a culminating activity for their Expository Writing Unit. This activity focused on using specific details and descriptions in writing. Students were asked to list the steps to make the sandwich, and then were invited up to try it!  The students learned that they might not have included all of the steps when making the sandwich, as it didn’t quite work out as planned.  Students quickly realized what a difference details can make in writing. Pictured is Tatiana Holloway as she watches to see if her directions were clear enough to complete the sandwich. When the teacher is able to follow her steps and make the sandwich, she enjoys the benefits of her hard work as she eats her well-earned treat.

Second Grade Celebrates Other Cultures

Second Grade Celebrates Other Cultures

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Ms. Schumacher’s 2nd graders at West Gate K-8 rang in the Chinese New Year with their new lanterns. They spent the day learning about China’s culture and customs. They were excited to get their hands on the Chinese alphabet to write to their friends and to decorate their lanterns. They also incorporated math, too! By using rulers, they were able to measure one inch borders around their paper (to know where not to cut!).

Seal Is First SLC Administrator to Receive Florida Music Association  Secondary Administrator of…

Seal Is First SLC Administrator to Receive Florida Music Association Secondary Administrator of…

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Treasure Coast High School Principal Susan Seal is the distinguished recipient of the Florida Music Education  Association (FMEA) Secondary Administrator of the Year award – the first St. Lucie County administrator in the organization’s 27-year history to receive this honor.

 

According to TCHS Band Director Luke Hall, Seal is an avid advocate of the arts and is ever-present at events and performances to support students and instructors alike.   “She is most deserving of this award,” said Hall.  “I appreciate her dedication enhancing music education.”  Seal has served as the Titan’s principal for three years, and the strong music program has continued to blossom under her leadership.

 

FMEA Awards Chair Debbie Fahmie explained that a special recognition will take place in January at the FMEA Professional Development Conference in Tampa — one of the largest music education professional development events in the United States. Here, Seal and Primary Administrator of the Year will be recognized together at a special awards ceremony to honor their dedication to music excellence.

 

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.

 

Seal Honored as FMEA Secondary Administrator of the Year

Seal Honored as FMEA Secondary Administrator of the Year

Treasure Coast High School Principal Susan Seal is the distinguished recipient of the Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) Secondary Administrator of the Year award – the first St. Lucie County administrator in the organization’s 27-year history to receive this honor.

 

According to TCHS Band Director Luke Hall, Seal is an avid advocate of the arts and is ever-present at events and performances to support students and instructors alike.   “She is most deserving of this award,” said Hall.  “I appreciate her dedication enhancing music education.”  Seal has served as the Titan’s principal for three years, and the strong music program has continued to blossom under her leadership.

 

FMEA Awards Chair Debbie Fahmie explained that a special recognition will take place in January at the FMEA Professional Development Conference in Tampa — one of the largest music education professional development events in the United States. Here, Seal and Primary Administrator of the Year will be recognized together at a special awards ceremony to honor their dedication to music excellence.

 

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.

 

 

Science support team provides Hispanic community tips about science studies

Science support team provides Hispanic community tips about science studies

The St. Lucie County School District Science Support team was a guest at the local Spanish language radio station La Gigante 1330 AM to discuss the importance of science in the curriculum. The experts discussed STEM, science projects, the Parent Tips website, and future science brochures in three languages. They also talked about three Hispanic high school students who attended last year’s international science fair, two of whom earned full scholarships, as well as a three-session Science Project Family Night recently at Forest Grove Middle School. The team members provided crucial information to the Spanish-speaking community on science-related academic resources. Pictured, from left, are team members Beth Bonvie, Paul Reif, radio show host Irma Cabriales, support teacher Michelle Baretto, Maria Schwarz-Gilabert, a volunteer from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and science curriculum support specialist Teri Barenborg.

Science Parade at MSE

Science Parade at MSE

Science costumes give a whole new meaning to Science vocabulary.  On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, students and teachers at Morningside Elementary dressed up as their favorite Science term.  Some of the terms included texture, stars, clouds, the skeletal system, camouflage, atoms and color.  The students paraded through the halls showing their costumes to their fellow school mates.

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Science matters to Northport student

Science matters to Northport student

Dr. Laura Woodworth, Northport K-8 science instructor, tweaked seventh grade student Grace Buzziz’s interest and provoked an in depth home learning project as Grace surprised Dr. Woodworth with an active and scientifically correct volcano. Grace modeled her volcano with running lava and answered detailed questions from classmates about her scientific inquiry. Grace urged her classmates to start independent scientific projects at home to extend their
classroom learning.

Science Fair Recognition

Science Fair Recognition

The 31st Annual local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Fair was host to over 240 middle and high school student projects. In the wide array of quality projects submitted, judges identified the top projects in each category based on rigorous rubrics accessing content and process. From this academic competition, students’ projects were selected to move on to the state level.  State and International winners were recognized at the May School Board Meeting.

Junior Division

  • Robert Sansone – WGK8
  • Annarose Hilhorst – LPA
  • Jonathan Thomas -MOS
  • Madison Adkins – LPA
  • Like Retutal – LPA
  • Ashwin Dhar – PPE

Senior Division

  • Nichapa Dancharnjitt – LPA
  • Sreya Banik – LPA
  • Nicole Vargas – TCHS
  • Nagley Cruz – TCHS
  • Joseph Parr – STA
  • Vraj Parikh – LPA
  • Callie Zheng – LPA
  • Lilian Crawford – LPA

International Science Fair

  • Nichapa Dancharnjitt – LPA
  • Sreya Banik – LPA
Science Classes Learn About Photosynthesis at Palm Pointe

Science Classes Learn About Photosynthesis at Palm Pointe

Eighth grade students in Mrs. Huszar’s and Ms. Pulcini’s science classes at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition recently worked with inquiry-based strategies to fully understand how photosynthesis and cellular respiration are dependent on each other. They worked to label the environmental factors, show how atoms are conserved, and illustrate how these processes rely on each other.

Pictured from left: Kai Rivera and Garrett Rodney

Schools superintendent visits Gaines Academy

Schools superintendent visits Gaines Academy

Samuel S. Gaines Academy fourth grade teacher Barbara Bennett asked Superintendent Michael Lannon and other prominent local residents to come in and read to the fourth graders to celebrate Black History Month.  Pictured is Mr. Lannon reading the book Follow the Drinking Gourd and talked about Black History Month.  Students  gathered in the hallway to listen to his story.

Schools superintendent earns most donations to kiss the pig

Schools superintendent earns most donations to kiss the pig

St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent Genelle Yost garnered the most donations in a month-long fundraising activity to benefit Kids at Hope, a mentoring initiative of the Roundtable of St. Lucie County, earning the right to kiss a pig at the St. Lucie County Fair. Yost exceeded the funds raised by the five other local women community leaders in the contest, and topped the winner of last year’s all-male team in contributions. “I truly wanted to be the one to get to kiss the pig,” Yost remarked, adding appreciation for all of the friends, colleagues and community members who supported her campaign. Pictured are Superintendent Yost, left, holding the winner’s trophy, and St. Lucie County School Board chairman Debbie Hawley.

Schools recognized for support for Relay for Life

Schools recognized for support for Relay for Life

At the May 28, 2013, St. Lucie County School Board meeting, the American Cancer Society (ACS)and the organizers of the St. Lucie West Relay For Life recognized the contributions of the staff, parents and students at 12 local schools who participated in the April, 2013 event, and thanked them for their hard work, volunteer service, and dedication. Many of the 14 teams that participated this year have done so for several years. Eric Finkel, Lori Finkel, and Robyn Young representing ACS presented a “You Make a Difference” Certificate of Appreciation to team leaders from St. Lucie West Centennial High School, Frances K. Sweet Elementary, Northport K-8 School, Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition, Parkway Elementary School, Renaissance Charter School, Rivers Edge Elementary School, St. Lucie Elementary School, Bayshore Elementary School, Weatherbee Elementary School, College Preparatory Academy of the Treasure Coast, and Treasure Coast High School. Pictured are the recipients with School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, back left, and Superintendent Michael Lannon, back right.

Schools recognized for Bowl for Kids Sake event at school board meeting

Schools recognized for Bowl for Kids Sake event at school board meeting

The local schools with teams earning the most for the recent Bowl for Kids Sake event to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters were honored at the October 8, 2013, St. Lucie Coounty School Board meeting. Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Genelle Yost, Christy Nuccio and Barbara Bennett of F. K. Sweet Elementary, second place winners; School Board chairman Debbie Hawley; Rivers Edge Elementary principal Cindy Cobb, third place winners; Weatherbee Elementary principal Michael Hitsman, fourth place winners; WestGate K8 principal Robert Cramner, fifth place winners; Rachel Heddings, Chief Operating Officer from Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell, with the first place trophy for Floresta Elementary; and Joe Wallis, chairman of the board of directors of Big Brothers, Big Sisters.