Food Drive at PPE

Food Drive at PPE

Palm Pointe’s National Junior Honor Society sponsored a food drive in the month of November for the Treasure Coast Food Bank and collected 802 pounds of food.

 

Way to go Rockets!

Teen Driver Challenge

Teen Driver Challenge

Licensed teen drivers can take “Teen Driver Challenge” to improve their skills

St. Lucie County licensed teen drivers can improve their defensive driving skills by taking the “Teen Driver Challenge” on January 11 and 13, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

“The number one killer of American teenagers is car crashes,” said Sheriff Mascara. “That is why the Sheriffs of Florida developed the Teen Driver Challenge Program.”

The course will take place Thursday, January 11 with a classroom session 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, located at 4700 West Midway Rd. Fort Pierce, and a hands-on driving session Saturday, January 13, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Indian River State College Public Safety Training Complex on Kirby Loop Road.

Classes are free, but space is limited. Details and registration forms are on the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office website, under “Community Programs,” at http://www.stluciesheriff.com.

Information is also available by calling the Training Unit at (772) 462-3607.

Completed forms should be returned to:  Training Unit, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981 or faxed to: (772) 462-3615.

If the registration is faxed, the teen driver must bring the original copy of the registration to the first class.

The completed application can also be scanned and e-mailed to fagec@stluciesheriff.com.

Mariposa Elementary PBIS Unity Garden

Mariposa Elementary PBIS Unity Garden

Mariposa Elementary celebrated their PBIS by creating a Unity Friendship Rock Garden. Florida Falls in Fort Pierce was very generous in donating over 700 rocks. Each student was able to design their own rock to represent friendship, unity, anti-bullying, caring words, and respect.

Once the rocks were complete, they were placed in a “garden” for all students and staff to enjoy. The rock garden sends a strong message of positivity for all. Anthony Vidal, Joseph Scotti, Luke Saintelien-Elan, Kristal Santiago, Justin Ingersoll, Lawrence Pierre, Lillith McAdams, Jeremy Beausoleil, Clara Hager, Jonathan Smith, and Jahmal Julmis from Mrs. Lana Watson’s class are placing their creatively decorated rocks with unity messages into the garden.

Holiday Happenings

Holiday Happenings

Allapattah Flats K-8 

Saturday, Dec. 2 – Santa’s Breakfast 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. $3.00 per person

Thursday, Dec. 7 – Night of the Arts at 5:30 p.m.

Bayshore Elementary

Tuesday, Dec. 12 – Grades 3-5 Holiday Concert at 6:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria

Wednesday, Dec. 13 – Grades K-2 Holiday Concert at 6:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria

Dan McCarty Middle School

Wednesday, Dec. 13 -“A Joyful Night” Holiday Concert featuring Dan McCarty Middle School Singing Eagles and Westwood High School Concert Choir at Dan McCarty Middle School in the Cafeteria – 7:00 p.m.

Floresta Elementary

Monday, Dec. 4 – Friday, Dec. 8 – Santa Shop Is Open During School Hours

Tuesday, Dec. 5 – Cookies and Milk with Santa and Santa Shop from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 7 – Winter Concert from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Forest Grove Middle School

Tuesday, Dec. 19 Chorus Concert at the Fort Pierce Central High School Auditorium – 7:00 p.m.

Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts

Thursday, Dec. 7 – Holiday Spectacular (Student Performances) at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium

Frances K. Sweet Elementary

Thursday, Nov. 30 – Art Fair from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 2 – Breakfast with Santa Hosted by Student Council from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. $5 per person (Includes Craft and Picture with Santa)

Lakewood Park Elementary

Tuesday, Dec. 5 – Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast

Monday, Dec. 11 – Penguin Patch Holiday Store Opens

Thursday, Dec. 14 – Holiday Performance at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16 – Breakfast with Santa from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 20 – VPK Holiday Program at 1:45 p.m.

Lawnwood Elementary

Thursday, Dec. 14 – Holiday Show at 6:00 p.m.

Lincoln Park Academy

Tuesday, Dec. 5 – Orchestra Winter Concert at 6:30 p.m. in the LPA Auditorium

Saturday, Dec. 9 – Homecoming Dance, Arabian Nights at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 14 – Chorus Holiday Concert at 6:30 p.m. in the LPA Auditorium

Monday, Dec. 18 – Middle School Band Winter Concert at 6:30 p.m. in the LPA Auditorium

Tuesday, Dec. 19 – High Wind Symphony Winter Concert at 6:30 p.m. in the LPA Auditorium

Thursday, Dec. 21 – Theatre Superior Showcase at 6:30 p.m. in the LPA Auditorium

Manatee Academy

Thursday, Dec. 2 – “Fall into Winter Festival” in the Manatee Gymnasium from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 12 –  Band Winter Concert in the Centennial High School Auditorium – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 14 Chorus Concert in the Manatee Academy Cafeteria – 6:30 p.m

Mariposa Elementary

Wednesday, Dec. 6 – Chorus/Book Fair at Barnes & Noble (3001 NW Fed. Hwy, Jensen) – 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 12 – Instrumental Ensemble Performance at School Bd. Mtg. (Allapattah Flats – 12051 Copper Creek Dr., PSL) – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 21 – Instrumental Ensemble/Chorus at Mariposa in Cafeteria – 6:00 p.m. – Approx. 6:45 p.m.

Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition

Thursday, Dec. 7 – Elementary Rocket Chorus and 6th Grade Band Young Musicians Holiday Concert at Palm Pointe – 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 8 – 8th Grade Jazz Band and Rocket Chorus Performance at Tradition Square – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 9 – Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. – 11a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 14 – Palm Pointe Holiday Fine Arts Extravaganza at Palm Pointe – 6:30 p.m.

Rivers Edge Elementary

Saturday, Dec. 16 – Breakfast with Santa from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 20 – 4th Grade Chorus Concert at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 21 – Giving Tree Assembly from 9:00 a.m. -10:45 a.m.

Samuel S. Gaines Academy

Thursday, Dec. 14 – Winter Concert from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Southern Oaks Middle School

Friday, Dec. 8 – SOMS Band Presents an Old-Fashioned Country Holiday Concert at 6:30 p.m. in the SOMS Cafeteria. Admission is FREE, but new, unwrapped toys as Toys for Tots donations are welcomed.

Southport Middle School

Tuesday, Dec. 19 – Winter Band Concert at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 15 – Winter Drama Production Evening Show (Legally Blonde Jr.) at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16 – Winter Drama Production Matinee (Legally Blonde Jr.) at 2:00 p.m.

St. Lucie Elementary

Wednesday, Nov. 29 – Publix Math Night from 5:00 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Taylor Creek Publix

St. Lucie West K-8

Friday Dec. 1 – Monday, Dec. 11 – PTO Holiday Shoppe

Monday, Dec. 4 – Wednesday, Dec. 20 – Student Council Giving Tree

Thursday, Dec. 7 – Holiday Band Concert – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 14 – Science Fair and Game Night – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 14 – S.A.G.E. Expo – 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 20 – 1st Grade Winter Tea – 1:45 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 21 – 1st Grade Polar Express Day – 1:45 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 22 – PBiS Neon Dance – Time TBD

Treasure Coast HS IB Academy & FBLA will be volunteering at the TC Food Bank Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. as part of their Annual Helping Hand Focus

Tuesday, Dec. 5 FBLA Holiday Fundraiser at Big Apple Pizza from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.

White City Elementary

Tuesday, Dec. 19 – Holiday Concert at 6:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria

 

TCHS Practices for Real Life

TCHS Practices for Real Life

Wendy Williams from The Container Store, along with some of our support teachers, offer realistic job interview practice for Mr. Williams’ English IV classes. 
The interview is one of the components for the Senior Portfolio Project. 
    

 

FGMS Advances in Samsung’s National STEAM Contest

FGMS Advances in Samsung’s National STEAM Contest

 

 Forest Grove Middle School moves on as a national finalist in Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a program that encourages students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Principal Monarae Miller-Buchanan stated that Ms. Cole’s 6th, 7th and 8th grade MOA Prep classroom is one of 255 national finalists chosen based on their STEAM proposal to address pollutants contributed by urban runoff that affects local waterways, Indian River Lagoon and the ocean. “Our students are passionate about applying their skills and challenging one another to reach new levels of achievement on this project. This is their home and they want to make a positive difference for their future,” she said.

To tackle this project, students will apply STEAM to reduce pollutants by testing water qualities, composting vegetative debris for further industrial use, growing native plants, using underwater robotics to remove layers of toxic muck that keep natural plant life from growing, and applying Kilroy systems to continuously monitor water quality to name a few items on their agenda. As one of five state finalists in Florida, Ms. Cole will win a Samsung Chromebook® to use in her classroom.

Forest Grove Middle School will now have the opportunity to advance in the competition for additional classroom technology prizes. Ms. Cole is currently working on an Activity Plan outlining how her students will execute their project. If Ms. Cole is named the Florida State Winner in December, Forest Grove Middle School will receive a $25,000 Samsung technology package!

If the Forest Grove Middle School Bulldogs win the judges’ favor at the state level, the next move is nationals. Ten national finalists will be selected to attend a Pitch Event where they will pitch their project to a panel of judges. For achieving national finalist status, seven schools will receive a $50,000 Samsung technology package. The other three will progress to the national winner stage. Three national winners will be selected and each will receive a $150,000 Samsung technology package.

 

Share Night at Culver’s – Dec. 6

Share Night at Culver’s – Dec. 6

The Education Foundation of St. Lucie and Culver’s in Tradition are partnering for a “Share Night” to benefit the Foundation.

On Wednesday, December 6th from 4-8 PM, Culver’s will donate a portion of their receipts to the Education Foundation. Mention the Education Foundation when you order. Culver’s features delicious burgers and their famous custard-like ice cream.

 

Culver’s Location:

10770 SW Tradition Pkwy.

Port St Lucie, FL 34987

A Vision for the Future

A Vision for the Future

St. Lucie Public Schools and Indian River State College work in collaboration to provide students with opportunities to experience a college campus, speak with individuals on site, and establish robust goals for their future.  Students recently participated in a 2017 Men of Color College Tour.

Many former Fort Pierce Central High School students served as mentors for the tour.  These gentlemen are pictured here with Indian River State College President Ed Massey.

 

C-SPAN BUS VISITS SLWK-8

C-SPAN BUS VISITS SLWK-8

C-SPAN’s all-new 45-foot customized motor coach partnered with Comcast to engage teachers and students through interactive demonstrations of C-SPAN’s multi-platform public service resources.

Students interacted with state-of-the-art resources on the bus including:

  • Large-screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and myriad of political and educational resources
  • A smart TV and classroom area for conversations with students and teachers
  • A high-definition TV production studio for taped and live programming
  • A 360-degree video station featuring C-SPAN’s unfiltered coverage of high-profile events and insightful, behind-the-scenes tours of U.S. landmarks
  • A Washington, D.C.-themed selfie station where visitors can share their Bus experience through social media

To launch the new C-SPAN Bus – and begin the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Bus program – C-SPAN embarked on a “50 Capitals Tour” in September 2017, heading to every U.S. state capital, culminating in November 2018. As the Bus travels, elected officials will be featured during C-SPAN’s signature morning program, Washington Journal. City Councilwoman Stephanie Morgan joined our students at St. Lucie West K-8 to enjoy this opportunity.

Northport Partners With American Security Council Foundation for Essay Contest!

Northport Partners With American Security Council Foundation for Essay Contest!

Northport community is so very proud of our essay contest winners for the recent writing opportunity for our sixth graders.  The American Security Council Foundation offers a program that teaches good citizenship called “Step Up America.”  Northport has made the program an integral piece of educating students about the many aspects of being a great citizen and how to become aware of their surroundings.  We have dubbed that program “Step Up Northport.”

The essay topic was titled “What Freedom Means to Me and What Protects Our Freedoms in this Country.”  The prizes for the essay contest were awarded to John O’Rourke, third place,  who received a gift card for $50; Lahela Cornett, second place, who received a $100 gift card; and our first place grand writing champion is Jayden Diago who will visit Washington, D.C. with a parent or guardian. Expenses are paid for this trip which includes a tour of the city to visit important monuments and places and to attend the National Wreath Laying held on December 16, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Jayden closed her essay by saying, “When I become an adult, I will do my best to become a good, productive and law abiding citizen, pay taxes, pay kindness forward, support law enforcement and military, exercise my rights, especially to vote so I can have a voice and help the government continue to uphold the Constitution.  We must work together to retain freedom and acquire peace.”

We are extremely proud of our partnership with the American Security Council Foundation and with Step Up America.  The students who participated in the essay contest were a spectacular representation of the wonderful teaching and learning that goes on at Northport every single day.

The Works of Jim Dine

The Works of Jim Dine

A collection of artworks from twelve young Lincoln Park Academy artists are being displayed at Art Connection Gallery in the Arcade Building, 101 US-1 (and Orange Ave.) in Ft Pierce.  The students from Lisa Steffens-Smith class have been studying the contemporary artist Jim Dine.  All student work is a representation of the artist.

An opening reception has taken place in the gallery.  Exhibitions will be open to the public until November 30th.

Students participating in the St. Lucie County Teen Art have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes.  All winners of the   two-week segment will have their art on display for the month of December. The grand prize winner, chosen by the judges, will receive four hours of instruction from a local professional artist. Artists specializing in different mediums will be available for students to choose.  The 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive gift cards for art supplies at Michaels. All finalists will receive certificates for participation.  Last, winners will have their art displayed at Seacoast Bank.

Make sure stop in to the Art Connection Gallery.

Participating artists from LPA Studio Art:

Malaica Ashley

Amira Barajas

Evemita Brisenold

Keila Cuartas

Kayla Dyer

Alondra Lopez

Isabelle McConville

Danielle Mejias

Rafella Milla

Isabella Moreno

Chloe Padon

Addel Shaler

The Heart of Giving

The Heart of Giving

Many of St. Lucie Public Schools’ families enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving thanks to the generosity of our friends at the Fort Pierce Elks Lodge #1520.  According to our partner in education Lenny Smallacombe, “Chester A. Moore Elementary’s school staff asked for the organization’s help, and the Fort Pierce Elks Lodge #1520 was pleased to make 20 families’ Thanksgiving better.”
Pictured below: The Pantry Food Backpack Team is boxing Thanksgiving food items and turkeys for 20 homeless families who have children attending C.A. Moore Elementary School in Ft. Pierce.

During this time of year, members of The Pantry Food Backpack Team also doubled up on food items that were donated to the school because students were out of school for a few extra days due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Students’ Visual Arts Talents Featured in NY Gallery Exhibition

Students’ Visual Arts Talents Featured in NY Gallery Exhibition

New York’s BFA Photography & Video School of Visual Arts selected the works of gifted student artists from Fort Pierce Central High School for an exhibit entitled 2017 America. Fourteen students from Ms. Heather Blackmon-Gordon’s classes have their works on display at the SVA Gramercy Gallery in New York City.  The total exhibit features a wide range of artistic perspectives from over 30 states.

Blackmon-Gordon said about her students, “I enjoy giving them the opportunity to showcase their talents and compete at a national level.  Exhibitions such as this provide recognition for my students and the Visual Arts Program in St. Lucie County.”  Students whose works are currently on display at 2017 America are: Mark Allen, Alanis Aviles, Gabriella Borges, Deana Diejuste, Alexis Boyd, Caitlyn Brady, Elizabeth Branch, Yesenia Carona, Mario Marin, Jessica Hoyt, Sienna Medina, Evan Bongart, and Mariela Vertiz.

2017 America is an exhibit that provides visitors an opportunity to gain insight into what young Americans are thinking.  The range of artistic perspectives is varied, from personal to political, with an array of creative talents on display for viewers to appreciate.

Students’ Visual Arts Talents Featured in NY Gallery Exhibition

Students’ Visual Arts Talents Featured in NY Gallery Exhibition

FORT PIERCE, FL –  New York’s BFA Photography & Video School of Visual Arts selected the works of gifted student artists from Fort Pierce Central High School for an exhibit entitled 2017 America. Fourteen students from Ms. Heather Blackmon-Gordon’s classes have their works on display at the SVA Gramercy Gallery in New York City.  The total exhibit features a wide range of artistic perspectives from over 30 states.

Blackmon-Gordon said about her students, “I enjoy giving them the opportunity to showcase their talents and compete at a national level.  Exhibitions such as this provide recognition for my students and the Visual Arts Program in St. Lucie County.”  Students whose works are currently on display at 2017 America are: Mark Allen, Alanis Aviles, Gabriella Borges, Deana Diejuste, Alexis Boyd, Caitlyn Brady, Elizabeth Branch, Yesenia Carona, Mario Marin, Jessica Hoyt, Sienna Medina, Evan Bongart, and Mariela Vertiz.

2017 America is an exhibit that provides visitors an opportunity to gain insight into what young Americans are thinking.  The range of artistic perspectives is varied, from personal to political, with an array of creative talents on display for viewers to appreciate.

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.

 

FGMS Advances in Samsung’s National STEAM Contest

FGMS Advances in Samsung’s National STEAM Contest

 

FORT PIERCE, FL – Forest Grove Middle School moves on as a national finalist in Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a program that encourages students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). Principal Monarae Miller-Buchanan stated that Ms. Cole’s 6th, 7th and 8th grade MOA Prep classroom is one of 255 national finalists chosen based on their STEAM proposal to address pollutants contributed by urban runoff that affects local waterways, Indian River Lagoon and the ocean. “Our students are passionate about applying their skills and challenging one another to reach new levels of achievement on this project. This is their home and they want to make a positive difference for their future,” she said.

To tackle this project, students will apply STEAM to reduce pollutants by testing water qualities, composting vegetative debris for further industrial use, growing native plants, using underwater robotics to remove layers of toxic muck that keep natural plant life from growing, and applying Kilroy systems to continuously monitor water quality to name a few items on their agenda. As one of five state finalists in Florida, Ms. Cole will win a Samsung Chromebook® to use in her classroom.

Forest Grove Middle School will now have the opportunity to advance in the competition for additional classroom technology prizes. Ms. Cole is currently working on an Activity Plan outlining how her students will execute their project. If Ms. Cole is named the Florida State Winner in December, Forest Grove Middle School will receive a $25,000 Samsung technology package!

If the Forest Grove Middle School Bulldogs win the judges’ favor at the state level, the next move is nationals. Ten national finalists will be selected to attend a Pitch Event where they will pitch their project to a panel of judges. For achieving national finalist status, seven schools will receive a $50,000 Samsung technology package. The other three will progress to the national winner stage. Three national winners will be selected and each will receive a $150,000 Samsung technology package.

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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.

WPSL Christmas Kids

WPSL Christmas Kids

‘Tis the season for singing a joyful song. Seasonal performances including SLPS students can be seen and heard on WLX-TV,  on the St. Lucie Public Schools You Tube Channel, and on the St. Lucie Public Schools Facebook page.

WLX-TV

You Tube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3GKMqcIjbgqXb7XDy27uYw

Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/stlucieschools/

 

The WPSL Christmas Kids Toy Drive is underway now to support children in our area.  To find out more about how you can make a donation, go to:

http://www.wpslchristmaskids.com/

Thankful

Thankful

SLPS extends warm thanks to the Law Office of Jules-Toussaint, LLC in Port St. Lucie for sponsoring the donation of turkeys to many migrant families in our county.

PSLHS Parent Collaboration Night

PSLHS Parent Collaboration Night

Parent Agency Collaboration Night

Please plan to join with others at

Port St. Lucie High School in the Media Center

Thursday, December 7, 2017

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Information and Resources: Students with Disabilities

 

Notice: FLVS Platform Briefly Unavailable Beginning December 1st

Notice: FLVS Platform Briefly Unavailable Beginning December 1st

FLVS Platform will be UNAVAILABLE Beginning Friday, December 1st at 8:00 PM.

FLVS has been working diligently to move our learning management system, Educator, to a cloud-based infrastructure. By moving to the cloud, Educator will have higher reliability and increased mobile device compatibility which will improve our user experience.

We will begin the migration of Educator on Friday, Dec. 1st.

Educator will be unavailable starting at 8 PM on Friday, Dec. 1st and will be back up by 8 AM on Monday, Dec. 4th. 

Students and parents have been notified through the Virtual School Administrator and their teachers.  We will continue to keep everyone informed of our progress.

Thank you for your understanding and support of this important system improvement for FLVS.

Best Regards,

Jeanne M. Ziemba
Principal, Mosaic Digital Academy and St. Lucie Virtual