Did you know that 95% of U.S. adults support organ donation but only 58% are registered as donors? Currently, there are 5,938 people in the State of Florida waiting for an organ. St. Lucie West Centennial HS HOSA students are looking to change those statistics.
All too many times, we hear of a friend, or a family member, or a neighbor needing an organ transplant. Occasionally, our community loses someone too early to a tragic accident. The St. Lucie County Tax Collectors office along with their Chief Deputy and long-time school administrator, David Washington, have forged a partnership with St. Lucie Schools to encourage teens to consider becoming organ donors when they go to their local tax collector’s office to get their driver’s license or state ID card.
Allied Health program students from St. Lucie West Centennial High School recently invited Cynthia Hacker, a representative from Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency, University of Miami to speak in classes and at the school’s quarterly blood drive.
“Because our students are interested in a healthcare field and because they are of driving age, we thought it would be important to educate them about this topic,” explained Allied Health teacher Elizabeth Durkee. “Our goal is to help them make a more informed decision on becoming a registered organ donor.”
The HOSA-Future Health Professionals chapter will also help spread the word about the importance of organ and tissue donation by sharing this important message around campus.
If you would like additional information, please go to the registry link www.donatelifeflorida.org. You can also use this link to sign up to be a donor.
Last week students from clubs across the TCHS campus participated in Halloween for the Homeless. Students went door to door in their neighborhoods collecting non-perishable items for donation to our school’s food pantry, and the Salvation Army. In total, the students collected 1,170 lbs of food, 1/2 a ton, for families in need this holiday season!! The feedback from the students and community has been amazing, and we are looking forward to making this an annual tradition. This was a true example of the extraordinary amount of good that our students are capable of when they work together! #TitanBornTitanBred #TitanPride
Students, parents, and staff members enjoyed using creative and critical thinking skills to problem-solve. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math education will help our young leopards achieve their academic goals. GO LAWNWOOD!
Students learned about the importance of etiquette when interviewing for jobs and became student members of the TCBA. Thank you Maddie Williams, Executive Director of the Treasure Coast Builders Association!
We had the most memorable event celebrating our Veterans and First Responders at Oak Hammock K-8 School. It was a privilege to welcome our guests to enjoy Mrs. Isenhower’s Band Performance, Mrs. Allen’s Choir, and Operation Osprey Cadets Color Guard led by Mrs. Bozzo. It was an honor for First Responders and community Veterans to receive appreciation and love from our students, faculty, and staff. Thank you to all families who celebrated this day with us. The patriotism and support from the next generation of leaders, our students, has inspired all of us to continue building unity among our community. Take a moment to thank a hero, tap them on the shoulder, smile and say, thank you for keeping us safe in the USA!
Congratulations to Lincoln Park Academy Senior, Callie Zheng for being selected as Fort Pierce Rotary Club, Student of the Month for October. Callie is a graduating with a weighted GPA of an awesome 6.22. She is the daughter of Quan Zheng and Wei Cai.
Callie’s subjects of interests are many and include Chemistry, Mathematics, and Engineering. She has received awards as a 2019 Florida Sunshine State Scholar, a 2019 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist, First Place Individual Southwest Region for the AMATYC 2018 and Third Place in Senior Plant Sciences Category at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair. Callie is a member of the National Honor Society, the Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, Association for Women in Mathematics and the International Thespian Society.
The person who has influenced Callie the most is her brother. He has shown her what a hard work ethic looks like and has pushed Callie to be dedicated and devoted to anything she sets her mind to.
Callie’s most meaningful quote is “You miss 100% of the shots you do not take!”
Get in the holiday spirit with the TCHS Band by joining us for an exciting evening of music making at the 2019 TCHS Prism Concert! Come out and see and hear the Symphonic Bands, Jazz Band, Chamber Ensembles, Color Guard and Marching Band perform seasonal favorites and popular music. Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at: https://tchsband.ludus.com/index.php
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Dates and times for Mary Poppins at Port St. Lucie High School:
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 23, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 24, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 25, 2020 – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 25, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 26, 2020 – 12 Noon
Sunday, January 26, 2020 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 30, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 31, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 1, 2020 – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 1, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 2, 2020 – 2:00 p.m.
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The students made connections between the text of a story and the visual/oral presentation of the text. It was another terrific day of learning at Lawnwood Elementary School.
From the kitchen to the community, Cowboys Cares is helping to grow and unite our diverse community through collective outreach and activities. Their first community event included hosting the Kindergarten pumpkin carving contest on Wednesday at Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie. Cowboys was happy to donate the pumpkins for this event. There was also a Cowboys catered lunch for all kindergarten teaching staff on Wednesday.
CAST appreciates the commitment from Cowboys and giving back to our school.
Palm Pointe First Grade students celebrated their love for reading and learning new vocabulary words by making their assigned word come to life during a vocabulary parade! Students came dressed in a costume that exemplified their word. They had an opportunity to share their word with family members and other students by marching across the stage and presenting their word to everyone. We can’t wait to see our rockets use these new words in their speaking and writing.
Close to four hundred St Lucie Public high school students attended Indian River State College Great Explorations held at IRSC main campus in Fort Pierce. The annual event attracted juniors and seniors from every high school (Fort Pierce Westwood, Central, Lincoln Park, Mosaic, Port St Lucie, Performance Based, St Lucie West Centennial, and Treasure Coast) who spent the day planning for their future after high school. Each student chose their top career interests and visited four college programs matching those interests.
Northport received the most votes from Sprint in-store visitors who voted for their favorite school through Sprint’s Back 2 School Contest. The contest covered the northern part of Florida including St. Lucie County. Sprint presented Northport K8 with a $5000 check! Thank you Sprint for supporting schools! Way to go Northport!
In support of Unity Day, Morningside Staff wear orange to show their support against Bullying.
After much anticipation and excitement, the Peacock Arts District team selected the winning artwork for the “PAD Banner Contest” which is displayed throughout the Peacock Arts District in downtown Ft. Pierce. Over 100 entries were received from all ages sharing their own unique design for the PAD. The contest highlighted the incredible talent in our community, including young aspiring artists from our public schools. Out of 14 elementary and middle school finalists, ten were CAST students.
Winners of the 2019 PAD Banner Contest:
Emily Giron Ortiz
Marquis Fields Jr
St Lucie Culinary Arts instructors participated in the St Lucie West Kitchen Krawl hosted by Texas Roadhouse! Sarah Kirk, Store Marketer and Tanner Hedberg, Assistant Kitchen Manager welcomed the culinary instructors with open arms. The Krawl focuses on partnerships to enhance job opportunities and enrich culinary classrooms with relevant industry needs. Tanner hosted a detailed kitchen tour explaining “soup to nuts” and highlighting the entry-level kitchen positions. The visit highlight was talking with Gary Gerena, a 2019 Culinary Program graduate, from Fort Pierce Central High working at Texas Roadhouse! We are very proud of Gary and our culinary students. The Texas Roadhouse hospitality wrapped up with a delicious Texas Barbecue lunch. Big thanks to our partners at Texas Roadhouse Sarah Kirk, Rick Kirk and Tanner Hedberg! Special thanks to Jen Tremblay, Culinary Instructor at St Lucie West K8 who coordinated the Krawl for the teachers.
Mariposa Elementary’s reading night at Barnes and Noble was a huge success. There were stories, cookies, and surprises. Catarina Rodriguez is reading a book before Storytime. Jeremiah Grant and Logan Elliott are listening to Principal R. Craig Logue read We don’t eat our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins. Mariposa will have its next Barnes and Noble reading night Tuesday, December 17. Please plan to come for the fun!
On 10/11/19 the Port St. Lucie Jaguars faced off against the Okeechobee Bulls. The Port St. Lucie Jaguar Battalion accomplished many tasks to see that the game went smoothly.
Honor Guard: Cadet First Lieutenant Lila Meade
Directing Traffic: Cadet Command Sargent Major Lawrence Moleon- Mathews,Cadet Major Alexis Morris, Cadet Sergeant First Class Alexis Wilson
Presentation of Colors: Cadet First Sergeant Isaiah Hilton
Saber Guard: Cadet Sergeant Major Lawrence Moleon- Matthews, Cadet First Lieutenant Mayoliv Hernandez, Cadet First Sergeant Isaiah Hylton, Cadet Sergeant First Class Alexis Wilson, Cadet Major Alexis Morris, and Cadet Second Lieutenant Noah Cook
Battalion Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Simmons
Homecoming Court: Emmalyne Lewiston
Produced by Cadet Major Alexis Morris and Cadet Sergeant Seaira Swain.
What an amazing day at Northport! The school community came together with a unified message against bullying. Parent and PTO president, Kendra Hansard, joined students for the Pledge of Allegiance and PTO vice president, Kristy Ellison, led the students in the Kids at Hope Pledge with a nod to a culture of kindness and antibullying on campus.
Students across the campus made posters and banners to promote bullying awareness and voiced a powerful message of care, concern and kindness. Students, teachers and staff wore orange to promote unity and togetherness. Many thanks to the teachers who assisted in making posters and banners. We need all hands on deck for this annual unifying event. Many thanks to our parents who participated and a special SHOUT OUT to our resource/elective teachers who marched around the school with the students for the annual walk. Thanks to Kim Kanada Graff, Rachel Savela, Stephanie Ramirez, Christine Ilgenfritz, Ricardo Renelus, Kim Fields, Daryn Ploeckelman and Michael Morales. Without these special teachers, Unity Day could not happen! We don’t accept bullying on Northport campus and we always look forward to this unifying event.
Northport Northstar students hosted Port St. Lucie Mayor, Greg Oravec and Major Chris Cicio, Director of Detention for the Sheriff’s Department, in the media center recently. Both men initiated conversations with students about how they handle stress.
In order for young people to achieve their potential, we need to recognize that social and emotional learning is a critical element in the educational process. Both men gave their own career experiences with stress and provided students with real life experiences on how they each handle the stress reaction.
Mayor Oravec spoke about recognizing emotional states, and how he copes such as working out, fishing, surfing and staying off social media. He spoke about recognizing and handling stress before the stress turns into more than what can be handled alone.
Major Cicio spoke about the stress response and how to stop the feelings of stress before it becomes dangerous. He spoke about recognizing the “here and now, what’s right in front of you and dealing with each step and not trying to attack and sweat over the big picture life problems.” Major Cicio gave students tips about breathing techniques that officers use when in stressful situations, better communications skills, and never to respond out of anger. Both men spoke about finding “passion and life purpose.” Both spoke about investing their time in other people.
When students learn critical social and emotional skills not only from their parents and teachers, but also community members, they learn to embrace the value of service and can better learn. They become better citizens and that makes stronger communities. We are definitely on the right track at Northport.