State Rep. Larry Lee, Jr. Addresses Allapattah Flats Upward Mobility Group

State Rep. Larry Lee, Jr. Addresses Allapattah Flats Upward Mobility Group

On Friday, October 20, 2017, Allapattah Flats welcomed motivational speaker and State Representative Larry Lee, Jr. as a guest of the Speakers Bureau.  State Rep. Lee was introduced by Dr. Donna Mills who began the Speakers Bureau four years ago.  Rep. Lee has a passion for reaching young people with a message about “Choosing Success!”

Rep. Lee shared some real life struggles from elementary school on up through high school.  He admitted that he did not always make good choices along the way but always had people in his life who encouraged him to strive for better things, and he listened because of the respect that he had for them.  This led Rep. Lee to an avenue of playing football, being on the FPC undefeated football team, and obtaining a football scholarship to attend college!  This is when attending college truly became a reality to Rep. Lee.  A reality that was not on his radar during the early years of his life.

As Rep. Lee continued to share, he captured the group’s attention, especially when he spoke about how he signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos in 1976.  He spoke about how he was released during the pre-season and did not make the final cut.  Rep. Lee’s story to young men who are aspiring to play professional football is to always have a back-up plan and he explained that the NFL has another meaning and that is ‘Not For Long.’  That’s why you need to get a good education so that you will be “SFL”  which means Set For Life!  He spoke about his pathway from teaching school to where he is today and explained to the group that he has accomplished many things in life by making plans. He offered crucial advice to the group about planning for success.

Rep. Lee explained that if you want to be successful – hang with success people!  He explained that association brings about assimilation so be smart enough to know how to surround yourself with smart people!  Rep. Lee then directed the students’ attention to a “T” model with “Dos” on the left and “Don’ts” on the right and encouraged them to use this model as a guide to govern their daily actions and to evaluate the things that they can do to improve their daily lives, their grades, and their actions.

Rep. Lee concluded with encouraging the students to maintain good grade point averages, good behavior, to dress for success, and above all, encourage each other along the way!  Rep. Lee has high expectations for this “APF-Upward Mobility Group” and will be checking in on their SUCCESS!

FIT Field Trip

FIT Field Trip

On Thursday, October 26, the Jaguar cadets took a trip to Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) to expand their knowledge of senior ROTC and the college admission process. With a few guest speakers from the admissions office, ROTC and a US Army Officer; the Jaguar cadets have learned valuable information about how their future should go.

Read for the Record

Read for the Record

In a united effort, St. Lucie Public Schools and PNC Bank spread the joy of literacy by participating with others around the world in Read for the Record. Guest readers from PNC Bank thrilled children in pre-kindergarten classrooms across the district by reading the book Quackers. #GrowUpGreat #StLucieProud

Golf Tournament Raises Awareness and Funds for Homeless Children

Golf Tournament Raises Awareness and Funds for Homeless Children

“Timing is everything.”  Never before has a statement uttered been more true.  This week, Soraya Rooney and an outreach team from First United Methodist Church presented St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) with a $2,000 check to support the needs of homeless children in St. Lucie County (SLC).  This windfall came from a golf tournament fundraiser held for just that purpose in August prior to the storms.

 

According to Kandiss Davis, Choice Program Specialist for SLPS, “Sixty percent of our inventory to aid homeless children registering for school was lost due to the flooding we experienced in our District offices.  We are just now trying to recuperate so that our children do not feel any lapse in service.”  Since September 18th, SLPS has identified 307 more homeless students.  Of those, 187 are homeless due to recent weather events.

 

Rooney and her team are committed to supporting children in SLC.  They see their work as a positive way to help children in need and plan to host another golf tournament next year to continue their support for homeless children in SLC.

 

Currently, SLPS has identified over 900 students as homeless.  Unfortunately, these numbers continue to rise. Kylee Fuhr serves as the District’s homeless liaison.  With the support of community partners, SLPS provides students identified as homeless with school-appropriate clothing and shoes, backpacks, school supplies, hygiene kits, and tutorial services when needed.  School stability is the focus of the SLPS program. For more information or to become a partner in education, call (772) 429-3930 or email student.assignment@stlucieschools.org.

 

SLWK-8 Speakers Bureau

SLWK-8 Speakers Bureau

St. Lucie West K8 (SLWK8) is excited to welcome our first monthly Speakers Bureau speaker in partnership with Dr. Donna Mills, SLPS School Board Vice-Chairperson. Each month, SLWK8 along with other schools, hosts guest speakers who encourage and motivate students to make good choices, use positive role models and learn to find their passion and purpose in life.

SLWK8’s guest speaker was Mr. Samuel McDuffie, basketball coach and motivational speaker. Mr. McDuffie spoke insightfully to our eighth grade Sharks. He gave background information about himself and about his youth. He encouraged students to think bigger and to be resolved and focused.

The Speakers Bureau extends to our students a great opportunity, and we look forward to working with Dr. Mills and with the many who are willing to share their inspiring stories with our students.

Educators Helping Educators

Educators Helping Educators

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Graders at Mariposa Elementary Discover 3D Shapes

First Graders at Mariposa Elementary Discover 3D Shapes

Students in Mrs. Auciello’s first grade class at Mariposa Elementary used Play-Doh and toothpicks to create a 3-dimensional cube! The students figured out that they needed 6 Play-Doh vertices and 12 toothpick edges.

Pictured are Andrew Newhouse, Jaxson Plantier, Malia Johnson, Jaistyn Thurston, and Madelyn Farrell.

What a great way to learn about the defining attributes of 3D shapes!

Elks Care and Share

Elks Care and Share

Ft. Pierce Elks Lodge #1520 has a heart for caring and sharing, especially when it comes to the youngest members in this community.  The organization’s Pantry and Backpack Program has made a positive difference in the lives of many SLPS children.

On hand at a recent event were members of Chester A. Moore’s Administrative Team: Lauren Gieseler, Alisha Kennedy, and Terrance Barriner.  According to Mrs. Gieseler, the Elks Pantry and Backpack Program has made a tremendous difference in the lives of over 250 children on weekends.  At the event, the school was presented with 30 new backpacks and school supplies.  In addition, the Elks Lodge #1520 raised over $700.00 during the evening’s fundraiser to continue its benevolent efforts.

Thank you to our partners in education – the Fort Pierce Elks Lodge #1520!

 

The Giving Concert – October 25th

The Giving Concert – October 25th

The sixth annual Giving Concert is planned for October 25th at Lincoln Park Academy in the auditorium located at 1806 Avenue I in Fort Pierce. The doors open to the general public at 6:30 p.m. and the concert boasting area choral groups begins at 7:00 p.m.

The event, sponsored by St. Lucie Public Schools and organized by Choral Director Dr. Rolanda Jones, will support Grace Packs which, in turn, benefits students.  Grace Packs is a weekly weekend back pack program that provides necessary food items to students in need. Admission to the concert is a non-perishable food item to be donated to Grace Packs.   Director of Grace Packs Laura Klosterman said that non-expired Chef Boyardee products are items in particular need for the program.

Concert-goers of all ages will enjoy the musical selections from area middle and high school choral groups.  Featured at this event are ensembles from Allapattah Flats K-8, Dan McCarty Middle School, Forest Grove Middle School, Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Lincoln Park Academy, Saint Lucie West Centennial High School, and Treasure Coast High School.

For more information on the Giving Concert, contact Dr. Kevin Perry at Kevin.perry@stlucieschools.org.

2017-2018 Senior Pinning

2017-2018 Senior Pinning

On Wednesday, October 18th at Port St. Lucie High, the Senior Class of 2018 came together to commemorate their last year as seniors in a senior pinning ceremony. At this year’s ceremony, the graduating class broke the record for having the auditorium brimming with students and supportive parents. St. Lucie County’s Sheriff was the honored guest speaker for this event, and the Jaguar Color guard presented the colors for the Senior Class of 2018.

FREE Heart Screening

FREE Heart Screening

Register for FREE Heart Screening

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Appointments from 8AM to 5PM

Location: Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County

Larry J. Lee Public Health Building

5150 NW Milner Drive (Off of Midway Road)

Port St. Lucie

Online Registration Available:  www.jessicaclinton.org

or call 772-215-1912

 

Three Area Schools Distinguished

Three Area Schools Distinguished

Lincoln Park Academy, Palm Point Research School at Tradition, and West Gate K-8, have been distinguished by Florida’s State Board of Education as Schools of Excellence. To be eligible, schools must have an A or a B for each of the last three years and rank in the 80th percentile in their school type or grade grouping for at least two of the most recent three years.

“All three schools boast rigorous academic programs and cater to multi-age groups,” explained Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild. “Lincoln Park serves grades 6 – 12 and both Palm Point and West Gate serve grades K – 8.”

As a school principal, Henry Sanabria indicated that he is proud to include this as one of the Greyhound’s points of pride.  Palm Point’s Kathy Perez and Melissa Hutchings of West Gate agree that the distinction is a mark of excellence for their respective schools. All three school leaders attribute the positive qualities of each staff’s professional culture to on-going talent development and to the focus on student achievement.

 

 

NORTHPORT NEVER FORGETS!  9/11 Commemoration

NORTHPORT NEVER FORGETS! 9/11 Commemoration

Northport always commemorates the tragedy of 9/11. Each year, we invite local veterans, first responders, police officers and guest speakers to bring the tragedy of September 11 alive for sixth grade students in a meaningful way. This year, due to Hurricane Irma, our program needed to be rescheduled a month and a half later. However, its importance was not diminished. Students listened to testimonials from Bill Arnold (local veteran and Northport Veteran Partner in Education), John McIntosh (Director of Operations for the American Security Council), and one of our business partners; viewed a movie by Maryanne Warren educating students about 9/11 which focused on the country’s response and Northport’s response; and listened to a musical selection called “Count On Me” sung by Sandra Tyndale Harvey.  Their essential learning experience was deeply moving and educational.

Northport students from across the campus made posters and banners depicting the tragedy of 9/11, and teachers in classrooms integrated lessons and discussions into their curriculum. This year, sixth grade students have a very special opportunity to win an all expenses trip to Washington D.C. by participating in an essay contest for themselves and one parent. We are thrilled as a school community to have our students offered this once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit and tour Washington and to attend the National Wreath Laying at Arlington National Cemetery.

In addition, teachers will be present the rules and norms to students so they may participate in an essay contest.  The essays (500 words or less) will focus on the topic “What Freedom Means to You and What Protects Our Freedoms in This Country!” Essays can be submitted for Northport sixth graders at www.stepupamericanprogram.com/essay.

Sixth grader, Kevin Parra from Mrs. Allen’s class wrapped up his feelings, “I learned so much about the plane crashes and the Twin Towers, the people, and especially the eight children who died. I just learned so much. It was so sad!” Northport Media Center is officially dedicated to the eight children who perished on 9/11. It is memorialized as “Northport K-8 School 9/11 Children’s Memorial Library.”   WE WILL NEVER FORGET!

Flip Flop Facts

Flip Flop Facts

Mrs. Glidden’s first grade class tests the order of their addends in their addition sentences to find out if it changes the sum. The students quickly found out that it did not and engaged in a game of “find your flip flop fact friend” to match their addition sentence with someone else who had their same addends ordered differently.

Northport Speakers Bureau Celebrates READ MORE, WRITE MORE!

Northport Speakers Bureau Celebrates READ MORE, WRITE MORE!

Northport is pleased to be working with SLPS Board Member Dr. Donna Mills. Dr. Mills, Northport Media Center staff, administration and teachers have formed a special collaboration to bring the best and most up-to-date information to NP students. Each program highlights a different theme. For example: October was themed Read More, Write More; November will be themed Integrity and Peer Pressure; February will celebrate Black History; and March will commemorate Women’s History. The final program to be held in April will be themed, Why the Arts Make Us Better Students! The teachers and media specialist plan student-based programming then Dr. Mills tailors her guest speaker to that programming.

The first guest was Dr. Judi Miller, former SLPS board member and current CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLC. Maryanne Warren, program specialist for New Horizons, Tracy LeJeune, 7th grade writing instructor and Lorelle Ceville collaborated to help bring a powerful program to instill the importance of reading and the will power to overcome obstacles with reading. Also highlighted were the reading peer mentorships betweeen Mrs. Ceville’s kindergartners and Mrs. LeJeune’s seventh graders. Dr. Miller was thrilled to learn of the student mentorships because that is part of the daily business of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Many thanks to Dr. Donna Mills for encouraging the Speakers Bureau at Northport to be better than ever. We have a first-rate program happening.

Properties of Matter at White City Elementary

Properties of Matter at White City Elementary

Grade 5 students of White City Elementary are learning about the states of matter.  Mr. Lewis facilitated learning as the students determined if matter can be more than one state at a time.  The students discussed properties of matter, made oobleck and

slime, and they recorded their observation.

 

Three Area Schools Distinguished

Three Area Schools Distinguished

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Lincoln Park Academy, Palm Point Research School at Tradition, and West Gate K-8, have been distinguished by the Florida’s State Board of Education as Schools of Excellence. To be eligible, schools must have an A or a B for each of the last three years and rank in the 80th percentile in their school type or grade grouping for at least two of the most recent three years.

“All three schools boast rigorous academic programs and cater to multi-age groups,” explained Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild. “Lincoln Park serves grades 6 – 12 and both Palm Point and West Gate serve grades K – 8.”

As a school principal, Henry Sanabria indicated that he is proud to include this as one of the Greyhound’s points of pride.  Palm Point’s Kathy Perez and Melissa Hutchings of West Gate agree that the distinction is a mark of excellence for their respective schools. All three school leaders attribute the positive qualities of each staff’s professional culture to on-going talent development and to the focus on student achievement.

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.

 

 

Outstanding School Leaders of the Year Named

Outstanding School Leaders of the Year Named

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Wide eyes, smiles and tributes to the efforts of school staffs were the common threads that bound Principal Traci Wilke and Assistant Principal Marcy Luckey as they were surprised with the news that they are this year’s Outstanding Principal and Assistant Principal for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS). Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and an entourage of well-wishers visited Wilke at Lawnwood Elementary and Luckey at St. Lucie Elementary to share the accolades.

“Outstanding school leaders set the pace for school achievement,” said Superintendent Gent.  “They are definitely focused on creating learning environments in which every child succeeds.”

Wilke and Luckey are both veteran educators in St. Lucie Public Schools and have been recognized for outstanding achievement and service throughout their careers. They are also not strangers to professional learning as they have a passion for being on the forefront of the latest educational research and best practices.

Both nominations from St. Lucie Public Schools will be shared with the Florida Department of Education’s statewide pool of nominees.  State winners will be announced later this year.   The Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership was established in 1988 to recognize Florida principals for their contributions to their schools and communities. The Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award was established in 1997 to honor assistant principals that have utilized teamwork and leadership to increase student achievement and greatly improved school environments.

 

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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.

Dr. Kevin Perry, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, Principal Traci Wilke, and Lydia Martin celebrate the announcement of Wilke being named Outstanding Principal of the Year for SLPS.

St. Lucie Elementary’s Assistant Principal Marcy Luckey is surprised by Superintendent E. Wayne Gent as he announces that she is St. Lucie Public Schools’ Assistant Principal of the Year.