French Pastries A la Mode at FPC

French Pastries A la Mode at FPC

French teachers Madame Elie and Mr. Johnson paired with culinary teacher Chef Strell to allow Fort Pierce Central French students the opportunity to create their own profiteroles (French cream puffs). Students learned to make a pâte a choux (pastry puffs), crême Chantilly ( Chantilly cream), and a hot chocolate sauce.

The students worked in teams of three to create the batter and cream, and received pastries to fill, and customize on their own. Chef Strell brought excitement to the kitchen, while Madame Elie and Mr. Johnson brought the culture of France and culinary history. Students loved the pastries and even asked for seconds! Students also loved the fact that the pastries were not the traditional American taste. The sweetness of the pastries, cream, and chocolate sauce were perfectly balanced.

Fresh New Look

Fresh New Look

The SLPS Maintenance Department is happy to move forward with new painting and colors at PSLHS. This is part of the continued efforts to both waterproof schools and provide an attractive renewed look to the schools.

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Fresh Work Skills Opportunity Brewing for Students

Fresh Work Skills Opportunity Brewing for Students

FORT PIERCE, FL – A fresh work skills opportunity is brewing for students in the St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program.  On Tuesday, April 11, a student-run enterprise known as Student Perks will begin selling coffee and pastries in a kiosk on the first floor breezeway of the Board of County Commissioners Administration Building located at 2300 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce.

 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is slated for 8:30 AM on opening day. 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.   According to Job Coach Martha Taylor, “Student Perks offers a uniquely hands-on learning experience for SLPS students. Entrepreneurs operating the shop partner with peers in the Port St. Lucie High Culinary Arts Class for the pastries that are sold.”  This fits right in with the Student Perks tagline, “It’s more than coffee!”

 

The Board of County Commissioners embraced the initiative, recognizing that ordering seemingly simple items like coffee and pastries, supports skills that can be maximized to aid students’ employability skills. Coffee and snacks will be served every Tuesday morning from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Participants in the Student Perks program will receive support from a SLPS Job Coach.

 

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

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

 

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Fresh Work Skills Opportunity Brewing for Students

Fresh Work Skills Opportunity Brewing for Students

A fresh work skills opportunity is brewing for students in the St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program.  On Tuesday, April 11, a student-run enterprise known as Student Perks will begin selling coffee and pastries in a kiosk on the first floor breezeway of the Board of County Commissioners Administration Building located at 2300 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce.

 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is slated for 8:30 AM on opening day. 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.   According to Job Coach Martha Taylor, “Student Perks offers a uniquely hands-on learning experience for SLPS students. Entrepreneurs operating the shop partner with peers in the Port St. Lucie High Culinary Arts Class for the pastries that are sold.”  This fits right in with the Student Perks tagline, “It’s more than coffee!”

 

The Board of County Commissioners embraced the initiative, recognizing that ordering seemingly simple items like coffee and pastries, supports skills that can be maximized to aid students’ employability skills. Coffee and snacks will be served every Tuesday morning from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Participants in the Student Perks program will receive support from a SLPS Job Coach.

 

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.

 

Friends and Trustees of the Rupert J. Smith Law Library Celebrate Law Day 2016

Friends and Trustees of the Rupert J. Smith Law Library Celebrate Law Day 2016

The 2016 Law Day Art Contest was open to all St. Lucie County students. The theme, Miranda: More than Words,  encouraged students to explore the protections afforded to all by the U.S. Constitution, learn how these rights are protected by the courts, and determine why they are essential to our liberty. This commemorated the 50th anniversary of the case, Miranda vs. Arizona.

Students discussed the Supreme Court case and the importance of the Miranda Warning. They experimented with medium and worked with sketches to illustrate their interpretation of the Miranda Warning.

The awards for the 2016 Law Day Contest were presented to the winners on May 2nd.  Mr. E. Wayne Gent, superintendent of St Lucie Public Schools, presented the awards and prize money to the winning students. First place was awarded to Lincoln Park Academy senior Stephanie Collazos who received a $500.00 cash prize. Breyale Jenkins, also a Lincoln Park senior, won second place and a $300.00 cash prize. All student entries showed tremendous thought, creativity, and effort.

Thank you to the Friends and Trustees of the Rupert J. Smith Law Library for Celebrating Law Day.

 

 

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From Farm to Table at Fairlawn Elementary

From Farm to Table at Fairlawn Elementary

Mrs. Janette Champagne, Fairlawn’s Food Service Manager, conducted a pizza-making lesson with all of the second grade students. The lesson was about farm to table (peppers, fresh tomatoes, pineapple) and how to follow steps in a technical procedure. Students enjoyed creating their own pizzas.

Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month

Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month

September is Fruit and Veggies – More Matters Month. This is a national campaign to inform people how easy it is to get 5 – 7 servings of fruits and veggies in our daily diet. Fruits and vegetables contribute much needed vitamins, minerals, and fiber to the diet which helps reduce the incidence of chronic disease.

For children ages 2-18, the recommended fruit and vegetable intake ranges from 1-2 cups of fruit and 1-3 cups of vegetables. Recommended intakes are based on age, sex and activity level. A report from CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly looked at fruit and vegetable intake over four different yearly cycles, 2003-2010 and found that fruit intake, excluding fruit juice, increased by 12%. While vegetable intake remained the same. The report also stated, “About 60% of children consume fewer fruits than recommended, and 93% of children consume few vegetables than recommended.”

Increasing our fruit and vegetable intake is easy with a little planning and a few prompts to remember. Include fruit with breakfast. Choose healthy snacks that include a fruit or vegetable paired with a protein source, such as, hummus with baby carrots or grapes with string cheese. For lunch, include a serving of fruit and a serving of vegetables with your entrée. At dinner, include 2 servings of vegetables along with your entrée. The example nets 2-3 fruits a day with 3-4 vegetables depending on snacks. If all else fails, think MyPlate and fill half of your plate at every meal with fruits and vegetables.

Challenge yourself and your family to include at least one more fruit and one more vegetable every day with a meal through the month of September for Fruit and Vegetable – More Matters Month!  The fruits and vegetables can be fresh, frozen, canned, or dried. All forms count.

For more information:

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/wk/mm6331.pdf

How many fruits and vegetables do you need?

https://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/wp-content/uploads/UserFiles/File/pdf/resources/cdc/HowMany_Brochure.pdf

 

FSA Parent Night at White City Elementary

FSA Parent Night at White City Elementary

The students and parents of White City Elementary participated in FSA Parent Night.  Grades 3-5 families worked cooperatively to learn about FSA questions, writing rubric, and how iReady and SLC Unit Assessments are used to monitor students’ progress.  It was an informative parent event.

 

FSA “Tunnel of Support” at Mariposa Elementary

FSA “Tunnel of Support” at Mariposa Elementary

Mariposa students and staff held a surprise “tunnel of support” for students taking the FSA test to show the students how proud we are of their hard work and to help motivate them to do their best. Younger students from each class made signs and posters encouraging their peers.  Students lined up on each side of the outside hallways with their signs. They cheered and held up their signs while the students walked through the tunnel.  This event meant a great deal to the students. At dismissal, a fifth grader told Literacy Coach Monica Almeida that now she doesn’t feel nervous for her FSA test, and the parade made her feel really special. Music teacher Chad Guess had his after school music program drummers lead the parade throughout the school. The drummers pictured are Tanya Lima, Corbin Hahn, Andrea Henandez, and Lehla Badillo. It was a great parade!

Ft. Pierce Central cadets present colors at Senator Rubio event

Ft. Pierce Central cadets present colors at Senator Rubio event

Fort Pierce Central High School ROTC cadets presented the National Colors at the St. Lucie County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner recently in Port St. Lucie, where U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was the keynote speaker. Pictured with Rubio are, from left, Senior Army Instructor Lt. Colonel Nevarez, Veronica Acevedo, Gabriella Hernandez, Rubio, James Lowery and Devin Morris.

Ft. Pierce Central cadets shine at regional competition

Ft. Pierce Central cadets shine at regional competition

The Fort Pierce Central High School ROTC Raiders team competed recently in regional competition among 16 Florida high schools and 49 teams to qualify for state competition. The Cobra battalion brought four teams a male team under Cadet Master Sergeant James Lowery and a second male mixed team under Cadet Staff Sergeant Daniel Grundstrom. The first male mixed team, under Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Robert Grundstrom, brought home third place in the three mile team run. The female team under Cadet Major Kayla Hartseil placed third in the three mile team run, third place in the rope bridge and third place overall. The members of the all female Raider team are Cadet Sergeant Alyssa Charles, Cadet Major Guadalupe Velasco, Cadet Sergeant First Class Nicole Geldmaker, Cadet Major Kayla Hartseil, Cadet Captain Gabriella Hernandez, Cadet Private Judi Moody, Cadet Sergeant Ariel Baldwin, and Cadet Sergeant Alyssa Leal.

Ft. Pierce Central fishing club enjoys tournament

Ft. Pierce Central fishing club enjoys tournament

The Fort Pierce Central High School Fishing Club held its monthly Bass Club Tournament at Lake Okeechobee recently with 10 student anglers entered on five boats. It was a picture postcard morning that proved to be a great day on the lake for the competitors. Eight of the 10 student anglers weighed in, and the total for the day was 20 bass weighing in at 34 lbs 12 oz! the largest catch by a 5.77 pound fish caught by Will McKee, pictured. Thanks to the East Coast Bass Anglers Fishing Club out of Fort Pierce, which provided boat captains for the tournament. Prizes were donated by D.O.A. Fishing Lures and East Coast Bass Anglers Bass Club for the winning anglers. The top finishers were: first, Will McKee, five fish totalling 12 lbs. 5 oz.; second, Trenton Stewart, four fish totalling  7 lbs. 2 oz.; third, Ted Rudzinski, three fish totalling five lbs. seven oz.; fourth, Rue Kindred, two fish totalling three lbs. four oz.; fifth, Brianna Morris, two fish totalling two lbs. three oz.; sixth, Tyler Smith, two fish totalling two lbs. eight oz.; and seventh, Valerie Busch-Smith, FPCHS teacher and assistant club advisor, with one fish at one 1 lb. nine oz.

FT PIERCE WESTWOOD HS TEAMS UP WITH SPECIAL OLYPMICS PROJECT UNIFY

FT PIERCE WESTWOOD HS TEAMS UP WITH SPECIAL OLYPMICS PROJECT UNIFY

 

Westwood HS is excited to take part in Special Olympics-Project Unify!

Students from Mrs. Cooper’s class are ready and rearing to go!!!

Pictured from left to right with the students are: Dwayne Chapman (ESE School Based Specialist), Jill Willette (District Athletic Director), Lucresha Reeves-Robinson (Head Coach), Anne Cooper (Teacher), Lisa Bailey (ESE School Based Specialist) & John Lynch (Westwood HS Principal)

Ft Pierce Westwood JROTC Cadets take interest in their community

Ft Pierce Westwood JROTC Cadets take interest in their community

Members of the Fort Pierce Westwood High School Panther Battalion took a day from work, school and friends to show their interest and commitment in their community by cleaning up Pepper Park. The cadets cleaned up Pepper Park in an effort to clean up their community. Afterwards, the cadets had fun playing sports, getting to know each other and having a barbeque. Pictured are cadets from the Ft Pierce Westwood Panther Battalion.

Ft. Pierce Westwood Kicks off the 2014-2015 School Year with a Celebration of Hope

Ft. Pierce Westwood Kicks off the 2014-2015 School Year with a Celebration of Hope

Ft. Pierce Westwood kicked off the 2014-2015 school year with a celebration of hope. The Tunnel of Hope is a yearly tradition at Westwood. As students came into the school the very first day of classes, staff was assembled in formation, waving banners, singing the “Happy” song and clapping. Mr. Rivera, a reading teacher at Ft. Pierce Westwood explained that each year students depart their buses only to be surprised at the warm welcome they receive. Mr. Rivera stated, it gives the students an understanding that the whole staff shares in the common welfare of each and every Westwood student. “We love what we do here at Westwood and we want the students to know we are here for them.”

Fulbright Award

Fulbright Award

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Gretchan Davenport of St. Lucie West K-8 School has been offered a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms grant. She is one of approximately 76 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the program in 2018-2019. Ms. Davenport was selected by the program’s leaders on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to solve global challenges. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

We are proud of Ms. Davenport’s accomplishments!

Fun in the Media Center at F. K. Sweet

Fun in the Media Center at F. K. Sweet

The kindergarten classes at Frances K. Sweet listened to the story, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” in the media center with Mrs. Laura Glennon.  After retelling the story to their friends, they created an edible craft of Pigeon driving the bus.  They students really enjoyed this delicious treat!  Pictured: Eden Wagerer ready to eat her bus.

Fun Run Event at Palm Pointe a Huge Success

Fun Run Event at Palm Pointe a Huge Success

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently held a school wide “Fun Run” for Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (P.B.I.S.) as a fundraiser. Each grade level had a special day where they went outside for activities such as walking, dancing, team sports, hula hooping, jump roping, etc. Students were able to bring their own I-pods to listen to as they were getting exercise at the different stations set up for them. At the end of the event students were given drinks and healthy snacks. The money raised will go back to the classrooms to purchase positive rewards for the students. The event was a huge success and the students had a blast! Pictured is all the students in third grade that participated along with their teachers at the end of the event.

Fun-run, Fund-raising, Fitness and Fundamental Life Skills Combine at MSE

Fun-run, Fund-raising, Fitness and Fundamental Life Skills Combine at MSE

Students in Grades K-5 ran laps to raise funds for Morningside PTO.  Throughout the previous week Boosterthon personnel (funrun.com) and the PTO conducted a pep rally, sent out information, and presented fitness, leadership and character lessons as the students participated.  Sponsors and parents pledged per lap or a set amount to help the students,  and each students goal was to walk, dance, hop, or run 35 mini laps.