On Saturday, October 14, the Jaguar Battalion hosted a practice meet for the Area 3 Regional competition. With Westwood and Central also participating, the Jaguars still dominated the competition. Although it was the first competition experience of the season, all teams put in their hard work.
The Raiders will compete next Saturday at South Fork for the first Raider meet before Area 3.
Congratulations to Principal Traci Wilke and Assistant Principal Marcy Luckey!
Both are outstanding administrators recognized for their strong leadership. Traci Wilke, who proudly serves as the principal of Lawnwood Elementary, was greeted by Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, Dr. Kevin G. Perry, and Lydia Martin to hear the news that she will represent St. Lucie County as this year’s Principal of the Year. Marci Luckey was greeted by the team and her Executive Director Dan Frank at St. Lucie Elementary. She was thrilled to find out that she will represent the District as the Assistant Principal of the 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.
This year’s inaugural Marching Band Showcase was a spectacular event that highlighted the talents and skills of students and directors. Fans crowded Lawnwood Stadium on Saturday evening (October 14) for an exciting evening of music as middle school and high school marching bands performed selections independently and (in a special performance) together under the direction of special guest conductor Dr. Kevin G. Perry.
The Education Foundation, a huge supporter of Arts in Education, was also instrumental in supporting this event through its Matching Teacher Grant.
Joe Colombo Forest Grove MS
Karen Crocco St. Lucie West K8
William Cromer Allapattah Flats K8
Ashley Egan Manatee Academy
Amy Isenhower Oak Hammock K8
Joann Kinder Southern Oaks MS
Jim LeBon Southport MS
James LeBon Westgate K8
Jason Albert Lincoln Park Academy
Jean Auguste Ft. Pierce Westwood HS
Ian Crumpton Ft. Pierce Central HS
Luke Hall Treasure Coast HS
Brian Hoce St. Lucie West Centennial HS
Troy Wiley Port St. Lucie HS
St. Lucie Public Schools is planning a celebration to honor National Unity Day on October 25th. On this day, we are asking everyone to wear ORANGE to send a message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
During the October School Board meeting President of the Education Foundation Thom Jones launched “Working Together for Success,” the Education Foundation’s theme to support all of the advances recently made by the School District in ranking and graduation rates. Jones shared the fact that The Foundation had obtained Resolutions of support from the City of Fort Pierce, the City of Port St. Lucie, and St. Lucie County to support naming the first week of November (1-7), 2017, as “Public Education Week” in recognition of the School District’s advances.
Northport community is thankful and grateful for the wonderful partnership with First United Methodist Church of Port St. Lucie. Not only do many members of the congregation serve in the school as volunteers and mentors and Rev. Dr. Rad Orlandi has been tapped as NP Volunteer of the Year, but the church and the Pastor, Brian Carr, offered fellowship and good will to the staff with platters of food for the Northport teachers’ Professional Development day.
Many thanks to our first-rate partners from First United Methodist Church for always supporting the schools’ efforts and for “having our back!” Without community support, our job would be so much more difficult. Pictured are Northport Principal Glenn Rustay, Assistant Principal Lisa Cash, Media Specialist Lynne Gruszka, Pastor Carr, Rev. Dr. Orlandi and a group of Northport instructors.
Fifth grade students at Allapattah Flats K-8 know all about matter! They used shoe boxes to explore their creative side to display the three states of matter. Students were able to use correct vocabulary and elaboration with their provided “explanation” boxes. Some students showed the particle behavior of states of matter while others showed examples of solids, liquids, and gases. This was an optional extra credit grade and many students participated. Way to go everyone!
Ms. Rovendro’s 4th grade class has been learning about physical and chemical changes in science, and they made slime to illustrate how chemical changes work.
The Port St. Lucie Civic Center hosted the annual College Fair to inform all students and parents about colleges and universities to prepare them for the future.
The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar JROTC volunteered to help the colleges, universities, and community supporters set up and prepare for the the event.
Applebee’s has re-scheduled the FREE Welcome Back Breakfast for teachers, administrators and their families.
All locations EXCEPT for the Fort Pierce Applebee’s will host the breakfast on Sunday, October 22 @ 8:30 AM.
If you want to attend the Fort Pierce Applebee’s Breakfast, it has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 28 @ 8:30 AM.
If you are no longer able to attend the breakfast, please contact the restaurant directly to remove your name from the reservation list. If you have co-workers that are able to attend due to the new date, please have them call the restaurant directly to make a reservation.
General Flyer for Local Applebee’s (except Fort Pierce location) – October 22nd
Fort Pierce Applebee’s – October 28th
Ms. Marino’s RTI group of 2nd graders learned about recycling with Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful last week by finding and picking up items that could be recycled from their school grounds.
Thank you to #KPSLB for lending us the grabbers to be used in this lesson.
President Ilyse Braini, Vice President Nicole Eak, and members of the St. Lucie Reading Council shared the Council’s proclamation at the October School Board meeting. Promoting the love of literacy, encouraging membership, and celebrating the benefits of life-long learning and reading were included in the message.
The audience was all ears as the announcement was made for the school with the highest percentage of Reading Council members! Principal Wilkins of Parkway Elementary and her team proudly stepped up when their name was called. As the winning school, Parkway will receive an author visit from Louis McGuire, author of Don’t Be That Kid and the Don’t Be That Kid School Resource Guide!
This month’s STAR Award nomination comes from the Office of Teaching and Learning in support of their colleagues who support the technical side of education.
Tammy Pinkston, Susanne (Sue) Smith, and Gloriann Villalpando
Many people do not know what goes on behind the scenes to get all of our technology and software programs up and running in St. Lucie.
These three amazing ladies are the heart of the process when we adopt a new program in SLPS. They begin the conversations, find out the schematics, and then program to meet our needs. This tireless effort from Tammy, Sue, and Gloria to ensure students and teachers have access to our many products K-12 should be recognized. They patiently seek answers, provide insight, and support decisions on how students can best access curriculum. Without these three dedicated SLPS ITS personnel, we could not achieve all that we do in our Core Subject Areas.
From the bottom of our hearts,
The Office of Teaching and Learning
Student artwork from around the district was amazing, and the decision was difficult for the judges. Artists demonstrated depth, movement, brush strokes, detail, and flow in their work. Comments from the judges also focused on dynamic contrasts within art selections that included delicacy and boldness, as well as vibrancy and stillness.
Congratulations are extended to all participants. The following submissions were recognized at the October School Board meeting with the first place winner’s artwork being presented to Representative Larry Lee’s office. This piece will hang in the State Capitol for the entire Legislative session.
Congratulations to the winners of the Art in the Capitol Contest!
Luis Marriquin – 7th Grade – Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts
Gerard Saltus – Teacher
Alana Edwards – 7th Grade -Northport K-8
Valarie Kirk – Teacher
Brooklyn Warens – 7th Grade – Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition
Diane Turner – Teacher
Kiera Natta – 7th Grade – Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition
“Autumn’s Last Leaf”
Diane Turner – Teacher
Dr. Rafael Sanchez, Director of Human Resources for St. Lucie Public Schools, was recognized by Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and School Board Members for his distinguished recognition and receipt of the Capella University Business Leaders Award. Recipients of this leadership honor are stand-outs among their peers as demonstrated by their ambition, academic excellence, and comprehensive understanding of the current business environment. In addition, as a result of earning this distinction, Sanchez has the opportunity to ring the closing bell for NASDAQ in New York City on October 25, 2017.
The School Board of St. Lucie County and Superintendent E. Wayne Gent were proud to recognize Jacqueline Baptiste-Harris, a first grade teacher at Village Green Environmental Studies School for her achievement as the recipient of the Council for Economic Education’s John Morton Excellence in Teaching of Economics Award during October’s School Board meeting. This honor is bestowed upon those who exemplify the importance of economic and financial education critical to students’ future success.
As a recipient of this prestigious award, Mrs. Baptiste-Harris has just attended the 56th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference and Awards event in New York where she had the opportunity to present best practices from her classroom to colleagues and participate in a Teachers’ Roundtable session. She is a wonderful ambassador for SLPS.
Enrollment Opportunities are available at Eagles’ Nest Preschool located on the campus of SLW Centennial High School.
1485 SW Cashmere Blvd.
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
At Eagles’ Nest Preschool our goal is to provide an enriching and safe learning environment that is filled with motivating experiences so that all children will develop a strong foundation on which to build future educational success.
Eagles’ Nest Preschool is accredited by:
*NAEYC- National Association for the Education of Young Children
*Gold Seal Quality of Care from DCF
Jeanne Ziemba, principal of St. Lucie Public School’s Mosaic Digital Academy, was recognized at the October Board meeting for being named as Florida’s Distance Learning Association’s Innovative Leader in Distance Learning: K-12 award recipient.
This award is established to recognize excellence and innovation in using technology to enhance teaching and learning.
Mosaic Digital Academy is a K-12 virtual school that provides a progressive choice for families, providing expanded curriculum choice for anytime, anywhere learning.
National Bullying Prevention Month is a nationwide campaign and is held during the month of October. This campaign unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. Over the years it has grown from an initial week-long event to a worldwide effort with thousands of individuals participating in multiple activities throughout the month.
During the month of October, hundreds of schools, major corporations, and many celebrities have joined the movement to STOMP out BULLYING. St. Lucie Public Schools takes bullying very seriously and we join this movement in October and continue to take a stand everyday to STOMP out BULLYING!
Sebastian Suarez was joined by his family and administrators from Lincoln Park Academy as Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and School Board Members recognized him for earning his the Congressional Award Gold Medal. Established into law in 1979, the Congressional Award was created to honor, encourage, and inspire America’s youth.
To earn the Gold Medal, Suarez, a senior, completed 400 hours of Voluntary Public Service, 200 hours of Personal Development, and 200 hours of Physical Fitness. Additionally, he planned a trip to and explored New York City over a five-day period to better understand the cultures that shaped the metropolitan area.
He will be recognized at the national Gold Medal ceremony along with other distinguished award recipients next summer.