Savanna Ridge Staff Supports Relay for Life

Savanna Ridge Staff Supports Relay for Life

Staff at Savanna Ridge Elementary enjoyed supporting Relay for Life at the Annual Walk at Tradition Stadium in St. Lucie West.  Staff members enjoyed taking part in various activities throughout the year to fund-raise for the school Relay for Life team such as Coins for Cancer.

Savanna Ridge Kindergarten is the Place to Be!

Savanna Ridge Kindergarten is the Place to Be!

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Christopher’s Kindergarten class at Savanna Ridge Elementary were excited for their first day of school.  Mrs. Christopher welcomed them with open arms and enjoyed taking a first day of school picture to capture the special day!

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Savanna Ridge Elementary students learn to be writing wizards

Savanna Ridge Elementary students learn to be writing wizards

The “Writing Wizard” James Dean recently helped prepare students at Savanna Ridge Elementary School for the annual FCAT Writes standardized test. Dean, a representative from Thinking Maps, has been diligently working with the teachers and students in preparation for the writing test. The day consisted of students creating magic wands, wizard hats, and hearing a presentation to help reinforce the material they learned for the test. The students rotated through stations where they used their wands to “zap” out irrelevant information, became writing wizards on how to use clear and precise language, created thinking maps on helpful writing hints, and used their magic wands to create thank you notes and good luck cards to their peers and teachers. The students enjoyed having the visitors and were enthusiastic and prepared for the FCAT Writes! Pictured is Principal LaTanya Greene with students celebrating in one of the stations.

Savanna Ridge Elementary students Enjoy Bringing Their Fathers to School

Savanna Ridge Elementary students Enjoy Bringing Their Fathers to School

Students enjoyed bringing their fathers and important male role models to Savanna Ridge Elementary’s “Donuts with Dads” as part of the Million Father March initiative throughout the county.  Over 80 male role models came out to enjoy donuts and sign pledges.  We were ecstatic to see the pride and smiles on each child’s face as they entered school with their fathers.

Savanna Ridge Elementary celebrates Literacy Week with special events

Savanna Ridge Elementary celebrates Literacy Week with special events

Savanna Ridge Elementary had an exciting week of activities for this year’s Literacy Week. Students participated in buddy reading, where they were paired up with other students and read together. They also had engaging conversations about books while enjoying a snack during “chew and chat.” Families were invited to the school for “Books and Baked Ziti Night,” where parents participated in literacy stations where they learned how to incorporate reading at home, valuable online resources, and how to utilize our print rich environment. Parents enjoyed baked ziti, a book exchange, and were even able to sign up for a public library card. The highlight of the week was the many guest readers from the community and school district to share their favorite book with the students. The students were so excited to have police officers, business owners, school board members, university students, and district leaders here to read to them. The students were able to hear and see the love of reading that we learn as children and carry with us throughout our lives. Thank you to everyone who participated in Literacy Week at Savanna Ridge, it was a huge success! Pictured are Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Kerry Padrick, left, Dr. Mary Huffstetter and her dog Charlie celebrating the week by sharing a story with kindergarten students.

Savanna Ridge Elementary Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month!

Savanna Ridge Elementary Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month!

Students in Mrs. Jones’ first grade class learned about Hispanic Heritage from Mrs. Rivera, ESOL paraprofessional.  She taught students about Hispanic culture and traditions while students enjoyed a hands on learning experience creating their own pinatas!  Jose Pereira, a fourth grade student at Savanna Ridge assisted Mrs. Rivera (bottom picture).

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Fifth graders at Savanna Ridge Elementary conducted research to learn more about Hispanic Heritage.  They created projects to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month and proudly placed them on display at the district office.  Pictured below are teachers from the fifth grade team (L to R) Mr. Watson, Mrs. Porter, Mrs. Murray and Mrs. Albers.

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Saturday With Scientists

Saturday With Scientists

Students from Weatherbee, St. Lucie Elementary, White City, and Chester A. Moore explore force and motion as well as reflection and refraction at the Saturday With a Scientist program led by Erin Squires and Kyle Cobb.

This program takes place at Indian River State College with groups of fifth graders from across all schools and is organized by the Office of Teaching and Learning’s Paul Reif.

 

SAT Available to All SLPS Juniors

SAT Available to All SLPS Juniors

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to open additional pathways to college success for more and more high school students.  On March 1, 2017, the District will launch its first SAT School Day, affording all juniors the opportunity to participate in SAT testing during the regular school day.  “We are always looking for ways to support our students. Historically, students are challenged to schedule time for the SAT on a weekend.  The SAT School Day removes barriers such as weekend transportation issues to SAT test sites, conflicts with work, or other family obligations. It’s a win-win for our students,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

 

Another major hurdle the SAT School Day helps students overcome is the issue of funding.  SLPS secured a grant from the College Board to cover the $57.00 per student registration fee.  With approximately 3,200 juniors participating in the SAT, a value of $180,000.00 will be appreciated. “That’s not all,” said Lynda Octavi, secondary programs specialist. “Students taking the SAT during the regular school day also benefit by taking the test in a familiar location free from the anxiety of registration and check-in.”  She also explained that students have access to SAT prep tools as well as school-based tutorials prior to testing.

 

SAT scores are important for many applications to colleges and universities as well as scholarship opportunities. Providing all students with access to the SAT helps grant greater equity and flexibility for students in their college and career choices.

 

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.

 

SAT Available to All SLPS Juniors

SAT Available to All SLPS Juniors

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to open additional pathways to college success for more and more high school students.  On March 1, 2017, the District will launch its first SAT School Day, affording all juniors the opportunity to participate in SAT testing during the regular school day.  “We are always looking for ways to support our students. Historically, students are challenged to schedule time for the SAT on a weekend.  The SAT School Day removes barriers such as weekend transportation issues to SAT test sites, conflicts with work, or other family obligations. It’s a win-win for our students,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

 

Another major hurdle the SAT School Day helps students overcome is the issue of funding.  SLPS secured a grant from the College Board to cover the $57.00 per student registration fee.  With approximately 3,200 juniors participating in the SAT, a value of $180,000.00 will be appreciated. “That’s not all,” said Lynda Octavi, secondary programs specialist. “Students taking the SAT during the regular school day also benefit by taking the test in a familiar location free from the anxiety of registration and check-in.”  She also explained that students have access to SAT prep tools as well as school-based tutorials prior to testing.

 

SAT scores are important for many applications to colleges and universities as well as scholarship opportunities. Providing all students with access to the SAT helps grant greater equity and flexibility for students in their college and career choices.

 

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.

 

Santa arrives by fire truck at Palm Pointe

Santa arrives by fire truck at Palm Pointe

Santa arrives at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition by fire truck for the annual “Breakfast with Santa” event. Students are there to greet him when he arrives and to show him where to go for the breakfast, crafts and pictures.  This is a wonderful event for the families each year and this year was no exception.  The food was delicious, the crafts were fun, the face painting was awesome and the pictures with Santa were great!

Sanders Heads Up FEFPA

Sanders Heads Up FEFPA

Congratulations to Marty Sanders who is serving as President of the Florida Educational Facilities Planners Association (FEFPA)!
 
Mr. Sanders is responsible for Growth Management, Land Acquisition & Inter-Governmental Relations for St. Lucie Public Schools.
 
FEFPA is a professional marginalization that provides an exchange of idea for K-12 and higher education in FL. Members include K12 facility staff, contractors, engineers, architects and manufacturing representatives.
 
The principal objectives and purposes of the FEFPA are:
To establish a means of exchanging ideas.
 
To stabilize written communication between educational facilities planners throughout Florida.
 
To stimulate professional growth.
 
To promote research of new construction, new material, and new equipment.
 
To promote creativeness in planning and constructing educational facilities.
 
To encourage the exchange of ideas between educators and facility planners in achieving a quality education construction program.
 
To encourage membership by public school district, community college, and university planners, architects, engineers, product vendors and manufacturers, and other interested parties, through the effectiveness of an active organization.
 
To provide assistance to the Department of Education and the Florida Legislature.
Sanchez Set To Ring Closing Wall Street Bell As Recognized Business Leader

Sanchez Set To Ring Closing Wall Street Bell As Recognized Business Leader

Dr. Rafael Sanchez, Executive Director of Human Resources for St. Lucie Public Schools, looks forward to ringing the closing bell for NASDAQ in New York City on October 25.  This opportunity that many on Wall Street clamor for is a result of 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.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and my family is looking forward to celebrating this achievement with me,” said Sanchez.  In addition to participating in the closing bell ceremony of the NASDAQ, Sanchez will be granted an insider’s tour of The Wall Street Journal and meet with Dow Jones Talent Development leaders.

Having recently completed his doctorate degree with Capella University, he used the application opportunity to share how the University’s doctorate program supports his workplace goals and aids his professional practices.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Dr. Sanchez is a tremendous asset to the team we have built.  His insight and vision help us establish and maintain an exemplary workforce to deliver quality instruction in a safe and caring environment for our children.”

Sanchez Set To Ring Closing Wall Street Bell As Recognized Business Leader

Sanchez Set To Ring Closing Wall Street Bell As Recognized Business Leader

 

 

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Dr. Rafael Sanchez, Executive Director of Human Resources for St. Lucie Public Schools, looks forward to ringing the closing bell for NASDAQ in New York City on October 25. This opportunity that many on Wall Street clamor for is a result of 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.

 

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and my family is looking forward to celebrating this achievement with me,” said Sanchez.  In addition to participating in the closing bell ceremony of the NASDAQ, Sanchez will be granted an insider’s tour of The Wall Street Journal and meet with Dow Jones Talent Development leaders.

 

Having recently completed his doctorate degree with Capella University, he used the application opportunity to share how the University’s doctorate program supports his workplace goals and aids his professional practices.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Dr. Sanchez is a tremendous asset to the team we have built.  His insight and vision help us establish and maintain an exemplary workforce to deliver quality instruction in a safe and caring environment for our children.”

 

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 ranked 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.

 

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Dr. Sanchez Honored

Dr. Sanchez Honored

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.

 

Samuel S. Gaines High School Essay Winners

Samuel S. Gaines High School Essay Winners

On April 8, 2014 at the School Board Meeting, students were presented with awards for the Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest. In the high school division,

1st Place was presented to Michael Camacho, Fort Pierce Central High School;

2nd Place was presented to Terrance McQueen, Fort Pierce Central High School; and

3rd Place was presented to Jalyne Edwards, Lincoln Park Academy.

Pictured are, Todd Smith (FPC Principal), Sarah Murrell (FPC Teacher), Terrance McQueen, Genelle Yost (Superintendent), Michael Camacho, David Foxx (LPA Assistant Principal), Jewel Edwards (accepting for her sister, Jalyne), Dr. Samuel S. Gaines, Debbie Hawley (Board Chairman), and Chuck Kearns (Morganti Group).

Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest Winners- Elementary Division

Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest Winners- Elementary Division

Students were presented with awards for the Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest at the School Board Meeting on April 8, 2014. The winners in the elementary division were:

1st Place went to Danielle Rose Murray, Frances K. Sweet Elementary; 2nd Place went to Jonathan Edwards, Fairlawn Elementary; and 3rd place went to Daisy Ruiz, White City Elementary.

Congratulations!

Pictured in back row are, Chuck Kearns (Morganti Group), Genelle Yost (Superintendent), Patricia Gascoigne (FLE Assistant Principal), Jane Cox (FKS Assistant Principal), Jennifer Hedeen (FLE Principal), Roberto Bonsenor (WCE Principal), Debbie Hawley (Board Chairman), Dr. Samuel S. Gaines, and on the front row are: Danielle Rose Murray, Jonathan Edwards, Daisy Ruiz.

Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest Winners Announced

Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest Winners Announced

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – The winners of the ninth annual Dr. Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest were recognized at the May 9th, 2017, St. Lucie County School Board Meeting. The contest, sponsored by Proctor Construction Company which provides cash prizes for the winning entries, is part of the district’s recognition and celebration of African American history.

Local students in grades three to 12 may write an essay describing a person of African American descent in St. Lucie County who has made a difference in the student’s life, explaining what the person did to make such an impact. The contest is named for Dr. Gaines, who served on the St. Lucie County School Board for 34 years, five times as chairman. At Dr. Gaines’ retirement in 2006, Superintendent Michael Lannon instituted the essay contest to honor Gaines’ legacy.

The contest winners this year are:

HIGH SCHOOL

1st place – Sianne Neston (Ft. Pierce Westwood High School)

2nd place – Thuytran Vo (Port St. Lucie High School)

3rd place – Terry McQueen (Ft. Pierce Central High School)

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

1st place – Joanne Neston (Dan McCarty Middle School)

2nd place – Deborah Reese (Lincoln Park Academy)

3rd place – Dominique Thomas (Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition)

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

1st place – Nathan Oliver Hamilton (Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition)

2nd place – Jocelyn Garcia (Samuel S. Gaines Academy)

3rd place – Tyler Reid (Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition)

 

Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest Winners

Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest Winners

Dr. Kevin G. Perry congratulated Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest winners and thanked the academic competition’s sponsor, Mr. Brian Garcia from Remnant Construction.  Together, they presented students with their 2019 essay awards. Congratulations to:
HIGH SCHOOL
1st place – Heather Lorec (WEST Prep Magnet/Ft. Pierce Westwood High School)
2nd place – Alexus Camesi (WEST Prep Magnet/Ft. Pierce Westwood High School)
3rd place – Thalia Reynoso (Performance Based Preparatory Academy)

MIDDLE SCHOOL
1st place – Dominique Thomas (Palm Pointe Educational Research School)
2nd place – Ellora Pierre (Dan McCarty Middle School)
3rd place – Nathan Kline (West Gate K-8)

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1st place – Gabrielle Thomas (Palm Pointe Educational Research School)
2nd place – Mya Tagert (Floresta Elementary School)
3rd place – Malachi Davis (Fairlawn Elementary School)