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).
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.
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.
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:
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)
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)
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)
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:
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)
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)
1st place – Gabrielle Thomas (Palm Pointe Educational Research School)
2nd place – Mya Tagert (Floresta Elementary School)
3rd place – Malachi Davis (Fairlawn Elementary School)
Dr. Kevin G. Perry along with Brian Garcia of Remnant Construction and contest sponsor presented the 2018 awards to the following Dr. Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest winners:
1st place – Shantal Mitchell (Performance Based Preparatory Academy)
2nd place – Sara Aube (Lincoln Park Academy)
3rd place – Jamya Wiley (Lincoln Park Academy)
1st place – Jayden Diago (Northport K8)
2nd place – Leslie Aguilar-Ayungua (Samuel S. Gaines Academy)
3rd place – McKayla Sanon (Northport K-8)
1st place – Hayden Starkman (Savanna Ridge Elementary School)
2nd place – Lesly Hernandez (Samuel S. Gaines Academy)
3rd place – Yeraldy Salgado (Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts)
Samuel S. Gaines Academy celebrated National Kids at Hope Day during the week of November 10th – 14th. Staff and students proudly showed their Kids at Hope spirit by wearing Kids at Hope shirts or any blue and yellow shirts during the week. Each day, students discussed their Aces on the morning announcements. Students held up a poster-sized Ace card, described their Ace of Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades, and explained why they are important. A faculty member also gave a special “tip of the day,” focusing on the power of Aces in student’s lives. In addition, positive signs were posted around the school, stating “Keep Calm. You’re a Kid at Hope.” During a school-wide parent event, a lollipop tree was used to encourage conversations between parents and children. Students picked a lollipop, brought it back to their parent, explained their talents, skills, goals and dreams. If they chose a lollipop with a blue or yellow sticker, they won a special Kids at Hope prize, such as a light or bracelet. Students who picked one without stickers were still praised for being winners. Parents then heard a presentation about Kids at Hope and students recited the Pledge. Parents were informed about activities and dialogue they can have with children at home to foster positive relationships and hope for the future.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY – The Kids at Hope Garden at Samuel S. Gaines Academy (SGA) sprang to life as thirty Home Depot employees and volunteers gathered to enhance campus grounds. After recently receiving a Home Depot Foundation grant, volunteers installed an irrigation system, built plant boxes and fences, transplanted trees, and beautified the school’s garden area with new sod and mulch.
According to Principal Traci Wilke, “The revitalized garden is the heart of a school-wide initiative to provide an opportunity for our students to learn how to plant, grow, and maintain a variety of vegetables and herbs. The management and the care of the plants are in the hands of our very capable students.”
This recent grant-funded project was the result of the SGA Kids at Hope Committee partnering with the St. Lucie Education Foundation Inc. to write the grant. Over the last few years, SGA and The Home Depot (#6376 SLW) have built a growing partnership in which the home improvement giant has supported students through generous provisions and sponsorships of numerous Kid’s Club events as well as donations of materials for school-wide initiatives.
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 email@example.com.
Home Depot and school volunteers support the Kids at Hope Garden at Samuel S. Gaines Academy.
Faculty and Staff of Sam Gaines Academy are proud to announce that 58 middle school students met eligibility qualifications for the National Junior Honor Society. These students have maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, exemplary conduct, manners and behavior as well as leadership qualities. Dr. Donna Mills challenged and encouraged the students as the guest speaker at the Induction Ceremony this past March 20th. We are proud of our 58 colts in our middle school National Junior Honor Society, and we are excited for what the future holds for each one.
Dr. Danni Hoey from Indian River State College addressed students at Samuel Gaines Academy during the December Speakers Bureau presentation. The Speakers Bureau is a valuable channel of communication between students and community leaders.
Mrs. Marsha Mimnaugh, Reading Interventionist at Samuel Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 15 Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions so teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.
Mrs. Mimnaugh will participate in a Landmarks Workshop entitled “Forever Wild: The Adirondacks in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.” The one-week program will be held at SUNY Cortland’s Camp Huntington at Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks, NY and directed by Professors Randi Storch and Kevin Sheets. The 36 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of $1,200 to cover their travel, study, and living expenses.
Topics for the 15 Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops offered for teachers this summer are:
- The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, Culture, and History in the Mississippi Delta
- The Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Great Sioux War (1876)
- Manifest Destiny Reconsidered: The Utah Experience
- The 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad: Transforming California and the Nation
- America’s Industrial Revolution at The Henry Ford
- Social Movements and Reform in Industrializing America: The Lowell Experience
- New Orleans: Music, Culture and Civil Rights
- Movement, Mobilization, and Militarization: World War II and the Home Front
- Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry
- Forever Wild: The Adirondacks in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
- African Americans in the Making of Early New England
- From Immigrant to Citizen: Asian Pacific Americans in the Northwest
- Gullah Voices: Traditions and Transformations
- Living and Writing Deliberately: The Concord Landscapes and Legacy of Henry Thoreau
- The Problem of the Color Line: Atlanta Landmarks and Civil Rights History
The 1,080 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach nearly 159,000 American students the following year.
Congratulations Mrs. Mimnaugh, we are so proud!
The giant banner hanging from the auditoria walls with a smile greeted, “Welcome to Family Writing Night and Thanks for Joining SGA as we FLEE into Writing.” Kristen Register (AVID teacher and coordinator), her AVID team, Matthew Roy (7th Grade Language Arts teacher and Department Chair), SGA teachers and staff hosted Family Writing Night. In this school wide celebration of writing, seven AVID students from Katie Ludwig’s 7th grade, Language Arts class played the role of “writing teacher.” Leonor Barron, Kayla Conaway, Neillande Francois, Aleshia Johnson, Loudrige Josue, Minnie Murray, and Edith Raya confidently taught and modeled how to use FLEE Maps to plan for an essay. These ladies’ command of the audience and mastery of the Write…for the Future program inspired their teachers, parents, and peers. The excitement of Writing and FLEE Maps soared in the air and was contagious by the end of the event. Pictured are Minnie Murray and Loudrige Josue.
The science teachers of Samuel Gaines Academy K-8 worked collaboratively to create a Science Expo for 5th & 8th grade students. The purpose of the event was to prepare students for the FCAT Science Assessment. Several community and district level science experts sponsored standards based curriculum stations where students interacted with activities specific to their learning needs as determined by the analysis of assessment data. Wren Underwood from Savannas Preserve State Park, Laura Diederick from Smithsonian, Dr. Earl Taylor and Dr. David Hall from the USDA-ARS and Nicole Stone from South Florida Water Management District each hosted a hands on activity promoting critical thinking. Pictured is Mrs. Zulay Garcia(5th grade teacher) with Robin Marmot (Instructional Coach) with students at the “making it rain” station.
The students of Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies were excited to raise money to benefit the March of Dimes. Students were asked to make donations and they were able to choose a bucket in which to place their donations. Each bucket represented a different administrator on campus. The administrators’ buckets with the most money received a pie in the face! Students could also purchase raffle tickets to be chosen as a pie thrower. Thank you to everyone at SGAET who donated to this worthy cause!
Sam’s Community Outreach program recently came to honor White City Elementary. Staff was recognized for their compassion and caring not only about their students but also for their families. Everyone enjoyed gift cards, prizes, and dessert all provided by Sam’s.
Students at Sam Gaines Academy enjoyed their first Speakers Bureau presentation. Guest speaker Dr. Kevin Perry inspired the young people with his words of wisdom in his message: If You Want to Be Somebody, If You Want to Go Somewhere, You Better Wake Up andy Attention…
On Wednesday November 4th, Samuel Gaines Academy hosted its first combination honor roll assembly/student led conference event.
Students explained to parents and Treasure Hunters all of their accomplishments from the first nine weeks of school. Students also led conferences showing the items in their Colt Binders.
Forest Grove Principal Terry Davis visited with several students to see and appreciate their hard work. Traci Wilke, proud principal of Samuel Gaines Academy, along with her dedicated staff did an awesome job of organizing all of the caring adults who were in attendance.
The 2019 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis. This sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 2, 2019, and runs through Tuesday, August 6, 2019.
During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and computers and certain accessories selling for $1,000 or less per item, when purchased for noncommercial or personal use.
For more information and a list of qualifying items, please review the Department of Revenue’s Tax Information Publication (TIP) on the 2019 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, as well as the Frequently Asked Questions.
During the 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 3 through Aug. 5, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item as well as clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item. For more information and a list of qualifying items, visit www.floridarevenue.com/backtoschool.
Sailor Sabol, a student at Saint Lucie West Centennial High School, has been selected to represent Port Saint Lucie, Florida as a National Youth Delegate to the 2018 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University.
Sabol joins a select group of 300 students from across the country to participate in an intensive, week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. Sabol was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.
George Mason University along with partners, National Geographic and the National Zoo are excited to welcome the nation’s young scholars to Washington, D.C. With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment offers aspiring environmentalists and student leaders an unparalleled experience. The week-long program is held at George Mason University’s state-of-the-art campus. The Summit will encourage and inspire young leaders who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry.
The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment will be held June 24 to 29, 2018.
About George Mason University
George Mason University is setting the gold standard for the modern, public university. Its dynamic culture and innovative academic programs prepare Mason’s hard-working students for 21st century careers. Its commitment to teaching excellence combines with cutting-edge research that enriches the academic experience and is changing the world. Mason is affordable, yet offers high value. Ideally located in the National Capital region, students enjoy terrific cultural experiences and access to the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.
About the 2018 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment
The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE) is a unique student leadership conference designed to develop and encourage future leaders in the important field of environmental studies and conservation in the 21st century. The Advisory Board is chaired by Mark Bauman, Senior Vice President of the Smithsonian Institution’s Enterprises Division. Additional members include world renowned scholars, distinguished scientists and award winning university faculty, such as Dr. Tom Lovejoy, noted environmentalist and former executive vice president of the World Wildlife Fund. Delegates gain an insider look at environmental science, policy and conservation issues. For more information visit us online at wyse.gmu.edu.
Ronda Cerulli and Jared Farias from “Safe Kids” presented pedestrian safety to the students at Morningside Elementary.