Lakewood Park Elementary School’s garden supplies extras for lunch

Lakewood Park Elementary School’s garden supplies extras for lunch

Lakewood Park Elementary Cafeteria Manager Andrea Pierson and students from Loretta Humphrey’s second grade class help harvest cilantro from the student-grown garden. The cilantro will be used in a salad for the school’s lunches. Students have worked the garden all year around, yielding all types of vegetables such as tomatoes, tomatillo, and herbs. Pictured, from left, are students Jennifer Onofre, Kylee Corona and Kevon Blocker with cafeteria manager Andrea Pierson.

Palm Pointe wins Project Citizen showcase

Palm Pointe wins Project Citizen showcase

Students in Hillary Cruz’s class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently won the first place award at the St. Lucie County School District’s Project Citizen Showcase! Project Citizen is a seventh grade county-wide competition in which students identify a problem within the community, brainstorm and research possible solutions, create a public policy to solve the problem, and develop a plan of action for implementation. Students selected the problem of puppy mills, or breeders who neglect and abuse mothers and puppies for the sake of profit, and the lack of legislation at the state level. Florida is one of few states in our country that does not have a law to regulate commercial breeders, instead relying on the federal Animal Welfare Act, enforced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which only applies to two kennels within the state. Throughout their research, students met and discussed federal legislation and enforcement with Dr. Gaj (manager of the southeastern region of the USDA) and received letters of support for their proposed bill from both Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio. Students will now continue to the next level in the competition, in which their portfolio will be displayed in the rotunda of the Capitol building in Tallahassee this spring. Another round of judging will occur, in which ten of the top projects from across the state will be selected to move on to the state level of competition, taking place in Orlando this May. Pictured, from left, are front row, Chris Skubish, Christina Wagner, Mia Kirchner, and Tyler Edwards. Back row, from left, are Sarahi Fraga, Julia Pacek, Annalisa Albert and teacher Hillary Cruz.

Northport celebrates Project Citizen success

Northport celebrates Project Citizen success

After rigorous, intensive work and deep critical thinking, Northport K-8 School students celebrated a third place win at the St. Lucie School District Project Citizen showcase. Students from Mary Ellsworth’s seventh grade Civics class prepared their project very competitively. The project is titled “What is the Cost of Ruining Your Child’s Education?” The topic centered around the issue of education and budget cuts and how the cuts have affected the purchase of textbooks for many classrooms. The students will have their board and binder displayed in Tallahassee at the Capitol Building! Students at Northport, a Title I school, hold true to the “Kids At Hope” pledge and know that all children can and will succeed in any endeavor. Students from Christopher Prusa and Angel Bracero’s Civics classes as well as Mrs. Ellsworth’s class worked diligently, researching, questioning, letter writing and interviewing to prepare projects as diverse as the student population itself. Some topics were bullying, cleaning up dirty bathrooms, dress code restrictions and improvements, building city sidewalks and several other hot button topics for young teens. Teams were each given four minutes to present and six minutes for judges questioning! Critical information for the third place Project Citizen win was presented by students from Mary Ellworth’s sixth period class, pictured from left, McKenzie Hunsicker, Michael Gorbach, Gabriela Pedraza and Melissa Royo. The school community is extremely proud of our winning and very competitive students!

Fort Pierce Magnet School students cherish first library cards

Fort Pierce Magnet School students cherish first library cards

Students in Kathleen Saunders’ first grade class at Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts recently were able to get their brand new library cards! As part of Literacy Week, elementary students took home forms for parents to fill out and return so that students could receive their very own cards. Heather Ricksecker, instructional coach, headed up the endeavor and was able to secure over 75 St. Lucie County library cards for students! Students were encouraged to visit local libraries often to build fluency and love of reading.

Westwood High girls varsity hoops team has one-point loss in regional contest

Westwood High girls varsity hoops team has one-point loss in regional contest

District champion Westwood High School Panthers girls varsity basketball team recently culminated its season with a hard fought, one-point loss in the regional semi-final game, 48 to 47. Pictured front row, from left, are Coach Tomonica Bell, Alexis Byrd, Jermecia Robinson, Reniaya Burr, Tonaijia Ganious, and Coach Thernell Mills. Second row, from left, are Trudy Walker, Antonnette Boothe, Principal Ucola Barrett-Baxter, Tiara Evans, and Dymond Mosley. Top row, from left, are Destiny Crandell, Bammetria Joseph, Erica Knight, and Kwynisha Rhodes.

Business partners and volunteers honored at Palm Pointe

Business partners and volunteers honored at Palm Pointe

Recently at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition, an annual breakfast was hosted to recognize its Business Partners and Volunteers. Pictured, from left, are Karol Carvelli-Volunteer Coordinator, Diane Yeager-Senior Volunteer of the Year, Diana Hight-Adult Volunteer of the Year, Natisha Burch-Adult Volunteer of the Year, Stephen LePore-Male Youth Volunteer of the Year, Ariana Marie Ramos-Female Youth Volunteer of the Year, and Debra Snyder-Principal.

Jaguar cadets show their school pride at season opener

Jaguar cadets show their school pride at season opener

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion presented the colors for the season opener for Jaguar softball at its district game against Westwood High School. The Color Guard was led by cadet captain Ashlee Seipel carrying the national flag. Cadet captain Allison Miakisz carried the state flag while cadet second lieutenant Cole Herndon and Jaffrey Murankus posted as their guards. The Color Guard gave a great presentation for the opening ceremony. Great Job cadets! Pictured, from left, are Jaffrey Murankus , Ashlee Seipel, Allison Miakisz, and Cole Herndon. By Catherine Zukowski.

Port St. Lucie High cadets participate in special Northport K8 ceremony

Port St. Lucie High cadets participate in special Northport K8 ceremony

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Color Guard participated in the recent Northport K-8 School Black History Month ceremony. The Color Guard was led by Cadet Sergeant Major Robert Hopkins carrying the national flag. Cadet Second Lieutenant Cole Herndon carried the state flag, while cadet Second Lieutenant Taylor Chaney and Jaffrey Murankus posted as their guards. The school gave a wonderful welcome to the cadets, who gave a respectful presentation for the ceremony. The Jaguar Battalion thanks Northport for the special invitation to be a part of their ceremony. Pictured, from left, are Jaffrey Murankus, Robert Hopkins, Cole Herndon, and Taylor Chaney. Photo by Tyler Lynn.

Port St. Lucie High School cadets open baseball season at home

Port St. Lucie High School cadets open baseball season at home

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion presented the colors for the opening ceremony for the Jaguar baseball game against Fort Pierce Westwood High School. The Color Guard was led by cadet Sergeant Major Robert Hopkins carrying the national flag. Cadet Captain Tyler Lynn carried the state flag while Cadet Captain Ashlee Seipel and Cadet Second Lieutenant Jaffrey Murankus posted as their guards. The Color Guard gave a great presentation for the opening ceremony. Pictured, from left, are Jaffrey Murankus, Robert Hopkins, Tyler Lynn and Ashlee Seipel. By Kaleb Dover.

Dan McCarty students show support for classmates

Dan McCarty students show support for classmates

Six and seventh grade students at Dan McCarty School decided to show their support of the eighth grade students on their quest to pass the upcoming FCAT Writing 2.0 test, so they reached out to the administrative team for assistance. The students asked the administrative team to purchase mints and other goodies to pack and distribute to all the eighth graders on Tuesday morning as kind gesture and show of support. The students also placed a positive note in the bag. Pictured are Kiara Diehl, left, and Patricia Vining packing the bags.

Northport students write with flair to win local essay contest

Northport students write with flair to win local essay contest

Northport K-8 students are very familiar with veterans and the US military because many have grown up seeing men and women in uniform at the school. Northport has built an excellent program called “Veterans In Education” partnership. Veterans visit Northport regularly imparting information and drawing respect from the students. When the opportunity was presented by Superintendent Genelle Yost for students to enter a writing contest offered by the Port St. Lucie Elks Lodge #2658, Northport teacher leaders jumped on the idea. The topic, “What Does Veterans Day Mean To Me?” fit right into the schema of Northport’s overarching themes of respect, patriotism and courage. Students wrote with flair and were able to draw on information that has been taught in classrooms, through Media Center programs such as “Remembering the Forgotten War,” 9/11 Remembrance Program, Veterans Day Community Reading program, “Submarine Life” and a variety of other programs that bring love of country to life. Many referenced veterans by name such as Commander Peter Popolizio who recently achieved the honor of Saint Lucie School District Senior Volunteer of the Year! The six students and their families will be honored at a dinner at the Elks Lodge on Tuesday, March 4 at 6:00 pm. Monetary prizes and plaques will be presented at the dinner. Pictured are Northport students from Nick Carey and Carla Caldwell’s classes who wrote the winning essays. Pictured, from left, are Naema El-Azzami, Syad Rievi, Darley Dorvilier, Taygen Pennella, Trevor Walk and Connor O’Sullivan. The Northport K8 community is extremely proud of all students who participated, teachers Nick Carey and Carla Caldwell, and especially the six winning students.

Northport K8 expands technology instruction

Northport K8 expands technology instruction

The Northport Northstar team that includes Gifted and Enrichment courses for targeted students has opened wide the doors on new technology at the school. The Northport K-8 School middle grades Northstar students, under the direction of instructor and “Project Lead The Way” specialist Christine Santos- Nurse compiled the school’s first ever STEaM Starbots team. The robotics team recently won an award and special competition in Bradenton, Fl at the VEX IQ Add It Up competitions. Parents and students were thrilled to make the encouraging and positive announcement and are thrilled with the implementation of this program to build the school’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) promotions. Accolades to the entire team of teachers, parents and students. Pictured, from left, are Cameron Barton, Daphney Sheets, Cody Scott, Angel Mozee, Christine Santos-Nurse and Sabatay Lazar. Other team members include parents Suzie Scott, Marcie Waltz and Makenzie Waltz. The Northport K8 community is extremely proud of the STEM initiatives.

Winners announced for annual school district employee honors

Winners announced for annual school district employee honors

The winners in each of four employee categories for St. Lucie Public Schools were announced at the annual Night of the Stars gala celebration at Lincoln Park Academy February 22, 2014. The recognition program is sponsored by the St. Lucie County Education Foundation and the school board.

Oak Hammock K-8 School media specialist Heather Bolitho was named 2015 Teacher of the Year, and Parkway Elementary School school nutrition manager Angelia Jean-Louis was named 2014 School Related Employee of the Year. Both of these district representatives will move on to regional consideration for the state honors in their categories. The Teacher of the Year distinction is historically for the year after the selection due to the year of service for the state in the following school year. The Morganti Group sponsors the award for Teacher of the Year, and the St. Lucie Education Foundation sponsors the School Related Employee of the Year award.

Self-described “new generation” teacher Leilani Ankiel, who teaches intensive reading at Treasure Coast High School, was announced as the 2014 Outstanding First Year Teacher, though she was accompanying her girls’ varsity basketball team at the state championships in Lakeland and could not attend the event. Robert Plowden, a middle grades social studies teacher at Samuel S. Gaines Academy, graduate of Lincoln Park academy and seocnd generation St. Lucie Public Schools teacher, is the 2014 Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year. These two categories are local recognitions. Seacoast National Bank sponsors the Outstanding First Year Teacher award, and Keiser University sponsors the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year award.

Pictured, front row, from left, are Robert Plowden, Heather Bolitho, and Angelia Jean-Louis. Back row, from left, are Samuel S. Gaines Academy principal Traci Wilke, Oak Hammock K8 School principal Carmen Peterson, and Parkway Elementary School principal Carolyn Wilkins. Not pictured are Leilani Ankiel and Treasure Coast High School principal Denise Rodriguez, both of whom joined the celebration via video link.

Other finalists for Teacher of the Year were Fort Pierce Central High School chorus and band teacher Matthew Boswell, and Fairlawn Elementary School media specialist Kelly Ridle.

Other finalists for School Related Employee of the Year were Palm Point Educational Research School health paraprofessional Michelle DeGarmo, and Allapattah Flats K-8 School school office clerk Adela DellaCroce.

Schools and district departments annually may nominate an employee at their site for the appropriate categories. Selection committees comprised of former honorees, teachers, and school and district administrators reviewed applications of the nominees for each category and interviewed applicants for the state honors. Three finalists in the Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year categories were selected, and surprise visits announced those finalists.

From school sites, nominees included for Teacher of the Year (TOY), School Related Employee of the Year (SREY), Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year (DMEY) and Outstanding First Year Teacher (OFYT), were:

Teacher of the Year

NOMINEES
GREEN ZONE
C.A. Moore Elementary Katherine Christopher
Dan McCarty Robin L. Fillmann
Forest Grove MS Leigh Kimberly Bretherick
Ft. Pierce Central HS Matthew Boswell
Ft. Pierce Westwood HS Maureen Greenberg
Lakewood Park Elementary Jennifer Lusardi
Lawnwood Elementary Ashlay Parker
Palm Pointe @ Tradition Jade Alisen Joie
Samuel Gaines K-8 Christen McCray
St. Lucie Elementary Angela Ehrhard
Weatherbee Elementary Cindy Keesler Winterkamp
White City Elementary Rhiannon Myers
RED ZONE
Allapattah Flats K-8 Danya Etter
Bayshore Elementary Jennifer Archer
FK Sweet Elementary Cynthia Langel
Ft. Pierce Magnet School of Arts Heather Nesbitt
Lincoln Park Academy Sally VanDereedt
Manatee K-8 Dawn Montoya
Oak Hammock K-8 Heather Bolitho
St. Lucie West Centennial HS Carol E. Rondeau
St. Lucie West K-8 Michelle Fryer Dommel
Treasure Coast HS Grace Pierre-Louis
West Gate K-8 Kimberly L. Wolcott-Rappuhn
Windmill Pointe Elementary Stephanie E. Sakowski
BLUE ZONE
Fairlawn Elementary Kelly Ridle
Floresta Elementary Grace Duvelsdorf
Mariposa Elementary Theresa Delancy
Morningside Elementary Allison R. Hargroves
Northport K-8 Alexander M. Phillips
Parkway Elementary Laurie A. Farr
Port St. Lucie HS Shea Lodes
Rivers Edge Elementary Natasha R. Rodriguez
Savanna Ridge Elementary Andrea N. Rice
Southern Oaks MS Tiffany Barrett
Southport MS Maureen Dakin
Village Green Elementary DeeDee Bradley
Alternative Education Steven Michael Farley

School Related Employee of the Year

GREEN ZONE NOMINEE
C.A. Moore Elementary Linda Faye Gilmore
Dan McCarty Cynthia Gamble-Carrion
Forest Grove MS Theresa Shepkosky
Ft. Pierce Central HS Maribell Lein Beckham
Ft. Pierce Westwood HS Dura Loving
Lakewood Park Elementary Leon Peterson
Lawnwood Elementary Tamara Moore
Palm Pointe @ Tradition Michelle DeGarmo
Samuel Gaines K-8 Cequila J. Terry
St. Lucie Elementary Lorraine Walker
Weatherbee Elementary Pamela Ferentzy
White City Elementary Jill Figgiani
RED ZONE
Allapattah Flats K-8 Adela DellaCroce
Bayshore Elementary Amanda Adams
FK Sweet Elementary Donna Haynes
Ft. Pierce Magnet School of Arts Garry Athill
Lincoln Park Academy Karen Bausola
Manatee K-8 Joseph Share
Oak Hammock K-8 Denice Edge
St. Lucie West Centennial HS Cinthya T. Cordero
St. Lucie West K-8 Mary Catherine Park
Treasure Coast HS Terri Elias
West Gate K-8 Maureen A. Reimers
Windmill Pointe Elementary Deidra Legg
BLUE ZONE
Fairlawn Elementary Venus Burch
Floresta Elementary Viviana Gross
Mariposa Elementary Wesley Dessources
Morningside Elementary Mikea Jordan
Northport K-8 Cecil Smith
Parkway Elementary Angelia Jean-Louis
Port St. Lucie HS Donna Ney
Rivers Edge Elementary Laura Tidey
Savanna Ridge Elementary Ursula Biallo
Southern Oaks MS Pamela Post
Southport MS Eileen Kielbasa
Village Green Elementary Raul Silverio
SLCSB EMPLOYEES
Business Services
Information Technology Services Lori Winn
Curriculum Odessa Randolph
Student Services Christine Jordan
Superintendent’s Suite Sharon Taft
Facilities Diania Breakenridge
Transportation Nikki Collins Prince
Federal Programs Lilianna Tisheh
Alternative Education Bridgette Wilson
Student Assignment Angela Moreno

NOMINEES

NOMINEES
GREEN ZONE
C.A. Moore Elementary Jodi Morris
Dan McCarty Nicholas Berkely
Forest Grove MS Jessica Aljure
Ft. Pierce Central HS Jeffrey Rymer
Ft. Pierce Westwood HS Ltc Scott P. Caldwell
Lakewood Park Elementary Alma M. Mosley
Lawnwood Elementary Christine Ekstrom
Palm Pointe @ Tradition Chezare Reyes
St. Lucie Elementary Claudia Jackson
Weatherbee Elementary LaShawnda McNair
White City Elementary
RED ZONE
Allapattah Flats K-8 Laura Barnes
Bayshore Elementary n/a
FK Sweet Elementary n/a
Ft. Pierce Magnet School of Arts Yanet Garcia
Lincoln Park Academy Jillian Rozycki
Manatee K-8 Mari Stokes
Oak Hammock K-8 Lindsay Ham
St. Lucie West Centennial HS Amy Chumney
St. Lucie West K-8 Anne W. Mack
Treasure Coast HS Leilani Ankiel
West Gate K-8 Amy Glauber
Windmill Pointe Elementary Kelita Johnson Singleton
BLUE ZONE
Fairlawn Elementary Cori Jones
Floresta Elementary Jillian Wagner
Mariposa Elementary Erica Morales
Morningside Elementary
Northport K-8 Candice Zablotny
Parkway Elementary Leslie Garcia Williams
Port St. Lucie HS Deborah Garcia
Rivers Edge Elementary Jennifer Vazquez
Savanna Ridge Elementary
Southern Oaks MS Brittney Sapp
Southport MS n/a
Village Green Elementary Felicia Smith
Alternative Education Debbie Shalaew

Outstanding First Year Teachers
NOMINEES
GREEN ZONE
C.A. Moore Elementary Jodi Morris
Dan McCarty Nicholas Berkely
Forest Grove MS Jessica Aljure
Ft. Pierce Central HS Jeffrey Rymer
Ft. Pierce Westwood HS Ltc Scott P. Caldwell
Lakewood Park Elementary Alma M. Mosley
Lawnwood Elementary Christine Ekstrom
Palm Pointe @ Tradition Chezare Reyes
St. Lucie Elementary Claudia Jackson
Weatherbee Elementary LaShawnda McNair
White City Elementary
RED ZONE
Allapattah Flats K-8 Laura Barnes
Bayshore Elementary n/a
FK Sweet Elementary n/a
Ft. Pierce Magnet School of Arts Yanet Garcia
Lincoln Park Academy Jillian Rozycki
Manatee K-8 Mari Stokes
Oak Hammock K-8 Lindsay Ham
St. Lucie West Centennial HS Amy Chumney
St. Lucie West K-8 Anne W. Mack
Treasure Coast HS Leilani Ankiel
West Gate K-8 Amy Glauber
Windmill Pointe Elementary Kelita Johnson Singleton
BLUE ZONE
Fairlawn Elementary Cori Jones
Floresta Elementary Jillian Wagner
Mariposa Elementary Erica Morales
Morningside Elementary
Northport K-8 Candice Zablotny
Parkway Elementary Leslie Garcia Williams
Port St. Lucie HS Deborah Garcia
Rivers Edge Elementary Jennifer Vazquez
Savanna Ridge Elementary
Southern Oaks MS Brittney Sapp
Southport MS n/a
Village Green Elementary Felicia Smith
Alternative Education Debbie Shalaew

Distinguished Minority Educators
NOMINEES
GREEN ZONE
C.A. Moore Elementary Robert L. Suggs
Dan McCarty Latricia Stubbs
Forest Grove MS Erika Macedo
Ft. Pierce Central HS Peter Crespo
Ft. Pierce Westwood HS Jesus R. Rivera
Lakewood Park Elementary Alexandra Laoutas
Lawnwood Elementary Mary Keith
Palm Pointe @ Tradition Jessica Gutierrez
Samuel Gaines K-8 Robert Plowden
St. Lucie Elementary Tiffany Owens
Weatherbee Elementary Norma Marie Miller
White City Elementary Lynette Viruet
RED ZONE
Allapattah Flats K-8 Renee Adderly-Clark
Bayshore Elementary Trisha Budhram
FK Sweet Elementary Alice Parks
Ft. Pierce Magnet School of Arts Gerard Saltus, III
Lincoln Park Academy Veryl Moore
Manatee K-8 Michael Torres
Oak Hammock K-8 Diane Aristide
St. Lucie West Centennial HS Daisy Diaz
St. Lucie West K-8 Venda Renee Taylor
Treasure Coast HS n/a
West Gate K-8 Narvelene T. Lucas
Windmill Pointe Elementary Rosa Myles
BLUE ZONE
Fairlawn Elementary Vanessa Solomon
Floresta Elementary Stacyann Rolle
Mariposa Elementary Quotaysha Jones
Morningside Elementary
Northport K-8 Victoria Frazier
Parkway Elementary Erikka Trabal
Port St. Lucie HS Demetrius Jamille Lane
Rivers Edge Elementary Romie Guffey
Savanna Ridge Elementary Sharline William
Southern Oaks MS Joann Campbell
Southport MS Kerry Parks
Village Green Elementary Actavis McQueen
Alternative Education

Fort Pierce Central senior wins prestigious essay award

Fort Pierce Central senior wins prestigious essay award

Fort Pierce Central High School senior Hunter Sciscente was recently presented with the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Award at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall for his outstanding contributions to the community. Being the regional winner, Hunter has since completed an essay on Personal Heritage, which is currently being submitted to the DAR statewide competition along with his well-earned credentials. Hunter, who was the FPCHS Homecoming King this year and was named to the All Area Defense team in football, will graduate with a 4.6 wighted GPA and intends to major in Biology and then attend medical school.

Gaines Academy scout troop ready to serve the community

Gaines Academy scout troop ready to serve the community

Students and staff at Samuel S. Gaines Academy are very proud of the newly formed Girl Scout Troop #40729. The young ladies who participate in troop acitivies learn about their special talents and how to be leaders in their community. The new troop is comprised of second through fifth graders who are Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts. Pictured are troop members with their sashes, who are ready to serve their community with a smile.

Southport Middle School students sweep math competition

Southport Middle School students sweep math competition

Five Southport Middle students placed in the Top 10 from the seven participating St. Lucie County public schools in this year’s Sumdog.com math competition. Southport Middle finished third overall in the math competition among all participating schools. Sumdog.com is a website where the students can practice math skills while playing fun games! Pictured, from left, are Macy Nielander, first place; Faith Cook, third place; Alycia Hardie, second place; and Christian Oravec, fourth place. Moxa Raval (not pictured) placed ninth in the competition.

Savanna Ridge students impress visitors with high level thinking DBQ activities

Savanna Ridge students impress visitors with high level thinking DBQ activities

Representatives from school districts in Florida and Georgia recently visited Savanna Ridge Elementary to see enthusiastic teachers implementing Document Based Questions (DBQs). The students were engaged as teachers walked them through the process of analyzing documents and making inferences to answer the question, “Jamestown: Why did so many colonists die?” The visitors participated in a debriefing session following their classroom observations, and were impressed by the level of engagement from teachers and students. Many of the representatives are currently using DBQs within their middle and high schools, so they were excited to see elementary students actively participating in higher level thinking and questioning. Pictured are two representatives from Brevard County in Elisabeth Harvin’s fifth grade classroom.

Forest Grove Middle team on to regional science bowl

Forest Grove Middle team on to regional science bowl

A team of four students from Forest Grove Middle School, coached by science teacher Colleen Wilson, won the Title I Middle School Science Bowl held recently at the Stem Center at the Indian River State College campus in St Lucie West. Pictured, from left, are students Dustin Vanderpool, Vincent Rappa, Samantha Doohan, and Brandon Payen, with Wilson. The team will now compete at the state regional Middle School Science Bowl in Brevard County March 8.

Savanna Ridge students enjoy unique partnership with Keiser University students

Savanna Ridge students enjoy unique partnership with Keiser University students

Students from Keiser University came to Savanna Ridge Elementary last week to read to students in Penny LaCorte’s classroom as part of a partnership between the school and Keiser as an ongoing support system. The 15 Keiser students had a unique assignment for their Speech/Communication class — to create a short children’s story and practice their public speaking skills by sharing their work to a group of students. The Keiser students supported the primary classrooms during the reading block. They shared their stories during read aloud time and served as “live” centers to work with students in small groups. Savanna Ridge students loved listening to the creative stories that the visitors had to share. The Keiser students were nervous at first but as they met the anxious children they felt excited and overwhelmed with love. It was hard to tell who was more appreciative, the Keiser students or the Savanna Ridge students! What an excellent way to learn and grow from each other!

Volunteers of the Year honored at school board meeting

Volunteers of the Year honored at school board meeting

The St. Lucie Public Schools 2014 Outstanding Volunteers of the Year were recognized at the February 25, 2014, St. Lucie County School Board meeting, following a reception sponsored by the St. Lucie County Education Fooundation for all of the nominees and their families. Applications for nominees in the three categories of youth, adult and senior volunteers are submitted by schools to a six-member review committee, which ranks the applicants on a rubric scale. Leslie Young, Manatee Academy K8 volunteer coordinator and committee member, presented the three district winners, who received plaques and congratulations from the school board and Superintendent Genelle Yost. Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Yost, School Board member Troy Ingersoll, Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year Mr. Peter Popolizio from Northport K8 School, School Board member Kathryn Hensley, Outstanding Adult Volunteer of the Year Mr. Carl Andor from Mariposa Elementry School, School Board member Carol Hilson, Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year Ms. Callie Frizzle from Southern Oaks Middle School, School Board member Dr. Donna Mills, presenter Leslie Young, and School Board chairman Debbie Hawley.