Samuel Gaines Academy Teacher Nationally Recognized

Samuel Gaines Academy Teacher Nationally Recognized

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!

Samuel Gaines Academy students teach writing to parents

Samuel Gaines Academy students teach writing to parents

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.

Samuel Gaines Academy Science Expo

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.

Samuel Gaines Academy Fundraiser for March of Dimes

Samuel Gaines Academy Fundraiser for March of Dimes

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!

Sams Club Celebrates White City Elementary

Sams Club Celebrates White City Elementary

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.

Sam Gaines Academy Speakers Bureau Begins

Sam Gaines Academy Speakers Bureau Begins

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…

Sam Gaines Academy Honor Roll/Student Led Conference Event

Sam Gaines Academy Honor Roll/Student Led Conference Event

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.sga honor 6 sga honor 4 sga honor 3 sga honor 2 sga honor 1sg honor 7

Sales Tax Holiday

Sales Tax Holiday

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.

Sales Tax Holiday

Sales Tax Holiday

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 Selected as National Youth Delegate for Prestigious Conference at George Mason…

Sailor Sabol Selected as National Youth Delegate for Prestigious Conference at George Mason…

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.

Safety First!

Safety First!

At the June School Board Meeting, Crossing Guards Martha Lewis and Annette Wallace were recognized as STAR Award recipients for outstanding service to children and their community.

Their positive contribution to the safe passage of students to and from school was appreciated by a citizen and shared with the District.  Both Ms. Lewis and Ms. Wallace are to be commended on their diligence at keeping children safe and drivers in check with safe speeds at the intersection of 13th Street and Virginia Avenue.

We thank you and congratulate you for your service!

Safety Fest 2019

Safety Fest 2019

Friends, families, businesses, and organizations came together on Saturday, April 27th for a day of fun, food, festivities, and demonstrations at the 5th Annual Safety Fest held at the Digital Domain Stadium in Port St. Lucie. The Ft. Pierce Central High School JROTC Color Guard and St. Lucie West Centennial High School Band opened the event by presenting the Colors and playing the National Anthem. St. Lucie Public Schools was represented by Transportation, FDLRS, Media Services, Magnet School Programs, and General Programs of Study.

Safety Fest 2019

Safety Fest

Friends, families, businesses, and organizations came together on Saturday, April 27th for a day of fun, food, festivities, and demonstrations at the 5th Annual Safety Fest held at the Digital Domain Stadium in Port St. Lucie.

The Ft. Pierce Central High School JROTC Color Guard and St. Lucie West Centennial High School Band opened the event by presenting the Colors and playing the National Anthem.  St. Lucie Public Schools was represented by Transportation, FDLRS, Media Services, Magnet School Programs, and General Programs of Study.

 

 

SAFETY ALERT BUTTON NOW AVAILABLE ON ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS APP

SAFETY ALERT BUTTON NOW AVAILABLE ON ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS APP

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) just announced yet another enhancement to the See Something, Say Something safety and security measures. SLPS has added an emergency alert button to the St. Lucie Public Schools app. The app is FREE for everyone and is available in your favorite app store. The added feature allows users to submit anonymous tips to school and district officials anytime, anywhere.

 

The new app feature comes on the heels of a comprehensive review of security and safety measures on school campuses.  “The ability to include mass texting software support for instantly relaying information to authorities is valuable to the overall safety of students and staff.  Our Board remains committed to the continued security enhancements of our schools,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

 

To keep parents and guardians informed, SLPS will continue to use the School Messenger robo-call system as a means of communicating via phone calls, emails, and text messages to mobile devices.  To support timely and accurate reporting, the District encourages parents and guardians to make sure their contact information is up-to-date.  If families have had a phone number or address change or are not receiving calls from their child’s school or the District, contact the school’s data specialist to make changes or make changes directly by logging into the Skylert parent portal.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  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.

 

SAFETY ALERT BUTTON NOW AVAILABLE ON ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS APP

SAFETY ALERT BUTTON NOW AVAILABLE ON ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS APP

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) just announced yet another enhancement to the See Something, Say Something safety and security measures. SLPS has added an emergency alert button to the St. Lucie Public Schools app. The app is FREE for everyone and is available in your favorite app store. The added feature allows users to submit anonymous tips to school and district officials anytime, anywhere.

 

The new app feature comes on the heels of a comprehensive review of security and safety measures on school campuses.  “The ability to include mass texting software support for instantly relaying information to authorities is valuable to the overall safety of students and staff.  Our Board remains committed to the continued security enhancements of our schools,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

 

To keep parents and guardians informed, SLPS will continue to use the School Messenger robo-call system as a means of communicating via phone calls, emails, and text messages to mobile devices.  To support timely and accurate reporting, the District encourages parents and guardians to make sure their contact information is up-to-date.  If families have had a phone number or address change or are not receiving calls from their child’s school or the District, contact the school’s data specialist to make changes or make changes directly by logging into the Skylert parent portal.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  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.