Dillard Addresses Upward Mobility Group at Allapattah Flats

Dillard Addresses Upward Mobility Group at Allapattah Flats

By Renee Adderly-Clark

 

On Friday, April 21, Allapattah Flats welcomed motivation speaker and author Joseph Dillard of the Speakers Bureau.  Mr. Dillard has a passion for reaching young people with a message of realizing that the battle is “ME VS. ME”!

 

From birth until now, there are many factors in our lives that we cannot control.  For example, you cannot control the environment into which you are born.  Some of us feel deep down inside that our present situations are not the best.  Is that the underlying reason that you chose to disrespect your teachers, administrators, and others around you?

 

Mr. Dillard really broke the ice as he delved into his personal testimony and shared the following and more:  “I do what I do, because I was left behind, I was forgotten about.  I was empty and void of love and understanding what life was all about.  I was hurting, but the cry was silent.”   By this time, the students sat in awe! Mr. Dillard continued sharing some of his past that unfortunately left him with many obstacles to overcome.  He then explained that his choice of making a meaningful connection with his creator is the reason why he has overcome many obstacles and has learned how to use wisdom to address all others.

 

Mr. Dillard concluded with the following:  “Have purpose and vision in your life concerning all things, especially your education.  You pay for every decision you make, so love yourself enough to make good ones.  All things are learnable, so learn.  Know what you want, why you want it, and spend the rest of your life going to get it!”  Thus, the battle of ME VS. ME!

 

 

 

 

 

Butterfly Release at Mariposa Elementary

Butterfly Release at Mariposa Elementary

Fifth grade students at Mariposa Elementary observed the life cycle of a butterfly during their science unit on living organisms.  They learned about plant and animal adaptations, including complete and incomplete metamorphosis.  The students finished off this unit by releasing the butterflies into their natural environment.

Fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Zoie Griffiths, releases a butterfly as Travis Nimal looks on.

 

Southport Middle School Project Earth Day

Southport Middle School Project Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, Mrs. Sharon Dudash’s class spent the week on a number of environmental projects re-purposing trash into beautiful artwork and gifts. The students made various size holders for school supplies out of cans. Their display also included candle holders and pencil holders from glass and plastic.

Everyone enjoyed the colorfully decorated rain sticks made from used cardboard tubes, nails and rice.  Students learned important lessons on why we should all reduce, reuse and recycle.  A special thanks goes out to Paraprofessionals Ms. Rubi Soto and Mrs. Nicole Bailey for helping to make it all possible.

SLWK-8 Color Run

SLWK-8 Color Run

The SLWK-8 My School Color Run sponsored by the Student Council was a huge success!

Thank you everyone for your participation!

Special thanks for Ms. Renee Taylor, Mrs. Shawna Portee, and Dean Lauren Kosinski for their hard work in organizing this event. Everyone had a colorful time!

Contributions Support DCEC

Contributions Support DCEC

DCEC hosted a THANK YOU luncheon for community members.  Members from Kiwanis, Health Department, Restoring the Village, Concetta Viggiano Parry Foundation, and Appreciation Financial participated.  The Kiwanis donated $1,000 and Concetta Viggiano Parry Foundation donated $800 to the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Program. For both organizations, these donations are annual contributions for which the school is most thankful.

According to Principal Harden, one of the luncheon guests indicated that his neighbor attends DCEC and he has seen a great difference in his behavior in the neighborhood since attending the school.

 

Project Unify

Project Unify

On your marks, get set, go! Over 50 students participated in Project Unify, a Special Olympics collaborative between four high schools in the St. Lucie Public Schools District. Students are practicing for a Unified Area Meet in Clermont on May 6th, a State Level competition involving IMG Academy.

Project Unify supports the Special Olympics on the high school level with a mix of alternate-abled athletes and their able-partners. This year, competition is limited to track and field, but coordinators hope that with the help of the FHSAA, it will grow to all sport areas.

Participants practiced several events including 4×100 relay for boys and girls, softball throw/shot-put, 100-meter run, 100-meter walk/wheelchair, and the 4×400 relay.

This is only the second year of participation for Project Unify. Heather Gray, a coordinator from Fort Pierce Central High School, says  “I’m happy that Unify coaches and coordinators came together to put this meet on as an opportunity for another competition and use it as practice to move forward in FHSAA.”

In attendance to watch and cheer on the athletes were St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, School Board Vice Chairman Dr. Donna Mills, Ft. Pierce Westwood High School Principal John Lynch, and Fort Pierce Central High School Athletic Director Pete Crespo.

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.

 

 

Open House Invitation For Virtual Education in SLPS

Open House Invitation For Virtual Education in SLPS

Looking for a non-traditional education or a more flexible environment for learning? Virtual schooling is a progressive choice for families, providing expanded educational opportunities, utilizing online curriculum, to a wider student community for anywhere, anytime learning.

Virtual school enrollment window is now open through July 1, 2017. Not sure if virtual instruction is right for your child? Attend one of our open house events to learn more!

Click here for Enrollment Information for Fall 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Graduation Information

2017 Graduation Information

Ft. Pierce Central High School
8:30 am on May 23, 2017 at the Fair Grounds

Treasure Coast High School
2:00 pm on May 23, 2017 at the Fair Grounds

Lincoln Park Academy
8:30 am on May 25, 2017 at Fenn Center

Ft. Pierce Westwood High School
1:30 pm on May 25, 2017 at Fenn Center

St. Lucie West Centennial High School
8:30 am on May 26, 2017 at Fenn Center

Port St. Lucie High School
1:30 pm on May 26, 2017 at Fenn Center

Acceleration Academy
8:30 am on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Performance Based Preparatory Academy
11:00 am on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Mosaic Digital Academy
2:00 pm on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

 

 ARENA AT SLC FAIR GROUNDS PARKING INFORMATION

FENN CENTER PARKING INFORMATION

 

 

TCHS Drive For Education

TCHS Drive For Education

Treasure Coast High School Garber Buick GMC Drive For Education
Saturday, April 22
8am-3pm
Take a test drive and Garber donates $10.00 to the school!
Must be *21 or older to participate.

Family Fun at Forest Grove

Family Fun at Forest Grove

Bulldogs enjoyed an evening of Civics and Science at their Title 1 Parent Night. Families experienced technology-enhanced learning through QR codes with examples of Civics EOC questions. Science focused on heavily tested standards to show families how to attack those types of questions. Fun was had by young and old alike!

 

 

Cobra Poets Strike Hard

Cobra Poets Strike Hard

Fort Pierce Central High School’s (FPCHS) student poets took to the stage with words spoken from the heart intended to excite and engage at this year’s Louder than a Bomb (LTAB) Poetry Slam. Kayla Daley, a senior, was one of 12 South Florida high school students selected from more than 300 participants in the individual final competition held at Nova Southeastern University on April 8.  As a team, the FPCHS Cobras placed second in the semi-final round of the competition which draws famous name backers such as Jason Taylor of the Jason Taylor Foundation and Omari Hardwick of Bluapple Poetry. LTAB is designed to help students express themselves, and for some, the experience is life altering.

 

“This artistic outlet gives students an opportunity to share their innermost thoughts, concerns, and frustrations in an artistic manner that is heard and appreciated by others. When competing, our students give everything they have when on stage,” said Simone McPhee, FPCHS competition coach.  She explained that students work together throughout the year honing their poetic verse and practicing their delivery. “They are passionate about what they do and work hard to coach and support one another in preparation for this competition.” McPhee, together with co-coaches Kelly Addams and Peter Miserocchi of FPCHS, are in their third year helping to prepare students for this annual event.

 

Fort Pierce Central Cobras celebrate a second place finish in the semi-final round of competition.

L to R: Maika Eugene, Kayla Daley, Sienna Medina, Jarrett Sauer

 

 

 

 

Cobra Poets Strike Hard

Cobra Poets Strike Hard

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Fort Pierce Central High School’s (FPCHS) student poets took to the stage with words spoken from the heart intended to excite and engage at this year’s Louder than a Bomb (LTAB) Poetry Slam. Kayla Daley, a senior, was one of 12 South Florida high school students selected from more than 300 participants in the individual final competition held at Nova Southeastern University on April 8.  As a team, the FPCHS Cobras placed second in the semi-final round of the competition which draws famous name backers such as Jason Taylor of the Jason Taylor Foundation and Omari Hardwick of Bluapple Poetry. LTAB is designed to help students express themselves, and for some, the experience is life altering.

 

“This artistic outlet gives students an opportunity to share their innermost thoughts, concerns, and frustrations in an artistic manner that is heard and appreciated by others. When competing, our students give everything they have when on stage,” said Simone McPhee, FPCHS competition coach.  She explained that students work together throughout the year honing their poetic verse and practicing their delivery. “They are passionate about what they do and work hard to coach and support one another in preparation for this competition.” McPhee, together with co-coaches Kelly Addams and Peter Miserocchi of FPCHS, are in their third year helping to prepare students for this annual event.

 

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.

 

Fort Pierce Central Cobras celebrate a second place finish in the semi-final round of competition.

L to R: Maika Eugene, Kayla Daley, Sienna Medina, Jarrett Sauer

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BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

On Saturday April 22, test drive a new Buick and help Buick donate up to $10,000 to Treasure Coast High School located at 1000 SW Darwin Blvd. in Port St. Lucie.  Garber Buick GMC in Ft. Pierce will have new Buick vehicles at the school for this Test Drive Event from 8:00am-3:00pm.  For each 2-3 minute Test Drive, Buick will donate $10.00.  When the event exceeds 100 test drives, Buick will double the donation to $20.00.  The goal is to reach the maximum donation of $10,000 for the day!

The Sheriff’s Department will provide free fingerprinting for children and officers will be on site with their pop-up recreational center.  Food and drinks will also be available during the Buick Test Drive Event.

Participants will sign-in at the gym entrance in the back of Treasure Coast High School.  To test drive, drivers must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.  There is a limit of two donations per household.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our bands and athletic teams to work with a strong educational partner like Garber Buick GMC,” said Principal Susan Seal.  “We are always in need of additional funds to meet the needs of our students so they have opportunities to compete in festivals and competitions to flex their talents.”

Garber Buick GMC is a Full Service GM dealership on 8 Acres at 5255 U. S Highway One in Ft Pierce.  Garber Buick GMC has been in their new showroom for one year. The property was renovated and rebuilt and features a new car showroom, state of the art service department, new business offices, parts department and a Quick Lane Oil Change.  The Used Car Sales Office was finished in January of 2015.  They have room to display hundreds of new Buicks, GMCs and GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.  Garber Buick GMC also has a large Collision Center that is supported by all Insurance Companies.  Consumers have rated Garber Buick GMC #1 in Customer Service on the Treasure Coast.  The Garber family has been in the automobile business for over 100 years beginning with Garber Buick in Saginaw Michigan established in 1907.  Garber Automotive Group has 15 dealerships representing 14 manufacturers.    The company is known for their civic leadership in the communities where they do business.  To that end, Garber Buick GMC has a Community Room free to use for group meetings and non-profit organizations.  The Community Room can accommodate up to 40 people with tables, chairs and a 60” TV for presentations.   Garber Buick GMC’s website is www.garberbuickgmc.com.

 

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

BUICK TEST DRIVE EVENT WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – On Saturday April 22, test drive a new Buick and help Buick donate up to $10,000 to Treasure Coast High School located at 1000 SW Darwin Blvd. in Port St. Lucie. Garber Buick GMC in Ft. Pierce will have new Buick vehicles at the school for this Test Drive Event from 8:00am-3:00pm.  For each 2-3 minute Test Drive, Buick will donate $10.00.  When the event exceeds 100 test drives, Buick will double the donation to $20.00.  The goal is to reach the maximum donation of $10,000 for the day!

The Sheriff’s Department will provide free fingerprinting for children and officers will be on site with their pop-up recreational center.  Food and drinks will also be available during the Buick Test Drive Event.

Participants will sign-in at the gym entrance in the back of Treasure Coast High School.  To test drive, drivers must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.  There is a limit of two donations per household.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our bands and athletic teams to work with a strong educational partner like Garber Buick GMC,” said Principal Susan Seal.  “We are always in need of additional funds to meet the needs of our students so they have opportunities to compete in festivals and competitions to flex their talents.”

Garber Buick GMC is a Full Service GM dealership on 8 Acres at 5255 U. S Highway One in Ft Pierce.  Garber Buick GMC has been in their new showroom for one year. The property was renovated and rebuilt and features a new car showroom, state of the art service department, new business offices, parts department and a Quick Lane Oil Change.  The Used Car Sales Office was finished in January of 2015.  They have room to display hundreds of new Buicks, GMCs and GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.  Garber Buick GMC also has a large Collision Center that is supported by all Insurance Companies.  Consumers have rated Garber Buick GMC #1 in Customer Service on the Treasure Coast.  The Garber family has been in the automobile business for over 100 years beginning with Garber Buick in Saginaw Michigan established in 1907.  Garber Automotive Group has 15 dealerships representing 14 manufacturers.    The company is known for their civic leadership in the communities where they do business.  To that end, Garber Buick GMC has a Community Room free to use for group meetings and non-profit organizations.  The Community Room can accommodate up to 40 people with tables, chairs and a 60” TV for presentations.   Garber Buick GMC’s website is www.garberbuickgmc.com.

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.

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2017 Graduation Schedule

2017 Graduation Schedule

EVERYONE, including children of all ages, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to the graduation.
Upcoming Ceremonies

Ft. Pierce Central High School
8:30 am on May 23, 2017 at the Fair Grounds

Treasure Coast High School
2:00 pm on May 23, 2017 at the Fair Grounds

Lincoln Park Academy
8:30 am on May 25, 2017 at Fenn Center

Ft. Pierce Westwood High School
1:30 pm on May 25, 2017 at Fenn Center

St. Lucie West Centennial High School
8:30 am on May 26, 2017 at Fenn Center

Port St. Lucie High School
1:30 pm on May 26, 2017 at Fenn Center

Acceleration Academy
8:30 am on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Performance Based Preparatory Academy
11:00 am on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Mosaic Digital Academy
2:00 pm on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

All ceremonies will be streamed live on YouTube.

Mariposa Elementary’s VPK Orbits

Mariposa Elementary’s VPK Orbits

After discussing mysterious movers all week, and learning that wind, water, and planets are mysterious movers; the students in Mrs. Claudia Bonilla’s Mariposa VPK classroom learned about the solar system and how the planets are constantly moving. They learned the correct term to describe that movement — orbit. They then discussed which planets were closer to the sun, and they all held a planet, moon, or star and began to orbit. The use of technology, images, and songs were implemented as well.

Students pictured: Brayden Myers, Arianna Jesse, Madilynn Bonocchi, and Shantel Perch.

 

2017 Drill Meet

2017 Drill Meet

By: Sarai Narvaez

 

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion traveled to Lakeland, FL to compete in the Florida State Final Drill Competition on April 1st.  Out of the 396 Army JROTC programs in FL, 108 schools qualified to compete at the State finals.

The Jaguars competed in the following events: Female Color Guard, commanded by Cadet First Sergeant Morgan Emerson, Female Platoon Unarmed Regulation, commanded by Cadet Captain Kaycee Rhodes, Female Squad Armed Regulation, commanded by Cadet First Sergeant Syanna Graham, Female Platoon Exhibition, commanded by Staff Sergeant Allison Wilhoit and Female Squad Armed Exhibition, commanded by Cadet Captain Sergeant Kaycee Rhodes.

Male Squad Unarmed Regulation, commanded by Cadet Major Adan Pagan, Male Squad Armed Regulation, commanded by Cadet Captain Travis Cetin, Male Platoon Unarmed Regulation, commanded by Cadet First Sergeant Schneider, and Male Squad Armed Exhibition, commanded by Cadet Major Dallas Reyes.

The Jaguars received 7 top 10 finishes, with the accomplishment of Cadet Captain Travis Cetin finishing in 7th place. Congratulations to all of the cadets who competed and to all the cadets who commanded.

Male Squad Armed Regulation. Photo by: Sarai Narvaez

Female Squad Unarmed Regulation.
Photo by: Sarai Narvaez

Female Platoon Armed Regulation.
Photo by: Sarai Narvaez