HOSA Fall Leadership Conference

HOSA Fall Leadership Conference

FPC HOSA students traveled to Jupiter High School for the Fall Leadership Conference. Here, students gained the opportunity to network with other student leaders, learned about HOSA’s national charity project, and made note of the upcoming Regional Competitive Events Conference.
Senior Cassandra Connor is the Regional President Officer Candidate pictured with Danielle Geary, her campaign manager.

Pictured in the feature image:

Top Row: Flor Rico, Yedanny Dominguez, Irene Vallejo, Guadalupe Morano, Maria Ramirez

2nd row: Amber Hood, Danielle Geary, Cassandra Connor, Tamia Renaud, Alliyah Frank, Tamia Foxx-Bailey

Hot air abounds in Palm Pointe science classes

Peggy Radtke’s eighth grade science classes at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently did an experiment where they constructed their own hot air balloons and then measured the amount of time that their balloons stayed in the air. Pictured, from left, are Mackenzie McMichael and Alexandra Velasco as they watch their balloon soar!

How Would You Make Your City A Better Place?

How Would You Make Your City A Better Place?

Calling all seventh graders! 

We want to know how you would make your city a better place.  What would you do if you were mayor?  Share your ideas on how you would make your city a better place.

Follow the guidelines for the essay contest below, and submit your entry prior to the deadline. You could be our next mayor!

 

 

HS Graduates Revisit the Nest at MSE

HS Graduates Revisit the Nest at MSE

MSE Blue Jay High School Seniors come back to the nest for a last visit!  From left to right they are Julia Theiss, Syia Hill, Nicole Hernandez, Jessica Smith, Rachel Jones, and Maddie Sands.  Syia, Nicole, Rachel, and Maddie were all in Ms. Williams-Johnson’s 5th grade class.  Ricky Estrada joined them shortly after the picture. An inspiration for our current Blue Jays!!!!

 

Huge Savings Result from Efficient Energy Practices in St. Lucie Public Schools

Huge Savings Result from Efficient Energy Practices in St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Superintendent E. Wayne Gent accepted a rebate check from Florida Power and Light (FPL) in the amount of $97,440.00 during Tuesday’s School Board Meeting. The rebate resulted from the recent installation of a new Thermal Energy System (TES) at Lakewood Park Elementary.  The District has had a long-standing commitment to maximizing the efficiency of its facilities, and the installation of such systems in local schools has proven effective. Schools with systems such as these have demonstrated an average savings of approximately 50 percent in energy costs.  “Every dollar is important to education, and these savings equate to a re-investment in our students,” said Gent.  

Over the lifetime of SLPS’s partnership with FPL, a total of $2,428,873.00 worth of incentives and rebates has been realized.  Replacement projects on roofs and lighting control retrofits along with other TES system installations contribute to this total. Specifically, the TES is an ice storage system for chilled water cooling in air conditioners that helps reduce the energy bills while still keeping the school at a comfortable temperature for students and staff.  The TES system runs during off-peak hours to take advantage of FPL’s Time of Use Rate.  This rate allows for lower electric charges during off-peak hours. 

Huge Savings Result from Efficient Energy Practices in St. Lucie Public Schools

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Superintendent E. Wayne Gent accepted a rebate check from Florida Power and Light (FPL) in the amount of $97,440.00 during Tuesday’s School Board Meeting. The rebate resulted from the recent installation of a new Thermal Energy System (TES) at Lakewood Park Elementary. The District has had a long-standing commitment to maximizing the efficiency of its facilities, and the installation of such systems in local schools has proven effective. Schools with systems such as these have demonstrated an average savings of approximately 50 percent in energy costs. “Every dollar is important to education, and these savings equate to a re-investment in our students,” said Gent.

Over the lifetime of SLPS’s partnership with FPL, a total of $2,428,873.00 worth of incentives and rebates has been realized. Replacement projects on roofs and lighting control retrofits along with other TES system installations contribute to this total. Specifically, the TES is an ice storage system for chilled water cooling in air conditioners that helps reduce the energy bills while still keeping the school at a comfortable temperature for students and staff.  The TES system runs during off-peak hours to take advantage of FPL’s Time of Use Rate.  This rate allows for lower electric charges during off-peak hours.

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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Human Resources department oversees hiring of over 500 new employees

Human Resources department oversees hiring of over 500 new employees

Kudos to the St. Lucie Public Schools Human Resources Department, which has experienced another busy summer season providing excellent customer service for over 500 new hires including full-time, substitute, and summer school positions. Processing includes reviewing applications, scheduling drug screens, and completing finger printing for background screening as well as data entry of each newly hired employee into the Skyward system. Pictured is finger print specialist Lynn Louderback, right, assisting a new employee in the process.

Humane Society visits Palm Pointe

Humane Society visits Palm Pointe

Janet Winikoff from the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County speaks to seventh grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition about sick and neglected animals and about the Humane Society.  She did a PowerPoint presentation and answerd questions that students had about pets being neglected because of hard economical times and possible solutions to help.

Humanitarian STAR Awards

Humanitarian STAR Awards

Bill Tomlinson and LaTanya Green came forward at the April School Board Meeting to recognize the humanitarian efforts of the many individuals from the SLPS’s Student Services and Guidance Department teams.

Mr. Tomlinson explained that after the incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County on February 14, 2018, staff members graciously volunteered their time and effort to assist the students and staff of the high school as they began to return to the school.

SLPS’s staff developed a schedule that would afford them an opportunity to provide assistance at the school and still complete the requirements of their job in this district.   They went above and beyond the call of duty in their role to extend a helping hand to their colleagues and to the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

To each member of this humanitarian support team, we extend our thanks for reaching out as ambassadors for St. Lucie Public Schools.

School Psychologists

David Kinkade

Shelley Welby

Anna Michelle Gillard

Kirsten Poncinie

Kathryn Mantor

Jennie Pahl

Social Workers

Bridget Locke

Martin Tejada

Melissa Desposito

Heather Cannon

Shemair Dorelus

Program Specialists for Guidance

April Mincey

Stephanie Walters-Cleveland

Hundreds of things to do to count to 100

Hundreds of things to do to count to 100

Aamar Black, Sarah Bartowiak, Annika Huhtamaki, Greyson Cripps, and other first graders at F.K. Sweet Elementary celebrated the 100th day of school by doing math activities with 100 items.  Students practiced different ways to make 100, different ways to skip count to 100, and came up with 100 words that they learned this year.

 

Hurricane Irma – Unified Messages

Hurricane Irma – Unified Messages

St. Lucie Public Schools will continue to share information to support awareness of Hurricane Irma’s progression, provide updates to aid residents in preparedness, and contribute to the unification of messages disseminated from the emergency operations channels of St. Lucie County. 

 

 

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017

News Release #224-17

 

St. Lucie County

2300 Virginia Ave.

Fort Pierce, Fla. 34982

www.stlucieco.gov

 

For more information, contact:

Erick Gill, Communications Division Director                           

772-462-1791 / gille@stlucieco.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

St. Lucie County Makes Plans for Hurricane Irma, Urges Residents To Do the Same

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – While the exact impact that Hurricane Irma will have on St. Lucie County is still unknown, the county’s Emergency Management staff has been monitoring and preparing for this storm since Sunday. All St. Lucie County residents are strongly urged to do the same.

Hurricane Irma isn’t expected to impact St. Lucie County until this weekend, but as a precautionary measure – if shelters are needed – St. Lucie County Public Schools will be closed Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8. St. Lucie County has identified local schools to be used as shelters, including for the first time – a pet-friendly shelter. Decisions on local government closings and shelter openings will be made at a later time.

If residents are able and have the means, they should evacuate now, as all of South Florida will be in the storm’s path and highways could become congested as the storm draws near.

Residents with special medical needs are encouraged to pre-register at www.stlucieco.gov/eoc.

Garbage collection will continue through the week, but residents and businesses are asked to no longer put out yard debris and tree limbs to prevent these materials from becoming projectiles and blocking drains.

If Hurricane Irma continues its current path, St. Lucie County expects to fully active its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Friday. Once the EOC is fully activated, updates will be provided on WQCS 88.9 FM and on the county’s Facebook pages at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m.  St. Lucie County’s Information Hotline, 772-460-HELP (4357), will become activated on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m.

St. Lucie County Commissioners approved a local State of Emergency Declaration Tuesday evening; while Florida Gov. Scott issues a statewide declaration on Monday.

For more information about the St. Lucie County’s preparations and precautionary measures visit: www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane or on social media @StLucieGov.

 

 

IB Students at LPA Giving Back to Furry Friends

IB Students at LPA Giving Back to Furry Friends

A small representation of the IB program at LPA went to the Dogs and Cats Forever animal shelter to deliver a check from funds raised last year by the IB Program. The IB Program wanted to support and be a part of the great work that this no kill shelter does in our community. While in the shelter, our students had the opportunity to visit the facility, learn about volunteering options, and of course, play with the fur babies. We would like to thank D&C Forever for their hospitality and the work that they do. We look forward to our next visit.

Imagine

Imagine

Imagine what a school can do when collaboration becomes part of how things get done.  On March 31, 2016, the Treasure Coast High School Visual and Performing Arts Department collaborated with Port St Lucie Botanical Gardens to host their annual art show.  The TCHS Culinary Arts Academy provided tasty delicacies while patrons enjoyed Fine Art, Graphic Art, Photography, Theatrical Performances, and a Dance Performances.  To say the least, it was sensory overload!

Theater

Performances by the Theater Department took place in the various Gardens.

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Imagine Schools Nau Campus National Junior Honor Society

Imagine Schools Nau Campus National Junior Honor Society

35 students from Imagine Schools Nau Campus are new members of the National Junior Honor Society.

Members were selected by the chapter’s faculty council (Mr. James Hanna, Dr. Elizabeth Scarborough, Ms. Athena Sengos, Ms. Deborah Bemis, & Mrs. Lynn Kilgore) for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship, and character.

These students are:

Officers

Members

Mario Pierre Jr (President) Andrenna  Aarons Sunja Jean Baptiste
Stephanie Cuello-Martinez ( Vice President) Bradley Aguilar Kaylah Key
Darrion Henry (Secretary) Ricky Almada Kaden Lane
Alexia Pinder (Treasurer) Kevin Better Calida Markland
Warren Jackson (Parliamentarian) Chanae Chance Catherine Nettleton
Whitney Saint-Fleur (Historian) Sean Crowley Shawn Pinder
Eve Ennis Ghilaire Saincy
Colin Fadden Wilken Saint-Fleur
Connor Fadden Jordan Smith
Walthon Flores Jordan Walrond
Carolin Fulmer Allejai Ward
Christopher Harvey Cayla Weakland
Chansa Heng Malik Williams
Devin Martinez Alicia Mendez
Niaha James  

 

“We are very proud to recognize these outstanding members of our student body.  National Junior Honor Society members are chosen for and then expected to continue their exemplary contributions to the school and community”, said Russell Ader, Assistant Principal.

This is Imagine Schools Nau Campus’ inaugural year. The chapter plans to sponsor several service projects for the school and community.

The Nations Junior Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for middle school students.  There are chapters in more than 7,500 middle schools and, since 1929, millions of students have been selected for membership.   NJHS is a program of the NASSP (the National Association of Secondary School Principals, www.nasp.org).

Importance of parent involvement recognized at school board meeting

Importance of parent involvement recognized at school board meeting

The St. Lucie County School Board approved a resolution recognizing November as Florida Parental Involvement In Education Month. A proclmation from Governor Rick Scott’s office was read during the November 13, 2012, school board meeting. Pictured, from left, are School Board chairman Carol Hilson, coordinator of Title I programs Yvonne Johnson, parent Lilly Bowe who read the proclamation, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

Impromptu Book Club

These 4th graders at Manatee Academy immediately formed their own BOOK CLUB in the library and started choral reading of a terrifying, suspenseful novel they couldn’t wait to get their hands on! They didn’t even notice that they were being photographed.  Now THAT’S a great book! One reader described it as “CREEPTASTIC!”

 

INAUGURAL HBCU/HSI COLLEGE FAIR A BIG DRAW

INAUGURAL HBCU/HSI COLLEGE FAIR A BIG DRAW

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to bring opportunities to students for college and career success. On January 23, the School District will launch its premier Historically Black College/University (HBCU) and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) College Fair for its students.  With over 17 major institutions slated to attend at Samuel Gaines Academy, excitement is escalating about pending on-the-spot scholarship opportunities and prospects for local students to participate in prestigious programs.

 

SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Events such as this have the potential to change lives for our students, and we are committed to doing everything we can to connect their brimming talents with individuals and organizations offering pathways to rewarding careers.”

 

Gent attributes the success of this premier event to the District’s highly motivated secondary leadership team.  Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry and Program Specialist Lynda Octavi have worked with local, state, and national colleges and universities; human resource organizations; Greek fraternities and sororities; local alumni; as well as local business leaders to make connections with the wide array of learning organizations that will be in attendance at this year’s College Fair.

 

“The idea is to help as many students as we can. This Career Fair is about students having options, and our students are definitely motivated to attend,” explained Perry. Students will attend the Career Fair with their high schools and are coming to this event well prepared with completed FASA forms, awareness of interview techniques, and dress for success tips.

 

SLPS Human Resources team will also be in attendance to discuss the Promise is a Promise opportunity scholarship with students who plan to pursue education as a career and return to teach in St. Lucie Public Schools.

 

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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Inaugural Male Youth Summit

Inaugural Male Youth Summit

WHAT:  The inaugural Male Youth Summit at Performance Based Preparatory Academy is a collaboration between the Bethune-Cookman University’s Male Development Institute and the Omicron Tau (Treasure Coast) Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Breakout sessions will cover topics such as: dressing for success, grades, mental health, and time management.  Special guests include:

WHO: Male students in grades six through twelve are invited to attend.

Special guest speakers include Attorney Arnold Gaines and representatives from both the Fort Pierce Police Department and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department.

WHERE: Performance Based Preparatory Academy

2909 Delaware Avenue

Fort Pierce, FL 34947

WHEN:  April 6, 2019

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also 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. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Indian River Lagoon Science Festival Celebrates Science on the Treasure Coast

Indian River Lagoon Science Festival Celebrates Science on the Treasure Coast

The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival returns for its fifth year on Saturday October 27 from 10am-3pm at Veterans Memorial Park, part of the River Walk Center in Fort Pierce! This FREE all-ages day of discovery promises to be a blast for the whole family with dozens of minds-on, hands-on activities exploring the wonders of science, technology, engineering, art and math on the Treasure Coast.

 

The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival aims to show not only the importance of science, but also to highlight how very fun it can be! This event features over 75 exhibitors from around the Treasure Coast, all of which have fascinating learning opportunities and activities available at their booth. This year’s participants will be able to:

 

  • Build robots with LEGO Education
  • Make tornadoes with the National Weather Service
  • Learn about our flying, feathered friends with the St. Lucie Audubon Society
  • Create eco-art from ocean plastic with BlueTube
  • Explore Florida’s prehistory with Southeast Florida Archaeology Society
  • See real, live corals with the Smithsonian Marine Station
  • Learn about marine mammal rescue on the Treasure Coast and take a peek at a real marine mammal ambulance with FAU Harbor Branch Marine Mammal Rescue Team
  • Discover how sea turtles survive and thrive with Fort Pierce Westwood High School
  • Plus much, much more!

 

A variety of food trucks will be on-site to satisfy the hunger of festival-goers and free parking will be available in the Downtown Fort Pierce Parking Garage with free trolley transport to the festival site. Admission at the St. Lucie County Aquarium will also be free that day.

 

Science-focused satellite events are going on now through October 20. For more information on these events, please visit the IRL Science Festival website at www.irlsciencefest.org/satellite.

 

The IRL Science Festival has been made possible through funding from the Smithsonian Marine Station, FAU Harbor Branch, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation’s Specialty License Plate Program, LEGO Education, Sunrise Ford, and the generous support of WGYL 93.7, WJKD 99.7, WPHR 94.7, WOSN 97.1, WTTB 1490, Waste Pro, Indian River State College and ECO Magazine.

 

Can’t get enough of IRL Science Festival events? We’re currently looking for event volunteers to assist us with set up, break down, and everything in between on October 27. Minimum age for volunteers is 16 years old. More information can be found at http://irlsciencefest.org/volunteer/. If you are interested in being an exhibitor, late registration is open online until October 17at http://irlsciencefest.org/hostexhibit/.

 

About the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival

Established in 2014, the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival is a celebration of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) that culminates with a large-scale community event. The festival aims to demonstrate that science is meaningful, relevant, and fun, to make science accessible to all residents of the Treasure Coast, and to highlight STEAM resources in the IRL region. The Festival planning committee is made up entirely of volunteer organizers from local governments and research, education and non-profit organizations, and administrative support is largely provided by the Smithsonian Marine Station. A member of the Science Festival Alliance (www.sciencefestivals.org) since 2013, the IRL Science Festival serves as a leader in promoting science and science festivals across the state of Florida. For more information about all Festival partners, sponsors, and scheduled activities, visit www.irlsciencefest.org. #IRLsciencefest