Positive Achievement Trends Continue for Students in St. Lucie Public Schools

Positive Achievement Trends Continue for Students in St. Lucie Public Schools

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – In a barrage of scores released by the Department of Education today, scores for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continue to climb as a testament to the overall growth and success of students in the District.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent expressed his appreciation to the dedicated teachers, support staff, and school leaders for their focused efforts and for positively impacting students through quality instruction.  “We will continue our concentrated efforts on what is working well to support the academic growth of our students and enhance our instructional approaches in other areas so that all students are successful,” stated Gent.

According to a Florida Department of Education press release issued today, specific highlights for SLPS include an increase of four percentage points in both Biology 1 and Civics, with 64 percent and 65 percent of students, respectively, scoring Level 3 or higher.  Grade 8 Science (including both Florida Standards Assessment and Biology 1 End-of-Course assessment) climbed by two percentage points. Likewise, two percentage point increases were realized in Grades 6 – 8 English Language Arts and Grades 3 – 5 Mathematics.

The 2015-2016 academic year is marked with many positive trends for SLPS.  Graduation rates are climbing and are projected to surpass the state average, the percent of students scoring satisfactory on the grade 3 ELA assessment is rising, and this year marks a banner year for scholarships earned.  Over 21.6 million dollars were awarded to the District’s graduates which number over 2,700.

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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Portable AED donated to Fort Pierce Central

Portable AED donated to Fort Pierce Central

Through the continued generosity of Cheryl and Ray Lalloo, who lost their daughter Jessica several years ago, Laura Lenihan, who lost her husband, the Jessica Clinton Foundation and the cooperation of AED provider Cardiac Science, a portable AED was donated to Fort Pierce Central High School at the June 12, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting. Pictured, from left, front row, FPCHS ROTC instructor First Sgt.(Ret.) Darin Randall, Cheryl Lalloo, Lenihan, Assistant Principal Susan Seal, Ray Lalloo, Assistant Principal Arthur Jamison, and Rob williams of Cardiac Science. Back row, from left, Principal Todd Smith, school volunteer Tom Estep, Athletic Director Jay Stewart, and Assistant Superintendent Bill Tomlinson.

Port St. Lucie’s Puerto Rican Day Parade Color Guard

Port St. Lucie’s Puerto Rican Day Parade Color Guard

On Saturday December 8, 2018, the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion’s Color Guard lead the procession with the National Colors and the Puerto Rican Flag in the 2nd Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade of St. Lucie County. Commanding the Color Guard was Cadet Captain Alexis Morris accompanied by Cadet Command Sergeant Major Victoria Diaz as the Puerto Rican Flag bearer, Cadet 1st Lieutenant Lila Meade as American Flag Guard, and Cadet Sergeant First Class Lawrence Moleon-Mathews as the Puerto Rican Flag Guard. The parade stepped off at 1:00 PM and moved up Waterview Drive, across Main Street, up Southeast Welcome Lane, and ended at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. 

 

Port St. Lucie’s mayor answers students’ questions in visit

Port St. Lucie’s mayor answers students’ questions in visit

Students in Lori Kennedy’s fifth grade enrichment class at St. Lucie West K8 School recently wrote letters to city officials regarding concerns they had about issues in the area. After Port St. Lucie Mayor JoAnn Faiella received hers, she accepted the invitation to visit, saying she would like to address their concerns personally. Mayor Faiella answered questions as she informed the students about how the city procedures are carried out. She also extended the invitation for a student to shadow her as Mayor For the Day! Pictured with the mayor, from left, are Galo Rebelo Villamizar, Mackenzie Ramsey, Aidan Tambling, Megan Perusse, and Ethan Bischof.

Port St. Lucie’s Drill Team Attends 1st Competition of the Season!

Port St. Lucie’s Drill Team Attends 1st Competition of the Season!

On Friday, January 18, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion’s Army JROTC Drill Team attended the Santaluces Community High School Army JROTC drill meet in Lantana, FL. Cadets competed in male and female squads and color guard. Out of eight schools, Port St. Lucie ranked in first place overall.  The Jaguars’ female unarmed squad commanded by Cadet Major Joleen Kalinowski placed first, the female armed squad commanded by Cadet Captain Alexis Morris placed third, and the female color guard commanded by Cadet Captain Brianna Harris placed third as well.  The team’s  male unarmed squad commanded by Cadet Captain Jonathan Nunez placed third, and the male Color guard commanded by Cadet Sergeant first class placed first.

 

This article was written by Cadet Captain Alexis Morris and photography was taken by Cadet 1st Lieutenant Lila Meade.  

Port St. Lucie vs. Space Coast

Port St. Lucie vs. Space Coast

On Monday October 9th, the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguars went up against the Space Coast Vipers.

To kick off the game, the Jaguar Color Guard presented the Colors with Damilola Jolugan and Joleen Kalonaski serving as flag bearers and Hayley Pollard and Marco Narder serving as guards.

Port St. Lucie Practice Meet

Port St. Lucie Practice Meet

On Saturday, October 14, the Jaguar Battalion hosted a practice meet for the Area 3 Regional competition. With Westwood and Central also participating, the Jaguars still dominated the competition. Although it was the first competition experience of the season, all teams put in their hard work.

The Raiders will compete next Saturday at South Fork for the first Raider meet before Area 3.

Port St. Lucie Police Department and Kids at Hope to host family forum

The Port St. Lucie Police Department and Kids at Hope will present a free family forum on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in the City of Port St. Lucie Municipal Complex, 121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., from 1 to 3 PM. This forum will address social, academic and career success in a child’s future. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are suggested. Refreshments will be provided. A variety of special guests will present information on how to plan for success for children. For additional information or to reserve a seat, contact Alice Kenyon at the Juvenile Restorative Justice Initiative 772-344-4087 or akenyon@cityofpsl.com.

Port St. Lucie Jaguars vs Okeechobee Brahman Bulls

Port St. Lucie Jaguars vs Okeechobee Brahman Bulls

After the Jaguars take the win on Tuesday, September 19, with a score of 23-14 against the John Carroll Rams, they play again on September 22 against the Okeechobee Brahman Bulls.

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Color Guard (c/MAJ Tesa May  and c/ MSG Hayley Pollard as the flag bearers and c/CPT Morgan Emerson and c/SFC Dominic Casianio as the guards) start the game with the presentation of colors.

Port St. Lucie Jaguars vs. John Carroll Rams

Port St. Lucie Jaguars vs. John Carroll Rams

After the break from school, the Port St. Lucie Jaguars start off strong with their first varsity home game against the John Carroll Rams on Tuesday, September 19.

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Color Guard starts the game off by presenting the colors: c/ MAJ Tesa May, c/ CPT Allison Wilhoit c/SFC Dominic Casianio , and c/ SSG Andre Hannon show their school and nation pride by respectfully displaying the colors.

Port St. Lucie High’s James Williams to compete in state academic games

Port St. Lucie High’s James Williams to compete in state academic games

James Williams, a member of the Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion, recently took first place in the Academic A-Team district competition recently held at St. Lucie West Centennial High School. The competition was designed similar to the television game show “Jeopardy.” Six schools with a five man team competed using their knowledge on academic subjects. Williams will now go to state competition in April at Disney World in Orlando. Pictured is cadet James Williams.

Port St. Lucie High’s Culinary Arts Serves Jamaica-Me-Crazy Lunch

Port St. Lucie High’s Culinary Arts Serves Jamaica-Me-Crazy Lunch

Port St Lucie High’s Culinary Arts hosted their Jamaica-Me-Crazy Teacher Lunch in early April.  The students and Chef Roland Foerster prepared and served teachers a taste of Negril, The West End!  The recipes included “Irie” conch soup, ackee and saltfish (national dish of Jamaica), oxtail stew, curry goat, smoked chicken and pork basted with Jazzy’s own jerk seasoning and served with pigeon peas and rice, homemade fried plantains, and “Blue Drawers” sweet coconut and cornmeal cooked in banana leaf.  All meals were served with a smile and traditional “Johnnycakes.”  There were Jaguar smiles all around!

Port St. Lucie High teammates bring home first place in HOSA contest

Port St. Lucie High teammates bring home first place in HOSA contest

Two students in the Health Occupations program at Port St. Lucie High School won first place in the team event of Career Health Display at the recent regional SkillsUSA competition. Pictured are Kathy Cher-Aime, left, and Faneshka Charite. They will go on the state competition the end of March in Jacksonville.

 

Port St. Lucie High team wins staff intramural competition

Port St. Lucie High team wins staff intramural competition

The co-ed staff volleyball team from Port St. Lucie High School was recognized at the April 23, 2013, St. Lucie County School Board meeting as the winning team in the districtwide intramural competition sponsored by Wellness Coordinator Carlye Fabrikant. Pictured, from left, are St. Lucie School Board member Troy Ingersoll, Port St. Lucie High assistant principal April Rogers, St. Lucie School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, teacher Shea Lodes, assistant principal Brooke Wigginton, Fabrikant, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

Port St. Lucie High students sweep regional career skills competition

Port St. Lucie High students sweep regional career skills competition

Port St. Lucie High School recently hosted the Region III Skills USA carpentry competition, in which three students from Port St. Lucie High School took top honors. Cody Gosa won first place, Diamond Salazar finished second, and Christian Nowacki completed the sweep for the Jaguars with a third place finish.  Cody, who is a senior, will represent the region at the state competition next month.  Skills USA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. Pictured is automotive technology teacher Bob Rosbury who also serves as a SkillsUSA state advisor trainer, with Cody Gosa, Diamond Salazer and Christian Nowacki.

Port St. Lucie High students study animal evolutionary adaptations

Port St. Lucie High students study animal evolutionary adaptations

Biology students from Port Saint Lucie High School recently visited the Brevard Zoo to expand their Florida history and evolution curriculum.  Students started the morning with a presentation on Florida’s fossil past and then spent the rest of the day exploring different evolutionary adaptations animals have that allows them to be successful in their environments.  Comparisons of different biomes and animals that occupy them were embedded in the day. For many students, this was their first trip to a zoo.

Port St. Lucie High students explore the Everglades

Port St. Lucie High students explore the Everglades

Students from several science classes at Port Saint Lucie High School recently ventured into the Everglades to explore this fragile ecosystem and learn about the history of Florida’s water flow and its effects on native flora and fauna.  Students began the morning with an airboat tour through the river of grass and concluded with lectures and exhibits on the Florida alligator, panther, a variety of turtle species and many others.

Port St. Lucie High seniors honored at Scholarship Night

Port St. Lucie High seniors honored at Scholarship Night

Port St. Lucie High School honored its graduating seniors at the recent Senior Scholarship Night event. Collectively, the graduating Jaguars earned over $2,971,934 dollars in scholarships from colleges and universities. From left, Ponce Oliver Montejo, Katelyn Lambert, Nickolas Vinson, Sheneen Soares, Skyler Jacobson, Matthew Jacobson, Alyssa Hedrick, Robert Fritz, Micky Braga, and Tyler Beauregard.