LPA Creative Writer Wins at IRSC

LPA Creative Writer Wins at IRSC

Isabelle McConville represented Lincoln Park Academy in IRSC’s annual Creative Writing Contest. She won 1st place in the 10th grade category with her short story titled “When We Fall.” The award was presented at IRSC’s main campus during a reception for writers on March 30th.

Isabelle is pictured with her Creative Writing teacher, Ms. Merritt. Congratulations to Isabelle!

Clear Skies for Mariners

Clear Skies for Mariners

There’s no drought when it comes to exploring science at Weatherbee. This week, fourth grade classes were excited to receive a visit from WPBF 25 First Alert Weather’s Mike Lyons who talked to them about weather. Clear skies ahead, Mariners!

Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest Winners Announced

Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest Winners Announced

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – The winners of the ninth annual Dr. Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest were recognized at the May 9th, 2017, St. Lucie County School Board Meeting. The contest, sponsored by Proctor Construction Company which provides cash prizes for the winning entries, is part of the district’s recognition and celebration of African American history.

Local students in grades three to 12 may write an essay describing a person of African American descent in St. Lucie County who has made a difference in the student’s life, explaining what the person did to make such an impact. The contest is named for Dr. Gaines, who served on the St. Lucie County School Board for 34 years, five times as chairman. At Dr. Gaines’ retirement in 2006, Superintendent Michael Lannon instituted the essay contest to honor Gaines’ legacy.

The contest winners this year are:

HIGH SCHOOL

1st place – Sianne Neston (Ft. Pierce Westwood High School)

2nd place – Thuytran Vo (Port St. Lucie High School)

3rd place – Terry McQueen (Ft. Pierce Central High School)

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

1st place – Joanne Neston (Dan McCarty Middle School)

2nd place – Deborah Reese (Lincoln Park Academy)

3rd place – Dominique Thomas (Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition)

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

1st place – Nathan Oliver Hamilton (Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition)

2nd place – Jocelyn Garcia (Samuel S. Gaines Academy)

3rd place – Tyler Reid (Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition)

 

Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness

As a parent or caregiver, you want the best for your children or other dependents. You may be concerned or have questions about certain behaviors they exhibit and how to ensure they get help.

What to Look For

It is important to be aware of warning signs that your child may be struggling. You can play a critical role in knowing when your child may need help.

Consult with a school counselor, school nurse, mental health provider, or another health care professional if your child shows one or more of the following behaviors:

  • Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks
  • Seriously trying to harm or kill himself or herself, or making plans to do so
  • Experiencing sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart or fast breathing
  • Getting in many fights or wanting to hurt others
  • Showing severe out-of-control behavior that can hurt oneself or others
  • Not eating, throwing up, or using laxatives to make himself or herself lose weight
  • Having intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities
  • Experiencing extreme difficulty controlling behavior, putting himself or herself in physical danger or causing problems in school
  • Using drugs or alcohol repeatedly
  • Having severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Showing drastic changes in behavior or personality

https://www.mentalhealth.gov/talk/parents-caregivers/index.html

 

 

May ArtSpace Features Cobras

May ArtSpace Features Cobras

The Fort Pierce Branch Library’s ArtSpace features works by students from Fort Pierce Central High School on display during May.

Showcasing two-dimensional works from students, several of these pieces were part of their senior portfolio. Inspired by contemporary and classical artists, the students’ work experiments with various lines, values and movements, creating incredibly intricate designs and sophisticated compositions.

The Fort Pierce Branch Library is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Fridays from          9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

PSL Jaguar Battalion Field Day

PSL Jaguar Battalion Field Day

Jaguar Battalion Field Day

 

Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion conducted their own field day on May 6, 2017. The JROTC unit uses field day as a way to reward the cadets for their hard work and achievements, as well as, to use the teamwork and leadership skills they learned in the program. Activities consist of ultimate Jag – a form of no tackle football, soccer, kickball, dodge ball, Tug O’ War and pedal car races. The pedal car race was our new event this year. It was introduced and supplied by the Florida National Guard. Each of the companies competed against each other and the overall winner was Alpha company.

After the events, our supportive booster club parents prepared the cadets a barbecue. When the fun day was coming to an end, the senior cadets received their JROTC cords, coins, and gave their inspiring speeches to the upper and under classmen cadets. Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Travis Cetin finished the event by informing the cadets of their new duties, positions, and responsibilities for the upcoming year. We look forward to the success that await us in the next year.

Positive Partner for Vet Tech

Positive Partner for Vet Tech

Fort Pierce Westwood’s Veterinary Tech program welcomes CORE Contents Restoration’s partnership and support.  The company’s generous donation of supplies will support various activities within the Veterinary Tech program and will contribute to the fund raising efforts of an anesthesia machine. This purchase will help achieve the goal of opening a surgery center on campus to expand student opportunities for learning and growth. The donation will also support offering a vaccine clinic for pets with the help of a veterinarian.

The Vet Tech Program has successfully adopted out 14 cats and 9 puppies this year. Please join us in thanking our business partner for their support. #fpwpantherpride #moalife1 @fpwhs

The King and I

The King and I

Tickets are now on sale for the St. Lucie County School Board Summer Musical, “The King and I.”
Show times:
Wednesday, June 14th @ 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 15th @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 16th @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 17th @ 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 18th @ 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

The shows will be performed in the Port Saint Lucie High School Auditorium.

1201 SE Lennard Rd., Port Saint Lucie, FL
Tickets are still only $15 each.

For ticket locations, please visit: www.pslhsdrama.com/tickets

 

Naviance

Naviance

Naviance is a comprehensive K-12 college and career readiness solution that helps SLPS students align strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, improve student outcomes, and connect learning to life.
 
Students easily navigate the web-based college and career readiness planning and tracking tools including:

  • Self-discovery Assessments
  • Goal-setting
  • College Research Tools
  • Course Planning
  • Career Exploration Resources
  • Individual Learning Plans
  • Portfolio

 

 
Mariposa Elementary Fourth Grade “Rocks” the FSA

Mariposa Elementary Fourth Grade “Rocks” the FSA

At Mariposa Elementary, several people donated rocks to encourage and inspire Ms. Erica Morales’ students to do well on their Math FSA. She hid the rocks around her classroom the day of the Math FSA. The students were surprised and went on a rock hunt. They had a blast!  The rocks were meant to inspire the students to do their best.

Founder, Melissa McInturff of PSL Rocks donated rocks, paint, brushes, and supplies for Ms. Erica Morales’ and Ms. Roxana Cirjaru’s Fourth grade classes to decorate their own rocks after testing to decompress.

Anthony Gamboa Godinez, Cesar Garcia, and  Gabriella Darocha are busy painting and decorating their rocks. People are continuing to donate decorated, encouraging rocks so that Ms. Morales’ students can go on a rock hunt for their Reading FSA. The new rocks will be hidden around the school.

Graduation 2017

Graduation 2017

EVERYONE, including children of all ages, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to SLPS graduation ceremonies.

Plan to arrive at least one hour prior to your child’s SLPS graduation start time.

For graduations taking place at the Fenn Center, access the parking areas from the east.

All ceremonies will be broadcast live on “The St. Lucie Education Channel” and streamed on YouTube.

In keeping with the academic significance of the SLPS graduations, refrain from posting signs, distributing literature, flying balloons, or undertaking any activity including air horns, whistles, bells, or loud sounding objects that might interfere with the dignity of the program. 

Follow SLPS on social media for parking and traffic flow updates.

 

 

 

 

 

LPA Impresses at Leadership Conference

LPA Impresses at Leadership Conference

Members of the LPA Health Occupations Students of America, or HOSA Club, attended the 2017 State Leadership Conference in Orlando between April 7th and April 9th.  The Club was represented by Kassandra Sanz (senior),  Adriana Sanz (sophomore), Diana Ion (senior), Catiana Romain (senior) , and Club Advisor Mr. Sadlocha.  While there, Kassandra Sanz was recognized as a bronze recipient of the Barbara James Service Award for community service and for placing 10th overall in the Healthcare Issues exam.  In addition, Adriana Sanz placed 2nd overall in the Courtesy Corps volunteer category and received recognition for her contributions to HOSA Happenings, which serves as a Club newsletter.  Due to their success in the Healthcare Issues exam and HOSA Happenings respectively, Kassandra and Adriana Sanz have qualified for the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Orlando June 21-24, 2017.

Way to go Greyhounds!

 

 

 

Local Professionals Meet With Students

Local Professionals Meet With Students

Fort Pierce Central and Fort Pierce Westwood Criminal Justice students visited the Federal Courthouse where they learned the differences between federal and state courts, interacted with judges, lawyers, and marshals.

A special thank you is extended to Federal Public Defender Panayotta Augustin-Birch!

Graduation Tips

Graduation Tips

Graduation is a true benchmark for so many as it marks the close of one exciting chapter and the opening of a bright new beginning.  The attached link to Eye on St. Lucie highlights the show in which this year’s graduation events are discussed.  Important tips are shared that will help make this an A+ experience for you and your family.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXyR9IpSRU8

Free Web Resources for Continued Summer Growth

Free Web Resources for Continued Summer Growth

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The summer months are upon us, and St. Lucie Public Schools is launching a free academic resource to help your child continue to learn and grow throughout the summer. The “Summer Slide” program includes engaging web-based resources for grades PreK through 12 available for use by students, parents, and community organizations any time and from any place.

What is Summer Slide? It is the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. Available now, this web page of resources was created in order to allow students to strengthen their skills and avoid learning loss over the summer. Grade level resources are arranged by content, including: Arts/Technology, English Language Arts, English Language Learners (ELL), Math, Science, Social Studies, and College Career Readiness. The resources allow students to have a self-guided and self-paced experience. Students interact with a variety of learning programs with content geared toward a multitude of interests. Visit www.stlucieschools.org and look for the “Summer Slide” logo to explore the VPK through grade 12 resources.

St. Lucie Public Schools is committed to supporting student growth. There is evidence of positive trends in many areas including, climbing graduation rates, ever increasing scholarship dollars, and the rising percent of students scoring satisfactory on the grade 3 ELA assessment. We look forward to these resources strengthening our partnership with our parents and community leaders. Don’t let summer slide away, explore the many resources we have put together for you. We think you will like what you see!

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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Free Web Resources

Free Web Resources

The summer months are upon us, and St. Lucie Public Schools is launching a free academic resource to help your child continue to learn and grow throughout the summer. The “Summer Slide” program includes engaging web-based resources for grades PreK through 12 available for use by students, parents, and community organizations any time and from any place.

What is Summer Slide? It is the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. Available now, this web page of resources was created in order to allow students to strengthen their skills and avoid learning loss over the summer. Grade level resources are arranged by content, including: Arts/Technology, English Language Arts, English Language Learners (ELL), Math, Science, Social Studies, and College Career Readiness. The resources allow students to have a self-guided and self-paced experience. Students interact with a variety of learning programs with content geared toward a multitude of interests. Click to explore the VPK through grade 12 resources.

St. Lucie Public Schools is committed to supporting student growth. There is evidence of positive trends in many areas including, climbing graduation rates, ever increasing scholarship dollars, and the rising percent of students scoring satisfactory on the grade 3 ELA assessment. We look forward to these resources strengthening our partnership with our parents and community leaders. Don’t let summer slide away, explore the many resources we have put together for you. We think you will like what you see!

 

Summer Literacy Adventure

Summer Literacy Adventure

With summer fast approaching, we want to encourage schools, students and parents to prepare for the summer break by participating in this fun reading adventure. First Lady Ann Scott has pledged to read this summer, and you can too. Please join us in the Summer Literacy Adventure by pledging to read this summer. Click on the link, and fill out your name and number of books you pledge to read. Note: All fields are required.
http://app1.fldoe.org/Communicati…/…/SummerLitAdventure.aspx

Restoring the Village

Restoring the Village

Restoring the Village is a grassroots community movement focused on unifying and organizing resources to make the city of Fort Pierce a safer and more enjoyable place to live. This unique fellowship seeks to eliminate social, ethnic, and financial barriers while permanently binding adults and children alike to the success of the historic Lincoln Park community.  Organizers of the Restoring the Village movement look forward to establishing June 9th and 10th as the second annual Restoring the Village Reunion weekend.  Click on the link below to learn more about this effort and find out how you can become a volunteer to make a difference in your community.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGUAgb6zE8Q