Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness

April Is Autism Awareness Month.

What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
 
“Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability. Children and adults with ASD have difficulty with social communication/interaction and exhibit restrictive and/or repetitive patterns of behavior. There is a wide range of ability among people with ASD. Some people with ASD are gifted and others need significant levels of support to ensure their health and well-being. While great strides are being made, there is no known cause, or a known singular effective treatment for ASD.”

 

Kids at Hope Celebrates 10 Years in SLC

Kids at Hope Celebrates 10 Years in SLC

Kids at Hope Founder Rick Miller and staff members from St. Lucie Elementary and Weatherbee Elementary celebrate 10 years of Kids at Hope in St. Lucie County. The Roundtable of St. Lucie County and Miller recently facilitated a Kids at Hope symposium in the District where it was proudly announced that 36 schools are trained and actively participating in the program that touts All Children Are Capable Of Success — No Exceptions.

 

Manatee Hosts Chamber

Manatee Hosts Chamber

Principal Lilly Beauchamp, students, and staff welcomed members of business and community organizations to Manatee Academy as they gathered for the Chamber of Commerce’s Education & Business Breakfast. This event, sponsored by the Education Foundation, provided opportunities for participants to experience first-hand SLPS’s middle school Vet Tech Program, z-space (an interactive virtual reality learning experience), and other elements of digital literacy integrated into students’ academic routines.

Southport Girls Basketball Champions

Southport Girls Basketball Champions

SPMS extends congratulations to Southport Middle School Girls’ Basketball team who won the championship!!!

“We are so proud of you!”

Jailene Velez #1
Tsai Brown #24
Laney Bannon #55
Naliyah Queen #22
Klarissa Madera #2
Allysha Lillard #21
Amari Crenshaw #23
Jaden Beem #3
A’yania Jackson #33
Chasiana Wright #31

Great job, Coach Bonner, Jessica Williams, and Deja Telese for preparing our girls! 🙂

Thanks to all of our faculty and staff who came out to support our Hurricanes!!

There were some exciting times during the games for all teams. Southport students want to congratulate and send out a big “SHOUT OUT ” to Manatee and Palm Pointe who both played hard – GREAT GAMES!!!

Northport Speakers Bureau Praiseworthy!

Northport Speakers Bureau Praiseworthy!

Northport has been so proud to play a role in the Speakers Bureau this year. The program has achieved astounding success through a series of community leaders and role models who have visited the school. With the collaboration of SLPS Board Vice Chairman Dr. Donna Mills, Northport Principal Glenn Rustay, Northport Media Specialist Lynne Gruszka, and a host of middle grades students, teachers, and parents, students have been offered the opportunity to hone leadership skills and to learn to develop and pose well thought out and provocative questions. Students have learned to research the background of the speaker, then, working with their teachers, develop questions with the intent of finding out as much information as possible.

Northport students have been exposed to community guests who have told stories of grit, determination, and success and then each has shared their life formulas with students. Each guest has motivated students to buy into their own success and their own education. Northport guests speakers have included SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent; Tony Ross, brother of local hero, Cee Cee Ross Lyles who perished on Flight 93 during the September 11, 2001 tragedy; Tony Barnes, Ft. Pierce City Hall Executive Director of Purchasing; Samuel McDuffie, Customer Service Supervisor, youth coach and mentor; Dr. David Thompson, chaplain for the SLC Sheriff’s office at Rock Road Jail as well as several local Veteran Partners In Education.

Each program was kicked off by a display of student talent including band quartets, ensembles, elementary songs and a special Black History presentation by sixth grade students from Deborah Allen’s class. The programs were filled with faith, hope, love for children and community, service, integrity and people who are willing to stand up and do the “right thing!” All these inestimable qualities are the keystone of a solid Northport education. We educate good, loving, caring and kind citizens who will develop into the leaders of tomorrow. Many, many thanks all the guest speakers and to Dr. Donna Mills and her husband, Pastor Kenneth Mills. Through our guest’s commitment and singular focus, Northport, as a school, has achieved uncommon valor in education.

The format and focus of the Northport Speakers Bureau has been submitted to the state of Florida Department of Education on behalf of SLC Public Schools for the purpose of promoting and recognizing innovative school practices that increase family and community involvement. Family and Community Involvement submissions will be judged for innovative programs being implemented throughout the State and will be notified in the F all of 2017.

 

FAU’s Latin American Choral Ensemble Performs at DMMS

FAU’s Latin American Choral Ensemble Performs at DMMS

The Florida Atlantic University Latin American Choral Ensemble, iCantemosunda under the direction of Dr. Patricia Fleitas, recently performed for the Dan McCarty Middle School Chorus. A unique and versatile collegiate ensemble, the group performed selections representing cultures from Brazil, Afro Cuban, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.

 

Mariposa Elementary In-School Field Trip for First Graders

Mariposa Elementary In-School Field Trip for First Graders

Mariposa first graders had an awesome ”in-school field trip!” They learned about the rainforest  and the many plants and animals that live there. The students even learned about all the foods and products they use at home that originate in the rainforest. If you’d ask our students their favorite part, their answers would vary.  Some would say they loved using the animal puppets, others enjoyed hearing the story of The Great Kapok Tree while adding their animal to the Velcro rainforest, but most students would say they loved touching the real rainforest snake.

Pictured: Damarion Gibbs and Allison Carpina enjoy their animal puppets. Thanks to Tracy Boothby from Hobe Sound Nature Center for a wonderful hour of learning!

Summer Internship Program – A Win-Win for Youth and Business

Summer Internship Program – A Win-Win for Youth and Business

ST. LUCIE COUNTY –  Preparing St. Lucie County’s students with valuable internship experiences and supporting local businesses with summer workforce candidates creates a win-win program that St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is happy to support.  Career Source Research Coast has once again organized the Summer of Success Summer Youth Internship Program providing paid internships for 130 youth residing in St. Lucie County.

Spearheading the effort from SLPS is Executive Director of Growth Management Marty Sanders. He explained that the SLPS Maintenance Department has supported the funding of summer internships through grass roots fundraising for the past ten years.  “We have a vested interest in supporting our students as they pursue their career goals.  The opportunity to partner with Career Source Research Coast in this positive effort is most welcome.”

 

Students ages 16 – 21 are eligible for the two-week Youth Employment Success Solutions (YESS) program and six-week Internship Program. A $100 bonus is provided to participants for the successful completion of the YESS Training as well as compensation for up to 32 hours per week during the internship portion of the program.

 

Applications for internship opportunities can be found on the SLPS homepage (www.stlucieschools.org) or Career Source Research Coast homepage (http://careersourcerc.com/).  For more information about the program, visit http://careersourcerc.com/sos-2017-youth-internship-program/ .

 

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.

Summer Internship Program – A Win-Win for Youth and Business

Summer Internships

Preparing St. Lucie County’s students with valuable internship experiences and supporting local businesses with summer workforce candidates creates a win-win program that St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is happy to support.  Career Source Research Coast has once again organized the Summer of Success Summer Youth Internship Program providing paid internships for 130 youth residing in St. Lucie County.

Spearheading the effort from SLPS is Executive Director of Growth Management Marty Sanders. He explained that the SLPS Maintenance Department has supported the funding of summer internships through grass roots fundraising for the past ten years.  “We have a vested interest in supporting our students as they pursue their career goals.  The opportunity to partner with Career Source Research Coast in this positive effort is most welcome.”

Students ages 16 – 21 are eligible for the two-week Youth Employment Success Solutions (YESS) program and six-week Internship Program. A $100 bonus is provided to participants for the successful completion of the YESS Training as well as compensation for up to 32 hours per week during the internship portion of the program.

Applications for internship opportunities can be found on the SLPS homepage (www.stlucieschools.org) or Career Source Research Coast homepage (http://careersourcerc.com/).  For more information about the program, visit http://careersourcerc.com/sos-2017-youth-internship-program/ .

 

Holocaust Day of Remembrance at Oak Hammock

Holocaust Day of Remembrance at Oak Hammock

Norman Frajman, an 86-year-old Holocaust survivor and President of the Child Survivors/Hidden Children of the Holocaust group, traveled from Boynton Beach to Oak Hammock K – 8 in Port St. Lucie with 20 members of the organization for what has become an annual commemorative event – Holocaust Remembrance Day. Frajman and others, shared their emotional and moving stories of concentration camp survival during World War II with sixth graders who linked their classroom studies to the authentic experiences of their campus guests.

According to Belkis Madera, event organizer and veteran educator, “Honoring children of the Holocaust has grown into a highly anticipated event each year.  It is an opportunity to connect living history with our students so they may learn, understand, appreciate, and carry forth the message of survivors for future generations.”

Frajman is a welcome speaker on school and college campuses. He shares his childhood memories of the concentration camps, Death March, and ultimate liberation at age 15 in an effort to educate. His story is one of survival, determination, and appreciation.

86-year-old Norm Frajman shares his moving story as a Child of the Holocaust survivor with students at Oak Hammock K – 8.

Holocaust Survivors Recount History for Students at Oak Hammock K-8

Holocaust Survivors Recount History for Students at Oak Hammock K-8

PORT ST. LUCIE – Norman Frajman, an 86-year-old Holocaust survivor and President of the Child Survivors/Hidden Children of the Holocaust group, traveled from Boynton Beach to Oak Hammock K – 8 in Port St. Lucie with 20 members of the organization for what has become an annual commemorative event – Holocaust Remembrance Day. Frajman and others, shared their emotional and moving stories of concentration camp survival during World War II with sixth graders who linked their classroom studies to the authentic experiences of their campus guests.

 

According to Belkis Madera, event organizer and veteran educator, “Honoring children of the Holocaust has grown into a highly anticipated event each year.  It is an opportunity to connect living history with our students so they may learn, understand, appreciate, and carry forth the message of survivors for future generations.”

 

Frajman is a welcome speaker on school and college campuses. He shares his childhood memories of the concentration camps, Death March, and ultimate liberation at age 15 in an effort to educate. His story is one of survival, determination, and appreciation.

 

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.

 

 

Jaguar Battalion Hosts Drill Meet

Jaguar Battalion Hosts Drill Meet

Area Three Drill Meet 2017

By: Sarai Narvaez

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Drill Team hosted the 23rd Annual Area Three Drill Meet. The Best School Overall was determined by the combined scores of the male and female drill teams.  The Jaguar Battalion Drill Team competed against 18 other schools and earned first place overall. The Jaguar Battalion Drill Team was State qualified to compete in the annual State Drill Meet Competition. The Jaguars placed in the following events:

First place in Female Armed Platoon and Female Platoon Exhibition, commanded by Cadet Staff Sergeant Allison Wilhoit.

Second place in Female Unarmed Platoon commanded by Cadet Captain Kaycee Rhodes.

Third place in Female Armed Squad, commanded by Cadet 1st Sergeant Syanna Graham.

Third place in Female Squad Exhibition commanded by Cadet Captain Kaycee Rhodes.

First place in Male Unarmed Squad commanded by Cadet Major Adam Pagan.

First place in Male Platoon Armed Regulation, commanded by Cadet 1st Lieutenant Christopher Casciano.

Second place in Male Unarmed Platoon commanded by Cadet 1st Sergeant Thomas Schneider.

Second place in Male Unarmed Squad commanded by Cadet Captain Travis Cetin.

The Jaguars did an outstanding job and will be training hard for the Florida State Drill Competition in Lakeland, FL on April 1st.

Congratulations to the Jaguar Battalion Drill Team!

 

Area 3 Award Ceremony.
Photo by: Sarai Narvaez

 

 

 

Male Unarmed Platoon Regulation.                                                                                         Photo by: Sarai Narvaez

 

Female Armed Platoon Regulation.
Photo by: Sarai Narvaez

 

 

 

 

Shark Chefs in Final 4

Shark Chefs in Final 4

The SLWK-8 Shark Chefs have been working hard all year preparing dishes for the Gridiron Challenge and they have qualified for the 2017 FINAL FOUR! The competition takes place April 22 in Davie FL, at the NFL Training Facility. The Chefs have perfected their Chicken Alfredo with Broccoli recipe and are ready for the competition! They are excited to represent SLWK-8 and St. Lucie Public Schools!

FKS Water Conservation Poster Contest Winner

FKS Water Conservation Poster Contest Winner

Christopher Gomez at Frances K. Sweet was surprised to find out he won the 2017 Drop Savers Water Conservation Poster Contest for fifth grade. The City of Port St. Lucie Utility Systems, in conjunction with Florida Section American Water Works Association (FSAWWA), held the contest for all St. Lucie County students in order for them to better understand the importance of water conservation.

Grade level county winners now have their posters submitted for the state contest. Christopher was excited they made his poster into a bag, a window cling, a magnet, and his poster will be on display in the city offices.

Efficacy Program at Bayshore

Efficacy Program at Bayshore

Third grade students from Bayshore Elementary School were recently recognized for completing the Efficacy for Students Program.  Throughout the program students learned strategies to empower their learning, such as using data to create meaningful feedback and strategies for success.  They also developed a greater sense of self-confidence by learning to choose their strong side to build character.  Pictured (from left to right) are Katherine Clark, Reese Adams, RJ McWilliams, Mrs. Reid (Bayshore Principal), and Mariah Lewis.

PSL Jaguar Battalion 20th Annual Award Ceremony

PSL Jaguar Battalion 20th Annual Award Ceremony

Jaguars Award Ceremony 2017

By: Sarai Narvaez

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion held its 20th Annual Army JROTC Awards Ceremony. This ceremony awards cadets for their outstanding excellence both inside and outside of the program. This ceremony could not be possible without the support of local civic organizations like the American Legion Post 318, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and our special guest Hugo Gonzalez, a Wounded Warrior who has served our country with honor.

The Ceremony was opened by the presentation and posting of the National colors by the Jaguar Color Guard led by cadet Sergeant 1st Class De’vonte Cousar presenting the National flag. Following was cadet 1st Sergeant Morgan Emerson presenting the State flag; and cadet 1st Sergeant Tesa May along with cadet Sergeant 1st Class Marco Nadar as guards. Also standing on the stage was our proud Principal Adrian Ocampo and cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Triplett, who presented the Superior Cadet awards to cadets Joleen Kalinowski, Morgan Emerson, Damilola Jolaogun, and Jamie Triplett.

The ceremony provided the opportunity to congratulate the cadets for their unrelenting service and loyalty to the Battalion, School, and Community; their professional appearance and character; their ability as leaders and knowledge of the JROTC values, program, and curriculum.

The Jaguars give a special thanks to all the organizations that participated and supported the ceremony.

Art on Display in NY

Art on Display in NY

Students’ ceramic art pieces from Art Instructor Katherine Avra’s classes at Fort Pierce Central High School are on their way to the New York City National Art Education Conference this month.  These selections join other entries from across the United States as showcase pieces by Skutt Ceramics.

Students were challenged to create functional peep hole plugs of specific dimensions from clay and fired in a kiln.  Bill Jones, editor of Pottery Making Illustrated, judged the designs which will become part of a permanent traveling Peep Plug Collection.  According to Avra, students were enthusiastic about participating and even more excited to discover that their creations will be part of a traveling art show.

Art on Display in NY

Student Art On Display In New York

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Students’ ceramic art pieces from Art Instructor Katherine Avra’s classes at Fort Pierce Central High School are on their way to the New York City National Art Education Conference this month.  These selections join other entries from across the United States as showcase pieces by Skutt Ceramics.

Students were challenged to create functional peep hole plugs of specific dimensions from clay and fired in a kiln.  Bill Jones, editor of Pottery Making Illustrated, judged the designs which will become part of a permanent traveling Peep Plug Collection.  According to Avra, students were enthusiastic about participating and even more excited to discover that their creations will be part of a traveling art show.

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.