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


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


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 If you are interested in being an exhibitor, late registration is open online until October 17at


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 ( 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 #IRLsciencefest

Indian River Lagoon Science Festival Celebrates Science on the Treasure Coast

Indian River Lagoon Science Festival Returns for Its Fifth Year of Discovery and Fun!

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 and exploration promises to be a blast for the whole family with dozens of hands-on activities and exhibits exploring science topics including agriculture, computer science, ecology, entomology, marine science and much more!


The goal of the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival is to highlight the vast scientific and engineering resources along the Indian River Lagoon, which stretches 156 miles from Ponce de León Inlet in the north to Jupiter Inlet in the south. The festival celebrates the role of science in our everyday lives and our world through fun, exciting and downright fascinating exhibits, activities and demonstrations. Just a few of the activities that participants can enjoy this year include:


  • Using upcycled materials to create toys for the chimpanzees at Save the Chimps, Inc
  • Building robots with LEGO Education
  • Making tornadoes with the National Weather Service
  • Getting an up close view of live bees in Treasure Coast Beekeeper’s live observation hive
  • Learning about and touching bones and tools from Florida’s prehistoric animals and humans with the Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee
  • Breaking boards with Sidekick Martial Arts and learning the physics behind why they break
  • Making manatee puppets with the Save the Manatee Club
  • Learning about sharks and rays with a hands-on question and answer game from Florida Oceanographic Society
  • 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.


Five weeks of satellite events that are science-focused will be taking place around the Treasure Coast leading up to the Festival on October 27. The satellite events begin on September 27 and run through October 20. For more information on these events, please visit the IRL Science Festival website at

Innovative Grants Awarded

Innovative Grants Awarded

The Florida Education Association of Retired Educators awards two Innovative Grants to local educators each year.   Educators can apply for a $100.00 innovative grant for a project that will add to efficient and effective teaching to enhance student learning.

This year’s grant recipients were Ms. Jacqueline Harris of Village Green Elementary and  Ms. Sandra Southerly of Treasure Coast High School.


Inspiring Tunnel to Towers Run

Inspiring Tunnel to Towers Run

Stephen Siller: Tunnel to Towers Run

The Tunnel to Towers run is an event created two years after the occurrence of 9/11. The event symbolizes Stephen Siller’s final footsteps running in full firefighting gear from the foot of the Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers. It pays homage to the 343 FDNY firefighters, 71 law enforcement officers, and thousands of civilians who lost their lives on the ill-fated day of September 11, 2001. It is expected to raise $2 million in proceeds for the Stephen Siller’s Foundation, Building for America’s Bravest program, which constructs and builds smart-homes for critically disabled veteran’s. Each home is custom built to compensate for their needs. The run itself allows firefighters the chance to mimic Siller’s glorious moment by running in their 60 pounds of full gear from start to finish line. The original event of this honorary run drew in 2,000 people, but with the news of the benefits that the Foundation has provided, this year’s event has drawn in close to 30,000 people.

This past month on the weekend of September 27, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Travis Cetin went to New York to participate in this event, fully suited in his ACU gear and uniform running for 3.5 miles. The run was a 5k run, starting in Brooklyn and ending in front of the World Trade Centers. After running out of the tunnels C/LTC Travis Cetin witnessed 400 hundred brave faces of people representing passed heroes from 9/11. He shook the hands of all 400 honorary personnel representing those who passed on 9/11. In C/LTC Cetin’s opinion, it was an amazing run with the added sense of the greatest image conjuring a heartfelt moment by seeing the faces of those lost represented by the firefighters who stood in their place on that day.

Installation Art Made it’s Mark this Month at Palm Pointe Educational Research School

Installation Art Made it’s Mark this Month at Palm Pointe Educational Research School

The middle school art program, under the instruction of Mrs. Susan Wessel, studied the work of Mark Jenkins, who is an installation artist from Washington D.C.  Students created sculptural pieces resembling Jenkin’s work.  Artists used packaging tape to construct the life size sculptures.  They planned their sculpture’s location and purpose throughout the campus including the buddy bench, school library, common areas, and school garden.  The Palm Pointe artists’ objective was to make their fellow students stop, look and think about the art they see.  It is so exciting to see the impact the sculptures are having around campus.  Artists definitely met their objective.
Interact Club Joins Effort to Stop Hunger Now

Interact Club Joins Effort to Stop Hunger Now

On November 1st, 2014 the Interact Club of Treasure Coast High School, the Rotary Clubs from the Treasure Coast and Fort Pierce Area, and other volunteers came together to Stop Hunger Now!  Treasure Coast Hospice hosted a meal-packaging event, which was an immensely fun, hands-on, and rewarding experience for everyone. The dedicated volunteers packaged 13,000 meals in just two hours!2

Stop Hunger Now created its meal packaging program in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 23 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of two years and transports quickly.

Empowering Young Minds

Working with programs like this helps enhance lives by giving beneficiaries the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty through education, skill development, and health care while also receiving much needed nutrition.

4Young people like the Interact Club members of Treasure Coast High School benefit from this experience by learning more about events around the world and developing teamwork with leaders within their community. These community leaders from the Rotary Club (“Rotarians’), donate their time and effort to be a part of this and other service events within the community. The 77 members of TCHS’s Interact have already learned so much from projects with the Rotarians, and look forward to participating in future events like SHN with them.



Treasure Coast High School Interact Club


(Top Left):  President Chloe Amedee, Isabel Tapanes, Angel Hayle, Esther Artica, Ivon Tamarit, Andrea Gonzales, Christian Hayes, Josephine Cuoco, Taylor Kelly, Yasmin White, Albert Zemsky

(Bottom Left): Stephanie Jagmohan, Geraldine Jean-Charles, David Martinez, Rene Mirucki, Riley Smith, Megan Wichern, Ms.Choppa Interact Sponsor and International Business Academy Instructor.

What is Stop Hunger Now?

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 15 years. Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world.

The packaging operation is mobile enough to go wherever volunteers are located, and can be adapted to accommodate as few as 25 and as many as 500 volunteers at a time. One SHN packaging event can result in the packaging of more than 1,000,000 meals. The use of volunteers for product packaging has resulted in an extremely cost-effective operation while, at the same time, increasing awareness of global hunger and food insecurity issues across the world. Stop Hunger Now provides over 70% of its meals to support transformational development programs such as school feeding programs, vocational training programs, early childhood development programs, orphanages, and medical clinics.


Spread the Word and become a voice for the Hunger Now

You can join in the fight to eliminate hunger by spreading the word about Stop Hunger Now and the vision to end hunger within our lifetime.  Tell your friends about Stop Hunger Now and invite them to visit our website at to learn more about what we do.  Go viral – invite friends to join the Stop Hunger Now Facebook Fan page or to follow us on Twitter to get updates about packaging events, recent crisis responses and to chat with other supporters


Interested in a Teaching Career?

Interested in a Teaching Career?

St. Lucie Public Schools is providing information and hiring opportunities for qualified individuals interested in teaching and substitute teaching.

Mark your calendar for August 1st!

St. Lucie West Centennial High School





International Business

International Business

In today’s global economy, the study of cross border transactions of good, services, and resources between two or more nations is increasingly important.   International Business includes the principles and processes of export sales, trade controls, foreign operations, and related problems, monetary issues, international business policies, and applications to doing business in other countries and markets. (Treasure Coast High School)
International Sailing Federation Youth World Championship Team Member

International Sailing Federation Youth World Championship Team Member

Lincoln Park Academy senior, Luke Muller, has been selected as one of twelve to compete in the 2014 International Sailing Federation Youth World Championship Team Regatta in Tavira, Portugal, on July 12-19, 2014. Luke is a member of the Lincoln Park Academy International Baccalaureate program, has been nominated and appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and has been accepted for admission to Stanford University. Pictured from left are, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Parents George Muller & Ann Huff, LPA Senior Luke Muller, School Board Chair Debbie Hawley, Principal Pam Dampier, and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell.

Into the Woods Jr.

Into the Woods Jr.

Into the Woods, Jr. will be shown at the Southport Middle School cafetorium to the public on Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm) and Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at 2:30pm (doors open at 2:00pm).

Tickets will cost $6.00.

Southport Middle School is located at 2420 SE Morningside Blvd. behind the Morningside Library.


IRSC Health Professions Department Coordinator Visits Dan McCarty Class of 2014

IRSC Health Professions Department Coordinator Visits Dan McCarty Class of 2014

The graduating Eagles earned a visit from Mrs. Michelle Cuba, Coordinator of the Health Professions Department at Indian River State College. Mrs. Cuba spoke to the students in their classrooms about career options that are currently available and in high demand in the health professions, the salaries, and the required course work. She applauded the students for having an interest in the health professions; however, they have to take their current school work seriously in order to be successful academically in high school and college. Students were provided with pamphlets with information in careers such as, registered nursing, practical nursing, nursing assistant, pharmacy technician, medical laboratory technology, phlebotomy, radiology, physical therapist assistant, dental hygiene, and many more.

Pictured: Mrs. Michelle Cuba, students in Dr. Pierre’s U.S. History class

IRSC Tuition Assistance

IRSC Tuition Assistance

Indian River State College (IRSC) has a long-standing collaboration with St. Lucie County School District through which school district employees are given
tuition assistance. The tuition voucher allows employees to only pay for the first credit of each three-credit course.  IRSC provides a tuition scholarship for the remaining two credits. 

I am pleased to announce that IRSC has established a defined scholarship allocation for the school district for Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020 which
will include Associate and Bachelor level courses.  

The District has been authorized to begin issuing vouchers per the normal process, effective now.  The school district is responsible for authorizing our
employees to “draw against” the allocation through the issuance of tuition vouchers.  Employees then take the tuition vouchers to IRSC cashiers along with the portion of the tuition due from the employee. 

In order to be issued a tuition voucher, you must bring a copy of your registration form to the School Board Human Resources Office.  Tuition vouchers are
available for full-time employees. 
Samples of acceptable registration forms are attached to this email.  Please do not pay for your course(s) prior to receiving your tuition voucher from the school district.

Please note that if your student ID number does not print on your registration, you will need to provide the number to the Human Resources Department when you receive the tuition voucher.

Office hours for the Human Resources Department:

Summer Hours through August 1:  Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Regular Hours beginning August 5:  Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


IRSC has a new registration process that is being implemented this year, what is referred to as a Rolling Purge.  All Fall 2019 fees are due by August 1st or
the student will be dropped for non-payment.  Any student who is purged can attempt to register again on August 2nd
pending availability of the course, and will have to pay the same day.  IRSC will continue purging for non-payment each night between August 1st
and August 16th.

IRSC Wins Top Aspen Prize

IRSC Wins Top Aspen Prize

FORT PIERCE, FL — The Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., awarded its highest honor, the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, to Indian River State College. The award is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges.

IRSC was selected from more than 1,000 state and community colleges following a rigorous review of data, strategies, and outcomes related to student learning, degree and certificate completion, high rates of graduate employment, earnings for graduates, and exceptional access and success for minority and low-income students.

“The 2019 Aspen Prize is a credit to the people of Indian River State College and the outstanding communities we serve,” said Dr. Edwin Massey, President of IRSC. “From our Trustees, to our community partners, to our employees, to our dedicated students, IRSC is enriched with some of the most incredible people supporting our college mission, and this distinct honor validates their commitment on a national level. Bringing home the Aspen Prize is truly a celebration of their hard work.”


According to the Aspen Institute, Indian River State College stands out as one of the nation’s top community colleges for many reasons, including:

• IRSC has a 56 percent transfer rate, compared to the national average of 32 percent;
• IRSC has a 52 percent Bachelor’s attainment rate for students who go on to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree, compared to the national average transfer rate of 42 percent; and
• IRSC alumni earn $41,492 on average five years after graduation, compared to the $38,714 average salary of all regional workers.


Additional factors underscore IRSC’s commitment to student success:

• During the 2017-2018 academic year, IRSC’s graduating class—3,951 students—was the largest in the College’s 58-year history;
• 94% of IRSC graduates find employment or continue their education, typically earning more than twice the average entry wage in the four-county area; and
• IRSC is designated as the 3rd Most Affordable College in the U.S. by the Department of Education, with no tuition increase in six years.

The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence is awarded every two years and is generously funded by ECMC Foundation, Joyce Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and Siemens Foundation. IRSC has been selected as a top ten finalist for the award in each of the past three program cycles. In 2017, the College advanced to the Aspen Prize Top 3 as a Finalist with Distinction.

It is science experiment time at Gaines Academy

Science experiments are underway during Angella Bennett’s science resource class at Gaines Academy. Fifth grade students took a sixteen ounce bottle and put baking soda and vinegar in it, added a balloon on the top of the bottle which inflated due to the chemical reaction.  Pictured, from left, are students from Saphir St. Louis class Hope Johnson, Daisy Covarrubias, Samantha White, Destiny Richardson, and Gabrielle Harris.


It was a ‘better’ day at Manatee Academy

It was a ‘better’ day at Manatee Academy

Office Max store manager Katrina Dannon, pictured left, and her team surprised fifth grade teacher Vincent Scotto, right, at Manatee Academy recently. Scotto was the recipient of the 2012 “A Day Made Better,” an award comprised of generous donations of school supplies! Principal Lillian Beauchamp nominated Mr. Scotto for maintaining high expectations in all students, modeling the belief that all children are capable of success, using his own money to buy student supplies, and his willingness to go beyond his classroom to help his colleagues.

It’s alligator story time at Allapattah Flats K-8

It’s alligator story time at Allapattah Flats K-8

First grade students in Ann Hartman’s class at Allapattah Flats K8 have been practicing the rules and expectations in learning areas, and one of the most favorite is the reading area. Jacob Garcia is pictured reading one of his favorite books, “Egad, Alligator” to the classroom alligator.  First graders are off to a fabulous start with demonstrating their love of reading on a daily basis!