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

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 www.irlsciencefest.org/satellite.

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

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(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.

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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 www.stophungernow.org 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.