2017 Drill Meet

2017 Drill Meet

By: Sarai Narvaez

 

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion traveled to Lakeland, FL to compete in the Florida State Final Drill Competition on April 1st.  Out of the 396 Army JROTC programs in FL, 108 schools qualified to compete at the State finals.

The Jaguars competed in the following events: Female Color Guard, commanded by Cadet First Sergeant Morgan Emerson, Female Platoon Unarmed Regulation, commanded by Cadet Captain Kaycee Rhodes, Female Squad Armed Regulation, commanded by Cadet First Sergeant Syanna Graham, Female Platoon Exhibition, commanded by Staff Sergeant Allison Wilhoit and Female Squad Armed Exhibition, commanded by Cadet Captain Sergeant Kaycee Rhodes.

Male Squad Unarmed Regulation, commanded by Cadet Major Adan Pagan, Male Squad Armed Regulation, commanded by Cadet Captain Travis Cetin, Male Platoon Unarmed Regulation, commanded by Cadet First Sergeant Schneider, and Male Squad Armed Exhibition, commanded by Cadet Major Dallas Reyes.

The Jaguars received 7 top 10 finishes, with the accomplishment of Cadet Captain Travis Cetin finishing in 7th place. Congratulations to all of the cadets who competed and to all the cadets who commanded.

Male Squad Armed Regulation. Photo by: Sarai Narvaez

Female Squad Unarmed Regulation.
Photo by: Sarai Narvaez

Female Platoon Armed Regulation.
Photo by: Sarai Narvaez

Hill Speaks to Class of 2020

Hill Speaks to Class of 2020

Fort Pierce Westwood’s Class of 2020 was introduced to Dr. Michael J. Hill as part of the Speakers Bureau Series. He is currently a pastor at Prophetic Praise Ministries in Fort Pierce, Florida. His message was simple and to the point.

We all have decisions to make, and for the most part, we make good decisions. What’s really important in life is when we have to make the right choice or an important decision that may be deemed as unpopular by our social clique.  We ask ourselves, Do we have the fortitude to choose wisely?

Dr. Hill held the students captive as he reminisced about his trials and tribulations as a youth and his dealings with law enforcement. Dr. Hill continued by adding how one bad decision can lead to greater misfortune and how we overcome life’s challenges by making better decisions that can lead to a better quality of life. His final comments were on the importance of education and how we must use this as our primary vehicle to escape poverty. He made it a point to stress that academics, attendance, and graduation rates are major indicators of our future success.

 

Morningside’s Odyssey

Morningside’s Odyssey

Morningside Elementary hosted a dessert theater and silent auction fundraiser to support their school teams’ trip to the State Finals for Odyssey of the Mind.  Morningside was honored with Omer’s award for great teamwork at the Regional Competition held earlier in the year.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from K to 12th grades. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. These school teams have already proven themselves successful as they were top finishers in the Regional competition and received an invitation to move on to the State level competition.

 

 

Lady Greyhounds’ Coach Mathews Brings Home 500th Win

Lady Greyhounds’ Coach Mathews Brings Home 500th Win

Surrounded by his softball team, St. Lucie Public Schools staff, and fans, Roger Mathews celebrated his 500th victory as a softball coach on Tuesday, April 4th. He has supported Lincoln Park Academy’s (LPA) Lady Greyhounds round the bases for the last 14 years. Prior to that, he coached softball at Port St. Lucie High School and John Carroll. In sum, this legendary coach has spent 29 years on the field.
 
LPA’s Athletic Director Jill Corey presented Mathews with a commemorative plaque and banner on a softball field chalked with special “500” markings in honor of his coaching accomplishment. Sharing a personal account of his career with his wife by his side, Mathews indicated that having no children of his own, his players are like his family, and he looks forward to continue coaching softball and watching his athletes accomplish their goals on and off the field.
 
Mathews is ten and three for the season as he heads into his last four games for the 2017 season.
 

 

Lady Greyhounds’ Coach Mathews Brings Home 500th Win

Lady Greyhounds’ Coach Mathews Brings Home 500th Win

FORT PIERCE, FLSurrounded by his softball team, St. Lucie Public Schools staff, and fans, Roger Mathews celebrated his 500th victory as a softball coach on Tuesday, April 4th. He has supported Lincoln Park Academy’s (LPA) Lady Greyhounds round the bases for the last 14 years. Prior to that, he coached softball at Port St. Lucie High School and John Carroll. In sum, this legendary coach has spent 29 years on the field.
 
LPA’s Athletic Director Jill Corey presented Mathews with a commemorative plaque and banner on a softball field chalked with special “500” markings in honor of his coaching accomplishment. Sharing a personal account of his career with his wife by his side, Mathews indicated that having no children of his own, his players are like his family, and he looks forward to continue coaching softball and watching his athletes accomplish their goals on and off the field.
 
Mathews is ten and three for the season as he heads into his last four games for the 2017 season.
 
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.

Schools Advance to State Competition for Odyssey of the Mind

Schools Advance to State Competition for Odyssey of the Mind

Teams from three St. Lucie Public Schools will advance to the Florida State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament on the campus of the University of Central Florida on Saturday, April 8. Rivers Edge Elementary, Morningside Elementary, and Lincoln Park Academy will join hundreds of other problem solvers vying for top spots in order to proceed to the World Finals in May.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from K to 12th grades. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. These school teams have already proven themselves successful as they were top finishers in the Regional competition and received an invitation to move on to the State level competition.

At Regionals, specialty awards were bestowed upon teams. Rivers Edge Elementary and Morningside Elementary received the Omer’s Award for great teamwork and Lincoln Park Academy was honored with Ra’natra Fusca Award for the most outstanding performance.

 

Schools Advance to State Competition for Odyssey of the Mind

Schools Advance to State Competition for Odyssey of the Mind

FORT PIERCE, FL –  Teams from three St. Lucie Public Schools will advance to the Florida State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament on the campus of the University of Central Florida on Saturday, April 8. Rivers Edge Elementary, Morningside Elementary, and Lincoln Park Academy will join hundreds of other problem solvers vying for top spots in order to proceed to the World Finals in May.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from K to 12th grades. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. These school teams have already proven themselves successful as they were top finishers in the Regional competition and received an invitation to move on to the State level competition.

At Regionals, specialty awards were bestowed upon teams. Rivers Edge Elementary and Morningside Elementary received the Omer’s Award for great teamwork and Lincoln Park Academy was honored with Ra’natra Fusca Award for the most outstanding performance.

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.

Hensley – Finalist for Hegener Award

Hensley – Finalist for Hegener Award

EDC announces finalists for the Pete Hegener Leadership Award

The EDC is pleased to announce Alto “Bud” Adams, Jr., Mike Brown, Sr. and Kathryn Hensley, have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Pete Hegener Leadership Award. 

2017 Drill Meet

Jaguar Battalion Flag Retirement Ceremony 2017

Flag Retirement Ceremony 2017

By: Sarai Narvaez

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion held its annual Service Learning event, a U.S. Flag Retirement ceremony, at the school.  The Jaguars retired unserviceable American Flags in accordance with the U.S. Flag Code.  The Jaguars’ Band took part in the ceremony playing Taps, reveille, retreat, and the National Anthem. We appreciate Mrs. Wiley, the band, and Principal Ocampo for participating in the event.

The Color Guard was commanded by Cadet Captain Travis Cetin carrying the National flag. Cadet Staff Sergeant Patrick Archer carried the State Flag, Cadet Sergeant 1st Class Hayley Pollard carried the Battalion Flag, and Cadet Sergeant 1st class Marco Nadar and Cadet Sergeant 1st Class De’vonte Cousar posted as Guards.  The Jaguar Battalion gives a special thanks to all those who were part of of the ceremony.

Cadets retiring flags.
Picture by: Sarai Narvaez

Color Guard Presenting the Colors.
Picture by: Sarai Narvaez

Principal Ocampo retiring the first flag.
Picture by: Sarai Narvaez

Shareef’s Project Ranks as Best in Show

Shareef’s Project Ranks as Best in Show

FORT PIERCE, FL – Haniya Shareef, a junior at Lincoln Park Academy, is no stranger to innovation as her ratings at this year’s State Science and Engineering STEM Fair and Competition prove.  Her individual project, “Molecular Characterization and Enhanced Efficacy of a Novel Host-Specified Bioherbicide Candidate for Cyperus Rotundus,” entered in the Plant Sciences Category was awarded First Place and the Division Grand Award.  In addition, Shareef was one of only eight students throughout the entire state of Florida whose project was selected as Best in Show.  The other St. Lucie County students participating in the State Fair also returned to the District laden with accolades for their ingenuity and creativity.

 

Based on the project selection criteria from the Regional Fair, top-ranking students were selected to advance to the State Fair.  Escorted by their chaperones, they ventured from St. Lucie County to Lakeland for the three-day judging event.  Once there, they had the opportunity to network with others, engage in inquiry and problem solving, and glean ideas for future exploration.  According to one of the chaperones and local Science Fair Coordinator Paul Reif, “There were over 875 projects being judged at this year’s event, and I am always fascinated by the culture of positive collaboration as students share their thought processes and reflections with one another.  I look forward to this each year!”

 

Of the 14 participating St. Lucie County students, 13 walked across the stage to receive special awards, categorical place recognition awards, or placement awards.  Congratulations to:

Haniya Shareef, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)

Individual

Plant Sciences

“Molecular Characterization and Enhanced Efficacy of a Novel Host-Specified Bioherbicide Candidate for Cyperus Rotundus”

First Place, Division Grand Award, Best in Show (1 of 8 to receive this distinction)

Special Awards: Scholarship, New College of Florida; Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services Award; Society for In Vitro Biology Certificate

 

Catherine Horger, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)

Individual

Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

“The Effect of Indole-3-Acetic Production by Lactobacillus Acidophilus”

Second Place

 

Shreya Reddy, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)

Individual

Microbiology

“Improving Health of Beneficial Insects through Ingestion of Nonpathogenic Indovirus”

Third Place

 

Riley Hogge and Alexis Moreira, Fort Pierce Westwood High School (Senior Division)

Team

Physics & Astronomy

“Catching Waves”

Fourth Place

 

Sreya Banik, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)

Individual

Mathematical & Computational

“Application of Chaos Game Representation of Genes to Measure the Predictability Using Random DNA Sequences to Determine if the Sequence is of Kinase of Phosphatase Protein”

Honorable Mention

 

Jillian Markle, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)

Individual

Earth and Environment

“Ugh! Another Invasive Weevil in Florida”

Recognition

Special Award: Florida Association of Science Supervisors Award

 

Callie Zheng, Lincoln Park Academy, (Senior Division)

Individual

Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

“Can Human Fecal Specific Primers Be Used to Detect Fecal Contamination in Sediment and Muck Samples?”

Recognition

Special Award: Tomolka Regional Science and Engineering Fair Award

 

Jack Krasulak, St. Andrews (Junior Division)

Individual

Engineering

“Mitigating the Effects of IED Explosion Through Novel Hull Design”

First Place, Division Grand Award

Special Awards: Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Service Florida Engineering Foundation Award, Collier Regional Science and Engineering Fair Award, ASM Materials Foundation Certificate, Broadcom Masters Award, US Navy Science Award

 

Riley Hamilton, Olivet (Junior Division)

Individual

Physics and Astronomy

“Testing Fluids for Geothermal Heating and Air Conditioning”

Third Place, Division Grand Award

Conner O’Sullivan, Forest Grove Middle School (Junior Division)

Individual

Earth & Environmental

“Recharge, Repower, and Restore Energy”

Fourth Place

 

Asha Budhai, Oak Hammock K-8 School (Junior Division)

Individual

Behavioral Social Sciences

“Drop the Pressure”

Honorable Mention

 

Mason Kozac, Lincoln Park Academy (Junior Division)

Individual

Plant Sciences

“Savanna Mint”

Recognition

 

Shareef and Reddy will advance with their projects to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May.  This global event will be held in Los Angeles, California.

 

Shareef’s Project Ranks as Best in Show

Shareef’s Project Ranks as Best in Show

Haniya Shareef, a junior at Lincoln Park Academy, is no stranger to innovation as her ratings at this year’s State Science and Engineering STEM Fair and Competition prove.  Her individual project, “Molecular Characterization and Enhanced Efficacy of a Novel Host-Specified Bioherbicide Candidate for Cyperus Rotundus,” entered in the Plant Sciences Category was awarded First Place and the Division Grand Award.  In addition, Shareef was one of only eight students throughout the entire state of Florida whose project was selected as Best in Show.  The other St. Lucie County students participating in the State Fair also returned to the District laden with accolades for their ingenuity and creativity.

 

Based on the project selection criteria from the Regional Fair, top-ranking students were selected to advance to the State Fair.  Escorted by their chaperones, they ventured from St. Lucie County to Lakeland for the three-day judging event.  Once there, they had the opportunity to network with others, engage in inquiry and problem solving, and glean ideas for future exploration.  According to one of the chaperones and local Science Fair Coordinator Paul Reif, “There were over 875 projects being judged at this year’s event, and I am always fascinated by the culture of positive collaboration as students share their thought processes and reflections with one another.  I look forward to this each year!”

 

Of the 14 participating St. Lucie County students, 13 walked across the stage to receive special awards, categorical place recognition awards, or placement awards.  Congratulations to:

Haniya Shareef, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)

Individual

Plant Sciences

“Molecular Characterization and Enhanced Efficacy of a Novel Host-Specified Bioherbicide Candidate for Cyperus Rotundus”

First Place, Division Grand Award, Best in Show (1 of 8 to receive this distinction)

Special Awards: Scholarship, New College of Florida; Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services Award; Society for In Vitro Biology Certificate

 

Catherine Horger, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)

Individual

Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

“The Effect of Indole-3-Acetic Production by Lactobacillus Acidophilus”

Second Place

 

Shreya Reddy, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)

Individual

Microbiology

“Improving Health of Beneficial Insects through Ingestion of Nonpathogenic Indovirus”

Third Place

 

Riley Hogge and Alexis Moreira, Fort Pierce Westwood High School (Senior Division)

Team

Physics & Astronomy

“Catching Waves”

Fourth Place

 

Sreya Banik, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)

Individual

Mathematical & Computational

“Application of Chaos Game Representation of Genes to Measure the Predictability Using Random DNA Sequences to Determine if the Sequence is of Kinase of Phosphatase Protein”

Honorable Mention

 

Jillian Markle, Lincoln Park Academy (Senior Division)

Individual

Earth and Environment

“Ugh! Another Invasive Weevil in Florida”

Recognition

Special Award: Florida Association of Science Supervisors Award

 

Callie Zheng, Lincoln Park Academy, (Senior Division)

Individual

Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

“Can Human Fecal Specific Primers Be Used to Detect Fecal Contamination in Sediment and Muck Samples?”

Recognition

Special Award: Tomolka Regional Science and Engineering Fair Award

 

Jack Krasulak, St. Andrews (Junior Division)

Individual

Engineering

“Mitigating the Effects of IED Explosion Through Novel Hull Design”

First Place, Division Grand Award

Special Awards: Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Service Florida Engineering Foundation Award, Collier Regional Science and Engineering Fair Award, ASM Materials Foundation Certificate, Broadcom Masters Award, US Navy Science Award

 

Riley Hamilton, Olivet (Junior Division)

Individual

Physics and Astronomy

“Testing Fluids for Geothermal Heating and Air Conditioning”

Third Place, Division Grand Award

Conner O’Sullivan, Forest Grove Middle School (Junior Division)

Individual

Earth & Environmental

“Recharge, Repower, and Restore Energy”

Fourth Place

 

Asha Budhai, Oak Hammock K-8 School (Junior Division)

Individual

Behavioral Social Sciences

“Drop the Pressure”

Honorable Mention

 

Mason Kozac, Lincoln Park Academy (Junior Division)

Individual

Plant Sciences

“Savanna Mint”

Recognition

 

Shareef and Reddy will advance with their projects to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May.  This global event will be held in Los Angeles, California.

 

Lincoln Park Academy Chorus Sweeps Washington D. C. National Choral Competition

Lincoln Park Academy Chorus Sweeps Washington D. C. National Choral Competition

During the weekend of March 23-26, the LPA Chorus participated in the WorldStrides OnStage Washington D. C. National Choral Festival. The results are as follows:

  • Encore Concert Choir – Gold Award (Superior Rating) – 2nd Place Ranking
  • Women’s Chorale – Gold Award (Superior Rating) – 1st Place Ranking
  • Rhapsody Concert Choir – Gold Award (Superior Rating) – 1st Place Ranking

LPA also received the following awards;

  • Most Outstanding Choral Group Award
  • Choral Sweepstakes Award
  • The Maestro Award – Awarded to individual students for an outstanding performance. LPA students awarded for their outstanding percussion performance: Joshua Cleveland, Alandini Dieujuste, and Donald Zoll.

All three choirs received an invitation to participate in the National Festival of Gold or Carnegie Hall Honors Festival.

Congratulations to Mr. George D. Rahming, Jr. and the Lincoln Park Academy Choral Program.

 

Health Fair 2017

Health Fair 2017

Written by Jalisa Smith and Daphkar Rene

St. Lucie West Centennial High School (SLWCHS) hosted its annual Health Fair on March 23, 2017. The event was planned by the Allied Health teachers Elizabeth Durkee and Mary Higgins along with senior students in the Electrocardiograph class. Community partners gathered to inform nearly 2,000 high school students on healthy eating, fitness, health care careers, and teen safety.

Centennial students were greeted by HOSA members and were handed a passport listing organizations on site for the Health Fair. They practiced hands-only CPR as demonstrated by the First Responder class and tested their strength and agility with Keiser University’s Sports Medicine Program students. The Diabetes Coalition and St. Lucie County Health Department shared tips on how to improve eating habits with an easy system. Life Alliance Organ Recovery encouraged student drivers to sign up as organ donors.

Important topics like abstinence, sexual trauma, and STDs were covered by the Sexual Assault Assistance Program of the Treasure Coast, 211 Teens, Children’s Home Society, Teen Choice Programs, Protect the Heart/Carenet, The Parent Academy of SLC and the St. Lucie County Health Department. These organizations not only educated students, but also told them about available local resources.

HOSA members volunteered to work alongside community partners which helped the event run smoothly.

SLWCHS extends a special thank you to Keiser University for its sponsorship contributing to a successful Health Fair. We greatly appreciate all the community organizations that spent the day with our Centennial Eagles for an exciting and educational school event.

 

 

High School Junior Is Two-Time Congressional Medal Recipient

High School Junior Is Two-Time Congressional Medal Recipient

St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) junior Christine Bourgoin of Mosaic Digital Academy was presented a Silver Congressional Award on April 1 at a ceremony hosted by Congressman Brian Mast.  Bourgoin is a two-time medal recipient.  Last year, she was among elite young Floridians from the Treasure Coast honored with a bronze medal for volunteerism, leadership, and personal development.

 

According to Jeanne Ziemba, principal of Mosaic Digital Academy, “Christine is extremely goal oriented and is a champion for community service.  I fully expect to see her here again next year as a senior going for Gold.” A log of her hours reflects that Bourgoin volunteered over 200 hours including an investment of 100 Personal Development hours, 100 Personal Fitness hours, and a 3-day, 2-night leadership expedition.

 

Since its inception in 1979, the Congressional Award has recognized youth across the nation who have recorded over 3.5 million hours of service to their community.  This prestigious award promotes initiative, service, and achievement with a goal of establishing a positive foundation for the upcoming generation of leaders.

 

High School Junior Is Two-Time Congressional Medal Recipient

High School Junior Is Two-Time Congressional Medal Recipient

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) junior Christine Bourgoin of Mosaic Digital Academy was presented a Silver Congressional Award on April 1 at a ceremony hosted by Congressman Brian Mast.  Bourgoin is a two-time medal recipient.  Last year, she was among elite young Floridians from the Treasure Coast honored with a bronze medal for volunteerism, leadership, and personal development.

 

According to Jeanne Ziemba, principal of Mosaic Digital Academy, “Christine is extremely goal oriented and is a champion for community service.  I fully expect to see her here again next year as a senior going for Gold.” A log of her hours reflects that Bourgoin volunteered over 200 hours including an investment of 100 Personal Development hours, 100 Personal Fitness hours, and a 3-day, 2-night leadership expedition.

 

Since its inception in 1979, the Congressional Award has recognized youth across the nation who have recorded over 3.5 million hours of service to their community.  This prestigious award promotes initiative, service, and achievement with a goal of establishing a positive foundation for the upcoming generation of leaders.

 

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.

SOMS Tri-M Students Road Clean-Up

SOMS Tri-M Students Road Clean-Up

The Southern Oaks Middle School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society has been busy with a road clean-up and sponsoring the band’s “Coin Wars.” Tri-M students walked 1/4 mile on St. James picking up trash, then carefully crossing the street and cleaning up our campus. We collected 7 bags of trash, everything from old broken pens and pencils, used batteries, to pieces of cars, broken bottles and unmentionables. It is a very rewarding, yet safe, experience for the students.

Nancy Stone and Elizabeth Carrasco

 

As for the “Coin Wars,” as of this writing, 3rd hour band is in the lead with negative $1.23. This will change. From the educator perspective, it teaches students about money and more importantly about negative numbers. Pennies are positive. Everything else is negative. Each class has its own jug, but all jugs are available to all classes. Students have made plans to sabotage the other classes. There are plans within plans. Their brains are in high gear. It is awesome and a lot of fun! There are some very smart students who want to win the pizza party for their class.  Let the games begin!

 

Coin Wars Jugs

Southport Memorial Garden

Southport Memorial Garden

Lynn Hoke, Southport Middle School Science Club Advisor, led students on a weekend event to beautify our school’s memorial garden and transformed it into a butterfly garden. It looks beautiful!!! Some of the Science Club members who volunteered their time were 6th grade teachers: James Saunders and Janice Williams, and our awesome Science Club students: Emily Pena, Bernadine Estinoble, Jesse Nicholas, Jamie Nicholas, Sydney Luppens, DJ Rickard, Elleana Ubaldo, Vida Mesa, Sarai Chavez, Veronica Pardo, Kyah Guitard, My Nyugen and Rihanna McIntosh.

This was a special project honoring our former Hurricanes. Thank you so much for beautifying our memorial in our courtyard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LPA Advances in Digital Video Competition

LPA Advances in Digital Video Competition

FORT PIERCE, FL –  Lincoln Park Academy’s Adobe CAPE Academy team moves to the final round of judging for the Kid Witness News (KWN) global digital video competition.  KWN is a global video education program supported by Panasonic, with the aim of boosting creativity, enhancing communication skills, and fostering teamwork through video production by children at the elementary and secondary school levels.

 

There are currently 553 schools in 19 countries participating in the program worldwide, of which 53 of those schools are enrolled in the U.S. Although KWN represents students from schools across the country and around the world, the messages in their videos have common themes that cannot be ignored. They reflect the world they live in and what affects their everyday lives. Through these videos, we are able to see “The World Through Their Eyes.”

 

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.

Fresh Work Skills Opportunity Brewing for Students

Fresh Work Skills Opportunity Brewing for Students

A fresh work skills opportunity is brewing for students in the St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program.  On Tuesday, April 11, a student-run enterprise known as Student Perks will begin selling coffee and pastries in a kiosk on the first floor breezeway of the Board of County Commissioners Administration Building located at 2300 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce.

 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is slated for 8:30 AM on opening day. Patrons working in the Administration Building as well as customers from the general public are welcome to purchase items every Tuesday from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM.   According to Job Coach Martha Taylor, “Student Perks offers a uniquely hands-on learning experience for SLPS students. Entrepreneurs operating the shop partner with peers in the Port St. Lucie High Culinary Arts Class for the pastries that are sold.”  This fits right in with the Student Perks tagline, “It’s more than coffee!”

 

The Board of County Commissioners embraced the initiative, recognizing that ordering seemingly simple items like coffee and pastries, supports skills that can be maximized to aid students’ employability skills. Coffee and snacks will be served every Tuesday morning from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Participants in the Student Perks program will receive support from a SLPS Job Coach.

 

All proceeds from the coffee shop will offset Student Perks’ expenses. For information, contact SLPS Job Coach Martha Taylor at 772-370-0891 or SLC Human Resources Manager Douglas Baber at 772-462-5267.