Utility Box Art Blossoms in Fort Pierce

Utility Box Art Blossoms in Fort Pierce

Student art is blossoming in Fort Pierce.

As the project continues to grow throughout St. Lucie County, two of the latest utility boxes to boast of artwork by SLPS students can be found near 25th Street and Orange Avenue and Indian River Drive and Citrus Avenue.  The beauty of the artwork spread throughout the county is a joy to behold throughout all of St. Lucie County.

 

 

CAM  PRIDE

CAM PRIDE

CAM teachers kick off Teacher Appreciation week with their PRIDE tee-shirts.

Thank you, Mr. Robinson and Grannygrand Expressions Company, for our PRIDE tee-shirts.

Speakers Bureau Volunteer Breakfast

Speakers Bureau Volunteer Breakfast

In a tribute to the volunteer spirit that has made the Speakers Bureau a success throughout the years, Dr. Donna Mills hosted a breakfast to honor the ladies and gentlemen who have shared their stories of inspiration and motivation with students in middle and high schools across the District.

The Panther Chorus, under the direction of Mr. Donald Meely, set the tone for a harmonious morning that was followed by warm expressions of appreciation for the contribution of time and commitment by volunteers coming into the schools with positive and powerful messages.  Attendees also enjoyed a world class breakfast prepared by state champion culinary students before taking a tour of the some of the Fort Pierce Westwood’s unique career and technical academies including Agritechnology and Veterinary programs.

Change of Command Ceremony

Change of Command Ceremony

By: Sarai Narvaez

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion held their annual Change of Command Ceremony on April 26, 2017. The Change of Command Ceremony is a ceremony to pass the command from the current Battalion Commander to the incoming Battalion Commander. The key of the Change of Command is the passing of the unit’s colors. The colors are the symbol of the commander’s authority representing her authorities to the organization. Port St. Lucie High School Principal Adrian Ocampo and Mayor Gregory J. Oravec were our distinguished guests at the ceremony.

The ceremony began as Cadet Command Sergeant Major Damilola Joloagun passed the colors to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Triplett for the last time. Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Triplett then passed the colors to Principal Adrian Ocampo thereby relinquishing her responsibilities and authority. This is known as the change of responsibilities. Mr. Ocampo passed the colors to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Travis Cetin charging the new commander with the same responsibilities and authority. Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Travis Cetin then passed the colors to Cadet Command Sergeant Major Damilola Joloagun for safe keeping. Cadet Command Sergeant Major Damilola Jolaogun then passed the colors to the color guard and he is now responsible for maintaining the colors.

After the ceremony was over, seniors turned in their uniforms as this was their last uniform day. The cadets changed into sports clothes while the Booster Club parents prepared a BBQ. Cadets enjoyed good  food and fun games for the remainder of the evening.

Jaguar Battalion at the beginning of the ceremony
Picture by: Brianna Harris

Passing of the Colors
Photo by: Brianna Harris

Our new Jaguar Battalion Commander Travis Cetin with Mayor Gregory J. Oravec
Picture by: Brianna Harris

 

Northport Teachers Engage in Intensive Book Study!

Northport Teachers Engage in Intensive Book Study!

Northport teachers are participating in an intensive book study led by Assistant Principal Meghan Drost using Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind. Teachers are learning and putting into action steps for making the teaching and learning experiences more real and authentic for our Title 1 school and for our students.

“When teaching in a Title 1 school, every single weakness that a teacher has is exposed. If we don’t learn to adapt, build relationships, and bring our A-game every single day, our classes will suffer.” The book integrates all the positive attributes of Northport and all the goals that we want to accomplish with our students. We want to raise that bar, teach childen and teachers correct responses and learn to enhance our culture that “We Are Family!”

Excellent book that promotes our school motto’s of “Every student in school would rather be engaged by an energetic, caring teacher than be bored by someone going through the motions. Kids deserve a great day everyday. They need role models. They need caring adults. They need savvy risk takers who aren’t afraid to fail!” That’s US! That’s NORTHPORT!

“Sweet” Dancers

“Sweet” Dancers

Assistant Principal Jane Cox dances with kindergarten students for their monthly PBIS event.  Students who earned enough Class Dojo points through positive behavior, attended a dance and enjoyed showing off their best moves.

Future Educator Off To Great Start

Future Educator Off To Great Start

Arielle Fountain represented Fort Pierce Westwood in Gainesville at the FFA Agriculture Education Career Development Event (CDE) and placed in the top six to advance to the State contest in June!

Arielle developed a lesson plan, taught UF professors, and took a written test on the standards she was assigned to teach!

She plans to major in Ag Ed at the University of Florida, and is off to a great start!

Graduation News You Can Use

Graduation News You Can Use

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Dillard Addresses Upward Mobility Group at Allapattah Flats

Dillard Addresses Upward Mobility Group at Allapattah Flats

By Renee Adderly-Clark

 

On Friday, April 21, Allapattah Flats welcomed motivation speaker and author Joseph Dillard of the Speakers Bureau.  Mr. Dillard has a passion for reaching young people with a message of realizing that the battle is “ME VS. ME”!

 

From birth until now, there are many factors in our lives that we cannot control.  For example, you cannot control the environment into which you are born.  Some of us feel deep down inside that our present situations are not the best.  Is that the underlying reason that you chose to disrespect your teachers, administrators, and others around you?

 

Mr. Dillard really broke the ice as he delved into his personal testimony and shared the following and more:  “I do what I do, because I was left behind, I was forgotten about.  I was empty and void of love and understanding what life was all about.  I was hurting, but the cry was silent.”   By this time, the students sat in awe! Mr. Dillard continued sharing some of his past that unfortunately left him with many obstacles to overcome.  He then explained that his choice of making a meaningful connection with his creator is the reason why he has overcome many obstacles and has learned how to use wisdom to address all others.

 

Mr. Dillard concluded with the following:  “Have purpose and vision in your life concerning all things, especially your education.  You pay for every decision you make, so love yourself enough to make good ones.  All things are learnable, so learn.  Know what you want, why you want it, and spend the rest of your life going to get it!”  Thus, the battle of ME VS. ME!

 

 

 

 

 

Butterfly Release at Mariposa Elementary

Butterfly Release at Mariposa Elementary

Fifth grade students at Mariposa Elementary observed the life cycle of a butterfly during their science unit on living organisms.  They learned about plant and animal adaptations, including complete and incomplete metamorphosis.  The students finished off this unit by releasing the butterflies into their natural environment.

Fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Zoie Griffiths, releases a butterfly as Travis Nimal looks on.

 

Southport Middle School Project Earth Day

Southport Middle School Project Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, Mrs. Sharon Dudash’s class spent the week on a number of environmental projects re-purposing trash into beautiful artwork and gifts. The students made various size holders for school supplies out of cans. Their display also included candle holders and pencil holders from glass and plastic.

Everyone enjoyed the colorfully decorated rain sticks made from used cardboard tubes, nails and rice.  Students learned important lessons on why we should all reduce, reuse and recycle.  A special thanks goes out to Paraprofessionals Ms. Rubi Soto and Mrs. Nicole Bailey for helping to make it all possible.

SLWK-8 Color Run

SLWK-8 Color Run

The SLWK-8 My School Color Run sponsored by the Student Council was a huge success!

Thank you everyone for your participation!

Special thanks for Ms. Renee Taylor, Mrs. Shawna Portee, and Dean Lauren Kosinski for their hard work in organizing this event. Everyone had a colorful time!

Contributions Support DCEC

Contributions Support DCEC

DCEC hosted a THANK YOU luncheon for community members.  Members from Kiwanis, Health Department, Restoring the Village, Concetta Viggiano Parry Foundation, and Appreciation Financial participated.  The Kiwanis donated $1,000 and Concetta Viggiano Parry Foundation donated $800 to the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Program. For both organizations, these donations are annual contributions for which the school is most thankful.

According to Principal Harden, one of the luncheon guests indicated that his neighbor attends DCEC and he has seen a great difference in his behavior in the neighborhood since attending the school.

 

Project Unify

Project Unify

On your marks, get set, go! Over 50 students participated in Project Unify, a Special Olympics collaborative between four high schools in the St. Lucie Public Schools District. Students are practicing for a Unified Area Meet in Clermont on May 6th, a State Level competition involving IMG Academy.

Project Unify supports the Special Olympics on the high school level with a mix of alternate-abled athletes and their able-partners. This year, competition is limited to track and field, but coordinators hope that with the help of the FHSAA, it will grow to all sport areas.

Participants practiced several events including 4×100 relay for boys and girls, softball throw/shot-put, 100-meter run, 100-meter walk/wheelchair, and the 4×400 relay.

This is only the second year of participation for Project Unify. Heather Gray, a coordinator from Fort Pierce Central High School, says  “I’m happy that Unify coaches and coordinators came together to put this meet on as an opportunity for another competition and use it as practice to move forward in FHSAA.”

In attendance to watch and cheer on the athletes were St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, School Board Vice Chairman Dr. Donna Mills, Ft. Pierce Westwood High School Principal John Lynch, and Fort Pierce Central High School Athletic Director Pete Crespo.

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.

 

 

Open House Invitation For Virtual Education in SLPS

Open House Invitation For Virtual Education in SLPS

Looking for a non-traditional education or a more flexible environment for learning? Virtual schooling is a progressive choice for families, providing expanded educational opportunities, utilizing online curriculum, to a wider student community for anywhere, anytime learning.

Virtual school enrollment window is now open through July 1, 2017. Not sure if virtual instruction is right for your child? Attend one of our open house events to learn more!

Click here for Enrollment Information for Fall 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Graduation Information

2017 Graduation Information

Ft. Pierce Central High School
8:30 am on May 23, 2017 at the Fair Grounds

Treasure Coast High School
2:00 pm on May 23, 2017 at the Fair Grounds

Lincoln Park Academy
8:30 am on May 25, 2017 at Fenn Center

Ft. Pierce Westwood High School
1:30 pm on May 25, 2017 at Fenn Center

St. Lucie West Centennial High School
8:30 am on May 26, 2017 at Fenn Center

Port St. Lucie High School
1:30 pm on May 26, 2017 at Fenn Center

Acceleration Academy
8:30 am on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Performance Based Preparatory Academy
11:00 am on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Mosaic Digital Academy
2:00 pm on May 31, 2017 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

 

 ARENA AT SLC FAIR GROUNDS PARKING INFORMATION

FENN CENTER PARKING INFORMATION

 

 

TCHS Drive For Education

TCHS Drive For Education

Treasure Coast High School Garber Buick GMC Drive For Education
Saturday, April 22
8am-3pm
Take a test drive and Garber donates $10.00 to the school!
Must be *21 or older to participate.

Family Fun at Forest Grove

Family Fun at Forest Grove

Bulldogs enjoyed an evening of Civics and Science at their Title 1 Parent Night. Families experienced technology-enhanced learning through QR codes with examples of Civics EOC questions. Science focused on heavily tested standards to show families how to attack those types of questions. Fun was had by young and old alike!