Student Art On Display In New York

Student Art On Display In New York

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

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

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

 

LPA Wins at Fair

LPA Wins at Fair

Lincoln Park Academy’s 3-dimmensional art classes worked collaboratively to create a red, white, and blue Floridian inspired booth. The students each formed an individual red, white, or blue flower to contribute to a large hanging garden mural. The main focal point of the booth was a large eagle relief that read, “Art can change people and people change the world.”

Ms. Duran’s advanced classes produced large “Big Head” sculptures inspired by influential Floridians and characters such as Tim Tebow, Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse, and Donald Duck. In order to recreate Florida’s famous beaches, sand and sandcastles were lined along the floor space. Lincoln Park Academy’s booth received 1,037 votes of the total 7,136 votes cast to become this year’s $1,000.00 People’s Choice Award recipient. This award was in conjunction with the Out-of-the-Box Award which provided Lincoln Park Academy with a total of $1,250.00 from their 2017 St. Lucie County Fair School Display.

Lincoln Park Academy would like to thank the Fort Pierce Sunrise Kiwanis Club, the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections, and our wonderful surrounding community who supported our fair booth. Ms. Duran and her 3D classes plan to use a portion of the reward to fund a community service project in the future.

 

Spring Break Camp

Spring Break Camp

Students from C. A. Moore and Lakewood Park Elementary gathered for a Spring Break Tutorial Camp. Working alongside staff, they were able to spend time on reading and math while also enjoying extracurricular activities.

During the camp, students were thrilled with the Oxbow Center’s Reptile Show, and many special community guests stopped by to spend time with students including officers from the Fort Pierce Police Department, Mr.Dan Frank, and Dr. Kevin Perry.

         

LPA Key Club Shows Support

LPA Key Club Shows Support

On Saturday, March 18, the LPA Key Club provided assistance to the Main Street Fort Pierce program by sponsoring and promoting the Coloring Wall during the Taste of the Sea and Sandy Shoes Seafood Festival in downtown Fort Pierce. Designed as a means to recruit festival participants in an entertaining and creative activity, the Coloring Wall was very successful.

Throughout the day, several Key Club members were able to entice young and old alike to express themselves with crayons, paints, chalk and markers. As the pictures show, the wall drew many children and adults alike to paint pictures, express their emotions and convey messages for others to read.

Main Street Fort Pierce, Inc. is a comprehensive revitalization program designed to encourage economic development in conjunction with historic preservation. Established in 1988, Main Street Fort Pierce, Inc. (a not-for-profit corporation) is a local, public-private partnership funded by memberships, fund-raising projects and city government.

The LPA Key Club’s next civic activity is scheduled for April 1 when it will join with the Fort Pierce Central Key Club, the Fort Pierce Sunrise Kiwanis Club and the Public Works Department of the City of Fort Pierce in the Lott Insurance Beach Cleanup. It will begin at 9:30 am at the Kimberly Bergalis Beach Park. A lunch of Jambalaya and drinks will be prepared and provided by Lott Insurance Services.

 

 

 

 

 

LPA Advances in Global Video Competition

LPA Advances in Global Video Competition

The Lincoln Park Academy Adobe CAPE Academy team made it into the final round of judging for another global digital video competition! Kid Witness News (KWN) is a global video education program supported by Panasonic, with the aim of boosting creativity and 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.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZovgmTeMh0&feature=youtu.be

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LPA Sends Two Teams to Odyssey of the Mind State Finals

LPA Sends Two Teams to Odyssey of the Mind State Finals

Congratulations to the LPA Odyssey of the Mind teams! On February 26, two teams competed in the Regional Tournament at Suncoast High School in Riviera Beach and both teams are headed to the Florida State Tournament on the campus of the University of Central Florida on April 8.

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.

The Problem 5 Team came in first in its category and received the Ra’natra Fusca Award for the most outstanding performance in the regional tournament. Team members are Reese Perretta, Shreya Reddy, Haniya Shareef, Cristin Donaldson, Lance Barrett, Gary Simmons, and Camila Parra.

The Problem 3 Team placed second in its category and is headed into the state tournament with the intention to win the event outright. The team members are of Elizabeth Sterling, Amanda Bouquet, Isabella Gomes, Rafaella Milla, Lourdina Payen and Juanita Maldonado.

We are so proud of our Odyssey of the Mind teams and wish them the best of luck at the State Tournament.

 

 

Leprechaun Traps

Leprechaun Traps

Ms. Mellion’s class created Leprechaun Traps for STEAM challenge. They used their critical thinking skills to figure out the best way to catch a leprechaun. The class voted for their top three favorites and they received a prize. All students received Gator Bucks (PBIS) for participation. Can’t wait to see how many leprechauns are caught over break!

 

Grace Packs and Pan Florida Challenge

Grace Packs and Pan Florida Challenge

Grace Packs is an organization serving St. Lucie County that provides weekly weekend food for students who lack an ample food supply. Currently, Grace Packs provides service to 20 schools in St. Lucie County, thus relieving the burden many children endure by being hungry.

This past weekend, Grace Packs and St. Lucie Public Schools volunteers supported the Pan Florida Challenge — a two-day, 180 mile bike ride to end kids’ hunger — one meal at a time.   The ride started in Naples on March 11th and ended in Fort Pierce on March 12.

A big thank you to Pan Florida Challenge event founders, organizers, riders, and volunteers. Our children thank you!!

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Programs

Summer Programs

3rd Grade Summer School and ESE Extended School Year

June 12 – July 10 (Monday – Friday)

*July 4 – Holiday for All

Students 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: TBD

Title 3/ELL Students

Camp Exploration

June 12 – June 30

Students 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: West Gate K-8

Mariposa’s Odyssey

Mariposa’s Odyssey

Mariposa Elementary’s Award Winning Odyssey of the Mind Team

A team of seven creative minds from Mariposa Elementary came together to save creativity through problem solving. Mariposa’s Odyssey of the Mind team went to a regional competition in Riviera Beach, where they won 2nd place! The team members that participated were 5th graders Janellie Alvarez, Sydnee Rubenstein, James Philips, and Samantha Gardner; 4th graders Justin Horton and Mason Mumford; 3rd grader Taylor Wildes.

This is the 2nd year in a row that the Mariposa team was able to earn a medal at the regional competition. Their coach, Mrs. Scipioni, is extremely proud of them. She is sad that her 5th graders will not be returning for another year on her team. However she is excited about forming a new team for next years’ problem!

 

The Jungle Book for Kids

The Jungle Book for Kids

Southport Middle School students put on a magnificent performance of the Disney production The Jungle Book for Kids. It all began with an exciting announcement in early January to Mrs. Dusash’s Exceptional Student Education class that all of her students would have an important part to play in the upcoming drama production of The Jungle Book for Kids. According to Ms. Ruby Soto, ESE Para professional and stage hand for the performance, “The students’ enthusiasm was, without any doubt, reflected in their performances” (on March 9, 2017).

Mrs. Dudash’s class, along with many other Southport students, put on a performance that brought tears to the eyes of staff members and laughter to all who were present. The inclusion of ALL students in this performance is what made it so SPECTACULAR.  Drama Teacher and Director A.J. Quinn did an exceptional job teaching an extraordinary lesson that there are no limitations on the stage or in our abilities. Our students, of all abilities, learned to overcome their own fears by proving that with hard work and dedication amazing things can be accomplished, particularly when we work together to do so.

The talent exhibited on stage was inspiring and “limitless.” The immense pride of student success was felt by all. Mr. Quinn, noted that it was “an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to create such an amazing show with an even more amazing group of people!   The excitement emanating from the stage was palpable and the warmth of that joy was felt by every member of the audience.

A sincere thank you is extended to the faculty, staff, parents, and students who worked so hard to make this production a reality — thank you for “celebrating the bare necessities of life.”

Congratulations to all on a job well done!

TCHS Takes FPSA by Storm

TCHS Takes FPSA by Storm

We are pleased to announce the outcome of the Florida Public Service Association 2017 state conference/competition.
Treasure Coast High School Criminal Justice Academy students placed in the following events:
·         1st Place – Evidence Packaging, Selina Velazquez
·         2nd Place – Evidence Packaging, Layla Labish
·         3rd Place – Latent Fingerprinting, Chari Rivera
·         5th Place – High Risk (felony) Traffic Stops, Matthew and Timothy Ferreira
·         3rd Place –  Brain Bowl
·         1st Place – Prepared Marketing Poster, Selina Velazquez
·         3rd Place – Use of Force Novice, Matthew Ferreira
 
In addition, the following six students received eight ($1000, and $500) partial scholarships from Johnson and Wales University:
·         Selina Velazquez
·         Brooke Santino
·         Lara Calzana
·         Jaqueline Castro
·         Logan Lowery
·         Kyrah Carter  
 
Northport Second Graders Become Researchers and Scientists!

Northport Second Graders Become Researchers and Scientists!

Northport students became researchers and scientists in their classrooms. Hobe Sound Nature Preserve brought live owls to enhance the science lessons learned in school. Students learned about heredity and the difference between owls and red tailed hawks. They learned what owls eat as well as their natural habitats, and they also learned that owls can’t digest foods so they form pellets similar to hairballs. The pellets are filled with bones from their prey. Students were able to dissect sterilized pellets and match bone pieces to figures on a chart.

A big thumbs up to this terrific hands-on lesson. Many thanks to Hobe Sound Nature Preserve and to the many parents who helped dissect and engage our students. Woo Hoo! Parents Rock!

Unified Track and Field Meet

Unified Track and Field Meet

With the support of Special Olympics Coordinators from local high schools, St. Lucie Public Schools hosted its first Unified Track and Field Meet on Wednesday, March 8th at Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce.

The Meet started out as a practice run, but it soon turned into a full-fledged event that engaged all participants in a spirited day.  The excitement of the track and field events was infectious and everyone left with smiles on their faces.

 

LPA MS Students Preparing for the Next Step

LPA MS Students Preparing for the Next Step

On Friday, February 3, 2017, 26 select 8th grade students from Lincoln Park Academy toured several programs at Indian River State College during Middle School Great Explorations.  These students spent the day gaining valuable hands-on experience in the robotics, photonics, medical services, and computer animation/digital media fields.  The purpose of the trip centered on the connection between secondary education and the world of work, cementing the learning which took place during the 8th grade Naviance activities completed throughout the school year.  Feedback from the students was very encouraging and we can’t wait for next year’s trip!

 

 

 

Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness

Please join St. Lucie Public Schools in supporting the St. Lucie Fire Department as it  hosts a family fun event on April 8th for Autism Awareness.  This family fun day centered around a charity flag football game will also host many vendors and provide fun activities for all ages.

This event will be held at the Jessica Clinton Park in Port St. Lucie.

 

Open House – March 22

Open House – March 22

As 8th graders in St. Lucie Public Schools, we know you are excited to start your high school journey.  You should have received a high school assignment card, and we want to remind you to attend the open house at your new high school on Wednesday, March 22nd at 6:00 pm.

 

Learn about the course selections, see the school, and meet the staff.   We look forward to welcoming you as our new freshmen class.

Exceptional Performances by Concert Bands

Exceptional Performances by Concert Bands

Eleven concert bands from throughout St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) participated in the District 13 Concert Band Music Performance Assessments (MPAs) this past weekend.

At this assessment, the ensembles perform on Stage 3 prepared numbers for three judges.  One selection must be a march.  Students leave the stage and go into the Sight Reading room.  They are handed a booklet that resembles the booklet that students receive when taking FSAs.  They are directed to different passages in the booklet.  The director is allotted a small amount of time to give brief directions, and the bands are then expected to “sight read” the selections and reach a high level of mastery.  To do so, they must bring all of the knowledge they have acquired in daily instruction and apply it in that instant setting.

Keep in mind that MPAs are the Music FSAs.

Also, remember the scale:

FSA        MPA

5        =     1   =   Superior

4        =     2   =   Excellent

3        =     3   =   Good

We urge our directors to always bring high quality instruction to their classes so that our students will always be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency and earn one of the highest two ratings.  It is also important to point out that SLPS had 11 bands participate at the District 13 MPAs.

Ft. Pierce Central

Band 2 = Excellent

Band 1 = Superior

Treasure Coast

Band 3 = Excellent

Band 2 = Excellent

Band 1 = Superior

Ft. Pierce Westwood

Band 1 = Superior

St. Lucie West Centennial

Band 2 = Excellent

Band 1 = Excellent

Lincoln Park Academy

Band 2 = Excellent

Band 1 = Superior

Pt. St. Lucie High

Band 1 = Excellent

It was a great weekend for Bands and The Arts from St. Lucie Public Schools!

 

Northport Celebrates Dr. Seuss and Read Across America!

Northport Celebrates Dr. Seuss and Read Across America!

What a wonderful morning @Northport K-8 School. We hosted a notable group of community service members who really care about our school. We partnered with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Saint Lucie County and Americorps to bring the very best learning experience to our VPK-grade through three students. Guest readers included PSL Mayor Greg Oravec, SLPS Board Members Debbie Hawley and Troy Ingersoll, Commisioner Tod Mowery, Star Bright Reading Therapy dogs and their handlers, many members of BBBS and our wonderful volunteers from Port St. Lucie United Methodist Church. Students and community members interacted and learned that Seuss wrote more than 40 books filled with odd looking animals, imaginary places and funny rhymes. They also learned that Dr. Seuss whose real name is Theodore Seuss Geisel only used 50 different words when writing “Green Eggs and Ham.” The event held for our students was priceless and the rewards for our community members who truly care about our kids were monumental. Big thank you to all who were able to come out and help celebrate reading and of course, the birthday of Dr. Seuss!

Hall Places at State Wrestling Tournament

Hall Places at State Wrestling Tournament

St. Lucie Public Schools congratulates David Hall who represented Fort Pierce Westwood and the District in the State Wrestling Tournament this weekend.

David upset a number one seed in the first round in an unbelievable match; he then went on to win 6th place in the State Meet!  David was the only wrestler from St. Lucie County to place at the meet.

Congratulations to David, Coach Torres, Coach Bama, and the entire wrestling team for a great season and for representing Westwood with Panther Pride!