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Martin Youth LEADERship Kicks Off “Hardcore 24”


Stuart - 40 students of this year’s Martin Youth LEADERship Program held their first monthly session of the school year (LEADERship Day) on September 20 at the Kane Center. Session Chairman Alec Connolly offered the students a full day of ice-breaking, team building, and leadership exercises that helped students find their leadership style, and introduced them to goal setting. Connolly, from Gulf Stream Council Boys Scouts of America, worked with volunteers Jim Atkinson (aka Mr. H-A-P-P-Y) Brad Weaver, also with Gulf Stream Council Boy Scouts of America and Alex Connolly, an alumnus from Class 19 of Martin Youth LEADERship. In conjunction with the volunteer leaders, the program would not be possible without the support of the individual high school staff that assist: Brett Hawkins, from Martin County High School; Jeanine Bushman, from South Fork High School; Marianne Vinette from Jensen Beach High School and Denisha Bonds from Clark Advanced Learning Center.

In October, Martin Youth LEADERship will travel to Tanah Keetah Scout Reservation and participate in C.O.P.E. (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience), for a day of learning on the ropes course.

Martin Youth LEADERship, chaired by Diana Bruton states, “Good leaders are made not born. We understand that if you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader. Good leaders are developed through a never ending process of self-study, education, training, and experience. Furthermore, leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent. Leaders carry out this process by applying their leadership attributes, such as beliefs, values, ethics, character, knowledge, and skills. Finally; we and our mentor volunteers understand the youth of Martin County are indeed our future, and it is our responsibility to provide them with the basics of Leadership”.

The program is completely underwritten and sponsored by many local businesses and in-kind donations, including but not limited to:

• Ampersand Shirt Shack
• Children’s Services Council
• LEADERship Martin County Alumni Foundation for Youth, Inc.
• Martin County REALTORS of the Treasure Coast
• Martin County School District
• Publix Supermarkets
• Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce
• Treasure Coast Legal
• Treasure Coast Realty

The Martin Youth LEADERship Program for high school students is in its 24th year. The group is continually striving to better serve the students that have made application, and been accepted into the program. The Martin Youth LEADERship program is an opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors throughout Martin County to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Students must apply, and a maximum of 40 are selected to participate in this comprehensive eight month program that is modeled after LEADERship Martin County. Upon completion, these young Leaders have learned about their community including history, government, business, arts and culture, criminal justice and the environment. Class members are given a rare opportunity to reach their highest leadership potential through sessions focusing on Covey’s Effective Habits and other leadership enhancing activities. Every effort is made to select a racially, gender diverse class representing various levels of leadership experience.

Congratulations to the following students for their acceptance into this program:

Annabella Adams, JP Holloran
Gretchen Howe, Zoe Jendrusiak
Courtney Jones, Christina Josie
Savannah Kautz, Aiden Levy
Alli Berger, Vaughn Berhoff
Gabby Camacho, Kylie Crumpler
Skylar Crumpler, Goldie Davilmar
Alex Dill, Jack Elliott
Grace Fenedick, Dalton French
Graham Garner, Zoe Gozdz
Gerard Grate, Nick McAfee
Bella Marcucc, Melody McAfee
Nick McAfee, Riley McGuire
Grady McGuire, Anna Oppenheiser
Ameera Meehan, Hannah Molinia
Lilly Parr, Kate Parr
Emma Peck, Will Perry
Willow Rudge, Aydan Schwerdtfeger
Tanjila Shawkat, Kaylie Strom
Ross White, Elizabeth Wire
Kate Zoetmulder

For more information about Martin Youth LEADERship, and how you too, might become a sponsor, donor, event coordinator or advisory board member, please see the group web site at: http://www.leadershipmcalumni.com/youth_leadership.asp, or contact Jeanne Dunn at MartinYouthLeadership@gmail.com or at (772) 486-4695.

Want a Career in Culinary, Hospitality or Tourism? Learn more at IRSC Open House Events in Vero Beach

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Photographed on Monday, October 4, 2021, at the Mueller Campus in Vero Beach.

Vero Beach - Indian River State College has scheduled three Open Houses to connect career-seekers with its Culinary Management and Hospitality and Tourism Management programs. Events take place on October 20, 2022, March 9, 2023, and April 22, 2023, at the College’s Mueller Campus at 6155 College Lane in Vero Beach.

The October 20 and March 9 events will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in Room C-105 at the Richardson Center, coinciding with Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR). The April 22 Open House takes place from 9 to 11 a.m., also in Room C-105 at the Richardson Center.

The events are geared toward prospective students, veterans, and members of the public who may be interested in exploring a career in the number one industry in the Sunshine State. Participants can take a guided tour of the Richardson Center and its culinary kitchen. Faculty from the culinary and hospitality programs will be on hand to answer questions.
At the Open Houses, prospective students will learn about IRSC’s Associate of Science Degree programs in Culinary Management and Hospitality and Tourism Management, technical certifications, and the “earn while you learn” Culinary Apprenticeship program.

Employers interested in IRSC’s culinary and hospitality education programs may also attend one of the Open House events.

To register for any of these free Open House events, go to http://irsc.edu/event-sign-up.

IRSC has one of the most affordable culinary and hospitality programs in Florida. Students who complete the Culinary Management program will possess the skills required to work in various foodservice careers. From planning a menu to pricing meals, coordinating staff, and ensuring food quality and safety, students learn classical cuisine, international and regional foods, baking and pastries, catering, and banquet management, among other vital skills. Learn more here: https://irsc.edu/programs/culinary-management.html.

The IRSC Hospitality and Tourism Management program provides the training necessary for a successful career in industries such as tourism, lodging operations, public housing management, hotel food service, event planning, catering, theme parks, and more. Learn more here: https://irsc.edu/programs/hospitality-and-tourism.html.

For more information about the Open Houses, contact Suzanne Bagnera at 772-226-2528 or hospitality@irsc.edu or Deb Midkiff at 772-226-2698 or culinary@irsc.edu.

IRSC Graduates 12 from First Okeechobee Corrections Officer Training Academy

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Okeechobe - Nine men and three women graduated in September from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s (FDLE) Corrections Basic Recruit Training Academy—the first time the program has been offered at the Indian River State College (IRSC) Dixon Hendry Campus in Okeechobee. All 12 have already been hired by sheriff’s offices on the Treasure Coast.

The Academy is offered as a partnership between the IRSC Criminal Justice Institute and the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO). Eight of the participants were recruited through OSCO’s Law Enforcement Apprentice Program (LEAP), which gathers interested high school seniors and sponsors them for training at the Academy immediately after they graduate from high school.

Eight of the Academy graduates had already been hired by the Okeechobee Sheriff’s Office, one was hired by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, and the other three have been hired by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.

“Offering this program here in Okeechobee has allowed us to enhance our partnership with the Okeechobee County Sheriff and his team,” said Russ Brown, Campus President of the IRSC Dixon Hendry Campus. “We know this program provides a great start to career opportunities in corrections and law enforcement. I am very proud of these students who have worked hard, stayed committed, and displayed mental toughness and good character as they achieved this goal.”

The Corrections Basic Recruit Training Academy is offered through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and consists of 420 hours of intensive training. IRSC’s Criminal Justice Institute provides 24 additional hours of review for the State Officer Certification Exam (SOCE), for a total of 444 hours. The recruit then must pass the FDLE SOCE to become eligible for hire by an agency as a Certified Corrections Officer.

YOU Can Help Select the Next Martin County Teacher of the Year

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In Photo: 2022-23 Teacher of the Year candidates

Photo by: Education Foundation of Martin County / Article by: Jackie Holfelder

Martin County Teacher of the Year: the election that everyone looks forward to with a smile!

The Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) has announced the honorees for the 2022-23 school year.

2022-2023 Candidates
• Dorothy Hyland - Bessey Creek Elementary School
• Natalie Martin - Citrus Grove Elementary School
• Alexandria Gribble - Clark Advanced Learning Center
• Rebekah Synakowski - Crystal Lake Elementary School
• Carol-Lee Holland - Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School
• Carissa Berkely - Felix A. Williams Elementary School
• Danielle Buddin - Hidden Oaks Middle School
• Alayna Woolley - Hobe Sound Elementary School
• Jodi Cooper - Hope Center for Autism
• Olga Leonard - Indiantown Middle School
• Jessica Addorisio - J.D. Parker School of Science, Math & Technology
• Morgan Foohs - Jensen Beach Elementary School
• Michelle Hance - Jensen Beach High School
• Richard LoSardo - Martin County High School
• Paul Chasse - Murray Middle School
• Todd Belowch - Palm City Elementary School
• Michelle Heath - Pinewood Elementary School
• Rachel Reinhardt - Port Salerno Elementary School
• Jennifer Goodman - Riverbend Academy
• Tammie Meder - SeaWind Elementary School
• Christina Steger - South Fork High School
• Monica Pool - Stuart Middle School
• Patricia Rielly - Treasure Coast Classical Academy
• Heather Hoffman ¬- Warfield Elementary School
One teacher from each school is nominated by his or her colleagues and must submit a comprehensive written portfolio and participate in an intensive interview process.
Here’s where you come in: members of the community also vote, sharing how a favorite teacher has made a difference to their students and the community.

Voting is now open. Visit www.educationfoundationmc.org to place yours and share your heartwarming story.

On Friday, November 4, three of the 24 nominees from elementary, middle, and high school levels will be recognized at the Education Foundation of Martin County Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration presented by Audi Stuart, Infiniti Stuart and Alfa Romeo Stuart. This festive and fun-filled event takes place at MIDFLORIDA Event Center in Port St. Lucie. There will be one winner in each category. Category sponsors include Keiser University and MIDFLORIDA Credit Union.

The overall Martin County Teacher of the Year will be selected from this trio and go on to represent Martin County in the Florida Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year competition.

During the event, one school will receive the Spirit Award, presented by Treasure Coast Urgent Care, for outstanding interpretation of theme and display of positive energy and camaraderie.

For sponsorship information, contact Lisa Rhodes, Executive Director, EFMC at (772) 600-8062 or LRhodes@EducationFoundationMC.org.

The Education Foundation of Martin County (EFMC) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), community investment organization comprised of business leaders, community volunteers, and school officials with the common goal of enriching and enhancing the quality of education for students and educators in Martin County's public schools. For more information, visit www.educationfoundationmc.org.

IRSC, Local Experts Provide Training to Investigate Unexplained Infant Deaths College Partners with State Attorney’s Office and Child Abuse Death Review Committee

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Fort Pierce - Indian River State College is partnering with experts from the State Attorney’s Office for the 19th Judicial Circuit and the Child Abuse Death Review Committee to train first responders in investigating unexplained infant deaths. The Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID) Investigations Training course will take place on Thursday, October 6, and Friday, October 7, at IRSC’s Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex in Fort Pierce.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 3,400 babies in the United States die suddenly and unexpectedly each year. Many of these deaths are attributed to accidental suffocation in a sleeping environment—sometimes called Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). But the specific causes of these deaths can be more complex and varied, so investigators have come up with the broader term Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) to describe any sudden and unexpected death of a baby less than one year old.

Connie Shingledecker, a retired major with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, will provide the training at IRSC. Topics will include infant death scene investigation, witness interview techniques, the art of doll reenactments, and comprehensive narrative report writing skills. This training will give investigators the necessary knowledge and skills to complete Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Reporting Forms (SUIDIRF). It incorporates Guidelines for the Scene Investigator, endorsed by the National Sheriff’s Association, the National Association of Medical Examiners, the International Coroners and Medical Examiners Association and the American Board of Medico-legal Death Investigators.

“No parent should have to bury their child, and during what I consider the most unfortunate and difficult cases to investigate, it is paramount that IRSC partners with the State Attorney’s Office and the Child Abuse Death Review Committee,” said Dr. Raimundo J. Socorro, Dean of Public Service Education at IRSC.

For more information about the training program, contact Dr. Socorro at rsocorro@irsc.edu.
Media interested in covering the second day of training, which involves doll reenactments, should contact Jon Pine at jpine@irsc.edu.

Clark Advanced Learning Center Senior is National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

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Stuart - Benjamin Wetterer, a senior at the Clark Advanced Learning Center, a Grade A public charter school organized in 2004 as a partnership between Indian River State College (IRSC) and the Martin County School District, has been named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships. The program announced the names of more than 16,000 semifinalists, who are vying for 7,250 scholarships worth a total of nearly $28 million. About 95% of semifinalists are expected to attain the finalist level of the competition, and approximately half will win National Merit Scholarships.

This year’s competition began in October 2021, when more than 1.5 million juniors in approximately 21,000 high schools took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude (PSAT) National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). The highest scoring participants in each state—representing less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors—were named semifinalists. Finalists will be announced in the spring of 2023.

Only five other students in Martin County are semifinalists.

Wetterer, who possesses a 4.0 Grade Point Average, and is an IRSC Dual Enrollment student, will earn an Associate in Arts Degree from the College this May, along with his Clark high school diploma After graduation, he plans to further his education in pursuit of a degree in a field that enables him to combine his love of art and his passion for science, he said.

Jensen Beach Elementary go to Environmental Studies Center

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Jensen Beach - Students from Jensen Beach Elementary love their Environmental Studies Center field trips! They are learning all kinds of amazing things in science.

Students learn about the importance of the habitats of the IRL including seagrass beds, mangroves, barrier islands, spoil islands and open water habitats. They learn how the IRL ecosystem is affected by salinity fluctuations, freshwater discharges, stormwater inputs, and ocean inlets.

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Jensen Beach Elementary Celebrate Students with PBIS

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Jensen Beach - Jensen Beach Elementary celebrates their students with a Positive Behavior Intervention System at the school. They reinforce their students and reward them for demonstrating positive behaviors and good character. Principal Jennifer Radcliff started this program for the school and has been trying to turn negative behaviors to positive ones. Hats off to her for being so positive and happy!

Two local businesses, The Scoop and Kilwins in the area donate free ice cream cards to show their support to the students. Parents love this program and so do all the students who are recognized. Just one more way that the school support our students in Martin County.

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Jeanine Nestor Named Senior Director of Development at IRSC Pruitt Campus

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Port St. Lucie - Jeanine Nestor has been named Senior Director of Development for Indian River State College (IRSC). Located at IRSC’s Pruitt Campus in Port St. Lucie, Nestor will supervise the planning and implementation of the Foundation’s philanthropic programs, campaigns, and other fund-raising activities for the Pruitt Campus, as well as for IRSC’s campuses in Martin and Okeechobee counties.

Nestor will further IRSC’s goal of providing tuition grants and scholarships to thousands of students on the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee as she works alongside other IRSC development directors. Thanks in large part to generous donor philanthropy, 91% of IRSC graduates leave the College to begin their careers or continue their academic careers, free of student loan debt.

In December, IRSC announced that it will double the size of its Nursing program and move its School of Nursing to expanded facilities at the Pruitt Campus by Spring 2023. Nestor was selected to represent the IRSC Institutional Advancement Division at the Pruitt Campus because of her extensive background in nursing, said Michael Hageloh, Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at IRSC.

“Jeanine will lead our healthcare workforce expansion,” Hageloh said. “In addition to serving for many years as a Registered Nurse, she executed business development for a national medical equipment concern and served as an entrepreneur in the home health arena. We look forward to her business acumen in leading our resource development across all IRSC health science programs.”

Nestor earned Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing and accounting at New York University. In addition to her years as a practicing R.N., she possesses more than 20 years of experience in medical sales and has a track record of exceeding quotas, earning a membership in the President’s Club and earning Representative of the year, Hageloh added. From 2018 to 2021, she owned and operated Amada Senior Care of Vero Beach, a licensed Florida Home Care Agency.

Nestor also served as an executive member of the Answer to Cancer fundraising committee at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Foundation, raising thousands of dollars for the Scully Welsh Cancer Center, and serves on the board of directors for Grand Harbor Audubon Society.

“Indian River State College is fortunate to bring Jeanine Nestor onto the team as a development officer during an ambitious expansion of allied health and nursing programs,” said Andy Treadwell, IRSC Pruitt Campus President. “Her background as an R.N., experience in the private sector, and local philanthropic efforts will be invaluable as the College seeks to support major endeavors moving forward.”

For more information about IRSC’s Nursing Program at the Pruitt Campus, visit: https://irsc.edu/programs/nursing-as-degree.html

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In Photo: Jeanine Nestor and IRSC Pruitt Campus President Andy Treadwell

Gifted Teacher Shares Top Three Strategies for Excellent Essays

22 Sept Gifted Teacher

Article by: Whitney Withrow
Essay-writing phobia is a thing. Maybe it’s because curating ideas backed by evidence can be a challenging task, or perhaps it’s because of the strict time limits and deadlines that come with classroom assignments and testing schedules. Generating material becomes even more difficult when you are given a topic you are not interested in.

Many variables can lead to writer’s block, but one thing is for sure: writing is a critical part of communication, and we can’t ignore it.

We decided to talk to one of Northport’s best writing teachers on campus, Kristin Hughes, who draws on a decade of teaching experience. She shared her thoughts on how to craft an incredible essay and here are three sure ways to help your student get words on paper when all else fails:

Start and end with a zinger!

Always bring the reader in with something exciting. Onomatopoeia, alliteration, and questions are just a few ways to hook them into continuing to read. Ending your essay with something interesting keeps your reader thinking about your writing, which is exactly what you want in most cases.

Plan, plan, plan.

“Failing to plan is a plan to fail” isn’t just a saying. Without a plan, you may be deep into your essay but become worn out and hit writer’s block. Or just as bad, you could veer way off topic and have to backtrack. Having a plan before you begin writing can help remind you of the amazing ideas you wanted to portray in your essay.

Stay true to yourself.

A superb essay requires you to use your voice. Even if your prompt is about something not very interesting, you can (and should) add your own unique tone and perspective to it. This simple method can change how the reader sees that subject.

Your words have power – use them wisely!

Kristin Hughes has been teaching at Northport K-8 for nine years. She is currently serving the gifted students of fifth grade and continues to bring valuable knowledge and experience to the table.

“Teaching has always been such an integral part of who I am,” said Hughes. “I love getting to work with students and helping them see the incredible potential that they all possess to make a significant impact on our world.“

Her favorite subject to teach is writing because of its ability to offer a creative outlet in the classroom that cannot always be achieved through other subjects. However, her passion for writing extends far beyond bringing a pencil to paper. Navigating the way students think and feel about topics helps her build student-teacher relationships that last a lifetime.

“I get to learn who students are through their writing,” said Hughes. “Words have the power to bring life, joy, pain and so much more. We must learn how to write to share the amazing ideas that lie within us. Through writing, we ensure that our voices live on and will never be silenced.”

Testing Coordinator Shines Light on New FAST Assessments

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Article by: Whitney Witherow
As school assessments roll out across campus, Northport K-8 is taking measures to help parents understand the new testing program, Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST).

FAST Assessments replaced the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), which was the previous standardized state assessment used in Florida. FAST assessments include VPK through grade 10 English Language Arts and VPK through grade 8 Mathematics.

A few notable differences between the FSA and FAST include the time it takes to test, the number of times we test per year and the way questions are presented to students.

The new assessment comes with many improved features that are designed to help teachers drive instruction and better understand starting points, progress made throughout the year and the gains students make by the end of the year as it relates to the current state standards.

“The assessments are quite different in nature. The FSA was a “one-size fits all”, summative assessment administered once a year, after one full academic year of learning in a particular subject. Students were provided with the same question and question choices, despite individual capabilities,” said Deanna Guzman, school testing coordinator.

“FAST is designed as a series of computer-adaptive, progress monitoring screenings, three times a school year providing touchpoints where teachers use real-time data to strategically offer their students’ academic support and/or challenge, based on their individual needs,” Guzman added.

The test is adaptive.

Computer Adaptive Tests (CAT) basically means the test is driven by real-time student responses to work to identify student ability.

“In general, if a student gets an answer correct on a computer adaptive test, the next question may challenge the student; however, if a student answers incorrectly, the next question may be somewhat easier,” said Guzman. “It will adapt and provide data to identify the students’ academic understanding. In this case, aligned with the standards.”

This test is similar to the iReady platform students at Northport already use, which has long provided teachers and families with real-time standard-based data along with academic resources to support individual, small-group, and whole class instruction. Northport will continue to utilize the iReady platform so students can view their academic track after each diagnostic to help them build towards proficiency on their own individual path.

It’s more than just a test. It monitors progress, too!

The FAST test will be given 3 times per year per subject matter. The first two tests per subject are solely for progress monitoring and to help teachers drive instruction to support individual student learning towards mastery of the state standards, and the final FAST test will be summative.

“Progress monitoring is important because our students need checkpoints to evaluate and re-evaluate their growth and needs,” said Guzman. “Our students are constantly growing and their needs change as they progress throughout the year. Progress Monitoring provides an opportunity for our students, their families, and the school community to assess “what’s next” and “how do we get there together”? It drives a conversation built on data and support to help our students attain their highest potential.”

Results will be available sooner.

Since the intent is to use scores to meet students where they are to help them advance, the wait time is much less than the FSA.

“Since FAST is administered online, results and data are available much quicker to both the schools and families, as opposed to the FSA,” said Guzman. “This provides both an opportunity for families and schools to immediately hone in on skills students need to be successful in their development throughout the year, from the beginning.”

Parents will be able to view their scores on Skyward as soon as they become available.

Although exact dates have not been scheduled for the district, Northport anticipates testing within these timeframes:

Progress Monitoring 1: August 22, 2022-September 21, 2022
Progress Monitoring 2: December 5, 2022-January 27, 2023
Progress Monitoring 3: May 1, 2023-June 2, 2023
Third through fifth grade on our campus will be testing on Wednesday, August 31

Since FAST assessments are not like a final exam when compared to the FSA, students will be exposed to the process multiple times throughout the year, which could reduce stress and anxiety that comes with testing.

Northport fully believes in our students’ abilities to succeed on any test, and it is important they receive positive reinforcement in and outside of the classroom.

“I believe the best approach to testing is building student confidence and knowing every student can learn,” said Guzman. “There are many layers to this, but most importantly working alongside your child’s teachers as a team to support your child’s academic and emotional growth is the best way to help them prepare.”

Weatherbee Elementary Embraces the Power of Yet

22 Sept Weatherbee

Article by: Felicia Diaz
The Weatherbee administrative team read a school-wide read-aloud of the book The Magical Yet to launch the school theme of growth mindset. Students were able to follow along with their very own

copy! Classes were also able to take pictures in front of a beautiful sign donated by Card My Yard of St. Lucie.

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Dr. Joseph Share Named Assistant Principal at Clark Advanced Learning Center 


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Article contributed by: Jon Pine | Writer & Editorial Assistant | Marketing Media & Brand IRSC
Stuart - Dr. Joseph Share has been named Assistant Principal at Clark Advanced Learning Center, a Grade A public charter school organized in 2004 as a partnership between Indian River State College and the Martin County School District.

Dr. Share is a veteran educator on the Treasure Coast, having worked with area students for more than 20 years. He served for the past two years as Assistant Principal at a K-8 school in St. Lucie County, and prior to that taught students with varying exceptionalities. He is a proud graduate of Indian River State College, having earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Exceptional Student Education in 2016. He earned a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education.

“We are elated to have Dr. Share join the Clark team and exude his immense commitment to the school’s mission of equipping and empowering students for success,” said Debra Kohuth, Indian River State College Dean of Charter Schools. “Dr. Share brings with him not only great experience and expertise from past K-12 roles spanning more than 20 years, he also has a sincere focus on relationship building, data analysis, and action planning.”

“I am thrilled to have Dr. Share join the Clark team,” said Dr. Leslie Judd, Executive Director and Principal of Clark Advanced Learning Center. “He brings many years of experience working with students and a unique ability to form connections with students, parents and coworkers.”

Dr. Share said he believes in making an extra effort to better the lives of all students with whom he comes into contact. And that strategy always pays off for both the student and the school. “It’s amazing here. The staff really do take a student-centered approach to education,” Dr. Share said. “I couldn’t be happier.”
Having the school located directly on the Indian River State College Chastain Campus is a huge plus for serious students who are interested earning tuition-free college credits through dual enrollment at IRSC, Dr. Share added. In fact, 55% of 2022 Clark graduates also earned Associate degrees.
Clark students begin their high school educations at a Martin County public high school to complete ninth grade, or transfer from private schools, virtual school, or a home school education. Then, qualified students may transfer to Clark for 10th through 12th grades. They are free to participate in sports or other extracurricular activities at one of the district high schools.
Located on the Chastain Campus of Indian River State College in Martin County, Clark Advanced Learning Center earned an “A” rating for the 14th year in a row in 2022 from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE). Clark earned 76% of available points placing it in the top 20 of nearly 500 high schools in Florida, according to U.S. News and World Report.
For more information, visit www.clarkadvancedlearningcenter.org or call 772-419-5750.

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Twin Sisters Receive Dental Hygiene Scholarships to IRSC 

In Photo: Gabrielle Ebert, left, and her twin sister, Danielle, with Mary Pelletier, center, Associate Professor of Health Science.

Article contributed by: Jon Pine | Writer & Editorial Assistant | Marketing Media & Brand IRSC

Fort Pierce - It’s exciting when a family member becomes the first to attend college, but it’s doubly exciting for twins Danielle and Gabrielle Ebert. Not only did they both complete the Dental Assisting program at Indian River State College, they recently were granted scholarships to continue on and complete the Dental Hygiene program at IRSC.

The sisters, of Port St. Luce, each received a $1,000 Dental Hygiene Scholarship from Heartland Dental, a dental industry support organization serving more than 1,600 offices in 38 states. They will use the scholarships to complete the Dental Hygiene Associate in Science program at IRSC, graduating in 2023. The awards will help offset tuition, fees, or book purchases.

“Because of your passion for patient advocacy and your dedication to the work in the hygiene field, you have proven to be students that Heartland Dental wants to recognize and encourage to continue your educational effort,” writes Conner Backus of Heartland Dental Campus Recruiting.

Scholarship recipients are encouraged to participate in the voluntary externship program at Heartland Dental where they shadow other hygienists and team members in a local Heartland Dental office, Backus said.

“We want to thank Heartland Dental for choosing us to be recipients of this scholarship,” Danielle and Gabrielle Ebert said in a joint statement. “Without the help and generosity of those awarding these scholarships, we would not be where we are today.”

“Danielle and Gabrielle demonstrate passion for patient advocacy, clinic excellence, and are dedicated to the dental hygiene field,” shares Dr. Ann Hubbard, IRSC Dean of Health Science. “We are proud of both of them and we are grateful to Heartland Dental and their commitment to supporting our students who are training for rewarding careers in dental healthcare.”
About Indian River State College:
A leader in education and innovation, Indian River State College transforms lives by offering high-quality, affordable and accessible education to the residents of Florida’s Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie counties through traditional and online delivery. IRSC is recipient of the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. The College serves nearly 22,000 students annually and offers more than 100 programs leading to Bachelor’s degrees, Associate degrees, technical certificates and applied technology diplomas. Learn more at www.irsc.edu/.
About Heartland Dental:

From humble beginnings in Illinois to a network of supported offices across 38 states, Heartland Dental has grown out of a commitment to dental excellence to become the nation’s largest Dental Support Organization with more than 1,600 supported offices. Learn more at www.heartland.com/

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Bessey Creek Elementary School Recognized by Florida's Problem Solving/Response Intervention Project

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Palm City - Bessey Creek Elementary School has been recognized by Florida's Problem Solving/Response to Intervention Project for its commitment to excellence in implementing a school-wide multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) framework during the 2021-2022 school year. MTSS is a set of strategies designed to help schools identify struggling students early and intervene quickly, supporting academic growth, behavior, life skills and attendance. By establishing this framework, Bessey Creek Elementary School has demonstrated a commitment to making beneficial changes to its learning environment, acknowledging and celebrating appropriate student behavior and using data to identify needed support for students. Learn more about Florida's Problem Solving/Response to Intervention (PS/RtI) Project here: https://floridarti.usf.edu/about/projectinformation.html

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Directed Drawing at Fort Pierce Westwood Academy

22 Aug Ft Pierce Westwood

Article by: Rebecca Benton
Students in Ms. Hoots’ Drawing 1 class teamed up to learn about composition in visual art. In this exercise, one student is the artist and works with their eyes closed while their partner uses descriptive language to describe the composition. The more specific the instructions, the more successful the blind artist is. Lots of laughs ensued!

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Synergizing at Westwood

22 Aug Westwood

Article by: Rebecca Benton
Students in Mr. Harrigan’s class synergized during a team-building STEAM activity. Students were challenged to build a tower strong enough to hold a marshmallow but were only given spaghetti,

tape, and string. Students enjoyed getting to know their classmates as they worked together as a team!

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Making HER-story

22 Aug Top 63

Article by: Lauren Peczko

2022 SLW Centennial graduate Olivia Kaes was honored Saturday by ESPN106.3 at Keiser University as part of their annual Top63 event. This was the first ever year in which they honored flag football players as part of their special night highlighting athletes from Boca Raton to Vero Beach. Olivia, who is Centennial’s all-time leader in attempts, completions, passing yardage, and passing TDs, was recognized as the #8 overall player in the region.

Under her play as a four-year varsity starter at QB, SLWCHS had posted record-breaking seasons year over year in regard to wins and accomplishments. Her Freshman season was a district runner-up title, Sophomore year was cut short by Covid but posted a 3-1 start, Junior year the program captured its first ever district title and appeared in the regional playoffs, and Senior year was another 10 win season and back to back regional playoff appearance. Olivia held offers from nearly every NAIA and NJCAA program with flag football as an offering but will attend IRSC in the Fall.

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Creative in Psychology at Westwood

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Article by: Rebecca Benton
Students in Mrs. Watson’s psychology class were asked to research and make a visual summery poster of one of six psychological approaches and career paths. Students collaborated as they got creative with their research!


SLW Centennial’s Criminal Justice Student Completes Judicial Internship with Judge Maynard

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Article by: Leinitia Robison
St. Lucie West Centennial’s Criminal Justice/Law Academy student, Vincent Chin, was selected from all the local high schools to intern with U.S. Magistrate Judge Shaniek Maynard. Vincent and Judge Maynard worked together from July 5 until August 5, and was an official member of Judge Maynard’s Chamber Staff. This prestigious internship was based on teacher recommendations and afforded Vincent the chance to earn community service hours during his time as an intern.

The highlights of the summer internship included observing Criminal Duty Court in person at the Fort Pierce Federal Courthouse, portions of Criminal and Civil Trials in person at the Fort Pierce Federal Courthouse, a sentencing in a criminal case in person at the Fort Pierce Federal Courthouse, and observing via Zoom various types of civil hearings, including resolution of parties’ discovery disputes and hearing oral argument on motions for summary judgement. Judge Maynard also afforded Vincent chance to participate via Zoom in various training events organized by the Southern District of Florida for judicial interns, prepare and present an overview of new Supreme Court cases to Chambers’ staff, prepare a chambers’ directory of all law clerks and judicial interns who have worked for Judge Maynard. Vincent also assisted with organizing the legal library and conference room within Chambers, and with organizing parties’ briefings for the Judge’s review in preparation for resolving motions for summary judgement in social security cases.

Judge Maynard hopes to provide an internship opportunity for one high school student each summer.

Tykes & Teens Back-to-School Video Series

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Free series provides tips, tool and resources
to help parents and students build resilient return to school
To prepare parents and students for a mentally resilient return to school this fall, Tykes & Teens is once again sharing its free “Mental Health Matters” back-to-school video series. Each segment features leading mental health experts, educators and students discussing practical tips, tools and resources on a variety of topics, including anxiety, depression, creating routines for stability, and more.

“We are excited to once again share this back-to-school series which remains just as important and relevant today as we continue facing the devastating impact the pandemic is having on the mental health of our youth,” said Tykes & Teens Director of Prevention Services Dorothy Oppenheiser. “Our goal is to provide prevention services that give students and parents tools and resources to support them in navigating these continuing challenging times so they emerge with resilience.”

“Mental Health Matters” Back-to-School Video Series:

“Feeling Anxious? You're Not Alone”
Overwhelmed, stressed and worried about going back to in-person school and activities? How to best prepare, anxiety signs for parents and students to look for, and how to move forward with resiliency.
• Dr. Alethia DuPont, Psy. D. – Tykes & Teens Director of Outpatient Services
• Plus a teen perspective
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“Depressed or Just Down?”
How do you support a student who is experiencing depression? How do you know if you're depressed or just down? How do you know when to reach out for professional help? Signs to look for and tools to create a resilient return.
• Tamie Gilarski, LCSW, RPT-S – Tykes & Teens School Based Program Coordinator, Psychotherapist, Play Therapist Supervisor and Clinical Supervisor
Watch at https://bit.ly/DepressedOrDown

“Creating Routines for Stability”
How to develop routines that create stability and resiliency as you return to in-person school and activities. Tips to creating a path toward preparing to return to school.
• Andrea Greenlee, LCSW – Tykes & Teens Director of School Based Services and Psychotherapist
• Monique Coleman, MS – Tykes & Teens Prevention Coordinator
• Hannah Greenlee – A “Changing Vibes, Changing Lives” Student Perspective
Watch at https://bit.ly/CreatingRoutinesForStability

“Practical Steps for Students”
Following more than a year of crisis and uncertainty, we'll provide practical steps from an educator's perspective on how students can overcome the stress and anxiety of returning to in-person school.
• Dorothy Oppenheiser – Tykes & Teens Director of Prevention Services
• Monique Coleman, MS – Tykes & Teens Prevention Coordinator
• Anthony Ferro – Jensen Beach High School Teacher
Watch at https://bit.ly/PracticalStepsForStudents

“Enhancing Young Children and Family Resilience”
Tools for childcare staff and parents to support children ages 0 to 5 through day-to-day transitions and as start or return to school. Tykes & Teens is the sole provider of Infant Mental Health Services and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation on the Treasure Coast.
• Laura Girlando, LMHC – Tykes & Teens Director of Infant Mental Health
• Elizabeth Appleton, IMH-E® – Tykes & Teens Director of Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
Watch at https://bit.ly/EnhancingYoungChildrenResilience

Additional resources are available at https://www.tykesandteens.org/mental health-matters-series/.

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For more information on Tykes & Teens’ children’s mental health programs and services, visit www.tykesandteens.org or call 772-220-3439.

To learn more about how you can support children’s mental health in our community, visit www.tykesandteens.org/give-help/.

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