Probably one of the most popular phrases that a group of seventeen French Club students and three teacher chaperones from Fort Pierce Central High School encountered on their recent trip to Paris, France was “Parlez vous francais” which means in English, "Do you speak French?" which was either responded back by the students (depending on how they had prepared themselves before the trip) with either "no" or "oui oui”, the positive response of yes in the French language (known as the language of love).
A variety of cuisines were sampled that tantalized palettes of the St. Lucie County School District’s entourage by dining at various restaurants that ranged from traditional French fare to the food of the French Caribbean, West Africa, and others. The trip included stops at the Louvre and Orsay Museums to admire Leonardo DaVinci’s famous “Mona Lisa” and the works of Vincent Van Gogh. Visits to famous landmarks included the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Champs Elysées, the Versailles Palace, the Arc of Triumph and the Moulin Rouge. Climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower was definitely the ‘high point’ for the students. On the return trip, the group encountered a few delays due to flight cancellations. However, this gave the group a chance to enjoy stops in London and New York before making it back home with even more memories to share with family, friends, and classmates.
More and more opportunities (despite some recent tragedies) should be made available for our students in order to develop an appreciation for other countries’ citizens and their cultures (including their preferred faiths), governments and environments in order for us to be united under the one banner of mother earth. We must train all of our children worldwide to embrace peace, love, joy and all of the fruits of the spirit so that there will be no lack for those that join us as brothers and sisters for world peace now and in the future. In Florida, the Department of Education promotes and encourage these opportunities and experiences.
(Photo: Fort Pierce Central High School Students in Paris, France 2014)
(See also list below re St. Lucie & Martin County schools)
REF: Lucie Links Newsletter (SLCSD) April 2014
Enlarging our intents
Todd Smith, Principal
Fort Pierce Central is an educational community in which students, teachers, staff, and parents strive for excellence. The pursuit of excellence is clearly evident on a daily basis as our instructional leaders present dynamic lessons in a highly structured learning environment. Our teachers’ dedication and professionalism facilitates the acquisition of skills necessary for our students to be successful and demonstrate independence. Although academic achievement is our primary goal, we also are a center of “Cobra Pride” Cobra Pride is characterized by an intense desire to work collectively toward a common goal. This is extremely apparent in all settings as our students demonstrate a sense of self-respect and composure which is unparalleled in our county. Our student athletes, extracurricular clubs, and academic foundations routinely excel in local and state competitions. In every avenue, they unmistakably showcase their Cobra Pride as true ambassadors of Fort Pierce Central.
Celebration of Volunteer Champions and Business Partners in Martin County Schools
Please see the photo on the left (Photographer: Jeremy Davis of Stuart, FL) of “Martin County School District’s Celebration of Volunteer Champions and Business Partners” which was held April 23, 2014 at Stuart Middle School hosted by Debbie Banta, Community Involvement Liaison with comments by Laurie J. Gaylord, Martin County’s School Superintendent who thanked the crowd of approximately 200 for coming out to show support in recognition of those that go beyond the call of duty, and beyond the work of a job or career of which one receives compensation (“The more we help others, the more we help ourselves”). Volunteers are the real heroes of our American family (that’s why in America, our military families’ needs will always be looked after first). We must all remember to be a blessing even as we are blessed.
Martin County's Outstanding Volunteers
Down South of St. Lucie County School District in Martin County School District (both on the Treasure Coast of Florida), presentation awards for volunteer and business partnerships to local schools went to those outstanding in the district:
Parent Involvement Recognition
Hobe Sound Elementary: The “3-C’s” Program
South Fork High School: SFHS/United Way Community Spectacular
Outstanding District Volunteers
Youth: Alison Kirkland, Stuart Middle School
Adult: Jill Richardson, Jensen Beach Elementary
Senior: Linda Brandt, Stuart Middle School
(Note: All volunteers at all schools in the district were acknowledged by certificates and applauds)
Outstanding Business Partners
Jersey Mike’s of Stuart, Lisa Simms Foundation, RCP Shelters, Dr.Jeffrey Gorodetsky, MD, Inwater Research group, Moss Towing & Transportation, Rines Market, Dr. Cheryl Jordan, Private Physicians, PLC, Gary Welkner, Horace Mann Agency, Stevie B’s Restaurant, Chick-fil-A of Stuart, Dr. Scott Martin DVM, Animal Health Clinic, Ocean Media Solutions
All Jensen Beach High School Trendsetter Literacy Volunteers