St. Lucie County social studies teachers honored at state conference



An open house begins at 8:15 a.m. Friday. To attend, RSVP to Pam Tripp at 561-209-2474 or


Fundraising events coming up: Shop at Lilly Pulitzer at The Gardens Mall, 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 percent of the total sales will benefit Allamanda’s Health and Wellness Program. Also Thursday, dine to donate at BRIO Tuscan Grille. Mention Allamanda and 10 percent of sales will come back to the school. Call the school at 561-803-7200 for more information.

The school is celebrating the holiday season 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday with gingerbread houses, hot chocolate, pizza and photos with Santa. Call the school for more information.

Families are invited to enjoy the sounds of the season at a performance at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 20 in the cafeteria. Chorus and students in instrumental labs will be performing. Call the school for more information.


The GladesFest teacher job fair takes place 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Glades Region Office, 2625 NW 16th St., Belle Glade. At least a dozen positions are vacant and ready to be filled at one of the 12 schools in the Glades area. Teachers hired in the Glades earn an annual supplement of $3,750, have the opportunity to obtain additional jobs to supplement income, gain professional development and earn leadership and career advancement. For more information, email

The Superintendent Holiday Greeting Card contest winners have been chosen. Students were challenged to depict the winter season in a unique geography like Florida. The high school winner was Antonio Ruiz from Lake Worth High. Isabella Lobo of Christa McAuliffe Middle School, won in the grade six through eight category. Julia M. Corro from Pine Jog Elementary won the elementary school category. At Wednesday’s School Board meeting, the students and their teachers will be recognized with a printed version of their greeting cards.

Friday is the deadline for entries for the eighth annual Alcohol Prevention Poster and Video Contest. Contest rules and entry form are available at



The school, 11580 SE Gomez Ave., Hobe Sound, is a drop-off location for Toys for Tots Holiday/White Doves Project. New, unwrapped toys can be taken to the school between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 15. Toys for youngsters up to age 15 will be distributed in the Martin County area.


Sharon Ortiz, founding member and the first president of the Treasure Coast Council of the Social Studies, was recognized with the J. R. Skretting Social Science Professional Award for her work in expanding the membership and representing the goals of the organization. The award was presented at the Florida Council for Social Studies Conference.


At the 60th annual Florida Council for Social Studies Conference in Palm Harbor, Nikki Gomez of Rivers Edge Elementary, Lauren Kappler of Westgate K-8 and Lea Ann McCaffrey of St. Lucie West Centennial High were honored with Teacher of the Year awards.

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