Grad Rate Spikes

Grad Rate Spikes

Graduation Rates released by the Florida DOE show a historic and unprecedented measure of success for St. Lucie Public Schools.

The District is ranked fifth overall in Florida and is the highest ranking district on the Treasure Coast with an overall graduation rate of 90.1 percent.

All comprehensive high schools made significant gains and far-exceed state averages.

Congratulations to students on their success and to the dedicated team of teachers and administrators!

Lincoln Park Academy, 99.6

Treasure Coast High School, 97.3

Fort Pierce Central High School, 95.5

St. Lucie West Centennial High School, 93.2

Fort Pierce Westwood High School, 89.8

Port St. Lucie High School, 89.8

 

Professional Educators and Continuing Education

Professional Educators and Continuing Education

St. Lucie Public Schools obtained a Math/Science Partnership (MSP) grant focused on increasing science content knowledge. This grant provided twenty-five teachers with the opportunity to participate in the U-Futures program. Nine of these teachers continued, and through the grant along with the generosity of the University of Florida, they completed their Master of Arts in Education (MAE) in Science Education free of charge.

This cadre of professional educators worked diligently to complete the rigorous coursework required for this degree. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and School Board Members celebrated their accomplishment at the January School Board Meeting.

Congratulations are extended to:

 

Jill Albers

Lisa Coble

Helen Harless

Kristin Hsu

Mary Margaret Kneidel

Marjorie Laster

Kelly Lunt

Sally Vandereedt

Jami Williams

The Number of St. Lucie Public Schools Distinguished with  Positive Behavior Model School Status…

The Number of St. Lucie Public Schools Distinguished with Positive Behavior Model School Status…

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) announced that 22 schools of distinction are recognized as Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Model Schools – an increase of seven from last years’ pool of honorees. The University of South Florida (USF), manager of the PBIS Project for the State of Florida, provided Executive Director of Student Services and Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson with notification of this elite cadre of schools. “This positive trend is a reflection of the focused efforts the District is making in schools to support the needs of all children both academically and behaviorally through a multi-tiered system of supports.  Reaching Model School Status with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, is representative of our commitment to create a culture that promotes appropriate social and emotional learning for all children.”

 

PBIS is a school-wide behavioral approach that focuses on increasing academic performance and increasing safety while decreasing problem behaviors with specific and consistent strategies.  A focus on individual needs using data along with positive and effective strategies are also key elements to a successful PBIS school-wide plan.

 

Robert O’Neill serves as the District’s PBIS coordinator and also bridges efforts with SLPS and USF.  He explained that achievement of Model School status is a purposeful and united effort — the result of collaboration between Student Services personnel and site-based personnel working to provide for the needs of students and to build the Multi-Tiered System of Supports in the schools.  He added that educational professionals work together to address appropriate behavior and celebrate students’ goal attainment.

Congratulations to the following schools on their PBIS Model School status:

 

Gold Status Schools (14)

Allapattah Flats K-8

Bayshore Elementary School

Floresta Elementary School

Manatee Academy K-8

Mariposa Elementary School

Northport K-8 School

Oak Hammock K-8 School

Palm Pointe K-8 School

Parkway Elementary School

Rivers Edge Elementary School

Southport Middle School

Village Green Elementary School

Westgate K-8 School

Windmill Point Elementary School

Silver Status Schools (6)

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School

Forest Grove Middle School

Lakewood Park Elementary School

Lawnwood Elementary School

Morningside Elementary School

St. Lucie West K-8 School

Bronze Status Schools (2)

Savanna Ridge Elementary School

Weatherbee Elementary School

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 91.0 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

PBIS Schools On The Rise

PBIS Schools On The Rise

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) announced that 22 schools of distinction are recognized as Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Model Schools – an increase of seven from last years’ pool of honorees. The University of South Florida (USF), manager of the PBIS Project for the State of Florida, provided Executive Director of Student Services and Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson with notification of this elite cadre of schools. “This positive trend is a reflection of the focused efforts the District is making in schools to support the needs of all children both academically and behaviorally through a multi-tiered system of supports.  Reaching Model School Status with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, is representative of our commitment to create a culture that promotes appropriate social and emotional learning for all children.”

 

PBIS is a school-wide behavioral approach that focuses on increasing academic performance and increasing safety while decreasing problem behaviors with specific and consistent strategies.  A focus on individual needs using data along with positive and effective strategies are also key elements to a successful PBIS school-wide plan.

 

Robert O’Neill serves as the District’s PBIS coordinator and also bridges efforts with SLPS and USF.  He explained that achievement of Model School status is a purposeful and united effort — the result of collaboration between Student Services personnel and site-based personnel working to provide for the needs of students and to build the Multi-Tiered System of Supports in the schools.  He added that educational professionals work together to address appropriate behavior and celebrate students’ goal attainment.

 

Congratulations to the following schools on their PBIS Model School status:

Gold Status Schools (14)

Allapattah Flats K-8

Bayshore Elementary School

Floresta Elementary School

Manatee Academy K-8

Mariposa Elementary School

Northport K-8 School

Oak Hammock K-8 School

Palm Pointe K-8 School

Parkway Elementary School

Rivers Edge Elementary School

Southport Middle School

Westgate K-8 School

Windmill Point Elementary School

Village Green Elementary School

Silver Status Schools (6)

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School

Forest Grove Middle School

Lakewood Park Elementary School

Lawnwood Elementary School

Morningside Elementary School

St. Lucie West K-8 School

 

Bronze Status Schools (2)

Savanna Ridge Elementary School

Weatherbee Elementary School

 

 

Northport Students Work Diligently on Noteworthy Project Citizen!

Northport Students Work Diligently on Noteworthy Project Citizen!

Northport seventh graders are working diligently on their very meaningful Project Citizen collaborations.  Students are following the criteria for the projects by identifying a problem, gathering information, examining alternative policies, proposing and developing their own public policy and then developing an action plan.  Northstar instructor  Thomas McDonald and Elizabeth Montilla, the critical thinking  teacher, are collaborating to make sure that efficacy is evident in the very important projects.

An example of student work is exhibited by students Clarousse Alfred, Duwyen Williams, John Riordan and Jose Rodriguez.  These students are passionate about getting sidewalks on Curtis Street.  Curtis Street is the street many Northport students use to walk to and from school each day.  They are worried about someone getting seriously injured as cars and students both use the heavily populated roadway.

Students followed the criteria and contacted Port St. Lucie City Manager for Sidewalks Master Plan Edith Majewski.  Mrs. Majewski came to Northport and spoke at length with the students about their plans.  Students found out that one mile of sidewalk costs $400,000.  They were floored at the enormity of the project.  The students’ next step is to contact Marty Sanders, SLPS Executive Director of Growth Management, Facilities and Maintenance, to have him offer direction on how to create a petition to change public policy.

Students are adamant about the need for the sidewalk on Curtis Street.  Their project is entitled “Kids Deserve Safe Routes to School!”

Keep up the impressive work, Northport students.  The learning is authentic and noteworthy!