St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) need look no further. District officials found what they were looking for in Project SEARCH – a supportive and collaborative community-based program providing students with disabilities real world work experiences in high-turnover, entry-level positions with an end goal of securing employment after a year-long internship. SLPS Director of Exceptional Student Education and Student Services Bill Tomlinson explained that his team was overjoyed to learn the Developmental Disabilities Council of Florida accepted SLPS’s application to cover start-up fees and licensing for the Program. “Through an agreement with Martin Medical Center and Tradition Medical Center, our
ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) need look no further. District officials found what they were looking for in Project SEARCH – a supportive and collaborative community-based program providing students with disabilities real world work experiences in high-turnover, entry-level positions with an end goal of securing employment after a year-long internship. SLPS Director of Exceptional Student Education and Student Services Bill Tomlinson explained that his team was overjoyed to learn the Developmental Disabilities Council of Florida accepted SLPS’s application to cover start-up fees and licensing for the Program. “Through an agreement with Martin Medical Center
St. Lucie Public Schools mechanics were among 106 who gathered from 34 of Florida’s school districts to successfully complete an intensive four-day training held in Daytona Beach last week. Training was provided by professional instructors from Cummins, Allison, Stemco, NAPA, Braun, Ricon, and the three major school bus suppliers in Florida. Trainers from IC, Blue Bird and Thomas Built Buses captivated the technicians and afforded them hours of hands on diagnostic and repair training in the latest techniques for maintaining and repairing school buses. A recent trend in many school districts is the addition of air conditioning on school buses.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools mechanics were among 106 who gathered from 34 of Florida’s school districts to successfully complete an intensive four-day training held in Daytona Beach last week. Training was provided by professional instructors from Cummins, Allison, Stemco, NAPA, Braun, Ricon, and the three major school bus suppliers in Florida. Trainers from IC, Blue Bird and Thomas Built Buses captivated the technicians and afforded them hours of hands on diagnostic and repair training in the latest techniques for maintaining and repairing school buses. A recent trend in many school districts is the addition of air
Parent Academy offers FREE workshops for parents on various topics throughout the year. Two workshops coming up are Parenting Wisely and How To Middle School. These valuable workshops are offered in July in August at convenient locations in St. Lucie County. Don’t miss out! Register today!
United Way of St. Lucie County will be hosting our First Annual Day of Caring on September 29th! It’s a single-day service event like no other! Day of Caring brings together teams of volunteers to help non-profit organizations across St. Lucie County. Our volunteers will take to the streets, offices, playgrounds and schools of our community. They spend their day painting, landscaping, cleaning and more. All to prove the amazing difference one day can make when we work together. Do you have a project for which you need a group of volunteers? We need your projects to make Day of
Parents, community members, and students,Are you in search of quality resources and activities to support academic studies this summer? Look no further! Don’t let the summer “slide” away when you have resources for Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Arts and Technology, College and Career, and ELL at your fingertips. Visit: http://WWW.STLUCIE.K12.FL.US/SEASONAL/SUMMER-SLIDE/
The June 21st open house was prime time for the new and innovative programs offered at the Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) to take center stage. Parents and students discovered how students will thrive academically and artistically at CAST through participation in visual and graphic arts, dance, vocal and instrumental music, drama, and musical theater. This K-8 Magnet will feature a black box theater, new arts classrooms, upgraded facilities, and earlier school hours to better accommodate extracurricular and community-based activities. Academic excellence will include the new Cambridge Primary program to develop pre-collegiate skills. To find out more, visit
You can watch an all new episode of U of F IFAS Extension hosted by Ed Skavarch now, on YouTube. While you’re there subscribe to our channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV. Weekly Programming Guide http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/Media/Weekly.pdf IFAS Extension https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNMEGDnz7Vc Comcast Channel 13 (Ft. Pierce) Channel 19 (Port St. Lucie) Home Town Cable Channel 19 (Tradition) AT&TWLX-TV: The Education Channel U-verse Channel 99 Litestream Cable Channel 65 (St. James) School District Wireless Channel 36 (In schools)
Make plans to attend a big event in Fort Pierce on July 11 — Unity In Our Community. There will be many vendors with information including St. Lucie Public Schools as well as bounce houses, face painting, slip and slides, and more. Don’t miss it. The event is scheduled from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Percy Peek Gymnasium (2909 Avenue D). See you there!
FORT PIERCE – If your children have time on their hands this summer, take them to the Zora Neale Hurston Branch Library for fun activities from movie matinees to interactive, hands-on programs. Family activities for July include: · Library Science Rocks continues on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. through July 14 (except for the week of July 4). Designed for students in kindergarten through 5th grade, this program provides students with the opportunity to take part in hands-on science experiments. · Weekly Storytimes take place on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. · Game Day gets competitive Thursday, July 5 at 3 p.m.
Don’t miss this opportunity to join the CAST! An exclusive Information Night on June 21st from 6 to 7 will provide students and parents the opportunity to hear about innovative experiences in the Arts at the all new Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST). As a prestigious Cambridge School, CAST also offers advanced pre-collegiate studies aiding college and career readiness! CAST (Formerly Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts) 1100 Delaware Ave. Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Port St. Lucie High School Principal Adrian Ocampo graciously accepted a check for $4,820 at the June School Board meeting from Garber Buick GMC — a local partner in education. Mrs. Sheila Cash, Garber’s office administrator, presented the check as a result of the school participating in the dealership’s Drive for Education fundraising campaign. For each 2-3 minute Test Drive, Buick donated $10.00. When the event exceeded 100 test drives, Buick doubled the donation to $20.00. According to Mrs. Cash, Garber Buick GMC looks forward to continuing its support of St. Lucie Public Schools with similar fundraisers in the future.
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) thanks the 5,300 volunteers who served in our schools this year logging more than 17,000 hours as they helped students and staff. With this level of dedication, it was most challenging, indeed, to select only three individuals to recognize as Senior, Adult, and Youth of the Year. Nevertheless, it is with great pride that the District announces the following as Volunteers of the Year: Rita Banashek – Senior Volunteer of the Year from Parkway Elementary Kimberly Anderson – Adult Volunteer of the Year from Port St. Lucie High School Jessica Alles – Youth Volunteer of
“Miss Jackie” (Jacquelyn Occhiuzzo) was nominated as a STAR recipient for her outstanding service to students and parents as a member of the Transportation Department. Miss Jackie, as her students and parents fondly call her, was celebrated most recently because of her tremendous efforts to keep children safe and parents well-informed during a heavy thunderstorm when a mechanical issue necessitated a substitute bus during her regular route. With care and compassion, she escorted children from one bus to the other under an umbrella and notified parents of the delay with a personal call helping to calm everyone. She then safely
School turnaround leaders from Chester A. Moore Elementary and St. Lucie Elementary recently participated in a highly specialized leadership program at the Principals’ Center of Harvard University. Along with skill development and feedback from peers and faculty, this five-day institute is designed for highly charged teams to work together, translate data into action, and design an actionable school improvement plan geared for successful results.
“United Way of St. Lucie County is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income, and health. These are the building blocks for a good life — a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. Our goal is to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place. We invite you to be part of the change. Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow.” https://www.unitedwayslc.org/ United Way Board Chair Andrew Treadwell of Indian River State College
Peacock Dental in St. Lucie West donated 1,000 toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste to support St. Lucie Public Schools’ students experiencing homelessness. The support came after the local business heard about the McKinney Vento program and wanted to be able to provide something for students in our area. St. Lucie Public Schools appreciates this partnership!
Congratulations to Mosaic Digital Academy’s Elizabeth Briglia and Trevor Gill who submitted applications to the Broadcom Masters national middle school science competition! Both were selected as Broadcom MASTERS nominees! To be selected is a great honor—only the top 10% of science fair projects nationwide are selected for this opportunity. Elizabeth and Trevor will receive a t-shirt and bumper sticker, and could be named one of the Top 300 MASTERS (announced September 5th) or one of the 30 finalists (announced September 19th). The 30 finalists will gather in Washington, DC for a week of competition—including presentation of the research project and
Principal Ucola Barrett-Baxter received the Children’s Hero Award of the Year Award for “Time” from the Eckerd Connects Mission. The third annual awards event recognized local heroes for their dedication to investing Time, Talent, and Treasure to youth and providing them with opportunities for a second chance at a successful life. A very special congratulations to Mrs. Ucola Barrett- Baxter!