Ron Clark Takes the Stage at Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie

Ron Clark Takes the Stage at Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie

Ron Clark, 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, two-time New York Times Bestselling author, subject of a television movie, and founder of The Ron Clark Academy will take the stage at St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) on July 30.  He will kick off the new academic year for the District’s newest magnet schools – Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (formerly Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts) and Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies (formerly Samuel S. Gaines Academy), and Fort Pierce Westwood High School (FPW).  This year, CAST and the Academy of Emerging Technologies will launch their new Arts and STEM programs respectively.  FPW’s new STEM programs will begin next year.

CAST Principal and hosting school leader Lori Reid said, “I’m thrilled to have Ron Clark as our keynote speaker for this inaugural year.  As a reader of his work, I look forward to Clark’s hold-on-to-your-hat approach and have encouraged our staff to get ready for a dynamic, heart-pumping message about hope, dedication, and a relentless attitude bent on achieving goals and dreams,” added Reid.

Approximately 300 staff members from the magnet schools will fill the auditorium at CAST.  According to Jane Whitaker, coordinator for the magnet programs, Clark’s visit is grant funded, and he will support growing the vision for 2018-19 in his address.

Sometimes referred to as “America’s Educator,” Clark is a sought-after keynote speaker known for his outstanding success with students from low-wealth areas of North Carolina and New York City that led him to be named Disney’s American Teacher of the Year. He is a New York Times Best Selling author, and his classes have been honored at the White House on three separate occasions. Clark’s teaching experiences in New York City are the subject of the uplifting film, The Ron Clark Story, starring Matthew Perry.

Currently, Mr. Clark serves as a teacher and administrator at the Ron Clark Academy, an award winning and internationally acclaimed middle school in Atlanta, GA.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is amongst the State’s top one-third for school grade rankings.  The District also 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.

Ron Clark Takes the Stage at Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie

Ron Clark Takes the Stage at Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie

FORT PIERCE, FL – Ron Clark, 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, two-time New York Times Bestselling author, subject of a television movie, and founder of The Ron Clark Academy will take the stage at St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) on July 30.  He will kick off the new academic year for the District’s newest magnet schools – Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (formerly Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts) and Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies (formerly Samuel S. Gaines Academy), and Fort Pierce Westwood High School (FPW).  This year, CAST and the Academy of Emerging Technologies will launch their new Arts and STEM programs respectively.  FPW’s new STEM programs will begin next year.

CAST Principal and hosting school leader Lori Reid said, “I’m thrilled to have Ron Clark as our keynote speaker for this inaugural year.  As a reader of his work, I look forward to Clark’s hold-on-to-your-hat approach and have encouraged our staff to get ready for a dynamic, heart-pumping message about hope, dedication, and a relentless attitude bent on achieving goals and dreams,” added Reid.

Approximately 300 staff members from the magnet schools will fill the auditorium at CAST.  According to Jane Whitaker, coordinator for the magnet programs, Clark’s visit is grant funded, and he will support growing the vision for 2018-19 in his address.

Sometimes referred to as “America’s Educator,” Clark is a sought-after keynote speaker known for his outstanding success with students from low-wealth areas of North Carolina and New York City that led him to be named Disney’s American Teacher of the Year. He is a New York Times Best Selling author, and his classes have been honored at the White House on three separate occasions. Clark’s teaching experiences in New York City are the subject of the uplifting film, The Ron Clark Story, starring Matthew Perry.

Currently, Mr. Clark serves as a teacher and administrator at the Ron Clark Academy, an award winning and internationally acclaimed middle school in Atlanta, GA.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is amongst the State’s top one-third for school grade rankings.  The District also 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.

 

 

2018 Graduate Making It Happen

2018 Graduate Making It Happen

Nigel Johnson, a 2018 Fort Pierce Central High School (FPCHS) graduate, is making the most of his summer before beginning his collegiate journey this fall.

Having already demonstrated his with-it-ness in organizing events that support opportunities for individuals to to be heard with the success of FPCHS’s Speak Week, Johnson most recently supported the organization and awareness of a millennial forum last week in Port St. Lucie.  The event, attended by hundreds was yet another testament to this graduate’s skill and passion for socially responsible advocacy.

Congratulations, Nigel.

 

For more on Nigel’s event:

http://cbs12.com/news/local/hundreds-turn-out-for-millennial-forum-in-port-st-lucie

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the Savings – Ed Foundation Coupon Books

Enjoy the Savings – Ed Foundation Coupon Books

The early bird gets the worm or better yet — coupon discounts!  Coupon book sales will start in early August!

Each year the Education Foundation sponsors the annual Coupons for Classroom fundraiser benefiting both St Lucie Public Schools and the Education Foundation. Participating schools will start selling these popular books in early August. Each book sold earns $10 to the participating school and $5 to the Education Foundation.

Each coupon book is packed with discounts from local businesses such as restaurants and national companies like car rentals and major department stores, worth thousands of dollars in savings.

Last year, the School District raised over $45,000 despite the impact of Hurricane Irma. If you missed buying your book last year, now is the time to buy the new book and start enjoying the savings.

Visit www.efslc.org for a list of participating schools or buy your book online.

 

 

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH

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 District is replicating the highly successful Project Search model launched at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.”

 

Read more in the St. Lucie Voice article!