Interested in what’s happening in October?
Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 20th and don’t miss the Fall Into Literacy Celebration! This event is for the whole community. The Treasure Coast Literacy Association will be there with our puppet theatre and fairy tale books helping families to understand the benefits of reading and play.
St. Lucie Public Schools Exceptional Student Education District Advisory Council will meet on Monday, October 22, 2018, to discuss social/emotional learning.
The meeting is scheduled to take place at Virginia College in Fort Pierce from 9 AM to 10:30 AM.
The first two weeks of October are Disability History and Awareness Weeks!
Here are some facts:
One of every five Americans is a person with a disability. A person may be born with a disability, may acquire a disability through an accident or illness, or may acquire a disability as part of growing older. Although disability is a natural part of life, people with disabilities have not always had access to equal opportunities. Not until 1975, with the passage of the Federal Education for All Handicapped Children Act (now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), did school-age children with disabilities have a right to a free appropriate public education.
Florida started its first special education class in 1926 in Jacksonville. Since then, specially designed instruction and related services have expanded throughout Florida. Now, more than 360,000 students identified as having a disability participate in Florida’s public education system. In Florida, all students with disabilities pursue a standard high school diploma and many of our students pursue post-secondary education and employment upon graduation.
We are proud of the work that continues in our district to provide valuable and meaningful educational opportunities as well as access for all children. St. Lucie Public Schools has a current graduation rate for students with disabilities of 83.7% which is the third highest in the state. Our post-school outcomes for students with disabilities continue to exceed the state average for students in higher education or for individuals who are competitively employed.
On Saturday, September 29, 2018, the Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion Color Guard presented the nation’s colors at the 7th annual Wounded Warrior Surf Day.
Leading the parade along with St. Lucie County Fire Rescue Bag Pipes and Drums, the Color Guard proudly marched wounded warriors and their families to the beach. PSLHS’s Color Guard included Cadet Captain Brianna Harris as National Flag Bearer, Cadet Sergeant First Class Lawrence Moleon-Mathews as the State Flag Bearer, Cadet Second Lieutenant Justin Locklar, and Cadet Sergeant Alexis Morris as Guards.
Jaguar Cadets appreciated the opportunity to support the event, and look forward to continuing their aid of the Wounded Warrior Project. Cadets interacted with veterans and learned new surfing skills.
Pictures include St. Lucie County Fire Rescue bag pipes and drums band, our color guard and the Reverence Motorcycle Association members Scott Guntz, Linda Deslvo, Dan Milne, Donna Duffy, Jim Burg, Wayne Hanners, Harry Brewick, and Kerrie Santiago.
The Key Club, Student Government, and Senior Class Officers kicked off the “START with Hello” initiative to address social isolation. Their goal is to help create a school where everyone feels connected and included.
Students wore identifying t-shirts and gave bracelets to those with whom they interacted.
To learn more about “START with Hello,” visit: https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/startwithhelloweek .