March is Arts Education Month

March is Arts Education Month

March is nationally recognized as Music in Our Schools Month, Theatre in Our Schools Month, Dance in Our Schools Month and Youth Art Month. The Florida Department of Education values the arts and acknowledges the impact they have on student development and academic achievement. The arts not only offer students an opportunity for self-expression and personal growth, but interdisciplinary activities involving the arts can also improve comprehension and challenge students to approach learning in new ways.

Join Treasure Coast High School as they celebrate with The Believe Project.  This festival and workshop celebrates music and dance as true art forms.  To find out more, visit

STAR Awards at March Board Meeting

STAR Awards at March Board Meeting

The STAR program’s focus is to recognize employees for their behaviors, skills and actions that correlate with the District’s vision and acknowledge those that exemplify its core values.


Bus Driver Wanda Cooper – Transportation Department

Bus Aide Kaymal Whinfield – Transportation Department

(Both pictured above)

From a parent whose children ride the bus each day and shared her comments:

“My kids have great drivers and aides.  I cannot say enough about them.  They are very patient and love their job.  It shows!”


Teacher Crystal Nelson – Treasure Coast High School

Comment from a parent who shared the positive impact on Mrs. Crystal Nelson at TCHS:

“I know that the teacher of the year has already been selected for this year.  Please consider Mrs. Nelson in the future.  She is great.  While my daughter’s time at Treasure Coast will end in May, it has been a true blessing knowing that Mrs. Nelson has been my daughter’s teacher.” 


Plant Manager Juan Bello – Treasure Coast High School

Juan recently assumed the role of TCHS Plant Manager after our previous manager retired.  He has been an incredible leader for his staff and the school staff.  Juan is doing a great job at our school.  Maintenance workers have commented how they appreciate how fair he is with all workers.  We are so happy to have him as a Titan!


Teacher William Cromer – Allapattah Flats K-8 School

“I really want to commend Allapattah Flats K-8. There have been many instances where they show that they care about my children, and today marks another instance.  My son had a panic attack and went to the clinic. Mr. Cromer, the band teacher, took time of out his busy day to come visit my son and try to calm him down.  Because of him, I did not have to leave work to go pick up my son. I would be glad to stand up and say that Allapattah Flats is a great school that parents should aspire to send their children to.”

Microsoft Student Recognition

Microsoft Student Recognition

The ability of St. Lucie Public Schools to access data, identify needs, and proactively address those needs based on trends over time is powerful for our ability to support students and prepare them for college and the workplace.  We are proud to work in partnership with Microsoft in the creation of a data dashboard known as Power BI.

In fact, the District has so effectively used this tool to dig deeper into data, tell our story, and synthesize information, that Microsoft tapped SLPS to generate a publishing tool to highlight Power BI.

Since students are at the heart of our mission, who better to express the benefits of Power BI than five of our own high school students.  These students were interviewed by Microsoft.

Mahogany Hill – Fort Pierce Westwood High

Clifford McMillan – Fort Pierce Westwood High

Catherine Ferreira – Fort Pierce Central High

Delmarius K. Williams – Lincoln Park Academy

Shanieya Harris – Treasure Coast High

First Vote Week

First Vote Week

Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker requested the Board’s endorsement of the “First Vote Week” Proclamation for March 11-15, 2019, that upholds a non-partisan, classroom-based voter education, registration and citizenship program conducted in Social Studies and American Government classes for high school students.

The goal of the Supervisor of Elections is to give every student the opportunity to register to vote at age 18 or pre-register at age 16 and 17.  The Supervisor of Elections and her staff will be on high school campuses to assist students and teachers with voter registration in support of the First Vote program.

Medal of Honor Day

Medal of Honor Day

The School Board joins Governor Ron DeSantis in extending greetings and best wishes to all observing March 25, 2019 as Medal of Honor Day in Florida. Lincoln Park Academy Principal Henry Sanabria (former U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant) and Port St. Lucie High School Principal Adrian Ocampo (former U.S. Marine Lance Corporal) read the Proclamation.

All grade levels in public schools are encouraged to coordinate instruction that encourages patriotism and commemorates Medal of Honor Day.