St. Lucie Public Schools Delays Start of School Year

St. Lucie Public Schools is delaying the start of the school year by two weeks. The first day of school for students will be on August 24, 2020. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent commented, “The additional two weeks gives time for the conditions in the county to improve and additional time for staff to finalize preparations for the school year. Our number one priority is to return to school safely.” Several factors contributed to the decision to delay the start of school.  The additional two weeks allows more time: For the establishment of general protocols for the safe reopening of schools … Read More

U.S. Census Bureau Program Supports Learning at Home for PreK-12 Students

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS) program has released four parent/caregiver toolkits that includes valuable resources for parents and guardians to use at home with students from Pre-K through high school. These new toolkits provide fun Census Bureau interactives that school-age children can enjoy at home while e-learning. “The Statistics in Schools program has always been focused on providing additional resources to make learning about statistics and the 2020 Census fun and engaging,” said Dr. Steven Dillingham, Census Bureau Director. “Many students have transitioned to learning at home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The program has adapted … Read More

Allapattah Teacher Serves as Khan Academy Ambassador

Kenya McGriff is a 7th grade Math teacher at Allapattah Flats K-8 school. In addition to teaching Math, she is an Ambassador for KhanAcademy. As an Ambassador, she encourages other teachers to try the program and is available to answer technical questions that they may have while using it. Khan Academy is a free program that students can use to sharpen their skills in a variety of subjects. Click on the link below to see a blog written by Khan Academy’s senior management, where they praise her efforts for preventing summer slide and encouraging students to use KhanAcademy over the … Read More

SLPS Offers “Summer Slide” Activities

What is Summer Slide?  Summer Slide is the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year.  DON’T LET SUMMER “SLIDE” AWAY!!! Click on to explore the wide range of resources available for your child(ren).  Activities range from those suitable for VPK to high school students. Get started today with some of these Summer Reading Tips. 1. Read aloud together with your child every day. Make it fun by reading outdoors on the front steps, patio, at the beach or park. Also, let your children read to you. For younger children, point out the … Read More

Live Weekly Webinars for Parents and Educators

The University of South Florida’s Interdisciplinary Center for Evaluation and Intervention (ICEI) is hosting webinars for parents and educators.  The webinars are a series of one-hour weekly webinars to help promote positive behavior in children and youth. The first webinar will be on July 14, 2020. Parents and teachers are invited to join them to learn ways to support behavior in the home setting and to prepare students for their transition back to school in the fall. For more information, see the attached document. To register, go to ICEI Webinar Flyer

Return to School Options

St. Lucie Public Schools will reopen for traditional face to face instruction on August 10, 2020. If you would prefer your child attend school on-line, you must complete the parent commitment form so that a virtual schedule can be developed for your child.  Everyone else is expected to return to school in person on August 10. To assist you with making your decision, please visit the district website at and click on “return to school information” where you will find videos in multiple languages, frequently asked questions, a PowerPoint slide show, and the parent commitment form for you … Read More

VPA Specialist to Present at Conference

We are excited to announce that Dr. Karen Crocco, Instructional Specialist for Visual and Performing Arts for St. Lucie Public Schools, has been invited to be a presenter at the 2020 Summer Online Arts Integration and STEAM Conference this year. The Online Conference has inspiring TED-style talks plus hands-on teacher-led workshops. The conference is starting on July 16 and registration is open now at She will be speaking on the topic of Combined Footing: Building a Solid Foundation for Arts Integration. Make sure to watch on July 16.  

Congratulations to the Class of 2020

This past week, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, kept his promise by celebrating the Class of 2020 with live in-person graduations at Lawnwood Stadium. The Class of 2020 will go down in history by being the first graduating class to have not one but two graduations.  The first was a virtual graduation in May followed by the graduations held last week. These successful and well-attended graduations would not have been possible without support from district staff and school personnel.  SLPS would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Kevin Perry, Assistant to the Superintendent, who took the lead on … Read More

Palm Pointe Project Citizen Entry Advances to National Finals

The Project Citizen Entry from Palm Pointe Educational Research School in Tradition will advance to the national finals of the Project Citizen showcase. Due to the pandemic and related school closures, students submitted digital entries describing their selected problem and public policy solutions. Students also recorded presentations sharing details of their project-based learning model. The Justice Teaching Center at Florida Southern College sponsors the state-level Project Citizen showcase. The entry from Palm Pointe, “Water Are We Waiting For?” tied for first place for the best portfolio for the state finals. Additionally, their oral presentation has also taken first place this … Read More

Port St. Lucie High School Named as School of Excellence!

The Florida College Access Network (FCAN) and the American College Application Campaign (ACAC), selected Port St. Lucie High School to receive ACAC’s inaugural School of Excellence award for their work around the Apply Yourself Florida college application completion campaign. Only one school from each state across the USA is being recognized with this award, and Port St. Lucie High School has been nominated and selected as the Florida school to receive this honor. Port St. Lucie High School was nominated for serving as an exemplary model for Apply Yourself Florida this past year. Port St. Lucie High School’s partnership with … Read More

SLPS Receives Highest Rating In Meeting Requirements of the IDEA

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 (Section 616 (d) requires states to make annual determinations on each school district’s educational agency’s (LEA) performance in meeting the requirements and purposes of the IDEA.  At a minimum, states are required to implement a determination process that considers performance on State Performance Plan compliance indicators, data integrity, uncorrected noncompliance issues and relevant state audit findings.  Each LEA must be assigned to one of the four categories: Meets Requirements Needs Assistance Needs Intervention Needs Substantial Intervention We are proud to report that St. Lucie Public Schools received a “Meets Requirements” designation … Read More

Village Green Bananas Donated to Drive-Thru Mobile Pantry

Bananas harvested from Village Green Environmental Studies School’s permaculture garden will be included in this week’s Drive-Thru Mobile Pantry!  During the school year, the garden provides rich learning opportunities for students about growing food, the geographical origins of plants, and science standards related to the structures, needs, and processes of plants.  Since the bananas are ripening during the summer months, school staff is harvesting them to donate to our community.