Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, accompanied by School Board Chairman Dr. Donna Mills, School Board Vice Chairman Troy Ingersoll, Board Member Debbie Hawley, Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry, and Education Foundation Chair Thom Jones paid surprise visits to this year’s finalists for Teacher of the Year. Heydeys Sanchez, a 3rd-grade teacher at Mariposa Elementary, Tucker Young, a civics teacher at Manatee Academy K8; and John Renschler, a first-grade teacher at Samuel S. Gaines Academy are the finalists who have the distinction of representing the School District at this year’s Night of the Stars event. St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS)
SLPS would like to extend an invitation for parents and students to attend a webinar hosted by the College Board Florida Partnership that will provide them with the information they need to better understand the PSAT Student Score Reports (PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/ NMSQT). This session on January 25, 2022, will focus on how PSAT scores and reports can provide insightful information about individual student performance on the assessment, including a predicted SAT score and student progress towards meeting the college readiness benchmark. Connecting to the PSAT online score report allows students to: Link their College Board account with their
SLPS is pleased to offer on-site vaccination clinics for students, employees, and their families. Please click on the flyer below for more information.
SLPS has added another COVID-19 testing site at Ft. Pierce Central High School. Please continue to follow our social media for any additional updates.
The Career and Technical Education(CTE) department along with Mr. Kevin Fess (Northport K-8), Dr. Richard Lanning (Fort Pierce Central High School and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University), and Mr. Phil Depuy (Treasure Coast High School) presented at the 2022 Florida Career Pathways Network conference. The two presentation topics were Career Pathways Programs: From Application to Revamping Program (Application, Planning, Learning) and Virtual Field Trips: A COVID Lesson.
Ms. Jacob’s 5th-grade students worked cooperatively as they determined which cup of water (foam, metal, paper, or plastic) would most likely have the slowest temperature change. Lawnwood Leopards are leading the way!
The CAST Dance Team performed on Dec. 18th, 2021 at Disney Springs. They performed eight dances, including Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop styles. They were able to enjoy the rest of the day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It was a once-in-a-lifetime performing opportunity and team bonding experience!
Ms. Abbate’s 4th-grade students wrote a statement about every classmate. This writing activity encouraged students to reflect on positive attributes and help build relationships. Kindness is a gift that everyone can afford to give.
St. Lucie West K-8 students in Ms. Lynch’s 5th-grade math classes became city planners. Each student was assigned to build a city block by fulfilling one of the following buildings: restaurant, municipality, residential, shopping, and entertainment. The students made nets and then determined the volume of each building, decorated, and later confirmed each other’s recorded volume. The creative results were amazing to see. JAWSOME JOB, SHARKS!
Athletes share a lot of similarities before a big home game -pride, pregame jitters, and excitement are just a few of them. But this year, NPK-8 athletes are sharing more than just their feelings. Each basketball player was encouraged to share their jersey for the day with a teacher or staff member that has made an impact on them. “I got this idea after collaborating with other coaches who do this in their schools,” said Jean-Ann Fret, girls basketball coach. “Not only does it create a positive start to their day, but it’s also a way for students to give back to those teachers
Mrs. Steward’s 1st-grade SEL group at White City Elementary works on how they can band together and keep the rainbow BRIGHT by reading “How Crayons Saved the Rainbow” by Monica Sweeney. She is a favorite from the SEL Dept. library collection.
We are excited to celebrate the success of our CAST Music students! 3rd through 5th-grade music students and 6th-grade percussionists had an outstanding winter performance. Students performed using Orff xylophones, steel drums, Brazilian Samba drums, ukuleles, and more! Congratulations performers!
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) earned a historic graduation rate of 94.5% which exceeds the state average of 90.1%. The six traditional high schools boasted an unprecedented rate of 98.6% for the 2020-2021 school year. This is the 5th consecutive year that the graduation rate for SLPS is above 90%. SLPS improved its state ranking to 7th in the state out of 67 districts. Furthermore, SLPS continues to increase the graduation rate for all groups of students as demonstrated by improvement of Hispanic, Black, White, and Exceptional Education students. The graduation rate for Hispanic students improved from 94%
Oak Hammock K-8, 7th grade math students in the Raptors pod put a Florida spin on the new meaning to melting in the snow. Students were engaged and challenged by their math teacher Mr. Ortiz, to take a different approach to solve for the circumference of a circle given the radius or diameter. Building on their prior knowledge and skills, students made sense of the problems based upon real world application and persevered to solve them. Using appropriate mathematical tools strategically, the students gathered their data and applied the circumference formulas to find the circumference of each circle. Students collaborated to
Monarch Musicians from Mariposa Elementary made their grand debut at the winter concert. This officially broke a two-year hiatus of students performing on stage. Students and parents alike were overjoyed to hear three different performing ensembles. The three ensembles were tubano drumming, chorus, and Orff xylophone band. The selected fourth and fifth grade students dedicated after-school time to participate in preparing music for their ensemble. The tubano drumming ensemble opened the concert playing drum patterns sequenced to holiday songs. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey, “Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by
Students and teachers were celebrated for having the highest instructional usage rate and passing rate. We showed up! We worked! We succeeded! GO LEOPARDS!
Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies AVID students attended a virtual presentation by the University of Central Florida STEM Ambassadors. 6th and 8th grade students learned about various engineering degrees offered by UCF, as well as general information about college readiness. Students were able to connect what they are currently learning in their STEM elective classes to what they can study in college, and then what future career options are available to them.
Congratulations to SLPS’ first cohort of Take 5! Trainers. Twenty sites across the district will be able to offer the Take 5! training to their teachers and staff. Take 5! focuses on competency building for long term personal and professional impact by providing a safe space for adults to connect with one another, identify their own personal needs, and develop the skills and mindset to foster their personal growth. Take 5! is organized into a series of 15-minute modules that may be facilitated during faculty meetings, with small groups of volunteers and other settings with a flexible timeline that
We are excited to welcome our students back to school! Florida is currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, therefore, please review this important information regarding COVID-19. Florida law prohibits school districts from requiring students to wear a face mask. However, a parent, at the parent’s sole discretion, may allow his/her child to wear a face mask. Daily Home Health Screening Tool Continue to use the Daily Home Health Screening Tool as a check each morning with your student before sending them to school. If your student is displaying any symptoms of illness they must stay home until they
Lakewood Park Elementary students can earn Falcon Bucks every day for being Respectful, Responsible, and Safe. They have a chance to shop at the PBIS cart every week to spend those “bucks”. Some of these students chose to use their Falcon Bucks to purchase a ticket to be the Assistant Principal for 30 minutes. They were trained to be an Assistant Principal by walking with our Principal, Mrs. Walukiewicz, and helping her with some of her responsibilities. The Assistant Principals in training led the Pledge of Allegiance and Kids at Hope Pledge, signed thank you cards, visited classrooms, and assisted