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 organizing the graduation ceremonies.
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 year. Both the recorded presentation and the PowerPoint will be forwarded this week to the Center for Civic Education for judging in the national showcase. This is an outstanding project and we are proud to have it represent St. Lucie Public Schools and the state of Florida in the national showcase.
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 Indian River State College to take assisting students with college applications further than the one-day College Application Day, ensuring students’ questions get answered and they are prepared for school next fall demonstrated the commitment to student success.
The goal of the ACAC and Apply Yourself Florida is to increase the number of first-generation students and students from low-income families who pursue postsecondary education by assisting high school seniors as they navigate the college admissions process, ensuring each participating student submits at least one college application.
Congratulations to school counselor Monica Brooks and the entire PSHLS team for this incredible achievement!
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:
Needs Substantial Intervention
We are proud to report that St. Lucie Public Schools received a “Meets Requirements” designation for the 19/20 school year. This is a testament to the wonderful work of our administrators, teachers, support staff and district personnel who work continuously to ensure quality programming and services for students with disabilities. Congratulations to everyone!
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.
Lawnwood Stadium, 1302 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, Fl 34982
Each graduate will receive two tickets for the ceremony and should arrive in one car with their guests. All guests, including children and babies, require a ticket.
All graduates and guests MUST wear a face mask or face covering for the duration of the event.
Graduates and Guests: If you are sick, have a fever, traveled internationally or from the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York) in the past 14 days or have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 you must stay home for the safety and well-being of those in attendance.
Visitors will be mindful of social distancing guidelines and stay 6 feet apart from other household groups when entering the stadium and when selecting seats in the bleachers. Seating will be every two rows as designated.
Any high-risk individual or those who are susceptible to the heat should consider staying home and watching the live broadcast of the ceremony.
All graduates must arrive at least 1 hour before the start of the ceremony.
Upon arrival, all graduates will go directly to their assigned seats on the field. Graduates will be seated 6 feet from one another. Each graduate will be provided a bottle of water.
Each graduate will have the opportunity to walk across the stage to be recognized during the roll call. However, graduates will not shake hands on stage.
When the ceremony ends, all graduates and visitors will immediately exit the stadium as directed while continuing to socially distance themselves from one another.
Bags and coolers will not be permitted; however, guests may bring bottled water. Umbrellas are permitted for both graduates and guests.
Graduation Live Broadcast
The graduation ceremonies will be aired live on WLX-TV, the Education Channel of St. Lucie County, appearing on Comcast channel 13 (Ft. Pierce), Comcast channel 19 (Port St. Lucie), Blue Stream channel 19, and ATT TV channel 99. Furthermore, a link to the broadcasts will be found on the St. Lucie Public Schools webpage (www.stlucieschools.org). Once aired, the ceremonies can be accessed through YouTube on-demand.
Recently Jane Whitaker, Magnet School Coordinator and Laurie Boyer, Magnet School Outreach and Recruitment Specialist, had the opportunity to present a webinar, Getting Started with Esports in partnership with Full Sail University at the Teacher Outreach Webinar. The session focused their work on getting the Esports Program at Ft. Pierce Westwood Academy up and running. The webinar was a global platform and they had the opportunity to share their journey with educators from Virginia, North Carolina, Canada and India.
The district’s video submission of CTE: Building Futures with Phoenix Metals has been recognized as an Award of Distinction winner. The video was shot and edited by Steve Devlin, Multimedia Graphic Artist, from the Media Services Department. The video explores the partnership the District has with Phoenix Metals, a company in St. Lucie County. Students can join the apprentice program at Phoenix Metals directly from participation in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Boot Camp or other CTE programs. Highly skilled workers are needed in a variety of fields and this partnership allows for on the job training for SLPS students. Many students are hired as permanent employees after their internship.
SLPS has parked buses at the following locations. The buses are serving as “Wi-Fi Hotspots” so that students can engage in Summer Academic Distance Learning Programs. District issued laptops will connect automatically when in range. Cell phones can connect to “SLPS-BYOD” network.
The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.
The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, and so much more.
The results of this once-a-decade count determines the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use the 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.
The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.
How Do I Take The Census: https://2020census.gov/en/partners/psa-toolkit/how-to-take.html
How Will The Census Data Be Used: https://2020census.gov/en/partners/psa-toolkit/data.html
Meet Rodney, Shaping the Future of Education: https://2020census.gov/en/what-is-2020-census/focus/story/rodney.html
Alexia Morgan and Hannah Raymond from Palm Pointe K8 School had the opportunity to share their project at the Project Citizen State Finals recently. Their project, “Water” We Waiting For? researched drowning deaths of younger children and found that Florida leads the nation in drowning deaths of children ages 1-4 years old. The class set out to research and propose public policy to save lives and reduce these statistics. The civics class submitted a digital entry this year due to the remote instruction and competition requirements. Thank you to civics teacher Jennifer Wright for leading students through this worthwhile project!
Students who have a district-issued laptop for summer academic programs and who are in need of repair can visit St. Lucie Elementary School from 9:00am-11:00am or Northport K8 from 1:30-3:00pm on Monday and Wednesday this week.
William Ortiz graduated in 2019 with a BA in History and International Affairs from Florida State University. He has just been nominated as an alternate for a Fulbright Teaching Assistant position in Columbia.
In the summer of 2019, William was accepted into the Charles B. Rangel Summer Enrichment program as a 2019 “Rangel Scholar.” The Rangel Program is a joint program between the US Department of State and Howard University. The goal of the program is to enrich undergraduate students and recent graduates with knowledge of the inner workings of the State Department and potential career paths.
William says: “We toured various government agencies such as the Department of State, Foreign Service Institute, and World Bank, and had private meetings with officials and government employees. I also took classes at Howard University on the history of US foreign policy and political economy. I am hoping to use my experience as a Rangel Scholar to apply to the Rangel Fellowship,” William explained. “The fellowship provides funding for graduate school and a guaranteed five-year position as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State.”
Congratulations to Mr. Ortiz and good luck with securing the Fulbright Award.
On Saturday, May 30, 2020, the faculty and staff of Southern Oaks Middle School disseminated a total of 130 bags and boxes of groceries to families of the school and community. This was completed while passing out 8th grade promotion certificates, collecting laptops for the year and collection/pick-up of band instruments.
About two weeks prior, faculty and staff were asked to consider bringing in non-perishable items to give to families to assist with financial setbacks. Immediately, teachers and staff started organizing via TEAMS communications. In addition to people jumping in and offering to help, the first bit of great news was that “Grace Packs Director, Laura Klosterman, was kind enough to give us a large supply of their food,” stated Wendy Stewart, ESE teacher and Grace Packs coordinator for SOMS.
SOMS services approximately 15-20 families per year by sending food home on the weekends during the school year. “This program is available at several of our schools in the county that also provide food for families in need,” Stewart said.
When asked what the food drive meant to him, 6th Grade Dean and Social Studies teacher, Todd Hibbard replied, “The food drive built a sense of community and a partnership for all those involved. I spent several hours each day at SOMS, sorting, organizing and bagging the items. The response from our community was heartfelt, especially when many families fell upon hard times.”
SOMS has a mantra “hashtag-one-hawk-family” (#OneHawkFamily). This slogan encompasses the idea that faculty and staff are working together to meet the goals and needs of students and families.
Palm Pointe K8 has placed 1st in the Florida Breakfast Challenge! Their efforts to increase school breakfast participation was successful and ensures students have access to the nutrition needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond. To recognize their win, No Kid Hungry Florida will provide the school with $1,000.
Now more than ever we are able to see the vital role school meals play in the health and well-being of students. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Dairy Council of Florida, and No Kid Hungry Florida appreciates everything Palm Pointe is doing to help improve the lives of Florida’s students by providing school breakfast.
On Wednesday, May 20th, 3 FFA members from the Allapattah Flats FFA Chapter competed in the Virtual Vegetable Evaluation contest. These students had to identify vegetables, insects, and weeds from pictures they were given on the exam. The team placed 3rd in the state and Elizabeth Rufo placed high individual for the contest. These students worked very hard and we are beyond proud of them. The team consisted of Elizabeth Rufo, Laurence Blankenbaker, and Jaden Pizzarro.
On Thursday, May 21st, 4 FFA Members from the Allapattah Flats FFA Chapter competed in the Virtual Meat Evaluation contest. The team placed 8th in the state, and this team consisted of Elizabeth Rufo, Laurence Blankenbaker, Jaden Pizzarro, and Sebastian Bush. For this contest they were required to identify various cuts of meat that are bought in a store, place cuts of meat from best to worst according to how much edible meat was on the plate, complete a written exam, and identify parts of a beef and pork carcass based on questions asked. These students worked hard, and we are very proud of their accomplishments this year.
St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services Department will continue to serve free meals at the following school sites to children in St. Lucie County from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 9, 2020 – July 31, 2020. The multi-day meal packages include breakfast and lunch. On Tuesdays, the meal packages contain 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. On Thursdays, the meal package contains 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches.
C.A. Moore, 827 N 29th Street, Ft. Pierce, Fl 34947
Forest Grove Middle School, 3201 S. 25th Street, Ft. Pierce, Fl 34981
Ft. Pierce Westwood Academy, 1801 Panther Lane, Ft. Pierce, Fl 34947
Frances K. Sweet Elementary, 1400 Avenue Q, Ft. Pierce, Fl 34950
Lakewood Park Elementary, 7800 Indrio Road, Ft. Pierce,F, 34951
St. Lucie Elementary, 2020 South 13th Street, Ft. Pierce Fl, 34950
Weatherbee Elementary, 800 E. Weatherbee Road, Ft. Pierce, Fl 34982
Northport K8, 250 NW Floresta Drive, Port St. Lucie, Fl 34983
Village Green Elementary, 1700 S.E. Lennard Road, Port St. Lucie, Fl 34952
Bayshore Elementary, 1661 Bayshore Blvd, Port St. Lucie, Fl 34984
Manatee K8, 1450 SW Heatherwood Blvd, Port St. Lucie, Fl 34986
Oak Hammock K8, 1451 SW California Blvd, Port St. Lucie, Fl 34953
Windmill Point Elementary, 700 SW Darwin Blvd, Port St. Lucie, Fl 34953
In addition to the school sites, SLPS Child Nutrition Services will also be providing meals at the following locations in the community from June 8 – July 31.
Sands of St. Lucie Apartments, 2750 US HWY 1, Fort Pierce, Fl 34982 (Monday-Friday, 12:15 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.)
St. James Christian Academy, 6501 NW Saint James Dr, Port St. Lucie, Fl 34983 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.)
Staff will be on-site to distribute breakfasts and lunches, which will be bagged and ready for pick up. Parents and guardians can drive, bike, or walk to these locations. Children do not have to be present to receive a meal, but parents must provide one of the following forms of identification for children who are not present at a serving site:
School ID (any school – MCSD-operated school, charter or private)
CAST Members held a Drive-Thru 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony. Students were welcomed by staff members. Dr. Reid presented promotion certificates and Assistant Principal Mrs. Gavoni gave students a CAST cup filled with treats and CAST memorabilia. Dr. Reid shared, “We are truly lucky to have such an outstanding group of young ladies and gentlemen in the CAST class of 2020, we truly miss them here on campus, but we know they will come a visit when the time is right. It was great to see them in person if only for a few minutes.”
The fine arts department at the Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie worked together to create the “Thank You Project” with their students soon after on-line learning began. All of our fine arts teachers had class discussions with their students identifying essential workers and what each of them has done for us during these challenging times. Our students wanted to thank our community using their talents in the arts. Our media arts teacher, Ms. Feldman, was able to take all of the videos and artwork submitted to make a video that truly shows our gratitude and love for our community. Thank you to our essential workers! You are amazing!