St. Lucie’s SEL Team Presents at National Conference

The SEL Department’s presentation at the Excelerator Virtual Conference sponsored by the national organization, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities was well received.  Traci Wilke, Director of SEL and the district’s SEL Specialists’ Cassey Chang and Christina Coppola shared St. Lucie Public Schools’ journey in Building Capacity for SEL Across a Large District.  Kelly Martin, the Alliance’s Director of Impact for Educational Success shared, “Your presentation was one of the most engaging and enthusiastic sessions of the entire conference, and we are so grateful for the time and expertise you shared with the Alliance network.”

A Welcoming Wave Kicks Off “NFL” at Fort Pierce Westwood Academy

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and academic success were the focus of this virtual Night of Freshmen Learning (NFL) for all 9th grade Westwood Panthers and their families.  Christina Coppola, a district SEL Specialist,  psyched up the audience with a fun welcoming ritual to create a sense of community for the evening.  The district SEL Parent Educator, Blondeen Newman, discussed her role and offered resources of everyday tips to being a successful high school student. Participants also heard inspirational messages from community members.  A special thank you to Henry Duhart, Iris Williams and Flower Cordero for sharing their stories and the … Read More

Public Defense Attorneys Support Leadership at Gaines Academy

The St. Lucie Public Defense Office is sponsoring a tie drive to support SGA’s Leadership Days. All middle school students participate in a Successful Scholar elective focusing on goal setting, organizational, study and communication skills needed for success in college and careers. Each Thursday, students are encouraged to wear “Professional Dress”. Seventy ties have been donated for our young men to wear. Featured in the photo from left to right are, Defense Attorneys Steven Couzens and Mark Packard and Supervising Attorney, Stanley Glenn.

Gaines Exceeds the Challenge

Gaines Academy was recognized by the American Reading Company for their 100 Book Challenge Reading program. Students reading levels increased on average 1.47 years during the 2014-15 school year. Believe in GAINS at Gaines!

Gaines Academy Principal’s Challenge

When the 2014-2015 school year started Mrs. Wilke presented the students with a challenge. She challenged them to read 1,000,000 steps of reading practice for 100 Book Challenge. Mrs. Wilke told the students if they met the principal’s challenge she would do anything they wanted her to do. The students voted on several options such as sing karaoke, dress like a clown, and complete the Ice Bucket Challenge. In an almost unanimous decision, the students voted on the Ice Bucket Challenge to be their reward. With the challenge accepted, and an exciting reward in place, the students got right to … Read More

Gaines Kindergarteners Celebrate Reading Goal

Samuel S. Gaines Academy’s kindergarten student, Andreina Hernandez, loads up with her ice cream topping during Mrs. Eaker’s and Ms. Krietzman’s ice cream sundae celebration. All 27 of their K students met their end of the year reading goal in 100 Book Challenge!