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 ArtsIntegrationConfernece.com. She will be speaking on the topic of Combined Footing: Building a Solid Foundation for Arts Integration. Make sure to watch on July 16.
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:
- Meets Requirements
- Needs Assistance
- Needs Intervention
- 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!