Students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently had a P.B.I.S (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) event. Students were able to turn in five rocket fuel tickets that they had earned for positive behavior and dress up as a twin for Twin Day. Students were very excited for this event and many students participated. Pictured is Dean Matthew Kovach and first grader Kyle May. This is Kyle’s second year dressing up as a twin with the dean. Way to go Kyle!
Village Green Environmental Studies School brought storybook characters to life through a pumpkin decorating contest.
Students were able to vote for their favorite pumpkin using earned Manatee Moola.
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) announced that 22 schools of distinction are recognized as Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Model Schools – an increase of seven from last years’ pool of honorees. The University of South Florida (USF), manager of the PBIS Project for the State of Florida, provided Executive Director of Student Services and Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson with notification of this elite cadre of schools. “This positive trend is a reflection of the focused efforts the District is making in schools to support the needs of all children both academically and behaviorally through a multi-tiered system of supports. Reaching Model School Status with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, is representative of our commitment to create a culture that promotes appropriate social and emotional learning for all children.”
PBIS is a school-wide behavioral approach that focuses on increasing academic performance and increasing safety while decreasing problem behaviors with specific and consistent strategies. A focus on individual needs using data along with positive and effective strategies are also key elements to a successful PBIS school-wide plan.
Robert O’Neill serves as the District’s PBIS coordinator and also bridges efforts with SLPS and USF. He explained that achievement of Model School status is a purposeful and united effort — the result of collaboration between Student Services personnel and site-based personnel working to provide for the needs of students and to build the Multi-Tiered System of Supports in the schools. He added that educational professionals work together to address appropriate behavior and celebrate students’ goal attainment.
Congratulations to the following schools on their PBIS Model School status:
Gold Status Schools (14)
Allapattah Flats K-8
Bayshore Elementary School
Floresta Elementary School
Manatee Academy K-8
Mariposa Elementary School
Northport K-8 School
Oak Hammock K-8 School
Palm Pointe K-8 School
Parkway Elementary School
Rivers Edge Elementary School
Southport Middle School
Westgate K-8 School
Windmill Point Elementary School
Village Green Elementary School
Silver Status Schools (6)
Frances K. Sweet Elementary School
Forest Grove Middle School
Lakewood Park Elementary School
Lawnwood Elementary School
Morningside Elementary School
St. Lucie West K-8 School
Bronze Status Schools (2)
Savanna Ridge Elementary School
Weatherbee Elementary School
Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Model Schools were announced at this evening’s Board Meeting. Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards were provided to 13 schools in the District. (Throughout the entire state, there are only 150 model schools. St. Lucie is proud to celebrate 13 of these schools.)
The model schools have met specific criteria as established through the University of South Florida’s PBIS project and have reported innovative, creative and functional ways of supporting PBIS/MTSS in their respective schools.
At Mariposa Elementary, Butterfly Bucks are used when students are caught doing positive behaviors. When a teacher or administrator catches a student following one of the I CAN expectations, they hand them a butterfly buck and acknowledge the specific behavior the students were caught doing. The students then place them in their butterfly bank similar to the one pictured and save them to spend on special PBIS events or to buy a special item from the PBIS store.
I CAN expectations:
Do My Best
The whole school participated in a PBIS event for making great choices at a PBIS celebration on February 26th. The students all danced and sang to their favorite songs and had a great time. These students followed the S.W.I.M. expectations at Floresta. Show respect, Work to keep our school clean and safe, Illustrate responsibility, and Maintain a positive attitude!
Students in K-5 with no referrals for the second nine weeks danced and enjoyed each other’s company at the second annual PBIS in-school dance.
Wow! What a lucky CHANCE it was to win an awesome prize from our PBIS CHANCE Opportunity Drawing Event at Mariposa Elementary. For only three Butterfly Bucks, students had the opportunity to win one of our fantastic prizes. The CHANCE to win took place all month. The drawing was broadcast live from our Mariposa Studio Newsroom with Mr. Wesley Dessources announcing the winners of these great prizes. The following students won these fabulous prizes:
Hello Kitty Personalized Ear Buds – Deyana Johnson
Hello Kitty Sketch Portfolio—Neilani Warren
Spirograph Card Creations – Cambree McKinney & Germene Jean-Louis
Design your own Birdhouse—Charlize Molina & Isabelle Vega
Kickball– Christopher Nicodemus & Brianna Locklar
Art Pad/Colored Pencils/Markers– Cambree McKinney
100 Weirdest Facts Book and Fun Origami Paper Planes– John Hern
Two Mind Craft Books Redstone Handbook & Essential Handbook—Dahlila Robbins
Two Mind Craft Books Combat Handbook & Construction Handbook— Abigail Santiago
Bone Collection – Skulls Book with Military Binoculars— Arrielle Jocelyn
Big Box of Awesome Rocks and a Whoopee Cushion – Landon Reitz
Congratulations to all!
Charlize Molina, Brianna Locklar, and John Hern are happily holding their PBIS prizes. There will be more Chance Opportunity Events as the year progresses.
FPMSA fifth graders celebrated making great choices at a PBIS celebration on February 19th. Friends, snacks, games, and crafts were part of the fun enjoyed by all who attended. These students followed the ARTS Expectations: Always Prepared, Respect Others, Take Responsibility, and Stay Safe!
Submitted by Kathleen Saunders
Allapattah Flats hosted its annual PBIS BUS DRIVER LUNCHEON on Friday, September 29, 2017.
APFK8 served their drivers with great enthusiasm and appreciation for all that they do every day to keep their Gators safe! The drivers enjoyed a special drawing and a delicious lunch along with a lot of laughter and fun!
We truly appreciate our APFK8 drivers and supervisors!
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade at Mariposa Elementary are celebrated at monthly PBIS Brag Bracelet ceremonies for adhering to the school I CAN expectations, Act Responsible, Be Respectful, Create Safety, and Doing Their Best. They each receive a bracelet stating their accomplishment as well as a delicious chocolate chip cookie and juice!
Keegan Blaska, a 4th grader at Mariposa Elementary, has continuously gone above and beyond the school’s I CAN expectations. She proudly wore and displayed her array of Brag Bracelets as she received yet another one for Being Respectful! Keegan is a role model for all of the students in the school! Keep up the amazing work, Keegan!
Mariposa Kindergartener Olivia Baptiste proudly displayed her bracelet for Acting Responsible. Her teacher, Mrs. Kari McIntyre, nominated her for this award because she has started out her Kindergarten year being one of the most responsible young students in her class. She has followed the classroom rules, completed her homework, and acted responsibly in her resource classes and in the hallways. Way to go, Olivia!
We congratulate Mariposa Elementary, Morningside Elementary, Oak Hammock K – 8, Palm Pointe Educational Research School, and Village Green Environmental Studies School for receiving Bronze Level status!
The purpose of the Florida’s Positive Behavior Support (FLPBS) Project is to identify schools that exemplify best practices in the implementation of positive behavior support systems. Artifacts submitted through an online application showcase practices. The FLPBS Project recognizes Gold, Silver, and Bronze model schools.
Parkway students had to have ‘patience’ as they participated in the spelling bee Friday, May 9th. Third place was won by Olivia Hagen , 2nd place by Fabian Liriano, and the champion- spelling the word ‘patience’- was Elexus McMillan.
Mariposa Elementary held its “Pastries for Parents”. Families came and enjoyed breakfast while shopping at our Book Fair. Shown in the picture is John Wright, Christopher Wright, Jackson Wright and Geneva Wright. They were some of the early birds at the event. Also during the book fair, we held an event which included help for volunteers to complete their online applications. There was an author presentation and shopping at the Book Fair. Author, Mrs. Janet Balletta, presented her book, ‘The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid.’ Parents and students enjoyed sweet treats while they shopped for their favorite books.
Dr. Adolph Brown, Passionate Educator is pictured with Brandi Pagano, speech-language pathologist at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition. Dr. Brown, “The World’s Greatest Edu-tainer,” kicked off the school year right for all of St. Lucie Public Schools educators with an informative, awe inspired and energized presentation! Dr. Brown lives in Brandi’s hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is a professor at Hampton University where Brandi received her Master’s Degree.
Barnes & Noble of Jensen Beach chose the McKinney Vento Homeless program to be the recipient of the annual Holiday Book Drive this year. In-store customers have purchased over 3,000 new books so far to donate to the program.
Every student enrolled in the program received a holiday gift bag that included two brand new books, new socks, school supplies, a hygiene kit, and coloring books for the younger students. Geneva Financial donated over 500 coloring books and crayons, the Treasure Coast Food Bank donated the hygiene items for the kits, and Bombas socks donated over 2,000 pairs of new socks.
St. Lucie Public Schools appreciates its partners in education!
Pete Tesch and Jill Marasa from Economic Development Council (EDC), Rich Kolleda from Workforce Readiness Taskforce (WRT), and Brian Bauer from CareerSource Research Coast thanked the School Board for supporting this summer’s Boot Camps and acknowledged the positive partnership that they have with SLPS. Ready to Work Boot Camps were established at the request of manufacturers and trades seeking employees. The WRT was started in 2015 as a result of the EDC’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan to explore workforce readiness and education improvements that has grown to 30 plus regional stakeholders.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County support a myriad of activities and programs in our county including meal programs and before / after school programs. If you are interested in learning more or finding out how the Boys and Girls Clubs can support students at your school, please call Maygan Johnson at 460-9918 (ext. 108).
Maria Gerardi was the winner of this year’s PTO Turkey Feathers contest! Students bought turkey feathers for their favorite teacher and the teacher with the most feathers was honored to wear our turkey costume. Mrs. Gerardi had 124 feathers bought in her name. She is seen here with Miss Jean offering her some stuffing.
Students at Parkway Elementary got to sample Sweet Potato Fries on Thursday during lunch. Students learned where sweet potatoes are grown, how fries are made from them, and the surprising health benefits they provide!