Permaculture Garden

Permaculture Garden

Village Green Environmental Studies students explain their roles in maintaining our permaculture garden to special guests including Port St. Lucie Mayor Oravec.  The garden includes food-producing plants from around the world growing in a system that imitates nature and is free from pesticides and herbicides.  The school has multiple ‘farm-to-table’ experiences for students throughout the school year.

Perfect Score on the FSA at Mariposa Elementary

Perfect Score on the FSA at Mariposa Elementary

At Mariposa Elementary, fourth grader Jesse Hindman received a perfect score on his third grade math FSA and received a certificate from the Governor for his hard work!

Ms. Mackenzie Buck was his third grade teacher last school year and had these thoughts about his achievement:

“Jesse was one of my awesome third graders during the 2017-2018 school year. I will never forget his first day—upon walking into my classroom, he immediately wanted to know when we would be starting multiplication. He was excited to learn and ready for a challenge. Jesse personifies hard-work and a determination to exceed his own expectations EVERY SINGLE DAY. As soon as I would model a new strategy, he was ready to practice and try the next step.”

As teachers, we are often asked what brought us into this field or what we most so enjoy about teaching. For me, it is the daily opportunity to watch amazing kids, like Jesse, grow, challenge themselves and learn through exploration and trial/error. Jesse’s enthusiasm for learning, especially math, was incredibly contagious to all who surrounded him. His excitement constantly encouraged me to push my abilities as a teacher to the next level—to broaden my horizon of teaching strategies and provide new learning challenges. Jesse was a blast to teach and I was always excited to see what new things Jesse was wanting to learn or challenge himself in.

His academic drive, character and positive attitude are no doubt the reasons why he performed exceptionally on the math Florida Standards Assessment. I am so very proud of his success and the young man he is becoming each day!”

Congratulations, Jesse and to all students who earned a perfect score on the FSA!

Perez to Lead Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition

Perez to Lead Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL -Currently an assistant principal at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition, Ms. Kathleen Perez will step into a new role as principal for the school as the new school year opens.  No stranger to education, this 24-year veteran is looking forward to leading this learning community and continuing its tradition of excellence. “Palm Pointe has been my home for the past six years.  I consider the staff and students my family, and I will continue to build and nurture the positive climate for student achievement.”

St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “There was no need to look beyond our own District’s campuses for this school’s highly qualified leader.  Ms. Perez has a proven track record as a strong instructional leader with assets in leading professional development and technology innovation.  She will serve the school and the community well.”

Palm Pointe is a research school that boasts of a unique partnership with Florida Atlantic University and St. Lucie Public Schools.  The kindergarten through eighth grade school has a three-fold mission of being a demonstration site for teacher education, developing curricula, and conducting research. The school’s current leader, Principal Debra Snyder, retires at the close of this school year and leaves a legacy of 37 years as a teacher and administrator in St. Lucie Public Schools.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

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Pep Rally – August 3

Pep Rally – August 3

SLPS Employees and Students

Join Us For the Back-to-School Pep Rally on August 3rd

FREE Admission To the St. Lucie Mets Game
#StLucieProud #StLucieStrong

Employees, Bring Your ID or A Check Stub

5:00 PM – First Data Field (Mets Stadium)

SLPS sends a special thank you to all event sponsors!

Penny Scialdo of SLW Centennial Awarded the Navigator Award

Penny Scialdo of SLW Centennial Awarded the Navigator Award

The Treasure Coast Inter-Agency Transition Council gives the Navigation Award to five people from the four-county area.  It is given to those we are leading the way by navigating transition services for supporting the successful transition of persons with disabilities from school to post-graduation.  Penny Scialdo, School-Based ESE Specialist, has always been a proponent of seamless, positive transition for her students.  We appreciate all she has done for the students in St. Lucie Public Schools. A big congratulations to Penny for her outstanding service!

 

 

Pennies for Pasta at Gaines Academy

Pennies for Pasta at Gaines Academy

Students at Gaines Academy generously donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Pennies for Pasta campaign. We surpassed our school goal of $2,000 with a grand total of $2,700 being donated to help local blood cancer patients with their treatments and hopefully find a cure. Ms. Lenaiah Wood’s second grade class collected the most donations and were treated to a delicious luncheon by Olive Garden. Pictured enjoying their pasta are David Hernandez (L) and Pierre Jerome (R).

Pen Pals Make Great Mentors at Mariposa Elementary

Pen Pals Make Great Mentors at Mariposa Elementary

At Mariposa Elementary, Mrs. Michelle Smith’s 2nd grade class teamed up with Mrs. Theresa Delancy’s 3rd grade class for writing!  Every 2nd grader has a 3rd grade pen pal who acts as a writing mentor.  After reading the story The Plump and Perky Turkey, students were asked to imagine that they were a turkey! Together with their pen pals, students had to come up with reasons as to why the turkey should not be eaten on Thanksgiving! Tahlia Sugrim and Abigail Santiago are showing their hard work. The students had a blast! Afterwards, they celebrated by creating their own Thanksgiving turkey cookie!

Peacock Dental Makes Donation

Peacock Dental Makes Donation

Peacock Dental in St. Lucie West donated 1,000 toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste to support St. Lucie Public Schools’ students experiencing homelessness. The support came after the local business heard about the McKinney Vento program and wanted to be able to provide something for students in our area.

St. Lucie Public Schools appreciates this partnership!

 

Peachy Time at Lakewood Park Elementary

Peachy Time at Lakewood Park Elementary

Mr. Morales, a local peach farmer, and Sandy White, representative from Titan Farms located in South Carolina, partner in marketing Florida grown peaches, and made their first presentation to a first grade audience at Lakewood Park Elementary.  The first graders were excited to learn how the peaches grow and created pictures to show how Florida peaches look.  As a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program school, students were able to sample some of the peaches grown on the farm Mr. Morales operates in St. Lucie County, just a few miles away from Lakewood Park Elementary. What a yummy presentation!

Peace Poster Winners from Lincoln Park Academy

Peace Poster Winners from Lincoln Park Academy

Ms. Duran’s middle school students from Lincoln Park Academy participated in the Lion’s International Peace Poster Contest. The winners were selected by the Lion’s Club of Fort Pierce. First place was awarded to Zareef Mohammed (7th).  Second place was awarded to Zoey Thomaselli (8th).  Third place was awarded to Zoya Mukhamedov (8th).  Kaliyana Limear (8th) was selected as Honorable Mention.  Zareef Mohammed’s poster will advance to represent Lincoln Park Academy in the International Peace Poster Contest.

The Fort Pierce Lion’s Club generously sponsors Lincoln Park Academy’s participation in this contest annually by providing large drawing pads of paper, prizes, ribbons, and certificates.  The first, second, and third place students will be invited to attend an awards dinner hosted by the Fort Pierce Lion’s Club. We are very proud of all the students who participated and created beautiful artwork to represent our united journey of peace.

 

 

Peace Poster Contest Winners from Lincoln Park Academy

Peace Poster Contest Winners from Lincoln Park Academy

Ms. Duran’s middle school students from Lincoln Park Academy participated in the Lion’s International Peace Poster Contest. First, second, and third place winners were selected by local artist, Debi Crouse. First place was awarded to Kiera Chapman-Martinez (7th). Second place was awarded to Brittney Wolfe (8th). Third place resulted in a tie between Bianca Arcadipane (7th) and Natali Gallegos (6th). Kiera Chapman-Martinez’s poster will advance to represent Lincoln Park Academy in the Peace Poster Contest. Honorable Mentions were also selected including Kara Valure (8th), Ripley Greenwald (8th), Summer Sinclair (8th), Talia Bock (8th), Francisco Godinez (7th), and Casey Chilton (6th). A selection of the student’s work will be displayed at the Zora Neale Hurston branch library for the month of January. The library is located at 3008 Ave D, Fort Pierce, FL 34947.

The Fort Pierce Lion’s Club generously sponsored Lincoln Park Academy’s participation in this contest by providing large drawing pads of paper, prizes, ribbons, and certificates. The first, second, and third place students recently attended an awards dinner hosted by the Lion’s Club. The students had the opportunity to meet Debi Crouse and members of the Fort Pierce Lion’s Club. Additionally, they each spoke about their individual creation and views on peace.

PBPA Hosts Community Connection Luncheon

PBPA Hosts Community Connection Luncheon

Community members attended PBPA’s first Community Connection Luncheon on Oct. 8th.  Students were able to hear success stories and interact with different community members. They were also able to learn about some interests that our community members have and how those interests helped them experience success in their careers.

PBIS Winter Dance at REE a Cool Event!

PBIS Winter Dance at REE a Cool Event!

REE’s PBIS committee hosted a Winter Dance this past month! Students paid 20 Otter Bucks to attend the dance during their resource time. Dancing and fun overflowed as students jammed to the DJ and enjoyed being able to hang out with their friends. Our fabulous PTO decorated and gave out candy. An event sure to be held again and again.

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PBIS Twin Day held at Palm Pointe

PBIS Twin Day held at Palm Pointe

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!

PBIS Schools On The Rise

PBIS Schools On The Rise

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

 

 

PBIS Model Schools

PBIS Model Schools

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.

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SLB Pic 2 PBIS Bronze Awards