Outboard Marine Program Off to a Great Start

Outboard Marine Program Off to a Great Start

St. Lucie West Centennial’s Outboard Marine Technology program is off to a great start! Students are learning about general lab safety, identifying tools needed for their work and measuring electricity and temperature. The students are actively engaged and excited about the authentic learning that will take place this year.

Our STAR Recipient

Our STAR Recipient

Barbara Ricks, the Business Education teacher at St. Lucie West K-8, accepted the STAR (Special Thanks And Recognition) Award at the School Board Meeting on February 10, 2015. Mrs. Ricks is one dedicated teacher and employee. She is the Business Partner Coordinator, member of the School Advisory Council, member of the District Advisory Council, Step Team Coach, FBLA Advisor, Facilitator for Title I tutoring, STEM Rap Battle Coordinator, and the former MLK Committee Coordinator. Mrs. Ricks did all these activities while completing her MBA and ED Leadership degrees. She embodies what it means to be a lifelong learner. To say that she is a hard worker is an understatement. She is always cheerful, kind and supportive, showing leadership daily. Barbara Ricks is recognized for her untiring commitment to St. Lucie West K-8 School and their students.

Pictured are, Michelle Jerger, Chairman Donna Mills, Barbara Ricks, and Superintendent Genellle Yost.

Our June STAR Awards Recipients

Our June STAR Awards Recipients

Our June STAR (Special Thanks And Recognition) recipients, Robert Hill and Marrissa Parker, were recognized at the board meeting on June 9, 2015.

Robert Hill, Port St. Lucie High School gatekeeper, is an amazing person and colleague. Every day he is out at the front of our school greeting everyone who visits our campus. He waves to every single bus, parent, student, staff member and visitor; they all love him. He is the first face of our school and sets the tone for our warm and welcoming environment. He knows a little something about almost everyone, from what kind of dog a person has to when students get their learner’s permit. He cultivates wonderful relationships with all our stakeholders. One of his other responsibilities is picking up students from classrooms if they need to be removed. While doing this, he uses the travel time between the classroom and the office to counsel the students. He helps them deescalate and gain perspective on the situation. He talks to kids throughout the day about what is going on in their lives; he takes the time to care. He is a team player who is always willing to help out where ever needed. They would be lost without him.

Two words describe Marissa Parker, Food Services, compassion and grace. A few months ago the district office was contacted by a father whose family recently relocated to St. Lucie County. His concern was that he assumed that because his family was receiving other state services that his children would automatically be granted Free Lunch. His three children had accumulated a lunch balance that raised a concern with the school lunch staff. Once the family learned that they must complete a Free Lunch Application they did so immediately. Meanwhile, the issue of an outstanding balance was still at hand. This family was living in temporary housing and financially was unable to resolve the balance and cover the cost of the upcoming week. The father feared that he would have to keep his three children home if they were unable to eat lunch. Marissa handled the situation with compassion, grace and ease, assuring that the students’ balance would be taken care of and that they would have no lapse in receiving free lunch. Marissa shows that we need to be compassionate for others who are experiencing difficulties and help out in whatever ways we can. Thank you for having a kind heart.

Congratulations to our STAR employees. We appreciate all you do.

Our Army JROTC Jaguar Cadets Prepare Thanksgiving Meals with the Big Heart Brigade!

Our Army JROTC Jaguar Cadets Prepare Thanksgiving Meals with the Big Heart Brigade!

On Monday and Tuesday, November 19 and 20, 2018, many cadets led by Cadet Captain Brianna Harris and Cadet Sergeant James Mikovsky, along with Cadet Sergeant First Class Lawrence Moleon Mathews, and Cadet Private Heaven Savinon, Cadet 1st Lieutenant Lila Meade, Cadet Corporal Ashley Armendarez, Cadet Master Sergeant Max Marrero, Cadet Private Damien Borkowski, volunteered to help the St. Lucie County Fire District in the Annual Big Heart Brigade. Our cadets accompanied numerous volunteers from the community in preparing meal boxes to be distributed to those who would not be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner.

(Submitted by Cadet Captain Alexis Morris)

 

Osceola Magnet School adopts GCELA

A third grade class at Osceola Magnet School in Vero Beach adopted HeatherNesbitt’s first grade classroom for a “give back” Christmas.  The Osceola students all wrote two letters, wrapped a book and tied a holiday pencil on each package. It was truly amazing to watch the students open their gifts, read their letters and get really excited about a new book!  As part of a writing lesson, GCELA students wrote thank you letters to the Osceola Magnet School students.
Ortiz Recognized for Excellence

Ortiz Recognized for Excellence

Carmen Ortiz, Risk Management Specialist for St. Lucie Public Schools, bears the distinction of this year’s Outstanding Risk Manager in the Employer category. The news came at the 7th annual IN TOUCH Excellence Awards Gala.

The award recognizes outstanding performance in the workers’ compensation industry. “I’m just so honored,” said Ortiz. “I love what I do.  I work with a wonderful team, and I’m able to focus my energies on helping people.  When they come to me, they have questions and I want to instill confidence in them knowing that I’m there to help.”

Ortiz began her career in risk management nine years ago as a safety specialist and has worked in her current role for the past five years.  According to Susan Carver, Director of Risk Management for the District, “Carmen exemplifies the values the District holds as paramount for service and professionalism. She demonstrates outstanding commitment, shows care in working with individuals, and understands the importance of quality and timely customer service.”

The Excellence Awards were created established by IN TOUCH as a platform on which to recognize the best-of-the-best performance of professionals working within the workers’ compensation industry through a nomination process resulting in a formal awards celebration.

Physicians, providers of health services, and others in the workers compensation industry are formally recognized by IN TOUCH.  Colleagues, clients, and others submit nominations based on outstanding performance, excellence in customer service, and field-of-work expertise.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

Ortiz Recognized for Excellence

Ortiz Recognized for Excellence

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Carmen Ortiz, Risk Management Specialist for St. Lucie Public Schools, bears the distinction of this year’s Outstanding Risk Manager in the Employer category. The news came at the 7th annual IN TOUCH Excellence Awards Gala.

The award recognizes outstanding performance in the workers’ compensation industry. “I’m just so honored,” said Ortiz. “I love what I do.  I work with a wonderful team, and I’m able to focus my energies on helping people.  When they come to me, they have questions and I want to instill confidence in them knowing that I’m there to help.”

Ortiz began her career in risk management nine years ago as a safety specialist and has worked in her current role for the past five years.  According to Susan Carver, Director of Risk Management for the District, “Carmen exemplifies the values the District holds as paramount for service and professionalism. She demonstrates outstanding commitment, shows care in working with individuals, and understands the importance of quality and timely customer service.”

The Excellence Awards were created established by IN TOUCH as a platform on which to recognize the best-of-the-best performance of professionals working within the workers’ compensation industry through a nomination process resulting in a formal awards celebration.

Physicians, providers of health services, and others in the workers compensation industry are formally recognized by IN TOUCH.  Colleagues, clients, and others submit nominations based on outstanding performance, excellence in customer service, and field-of-work expertise.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Supports PSLHS JROTC Fundraiser

O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Supports PSLHS JROTC Fundraiser

On Saturday, March 30, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion conducted a fundraiser in the parking lot of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts to raise money for the Regional Champion Drill Team. Cadets pre-sold tickets for several weeks prior to the fundraiser to help increase participation in the event. The 23 cadets who participated raised enough money to offset the cost of attending the State Drill Meet coming up on April 13, 2019. The cadets are now able to afford transportation to the State Championship Drill Meet in Lakeland, Florida!

Operation Stoplifting at Southport Middle School

Operation Stoplifting at Southport Middle School

Students from each Social Studies class at Southport Middle School were invited to a visit the media center for a presentation by the Port Saint Lucie Police Department for a program initiative called Operation Stoplifting. The program led by Stacy Paton, Crime Prevention Specialist for the PSLPD, and Officer Frank Borges who updated students on the hazards of shoplifting. Students learned about the technical camera systems that are now in retail stores and spent time discussing the consequences of shoplifting.  Ms. Paton showed students examples of job, college and  military applications, and the reality of background checks. The children learned that once you have a criminal record you may not be eligible to attend certain colleges, military or any number of jobs.  All students received a Stoplifting Pledge where they pledge not to commit retail theft. Pictured here are Southport students, Christian Oravec, Dan Nguyen, Aivi Lang, Kanesha Gaines, Hannah Angelo-Walker, Zachary Giraldez, along with Crime Prevention Specialist Stacy Paton and Officer Frank Borges.

Opening days are active at Floresta Elementary

Opening days are active at Floresta Elementary

Floresta Elementary School teachers returned for the new school year on Monday, August 13,
to a full schedule of Professional Development trainings and a variety of other opening week activities.  Pictured are teachers participating in an energizing teambuilding activity, from Kagan’s Silly Sports and Goofy Games publication. This is one of many research based Kagan activities teachers will put to use in the classroom this school year.

Opening Ceremonies – Leadership Day

Opening Ceremonies – Leadership Day

St. Lucie Public Schools leaders gathered on July 28 for the 2016-2017 “Opening Ceremonies” for the new academic year. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent set a positive tone for high expectations and continued trends of success.

School leaders enjoyed a day filled with collegial working and learning opportunities to enhance planning for the coming year.

Open House Schedules

Open House Schedules

SCHOOL Time Date
Allapattah Flats K-8 3:30 – 5:30 August 8, 2019
Bayshore Elementary 3:30 – 5:30 August 8, 2019
CA Moore Elementary 4:00 – 6:00 August 8, 2019
Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) 4:00 – 6:00 August 8, 2019
Dale Cassens Education Complex Elementary 5:30 – 7:00 August 8, 2019
Dale Cassens Education Complex Secondary 5:30 – 7:00 August 7, 2019
Dan McCarty Middle School 4:00 – 6:00 August 7, 2019
Fairlawn Elementary 3:30 – 5:30 August 8, 2019
FK Sweet Elementary 3:30 – 5:30 August 8, 2019
Floresta Elementary 3:30 – 5:30 August 8, 2019
Forest Grove Middle Grade 6                   5:00-6:30

Grades 7-8               6:30-8:00

August 7, 2019
FP Central High Grade 9                     6:00-8:00

Grades 10-12           3:00–5:30

August 7, 2019
FP Westwood High MOA – Grade 9          3:30–4:00

All MOA Students      4:00–6:00

4:00 – 6:00

August 7, 2019
Lakewood Park Elementary 3:30 – 5:30 August 8, 2019
Lawnwood Elementary 3:30 – 5:30 August 8, 2019
Lincoln Park Academy

(Grades 6-12)

Grade 6                      3:30-4:30

Grades 7-8                4:15-5:30

Grades 9-12               5:45-7:00

August 7, 2019
Manatee Academy K-8 4:30 – 6:30 August 8, 2019
Mariposa Elementary 3:30 – 5:30 August 8, 2019
Morningside Elementary 3:30 – 5:30 August 8, 2019
Northport K-8 4:00 – 6:00 August 8, 2019
Oak Hammock K-8 4:00 – 6:00 August 8, 2019
Palm Pointe 3:30 – 5:30 August 8, 2019
Parkway Elementary 3:30 – 5:30 August 8, 2019
Performance Based 5:30 – 7:00 August 7, 2019
PSL High Grade 9 Only             6:00–7:30 August 7, 2019
Rivers Edge Elementary 3:30 – 5:30 August 8, 2019
Samuel Gaines Academy K-8 Grades K-1                3:30-4:30

Grades 2-8                4:00-6:00

August 8, 2019
Savanna Ridge Elementary 3:30 – 5:30 August 8, 2019
SLW Centennial High Grade 9                     4:30-6:00

Grades 10 – 12           3:30-4:30

August 7, 2019
Southern Oaks Middle 4:00 – 6:00 August 7, 2019
Southport Middle Grade 6 Orientation   4:00

Open House               5:00-7:00

August 7, 2019
St. Lucie Elementary 5:00 – 7:00 August 8, 2019
St. Lucie West K-8 Grades K-5                3:30-4:30

Grades 6-8                 4:30–5:30

August 8, 2019
Treasure Coast High Grade 9 Only            5:00–7:00 August 7, 2019
Village Green Elementary 4:00 – 6:00 August 8, 2019
Weatherbee Elementary 3:30 – 5:30 August 8, 2019
West Gate K-8 4:30 – 6:30 August 8, 2019
White City Elementary 3:30 – 5:30 August 8, 2019
Windmill Point Elementary 4:30 – 6:30 August 8, 2019
Open House – March 22

Open House – March 22

As 8th graders in St. Lucie Public Schools, we know you are excited to start your high school journey.  You should have received a high school assignment card, and we want to remind you to attend the open house at your new high school on Wednesday, March 22nd at 6:00 pm.

 

Learn about the course selections, see the school, and meet the staff.   We look forward to welcoming you as our new freshmen class.

Open House Invitation For Virtual Education in SLPS

Open House Invitation For Virtual Education in SLPS

Looking for a non-traditional education or a more flexible environment for learning? Virtual schooling is a progressive choice for families, providing expanded educational opportunities, utilizing online curriculum, to a wider student community for anywhere, anytime learning.

Virtual school enrollment window is now open through July 1, 2017. Not sure if virtual instruction is right for your child? Attend one of our open house events to learn more!

Click here for Enrollment Information for Fall 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open House Dates

Open House Dates

St. Lucie Public Schools will host Open Houses across the District on August 8 and 9. As the dates draw closer, specific times of Open House events will also be posted on the SLPS homepage and social media outlets.

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District in the top one-third of of Florida’s districts, there are no failing schools, and SLPS has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit, http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

 

Open House Dates

Open House Dates

St. Lucie Public Schools

Open House Dates

 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

High Schools, Middle Schools, Lincoln Park Academy

 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

K-8 Schools, Elementary Schools

 

*Each School Will Publish Specific Times And Details Pertaining To Their Open House.

Open House at The Aquarium and FAU Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Visitor’s Center

Open House at The Aquarium and FAU Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Visitor’s Center

The Smithsonian at the St. Lucie County Aquarium and FAU Harbor Branch are working together to host an open house for teachers on Sept 19th from 10am-2pm at both the Aquarium and FAU Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Visitor’s Center.

Come learn about the exciting 2018-2019 educational opportunities offered by local organizations at this Teacher Open House! There are two host locations for this event and teachers are invited to either (or both!).

The Open House at the Aquarium will offer free admission to registered teachers, snacks and light refreshments, and our educators will be on-site to discuss Smithsonian education programs for K-12 classes.

The second open house will be held at FAU Habor Branch Ocean Discovery Visitor’s Center (located at 5600 US Highway 1, Fort Pierce) and will feature on-site outreach staff to discuss marine science research, careers and education programs. FAU Harbor Branch is also offering a FREE Immersion Tour from 10:30am-12pm for middle and high school teachers. Space is limited for this opportunity to see the research campus, so please register by Sept 5th by calling 772-242-2293. 

Takeaway packets containing information about field trips and ideas from several area educational organizations will be available at each site.

 

Click here to see the flyer:  Teacher Open House