United Way

United Way

St. Lucie Public Schools received the St. Lucie Education Impact Award at the annual United Way Spirit Awards Breakfast.  Each year, the School District supports the United Way in the areas of health, education, and financial independence.

Congratulations SLPS!
College Fair – October 4

College Fair – October 4

College Fair Night is slated for Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Plan to attend and gather information about college and university options.

 

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SLWCHS Drama Production

SLWCHS Drama Production

St. Lucie West Centennial High School Drama proudly presents For What It’s Worth, an original, full length musical Oct 20, 21, 22 at 7:00 pm and Oct 23 at 2:00 pm in the SLWCHS Auditorium.

Follow the courageous journey of Katrina who discovers that integrity and virtue are more important than a cheap promise of success, and in the process changes the lives of all around her as they slowly discover their own self-worth.

Tickets are only $15 and can be bought at slwch.booktix.com or by calling 772-236-4515. A limited number of seats will be available one hour before the performances as well.

Come see the world premiere of this brand new musical as it is performed with live music. You don’t want to miss this!
C.A. Moore’s Safety Patrol

C.A. Moore’s Safety Patrol

C. A. Moore Elementary School held a swearing in ceremony for the team of student leaders who were selected to be on the 2016-2017 Safety Patrol Battalion.

Principal Hedeen welcomed parents and special guests Chief Deputy Garry Wilson of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Chief Kenny Norris of the Fort Pierce Police Department, and Chief Brian Reuther of St. Lucie Public Schools to the event to honor the fifth grade students for the important role they will fulfill this year on campus as they lead, model, and support school safety.

Congratulations!

Grab A Book With Grandparents at Palm Pointe

Grab A Book With Grandparents at Palm Pointe

Kindergarten teachers and students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition invited grandparents to school to read with their grandchild and spend time with them. Students then completed a survey and picture about their grandparent with some help from their loved ones. It was a great event!  Pictured from left: Kindergarten student Chance Sullivan and his Grandmother Cindy Stone.

FPMSA 5th Grade Scientists at Work

FPMSA 5th Grade Scientists at Work

Students in Mrs. Logue’s fifth grade classes at Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts used a variety of science tools to measure length, temperature, mass, force, volume, and time. They had a great time and learned firsthand how scientists measure in the real world!

Michael Thomas Shares Message of Giving Back at CA Moore

Michael Thomas Shares Message of Giving Back at CA Moore

On Tuesday, Michael Thomas of the Miami Dolphins spoke to students at CA Moore Elementary about giving back to your community and being a positive part of any community you visit. Pictured from left to right: Scott VanDuzer, Mayor Linda Hudson, Members of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s STAR Team, Michael Thomas, State Representative Larry Lee, Jr., and Fire Chief Buddy Emerson.

Northport Rising Stars Commemorate “Constitution Day!”

Northport Rising Stars Commemorate “Constitution Day!”

With enjoyment and pride, Northport students in Kate Ploeckelman and Lorena Wilson’s second and third grade Rising Star student group, performed a rousing rendition of “The Exaggerated But True Story of the Constitution” and the “Camping Constitution!” It was so impressive to see the young students process new information and develop fluency using important and vital information. Learning about who wrote the Constitution and the meaning behind the Constitution was pride evoking. Students performed in front of a large group of parents, teachers and peers in the school media center. The program was wrapped up with a heart touching rendition of Lee Greenwood’s “Proud To Be An American.” Great job to the students and teachers!

Bayshore Students Celebrate International Literacy Day

Bayshore Students Celebrate International Literacy Day

This year marked the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day on September 8, 2016.   In honor of this special day, Bayshore students participated in a book exchange. First grade students Sophia Schmitt, Jilieah Taylor and Kaelyn Scheumeister (pictured from left to right) were excited to choose new books!
Manatee Students Enjoy Being in the Media Center!

Manatee Students Enjoy Being in the Media Center!

Boy, do we have fun in the library!

Miss Alicia and Miss Victoria from the SLC Public Library brought cool books and library cards for all of the first grade students at Manatee Academy. Mrs. Remington invited county librarians to visit Manatee Academy as part of “Library Card Sign-up Month.” Students enjoyed listening, interacting, and being a part of the story telling with the county librarians.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a month-long celebration (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15). America celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

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Calling All Fifth Graders!

Calling All Fifth Graders!

We are excited to announce the launch of Kids Tag Art in St. Lucie Public Schools for the 2016 – 2017 school year!

This program is no ordinary fundraiser, as it allows fifth grade students to apply thinking and creative skills to create their own personal license plate in their art class. The fun twist is that all proceeds from purchased plates will return to your student’s school. They may even win a county award and be recognized at the inaugural Kids Tag Art awards ceremony in the spring!

Every plate will be available to purchase once the designs are finalized.

Please be on the lookout for upcoming announcements!

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District Honored With Presentation

District Honored With Presentation

President of the Classified Teachers Association/Classified Unit (CTA/CU) Retirees Chapter Ms. Barbara Kaste presented a plaque to the Board Members and Superintendent E. Wayne Gent to express appreciation for the support that has been given to the Chapter, to New Teacher Orientation, and to the New Teacher Supply Depot.

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Mr. Luke Hall – A Shining Star

Mr. Luke Hall – A Shining Star

Mr. Luke Hall was the recipient of a STAR Award at the September Board Meeting based upon the recommendation of one of his students’ parents who lauded his efforts to support her son as well as the other members of the positive band program.  Mr. Hall’s high expectations for success with built-in factors for a safe and respectful environment were key attributes highlighted for this exceptional educator’s recognition.

STAR Award – The Arts Are Alive

STAR Award – The Arts Are Alive

Mrs. Cary Schott enthusiastically shares her love of the arts and her artistic talents with others.  When asked if she and her students could provide art for District Office visitors and staff to appreciate, she readily provided three beautiful pieces to adorn the walls in the Community Room for all to enjoy.

Thank you for helping to keep the arts alive in St. Lucie!

STAR Awards – Retired School Volunteer Program

STAR Awards – Retired School Volunteer Program

STAR Recognition for Exceptional Service and Support to St. Lucie Elementary

Principal Latricia Woulard commended members of the Retired School Volunteer Program for their mentor support at St. Lucie Elementary.  The dedicated team of individuals provided help and support to new teachers and retention efforts, beautification and establishment of a butterfly garden on campus, and fund raising efforts for supplies. Special recognition and thanks were given to the following at the September 13th Board Meeting: Barbara Kaste, Stephanie Sakowski, Arlene Hazelton, Ruthann Reuther, Marguerite Saady, Chuck Brothers, Vanessa Tillman, and Christine Rodic.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent Provides Update

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent Provides Update

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent provided an educational update during the Economic Development Council’s Investors’ Lunch Meeting. With a focus on the School District’s escalating graduation rates as well as career and technical opportunities, he stressed how the need is greater than ever for the next generation to be prepared to deal with the demands of a complex world and economic realities.

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9/11 Presentation at Palm Pointe

9/11 Presentation at Palm Pointe

On September 9, 2016, Palm Pointe 6th graders paid tribute to 9/11 by participating in a special presentation about multiple perspectives in history.  Students heard the oral histories of  guest speakers, Mr. Dennis Keane (retired NYC firefighter), Firefighter Ray Reiprecht (SLC Fire Department), and Ms. Diane Berger (former NYC air traffic controller), who were involved that day.  The presenters expressed themes of unity and resilience, discussing how the country came together in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Pictured from left: Mr. Dennis Keane, Mr. Ray Reiprecht, and Ms. Diane Berger.

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

 

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) invites fathers and male caregivers to come back to school!  On September 28, a movement across the state of Florida will be put into motion whereby fathers and male caregivers are encouraged to bring their child to school, sign a pledge of involvement, and demonstrate the value of being involved in their child’s education — Dads Take Your Child to School Day.

Dr. Kevin Perry leads the effort for SLPS. He explained, “The movement in SLPS began two years ago and grew out of recognition of the power of male involvement in the education of all students.”  A father who actively participates in the educational and social developmental life of a child is invaluable and irreplaceable.  Statistics from the National Fatherhood Initiative support findings that show when fathers and men are regularly and substantially involved in the education and social development of children, those children have higher standardized test scores, higher grade point averages, higher attendance rates and higher graduation rates.  Those children also have lower rates of suspension, expulsion and arrest.  As one goes up, the other goes down.  When you accentuate and improve the positive, you decrease or eliminate the negative.

While there is no magic solution to solve the concerns we face in education today, getting fathers highly engaged is a huge step in the right direction.  Dads, Take Your Child to School Day is an opportunity for all men to show their commitment to the educational lives of children.  It also marks the beginning of a year-long commitment by men.  For this reason, the movement is an influential and celebrated event.

Last year, approximately 2,700 fathers and male caregivers participated in activities in SLPS.  This special event in honor of dads and their support of the educational process is implemented as a MOVEMENT, not just a MOMENT!  Schools will continue to have a series of father centered activities throughout the school year.

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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