Summer Slide Resources

Summer Slide Resources

The summer months are drawing to a close and we are looking forward to welcoming your children to the coming school year. As we prepare, we want to remind you of the valuable and free web-based Summer Slide resources that include math, science, English/language arts, and social studies for grades PreK through 12.

These helpful resources are available for use by students, parents, and community organizations any time and any place.
Visit www.stlucieschools.org and click on the Summer Slide logo to explore these resources with your student today.

Treasure Coast High School Graduate Wins National Scholarship

Treasure Coast High School Graduate Wins National Scholarship

Hard work has paid off for Alexandra Artiles, a community-minded and academically involved graduate of Treasure Coast High School.  Artiles has been named as one of 300 national semifinalists in the National Honor Society Scholarship program.  She was selected from more than 25,000 applicants and will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

This accomplished high honors graduate received her St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) high school diploma in May.  As a Treasure Coast Titan and dedicated member of the National Honor Society chapter, she participated in the Cambridge University Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Program.  She earned her AICE diploma for passing six international education exams during her high school career, and she also earned her Associates Degree in Political Science from IRSC. Her leadership skills and interests also propelled her into roles of Captain of the Varsity Swim and Dive Team, member of the Varsity Track and Field Team, and representative in TCHS student government.

Driven by a passion to serve, Artiles is also active in her community. She has earned over 230 community service hours in organizations including the Mustard Seed Food Bank, Sarah’s Kitchen, Wounded Warriors, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Ardalan Dentistry, Town Park Community Center, and the Republican Party of Florida. She has served as Executive Director of the Florida Federation of Teenage Republicans and Chairman of the St. Lucie County Teenage Republicans.

This fall, Artiles plans to attend Florida State University to pursue a double major in political science and international affairs. She is a focused and thankful student who is especially appreciative of the support she received from one of her high school teachers, Ms. Monica Mills.  “My enrollment in her AICE History course is what changed my academic career, and I believe she is the best teacher TCHS will ever witness.  Finally, I want to thank my parents for all of their sacrifice and dedication to my success,” said Artiles.

Treasure Coast High School Graduate Wins National Scholarship

Treasure Coast High School Graduate Wins National Scholarship

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – Hard work has paid off for Alexandra Artiles, a community-minded and academically involved graduate of Treasure Coast High School.  Artiles has been named as one of 300 national semifinalists in the National Honor Society Scholarship program.  She was selected from more than 25,000 applicants and will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

 

This accomplished high honors graduate received her St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) high school diploma in May.  As a Treasure Coast Titan and dedicated member of the National Honor Society chapter, she participated in the Cambridge University Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Program.  She earned her AICE diploma for passing six international education exams during her high school career, and she also earned her Associates Degree in Political Science from IRSC. Her leadership skills and interests also propelled her into roles of Captain of the Varsity Swim and Dive Team, member of the Varsity Track and Field Team, and representative in TCHS student government.

 

Driven by a passion to serve, Artiles is also active in her community. She has earned over 230 community service hours in organizations including the Mustard Seed Food Bank, Sarah’s Kitchen, Wounded Warriors, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Ardalan Dentistry, Town Park Community Center, and the Republican Party of Florida. She has served as Executive Director of the Florida Federation of Teenage Republicans and Chairman of the St. Lucie County Teenage Republicans.

 

This fall, Artiles plans to attend Florida State University to pursue a double major in political science and international affairs. She is a focused and thankful student who is especially appreciative of the support she received from one of her high school teachers, Ms. Monica Mills.  “My enrollment in her AICE History course is what changed my academic career, and I believe she is the best teacher TCHS will ever witness.  Finally, I want to thank my parents for all of their sacrifice and dedication to my success,” said Artiles.

 

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.

Alexandra Artiles

Alexandra Artiles, 2016 TCHS graduate, receives national scholarship from National Honor Society Scholarship program.

 

Centennial High School Graduate Named as Scholarship Recipient

Centennial High School Graduate Named as Scholarship Recipient

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – HOSA – Future Health Professionals recently announced the 2016 recipients of the HCA – Philip R. Patton HOSA Scholarship.  Fifteen students were recognized from states across the nation in which HCA-Hospital Corporation of America has hospital locations.  St. Lucie Medical Center and Lawnwood Regional Medical Center are HCA hospitals located on the Treasure Coast.

Jessica Janvier is a 2016 graduate of St. Lucie West Centennial High School (SLWCHS) as well as a HOSA member representing the Allied Health CNA/EKG program.  She was named as one of the 15 scholarship recipients from an applicant pool of over 600.  Janvier just returned from the HOSA International Leadership Conference at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN where she was presented with her $1,000 scholarship.  She plans to attend Indian River State College in August to pursue a career in nursing.

In addition to receiving this scholarship at the Leadership Conference, Janvier competed in the Personal Care Competition as a representative of the SLWCHS HOSA Chapter.  Also, as a representative of SLWCHS, she received the HOSA Happenings Recognition Award and the National Service Project Recognition Award.  She accepted these awards on behalf of the Chapter for raising funds and for creating community awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Ms. Elizabeth Durkee, instructor at SLWCHS said, “I am just so proud of Jessica.  She embodies the positive leadership qualities HOSA strives to develop in its members.  She is highly motivated, demonstrates compassion, and is driven to refine her skill set in the medical field for the sake of being the best in her field.”

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.

Jessica Janvier @ HOSA International Leadership Conference

Jessica Janvier, 2016 St. Lucie West Centennial High School graduate and HOSA member, attends HOSA International Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

For Second Year in a Row Positive Agreement Is Reached With St. Lucie Public Schools and Unions…

For Second Year in a Row Positive Agreement Is Reached With St. Lucie Public Schools and Unions…

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) reached a positive agreement with its Classroom Teachers Association (CTA) and Classified Unit (CU) partners on Tuesday, July 12th. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “This represents a true spirit of collaboration and trust. I commend our bargaining teams and the commitment of our School Board who have worked together to reach an agreement prior to the beginning of the school year. This marks the second year in a row we have accomplished this.” CTA/CU President Vicki Rodriguez said, “Both teams have been diligent in their work this summer to reach the best agreement possible given the state’s lack of new money. We are pleased to have reached an agreement for the second year in a row before the start of school.”

The value of compensation package is approximately $4,725,000 and includes $2,757,000 in recurring salary increases and $1,968.000 in one-time bonus money. In addition to salary and bonus, the package also includes the continued Board contribution of $750 to a Health Savings Account (HSA) for employees enrolled in the Blue Options Plan 5180/5181. This adds approximately $1,141,000 to the overall package bringing the total package to an approximate $5,866,000.

For teachers (CTA), this means a minimum annual increase of $1,030. Classified Employees (CU) members will each receive a step increase as well as an increase in the step amounts. In addition to the annual recurring increases above, eligible CTA and CU employees will all receive a one-time $500 bonus per employee.

Bargaining continues with SLPS and CWA partners.

Students Participate in Valuable Internships with St. Lucie Public Schools

Students Participate in Valuable Internships with St. Lucie Public Schools

Long gone are the lazy days of summer.  Students are finding more valuable ways to spend their summer days through an internship program made available through a partnership with St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and Career Source Research Coast.  St. Lucie County has funded the program and hired over 100 community youth.  From this program, over 40 student interns – more than twice the number from last year – were welcomed into the School District’s media services, publications, technology, student assignment, nutritional services, accounting, and maintenance service departments for hands-on experiences during this eight-week opportunity.

Marty Sanders, SLPS executive director of growth management, explained that SLPS Maintenance Department has supported the funding of summer internships through grass roots fundraising for the past nine years.  “We have a vested interest in supporting our students as they pursue their career goals.  The opportunity to partner with Career Source Research Coast was a win-win for sure.  Our joint interests in expanding opportunities for students was enhanced further by the support of our County Commission when funds were allocated for summer employment programs to create opportunities for youth.”  Sanders added that this year’s summer program built upon a program that was well-rooted.  “As our numbers indicate, we have doubled our reach to provide students with an opportunity to explore jobs they have an interest in as well as provide them opportunities to earn income through this collaborative internship program.”

Students who are ages 16 – 18 are eligible for the eight-week internship program.  Shantecia Holloman, an 18-year-old senior at Fort Pierce Central High School (FPCHS), said that the internship program has offered much more than she expected.  “At first, I did not fully appreciate the two-week training before we were able to get started.  Now, I see why it is important to understand job etiquette and the necessities of being polite and being on time.”  The two-week training Holloman refers to is a mandatory Career Source introductory session for all internship candidates prior to beginning their actual on-the-job experiences.  “I have enjoyed my internship here at WLX-TV.  The field work has given me a chance to experience editing and voice over work as well as meet others in the community,” said Holloman.  Upon graduating high school, she aspires to attend the University of South Florida where she will obtain her credentials as an OBGYN physician and return to Fort Pierce to practice in her community.

Future Air Force Cadet Destiny Hill is also interning in media services at the School District’s WLX-TV station where she feels everyone should have the opportunity to experience such an opportunity.  “This internship teaches you about what you are capable of learning.  It is a great opportunity – just jump in.  That is how I learned to work a camera,” she said.  This FPCHS rising senior looks forward to serving her country and her community.  With a solid career in the Air Force, she plans to help support her brother’s college fund and give back to the local churches in her community where her grandmother served as a pastor.

Craig Jerome, ITV manager at WLX-TV, said he welcomes interns each summer.  “They are eager to learn the technical aspects that take place behind the camera and are excited to see their work produced and aired on our network,” he added.

Students are engaged in internships throughout SLPS, and in each case, they are celebrated for their work ethic and their capacity to learn new skills.  The summer intern program provides a positive platform for students to gain knowledge of the workforce and explore occupational fields that may lead to lifelong careers.

 

Students Participate in Valuable Internships with St. Lucie Public Schools

Students Participate in Valuable Internships with St. Lucie Public Schools

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Long gone are the lazy days of summer.  Students are finding more valuable ways to spend their summer days through an internship program made available through a partnership with St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and Career Source Research Coast.  St. Lucie County has funded the program and hired over 100 community youth.  From this program, over 40 student interns – more than twice the number from last year – were welcomed into the School District’s media services, publications, technology, student assignment, nutritional services, accounting, and maintenance service departments for hands-on experiences during this eight-week opportunity.

Marty Sanders, SLPS executive director of growth management, explained that SLPS Maintenance Department has supported the funding of summer internships through grass roots fundraising for the past nine years.  “We have a vested interest in supporting our students as they pursue their career goals.  The opportunity to partner with Career Source Research Coast was a win-win for sure.  Our joint interests in expanding opportunities for students was enhanced further by the support of our County Commission when funds were allocated for summer employment programs to create opportunities for youth.”  Sanders added that this year’s summer program built upon a program that was well-rooted.  “As our numbers indicate, we have doubled our reach to provide students with an opportunity to explore jobs they have an interest in as well as provide them opportunities to earn income through this collaborative internship program.”

Students who are ages 16 – 18 are eligible for the eight-week internship program.  Shantecia Holloman, an 18-year-old senior at Fort Pierce Central High School (FPCHS), said that the internship

program has offered much more than she expected.  “At first, I did not fully appreciate the two-week training before we were able to get started.  Now, I see why it is important to understand job etiquette and the necessities of being polite and being on time.”  The two-week training Holloman refers to is a mandatory Career Source introductory session for all internship candidates prior to beginning their actual on-the-job experiences.  “I have enjoyed my internship here at WLX-TV.  The field work has given me a chance to experience editing and voice over work as well as meet others in the community,” said Holloman.  Upon graduating high school, she aspires to attend the University of South Florida where she will obtain her credentials as an OBGYN physician and return to Fort Pierce to practice in her community.

Future Air Force Cadet Destiny Hill is also interning in media services at the School District’s WLX-TV station where she feels everyone should have the opportunity to experience such an opportunity.  “This internship teaches you about what you are capable of learning.  It is a great opportunity – just jump in.  That is how I learned to work a camera,” she said.  This FPCHS rising senior looks forward to serving her country and her community.  With a solid career in the Air Force, she plans to help support her brother’s college fund and give back to the local churches in her community where her grandmother served as a pastor.

Craig Jerome, ITV manager at WLX-TV, said he welcomes interns each summer.  “They are eager to learn the technical aspects that take place behind the camera and are excited to see their work produced and aired on our network,” he added.

Students are engaged in internships throughout SLPS, and in each case, they are celebrated for their work ethic and their capacity to learn new skills.  The summer intern program provides a positive platform for students to gain knowledge of the workforce and explore occupational fields that may lead to lifelong careers.

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.

Career Source Summer

Steve Devlin of WLX-TV studios coaches summer interns Destiny Hill and Shantecia Holloman on how to operate cameras.

 

SLSP Seeks Quality Teaching Professionals

SLSP Seeks Quality Teaching Professionals

Make a difference in the life of a child. Be dedicated to the process of continuous improvement in student achievement. Bring a strong sense of enthusiasm and connection to the philosophy that Failure Is Not an Option – No Exceptions.

St. Lucie County is a great place to live, work, learn, play, and grow. To apply on-line, visit our webpage at www.stlucieschools.org.


For detailed information about the career fair, contact the Human Resources Department of St. Lucie Public Schools at 772-429-7500.

 

Summer Slide Resources

Resources: Summer Slide

Take advantage of the free web-based Summer Slide resources to support your children’s continued growth and preparation for a successful year.

These helpful resources are for grades PreK through 12 and are available for use by students, parents, and community organizations any time and any place.

Visit www.stlucieschools.org and click on the Summer Slide logo to explore these resources with your student today.

Summer School Graduation

Summer School Graduation

Summer school graduates crossed the stage to receive their diplomas on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Parents, family members, friends, and school officials were in attendance to support the students as they achieved this major milestone.  Congratulations to our graduates! Summer School Grad 1 Summer School Grad 6 Summer School Grad 5 Summer School Grad 3 Summer School Grad 2

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Digital Innovation Awarded to PSLHS

Digital Innovation Awarded to PSLHS

St. Lucie Public High Schools were offered a challenge to leverage the creativity and ingenuity of their students to create a 2-3 minute site-specific showcase video to promote the quality programs and opportunities students are afforded.

Digital Design/Digital Media/TV Production classes were ideal go-to’s for this project which included the following broad guidelines:

  • Accuracy of Content
  • Creativity of Presentation
  • Adherence to a 2 – 3 minute time frame
  • Innovative use of digital media
  • Qualities to engage audience

All area high schools participated and after reviewing that creative genius of all entries, it was announced that PSLHS was selected as the Digital Innovation Challenge winner. Mr. Bryan Smith, TV Production Instructor, proudly facilitates the students to whom he attributes full credit for the production of this video.

This as well as the other videos will be posted on school-based web sites as tools for our community to Take a Closer Look into St. Lucie Public Schools.  Middle, K8, and elementary school sites will have support over the coming months to produce similar showcase videos.

For Second Year in a Row Positive Agreement Is Reached With St. Lucie Public Schools and Unions Prior to the Start of School

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) reached a positive agreement with its Classroom Teachers Association (CTA) and Classified Unit (CU) partners on Tuesday, July 12th. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “This represents a true spirit of collaboration and trust.  I commend our bargaining teams and the commitment of our School Board who have worked together to reach an agreement prior to the beginning of the school year.  This marks the second year in a row we have accomplished this.”  CTA/CU President Vicki Rodriguez said, “Both teams have been diligent in their work this summer to reach the best agreement possible given the state’s lack of new money. We are pleased to have reached an agreement for the second year in a row before the start of school.”

The value of compensation package is approximately $4,725,000 and includes $2,757,000 in recurring salary increases and $1,968.000 in one-time bonus money.  In addition to salary and bonus, the package also includes the continued Board contribution of $750 to a Health Savings Account (HSA) for employees enrolled in the Blue Options Plan 5180/5181. This adds approximately $1,141,000 to the overall package bringing the total package to an approximate $5,866,000.

For teachers (CTA), this means a minimum annual increase of $1,030. Classified Employees (CU) members will each receive a step increase as well as an increase in the step amounts.  In addition to the annual recurring increases above, eligible CTA and CU employees will all receive a one-time $500 bonus per employee.

Bargaining continues with SLPS and CWA partners.

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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St. Lucie Public Schools Surpass State Average in Schools Demonstrating Letter Grade Increase

ST. LUCIE COUNTY —  In a report released today by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) logged three A schools and eight B schools with six schools increasing their grades from last year’s baseline.   This equates to 15 percent of SLPS boasting an improved letter grade – a significant increase above the three percent average of letter grade increases documented across the state.  “I commend our teachers and administrators for their persistent efforts to support students’ learning in an environment that has undergone a great deal of change over the last few years,” said SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.  He added that this is the first year learning gains have been included in the new assessment calculations.  “Until the release of this data, we have only been able to chart proficiencies.  Now we have the opportunity to benchmark the learning gains our students make from one year to the next.  With this information, we are able to support, track, and celebrate the gains all students make toward their personal learning goals,” explained Gent.

 

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.

St. Lucie Public Schools Takes Seat On ACDA Board

St. Lucie Public Schools Takes Seat On ACDA Board

ST. LUCIE COUNTY —  Darren Frymoyer, senior area specialist within the Child Nutrition Services Department of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS), was installed onto the America Commodity Distribution Association (ACDA) Board of Directors. He will represent all U.S. public school districts as the fellow School District Recipient Agent. In this role, he will be responsible for being a voice to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), along with all stakeholders, in providing healthy choices regarding USDA Foods that impact all public school children throughout our nation.

SLPS Director of Child Nutrition Services Deborah Wuest said, “It is an honor to have a member of St. Lucie Public Schools representing our district. The ACDA serves as a vital link between industry and trade members.  It also provides information to USDA Foods.”  She went on to explain that the ACDA supports communication between agriculture, industry, government and the customer regarding policy decisions impacting food distribution programs. “We are thrilled to have Darren as our national leading representative voice, bringing recognition to SLPS while conveying the feedback that affects our children’s daily nutritional choices in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program.”

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.

 

 

 

St. Lucie Public Schools Takes Seat On ACDA Board

St. Lucie Public Schools Takes Seat On ACDA Board

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Darren Frymoyer, senior area specialist within the Child Nutrition Services Department of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS), was installed onto the America Commodity Distribution Association (ACDA) Board of Directors. He will represent all U.S. public school districts as the fellow School District Recipient Agent. In this role, he will be responsible for being a voice to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), along with all stakeholders, in providing healthy choices regarding USDA Foods that impact all public school children throughout our nation.

SLPS Director of Child Nutrition Services Deborah Wuest said, “It is an honor to have a member of St. Lucie Public Schools representing our district. The ACDA serves as a vital link between industry and trade members.  It also provides information to USDA Foods.”  She went on to explain that the ACDA supports communication between agriculture, industry, government and the customer regarding policy decisions impacting food distribution programs. “We are thrilled to have Darren as our national leading representative voice, bringing recognition to SLPS while conveying the feedback that affects our children’s daily nutritional choices in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program.”

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.

Titan Musicians Prove Themselves as Leaders

Titan Musicians Prove Themselves as Leaders

In what has become an annual tradition, the Treasure Coast High School (TCHS) Titan Band Executive Leadership Team participated in a leadership workshop at Penny’s Band Camp.  In mid-June, Eckerd College in St. Petersburg hosted this well respected four-day camp which has been training student leaders since 1972.  Students from across Florida as well as from other states attended this camp to develop the skills necessary to lead their peers and their band programs to a successful year.

The Titan band leaders collaborated with others to learn about the strengths of different band programs and to gain ideas for enhancing their own programs.  Through role play, skits, and group discussions, participants also learned about successes and failures of others in order to become better leaders in their own right. Among the leadership topics that students explored were: integrity, honesty, goal setting, motivational skills, and responsibility.  TCHS Band Director Luke Hall said he could not be more proud of his leadership team. “Our student leaders know what it means to be ‘Titan Born and Titan Bred.’ Their talents, their leadership, and their actions will speak volumes for their high values and expectations for themselves and their peers.”

Hall reported that the team received numerous awards while at Penny’s Band Camp. However, most prestigious was the Penny’s Award.  For the second year in a row, the student leadership team won this award which recognizes the most outstanding school in the entire camp. It honors the school with the most participation, good citizenship, outstanding leadership, most pride, and most spirit at the camp.

Included in the daily awards category were: Leadership Camp Spirit Stick (Team), Outstanding Camper of the Day for Percussion (Davor Scutt), and Outstanding Camper Awards for Student Leadership (Zoe Horne and Jordan Ragland). For overall camp awards, the Titans received: Silver Outstanding Guard Award (Samantha Ferrara), Silver Outstanding Leadership Award (Jordan Ragland), Gold Outstanding Leadership Award (Zoe Horne), Outstanding Leadership Medal (Brian Kiernan).  The students attending the Leadership and Drum Major Camps both earned the spirit sticks for their camps.  Bianca Joseph received a superior rating on her evaluation as a Drum Major.  Samantha Ferrara and Amanda Acevedo earned three superior ratings each on their evaluations at the Color Guard Camp for their Flag and Rifle Skills.

Titan Musicians Prove Themselves as Leaders

Titan Musicians Prove Themselves as Leaders

ST. LUCIE COUNTY —  In what has become an annual tradition, the Treasure Coast High School (TCHS) Titan Band Executive Leadership Team participated in a leadership workshop at Penny’s Band Camp.  In mid-June, Eckerd College in St. Petersburg hosted this well respected four-day camp which has been training student leaders since 1972.  Students from across Florida as well as from other states attended this camp to develop the skills necessary to lead their peers and their band programs to a successful year.

The Titan band leaders collaborated with others to learn about the strengths of different band programs and to gain ideas for enhancing their own programs.  Through role play, skits, and group discussions, participants also learned about successes and failures of others in order to become better leaders in their own right. Among the leadership topics that students explored were: integrity, honesty, goal setting, motivational skills, and responsibility.  TCHS Band Director Luke Hall said he could not be more proud of his leadership team. “Our student leaders know what it means to be ‘Titan Born and Titan Bred.’ Their talents, their leadership, and their actions will speak volumes for their high values and expectations for themselves and their peers.”

Hall reported that the team received numerous awards while at Penny’s Band Camp. However, most prestigious was the Penny’s Award.  For the second year in a row, the student leadership team won this award which recognizes the most outstanding school in the entire camp. It honors the school with the most participation, good citizenship, outstanding leadership, most pride, and most spirit at the camp.

Included in the daily awards category were: Leadership Camp Spirit Stick (Team), Outstanding Camper of the Day for Percussion (Davor Scutt), and Outstanding Camper Awards for Student Leadership (Zoe Horne and Jordan Ragland). For overall camp awards, the Titans received: Silver Outstanding Guard Award (Samantha Ferrara), Silver Outstanding Leadership Award (Jordan Ragland), Gold Outstanding Leadership Award (Zoe Horne), Outstanding Leadership Medal (Brian Kiernan).  The students attending the Leadership and Drum Major Camps both earned the spirit sticks for their camps.  Bianca Joseph received a superior rating on her evaluation as a Drum Major.  Samantha Ferrara and Amanda Acevedo earned three superior ratings each on their evaluations at the Color Guard Camp for their Flag and Rifle Skills.

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.

TCHS Penny's Band Camp

Treasure Coast High School Titan Executive Band Leadership Team wins prestigious Penny’s Award for second year in a row.

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St. Lucie Public Schools Names New Principals

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – According to St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, “Effective school leadership is paramount to the overall success of a school and to the success of a thriving school district.  That is why we take such care in identifying leaders who have a strong belief system that fosters support for high quality instruction and high expectations that all students can learn at high levels.”  Gent named the following individuals as new St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) principals for the coming school year:  Keith Davis (Performance Based Preparatory Academy), Adrian Ocampo (Port St. Lucie High School), and Ana Rodriguez-Oronoz (Allapattah Flats K-8).  Joseph Lezeau will serve as Intern Principal (Fort Pierce Westwood High School). While not new to principalships in SLPS, the following current principals will assume the leadership of new schools for the 2016-2017 academic year: Roberto Bonsenor (Samuel S. Gaines Academy K-8), Bridgette Hargadine (Southern Oaks Middle School), D’Jion Jackson (Savanna Ridge Elementary School), Felicia Nixon (White City Elementary School), Lisa Sullivan (Dan McCarty Middle School), and Traci Wilke (Lawnwood Elementary School).

“SLPS is showing positive growth as our trends indicate – our graduation rate is projected to surpass the state average, and we are making gains in third grade reading. However, we recognize the urgency to accelerate these growth trends and all of our leaders are committed to focusing on accelerating progress with the support of our great teachers through their quality instruction,” stated Gent.  He added, “We will continue to support a strong focus on graduation while also concentrating on early literacy efforts for our youngest learners.”

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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