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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Pledge To Read Every Day

Pledge To Read Every Day

Ready to pick a book, Set to read every day, Read this summer for Success next year!

Join students all across Florida as they take on the Summer Literacy Adventure Challenge and pledge to read every day. Set a personal goal, work to accomplish it and strive for success!

First Beta Chapter at Palm Pointe

First Beta Chapter at Palm Pointe

Fourth and Fifth grade students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition were recognized as the first Beta Chapter.  Beta stands for promoting the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership.  Students collected many items throughout the school year and donated them to several different charities. These students work hard each and every day and are leaders in the school. Tara Hearl, fourth grade teacher is the sponsor for the club and we appreciate her commitment to these students.  We are extremely proud of all that they have achieved this year and look forward to the club helping others next year.  Great job students!

Check Out Summer Slide Resources

Check Out Summer Slide Resources

St. Lucie Public Schools Launches Summer Slide Program

The summer months are upon us, and St. Lucie Public Schools is pleased to help your child continue to learn and grow throughout the summer. New this year, we are providing free academic resources to support students’ continued growth. The “Summer Slide” program includes engaging web-based resources for grades PreK through 12 available for use by students, parents, and community organizations any time and from any place.

What is Summer Slide? It is the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. The web page of resources was created in order to allow students to strengthen their skills and avoid learning loss over the summer. Grade level resources are arranged by content, including: Arts/Technology, English Language Arts, English Language Learners (ELL), Math, Science, Social Studies, and College Career Readiness. The resources allow students to have a self-guided and self-paced experience. Students will be able to interact with a variety of learning programs with content geared toward a multitude of interests. Visit www.stlucieschools.org homepage and look for the “Summer Slide” logo to explore the VPK through grade 12 resources.

St. Lucie Public Schools is committed to supporting student growth. There is evidence of positive trends in many areas including, climbing graduation rates, ever increasing scholarship dollars, and the rising percent of students scoring satisfactory on the grade 3 ELA assessment. We look forward to these resources strengthening our partnership with our parents and community leaders. Don’t let summer slide away, explore the many resources we have put together for you. We think you will like what you see!

 

SLPS Appreciates Volunteers

SLPS Appreciates Volunteers

A reception honoring volunteers throughout St. Lucie Public Schools has hosted by Martha Underwood, Volunteer Coordinator.  At the Board Meeting following this reception, Outstanding Volunteers of the Year for School Year 2015-16 were announced.

The winner in the adult category was Mr. Samuel Rodriguez from Weatherbee Elementary.

The senior category winner was Ms. Carolyn Christ from Windmill Point Elementary.

The youth category winner was Jenna Pont from St. Lucie West K-8 School.

We appreciate that wonderful partnership of our school volunteers!

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TCHS Participates in Skills USA

TCHS Participates in Skills USA

Treasure Coast High School’s Criminal Justice and Biotechnology students competed at the SkillsUSA State Conference in Lakeland, Florida.  Students pictured, competed in a range of events from Career Pathways Showcase (Science and Public Safety) to Community Service.

Students competing in Community Service, designed a fun way for everyone to get involved in a recycling program.  The group had a problem and came up with a solution that is innovative and good for the environment.  Students in Criminal Justice, Law and Public Safety developed a Crime Prevention Program.  The students addressed the problem within our community involving at-risk youth and the problem of rising crime rates.   Students in the biotechnology academy showcased how to genetically transform bacteria, with a gene from a jellyfish, to produce a green fluorescent protein. The bacterial transformation method is a well-known procedure that has been used in countless biotechnology products. A great example is the insulin we use today to treat diabetes.

All of these students are applying knowledge gained in the classroom and taking it to the next step through innovation!  Which is a great way for our next generation to be leaders in the classroom and within our community!

Manatee Academy Moves to Project Citizen National Competition

Manatee Academy Moves to Project Citizen National Competition

SLPS is proud to announce that Manatee Academy’s team project entitled “Keep Port St. Lucie Afloat” is advancing to the Project Citizen National Competition in Los Angeles.

Prior to receiving this honor, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) had a weighted and impressive showing at the state competition which boasted a total of six middle school projects. Of these six projects that advanced to the state level, three were from SLPS. Those three were teams from Southern Oaks Middle School, West Gate K-8 (recognized as a top finisher in the local competition), and Manatee Academy.

Summer Youth Reading Challenge

Summer Youth Reading Challenge

Take Part in St. Lucie County’s Summer Youth Reading Challenge

FORT PIERCE – The St. Lucie County Library System is excited to announce its 2016 Summer Reading Challenge: “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” The challenge runs Saturday, May 28 through Saturday, August 6.

The library challenges every youth (grades K-5) in St. Lucie County to read at least 12 books or for 12 hours this summer. All youth who get halfway win free books, while everyone who completes the challenge will be awarded a Reader’s Medal and a voucher for two St. Lucie Mets tickets at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.

Youth who complete the challenge will also be entered into a grand prize drawing and be eligible to win a Kindle Fire or a Superplay USA Family Fun packages. Drawings will be held on Friday, Aug. 12.  A Teen Read (grades 6-12) will be run concurrently.

Beginning May 28, readers are invited to stop into any branch library to register and to pick up a reading log.

St. Lucie County’s Summer Reading Challenge is being sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the St. Lucie Mets and the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County.

In addition to the reading challenge, the library will be hosting a variety of weekly programs throughout the summer. A schedule of all programs, along with details about the Summer Reading Challenge, can be found on the St. Lucie County Library System homepage http://library.stlucieco.gov or at any branch library location.

Teacher Career Fair – June 28

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) invites exceptional teachers to apply for career opportunities during the Teacher Career Fair on Tuesday, June 28. School leaders will be available to discuss unique programs with qualified candidates from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at West Gate K-8 School located at 1050 NW Cashmere Blvd. in Port Saint Lucie.

If you want to make a difference in the life of a child, are dedicated to the process of continuous improvement in student achievement, and bring a strong sense of enthusiasm and connection to the philosophy that Failure Is Not an Option – No Exceptions, plan to attend and explore the possibilities. Have a resume in hand, and be prepared to interview—an on-line application is appreciated.

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.

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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Achievement Continues to Rise

Achievement Continues to Rise

In a barrage of scores released by the Department of Education today, scores for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continue to climb as a testament to the overall growth and success of students in the District.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent expressed his appreciation to the dedicated teachers, support staff, and school leaders for their focused efforts and for positively impacting students through quality instruction.  “We will continue our concentrated efforts on what is working well to support the academic growth of our students and enhance our instructional approaches in other areas so that all students are successful,” stated Gent.

According to a Florida Department of Education press release issued today, specific highlights for SLPS include an increase of four percentage points in both Biology 1 and Civics, with 64 percent and 65 percent of students, respectively, scoring Level 3 or higher.  Grade 8 Science (including both Florida Standards Assessment and Biology 1 End-of-Course assessment) climbed by two percentage points. Likewise, two percentage point increases were realized in Grades 6 – 8 English Language Arts and Grades 3 – 5 Mathematics.

The 2015-2016 academic year is marked with many positive trends for SLPS.  Graduation rates are climbing and are projected to surpass the state average, the percent of students scoring satisfactory on the grade 3 ELA assessment is rising, and this year marks a banner year for scholarships earned.  Over 21.6 million dollars were awarded to the District’s graduates which number over 2,700.

 

 

 

Achievement Continues to Rise

Positive Achievement Trends Continue for Students in St. Lucie Public Schools

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – In a barrage of scores released by the Department of Education today, scores for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continue to climb as a testament to the overall growth and success of students in the District.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent expressed his appreciation to the dedicated teachers, support staff, and school leaders for their focused efforts and for positively impacting students through quality instruction.  “We will continue our concentrated efforts on what is working well to support the academic growth of our students and enhance our instructional approaches in other areas so that all students are successful,” stated Gent.

According to a Florida Department of Education press release issued today, specific highlights for SLPS include an increase of four percentage points in both Biology 1 and Civics, with 64 percent and 65 percent of students, respectively, scoring Level 3 or higher.  Grade 8 Science (including both Florida Standards Assessment and Biology 1 End-of-Course assessment) climbed by two percentage points. Likewise, two percentage point increases were realized in Grades 6 – 8 English Language Arts and Grades 3 – 5 Mathematics.

The 2015-2016 academic year is marked with many positive trends for SLPS.  Graduation rates are climbing and are projected to surpass the state average, the percent of students scoring satisfactory on the grade 3 ELA assessment is rising, and this year marks a banner year for scholarships earned.  Over 21.6 million dollars were awarded to the District’s graduates which number over 2,700.

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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Palm Pointe wins 2nd Place in State Mock Trial Competition

Palm Pointe wins 2nd Place in State Mock Trial Competition

7th grade Civics students at Palm Pointe won 2nd place in the state in the 3rd annual FLREA mock trial competition. Students were given a case and had to write opening and closing statements, question and cross-examine witnesses, and then videotape their presentation of the case for submission. The students would like to thank Mrs. Oliveira (Centennial H.S. Law Academy) and Judge Narline Smartt (St. Lucie County Court) for their invaluable guidance and assistance.

Pledge To Read Every Day

Summer Literacy Challenge

Join students all across Florida as they take on the Summer Literacy Adventure Challenge and pledge to read every day. Set a personal goal, work to accomplish it and strive for success!

Florida’s students are being challenged to pledge to read as many books as possible throughout the summer break. Each student can fill out his or her pledge at Summer Literacy Pledge. Following the summer break, the department will recognize the top 10 schools with the highest percentage of participation. The school whose students read the most books will receive a surprise visit from First Lady Ann Scott.

Free Summer Resources

Free Summer Resources

St. Lucie Public Schools Launches Summer Slide Program

The summer months are upon us, and St. Lucie Public Schools is pleased to help your child continue to learn and grow throughout the summer. New this year, we are providing free academic resources to support students’ continued growth. Launching on June 6, the “Summer Slide” program includes engaging web-based resources for grades PreK through 12 available for use by students, parents, and community organizations any time and from any place.

What is Summer Slide? It is the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. The web page of resources was created in order to allow students to strengthen their skills and avoid learning loss over the summer. Grade level resources are arranged by content, including: Arts/Technology, English Language Arts, English Language Learners (ELL), Math, Science, Social Studies, and College Career Readiness. The resources allow students to have a self-guided and self-paced experience. Students will be able to interact with a variety of learning programs with content geared toward a multitude of interests. Visit www.stlucieschools.org homepage and look for the “Summer Slide” logo to explore the VPK through grade 12 resources.

St. Lucie Public Schools is committed to supporting student growth. There is evidence of positive trends in many areas including, climbing graduation rates, ever increasing scholarship dollars, and the rising percent of students scoring satisfactory on the grade 3 ELA assessment. We look forward to these resources strengthening our partnership with our parents and community leaders. Don’t let summer slide away, explore the many resources we have put together for you. We think you will like what you see!

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Restoring the Village – Volunteers Needed

Restoring the Village – Volunteers Needed

www.restoringthevillage.com

Restoring the Village Reunion Weekend
June 17-18, 2016

Restoring the Village Reunion Weekend is an initiative of The Lighthouse Foundation focused on rebranding and reuniting Lincoln Park Village Alumni with the youth of northwest Fort Pierce through mentoring and community service activities. This grassroots community movement (www.restoringthevillage.com) is unifying and organizing resources to make our city a safer and more enjoyable place to live. This unique fellowship seeks to eliminate social, ethnic and financial barriers while permanently binding adults and children alike to the success of the historic Lincoln Park community.

Residents within the Lincoln Park area are excited about this upcoming inaugural event. The weekend begins with mentoring sessions at the renowned Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium. Groups of youth will be exposed to Lincoln Park Alumni both local and from afar with backgrounds in medicine, aeronautics, engineering, professional sports, pharmacy and technical fields. An evening of alumni fellowship will follow the mentoring sessions allowing members to relax and network prior to Saturday’s workday with mentees and the community at large. On Saturday, June18th, the mentoring continues as speakers from the Friday mentoring sessions and other community leaders roll up their sleeves and get busy with the community project painting, landscaping, mulching and cleaning the chosen 25th street corridor. It is during this service to the community phase that mentoring bonds are strengthened.

We are asking you to join us by investing resources and volunteers through sponsorships and contributions. Your sponsorship contribution will go further than we could describe. Our goal is to move the minds of our residents toward hope (specifically the youth), while holding our business owners to higher standards of pride in their physical locations that will pay dividends for generations to come. Your support is greatly appreciated and will be utilized to enhance the community.

How can you help?

There are multiple ways to participate and support in this critical community effort. Listed below are a few ways you can contribute.
• Financial Contributions are desired and graciously accepted
• Scholarships for the deserving students from the community
• Summer 2016 Internships ( paid ) through your business
• Outdoor Cleaning supplies
• Volunteers
• Golf carts for water delivery to work area
• Bottle water and refreshments for volunteers
• Trucks and/or trailers for moving mulch from storage area to site
• Foremen with experience managing work crews
• Paint supplies (brushes, rollers, trays)

Visit our website@restoringthevillage.com to register/volunteer or for more information.

 

 

 

 

Pre-K Wildcats Love to READ!

Pre-K Wildcats Love to READ!

Pre-K students in Mrs. Buescher’s class were treated to free comic books donated by local comic store, Collector’s Comics. Students were so thankful and loved reading about their favorite superheros!