Silver Level Recognition for the Worksite Wellness Award

Silver Level Recognition for the Worksite Wellness Award

Tad Fisher of the Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance presented St. Lucie Public Schools with the Silver Level Recognition for the Worksite Wellness Award for Comprehensive Tobacco Cessation Benefits. Stacy Jacobson, Wellness Manager and champion for healthy choices, submitted the application on behalf of SLPS. The award is based upon the Public Health Services Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence to effect cessation treatments.

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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Students Learn the Importance of Breakfast at C. A. Moore Elementary

Students Learn the Importance of Breakfast at C. A. Moore Elementary

To celebrate National School Breakfast Week, Cafeteria Manager Maria Coellos-Mayz and Manager Intern Diana Crosdale dressed up to welcome students to school on Monday to highlight the importance of a healthy breakfast each morning.  Students were definitely excited to enter the cafeteria on Monday and see what a wonderful breakfast the cafeteria staff had prepared for them.

Mariposa Elementary Visits the Hallstrom Planetarium

Mariposa Elementary Visits the Hallstrom Planetarium

Mrs. Michelle Smith’s second grade students from Mariposa Elementary were privileged to visit the Hallstrom Planetarium at Indian River State College.  The children learned how to find cardinal directions in the sky to help them discover different constellations.  Students also took a trip through space, learning about how the planets closer to the sun are hotter than those further from the sun.  Did you know you could fit a million Earths in the sun? Neither did we!  We learned so much from Jon Bell, the director of the Hallstrom Planetarium.  

We are so thankful our children got to have this amazing experience!

Pictured from left to right: front row- Corey Melanson, Jeffrey Campion, Jayden Crumpton, second row- Brooklyn King, Samantha Borno, Julian Baptiste, Dominic Delancy, Evan Lamb, Kaydence Haddon, Wynsten Dessources, Kaylee Cushing, Kaelynn Ehrlich, Macy Bedford, Hailee Mazzuchelli, and Tahlia Sugrim.

Northport Celebrates 30th Birthday and Dr. Seuss with Flair and Finesse and Much Love!

Northport Celebrates 30th Birthday and Dr. Seuss with Flair and Finesse and Much Love!

Northport K-8 School held a spectacular morning of Community Involvement recently to celebrate not only the birthday of Dr. Seuss, but also the 30th birthday of the school. Northport is so proud of the forward progress made by the teachers and staff as well as the parents and students. The school offers a well rounded education with an excellent opportunity to become immersed in not only reading, writing and mathematics but an opportunity to interact with community members from across the county on a regular basis.

Northport realizes that the children need and desire all members of the community to come through the doors of the school building and offer their time, testimony and expertise. The remarkable morning started in the Northport Media Center with a community table of 30 cakes made by teachers and staff and coffee to celebrate and acknowledge in a special way, 30 years of service to the community. Then a wide range of close to sixty guests received directions and were ambassadored to VPK-5 classrooms by selected middle grades students. Students were polite and genuinely interested in the guests as they made their way to the assigned rooms.

Guests included many local veterans who entered 5th grade classrooms to tell their stories. The veterans are primary sources for our students and many want to just tell their story “one more time!” We are thrilled to host our “Veteran Partners in Education” each and every time. Many members of the Port Saint Lucie Police Department including Assistant Chief Richard Del Toro, Carmine Izzo, Kacey Donnell, Raphael Lushbaugh, Steven Camara, Jack White, Andrew Lawler, Officer Brown and Tracee Diaz. Also included were SLC Councilmen and women, Chris Dzadovsky, Tod Mowery, Linda Bartz, Paula Lewis and Kim Johnson. SLPS District Chief Communications Officer Kerry Padrick, SLPS Board Member Deb Hawley and several other district office staff. The school also was thrilled to host IRSC Women’s volleyball players and the Star Bright Therapy Reading dogs.

Many others were in attendance as the school continues to develop deeper and more solid friendships with stakeholders from across the community. Tales were told, stories were read and most importantly, children were able to react and learn from people who have come to love and honor Northport. Thank you to everyone involved in making the 30th birthday of Northport spectacular. Special thanks to our local Big Brothers, Big Sisters for partnering with Northport to bring the very best and brightest moments to the school.

School-based Immunization Clinics for 6th Graders

School-based Immunization Clinics for 6th Graders

School-based Immunization Clinics for 6th Graders
(State required TDAP shot prior to entering 7th grade)

Agreement with Healthy Schools, LLC, the company that administers the FluMist in the schools.

Healthy Schools will come into each school that has 6th graders and offer the TDAP in the same way they have done the FluMist for the past two schools years.

Consent Forms and Parent Letters will go home (only to 6th graders who still need the TDAP shot, according to Skyward).

Students must return a completed and signed Consent Form to receive the TDAP shot at school with no cost to the parent.

TDAP Schedule

Tryouts for Summer Musical Bye Bye Birdie Announced

Tryouts for Summer Musical Bye Bye Birdie Announced

Do you know a child who can act, sing, and dance? Students in St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) are invited to try out for the 20th annual SLPS summer musical on Tuesday, March 15th, at the Port St. Lucie High School auditorium located at 1201 SE Lennard Road in Port St. Lucie.  Auditions will begin at 6 pm.

This year’s show is the rollicking hit musical Bye Bye Birdie to be performed June 15th – June 19th.  Roles are available for students ages 8-18.  No experience or prepared material is required to audition for this summer show, but students must currently attend a school in the SLPS system.  Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably.

Be a part of Bye Bye Birdie, the musical. For more information, contact Mr. Patrick Madden at the Port St Lucie High School Drama Department at 337-6768.

Tryouts for Summer Musical Bye Bye Birdie Announced

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Do you know a child who can act, sing, and dance? Students in St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) are invited to try out for the 20th annual SLPS summer musical on Tuesday, March 15th, at the Port St. Lucie High School auditorium located at 1201 SE Lennard Road in Port St. Lucie.  Auditions will begin at 6 pm.

This year’s show is the rollicking hit musical Bye Bye Birdie to be performed June 15th – June 19th.  Roles are available for students ages 8-18.  No experience or prepared material is required to audition for this summer show, but students must currently attend a school in the SLPS system.  Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably.

Be a part of Bye Bye Birdie, the musical. For more information, contact Mr. Patrick Madden at the Port St Lucie High School Drama Department at 337-6768.

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 Ranks 11th in State

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – In a report of information compiled annually by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) once again moves closer to the head of the class in regard to top efficiency ratings for cost per capital outlay. In 2014-2015, the District was ranked 11 out of 67 school districts by reducing costs from $201.00 to $197.00. This compares to a ranking of 15 for the 2013-2014 academic year.

This information is compiled annually from the financial data provided by school districts to the FLDOE. According to a memo from the FLDOE, this data is impacted by energy costs and other factors that impact energy expenditures.

Executive Director of Facilities Marty Sanders explained that the cost of utilities may vary for each District, nonetheless, this information is helpful in identifying movement relative to others as Districts continue to strive for greater efficiency. He commended the facilities team by saying, “Great work by all in keeping the power usage under control. The continued diligence in building automation, HVAC maintenance, and facility use team continues to make improvements.” This infrastructure allows for proactive measures that equate to sustainable savings regarding the quality and maintenance of our equipment. Of great support is the facilities automation team that sets automatic controls for turning on and off energy consuming devices such as lights, air conditioning, etc.

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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Free: David Finch Speaks on Autism

Free: David Finch Speaks on Autism

David Finch is a humorist and author of The Journal of Best Practices, a New York Times best-selling memoir. As part of the FAU CARD Autism Lecture Series, this free speaking engagement will take place on March 10, 2016, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the St. Lucie Public Schools District Office located at 4204 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce.

Finch himself was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome shortly after he was married in 2003 and has since focused on a personal self-improvement journey. Using his own life story and his humorous delivery style, this former semiconductor engineer turned full-time writer and speaker provides valuable insights, shares life lessons, and delivers a message of hope and inspiration.

“This is a unique opportunity, and I encourage people to register and attend. Not only does David Finch have a powerful message that will support the needs of many of our parents and teachers, but he also has a positive and entertaining delivery that truly engages his audience,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.

The FAU CARD Autism Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from the Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation. Registration is required and will close on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at 5:00 PM. Register at:

https://david-finch.eventbrite.com

Event Details

“Oh, You Needed Me to Pay Attention?” Classroom Perspective from a Deceptively Remarkable Student. This presentation is specifically geared for educators, administrators, and parents who find themselves occasionally baffled by their students. K-12 and higher education benefit equally, and in many cases CEUs may be offered for attending.

“Oh, You Needed Me to Pay Taxes?” Successful Transitions for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Navigating transition from elementary education into high school, high school into college or vocation, and college into career involves a little more for individuals with special needs. When high school is over, the IEP may go away but the needs persist. This lecture addresses considerations of transition, including such crucial life skills as making friends, dating, getting and staying organized, dealing with difficult emotions, dealing with looser schedules and greater uncertainty, interviewing, disclosure, and above all, achieving independence.

 

 

SGA Buddy Classes

SGA Buddy Classes

Mrs. Ebersole’s 4th grade and Mrs. Eaker’s Kindergarten class met for the first time to introduce themselves to their new buddies. Students were given puzzle pieces that led them to their buddy when they found the match.  They then exchanged notes and got to know each other. Students from both classes are looking forward to their weekly reading time together.

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Tunnel of Welcome for FPWHS Incoming Freshmen

Tunnel of Welcome for FPWHS Incoming Freshmen

Faculty, staff, and students created a welcome tunnel for our incoming students and their families at the Freshmen Open House.  The FPWHS band and cheerleaders boosted everyone’s spirits in our courtyard and the JROTC along with our chorus led the presentation with of colors, Pledge of Allegiance, and the National Anthem.

Manatee Academy Students and Staff “Feelin’ Groovy”

Manatee Academy Students and Staff “Feelin’ Groovy”

Students and staff were “Feelin’ Groovy” at our Rockin’ Family Night. Parents learned about websites they can use with their children at home. We also had Deputy Lopez from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department talk to parents and students about Internet safety. Students were also able to shop for books with their families in our Scholastic Book Fair. Other highlights of the evening were performances by our administrators singing “Feelin’ Groovy” and Mrs. Remington and Mrs. Valinote performing as Sonny and Cher.

Manatee Academy is currently promoting family literacy by encouraging families to read together for 20 minutes per day for the next 20 days. Families have the opportunity to participate in a contest in which they send in a 20 second video reading together or talking about reading as a family. Reading counts at Manatee Academy!
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St. Lucie County Reading Council – Book Fest

St. Lucie County Reading Council – Book Fest

The St. Lucie County Reading Council invites parents and students to Bookfest – a March 5, 2016, literacy event hosted by C.A. Moore Elementary School in Fort Pierce. This free reading festival is scheduled from 10 AM to noon and is designed to provide attendees with a wide variety of literacy resources and information.  Activities and resource stations include: Read to a VIP, Community Resource Information Station, Literacy Games and Prizes, Free Literacy Resource Center, Book Exchange, Mother Goose, and much more!