Treasured Turtles at SGA

Treasured Turtles at SGA

Rebecca and Cody Mott from the Inwater Research group conducted a Treasured Turtles program with Gaines Academy 6th grade science classes. The program engaged, educated, and stimulated the students into thinking about the world of marine science and ocean conservation. The students especially enjoyed the hands-on artifacts and specimens.

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Middle School Transition Meeting

Middle School Transition Meeting

What: Transition Meeting to support 7th and 8th Grade Families of Students with Disabilities

When: Tuesday, March 15th – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: SLPS  Board Office – Community Room

Focus: Diploma Pathways, Graduation Requirements, Legislative Changes

Transition Meeting

2015-2016 St. Lucie County Regional Science and Engineering STEM Fair Competition Winners Announced

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – In a recent awards ceremony, students, parents, teachers, and community members from across the county gathered to celebrate the winners in the various categories of this year’s Science and Engineering STEM Fair competition. Students were judged on their challenging scientific questions, their research practices, and their problem solving procedures. From this elite group, 14 students were selected to compete this March in Lakeland at the State level competition, and three students will take their projects to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) this coming May in Phoenix, Arizona.

Congratulations to the following students who qualified for the State and International Science and Engineering STEM Fairs:

State Science Fair Qualifiers

Junior Division

Jillian Markle, LPA

Callie Zheng, LPA

Jack Krasulak, STA

Emily Ebner, FGM

Asha Budhai, OAK

Senior Division

Koushal  Rao, LPA

Haniya Shareef, LPA

Shreya Reddy, LPA

Kevin Duan, LPA

Christopher Swinford, FPC

Anthony Oreo, FPC

Haley Jezewski, Olivet

Peter Jones, Olivet

Alexis Beans, FPC

International Science Fair Qualifiers

Koushal  Rao, LPA

Haniya Shareef, LPA

Shreya Reddy, LPA

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 Human Resources Executive Director Announced

St. LUCIE COUNTY — Superintendent E. Wayne Gent announced Rafael Sanchez as the new executive director of Human Resources for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) which is St. Lucie County’s largest employer. Sanchez will relocate from his role as Human Resources Assistant Director of Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, Maryland to assume his new position in April. “The recruitment and retention of quality educators and support staff is critical to the quality education all students deserve,” said Gent.  “Hiring the best and the brightest is our goal for our schools and our community. We recognize the need to maintain a more consistent workforce for the sake of continuing our growth as a premier center for education.  With Sanchez’s notable achievements, I am confident we will see positive changes to support our schools and our community.”

No stranger to the Sunshine State, Sanchez is looking forward to returning to Florida where he spent six years as a human resources manager for Orange County Public Schools guiding transformation, increasing efficiency, and enhancing customer service ratings.  Sanchez said that he is looking forward to serving the community, employees, and students of St. Lucie Public Schools.

He feels a strong connection to the SLPS mission statement which is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools, equipped with the knowledge, skills, and desire to succeed. He said, “This coincides and resonates with my own personal core values and beliefs of a Human Resources professional working in public education.”  Sanchez is committed to his work in public education and indicated that is one of the most significant careers a person can choose to pursue.   “I am committed to ensuring our students, teachers and staff have all the resources, service, and knowledge my role and team can provide.  Like our mission statement, I am guided by making sure all of our Human Resources decisions directly impact both student and employee safety and enhance academic success.”

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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Dan McCarty Singing Eagles Earn Superior Rating For Inspiring Performance

Dan McCarty Singing Eagles Earn Superior Rating For Inspiring Performance

The Singing Eagles Choir from Dan McCarty Middle School recently participated in the District 13 Music Performance Assessment earning straight “Superior” ratings. The choir received an “A” rating from all four judges in performance and sight-reading. In addition, the students were highly praised for their performance. The chorus is directed by Dr. Rolanda A. Jones.

Windmill Point Elementary FSA Family Trivia Night

Windmill Point Elementary FSA Family Trivia Night

Windmill Point families enjoyed learning important information about the upcoming FSA assessments through a fun night of family trivia! Families worked together to solve problems like the ones their children will see on FSA. Three families were crowned as FSA Family Trivia royalty!

1st Place – Team Justice – Finnegan O’Brien

2nd Place – The Gators – Sophie Pasciotty

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Jaguar Battalion Drill Team – First Place

Jaguar Battalion Drill Team – First Place

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Drill Team hosted the 22nd Annual Area Three Drill Meet. Best school overall was determined by the combined scores of the male and female drill teams. Our drill team competed against 18 other schools, and earned First Place overall.

The Jaguars did an outstanding job and will be training hard for the Florida State Final Drill Competition in Lakeland, FL on April 15th-16th.
Congratulations to all of the cadets.
School Social Workers Week (3/6-3/12)

School Social Workers Week (3/6-3/12)

March 6-12, is National School Social Work Week!!!

Thank you to our social workers who assist schools each day with matters of attendance, social and emotional well-being of students and families, collaboration with agencies and services, and providing individualized support where needed.

We appreciate all you do for our students and families!

STAR Awards

STAR Awards

Congratulations to members of the SLPS family for demonstrating outstanding customer service. This month’s STAR Award recipients are:
Daphne Anderson, Trencia Scott (Transportation)
Jennifer Del Carpio (Personnel)
Jeff Diefendorf (Maintenance)
Nile Gentry (ITS)
Joanie Marquez (Rivers Edge Elementary – 3rd grade teacher)
Craig Jerome, Kevin Perry, Elker Harris, Pam Hazelief, Thom Jones, Emily McNutt, Henry Sanabria, Candace Stone, Jane Whitaker (Night of the Stars Committee)
George Petroff, Mark Woods (Security)

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Music In Our Schools Month

Music In Our Schools Month

A Proclamation read by Christine Hill designated the month of March, 2016 as Music In Our Schools Month, and Dr. Kevin Perry recognized students and teachers for their musical accomplishments.

The Aaron Project Grants Awarded

The Aaron Project Grants Awarded

The St. Lucie County Education Foundation and The Aaron Project (honoring the memory of Aaron Beauchamp) presented two grants to schools from the Aaron Project Arts in Education grant program. Thom Jones, Education Foundation Executive Director, introduced Vicki Rodriguez, board member of the Aaron Project, to present the grants.

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