St. Lucie Public Schools Announces Finalists for School Related Employee of the Year

St. Lucie Public Schools Announces Finalists for School Related Employee of the Year

An entourage of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) administrators surprised the three finalists for School Related Employee of the Year on Tuesday. Cheers and sounds of glee filled the classrooms, offices, and hallways as Delores “Annie” Jones (Lakewood Park Elementary), Emily Siangco (Student Services Department), and Charles Pilson (Manatee Academy) were made aware of this recognition.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated that he was humbled by the honorees’ tremendous contributions to the District’s education system. “Our support staff team members are paramount to the success of our schools. These individuals represent the dedication, innovation, and teamwork we are so proud of in our network of SLPS professionals. The service they provide to our students and community is exceptional.”

Honoring school related employees is a program that is supported by the Florida Department of Education in which outstanding education support personnel are recognized for the significant impact they make on their schools and district school systems. Locally, one individual will be selected to represent SLPS at the state level during the Night of the Stars gala scheduled for February 20, 2016.

About the Finalists

Delores “Annie” Jones

The nominee from Lakewood Park Elementary is Delores “Annie” Jones — “Ms. Annie” as she is known by staff and students alike. She is the school clerk but her contributions to students, staff, and the community far exceed her job title.

In April of 2015, Jones joined the staff at Lakewood Park as a clerk. According to her principal, she is so much more than the school clerk; students love the attention she gives them. Many stop by to show her their planners and point sheets; she takes delight in rejoicing and reaffirming their success with them. Her days at Lakewood Park are full ones, but her commitment to her family and community are not limited by the hours in a day. Jones volunteers with the 4-H Club, Treasure Coast Food Bank, and Parents Guild Committee among other benevolent organizations.

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Delores “Annie” Jones, School Board Chair Kathryn Hensley, and Superintendent E. Wayne Gent

Charles Pilson

Charles Pilson is the School Related Employee of the Year for Manatee Academy. For the past four years, Pilson has served as the school’s Behavior Intervention Classroom Monitor. He is very aware of the challenges many students face each day and he supports and encourages their success in the classroom and in the educational environment. He always lends an ear and a supportive word to those students who seek his counsel.

His normal work day ends and his dedication hours begin. He serves as the school’s track coach, business partner liaison, and advisor to the Student Council and Honor Society. Pilson works with the Guardian Ad Litem program as well. He is a humanitarian who seeks the good in each and every student every day.

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Assistant Principal Peggy Chase, School Board Member Debbie Hawley, Charles Pilson, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, and Assistant Principal Melissa Hutchings

 

Emily Siangco

Emily Siangco represents the Student Services Department. She has an extensive background in pediatric physical therapy and has supported students in St. Lucie County since 2002 and continues to enhance her skills through professional seminars and trainings, taking advantage of each opportunity for growth. She has received training in pediatric brain neuroanatomy and the sensory system including the necessary treatment applications. Siangco is also skilled in using visual supports in occupational and physical therapy applications.

Siangco works with students from pre-kindergarten classes to those in high school and spends time with parents helping them navigate the paperwork required to secure equipment in their own homes for their child’s needs. This equipment assures that the family can be involved in their child’s treatment. Santiago is described as a team player willing to lend a hand at any time. Her very real reward is the progress made by the students she serves.

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Emily Siangco, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, and School Board Member Donna Mills

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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REE’s Giving Trees Overflow with Donations

REE’s Giving Trees Overflow with Donations

The Giving Trees are a long standing tradition at Rivers Edge Elementary. Every grade has a Christmas tree on the stage in the cafeteria representing a local organization. Students and staff bring in donations for the organization the grade has chosen. They are placed under the tree for the campus to see.

Once again this year REE proves it is the school with a heart of gold as the stage was overflowing with gifts, supplies, and donations.

On Thursday, December 17, assemblies were held to present the donations to representatives from the various organizations. This year the grades donated to:

Kindergarten – Dogs & Cats Forever

1st Grade – Safe Space

2nd Grade – Quantum House

3rd Grade – CareNet

4th Grade – Castle

5th Grade – Military

ESE – Hibiscus House, Jensen Beach

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F. K. Sweet Breakfast with Santa

F. K. Sweet Breakfast with Santa

Frances K. Sweet’s student council hosted their annual Breakfast with Santa for the students and their families. More than 50 families ate breakfast, made crafts, and met Santa. Pictured are the student council representatives, Mr. Gary Bushby, and of course Santa.

PBIS Dance at MSE

PBIS Dance at MSE

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Students in K-5 with no referrals for the second nine weeks danced and enjoyed each other’s company at the second annual PBIS in-school dance.

First Responder Appreciation Week

First Responder Appreciation Week

For the second consecutive year, Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed January 4-8, 2016 as Florida First Responder Appreciation Week.

First responders play a critical role in keeping our communities safe, and all Floridians benefit greatly from the services they provide.

On behalf of St. Lucie Public Schools, thank you for your dedicated service!

 


Palm Pointe Donates to Harvest Outreach Center

Palm Pointe Donates to Harvest Outreach Center

Members of the Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s National Junior Honor Society recently donated hundreds of canned goods and other non-perishable items to the Harvest Outreach Center.  A special thank you to all students and staff who donated to help make the holidays merrier for many people.

Pictured from left is Michaela Keaton, Annalise Ramirez, Fariha Imran and Jessica Lee

MSE Honors Our STARS

MSE Honors Our STARS

Morningside’s STARS were celebrated Monday, January 4, 2016, with a breakfast, MSE shirt, and certificate.

Our School Related Employee of the Year is Candida Castrillo, executive secretary.  The Distinguished Minority Teacher is Stacey McColley, kindergarten teacher, and our Teacher of the Year is Coach Ryan Prue, PE teacher.

Congratulations!!

 

STE@Minar Conference Turns Up the Heat for Teaching and Learning

STE@Minar Conference Turns Up the Heat for Teaching and Learning

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — This year’s STE@Minar Conference, hosted by St. Lucie Pubic Schools (SLPS) featured a spotlight on science, technology, the arts, engineering, and mathematics education. Strategies, resources, academic plans, and collaborative discussions were among the choices of talent development sessions offered at this event.

With quality instruction as a core priority for the school district, the STE@Minar Conference provided professional educators with opportunities to turn up the heat on teaching and learning. In the same way that a single degree change takes water from hot at 211 degrees to boiling at 212 degrees, the infusion of varied and engaging instructional practices can motivate learners, inspire inquiry, and catapult results for students.

According to Joseph St. Rose, an Algebra instructor, this conference has afforded the opportunity to work with other experts in the field and glean professional practices and resources to help his students advance in the rigorous curriculum.  “I am looking forward to connecting with my colleagues to continue our work together beyond the conference.”

“Advancements in STE@M education are critically important to preparing students for the world of work and for successful collegiate experiences,” said Allison Barajas, co-coordinator for the event.  “In the same way that we create positive momentum in education by working together collaboratively and sharing ideas, we work with our business partners to create a more innovative conference each year.”  She went on to express her appreciation for the support of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Indian River State College, Regional Center for Nuclear Education and Training (RCNET), Laser-tec, and Wal-mart.

Teri Barenborg, co-coordinator, added “We are also extremely appreciative of area science and math agencies and vendors who provided information and donated door prizes.”  She noted, “A boom to this year’s conference was the decision to move the event to Indian River State College’s Kight and Brown Centers.   This shift enabled our teachers to partner with IRSC professors in providing the latest information about STE@M topics in unique conference sessions.”

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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STE@Minar Conference Turns Up the Heat for Teaching and Learning

STE@Minar Conference Turns Up the Heat for Teaching and Learning

This year’s STE@Minar Conference, hosted by St. Lucie Pubic Schools (SLPS) featured a spotlight on science, technology, the arts, engineering, and mathematics education. Strategies, resources, academic plans, and collaborative discussions were among the choices of talent development sessions offered at this event.

With quality instruction as a core priority for the school district, the STE@Minar Conference provided professional educators with opportunities to turn up the heat on teaching and learning. In the same way that a single degree change takes water from hot at 211 degrees to boiling at 212 degrees, the infusion of varied and engaging instructional practices can motivate learners, inspire inquiry, and catapult results for students.

According to Joseph St. Rose, an Algebra instructor, this conference has afforded the opportunity to work with other experts in the field and glean professional practices and resources to help his students advance in the rigorous curriculum.  “I am looking forward to connecting with my colleagues to continue our work together beyond the conference.”

“Advancements in STE@M education are critically important to preparing students for the world of work and for successful collegiate experiences,” said Allison Barajas, co-coordinator for the event.  “In the same way that we create positive momentum in education by working together collaboratively and sharing ideas, we work with our business partners to create a more innovative conference each year.”  She went on to express her appreciation for the support of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Indian River State College, Regional Center for Nuclear Education and Training (RCNET), Laser-tec, and Wal-mart.

Teri Barenborg, co-coordinator, added “We are also extremely appreciative of area science and math agencies and vendors who provided information and donated door prizes.”  She noted, “A boom to this year’s conference was the decision to move the event to Indian River State College’s Kight and Brown Centers.   This shift enabled our teachers to partner with IRSC professors in providing the latest information about STE@M topics in unique conference sessions.”

Graduation Rates Continue to Climb in St. Lucie Public Schools

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Graduation rates continue to climb in St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) with a reported 75.5 percent rate for the 2014-2015 academic year. According to the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), SLPS realized a 2.3 percent increase from last year’s rate of 73.2 percent and an increase over the last six years of more than 10 percent.

Most impressive were the increases at Lincoln Park Academy (LPA) and St. Lucie West Centennial High School (SLWCHS) of 6 percent and 5.7 percent respectively. With LPA boasting a rate of 98.6 percent and SLWCHS touting 82.3 percent, both schools have catapulted well above the state’s average graduation rate of 77.8 percent. Fort Pierce Central High School (80.1 percent) and Treasure Coast High School (82.7 percent) are also both above the state average.

While Superintendent E. Wayne Gent commended both schools for their dramatic increases, he is adamant that graduation rates across the District must increase significantly. “Our students and our community deserve the delivery of a world class education system.” Upon assuming the role of superintendent this year, Gent proclaimed that increasing graduation rates was one of his biggest priorities. “St. Lucie Public Schools has made positive strides over the past years. I see this as an area where we must experience significant growth.” With systems in place to support accountability and monitoring of student progress, Gent is confident that greater and consistent growth will be experienced by all area high schools in the coming year.

The FLDOE has posted that Florida’s graduation rate is at a 12-year high. The data shows that the statewide graduation rate climbed to 77.8 percent, an increase of more than 18 percentage points since 2003-04 and 1.7 percentage points over last year.

 

School 2013-2014

Grad Rate

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Grad Rate

Fort Pierce Central High School 83.5 percent 80.1 percent
Fort Pierce Westwood High School 67.1 percent 63.8 percent
Lincoln Park Academy 92.6 percent 98.6 percent
Mosaic Digital Academy 75 percent 69.6 percent
Port St. Lucie High School 74.0 percent 70.7 percent
St. Lucie West Centennial High School 76.6 percent 82.3 percent
Treasure Coast High School 80.1 percent 82.7 percent

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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Northport Students Evaluate Scientific Data Using Science Detective Skills

Northport Students Evaluate Scientific Data Using Science Detective Skills

Northport is pleased to present our 2015-2016 middle grades Science Fair in the school media center. The Science Fair, under the direction of Dr. Laura Woodworth and a cadre of science instructors, are offering students an opportunity to stimulate out of the box problem solving. Students are encouraged and guided through the use of STEaM processes.
Students moved about the media center reviewing projects and using check sheets to ensure that displays presented required data and followed correct procedures. Students asked and answered a variety of questions such as, “Is there a real world problem being addressed?” “Is the hypothesis testable?” “Did the procedures test the hypothesis?” “Are the graphs correctly made for the data type and does the graph reflect the hypothesis?” and “What improvements could be made to the experiments and to the boards?”

The Northport Science Fair is an outstanding representation of scientific detective work and an invaluable look at scientific work that seeks to solve problems and benefit nature and society.

Dr. Woodworth states, “Science Fair requires creativity of thought and critical thinking skills as students relate their science education and scientific processes to try and solve real world problems.”

Excellent work to all who participated. Stellar!

SLW Centennial Medical Academy Students Learn Hands-Only CPR

SLW Centennial Medical Academy Students Learn Hands-Only CPR

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More than 120 Health Science 1, 10th and 11th grade students at St. Lucie West Centennial High School learned Hands-Only CPR this week. These students were taught by Mary Higgins’ First Responder students.

First Responder classes are available to students who have completed the Allied Health Program as a senior elective. First Responder students prepare for careers in emergency medicine by becoming CPR certified as Health Care Professionals, completing web based classroom instruction and skills in advanced first aid techniques, followed by a shadowing opportunity at various St. Lucie County Fire stations. This “student-teaching-students” approach is innovative and one of the first of its kind in the state of Florida.

Students will walk away knowing how to recognize the need for CPR, how to call 911, and how to push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” The American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR at this beat can more than double or triple a person’s chances of survival. This method has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public. Each student received an American Heart Association personal use CPR Anytime kit to take home and keep so that they can train additional family and friends in Hands-Only CPR. The American Heart Association expects hundreds more will be trained to save a life by the 10th and 11th grade participants.

This event is part of the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR for Schools training program and is supported by an educational grant.

Centennial Senior Accepted by Cornell

Centennial Senior Accepted by Cornell

Prince Edouard, Vice-President of the National Honor Society at SLWCHS, has been accepted by Cornell University in New York. Cornell, a prestigious Ivy League university, has an excellent program in chemistry and chemical biology, which Prince has chosen for his major.

He plans to attend both medical and graduate school ultimately leading to a position as a research scientist with a pharmaceutical company.

January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month! Spending one hour each week – whether it’s helping with homework, playing games or just hanging out – means a young person has someone to turn to in moments big and small.

For more information on how you can become a mentor, visit http://www.nationalmentoringmonth.org/

 

Graduation Rates Continue to Climb in SLPS

Graduation Rates Continue to Climb in SLPS

Graduation rates continue to climb in St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) with a reported 75.5 percent rate for the 2014-2015 academic year. According to the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), SLPS realized a 2.3 percent increase from last year’s rate of 73.2 percent and an increase over the last six years of more than 10 percent.