Huge Savings Result from Efficient Energy Practices in St. Lucie Public Schools

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Superintendent E. Wayne Gent accepted a rebate check from Florida Power and Light (FPL) in the amount of $97,440.00 during Tuesday’s School Board Meeting. The rebate resulted from the recent installation of a new Thermal Energy System (TES) at Lakewood Park Elementary. The District has had a long-standing commitment to maximizing the efficiency of its facilities, and the installation of such systems in local schools has proven effective. Schools with systems such as these have demonstrated an average savings of approximately 50 percent in energy costs. “Every dollar is important to education, and these savings equate to a re-investment in our students,” said Gent.

Over the lifetime of SLPS’s partnership with FPL, a total of $2,428,873.00 worth of incentives and rebates has been realized. Replacement projects on roofs and lighting control retrofits along with other TES system installations contribute to this total. Specifically, the TES is an ice storage system for chilled water cooling in air conditioners that helps reduce the energy bills while still keeping the school at a comfortable temperature for students and staff.  The TES system runs during off-peak hours to take advantage of FPL’s Time of Use Rate.  This rate allows for lower electric charges during off-peak hours.

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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African American History Month Proclamation

African American History Month Proclamation

February begins the annual observance of African American History Month, celebrating the past and present achievements of African Americans. In February, 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, proposed the establishment of Negro History Week to honor the history and contributions of African Americans to American life. In 1976, the week-long celebration was expanded to a month in honor of the nation’s bi-centennial. Mrs. Latricia Woulard, St. Lucie County 2016 Principal of the Year, read the Proclamation during the February School Board Meeting.

February is National CTE Month

February is National CTE Month

Career and Technical Education Director Kathie Schmidt presented highlights of the District’s programs. Students presented the Governor’s Annual Proclamation in recognition of February as National CTE Month at the February School Board Meeting.

STAR Awards Presented for Exemplary Service

STAR Awards Presented for Exemplary Service

The STAR award recognizes and honors employees each month for demonstration of exemplary customer service. The following employees were recognized by the Board in February: Nakysha Dennis (Dan McCarty Middle School), Michele Rubenstein (Mariposa Elementary – Volunteer), Joe Baio (Lakewood Park – Facilities/Maintenance), Renee Lang (Transportation Dept.- Bus Driver), and Pinkie Smith (Food Service Dept.).

MLK Parade Winners Recognized

MLK Parade Winners Recognized

The Grand Parade is the capstone event of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration. Once again this year, all of our schools participated in the parade. Representatives from the Commemorative Celebration Committee honored the schools who won awards in the parade.

Huge Savings Result from Efficient Energy Practices in St. Lucie Public Schools

Huge Savings Result from Efficient Energy Practices in St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Superintendent E. Wayne Gent accepted a rebate check from Florida Power and Light (FPL) in the amount of $97,440.00 during Tuesday’s School Board Meeting. The rebate resulted from the recent installation of a new Thermal Energy System (TES) at Lakewood Park Elementary.  The District has had a long-standing commitment to maximizing the efficiency of its facilities, and the installation of such systems in local schools has proven effective. Schools with systems such as these have demonstrated an average savings of approximately 50 percent in energy costs.  “Every dollar is important to education, and these savings equate to a re-investment in our students,” said Gent.  

Over the lifetime of SLPS’s partnership with FPL, a total of $2,428,873.00 worth of incentives and rebates has been realized.  Replacement projects on roofs and lighting control retrofits along with other TES system installations contribute to this total. Specifically, the TES is an ice storage system for chilled water cooling in air conditioners that helps reduce the energy bills while still keeping the school at a comfortable temperature for students and staff.  The TES system runs during off-peak hours to take advantage of FPL’s Time of Use Rate.  This rate allows for lower electric charges during off-peak hours. 

Walmart Distribution Center Makes Donation

Walmart Distribution Center Makes Donation

The Office of Teaching and Learning thank Walmart Distribution Center for awarding the Walmart Community Grant to the Early Childhood Department in order to support superior professional development. The $2000.00 award supports the Early Childhood Conference and on-going professional development in St. Lucie County.

NY Times Bestselling Author David Finch Speaks on Autism – Free to Public

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — 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.

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 – Night of the Stars Gala

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Excitement is in the air as the 28th Annual Night of the Stars gala draws closer.  This ticketed event scheduled for Saturday, February 20, at the Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium in Fort Pierce will honor outstanding educational and support staff professionals in St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS).  A VIP welcome reception is planned for 5:00 PM and the awards ceremony is set to begin at 6:00 PM.
 
This year’s categories will include: Teacher of the Year, School Related Employee of the Year, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year, and Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year.
 
SLPS’s Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year will represent St. Lucie County at the State level. 
 
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 Hosts Living Legend and American Hero!

Northport Hosts Living Legend and American Hero!

Northport K-8 School students have been working diligently this year with teachers, veterans, Gold Star Families and Mrs. Gruszka in the Media Center to educate each other, their families and the community about the Medal of Honor, Gold Star Families and World War II. The learning experiences included Gold Star mothers, Karen Zook and Linda Schuman interacting with kids from grades three through eight about service, sacrifice, integrity, commitment and then teaching others about these ideals.

The zenith of the program occurred in the Northport Media Center with a visit from Hershel “Woody” Williams. Mr. Williams is the only living Medal of Honor recipient from Iwo Jima and only one of seven Medal of Honor Recipients still living from WWII. The programming included Target Teaching by students from Nick Carey and Georgia Stone’s classes including a timeline of major WWII events. Northport teacher, Sandra Tyndale Harvey and three of her students sang a beautiful rendition of a Bill and Gloria Gaither song for Mr. Williams entitled, “I Pledge My Allegiance” and a teaching power point was instructive by media clerk, Sarah Lewis. The program was a magical culmination of so much deep learning and the students were taken aback by Woody’s humbleness and demeanor.

The school was thrilled to host Superintendent Wayne Gent, Dr. Prince and SLPS Board members Kathryn Hensley, Deb Hawley, and Carol Hilson along with many deputies, troopers, police officers, Blue Knights, and veterans along with the local Gold Star committee.

What an EXPERIENCE!!!!!! Many thanks to Veteran Roy Brewer for helping to bring Woody Williams to Northport!

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Cobra Student Athletes Make Commitments on Signing Day

Cobra Student Athletes Make Commitments on Signing Day

Fort Pierce Central High School football players participated in National Signing Day and made commitments to their selected Universities.

Football players from left to right:

Cecile Rolle- Warner University

Maurice Walley- Warner University

Stuart Reese- University of Mississippi

Coach Shaffer – Fort Pierce Central High School Football Coach

Antonio Hadden- Florida Atlantic University

William Davis- Florida Atlantic University

Lafayette Ashley- Warner University

FPCHS Presents The Music Man

FPCHS Presents The Music Man

Fort Pierce Central presents Meredith Willson’s The Music Man at the Fort Pierce Central High School Auditorium Friday, February 26th and Saturday, February 27th at 7:00 PM; Saturday, February 27th and Sunday, February 28th at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students.

Tickets are available at the Fort Pierce Central High School Box Office. For more information, contact 772-468-5888 or email lst0122@stlucieschools.org.

The Fort Pierce Central Theatre Department, which is located at 4101 South 25th Street in Fort Pierce, Florida, performs mystery dinner theatre, fall, and spring productions for the public. As International Thespian Troupe #4618, Fort Pierce Central participates and has earned, Best in Show and Superior Ratings in theatrical competitions at the District and State levels.

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TCHS Senior Athletes Commit to Their College Education

TCHS Senior Athletes Commit to Their College Education

On February 3, 2016, six TCHS senior athletes committed to colleges.

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Kayla Zaffrullah intently listens as presentations begin. Kayla signed with Hollins for Volleyball.

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Hykeem Spencer waits anxiously as they begin to announce colleges. Hykeem signed with Weber for football.

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Jeanette Soricelli sits quietly and waits… Jeanette signed with Malone for soccer.

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Alejandro Santos committed to Weber on a Football Scholarship.

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Olivia Thomas proudly sports a t-shirt of her selected college. She committed to a scholarship for soccer at Daytona State .

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Adriana Carreno, left, committed to Albany University on a Volleyball Scholarship.

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Omari Cobb poses proudly with his mother. Omari signed on with Marshall on a football scholarship and was featured on TCPalm.

Kindergartens Being Teachers at F. K. Sweet

Kindergartens Being Teachers at F. K. Sweet

Students in Melanie Francisco’s kindergarten class had a blast playing “Teacher For a Minute” while practicing addition/subtraction.  Jadia Tate used counters to solve the problem on Lyla St. Hilaire’s card.   This was a great activity including movement and communication skills with classmates.

Bayshore Wins Kids at Hope Time Traveler Award

Bayshore Wins Kids at Hope Time Traveler Award

Pamela Garrity, Bayshore Elementary STEM teacher, recently entered the Kids at Hope Day Contest.  She was recognized with the Time Traveler Award for teaching students how to mentally travel to the future.  Her lessons taught students to realize how they can utilize their personal talents and the importance of the skills they are currently learning to reach their destinations in the future.   Pictured, from left to right: Pamela Garrity and fifth grade students Taryn Erdosi, Jessica Holsten, and Angelica Moreno.

Bayshore Families Celebrate Literacy!

Bayshore Families Celebrate Literacy!

Bayshore Elementary School hosted a Superhero Literacy Night as part of Celebrate Literacy Week.  Families started the night learning about their children’s upcoming curriculum.  Afterwards, they participated in fun literacy stations that included superhero reading, bingo for books, word building, and creating soaring reading goals!    Pictured, from left to right, are fifth grade student Vanessa Cruz, first grade student Jonathan Cruz, and Kilsy De Jesus.

Mosaic Digital Academy Is Now a Kids At Hope School!

Mosaic Digital Academy Is Now a Kids At Hope School!

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It’s official! Mosaic Digital Academy is proud to be a Kids At Hope school! Our amazing staff here are proud to join St. Lucie School District’s Treasure Hunters and wholeheartedly believe “all children are capable of success – no exceptions!”  We would like to thank the staff at The Roundtable of St. Lucie County who also recently offered a Kids At Hope Parent Workshop to train our parents!

What is Kids at Hope?  Have you heard the phrase “youth at risk?”  Kids at Hope is the opposite of that.  Kids at Hope is a belief that “all children are capable of success – no exceptions!”  We believe that all children are at HOPE – at hope of succeeding in life.  As caring adults, we must do all we can to help children focus on that hope.  We must create a Culture of Hope so that they know that the adults around them expect them to experience success!

Weatherbee Hosts Annual Episodic Reading Day

Weatherbee Hosts Annual Episodic Reading Day

On Friday, January 29, Weatherbee Elementary hosted its annual Episodic Reading Day. The event was a huge success and a perfect ending to the many activities planned for Literacy Week. The Women’s Volleyball and Basketball teams from Indian River State College shared stories with students and talked to them about the importance of sportsmanship and keeping good grades in order to participate in sports. District leaders including: Dr. Prince, Gina Anthony, Teri Barenborg, Kimberly Roberts, and School Board Member Debbie Hawley had a fantastic time sharing their favorite books with our students. The students were especially excited to see the state troopers and meet K9 Piko! The visitors complimented the students’ excellent behavior and were impressed with students following the SAIL expectations. Thank you to the VPK students, Gracie Morris, and the wonderful safety patrol team for welcoming our guests.