For the last two years, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) have worked collaboratively to create a community work experience for students with disabilities. Martha Taylor, Job Coach for ESE, and Mr. Douglas Baber, Human Resources Manager for St. Lucie County Board of Commissioners, along with the support of Mr. Howard Tipton and Ms. Frannie Hutchinson paved the way for the “Coffee Perks” program.
Participation in this program has provided valuable experiences for students that has allowed them to transfer the skills they have been taught in the classroom to a real world opportunity, thus expanding their learning. The “Coffee Perks” program operates weekly at the BOCC Office on Virginia Avenue and is managed completely by students with the supervision of Martha Taylor and staff.
SLPS is fortunate to have the wonderful opportunity for students to gain real-world experiences in the natural setting and to gain the essential skills necessary to eventually obtain gainful competitive employment.
*This team was recognized for their outstanding efforts at the March School Board Meeting. They were presented with a Navigator Transition Award.
Students from Morningside Elementary traveled to Washington, DC for the NEED Youth Awards conference and were awarded the 2019 Elementary School of the Year at the State level and a 2019 National Finalist Award. Their project was focused on the theme of Kids Teaching Kids About Energy. While at the conference, the students enjoyed meeting students from other states, touring DC, and cruising down the Potomac River.
The mission of the NEED Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs. To learn more, visit https://www.need.org/
Neha Reddy, a sophomore at Lincoln Park Academy, was one of 1,549 high school students from 68 countries, regions, and territories to display their independent research and compete for over $3 million in awards at the recent International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Pittsburgh, PA. Her project was titled ” Influence of Genetic Variation of Brazilian Peppertree Schinus terebinthifolius on the Survival of a Biological Control Agent Pseudophilothrips ichinianden. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12. Congratulations to Neha for representing Lincoln Park Academy and St. Lucie Public Schools in this prestigious competition.
Fifth grade students at Lakewood Park Elementary are getting a boost to learning as they are participating in the 21st Century after school tutorial program. Students are engaged in project based learning with an emphasis on grade level expectations that will help them succeed academically. This program runs Monday through Friday from 3:15 to 5:15.
Three new teachers achieving National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) status were recognized at the March 13, 2012, St. Lucie Public Schools board meeting. Pictured, from left, front row, are Hall Riediger, father to Jean Emerson, Alan Emerson holding daughter Grace with NBCT Jean Emerson, NBCT Theresa Brandifino, Joseph Brandifino, and Jill Prisco, president of the National Board Certified Teachers of St. Lucie County. Back row, from left, Garden City Early Learning Academy principal Teri Barenborg, Superintendent Michael Lannon, school board members Kathryn Hensley, Debbie Hawley and Dr. Donna Mills, school board chairman Carol Hilson, and school board member Troy Ingersoll.
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The City of Port St. Lucie Neighborhood Services Department will be accepting applications from families who are interested in purchasing a home through the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) Program and who meet the requirements for “Essential Service Personnel,” which is defined as “ Teachers, educators, other school district employees, community college employees and university employees; police and fire personnel; healthcare personnel; skilled building trades personnel; government personnel and active military personnel. “ Applications will be available for one (1) week period ONLY, starting May 7, 2018, thru May 11, 2018, all applications must be returned by appointment only no later than May 21, 2018. Any unselected applications will be canceled when all funds have been committed. The City of Port St Lucie has set aside $200,000 for the Down Payment Program and will offer a maximum of $20,000 per household for down payment and closing cost assistance. If you are interested in purchasing a home in the City of Port St. Lucie, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the SHIP program. Deferred, interest-free mortgages are available for those who need funds for home purchase assistance. In order to qualify, you cannot currently own a home when you apply, the home must be your primary residence, you must contribute a minimum of $500 of your own funds towards the purchase of the home and you must be able to qualify for a first mortgage with a lender approved by the City of Port St. Lucie.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY: St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent announced that Kim Jay, a recognized literacy leader in the school district, will serve as Allapattah Flats’ new principal, and Eldrique Gardner will bring his expertise in educational leadership to the campus of St. Lucie West K-8 as its new principal. Gent expressed, “Mrs. Jay and Mr. Gardner have a strong commitment to student achievement and deep knowledge of positive instructional practices that will support the continued positive growth at these school sites. I have high expectations for them and for the schools’ success.”
Jay’s appointment was approved by the Board on July 28, 2015, and she will immediately step into her new role. This 17-year veteran educator in St. Lucie County has varied experiences that will contribute to her successful leadership of the school which serves pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students. She began her career in education as a classroom instructor, supported quality instruction as a reading coach, led summer school programs for multiple years, and most recently supported student achievement as an assistant principal. “I am very excited to begin my new journey with the students, staff, and parents of Allapattah Flats. The quality of the educational team and the positive culture there are ingredients for a very successful year,” said Jay.
Gardner, a proud graduate of St. Lucie Public Schools, received his recommendation from the Board on July 21, 2015. He has served the District for twelve years as an engaging classroom teacher, as a specialist in talent development, and as a leader in the capacity of assistant principal. Gardner said, “I am humbled by this opportunity to continue my leadership at St. Lucie West K – 8. It is a great school with a legacy of fine leadership and outstanding student achievement.”
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Marine Private First Class Austin Boatright, the brother of a student in Lois Peith’s second grade class, visited White City Elementary recently. Private Boatright just graduated from Parris Island and spoke to the students about the importance of being respectful and responsible. In order to graduate, Private Boatright was required to do many things including shine his belt buckle and boots, iron his clothes, and make the bed. Students were inspired by the commitment and dedication of this leader and role model. Pictured is Private Boatright surrounded by White City students.
Don’t forget to check out the St. Lucie Public Schools Deals and Discounts page for new offerings. Deals and Discounts is an internal savings site for employees. Throughout the year, offerings are added that may be of interest including entertainment, finance, technology, health/wellness, and more. Most recently, we’ve added cruise and mobile phone discounts. Check it out!
Click on the “TEAM SLPS on Share” icon at the bottom of the SLPS Homepage.
Type in your username and password to access Deals and Discounts.
Once you are on the Deals and Discounts page, click the arrow in the upper left-hand corner to advance offerings to page 2.
Y.A.L.E. is a 9th grade organization created to promote academic success, leadership, philanthropy, and fellowship amongst students in Saint Lucie West Centennial High School’s Freshman Academy. Freshmen participation in school activities and events is a vital component of maintaining school pride and culture. Y.A.L.E. provides numerous paths to involvement for students who might not already participate in athletics, band, chorus, drama and other clubs. At its core, Y.A.L.E. is an academic organization that supports student success: 85% of members have a GPA over a 2.5, and 40% are on honor roll. Membership in Y.A.L.E. is highly inclusive, and is representative of the overall population at Centennial, including ESE students, and myriad kids representing all walks of life. Y.A.L.E.’s weekly peer tutoring program has had a demonstrable impact on the level of achievement in the Freshman Academy, and its emphasis on student involvement has emboldened many members to branch out into other extracurricular activities and organizations. To date, Y.A.L.E. has been involved in philanthropic outreach to several worthy causes, including supporting P.B.I.S., the CASTLE Memory Field, the Wounded Warrior Project, Breast Cancer Awareness, the S.T.E.A.M. rap battle, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. Created for and by Centennial staff and students, Y.A.L.E. would not exist without the continued efforts of its leaders, Monarae Buchanan, Robert Guzy, Pam Jenkins, Saskia Joseph, Karla Kahn, and Rita Markowitz. Y.A.L.E. has had an overwhelmingly positive impact at Centennial High School in its inaugural year, and the future is indeed bright for this program.
Jon Shainman from WPTV covered a new program supported by St. Lucie County’s Economic Development Council that helps education and business interests. Read more about it!
New program in SLC helps new grads get jobs
First Ready To Work boot camp
ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. – Aaron Timblin just graduated from Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce. He thought about college, but now wants to find a trade.
“Because I’m more hands on and capable of solving problems on my own.”
He’s one of 22 recent grads taking part in a Ready To Work manufacturing boot camp, a new partnership between the education and business communities.
Phoenix Metal Products is one of six places the group will tour this week. The 46 employees here manufacture airline ground equipment, like stairs and water trucks, that are used around the globe.
“We’re looking for that spark from some individual that says ‘I really like this’,” said Wilcox.
At the end of the week, the group will have its’ own “Signing Day”, where they can sign up for a full time job with one of the employers on the tour.
“We’re doers. We build things. We want people that that’s what they want to do,” said Wilcox.
The most recent state figures show there are 62-hundred manufacturing jobs in St. Lucie County with an average wage of $50,248. That’s about 25% higher than the average wage as a whole.
“I want to find a career that I enjoy that would benefit me in raising a family,” said recent grad Matthew Bowden.
These kids were recommended for the boot camp by their schools.
“Sounded like a really good opportunity for me to get a job and not have to fight going from business to business to business,” said Aaron Timblin.
The 2018-2019 School Year is off to a great start!
The District maintains a strong commitment to ensuring safety for all students and staff. Please note that new protocols are in place for entering campuses across the District. It is important that you present a form of identification as one of the necessary steps to receive your “Visitor Badge.”
We thank you for helping us keep our schools safe.
In an effort to continually improve the safety and security of your children, St. Lucie Public Schools will be using a new visitor management system called Raptor beginning February 17th.
All campus visitors, including parents and alumni, will need to have their driver’s license or military ID available.
The Raptor system accesses a national database, preventing anyone who should not be on our campus from gaining access. No one will be allowed to be on campus without a picture ID badge printed up by the Raptor system.
The first time you submit your ID, this sophisticated system takes about one minute to process. The next time you sign in will be a much shorter process.
Thank you for your patience as we implement this important new security procedure!
The safety of students and staff on campuses as well as at school-sponsored events such as high school football games remain a priority for St. Lucie Public Schools.
The District’s school security team and the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office have announced measures to enhance security protocols at all local football events for the coming season. Effective immediately:
• Additional law enforcement officers at each game including parking lot areas
• No backpacks, totes, or similar items permitted (purses and handbags allowed but subject to search)
• No re-entry into game, and no entry after 3rd quarter
• Stadiums cleared promptly at close of each game
Multiple measures are in place for students and staff to report any concerns. All will be treated seriously. The See Something, Say Something campaign encourages individuals to immediately make a report to law enforcement, administrators, teachers, or staff. Reports can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers or the St. Lucie Public Schools app.
You’re invited to help welcome and celebrate our new teachers by participating in the new teacher symposium Tunnel of Hope scheduled for Wednesday, July 31st at 8:00 a.m. at Fort Pierce Central High School. The address is 4101 South 25th Street, Fort Pierce.
The Tunnel will be held in the Auditorium at the back of the school. Hope to see you there!
Approximately 250 new teachers who will be in classrooms in St. Lucie County public schools on August 20 when students begin the 2012-2013 school year were welcomed with great celebration on Tuesday, August 7, by school board members, administrators, and a wide variety of community members, including local elected officials. A tunnel of well wishers ushered the teachers into the event, as pictured in the photo, to two days of orientation to district policies, procedures, to review curriculum, as well as network with new colleagues. Photo provided by Christine Epps, executive director of the Roundatable of St. Lucie, which will sponsor similar Kids at Hope tunnels at local schools on the first day of classes.
Southport Middle School’s “Book Buddies and Beyond” club members recently greeted residents from The Palms Retirement Community of St. Lucie West. The students performed a Reader’s Theater version of “Finding Neverland” for their guests. Greeting guests, from left, are Chris Yates, Bryon Peralta, Myrria Roux, Rebecca Moore, and Tiara Perch.
WPEC News Channel 12 Anchor Suzanne Boyd visited Mrs. Melanie Francisco’s kindergarten class at Frances K. Sweet Magnet School. The students made a tree map and asked great questions about Suzanne Boyd’s job. She read them a book, How Santa Got His Job, and then they drew pictures and discussed what they would like to be when they grow up.