St. Lucie Public Schools Continues to Make Improvements

St. Lucie Public Schools Continues to Make Improvements

ST. LUCIE County, FL – School grades were released today from the Florida Department of Education, and St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to make improvements.  As the second highest rated District on the Treasure Coast, SLPS is a high-ranking “B” District with no failing schools. Over the last four years, the School District has improved its total points from 573 to 669, representing a 96-point increase and landing SLPS within one percent of an “A” rating.

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies made history by earning its first “B” — the highest grade in its 12-year history.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “The teachers, administrators, and staff have worked hard to achieve this record-setting benchmark for the benefit of our students and their personal achievement goals.”

Bayshore Elementary, Floresta Elementary, St. Lucie Elementary, and Forest Grove Middle School also celebrate letter-grade increases this year.

With a focus on the new year, Superintendent Gent stated, “We are committed to the continued success of our District and look forward to providing all of our students with access to high quality programs led by outstanding teachers, administrators, and staff.”

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

St. Lucie Public Schools Continues to Make Improvements

St. Lucie Public Schools Continues to Make Improvements

ST. LUCIE County, FL – School grades were released from the Florida Department of Education, and St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to make improvements.  As the second highest rated District on the Treasure Coast, SLPS is a high-ranking “B” District with no failing schools. Over the last four years, the School District has improved its total points from 573 to 669, representing a 96-point increase and landing SLPS within one percent of an “A” rating.

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies made history by earning its first “B” — the highest grade in its 12-year history.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “The teachers,
administrators, and staff have worked hard to achieve this record-setting benchmark for the benefit of our students and their personal achievement goals.”

Bayshore Elementary, Floresta Elementary, St. Lucie Elementary, and Forest Grove Middle School also celebrate letter-grade increases this year.

With a focus on the new year, Superintendent Gent stated, “We are committed to the continued success of our District and look forward to providing all of our students with access to high quality programs led by outstanding teachers, administrators, and staff.”

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

Finish Your Degree at IRSC

Finish Your Degree at IRSC

It’s time to finish your degree at Indian River State College (IRSC)! Complete Florida, founded by the Florida Legislature in 2013, is offering scholarships for Florida residents who never
completed a Bachelor’s degree and are returning to earn select Associate and Baccalaureate degrees in business, healthcare, information technology, education, criminal justice and public administration—all of which are offered online at IRSC.

Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Award amounts vary by the number of college credits earned. The closer applicants are to graduating, the more assistance they qualify for. Applicants must have left college in good standing for a minimum of three consecutive terms.

Registration is now open for Fall semester at IRSC. The course schedule is available at www.irsc.edu. The deadline to register is August 1, and classes begin August 19.

Students interested in returning to IRSC to complete their degree may visit www.irsc.edu/admissions/applications.html#returning_to_irsc for more information.

To learn more about Complete Florida scholarships, visit www.completeflorida.org/apply or contact Holly Macias at hmacias@irsc.edu or 772-462-7436.

Photo Caption: Christie Crooks returned to college after eight years and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from IRSC. You can be next! Apply for Complete Florida scholarships to get the degree you
need for the job you want.

St. Lucie Public Schools Continues to Make Improvements

St. Lucie Public Schools Seeks Input For 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is pleased to announce it is applying for two separate 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grants. The 21st CCLC program provides afterschool and summer programming to students, with a goal of increasing student academic achievement through tutoring, small-group instruction, personal development, and academic enrichment. 

The Deep-Divers grant proposes to operate a 32-week afterschool program and a five-week summer program within four Title I schools in St. Lucie County: Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie, Frances K. Sweet Elementary, Allapattah Flats K-8, and Northport K-8. 

The Trailblazers grant proposes to operate a 32-week afterschool program and a five-week summer program within four Title I schools in Fort Pierce: Chester A. Moore Elementary, White City Elementary, Lawnwood Elementary, and Forest Grove Middle School. 

If awarded one or both grants, SLPS will inform the entire community, including private schools, so families may enroll students in this federally-funded program. St. Lucie Public Schools would like to encourage community members to complete a survey to help determine the needs of the students, their families, and the surrounding community to help the District plan the program activities if awarded one or both of the grants. Click here for the survey.

About St. Lucie Public Schools 

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent. As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work. The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

St. Lucie Public Schools Continues to Make Improvements

St. Lucie Public Schools Seeks Input For 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is pleased to announce it is applying for two separate 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grants. The 21st CCLC program provides afterschool and summer programming to students, with a goal of increasing student academic achievement through tutoring, small-group instruction, personal development, and academic enrichment. 

The Deep-Divers grant proposes to operate a 32-week afterschool program and a five-week summer program within four Title I schools in St. Lucie County: Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie, Frances K. Sweet Elementary, Allapattah Flats K-8, and Northport K-8. 

The Trailblazers grant proposes to operate a 32-week afterschool program and a five-week summer program within four Title I schools in Fort Pierce: Chester A. Moore Elementary, White City Elementary, Lawnwood Elementary, and Forest Grove Middle School. 

If awarded one or both grants, SLPS will inform the entire community, including private schools, so families may enroll students in this federally-funded program. St. Lucie Public Schools would like to encourage community members to complete a survey to help determine the needs of the students, their families, and the surrounding community to help the District plan the program activities if awarded one or both of the grants. Click here for the survey.

About St. Lucie Public Schools 

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent. As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work. The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

Expo Coming Soon

Expo Coming Soon

Mark your calendar for the 2019 Back-to-School Non-profit Expo at Grace Way Village.

When: Thursday, August 1, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Grace Way Village is one of many non-profits looking forward to supporting teachers in their efforts to care for our community’s children!

There are many non-profit organizations in the area that can help with the needs of your students.

St. Lucie Public Schools Educator Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year

St. Lucie Public Schools Educator Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year

Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Makeda-Ione Brome has been nominated for the 2019-2020 national LifeChanger of the Year award. 

Brome was nominated by her colleagues for her leadership and selfless dedication. She is dedicated to helping both students and colleagues achieve excellence. Brome, the St. Lucie Public Schools Teacher of the Year, models best classroom practices, leads collaborative planning sessions, tutors students, and spearheads math boot camps for students before and after school. 

Brome voluntarily transferred from a high-performing magnet school to Fort Pierce Westwood High School because she felt she could make the most positive difference for students whose challenges and needs are greatest. Since then, the school has increased its mathematics pass rates and graduation rate. 

“Ms. Makeda-Ione Brome proves herself time and time again to be exemplary,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “I can think of no other representative to serve as a model for LifeChanger of the Year. She is most deserving of this great honor.” 

About
St. Lucie Public Schools

St.
Lucie Public Schools
(SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8
percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work. 
The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed.
Connect with us on
Facebook,
LinkedIn,
and Twitter,
or visit
http://www.stlucieschools.org.

About LifeChanger of the Year

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. 

Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2019-2020 school year. 

  •  (1) Grand Prize Winner – will receive $10,000 to be shared with their school/district.

  •  (4) Grand Prize Finalists – will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.

  •  (10) LifeChanger Award Winners – will receive $3,000 to be shared with their school/district.

  •  (1) Spirit Award Winner – This award is given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination.
    The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  •  (1) Spotlight Award Winner – This award is given to a nominee in a specific discipline each year. For 2019-20, the Spotlight Award
    will be given to a nominee who has made a proven impact on school safety. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school or district.

Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The grand prize finalists will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in April 2020 in Florida, where the
Grand Prize Winner will be revealed. 

Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be K-12 teachers or school district employees. To be considered for an
award, nominees must 

  • Make a positive impact in the lives of students 

  • Enhance their school or district’s atmosphere, culture and pride

  • Demonstrate exemplary leadership at the school and/or district level

  • Possess a proven record of professional excellence

  • Show commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning

  • Adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards

A resource page with ideas for how to celebrate nominees can be found at
http://lifechangeroftheyear.com/showspirit/

To view Ms. Brome’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, or to nominate someone from your school community, visit
www.LifeChangeroftheYear.com. 

St. Lucie Public Schools Educator Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year

St. Lucie Public Schools Educator Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Makeda-Ione Brome has been nominated for the 2019-2020 national LifeChanger of the Year award. 

Brome was nominated by her colleagues for her leadership and selfless dedication. She is dedicated to helping both students and colleagues achieve excellence. Brome, the St. Lucie Public Schools Teacher of the Year, models best classroom practices, leads collaborative planning sessions, tutors students, and spearheads math boot camps for students before and after school. 

Brome voluntarily transferred from a high-performing magnet school to Fort Pierce Westwood High School because she felt she could make the most positive difference for students whose challenges and needs are greatest. Since then, the school has increased its mathematics pass rates and graduation rate. 

“Ms. Makeda-Ione Brome proves herself time and time again to be exemplary,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “I can think of no other representative to serve as a model for LifeChanger of the Year. She is most deserving of this great honor.” 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

About LifeChanger of the Year

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. 

Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2019-2020 school year. 

  •  (1) Grand Prize Winner – will receive $10,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  •  (4) Grand Prize Finalists – will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  •  (10) LifeChanger Award Winners – will receive $3,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  •  (1) Spirit Award Winner – This award is given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.
  •  (1) Spotlight Award Winner – This award is given to a nominee in a specific discipline each year. For 2019-20, the Spotlight Award will be given to a nominee who has made a proven impact on school safety. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school or district.

Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The grand prize finalists will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in April 2020 in Florida, where the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed. 

Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be K-12 teachers or school district employees. To be considered for an award, nominees must 

  • Make a positive impact in the lives of students 
  • Enhance their school or district’s atmosphere, culture and pride
  • Demonstrate exemplary leadership at the school and/or district level
  • Possess a proven record of professional excellence
  • Show commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning
  • Adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards

A resource page with ideas for how to celebrate nominees can be found at http://lifechangeroftheyear.com/showspirit/

To view Ms. Brome’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, or to nominate someone from your school community, visit www.LifeChangeroftheYear.com. 

Unity In Our Community

Unity In Our Community

Mark your calendar for July 11th. Don’t miss the annual Unity In Our Community event that will take place from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Percy Peek Gymnasium in Fort Pierce.

Lego Education Partnership

Lego Education Partnership

St. Lucie Public Schools and Lego Education have formed a valuable partnership that supports students’ exploration in STEM education. This partnership was recently recognized at the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards Ceremony.  

This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards, and all the 2019 Honorees were noted for going above and beyond to uphold the legacy of past recipients.  Student outcomes and futures will improve throughout the state as a result of professional and personal endeavors of school and business partnerships.     

Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy

Congratulations to Mrs. Felicia Nixon and Mr. Adrian Ocampo for representing St. Lucie County as 2019- 2020 Dr. Brian Dassler Leadership Academy participants.

Dr. Brian Dassler Leadership Academy, is a year-long, job-embedded professional learning opportunity designed to deepen the leaders’ skills for improving instruction. Over 160 principals and principal supervisors from 53 districts in Florida applied for this opportunity. The Academy represents the top educational leaders statewide, and it is an honor to have them represent the District.

Kindergarten Enrollment

Kindergarten Enrollment

Preparing your child to enter school for the first time is a major milestone!  New program opportunities are available through St. Lucie Public Schools’ Magnet Programs.

If your child has a love for the Arts or enjoys tinkering, robotics, coding and Minecraft, consider Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie and Samuel Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies.  They offer advanced level curriculum through Cambridge University’s Primary Science program, project-based learning opportunities and 1-to-1 learning devices for innovative instruction.  Transportation is provided regardless of where you reside in St. Lucie County. 

For more information contact Student Assignment at 772-429-3930 or visit stlucieschools.org 

St. Lucie Public Schools Seeks Volunteers To Serve On The Referendum Citizens Advisory Committee

St. Lucie Public Schools Seeks Volunteers To Serve On The Referendum Citizens Advisory Committee

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools is looking for residents to serve on the Referendum Citizens Advisory Committee.  The Committee’s sole duty will be to provide oversight to ensure that the referendum funds are used for the purposes described in the referendum ballot language.  On April 23, 2019, voters approved a 1 mil property tax to raise teacher pay and retain high quality teachers, improve school safety with school resource officers in every school, expand mental health services and preserve important school programs. School District staff shall provide the Committee with sufficient information, documents and administrative support for the Committee to fulfill its duties. The Committee shall provide the School Board with periodic reports as it deems necessary. 

Interested citizens should submit a resume to Chris Harrison, Executive Assistant to the School Board,  via email to christine.harrison@stlucieschools.org,  or to the SLPS Board Members’ Office located at 12051 NW Copper Creek Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987 on or before July 25, 2019. The minimum requirements to serve on this Advisory Committee include:

  • A representative shall be a resident of St. Lucie County;

  • Each School Board member shall appoint one representative whose term on the Committee shall coincide with the term of the School Board member who appoints them. The School Board member appointee shall serve at the pleasure of the School Board member and may be removed at any time by the School Board member who appointed them;

  • The School Board, by majority vote, shall appoint one at-large representative whose term shall coincide with the term of the Referendum and who shall serve at the pleasure of the School Board and may be removed at any time by a majority vote of the School Board;

  • The CTA/CU union (“Union”) shall appoint one representative whose term shall coincide with the term of the Referendum and who shall serve at the pleasure of the Union and who may be removed at any time by the Union;
  • No Committee representative shall be an elected official, Union official, School District employee, or Union member; and

  • Committee vacancies shall be filled as soon as practicable but in no event more than ninety (90) days from the date of the vacancy.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s Districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

St. Lucie Public Schools Seeks Volunteers To Serve On The Referendum Citizens Advisory Committee

Seeking Volunteers: Citizens Advisory Committee

St. Lucie Public Schools is looking for residents to serve on the Referendum Citizens Advisory Committee.  The Committee’s sole duty will be to provide oversight to ensure that the referendum funds are used for the purposes described in the referendum ballot language.  On April 23, 2019, voters approved a 1 mil property tax to raise teacher pay and retain high quality teachers, improve school safety with school resource officers in every school, expand mental health services and preserve important school programs. School District staff shall provide the Committee with sufficient information, documents and administrative support for the Committee to fulfill its duties. The Committee shall provide the School Board with periodic reports as it deems necessary. 

Interested citizens should submit a resume to Chris Harrison, Executive Assistant to the School Board,  via email to christine.harrison@stlucieschools.org,  or to the SLPS Board Members’ Office located at 12051 NW Copper Creek Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987 on or before July 25, 2019. The minimum requirements to serve on this Advisory Committee include:

  • A representative shall be a resident of St. Lucie County;

  • Each School Board member shall appoint one representative whose term on the Committee shall coincide with the term of the School Board member who appoints them. The School Board member appointee shall serve at the pleasure of the School Board member and may be removed at any time by the School Board member who appointed them;

  • The School Board, by majority vote, shall appoint one at-large representative whose term shall coincide with the term of the Referendum and who shall serve at the pleasure of the School Board and may be removed at any time by a majority vote of the School Board;

  • The CTA/CU union (“Union”) shall appoint one representative whose term shall coincide with the term of the Referendum and who shall serve at the pleasure of the Union and who may be removed at any time by the Union;
  • No Committee representative shall be an elected official, Union official, School District employee, or Union member; and

  • Committee vacancies shall be filled as soon as practicable but in no event more than ninety (90) days from the date of the vacancy.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s Districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

Volunteers Needed for United Way’s Stuff the Bus Event

Volunteers Needed for United Way’s Stuff the Bus Event

Each year, the United Way of St. Lucie County hosts a Stuff the Bus event. It is a one day push for the collection of school supplies at all local Walmart locations. This year the event will be held on July 20th from 9 AM – 3 PM. It is a great opportunity to come out and volunteer!


Volunteers serve in 2 hour shifts at the Walmart of their choosing. The volunteers help pass out flyers to the patrons, collect the supplies and donations, and count the supplies as they come in. Every volunteer receives a Live United t-shirt to wear at the event. Last year we collected over 5,000 items and approximately $2,000 in donations.


To sign-up, please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e49acab2fa2f58-stuff2. Children are welcomed as long as they are supervised by an adult.
United Way utilizes these supplies in our Tools for School St. Lucie Program. Tools for Schools, for short, is a free teacher resource store where teachers can come and shop for the supplies needed by students in their classrooms.

Save the Date for Dads!

Save the Date for Dads!

Save the date for the Florida Department of Education’s annual Dads Take Your Child to School Day – 9.25.2019!

All father figures are welcome including: stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, foster fathers and other significant male role models.

This initiative’s intent is to highlight the significant difference fathers and father figures can make by taking a more active role in their children’s educational experience. When fathers play a more active role in a child’s education, children perform better academically, have fewer discipline problems and become more responsible adults. We hope all fathers will take this opportunity to become more familiar with our school and staff, and that you will return often.

What about moms? Although the event is centered on fathers, mothers and other family members are also invited to participate. Moms are vital in the lives of their children and are often the parent who is more involved in their children’s education. Dads Take Your Child to School Day is an opportunity for us to shine the spotlight on dads and encourage men to get more involved. 

#FLDadsAtSchool

July 10 Hiring Event

July 10 Hiring Event

Opportunities abound in St. Lucie Public Schools, named one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work. The Child Nutrition Services Department will host a hiring event on July 10 at Fort Pierce Central High School.