New Offerings on Deals and Discounts

New Offerings on Deals and Discounts

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.

 

New Marine graduate visits White City Elementary

New Marine graduate visits White City Elementary

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.

New Leaders Named for Two K-8 Schools

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.”
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.

New Home Buyer Perk

New Home Buyer Perk

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.

 

 

 

 

 

New Features On App

New Features On App

New applications include easy-to-access curriculum guide, CTE overview, and school locator.

Search for St. Lucie Public Schools in your favorite App store today.

 

 

 

New board certified teachers recognized at school board meeting

New board certified teachers recognized at school board meeting

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.

New 21st Century Program at Lakewood Park

New 21st Century Program at Lakewood Park

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.

    

Neha Reddy presented in international science fair

Neha Reddy presented in international science fair

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.

NEED Awards

NEED Awards

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/

Navigator Transition Award

Navigator Transition Award

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naviance – College and Career Readiness Tool

Naviance – College and Career Readiness Tool

St. Lucie Public Schools is proud to launch Naviance, a web-based comprehensive college and career readiness solution for middle and high schools that helps align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, and improve student outcomes. Stay up-to-date with your student and support his/her college and career goals.

For login information, please contact your school’s guidance counselor.

Naviance

Naviance

Naviance is a comprehensive K-12 college and career readiness solution that helps SLPS students align strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, improve student outcomes, and connect learning to life.
 
Students easily navigate the web-based college and career readiness planning and tracking tools including:

  • Self-discovery Assessments
  • Goal-setting
  • College Research Tools
  • Course Planning
  • Career Exploration Resources
  • Individual Learning Plans
  • Portfolio
Naviance

Naviance

Naviance is a comprehensive K-12 college and career readiness solution that helps SLPS students align strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, improve student outcomes, and connect learning to life.
 
Students easily navigate the web-based college and career readiness planning and tracking tools including:

  • Self-discovery Assessments
  • Goal-setting
  • College Research Tools
  • Course Planning
  • Career Exploration Resources
  • Individual Learning Plans
  • Portfolio

 

 
NATIONAL YOUNG READERS WEEK (11/5 – 11/9)

NATIONAL YOUNG READERS WEEK (11/5 – 11/9)

Since 1989, National Young Readers Week has been an annual event held during the second week of November to raise awareness around the importance of reading. The event was co-founded by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

We are continuing our tradition of challenging principals across the country to become shining examples for literacy by choosing one day to read their heart out all day long, from first bell to the last during National Young Readers Week. Principals have risen to the challenge over the last several years reading everywhere from hallways, playgrounds and rooftops on their chosen school day. Choose your day. Choose your reading location. Register your school.

Spread the word and tag your pics on social media with #YoungReaders!

More information: National Young Readers Week

http://bookitprogram.com/nyrw/default.asp

 

Make it Orange on October 24th

Make it Orange on October 24th

October 24, 2018 is National Unity Day.

This is the day when everyone comes together to take a stand against bullying.  Please consider wearing ORANGE on Wednesday in support of National Unity Day.

Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day.

Wear Orange: Make a statement!

“ORANGE provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity,” said Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of PACER Center. “When hundreds of individuals in a school or organization wear orange, the vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, sending the unified message to kids to know that they are not alone.”

Snap a photo of you and your team wearing orange.  Send it to Bill Tomlinson in ESE and Student Services.

National Take-Your-Child-to-the-Library Day!

National Take-Your-Child-to-the-Library Day!

It’s National Take-Your-Child-to-the-Library Day! So at Manatee Academy that means families come out on a chilly Saturday morning and enjoy free world-famous, yummy chocolate-chip pancakes (by Chef Remington in pink), juice, prizes, and our fabulous library! Students could check-out up to 10 books! A truly fun day!

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National Speaker Kafale Impacts Students and Staff

National Speaker Kafale Impacts Students and Staff

ST. LUCIE COUNTY “Principal Baruti Kafele, my name is Tyler, and it’s important that you know my name.” These were the words of a Palm Pointe middle school student who echoed the heart of the guest speaker’s message to students while shaking hands with the larger-than-life Kafele.  According to on-looker Principal Kathy Perez, the 12-year-old heeded the powerful message of being mission-minded and developing the necessary passion, purpose, and drive to persevere through challenges for success in school and in life.

 

Perez stated that Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition maintains and on-going schedule of talent development for staff throughout the year. Kafele authored Closing the Attitude Gap, is an award-winning former educator and principal, and speaks to the importance of being mission minded.  “He inspired our professional staff and captivated our students as an added bonus.”

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit, http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

Principal Baruti Kafele engages Palm Pointe middle school students with a message of being m   mission-minded.

 

National School Psychologist Week

National School Psychologist Week

November 12-18, 2018 is designated as National School Psychology Awareness Week. This week serves to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help students thrive in school.

Our school psychologists are all actively involved in problem solving meetings at schools, conducting evaluations, assisting in implementing our mental health initiative, addressing suicide prevention and supporting our schools with their Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports initiatives.

Congratulations to our wonderful group of school psychologists.
#StLucieProud