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

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist Named From St. Lucie Public Schools

“Geoffrey Zheng, a senior at Lincoln Park Academy (LPA) in Fort Pierce has been named as one of the semifinalists for the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program,” announced Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “This is a prestigious honor, and I am very proud of Geoffrey’s achievement and the instructional support he has received. He is a fine representative of students in our schools.”

LPA Principal Henry Sanabria had the pleasure of sharing the news with Zeng who said, “I am honored to have been selected as a semi-finalist.  I realize that all of my hard work throughout high school has paid off, and I hope to continue working hard and pursuing excellence.”

The Superintendent’s sentiments were echoed by Education Commissioner Pam Stewart. When the news of semifinalists was announced, she said, “I am very proud of our students for being nominated as National Merit semifinalists. This is a testament to the hard work of our state’s educators who help unlock the potential that lies within our students. As schools around the state are settling in to a new school year, I hope the success of these students will help motivate all of our students to do their very best.”

National Merit Scholarship Corporation officials recognized high school seniors with the highest scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test who met program requirements. Semifinalists are now eligible to compete for one of 7,400 National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $32 million.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship Award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to become a finalist. The semifinalist and his or her school must submit a detailed scholarship application that includes the student’s academic record throughout high school, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received. The student must also be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn an SAT score that confirms the earlier performance on the qualifying test. Finalists are selected based on exceptional skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP SEMIFINALIST NAMED FROM ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP SEMIFINALIST NAMED FROM ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

“Geoffrey Zheng, a senior at Lincoln Park Academy (LPA) in Fort Pierce has been named as one of the semifinalists for the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program,” announced Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “This is a prestigious honor, and I am very proud of Geoffrey’s achievement and the instructional support he has received. He is a fine representative of students in our schools.”

LPA Principal Henry Sanabria had the pleasure of sharing the news with Zeng who said, “I am honored to have been selected as a semi-finalist.  I realize that all of my hard work throughout high school has paid off, and I hope to continue working hard and pursuing excellence.”

The Superintendent’s sentiments were echoed by Education Commissioner Pam Stewart. When the news of semifinalists was announced, she said, “I am very proud of our students for being nominated as National Merit semifinalists. This is a testament to the hard work of our state’s educators who help unlock the potential that lies within our students. As schools around the state are settling in to a new school year, I hope the success of these students will help motivate all of our students to do their very best.”

National Merit Scholarship Corporation officials recognized high school seniors with the highest scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test who met program requirements. Semifinalists are now eligible to compete for one of 7,400 National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $32 million.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship Award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to become a finalist. The semifinalist and his or her school must submit a detailed scholarship application that includes the student’s academic record throughout high school, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received. The student must also be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn an SAT score that confirms the earlier performance on the qualifying test. Finalists are selected based on exceptional skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

National History Day Competition Projects Judged February 20th

National History Day Competition Projects Judged February 20th

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Over two hundred finalists will present their projects to judges on Tuesday, February 20th in hopes of besting the pool of entries and having the chance to move on to the state-level competition. A variety of entries focused on this year’s theme of “Conflict and Comparison in History” will be judged by local dignitaries at IRSC’s Kight Center from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.

 

Students from across the District have researched, analyzed, and interpreted information on the topic.  Working individually or in groups, they have submitted their findings and expressed their ideas in papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries, or websites.  Judges will work in teams as they spend the day vetting entries in two divisions — junior (grades 6–8) and senior (grades 9–12).

 

According to Kate Ems, event organizer for St. Lucie Public Schools, the first- and second-place winners in each category and division of the District History Fair advance to the state contest in Tallahassee in May.  In addition, first- and second-place state winners in each category and division earn the right to represent Florida at the National History Day competition in College Park, Maryland, in June.

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About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 91.0 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS 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. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

National Eat A Peach Day – August 22

National Eat A Peach Day – August 22

Peaches are a delicious summer treat. A native of China, peaches traveled to Persia before making their way to the Americas with the Spaniards in the 1700’s. Thomas Jefferson grew peaches at Monticello. It wasn’t until the 1900’s that commercial peach growing began in the United States.

A member of the rose family, and classified as a stone fruit due to the large seed in the middle, peaches have a fuzzy skin, with either yellow or white flesh. Two varieties are available: Freestone (flesh separates from seed) or Clingstone (flesh sticks to seed).

When we think of peaches we usually think of Georgia peaches, but peaches are also grown in South Carolina, New Jersey, California and Florida. Yes, Florida! The University of Florida developed a peach that needs fewer chill hours (amount of cold temperature weather to produce peach blossoms) in the 1960’s. Florida peaches are harvested in the spring between late March and May before Georgia peaches are ripe and ready for market.

Nutritionally, one small peach (4.5 oz) contains approximately 50 calories, 12 grams of carbohydrate, 2 grams of fiber. Peaches are also a great source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and A.  Fresh, canned or frozen — you just can’t beat a peach for a tasty summer treat! In honor of National Eat a Peach Day, all Child Nutrition Cafeterias will be offering peaches as a fruit selection with student meals (August 22, 2018).

Enjoy this recipe for Peach Salsa adapted from the Pioneer Woman

Prep: 15 minutes   Serves: 6

Ingredients

2 – 28 oz. cans peaches in juice, drained, juice reserved

1 medium red onion, diced very fine

1 medium red pepper, seeded, diced very fine

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, minced

½ bunch cilantro, chopped

¼ tsp chili powder

Dash of salt

Juice of one lime

Preparation

Chop peaches into small pieces and place into a bowl with all the other ingredients. Stir and add a splash of the reserved juice.  Adjust seasonings to taste. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. Serve with tortilla chips or over grilled fish.

 

National Custodial Workers Day

National Custodial Workers Day

National Custodial Workers Day 2018 is Tuesday, October 2, 2018 in the USA.

National Custodial Workers Day is sometimes referred to as National Custodial Workers Recognition Day or National Custodian Appreciation Day,  but they do all aim for the same thing — thank our custodial workers for what they do every day.

We appreciate the duties and responsibilities fulfilled by our custodial teams. The results of their work, namely clean and safe environments, are important and indeed recognizable.
Thank you!
National Bullying Prevention Month and Proclamation

National Bullying Prevention Month and Proclamation

October is recognized as National Bullying Prevention Month.  The statistics associated with bullying are staggering across the United States.  More than one out of every five students reports being bullied at some point in their educational career.

As part of our work to address social and emotional learning throughout the district, our goal is to decrease the number by developing strategies that reduce bullying and increase attention to the issue.  Increased focus on awareness and prevention will help everyone understand that bullying by any means will not be tolerated.

The District invites everyone to stand united against bullying and wear orange on October 24th to celebrate National Unity Day — a day in which we demonstrate that we stand together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

Fort Pierce Central students read the Anti Bullying Proclamation which was accepted by the Board.

National Beta School of Distinction

National Beta School of Distinction

Fort Pierce Central High School received the honor of being recognized as a National Beta School of Distinction. This national award speaks highly of the school’s commitment to academic excellence and illustrates dedication to preparing students for college and career readiness.beta

NASA visits Gaines Academy

NASA visits Gaines Academy

On Friday, October 23rd, NASA Engineer George “Gabe” Gabrielle, came to Samuel Gaines Academy to speak with our students about space travel.  He taught Mr. Davino’s AVID classes about the NASA facilities, preparing them for their upcoming 8th grade field trip to Kennedy Space Center in November.  Mr. Gabrielle also had a chance to speak with the students in SGA’s 21st Century Program. Both groups enjoyed the presentation and had many questions for him about the wonders of space travel.

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Nardi Routten – Appointed to National Assessment Governing Board

Nardi Routten – Appointed to National Assessment Governing Board

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Five leaders from around the country have been appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board to serve four-year terms, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today.

This year’s Governing Board appointees include four new members and one re-appointed member—the Board’s current Vice Chair Tonya Matthews. The appointees’ terms begin on Oct. 1, 2018, and end on Sept. 30, 2022.

The appointees will help set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card. NAEP offers to the public and to education policymakers at the national, state and local levels, objective data on student performance in nearly a dozen subjects. The information NAEP provides helps education stakeholders evaluate the progress of American education. The 26-member nonpartisan, independent Governing Board determines the subjects and content of NAEP tests, sets the achievement levels for reporting and publicly releases the results.

“I’m pleased to welcome this diverse group of leaders from across the country to the National Assessment Governing Board,” Secretary DeVos said. “The board plays an important role in assessing student achievement, and I am confident that their collective experience will be a valuable asset as we work to ensure that all students have equal access to a great education that gives them the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.”

The appointees and the roles they represent on the Board are listed below:

  • Paul Gasparini, Secondary School Principal: Gasparini is the principal of Jamesville-DeWitt High School in Dewitt, New York, a position he has held for 17 years. Gasparini chairs the Central New York High School Principals Consortium, and his accolades include being named state high school principal of the year by the School Administrators Association of New York state.
  • Julia Keleher, Chief State School Officer: Keleher was appointed as Puerto Rico’s secretary of education in December 2016. She has more than 20 years of experience in education at the federal, state, district and school levels. Keleher is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, where she teaches graduate-level courses in the Business School and the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
  • Tonya Matthews, General Public Representative: Matthews joined the Governing Board in 2014. She is the founder of The STEMinista Project—an initiative to engage girls’ interest in science and technology careers. Mostly recently, Matthews served as president and chief executive officer of the Michigan Science Center, a science museum for children and young adults in Detroit.
  • Mark Miller, Eighth-Grade Teacher: Miller is a mathematics teacher and chair of the mathematics department at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Miller has more than 20 years of experience teaching mathematics at the junior-high level. Miller is a National Board Certified Teacher and serves on a standard-setting panel for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. His accolades include being nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science.
  • Nardi Routten, Fourth-Grade Teacher: Routten is a fourth-grade teacher at Chester A. Moore Elementary in Fort Pierce, Florida. She has taught third- and fourth-graders in St. Lucie County for more than 20 years. Routten, a National Board Certified Teacher, has received local and national recognition for her excellence in teaching, including the Milken Educator Award in 2014.

“We are excited to have such a breadth of talent and expertise join the Board and contribute to a group of leaders who are dedicated to maintaining NAEP’s rigor and quality, while making the assessment useful and relevant for the public,” said Lisa Stooksberry, deputy executive director for the Governing Board.

Every year, the Governing Board conducts a nationwide search for Board nominees. After the nominations period ends, the Governing Board narrows the pool of nominees to a list of finalists from which the U.S. Secretary of Education selects Board members.

The Governing Board is now accepting nominations for Board members whose terms will begin Oct. 1, 2019. To learn more about the open Board positions and the nomination process, visit http://bit.ly/JoinTheBoard11. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. EST on Oct. 31, 2018.

Mystery reader visits eighth graders at Palm Pointe

Mystery reader visits eighth graders at Palm Pointe

Lisa Weil and Karol Carvelli’s reading class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition was visited by mystery reader Adam Jones, a Port St. Lucie businessman.  Mr. Jones, a long- time resident in the area and British national shared his knowledge of English pounds and read from the novel, “Around the World in 80 Days.” Students ate British scones while listening to Jones’ interpretation of Phileas Fogg.  Pictured, left, is Mr. Jones with students from the class and Karol Carvelli, back right.