Local Educators Selected to Participate in Advanced Placement Program Reading

Local Educators Selected to Participate in Advanced Placement Program Reading

Two St. Lucie County Public Schools teachers were selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading in World History. Sharon Ortiz, who teaches at Fort Pierce Central High School, and Celestine Dorsey, teacher at Fort Pierce Westwood High School, traveled to Salt Lake City this June to score AP World History Exams. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams. AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the world’s leading academic institutions. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between educators is both fostered and encouraged. “The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and Instruction at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Celestine Dorsey and Sharon Ortiz.”

The Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies – with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both – while still in high school. Through AP courses in 37 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to analyze complex problems, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students.

Tunnels of Hope

Tunnels of Hope

St. Lucie Public Schools extends a special thank you to the civic groups, local businesses, and community agencies that supported back-to-school Tunnels of Hope for students and staff throughout St. Lucie County.

We are a Kids at Hope community with a strong belief that All Students Are Capable of Success — No Exceptions!

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Microsoft Student Advantage Program

Microsoft Student Advantage Program

Microsoft’s Student Advantage Program provides free downloads of the full version of Microsoft Office (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access, etc.) for all St. Lucie County students, in District operated schools, for use on their personal and mobile devices.
  • District students can download the software on up to 5 devices.
  • Download and activation requires a student network username and password which is provided to all actively enrolled students.
 
Click on this link for step-by-step directions:
LPA Seniors Are Committed to Graduate “C2G”

LPA Seniors Are Committed to Graduate “C2G”

Lincoln Park Academy Seniors had their first Senior meeting.  During the meeting several things were discussed by their class sponsor, Mr. Gray.  Mr. Sanabria, school principal, spoke to the students and shook the hand of every class senior to ensure that they are committed to graduate.  The seniors received a class shirt and signed the graduation gown as a symbol of their commitment!

 

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PBIS Mariposa Butterfly Bucks Rock!

PBIS Mariposa Butterfly Bucks Rock!

At Mariposa Elementary, Butterfly Bucks are used when students are caught doing positive behaviors. When a teacher or administrator catches a student following one of the I CAN expectations, they hand them a butterfly buck and acknowledge the specific behavior the students were caught doing. The students then place them in their butterfly bank similar to the one pictured and save them to spend on special PBIS events or to buy a special item from the PBIS store.

I CAN expectations:

Act Responsibly
Be Respectful
Create Safety
Do My Best

Home Depot Supports PSLHS

Home Depot Supports PSLHS

The PSLHS 9th Grade Academy was awarded a grant from the Home Depot in Ft. Pierce!

They supplied us with paint and all the supplies to paint all the classrooms in our academy. They even provided volunteers to help us paint! We also had special guests there to help us. School board member, Troy Ingersoll, and Marty Sanders, the executive director over facilities for our district, came out to help too. We painted 11 classrooms, and we’re looking forward to our next painting day!

 

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PSLHS – Digital Innovation Winner

PSLHS – Digital Innovation Winner

Port St. Lucie High School’s TV Production students created this promotional video highlighting the school’s programs, opportunities, and culture.  The Jaguars took top honors in the SLPS Digital Innovation Challenge.

Congratulations!

PSLHS – Digital Innovation Winner

PSLHS – Digital Innovation Winner

Port St. Lucie High School’s TV Production students created this promotional video highlighting the school’s programs, opportunities, and culture.  The Jaguars took top honors in the SLPS Digital Innovation Challenge.

Congratulations!

Zika Prevention

Zika Resources

For accurate and up-to-date information and resources on the Zika virus, the following web links from the Florida Health Department in St. Lucie County are valuable resources:

Zika Virus Updates

http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/zika-virus/index.html

Spill the Water Campaign

http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/spill-the-water/

 

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Southport’s Breakfast for Bus Drivers

Southport’s Breakfast for Bus Drivers

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Southport Middle School celebrated our bus drivers who continually transport our students everyday with a breakfast sponsored by PBS. Our Principal, Ms. Telese, Dean Palau, Dean Parks, Maryann Walser, and Ms. Laye along with Officer Green were in attendance to show support to our bus drivers. Our students are also appreciative of each and every bus driver at our school, so we give you a huge THANK YOU from our students to our bus drivers who continually get our Southport students to and from school everyday safely! Thanks for coming out for our PBS Breakfast! We appreciate you!

Don’t Miss This!

Don’t Miss This!

Florida’s educational leaders are providing opportunities for fathers to engage more fully in their children’s education and to strengthen the connections between fathers and schools through the celebration of Dads Take Your Child to School Day.

Your child’s school will share specific information with you.  In the meantime, mark your calendar and plan to join in this statewide movement on September 28, 2016.

Butterfly Garden at SLE

Butterfly Garden at SLE

St. Lucie County Retired Educators visited St. Lucie Elementary.  The Retired Educators of St. Lucie County donated all items needed to start a butterfly garden on campus to the classes of Ms. Kurtti and Ms. Lewis.

Principal Woulard along with the entire staff and student body of St. Lucie Elementary are thankful for the beautiful addition to their campus.

 

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Attendance Matters

Attendance Matters

 

September is Attendance Awareness Month.

Improving attendance and reducing chronic absence is not rocket science, but it does take commitment, collaboration and tailored approaches to the particular strengths and challenges of each school or community. Across the nation, schools, communities and advocates have successfully taken steps to ensure children are attending school more regularly.

Help to ensure our children are in school each day.

 

 

A Recount of “What I Did This Summer” Turns Heroic in One Bayshore Elementary Classroom

A Recount of “What I Did This Summer” Turns Heroic in One Bayshore Elementary Classroom

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Superintendent E. Wayne Gent posed the question to students in Mrs. Myers’ 3rd grade Bayshore Elementary School classroom, “What did you do this summer?” What he heard from eight-year-old Christine Regina was a heroic recount of this young student’s quick thinking that helped save a young boy from drowning.

With calm and quiet self-assurance, Regina explained to the Superintendent and her classmates what occurred on a summer day in June while visiting her grandparents in Margate, Florida.  During an under-water exploration of the city’s swimming pool, Regina noticed a boy at the bottom of the pool. “He wasn’t moving, and he looked like he needed someone to help him,” she said.  Looking for support, Regina swam to the nearest person, a teenage girl, who was able to pull the boy from the bottom of the pool and take him to the pool’s side where lifeguards then resuscitated him.  “It made me feel good to know I helped someone,” said Regina.

That does not come as a surprise to Principal Lori Reid who said, “That’s Christine Regina. She is such a great student — always interested in determining how she can provide service to others. I would describe her as an incredibly kind-hearted young lady.” Regina’s classmate echoed that sentiment, as she told the Superintendent that the next book the class reads should be a book entitled, Christine Saves the World.

Regina and her companion good Samaritan were heroes that day in June.  They were both recognized by the city of Margate for their quick action that led to saving the life of a six-year-old boy.

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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Christine Regina, a third grader at Bayshore Elementary, proves that you are never too young to be a hero as she tells Superintendent E. Wayne Gent about her quick thinking and positive action that helped save a young life this summer.

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Heroic Summer

Heroic Summer

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Superintendent E. Wayne Gent posed the question to students in Mrs. Myers’ 3rd grade Bayshore Elementary School classroom, “What did you do this summer?” What he heard from eight-year-old Christine Regina was a heroic recount of this young student’s quick thinking that helped save a young boy from drowning.

 

With calm and quiet self-assurance, Regina explained to the Superintendent and her classmates what occurred on a summer day in June while visiting her grandparents in Margate, Florida.  During an under-water exploration of the city’s swimming pool, Regina noticed a boy at the bottom of the pool. “He wasn’t moving, and he looked like he needed someone to help him,” she said.  Looking for support, Regina swam to the nearest person, a teenage girl, who was able to pull the boy from the bottom of the pool and take him to the pool’s side where lifeguards then resuscitated him.  “It made me feel good to know I helped someone,” said Regina.

 

That does not come as a surprise to Principal Lori Reid who said, “That’s Christine Regina. She is such a great student — always interested in determining how she can provide service to others. I would describe her as an incredibly kind-hearted young lady.” Regina’s classmate echoed that sentiment, as she told the Superintendent that the next book the class reads should be a book entitled, Christine Saves the World.

 

Regina and her companion good Samaritan were heroes that day in June.  They were both recognized by the city of Margate for their quick action that led to saving the life of a six-year-old boy.

2016-2017 Coupons for Classrooms

2016-2017 Coupons for Classrooms

SUPPORT YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL AND CLASS
Buy your Coupons for Classrooms book today and help raise money for your child’s school as well as for teacher grants and high school senior scholarships.  Each book costs $25.00 and just using it twice will save you the dollars you paid for the book.
For ordering information, contact the St. Lucie Education Foundation at 429-5505 or click on this link:  https://www.educationfoundationstlucie.org/
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Volunteers Welcome

Volunteers Welcome

St. Lucie Soars is an early literacy effort launched by St. Lucie Public Schools that includes a community initiative in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters.  A component of the program involves the recruitment of volunteers/mentors to support reading efforts in kindergarten through grade three.

Community members are asked to consider becoming volunteers for St. Lucie Soars by donating one hour each week to read with a child.  Information and registration are available through the St. Lucie Public Schools homepage at www.stlucieschools.org.  Interested volunteers will find registration information, a mentor guide, a training video, and more through this online portal.

Consider becoming a volunteer today.  Through your weekly, one-hour commitment, the difference you make will help a child soar!

 

Holiday 9/5

Holiday 9/5

Monday, September 5th, is a holiday and schools will not be in session.

Students and staff will resume a regular schedule on Tuesday, September 6th.

Teach Flu A Lesson

Teach Flu A Lesson

Healthy Schools, in cooperation with St. Lucie Public Schools and the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County, are excited to kick off the “Teach Flu A Lesson” program in 2016!

Every year thousands of children miss valuable time in the classroom because of the dreaded flu. If that isn’t bad enough they carry it home with them, infecting loved ones, and causing them to miss work and school. Based on data from other counties in Florida, as well as in other states, we know the in-school flu vaccination program works and STOPS the flu in its tracks. So please join us in encouraging all of our children to be properly vaccinated and help “Teach Flu a Lesson” in 2016!

As we move into the 2016-2017 Flu Season, there are changes to the flu vaccine that will be implemented. For this coming Flu Season the only available vaccine to fight against the flu will be a vaccine done by injection as recommended by the CDC and ACIP. Healthy Schools’ trained and skilled staff of licensed nurses will be providing this pediatrician recommended flu vaccine at your child’s school this coming fall. We at Healthy Schools are excited to provide your students with another Healthy Flu Season.  With your continued support, we can “Teach Flu A Lesson!”

Healthy Schools will be providing injectable flu vaccinations October 3rd through October 6th in all St. Lucie Public Schools. Please check the district website for specific dates and times for your child’s school scheduled clinic. Your child will be bringing home a letter and form to complete.  THIS FORM MUST BE RETURNED REGARDLESS OF PARTICIPATION! The process is very simple! All you have to do is fill out and sign the consent form. You can also access a consent form and our Notice of Privacy Practices on our website www.healthyschoolsllc.com . A copy of this notice will be included in the materials given to your student at the time of the administration of the vaccine.

Once you have filled out and signed the consent form, please have your student return it to his or her school. Once your student is vaccinated, proper paper work will be sent home for your records. There is no out-of-pocket expense for you, and your student will be better protected against the flu this flu season!

If you have any questions, you can reach Healthy Schools at 1-800-566-0596 or by email at info@healthyschoolsllc.com.

Sincerely,

The Healthy Schools Team