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.

Beta Club Award

Beta Club Award

Fort Pierce Central High School student Valerie Collins won 4th place for poetry in the National Beta Club competition in Oklahoma!

Valerie was joined by thousands of other students at the 2019 National Convention for Beta Clubs around the world.  This convention offers a unique experience for Beta members to gather and collaborate on project ideas as well as share academic and leadership abilities with peers from around the globe.

Wildlife Biology Bootcamp

Wildlife Biology Bootcamp

St. Lucie Public Schools students started their summer learning as they took part in the Oxbow Eco-Center’s “Wildlife Biology Bootcamp.” Students had the opportunity to learn what it takes to be a real scientist by joining in field studies alongside local biologists. Students experienced what science looks like out in nature as they explored the wildlife awaiting them in the preserve. The Oxbow Eco-Center is hosting weekly bootcamps throughout the summer ranging from Ecosystem Exploration to the Art of Puppetry.

Summer Meals Program

Summer Meals Program

St. Lucie Public Schools will participate in the Summer Food Service Program during the months of June and July.  Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available.  At open sites, all children, 18 years old and younger, are eligible for meals at no charge, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  The programs are only approved for geographical areas of need where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free and reduced-price meals during the school year.

In accordance with Federal law, and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice).  Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Summer feeding sites located on school campuses provide meals to all children in the immediate vicinity in addition to those enrolled in summer school.

Breakfast is served from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM, and lunch is served from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at these sites:

(Please note that times may vary slightly at individual sites.)

Additional sites include Boys and Girls Clubs locations throughout the county.

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/

Hiring Event

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.

Presentation Of Colors

Presentation Of Colors

Fort Pierce Central High School’s JROTC presented colors at the Fort Pierce Farmers Market to celebrate the upcoming 4th of July holiday. The color guard marched onto the square while the National Anthem played. Afterwards, they presented the colors.

Student Perks Program Recognized by Florida Association of Counties

Student Perks Program Recognized by Florida Association of Counties

St. Lucie County was awarded a County Government Best Practices Award from the Florida Counties Foundation during the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Annual Conference in Orange County last week. St. Lucie County received the award for Student Perks Coffee Cart program and was among seven counties honored during the FAC Celebration Dinner.

In partnership with St. Lucie Public Schools, the Board of County Commissioners created a weekly coffee cart program, giving students the opportunity to run a coffee shop inside the County Administration Complex, offering real-world experience and providing much needed snacks and coffee to county employees. Last year, the program received a National Association of Counties Program Excellence Award.

The Student Perks program has been so successful that it was offered this year at Port St. Lucie City Hall and plans are underway to offer it in the 2019-20 school year at the City of Fort Pierce. Students Perks is currently on summer break, but plans to return to the St. Lucie County Administration Complex on Tuesdays this fall and Port St. Lucie City Hall on Thursdays.

 “The Best Practices Award is a great way to highlight local initiatives and innovative solutions that counties are employing to increase efficiencies in service.” said Executive Director of the Florida Counties Foundation Eric Poole. “It’s our goal, not only to honor this year’s winners, but to also encourage a peer to peer exchange of ideas between all 67 counties.”

Launched this year, the FAC awards program was designed for counties to submit programs or projects for consideration that address specific needs within their communities.  Twenty- two projects were submitted for consideration, with seven project submissions meeting the criteria set forth in the nomination form.

The winning projects were:

·       Alachua County: Emergency Operations Center Shelter Communications App

·       Volusia County: Animal Abuse Database

·       St. Lucie County: Student Perks – Coffee Cart

·       Leon County: Development Support and Environment Management “Upgrade”

·       Orange County: Recycling Quality Improvement Program

·       Osceola County: SENSES Park

·       Pasco County: Connected City: America’s first gigabit community built from the ground up

In 1990, the Florida Association of Counties established the Florida Counties Foundation (FCF) to address the growing need for education programs and technical assistance in counties across Florida. Today, FCF offers outstanding education programs designed to help county commissioners and county staff better serve their communities.

Puppets Come Alive at the Oxbow Summer Camp July 29 – August 2

Puppets Come Alive at the Oxbow Summer Camp July 29 – August 2

The Oxbow Eco-Center will offer its premier Art of Puppetry Camp this summer for children ages 8 to 12, running July 29 through Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants will explore the many kinds of puppets with the help of professional puppeteers from around the state. Both IBEX Puppetry and Katie Adams’ Make Believe Theater will offer workshops on storytelling, the history of puppetry and puppet-making.

Campers will build a variety of puppets, including giant dragonfly hand puppets, shadow puppets with moveable parts and sandhill crane marionettes. The camp also features lessons on the fundamentals of performing. As a grand finale, campers will present a show for family and friends.  Cost for the camp is $200.  To register for Oxbow Summer Camps, visit www.oxboweco.com and click on the Summer Camps tab.

Puppets are a delight for all ages and have been used for thousands of years to tell stories and entertain audiences.  Oxbow Eco-Center is pleased to continue this artistic tradition.

IBEX Puppetry has worked with the Oxbow previously during last year’s Procession of the Species, including a special puppetry-making workshop for teachers and adults. Based out of Central Florida, IBEX was founded in 2000 by Creative Director Heather Henson, daughter of famous puppeteer Jim Henson.

Based in Tampa, Katie Adams is a professional storyteller and member of the Puppeteers of American and the National Storytelling Network. She has been a professional puppet artist since 1986, and she loves to bring puppet shows to audiences all over the southeast and beyond.

For anyone interested in participating in the 3rd Annual Procession of the Species on Saturday, Oct. 26 – this summer camp is the perfect opportunity to work on your costume and puppetry skills.

The Oxbow Eco-Center is a St. Lucie County Environmental Learning Center encompassing 225 acres along the St. Lucie River, located at 5400 NE St. James Drive in Port St. Lucie.  For more information contact the Oxbow at 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org or visit the website at www.oxboweco.com.

Upcoming Programs On WLX-TV

Upcoming Programs On WLX-TV

SLPS graduation ceremonies continue to rank as highlights on the WLX-TV Education Channel. Broadcast times for these memorable moments are:

Friday (6/14): 9AM, 7PM

Saturday (6/15): 12AM, 7AM, 12PM, 7PM

Sunday (6/16): 12AM, 9AM, 1PM, 8PM

Monday (6/17): 12AM, 11AM, 4PM, 9PM

Tuesday (6/18): 8AM, 12PM, 1PM, 8PM

Wednesday (6/19): 6AM, 12PM, 3PM, 9PM

Thursday (6/20): 7AM, 12PM, 7PM, 10PM


We are featuring several new shows this week! Make sure to watch Community Connections hosted by Sean Boyle and Ashley Mock, Que Pasa hosted by Linda Tapia, Legal Affairs hosted by Diamond Litty, and Live United hosted by Kenrick Thomas. Also make sure to tune in to the airing of our monthly school board meeting for June.

We are on Comcast Channel 13 (Fort Pierce), Channel 19 (Port St. Lucie), and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse. You can also catch us on YouTube. While you’re there, subscribe to our channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV.Weekly Programming Guidehttp://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/Media/Weekly.pdf

WLX-TVhttps://www.youtube.com/c/WLXTV-SLPS

Community Connectionshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a9ptQ1lNiA

Que Pasahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUgYek9t8QQ

Legal Affairshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5q71Fo9UtE&list=PL3S7JDKTSqEIGUpLoEbypgqb1DskuHBCX

Live Unitedhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iaxfr5odViI&t=2s

School Board Meetinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKePCR2HOTI

Permaculture Garden

Permaculture Garden

Village Green Environmental Studies students explain their roles in maintaining our permaculture garden to special guests including Port St. Lucie Mayor Oravec.  The garden includes food-producing plants from around the world growing in a system that imitates nature and is free from pesticides and herbicides.  The school has multiple ‘farm-to-table’ experiences for students throughout the school year.

Puppets Come Alive at the Oxbow Summer Camp July 29 – August 2

Environmental Education

St. Lucie County’s environmental education staff from the Oxbow Eco-Center worked with St. Lucie Public Schools high school teachers during a two-day workshop this June focused on water quality and environmental education.

Thank you SLCTV!