Kids at Hope

Kids at Hope

Dr. Donna Mills, School Board Chair, and E. Wayne Gent, Superintendent, support St. Lucie students participating in a Kids at Hope field trip.  All children are capable of success – no exceptions.

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Agreement Reached With St. Lucie Public Schools and Unions

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) reached a positive agreement today with its Classroom Teachers Association (CTA) and Classified Unit (CU) partners. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “We value the committed educational professionals who dedicate themselves to teaching our students and accelerating their learning. We support them and are pleased to be in a position to enhance the compensation for the important work they do for each child, every day.” This benchmark agreement was reached in partnership with Union leadership. CTA/CU President Vicki Rodriguez said, “I am pleased that we have reached an agreement before the start of school. This is the first time in many years that we have been able to accomplish this, and it is the first step in our mutual commitment to work together as we support recruitment and retention of our employees.”

The value of compensation package is approximately $5,021,300.00. In addition to this, the package also includes the continued Board contribution of $750.00 to a Health Savings Account (HSA) for employees enrolled in the Blue Options Plan 5180/5181. This adds another $1,290,000.00 to the overall package bringing the total to an approximate $6,311,300.00. For teachers (CTA), this means an annual increase of approximately $1,600.00 to $1,700.00. CU members will each receive a step increase on the salary schedule and an additional $250.00. The agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2015.

CTA/CU members (classroom teachers and other instructional staff, clerical staff, paraprofessionals, and bus aides) can also look forward to the broadcast of an informational webinar designed to help clarify the highlights of the package and explain Pay for Performance.

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 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.

Teachers are Learners at Fairlawn

Teachers are Learners at Fairlawn

Teachers gave up some of their summer break to take part in a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) training. Teachers worked together to create STEM Design challenges that allow students to solve real-world problems. They designed lessons that will give students the opportunities to collaborate with peers, design a model and test the model for effectiveness. Pictured are Brittney Eatman, Vanessa Solomon, Karla Munoz, Erika Stefani, Cathy Laite and Michelle Powers.

 

St. Lucie Public Schools: Hiring the Best and Brightest at Upcoming Teacher Job Fair

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS), the largest employer in St. Lucie County, is hosting a teacher job fair on Friday, July 24, at Fort Pierce Westwood High School in Fort Pierce from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. SLPS, a fully accredited K-12 school system, is seeking high quality instructional personnel to support teaching and learning.

The District is a leader in digital innovation and has instructional openings in targeted elementary and secondary classrooms. Area school leaders will convene during this opportunity event to discuss career options for educating students today for tomorrow’s digitally-driven world.

The SLPS website (www.stlucieschools.org) will also serve as a hub of information on job opportunities, teaching requirements, salary schedules, and much more.

The Fort Pierce Westwood High School campus is located at 1801 Panther Lane in Fort Pierce.
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.2424

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent: Sworn In As St. Lucie Public School’s New Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent: Sworn In As St. Lucie Public School’s New Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent was sworn in as St. Lucie Public School’s new Superintendent of Schools on July 21, 2015, during the School Board meeting.

The new superintendent values the support he has received from the community and appreciates this opportunity to serve.

He will focus on teaching and learning as the core mission, leadership and talent development, safety with a culture and climate conducive to learning, and communication/customer service/community engagement.

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Treasure Coast High School Student Leaders Participate in Penny’s Band Camp

Treasure Coast High School Student Leaders Participate in Penny’s Band Camp

Treasure Coast Titans marched into this summer’s Penny’s Band Camp with a strong student leadership team. The long-standing annual camp, held at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, was host to numerous bands seeking to hone leadership skills, refine fundamentals, and enhance specialized techniques.

During the four-day camp experience, students studied with recognized music educators and professionals from the southeastern United States. They learned from Florida Bandmasters’ Association Adjudicators and collegiate band directors. Students received group as well as one-on-one instruction in leadership, colorguard techniques, drum major conducting, and drumline techniques.

Guard Captains Alyssa Aultman and Samantha Ferrara earned superior ratings on their evaluations at the end of camp. Likewise, Drum Majors Aishani Kalluri and Andres Gonzalez earned superior ratings on their evaluations at the end of camp. The mighty Titans’ Second Lieutenant Bran Kiernan earned first place for the marching routine he created, and Band Captain Zoe Horne won the silver for most outstanding female leadership. First Lieutenants Alvino DiCarlo and Jordan Ragland both earned an award for outstanding leader, and Drum Captain Brent McFarland earned the outstanding percussion award. Guard Captain Alyssa Aultman also earned the outstanding camper award for colorguard, and wrapping up the Titan accolades was First Lieutenant Alvino DiCarlo who earned outstanding leadership camper for the second day of the camp.

As a team, the Titan band leaders also made their mark on the event. The camp spirit stick was bestowed upon the team two out of the four days of the camp. This award is noted for recognizing the school student leadership team with the most school spirit and pride. Together, the student leadership team earned the 2015 Penny’s Award which recognizes the overall outstanding school for the entire leadership camp. This award recognizes the school with the most participation, good citizenship, great leaders, and most spirit at the camp.

The Treasure Coast High School Band is beginning its 10th year and boasts a 174 member marching band, three full concert bands, a jazz band, percussion ensembles, and an 18 member colorguard. In addition, the Titans have an active parent organization that is logging several thousand volunteer hours each year.

Pictured:   Brian Kiernan, Jordan Ragland, Alvino Dicarlo, Brent McFarland, Andres Gonzalez, Alyssa Aultman, Zoe Horne, Aishani Kalluri, Nora Monval, Samantha Ferrara, and Jesus Paz

Pictured: Brian Kiernan, Jordan Ragland, Alvino Dicarlo, Brent McFarland, Andres Gonzalez, Alyssa Aultman, Zoe Horne, Aishani Kalluri, Nora Monval, Samantha Ferrara, and Jesus Paz

St. Lucie Public School Leaders Have Strong Skill Sets

ST. LUCIE COUNTY: Dr. Jonathan Prince will serve as St. Lucie Public Schools’ Deputy Superintendent. As a twenty-three year public education veteran, he brings with him vast teaching and leadership experiences including recognition as one of the state’s Turnaround Principals of the Year. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, lauded Prince for his history of building cultures of academic excellence and achievement stating, “Among his many accomplishments as a leader, Dr. Prince has supported accelerated growth in writing, reading, and most importantly increased graduation rates for students.”

Superintendent Gent cited the rich talent among the current pool of District leaders as well and highlighted several principal appointments. Susan Seal, an experienced school principal will lead Treasure Coast High School Titans for the coming year, Eldrique Gardner will bring his expertise to the campus of St. Lucie West K-8, Ucola Barrett-Baxter will turn her focus to Village Green Elementary School, and John Lynch will bring his legacy of enhancing school performance to Fort Pierce Westwood High School as an Executive Director on Special Assignment. “We have the very best leadership team in place and will continue to build a strong culture of academic excellence as we focus our teaching and learning efforts on the standards deemed appropriate for students to be successful in their choices for college and the world of work,” added Gent.

With a clear vision for configuring a strong infrastructure, Gent is also aware of the imperative to reduce the number of senior level positions. Therefore, additional leadership shifts respect talent and honor a balanced organization. These shifts to support quality instruction while maximizing talent include Denise Rodriguez as Director of Leadership Development, Aretha Vernette as Director of School Renewal, Patty Galloway as Director of Recruitment and Retention, Dr. David Washington as Director of Family and Community Engagement, and Sunny Booker as Director of Alternative Education. “St. Lucie Public School leaders have insight and talents that will serve the community and the school system well. Through collaboration and continual growth, we will meet the expectations of an innovative, world-class education system,” concluded Gent.

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.

Wayne Gent Leads St. Lucie Public Schools as the New Superintendent

St. Lucie Public Schools welcomes Superintendent Wayne Gent to the helm of the District’s operations for educational excellence. Gent is an instructional leader with a proven record for advancing student achievement and maintaining a focus on improving learning opportunities for students. He also has deep roots in St. Lucie County as a former teacher, head basketball coach, assistant principal, principal, and Florida Principal in Residence.  “I am looking forward to supporting the growth of our students, educators, support staff, and community. Together, we will see SLPS recognized as an innovative and world class educational system,” stated Gent.

Superintendent Gent was selected as the clear choice to spearhead St. Lucie County’s public school system as was evidenced by a unanimous vote from the Board in February.  He transitions into this new role from his position as Superintendent for the School District of Palm Beach County.  In 2014, under his direct leadership, Palm Beach County out-performed Florida and all other large urban school districts with a graduation rate of 84%.  Palm Beach was the only large urban district to raise its graduation rate.

Gent graduated from Mars Hill College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Georgia.

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.

Welcome Superintendent Wayne Gent and Deputy Superintendent Jon Prince

Welcome Superintendent Wayne Gent and Deputy Superintendent Jon Prince

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent serves as the leader of St. Lucie Public Schools. Prior to assuming this leadership role, he was Palm Beach County’s Superintendent for four years. Mr. Gent is a dedicated educator who has served in a variety of roles including: teacher, coach, principal, State’s Principal in Residence, Area Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning Support, and Chief Officer of Administration.

In 2014, under Superintendent Gent, the School District of Palm Beach County out-performed Florida and all other large urban school districts with a graduation rate of 84%. Palm Beach was the only large urban district to raise its graduation rate.

Superintendent Gent graduated from Mars Hill College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Georgia.

Superintendent Wayne Gent

Superintendent Wayne Gent

Deputy Superintendent Jon Prince

Deputy Superintendent Jon Prince

F. K. Sweet Summer Science Fun

F. K. Sweet Summer Science Fun

Upcoming fifth grades had the opportunity to attend summer camp at F. K. Sweet. Students are learning and having fun all at the same time. Students explored force and motion using balloon race cars to demonstrate the forces surrounding us. Pictured, left to right, are Jacob Andreacchio and Larry Freeman.

White City Wildcats are Roaring Readers!

White City Wildcats are Roaring Readers!

White City Wildcats are roaring readers! They took on the Action 100 program with amazing ambition and the results show their success. Students read at least one hour every school day and 30 minutes on non school days. The program was completed with the fidelity of steps being recorded daily and ongoing conferencing throughout the year. Congratulations to all!
 

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Our June STAR Awards Recipients

Our June STAR Awards Recipients

Our June STAR (Special Thanks And Recognition) recipients, Robert Hill and Marrissa Parker, were recognized at the board meeting on June 9, 2015.

Robert Hill, Port St. Lucie High School gatekeeper, is an amazing person and colleague. Every day he is out at the front of our school greeting everyone who visits our campus. He waves to every single bus, parent, student, staff member and visitor; they all love him. He is the first face of our school and sets the tone for our warm and welcoming environment. He knows a little something about almost everyone, from what kind of dog a person has to when students get their learner’s permit. He cultivates wonderful relationships with all our stakeholders. One of his other responsibilities is picking up students from classrooms if they need to be removed. While doing this, he uses the travel time between the classroom and the office to counsel the students. He helps them deescalate and gain perspective on the situation. He talks to kids throughout the day about what is going on in their lives; he takes the time to care. He is a team player who is always willing to help out where ever needed. They would be lost without him.

Two words describe Marissa Parker, Food Services, compassion and grace. A few months ago the district office was contacted by a father whose family recently relocated to St. Lucie County. His concern was that he assumed that because his family was receiving other state services that his children would automatically be granted Free Lunch. His three children had accumulated a lunch balance that raised a concern with the school lunch staff. Once the family learned that they must complete a Free Lunch Application they did so immediately. Meanwhile, the issue of an outstanding balance was still at hand. This family was living in temporary housing and financially was unable to resolve the balance and cover the cost of the upcoming week. The father feared that he would have to keep his three children home if they were unable to eat lunch. Marissa handled the situation with compassion, grace and ease, assuring that the students’ balance would be taken care of and that they would have no lapse in receiving free lunch. Marissa shows that we need to be compassionate for others who are experiencing difficulties and help out in whatever ways we can. Thank you for having a kind heart.

Congratulations to our STAR employees. We appreciate all you do.