Environmental Education

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!

SLPS Summer Hours

SLPS Summer Hours

Starting Monday, June 10, 2019, St. Lucie Public Schools moves to a Monday through Thursday work week. Access to District/Annex Offices and school sites will be 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM unless otherwise posted.

Walk-in customer hours for the Human Resources Department, located at 501 NW University Blvd. in Port St. Lucie, are from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Thursday. For your convenience, a Human Resources directory is included below:

Regular hours will resume the week of August 5, 2019.

Free Online Summer Resources

Free Online Summer Resources

Don’t let summer slide away! St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is pleased to provide FREE online resources to help all children continue learning throughout the summer.  These resources are part of the “Summer Slide” program which includes engaging web-based resources for students in prekindergarten through grade 12. 

According to Director of Elementary Curriculum Kimberly Jay, “We have built a rich repository of any time, any place resources that are designed to help our students maintain their academic momentum.”  She explained that during the summer, many students have a tendency to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year.  Grade level resources are arranged by content, including: arts/technology, English language arts (ELA), English language learners (ELL), math, science, social studies, and college career readiness. 

Jay added that the resources will allow students to have a self-guided and self-paced experience. “They have the opportunity to interact with a variety of learning programs with content geared toward a multitude of interests.”

Anyone can access the resources by going to the SLPS homepage at www.stlucieschools.org and clicking on the “Summer Slide” logo. 

Graduations Air On WLX-TV: The Education Channel

Graduations Air On WLX-TV: The Education Channel

The 2019 High School Graduation are on WLX-TV: The Education Channel as well as a new episode of UF/IFAS hosted by Ken Gioeli.

Below is the playback schedule for the graduations:

Friday: 9AM, 7PM

Saturday: 12AM, 7AM, 12PM, 7PM

Sunday: 12AM, 9AM, 1PM, 8PM

Monday: 12AM, 11AM, 4PM, 9PM

Tuesday: 8AM, 12PM, 1PM, 8PM

Wednesday: 6AM, 12PM, 3PM, 9PM

Thursday: 7AM, 12PM, 7PM, 10PM

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

UF/IFAS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PttJtOL_Ec0&list=PL3S7JDKTSqEJ36rnAReLWwaBz2heAOO4u&index=2

Take Stock In Children

Take Stock In Children

In an awards ceremony at Indian River State College, 44 8th/9th graders were awarded life-changing 4-year scholarships through the Take Stock In Children Program.

The Program, funded through the IRSC Foundation in cooperation with generous supporters, is dedicated to helping at-risk youth.

Front L-R: Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin G. Perry, Karla Castro,  Jeremaih Diaz, Anderson Garcia Calero, Sophie Rosenstein, Mariana Valle-Nunez

Back L-R: Tylania Brandon, Guadalupe Carrasco-Acosta, Eltaneia Francois, Darean Matheney, Nicholas Medili, Gabriela Muñiz, Director of Secondary Curriculum Megan Green

Lifelong Learners

Lifelong Learners

The school year may have ended, but learning is on-going. Our teachers and staff dive in as summer professional development opportunities are offered.

Writing Plan Development
SAT Training for Math and ELA
Canvas Training for Elementary 
Medici for the Arts

First Pitch

First Pitch

Check out St. Lucie Public School’s line-up of stars who threw the first pitch at St. Lucie Mets games this season! We have an all-star team.

Emily Utts (Outstanding First Year Teacher)

Samantha Piscopo (Assistant Principal of the Year)

Sabrina Faniel (Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year)

Dorothy Hall (School-Related Employee of the Year)

Makeda Brome (Teacher of the Year)

Andrea Popwell (Principal of the Year)

Emily Utts
Samantha Piscopo
Sabrina Faniel
Dorothy Hall
Makeda-Ione Brome
Andrea Popwell
Students Invited

Students Invited

Youth Leadership St. Lucie, under the Roundtable of St. Lucie, in partnership with the City of Port St. Lucie’s F.R.R.I. (Forum on Race Relations & Inclusion) has organized a FREE event primarily for teens entitled “A.N.D.?” which stands for ”Acceptance Not Discrimination.

Please see the flyer for more information. Anyone interested may also go directly to www.a-n-d.eventbrite.com to register and learn more about the event.

A Visit To NASA

A Visit To NASA

WEST Prep Academy students and cadets visited NASA and its STEM program.  They experienced the difficulties of programing and coding a robot in order to have a robot operate on the Moon and on Mars.  The event was managed by the JROTC cadets who did a remarkable job with managing time and resources. 

It was great to hear all the positive comments from NASA and the transportation driver about student participants being one of the best behaved and motivated groups they’ve had. 

Agreement Reached to Distribute Referendum Funds Earmarked for Teacher Salaries

Agreement Reached to Distribute Referendum Funds Earmarked for Teacher Salaries

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FLThe District and the CTA/CU Negotiations Teams met to begin salary negotiations and have reached a tentative agreement for the utilization of referendum funds earmarked for teacher salaries.  In this tentative agreement, the Board and St. Lucie CTA/CU agree to a four-year provision for all eligible teachers (including new hires) to receive a Referendum Recruitment and Retention Annual Supplement in the following amounts beginning with the 2019-2020 school year: 

  •  Beginning teachers = $1,000 
  • 1- 5 years eligible experience = $2,000 
  • 6-9 years eligible experience = $5,000 
  • 10 years + eligible experience = $7,800

This supplement will be a part of regularly scheduled paychecks, and it will also apply to the FRS contribution.  Eligible teachers are those who are newly hired and returning classroom/non-classroom teachers. 

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “With the additional funding for teachers resulting from our voters’ approval of the recent referendum, the School Board is able to provide salaries for our teachers that are competitive with neighboring districts. Quality instructors in the classroom have the most influence on student achievement, and the ability to offer comparable salaries to our teachers is powerful. This impacts our ability to recruit and retain high quality candidates to support teaching and learning for our students and to continue the District’s trend of historic growth in graduation rates and academic achievements.” 

St. Lucie CTA/CU President David Freeland said, “We are pleased with the collaborative effort between the St. Lucie CTA/CU and the school district to ensure that the referendum money will be used as presented to, and approved by, the taxpayers of St. Lucie County.  Recruiting and retaining high quality teachers in our school district has always been a priority for the CTA/CU and the funding from the referendum will help to ensure that our district is competitive with the surrounding districts.”

Both the District and the Union are pleased with the progress of this year’s negotiations and additional meetings are scheduled to continue to work on remaining compensation and insurance issues.   

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.

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Congratulations, Graduates!

Congratulations, Graduates!

This year’s SLPS Class of 2019 is nearly 3,000 strong, and there is a lot to be proud of. Students earned scholarships totaling $25,801,907, 186 students earned their AA Degrees while in high school, and the District assigned 75 “A Promise Is A Promise” contracts to students planning to seek careers as educators.

We’re Hiring

We’re Hiring

SLPS is looking for innovative teachers for the 2019-2020 School Year at our magnet schools: The WEST Prep, Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie, and Samuel Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies. Find out more here: http://www.stlucieschools.org/

#STLUCIEPROUD

Enjoy A Night At The Ballpark

Enjoy A Night At The Ballpark

The St. Lucie Mets will provide two special nights for students and teachers!

All K-12 students get in free on June 5th.

*Students will report to the ticket window and share the name of the school they attend.

All Teachers get in free on June 6th.

*Teachers will report to the ticket window and show their teacher ID.

Dear Edwina Jr. Shines At The Creative Arts Academy Historic Auditorium

Dear Edwina Jr. Shines At The Creative Arts Academy Historic Auditorium

On May 23 and 24, 2019, 13 Creative Arts Academy musical theatre students presented the musical comedy “Dear Edwina Jr” in the historic CAST auditorium. Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International, the musical follows the story of Edwina Spoonapple who seeks to impress a talent agent in order to feel success comparable to the success of her siblings. Performed with spectacular lights and sound, the show was applauded by both adults and students alike.

Health Aide of the Month

Health Aide of the Month

🌸🌻CONGRATULATIONS to JoAnne Burdette – Health Aide at TCHS!!!🌷🌼

Joanne always has a positive and cheerful attitude.  She brings a smile to the faces of students, their families, staff, and teachers. 

Her excellent education and tips are sought by all in the Treasure Coast High School (TCHS) community.  She takes her time with everyone who enters the clinic.  She attends to all needs in a caring, professional manner while ensuring adherence to all regulations and policies.  Joanne anticipates problems before they arise and communicates needs to the responsible parties.  She is a valuable member of the TCHS Team and the St. Lucie County School Board. 

Nominated by Marie Jorda

Free Online Summer Resources

St. Lucie Public Schools Launches Free Resources for Continued Summer Growth

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — The summer months are upon us, and St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is pleased to provide FREE online resources to help all children continue learning throughout the summer.  These resources are part of the “Summer Slide” program which includes engaging web-based resources for students in prekindergarten through grade 12. 

According to Director of Elementary Curriculum Kimberly Jay, “We have built a rich repository of any time, any place resources that are designed to help our students maintain their academic momentum.”  She explained that during the summer, many students have a tendency to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year.  Grade level resources are arranged by content, including: arts/technology, English language arts (ELA), English language learners (ELL), math, science, social studies, and college career readiness. 

Jay added that the resources will allow students to have a self-guided and self-paced experience. “They have the opportunity to interact with a variety of learning programs with content geared toward a multitude of interests.”

Anyone can access the resources by going to the SLPS homepage at www.stlucieschools.org and clicking on the “Summer Slide” logo. 

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.

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St. Lucie Public Schools Launches Free Resources for Continued Summer Growth

St. Lucie Public Schools Launches Free Resources for Continued Summer Growth

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — The summer months are upon us, and St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is pleased to provide FREE online resources to help all children continue learning throughout the summer.  These resources are part of the “Summer Slide” program which includes engaging web-based resources for students in prekindergarten through grade 12. 

According to Director of Elementary Curriculum Kimberly Jay, “We have built a rich repository of any time, any place resources that are designed to help our students maintain their academic momentum.”  She explained that during the summer, many students have a tendency to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year.  Grade level resources are arranged by content, including: arts/technology, English language arts (ELA), English language learners (ELL), math, science, social studies, and college career readiness. 

Jay added that the resources will allow students to have a self-guided and self-paced experience. “They have the opportunity to interact with a variety of learning programs with content geared toward a multitude of interests.”

Anyone can access the resources by going to the SLPS homepage at www.stlucieschools.org and clicking on the “Summer Slide” logo. 

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.

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Morningside Library Splashes Into Summer This June

Morningside Library Splashes Into Summer This June

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – The Morningside Branch Library splashes into summer on Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m. as the Movie Matinee presents “Aquaman.”

Featuring Jason Momoa and Amber Heard, the latest in the DC Universe follows Arthur Curry, the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, as he goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land. The movie is rated PG-13 with a running time of 143 minutes. Anyone younger than 13 who would like to attend the movie matinee, must be accompanied by or have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian.               

Additional family activities for June include:

·        Coding for Kids on Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m. Join us for fun, hands-on coding activity where kids get to decide what happens next by creating “An Unusual Space Discovery” using Scratch 3.0. Designed for grades 4 through 9, space is limited to 20 students.

·        Summer Reading Blast Off Celebration takes place Saturday, June 8 at 2 p.m. Activities include face painting, crafts, games, music and Summer Reading registration.

·        Legos for Kids on Saturday, June 15 from 2 p.m. Suited for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. Students can play, build and learn with Legos.

·        Exploring Constellations takes orbit on Wednesday, June 19 at 10:30 a.m.  Listen to stories about the stars in our sky; learn to use a Planisphere and make your own Constellation Viewer. Designed for grades K through 5.

·        The Science Across the Universe program blasts off on Fridays at 2 p.m., starting June 14 through July 19 (except for the week of July 4). Designed for students in kindergarten through 5th grade, this program provides students with the opportunity to take part in hands-on science experiments.

·       Blast off into a Universe of Stories with the Super Stargazers on Wednesday, June 12 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy dancing, trivia and much more during this intergalactic adventure.

·        Take a Great Space Adventure on Wednesday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. Experience a Universe of Stories with magic and balloons featuring Wally the Wacky Word Bird.

·        Storytime is held every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

These programs are free and open to everyone.

For more information about Morningside Library events, call 772-337-5632 or visit www.stlucieco.gov/Library. The Morningside Branch of the St. Lucie County Library System is located at 2410 SE Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie.

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