Hall Fires in the First Pitch

Hall Fires in the First Pitch

Dorothy Hall, St. Lucie County’s School Related Employee of the Year, took to the field at the Digital Domain Stadium. She made her way to the mound and threw the first pitch to start the evening’s game. Also, Westgate student Jaden Baxter called, “Let’s play ball” at the game. Congratulations, Mrs. Hall and Jaden Baxter!!

Jayden Baxter on the Mets field.
Dorothy Hall throws the first pitch.
Non-profit Expo Coming Soon

Non-profit Expo Coming Soon

Discover the many things non-profits can do for your students!

Attend the Back To School Expo on Thursday, August 1, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Grace Way Village is one of many non-profits looking forward to supporting teachers in their efforts to care for our community’s children!

There are many non-profit organizations in the area that can help with the needs of your students.

LPA Girls Tennis Wins FHSAA All-State Academic Award

LPA Girls Tennis Wins FHSAA All-State Academic Award

The girls tennis team at Lincoln Park Academy recently won the All-State Academic Team Award from the FHSAA with a combined 3.912 GPA.  Congratulations to the coaches and players.

From left to right: Coach Lisa Hevner, Camila Alarcon, Jaclyn Dyer, Jasmine Cortez, Juliana Ball, Shreya Reddy, Rheanna Vaughan and Coach Nicole Erickson

Mariposa Elementary Celebrates the 100 Mile Club®

Mariposa Elementary Celebrates the 100 Mile Club®

At Mariposa Elementary, students in grades 2-5 joined in our 100 Mile Club® which was organized by our PE teacher, Mrs. Adriana Roberts. Whether the students ran, jogged, or walked towards their personal goals, the 100 Mile Club® inspired students of all abilities to be active in an accepting, positive, and inclusive environment.

Michael Resendiz-Torres, Gabriel Barahona, Yadiel Tavarez and Jaistyn Thurston ran or walked more than 100 miles each.  This year, Mariposa Elementary students walked more than 8,000 miles.  This was a great achievement for all of the students.

Port St. Lucie High School Senior Graduation Color Guard

Port St. Lucie High School Senior Graduation Color Guard

On Saturday May 23, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s Color Guard Team presented the colors at the Fenn Center for the Class of 2019 Senior Graduation. Seniors were excited to graduate and start their lives outside of high school. During the color guard the Port St. Lucie High School Chorus sang the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance. Commanding the Color Guard was National Flag Bearer Cadet Major Joleen Kalinowski accompanied by Cadet Major Dariel Parzych as State Flag Bearer, Cadet 1ST Lieutenant Lila Meade as National Guard, and Cadet Sergeant James Mikovsky as State Guard.

This article and photography was produced by Cadet Major Alexis Morris and Cadet Command Sergeant Major Lawrence Moleon- Mathews.

St. Lucie Public Schools 3rd Grade ELA Scores on the Rise

St. Lucie Public Schools 3rd Grade ELA Scores on the Rise

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — Growth continues in St. Lucie Public Schools according to the Florida Department of Education’s release of Grade 3 ELA Scores.  The District saw a four-percentage point increase over last year’s benchmark; furthermore, 62% of the County’s traditional schools increased in the number of students who scored at proficiency levels (Levels 3, 4, and 5).

Bayshore Elementary showed the greatest gain in the District over last year with a 21% gain. Other schools with large increases include Floresta Elementary with a 16% increase; Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies with a 15% increase; and St. Lucie West K-8 with a 12% increase. In addition, C. A. Moore Elementary, Lakewood Park Elementary, Manatee Academy K-8, and Rivers Edge Elementary increased by nine percentage points.

Fairlawn Elementary led the performance among our schools on the Grade 3 FSA ELA Reading with 75% of their students scoring proficient on the assessment.  West Gate K-8 and Palm Pointe had 71% of their students scoring proficient on the assessment.  Several other schools exceeded the District average of 50% including:  St. Lucie West K-8 and Morningside at (69%), Manatee K-8 (66%), Bayshore (59%), Allapattah Flats K-8 (58%), Rivers Edge and Mariposa (57%), Floresta (56%), F.K. Sweet (55%), and Village Green scoring at the District Level of 50%.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated that early literacy is a high priority and part of the District’s strategic plan for continued improvement.  “We see momentum and celebrate the growth that has occurred.  At the same time, we are analyzing instructional strategies and resources in order to accelerate future growth for our boys and girls.”

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 3rd Grade ELA Scores on the Rise

St. Lucie Public Schools 3rd Grade ELA Scores on the Rise

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — Growth continues in St. Lucie Public Schools according to the Florida Department of Education’s release of Grade 3 ELA Scores.  The District saw a four-percentage point increase over last year’s benchmark; furthermore, 62% of the County’s traditional schools increased in the number of students who scored at proficiency levels (Levels 3, 4, and 5).

Bayshore Elementary showed the greatest gain in the District over last year with a 21% gain. Other schools with large increases include Floresta Elementary with a 16% increase; Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies with a 15% increase; and St. Lucie West K-8 with a 12% increase. In addition, C. A. Moore Elementary, Lakewood Park Elementary, Manatee Academy K-8, and Rivers Edge Elementary increased by nine percentage points.

Fairlawn Elementary led the performance among our schools on the Grade 3 FSA ELA Reading with 75% of their students scoring proficient on the assessment.  West Gate K-8 and Palm Pointe had 71% of their students scoring proficient on the assessment.  Several other schools exceeded the District average of 50% including:  St. Lucie West K-8 and Morningside at (69%), Manatee K-8 (66%), Bayshore (59%), Allapattah Flats K-8 (58%), Rivers Edge and Mariposa (57%), Floresta (56%), F.K. Sweet (55%), and Village Green scoring at the District Level of 50%.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated that early literacy is a high priority and part of the District’s strategic plan for continued improvement.  “We see momentum and celebrate the growth that has occurred.  At the same time, we are analyzing instructional strategies and resources in order to accelerate future growth for our boys and girls.”

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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Oxbow Kicks Off Summer Camps with Biology Bootcamp June 24

Oxbow Kicks Off Summer Camps with Biology Bootcamp June 24

PORT ST. LUCIE – Spots are filling up at the Oxbow Eco-Center’s Summer Nature Camps, but there are still some spaces left, starting with the Wildlife Biology Bootcamp, beginning June 24.

Designed for students ages 10-14, the Biology Bootcamp run June 24-28 focusing on science in nature. Campers will conduct their very own wildlife field studies on the Oxbow’s 225 acres of diverse Florida habitat. Throughout the week, they’ll have the opportunity to meet and learn from local biologists, ecologists and nature lovers. 

The Oxbow’s Summer Camp registration is now open. All camps will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the cost is $200 per session.

Campers will participate in activities such as discovery hikes, wetland studies, animal programs, nature inspired S.T.E.M. projects, nature related games, art projects, insect collecting and more. Registration is filling up fast. Other Oxbow camps include:

·        Ecosystem Explorers: July 8 – 12 (ages 6-9)

·        Lego Robotics and Coding Adventure: July 15-19 (ages 8-12) – This camp is currently full, but there is a waiting list.

·        Archery Adventure Camp:  July 22-26 (ages 10-14)

·        The Art of Puppetry:  July 29 – Aug. 2 (ages 8-12) 

Don’t miss this opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable Oxbow camp experience. Registration is limited to keep groups small and ensure instructors have high-quality interactions with each and every camper.

Camp registration is available online at www.oxboweco.com and click on the ‘Summer Camps’ tab. If you need assistance with online registration, please call our Environmental Education Coordinator Natalie Frendberg at 772-785-5842.

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

Lights, Camera, Cook-Off!

Lights, Camera, Cook-Off!

Fourth and Fifth Grade students at Palm Pointe competed in a cooking challenge on Tuesday, May 14th and Thursday, May 16th.  Fifty students participated in the event and showed off their cooking skills on Tuesday, and 40 competed on Thursday.  In order to participate, students had to read the book entitled Lights, Camera, Cook.  It was a Sunshine State Reader book for 2018-19.  In addition to reading the book, they had to pass a quiz or complete a graphic organizer showing they gained comprehension of the book.  Students were placed on teams of 5-6 and had a parent volunteer who led as the safety captain.  Each team came up with a recipe on their own and then prepared enough servings for the judges and, of course, themselves.  The judging panel was made up of the Principal, Kathleen Perez, the Assistant Principal, Annette Newsome, former Principal of Palm Pointe, Debra Snyder, and grades 3-5 instructional Coach, Allison Perry.

The judges tasted each of the dishes and then scored the students on dish appearance, texture, use of fresh ingredients (grown in our very own Palm Pointe gardens), description of the dish, team work, and, of course, taste.  St. Lucie Public Schools District Cafeteria staff, Farm to Table Coordinator, and the Palm Pointe Cafeteria staff worked closely with Mrs. Fazzalaro, the Media Specialist at Palm Pointe, to put on this event.  A huge shout out to our Child Nutrition Services Department for all they did to make the events successful.  The students created amazing dishes and shined brightly as they presented their mouth-watering entrees.  They can’t wait to compete again next year, as we would like to make this an annual event.

 

Cooking Demonstration

Cooking Demonstration

A group of students and their parents at CA Moore Elementary participated in a nutrition education class and enjoyed a healthy cooking demonstration as part of Career Week. They learned about making a balanced, quick, and cost-effective snack which they then made. The class wrapped up by enjoying yogurt parfaits with a variety of fresh berries!

 

Scholarship Supports Music Education

Scholarship Supports Music Education

Congratulations to Adrianna Perfetti who is the recipient of the John and Dorothy Jarvis Scholarship presented by the Music Man Company. Adrianna will receive a year of free flute lessons in order to help her prepare for Florida All-State auditions.

Pictured: Jim LeBon, bandmaster at SPMS; John Jarvis Jr., owner of Music Man; Adrianna Perfetti, band member at SPMS; and Nicole Telese, principal at SPMS

Summer Nutrition Program

Summer Nutrition Program

St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services team provides numerous programs for our children and our community.  The District, designated as a Healthy Schools District, provides all students with the opportunity to receive a well-balanced breakfast and lunch during their regular school day, and as summer months approach, there are opportunities for students to partake in breakfast and lunch as well during these vacation months.  Watch this month’s segment of Eye on St. Lucie to learn about what is available.

 

Kindergarten Online Open Enrollment

Kindergarten Online Open Enrollment

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Kindergarten open enrollment is scheduled to re-open with 24/7 online access.  The registration window will begin on May 20, 2019 and remain open until June 21, 2019.  Students entering kindergarten must be five years on or before September 1, 2019.

 

According to SLPS Student Assignment Director Michelle Jerger, “We understand that selecting a school for a child is a very important decision. Access to online enrollment provides our parents and guardians with more flexibility in the process.  All they need to do is visit our online enrollment site (https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/departments/student-assignment/) any time or any day of the week.  Step-by-step directions will help guide them through the process.”  She added that staff members are also available to help with the application process.

 

To enroll a new kindergarten student, parents and/or guardians must present the following:

  • Original birth certificate
  • Social Security Card (if available)
  • Proof of custody (if the child is not living with both natural parents)
  • Name and address of last school attended
  • Copy of Individual Education Plan (IEP) if your child is in an Exceptional Education Program
  • 2 Primary Proofs of Address (NAME and ADDRESS must be printed on document)
    • Electric, Water, or Land Line Telephone Bill – within 30 days
    • Signed Lease Agreement – within 60 days
    • Official Rent Receipt – within 30 days
    • Current Mortgage Deed – within 60 days
    • Mortgage Payment Coupon – within 30 days
    • Sales/Builder’s Contract – completion within 6 months

OR

  • 1 Primary Proof of Address (NAME and ADDRESS must be printed on document)
    • Electric, Water, or Land Line Telephone Bill – within 30 days
    • Signed Lease Agreement – within 60 days
    • Official Rent Receipt – within 30 days
    • Current Mortgage Deed – within 60 days
    • Mortgage Payment Coupon – within 30 days
    • Sales/Builder’s Contract – completion within 6 months
  • AND 1 Secondary Proof of Address (NAME and ADDRESS must be printed on document)
    • Cable Bill or Cell Phone Bill – within 30 days
    • Driver’s License
    • Voter’s Registration

For more information or to enroll your child online, please visit: https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/departments/student-assignment/

 

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.

 

 

Summer Professional Development Learning Sessions

Summer Professional Development Learning Sessions

Engagement Strategies & Critical Thinking

Participants will learn how to engage students in their learning using cooperative learning structures and high yield instructional strategies. The learning will occur online via Canvas so you can learn virtually.

Target Audience: All Teachers K-12

 

  • Date: Monday June 10th
  • Location: Online via Canvas
  • Facilitator: Laurie Boyer

This PD has been designed for teachers going into their second year of teaching this 2019-2020 school year ONLY. Participants will strategies in the areas of dealing with classroom management, curriculum, and the Framework for Quality Teaching and Learning.

  • Target Audience: Teachers entering their 2nd year of teaching in the 2019-2020 school year
  • Date: Wednesday July 23rd
  • Time: 8:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Allapattah Flats K8, Room 1-123
  • Facilitator: Dana Miller & Wendy Turner

Accountable Talk

Participants will learn to implement student practices that promote academic discussions and sustain learning in the classroom. Participants will be able to teach students to attentively and actively listen to others, respond to and further develop what others have to say, ensure knowledge is relevant to the topic, and use evidence to support the discussion.

Target Audience: Secondary Teachers 6-12

 

  • Date: Monday June 24th
  • Time: 12:30 – 4:00 pm
  • Location: Allapattah Flats K8, Room 1-123
  • Facilitator: Wendy Turner

Register for a session in Frontline at http://mylearningplan.com

 

 

Equal Opportunity to Excel

Equal Opportunity to Excel

WPTV Reporter Arthur Mondale recently aired a story about what St. Lucie Public Schools is doing to support students.  Read the article below and click on the link to hear what staff and JROTC Cadet Shenieya Harris have to say.

 

St. Lucie County schools offering rare progress system to ensure equal opportunity to excel

Program tracks grades, absenteeism and discipline

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — South Florida and the Treasure Coast are known for diversity, but school can be a difficult place for first- and second-generation students.

St. Lucie County schools offer a state-of-the-art progress system to ensure every student has an equal opportunity to excel that also prevents students from falling through the cracks.

”They can’t fly under the radar. They can’t be forgotten. They can’t be missed,” said Treasure Coast High School counselor Kayleigh Nemo.

The St. Lucie County School District is the only one in South Florida to use Power BI — a “social emotional intervention” system that tracks grades, absenteeism and discipline all in one portal. Data that previously required multiple data sets, middlemen and valuable time.

“That way we get a snapshot of the student right away, and we can get interventions in place for the student immediately,” Nemo said.

The system has helped second-generation students like JROTC cadet Shenieya Harris who credits her success to good teachers, guidance counselors and Power BI.

“It really paid off,” Harris said. “My GPA right now is a 4.3.”

Harris says she’s now college bound and thanks to Power BI at the top of her class. Moreover, Nemo adds Power B1 allows her to treat all students like valued repeat customers. Students like Harris are proof of the program’s success.

https://www.wptv.com/news/region-st-lucie-county/st-lucie-county-schools-offer-rare-progress-system-ensuring-equal-opportunity-to-excel

Tickets Available for Oklahoma

Tickets Available for Oklahoma

This summer’s musical is Oklahoma!

SHOWTIMES AT PORT ST. LUCIE HIGH SCHOOL: JUNE 12TH THROUGH JUNE 16TH

Wednesday, June 12th 7:30 PM

Thursday, June 13th 7:30 PM

Friday, June 14th 7:30 PM

Sat., June 15th 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, June 16th 12:00 PM and 4:30 PM

Shining STARS

Shining STARS

The STAR program’s focus is to recognize employees for their behaviors, skills and actions that correlate with the District’s vision and acknowledge those who exemplify its core values.  The St. Lucie School Board was very pleased to present the following employees with STAR Awards at this month’s School Board Meeting.

Jennifer Glidden – Bayshore Elementary School

Pam Hayes – Transportation

Tabetha Jackson – Transportation

Tara Nettles – Windmill Point Elementary School

Yanet Pla – Student Assignment

Fresnel Sanon – Student Assignment

 

Team St. Lucie Finishes 5th In State

Team St. Lucie Finishes 5th In State

Earlier this year, St. Lucie Public Schools hosted the local version of the Commissioner’s Academic Challenge.  Here, local high school teams competed for top honors and individual team members vied for a seat on the prestigious Team St. Lucie – an elite six-member team representing St. Lucie Public Schools at the 34th Annual Commissioner’s Academic Challenge. This state competition took place in April at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn where the St. Lucie Team advanced to the Division 2 Finals and ended up finishing 5th in the state! Congratulations, Team St. Lucie!

  • Callie Zheng – LPA
  • Madeline Sosa – LPA
  • Alan Senkus – SLWCHS
  • Maria Battaglino Hernandez – LPA
  • Mathew Zoll – FPWHS
  • Ryan Lu – TCHS