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.

 

 

Attendance Awareness Month

Attendance Awareness Month

September is Attendance Awareness Month – an opportunity to bring attention to and support building a habit of good attendance. St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Superintendent E. Wayne Gent emphasized the importance for all students to attend school regularly.  “Regular attendance is vital for our students’ success. Chronic absenteeism negatively impacts student achievement and graduation rates. Our goal is to give every student the best opportunity for success in life, so let’s help create habits of positive attendance early in their academic careers.”

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

Some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. However, when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically.  A student is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
  • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

Absences can add up quickly.  A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!!

Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick.
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

 

 

 

Attendance Awareness Month

Attendance Matters – September Is Attendance Awareness Month

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – September is Attendance Awareness Month – an opportunity to bring attention to and support building a habit of good attendance. St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Superintendent E. Wayne Gent emphasized the importance for all students to attend school regularly.  “Regular attendance is vital for our students’ success. Chronic absenteeism negatively impacts student achievement and graduation rates. Our goal is to give every student the best opportunity for success in life, so let’s help create habits of positive attendance early in their academic careers.”

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

Some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. However, when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically.  A student is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
  • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

Absences can add up quickly.  A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!!

Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick.
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

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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Chronic Absence Solution

Aug. 4 Celebration

Aug. 4 Celebration

FREE Admission for St. Lucie Public Schools Employees and Students

Don’t Miss the Back-to-School Celebration and Pep Rally

August 4th

St. Lucie Mets First Data Field, Port St. Lucie

4:00 – Gates Open for Employees (Bring Employee ID) and Students

5:00 to 5:30 – Appreciation Ceremony/Pep Rally

6:30 – Game Starts

Community-wide celebration for St. Lucie Public Schools

Port St. Lucie/July 18, 2017 — State Representative Larry Lee Jr. (D-Fort Pierce) and local business and community leaders are throwing a party to celebrate the significant accomplishments made by the St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS).  The efforts of the school district’s teachers, administrators and staff will be applauded on August 4 at 5 p.m. at the Mets First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, ahead of the 6:30 p.m. baseball game.

 

“We want to show all the school district employees – teachers, cafeteria workers, office staff, bus drivers, janitors, administrators – how much they are appreciated,” said Lee.  “As a former teacher, I know the job they are tasked with.  Our local businesses and government leaders are celebrating the school district’s success.”

 

More than half of the district’s schools achieved an increase in school grades, while the district grade jumped to a B — the second highest district on the Treasure Coast in total points earned, according to reports recently released by the Florida Department of Education.   Graduation rates have jumped to 86.8 percent, bringing SLPS from 45th place all the way up to 13th place in the state, and industry certifications increased 102 percent.

 

“The data continues telling a positive story about the academic growth taking place in our classrooms across the district,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.  “Our teachers, our administrators, our support staff, our bus drivers — everyone, absolutely everyone, is putting forth the effort to support our children to make a positive difference in their lives.”

 

“This will be a giant pep rally,” said Lee, who is also a former professional football player and a football coach.  “The school district is getting ready once again for the big game – this coming school year.”

The celebration is sponsored by Florida Power & Light, WastePro, the Lighthouse Foundation, Larry Lee Jr. State Farm Agency, the St. Lucie Mets, Big Apple Pizza, the Van Duzer Foundation, Peter W.  Busch Foundation, St. Lucie County, the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC). Lee said that $7,500 had been raised in less than two days, most from local businesses, so that every district employee could be invited to attend with free admission, a hot dog and a soft drink.

All St. Lucie Public Schools employees will receive two free admissions to the event and the game, with their district identification. “We also want to invite students, parents, local businesses and everyone in our community join this celebration,” said EDC President Peter Tesch.  “Quality schools are the building blocks of a dynamic economy.  When the schools succeed, we all succeed.”

 

School employees are asked to arrive between 4-5 p.m.  Local businesses will have booths located throughout the stadium, offering giveaways and chances to win raffle prizes. Students, parents and other members of the public will be admitted to the stadium after 5 p.m., as space is available, with the purchase of a ticket to the evening’s game against the Tampa Yankees.

 

The recently released school grades reflect ongoing student learning gains, climbing graduation rates and upward assessment trends for SLPS.  The district’s A-rated schools include Fairlawn Elementary, Lincoln Park Academy, West Gate K-8 and Mosaic Upper School. Seventeen schools received B grades. Area high schools continued their climb with three high schools growing B grades (Port St. Lucie High School, St. Lucie West Centennial High School and Treasure Coast High School). C.A. Moore Elementary and Mariposa Elementary both shot up two letter grades, and no school is rated as a failing school.

 

“We celebrate these successes, but by no means have we plateaued.  We have high expectations for all students, and we will continue supporting them to be their very best,” said Gent.

 

For more information about school grades, visit http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/.

 

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, http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

About the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County

The EDC is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic vitality in St. Lucie County through the attraction, retention and expansion of businesses in the community.  The EDC works in partnership with local governments and the private sector to advance its goals of creating more and better-paying jobs for residents, broadening the tax base and improving St. Lucie County’s economic quality of life.  Contact the EDC at 772.336.6250 or http://www.youredc.com.

 

August is Kids Eat Right Month!

August is Kids Eat Right Month!

Kids Eat Right Month focuses on the importance of healthy and active lifestyles for children and families. As the new school year starts, Child Nutrition Services wants to help families by providing balanced breakfast and lunch options for the students of St. Lucie Public Schools.

The best way to start the day is with breakfast. Studies have shown students who eat a balanced breakfast tend to be more focused and learn better than students who skip breakfast. Child Nutrition Services offers breakfast with items that include whole grains, lean proteins, whole fruit, and low-fat milk options. Child Nutrition Services understands the significance of breakfast for learning. For the 2018-2019 school year, Child Nutrition Services will be offering Universal Free Breakfast for all students at each of the district schools.

Students eating a balanced lunch will have the energy needed to stay focused through the rest of the school day. Child Nutrition Services offers multiple daily options to satisfy any palate. Each café offers an entrée, sub, chef salad, Grab & Go choices. Sides offered daily at each café include garden salads, hot veggie options, cold veggie options and a variety of fruit choices. Students have the opportunity to take up to three fruit and vegetable options to enjoy with their lunch.

We invite parents, staff, and the community to play their part in encouraging Kids to Eat Right!

 

 

August STAR Awards

August STAR Awards

Martha Taylor – Job Coach SLPS

Martha was nominated for her work with Student Perks, a coffee cart that is at the SLC Board of County Commissioners Building as well as at the Port St. Lucie City Hall Building. She has worked tirelessly to provide this wonderful opportunity for the students to learn job skills.  Taylor has worked closely with the schools, students, county administrators and commissioners to make this enterprise happen.  She continues to look for new opportunities for the students to gain the experience they need to be gainfully employed once they graduate from high school.

Desiraee Thomas – Social Worker at Ft. Pierce Central High School

 Desiraee Thomas has been such an asset to the Cobra Family.  She takes time to build positive relationships with teachers, staff, students and families.  Fort Pierce Central staff has been impressed by her ability to provide timely feedback and support for their students in need.   She plays a vital role in their weekly PSTs, and provides support and guidance to their students, families , and school. Thomas has also taken the initiative to offer her time to support testing.  Students and teachers are aware of her presence on campus and feel supported with attendance concerns.

Authentic Experiences

Authentic Experiences

Fort Pierce Westwood High School and St. Lucie West Centennial High School Criminal Justice students attended the District Court of Appeals Oral Arguments hosted by Indian River State College.  This event afforded the students the opportunity to hear cases and participate in a question and answer segment with the judges.
Author Keith Lawrence Roman Visits Mariposa Elementary

Author Keith Lawrence Roman Visits Mariposa Elementary

Author Keith Lawrence Roman visited Mariposa Elementary this week. He presented his books to the students and talked about what it takes to be an author. He discussed imagination as the key to writing. Student Evan is holding one of Keith Lawrence Roman’s most popular books, I Sat Beside an Elephant.  Student Trey asked the author a question about being an author. Student Chason was so proud to have his book signed by the author.  Thank you for visiting our school!

 

 

 

Author Lois McGuire Reads to the Students of Rivers Edge!

Author Lois McGuire Reads to the Students of Rivers Edge!

Author Lois McGuire visited Rivers Edge Elementary School to read her book Don’t Be That Kid At School Each Rivers Edge teacher was given a copy of the book as well as the Teacher Resource Guide, funded through the Education Foundation grants for teachers.

Dr. McGuire is a retired Superintendent from New Jersey and worked many years as a classroom teacher. She knows a thing or two about discipline and behavior! In the book, Don’t Be That Kid at School, the reader follows a Kid (a baby goat) as he misbehaves at school and on each page we are reminded  – Don’t Be That Kid!

Lois says she wrote the book as a resource for parents and teachers looking for a whimsical rhyming picture book portraying baaaad behavior and how it can be turned around!

Author Michael Anthony Steele Visits Bayshore

Author Michael Anthony Steele Visits Bayshore

Bayshore Elementary School students participated in Celebrate Literacy Week!  Fourth and fifth grade students had a visit from author Michael Anthony Steele who shared his experiences as a writer and screenwriter.  Pictured is Alana Edwards, fourth grade student from Ms. Duprey’s class, with Michael Anthony Steele after signing a poster of his latest release, the novelization of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.MichaelAnthonySteele

 

Author of Sunshine State book visits Palm Pointe

Author of Sunshine State book visits Palm Pointe

Kate Klise, author of “Dying To Meet You,” one of this year’s Sunshine State books, visited Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently to discuss her books and give tips to our future authors.  Ms. Klise also gave a non-fiction writing workshop for selected sixth graders. This year’s third through fifth grade students who read at least three of the 15 Sunshine State books from their list were able to vote for their favorite and “Dying to Meet You” received the most votes at Palm Pointe. Pictured, from left, are Isabelle Fleurant, Tatiana Philogene and Judith Darville having the books they purchased autographed by Ms. Klise.

Author visits Palm Pointe students

Author visits Palm Pointe students

Recently at  Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition,  2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students were treated to a visit by David Mark Lopez, author of the Maddie’s Magic Marker historical fiction series. Mr. Lopez amazed students by reciting and acting out entire chapters from two of his books and engaged them with a question and answer session.  In their Media class, prior to his visit, students learned or reviewed what makes a book fit the genre of historical fiction and cited examples of other series they had read that fit the description.  Students and  parents were so engaged in Mr. Lopez’s presentation that they broke his record for book purchases at a school – over 600 autographed copies were purchased!  Students are now creating emails thanking Mr. Lopez and citing evidence from his visit to rate his books and performance.  Pictured are students with their new autographed books and the author David Lopez.

 

Authors David Mark Lopez and Amy Adams Visit Manatee Academy

Authors David Mark Lopez and Amy Adams Visit Manatee Academy

Manatee Academy continued to celebrate Children’s Book Week Tuesday with presentations by not one, but two authors.  Pictured is author David Mark Lopez speaking to engaged fourth grade students.  David writes the spectacular Maddie’s Magic Marker  series. Amy Adams, author of Tagged, presented to our seventh and eighth grade students.

Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness

Please join St. Lucie Public Schools in supporting the St. Lucie Fire Department as it  hosts a family fun event on April 8th for Autism Awareness.  This family fun day centered around a charity flag football game will also host many vendors and provide fun activities for all ages.

This event will be held at the Jessica Clinton Park in Port St. Lucie.

 

Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness

April Is Autism Awareness Month.

What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
 
“Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability. Children and adults with ASD have difficulty with social communication/interaction and exhibit restrictive and/or repetitive patterns of behavior. There is a wide range of ability among people with ASD. Some people with ASD are gifted and others need significant levels of support to ensure their health and well-being. While great strides are being made, there is no known cause, or a known singular effective treatment for ASD.”

 

Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness

Saint Lucie County Fire Department Autism Awareness Event

Co-Sponsored by: Westgate K-8 and Palm Pointe Educational Research School

April 8, 2018 – Lyngate Park

Registration:  starts at 8:00am

Walk:  starts at 9:30am

Activities:  8:00am – 1:00pm

Bounce Houses, DJ, Face Painting, Food and more

 

Vendors Welcome

$25.00 non-profit and $50.00 for Profit

ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disorders)

Checks made payable to: St. Lucie Firefighters Benevolent

If you have any questions call:  Val  626-8709 or Sherry  971-5912

 

Participating Vendors:

CARD (Center for Autism Related Disorder), Saint Lucie County Schools Occupational Department, Speech department and Physical Therapy department, Easter Seals Florida Treasure Coast Early Steps, St. Lucie County Fire Department, Martin Memorial Hospital, Solutions Therapy and Learning, Positive Behavior Support Corporation, Therapy Connection of the Treasure Coast, Florida Autism Center,

DJ – Stillwell Project, Port Saint Lucie Police department, Saint Lucie County Sheriff’s Dept., Family Care Council, PSLPD Explorers, Coast 101.3, Sissy Sweets, Stand Up For Independence

MORE TO COME……

Autism Speaker Series – March 23

Autism Speaker Series – March 23

Plan to attend the Autism Speaks presentation by Liane Holliday-Willey on March 23.

Location: St. Lucie School District Board Room

Time: 6 PM – 8 PM

The FAU CARD Autism Lecture Series is brought to you FREE by a grant from the Harry T. Mangurian Foundation.

 

Autism Speaks: Light It Up Blue Campaign

Autism Speaks: Light It Up Blue Campaign

In support of World Autism Day acknowledged on April 2, a sea of school district employees arrived dressed in shades of blue to support the Autism Speaks: Light It Up Blue Campaign.  Pictured in this  photo with Superintendent Genelle Yost and School Board Chairwoman Debbie Hawley are a sampling of district employees showing off their  “dress blues!”