High Energy Motivation

High Energy Motivation

Award-winning teacher, author, and speaker Ron Clark engaged new STEM and Arts magnet school staffs during his dynamic and interactive kick-off presentation at the Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST).   Faculty and staff from CAST, Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies, and Fort Pierce Westwood High School gathered for Clark’s message and held on for the roller-coaster of content that inspired the expectation and belief that all students will achieve!

St. Lucie Public Schools sends a huge thank you to Logo Education – event sponsor.

 

 

Foundation Focus

Foundation Focus

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Heroic Summer

Heroic Summer

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Superintendent E. Wayne Gent posed the question to students in Mrs. Myers’ 3rd grade Bayshore Elementary School classroom, “What did you do this summer?” What he heard from eight-year-old Christine Regina was a heroic recount of this young student’s quick thinking that helped save a young boy from drowning.

 

With calm and quiet self-assurance, Regina explained to the Superintendent and her classmates what occurred on a summer day in June while visiting her grandparents in Margate, Florida.  During an under-water exploration of the city’s swimming pool, Regina noticed a boy at the bottom of the pool. “He wasn’t moving, and he looked like he needed someone to help him,” she said.  Looking for support, Regina swam to the nearest person, a teenage girl, who was able to pull the boy from the bottom of the pool and take him to the pool’s side where lifeguards then resuscitated him.  “It made me feel good to know I helped someone,” said Regina.

 

That does not come as a surprise to Principal Lori Reid who said, “That’s Christine Regina. She is such a great student — always interested in determining how she can provide service to others. I would describe her as an incredibly kind-hearted young lady.” Regina’s classmate echoed that sentiment, as she told the Superintendent that the next book the class reads should be a book entitled, Christine Saves the World.

 

Regina and her companion good Samaritan were heroes that day in June.  They were both recognized by the city of Margate for their quick action that led to saving the life of a six-year-old boy.

Heroic Action!

Heroic Action!

Heroes come in all ages.

On August 20th, Allison Goldsmith, a fourth grader at Fairlawn Elementary School, saved a fellow student who was choking during lunch. Deputy Rue, the school’s resource officer, witnessed the quick and positive action of Allison as she attended to her friend by patting her on the back until the food dislodged.

The officer celebrated Allison’s ability to come to the aid of a fellow student.  She set a great example for being a good citizen/leader/friend.

Click here to hear Allison share her thoughts:

 

 

 

Here Comes the Bus App for Parents

Here Comes the Bus App for Parents

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is extending the adoption of an innovative mobile device app and website entitled Here Comes the Bus.  Five more schools are coming on board with this user friendly tool that allows parents and authorized caregivers to view the real-time location of their child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Transportation Director Don Carter explained that while five schools (Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, Lawnwood Elementary, Mariposa Elementary, Savanna Ridge Elementary, and West Gate K-8) are included in the early phase of the roll-out plan, the District will continue to add additional schools until all schools are included in the system.  The tool was successfully piloted with Allapattah Flats K-8 at the close of last school year.  He said, “Adding schools in stages allows our bus routers to ensure routing accuracy within the Here Comes the Bus system.”  Carter also emphasized the importance of customer feedback.  “We want to know what our parents are thinking and what benefit this provides them,” he said, “A positive customer service experience with the safety and well-being of student riders is at the heart of this implementation.”

Here Comes the Bus app is free and enables parents and authorized caregivers to:

  • See the location of their child’s bus both before and after school pick-up
  • Confirm that their child’s bus has arrived at the bus stop, at school or both
  • Receive a push notification or email message when the bus is a certain distance from the bus stop

Here Comes the Bus is powered by Synovia Solutions, makers of the GPS-tracking technology used by St. Lucie Public Schools to increase safety and cost savings as it relates to our school bus fleet.

Available in three languages (English, Spanish and French), the Here Comes the Bus app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

 

Here Comes the Bus App for Parents

Here Comes the Bus App for Parents

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is extending the adoption of an innovative mobile device app and website entitled Here Comes the Bus.  Five more schools are coming on board with this user friendly tool that allows parents and authorized caregivers to view the real-time location of their child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Transportation Director Don Carter explained that while five schools (Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, Lawnwood Elementary, Mariposa Elementary, Savanna Ridge Elementary, and West Gate K-8) are included in the early phase of the roll-out plan, the District will continue to add additional schools until all schools are included in the system.  The tool was successfully piloted with Allapattah Flats K-8 at the close of last school year.  He said, “Adding schools in stages allows our bus routers to ensure routing accuracy within the Here Comes the Bus system.”  Carter also emphasized the importance of customer feedback.  “We want to know what our parents are thinking and what benefit this provides them,” he said, “A positive customer service experience with the safety and well-being of student riders is at the heart of this implementation.”

Here Comes the Bus app is free and enables parents and authorized caregivers to:

  • See the location of their child’s bus both before and after school pick-up
  • Confirm that their child’s bus has arrived at the bus stop, at school or both
  • Receive a push notification or email message when the bus is a certain distance from the bus stop

Here Comes the Bus is powered by Synovia Solutions, makers of the GPS-tracking technology used by St. Lucie Public Schools to increase safety and cost savings as it relates to our school bus fleet.

Available in three languages (English, Spanish and French), the Here Comes the Bus app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast.  The mission of SLPS 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.

 

Here Comes The Bus App

Here Comes The Bus App

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) offers an innovative mobile app — Here Comes the Bus.  This FREE app is a user friendly tool that allows parents and authorized caregivers to view the real-time location of their child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Here Comes the Bus app is free and enables parents and authorized caregivers to:

  • See the location of their child’s bus both before and after school pick-up
  • Confirm that their child’s bus has arrived at the bus stop, at school or both
  • Receive a push notification or email message when the bus is a certain distance from the bus stop

Here Comes the Bus is powered by Synovia Solutions, makers of the GPS-tracking technology used by St. Lucie Public Schools to increase safety and cost savings as it relates to our school bus fleet.

Available in three languages (English, Spanish and French), the Here Comes the Bus app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

 

When registering, enter School Code: 77914

Hepatitis A – Know the Facts

Hepatitis A – Know the Facts

The Hepatitis A vaccine is free for children through the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County “Vaccines For Children” program. For information, please call the Department of Health at 772-462-3800 for an appointment.

 

Hensley – Finalist for Hegener Award

Hensley – Finalist for Hegener Award

EDC announces finalists for the Pete Hegener Leadership Award

The EDC is pleased to announce Alto “Bud” Adams, Jr., Mike Brown, Sr. and Kathryn Hensley, have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Pete Hegener Leadership Award. 

Henik named as state finalist for employee recognition

Henik named as state finalist for employee recognition

St. Lucie Public Schools’ 2013 School Related Employee of the Eric Henik has been named one of five finalists for the state school-related employee award. This employee group awards support personnel in such school operations as finance, food services, maintenance, transportation, clerical and office support, student assignment and instructional technology. The state winner will be announced sometime in May, according to the Florida Department of Education.

Henik has been with St. Lucie Public Schools for seven years, five as plant manager at his current site at Palm Pointe Educational Research School and two years previously at Rivers Edge Elementary School as assistant site foreman. Henik says his goal is “to provide a clean, safe and efficient facility that sets the standard for the district.” His duties include overseeing a staff of 10, maintaining the 32-acre facility, keeping up with supplies for the indoor and outdoor needs of the school, and working with the staff to ensure a safe and secure campus. He collaborated with the architect and construction project manager during the planning and construction of Palm Pointe, both of whom had glowing remarks of his leadership during the process. He also volunteers to attend Tradition community management meetings regarding traffic and school appearance concerns, and serves on several school district committees, and has spearheaded several cost-saving procedures at his school site. The last St. Lucie Public Schools employee to reach the state finalist level was Gary Taylor in 1999, representing the facilities and maintenance department.

Henik, right, is pictured being congratulated by St. Lucie Education Foundation executive director Jim McKenzie during a surprise visit to the school by an entourage including Superintendent Michaeal Lannon, School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Helen Roberts, and Candace Stone, chairman of the district employee recognition committee.

Helping Students and Families

Helping Students and Families

St. Lucie Public Schools Student Services, Exceptional Student Education, and FDLRS Division recently completed a two-month campaign to support Grace Packs.  With a focus of bringing in food items each Friday during the months of November and December, the Division managed to fill numerous Grace Packs boxes with food item donations that help support families in need each week.

This team’s benevolent spirit supports other causes as well. Earlier in the year, the Division raised over $325 for Bowl for Kids’ Sake, raised $300 for Northport’s Girls on the Run campaign, and in January will help raise funds for an ESE class at Allapattah Flats to participate in a field trip to Disney World.

A special thank you is extended to all team members for the care and concern you show our students and their families each and every day.

Take Charge of Your Future

Take Charge of Your Future

Don’t miss an opportunity on February 22nd to learn about and gather resources for career opportunities within the community.

Speak with career counselors about adult and vocational programs as well as options for personal career planning.

This is a FREE event at Lawnwood Elementary School on Thursday, February 22nd from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

 

 

 

Helping a Family to Rebuild:  A Fundraiser at Palm Pointe

Helping a Family to Rebuild: A Fundraiser at Palm Pointe

As a way to help out a Palm Pointe family who recently lost their home due to an electrical fire an eighth grade teacher,Kris Demarais volunteered to have his head shaved. A school wide fundraiser was set up to help the family. Students were asked to bring in whatever money they had to give to the Lagrandeurs’. The classes in K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 with the highest donations would receive an ice cream party and would be able to go and watch Mr. Demarais get his head shaved. One student was randomly selected from each winning class to come up and cut a pony tail from Mr. Demarais head. Great Clips hair saloon came and finished shaving it so that it looked perfect. The pony tails are being donated to Locks of Love. All the funds collected for the family will go to help them rebuild. Along with the fundraiser, household items and clothes were collected and donated for the entire family.  Pictured from left is Olivia Scott, Jessica Lee, Emily Williams, Nick Stagg, Olivia Donnelly, Kris Demarais and Osee Lagrandeur.

Help Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu

Help Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu

Click on the link below for a short and informative video on how you can protect yourself and others from the flu this season.  There is also a trivia game (“Just the Vax”) to test your knowledge about vaccines, their history, and value in the fight against the flu.

There’s more! Check it out.

http://www.preventchildhoodinfluenza.org/keep-flu-out-of-school/students

 

Visit stluciepublicschools.org and click on the link under announcements for additional resources.

HealthierUS Award Designated to Select St. Lucie Public Schools

HealthierUS Award Designated to Select St. Lucie Public Schools

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Food, Nutrition, and Wellness has awarded select schools as recipients of the HealthierUS School Challenge. The HealthierUS Schools Challenge is a voluntary certification initiative created to promote healthier school environments through the encouragement of nutrition and physical activity.

Silver Awards

CA Moore Elementary

Lakewood Park Elementary

Lawnwood Elementary

Mariposa Elementary

Parkway Elementary

Savanna Ridge Elementary

St. Lucie Elementary

Weatherbee Elementary

White City Elementary

Windmill Point Elementary

Bronze Awards

Bayshore Elementary

FK Sweet Elementary

Fairlawn Elementary

Floresta Elementary

Morningside Elementary

Rivers Edge Elementary

Village Green Elementary

Schools honored will receive a HealthierUS Schools Challenge Award banner for display and a signed plaque.  In addition, Bronze schools will receive $500 and Silver schools will receive $1,000 for their nonprofit school food service account.

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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Health occupations students savor healthy food choices

Health occupations students savor healthy food choices

Students in Samantha Jackson’s health occupations classes at Fort Pierce Central High School enjoyed a healthy apple slice and peanut butter snack in observance of National Apple Crunch Day recently. Students discussed the nutritional value of apples, including added fiber, vitamin C and potassium, and that when combined with peanut butter, which is full of protein and multiple vitamins, they are a healthy filling low calorie snack! Pictured is Brianna Jennings as she participates in the activity, part of Food Day 2013, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Employees and students alike in St. Lucie County Schools enjoyed the activities, and teachers planned lessons around it to educate about the nutritional value of apples. Cafeteria managers arranged for apples to be donated to any classroom that wanted to participate.

Health Fair 2017

Health Fair 2017

Written by Jalisa Smith and Daphkar Rene

St. Lucie West Centennial High School (SLWCHS) hosted its annual Health Fair on March 23, 2017. The event was planned by the Allied Health teachers Elizabeth Durkee and Mary Higgins along with senior students in the Electrocardiograph class. Community partners gathered to inform nearly 2,000 high school students on healthy eating, fitness, health care careers, and teen safety.

Centennial students were greeted by HOSA members and were handed a passport listing organizations on site for the Health Fair. They practiced hands-only CPR as demonstrated by the First Responder class and tested their strength and agility with Keiser University’s Sports Medicine Program students. The Diabetes Coalition and St. Lucie County Health Department shared tips on how to improve eating habits with an easy system. Life Alliance Organ Recovery encouraged student drivers to sign up as organ donors.

Important topics like abstinence, sexual trauma, and STDs were covered by the Sexual Assault Assistance Program of the Treasure Coast, 211 Teens, Children’s Home Society, Teen Choice Programs, Protect the Heart/Carenet, The Parent Academy of SLC and the St. Lucie County Health Department. These organizations not only educated students, but also told them about available local resources.

HOSA members volunteered to work alongside community partners which helped the event run smoothly.

SLWCHS extends a special thank you to Keiser University for its sponsorship contributing to a successful Health Fair. We greatly appreciate all the community organizations that spent the day with our Centennial Eagles for an exciting and educational school event.

 

 

Health Fair 8/29

Health Fair 8/29

Health Fair

Wednesday, August 29th

(Open to All Employees)

Lakewood Park

12-3 PM

Please call 1-877-318-1349 (opt.1) for more details and to schedule an appointment.

 

Health Fair 8/29

Health Fair

Health Fairs for SLPS employees are scheduled at various locations, and you may register at any location. (See registration link below.)

You will earn 50 wellness incentive points towards the 2017-2018 program.

  • Village Green Environmental Studies School: 5/22 from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • St. Lucie Elementary School: 5/23 from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Oak Hammock K8 School: 5/23 from 12:15 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Windmill Point Elementary School: 5/30 from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Fairlawn Elementary School: 5/30 from 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

*Register for a Health Fair appointment