Reading Council – Invitation To Join

Reading Council – Invitation To Join

JOIN THE READING COUNCIL

Teachers and staff can join for $15.00 a year and get the T-shirt.

The Reading Council is committed to serving this county. If you need the reading council for a community event at your school, please feel free to reach out Ilyse Brainin (President) and Nicole Eak (Vice President).

 

 

Northport Welcomes Students With Host of Community Partners!

Northport Welcomes Students With Host of Community Partners!

The first morning of school was flawless and welcoming as community members, parents, grandparents, teachers and administrators welcomed students to a super successful new year at Northport K-8 School. The support the exceptional Title 1 school received was undeniable. SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent was on hand as well as SLPS Chief Communications Officer Kerry Padrick. Also present were twenty or more veterans from the Northport Veteran Partners in Education program from local clubs including the Legion Riders, Korean War Chapter and Vietnam Veterans as well as the Marine Corps League. Northport Church Community Partners in Education, First United Methodist Church and First United Baptist Church had a combined group of at least fifteen people from both congregations to welcome and support the school and the children. Members of the school’s partnership with Step Up America were present as well. Step Up America partners with the school to teach citizenship and the safety and security of our country. PSL Police Chief, John Bolduc was present as well as a cadre of police officers from the department and several members of the local SLC Fire Department were on hand to welcome and show solidarity.

As a Title 1 school, Northport receives support from all avenues. All children at Northport receive 100% free breakfast and lunch. Our school staff is just so appreciative of the overwhelming show of support. We, as a school, understand that we can’t do this huge job of not only educating top notch students, but teaching service, love of country, empathy, good citizenship and sharing all the other qualities that it takes to make well rounded, highly educated and caring students. Northport is proud and thankful to be the recipient of all the assistance and support that our partners and community can offer!

Transportation At Your Service

Transportation At Your Service

The Transportation Team provides service to approximately 23,000 student riders each day and travels nearly six million miles per year.  Making certain that students are delivered to and from school safely is the priority for this Department.

To assist parents and guardians with questions about their child’s routes or pick-up times, operators are ready to assist.  The number to call is 772-204-RIDE.

 

First Day Of School

First Day Of School

Students, staff, parents, and community members welcomed the first day of school with celebrations and affirmations of success.  Recognizing the great strides made in 2016-2017 serve as a catalyst for continuing the forward momentum this school year.

 

Points of Pride

  • B-Rated School District
  • Soared To 13th From 45th In State Graduation Ranking
  • Improved In 10 Of 11 School Grade Components
  • Leaped To 32nd From 45th In Total District Points Ranking
  • Grew To 626 Points From 573 Points (+53)
  • No Failing Schools

 

 

 

 

 

St. Lucie Public Schools Receives $40,000 Farm to School Award Program Grant Funding

St. Lucie Public Schools Receives $40,000 Farm to School Award Program Grant Funding

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – A $40,000 boost in funding is awarded by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Child Nutrition Services. This is part of the Florida Farm to School Award Program Grant according to Director of Child Nutrition Services Deborah Wuest. “We are so excited to receive this funding. It provides the opportunity to bring nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables directly in from our local producers and so much more,” said Wuest.

 

The Farm to School Program is a nationwide in scope, and it supports connections with students, communities, and local producers.  Educational programs including nutrition, how food is grown, and where it comes from is one valuable aspect of the grant.  Another benefit is the opportunity to enhance the local market by introducing locally produced fruits and vegetables into the schools’ purchasing network.

 

“It is a win-win,” said Wuest.  “Our students have access to fresh foods grown locally, and our own farmers and harvesters have the opportunity to network with our local schools.”  The Florida Farm to School Award Program must be applied for each year

 

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 rated 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.

 

St. Lucie Public Schools Receives $40,000 Farm to School Award Program Grant Funding

$40,000 Farm to School Award

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – A $40,000 boost in funding is awarded by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Child Nutrition Services. This is part of the Florida Farm to School Award Program Grant according to Director of Child Nutrition Services Deborah Wuest. “We are so excited to receive this funding. It provides the opportunity to bring nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables directly in from our local producers and so much more,” said Wuest.

 

The Farm to School Program is a nationwide in scope, and it supports connections with students, communities, and local producers.  Educational programs including nutrition, how food is grown, and where it comes from is one valuable aspect of the grant.  Another benefit is the opportunity to enhance the local market by introducing locally produced fruits and vegetables into the schools’ purchasing network.

 

“It is a win-win,” said Wuest.  “Our students have access to fresh foods grown locally, and our own farmers and harvesters have the opportunity to network with our local schools.”  The Florida Farm to School Award Program must be applied for each year

 

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 rated 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.

 

Choices For Viewing The Eclipse

Choices For Viewing The Eclipse

We have a unique opportunity on Monday, August 21!

This will be the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse will cross the nation coast-to-coast. In Florida, as the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, it will only partially block the Sun making it look like early evening in the middle of the day.

Students who are absent or check out of school early on Monday, Aug. 21, so they can experience the eclipse with their families will be allowed to make up any missed assignments and will be excused for their absences.  Please note: If early check out is planned, it is important to pick your child up by noon.

We are also offering parents of elementary students the option of attending Extended Day so their students may remain on campus indoors until picked up by parents no later than 5:00 pm. Please contact your child’s school for details and send a note if you intend to have your elementary student remain on campus.

The Eclipse

The Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, there will be a partial solar eclipse viewable in St. Lucie County. The eclipse is slated to begin at approximately 1:30 pm and end at 4:20 pm, with the maximum coverage at 2:55 pm.

The day of the eclipse is a great learning opportunity for students and adults, but many may be unaware of the dangers. Even looking directly at a small part of the eclipse can be dangerous to the eyes if proper precautions are not taken.  The cornea will focus the light and actually scorch the retina.  Therefore, in order to establish precautions for the safety of our students and employees, all schools must move normal outside activities indoors from 1:30 pm to 4:20 pm. This includes all sports activities, recess, physical education classes, band practices, and after-care programs. (*Exception – Due to this rare learning opportunity, teachers may take students out during this time period with Principal/Executive Director approval of teacher-directed lessons that utilize approved safety eyewear and heightened supervision.)  

Caution: There are many reports of fake glasses and tools that may not provide the protection needed. Principals and teachers should be prepared to address students directly about the risks involved and discourage students from looking directly at the Sun during this time or any time.

Note the LINK below:

https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters

Educational Resources/Safety Precautions:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9TM-67pRDA

  • Watching the Friendly Skies – Eclipse Safety Tutorial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_GdK8y0PyI

Employee Discounts

Employee Discounts

Employee deals and discounts, resources, and more can be found on the SHARE site by simply clicking on the icon at the bottom of the SLPS homepage.

 

 

Once a there, scroll through the deals and locate the ones that are of interest to you.  There are deals ranging from entertainment to financial to academic. Check them out!

 

 

 

 

Lights On Afterschool

Lights On Afterschool

Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Lights On Afterschool Event.  This year’s south county event will take place on October 2 at the Port St. Lucie Community Center, and the north county event will take place at the PAL Center on October 12.

Both venues will celebrate the national movement which spotlights afterschool programs.  Plan to bring the whole family — it’s FREE!

 

 

Lincoln Park Academy Senior, Sebastian Suarez Meets the Challenge of the US Congress!

Lincoln Park Academy Senior, Sebastian Suarez Meets the Challenge of the US Congress!

Congratulations to LPA senior, Sebastian Suarez, for earning Congress’ only charity, the Congressional Award.  Sebastian completed over 400 hours of voluntary public service, 200 hours of personal development and 200 hours of physical fitness over a 24-month period, to include a 5-day, self-planned trip to New York City, where he explored the various cultures that helped shape the formation of the city, to garner this prestigious award and meet his personal goals.

Sebastian attributes his reaching this goal through the support and encouragement of teachers and administrators at Lincoln Park Academy. “At Lincoln Park Academy, I have had the opportunity to grow and develop in a safe and encouraging environment,” says Sebastian.

The Congressional Award was established in 1979 and was created to honor, encourage and inspire America’s youth ages 14 to 23.

Wounded Warrior Surf Day Color Guard

Wounded Warrior Surf Day Color Guard

On August 12, 2017, the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Color Guard presented the colors to a group of 32 wounded veterans.

The Jaguar color guard marched to welcome and honor the wounded veterans on the 6th Annual Wounded Warrior Surf Day Project, a day marked to enjoy surfing at the Fort Pierce Inlet State Park.

Hispanic Heritage Contests and Awards

Hispanic Heritage Contests and Awards

In recognition of the role of Hispanic-Americans in shaping Florida today, students and educators are invited to participate in opportunities that will help enhance appreciation for those who contributed to Florida’s rich history and are helping to mold its bright future.

The deadline for all submissions is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 12, 2017.

Please review the promotional materials below.  For more information about Florida’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and contests, visit www.FloridaHispanicHeritage.com.

 

 

Jaguar Cadet Does Great Deed

Jaguar Cadet Does Great Deed

On Sunday August 20, 2017, the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Commander cadet Lieutenant Colonel Travis Cetin supported William at his 13th birthday party at Superplay USA.

William is on the autism spectrum, and he has experienced bullying. For his birthday, all William wanted was for his friends to show up to his party.

To his surprise, over 1,000 people showed up to celebrate his birthday. Battalion Commander cadet Lieutenant Colonel Travis Cetin wanted to show that not only his community supports him but the Jaguar Battalion supports him. The birthday bash was a joyful event with friends, family, and community members.

Sanchez Set To Ring Closing Wall Street Bell As Recognized Business Leader

Sanchez Set To Ring Closing Wall Street Bell As Recognized Business Leader

 

 

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Dr. Rafael Sanchez, Executive Director of Human Resources for St. Lucie Public Schools, looks forward to ringing the closing bell for NASDAQ in New York City on October 25. This opportunity that many on Wall Street clamor for is a result of his distinguished recognition and receipt of the Capella University Business Leaders Award. Recipients of this leadership honor are stand-outs among their peers as demonstrated by their ambition, academic excellence, and comprehensive understanding of the current business environment.

 

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and my family is looking forward to celebrating this achievement with me,” said Sanchez.  In addition to participating in the closing bell ceremony of the NASDAQ, Sanchez will be granted an insider’s tour of The Wall Street Journal and meet with Dow Jones Talent Development leaders.

 

Having recently completed his doctorate degree with Capella University, he used the application opportunity to share how the University’s doctorate program supports his workplace goals and aids his professional practices.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Dr. Sanchez is a tremendous asset to the team we have built.  His insight and vision help us establish and maintain an exemplary workforce to deliver quality instruction in a safe and caring environment for our children.”

 

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 ranked 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.

 

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Mariposa Elementary Fifth Graders Investigate

Mariposa Elementary Fifth Graders Investigate

Students in Ms. Zoie Griffiths’ 5th grade class at Mariposa Elementary learn about controlled experiments. The students completed an investigation that tested how high a ball would bounce on four different surfaces. They learned about variables, the scientific process, and even included some math by finding the average height of the five trials. This will be the first of many experiments and investigations that the students will get to do in 5th grade.

Bargaining Teams Reach Agreement

Bargaining Teams Reach Agreement

 

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) reached a positive agreement with its Communications Workers of America (CWA) partners on Thursday, August 24, for the 2017 – 2020 Contract which includes compensation and benefits for the 2017 – 2018 school year. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “We are committed to working together in order to reach an agreement that will benefit our employees.  I am thankful to the collaborative efforts of our bargaining teams, and I appreciate the unwavering support of our School Board.”  President of Local CWA 3181 Rick Poulette said, “CWA and the District have reached a fair and equitable agreement. We thank the bargaining teams on both sides for working together in the interest of the workers, the District and the children of St. Lucie Public Schools.”

The package includes an average increase of 2.14 percent which represents a commitment by the District to increase compensation beyond the 1.49 percent increase in State funds received this year.   Each eligible CWA bargaining unit employee will receive a step increase, each step in the salary schedule will be increased by $149, and a 27th step will also be added to CWA salary schedules providing raises to those currently on the top step.

In addition to the 2.14 percent salary increase, the package also includes the continued Board contribution of $750 to a Health Savings Account (HSA) for employees enrolled in high-deductible H.S.A. eligible plans and a contribution of $6,010 toward insurance premiums.