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!!
Sak Pase Host Maggie Remy speaks with Superintendent E. Wayne Gent about the referendum and how it supports teachers, school security, mental health, and essential programs. The Superintendent also enjoyed speaking with community members at the April Hatian-American Advisory Council, a community-based organization that supports networking and community projects.
Twelve guitars were donated by the Port St. Lucie Police Department to St. Lucie Public Schools at the school board meeting on September 23, 2014. These instruments will benefit the music programs at Manatee Academy, Fort Pierce Central High School, and Southport Middle School.
Pictured are, PSL Chief John Bolduc, City Attorney Milton Collins, Principal Nicole Telese, Music Teacher James LeBon, Principal Todd Smith, Principal Lillian Beauchamp, Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, Music Teacher Kelsey Chinn, Superintendent Genelle Yost, and Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry.
Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition celebrated Reading Across America recently with many fun activities. Many community members came to the school to read to different classes. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade read all week and documented their hours. Students exceeded last year’s reading total by logging in over 500,000 minutes of reading compared to close to 400,000 last year. The school also participated in a school wide event with buddy reading, where a class buddied up with another class and read together. The week was filled with reading and fun. Pictured is guest Andrew Favata reading to his daughter Isabella’s third grade class.
St. Lucie County School Board vice chairman Debbie Hawley, who also serves as chairman for the TCUS (Treasure Coast University Schools) board is pictured reading to kindergartners in Jenny Clancy’s class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently at the Read Across Palm Pointe event. She read the book, “There’s A Wocket in My Pocket” by Dr. Seuss. The students enjoyed the book she read and gave Mrs. Hawley one of their headbands to take home.
Bayshore Elementary School invited community and school district members to read to students during Celebrate Literacy Week. Students in Annette Hawkins’ kindergarten classroom were excited to have St. Lucie County School Board vice chairman Debbie Hawley visit their classroom to read.
Guest Reader Day at White City Elementary was a great success. Community Members readHave You Filled a Bucket Todayby Carol McCloud. Students enjoyed the heartwarming book which encourages positive behavior through kindness, appreciation, and friendship.
Can you guess the beautiful babies in Room 306? Every year the students in Barbara Whellams’ third grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary bring in baby pictures for the February bulletin board. Students Stoney Braynen, Olivia Sperber, and Will Nelson are having fun trying to guess their classmates and the one with the most correct matches, receives a surprise treat. It is not as easy as it might appear, so you must look closely.
Growing with Canvas registration opens in Frontline on September 3rd, and the course starts in Canvas on September 16th. This is a great opportunity for teachers to learn the best strategies for utilizing Canvas in the classroom. Contact Jessica.Gutierrez@stlucieschools.org or Julia.Hilburn@stlucieschools.org with any questions.
Growing with Canvas promises to be the best springboard into learning about Canvas or fine tuning your current level of expertise regarding Canvas. This is great for brick and mortar classrooms as well as virtual school settings.
Don’t delay. Registration begins on October 29, 2018!
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) department collaborated with the Economic Development Council, Treasure Coast Manufacturer’s Association, and Treasure Coast Builder’s Association to host the School Counselor Bus Tour. The bus tours included CTE teachers, guidance counselors, and graduation coaches from our high schools, who toured various businesses in our county including: Ross Mixing, Dragonfly Graphics, St. Lucie Battery and Tire, Radical Cosmetics, and Premier Fabricators. This event creates awareness of the employment opportunities available to our students and graduating seniors, as we work to close the skills gap.
Congratulations to Lincoln Park Academy’s Academic Team of Rachel Fryer Dommel, Madeleine Sosa, Youry Ulysse, and Andrew Priest on their strong performance this past weekend at the South Florida Championship History Bee & Bowl. Junior Madeleine Sosa qualified for the National History Bee and Senior Rachel Fryer Dommel qualified to compete in the National US History Bee, the National International Geography Bee, and the National US Geography Olympiad! These Greyhound girls will represent LPA at their respective national competitions in Arlington, Virginia this April. Good luck!
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Gretchan Davenport of St. Lucie West K-8 School (SLWK8) has been offered a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms grant. She is one of approximately 76 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the program in 2018-2019. Ms. Davenport was selected by the program’s leaders on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.
We are so proud of her accomplishment and not at all surprised that others value her teaching and leadership qualities as well,” said SLWK8 Principal Eldrique Gardner. “As a middle grades math and Algebra teacher and team leader, who has been recognized as a High Impact Teacher by the FLDOE, she is dynamic and innovative in her approach to teaching. Our students admire and respect her,” he added.
The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to solve global challenges. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.
About St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent. As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked 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. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.
First grade students from Terra Zdenek’s class at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition dress up to participate in “ Green Day” along with the administrators for $1. The money collected is being donated to the Relay for Life program to help in cancer research.
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) has continued the positive trends with today’s Department of Education release of school grades.
SLPS strengthened its B rating, gaining 38 points to 664 and earning a top third district ranking in the state, now ranked 22nd among districts moving up from 32nd in 2017. The district is only 1.5% from an A. When compared to other districts with more than 20,000 students, St. Lucie Public Schools ranked 2nd in improvement between 2017 and 2018.
Superintendent E. Wayne Gent attributes this continued upward trend to our students and staff. “In an extremely challenging year, our teachers and administrators were able to keep the focus on teaching and learning in order to achieve these historic accomplishments.”
The good news is evident on multiple fronts with the following highlights:
Increasing the number of A schools from five to eight
Two schools increased two letter grades. Morningside Elementary, C to an A and Weatherbee Elementary, D to a B, less than two points from an A.
Nine schools increased at least one letter grade.
SLPS expanded its number of A schools which now include St. Lucie West K-8, Morningside Elementary, and Mosaic Digital Academy Lower School. These schools join current A rated schools; Lincoln Park Academy, Fairlawn Elementary, Mosaic Digital Academy Upper School, West Gate K-8 and Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition.
The schools moving up a letter grade include Fort Pierce Central (B) , Savanna Ridge Elementary(B), White City Elementary (B), Allapattah Flats K-8 (B) and Samuel S. Gaines Academy (C).
The District will be appealing the scores for St. Lucie Elementary and Manatee K-8, both within one point of increasing a letter grade.
Early in November, approximately 300 St. Lucie Public Schools students attended Indian River State College’s Great Explorations. Each student was able to focus on an area of interest then attend program tours, presentations, and hands-on activities. Many set plans and goals for their future careers! .
The Fort Pierce Central Performing Arts Department proudly presents the Broadway musical Grease by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, April 12-14 at 7:00 PM at the Fort Pierce Central High School Auditorium, 1401 South 25th Street in Fort Pierce. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the Fort Pierce Central box office in advance, and will be sold at the door. After spending a hopelessly devoted summer with Sandy Dumbrowski, the new girl in town, Danny Zuko’s world is turned upside down when Sandy appears at Rydell High School on the first day of school. What follows is a rock n’ roll celebration of growing up, cruising with friends, and going steady. You love the movie, now see the entire gang from Grease onstage at the Fort Pierce Central High School Auditorium. The Fort Pierce Central Theatre Department, which is located at , Florida, performs mystery dinner theatre and fall and spring productions for the public. As International Thespian Troupe #4618, Fort Pierce Central participates and has gained superior ratings in theatrical competitions at the district and state levels. Pictured, front row from left, Jonelle Milfort, Jacquicia Brown, Romana Saintil, Ashley Fielder, and Omar Guerrero. Back row, from left, Vincent Hoeffner, Bryson Mitchell, Tyrone Sugrim, and Horace Lloyd. For more information on Grease or future productions, contact the Fort Pierce Central Drama Department at 772-468-5888, x5002.