Bargaining Teams Reach Agreement for St. Lucie Public Schools’ CWA

Bargaining Teams Reach Agreement for St. Lucie Public Schools’ CWA

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – 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.

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.

 

 

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

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

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.”

Spread the Love of Literacy

Spread the Love of Literacy

Spread the love of literacy!

Join the St. Lucie County Reading Council and invite others to join with you.

 

The cost for the year is $15.00 and includes our new purple shirt!

Tune in to St. Lucie County Reading Council Facebook page to see which school WINS the Author Visit for the highest membership percentage! https://www.facebook.com/slcReadingCouncil/

 

Ilyse Brainin

President, St. Lucie County Reading Council

@slcreadingcouncil

10 Tips for Good Attendance

10 Tips for Good Attendance

1. Get your child to school on time, every day, and make sure homework assignments are completed on time.
2. Absences due to car trouble, an unverified late bus, and bad weather are considered Unexcused and will go on your child’s permanent record.
3. Extended vacations, long weekends, and frequent doctor appointments scheduled during school hours will cause your child to fall behind in class.
4. Being in school every day raises your child’s chances for scoring well on important tests throughout the year.
5. Follow the proper school guidelines for reporting Excused absences in a timely manner.
6. Allow your child to stay home only when he/she has a contagious illness or is too sick to be comfortable.
7. Make sure your child exercises, eats a balanced diet, and gets plenty of sleep. This will help him/her to be mentally and physically ready to learn, and strengthen the immune system.
8. Read all information sent home by the school. Post important dates on a family bulletin board or on the refrigerator.
9. Give your child enough time to get ready for school in the morning. Prepare lunches, pack school bags, and lay out clothing the night before.
10. Monitor your child’s attendance.
Resources are available to help with parenting skills, communicating with your child, and encouraging him/her to take school seriously. Contact your school principal or counselor for helpful information.
College Fair – October 5

College Fair – October 5

Mark your calendar for this year’s college fair!

With over 70 colleges and universities represented, there is sure to be something of interest to you.

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017

Time: 6PM – 8PM

Location: Port St. Lucie Civic Center

 

 

Lincoln Park Academy’s Sebastian Suarez Meets Challenge of the United States Congress

Lincoln Park Academy’s Sebastian Suarez Meets Challenge of the United States Congress

Fort Pierce, FL – Sebastian Suarez, a senior at Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce, earned the Congressional Award Gold Medal.  Established into law in 1979, the Congressional Award was created to honor, encourage, and inspire America’s youth.  To earn the Gold Medal, Suarez completed 400 hours of Voluntary Public Service, 200 hours of Personal Development, and 200 hours of Physical Fitness. Additionally, he planned a trip to and explored New York City over a five-day period to better understand the cultures that shaped the metropolitan area.

Through the Congressional Award, Congress urges young people to challenge themselves. Any interested, motivated student, aged 14 through 24 years old, may participate in the Congressional Award by setting and achieving individually challenging goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Expedition/Exploration. The Congressional Award adapts to meet the needs of every participant as they set goals according to their own interests and level of abilities.  The Award is geared toward youth who set their own personally challenging goals and activities.  These are students who want to stand out for the goals they set for themselves on their own time.

Suarez did not “win” the award – he EARNED it! He will be recognized at the national Gold Medal ceremony along with other distinguished award recipients next summer.

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.

 

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Local Professionals to Host Formative Assessment Webinar

Local Professionals to Host Formative Assessment Webinar

Tari Sexton, Assistant Principal at Forest Grove Middle School, is a featured blogger and webinar host for topics focused on formative assessments. She brings her love of learning and practical applications about quality assessments and data to the forefront of lively discussions that will help shape positive classroom culture.

Tari is joined as a webinar host by fellow Assistant Principal Kathleen Manchester of Southport Middle School. Together, this dynamic duo tag team tips and teaching techniques that are sure to help transform the learning curve.

An upcoming webinar is scheduled for September 14, 2017.

Registration Link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7461235713161884674

Sunrise Theatre Foundation Supports School Time Performances

Sunrise Theatre Foundation Supports School Time Performances

The Sunrise Theatre and the Sunrise Theatre Foundation are pleased to announce the 2017/18 school time performances!

Space is limited, so please plan early with your school administrator’s approval for your class or grade group participation. Confirm Theatre space and bus availability with the Sunrise, and ensure that all  District field trip procedures are followed.

For the 11th year the Sunrise Theatre is committed to providing students in St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, and Martin Counties the opportunity to attend live theatrical performances free of charge.

The School Time Performances offer current, challenging and artistically diverse programming performed by international, national and regional artists and theatrical companies. For some students, it is their first time seeing a live performance and for others yet another glimpse into the world of education, brought to life.

 

 

Super Scientific Circus

Thursday, October 26 @ 10:30am
Recommended Grades K-5


The Super Scientific Circus starring Mr. Fish and Trent the Mime, proves that science can be fun and funny. Alternately assisted and foiled by the comedic antics of Trent the Mime, Mr. Fish uses amazing circus skills involving boomerangs, bubbles, beachballs, bull whips, and magic to introduce the principles of friction, inertia, centripetal force, aerodynamics, sonic booms, air pressure, and ultraviolet light.

Click Here to Submit a Request Form for this Performance


 

 

National Acrobats and Martial Artists of Tianjin The People’s

Republic of China Presents – China Soul 

Friday, December 1 at 10:30am
Recommended  All Grades


The Tianjin Acrobats and Martial Artists bring joy to audiences through their delightful gymnastics, towering human pyramids, precise Kung Fu maneuvers, and more in the debut tour of China Soul. Glittering costumes, breathtaking tricks, and magnificent feats of athletic daring splendidly create a tour de force when this magnetic, award-winning troupe takes to international stages. It is one of the best acrobatic troupes in China with over one hundred acrobatic, magical and martial arts performers. With novelty and superior techniques, the acrobatic troupe is favored by the audiences all over the world. First formed in 1957, but with a legacy stretching back thousands of years.

Click Here to Submit a Request Form for this Performance

 

St. Lucie Ballet Presents

The Nutcracker

Friday, December 8 at 10:30am
Recommended All Grades 


Children of all ages will marvel at Clara’s adventures with the Rat King, Nutcracker Prince, Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, and all of the wonderful characters she finds in the Land of Sweets. St. Lucie Ballet opened its pre-professional dance academy in August of 2004. Since then they have gained a reputation of quality and professionalism in the education of dance. Students are taught by professionals that still have or have had successful careers in the dance world. Join us for an enchanted performance.

Click Here to Submit a Request Form for this Performance

 

Jest In Time – Let’s Go Science Show

Tuesday, January 23 at 10:30am
Recommended Grades 4-8 


The wacky and talented Professor Smart and Dr. Knowitall join forces for an educational, entertaining, exciting and experiential extravaganza. Professor Smart shrinks his head, has toilet paper flying, juggles and has peoples’ hair standing on end all while demonstrating principals of physics. Researcher and comedic sidekick Dr. Knowitall keeps the facts straight. During the Let’s Go Science Show you and children will learn science concepts through impressive and memorable demonstrations. They will learn about air pressure, figure out flight, see awesome optical illusions, be shocked by static electricity, see experiments with falling masses, grasp gyroscopic properties and get a handle on the scientific method.

Click Here to Submit a Request Form for this Performance

 

 

Steve Trash

Ecology Is Awesome!

Thursday, May 3 at 10:30am
Recommended Grades K-8


STEVE TRASH: ECOLOGY IS AWESOME (A Totally Rockin’ Environment Show) focuses on pollution, conservation of natural resources, and the amazing connections that exist in the natural world. It features all new music, new tricks, new explanations, new Garbage Monsters (Garbage Monsters?) Yes. Garbage Monsters! And lots of new funny stuff. It’s a whole new show with the same ecological theme but different content! Woohoo. This show has almost exactly the same technical requirements as The Science of Ecology. It’s a one-man/solo show suitable for 500 – 1500 seat performing arts theatres. It’s a terrific eco-educational show that’s specifically tailored to the school audience. Steve’s shows are always an excellent blend of curriculum based ecological lessons (with lesson plans) and awesome green themed magic tricks, music, and craziness that kids find irresistible. STEVE TRASH: ECOLOGY IS AWESOME is an amazing new shows and kids will take home a new understanding of their connection to the planet.

Click Here to Submit a Request Form for this Performance

 

For additional information or questions, please contact Sharon Engle at the Sunrise Theatre sengle@sunrisetheatre.com or 772.467.4122.

Ziemba Named Innovative Leader in Distance Learning

Ziemba Named Innovative Leader in Distance Learning

Jeanne Ziemba, principal of St. Lucie Public School’s (SLPS) Mosaic Digital Academy, will attend this year’s Florida Distance Learning Association (FDLA) annual conference on September 15th as an honoree for the Innovative Leader in Distance Learning: K-12 award.  Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild explained that this award is established to recognize excellence and innovation in using technology to enhance teaching and learning. “We’re so excited for her,” said Wild. “Mrs. Ziemba has been the driving force with the vision behind Mosaic since its inception five years ago; she’s deserving of this award.”

Mosaic Digital Academy is a K-12 virtual school that provides a progressive choice for families, providing expanded curriculum choice for anytime, anywhere learning.  “What really makes this learning model attractive to our students and families is how our program engages students by enhancing learning through a variety of virtual and live experiences to support the whole child and preparing them to work cooperatively with others through lab experiences and collaboration projects,” said Ziemba. “Unlike other virtual schools, we offer face-to-face opportunities for our students to participate in school clubs, experience fieldtrips and partake in live lessons on campus with our own highly qualified instructors, to ensure learning goals are met for every student.”

According to FDLA, recipients of this award must be a full-time member of a K-12 or higher education community or institution and demonstrate an innovative project or process involving collaboration with other institutions that improves students’ understanding of any subject matter. In addition, the role of technology, related scholarship evidence, publications, presentations and grants are also considerations.

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.

 

 

Ziemba Named Innovative Leader in Distance Learning

Ziemba Named Innovative Leader in Distance Learning

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Jeanne Ziemba, principal of St. Lucie Public School’s (SLPS) Mosaic Digital Academy, will attend this year’s Florida Distance Learning Association (FDLA) annual conference on September 15th as an honoree for the Innovative Leader in Distance Learning: K-12award. Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild explained that this award is established to recognize excellence and innovation in using technology to enhance teaching and learning. “We’re so excited for her,” said Wild. “Mrs. Ziemba has been the driving force with the vision behind Mosaic since its inception five years ago; she’s deserving of this award.”

Mosaic Digital Academy is a K-12 virtual school that provides a progressive choice for families, providing expanded curriculum choice for anytime, anywhere learning.  “What really makes this learning model attractive to our students and families is how our program engages students by enhancing learning through a variety of virtual and live experiences to support the whole child and preparing them to work cooperatively with others through lab experiences and collaboration projects,” said Ziemba. “Unlike other virtual schools, we offer face-to-face opportunities for our students to participate in school clubs, experience fieldtrips and partake in live lessons on campus with our own highly qualified instructors, to ensure learning goals are met for every student.”

According to FDLA, recipients of this award must be a full-time member of a K-12 or higher education community or institution and demonstrate an innovative project or process involving collaboration with other institutions that improves students’ understanding of any subject matter. In addition, the role of technology, related scholarship evidence, publications, presentations and grants are also considerations.

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.

Labor Day Holiday

Labor Day Holiday

Monday, September 4th is the Labor Day Holiday, and schools will not be in session.

Students and staff will resume a regular schedule on Tuesday, September 5th.

 

 

Local Educator Receives Elementary Economics Teaching Award  And Is Invited to Present Best…

Local Educator Receives Elementary Economics Teaching Award And Is Invited to Present Best…

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Jacqueline Baptiste-Harris, a first grade teacher at Village Green Environmental Studies School, is making a difference that “exemplifies the importance of economic and financial education critical to students’ future success,” according to the Council for Economic Education. This accolade was paired with the announcement that she is a recipient of the John Morton Excellence in Teaching of Economics Award at the elementary school level.

 

Principal Terry Davis affirmed the Council’s nomination.  “Mrs. Baptiste-Harris is an outstanding educator who pours her creative talents into her lessons to help her students achieve their personal best,” said Davis.

 

As a recipient of this prestigious award, Baptiste-Harris will attend the 56th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference and Awards event on October 6th and 7th in Brooklyn, New York.   She will also have the opportunity to present best practices from her classroom to colleagues at the annual conference and participate in a Teachers’ Roundtable session.

 

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

Baptiste-Harris Receives John Morton Excellence in Teaching of Economics Award

Baptiste-Harris Receives John Morton Excellence in Teaching of Economics Award

Jacqueline Baptiste-Harris, a first grade teacher at Village Green Environmental Studies School, is making a difference that “exemplifies the importance of economic and financial education critical to students’ future success,” according to the Council for Economic Education. This accolade was paired with the announcement that she is a recipient of the John Morton Excellence in Teaching of Economics Award at the elementary school level.

 

Principal Terry Davis affirmed the Council’s nomination.  “Mrs. Baptiste-Harris is an outstanding educator who pours her creative talents into her lessons to help her students achieve their personal best,” said Davis.

 

As a recipient of this prestigious award, Baptiste-Harris will attend the 56th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference and Awards event on October 6th and 7th in Brooklyn, New York.   She will also have the opportunity to present best practices from her classroom to colleagues at the annual conference and participate in a Teachers’ Roundtable session.

First Grade Centers at Mariposa Elementary

First Grade Centers at Mariposa Elementary

At Mariposa Elementary, Mrs. Linda Auciello’s 1st grade students Abigail Negron, Sophia Manson and Rashard Alston are busy working on their “listen to read” reading center. Reading center rotations are practiced to ensure students stay engaged and gain a variety of different learning opportunities within their classroom.

Windmill Point student throws out first pitch!

Windmill Point student throws out first pitch!

Windmill Point Elementary 4th Grader Joshua Jones threw out the first pitch at Friday evening’s St. Lucie Mets game!  Money from tickets sold to Windmill Point Elementary students will benefit the 4th grade St. Augustine trip and other 4th grade activities!

Hurricane Irma – Unified Messages

Hurricane Irma – Unified Messages

St. Lucie Public Schools will continue to share information to support awareness of Hurricane Irma’s progression, provide updates to aid residents in preparedness, and contribute to the unification of messages disseminated from the emergency operations channels of St. Lucie County. 

 

 

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017

News Release #224-17

 

St. Lucie County

2300 Virginia Ave.

Fort Pierce, Fla. 34982

www.stlucieco.gov

 

For more information, contact:

Erick Gill, Communications Division Director                           

772-462-1791 / gille@stlucieco.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

St. Lucie County Makes Plans for Hurricane Irma, Urges Residents To Do the Same

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – While the exact impact that Hurricane Irma will have on St. Lucie County is still unknown, the county’s Emergency Management staff has been monitoring and preparing for this storm since Sunday. All St. Lucie County residents are strongly urged to do the same.

Hurricane Irma isn’t expected to impact St. Lucie County until this weekend, but as a precautionary measure – if shelters are needed – St. Lucie County Public Schools will be closed Thursday, Sept. 7 and Friday, Sept. 8. St. Lucie County has identified local schools to be used as shelters, including for the first time – a pet-friendly shelter. Decisions on local government closings and shelter openings will be made at a later time.

If residents are able and have the means, they should evacuate now, as all of South Florida will be in the storm’s path and highways could become congested as the storm draws near.

Residents with special medical needs are encouraged to pre-register at www.stlucieco.gov/eoc.

Garbage collection will continue through the week, but residents and businesses are asked to no longer put out yard debris and tree limbs to prevent these materials from becoming projectiles and blocking drains.

If Hurricane Irma continues its current path, St. Lucie County expects to fully active its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Friday. Once the EOC is fully activated, updates will be provided on WQCS 88.9 FM and on the county’s Facebook pages at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m.  St. Lucie County’s Information Hotline, 772-460-HELP (4357), will become activated on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m.

St. Lucie County Commissioners approved a local State of Emergency Declaration Tuesday evening; while Florida Gov. Scott issues a statewide declaration on Monday.

For more information about the St. Lucie County’s preparations and precautionary measures visit: www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane or on social media @StLucieGov.

 

 

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic-Americans helped shape Florida’s rich history. From art to music to engineering, the contributions of many individuals continue to influence us today.

Featured Artist

Carmen Sasieta

Carmen SasietaCarmen Sasieta is a Social Realism artist, born in Peru.  She graduated in 1994 with honors from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico, and has taken classes with renowned artists like Hernan Miranda and Baruj Salinas.

Carmen has traveled extensively to fulfill her desire to explore and understand different cultures and people. These journeys have given her the opportunity to experience life in all its splendor and struggles, enriching and allowing her to her observe issues that other women have to go through in search of their path, soul and identity. During her course of development as an artist, she has had the opportunity to witness and appreciate the accomplishments of many outstanding females as independent mothers, workers and entrepreneurs which she has represented in her paintings.

Sasieta’s main technique is oil painting. At an early age she stood out with her natural ability for drawing and painting. She prides herself in her ability to intimately communicate with her audience. This connection is largely due to her “portraying with master strokes” throughout her paintings, providing profound expression and sentiment, something she enjoys enormously.

Carmen has participated in many art shows, both independently and in collective art exhibitions during her career. She has won many prestigious awards and recognition around the world in countries such as Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Argentina and the United States. The journalist and art critic Michael Mills put it best when he wrote “She is so meticulous that Carmen’s work is reminiscent of Henri Rousseau’s art.” Much has been written about her work in European and American Art magazines. Living now in Florida, the Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel follow her career extensively.

For more information:

http://www.carmensasieta.com/

Gloria Estefan (born September 1, 1957) Gloria Maria Milagrosa Fajardo García, known professionally as Gloria Estefan, is a Cuban-born American singer, songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur. The Fajardo family fled to Miami, Florida as a result of the Cuban Revolution and settled down there. She is in the top 100 best selling music artists with an estimated 100 million records sold worldwide, 31.5 million of those in the United States alone. She has won seven Grammy Awards and is the most successful crossover performer in Latin music to date.Estefan was born Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo on September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba, to José and Gloria Fajardo. Her maternal grandfather, Leonardo García, immigrated to Cuba from Pola de Siero, Asturias, Spain, where he married Gloria’s maternal grandmother, originally from Logroño, Spain. Prior to the Cuban Revolution, her father was a Cuban soldier and a bodyguard to Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.

http://www.ereferencedesk.com/resources/state-famous-people/florida.html

 

www.FloridaHispanicHeritage.com