March is Music In Our Schools Month

March is Music In Our Schools Month

March is nationally recognized as Music in Our Schools Month.  St. Lucie Public Schools appreciates and values the the role of music in education and recognizes that it can play a multifaceted part in the life of a student and has the power to inspire and transform.  Likewise, music education has a positive impact on student development and academic achievement.   
Southport Middle School students performed at the February School Board Meeting.
Unified Track Meet Brings Student Athletes Together

Unified Track Meet Brings Student Athletes Together

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Runners will take their mark on Thursday, March 8, 2018, for this year’s Unified Track Meet scheduled for 3:00 PM. Here, participants with and without intellectual disabilities partner to form teams representing Fort Pierce Central, Fort Pierce Westwood, Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie West Centennial, and Treasure Coast High Schools. They will convene at Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce, Florida to compete in track and field events including the 4×100 meter relay, 4×400 meter relay, 100 meter dash, and softball toss.


St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Athletic Director Jill Willette explains that Thursday’s meet serves as a preliminary event in preparation for the Unified regional meet slated for April. “This Thursday is a wonderful opportunity for our teams to practice their events and have a great time as well as promote the mutual respect students have for one another,” she added.


About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS 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



Step Up to the Billion Steps Challenge

Step Up to the Billion Steps Challenge

Join the Billion Steps Walking Challenge, a project of the Healthy St. Lucie Coalition.

Fly solo or form a team with your family, friends, work buddies, or neighbors. Don’t like walking? That’s okay – you can choose from over 100 different types of physical activities. Make this a personal commitment to your health and our community. Let’s rally together on this journey for the next year. Together we can reach the goal of one billion steps in 2018. Check out, or contact your Wellness Manager, Stacy Donnelly at or 429-3974.


The Stars Line Up For Charity at Southport Middle School

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – An all-star lineup promises to score big for the Southport Middle School (SPMS) National Junior Honor Society’s (NJHS) cancer awareness fundraising efforts. Impressed with the students’ efforts to fundraise, Southport’s lead basketball coach Kerry Parks pledged to help support NJHS’s efforts by donating additional proceeds from the Annual Hoops for Life Celebrity Charity Basketball Game scheduled for March 31, 2018 at SPMS.

According to his wife, Dean Yolanda Parks, “Coach has been working day and night to bring together an All-Star basketball game between Team Gridiron and Team TKO that includes former St. Lucie County football players Yamon Figurs, Albert Wilson, and Jamar Chaney.” Yamon Figurs graduated from Westwood and played in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens. Albert Wilson graduated from PSLH and currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Jamar Chaney, current coach at Centennial High School, played for the Philadelphia Eagles. Other players on Team Gridiron include Damien Berry and Khalil Mach, who has donated signed pictures and basketball shoes that will be included in a charity benefit.

Athletes for Team TKO include James Mcgirt Jr., son of all-time great Buddy Mcgirt, Roy Jones Jr., and Orlando Rivera. James Mcgirt Jr. is one of the top middleweight boxers in the world. Roy Jones Jr. was pound for pound the best fighter in the world at one time and has won world titles from super welterweight to heavy weight, and Orlando “The Warrior” Rivera, is a 5X kickboxing champion and a top 10 boxer in the world.

There will be a special half-time performance by Kayylove & Schooly who will sing for guests during this spectacular event for cancer awareness. Allapattah Flats School Counselor Sheri Reichard and her family have been invited as special guests. All donations will continue to help raise cancer awareness as well as social awareness to spread love in our school and community.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at BIGWILLFIGHTFORLIFE.EVENTBRITE.COM for $10. Doors open at 12 pm. Tip-off is at 1 pm for the SPMS All Star Basketball Game. Immediately following the All Star Game, there will be a 2-Ball, Celebrity 3-point Contest and then the 5-on-5 Celebrity Basketball Game.


About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS 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



Keeping a Finger on the Pulse of Future Healthcare Careers

Keeping a Finger on the Pulse of Future Healthcare Careers

Over 100 Allied Health Students from SLWCHS, TCHS and FPWHS participated in the Future Healthcare Professionals Conference derived from the Healthcare Roundtable for St. Lucie and Martin Counties. Students had a chance to learn soft skills, financial aid options, task management and overall were able to acquire knowledge on their pathway to becoming a healthcare provider. Students were exposed to vendors from various healthcare industries such as Treasure Coast Hospice, Martin Memorial, Midway Specialty Care, and ABC Medical.
Students were also provided multiple opportunities to win scholarships through raffles that will be announced in the near future. Students were made aware of employment opportunities that are available once they earn their industry certification as a certified nursing assistant (CNA), certified medical administrative assistant (CMAA) and Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG) tech and have completed graduation requirements. St. Lucie Public Schools was happy to partner with the City of Port St Lucie, post secondary institutions, and multiple industry partners to engage our students in exploring their future healthcare pathway.
Special Olympics 2018 Schedule

Special Olympics 2018 Schedule

There are many opportunities over the coming weeks to support Special Olympics culminating in a Torch Run on Saturday, April 21st from Fort Pierce Central High School to Publix at St. James.  Don’t miss out!  Join with family and friends for one or more of these family friendly events.



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


FPCHS Culinary Students Support Empty Bowls Benefit

FPCHS Culinary Students Support Empty Bowls Benefit

This marks the 11th year for the fundraiser benefiting Treasure Coast Food Bank.

Each year, hundreds of area school children create ceramic bowls by hand for the event. Filled with a serving of soup, they symbolize a meager meal and raise awareness and support for those struggling with hunger in the community.

For $20, patrons will receive a custom tote and the bowl of their choice filled with fresh, hot soup.

This year, soups will be prepared by Fort Pierce Central High School Culinary Arts students and Treasure Coast Food Bank’s new production kitchen.



Empty Bowls Article From TCPalm


Palm Pointe Recognized By Council

Palm Pointe Recognized By Council

Congratulations to Principal Perez and all of the Rockets from Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition. The Mayor and members of the Port St. Lucie City Council recognized the work of Palm Pointe for achieving an “A.”

Mrs. Perez accepted a Certificate of Appreciation from the Council on behalf of the school. Congratulations, Palm Pointe!

F.S. Sweet Loves Dr. Seuss!

F.S. Sweet Loves Dr. Seuss!

F.K. Sweet staff and students were so very excited to wear our favorite hats to honor Dr. Seuss’ book, The Cat in the Hat. Such a fun-filled week of dressing up and learning all about Dr. Seuss and his fabulous books!

Featured in the photo: F.K. Sweet Kindergarten teachers along with our Principal, Mrs. Jackson.

Mark Your Calendar for the PSLHS Drive Event

Mark Your Calendar for the PSLHS Drive Event

On Saturday April 21, test drive a new Buick and help Port St. Lucie High School (PSLHS) located at 1201 SE Jaguar Lane in Port St. Lucie receive up to $10,000. Garber Buick GMC in Ft. Pierce will have new Buick vehicles at the school for this Test Drive Event from 8:00am-3:00pm.  For each 2-3 minute Test Drive, Buick will donate $10.00.  When the event exceeds 100 test drives, Buick will double the donation to $20.00.  The goal is to reach the maximum donation of $10,000 for the day!

Participants will sign-in on east side of PSLHS’s campus where they will have easy access to the test drive range.  Drivers must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.  There is a limit of two donations per household.

Principal Adrian Ocampo is eager to host the drive event.  “Having the support of Garber Buick GMC to help our school raise funds for extracurricular activities and competitions is fantastic. Our students are very involved and active in productions, competitions, and events that take place far beyond the regular school day. Fundraisers with strong educational partners like Garber help us supplement the budgetary shortfalls so our students can showcase their talents at high level competitions and festivals.”

Garber Buick GMC is a Full Service GM dealership located at 5255 U.S. Highway One in Ft. Pierce.  The property features a new car showroom, state of the art service department, new business offices, parts department and a Quick Lane Oil Change.  They have room to display hundreds of new Buicks, GMCs and GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.  Garber Buick GMC also has a large Collision Center that is supported by all Insurance Companies.  Consumers have rated Garber Buick GMC #1 in Customer Service on the Treasure Coast.  The Garber family has been in the automobile business for over 100 years beginning with Garber Buick in Saginaw Michigan established in 1907.  Garber Automotive Group has 15 dealerships representing 14 manufacturers.    The company is known for their civic leadership in the communities where they do business.  To that end, Garber Buick GMC has a Community Room free to use for group meetings and non-profit organizations.  The Community Room can accommodate up to 40 people with tables, chairs and a 60” TV for presentations.   Garber Buick GMC’s website is




The FGMS Chorus earned Straight Superior ratings in all categories of performance at the Florida Vocal Association’s MPAs yesterday in Vero Beach. Special thanks and appreciation to our wonderful principal, Mrs. Monarae Miller-Buchanan for her special send-off.

Thank you to our extremely supportive staff members: Mrs. Sally Jones, Mrs. Vicki Kelly and Ms. Lisa Mead who accompanied us on the trip. We also had the support of many parents and family members including: Alvin and Ebony Lyons, Mrs. Shirley Lyons, Bill and Midge McArdle, Lewis and Andrea Rice, Brenda Lanier and Mr. Lanier, Mr. Steve Spence, Mr. John Parrott and Mrs. Karen Manning.

Thanks are also due to our amazing accompanist, Mrs. Joyce Grubb!

Please join me in expressing how proud we are of the students. They gave a beautiful, powerful performance of two songs on stage dedicating one of their songs, “The Clouds,” to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Then, they nailed the sight reading exercises!

Thank you one and all for your continued support of the performing arts. SO PROUD TO BE A BULLDOG!

Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance Silver Award

Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance Silver Award

We thank Stacy Donnelly, our Wellness Manager for helping St. Lucie Public Schools stay focused on healthier habits.  At March’s School Board Meeting, Marsha Jaquays, Executive Director for the American Lung Association, presented the Silver Level Award to the School Board and Superintendent E. Wayne Gent on behalf of the Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance.  This award recognizes the overall efforts to help employees break their nicotine addiction and adopt a healthier lifestyle.


*This award is based on the Public Health Services Clinical Practice Guidelines on “Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence.” Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance has set up an award system for GOLD and SILVER level standards for comprehensive tobacco cessation benefits.

5 Star Schools Shine

5 Star Schools Shine

St. Lucie Public Schools proudly celebrates its 26 schools that were recently recognized as Five Star Schools in recognition of their community service.

The Five Star School Award was created by the Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council and is presented annually to those schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement. In order to earn Five Star School recognition, a school must show documentation that it has achieved 100 percent of the established criteria in the following categories.

  • Business partnerships
  • Family Involvement
  • Volunteerism
  • Student Community Service
  • School Advisory Councils

Schools must also earn a grade of “C” or above or improvement rating of “maintaining” or “improving” for the year of nomination.

Allapattah Flats K8 School

Bayshore Elementary School

Fairlawn Elementary School

Floresta Elementary School

Forest Grove Middle School        

Fort Pierce Magnet School

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School

Lakewood Park Elementary School

Lawnwood Elementary School

Lincoln Park Academy

Mariposa Elementary School

Morningside Elementary School

Northport K-8 School

Oak Hammock K-8 School

Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition

Parkway Elementary School

Port St. Lucie High School

Rivers Edge Elementary School

Southern Oaks Middle School

Southport Middle School

St. Lucie West Centennial High School

St. Lucie West K-8 School

Treasure Coast High School

Village Green Environmental Studies School

West Gate K-8 School

White City Elementary School


Recognition for Heightened Level of Service

Recognition for Heightened Level of Service

Ongoing professional development bodes well for individuals who strive to provide exceptional customer service, and so it is with our team of Certified and Master Custodians who have recently taken it upon themselves to heighten their level of service to others and elevate their personal capacity for success by completing job specific certification programs.

We celebrate the following individuals for the stellar service and interest in continued professional improvement:

Certified Custodian

Donald Jordan – Fairlawn Elementary

Michael Bean- Morningside Elementary

Certified and Master Custodian

Rudy Manna – Custodial Services

Tommie McCarthy – Forest Grove Middle School

Ramon Baluguer – Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts

Soloman Stewart – Ft. Pierce Westwood High School 

Rey Almonte – Mariposa Elementary

Courtney Latimore – Northport K-8

Charles Smith – Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition

Ronald Beauford – Parkway Elementary

Wilfredo Valentin Garcia– St. Lucie West Centennial High School

Horace Lindsay – Treasure Coast High School

Janette Marin – West Gate K-8

Zino Mitchell – White City Elementary



Business partners toured Treasure Coast High School during the 2018 BizCom Showcase.  Visitors to Titan County visited classrooms and heard first-hand from students about the value of rigorous programs such as international business, advanced manufacturing/engineering, culinary arts, digital video, criminal justice, health science, biotechnology, and more. Guests also enjoyed a delicious breakfast prepared by culinary arts students.



WPBF Weather Class Rolls In and Makes Some Noise at WPE

WPBF Weather Class Rolls In and Makes Some Noise at WPE

WPBF came to Windmill Point Elementary School and had a great time with students as Meteorologist Britley Ritz helped them understand more about cold fronts, warm fronts, tornadoes, and more.  Students also picked up safety tips about water currents.  Thank you WPBF for your partnership!


Students act out a warm front and a cold front collision forming a thunderstorm.