Students Showcase Talents at State History Competition

Students Showcase Talents at State History Competition

After making their mark at school and district History Day events, St. Lucie Public Schools students traveled to Tallahassee with aspirations of coming home champions. They did not disappoint with positive results in the following areas:

Outstanding County Award (St. Lucie West K-8)

Juliana Pack
Adriana Bravo
Alexa Tango
Samantha Jenkins
Emily Bouchillon

Individual Performance, 3rd Place Senior (Port St. Lucie High School)
Cathia Oge

Junior Group Exhibit 3rd Place (Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition)
Adriadna Hiller and Joshua Sherman

 

This year’s State History Day competition was held at Tallahassee Community College with over 1,100 students from 31 Florida counties competing in categories ranging from individual essay to website development. Regardless of how the students chose to deliver the message, the theme was consistent. According to the Florida History Day contest details, this year’s theme of Conflict and Comparison in History, students were expected to ask questions about occurrences in history, explore how it occurred, why it happened, and then tackle the consequences.

Social Studies Program Specialist Kate Ems said, “I congratulate our students.  They were very well prepared to present their projects to the judges and articulate the key elements of their research.”

 

Local Celebrity Athlete’s Jersey Retired from Gridiron Line-up

Local Celebrity Athlete’s Jersey Retired from Gridiron Line-up

Fort Pierce Westwood High School football jersey #32, worn by legendary Oakland Raider Khalil Mack, will move to the distinguished ranks of retirement in a pre-game ceremony at 7 PM on May 17, 2018 at Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce.  Fans are invited to show their Panther Pride and celebrate Mack’s on-field and off-field accomplishments as his jersey takes its place alongside #20 Craig Swoope and #6 Ryan McNeil.

St. Lucie Public Schools Athletic Director Jill Willett said Mack will be in attendance along with family members.  “We are very excited to honor such a distinguished athlete.  He gives just as much off the field as he does on the field by volunteering to speak to local student groups and serving as a positive role model,” she added.

After graduating in 2009, Mack attended the University of Buffalo on a football scholarship where he was a First Team All American in 2013.  He holds the all-time NCAA record for forced fumbles and is tied for career tackles for loss.  In 2014, this defensive all-star was drafted fifth overall in the NFL Draft to the Oakland Raiders where he was named by ESPN as the Defensive Rookie of the Year.  Mack holds the Oakland Raiders franchise record for sacks in a game, and he became the first NFL player in history to be named to the first team All Pro team in two different positions in the same year.  In 2016, Mack was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year and in 2017, he was selected to his third straight Pro Bowl Team.

After the ceremony, Fort Pierce Westwood takes on Sebastian River in their Spring Game.  Gates open at 6:15 PM, and there is a $6 admission fee.

 

The Bases Were Loaded!

The Bases Were Loaded!

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) was a proud sponsor of the Education Foundation of St. Lucie charity softball showdown between the SLC Firefighters and the School District. Many people had a chance to stop by the SLPS vendor table to learn about exciting new performing arts and STEM academies — Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie and Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies.

Inside the stadium, the bases were loaded with St. Lucie Public Schools personnel and St. Lucie County Firefighters battling it out in an exhibition game for student scholarships and teacher grants. Thanks to everyone for your support!

 

 

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ANOTHER PERK TO “STUDENT PERKS”

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ANOTHER PERK TO “STUDENT PERKS”

“Student Perks: It’s More Than Coffee” had just the right blend of innovation and effective programming to receive an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The collaborative venture with St. Lucie County honors students in St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program by providing them the opportunity to run a coffee kiosk at the County Administration Office. They reap benefits of authentic experiences while their customers benefit from their valuable services.

 

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “We appreciate our community partnerships.  When we have opportunities such as this to work together and achieve our goals, our community continues to grow stronger, and our students benefit from positive mentors.”

 

NACo President Roy Charles Brooks said, “Counties seize opportunities to deliver services more efficiently and build stronger communities every day. Achievement Award-winning programs are examples for counties that are determined to enhance services for our residents.”

 

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

 

NACo will recognize award-winning counties at its 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition July 13-16 in Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee.

 

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county government innovations. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.

 

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 http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ANOTHER PERK TO “STUDENT PERKS”

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ANOTHER PERK TO “STUDENT PERKS”

 

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – “Student Perks: It’s More Than Coffee” had just the right blend of innovation and effective programming to receive an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The collaborative venture with St. Lucie County honors students in St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program by providing them the opportunity to run a coffee kiosk at the County Administration Office. They reap benefits of authentic experiences while their customers benefit from their valuable services.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “We appreciate our community partnerships.  When we have opportunities such as this to work together and achieve our goals, our community continues to grow stronger, and our students benefit from positive mentors.”

NACo President Roy Charles Brooks said, “Counties seize opportunities to deliver services more efficiently and build stronger communities every day. Achievement Award-winning programs are examples for counties that are determined to enhance services for our residents.”

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

NACo will recognize award-winning counties at its 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition July 13-16 in Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee.

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county government innovations. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.

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 http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS INVITES YOU TO AN EXCLUSIVE MICROSOFT INTERACTIVE NIGHT

ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS INVITES YOU TO AN EXCLUSIVE MICROSOFT INTERACTIVE NIGHT

Learn About the New Magnet Program at Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies

WHO: Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies (District Staff will be on hand to answer questions and assist with the magnet application process)

WHAT: Microsoft Interactive Night

WHEN: Monday, May 21st from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: 2250 S. Jenkins Road, Ft. Pierce, FL 34947

WHY: Samuel S. Gaines Academy is now accepting magnet student applications for Kindergartners and 6th graders

This exclusive Microsoft Interactive Night will provide students and parents the opportunity to explore the innovative experiences that await students interested in preparing for careers that include the latest state-of-the-art applications in robotics, coding, gaming, virtual and augmented reality.

 

After a brief presentation, our Microsoft partners will showcase many of the interactive learning tools that will be part of the new Emerging Technologies Magnet School opening this fall.

 

PARTICIPANTS: Families interested in learning about Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies.

 

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 http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECEIVES HEALTHY SCHOOLS DESIGNATION

ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECEIVES HEALTHY SCHOOLS DESIGNATION

For the second consecutive naming period, St. Lucie Public Schools received the distinction of being recognized as one of Florida’s Healthy School Districts. The Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools (FPHS), in collaboration with Florida Action for Healthy Kids (FLAFHK), Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) and Florida Healthy Kids Corporation announced the honorees for the period of May 2018 through April 2020. Florida Healthy School Districts have established a culture and climate that embraces the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) approach to reduce barriers to learning and support academic achievement.

 

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent recognized the proactive efforts of Director of Child Nutrition Services Deborah Wuest by stating, “Mrs. Wuest has a clear vision for positive nutrition.  From best practices in preparing and selecting well-balanced meal plans to developing healthy partnerships, she and her team are dynamic.  The District has a thriving Farm to Table program and students in culinary academies benefit from authentic student chef cook-off competitions.”

 

The Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools looks forward to continuing to support and promote the efforts of the Florida Healthy School Districts.  It is important to ensure the future of a healthy Florida by creating health literate and health practicing students and staff that are fit, healthy, and ready to learn.

 

ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECEIVES HEALTHY SCHOOLS DESIGNATION

ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECEIVES HEALTHY SCHOOLS DESIGNATION

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – For the second consecutive naming period, St. Lucie Public Schools received the distinction of being recognized as one of Florida’s Healthy School Districts. The Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools (FPHS), in collaboration with Florida Action for Healthy Kids (FLAFHK), Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) and Florida Healthy Kids Corporation announced the honorees for the period of May 2018 through April 2020. Florida Healthy School Districts have established a culture and climate that embraces the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) approach to reduce barriers to learning and support academic achievement.

 

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent recognized the proactive efforts of Director of Child Nutrition Services Deborah Wuest by stating, “Mrs. Wuest has a clear vision for positive nutrition.  From best practices in preparing and selecting well-balanced meal plans to developing healthy partnerships, she and her team are dynamic.  The District has a thriving Farm to Table program and students in culinary academies benefit from authentic student chef cook-off competitions.”

 

The Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools looks forward to continuing to support and promote the efforts of the Florida Healthy School Districts.  It is important to ensure the future of a healthy Florida by creating health literate and health practicing students and staff that are fit, healthy, and ready to learn.

 

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 http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

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Northport Student Wins State Writing Contest!

Northport Student Wins State Writing Contest!

Northport is pleased to announce that fifth grade student, Paris Martinez from Mrs. Tredor’s class has won not only the District 9 Florida Retired Educators Association essay contest, but also the state of Florida award. At the state level, Paris will receive a special plaque and $150 cash award. The topic was “A Memory With a Grandparent!” The accolades just keep .❤ We are teaching children to be courageous writers at our school. 📚

Career and Reality Fair at WGK8

Career and Reality Fair at WGK8

West Gate K-8 students learned about various high school Career and Technical Education programs from across the SLPS District through their Career and Reality Fair.  Students and instructors from Criminal Justice, Allied Health, Agritechnology, and Biomedical programs provided students with hand-on demonstrations. In addition, they provided information about curriculum. Bill Wilcox from Phoenix Medals spoke to students about the manufacturing industry and its continued growth potential.

As part of the Fair, students were challenged to create monthly budgets without overspending. Each student was provided a salary based upon his or her current GPA.  This income was a realistic representation of what an individual might expect to earn during the first five years after graduating and moving into a career.  Students were also assigned a monthly student loan payment, a credit score, and a credit limit.  To personalize the experience, each student was assigned a career in the field of his or her interest.

 

    

Northport Collaborates with Local Churches to Promote “Faith In Literacy!”

Northport Collaborates with Local Churches to Promote “Faith In Literacy!”

What a momentous week at Northport! This weeked capped off the collaboration between First United Methodist Church of Port St. Lucie, First Baptist Church of Port St. Lucie and Northport K-8 School to provide an exceptional summer reading program for every child at the school appropriately themed, “Faith In Literacy!” The two churches collected picture books, chapter books, fiction and non fiction books at every service for the last few months. Three thousand summer reading books were collected for the children of Northport. The Title I school is extremely lucky and grateful for this extraordinary undertaking by the church community. The school media center has been buzzing with activity as children learned about making a summer reading stack and to read every day to prevent the “Summer Slide.” Children left the media center with stacks of five to six books or even more to start building their stack. As the children kept coming, the books kept appearing! The joy and energy for reading has been boundless. This truly was a staggering community based project by the churches. Children were told that not only do their parents and teachers care about their success, but so does the community and the books were that proof. A million thanks to FUMC and 1PSL for their generosity and commitment to the children of Northport!

Celebrating Noble Virtues with Southport ESOL Students

Celebrating Noble Virtues with Southport ESOL Students

State Representative Larry Lee Jr., of the Florida House of Representatives, challenged Southport Middle School ESOL students to continue working hard in school. Through his own life story, he explained how anything is possible when you remain determined to achieve your goals. The students also got the chance to learn about his grassroots community movement “Restoring the Village”  and his beliefs that by working together, we can make the world a better place.

Representative Lee was the keynote speaker for Mr. Hochberg’s 22nd Annual Multicultural Celebration at Southport on Friday, May 18, 2018. The celebration also included former students’ words of inspiration, as well as presentations involving the seven noble virtues. The students, with the help of their families, prepared and shared a feast of indigenous food from their family’s home country which was enjoyed by all. Over 15 different countries were represented such as Brazil, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Iran, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, and Venezuela.

Principal Nicole Telese, Representative Lee, Dana Hochberg and Assistant Principal Kathleen Manchester

 

 

Northport Students Celebrate Great Writing!

Northport Students Celebrate Great Writing!

Just when we think our students couldn’t make us any prouder, our writers do their “Run for the Roses!” This morning, Kolbee Cicio, Allyson Sheets, Mercella Stephens, Sydnee Coryn, Emmanuel Serpas Funes, Emmalyne Lewiston and Ariana Aponte Quiles proved that Northport students love writing and they are very good at their craft. Our students had fun with words and became courageous, authentic authors. The celebration was held at Oak Hammock K-8 School. The guest speaker was former school superintendent and author, Lois McGuire. Students and parents really celebrated good writing on behalf SLPS and the SLC Reading Council ❤ Beautiful honor for our Young Authors 🌞 Many thanks to all of our parents who braved the rain and supported such a momentous occasion.

The Addams Family – Tickets Available

The Addams Family – Tickets Available

The Addams Family
Show Dates/Times

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 * 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 14, 2018 * 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 15, 2018 * 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 16, 2018 * 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 17, 2018 * 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE!
For ticket locations, click HERE.

 

Health Fair

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

 

 

Ready to Work

Ready to Work

Twenty students from SLPS attended the “Ready to Work” Manufacturing Boot Camp Program Acceptance Information Session.  Based on recommendations by high school guidance counselors, students attended to learn more about this opportunity to participate in a one week manufacturing boot camp organized by the Economic Development Council (EDC) post-graduation.

Students will have an experienced-packed week visiting local manufacturers and attending training sessions that will include: soft skills, finances, and resume writing. After the week, students will have the opportunity to interview with the following companies:

This is yet another phenomenal opportunity for students, and SLPS is thankful for the vision and partnership of the EDC.

Cobra CERT Receives Donation From Sheriff

Cobra CERT Receives Donation From Sheriff

Delegates from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office met with the Cobra CERT, or the Cobra Community Emergency Response Team, and provided a donation for $1,000.00 to support the group’s continued efforts. A special thank you is extended to the Sheriff and his officers for their support.
Cobra CERT is an extracurricular program available to students at Fort Pierce Central High School. The club aims to equip students with lifesaving Emergency Response skills; such as: Disaster Medical Operations, First Aid, Search and Rescue, Fire Suppression, Radio Communications, Hazardous Weather Spotting, etc. Students are also given the opportunity to work in collaboration with other Emergency Response organizations in their community and participate in community-wide events. In addition, they interact closely with professionals in related occupations, affording them the opportunity to explore a wide variety of related career fields.
Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to SLPS graduates. This week and next, the class of 2018 will graduate with honors and distinctions to carry them into their next steps of college and the world of work. We celebrate their accomplishments and wish them tremendous success as they venture forward!

Lincoln Park Academy
 8:30 am on May 22, 2018 at the Fenn Center

Ft. Pierce Westwood High School
12:30 pm on May 22, 2018 at the Fenn Center

Port St. Lucie High School
4:30 pm on May 22, 2018 at the Fenn Center

St. Lucie West Centennial High School

Students with last name A – K will graduate at 8:30 AM

Students with last name L – Z will graduate at 11:30 AM

May 24, 2018 at the Fenn Center

Ft. Pierce Central High School

Students with last name A – H and top 10 percent will graduate at 8:00 AM

Students with last name I – Z will graduate at 11:00 AM

May 25, 2018 at the Fenn Center

Treasure Coast High School

Students with last name A – K will graduate at 2:00 PM

Students with last name L – Z will graduate at 5:00 PM

May 25, 2018, at the Fenn Center

Acceleration Academy
8:30 am on May 30, 2018 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Performance Based Preparatory Academy
10:00 am on May 30, 2018 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium

Mosaic Digital Academy
11:30 am on May 30, 2018 at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium