The Honor is Ours!

The Honor is Ours!

The St. Lucie County Reading Council was presented with the Honor Council Award on June 2nd, 2018 at the University of Central Florida’s Reading Center. Honor Council is earned by meeting a very specific criteria over the course of one year for “Exemplary service to the education community for efforts to advance literacy in your district and for commitment to the spirit of volunteerism.”
Board members: Ilyse Brainin (President), Nicole Eak (Vice President), Alison Thomas (Secretary) and Lori Foley (Treasurer) were on hand to receive this distinction; the first ever for St. Lucie County!
Thank you to all who helped make this honor possible! We are looking forward to another great year ahead.

If you are interested in more information regarding the St. Lucie Reading Council, or would like to join us, please contact:

ilyse.brainin@stlucieschools.org

CNA Scholarship Recipients

CNA Scholarship Recipients

St. Lucie West Centennial High School hosted Senior Awards Night on May 17, 2018.  Midway Specialty Care Center awarded five scholarships to seniors having earned their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) License. The CNA completer scholarship can be used for items needed for post-secondary employment in the healthcare field.  Students are being awarded this scholarship after meeting a specified criterion including pursuing a career in the health care industry. 

Students scholarship recipients: Jasmine Castro, Dahnae McDonald, Melissa Stone, Marissa Powell, and Trinity Salisbury

SLPS Continues Its Growth

SLPS Continues Its Growth

St. Lucie Public Schools 2017-2018 Graduation Rates Projections and Industry Certifications Point to More Growth

Growing by leaps and bounds is the best way to describe St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) graduation rate and industry certification ascent over the last few years. Projections for this year’s graduating class indicate the upward trend will continue. This holds true for industry certification trends as well. The number of students passing industry certification tests through SLPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs is projected to surpass 2,300.  That’s an increase of 140 percent over a two-year spread.

While the District currently has the fifth highest graduation rate in the state, this year’s projected rate increase of one to two percent, will result in an overall District graduation rate of 91 to 92 percent, helping to maintain a top spot for SLPS. Focusing on its six comprehensive high schools, the data indicates that all will increase or maintain their current graduation rate, and all will boast rates of more than 91 percent. In fact, projections for SLPS’s six comprehensive high schools will exceed 95%.  “Meeting Florida’s high bar for graduation is a challenge for our students.  Our success in this area reflects the work of all our K -12 teachers and staff.  Everyone has a hand in a child’s success,” said Deputy Superintendent Jon Prince.

What does this mean for graduates of SLPS?  “Our mission is to equip all students with the knowledge, skills, and desire to succeed so they are prepared for college and the world of work.  Graduating with a high school diploma is a critical first step for our students,” explained Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. He added that CTE programs offer students the opportunity to achieve industry-recognized certifications, work-based learning experiences, and articulated college credits that provide technical skills, rigorous academic foundations, and real-world experiences needed for post-secondary education and high-skill, high-wage, high-demand careers. Passing the industry certification tests means students have an immediate employability edge.

Gent pointed out that with the continued surge in graduation rates and industry certification passing rates, he is also pleased to see the continued growth among all demographic groups.  “We are committed to serve all students as we help them achieve their goals. I am very proud of the dedication our teachers and administrators have to support each child every day, said the Superintendent.”

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.

 

 

Congratulations to Project Citizen Teams!

Congratulations to Project Citizen Teams!

St. Lucie Public Schools congratulates teams from Lincoln Park Academy, Manatee Academy, and West Gate K8.  Each school’s Project Citizen entry advanced to the state primary competition, and teams were invited to participate in the state finals of Project Citizen.

Through the use of technology, students were able to virtually present to the judges in north Miami.

The following projects competed:

Lincoln Park Academy – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Fresh Food

The students want to bring attention to the lack of fresh food stores in the Lincoln Park area of Fort Pierce and proposed ways to incentivize stores or food trucks to bring fresh foods to these “food deserts.”

Teacher: Alaina Moise

2nd Place – Oral Hearing

 

Manatee Academy – Drop the Weight

The students investigated the average weight of backpacks that the students carry on a daily basis and proposed alternatives such as lockers and electronic devices.

Teacher: Megan Shaver

 

Westgate K-8 – Let’s Give Attention to Suicide Prevention

The students felt that knowledge should be brought forth to both students and teachers about the warning signs of depression through a required training and recurring professional development program.

Teacher: Lauren Kappler

2nd Place – Portfolio

Cobra Battalion Serves

Cobra Battalion Serves

Fort Pierce Central High School (FPCHS) Cadets from the Cobra Battalion crossed the 100 community service-hour threshold this year. They sacrificed personal time to ensure the support of community stakeholders including civic groups, service organizations, neighborhood associations, and religious organizations.

Cadets achieving 100 community service hours who will be recommended for the President’s Volunteer Service Award for FPCHS this school year are:

Aide Aguilar: 194 hours
Shasly Brooks: 100 hours
Baldomero Cardenas: 154 hours
Kevin Gudino: 106 hours
Nicklaus Halter: 311 hours
Abigail Hetherington: 370 hours
Victor-Andre Jacob: 247 hours
Artyanna Kitchen: 280 hours
Evan Kohuth: 346 hours
Amber Kolbinskie: 163 hours
Laura Manzano: 156 hours
Yalenah Mestre: 161 hours
Sevren Most: 100 hours
Audrey Rubio: 189 hours
Daniela Tristan: 109 hours
Bryan Vega: 241 hours

      

 

 

Deals and Discounts for Employees

Deals and Discounts for Employees

St. Lucie Public Schools Deals and Discounts Page is an internal savings site for employees.  Throughout the year, offerings are added that may be of interest including entertainment, finance, technology, health/wellness, and more.  Check it out!

Click on the “TEAM SLPS on Share” icon at the bottom of the SLPS Homepage.

Type in your username and password to access Deals and Discounts.

 

Summer Slide, Summer Fun, Summer Learning

Summer Slide, Summer Fun, Summer Learning

Parents, community members, and students,
Are you in search of quality resources and activities to support academic studies this summer?  Look no farther!  Don’t let the summer “slide” away when you have resources for Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Arts and Technology, College and Career, and ELL at your fingertips.
Visit:
Fairlawn – Designated Beacon School for Imagine Nation

Fairlawn – Designated Beacon School for Imagine Nation

Representatives from Imagine Nation recently visited Fairlawn Elementary School to bestow congratulations and present Principal Pam Holmes and staff with a special Beacon Award.   Each year, Imagine Nation recognizes top schools across the country that demonstrate stellar usage of Imagine Learning, one of the parent company’s digital language, literacy, and math programs.

The company’s Customer Success Team makes recommendations for the Beacon Award based upon effective program implementation, fidelity of use, student growth, and progress with the program.  Fairlawn Elementary was selected as an Imagine Nation Beacon School for St. Lucie County.

Imagine Learning’s Customer Success Manager Kizzie Mears expressed her appreciation to Principal Holmes and her staff for going above and beyond to meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELL).

 

Pictured From Left to Right:  SLPS ESOL/Title III Program Manager Clarissa Duskin, Assistant Principal Pat Gascoigne, Principal Pam Holmes, and Imagine Learning Customer Success Manager Kizzie Mears

FREE Workshops

FREE Workshops

Discover the world right here in your own backyard!

The Parent Academy is offering summer workshops at the Port St. Lucie Community Center for children ages 6 – 16 and their parents.

Topics include: United Kingdom, Senegal, Brazil, and Japan.

Call or RSVP online for these FREE workshops.

 

 

 

 

Teacher Expo Opportunity

Teacher Expo Opportunity

Grace Way Village is hosting a Back-to-School

Teacher/Non-Profit Expo.

Do you know organizations/vendors who might like to participate?  If so, please share this information.

Tuesday, July 24 2018

11 AM – 3:00 PM

Grace Way Village

Restoring the Village

Restoring the Village

This year’s Restoring the Village events made a tremendous positive impact on participants and recipients alike as the grassroots effort to work together for the purpose of making the world a better place is influencing the Lincoln Park Community and beyond. 

Congratulations to Renee Adderly-Clark who was honored with a Village Keepers Award at the Restoring the Village Banquet.SLPS students appreciated the Youth Symposium, and hundreds of community members poured out to support Community Clean-up Day.

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

Addams Family

Addams Family

The Addams Family cordially invites you to join them for dinner at any of the following times: Wednesday, June 13th @ 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, June 14th @ 7:30 p.m.; Friday, June 15th @ 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 16th @ 7:30 p.m. or Sunday, June 17th @ 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Don’t be late!
www.PSLHSDrama.com/tickets

Summer Leadership Summit

Summer Leadership Summit

As one year begins to close, a bright new year begins to open and SLPS administrators initiate their professional development.  District personnel gathered at Treasure Coast High School to learn, reflect, and re-energize.  Multiple sessions were offered including data, instruction, safety and security.  Team building was included in the mix in the form of an Escape Room challenge!

The tone was set, and this is going to be another amazing year for St. Lucie Public Schools!

 

 

 

 

Fairlawn Elementary Selected as Beacon Award Recipient

Fairlawn Elementary Selected as Beacon Award Recipient

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Representatives from Imagine Nation recently visited Fairlawn Elementary School to bestow congratulations and present Principal Pam Holmes and staff with a special Beacon Award.   Each year, Imagine Nation recognizes top schools across the country that demonstrate stellar usage of Imagine Learning, one of the parent company’s digital language, literacy, and math programs.

The company’s Customer Success Team makes recommendations for the Beacon Award based upon effective program implementation, fidelity of use, student growth, and progress with the program.  Fairlawn Elementary was selected as an Imagine Nation Beacon School for St. Lucie County.

Imagine Learning’s Customer Success Manager Kizzie Mears expressed her appreciation to Principal Holmes and her staff for going above and beyond to meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELL).

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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Morningside Elementary School Travels to Washington, D.C. as  Florida’s Representative for…

Morningside Elementary School Travels to Washington, D.C. as Florida’s Representative for…

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Morningside Elementary School students are charged for their trip to Washington, D.C. as the Florida Elementary School of the Year for Energy Achievement. The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project selected Morningside Elementary as the Florida Elementary School of the Year and National Elementary School Runner-up.

 

NEED encourages and rewards student leadership and innovation by sponsoring a Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement. Principal Kathleen Melrose beamed with pride stating, “Mrs. Mukhamedov’s 5th grade students conducted studies on energy using resources made available through the NEED project. They documented their hands-on experiences throughout the unit, and submitted their portfolio of activities.”

 

The fifth-grade group was highly engaged as their studies and experiments on the science of energy led them through class activities, energy expos, and community festivals.  “This was an amazing opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge about energy and share information with others to support a more energy conscious community,” said Melrose.

 

She also explained the students look forward to the National Recognition Ceremony slated for June 25th.   While at the conference, students will work with peers to explore new energy activities, and NEED teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate and network with other professionals.

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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Morningside Elementary School Travels to Washington, D.C. as  Florida’s Representative for…

MSE TO REPRESENT FLORIDA IN WASHINGTON, DC

Morningside Elementary School students are charged for their trip to Washington, D.C. as the Florida Elementary School of the Year for Energy Achievement. The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project selected Morningside Elementary as the Florida Elementary School of the Year and National Elementary School Runner-up.

 

NEED encourages and rewards student leadership and innovation by sponsoring a Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement. Principal Kathleen Melrose beamed with pride stating, “Mrs. Mukhamedov’s 5th grade students conducted studies on energy using resources made available through the NEED project. They documented their hands-on experiences throughout the unit, and submitted their portfolio of activities.”

 

The fifth-grade group was highly engaged as their studies and experiments on the science of energy led them through class activities, energy expos, and community festivals.  “This was an amazing opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge about energy and share information with others to support a more energy conscious community,” said Melrose.

 

She also explained the students look forward to the National Recognition Ceremony slated for June 25th.   While at the conference, students will work with peers to explore new energy activities, and NEED teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate and network with other professionals.

 

Academic Trends Continue to Climb in St. Lucie Public Schools

Academic Trends Continue to Climb in St. Lucie Public Schools

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The Department of Education released a battery of scores today that reflects good news as more St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) students passed the State ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies exams at higher rates this year.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent attributes the growth to the individualized support students receive from their teachers, support staff, and school leaders.  “I commend our teachers, administrators, and staff.  Overall, the vast majority of our students are making gains, and we are continuing our positive trends which is a credit to our outstanding staff,” stated Gent.

Early examination of SLPS test results for our students revealed an increase in the majority of measurable areas. SLPS improved performance on FSA English Language Arts (ELA), FSA Mathematics, Science (including Biology), Civics, and US History.

  • FSA ELA – SLPS students improved their performance over 2017 results in 5 out of 8 grade levels.
  • FSA MATH – SLPS students improved their performance over 2017 results in 3 out of 6 grade levels.
  • SCIENCE GRADES 5 and 8 – SLPS students improved by 7% and 2% respectively, outperforming the State by 3% in Grade 5.
  • HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY – SLPS students increased their performance from 2017 by 4% and outperformed the State by 3%.
  • NGSSS CIVICS AND US HISTORY – SLPS students increased by 2% in Civics proficiency and 1% in US History proficiency.

SLPS FSA ELA Performance for Grades 3-10 Compared to State Performance

For overall FSA ELA performance for Grades 3-10, SLPS gained one point in proficiency while the State remained the same. Grades 5, 7, 8, and 10 improved performance on the 2018 FSA ELA at a greater rate than the State. St. Lucie students in Grades 5, 8, and 10 increased their proficiency over 2017 levels by 4 percentage points in one year. Students in both grades 7 and 9 increased their performance over 2017 levels by 2% and 1% respectively as demonstrated in Table 1:

 

Table 1 – 2017 to 2018 FSA ELA Growth by Grade Level for SLPS and the State Based on Percentage of Students Scoring Level 3 or Higher

Year Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10  
SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL  
2017 49 58 50 56 45 53 48 52 46 52 50 55 51 52 48 50  
2018 46 57 50 56 49 55 47 52 48 51 54 58 52 53 52 53  
Difference -3 -1 0 0 +4 +2 -1 0 +2 -1 +4 +3 +1 +1 +4 +3  

 

SLPS FSA Math Performance for Grades 3-8 Compared to State Performance

SLPS gained 2 points in FSA Math proficiency overall in Grades 3-8 moving from 52% of students at ‘Level 3 or Above’ to 54%. Grades 4, 5, and 7 improved performance over 2017 on the 2018 FSA Mathematics assessment at a greater rate than the State.  Grades 4 and 7 proficiency increases outperformed the State by 3% for each grade level as shown in Table 2 below:

 

Table 2 – 2017 to 2018 FSA Math Growth by Grade Level for SLPS and the State Based on Percentage of Students Scoring Level 3 or Higher

Year Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL SLPS FL
2017 54 62 56 64 48 57 48 51 47 53 40 46
2018 54 62 57 62 55 61 46 52 49 54 35 45
Difference 0 0 +1 -2 +7 +4 -2 +1 +2 +1 -5 -1

Note: The FDOE does not administer an FSA Mathematics test at grades 9 and 10.

 

FSA ELA Performance for Grades 3-10

For overall FSA ELA performance for Grades 3-10, SLPS gained one point in proficiency. This exceeds the gains of most of the Comparable and Contiguous Districts in Florida in the Table 3 below:

 

Table 3

  Grade 3-10
FSA English Language Arts
% Level 3 or Above
Grade 3-5
FSA English Language Arts
% Level 3 or Above
Grade 6-8
FSA English Language Arts
% Level 3 or Above
Grade 9-10
FSA English Language Arts
% Level 3 or Above
District Name 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018 2017 2018
STATEWIDE 54% 54% 56% 56% 53% 53% 51% 53%
ST. LUCIE 49% 50% 48% 48% 48% 50% 50% 52%

 

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.