St. Lucie Public Schools Found the Right Fit for Students in Project Search

St. Lucie Public Schools Found the Right Fit for Students in Project Search

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) need look no further. District officials found what they were looking for in Project SEARCH – a supportive and collaborative community-based program providing students with disabilities real world work experiences in high-turnover, entry-level positions with an end goal of securing employment after a year-long internship.

 

SLPS Director of Exceptional Student Education and Student Services Bill Tomlinson explained that his team was overjoyed to learn the Developmental Disabilities Council of Florida accepted SLPS’s application to cover start-up fees and licensing for the Program.  “Through an agreement with Martin Medical Center and Tradition Medical Center, our District is replicating the highly successful Project Search model launched at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.”

 

Tomlinson attributes Lesa Kitzmiller, a program specialist for the District, as the backbone for getting the initiative started.  “Project SEARCH is a one-year high school transition program for our students with disabilities who are 18 – 21,” said Kitzmiller.  “Interested students submit an application, interview with a panel of representatives from all collaborating agencies (SLPS, Martin Health System, and agencies who support two full-time job coaches for students: employU and Department of Vocational Rehabilitation), and commit to total immersion in the business. Feedback on job performance is on-going from job coaches and a full-time instructor,” she said.

 

Project Search began almost 20 years ago in Cincinnati and has since grown to international levels.  Florida boasts over 20 Project Search units and encourages expansion.  Eighty percent of student participants obtain gainful employment after completing the program according to Tomlinson who also stated, “Our goal is to continue to expand the opportunities of students as they reach the ages of 18 to 21. We’ll kick this year off on August 6 at full capacity with 12 students.”

 

August 7, 2018, is slated for Orientation as well as the dissemination of each students’ official scrubs and name badge.   Program participants will begin their day at Keiser University’s Tradition campus in the morning for training, discussion, and direction.  Next, students will move to their rotation on site at the hospital.  Each student will experience three rotations during the year based upon self-selected interests. The day will wrap up as it started – with a return visit to Keiser University and a debrief of the day to discuss and problem solve.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students 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.

St. Lucie Public Schools Found the Right Fit for Students in Project Search

SLPS Found the Right Fit for Students in Project Search

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) need look no further. District officials found what they were looking for in Project SEARCH – a supportive and collaborative community-based program providing students with disabilities real world work experiences in high-turnover, entry-level positions with an end goal of securing employment after a year-long internship.

 

SLPS Director of Exceptional Student Education and Student Services Bill Tomlinson explained that his team was overjoyed to learn the Developmental Disabilities Council of Florida accepted SLPS’s application to cover start-up fees and licensing for the Program.  “Through an agreement with Martin Medical Center and Tradition Medical Center, our District is replicating the highly successful Project Search model launched at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.”

 

Tomlinson attributes Lesa Kitzmiller, a program specialist for the District, as the backbone for getting the initiative started.  “Project SEARCH is a one-year high school transition program for our students with disabilities who are 18 – 21,” said Kitzmiller.  “Interested students submit an application, interview with a panel of representatives from all collaborating agencies (SLPS, Martin Health System, and agencies who support two full-time job coaches for students: employU and Department of Vocational Rehabilitation), and commit to total immersion in the business. Feedback on job performance is on-going from job coaches and a full-time instructor,” she said.

 

Project Search began almost 20 years ago in Cincinnati and has since grown to international levels.  Florida boasts over 20 Project Search units and encourages expansion.  Eighty percent of student participants obtain gainful employment after completing the program according to Tomlinson who also stated, “Our goal is to continue to expand the opportunities of students as they reach the ages of 18 to 21. We’ll kick this year off on August 6 at full capacity with 12 students.”

 

August 7, 2018, is slated for Orientation as well as the dissemination of each students’ official scrubs and name badge.   Program participants will begin their day at Keiser University’s Tradition campus in the morning for training, discussion, and direction.  Next, students will move to their rotation on site at the hospital.  Each student will experience three rotations during the year based upon self-selected interests. The day will wrap up as it started – with a return visit to Keiser University and a debrief of the day to discuss and problem solve.

 

WLX-TV Weekly Schedule

WLX-TV Weekly Schedule

You can watch an all new episode of Sak Pase hosted by Maggie Remy now on YouTube. While you’re there, subscribe to WLX-TV, the SLPS Education Channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV.

Also, attached is the broadcast schedule for the Fourth of July!

Weekly Programming Guide

Sak Pase

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYi6Cu1QlLo

Thank you,
WLX-TV Media Services Team
Treasure Coast Youth Symphony Awards

Treasure Coast Youth Symphony Awards

The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony, known for its highly successful orchestral training program for young musicians, topped off its greatly successful performance 30th anniversary season with merit scholarship and grant awards to member musicians totaling over $15,000.00. Through the years, the organization has provided more than $125,000 to its young musicians to augment their music education and pursuits.

Director Awards for wind and percussion instruments were earned by Abby Bracken (oboe) and Cameron Slack (trumpet), and the Director Awards for string instruments were earned by Brooke Gunter (violin) and Eric Lora (cello). The Director Awards are merit awards presented for musicianship and leadership within the orchestra. This year’s featured concerto competition winner was Shane Savage, bassist.

Merit scholarships in the wind section were awarded to *Cameron Slack (trumpet), Alex Cooper (trumpet), John Miavez (bassoon), Kyla Marquardt (percussion), and Morgan O’Neil (clarinet). Merit scholarships in the string section were awarded to Zahava Misshula (violin), Khalia Mesquita (violin), Leif Clark (cello), Allison Jasper (harp), and Aubrey Flink (cello).

Grants for continuing music education were presented to Dalton Berner, Abby Bracken, Sophie Bracken, Angela Charles, Spencer Clark, Sarah Foster, Paris Lopez, Andrew Lopez, Andrea Lora, Kyla Marquardt, Ashlynn McNerney, Zahava Misshula, Emma Niemczyk, Morgan O’Neil, Sarah Paprotna, Jules Phen, Kyle Ramos, *Zachary Rondeau, Catherine Sager, Edward Sager, Phebe Sager, Svetlana Stephens, Charlotte Strohl, and *Diego Teran.

The orchestra’s season included performances at the The Lyric Theatre in Stuart, the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College, the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts in Vero Beach, and the Church of the Good Shepherd in Tequesta. This year’s concerts were MEMORABLE SOLOS last fall and PRINCESS DREAMS this spring. For a third year, the season included a sold-out performance by the popular Beatles tribute band, McCartney Mania with the Academy Orchestra, and a 30th anniversary celebratory concert with a very special performance of Rachmaninoff’s RHAPSODY ON A THEME OF PAGANINI featuring highly acclaimed, award-winning concert pianist, Lindsey Garritson and the Academy Orchestra. The Academy Orchestra is the youth symphony’s own mentoring orchestra for its advanced musicians.

The mission of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony is to provide challenging experiences in orchestral and individual performance for student musicians, to broaden their technical skills and artistic expression, to instill professionalism, and to enhance enjoyment of the musical talents individually and for their audiences. Thanks to the focus and dedication of the young musicians of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony, a repertoire of the world’s greatest music, the excitement and enthusiasm of local audiences, the generosity of private individual, business, and organizational benefactors, and the many hours of volunteered professional time by the conductors and administrators, this thriving organization is able to continue its mission as one of the finest performing arts organizations for youth on the Treasure Coast and Florida.

The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony is an all volunteer, non-profit 501(c) (3)

organization and is composed of the most talented student musicians from Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and northern Palm Beach counties. The conductors of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony are Dr. John Enyart (founder), Mr. Ben Enyart and Mr. Thomas Servinsky.

*Diego Teran – Fort Pierce Central High School

*Cameron Slack – Lincoln Park Academy

*Zachary Rondeau – St. Lucie West Centennial High School

Great Strides

Great Strides

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.
Great Strides

St. Lucie Public Schools Makes Great Strides in Academic Performance

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL –  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.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students 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.

Open House Dates

Open House Dates

St. Lucie Public Schools will host Open Houses across the District on August 8 and 9. As the dates draw closer, specific times of Open House events will also be posted on the SLPS homepage and social media outlets.

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District in the top one-third of of Florida’s districts, 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.

 

 

 

Here Comes The Bus App

Here Comes The Bus App

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) offers an innovative mobile app — Here Comes the Bus.  This FREE app is a user friendly tool that allows parents and authorized caregivers to view the real-time location of their child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Here Comes the Bus app is free and enables parents and authorized caregivers to:

  • See the location of their child’s bus both before and after school pick-up
  • Confirm that their child’s bus has arrived at the bus stop, at school or both
  • Receive a push notification or email message when the bus is a certain distance from the bus stop

Here Comes the Bus is powered by Synovia Solutions, makers of the GPS-tracking technology used by St. Lucie Public Schools to increase safety and cost savings as it relates to our school bus fleet.

Available in three languages (English, Spanish and French), the Here Comes the Bus app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

 

When registering, enter School Code: 77914

Career Fair – July 13

Career Fair – July 13

St. Lucie Public Schools will host a Career Fair to hire exceptional teachers for the 2018-2019 academic school year.  The fair will be held on Friday, July 13th from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm.  Saint Lucie West K-8 School, located at 1501 SW Cashmere Blvd, Port Saint Lucie FL 34986 will be the host site.

If you want to make a difference in the life of a child, are dedicated to the process of continuous improvement in student achievement, and bring a strong sense of enthusiasm and connection to the philosophy that Failure is not an Option – No Exceptions, please join us and explore the possibilities.  Have a resume in hand, and be prepared to interview—an on-line application is appreciated.

St. Lucie County is a great place to live, work, learn, play, and grow.  To apply on-line, visit our webpage at www.stlucieschools.org.  For detailed information about the career fair, contact the Human Resources Department of St. Lucie Public Schools at 772-429-7511.

Back to School Pep Rally – Save the Date

Back to School Pep Rally – Save the Date

Attention: All St. Lucie Public Schools Employees and Students

Save the Date: Friday, August 3, 2018

Back to School Pep Rally

St. Lucie Mets

All SLPS Employees and Students Get In Free!

First Data Field, Inside Stadium, 5:00 PM – End of Game

(More Information To Come — Stay Tuned!)

WLX-TV – The Education Channel

WLX-TV – The Education Channel

You can watch an all new episode of Community Connections hosted by Sean Boyle and Ashley Mock now, on YouTube. Also, you can watch the St. Lucie Public Schools July Board Meeting on YouTube. While you’re there subscribe to our channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV.

Weekly Programming Guide

 

Community Connections

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9QlqdT1mnQ


July School Board Meeting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp6Z-Lf197s

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) need look no further.  District officials found what they were looking for in Project SEARCH – a supportive and collaborative community-based program providing students with disabilities real world work experiences in high-turnover, entry-level positions with an end goal of securing employment after a year-long internship.

SLPS Director of Exceptional Student Education and Student Services Bill Tomlinson explained that his team was overjoyed to learn the Developmental Disabilities Council of Florida accepted SLPS’s application to cover start-up fees and licensing for the Program.  “Through an agreement with Martin Medical Center and Tradition Medical Center, our District is replicating the highly successful Project Search model launched at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.”

 

Read more in the St. Lucie Voice article!

 

 

Enjoy the Savings – Ed Foundation Coupon Books

Enjoy the Savings – Ed Foundation Coupon Books

The early bird gets the worm or better yet — coupon discounts!  Coupon book sales will start in early August!

Each year the Education Foundation sponsors the annual Coupons for Classroom fundraiser benefiting both St Lucie Public Schools and the Education Foundation. Participating schools will start selling these popular books in early August. Each book sold earns $10 to the participating school and $5 to the Education Foundation.

Each coupon book is packed with discounts from local businesses such as restaurants and national companies like car rentals and major department stores, worth thousands of dollars in savings.

Last year, the School District raised over $45,000 despite the impact of Hurricane Irma. If you missed buying your book last year, now is the time to buy the new book and start enjoying the savings.

Visit www.efslc.org for a list of participating schools or buy your book online.

 

 

2018 Graduate Making It Happen

2018 Graduate Making It Happen

Nigel Johnson, a 2018 Fort Pierce Central High School (FPCHS) graduate, is making the most of his summer before beginning his collegiate journey this fall.

Having already demonstrated his with-it-ness in organizing events that support opportunities for individuals to to be heard with the success of FPCHS’s Speak Week, Johnson most recently supported the organization and awareness of a millennial forum last week in Port St. Lucie.  The event, attended by hundreds was yet another testament to this graduate’s skill and passion for socially responsible advocacy.

Congratulations, Nigel.

 

For more on Nigel’s event:

http://cbs12.com/news/local/hundreds-turn-out-for-millennial-forum-in-port-st-lucie

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Clark Takes the Stage at Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie

Ron Clark Takes the Stage at Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie

FORT PIERCE, FL – Ron Clark, 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, two-time New York Times Bestselling author, subject of a television movie, and founder of The Ron Clark Academy will take the stage at St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) on July 30.  He will kick off the new academic year for the District’s newest magnet schools – Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (formerly Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts) and Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies (formerly Samuel S. Gaines Academy), and Fort Pierce Westwood High School (FPW).  This year, CAST and the Academy of Emerging Technologies will launch their new Arts and STEM programs respectively.  FPW’s new STEM programs will begin next year.

CAST Principal and hosting school leader Lori Reid said, “I’m thrilled to have Ron Clark as our keynote speaker for this inaugural year.  As a reader of his work, I look forward to Clark’s hold-on-to-your-hat approach and have encouraged our staff to get ready for a dynamic, heart-pumping message about hope, dedication, and a relentless attitude bent on achieving goals and dreams,” added Reid.

Approximately 300 staff members from the magnet schools will fill the auditorium at CAST.  According to Jane Whitaker, coordinator for the magnet programs, Clark’s visit is grant funded, and he will support growing the vision for 2018-19 in his address.

Sometimes referred to as “America’s Educator,” Clark is a sought-after keynote speaker known for his outstanding success with students from low-wealth areas of North Carolina and New York City that led him to be named Disney’s American Teacher of the Year. He is a New York Times Best Selling author, and his classes have been honored at the White House on three separate occasions. Clark’s teaching experiences in New York City are the subject of the uplifting film, The Ron Clark Story, starring Matthew Perry.

Currently, Mr. Clark serves as a teacher and administrator at the Ron Clark Academy, an award winning and internationally acclaimed middle school in Atlanta, GA.

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 amongst the State’s top one-third for school grade rankings.  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.

 

 

Ron Clark Takes the Stage at Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie

Ron Clark Takes the Stage at Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie

Ron Clark, 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, two-time New York Times Bestselling author, subject of a television movie, and founder of The Ron Clark Academy will take the stage at St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) on July 30.  He will kick off the new academic year for the District’s newest magnet schools – Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (formerly Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts) and Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies (formerly Samuel S. Gaines Academy), and Fort Pierce Westwood High School (FPW).  This year, CAST and the Academy of Emerging Technologies will launch their new Arts and STEM programs respectively.  FPW’s new STEM programs will begin next year.

CAST Principal and hosting school leader Lori Reid said, “I’m thrilled to have Ron Clark as our keynote speaker for this inaugural year.  As a reader of his work, I look forward to Clark’s hold-on-to-your-hat approach and have encouraged our staff to get ready for a dynamic, heart-pumping message about hope, dedication, and a relentless attitude bent on achieving goals and dreams,” added Reid.

Approximately 300 staff members from the magnet schools will fill the auditorium at CAST.  According to Jane Whitaker, coordinator for the magnet programs, Clark’s visit is grant funded, and he will support growing the vision for 2018-19 in his address.

Sometimes referred to as “America’s Educator,” Clark is a sought-after keynote speaker known for his outstanding success with students from low-wealth areas of North Carolina and New York City that led him to be named Disney’s American Teacher of the Year. He is a New York Times Best Selling author, and his classes have been honored at the White House on three separate occasions. Clark’s teaching experiences in New York City are the subject of the uplifting film, The Ron Clark Story, starring Matthew Perry.

Currently, Mr. Clark serves as a teacher and administrator at the Ron Clark Academy, an award winning and internationally acclaimed middle school in Atlanta, GA.

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 amongst the State’s top one-third for school grade rankings.  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.

St. Lucie Strong

St. Lucie Strong

St. Lucie Public Schools continues making historic gains – this year is no exception. We’ve strengthened our B rating and our District is only 1.5% from an A. We are now in the top third and ranked 22nd in Florida. #StLucieStrong #StLucieProud

Pep Rally – August 3

Pep Rally – August 3

SLPS Employees and Students

Join Us For the Back-to-School Pep Rally on August 3rd

FREE Admission To the St. Lucie Mets Game
#StLucieProud #StLucieStrong

Employees, Bring Your ID or A Check Stub

5:00 PM – First Data Field (Mets Stadium)

SLPS sends a special thank you to all event sponsors!

Leah Scheible Makes Waves at the Special Olympics USA Games

Leah Scheible Makes Waves at the Special Olympics USA Games

 Leah Scheible, a rising junior at Fort Pierce Central High School, made some waves – of the good kind — at this year’s Special Olympics 2018 USA Games held in Seattle, Washington.   As one of Florida’s 7-member swim team delegation, she took twin silvers in her individual 200 freestyle event and 4X50 freestyle relay, and she scooped a fourth-place finish in her individual 100 freestyle event.

According to her swim coach, Heather Gray, Scheible is an outstanding athlete. “Leah participates in swim, track, basketball and cheerleading for Saint Lucie County’s Special Olympics.  She is equally active on our campus, participating as a varsity athlete on the school’s swim team and track team.  She also plays junior varsity ladies basketball.”  Gray noted that Scheible is no novice when it comes to vying for medals at Special Olympic events. “As a ninth grader, she took gold in the 100-meter freestyle and silver in the 200-meter freestyle at the recent Special Olympics State Aquatics Championship held in Sebastian, FL,” added Gray.  It was at this race that the goal was set for Scheible to qualify for Nationals.

 

When asked about her next goal, Scheible was very clear that she will continue to compete and wants to go for the gold!

 

Without a doubt, the 2018 USA Games in Seattle provided the setting to showcase the inspirational talents of athletes with intellectual disabilities.  In addition, this 50th anniversary event served as a model for inclusion.

 

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 amongst the State’s top one-third for school grade rankings.  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.

Scheible Makes Waves at the Special Olympics USA Games

Scheible Makes Waves at the Special Olympics USA Games

 Leah Scheible, a rising junior at Fort Pierce Central High School, made some waves – of the good kind — at this year’s Special Olympics 2018 USA Games held in Seattle, Washington.   As one of Florida’s 7-member swim team delegation, she took twin silvers in her individual 200 freestyle event and 4X50 freestyle relay, and she scooped a fourth-place finish in her individual 100 freestyle event.

According to her swim coach, Heather Gray, Scheible is an outstanding athlete. “Leah participates in swim, track, basketball and cheerleading for Saint Lucie County’s Special Olympics.  She is equally active on our campus, participating as a varsity athlete on the school’s swim team and track team.  She also plays junior varsity ladies basketball.”  Gray noted that Scheible is no novice when it comes to vying for medals at Special Olympic events. “As a ninth grader, she took gold in the 100-meter freestyle and silver in the 200-meter freestyle at the recent Special Olympics State Aquatics Championship held in Sebastian, FL,” added Gray.  It was at this race that the goal was set for Scheible to qualify for Nationals.

When asked about her next goal, Scheible was very clear that she will continue to compete and wants to go for the gold!

Without a doubt, the 2018 USA Games in Seattle provided the setting to showcase the inspirational talents of athletes with intellectual disabilities.  In addition, this 50th anniversary event served as a model for inclusion.

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 amongst the State’s top one-third for school grade rankings.  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.