August is Kids Eat Right Month!

August is Kids Eat Right Month!

Kids Eat Right Month focuses on the importance of healthy and active lifestyles for children and families. As the new school year starts, Child Nutrition Services wants to help families by providing balanced breakfast and lunch options for the students of St. Lucie Public Schools.

The best way to start the day is with breakfast. Studies have shown students who eat a balanced breakfast tend to be more focused and learn better than students who skip breakfast. Child Nutrition Services offers breakfast with items that include whole grains, lean proteins, whole fruit, and low-fat milk options. Child Nutrition Services understands the significance of breakfast for learning. For the 2018-2019 school year, Child Nutrition Services will be offering Universal Free Breakfast for all students at each of the district schools.

Students eating a balanced lunch will have the energy needed to stay focused through the rest of the school day. Child Nutrition Services offers multiple daily options to satisfy any palate. Each café offers an entrée, sub, chef salad, Grab & Go choices. Sides offered daily at each café include garden salads, hot veggie options, cold veggie options and a variety of fruit choices. Students have the opportunity to take up to three fruit and vegetable options to enjoy with their lunch.

We invite parents, staff, and the community to play their part in encouraging Kids to Eat Right!

 

 

Do You Want to Teach Homebound?

Do You Want to Teach Homebound?

St. Lucie Public Schools is calling all certified teachers — homebound teachers are wanted!  Sign up now for a professional development session scheduled for August 23rd.

Location: Dan MCCarty Middle School

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

 

Oakland Raiders’ Khalil Mack Donates Uniforms to Students from Lakewood Park and Fort Pierce

Oakland Raiders’ Khalil Mack Donates Uniforms to Students from Lakewood Park and Fort Pierce

Friday night, Fort Pierce Wal-Mart was filled with excitement as 100 Lakewood Park Elementary students were treated to shopping for school uniforms by Oakland Raiders’ Khalil Mack.  The event was organized by his mother, Mrs Yolanda Mack.  Pictured: Mrs. Yolanda Mack, teacher at Lakewood Park Elementary; Khalil Burns, LWP student; and Principal Dianne Young.

Back to School!

Back to School!

Excitement was in the air as students returned to school on Monday!

 

Every SLPS campus is supported by a School Resource Deputy. The support of all law enforcement agencies is appreciated!

 

316 buses were ready to roll and transport 23,000 students safely to and from school.

 

 

 

Student Assignment Returns to Office on University Blvd.

Student Assignment Returns to Office on University Blvd.

As of Tuesday, August 14, the Student Assignment Office returns to its home base at

501 NW University Blvd.
Suite #111

Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

The Student Assignment Office shifted its location to the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex on Kirby Loop Road in Ft. Pierce from August 1 – August 13.  The purpose of the shift was to provide better customer service for parents and guardian registering their children for school.

You may also contact Student Assignment at (772) 429-3930 or email student.assignment@stlucieschools.org

Applications may be delivered by mail or in person to: Student Assignment Office,  501 NW University Blvd #111, Port St Lucie, FL  34986.
Completed applications may also be dropped off at any of our local schools. Applications dropped off at a school will be forwarded to Student Assignment for processing.
New Safety Protocol

New Safety Protocol

The 2018-2019 School Year is off to a great start!
The District maintains a strong commitment to ensuring safety for all students and staff. Please note that new protocols are in place for entering campuses across the District. It is important that you present a form of identification as one of the necessary steps to receive your “Visitor Badge.”
We thank you for helping us keep our schools safe.
Scheible Recognized at School Board Meeting

Scheible Recognized at School Board Meeting

Leah Scheible, a rising junior at Fort Pierce Central High School, was recognized at the August SLPS Board Meeting because she made a big splash at this year’s Special Olympics 2018 USA Games held in Seattle, Washington.
 
As one of Florida’s 7-member swim team delegation, Leah 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.
 
Leah’s swim coach, Heather Gray, who accompanied Leah to the Board meeting, describes her as an outstanding athlete.
 
Leah participates in swim, track, basketball and cheerleading for St. Lucie County’s Special Olympics. She is equally active on Fort Pierce Central High School’s campus, participating as a varsity athlete on the school’s swim team and track team. She also plays junior varsity ladies basketball.

 

 

SLWCHS Presented with $6,000 Check

SLWCHS Presented with $6,000 Check

Mrs. Sheila Cash from Garber Buick GMC presented St. Lucie West Centennial High School’s Principal Andrea Popwell with a check for over $6,000.00 during this month’s School Board Meeting.  The money raised came from Garber’s  Drive for Education campaign to support our community’s students.

Community partners in education are vital to the overall success of the District.  From volunteer support to financial support, the wide array of contributions is greatly appreciated.

#stlucieproud

#stluciestrong

American Heart Association – Top Fundraisers

American Heart Association – Top Fundraisers

The health and wellness of our students is vitally important, and SLPS is proud of its continued partnership with the American Heart Association. This partnership is crucial, as today, nearly one in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese and many children to not get enough physical activity. The link between academic achievement and student health and wellness is well-researched.  Healthy students miss fewer days, and physical activity is linked to an increase in student cognitive performance.

Ms. Michelle Mason from the American Heart Association attended the August School Board Meeting to recognize students and staff from Morningside Elementary, Oak Hammock K-8, and Palm Point Research School at Tradition — top fundraisers for the American Heart Association.

Morningside Recognized for Energy Project

Morningside Recognized for Energy Project

National Energy Education Development (NEED) selected Morningside Elementary as THE Florida Elementary School of the Year and National Elementary School Runner-Up.

The award was based on Mrs. Mukhamedov’s 5th grade class portfolio on energy studies. 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.  It was an amazing opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge about energy and share information with others to support a more energy conscious community.

The School Board recognized students and their teacher who attended an awards recognition conference in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to: Mrs. Mollie Mukhamedov, Mia Iken, and Charity Robinson!

STAR Awards

STAR Awards

Dinora Gomez, Josh Sorensen, Pat Christian McFadden, and Yasmin Schmidt, recipients of this month’s STAR Award, were acknowledged for their positive customer service by Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and School Board Members. The District appreciates the fact that each one is committed to excellence and going the extra mile to ensure that needs are met, solutions are sought, and helping hands are extended.

#stlucieproud

#stluciestrong

#award #education

SLPS Receives AdvancED Accreditation

SLPS Receives AdvancED Accreditation

St. Lucie Public Schools received the highly sought-after AdvancEd Accreditation, and all SLPS principals received their AdvancED certificate at the August School Board Meeting.

AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. They conduct rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential.

AdvanceED’s expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation. Using a set of rigorous research-based standards and evidence based criteria, an AdvancED Performance Accreditation team came to SLPS as we closed last school year and examined the whole institution – our policies, programs, practices, learning conditions and cultural context – to determine how well the parts work together to carry out SLPS’s vision and meet the needs of every learner.

 

Port St. Lucie High Freshmen Open House, JROTC and New Cadets

Port St. Lucie High Freshmen Open House, JROTC and New Cadets

On Wednesday August 8, 2018, the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion aided the incoming freshmen at open house, the school’s first event. The cadets of JROTC helped incoming students with finding their classes and enrolled many new cadets into the program. Fifty new eager cadets were assigned that day. Cadets working this event felt encouraged to reach out to young motivated students who want to better themselves and their community. Students already enrolled in the program were thrilled to collaborate with the freshmen.

Featured in photos: Cadet Sergeant Eddie Cook as a cadet guide, and the Color Guard is Commanded by Cadet Sergeant Moleon Mattews, accompanied by Cadet Captain Brianna Harris, Cadet First Sergeant Andre Hannon, and Cadet Sergeant Justin Bennett.

National Eat A Peach Day – August 22

National Eat A Peach Day – August 22

Peaches are a delicious summer treat. A native of China, peaches traveled to Persia before making their way to the Americas with the Spaniards in the 1700’s. Thomas Jefferson grew peaches at Monticello. It wasn’t until the 1900’s that commercial peach growing began in the United States.

A member of the rose family, and classified as a stone fruit due to the large seed in the middle, peaches have a fuzzy skin, with either yellow or white flesh. Two varieties are available: Freestone (flesh separates from seed) or Clingstone (flesh sticks to seed).

When we think of peaches we usually think of Georgia peaches, but peaches are also grown in South Carolina, New Jersey, California and Florida. Yes, Florida! The University of Florida developed a peach that needs fewer chill hours (amount of cold temperature weather to produce peach blossoms) in the 1960’s. Florida peaches are harvested in the spring between late March and May before Georgia peaches are ripe and ready for market.

Nutritionally, one small peach (4.5 oz) contains approximately 50 calories, 12 grams of carbohydrate, 2 grams of fiber. Peaches are also a great source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and A.  Fresh, canned or frozen — you just can’t beat a peach for a tasty summer treat! In honor of National Eat a Peach Day, all Child Nutrition Cafeterias will be offering peaches as a fruit selection with student meals (August 22, 2018).

Enjoy this recipe for Peach Salsa adapted from the Pioneer Woman

Prep: 15 minutes   Serves: 6

Ingredients

2 – 28 oz. cans peaches in juice, drained, juice reserved

1 medium red onion, diced very fine

1 medium red pepper, seeded, diced very fine

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, minced

½ bunch cilantro, chopped

¼ tsp chili powder

Dash of salt

Juice of one lime

Preparation

Chop peaches into small pieces and place into a bowl with all the other ingredients. Stir and add a splash of the reserved juice.  Adjust seasonings to taste. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. Serve with tortilla chips or over grilled fish.

 

Health Fair 8/29

Health Fair 8/29

Health Fair

Wednesday, August 29th

(Open to All Employees)

Lakewood Park

12-3 PM

Please call 1-877-318-1349 (opt.1) for more details and to schedule an appointment.

 

New Security Protocols

New Security Protocols

The safety of students and staff on campuses as well as at school-sponsored events such as high school football games remain a priority for St. Lucie Public Schools.

The District’s school security team and the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office have announced measures to enhance security protocols at all local football events for the coming season. Effective immediately:

• Additional law enforcement officers at each game including parking lot areas

• No backpacks, totes, or similar items permitted (purses and handbags allowed but subject to search)

• No re-entry into game, and no entry after 3rd quarter

• Stadiums cleared promptly at close of each game

Multiple measures are in place for students and staff to report any concerns. All will be treated seriously. The See Something, Say Something campaign encourages individuals to immediately make a report to law enforcement, administrators, teachers, or staff. Reports can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers or the St. Lucie Public Schools app.

#stluciestrong

#securityawareness

 

Laptop Distribution

Laptop Distribution

On August 10, 2018, Port St. Lucie High School facilitated laptop distribution and assigned laptops to upperclassmen (10th grade and up). When students and parents entered the school, they were greeted by multiple Jaguar Battalion cadets who were ready to guide them and answer any questions they might have. Guests entered the Media center to make their payment and received schedules for the school year. Then, they were directed to the cafeteria where additional cadets assisted in handing out laptops and laptop chargers.  Cadet 1st Sergeant Elyas Cardenas is pictured at his post located in the cafeteria.

 

 

Port St. Lucie High School Off to a Quick Start!

Port St. Lucie High School Off to a Quick Start!

On Friday, August 17th at 7 PM, the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion assisted the first varsity football game of the season. The new cadets who signed up were eager to help and see what these honor guards had to offer for them.

The cadets collected parking fees and donations as well as directed the guests into the parking lots. The cadets enjoyed themselves, got to know each other, and observed each other’s leadership skills shine through.

To start off the night, our proud color guard presented the flags during the National Anthem. A strong start led to a strong finish when our Jaguar football team pulled through and won 41 to 0.

Local Realtors Rally to Support Homeless Students

Local Realtors Rally to Support Homeless Students

The Realtors of the Palm Beaches, Treasure Coast Office (RAPB) and their affiliates heard about a local need and answered the call in a big way! Kylee Fuhr, homeless liaison for St. Lucie Public Schools works with homeless students and networks with local businesses and organizations to garner support.  “They (RAPB) asked what we needed and came through in a big way,” said Fuhr.  Bookbags, pencils, paper, shirts, slacks, shorts, shoes and more poured in from all areas of the Treasure Coast.

 

RAPB Treasure Coast Manager of Programs Helen Dempsey said the realtors are involved in numerous facets of the community and appreciate opportunities to serve.  “We meet so many people and understand that many times homelessness is situational.  It’s great to be able to help families out by assisting with their children’s needs.”

 

While numbers are still rolling in this year for the District’s homeless rate, Fuhr said that last year there were 1,239 homeless children and youth – those who lack a fixed and adequate nighttime residence.  “Add to that, 118 unaccompanied youth who are students identified as not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, and we have a tremendous need in our community.”  She went on to add that while the numbers have grown over the last few years, the awareness is also growing.  “Through the support of community groups and municipalities, we can work to help turn this around.  Our main concern is that we help keep children in school to provide them with the knowledge, skills, and desire to succeed once they graduate,” she said.

 

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 ranked in the top third 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.

 

Local Realtors Rally to Support Homeless Students

Local Realtors Rally to Support Homeless Students

PORT ST. LUCIE – The Realtors of the Palm Beaches, Treasure Coast Office (RAPB) and their affiliates heard about a local need and answered the call in a big way! Kylee Fuhr, homeless liaison for St. Lucie Public Schools works with homeless students and networks with local businesses and organizations to garner support.  “They (RAPB) asked what we needed and came through in a big way,” said Fuhr.  Bookbags, pencils, paper, shirts, slacks, shorts, shoes and more poured in from all areas of the Treasure Coast.

 

RAPB Treasure Coast Manager of Programs Helen Dempsey said the realtors are involved in numerous facets of the community and appreciate opportunities to serve.  “We meet so many people and understand that many times homelessness is situational.  It’s great to be able to help families out by assisting with their children’s needs.”

 

While numbers are still rolling in this year for the District’s homeless rate, Fuhr said that last year there were 1,239 homeless children and youth – those who lack a fixed and adequate nighttime residence.  “Add to that, 118 unaccompanied youth who are students identified as not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, and we have a tremendous need in our community.”  She went on to add that while the numbers have grown over the last few years, the awareness is also growing.  “Through the support of community groups and municipalities, we can work to help turn this around.  Our main concern is that we help keep children in school to provide them with the knowledge, skills, and desire to succeed once they graduate,” she said.

 

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 ranked in the top third 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.