Keep Calm And Bowl On!

Keep Calm And Bowl On!

Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for a bowling fundraiser where it’s not about the bowling, it’s about the kids and raising money to support the mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters!


When: September 22, 2018

Where: Superplay USA, St Lucie West

Cost: $35/bowler

Details: Sessions available at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm. Each bowler will receive 1 ¾ hours of bowling, shoe rental, door prize ticket and event t-shirt.

Sign Up Link:

https://bbbsbigs.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/bfks-2018

St. Lucie Public Schools Awarded AdvancED School System Accreditation

St. Lucie Public Schools Awarded AdvancED School System Accreditation

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Superintendent E. Wayne Gent announced that St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) has been awarded accreditation by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).  These three agencies provided the District and all of its schools with highly regarded accreditation as a quality school system.  As an accredited institution, SLPS is part of the AdvancED global network.

 

The accreditation process involves three ongoing components:  1) meeting high quality standards; 2) implementing a continuous process of improvement; and 3) engaging in quality assurance through internal and external review.  The system’s accreditation is for a five-year term with regular monitoring of progress and reporting during the term.

 

“School System Accreditation as conferred by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission provides SLPS a nationally-recognized mark of quality for our system and all the schools within our system,” shared Gent.  “It demonstrates to the community our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students we serve.”

 

Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, stated, “AdvancED School System Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school system on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners.  St. Lucie Public Schools is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”

 

Parents and interested community members can learn more about the System Accreditation Process at www.advanc-ed.org.

 

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 ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. 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.

 

About AdvancED and NCA CASI

Dedicated to advancing excellence in education through accreditation, research, and professional services, AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, serving and engaging 30,000 public and private schools and school systems in more than 70 countries and serving over 16 million students.  AdvancED is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

 

NCA CASI is a non-governmental, voluntary association of nearly 10,000 public and private elementary and secondary schools throughout the world.

 

St. Lucie Public Schools Awarded AdvancED School System Accreditation

St. Lucie Public Schools Awarded AdvancED School System Accreditation

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent announced that St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) has been awarded accreditation by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).  These three agencies provided the District and all of its schools with highly regarded accreditation as a quality school system.  As an accredited institution, SLPS is part of the AdvancED global network.

 

The accreditation process involves three ongoing components:  1) meeting high quality standards; 2) implementing a continuous process of improvement; and 3) engaging in quality assurance through internal and external review.  The system’s accreditation is for a five-year term with regular monitoring of progress and reporting occurring during the term.

 

“School System Accreditation as conferred by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission provides SLPS a nationally-recognized mark of quality for our system and all the schools within our system,” shared Gent.  “It demonstrates to the community our commitment to excellence, our openness to external review and feedback, and our desire to be the best we can be on behalf of the students we serve.”

 

Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, stated, “AdvancED School System Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school system on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners.  St. Lucie Public Schools is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”

 

Parents and interested community members can learn more about the System Accreditation Process at www.advanc-ed.org.

 

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 ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. 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.

 

About AdvancED and NCA CASI

Dedicated to advancing excellence in education through accreditation, research, and professional services, AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, serving and engaging 30,000 public and private schools and school systems in more than 70 countries and serving over 16 million students.  AdvancED is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

 

NCA CASI is a non-governmental, voluntary association of nearly 10,000 public and private elementary and secondary schools throughout the world.

 

What’s New On WLX-TV

What’s New On WLX-TV

You can watch the first episode of WLX-TV’s newest show, #BuildAFuture Career and Technical Education, hosted by LeiNitia Robinson now, on YouTube. Also, you can watch Speakers Bureau hosted by Dr. Donna Mills and Notebook hosted by Jane Whitaker on YouTube and television.

 

While you’re there subscribe to our channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV.

Weekly Programming Guide
 
#BuildAFuture Career and Technical Education

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho3gwMN2pwo

Speakers Bureau

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

Notebook

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEDxe4i_AhI

Hispanic Heritage Month Art and Essay Contests

Hispanic Heritage Month Art and Essay Contests

Art Contest 

(Grades K-3)

Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott’s Hispanic Heritage Month Art Contest is open to all K-3 students in the state of Florida. Two winners will be selected.

Entry Dates: Entries must be mailed to Volunteer Florida: Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, 3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180, Tallahassee, Florida 32311. All entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 15, 2018. Emailed, scanned, or faxed entries will not be accepted. Contestants are responsible for all shipping costs.

Awards: Winners will be notified after October 22, 2018. Winners will receive a prize at Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration to be held in Tallahassee. Reasonable travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the winners and one immediate family member.

2018 Art Contest Rules, Guidelines & Waiver Form(.PDF)

2018 Art Contest Rules, Guidelines & Waiver Form (.PDF) – Spanish

 

Essay Contest

(Grades 4-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott’s Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest is open to all 4th through 12th grade students in the state of Florida. Three winners will be selected: one elementary (4-5) student, one middle (6-8) student, and one high school (9-12) student.

Entry Dates: Entries can be mailed to Volunteer Florida, Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, 3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180, Tallahassee, Florida 32311, or submitted electronically. All entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 15, 2018. Contestants are responsible for all shipping costs. Entries submitted electronically will receive email confirmation.

Awards: Winners will be notified after October 22, 2018. Winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Winners will receive awards at Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration to be held in Tallahassee. Reasonable travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the winners and one immediate family member.

Contact Volunteer Florida at (850) 414-7400 for any further questions.

Online Submission

2018 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest Online Submission

2018 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest Parent/Legal Guardian Waiver Form (required for Online Submission)

Paper Submission

2018 Essay Contest Rules, Guidelines & Waiver Form (.PDF)

2018 Essay Contest Rules, Guidelines & Waiver Form (.PDF) – Spanish

Looking For Ways to Support Students in Need?

Looking For Ways to Support Students in Need?

Below is a letter from Grace Way Village that shares ways in which students in need can be assisted with school clothing and nutrition needs:

Dear St. Lucie County School Teachers and Guidance Counselors:

For the sake of those who do not know about Grace Way Village, a well-established nonprofit serving those in need for the last 9 years, here is a brief rundown of all that we do:

  • Provide free clothing for all children in need thru the age of 18
    (If student is still enrolled in HS, thru the age of 20)
  • Provide free a hot lunch on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00 and a hot dinner on Sundays from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Provide free nonperishable food for all Sunday dinner guests to take home
  • Provide free basic life workshops on Wednesdays
  • Provide free the “Getting Ahead” class for adults striving to get out of poverty

Yearly, we host a summer expo for teachers to come and meet with over 20 local nonprofits that can assist them in helping their students in need. It is very important that you know the following:

  • Grace Way Village appreciates greatly all that you do for your students
  • Grace Way Village wants to assist you whenever there is a need
  • All the local nonprofits feel the same. You are not alone in your efforts!

Grace Way Village can help you with immediate needs of clothing and food. Here is how:

  • Call 772.529.7860 (cell phone, do not give to parents), leaving the following information:
  • Child’s clothing information: sex, size (child’s or teen’s) for shirt, pants, & shoes
  • If food is needed, provide the # of family members
  • Your name, school, & cell number. You will be contacted as soon as the items have been gathered for you to pick up.
  • If it is on a Wednesday when the clothing program, Hope’s Closet, is open, you may stop by to either shop yourself or to pick up the items if you have previously called in the information noted above. Please arrive no later than 4:45 p.m.

All of us at Grace Way Village care deeply for our neighbors in need, appreciating the truth of all that teachers do. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. You will not be disappointed!

Sincerely,

Cathie Mouring
Executive Director

1780 Hartman Rd.                                          772.925.3074
Fort Pierce, FL 34947                     info@gracewayvillage.com             www.gracewayvillage.com            

 

 

This advertisement meets school board policy 9.40 for distribution of the advertisement.  However, this acknowledgement does not represent an endorsement or recommendation of the product/service advertised.

Fulbright Award

Fulbright Award

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Gretchan Davenport of St. Lucie West K-8 School has been offered a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms grant. She is one of approximately 76 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the program in 2018-2019. Ms. Davenport was selected by the program’s leaders on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to solve global challenges. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

We are proud of Ms. Davenport’s accomplishments!

Kilmer Library’s ArtSpace Hosts Works By Andre Barnes

Kilmer Library’s ArtSpace Hosts Works By Andre Barnes

FORT PIERCE – The Susan Broom Kilmer Branch Library’s ArtSpace hosts works by Fort Pierce native Andre Barnes Sept. 1-19.

Currently teaching art Samuel Gaines Academy in Fort Pierce, Barnes has worked for more than 15 years as an art instructor in the Leon and Gadsden County Public School systems. He has a degree in Fine Arts with a minor in Graphic Arts from Florida A&M University.

Barnes has done illustrations for four children’s books as well as murals for schools, the city of Tallahassee and art fashions for some celebrity clients. He has created works using the mediums of graphite pencil, colored pencil, pastels, watercolor acrylic paint and airbrush.

Residents interested in displaying their artwork as part of the Kilmer Library’s non-commercial ArtSpace area should contact Librarian Delphine Newton at 772-462-2787 or newtond@stlucieco.org. This is not a commercial venue. Artwork is displayed for enjoyment purposes only.

The Susan Broom Kilmer Branch of the St. Lucie County Library System is located at 101 Melody Lane. For more information about programs visit: www.stlucieco.gov/Library.

Become A School Volunteer

Become A School Volunteer

Become a school volunteer today!  We can help match your interests, skills, and schedule to the needs of our schools. Opportunities include:

After School Programs

Supervises, under the direction of the teacher, any after-school activities

Arts and Crafts Volunteer

Works with the art or classroom teacher helping students develop creativity and expanding appreciation of art

 

Business Partner

Provides expertise and resources to enhance the career-based educational perspective by participating in advisory committee functions, opportunities for career related internships, and/or special events and programs which assist student in skill development

Chaperone

Provides additional support and supervision of students while on field trips, sporting events, etc.

Classroom / Office Assistant Volunteer

Works with a particular school department or office staff performing designated departmental tasks such as, maintaining records, keeping inventory, and duplicating materials, cataloging materials or preparing teaching aids data entry.

Clinic Volunteer

Works in the clinic or health room to provide services for those students who are ill or unable to be in class because of health reasons and helping with health screening activities such as visual and hearing screenings. Community Resource Volunteer Provides special demonstrations, tasks or instruction on a variety of topics including careers, hobbies, travel or interests, which enrich student awareness and knowledge.

Exceptional Student  Volunteer

Assists special education teacher in implementing instructional activities for individual or groups of special education pupils

Library/Media Center Volunteer

Works under the supervision of the librarian to assist in operating the school library by shelving, filing, clipping, circulating, and processing books are some of the tasks to be performed

Mentor/Tutor

Works with a student or students on and individual or small group basis for approximately one hour per week.  To provide academic reinforcement, assist in goal development, and serve as a role model to students who may have been identified as at-risk

Speakers of Other Languages Volunteer

Assists in establishing effective written and oral communication among limited and non-English speaking students, parents and school personnel

Special Activities Volunteer

Performs occasional but important support as needed for the duration of a particular project by serving on committees, working with parent / teacher groups, assisting with special school activities working in the school store or assisting with school fund-raising projects

Supervision Volunteer

Assists in the cafeteria, as a hall monitor, in the parking lot or on the play- ground to provide additional supervision

Career / Technical Skills Volunteer

Assists individual students in areas of applied technology and career development activities These are only a sample of the areas in our schools where volunteers are needed.  Some additional job areas are:

  • Math Superstars
  • Readers / Listeners
  • Music
  • Band
  • Physical Education
  • Maintenance / Gardening

https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/our-district/volunteers/

Free General Knowledge Test Tutoring for New Teachers

Free General Knowledge Test Tutoring for New Teachers

To help teachers prepare for the General Knowledge test, we are offering FREE GK tutoring beginning the week of 9/10.  Please use the links below to register for Fall 2018 General Knowledge Tutoring.  Please note, when registering for the tutoring session you are committing to attending ALL dates in that session. 
All of the tutoring session dates are listed in the registration links.  
You must enter the following password after clicking on an event link to register:  GKTutoring
Math GK Tutoring Fall 2018 St. Lucie West Centennial H.S. 4:00 – 5:30 pm 
Reading GK Tutoring Fall 2018 Dan McCarty Middle School 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Please contact Laurie Boyer with any additional questions.
ESOL for Administrators

ESOL for Administrators

This online course offering is designed for administrators and facilitated by Megan Green, Director of Secondary Curriculum. The online course is from Monday September 17th through Friday November 9th.

SLPS Continues To Enhance Safety and Security

SLPS Continues To Enhance Safety and Security

Chief Brian Reuther of  the SLPS Security Department announced today that Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers banners will be placed in all K-8 and middle schools as a step toward expanding awareness of the Crime Stoppers program.  Last year, in partnership with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, the program began on high school campuses.

Safety is a priority for SLPS, and the District will remain vigilant in monitoring campuses and buses.  It is up to everyone to immediately report any concerns or suspicious activities directly to law enforcement or staff members.

Anonymous reporting is available through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-273-TIPS or by using the emergency alert button on the SLPS app.

 

More About the SLPS Emergency Alert Button on the SLPS App

SLPS has added an emergency alert button to the St. Lucie Public Schools app.  The app is FREE for everyone and is available in your favorite app store. Just do a quick search for St. Lucie Public Schools, and download the app today.

The added emergency alert feature allows users to submit anonymous tips to school and district officials anytime, anywhere.

This mass texting software support instantly relays information to authorities and is valuable to the overall safety of students and staff.  Download the St. Lucie Public Schools app for access to this emergency See Something, Say Something emergency alert button.

 

Spread the Good News

Spread the Good News

From board rooms to ball fields, Superintendent E. Wayne Gent is sharing the positive messages about St. Lucie Public Schools!

  • B Rated School District with No Failing Schools
  • Ranked 22nd Among Florida’s Districts (Top Third) Based on Academic Achievement
  • Number of A Schools Increased From 5 To 8 This Year
  • Number of A and B Schools Increased By 40% Over the Last 2 Years
  • 90.1% Overall Graduation RateUpload Files, and Ranked 5th in Florida
  • Highest Ranking District on the Treasure Coast Based on Graduation Rate
  • Named One of SLC’s Best Places to Work
  • Identified as a District of Distinction for Creation of Progress Monitoring and Intervention Data Dashboard
  • Accredited by AdvancedEd
  • Home to Rigorous Academic Programs and 32 Career and Technical Academies
Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Dads Take Your Child to School Day

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) will be celebrating Dads Take Your Child to School Day on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Dads Take Your Child to School Day is a statewide initiative of the Florida Department of Education to encourage fathers and male role models to become involved in the education of their children as a means for increasing student achievement.  Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, foster fathers and other male role models are invited to take their children to school on September 26.

The Dads Take Your Child to School Day event is designed to highlight the significant role a child’s father or male role models can have in enhancing a child’s educational experience.

 

 

 

Eagles Color Guard

Eagles Color Guard

St. Lucie West Centennial Eagles are proud partners in the community.  The high school’s JROTC Color Guard participated in the opening ceremonies of the Port Saint Lucie Athletic League (PSLAA) Jamboree on Saturday, August 25th.

Pictured carrying the American Flag is Cadet Julian Ortiz, carrying the Navy Flag is Cadet Damien Cooper, the Left Rifleman is Cadet Alek Yatushkevech, and the Right Rifleman is Cadet Dominic Casiano.

Fulbright Award

Gretchan Davenport Receives Fulbright Award

 

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Gretchan Davenport of St. Lucie West K-8 School (SLWK8) has been offered a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms grant. She is one of approximately 76 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the program in 2018-2019. Ms. Davenport was selected by the program’s leaders on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

We are so proud of her accomplishment and not at all surprised that others value her teaching and leadership qualities as well,” said SLWK8 Principal Eldrique Gardner. “As a middle grades math and Algebra teacher and team leader, who has been recognized as a High Impact Teacher by the FLDOE, she is dynamic and innovative in her approach to teaching. Our students admire and respect her,” he added.

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to solve global challenges. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

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 ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. 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.

 

Port St. Lucie High School’s Second Game of the Season!

Port St. Lucie High School’s Second Game of the Season!

Port St. Lucie High School had its second game of the season at 7pm, Friday night on August 24, 2018. Our Cadets set out for the parking lots around 5pm to collect fees and welcome our guests. Our Jaguar Battalion’s JROTC Color Guard kicked off the night with the presentation of the colors commanded by Sergeant First Class Lawrence Moleon-Mathews, with Sergeant Justin Bennett as the state flag, Corporal Alex Nangle as state guard, and Sergeant Justin Locklar as national guard. Our Jaguars went head-to-head in a heated game with the Lake Placid Dragons. The score was 21 to 28. Pictured are: Cadet Sergeant Nangle, Cadet Sergent Bennett, and our color   guard for this event.

Best and Brightest

Best and Brightest

Florida’s Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program, established by the Florida Legislature, offers classroom teachers a monetary scholarship based on SAT or ACT scores and job performance evaluations. To qualify, a classroom teacher must have received a “highly effective” rating on their most recent performance evaluation and have scored at or above the 80th percentile on the SAT or ACT.  Beginning classroom teachers who have not been evaluated must only submit official documentation showing that their score on the SAT or ACT meets the eligibility requirements.  The amended statute indicates that a school district or charter school employee who is eligible for the $6,000 scholarship and who is no longer a classroom teacher may receive a Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship award if the employee met the requirement as a classroom teacher in the prior school year and was rated highly effective.

Classroom teachers can receive up to $6,000. However, if the number of eligible teachers statewide causes bonuses to exceed the total amount of the legislative appropriation, the Florida Department of Education will prorate the per-teacher scholarship amount.  Please read the Q and A document for additional details to assist in understanding the program’s parameters and provisions.

Classroom teachers must submit a completed Florida’s Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Application Form with the requested documentation to Marla Grant in Human Resources, by November 1, 2018.  Note, previous recipients must submit the complete application form only.

If you have additional questions, please email Marla Grant, Director of Human Resources at marla.grant@stlucieschools.org.
Best and Brightest Q and A
Best and Brightest Application Form
FLDOE Memo Re: Best and Brightest
ACT-SAT Percentile Charts