St. Lucie Public Schools Seeks Input For 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants

St. Lucie Public Schools Seeks Input For 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is pleased to announce it is applying for two separate 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grants. The 21st CCLC program provides afterschool and summer programming to students, with a goal of increasing student academic achievement through tutoring, small-group instruction, personal development, and academic enrichment. 

The Deep-Divers grant proposes to operate a 32-week afterschool program and a five-week summer program within four Title I schools in St. Lucie County: Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie, Frances K. Sweet Elementary, Allapattah Flats K-8, and Northport K-8. 

The Trailblazers grant proposes to operate a 32-week afterschool program and a five-week summer program within four Title I schools in Fort Pierce: Chester A. Moore Elementary, White City Elementary, Lawnwood Elementary, and Forest Grove Middle School. 

If awarded one or both grants, SLPS will inform the entire community, including private schools, so families may enroll students in this federally-funded program. St. Lucie Public Schools would like to encourage community members to complete a survey to help determine the needs of the students, their families, and the surrounding community to help the District plan the program activities if awarded one or both of the grants. Click here for the survey.

About St. Lucie Public Schools 

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent. As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks 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. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

St. Lucie Public Schools Seeks Input For 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants

St. Lucie Public Schools Seeks Input For 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is pleased to announce it is applying for two separate 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grants. The 21st CCLC program provides afterschool and summer programming to students, with a goal of increasing student academic achievement through tutoring, small-group instruction, personal development, and academic enrichment. 

The Deep-Divers grant proposes to operate a 32-week afterschool program and a five-week summer program within four Title I schools in St. Lucie County: Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie, Frances K. Sweet Elementary, Allapattah Flats K-8, and Northport K-8. 

The Trailblazers grant proposes to operate a 32-week afterschool program and a five-week summer program within four Title I schools in Fort Pierce: Chester A. Moore Elementary, White City Elementary, Lawnwood Elementary, and Forest Grove Middle School. 

If awarded one or both grants, SLPS will inform the entire community, including private schools, so families may enroll students in this federally-funded program. St. Lucie Public Schools would like to encourage community members to complete a survey to help determine the needs of the students, their families, and the surrounding community to help the District plan the program activities if awarded one or both of the grants. Click here for the survey.

About St. Lucie Public Schools 

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent. As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks 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. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

SLSP Seeks Quality Teaching Professionals

SLSP Seeks Quality Teaching Professionals

Make a difference in the life of a child. Be dedicated to the process of continuous improvement in student achievement. Bring a strong sense of enthusiasm and connection to the philosophy that Failure Is Not an Option – No Exceptions.

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 772-429-7500.

 

St. Lucie Public Schools Seeks Volunteers To Serve On The Referendum Citizens Advisory Committee

St. Lucie Public Schools Seeks Volunteers To Serve On The Referendum Citizens Advisory Committee

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools is looking for residents to serve on the Referendum Citizens Advisory Committee.  The Committee’s sole duty will be to provide oversight to ensure that the referendum funds are used for the purposes described in the referendum ballot language.  On April 23, 2019, voters approved a 1 mil property tax to raise teacher pay and retain high quality teachers, improve school safety with school resource officers in every school, expand mental health services and preserve important school programs. School District staff shall provide the Committee with sufficient information, documents and administrative support for the Committee to fulfill its duties. The Committee shall provide the School Board with periodic reports as it deems necessary. 

Interested citizens should submit a resume to Chris Harrison, Executive Assistant to the School Board,  via email to christine.harrison@stlucieschools.org,  or to the SLPS Board Members’ Office located at 12051 NW Copper Creek Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987 on or before July 25, 2019. The minimum requirements to serve on this Advisory Committee include:

  • A representative shall be a resident of St. Lucie County;

  • Each School Board member shall appoint one representative whose term on the Committee shall coincide with the term of the School Board member who appoints them. The School Board member appointee shall serve at the pleasure of the School Board member and may be removed at any time by the School Board member who appointed them;

  • The School Board, by majority vote, shall appoint one at-large representative whose term shall coincide with the term of the Referendum and who shall serve at the pleasure of the School Board and may be removed at any time by a majority vote of the School Board;

  • The CTA/CU union (“Union”) shall appoint one representative whose term shall coincide with the term of the Referendum and who shall serve at the pleasure of the Union and who may be removed at any time by the Union;
  • No Committee representative shall be an elected official, Union official, School District employee, or Union member; and

  • Committee vacancies shall be filled as soon as practicable but in no event more than ninety (90) days from the date of the vacancy.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks 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. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

St. Lucie Public Schools State Science Fair Winners

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Participation and recognition at this year’s State Science and Engineering STEM Fair and Competition in Lakeland, Florida, proved to be laden with accolades for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) students.

Based on the project selection criteria from the Regional Fair, top-ranking students were selected to advance to the State Fair.  Escorted by their chaperones, they ventured from St. Lucie County to Lakeland for the three-day event.  Once there, they had the opportunity for their projects to be judged, to network with others, to engage in inquiry and problem solving, and to glean ideas for future exploration.  According to one of the chaperones and local Science Fair Coordinator Paul Reif, “The students continue to amaze me.  Not only do they have a passion for their projects, but they have honed their communication skills expertly so that their opportunities to discuss project research and findings with judges are equally remarkable.”

Of the 11 participating SLPS students, 10 walked across the stage to receive special awards, categorical place recognition awards, or placement awards.  Congratulations to:

Callie Zheng (Junior Division)

Cellular and Microbiology

Can Bacteroids Be Detected in Sediment Samples Collected and Saved for Three Months

Special Award: Brevard; South Regional Science and Engineering

 

Jillian Markle (Junior Division)

Earth and Environmental

Ugh! Another Invasion of Weevil in Florida

Fourth Place

Special Award: US Department of Agriculture

 

Asha Budhai (Junior Division)

Plant

Keep the “Oil” in Soil

Recognition

 

Christopher Swinford and Anthony Oreo (Senior Division)

Engineering

Foiled Again

Honorable Mention

 

Alexis Beans (Senior Division)

Physics and Astronomy

The Effects of Electromagnetic Waves on SAR Levels

Special Award: Thomas Alva Edison Regional Science and Engineering Fair

 

Koushal Rao (Senior Division)

Cellular and Microbiology

Targeting Mistranslaion in Cancer Therapy

Third Place

 

Haniya Shareef (Senior Division)

Plant

Can Anareobic Soil Distribution Create a Disease-Suppressive Soil…

Fourth Place

 

Reddy Shreya (Senior Division)

Earth and Environmental

A Cost Efficient Solution to Citrus Root Destruction: Developing a Defensible Barrier against Citrus Root Weevils Using a Methixanthine Affect

Second Place

Special Award: Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, US Department of Agriculture

 

Kevin Duan (Senior Division)

Cellular and Microbiology

Development of Rapid Detection Methods for Citrus Huanglongbing Using Host Plant

Fourth Place

About St. Lucie Public Schools  

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

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ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENTS SERVED MEALS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENTS SERVED MEALS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) remains dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of students. Breakfast and lunch will be served to students (pre-K through age 18) on Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15 at the following school locations: Bayshore Elementary, C.A. Moore Elementary, Northport K–8, Samuel S. Gaines K-8 Academy, St. Lucie Elementary, Village Green Elementary, Weatherbee Elementary, and Windmill Point Elementary. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM and lunch will be served from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM on both days.

The meals are free, and students may go to any location.  They are not required to go to their home school.  Students choosing to enjoy meals at any of the identified SLPS sites will report to the front office prior to each meal.

“Even in the wake of Hurricane Irma’s devastation, we want to do everything possible to meet the needs of our students,” said Superintendent of Schools E. Wayne Gent.  “We are happy to provide this service to our community.”

Deborah Weust, director of Child and Nutrition Services for SLPS, explained the District exercised Governor Rick Scott’s Executive Order 17-235 in response to Hurricane Irma.  This rule establishes a process for school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) to continue providing meals to children affected by disruptions in food service due to the effects of Hurricane Irma and therefore protect the welfare of Florida residents.

 

 

 

ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENTS SERVED MEALS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENTS SERVED MEALS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) remains dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of students. Breakfast and lunch will be served to students (pre-K through age 18) on Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15 at the following school locations: Bayshore Elementary, C.A. Moore Elementary, Northport K–8, Samuel S. Gaines K-8 Academy, St. Lucie Elementary, Village Green Elementary, Weatherbee Elementary, and Windmill Point Elementary. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM and lunch will be served from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM on both days.

The meals are free, and students may go to any location.  They are not required to go to their home school.  Students choosing to enjoy meals at any of the identified SLPS sites will report to the front office prior to each meal.

“Even in the wake of Hurricane Irma’s devastation, we want to do everything possible to meet the needs of our students,” said Superintendent of Schools E. Wayne Gent.  “We are happy to provide this service to our community.”

Deborah Weust, director of Child and Nutrition Services for SLPS, explained the District exercised Governor Rick Scott’s Executive Order 17-235 in response to Hurricane Irma.  This rule establishes a process for school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) to continue providing meals to children affected by disruptions in food service due to the effects of Hurricane Irma and therefore protect the welfare of Florida residents.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit, http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

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St. Lucie Public Schools Surpass State Average in Schools Demonstrating Letter Grade Increase

ST. LUCIE COUNTY —  In a report released today by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) logged three A schools and eight B schools with six schools increasing their grades from last year’s baseline.   This equates to 15 percent of SLPS boasting an improved letter grade – a significant increase above the three percent average of letter grade increases documented across the state.  “I commend our teachers and administrators for their persistent efforts to support students’ learning in an environment that has undergone a great deal of change over the last few years,” said SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.  He added that this is the first year learning gains have been included in the new assessment calculations.  “Until the release of this data, we have only been able to chart proficiencies.  Now we have the opportunity to benchmark the learning gains our students make from one year to the next.  With this information, we are able to support, track, and celebrate the gains all students make toward their personal learning goals,” explained Gent.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

St. Lucie Public Schools Takes Seat On ACDA Board

St. Lucie Public Schools Takes Seat On ACDA Board

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Darren Frymoyer, senior area specialist within the Child Nutrition Services Department of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS), was installed onto the America Commodity Distribution Association (ACDA) Board of Directors. He will represent all U.S. public school districts as the fellow School District Recipient Agent. In this role, he will be responsible for being a voice to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), along with all stakeholders, in providing healthy choices regarding USDA Foods that impact all public school children throughout our nation.

SLPS Director of Child Nutrition Services Deborah Wuest said, “It is an honor to have a member of St. Lucie Public Schools representing our district. The ACDA serves as a vital link between industry and trade members.  It also provides information to USDA Foods.”  She went on to explain that the ACDA supports communication between agriculture, industry, government and the customer regarding policy decisions impacting food distribution programs. “We are thrilled to have Darren as our national leading representative voice, bringing recognition to SLPS while conveying the feedback that affects our children’s daily nutritional choices in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program.”

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

St. Lucie Public Schools Takes Seat On ACDA Board

St. Lucie Public Schools Takes Seat On ACDA Board

ST. LUCIE COUNTY —  Darren Frymoyer, senior area specialist within the Child Nutrition Services Department of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS), was installed onto the America Commodity Distribution Association (ACDA) Board of Directors. He will represent all U.S. public school districts as the fellow School District Recipient Agent. In this role, he will be responsible for being a voice to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), along with all stakeholders, in providing healthy choices regarding USDA Foods that impact all public school children throughout our nation.

SLPS Director of Child Nutrition Services Deborah Wuest said, “It is an honor to have a member of St. Lucie Public Schools representing our district. The ACDA serves as a vital link between industry and trade members.  It also provides information to USDA Foods.”  She went on to explain that the ACDA supports communication between agriculture, industry, government and the customer regarding policy decisions impacting food distribution programs. “We are thrilled to have Darren as our national leading representative voice, bringing recognition to SLPS while conveying the feedback that affects our children’s daily nutritional choices in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program.”

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

 

 

St. Lucie Public Schools Teachers Recognized as  Microsoft Innovator Educator Experts for 2019-2020

St. Lucie Public Schools Teachers Recognized as Microsoft Innovator Educator Experts for 2019-2020

St. Lucie County, FL – Laurie Boyer and Julia Hilburn, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) teachers, have been selected as Microsoft Innovator Educator (MIE) Experts for 2019-2020. 

Chief Academic Officer Dr. Helen Wild explained that her team was delighted to learn of the recognition.  “Laurie and Julia are the digital trendsetters in our district. It’s no surprise that Microsoft is recognizing their ability to effectively use technology to enhance the learning environment in classrooms across our schools.”

According to Microsoft, Boyer and Hilburn were selected for this prestigious recognition because they are “self-driven, passionate about their work, have a true collaborative spirit, and strive to inspire students with outside-the-box thinking on technology in education.” As MIE Experts, they will have the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from other technology experts around the world, test new educational tools for Microsoft, and build capacity within SLPS.  Microsoft describes recipients as “agents of change” tasked with “creating an environment of innovation in education using technology.”

Boyer works as a Recruitment and Outreach Specialist for the Magnet School MSAP Grant Team while Hilburn currently serves as a Technology Support Specialist on the Talent Development Team.

Laurie Boyer

 

Julia Hilburn
St. Lucie Public Schools Win Big at State and Move to National Competition

St. Lucie Public Schools Win Big at State and Move to National Competition

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Next stop – Los Angeles.  That’s where Manatee Academy’s Project Citizen portfolio is advancing.  The team of seventh grade students from Ms. Megan Shaver’s Civics class placed first in the state for their portfolio entitled, “Keep Port St. Lucie Afloat,” and the team placed second in the oral competition.  Representatives from Manatee’s team presented their problem, possible solutions, action plan, and portfolio which included the team’s research binder and presentation board to a panel of prestigious judges on May 20 in Palm Beach Gardens.  The suite of judges was comprised of Nova faculty, members of the League of Women Voters, and Florida Law Related Education Association staff.

While Manatee Academy’s team project is advancing to the national competition, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) had a weighted and impressive showing at the state competition which boasted a total of six middle school projects.  Of these six projects that advanced to the state level, three were from St. Lucie Public Schools.  Student team projects from Southern Oaks Middle School and Westgate K-8 rounded out the SLPS presence.  Projects were judged in two categories: (1) Oral Hearing in which students presented their problem, possible solutions, and action plan, and (2) Portfolio in which research binders and presentation boards were evaluated.  Westgate K-8 placed third in the Oral Hearing category.

“I am so impressed with the level of commitment and civic-minded responsibility our students demonstrated.  They selected their problem, thoroughly researched it, connected with many leaders in the community to explore solutions, and presented their ideas in a very polished manner,” said Lilly Beauchamp, principal of Manatee Academy.

For seventh graders in SLPS Civics classes, Project Citizen is a program that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. According to the Florida Law Related Education Association, “The program helps participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy.”

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

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Manatee Academy’s 7th grade Project Citizen team is advancing to the national Project Citizen competition for their project entitled, “Keep Port St. Lucie Afloat.”

St. Lucie Reading Council

St. Lucie Reading Council

slc reading council

During Tuesday’s (9/8/15) School Board Meeting (also International Literacy Day), St. Lucie County’s Reading Council read a proclamation stating that each Wednesday during the 2015-2016 school year will be recognized as a day to promote a passion for literacy.

St. Lucie Reading Council

St. Lucie Reading Council

President Ilyse Braini, Vice President Nicole Eak, and members of the St. Lucie Reading Council shared the Council’s proclamation at the October School Board meeting.  Promoting the love of literacy, encouraging membership, and celebrating the benefits of life-long learning and reading were included in the message.

The audience was all ears as the announcement was made for the school with the highest percentage of Reading Council members! Principal Wilkins of Parkway Elementary and her team proudly stepped up when their name was called. As the winning school, Parkway will receive an author visit from Louis McGuire, author of Don’t Be That Kid and the Don’t Be That Kid School Resource Guide!

 

 

St. Lucie School Board earns prestigious distinction

St. Lucie School Board earns prestigious distinction

The distinction of “Master Board” was awarded to the St. Lucie County school district leadership team by the Florida School Boards Association at their Annual Spring Conference, held June 13 – 15, 2012, in Tampa. The St. Lucie County school district is one of only thirty-five (35) school districts in Florida to currently hold this prestigious award, or about half of the state’s school districts. The Master Board Program is a voluntary program which provides opportunities for the leadership team (defined as the superintendent and the school board) to engage in training that enhances its capacity to provide visionary leadership for the school district. The Master Board Program concentrates on the leadership team’s governance roles for enhancing student achievement, fostering connections and empowering collaboration between schools and the community, and creating a learning organization to advance excellence in public education. The leadership team completed twenty-two (22) hours of learning activities in a state-wide forum and onsite trainings to earn this distinction. Pictured, seated, from left, Chairman Carol Hilson, Vice Chairman Debbie Hawley, School Board Member Kathryn Hensley. Back row, from left, are School Board members Troy Ingersoll and Dr. Donna Mills, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

St. Lucie School Board proclaims January mentoring month

St. Lucie School Board proclaims January mentoring month

The St. Lucie County School Board adopted a measure at its January 14, 2014, meeting proclaiming January, 2014, as National Mentoring Month in St. Lucie County public schools. Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS) Vice President of Programs Jenni Palm, pictured at left, and Caitlin Elbrecht, BBBS Lead Site-based Match Support Specialist, center, presented the proclamation to School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley, right.

St. Lucie School District earns national fit-friendly award

St. Lucie School District earns national fit-friendly award

American Heart Association representative Linda Perez presented the St. Lucie County School District an award at the January 22, 2013, school board meeting recognizing the district as a Fit-Friendly company. The national recognition is presented for organizations promoting health and wellness. Pictured, from left, are St. Lucie School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, district wellness manager Carlye Fabrikant, Ms. Perez, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

St. Lucie school food service manager first in state to earn national credential

St. Lucie school food service manager first in state to earn national credential

October 15-19 is National School Lunch Week, a perfect time to recognize St. Lucie West K-8 food service manager Carole Schutt, who recently received a national credential as a school nutrition specialist from the National School Nutrition Association. Ms. Schutt is the first food service manager in the state of Florida in achieving this recognition. Congratulations! Pictured are Ms. Schutt, left, with Director of Food Services Deborah Wuest.

St. Lucie school grades drop following numerous changes in grading formula

Fort Pierce, FL — Despite students in many cases performing better on the FCAT and other standardized tests compared to 2012, due to multiple changes in the state school grading formula, many St. Lucie Public Schools – mirroring statewide results — saw a drop of at least one letter grade in 2013 compared to last year, according to results for schools with grades kindergarten through eighth grade released today by the Florida Department of Education. High school grades are expected to be released later in the fall because of other calculations for their school grades.

School grades are primarily calculated based on student performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). The list below shows the letter grades assigned to St. Lucie public schools for 2013.

“We are certainly disappointed to see that the hard work and dedication of our teachers, students and other stakeholders, all of which resulted in so many cases of significant improvements, are not reflected in this year’s school grades,” remarked interim superintendent Genelle Yost, who assumed the district’s leadership upon the retirement of Michael Lannon June 30. “But we will continue to focus on each child, every day, so that all students are provided the individual support to ensure their academic success,” she added.

This is the third year changes in the state accountability system have been enacted by the Florida Department of Education following legislative mandates, some 32 changes just in the last two years. However, in 2012, the State Board of Education put in place a one-year stopgap measure to keep school grades from dropping more than one letter grade when the department realized the impact the changes would have on school grades last year. That provision was narrowly approved by the State Board of Education to be extended for this year only, while other grading formula changes remain in place.

Changes that affected this year’s school grades include new achievement levels for FCAT 2.0 Science and End-of-Course assessments in Biology 1 and Geometry, raising the writing standard used in school grades up to 3.5 from 3.0 last year, requiring that schools must show that the lowest-performing students are making progress in both reading and math, and including test performance and learning gains of students who attend alternative schools.

For K-8 and middle schools, the actual student performance is also impacted by the addition of a new measurement of acceleration rates of students, so that for several schools whose students showed improvement in test scores, their grade did not improve.

The additional changes in the grading formula, and their expected impact, drew the ire of education leaders across the state, which prompted Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett to convene a meeting July 1 with five district superintendents, Senator Bill Montford, who is also executive director of the state’s superintendent’s association, DOE staff members and the governor’s deputy chief of staff to discuss the impact of more changes to the accountability system to school grades for this year.

Statistics to note for St. Lucie schools:

• There is a significant increase in student performance this year at Lakewood Park Elementary, but this did not result in a letter grade improvement due to the safety net added last year
• C.A. Moore and Lakewood Park elementary schools realized a fairly large increase in grade level points and student performance on the FCAT, particularly on the writing section, but those improvements will not show in an improved school grade
• White City Elementary increased its accountability points this year and earned a B. Last year, they were granted a B based on the safety net; but, again due to the false floor imposed, they maintained their letter grade when their performance actually improved
• Fairlawn Elementary and F.K. Sweet Elementary maintained their positions earning a ‘A’ grade with a stable performance across the two years
• Southern Oaks Middle also maintained its position with a relatively stable performance across the two years on the original calculations included in the school grade
• Village Green Environmental Studies would have increased a letter grade based on their students’ performance this year, but also were impacted by last year’s decision to implement a false floor for school grades

School Name Preliminary Grade 2013
WHITE CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL B
WEATHERBEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL D
FAIRLAWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL A
FORT PIERCE MAGNET K-8 SCHOOL D
LAWNWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C
ST. LUCIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C
DAN MCCARTY SCHOOL F
FRANCES K. SWEET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL A
SAVANNA RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C
CHESTER A. MOORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C
LINCOLN PARK ACADEMY Pending
ST. LUCIE WEST K-8 SCHOOL B
SAMUEL S. GAINES ACADEMY K-8 F
ALLAPATTAH FLATS K-8 C
FORT PIERCE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL Pending
FORT PIERCE WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL Pending
MORNINGSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C
LAKEWOOD PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL D
FLORESTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C
BAYSHORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C
NORTHPORT K-8 SCHOOL D
WINDMILL POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL D
VILLAGE GREEN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES B
PORT ST. LUCIE HIGH SCHOOL Pending
PARKWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL B
SOUTHPORT MIDDLE SCHOOL C
MARIPOSA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C
OAK HAMMOCK K-8 SCHOOL C
MANATEE ACADEMY K-8 C
FOREST GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL D
RIVERS EDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C
SOUTHERN OAKS MIDDLE SCHOOL B
ST. LUCIE WEST CENTENNIAL HIGH Pending
TREASURE COAST HIGH SCHOOL Pending
WEST GATE K-8 SCHOOL B
NAU CHARTER SCHOOL D
RENAISSANCE CHARTER SCHOOL C
COLLEGE PREPARATORY ACADEMY Pending
MOSAIC DIGITAL LEARNING ACADEMY Pending
PALM POINTE EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH A

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St. Lucie Schools featured in national education publication

St. Lucie Schools featured in national education publication

St. Lucie Public Schools is featured in the March, 2012, edition of the national education publication District Administration as an example of effective educational reform. St. Lucie is recognized for its adoption of the framework of educational researcher Robert Marzano in establishing a teacher evaluation system that provides more specific guidance on successful elements of instruction, as well as the professional development for teachers and administrators in the observation process. A photo of Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Susan Ranew, and Lawnwood Elementary School principal D’Jion Jackson, performing a classroom observation was included in the article.