F. K. Sweet cafeteria manager focuses on student health

F. K. Sweet cafeteria manager focuses on student health

March is National Nutrition Month and Janette Champagne, cafeteria manager at F.K. Sweet Elementary School works hard every day to ensure that students are eating a healthy balanced diet at breakfast and lunch. She also initiated a Walking Club for students. They meet every Tuesday and Thursday before school and walk a mile on the school track. Yoga is also a part of the club’s morning workout. Pictured is Ms. Champagne with students after their morning walk.
F. K. Sweet Breakfast with Santa

F. K. Sweet Breakfast with Santa

Frances K. Sweet’s student council hosted their annual Breakfast with Santa for the students and their families. More than 50 families ate breakfast, made crafts, and met Santa. Pictured are the student council representatives, Mr. Gary Bushby, and of course Santa.

F. K. Sweet art fair brings in lots of little artists

F. K. Sweet art fair brings in lots of little artists

F K Sweet’s annual art fair to raise money for the art program was a huge success. Students had more than 10 crafts to chose from and some did them all. Families enjoyed the night out together supporting the school. Pictured, from left, are Emma Rizzo, Giovanna Mangeri, and Lani Chambers, they are working on making scratch art masterpieces.

F. K. Sweeet first graders learn about colors

F. K. Sweeet first graders learn about colors

First grade students at F. K. Sweet Elementary School have been learning about colors. They started with a black piece of paper and created the center of a sunflower with the neutral brown. Next, they used warm colors to create the petals. Last, they used cool colors to create a dot pattern in the background. The students noticed how the warm colors come forward and cool colors recede. Pictured in Cary Schott’s art resource class, top row from left, are Fayth Coley, Brandon Padilla Costilla, and Kanosha Hartwell. Bottom row, from left, Iris Vargas, and Nathan Downey.

Expo Coming Soon

Expo Coming Soon

Mark your calendar for the 2019 Back-to-School Non-profit Expo at Grace Way Village.

When: Thursday, August 1, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Grace Way Village is one of many non-profits looking forward to supporting teachers in their efforts to care for our community’s children!

There are many non-profit organizations in the area that can help with the needs of your students.

Explosive Volcanoes  at Mariposa Elementary

Explosive Volcanoes at Mariposa Elementary

Fifth grade students, Heather Heath, Tuan Tran, Levi Gonzalez, and Sophia Lopez in Carla Bargeron’s Science resource class at Mariposa Elementary recently completed an exciting science unit.  Students first learned about landforms and volcanoes and then worked in teams to design and construct paper mache’ volcanos.  Students also learned about the steps in the scientific process and physical and chemical changes in matter.  Mrs. Sandra Bushby and the fifth grade students were thrilled as they conducted “explosive” experiments with their hand-made volcanoes and gooey “lava”. Aka jello chemical changes can be fun!

Exploring Restorative Practices

Exploring Restorative Practices

St. Lucie Public Schools administrators and school-based teams worked with school climate specialist and author Rick Lewis during a recent Restorative Practices workshop.

Restorative Practices focuses on establishing a culture of working together to bring about positive behavior changes. The educationally focused goal of restorative practices is to create a generation of professionally capable, self-regulating, emotionally-intelligent, and ethically-minded citizens.

 

 

Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History

Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History

St. Lucie Public Schools students participated at the Florida History Fair in Tallahassee.

This year’s theme was Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.

Next year’s theme is Taking a Stand in History. The students are already discussing possible topics on their bus ride home.

Experiments matter at Allapattah Flats K8

Experiments matter at Allapattah Flats K8

As part of their science curriculum, students in Bethany DiTullio’s fourth grade class at Allapattah Flats K8 recently studied physical and chemical changes of matter. As a culminating activity, the students performed four different experiments using baking soda and vinegar, salt and water, glow sticks, and crumbling paper. Students then decided whether a physical or chemical change occurred in each experiment based on their observations and knowledge. Students filled out their lab sheets with hypotheses, observations, and data as they went. Pictured, from left, are Chloe Perlmutter, Kyleigh Reese, and Christopher Daley.

Experience Will Count for St. Lucie Public Schools Educators

Experience Will Count for St. Lucie Public Schools Educators

In support of St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) continuing effort to recruit and retain experienced teachers, SLPS and the St. Lucie Classroom Teachers’ Association/Classified Unit have agreed to remove contract language that limits the years of experience awarded to returning DROP retirees. Previously, returning DROP retirees had a cap of five years on the experience for which they could receive credit. New language removes the cap and now qualified returning retirees can receive credit for all of their verified years of experience.  Current employees who returned from DROP will be credited with all verified years of experience beginning February 1, 2018.

 

Executive Director of Human Resources Dr. Rafael Sanchez said, “It’s a significant step in the right direction to attract and retain experienced, qualified teachers. We are excited about welcoming back these experienced teachers.” Union President Vicki Rodriguez agreed and added, “There is no substitute for experienced, highly effective teachers in the classroom, especially ones who have experience in our county.”

 

For more information on this and other opportunities within SLPS, contact the Human Resources department at http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/departments/human-resources/ or 772-429-7508.

 

 

Experience Will Count for St. Lucie Public Schools Educators

Experience Will Count for St. Lucie Public Schools Educators

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – In support of St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) continuing effort to recruit and retain experienced teachers, SLPS and the St. Lucie Classroom Teachers’ Association/Classified Unit have agreed to remove contract language that limits the years of experience awarded to returning DROP retirees. Previously, returning DROP retirees had a cap of five years on the experience for which they could receive credit. New language removes the cap and now qualified returning retirees can receive credit for all of their verified years of experience.  Current employees who returned from DROP will be credited with all verified years of experience beginning February 1, 2018.

 

Executive Director of Human Resources Dr. Rafael Sanchez said, “It’s a significant step in the right direction to attract and retain experienced, qualified teachers. We are excited about welcoming back these experienced teachers.” Union President Vicki Rodriguez agreed and added, “There is no substitute for experienced, highly effective teachers in the classroom, especially ones who have experience in our county.”

 

For more information on this and other opportunities within SLPS, contact the Human Resources department at http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/departments/human-resources/ or 772-429-7508.

 

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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 91.0 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.

 

Executive Directors of Schools Announced

St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent Genelle Yost announced today the selection of current school principals, Pam Dampier and Lydia Martin, as Executive Directors of Schools.

Veteran Principal Pam Dampier currently serves as principal of Lincoln Park Academy. She began her service to St. Lucie Public Schools in 1994 as a teacher who held numerous leadership roles prior to moving into administration. Mrs. Dampier worked as the principal of St. Lucie West K-8 School from August 2005 to June 2013 during which time she facilitated the campus’s successful transition from a middle school to a K-8 school. Mrs. Dampier is a visionary who has the ability to foster support and collaborative relationships amongst her staffs for the united purpose of enhancing student achievement.

Lydia Martin, also celebrated as a successful school leader, will join the the district staff after serving as the principal at Southport Middle School for the past four years. Supporting St. Lucie Public Schools since 1994, Mrs. Martin has held successful leadership roles including classroom instructor, assistant principal and principal. She is a practiced instructional leader who will share her skills and talents to build greater capacity amongst District principals in her new role. Her ability to analyze data and communicate strategies for school improvement make her a natural fit for the position of Executive Director.

Exciting Times in the Northport STEaM Lab!

Exciting Times in the Northport STEaM Lab!

Wonderful job to the Northstar STEaM students, their instructor, Christine Nurse, and ESE Chairpersons Sherri Yacovino and De Green for their great work with our ESE students. The excitement was palpable as students learned new and exciting hands-on information. Northstars STEaM Team students provided a laser and photonics hands-on lab for our wonderful exceptional students. The students designed and created an authentic triangulated laser and photonics security system.

Exciting Lab Activity for Mariposa Students

Exciting Lab Activity for Mariposa Students

Hobe Sound Nature Center visited the fourth graders at Mariposa Elementary. The center brought an owl for students to study and look at the world of raptors, while examining closely the adaptions of owls. Mrs. Jennifer Scipioni’s students learned about these adaptations through a hands-on activity investigating owl pellets. During this exciting lab activity, the students learned about food chains, ecology, and natural history. The lab activity produced small skeleton parts from rodents, birds, and more. The fourth graders were very excited to be able to take home these discoveries!

Exceptional Performances by Concert Bands

Exceptional Performances by Concert Bands

Eleven concert bands from throughout St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) participated in the District 13 Concert Band Music Performance Assessments (MPAs) this past weekend.

At this assessment, the ensembles perform on Stage 3 prepared numbers for three judges.  One selection must be a march.  Students leave the stage and go into the Sight Reading room.  They are handed a booklet that resembles the booklet that students receive when taking FSAs.  They are directed to different passages in the booklet.  The director is allotted a small amount of time to give brief directions, and the bands are then expected to “sight read” the selections and reach a high level of mastery.  To do so, they must bring all of the knowledge they have acquired in daily instruction and apply it in that instant setting.

Keep in mind that MPAs are the Music FSAs.

Also, remember the scale:

FSA        MPA

5        =     1   =   Superior

4        =     2   =   Excellent

3        =     3   =   Good

We urge our directors to always bring high quality instruction to their classes so that our students will always be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency and earn one of the highest two ratings.  It is also important to point out that SLPS had 11 bands participate at the District 13 MPAs.

Ft. Pierce Central

Band 2 = Excellent

Band 1 = Superior

Treasure Coast

Band 3 = Excellent

Band 2 = Excellent

Band 1 = Superior

Ft. Pierce Westwood

Band 1 = Superior

St. Lucie West Centennial

Band 2 = Excellent

Band 1 = Excellent

Lincoln Park Academy

Band 2 = Excellent

Band 1 = Superior

Pt. St. Lucie High

Band 1 = Excellent

It was a great weekend for Bands and The Arts from St. Lucie Public Schools!

 

Everyone enjoys Spirit Week at Lawnwood Elementary

Everyone enjoys Spirit Week at Lawnwood Elementary

Lawnwood Elementary recently celebrated Spirit Week.  Students, faculty, and staff had a blast with the different daily themes.  Pictured here are some silly students from Colleen Hawkes’ third grade class on Wacky Day. Bottom row, from left, Nicarus Smith, Jennelius Albury, Ana Cardenas, Orion Hall, and Agustin Sanchez. Top row, from left, Demetra Nicholson, Maria Mendez, Lesli Andaracua, Colleen Hawkes, Nicholyas Reese, and Christopher Cady.

Evening for Education

Evening for Education

The 18th annual “Evening for Education” dinner is Saturday, November 4, at 6:00 PM at the Pelican Yacht Club.

Working together for Success!  is the theme for an evening of dining and dancing with live and silent auctions. Win a large screen smart TV, Jane Rowley’s Famous Crab Dip, a signed Bud Adams framed photograph, jewelry, student art work, three nights in historic Boone, NC, and much more! There’s special pricing for School District employees. Visit www.efslc.org to RSVP.

Don’t miss this year’s event. This is the biggest fundraiser for the Education Foundation in its on-going efforts to support public education.

 

 

Essay winners recognized at school board meeting

Essay winners recognized at school board meeting

Winners of the sixth annual Samuel S. Gaines African American History essay contest were recognized at the April 10 St. Lucie County School Board meeting. Pictured, left to right, are: Assistant Superintendent Dr. Christine Taylor; Emily Perez, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, first place high school division; Julia Genkinger, first place middle school division; Chelsea Licea, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, second place high school division; Terra Ford, Manatee Academy K8, second place middle school division; Nicole Acevedo, Manatee Academy K8, third place middle school division; Hope Johnson, Samuel S. Gaines Academy K8, first place elementary division; Christopher Piedra, Samuel S. Gaines Academy K8, second place elementary division; and Juan Gomez, Samuel S. Gaines Academy K8, third place elementary division. Back row, from left, are Superintendent Michael Lannon, Samuel S. Gaines, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, and St. Luce Education Foundation board member Brian Garcia with daughter Sadie.