St. Lucie Public Schools Purchases Reading Horizons to Improve Reading Performance

St. Lucie Public Schools Purchases Reading Horizons to Improve Reading Performance

Ahead of recently passed legislation, the district will implement state-approved reading instructional materials in all 26 of its elementary schools.

St. Lucie Public Schools in Florida has purchased Reading Horizons, a leading provider of literacy solutions, for all 26 of its elementary schools for this school year. The decision came after the Florida Senate passed a bill that requires instructional materials to incorporate evidence-based strategies, including a phonics-based approach to acquiring literacy skills, which improve reading performance for all students.

Reading Horizons will be integrated into St. Lucie Public Schools’ curriculum of every kindergarten through 2nd grade classroom, along with various 3rd grade classrooms. As part of the deployment, more than 400 educators were trained before the school year on how to best support their students’ growth using the platform.

“A solid foundation in phonics is essential to building students’ literacy skills across all subjects,” says Kimberly Jay, Director of Elementary Curriculum. “St. Lucie Public School teachers have been geared up to use Reading Horizons in the classroom. We believe improving our students’ foundational reading skills will be the stepping stone to better comprehension of any topic.”

The Florida Senate bill doesn’t require districts to pick up state-approved reading instructional materials until 2021, but leadership at St. Lucie Public Schools is working far in advance of that deadline to strengthen students’ scores on the Florida State Assessment by providing phonics instruction and curricula to students starting in kindergarten.

“Early intervention is crucial to students’ success in reading. We are excited that leadership within St. Lucie Public Schools has chosen to implement Reading Horizons ahead of the state’s schedule to help its youngest learners as soon as possible,” said Reading Horizons’ president and CEO Tyson J. Smith, “At the same time, they’ve offered teachers the comprehensive professional development they need to make the most of the platform. We look forward to impressive results from students within St. Lucie Public Schools.”

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 Reading Horizons
For more than 30 years, Reading Horizons has dedicated its time and efforts to perfecting a reading system that makes learning to read simple and enjoyable for beginning and struggling readers. All of Reading Horizons’ products are based on a method that provides explicit, systematic, sequential decoding instruction. The Reading Horizons method has been proven successful for beginning readers, struggling readers, and students learning English. For more information, please visit ReadingHorizons.com.

 

 

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Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America

REMEMBER the Fallen. . . HONOR those who Serve. . . TEACH our children the value of Freedom.

Welcome to the FPCHS Cobra Battalion JROTC (FL0381P)’s Wreaths Across America Page.

On Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM, FPCHS Cobra Battalion JROTC (FL0381P) will be helping White City Cemetery Association to Remember and Honor our veterans by laying Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes.

Please help us honor and remember as many fallen heroes as possible by sponsoring remembrance wreaths, volunteering on Wreaths Day, or inviting your family and friends to attend with you.

Thank you so much for supporting the FPCHS Cobra Battalion JROTC (FL0381P) and Wreaths Across America!

“Northport September 11, 2001 Children’s Memorial Library”

“Northport September 11, 2001 Children’s Memorial Library”

The Northport Media Center is officially named “The Northport K-8 School Children’s Memorial Library” in honor and remembrance of the eight children who perished on September 11, 2001.

The children from United Flight 175 were Christine Hanson, age 2, David Brandhorst, age 3, and Juliana McCourt, age 4. The children from American Flight 77 were Dana Falkenberg, age 3, Zoe Falkenberg, age 8, Rodney Dickens, age 11, Bernard Curtis Brown, age 11 and Asia Cottom, age 11.

The memorial tribute is placed beneath the Northport American flag. The Remembrance at Northport was stunning in its authenticity and nearly completely devoted to student as teacher lessons developing critical thinking skills.

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Port St. Lucie High School students attended a ceremony during third period on September 11, 2018, to recognize and recollect the tragedy that happened on September 11, 2001.

The ceremony began with the Presentation of Colors by the Jaguar Battalion’s Color Guard commanded by Cadet Captain Brianna Harris, accompanied by Cadet Sergeant Justin Locklar as state flag, Cadet Sergeant Alexis Morris as national guard and Cadet Sergeant Shane Canady as state guard. In the ceremony, students witnessed videos and heeded a speech given by Deputy Milton Rosario who was an eyewitness and first responder at ground zero when this event took place. In his speech, he gave vivid descriptions of what he felt and saw. It was a humble commemoration of the tragic events that took place on that day.

 

LPA Seniors Commit to Graduate!

LPA Seniors Commit to Graduate!

On Wednesday, September 5th, Lincoln Park Academy’s entire 12th grade congregated in their auditorium for a Jostens inspired commitment to graduate ceremony to celebrate being a senior and to commit to graduate at the end of the year. The energy was captivating when asked how they all felt about being seniors this year as students were seen bouncing in their seats and were heard shouting such phrases as, “Oh, Yeah!” Every single student walked onto the stage, looked our esteemed principal, Mr. Sanabria, in the eyes, and said, “I commit to graduate!” They then joyfully walked over to the table where they were sure to choose the exact color sharpie that would best represent them when signing the graduation gown. The beautiful gown of many colored signatures, which represents the breathtaking diversity and togetherness of our school, will be put on display for all those who enter our school to see our students’ total commitment to graduate.

CALLING ALL DADS – Take Your Child to School Day

CALLING ALL DADS – Take Your Child to School Day

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) invites fathers and male caregivers to come back to school! On Wednesday, September 26, a movement across the state of Florida will be put into motion whereby fathers and male caregivers are encouraged to bring their child to school, sign a pledge of involvement, and demonstrate the value of being involved in their child’s education — Dads Take Your Child to School Day.

 

Dr. Kevin Perry leads the effort for SLPS, and he explained, “The movement in SLPS has grown significantly over the last three years, and we look forward to setting new participation milestones this year.”  A father who actively participates in the educational and social developmental life of a child is invaluable and irreplaceable.  Statistics from the National Fatherhood Initiative show when fathers and men are regularly and substantially involved in the education and social development of children, those children have higher standardized test scores, higher grade point averages, higher attendance rates and higher graduation rates.  Those children also have lower rates of suspension, expulsion and arrest.  As one goes up, the other goes down.  When you accentuate and improve the positive, you decrease or eliminate the negative.

 

While there is no magic solution to solve the concerns faced by educators today, getting fathers highly engaged is a huge step in the right direction.  Dads, Take Your Child to School Day is an opportunity for all men to show their commitment to the educational lives of children.  It also marks the beginning of a year-long commitment by men.  For this reason, the movement is an influential and celebrated event.

Last year, approximately 3,000 fathers and male caregivers participated in activities in SLPS.  This special event in honor of dads and their support of the educational process is implemented as a MOVEMENT, not just a MOMENT!  Schools will continue to have a series of father centered activities throughout the school year.

 

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.

 

Nov. 3rd – Drive for Education

Nov. 3rd – Drive for Education

Help Buick donate up to $10,000 to Ft. Pierce Westwood High School!

Drivers 21 and older are invited to take a 2 – 3 minute test drive on November 3rd at Fort Pierce Westwood High School.

Buick will donate $10 for the first 100 test drives and $20 per test drive after the school hits the 100 benchmark.

The event is scheduled from 8 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, November 3rd.

 

Creating Galactic Gliders at Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies

Creating Galactic Gliders at Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies

The students in the STEAM Design Challenges classes at Samuel Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies (SGAET) just completed their first Design Challenge: Galactic Gliders.

Students worked in teams to design a unique hoop glider that would satisfy their client, Mrs. Ima Sorin’s, needs. Students had the chance to design, build, test, redesign and retest prototypes of gliders and then create and present different marketing projects in order to promote their product. The students recorded their data and knowledge learned in their Interactive STEM Notebooks and in their online Canvas course.

 

Calling All Artists and Writers

Calling All Artists and Writers

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

Panther Pride

Panther Pride

Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s cafeteria has a bright new look for students to enjoy.  Working in partnership with the high school, Child Nutrition Services infused the school’s new design to provide an uplifting experience where students can enjoy great food, fellowship, and Panther pride!

WLX-TV The Education Channel

WLX-TV The Education Channel

Tune in to St. Lucie Public Schools’ education channel – WLX-TV.   While you’re there subscribe to our channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV.

Weekly Programming Guide

 

Solutions for Your Life – UF IFAS

 

Eye on St. Lucie

Notebook

Live United

Legal Affairs

Que Pasa St. Lucie

Sak Pase St. Lucie?

 

Community Connections

School Board Meeting

FPC’s Culinary Academy Cooks Up Experience

FPC’s Culinary Academy Cooks Up Experience

Fort Pierce Central’s Culinary Academy and administration feed the football team!

Not only do culinary students gain hospitality experience and volunteer hours while supporting our football team but they were also visited by Brandon Parks, FPC Culinary Academy graduate (farthest left in picture). Brandon is currently attending Valencia College in Orlando and just landed a job with Disney’s Animal Kingdom restaurant as a 2nd line cook! Disney hired him based on his work experiences in the Cobra Cafe and the St. Lucie CookOff (winning team member) as he never worked in the restaurant industry.

Congratulations, Brandon Parks! Go Cobras!

Northport Celebrates Grandparents Day 2018!

Northport Celebrates Grandparents Day 2018!

What a beautiful day @Northport. Grandparents came to visit and stayed for lunch. The school courtyard and cafeteria were filled with grandparents and their children enjoying food together. Rachel Ellsworth and the culinary arts students prepared a lovely taco bar and school lunch was also available. Every nook and cranny was filled with love, care and enjoyment of family! The Northport community was filled to the brim with joy and love today! Thanks to our grandparents for making Northport a pleasure to treasure. Pictured are Sean and Debra McGrath and their grandchildren in the NP cafeteria.

VPK Students Learn About Their School Family

VPK Students Learn About Their School Family

After learning about their school family in class, the VPK children in Mrs. Reynolds and Ms. Ifill-Bowen’s class at Allapattah Flats took a tour to visit some of the people who work in their school. They met school personnel and saw them at work. The children learned a little more about what each person does in the school.

 

 

Horray for Hollywood

Horray for Hollywood

SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, November 3, 2018

6:00PM
Education Foundation, St. Lucie
presents its
19th Annual Gala
“An Elegant Evening for Education”

THEME: Hooray for Hollywood
Dress in Hollywood style and walk the red carpet
Be A Star! 
Support Public Education

at the
Harbour Ridge Club House, Palm City, Florida

Don’t miss this premiere dinner, dance and live/silent auction event
and help support public education in St. Lucie County.

For more information contact Thom Jones at 772-429-5505

RSVP ONLINE
The mission of the Education Foundation is
to promote, encourage and recognize excellence in public education.

 

 

Northport Constitution Week Study Gives Power to the People!

Northport Constitution Week Study Gives Power to the People!

Constitution Week is officially declared this year as September 17-23, 2018, and schools all across America will celebrate the nation’s Constitution.

Northport is proud to educate our students about our Constitution. Each morning this week, a different student voice will recite the Preamble to the Constitution on the public announcements.

Community partners and neighbors, Debra Magrann and Pauline Pavlick, visited the Northport Media Center to educate our students about the Constitution. Students learned that Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, James Madison and 31 other delegates met at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The date was September 17, 1787. The delegates signed the Constitution of the United States of America to establish a framework to govern our new country and to protect the rights of the citizens. The students also learned the difference between a Republic and a Democracy. Each student and teacher received a new copy of the Constitution of the United States of America.

Dads Take Your Child To School Day Proclamation

Dads Take Your Child To School Day Proclamation

Dr. Rafael Sanchez (pictured with his son, daughter and wife) read the 2018 Dads Take Your Child to School Day Proclamation during the September School Board Meeting.  Dr. Sanchez and thousands of other dads and male caregivers will accompany their children to school on Wednesday, September 26 in support of the state-wide movement.

“The continuum of research, policy development and program implementation related to family involvement supports emphasis on engaging fathers as a means of increasing student achievement.

More than 30 years of research findings maintains the belief that a positive relationship exists between increased family engagement and student academic success. Although specific research into the impact of the father’s role in a child’s academic development is growing, findings[1] suggest that when fathers are actively involved in their child’s education, students:

  • Perform better academically;
  • Have fewer discipline problems; and
  • Become more responsible adults.”

[1] A Call to Commitment: Fathers’ Involvement in Children’s Learning. (2000, June 1). Retrieved April 14, 2015, from http://www2.ed.gov/pubs/parents/calltocommit/index.html.

 

*Each school will share specific plans with parents about activities scheduled for September 26, 2018.

 

Treasure Coast Literacy Association

Treasure Coast Literacy Association

Ilyse Brainin and members of the Treasure Coast Literacy Association, formerly known as the St. Lucie County Reading Council, shared a proclamation with the St. Lucie County School Board entitled, “Promoting a Passion for Literacy.”

The organization’s mission is to provide resources and ideas to help inspire educators to provide skills and techniques through events and professional development that will enable students to be successful learners and life long readers as well as supporting the community with literacy events.