St. Lucie Schools recognized as region’s leader in environmental efforts

St. Lucie Schools recognized as region’s leader in environmental efforts

David Phillips of the Treasure Coast branch of the U.S. Green Building Council, South Florida Chapter, presented Generation Green – The 2012 Green Apple Awards at the May 22, 2012, St. Lucie County School Board meeting. The awards are designed to recognize and honor outstanding individuals, classrooms and schools in the Treasure Coast region who have implemented and are committed to green innovation in construction and operations. Pictured, from left, are School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Superintendent Michael Lannon, who was honored as the winning schools superintendent in the region, project manager John Gillette, who submitted the applications for the awards, and David Phillips. Others honored were Village Green Environmental Studies School, teacher Jennifer Majors at St. Lucie West K-8 School, and parent Leslie Taylor at Port St. Lucie High School.

St. Lucie Schools recognized for ‘green’ construction

St. Lucie Schools recognized for ‘green’ construction

St. Lucie Public Schools was recognized at the April 23, 2013, St. Lucie School Board meeting with a Green Apple Award, presented by the Treasure Coast Branch of the United States Green Building Council for South Florida Chapter, which is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to educating and promoting the benefits of sustainability, energy efficient buildings and communities. The annual Apple Award is designed to recognize and honor outstanding individuals, classrooms and schools in the Treasure Coast region that have implemented and are committed to green innovation, and St. Lucie Schools was recognized for the “green” designation for the design and construction of the new middle school building at Lincoln Park Academy. Pictured, from left, are executive director of facilities and maintenance Marty Sanders, Lincoln Park Academy assistant principal Candace Stone, School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, Niki Gozdz of the Green Building Council, project manager Joe Piper, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

St. Lucie Schools take the lead in nutrition and exercise initiative

St. Lucie Schools take the lead in nutrition and exercise initiative

The St. Lucie County Nutrition and Food Services department has been the driving force for eight local schools to earn grants from the Florida Dairy Council and the NFL’s Play 60 initiatives. The schools must be committed to healthy eating plus activity promoting exercise. The schools include Mariposa, Lakewood Park, F. K. Sweet elementary schools, Manatee Academy K8, St. Lucie West K8, and Port St. Lucie, Treasure Coast, and St. Lucie West Centennial high schools. Pictured is the team from F. K. Sweet with their mock check.

St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office Hosts Annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt

St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office Hosts Annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office bomb disposal team on Thursday, April 18, 2019 hosted their annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt.  The event took place place at Westside Church in Fort Pierce.

The Beeping Easter Egg Hunt is hosted each year for visually impaired students in the St. Lucie School District and features plastic eggs that beep, assembled by the bomb disposal team.  The students and adults all have a wonderful time finding the beeping eggs!

 

 

St. Lucie Shines the Light on Afterschool Activities

St. Lucie Shines the Light on Afterschool Activities

     St. Lucie Public Schools unites with other communities across the nation on Monday, October 17 to spotlight afterschool programs and activities. During this rally for program awareness, afterschool programs and activities throughout the county are expected to participate in Lights On Afterschool.
     Two locations are earmarked for the rally in St. Lucie County according to organizers Terrance Platt and Kimberly Roberts.  The Fenn Center in Fort Pierce and the Port St. Lucie Community Center in Port St. Lucie will open their doors from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM in order for parents, students, and community members to become familiar with afterschool opportunities.   Representatives from a host of organizations including library services, area churches, tutorial services, sports programs, mentoring services, service organizations, parks and recreation programs, and much more will man booths in an expo-style setting. Students will perform, attendees will have opportunities to win door prizes, and hands-on activities will be available.
     Roberts said, “This is an opportunity to showcase all afterschool, weekend, and summer programs and activities in our community.  Afterschool activities give our students outstanding opportunities to explore their skills, grow their talents, and provide service to others. Our children benefit tremendously from programs such as these and many are provided at minimal or no cost.”
     Superintendent E. Wayne Gent agrees with the afterschool programs’ positive impact on students.  He said, “Our schools offer quality afterschool programs including our 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and there is a rich variety of additional offerings in our community that will benefit our students as well.  Quality afterschool programs refine students’ skills and broaden their perspectives on opportunities available to them.” Gent also affirmed the fact that afterschool activity involvement contributes to improvements in attendance, behavior, academic achievement, and more.
     The Lights On Afterschool effort is in collaboration with Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs. For more information about Lights on Afterschool, contact Terrence Platt or Kimberly Roberts at 772.429.3617 or 772.429.3957 respectively.
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St. Lucie Soars

St. Lucie Soars

St. Lucie Soars represents the county’s longstanding focus on early literacy through collaborative partnerships with St. Lucie Public Schools, Early Learning Coalition, ALPI, the Education Foundation, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

St. Lucie Soars Take-Off Ceremony

St. Lucie Soars Take-Off Ceremony

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) recently hosted the St. Lucie Soars Take-off Ceremony — an event held at the Treasure Coast International Airport in a BEDE AERO Southeast hanger.  The event, supported by community leaders, served to kick-off the kindergarten through third grade early literacy initiative and highlight the importance of reading.

St. Lucie Soars is a SLPS literacy effort that includes a community initiative in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters to recruit volunteers and mentors to help close the gap on third grade literacy. The gift of reading opens the door to the world for students.  Consider becoming a volunteer for St. Lucie Soars, and you will be helping a child in become a proficient reader.

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St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent

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Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson

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Port St. Lucie Mayor Gregory Oravec

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Dr. Judi Miller, Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters, is presented with a $5,000 donation from

The St. Lucie Education Foundation by Thom Jones and Representative Larry Lee.

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Mr. Jim Bede is presented with a certificate of appreciation for donating BEDE AERO Southeast air hanger for the event.

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St. Lucie Soars Take-Off Ceremony Set for November 1st

St. Lucie Soars Take-Off Ceremony Set for November 1st

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Business and civic leaders will join St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) officials on Tuesday, November 1st at the Treasure Coast International Airport to celebrate the official take-off of the District’s early literacy initiative – St. Lucie Soars. The kindergarten through grade three focused effort is in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties.  Its purpose is to recruit volunteers and mentors in an effort to help close the gap on third grade literacy.

 

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Giving a child the gift of reading opens the door to the world.”  He encourages community members to consider becoming a volunteer for St. Lucie Soars by donating one hour each week to read with a child.  This will be the message from Gent and other dignitaries including Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson, Port St. Lucie Mayor Gregory Oravec, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Chief Executive Officer Dr. Judi Miller at the take-off ceremony which will be held amid airplanes in an aircraft hanger at the International Airport.

 

Jim Bede of BEDE AERO Southeast, a premier aviation design and manufacturer, is donating his corporation’s space for this event which is slated to begin at 10 AM on November 1st.

 

Information and registration are available through the St. Lucie Public Schools homepage at www.stlucieschools.org.  Interested volunteers will find registration information, a mentor guide, a training video, and more through this online portal. Consider becoming a volunteer today.  Through your weekly, one-hour commitment, the difference you make will help a child soar!

 

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 Speaks…and Listens

St. Lucie Speaks…and Listens

One hundred ninety early childhood educators laughed and learned at the “St. Lucie Speaks…and Listens” Conference at Fort Pierce Central High School on Saturday, February 3, 2018.

The conference was presented by ALPI-Head Start, Early Learning Coalition of SLC, Children’s Services Council, St. Lucie County Education Foundation and St. Lucie Public Schools. The conference’s keynote speaker was Jennifer Faber of the Florida Children’s Council.

St. Lucie Strong

St. Lucie Strong

St. Lucie Public Schools continues making historic gains – this year is no exception. We’ve strengthened our B rating and our District is only 1.5% from an A. We are now in the top third and ranked 22nd in Florida. #StLucieStrong #StLucieProud

St Lucie Students Connect To Their Future at IRSC Great Explorations

St Lucie Students Connect To Their Future at IRSC Great Explorations

Close to four hundred St Lucie Public high school students attended Indian River State College Great Explorations held at IRSC main campus in Fort Pierce.  The annual event attracted juniors and seniors from every high school (Fort Pierce Westwood, Central, Lincoln Park, Mosaic, Port St Lucie, Performance Based, St Lucie West Centennial, and Treasure Coast) who spent the day planning for their future after high school. Each student chose their top career interests and visited four college programs matching those interests. 

 

 

 

St. Lucie students learn universe mysteries at planetarium shows

St. Lucie students learn universe mysteries at planetarium shows

Students in Deborah Day, John Fallon and Janine Wiecks third grade classes from Northport K-8 school attended a stellar star show recently in the Hallstrom Planetarium at Indian River State College. Museums and planetariums evoke excitement and give children the foundational skills that enable them to be lifelong learners. Planetarium Director Jon Bell has been giving dynamic planetarium shows that engage students in the splendor of the stars and other celestial bodies for 20 years. Over 3,600 students from 19 St. Lucie Public Schools attended a planetarium show at IRSC this year. By seeing a planetarium show, students begin to understand their place in space and how scientists uncover the deep mysteries of the universe.

St. Lucie students’ percentage of proficiency scores on FCAT science test improve

Fort Pierce, FL — The percentage of St. Lucie Public Schools fifth and eighth grade students who scored proficiency, or passing, scores on the science section of the 2013 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) 2.0 went up two percentage points this year compared to last, from 43% to 45%, according to results released today by the Florida Department of Education.

White City Elementary fifth grade students led the district in increased level of proficiency on this year’s FCAT 2.0 science test compared to last year with an increase of 25 percentage points. F. K. Sweet Elementary fifth grade students and Lincoln Park Academy eighth grade students led the district in proficiency on the new FCAT 2.0 science test, with 72% of students at both schools scoring at proficiency, followed by fifth grade students from Morningside, White City, and Fairlawn elementary schools, and St. Lucie West and WestGate K-8 schools, all with students scoring above 60% proficiency.

This year’s scores are the first reported on the new proficiency scale developed in September of 2012. The FDOE will release ‘retrofitted scores’ for science, designed to provide more accurate comparisons between students’ performance from 2012 to 2013.

St. Lucie Students Will Soar to Greater Heights with Community Support

St. Lucie Students Will Soar to Greater Heights with Community Support

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Soars is an early literacy effort launched by St. Lucie Public Schools that includes a community initiative in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters.  A component of the program involves the recruitment of volunteers/mentors to support reading efforts in kindergarten through grade three to help close the gap in third grade literacy.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Giving a child the gift of reading opens the door to the world.”

Gent encourages community members to consider becoming a volunteer for St. Lucie Soars by donating one hour each week to read with a child.  Information and registration are available through the St. Lucie Public Schools homepage at www.stlucieschools.org.  Interested volunteers will find registration information, a mentor guide, a training video, and more through this online portal.

Consider becoming a volunteer today.  Through your weekly, one-hour commitment, the difference you make will help a child soar!

 

St. Lucie Students Will Soar to Greater Heights with Community Support

St. Lucie Students Will Soar to Greater Heights with Community Support

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Soars is an early literacy effort launched by St. Lucie Public Schools that includes a community initiative in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters.  A component of the program involves the recruitment of volunteers/mentors to support reading efforts in kindergarten through grade three to help close the gap in third grade literacy.  Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Giving a child the gift of reading opens the door to the world.”

Gent encourages community members to consider becoming a volunteer for St. Lucie Soars by donating one hour each week to read with a child.  Information and registration are available through the St. Lucie Public Schools homepage at www.stlucieschools.org.  Interested volunteers will find registration information, a mentor guide, a training video, and more through this online portal.

Consider becoming a volunteer today.  Through your weekly, one-hour commitment, the difference you make will help a child soar!

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 Teacher Nardi Routten Surprised with $25,000 Milken Award for Educational Excellence

St. Lucie Teacher Nardi Routten Surprised with $25,000 Milken Award for Educational Excellence

Ft. Pierce, Fla., January 9, 2015 – Film has the Oscar™, music has the Grammy™, science has the Nobel and sports has its gold medals, but what about the true unsung heroes on the frontlines of shaping our future? Where is the recognition for our nation’s educators? Enter Lowell Milken and the Milken Educator Awards.

mea_logo_smallNardi Routten, a fourth-grade teacher at St. Lucie County’s Frances K. Sweet Elementary School was surprised with this coveted $25,000 Milken Award this morning during a school-wide assembly in the cafeteria. Presenting the award was Dr. Jane Foley, Senior Vice President of the Milken Family Foundation. Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott and Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart were also in attendance.

Routten stands out for her exceptional passion and dedication for her job as an educator. She is known throughout the St. Lucie School District for dedicating extra time to her students before and after school and even during the weekends. She is highly requested among parents because her willingness and ability to meet each child’s specific needs is widely known. Routten’s students routinely score the highest in her school and throughout the school district on standardized assessments. She is National Board Certified and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in reading.

Routten was caught by surprise when her name was announced by Dr. Jane Foley at an emotional school assembly in front of cheering students, proud colleagues, distinguished officials and the media.

Award 3Routten was overwhelmed and moved to tears. Fellow teachers, staff and elected officials were teary eyed as well. The students showed their enthusiasm with gasps, cheers and thunderous applause. Routten remarked, “I am blessed beyond measure to have a passion and desire to work with kids. My students, they are amazing. They work hard and I push them hard, because I know they can do it.”

As Milken’s own website explains, “there’s a reason why Teacher magazine calls the award the ‘Oscars of Teaching.’ New Milken Educators have even been asked for autographs by admiring students. While the celebrity treatment is well-deserved, the Awards aren’t about the glitz and glamor. They’re about bringing attention to these classroom heroes; serving at once as validation, motivation and inspiration to current and future quality educators. The message: We recognize you. We value you. We thank you.”

“A great teacher can set a student on a path for success both now and in the future,” said First Lady Ann Scott. “I’ve met countless caring and dedicated professionals in classrooms throughout the state who have made a lasting impact on the students in their communities. Ms. Routten is a shining example of the kind of teacher every parent hopes for and every student remembers fondly.”

Routten is one of the exceptional educators being recognized nationwide by the Milken Family Foundation with an award ceremony and an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000. She is the only teacher in FAward 2lorida honored with the award this year. Only 40 Florida teachers have been honored with the Milken award since Florida joined the program in 1998, receiving more than $1 million.

In addition to surprising Routten with the prestigious Milken Award, Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott and Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart paid tribute to Frances K. Sweet Elementary School, a Magnet School, for 14 years of academic excellence and continuous A ratings. The school’s Principal Juanita Wright was also the St. Lucie Public School Principal of the Year last year.

“Saint Lucie County Public Schools is so fortunate to have an exceptional number of truly outstanding and passionate educators who routinely go beyond expectations in order to ensure their students are successful learners,” said St. Lucie County School District Superintendent Genelle Zoratti Yost. “Nardi Routten certainly qualifies as one of our phenomenal educators. She represents the district well as a recipient of the highly acclaimed Milken Educator Award. Ms. Routten enjoys the respect of the educational community and works cohesively with her peers, administration and parents. Her passion for education and her conviction that all children can learn is demonstrated each day in the work she does. The Saint Lucie Public School District is delighted to offer congratulations to Ms. Routten on this acclaimed achievement. She represents a grand institution and an honorable profession.”
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St. Lucie technical skills students move on to regional and state contests

St. Lucie technical skills students move on to regional and state contests

Having already qualified through regional events held earlier this month, a goup of 21 Allied Health students from Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie West Centennial, Fort Pierce Central and Fort Pierce Westwood high schools and their instructors head to the Florida Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Championships to be held March 30-April 1, 2012. Meanwhile 46 additional students from Fort Pierce Central, St. Lucie West Centennial, and Treasure Coast high schools will travel to several technical centers in Polk and Orange Counties soon to participate in many other Region III SkillsUSA technical and leadership competitions.  Criminal Justice students from Treasure Coast and Fort Pierce Central high schools will also compete locally in SkillsUSA Crime Scene Investigation and Criminal Justice contests.  Gold and silver medalists from all of these events will qualify to participate in the Florida SkillsUSA Championships to be held April 29-May 2, 2012.  Pictured is the HOSA team from Fort Pierce Westwood High and their instructor Cindy Kreis. Front row, from left, Stephanie Honeycutt, Chelsea Coggins, Coraima Gomez, Tiffany Harry, Ms. Kreis, and Jasmine Loussant. Back row, from left, Unity Wiggins, State Finalist Everett Ramos, Shavela Vaughn, Maeonna Wright, Hannah Bauer, State Finalist Dustin Tuckett, Sabrina Cuker, Nicole Bohaboj, Jonathan Barrow, State Finalist Tiffany Stonesifer, and Kristen Brunson.

St. Lucie Turns On Lights for Afterschool on October 22nd

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools unites with other communities across the nation on October 22nd to turn the lights on for afterschool programs and activities. During this rally for afterschool program awareness, more than twenty-five area afterschool programs are expected to participate in the 16th annual Lights On Afterschool.

Two locations are earmarked for the rally in St. Lucie County according to organizers Terrance Platt and Kimberly Roberts. The PALS Center in Fort Pierce and the Port St. Lucie Community Center in Port St. Lucie will open their doors from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM in order for parents, students, and community members to become familiar with afterschool opportunities.   Representatives from a host of organizations including library services, area churches, tutorial services, sports programs, mentoring services, service organizations, parks and recreation programs, and much more will man booths in an expo-style setting. Students will perform, attendees will have opportunities to win door prizes, and hands-on activities will be available.

Roberts said, “We want this to be a community event. We want everyone in our community to see this as an opportunity to showcase all the programs and activities in our community, because this can have a positive impact on our children.”

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent agrees with afterschool programs’ positive impact on students. He said, “Quality afterschool programs refine students’ skills and broaden their perspectives on opportunities available to them.” Gent also affirmed the fact that afterschool activity involvement contributes to improvements in attendance, behavior, academic achievement, and more.

For more information about Lights on Afterschool, contact Terrence Platt or Kimberly Roberts at    772.429.3617 or 772.429.3957 respectively.

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 St. Lucie Public Schools’ website www.stlucieschools.org ; Facebook www.facebook.com/stlucieschools; Twitter@StLucieSchools; or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

St. Lucie West Centennial cadets attend leadership academy

St. Lucie West Centennial cadets attend leadership academy

Shortly after school ended, St. Lucie West Centennial High School Navy Junior ROTC proudly sent seven cadets to Leadership Academy to learn how to become the future leaders of their unit. Pictured, rom left, Cadets Dane Tushinski, Devin Spellman Michael Battaglia, Johnna Moody,Luis Still and Ro-aine Graham, along with Chester Merrill who is not pictured, were selected to attend due to their achievement in academics, athletics, and military aptitude. Training at the academy began with chaos and yelling from retired Marine Corp Drill Instructors, as they instilled attention to detail and discipline in each cadet. Throughout the training sessions, the academy had a boot camp atmosphere as the cadets learned that in order to become a good leader, one must first become a good follower. The classes they attended included leadership studies, military etiquette, orienteering, military customs, water survival, and sailing. Physical training also played a major role at leadership academy. Each day began before sunrise with calisthenics and sprints, and the day ended with a two or three mile run. All seven cadets passed their physical fitness and academic tests with flying colors. Congratulations to Eagle Navy’s newly minted leaders.

St. Lucie West Centennial culinary students capture inaugural competition

St. Lucie West Centennial culinary students capture inaugural competition

Congratulations to Chef Jesse Strell and his team of culinary arts students from St. Lucie West Centennial High School for earning the Chefs of Tomorrow trophy by virtue of getting the most votes from the public for the best of show entry in the inaugural St. Lucie Public Schools Culinary Arts Showcase held recently at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. Teams from five of the county’s public high schools — Centennial, Fort Pierce Westwood, Fort Pierce Central, Port St. Lucie, and Treasure Coast high schools — plus Northport and St. Lucie West K8 schools competed in the event, which drew nearly 300 community members to sample the culinary creations. The winning team earned the trophy, a culinary arts speciality book for each member, and a $100 gift card from event sponsor Sam’s Club for their school’s program. Other event sponsors included Johnson & Wales University, Culinary Institute of America, WalMart, Target, Robert Erneston Produce, and Nelson Family Farms. Pictured is the Port St. Lucie High School team preparing to create their culinary delights.