LPA Band Student Cameron Slack to All-State

LPA Band Student Cameron Slack to All-State

Lincoln Park Academy senior band student Cameron Slack has been selected to perform in the Florida Music Education Association All-State Symphony Orchestra. He will be performing at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Saturday, January 12th. Congratulations!

 

Kids At Hope

Kids At Hope

WCE students participated in the Kids at Hope Tunnel.  Students were cheered on by staff and community members as they were reminded that they are capable of success.

 

 

Compensation Agreement Reached

Compensation Agreement Reached

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — It is no secret that the Florida Legislature did not provide adequate funding this year for Florida’s public schools. The St. Lucie CTA/CU and the District have worked together to get the most out of exhausted funding options stretched thin by legislative shortfalls and unfunded mandates. Both parties agree that educator salaries fall short of where we’d like them to be and are committed to finding ways to increase compensation for all employees.

For the 2018-2019 school year, all eligible teachers will receive a Retention Supplement of $850.00.  In addition, $500.00 will be added to the base amounts used to calculate supplements.  Eligible CU employees will receive a supplement in the amount equivalent to their step within the salary schedule and an additional $250 bonus.

The negotiated supplements for CTA and CU will count toward FRS contributions. They are non-recurring unless future funding allows for them to become permanent salary increases.  This agreement is also subject to School Board approval and Union ratification.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “As our rising academic trends have shown, we have a team of talented educators on board who can continue supporting our students’ historic growth.  We did the best we could in this lean year.  However, Martin, Palm Beach, and numerous other districts have recently passed voter approved referendums to pay their teachers significantly more than St. Lucie County. We, too, must explore these options to preserve our continued growth and not jeopardize our students’ success by losing our best and brightest educators to other districts across the state with more attractive compensation.”

St. Lucie CTA/CU president E. David Freeland said, “While this is certainly not the kind of compensation package we want to bring to our members, it reflects the reality of a Florida Legislature that continues to undervalue students and educators in the state.  We look forward to working with the School District to explore other local means of funding our schools and covering shortfalls created by the Florida Legislature.”

 

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.

 

 

State of Jobs Big Draw for Students

State of Jobs Big Draw for Students

On October 25, 2018, roughly 280 SLPS seniors from across the entire district attended State of the Jobs conference (SOJC). Students learned about various aspects of Skilled Trades, Manufacturing and Healthcare. The three career fields were identified in the Skills Gap Analysis as critical areas in need of workers.

Students learned about each career path and were provided first-hand information within each pathway. Students engaged with vendors on career opportunities and learned about post-secondary education options. The Skilled Trades pathway allowed students to try different skills such as Plumbing, Electric, HVAC, Framing, Screening, Drywall, etc. The Manufacturing pathway provided students with the opportunity to “taste” a product manufactured locally — juice from Natalie’s Juice Company. The healthcare pathway provided students with an abundance of hands-on activities that enhanced students level of engagement. Students learned about financial assistance from FAFSA, about scholarships, and about everything in between.

Job Fair – December 1st

Job Fair – December 1st

We’re growing our team —  spread the word!  St. Lucie Public Schools will host a job fair for teachers and paraprofessionals on December 1st in the gymnasium of St. Lucie West K-8 from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.

Amazing staff, talented students, and a school district making unprecedented gains — a winning combination.

Morningside Elementary School’s Veterans Day Ceremony Color Guard

Morningside Elementary School’s Veterans Day Ceremony Color Guard

On Wednesday November 7, 2018, Port St. Lucie High School’s Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s color guard presented the national colors as students said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the National Anthem. Opening the Morningside Elementary Veterans Day Ceremony and commanding the color guard was Cadet Sergeant Lawrence Moleon Mathews accompanied by Cadet Command Sergeant Major as state flag bearer, Cadet Sergeant Justin Bennett as national guard, and Cadet Sergeant Michael Schmitt as state guard.

Veterans were welcomed into the cafeteria where they sat down and enjoyed various students sing songs and thank them for their service.

Northport Commemorates Veterans Day, As Always!

Northport Commemorates Veterans Day, As Always!

Northport hosted a contingency of veterans from American Legion, Post 318 and Vietnam Veterans, Chapter 566 for a panel discussion for a commemoration of Veterans Day. The program began with second grade students from Jennifer Lusardi’s class leading the Pledge of Allegiance and giving a special salute to our veterans. Miss Lusardi’s father, Joe Lusardi. was one of the honored guests for the morning panel. Drama students from Allison Barajas’ class sang moving renditions of The National Anthem and God Bless America. Handwritten poetry was read by students from Mrs. Flores’ class. Students listened as the veterans gave a background of their service then were given the opportunity to ask questions and extend those questions and answers. Many topics were discussed and at times, students were in awe of direct answers to questions; at other times they were moved to tears. Information about JROTC classes at local high schools was discussed and students were given options to mull over. Principal Glenn Rustay spoke to the seventh grade Stingrays about patriotism, service, choices in life, respect and empathy. The program was a tremendous opportunity for students to synthesize information and to make connections for their own lives. We are a patriotic bunch at Northport!

Great Explorations

Great Explorations

Early in November, approximately 300 St. Lucie Public Schools students attended Indian River State College’s Great Explorations.  Each student was able to focus on an area of interest then attend program tours, presentations, and hands-on activities.  Many set plans and goals for their future careers! .

All-State Chorus

All-State Chorus

Three Forest Grove Middle School Chorus students have been selected to participate in the 2019 Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) All-State Choruses.  They are:

Sebastian Spence (8th Grade) –  Tenor – Florida All-State 7/8 Mixed Chorus

Alvin Lyons, Jr. (7th Grade) –  Tenor – Florida All-State 7/8 Mixed Chorus

Ella Gagliardi (8th Grade) –  Alto – Florida All-State 7/8 Treble Chorus

 

Also congratulations to two additional All-State Candidates who earned Honorable Mention are::

Honorable Mention – Catalina Black – Soprano 1 – Florida All-State 7/8 Treble Chorus

Honorable Mention – Caila Calhoun – Soprano 2 – Florida All-State 7/8 Treble Chorus

These students will join more than 800 students throughout Florida for three days of vocal workshops and rehearsals, culminating in performances that are the highlight of the FMEA conference in Tampa, January 10 – 12, 2019.  The All-State Choruses are highly select groups of choral students from Florida’s middle and high schools who are brought together for the purposes of rehearsing and performing selected music with guest conductors. Students are selected based on competitive scoring on a written music theory test, vocal performance, and sight reading.

These All-State students are not only blessed with exceptional vocal talent, but also possess the mental focus and perseverance necessary to rise to the top through a rigorous selection process that began in September. We are so proud of them!

Vet Tech Tour

Vet Tech Tour

In October, Fort Pierce Westwood Agriscience hosted 22 Manatee Vet Prep 8th grade students and parents.  The group was treated to a tour and demonstration at the Agriscience facility then on to Veterinary Assisting where several Manatee alumni were seen leading hands-on activities.  The Manatee 8th graders were engaged and appreciated seeing the opportunities Westwood offers its students.

Kitchen Krawl

Kitchen Krawl

St. Lucie Public Schools partnered with Main Street Fort Pierce to connect downtown Fort Pierce businesses to the high and middle school culinary programs.  In mid-October, nine culinary teachers toured eight restaurants; Importico Bakery, Uncle Carlo’s Gelato, Taco Dive, 2nd Street Bistro, Subway, Sunrise City Café, The Bradford and the Cake Lady.  The whirlwind tour started at 3 PM with kitchen tours, sampling flagship dishes, historical tidbits, and moving on to the next stop.  The group was thrilled to see Fort Pierce Central and Fort Pierce Westwood culinary graduates in action —  one as hostess and one as restaurant owner!  Teachers loved the fast- paced event, hospitality shown, making connections, and hearing each restaurant’s story.  Restaurants loved hearing that culinary students take the ServSafe Industry Certification exam while in high school.  Future collaborations were planned including classroom presentations, student employment, and advisory board meetings.  Big thanks to Doris Tillman and Michelle Cavalcanti from Main Street Fort Pierce.

 

 

FPCHS Students Use Drone Technology For Safety

FPCHS Students Use Drone Technology For Safety

Fort Pierce Central High School students use drone technology to keep fellow students safe.

Students in Fort Pierce Central High School’s Embry Riddle Aeronautical University program are working in collaboration with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. These amazing students are using drone technology to improve safety on our campus. This is an ongoing project and we are excited to see the next phase. Thank you to WPTV for featuring these wonderful students! Central Can!

https://www.wptv.com/news/region-st-lucie-county/fort-pierce/students-use-drone-technology-to-keep-fellow-students-safe

National School Psychologist Week

National School Psychologist Week

November 12-18, 2018 is designated as National School Psychology Awareness Week. This week serves to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help students thrive in school.

Our school psychologists are all actively involved in problem solving meetings at schools, conducting evaluations, assisting in implementing our mental health initiative, addressing suicide prevention and supporting our schools with their Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports initiatives.

Congratulations to our wonderful group of school psychologists.
#StLucieProud

Buddy Bench – Save Those Caps

Buddy Bench – Save Those Caps

Residents and community members are encouraged to collect plastic bottle caps and lids — which typically cannot be recycled locally -and help Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful re-use and transform them into community “buddy benches.”

Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful will officially kick off this new Buddy Bench project on America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, 2018 with a 10:30 a.m. rally at West Gate K-8 School. KPSLB received a $500 Waste-in­-Place Grant from Keep Florida Beautiful to get the project off the ground, which is part of a nationwide movement to give children a place to sit with a buddy when they are feeling alone or bullied.

KPSLB partnered with several City departments (Communications, Neighborhood Services, Police and Utility Systems), Waste Pro and the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County, whose members have become ambassadors for the project. The City also is working with three local schools for the initial phase of the project: Morningside Elementary, Oak Hammock K-8 and West Gate K-8.

“This Buddy Bench project is a perfect fit with Keep Port St. Lucie’s goal to expand awareness for litter prevention and recycling,” said Georgette Beck, Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful Coordinator. “It also allows us to work on the City’s strategic goals to partner with our local schools and to keep Port St. Lucie safe, clean and beautiful.”

Each school will need to collect 200 pounds of caps to create their one bench. Once collected, KPSLB will send the caps to Green Tree Plastics, based in Evansville, IN, which has created a program designed to fabricate the benches to help educate students about recycling.

Community members are invited and encouraged to help the students reach their 200 pound of caps goal. Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful has placed blue buckets at four City locations for residents to drop off their clean collected caps:

• City Hall Lobby, 121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd.
• PSL Civic Center -Recreation area, 9221 SE Civic Center Place
• PSL Community Center, 2195 SE Airoso Blvd
• Port St. Lucie Police Department

Any local business or community group that would like to set up a collection spot can contact Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful at 772-871-5103. The attached flyer lists the specific types of accepted caps and lids. This project will wrap up on April 20, 2019 at KPSLB’s Caring Community Clean Up and Celebration Day.

Thanksgiving at The Rapids

Thanksgiving at The Rapids

RAPIDS WATER PARK WILL BE OPEN THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING!

NO SCHOOL THIS WEEK!  GET THE KIDS OUT OF THE HOUSE FOR SOME FUN!

ATTACHED IS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WITH A SPECIAL LOW PRICE  ($19.99 + TAX) AND YOUR SLPS PROMO CODE!

 

Surf Champion and Outstanding Student

Surf Champion and Outstanding Student

Meet Maddy Polina Malizia in the November edition of Eye on St. Lucie. Polina, as she likes to be called, is a successful student at St. Lucie Virtual School who also bears the distinction of the Russian Federation National Woman’s Surf Champion. Your host, Kerry Padrick, will speak with her and with Jeanne Ziemba, Polina’s St. Lucie Virtual School principal, to find out how this impressive young champion successfully balances academics and international sports championships.

 

Hop Aboard a Virtual Reality School Bus

Hop Aboard a Virtual Reality School Bus

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools welcomes the arrival of an innovative mobile classroom scheduled to stop by four school sites so students, teachers, and community members can discover how hundreds of K-12 school districts, universities and medical schools are effectively incorporating virtual reality into their lesson plans and curriculum. On Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30, the zSpace bus rolls into town with its virtual stations set up and ready for use.

 

Students and teachers are using zSpace to globally transform education with hundreds of thousands of students using the technology in their classrooms and labs for STEM learning. Students can dissect organs, dive into volcanoes and more – all in a virtual reality world. No headsets are required, just simple 3D glasses so students and teachers can work collaboratively.

 

zSpace enables fearless learning. Students learn by trying and doing without the fear of breaking materials, spilling chemicals, making a wrong incision or blowing up a circuit – medical students and doctors can even practice surgeries and organ dissections without the messiness of working on real cadavers.

 

zSpace Schedule

Date Time School Address
November 29, 2018 8 AM – 10 AM Fort Pierce Westwood High School 1801 Panther Lane

Fort Pierce, FL 34947

November 29, 2018 Noon – 2:30 PM Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies 2250 S. Jenkins Road

Ft. Pierce, FL 34947

       
November 30, 2018 9 AM – 11 AM Oak Hammock K-8 1251 S.W. California Blvd.

Port St. Lucie, FL 34953

November 30, 2018 1 PM – 3 PM Windmill Point Elementary 700 Darwin Blvd.

Port St. Lucie, FL 34953

 

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.