Author Keith Lawrence Roman Visits Mariposa Elementary

Author Keith Lawrence Roman Visits Mariposa Elementary

Author Keith Lawrence Roman visited Mariposa Elementary this week. He presented his books to the students and talked about what it takes to be an author. He discussed imagination as the key to writing. Student Evan is holding one of Keith Lawrence Roman’s most popular books, I Sat Beside an Elephant.  Student Trey asked the author a question about being an author. Student Chason was so proud to have his book signed by the author.  Thank you for visiting our school!

 

 

 

Port St. Lucie High School Students Tour GL Homes at Valencia Cay

Port St. Lucie High School Students Tour GL Homes at Valencia Cay

Students in the Carpentry and Drafting Programs at Port St. Lucie High School were provided an overview of constructing a home from land prep to closing. The students were educated by Joe Stein and Richard Bukowski, both construction managers from GL Homes. Joel Dramis, Building Code Administrator for the City of Port St Lucie, provided expertise on the permitting process while Jim Brann of the Porch Factory talked about the traits he desires in employees, as well as scholarships provided by the Treasure Coast Business Association.

 

Haitian-American Advisory Council

Haitian-American Advisory Council

Sak Pase Host Maggie Remy speaks with Superintendent E. Wayne Gent about the referendum and how it supports teachers, school security, mental health, and essential programs.  The Superintendent also enjoyed speaking with community members at the April Hatian-American Advisory Council, a community-based organization that supports networking and community projects.

Check out the show on WLX-TV – The Education Channel:  https://youtu.be/z9AGVU0g-nw

and on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Haitian-American-Council-633269410471437/

 

 

 

CAST Teacher Andrew Gekoskie Selected as Clinician

CAST Teacher Andrew Gekoskie Selected as Clinician

Announced nationally by Conn-Selmer Education on April 1, 2019, CAST Music Teacher Andrew Gekoskie was chosen as a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician!  Andrew Gekoskie is also the Music Director of The Gardens Pops Orchestra and Artistic Director/Conductor of The Orchestra X Project – a professional chamber orchestra located in South Florida.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2HN9sFu

Mr. Gekoskie is honored to be recently chosen as a National Educational Clinician for Conn-Selmer Education.  SLPS is proud!
Board Member Dr. Donna Mills Honored by Chamber

Board Member Dr. Donna Mills Honored by Chamber

Dr. Donna Mills, SLPS School Board Member, was honored by the Chamber of Commerce as April’s Woman of the Month.  Dr. Mills was introduced by her daughter, United States District Court Judge Shaniek Maynard – a past recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Month Award.  This made for a unique pairing for the mother and daughter team to both hold the Chamber’s “Woman of the Month” distinction.

Dr. Mills has been a champion of students and families in St. Lucie County for 30 years and has served on the School Board since 2010.  She invests time in literacy efforts, is dedicated to ministerial missions, and spearheads outreach projects to Haiti.  She is also known for her advocacy and participation in community-based events.  Congratulations, Dr. Mills!

IRSC Wins Top Aspen Prize

IRSC Wins Top Aspen Prize

FORT PIERCE, FL — The Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., awarded its highest honor, the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, to Indian River State College. The award is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges.

IRSC was selected from more than 1,000 state and community colleges following a rigorous review of data, strategies, and outcomes related to student learning, degree and certificate completion, high rates of graduate employment, earnings for graduates, and exceptional access and success for minority and low-income students.

“The 2019 Aspen Prize is a credit to the people of Indian River State College and the outstanding communities we serve,” said Dr. Edwin Massey, President of IRSC. “From our Trustees, to our community partners, to our employees, to our dedicated students, IRSC is enriched with some of the most incredible people supporting our college mission, and this distinct honor validates their commitment on a national level. Bringing home the Aspen Prize is truly a celebration of their hard work.”

 

According to the Aspen Institute, Indian River State College stands out as one of the nation’s top community colleges for many reasons, including:

• IRSC has a 56 percent transfer rate, compared to the national average of 32 percent;
• IRSC has a 52 percent Bachelor’s attainment rate for students who go on to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree, compared to the national average transfer rate of 42 percent; and
• IRSC alumni earn $41,492 on average five years after graduation, compared to the $38,714 average salary of all regional workers.

 

Additional factors underscore IRSC’s commitment to student success:

• During the 2017-2018 academic year, IRSC’s graduating class—3,951 students—was the largest in the College’s 58-year history;
• 94% of IRSC graduates find employment or continue their education, typically earning more than twice the average entry wage in the four-county area; and
• IRSC is designated as the 3rd Most Affordable College in the U.S. by the Department of Education, with no tuition increase in six years.

The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence is awarded every two years and is generously funded by ECMC Foundation, Joyce Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and Siemens Foundation. IRSC has been selected as a top ten finalist for the award in each of the past three program cycles. In 2017, the College advanced to the Aspen Prize Top 3 as a Finalist with Distinction.

Successful Student Work Skills Program Grows

Successful Student Work Skills Program Grows

FORT PIERCE, FL – “Student Perks: It’s More Than Coffee.”  This slogan, used to promote a student-run enterprise known as Student Perks, rings true for those who instituted a work skills opportunity that began percolating four years ago in the St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program.

The original Student Perks location, run by Port St. Lucie High School students, is located at the Board of County Commissioners Administration Building located at 2300 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce, and is open to the public every Tuesday from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM.  Students have successfully sold coffee, pastries, fresh fruit, and signature brand tumblers in a kiosk on the first-floor breezeway for three years.  They reap benefits of authentic experiences while their customers benefit from their valuable services.

This year, the PSLHS students have been mentoring St. Lucie West Centennial High School students to prepare them for the opening of a second Student Perks location.  After much preparation, the second Student Perks, located at Port St. Lucie City Hall Building A (First Floor) at 121 Port St. Lucie Blvd in Port St. Lucie, opened on March 28, 2019.  Student Perks in Port St. Lucie is now open to the public every Thursday from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM.

The goal of the coffee shop is to support students in their effort to refine skills that will aid them as they transfer to competitive employment after high school. According to Job Coach Martha Taylor, “There is no better practical application of a skill than to use it when authentically interacting with customers.  Student Perks offers our students opportunities to work with customers to flex their abilities in the areas of nutrition, money, marketing, social skills, safety, work ethics, and working with the public.”

Executive Director of Student Services and Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson lauds the partnership with the county and the city. “We greatly appreciate the partnership and continued support of our Transition Programs that provide great opportunities for our students to participate in authentic employment experiences as they prepare to move from school to work.” He added that he is witness to the fact that students are now able to transfer what they have learned in the classroom to an authentic work experience.  “This is truly enhancing and expanding their educational program.”

Students from PSLHS and SLWCHS are responsible for kiosk operations, and proceeds from the coffee shops offset Student Perks’ expenses.

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 FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Inaugural Male Youth Summit

Inaugural Male Youth Summit

WHAT:  The inaugural Male Youth Summit at Performance Based Preparatory Academy is a collaboration between the Bethune-Cookman University’s Male Development Institute and the Omicron Tau (Treasure Coast) Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Breakout sessions will cover topics such as: dressing for success, grades, mental health, and time management.  Special guests include:

WHO: Male students in grades six through twelve are invited to attend.

Special guest speakers include Attorney Arnold Gaines and representatives from both the Fort Pierce Police Department and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department.

WHERE: Performance Based Preparatory Academy

2909 Delaware Avenue

Fort Pierce, FL 34947

WHEN:  April 6, 2019

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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.

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TCHS Principal Selected to Participate

TCHS Principal Selected to Participate

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – The Florida Department of Education has invited Treasure Coast High School Principal Susan Seal to the Level 2 School Principal Performance Assessment Task Development Meeting.  The purpose of this meeting, held in June at Florida Atlantic University, is to develop performance tasks aligned to the competencies and skills finalized as part of the Level 2 School Principal Performance Assessment development process. It is an honor to be invited to participate.

 

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 FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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LPA Attends State Thespian Festival

LPA Attends State Thespian Festival

During Spring Break of 2019, the Lincoln Park Academy Theater attended the 2019 State Thespian Festival. The level of accomplishment of the students that represented this theater department was the most impressive that it has ever been. Students were awarded with three superior rated scholarship auditions, all of which yielded interviews for colleges with the applicants for scholarships and training programs.  An additional three were superior rated performance pieces, two excellent ratings, and a straight superior rated Top Honors award on the Large Group Musical Performance. During the festival, students had the opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops led by professional actors, producers, choreographers, technicians, and dancers. These workshops taught students how to rehearse, perform, manage, and maintain a theater in the professional world, and better prepare them for opportunities in the future. As always, we look forward to attending the State Festival next year and are grateful to have been able to attend this year!
O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Supports PSLHS JROTC Fundraiser

O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Supports PSLHS JROTC Fundraiser

On Saturday, March 30, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion conducted a fundraiser in the parking lot of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts to raise money for the Regional Champion Drill Team. Cadets pre-sold tickets for several weeks prior to the fundraiser to help increase participation in the event. The 23 cadets who participated raised enough money to offset the cost of attending the State Drill Meet coming up on April 13, 2019. The cadets are now able to afford transportation to the State Championship Drill Meet in Lakeland, Florida!

WLX-TV – The Education Channel

WLX-TV – The Education Channel

This week, we are featuring an all new Que Pasa St. Lucie featuring Superintendent Gent, UF/IFAS hosted by Ken Gioeli, Legal Affairs hosted by Diamond Litty, and Live United hosted by Kenrick Thomas. Watch and see what is happening within our schools and our community!
 

We are on Comcast Channel 13 (Fort Pierce), Channel 19 (Port St. Lucie), and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse. You can also catch us on YouTube. While you’re there, subscribe to our channel, then head over to Facebook and like/follow our page – WLX-TV.

School Grown Vegetables at Weatherbee

School Grown Vegetables at Weatherbee

Ms. Whitney Lerman and her kindergarten students are teaming up with Mrs. Andrea Pierson, Cafeteria Manager, to grow and serve ‘school grown’ vegetables on the cafeteria line at Weatherbee.  The veggies shown will be transformed into coleslaw and salad and served in our cafeteria for lunch!

 

PSLHS JROTC Participates in American Legion Match

PSLHS JROTC Participates in American Legion Match

On Saturday March 30, 2019, the Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s Marksmanship Team competed at Sebastian River High School in the inaugural American Legion 12th District 3P Air Rifle Match.  Our cadets: Cadet Major Joleen Kalinowski, Cadet Captain Mathew Simmons, Cadet Corporal Emmalyne Lewiston, and Cadet Sergeant First Class Edward Cook competed against 12 other schools from three counties.  The match was to help prepare cadets for the Area 3 South Regional Air Rifle Meet on April 6th at Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach, FL. Cadet Corporal Emmalyne Lewiston scored a 431 and received a medal for Best Shooter at Port St. Lucie High School!

Northport K-8 Celebrates National School Library Week

Northport K-8 Celebrates National School Library Week

April is designated as National School Library Month! Northport 9/11 Children’s Memorial Library is a tribute to the learning and achievement that occurs on a daily basis at our school. Please help us celebrate our library by giving a salute to the research, books checked in and out daily, and the many programs that happen in the media center to extend and promote knowledge and learning. We promote free choice in reading, and librarians are always on hand to promote the love of good books. Our services and programs are planned and ALWAYS reflect the love of our students. We mindfully plan for the teaching of citizenship, service, empathy, kindness, commitment, respect and integrity. Please thank a public school librarian/media specialist every chance you get!

Northport K-8 Participates in Relay For Life 2019

Northport K-8 Participates in Relay For Life 2019

Northport K-8 participated in the 2019 Relay For Life recently held at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center this month. Northport is happy to provide community service and to receive the lessons that the students learn about cancer, care, kindness, and empathy. Northport’s team won Best in Show for the Lip Sync contest and participated in the Luminaria Walk and the Road to Recovery. We are so thankful for our entire Relay For Life team for their participation!

Westwood’s Criminal Justice Students Tour Emergency Operations Center

Westwood’s Criminal Justice Students Tour Emergency Operations Center

Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Criminal Justice students toured the St. Lucie County Emergency Operations Center. This tour was hosted by St. Lucie County officials and the St. Lucie County Human Resources Department. Students gained insightful information on potential careers and how to utilize their industry certification starting this summer! Students are excited and looking forward to the many opportunities right here in St. Lucie County.

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