SLWCHS NAVY JROTC Mentors at West Gate K-8

SLWCHS NAVY JROTC Mentors at West Gate K-8

The SLW Centennial High School NAVY JROTC continues to mentor the West Gate K-8 middle school students through a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club.  This week, the Centennial Black Talon Cadets demonstrated physical training stretches and exercises and had the Boys and Girls Club children participate as well.

Part of the mentoring process for the Centennial Black Talon unit is not only instilling principles of leadership, but showing the students the importance of physical fitness.

 

Students Save Time and Money with Dual Enrollment

Students Save Time and Money with Dual Enrollment

Parents of high school students are often concerned about the cost of college. Dual Enrollment at Indian River State College (IRSC) provides an opportunity for high school students to begin work on their college degree for free while finishing high school, saving time and thousands of dollars in college tuition.

Courses such as College Algebra and English Composition, which cost approximately $600 at a state university can be completed with no tuition charge. Courses are offered at convenient times and weighted the same as Honors, Advanced Placement, Advanced International Certificate of Education and International Baccalaureate courses. Credits earned through Dual Enrollment transfer to all Florida public universities and most universities nationally.

High school students and their parents are invited to learn more about Dual Enrollment at free information sessions occurring throughout the Treasure Coast during the month of March:

  • Tuesday, March 12, 6 p.m.: Main Campus, Kight Center for Emerging Technologies, Room V110, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce
  • Wednesday, March 13, 6 p.m.: Main Campus, Kight Center for Emerging Technologies, Room V110, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce (Spanish Session)
  • Thursday, March 14, 6 p.m.: Pruitt Campus, 500 N.W. California Blvd., Port St. Lucie, Room E114 (English Session), Room A125 (Spanish Session)

Pre-registration is requested and can be done online at www.irsc.edu. For additional details about the information sessions or Dual Enrollment at IRSC, call 1-866-792-4772.

Forest Grove Honors Black History Month

Forest Grove Honors Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Forest Grove Middle School hosted a Black History Wax Museum. Selected students researched an African-American historical figure, created a poster, and gave oral presentations.

Sixth-grade history students were afforded the opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt and win prizes based on their knowledge of the historical figures presented to them. Figures included: Louis Armstrong, Mae Jemison, Whitney Houston, Mary McLeod Bethune, and many more!

Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) Teacher Honored

Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) Teacher Honored

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Andrew Gekoskie, Instrumental Music Teacher at Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) was recently selected as a Conn-Selmer VIP by the Conn-Selmer Education Division as one of the leading music educators in the country.  The six music educators selected from throughout the country collaborated regarding methods and current music education practices.  In addition, the VIP’s were able to tour the factories of Conn-Selmer which make brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments, all still handmade to this day.  The artisans making the instruments shared their techniques and displayed their pride in making exceptional musical instruments for students and professionals alike.  Conn-Selmer VIP’s are afforded a vast list of clinicians, grant, and music education support available to their school and county from one of the nation’s most respected music education divisions.

Conn-Selmer Education Division:

https://education.conn-selmer.com/en-us/education

 

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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CTE Student Visit Federal Courtroom

CTE Student Visit Federal Courtroom

Students from Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Performance Based Academy, and Treasure Coast High School attended a Civil Discourse and Teen Decision Making session at the Federal Courthouse.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Maynard and U.S. District Court Judge Rosenberg invited the students to this unique opportunity to have a Federal Courtroom tour and simulation of a civil case.  The students enjoyed this special experience!

CTE Students Tour Keiser University

CTE Students Tour Keiser University

St. Lucie Public Schools Criminal Justice students from Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Fort Pierce Central High School, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, and Treasure Coast High School were invited to Keiser University.  Students were afforded the opportunity to partake in guided tours, hands-on demonstrations, and an informational session on college scholarships and planning.  Thank you Keiser University for providing this experience to our students!

Palm Pointe Rockets Love Reading!

Palm Pointe Rockets Love Reading!

Palm Pointe 1st Graders held a “Read to Your Sweetheart” event on February 13th.  Parents and families were invited to  celebrate all of the reading accomplishments that their first graders have made.  Boys and girls shared their love of reading with those that mean the most to them.

WLX-TV this Week

WLX-TV this Week

The February School Board Meeting is now on television. Also be sure to watch Foundation Focus hosted by Thom Jones, and a new HBCU College Fair promo that will air at various times throughout the week.
 
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.
 
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School Board Meeting
 
Foundation Focus
 

HBCU College Fair

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoTCrH61g4w&feature=youtu.be

The Future Looks Bright Northport K-8

The Future Looks Bright Northport K-8

Planning to build a better future! 8th grade Northstars students visited the Robotics and Photonics labs at IRSC on February 15, 2019 for some hands-on learning. Students explored the roles that lasers and robotics play in our lives as well as some possible career choices in those fields.

Northport K-8 Represents at Project Citizen

Northport K-8 Represents at Project Citizen

Excellence in education has been given a big thumbs up at Northport K-8 School. Two seventh grade teams led the school in a spectacular showing at the Project Citizen Showcase. Many thanks to Thomas McDonald and the teachers who brought out the very best in our student teams! Job well done!

The American Dream at Northport K-8

The American Dream at Northport K-8

Many thanks to SLPS School Board Member, Dr. Donna Mills and her husband, Pastor Kenneth Mills. The Mills hold a very special place in the heart and soul of all that makes up Northport K-8. Thanks as well to Gertrude Walker, Supervisor of Elections for Saint Lucie County and to Debra Hall, mail in ballot supervisor. Ms. Walker’s words were meaningful and the students were enthralled. Our Black History program was so memorable thanks to these wonderful people who shared their time, knowledge, and experience, as well as their love for our children and teachers. Job well done to Diane Crumpton, Northport K-8 guidance counselor for organizing the beautiful event, and thank you to band director, Ricardo Renelus, and drama teacher, Allison Barajas for providing entertainment.

Education’s Shining Stars Announced

Education’s Shining Stars Announced

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — In a live broadcast from Lincoln Park Academy on Saturday, February 9, 2019, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County announced this year’s line-up of educational superstars. Makeda-Ione Brome took top honors as St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year. She is an instructional mathematics coach at Fort Pierce Westwood High School.  Joining her on the stage during the Night of the Stars gala were School Related Employee of the Year Dorothy Hall from Chester A. Moore Elementary School, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year Sabrina Faniel from West Gate K-8 School, and Outstanding First Year Teacher Emily Utts from Fort Pierce Central High School.

Teacher of the Year Brome attributes her inspiration to her students and her colleagues. Everything she does is because she wants to serve others and see them experience success in all aspects of their lives.  She takes to heart the fact that students must learn and retain required mathematics to be successful in the next course, in college, and beyond.  “Students cannot be successful without first empowering teachers to be successful,” said Brome. Based on that belief, she uses a variety of teaching styles and instructional tools in her coaching role to help others learn new concepts. She is inspired to be the best she can be so that she, in turn, can help others realize the potential within them to become the best versions of themselves.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “These outstanding individuals exemplify excellence in teaching and distinction in providing a positive teaching and learning environment in SLPS.  They represent what the District stands for in quality education and are why SLPS is making great strides.”  He added, “It is through the relentless efforts of our instructional and support team members who are making a difference in the lives of our children.  The dedicated individuals who crossed the stage this evening lead the way in the points of pride we have for SLPS.”

Education Foundation President Thom Jones considers the Night of the Stars a highlight each year.  “Honoring our teachers and support staff for the work they do each day for our students is central to The Education Foundation’s mission which is to recognize excellence in education and support teacher development.”  Jones also points out that the corporate sponsors such as the event’s grand benefactor PNC Bank are just as focused on the mission.  MIDFLORIDA Credit Union sponsors the Teacher of the Year and Herff Jones honors the winner with a commemorative ring. Remnant Construction sponsors the School Related Employee of the Year, Keiser University sponsors the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year, and Seacoast Bank sponsors The Outstanding First Year Teacher. Jones also offered a special thank you to the many other event sponsors.

Event Coordinator Dr. Kevin G. Perry said, “The honorees at this annual gala represent the high-quality educators and staff who support our students’ tremendous academic gains. Our distinguished honorees not only embody the mission of the District, but go beyond and surpass expectations.”

St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year will now move on to the state level competition.  In the category of Teacher of the Year, the State has a long-standing tradition that recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. The state finalist for The Florida Teacher of the Year also serves as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education and represents the Florida Department of Education and teachers throughout the state.

About the Teacher of the Year

Makeda-Ione Brome is an instructional mathematics coach at Fort Pierce Westwood High School where she dedicates herself to supporting teachers and students.  She models best practices in classrooms, leads collaborative planning sessions, tutors students, and leads Algebra 1 and Geometry Boot Camps for students before and after school.

Her expertise in a wide array of mathematics practices and keen ability to share this knowledge with others makes this energetic educator a leader among her peers.  At the District, Ms. Brome is a Teacher Leader who stands out as a professional development facilitator, and at the State level, she is a Florida Department of Education Math Content Specialist selected to review and revise Florida’s certification and professional exams.

 

About the School-Related Employee of the Year

Dorothy Hall is a key individual at CAM.  As a paraprofessional, she works very closely with the faculty, staff, and students. In the two years she has served in this role, she has proven herself to be committed and compassionate.  Hall has many duties and responsibilities including assisting with classroom activities, providing one-on-one tutorials, and supporting activities on campus.  However, she spreads her influence by contributing to the 21st Century Afterschool Program and the community by serving as a mentor to a group of girls ranging in age from 5 to 18.  She also dedicates time to volunteer in Sarah’s Kitchen as a means of helping to feed and clothe individuals in need.

About the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year

As a 22-year veteran educator, Sabrina Faniel currently serves as a first-grade teacher at West Gate K-8 School. She infuses her keen instructional skills with a variety of teaching methods to address the developmental needs of all students and to engage them in learning.  She exercises collaborative practices with her students as well as with her colleagues, and one of her greatest strengths is her ability to interact positively with students and staff alike – a key component that makes her an outstanding campus leader. 

About the Outstanding First Year Teacher

Emily Utts is a 10th-grade intensive reading teacher at Fort Pierce Central High School.  She exercises her ingenuity to develop meaningful lessons for her students that build cross curricular connections and blend technology into the design. She supports the positive growth of her students who use their critical thinking and reading skills to make connections with the classics, world history, life science, and other aspects of academics.  She applies her enthusiasm for helping students by serving as a sponsor for both the National Honor Society and Student Government on the high school’s campus.

 

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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3rd Annual HBCU/HSI College Fair

3rd Annual HBCU/HSI College Fair

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to bring opportunities to students for college and career success. On January 24, the school district hosted 18 historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) and Hispanic serving institutions (HSI) at the 3rd Annual HBCU/HSI College Fair. Students entered the fair prepared with resumes, test scores, and a mindset of moving on to the next level.  With over $5 million in scholarships offered that day, students were not disappointed.

SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Events such as this have the potential to change lives for our students, and we are committed to doing everything we can to connect their brimming talents with individuals and organizations offering pathways to rewarding careers.”

Gent attributes the success of this premier event to the District’s highly motivated secondary leadership team.  Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry has worked with local, state, and national colleges and universities; human resource organizations; Greek fraternities and sororities; local alumni; as well as local business leaders to make connections with the wide array of learning organizations that were in attendance at this year’s college fair.

“The idea is to help as many students as we can. This college fair is about students having options, and our students are definitely motivated to attend,” explained Perry. Students attended the fair well-prepared with completed FAFSA forms, awareness of interview techniques, and dressed for success.

SLPS Human Resources team was also in attendance to discuss the Promise is a Promise opportunity with students who plan to pursue education as a career and return to teach in St. Lucie Public Schools.

 

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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HealthierUS Award Designated to Select St. Lucie Public Schools

HealthierUS Award Designated to Select St. Lucie Public Schools

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Food, Nutrition, and Wellness has awarded select schools as recipients of the HealthierUS School Challenge. The HealthierUS Schools Challenge is a voluntary certification initiative created to promote healthier school environments through the encouragement of nutrition and physical activity.

Silver Awards

CA Moore Elementary

Lakewood Park Elementary

Lawnwood Elementary

Mariposa Elementary

Parkway Elementary

Savanna Ridge Elementary

St. Lucie Elementary

Weatherbee Elementary

White City Elementary

Windmill Point Elementary

Bronze Awards

Bayshore Elementary

FK Sweet Elementary

Fairlawn Elementary

Floresta Elementary

Morningside Elementary

Rivers Edge Elementary

Village Green Elementary

Schools honored will receive a HealthierUS Schools Challenge Award banner for display and a signed plaque.  In addition, Bronze schools will receive $500 and Silver schools will receive $1,000 for their nonprofit school food service account.

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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Number of PBIS Model Schools Continues to Grow

Number of PBIS Model Schools Continues to Grow

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) announced that 25 schools of distinction are recognized as Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Model Schools – an increase of three from last years’ pool of honorees.  The University of South Florida (USF), manager of the PBIS Project for the State of Florida, provided Executive Director of Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson with notification of this elite cadre of schools.  He said, “This positive trend is a reflection of the focused efforts the District is making in schools to support the needs of all children both academically and behaviorally through a multi-tiered system of supports. Reaching Model School Status with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, is representative of our commitment to create a culture that promotes appropriate social and emotional learning for all children.”

PBIS is a school-wide behavioral approach that focuses on increasing academic performance and increasing safety while decreasing problem behaviors with specific and consistent strategies.  A focus on individual needs using data along with positive and effective strategies are also key elements to a successful PBIS school-wide plan.

Robert O’Neill serves as the District’s PBIS coordinator and also bridges efforts with SLPS and USF.  He explained that achievement of Model School status is a purposeful and united effort — the result of collaboration between Student Services personnel and site-based personnel working to provide for the needs of students and to build the Multi-Tiered System of Supports in the schools.  He added that educational professionals work together to address appropriate behavior and celebrate students’ goal attainment.

Congratulations to the following schools on their PBIS Model School status:

Gold

Allapattah Flats K-8

Bayshore Elementary School

Chester A. Moore Elementary School

Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition

Floresta Elementary School

Manatee Academy K-8

Mariposa Elementary School

Morningside Elementary School

Northport K-8 School

Oak Hammock K-8 School

Parkway Elementary School

Savanna Ridge Elementary School

Southern Oaks Middle School

Southport Middle School

Village Green Environmental Studies School

West Gate K-8 School

Silver

Fairlawn Elementary School

Forest Grove Middle School

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School

Lawnwood Elementary School

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies

St. Lucie West K-8 School

Weatherbee Elementary School

Bronze

Rivers Edge Elementary School

Windmill Point Elementary School

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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Number of PBIS Model Schools Continues to Grow

Number of PBIS Model Schools Continues to Grow

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) announced that 25 schools of distinction are recognized as Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Model Schools – an increase of three from last years’ pool of honorees.  The University of South Florida (USF), manager of the PBIS Project for the State of Florida, provided Executive Director of Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson with notification of this elite cadre of schools.  He said, “This positive trend is a reflection of the focused efforts the District is making in schools to support the needs of all children both academically and behaviorally through a multi-tiered system of supports. Reaching Model School Status with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, is representative of our commitment to create a culture that promotes appropriate social and emotional learning for all children.”

PBIS is a school-wide behavioral approach that focuses on increasing academic performance and increasing safety while decreasing problem behaviors with specific and consistent strategies.  A focus on individual needs using data along with positive and effective strategies are also key elements to a successful PBIS school-wide plan.

Robert O’Neill serves as the District’s PBIS coordinator and also bridges efforts with SLPS and USF.  He explained that achievement of Model School status is a purposeful and united effort — the result of collaboration between Student Services personnel and site-based personnel working to provide for the needs of students and to build the Multi-Tiered System of Supports in the schools.  He added that educational professionals work together to address appropriate behavior and celebrate students’ goal attainment.

Congratulations to the following schools on their PBIS Model School status:

Gold

Allapattah Flats K-8

Bayshore Elementary School

Chester A. Moore Elementary School

Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition

Floresta Elementary School

Manatee Academy K-8

Mariposa Elementary School

Morningside Elementary School

Northport K-8 School

Oak Hammock K-8 School

Parkway Elementary School

Savanna Ridge Elementary School

Southern Oaks Middle School

Southport Middle School

Village Green Environmental Studies School

West Gate K-8 School

Silver

Fairlawn Elementary School

Forest Grove Middle School

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School

Lawnwood Elementary School

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies

St. Lucie West K-8 School

Weatherbee Elementary School

Bronze

Rivers Edge Elementary School

Windmill Point Elementary School

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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PSLHS Army JROTC Attend Competition

PSLHS Army JROTC Attend Competition

On Saturday February 16, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion’s Marksmanship Team attended a competition held at Jupiter High School. The Jaguar Battalion’s “sharpshooters” competed against nine other Army JROTC programs in the area. Cadet Captain Simmons shot an outstanding 207 out of 300 points, scoring the highest out of our nine cadets.  Our Marksmanship Team  includes: Cadet Sergeant First Class Cook, Cadet Captain Simmons, Cadet Corporal Moad, Cadet Corporal Lewiston, Cadet Private Arrabe, Cadet Private O’Hare, Cadet Private Svoboda, and Cadet Private Funez. This meet is meant to prepare the cadets for the Regional AREA 3 Marksmanship Competition coming up on April 6, 2019. The level of which our cadets preformed at this meet shows that they are more than ready for the regional competition!