The Giving Concert Benefits Students in St. Lucie County

The Giving Concert Benefits Students in St. Lucie County

St. Lucie County, FL –   The seventh annual Giving Concert is planned for Thursday, October 25th at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium located at 1806 Avenue I in Fort Pierce. The doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m. and the concert boasting area choral groups will begin at 7:00 p.m.

 

The event, sponsored by St. Lucie Public Schools and organized by Choral Director Dr. Rolanda Jones, will benefit Grace Packs which is a weekly weekend back pack program that provides necessary food items to students in need.

 

Admission to the concert is a non-perishable food item (Chef Boyardee products are suggested) donation. The concert will feature choruses from Allapattah Flats K-8, Dan McCarty Middle School, Forest Grove Middle School, Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Lincoln Park Academy, Port St. Lucie High School, and St. Lucie West Centennial High School.

 

For more information on the Giving Concert, contact Dr. Rolanda Jones at Rolanda.jones@stlucieschools.org .

 

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.

 

 

 

The Giving Concert Benefits Students in St. Lucie County

The Giving Concert Benefits Students in St. Lucie County

The seventh annual Giving Concert is planned for Thursday, October 25th at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium located at 1806 Avenue I in Fort Pierce. The doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m. and the concert boasting area choral groups will begin at 7:00 p.m.

 

The event, sponsored by St. Lucie Public Schools and organized by Choral Director Dr. Rolanda Jones, will benefit Grace Packs which is a weekly weekend back pack program that provides necessary food items to students in need.

 

Admission to the concert is a non-perishable food item (Chef Boyardee products are suggested) donation. The concert will feature choruses from Allapattah Flats K-8, Dan McCarty Middle School, Forest Grove Middle School, Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Lincoln Park Academy, Port St. Lucie High School, and St. Lucie West Centennial High School.

 

For more information on the Giving Concert, contact Dr. Rolanda Jones at Rolanda.jones@stlucieschools.org .

 

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.

The Giving Concert – October 25th

The Giving Concert – October 25th

The sixth annual Giving Concert is planned for October 25th at Lincoln Park Academy in the auditorium located at 1806 Avenue I in Fort Pierce. The doors open to the general public at 6:30 p.m. and the concert boasting area choral groups begins at 7:00 p.m.

The event, sponsored by St. Lucie Public Schools and organized by Choral Director Dr. Rolanda Jones, will support Grace Packs which, in turn, benefits students.  Grace Packs is a weekly weekend back pack program that provides necessary food items to students in need. Admission to the concert is a non-perishable food item to be donated to Grace Packs.   Director of Grace Packs Laura Klosterman said that non-expired Chef Boyardee products are items in particular need for the program.

Concert-goers of all ages will enjoy the musical selections from area middle and high school choral groups.  Featured at this event are ensembles from Allapattah Flats K-8, Dan McCarty Middle School, Forest Grove Middle School, Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Lincoln Park Academy, Saint Lucie West Centennial High School, and Treasure Coast High School.

For more information on the Giving Concert, contact Dr. Kevin Perry at Kevin.perry@stlucieschools.org.

The Good News Gets Even Better for SLPS

The Good News Gets Even Better for SLPS

St. Lucie County, FL –  In a letter addressed to St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) announced that a review of school grade data and supporting documentation for Oak Hammock K-8 School resulted in a grade recalculation.  The school, previously designated as a B, now bears the distinction of an A rated school.  In addition, Performance Based Preparatory Academy received a School Improvement Rating of Commendable – the highest benchmark ranking for schools not receiving a letter grade.

Superintendent Gent explained the District closely monitors the process for calculating points earned for school grades, and when the State announced a set of late-reported Florida Standards Alternate Assessment Scores were not included in this year’s calculations, SLPS filed an appeal. “Oak Hammock was just two points shy of an A,” he said.  “It’s our job as District leaders to support our teachers, staff, students, and administrators.  We wanted to make certain their relentless efforts and focus on each child to increase achievement received full recognition and honor. The results speak for themselves,” he added.

With Oak Hammock’s grade re-calculation, 37% of SLPS are rated an A, 62% are rated an A or B, and the District has no failing 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.

The Good News Gets Even Better for SLPS

The Good News Gets Even Better for St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie County, FL –  In a letter addressed to St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) announced that a review of school grade data and supporting documentation for Oak Hammock K-8 School resulted in a grade recalculation.  The school, previously designated as a B, now bears the distinction of an A rated school.  In addition, Performance Based Preparatory Academy received a School Improvement Rating of Commendable – the highest benchmark ranking for schools not receiving a letter grade.

Superintendent Gent explained the District closely monitors the process for calculating points earned for school grades, and when the State announced a set of late-reported Florida Standards Alternate Assessment Scores were not included in this year’s calculations, SLPS filed an appeal. “Oak Hammock was just two points shy of an A,” he said.  “It’s our job as District leaders to support our teachers, staff, students, and administrators.  We wanted to make certain their relentless efforts and focus on each child to increase achievement received full recognition and honor. The results speak for themselves,” he added.

With Oak Hammock’s grade re-calculation, 37% of SLPS are rated an A, 62% are rated an A or B, and the District has no failing 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.

 

 

THE HARBOR COMES LIVE TO LINCOLN PARK ACADEMY

THE HARBOR COMES LIVE TO LINCOLN PARK ACADEMY

On Friday, October 14th, the host and creator of Jostens’ “The Harbor TV” Mike Smith made a stop at Lincoln Park Academy as part of his nationwide tour, visiting schools that embrace the Jostens’ Renaissance educational model.

Mike shared his message that impacts today’s youth about civic duty, digital citizenship, awareness and service with the Greyhounds in grades 6 through 12 in two separate assemblies that included a dance off and the world’s largest “selfie.”

Student leaders along with teachers and administration from Port Saint Lucie High School also participated in the assembly.

After the conclusion of the presentations, Mike conducted a tour of the campus, visiting classrooms, talking with students and answering questions.

“The Harbor TV is an educational video resource that provides students with real perspectives from real people that will help them achieve greater success in the outside world. The Harbor, featuring Mike Smith and guests, facilitates the teaching of character development in classrooms by showcasing tangible life lessons through a school year’s worth of episodes with rich, raw and engaging video content, which are designed for the classroom, along with a downloadable critical thinking discussion guide to foster student led discussions for each episode.”

Lincoln Park Academy has been using this resource for the past two years as part of the platform for its character development education.

 

 

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The Heart of Giving

The Heart of Giving

Many of St. Lucie Public Schools’ families enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving thanks to the generosity of our friends at the Fort Pierce Elks Lodge #1520.  According to our partner in education Lenny Smallacombe, “Chester A. Moore Elementary’s school staff asked for the organization’s help, and the Fort Pierce Elks Lodge #1520 was pleased to make 20 families’ Thanksgiving better.”
Pictured below: The Pantry Food Backpack Team is boxing Thanksgiving food items and turkeys for 20 homeless families who have children attending C.A. Moore Elementary School in Ft. Pierce.

During this time of year, members of The Pantry Food Backpack Team also doubled up on food items that were donated to the school because students were out of school for a few extra days due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

The Honor is Ours!

The Honor is Ours!

The St. Lucie County Reading Council was presented with the Honor Council Award on June 2nd, 2018 at the University of Central Florida’s Reading Center. Honor Council is earned by meeting a very specific criteria over the course of one year for “Exemplary service to the education community for efforts to advance literacy in your district and for commitment to the spirit of volunteerism.”
Board members: Ilyse Brainin (President), Nicole Eak (Vice President), Alison Thomas (Secretary) and Lori Foley (Treasurer) were on hand to receive this distinction; the first ever for St. Lucie County!
Thank you to all who helped make this honor possible! We are looking forward to another great year ahead.

If you are interested in more information regarding the St. Lucie Reading Council, or would like to join us, please contact:

ilyse.brainin@stlucieschools.org

The Jungle Book for Kids

The Jungle Book for Kids

Southport Middle School students put on a magnificent performance of the Disney production The Jungle Book for Kids. It all began with an exciting announcement in early January to Mrs. Dusash’s Exceptional Student Education class that all of her students would have an important part to play in the upcoming drama production of The Jungle Book for Kids. According to Ms. Ruby Soto, ESE Para professional and stage hand for the performance, “The students’ enthusiasm was, without any doubt, reflected in their performances” (on March 9, 2017).

Mrs. Dudash’s class, along with many other Southport students, put on a performance that brought tears to the eyes of staff members and laughter to all who were present. The inclusion of ALL students in this performance is what made it so SPECTACULAR.  Drama Teacher and Director A.J. Quinn did an exceptional job teaching an extraordinary lesson that there are no limitations on the stage or in our abilities. Our students, of all abilities, learned to overcome their own fears by proving that with hard work and dedication amazing things can be accomplished, particularly when we work together to do so.

The talent exhibited on stage was inspiring and “limitless.” The immense pride of student success was felt by all. Mr. Quinn, noted that it was “an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to create such an amazing show with an even more amazing group of people!   The excitement emanating from the stage was palpable and the warmth of that joy was felt by every member of the audience.

A sincere thank you is extended to the faculty, staff, parents, and students who worked so hard to make this production a reality — thank you for “celebrating the bare necessities of life.”

Congratulations to all on a job well done!

The “Key” to Success

The “Key” to Success

The key to St. Lucie Public Schools’ success is teamwork.  Caring and committed adults work with a united purpose — to support each child every day to ensure they graduate from safe and caring schools, equipped with the knowledge, skills, and desire to succeed.

Pictured:  SLPS Locksmith Fred Borneman, and Plumber Willie Parnel.

 

 

The King and I

The King and I

Tickets are now on sale for the St. Lucie County School Board Summer Musical, “The King and I.”
Show times:
Wednesday, June 14th @ 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 15th @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 16th @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 17th @ 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 18th @ 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

The shows will be performed in the Port Saint Lucie High School Auditorium.

1201 SE Lennard Rd., Port Saint Lucie, FL
Tickets are still only $15 each.

For ticket locations, please visit: www.pslhsdrama.com/tickets

 

The King and I

The King and I

St. Lucie Public Schools Summer Musical, “The King and I”

MATINEES ARE SOLD OUT! NOW IS THE TIME TO GET YOUR TICKETS FOR ONE OF THE OTHER 5 SHOWS.

Don’t miss this great show with beautiful costumes, awesome singing and acting and a classic Broadway musical.

Show times:
Wednesday, June 14th @ 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 15th @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 16th @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 17th @ 2:00 p.m. (SOLD OUT) & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 18th @ 2:00 p.m.(SOLD OUT) & 7:00 p.m.
The shows will be performed in the Port Saint Lucie High School Auditorium – 1201 SE Lennard Rd., Port Saint Lucie, FL
Tickets are still only $15 each.

For ticket locations, please visit: www.pslhsdrama.com/tickets

 

 

The Kolledas Are Recognized For Their Support

The Kolledas Are Recognized For Their Support

The Education Foundation Board presented a plaque to Rich and Sherry Kolleda, owners of Spherion, for their dedication and continued support of the St. Lucie County Education Foundation on December 9, 2014.
Pictured are, Board Chair Dr. Donna Mills, Education Foundation President Carissa Zerga, Rich and Sherry Kolleda, and Superintendent Genelle Yost.

 

The Lions Club Donates to Mariposa Elementary

The Lions Club Donates to Mariposa Elementary

Mariposa Elementary 2nd grade students received the generous donation of free dictionaries from The Lions Club.

The students love their dictionaries, and they are putting them to good use. Thank you for such a useful and appreciated donation.

      

The Million Father March – Take Your Child to School Day

The Million Father March – Take Your Child to School Day

October 7, 2014, was an awesome day for St. Lucie Public Schools as fathers/male care givers went back to school! Rather it was “Donuts with Dads,” “A Fathers’ Rally with a march around the school field” or “Game Night with Dad,” father figures pledged their support to the educational growth of students.

The march grew out of recognition of the power of male involvement in the education of all students. 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 support findings that show that 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. When you accent and improve the positive, you decrease or eliminate the negative.

While there is no magic bullet to solve the concerns we face in education today, getting fathers highly engaged is a huge step in the right direction. The march was 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 to children. For this reason, the march is an influential and celebrated event.

Proclamations of support were presented by the cities of Ft. Pierce, Port St. Lucie and the County Commission. In addition, Representative Larry Lee, Jr.; Congressmen Patrick Murphy; and Commissioners Kim Johnson and Chris Dzadovsky all offer their support of this movement. Further, all three law enforcement agencies supported the movement as they all understand the importance of male involvement to help produce better students, better schools and better communities.

Approximately 2,500 fathers/male caregivers participated in activities at all schools in the district. 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.

Million Father March, LPA 7

The news goes on at F.K. Sweet

The news goes on at F.K. Sweet

The fifth grade members of the F.K. Sweet Elementary camera crew meet each morning in the media center to produce and facilitate the morning announcements and news. Crew members are recommended by their teachers based on citizenship and academics. If a scheduled presenter is absent, they are also always ready and able to take their spot to ensure that the daily news goes on without a hitch.

The Number of PBIS Model Schools Doubles in St. Lucie Public Schools

SLPS is pleased to announce the Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) Model Schools for the 2013-14 School Year. This week, notification of the PBIS Model Schools was provided from the University Of South Florida (USF). USF manages the PBIS project for the state of Florida, and PBIS Model School status is for the prior school year.

The Model Schools have worked diligently with their outstanding staff, students, PBIS coaches and PBIS technical consultants to meet the criteria for Model School Status.  Congratulations is also extended to Robert O’Neill, PBIS coordinator for the district.

 

Congratulations to the following schools and SLPS in general — the number of Model Schools has doubled this year.

BAYSHORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Gold
FRANCES K SWEET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Bronze
LAWNWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Gold
MARIPOSA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Bronze
OAK HAMMOCK K-8 SCHOOL Bronze
PALM POINTE SCHOOL Bronze
PARKWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Silver
SOUTHPORT MIDDLE SCHOOL Bronze
WEATHERBEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Gold
WEST GATE K-8 SCHOOL Silver

 

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 knowledge, skills and the desire to succeed. St. Lucie Public Schools utilize an open-enrollment system where parents select from among a variety of schools close to where they live.  Parents have the assurance that their student will remain in that school through the highest grade offered unless the parent voluntarily chooses a different school. For more information visit,www.stlucie.k12.fl.us or contact Bill Tomlinson at billtomlinson@stlucieschools.org.

The Number of St. Lucie Public Schools Distinguished with  Positive Behavior Model School Status…

The Number of St. Lucie Public Schools Distinguished with Positive Behavior Model School Status…

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) announced that 22 schools of distinction are recognized as Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Model Schools – an increase of seven 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 Student Services and Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson with notification of this elite cadre of schools. “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 Status Schools (14)

Allapattah Flats K-8

Bayshore Elementary School

Floresta Elementary School

Manatee Academy K-8

Mariposa Elementary School

Northport K-8 School

Oak Hammock K-8 School

Palm Pointe K-8 School

Parkway Elementary School

Rivers Edge Elementary School

Southport Middle School

Village Green Elementary School

Westgate K-8 School

Windmill Point Elementary School

Silver Status Schools (6)

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School

Forest Grove Middle School

Lakewood Park Elementary School

Lawnwood Elementary School

Morningside Elementary School

St. Lucie West K-8 School

Bronze Status Schools (2)

Savanna Ridge Elementary School

Weatherbee Elementary School

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 91.0 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS 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.