First Vote Week

First Vote Week

Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker requested the Board’s endorsement of the “First Vote Week” Proclamation for March 11-15, 2019, that upholds a non-partisan, classroom-based voter education, registration and citizenship program conducted in Social Studies and American Government classes for high school students.

The goal of the Supervisor of Elections is to give every student the opportunity to register to vote at age 18 or pre-register at age 16 and 17.  The Supervisor of Elections and her staff will be on high school campuses to assist students and teachers with voter registration in support of the First Vote program.

Medal of Honor Day

Medal of Honor Day

The School Board joins Governor Ron DeSantis in extending greetings and best wishes to all observing March 25, 2019 as Medal of Honor Day in Florida. Lincoln Park Academy Principal Henry Sanabria (former U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant) and Port St. Lucie High School Principal Adrian Ocampo (former U.S. Marine Lance Corporal) read the Proclamation.

All grade levels in public schools are encouraged to coordinate instruction that encourages patriotism and commemorates Medal of Honor Day.

Spring Break Reminder!

Spring Break Reminder!

This is a friendly reminder that Monday, March 18th through Friday, March 22nd is Spring Break. Faculty and staff return on Monday, March 25th for a workday. Students return on Tuesday, March 26th.

Please note that 12 month personnel work March 18 – March 22.

All students and staff will resume a regular schedule on Tuesday March 26th.

Please visit the SLPS homepage at www.stlucieschools.org for a calendar with the complete listing of early release dates and holidays.

WLX-TV – The Education Channel

WLX-TV – The Education Channel

Be sure to watch the March School Board Meeting and the press conference regarding the Referendum and School Safety. Along with that, we have an all new Community Connections hosted by Sean Boyle and Ashley Mock, the Holocaust Remembrance Day at Oak Hammock K-8, as well as the Speakers Bureau hosted by Dr. Donna Mills. These are shows that you do not want to miss!
 

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.

FPWHS Earns First College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

FPWHS Earns First College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Fort Pierce Westwood High School has earned the first College Board AP®Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses. Out of more than 18,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, Westwood is one of only 685 to accomplish this.

“We’re honored by this recognition and are proud of our female students studying computer science for their achievements,” said Principal Joseph Lezeau. “We’re committed to continuing to provide our female students with access to AP Computer Science courses to help prepare a more diverse workforce in critical STEM jobs.”

Schools receiving the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have either 50% or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses or a percentage of the female computer science examinees meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population. Only 490 schools earned the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for AP Computer Science Principles.

“By inviting many more young women to advanced computer science classrooms, Fort Pierce Westwood has taken a significant step toward preparing all students for the widest range of 21st-century opportunities,” said Trevor Packer, College Board senior vice president of the AP Program. “We hope this inspires many other high schools to engage more female students in AP Computer Science and prepare them to drive innovation.”

The AP Computer Science Principles course launch in 2016 was the largest in Program history. AP Computer Science Principles has promoted the growth of AP computer science in high schools. AP computer science course participation increased 135% since 2016, broadening STEM career opportunities for more students. The number of female, rural, and underrepresented minority students taking AP computer science exams has more than doubled in that period.

Providing female students with access to computer science courses contributes to gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and drives innovation, creativity, and competition. According to UNESCO’s Institute of Statistics data, less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women; in North America and Western Europe, it’s just 32%. Research shows women are more likely to pursue computer science if they’re given the opportunity to explore it in high 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 FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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FPWHS Earns First College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

FPWHS Earns First College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Fort Pierce Westwood High School has earned the first College Board AP®Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses. Out of more than 18,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, Westwood is one of only 685 to accomplish this.

“We’re honored by this recognition and are proud of our female students studying computer science for their achievements,” said Principal Joseph Lezeau. “We’re committed to continuing to provide our female students with access to AP Computer Science courses to help prepare a more diverse workforce in critical STEM jobs.”

Schools receiving the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have either 50% or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses or a percentage of the female computer science examinees meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population. Only 490 schools earned the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for AP Computer Science Principles.

“By inviting many more young women to advanced computer science classrooms, Fort Pierce Westwood has taken a significant step toward preparing all students for the widest range of 21st-century opportunities,” said Trevor Packer, College Board senior vice president of the AP Program. “We hope this inspires many other high schools to engage more female students in AP Computer Science and prepare them to drive innovation.”

The AP Computer Science Principles course launch in 2016 was the largest in Program history. AP Computer Science Principles has promoted the growth of AP computer science in high schools. AP computer science course participation increased 135% since 2016, broadening STEM career opportunities for more students. The number of female, rural, and underrepresented minority students taking AP computer science exams has more than doubled in that period.

Providing female students with access to computer science courses contributes to gender parity in the industry’s high-paying jobs and drives innovation, creativity, and competition. According to UNESCO’s Institute of Statistics data, less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women; in North America and Western Europe, it’s just 32%. Research shows women are more likely to pursue computer science if they’re given the opportunity to explore it in high 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 FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Southport Middle School Wraps Up National School Breakfast Week #NSBW19

Southport Middle School Wraps Up National School Breakfast Week #NSBW19

The Southport Middle School Cafe staff teamed up with art teacher Brenda Pecora and attendance clerk Linda Nelson in a race to make National School Breakfast Week an enjoyable time for everyone at school. Ms. Donna, Ms. Paula, Ms. Stacia, Ms. Aurora, Ms. Jeanette, Ms. Lydia, Ms. Marianna, Ms. Delma, and cafeteria manager Ms. Eileen Kielbasa prepared special breakfast treats, including wagon wheel waffles and apple slice race cars to go with the theme “Start Your Engines.”  Mrs. Pecora worked with her art students to make the race cars that were used to help decorate for the event, which also happened to fit seamlessly with her wonderful display at the St. Lucie County Fair this year! Mrs. Nelson reported a total of 228 students with perfect attendance for the first two months of 2019, from which fifteen students were selected from the list to attend breakfast aboard the Big Bites Bus to celebrate National School Breakfast Week #NSBW19 Great Job everyone!

 

SLWK-8 Odyssey of the Mind Places 1st

SLWK-8 Odyssey of the Mind Places 1st

St. Lucie West K-8 participated in the Palm Regional Competition for Odyssey of the Mind on Saturday, March 9, 2019. There were five problem-solving categories. SLWK-8 entered teams in three of the five categories.

• Omer to the Rescue, Again placed 1st in their category with team members: Jasmine Gabriel, Stephanie Leonard, Alexandria Mancini, Isabella Mora, Logan Pino and Kianush Torkaman.
• Opposites Distract placed 2nd in their category with team members: Lilliana Boham, Hannah Gaffney, Samantha Leonard, Lillian O’Neill, Parisa Torkaman and Abigail Wiley.
• Classics…Leonardo’s Workshop placed 3rd in their category with team members: Elizabeth Callaway, Nora Calnan, Sophia Gutshall, Donnae Moore, Aiden Sculnick and Ivan Sheehan.

The 1st and 2nd place teams will be representing St. Lucie West K-8 at States in Orlando on April 6, 2019! The coaches, Mrs. Binns, Ms. Brightwell, Mrs. Casper and Ms. Dahms, are very proud of the students’ perseverance through months of problem-solving and practices, along with their extraordinary team work displayed during the competition.  Great job sharks!

PSLHS JROTC Teach Southport Students PT

PSLHS JROTC Teach Southport Students PT

On Thursday March 7th, 2019, select cadets from the Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s Raider Team went to Southport Middle School. Seven Cadets: Cadet Corporal Mayoliv Hernandez, Cadet Captain Mathew Simmons, Cadet Sergeant First- Class Edward Cook, Cadet Corporal Alexis Wilson, Cadet Sergeant Justin Bennet, Cadet Major Joleen Kalinowski, and Cadet Corporal Emma Lewiston joined Southport’s gym class periods 5, 6, and 7. Cadets showed students how to stretch and do 4-square exercises. To conclude the physical training, cadets and students played tug-of-war. At the end of each period, students gathered around the middle of the gym to talk about healthy eating habitats. The student that showed the most motivation won a $10 Tropical Smoothie gift card!

LPA Going to State Competition for the 18th Consecutive Year

LPA Going to State Competition for the 18th Consecutive Year

Congratulations to the Lincoln Park Academy Odyssey of the Mind team! On March 9, 2019, LPA competed in the regional tournament at Suncoast High School in Riviera Beach. It was the first time in five years a Division 2 team entered the competitions. The team members are headed to the Florida State Tournament on the campus of the University of Central Florida on April 6, 2019.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from K through 12th grades. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.

The Problem 5 team captured first place in its category. Pictured above just after receiving their gold medals, from left to right, are Bryce Myers, Madison Carpenter, Madeline Chiong, Avery Greer, Aniya Maldonado, Coach Plasencia, Tobias Miller and Derek Boyer.

The problem-solving performance of Opposites Distract received much praise for the colorful costumes reflecting the emotions represented, great voice projection, stage presence, and exceptional creativity. Their performance in the Spontaneous Program Challenge was another team highlight. The program is worth a maximum of 100 points, but the judges exercised their power to award additional points, raising the bar to 130.66 points for their construction project.

We are very proud of our Odyssey of the Mind team and wish the team members the best of luck at the state tournament!

Register To Vote

Register To Vote

March 25 is the deadline to register to vote regarding the referendum.

Stay informed about how this will impact the future of our schools and the School District’s ability to recruit and retain quality teachers, ensure a school resource officer is on every campus and enhance mental health services for our children. Visit stlucieschools.org for more information.

Make your voice count.

#4ourkids

PSLHS Service Learning:  Flag Retirement Ceremony

PSLHS Service Learning: Flag Retirement Ceremony

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, the Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion participated in its annual Service Learning Project of retiring unserviceable American flags. Cadets collected worn, torn, and frayed flags donated from various public places to be properly retired. In the class periods leading to the event, cadets cut the flags by the stripes to prepare them for the ceremony. The Cadets who spoke were Battalion XO Cadet Major Molly Sullivan, serving as Master of Ceremonies, and Cadet Command Sergeant Major Victoria Diaz. The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar band director Mr. Troy Wiley brought a small ensemble of eighteen students to play the National Anthem. The lead trumpet, Mathew Marquez, played Taps, Retreat, and Reveille.  Cadets formed a single file line by company and received a portion of the flag to dispose of into the fire. To conclude the ceremony, PSLHS Assistant Principal Gerald Early addressed the battalion and thanked the cadets for a beautiful ceremony. The Jaguar Battalion takes pride in retiring the flags as mandated by the United States Congress.

Rotary Club Gifts Northport K-8 Third Graders

Rotary Club Gifts Northport K-8 Third Graders

Many thanks to the Noon Rotary Club of Port St. Lucie for the gift of brand new dictionaries for Northport K-8 third grade students!  Angela Hayle from ACCH Insurance Agency visited the school as a representative of the club to deliver the dictionaries. Students were thrilled to learn the longest word in the dictionary and the different ways that the dictionary can be useful. Thanks to Angela and the Noon Rotary Club — you do amazing work for our community!

Mathletes Compete in Local Olympics

Mathletes Compete in Local Olympics

Students from 12 high schools in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River counties flexed their mathematical muscles in the annual Math Olympics hosted by the Indian River State College Mathematics Department. Participants competed both individually and as teams from Clark Advanced Learning Center, Fort Pierce Westwood, Indian River Charter, Jensen Beach, John Carroll, Lincoln Park Academy, Martin County, Port St. Lucie, St. Edward’s, St. Lucie West Centennial, South Fork and Vero Beach high schools.

Competition was fierce as individual opponents started the day with a 40-question written exam assessing mastery of algebra, geometry and trigonometry. The 10-question team competition followed with extra incentives for first responders.

Callie Zheng of Lincoln Park Academy won first place in the individual competition, followed by Joseph Cachaldora of John Carroll High School. Zheng and Cachaldora each received a full, two-year scholarship to IRSC for their exemplary performance.

First place in the team competition went to Jeremy Ortmann, Rohan Jakhete, Sol Scholl, and Varun Lakshmanan of South Fork High School. Vero Beach High School earned second place with the hard work of Andrew Keller, Chris In, Cody Lanier and Julia Lamothe. Each team winner received a gift bag with books, school supplies, puzzles and snacks.

In addition to rigorous competition, participants had the opportunity to network with college instructors and tour the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce.

For additional information about the Math Olympics event or the Math Department at IRSC, contact Duane Chin Quee at dchinque@irsc.edu or 772-462-7919.

 

Photo:  Callie Zheng of Lincoln Park Academy was the highest individual scorer in the 2019 Math Olympics at IRSC. She is pictured here with Dr. Heather Belmont, IRSC Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Anthony Dribben, IRSC Assistant Dean of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Start Your Journey to Becoming a Teacher

Start Your Journey to Becoming a Teacher

Teachers make a difference in the lives of children and teens, helping to shape them into productive adults. Indian River State College (IRSC) offers many opportunities for community members to become teachers, especially in the high-demand fields of math, science, ESE and bilingual education. Join us for free information sessions March 26 and April 3 to learn more about programs, degrees and certifications in the field of education.

The School of Education features Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree programs in early childhood, elementary, secondary and physical education with special emphasis on reading, mathematics, science, exceptional student education (ESE) and English to speakers of other languages (ESOL). Certifications are also available in preschool and child care management.

Those interested in learning more about the School of Education should plan to attend a free information session on Tuesday, March 26, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Tomeu Center, Room C-310, on the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. For more information, contact Emily Renschler at erenschl@irsc.edu or 772-462-7142.

IRSC also houses the Education Preparation Institute (EPI), which provides a fast track to a teacher career for anyone who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in a field other than education. The program can be completed in less than a year with convenient day, evening and online classes. Certifications are available in all subject disciplines with a special emphasis on math, science and ESE.

The EPI will host a free information session on Wednesday, April 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Tomeu Center, Room C-207 on the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. For more information, contact Joey Lord at jlord@irsc.edu or 772-462-7134.

Registration for these information sessions is requested in advance at www.irsc.edu/event-sign-up. For additional information about programs in education, visit www.irsc.edu or call 1-866-792-4772.

Photo:  IRSC graduate Nikki Hart thrives as a fifth grade science teacher at Chester A. Moore Elementary in Fort Pierce.

SLPS Superintendent Gent Visits Northport K-8

SLPS Superintendent Gent Visits Northport K-8

It was a pleasure for SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent to visit Northport K-8 School on March 8, 2019.  Mr. Gent spent the morning speaking and visiting with staff in an informal setting about all of the exciting things happening at Northport K-8.  Classrooms are thriving, and retaining teacher talent is key to continuing the momentum.  Find out more about the referendum for St. Lucie County residents at www.stlucieschools.org #4ourkids

School Board Member Carol Hilson Receives Honor

School Board Member Carol Hilson Receives Honor

The St Lucie County Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Pierce Woman’s Club honored Carol A. Hilson, St. Lucie Public Schools Board Member, as “Fort Pierce Lady of the Month.” The ceremony takes place at the Fort Pierce Woman’s Club the First Friday of each month. For more information please visit www.stluciechamber.org Congratulations!

Photo:  SLC Property Appraiser Michelle FranklinSLPS Board Member Debbie Hawley, SLPS Board Member Carol Hilson, SLPS Chief Communications Officer Kerry Padrick, and SLPS Board Member Donna Mills.