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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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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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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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.

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!

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!
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/

 

 

 

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.

 

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!

 

 

 

Allied Health Advisory Board Meeting

Allied Health Advisory Board Meeting

The Allied Health Advisory Board met in early April at Fort Pierce Central High School in Samantha Jackson’s Health Science classroom.  Lei’Nitia Robinson, Program Specialist for Career and Tech Ed (CTE), brought together Health Science teachers from across St. Lucie Public Schools and representatives from local partners including: ABC Medical, Keiser University Admissions Department, Keiser Sports Medicine and Nursing Programs, Indian River State College Nursing and Health Science Department, and Johnson and Wales University Admissions Department.  It was a great day of collaboration and partnership!

Port St. Lucie High’s Culinary Arts Serves Jamaica-Me-Crazy Lunch

Port St. Lucie High’s Culinary Arts Serves Jamaica-Me-Crazy Lunch

Port St Lucie High’s Culinary Arts hosted their Jamaica-Me-Crazy Teacher Lunch in early April.  The students and Chef Roland Foerster prepared and served teachers a taste of Negril, The West End!  The recipes included “Irie” conch soup, ackee and saltfish (national dish of Jamaica), oxtail stew, curry goat, smoked chicken and pork basted with Jazzy’s own jerk seasoning and served with pigeon peas and rice, homemade fried plantains, and “Blue Drawers” sweet coconut and cornmeal cooked in banana leaf.  All meals were served with a smile and traditional “Johnnycakes.”  There were Jaguar smiles all around!

Adobe Advisory Board Meets

Adobe Advisory Board Meets

The Adobe Advisory Board met April 3, 2019, focusing on St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) teachers whose students earn the Adobe Suite Industry Certifications in Flash/Animate, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign, PremierePro and Illustrator.  Career and Tech Ed (CTE) Program Specialists Keron Belgraves, Lei’Nitia Robinson, and Dana Caputo spearheaded this collaborative meeting by inviting Indian River State College representatives to present, including Dean Jim Jeffers, RCCPC Coordinator Strather Dupree, Enrollment Representative Rachel Bozzo, and Recruiter Cassandra Raya.  ‘Reaching students’ was the theme of the meeting. The team building was strong as SLPS teachers shared student stories and IRSC staff shared great opportunities for students. Teachers and IRSC staff discussed student articulation opportunities, planned classroom visits, and exchanged contact information.

Criminal Justice Advisory Board Meets

Criminal Justice Advisory Board Meets

Criminal Justice teachers in St Lucie Public Schools have so much to be proud of!  Students earn 911 Operator and Accredited Legal Professional Industry Certifications; participate in the St Lucie County Emergency Operations Center activities; attend a Teen Discourse session with the U.S. Federal Courthouse and Judges; and partner with Indian River State College Public Safety Programs, Keiser University Criminal Justice Programs, and the Public Defender’s Office of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court.

In late March, Lei’Nitia Robinson, Program Specialist for Career and Tech Ed (CTE), organized a Criminal Justice Advisory Board meeting with St Lucie Public Schools Criminal Justice teachers and community partners including Keiser University’s Criminal Justice Program, the Public Defender’s Office, and Indian River State College’s Criminal Justice Institute and Law Enforcement Academy.  The teachers and partners opened the lines of communication by focusing on connecting students to the community and planning activities.  It was a great collaborative meeting!

Samuel Gaines Academy Teacher Nationally Recognized

Samuel Gaines Academy Teacher Nationally Recognized

Mrs. Marsha Mimnaugh, Reading Interventionist at Samuel Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 15 Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions so teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Mrs. Mimnaugh will participate in a Landmarks Workshop entitled “Forever Wild: The Adirondacks in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.”  The one-week program will be held at SUNY Cortland’s Camp Huntington at Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks, NY and directed by Professors Randi Storch and Kevin Sheets.  The 36 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of $1,200 to cover their travel, study, and living expenses.

Topics for the 15 Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops offered for teachers this summer are:

  • The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, Culture, and History in the Mississippi Delta
  • The Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Great Sioux War (1876)
  • Manifest Destiny Reconsidered: The Utah Experience
  • The 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad: Transforming California and the Nation
  • America’s Industrial Revolution at The Henry Ford
  • Social Movements and Reform in Industrializing America: The Lowell Experience
  • New Orleans: Music, Culture and Civil Rights
  • Movement, Mobilization, and Militarization: World War II and the Home Front
  • Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry
  • Forever Wild: The Adirondacks in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • African Americans in the Making of Early New England
  • From Immigrant to Citizen: Asian Pacific Americans in the Northwest
  • Gullah Voices: Traditions and Transformations
  • Living and Writing Deliberately: The Concord Landscapes and Legacy of Henry Thoreau
  • The Problem of the Color Line: Atlanta Landmarks and Civil Rights History

The 1,080 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach nearly 159,000 American students the following year.

Congratulations Mrs. Mimnaugh, we are so proud!

Morningside Elementary Heads to World Competition Again

Morningside Elementary Heads to World Competition Again

St. Lucie Public Schools is proud to announce that Morningside Elementary’s (MSE) Odyssey of the Mind Team won first place at the state competition and is advancing to the World Finals competition slated for May 21 – May 26 in Lansing, Michigan. Morningside’s team will convene with approximately 850 other teams for what is deemed to be the largest creative problem-solving competition.

When asked about the school’s team, Principal Kathleen Melrose said, “The students learn more than just engineering and performance arts, they learn to cooperate and work together. They learn to accept and build on each other’s answers to solve for an open-ended solution.”  She went on to explain the value of the process and its inclusion of science, technology, engineering, arts, and, mathematics (STEAM) as well as the role of the coach.  “The students have a great pair of coaches.  They have supported appropriately and motivated this innovative team; but the team is self-reliant.  They completed the required tasks on their own.  Their independence is extremely important.  Adult assistance, or any outside assistance for that matter, will incur penalty points at the tournament.”

For more information on Odyssey of the Mind, check out www.odysseyofthemind.com or keep up with our journey on our Morningside Elementary Facebook page.

Team Coaches: Karen & Dave Carpenter

Sophia Arias, Brady Young, Mackenzie Carpenter, Jesus Rivera, Gabriele Melo, Jimena Garcia

Problem 5: Opposites Distract 
Divisions I, II, III & IV
Disagreements can distract groups from seeing the bigger picture. Teams will create and present a humorous performance about a sneaky character that distracts others while trying to take control of anything the team wishes. In the performance it will lure others into silly arguments and be successful two times. The arguments will be presented using different dramatic styles and will include attention-getting effects. In the end, the groups will learn that they have been intentionally distracted and will catch the sneaky character before it takes control.

Northport K-8 Students Practice Design and Promotion

Northport K-8 Students Practice Design and Promotion

Many thanks to Northport K-8 7th grade Stingray students Dymond Wilkerson, Ariel Perry, Tyreese Morrison, and Jaivon Curate. These students showed initative and unpacked the entire book fair! They carried boxes, moved the carts, designed and organized the books, and really worked hard to make THEIR book fair great. This year’s book fair is designed by and for students at Northport K-8!

SLWCHS Criminal Justice Students Learn About Emergency Management Systems

SLWCHS Criminal Justice Students Learn About Emergency Management Systems

SLW Centennial High School Criminal Justice Students in Ms. Baumgarten’s and Ms. Oliveira’s classes had the opportunity to learn about Emergency Management Systems in St. Lucie County.  Speakers included: Frank Amandro, Assistant Director for the Public Safety Department; Billy Weinshank, Emergency Management Safety Planner; Karen Kozac, Radiological Coordinator Assistant; and Sue McNichol, Human Resource Coordinator.  Students learned about different types of emergencies and how to respond to them, emergency planning and preparedness, career opportunities in emergency management, and how criminal  justice degrees and careers fit in with emergency management.