Top speller is champion for second straight year

Top speller is champion for second straight year

Fifth grade Francis K. Sweet Elementary School student Rida Ahmed emerged as the champion speller for the second  consecutive year in the 2012 St. Lucie County Spelling Bee, winning on the word bromeliad. Second place went to Northport K8 School seventh grade student Jared Diago, and in third place was fourth grade WestGate K8 School student Sreya Banik. Ten students will move on to regional competition next month. Congratulations to all 32 winners who participated. Pictured, from left, are third place Sreya Banik, champion Rida Ahmed, and second place Jared Diago.

Tour Showcases Career Opportunities

Tour Showcases Career Opportunities

The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC) and the Treasure Coast Manufacturers Association (TCMA) introduced 15 high school guidance counselors from St. Lucie Public Schools to some of the county’s most prominent manufacturers.

The inaugural School Counselor Tour showcased the wide variety of rewarding careers in manufacturing available to their students right here at home.  The group visited A-1 Roof Trusses, Phoenix Metal Products, Maverick Boat Group, D&D Welding, and Advanced Machine & Tool.

“The work these people do is incredibly important and has a powerful impact on students’ lives for decades,” said Scott Deal, CEO and founder of Maverick Boat Company in Fort Pierce.  Deal said he appreciated the counselors taking time to learn about his business and his need for quality workers of all kinds.

“We not only build boats, we build things that go into boats,” said Deal, explaining that the company employs a wide variety of workers to do programming, accounting, sewing and upholstery, lamination, hanging motors and much more. “The three Qs are the biggest thing for us,” he said. “We are a quality company with quality people building quality products. We are looking for the three As – attitude, aptitude and attendance.”  Deal said Maverick Boat Group will train workers who demonstrate the three As.

“I think this tour opened the counselors’ eyes to a lot of good, local career possibilities for their students that they weren’t aware of,” said Jill Marasa, EDC vice president, business retention and expansion.  “These manufacturing jobs pay well and have great benefits. They are a fantastic option for students who are not college-bound.”

“It was great to see the counselors touring our local manufacturers. Several of them had no idea the careers that these local companies have to offer their students. What an eye-opening experience for them,” said Tammy Roncaglione, CenterState Bank St. Lucie County community president and founding member of TCMA.

Korissa Diaz, counselor at Performance Based Preparatory Academy, a public alternative high school in Fort Pierce, agrees wholeheartedly with Marasa. “I kept thinking, as we were going through the different businesses, what an untapped resource this is,” said Diaz. “I’ve lived in St. Lucie County all my life and I had no idea any of these businesses existed. You could have told me about this all day long, but I wouldn’t have realized the magnitude of it.”

Diaz said that more than half of her school’s 120 students would benefit from taking entry-level jobs with these local manufacturers and working their way up.

The tour was one of the initiatives the EDC is fostering to address the Treasure Coast Skills Gap Study findings that confirmed a significant shortfall in manufacturing, skilled construction and healthcare workers in the Treasure Coast region.

Touring and Learning Benefit Students

Touring and Learning Benefit Students

On September 27, high school guidance counselors and graduation coaches from across the District had the privilege of touring and learning about five outstanding businesses in St. Lucie County.  The stops included ABC Medical, The Porch Factory, Maverick Boat Group, Southern Eagle Distributing and PGA Golf Club.

While on the tour, participants learned about job opportunities for students that address the skills gap, as identified by the Economic Development Council, in the areas of healthcare, manufacturing and skill trades.

 

Tower Gardens Grow at TCHS

Tower Gardens Grow at TCHS

You may be hearing buzz around the District and are asking yourself, what is a Tower Garden? Tower Gardens are a vertical, aeroponic growing system, compact in design, and contain a closed-loop technology system.  This technology allows you to grow up to 20 vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers in less than three square feet – indoors or outdoors. Because this system allows you to grow plants indoors using special grow lights, with no dirt, we have incorporated hands-on learning into our curriculum in collaboration with Child Nutrition Services and the ESE Department. Tower Gardens grow up to 3 times faster and produce 30% greater yields than the average garden, and we do not have to worry about pests and disease.

We are honored to be able to support this project through our Farm to School Award. This gives our students the opportunity to learn where their food is from, understand the entire growing process, and sample what is grown.  Schools incorporate items into their kitchens so students can eat what has been harvested.  The hope is that students then go home to share what they have tried and/or seen growing in the Tower Garden and have an entire family eating healthier together.

Treasure Coast High School is the first pilot in the District to use Tower Gardens. Ms. Nelson’s students have done a wonderful job setting up the garden, watering it daily, maintaining healthy ph levels for optimal growing, and will soon be transplanting the wool cubes into the system. We are hoping to continue our partnerships with the remaining high schools and have Tower Gardens purchased for the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

The Farm to School Award also supports outdoor gardens, nutrition education, community and student culinary events, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, cooking classes, and much more! To find out more, please contact Stacy Donnelly, Farm to School Specialist, at stacy.donnelly@stlucieschools.org | 772-200-7148.

Town Hall Meetings Scheduled

Town Hall Meetings Scheduled

Join Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office for Town Hall Meetings scheduled at high schools around the district.  The purpose of these meetings is to inform the public about the referendum scheduled for mail-in vote on April 3, 2019.  Superintendent Gent will share a brief presentation and afterwards the floor will be open to the public for questions.

Toys for Tots Collected

Toys for Tots Collected

St. Lucie Public Schools administrators collected toys for this year’s Toys for Tots campaign just in time for Santa’s train as it is scheduled to roll into town on Saturday, December 10th at 1:15 at Orange Avenue and US 1.  Don’t miss it!

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Toys for Tots Donation from Palm Pointe

Toys for Tots Donation from Palm Pointe

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition would like to thank all those who donated to our Toys for Tots Drive.  We were proud to present over 250 gifts to Sgt. Lynch, coordinator of the St Lucie County Toys for Tots Drive.  Pictured from left is Joshua Berger, Cooper Kuba, Assistant Principal Kathleen Perez, Assistant Principal Debbie Iseman, Principal Debra Snyder, Sgt Lynch from Toys for Tots, Mason Engler, Alyssa Hartman, Chloe Zdenek and Zachary Berger.

Trane Case Study in St. Lucie Public Schools

Trane Case Study in St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools put together an energy advisory board, consisting of vendors, engineers, district staff, utility company personnel, architects, engineers, school board members and others, to address ways to reduce utility costs. Rather than just considering individual schools with immediate needs, the group outlined a long-term plan for the entire district, looking at systems that would need to be replaced in five, ten and fifteen years. They evaluated their replacement vs repair options, taking into account maintenance expenses and the age of the chillers, and analyzed life cycle costs of replacement chillers. Thermal energy storage was suggested as a sustainable solution for the district.

Pleased with its long-term relationship with Trane, which included excellent equipment performance, superior service and training for its technicians, the district asked Trane to bid on its HVAC upgrades. Trane presented a chiller plant upgrade with thermal energy storage, using energy savings and utility rebates to offset the cost of the chiller investment.

To read the rest of the story, visit the Trane website by clicking HERE

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Transition Fair -Navigating the Roads Of Transition

Transition Fair -Navigating the Roads Of Transition

Don’t miss this year’s annual School to Work Transition Fair, a FREE event for students with disabilities, their families, educators, and more.

March 2, 2019

8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Kight Center for Emerging Technologies

Indian River State College

Main Campus, V Building

3209 Virginia Avenue

Fort Pierce, FL 34981

 

Transportation At Your Service

Transportation At Your Service

The Transportation Team provides service to approximately 23,000 student riders each day and travels nearly six million miles per year.  Making certain that students are delivered to and from school safely is the priority for this Department.

To assist parents and guardians with questions about their child’s routes or pick-up times, operators are ready to assist.  The number to call is 772-204-RIDE.

 

Transportation Hotline

Transportation Hotline

The District has adopted 772-204-RIDE (7433) as its main number for transportation calls.   Improvements to the telephone network and additional staff will support calls to this center as the school year opens.  The transportation call center will be open from 6am to 6pm for the first two weeks of school.

Transportation Is On A Roll

Transportation Is On A Roll

Special thanks are extended to the SLPS Transportation Team for providing exceptional service and attending to the needs of hundreds of children as they were safely transported to and from summer school this year.

Providing transportation for students throughout the District to north and south school sites is a huge task, and our transportation department completes this charge each year with the utmost care and diligence.  Your service is of great value to our community!

 

Transportation Routing Department Celebrates Patriotism

Transportation Routing Department Celebrates Patriotism

The Transportation Routing Dept Holiday Tree goes all out to honor those who we have lost fighting for our freedoms, our independence, and our American Work Force!

The Transportation Routing Dept Holiday Tree goes all out to honor those who we have lost fighting for our freedoms, our independence, and our American Work Force!

The Transportation Routing Dept Holiday Tree goes all out to honor those who we have lost fighting for our freedoms, our independence, and our American Work Force!