All County Chorus on the air again

All County Chorus on the air again

In celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, over 120 elementary students from st. Lucie County public schools descended on the WLX Education Channel tv studio to record the annual Elementary All County Chorus. This year’s theme was Agents of Change! Songs included Agents of Change, Live Well, I’ll Be There, Big Heart, Kindness, and Think on These Things. The concert will be up on the WLX Video on Demand site on the district web site at www.stlucieschools.org soon for all to view. Tune in and take a look – Celebrate Music in Our Schools Month with the 2013 All County Chorus.

All Children Are Capable of Success – No Exceptions!

All Children Are Capable of Success – No Exceptions!

Kids at Hope embodies the ideal that All Children Are Capable of Success — No Exceptions! As a Kids at Hope Community, schools throughout the county have the support of numerous community groups and organizations to welcome students back to school with a Tunnel of Hope. The tunnel symbolizes the affirmation and inspiration for students’ success in school.

All Children are Capable of Success at Dale Cassens!

All Children are Capable of Success at Dale Cassens!

Dale Cassens Educational Complex celebrated National Kids at Hope Day by creating a tunnel of hope made of various community members from Ft. Pierce and Port St. Lucie. These special caring adults cheered students on and held signs reading “You can Succeed,” as they as they arrived to school on November 25th. The students then participated in a Fall Festival which included “Minute to Win It” events and a giant blow-up obstacle course. Every child was able to acquire tickets throughout the day for drawings of prizes at the conclusion of the event.

Aleshia Johnson Shares Positive Experiences

Aleshia Johnson Shares Positive Experiences

The Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year and 2017 FPWHS graduate Aleshia Johnson shared her positive experiences in school and with the Boys and Girls Clubs at a recent realtors meeting.

Aleshia gave credit to her teachers and mentors for support and inspiration along her admirable academic journey.  In turn, she has and will continue to be a motivator for others as she volunteers and actively continues to provide service to the Boys and Girls Clubs as a leader.

We wish her great success in her next chapter of collegiate studies.

 

 

Albritton Earns Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Credential

Albritton Earns Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Credential

Kimberly Albritton was recently notified by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) that she has earned the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential.

 

Albritton, St. Lucie Public Schools coordinator for business services, was among 82 professionals who successfully completed the CPPB examination.  Initially established in 1979 as the Professional Public Buyer (PPB) certificate program and expanded in 1991 to a full-scale certification, this prestigious certification is an outstanding honor for individuals employed in the public procurement profession and is an asset to their specific division of government.  Chief Financial Officer Tim Bargeron lauds Albritton’s accomplishment saying, “Professional certification makes a powerful statement about the level of passion and commitment an individual has for providing outstanding service.”

 

To become CPPB certified, candidates must demonstrate through the application process, that they meet specific requisites established by the UPPCC; including formal education procurement-related coursework/training, and public procurement experience.  A comprehensive written examination is required to confirm mastery of a variety of public procurement concepts.  The CPPB certification recognizes only those professionals who have fulfilled these prescribed standards of competency.

 

To date, 10,283 procurement professionals have achieved this accomplished status.  For a complete listing of CPPB certified individuals and for additional information and qualifications, please visit the UPPCC website, uppcc.org.

 

Albritton Earns Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Credential

Albritton Earns Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Credential

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – Kimberly Albritton was recently notified by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) that she has earned the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential.

 

Albritton, St. Lucie Public Schools coordinator for business services, was among 82 professionals who successfully completed the CPPB examination.  Initially established in 1979 as the Professional Public Buyer (PPB) certificate program and expanded in 1991 to a full-scale certification, this prestigious certification is an outstanding honor for individuals employed in the public procurement profession and is an asset to their specific division of government.  Chief Financial Officer Tim Bargeron lauds Albritton’s accomplishment saying, “Professional certification makes a powerful statement about the level of passion and commitment an individual has for providing outstanding service.”

 

To become CPPB certified, candidates must demonstrate through the application process, that they meet specific requisites established by the UPPCC; including formal education procurement-related coursework/training, and public procurement experience.  A comprehensive written examination is required to confirm mastery of a variety of public procurement concepts.  The CPPB certification recognizes only those professionals who have fulfilled these prescribed standards of competency.

 

To date, 10,283 procurement professionals have achieved this accomplished status.  For a complete listing of CPPB certified individuals and for additional information and qualifications, please visit the UPPCC website, uppcc.org.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast.  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.

 

 

Air, Sea, Land Challenge at TCHS

Air, Sea, Land Challenge at TCHS

The Air, Sea, Land Challenge at Treasure Coast High School was an outstanding opportunity for students to exercise their technology skills and demonstrate their robotics ingenuity.  Special thanks to Ian Cotner of AT&T who joined Thom Jones of the Education Foundation in sponsoring the drone program at the exhibition.

 

 

 

 

AIR-SEA-LAND Challenge

AIR-SEA-LAND Challenge

Don’t miss the AIR – SEA – LAND CHALLENGE robotics event at Treasure Coast High School’s campus on Saturday, April 7th.

10 AM – 3 PM

Watch as Titan robotic challenges ensue through obstacle courses and against time.

The event features a special middle school drone contest whereby the navigational prowess of young pilots will be tested through a complex obstacle course.

Innovation and creativity are on display at this highly anticipated second annual

AIR – SEA – LAND CHALLENGE.

 

 

 

 

AICE Art and Design, Top Score in the Country

AICE Art and Design, Top Score in the Country

AICE Photography student, Sarah Lennig at Treasure Coast High School, scored the highest score in the NATION on her completion of AICE Art and Design for the 2015-2016 school year.

Susan Seal, principal of TCHS, offers a congratulatory hug.

Stephanie Stark, AICE Photography instructor, expresses how proud she is of her student.

Ahoy Matey!

Ahoy Matey!

Today was Pirate Day at Rivers Edge! The Kindergarten students and teachers dressed up like pirates to make learning about maps and globes fully engaging. Activities included pirate stories, lessons about map keys and the compass rose, writing about pirates and of course a treasure hunt-using those newly acquired map skills! It was aaarrrggggghhh great day full of fun and learning-no one had to walk the plank!

Agritechnology

Agritechnology

Technological and economic factors have changed the way people around the world perceive the importance of agriculture.  Agritechnology is the teaching of agricultural sciences, natural resources, land management, and the 21st Century tools and technologies used in the field.  The curriculum includes horticulture, livestock management, agricultural science, and more.   It is taught through hands-on experiences that prepare students for both entry-level jobs and/or higher-level education.

Fort Pierce Westwood High School

Agritechnology

Agritechnology

Technological and economic factors have changed the way people around the world perceive the importance of agriculture.  Agritechnology is the teaching of agricultural sciences, natural resources, land management, and the 21st Century tools and technologies used in the field.  The curriculum includes horticulture, livestock management, agricultural science, and more.   It is taught through hands-on experiences that prepare students for both entry-level jobs and/or higher-level education. (Fort Pierce Westwood High School)
Agriculture Literacy Day

Agriculture Literacy Day

Mark your calendars! Agriculture Literacy Day is November 13th, 2018!

Registration is available starting October 1st, 2018!

This year’s book is These Florida Farms!

Florida Agriculture in the Classroom is moving Agriculture Literacy Day to the fall and this year’s date is November 13, 2018.

To transition Agriculture Literacy Day from the spring to the fall Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. will be using These Florida Farms!, the 2008-2009 book. This gives volunteers the entire school year to find an elementary school to work with and the perfect date to read. FAITC invites Florida agriculture industry volunteers to find an elementary school near them!

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services employees, University of Florida IFAS Extension Agents, 4-H Agents and Master Gardeners, Florida Farm Bureau members, Florida Cattlemen and Cattlewomen members, FFA teachers, students and other agriculture industry representatives are invited to read and are asked to schedule their classroom visits with schools at least two weeks before their readings.

For Teacher Resources and more, click on the link below:

https://faitc.org/ag-literacy-day/

Agreement Reached With St. Lucie Public Schools and Unions

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) reached a positive agreement today with its Classroom Teachers Association (CTA) and Classified Unit (CU) partners. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “We value the committed educational professionals who dedicate themselves to teaching our students and accelerating their learning. We support them and are pleased to be in a position to enhance the compensation for the important work they do for each child, every day.” This benchmark agreement was reached in partnership with Union leadership. CTA/CU President Vicki Rodriguez said, “I am pleased that we have reached an agreement before the start of school. This is the first time in many years that we have been able to accomplish this, and it is the first step in our mutual commitment to work together as we support recruitment and retention of our employees.”

The value of compensation package is approximately $5,021,300.00. In addition to this, the package also includes the continued Board contribution of $750.00 to a Health Savings Account (HSA) for employees enrolled in the Blue Options Plan 5180/5181. This adds another $1,290,000.00 to the overall package bringing the total to an approximate $6,311,300.00. For teachers (CTA), this means an annual increase of approximately $1,600.00 to $1,700.00. CU members will each receive a step increase on the salary schedule and an additional $250.00. The agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2015.

CTA/CU members (classroom teachers and other instructional staff, clerical staff, paraprofessionals, and bus aides) can also look forward to the broadcast of an informational webinar designed to help clarify the highlights of the package and explain Pay for Performance.

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 the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit www.stlucieschools.org or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

Agreement Reached to Distribute Referendum Funds Earmarked for Teacher Salaries

Agreement Reached to Distribute Referendum Funds Earmarked for Teacher Salaries

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FLThe District and the CTA/CU Negotiations Teams met to begin salary negotiations and have reached a tentative agreement for the utilization of referendum funds earmarked for teacher salaries.  In this tentative agreement, the Board and St. Lucie CTA/CU agree to a four-year provision for all eligible teachers (including new hires) to receive a Referendum Recruitment and Retention Annual Supplement in the following amounts beginning with the 2019-2020 school year: 

  •  Beginning teachers = $1,000 
  • 1- 5 years eligible experience = $2,000 
  • 6-9 years eligible experience = $5,000 
  • 10 years + eligible experience = $7,800

This supplement will be a part of regularly scheduled paychecks, and it will also apply to the FRS contribution.  Eligible teachers are those who are newly hired and returning classroom/non-classroom teachers. 

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent stated, “With the additional funding for teachers resulting from our voters’ approval of the recent referendum, the School Board is able to provide salaries for our teachers that are competitive with neighboring districts. Quality instructors in the classroom have the most influence on student achievement, and the ability to offer comparable salaries to our teachers is powerful. This impacts our ability to recruit and retain high quality candidates to support teaching and learning for our students and to continue the District’s trend of historic growth in graduation rates and academic achievements.” 

St. Lucie CTA/CU President David Freeland said, “We are pleased with the collaborative effort between the St. Lucie CTA/CU and the school district to ensure that the referendum money will be used as presented to, and approved by, the taxpayers of St. Lucie County.  Recruiting and retaining high quality teachers in our school district has always been a priority for the CTA/CU and the funding from the referendum will help to ensure that our district is competitive with the surrounding districts.”

Both the District and the Union are pleased with the progress of this year’s negotiations and additional meetings are scheduled to continue to work on remaining compensation and insurance issues.   

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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Agreement Reached to Distribute Referendum Funds Earmarked for Teacher Salaries

Afterschool Meals Program at Performance Based Preparatory Academy

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools announces its intent to participate in the Afterschool Meals Program, a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program.  The Afterschool Meals Program is designed primarily to provide nutritious snacks and/or meals to children in participating afterschool programs.  Snacks and/or meals will be available at no separate charge to children attending the site listed below, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Site: Performance Based Preparatory Academy

2909 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34947

About USDA

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)         mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)         fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)         email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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.

 

 

 

Agreement Reached to Distribute Referendum Funds Earmarked for Teacher Salaries

Afterschool Meals Program at Dale Cassens Educational Complex

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL –  St. Lucie Public Schools announces its intent to participate in the Afterschool Meals Program, a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program.  The Afterschool Meals Program is designed primarily to provide nutritious snacks and/or meals to children in participating afterschool programs.  Snacks and/or meals will be available at no separate charge to children attending the site listed below, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Site: Dale Cassens Education Complex

1905 S 11th Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

About USDA

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)         mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

             1400 Independence Avenue, SW

             Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)         fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)         email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

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. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

Afterschool Meals Program at Dale Cassens Educational Complex

Afterschool Meals Program at Dale Cassens Educational Complex

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools announces its intent to participate in the Afterschool Meals Program, a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program. The Afterschool Meals Program is designed primarily to provide nutritious snacks and/or meals to children in participating afterschool programs.  Snacks and/or meals will be available at no separate charge to children attending the site listed below, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Site: Dale Cassens Education Complex

1905 S 11th Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

 

About USDA

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)         mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)         fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)         email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

 

 

 

Afterschool Activities Are in the Spotlight

Afterschool Activities Are in the Spotlight

St. Lucie Public Schools unites with other communities across the nation for a two-day spotlight on afterschool programs and activities during the 3rd annual Lights On Afterschool showcase.  Over 30 program coordinators from across St. Lucie County representing a variety of interests from academic and athletic to artistic will rally for program awareness on October 2nd and again on October 12th.

Two locations on two separate days are earmarked for this year’s event in St. Lucie County to give more parents and community members a chance to participate, according to organizers Terrence Platt and Kimberly Roberts.  The Port St. Lucie Community Center located at 2195 SE Airoso Blvd. in Port St. Lucie will open its doors on October 2nd from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM.   Representatives from a host of organizations including library services, area churches, tutorial services, sports programs, mentoring services, parks and recreation programs, service organizations, and many more will man booths in an expo-style setting. Students will perform, attendees will have opportunities to win door prizes, and hands-on activities will be available.  Mirroring this opportunity on October 12th, the PAL Center located at 903 S. 21st Street in Fort Pierce will host the second event.

Roberts said, “Both venues will help our community showcase all afterschool, weekend, and summer programs and activities in our community.  Afterschool activities give our students outstanding opportunities to explore their skills, grow their talents, and provide service to others. Our children benefit tremendously from programs such as these and many are provided at minimal or no cost.”

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent agrees with the afterschool programs’ positive impact on students.  He said, “Our schools offer quality afterschool programs including our 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and there is a rich variety of additional offerings in our community that will benefit our students as well.  Quality afterschool programs refine students’ skills and broaden their perspectives on opportunities available to them.” Gent also affirmed the fact that afterschool activity involvement contributes to improvements in attendance, behavior, academic achievement, and more.

The Lights On Afterschool effort is in collaboration with Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs. For more information about Lights on Afterschool, contact Terrence Platt or Kimberly Roberts at 772.429.3617 or 772.429.3957 respectively.