Music in Our Schools

Music in Our Schools

Chorus and band students from across the school district performed in spectacular fashion for a full house at the Fenn Center in Fort Pierce. As part of the annual Music In Our Schools celebration, students are specially selected from among St. Lucie Public Schools’ middle and high school band and chorus programs. The composite band or chorus group is then lead by a visiting clinician. Students rehearse for weeks to sing and play at top level with their peers. Music In Our Schools Month is the National Association for Music Education’s annual celebration. Music educators, students, and communities engage in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in St. Lucie Public Schools.  To view the performance, click the link below!

https://youtu.be/bA7KKnnlzpo

WLX-TV – The Education Channel

WLX-TV – The Education Channel

We have a number of new shows this week! An all new Foundation Focus and Sak Pase will be featuring our Superintendent, Mr. E. Wayne Gent, who will be sharing very valuable information about the referendum. Along with that, we will be featuring the State of Schools update, the Music in Our Schools concert, a new Eye on St. Lucie hosted by Kerry Padrick, and Hey Coach hosted by John Messina.
 

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.

Piscopo Honored a State Finalist for Assistant Principal of the Year

Piscopo Honored a State Finalist for Assistant Principal of the Year

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is proud to share the Florida Department of Education’s (FDOE) announcement that Dan McCarty Middle School Assistant Principal Samantha Piscopo was named as one of the State’s five finalists for the 2019 District Assistant Principal of the Year!

 

“To be recognized as a State finalist is a great honor,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “Ms. Piscopo is an outstanding instructional leader who helps set the pace for student achievement and promotes a learning environment focused on excellence.”

 

Piscopo is an educational veteran who exhibits a spirit of relentlessness in her expectation for quality in all aspects of campus life knowing that this is required to keep a school in turn-around mode and excelling to high levels of achievement. She has built her leadership credentials on a foundation of positive relationships and well-earned trust from those with whom she works.  These qualities serve to motivate and inspire others as she endeavors to affect changes in culture and teaching practices through talent development, modeling, and support.

 

Piscopo’s curriculum leadership is respected and appreciated as she strives to maintain a culture of professional learning and implementation.  In an all-for-one and one-for-all spirit, she rolls up her sleeves and enthusiastically leads weekly collaborative sessions on data analysis, instructional strategies, and lesson planning.  Her welcomed presence in classrooms is routine as she follows up offering feedback and support to her team.  Her intuitive nature serves her well in coaching others to be the very best, and she is dedicated to supporting the ideal that all children are capable of success – no exceptions.

 

Bernadette Pletcher of James Tillman Elementary in Manatee County was named as the State representative for this award.   Derek Negron (Miami-Dade), Tiffany Scranton (Putnam), and Angela Stuckey (Suwanee) joined Piscopo as finalists.

 

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.

 

Piscopo Honored a State Finalist for Assistant Principal of the Year

Piscopo Honored as State Finalist for Assistant Principal of the Year

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL –St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) is proud to share the Florida Department of Education’s (FDOE) announcement that Dan McCarty Middle School Assistant Principal Samantha Piscopo was named as one of the State’s five finalists for the 2019 District Assistant Principal of the Year!

 

“To be recognized as a State finalist is a great honor,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “Ms. Piscopo is an outstanding instructional leader who helps set the pace for student achievement and promotes a learning environment focused on excellence.”

 

Piscopo is an educational veteran who exhibits a spirit of relentlessness in her expectation for quality in all aspects of campus life knowing that this is required to keep a school in turn-around mode and excelling to high levels of achievement. She has built her leadership credentials on a foundation of positive relationships and well-earned trust from those with whom she works. These qualities serve to motivate and inspire others as she endeavors to affect changes in culture and teaching practices through talent development, modeling, and support.

 

Piscopo’s curriculum leadership is respected and appreciated as she strives to maintain a culture of professional learning and implementation. In an all-for-one and one-for-all spirit, she rolls up her sleeves and enthusiastically leads weekly collaborative sessions on data analysis, instructional strategies, and lesson planning. Her welcomed presence in classrooms is routine as she follows up offering feedback and support to her team. Her intuitive nature serves her well in coaching others to be the very best, and she is dedicated to supporting the ideal that all children are capable of success – no exceptions.

 

Bernadette Pletcher of James Tillman Elementary in Manatee County was named as the State representative for this award. Derek Negron (Miami-Dade), Tiffany Scranton (Putnam), and Angela Stuckey (Suwanee) joined Piscopo as finalists.

 

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.

 

Your Vote Matters

Your Vote Matters

A special election is coming your way in April. 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 on every campus, and enhance mental health services for our children.

Your vote matters. Visit stlucieschools.org to learn more.

#4OurKids

Young Floridian Scholarship Winners

Young Floridian Scholarship Winners

For 35 years the Young Floridian Scholarship program has honored the most stellar high school seniors in St. Lucie County. Currently run through the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, this community-supported program awards scholarships to deserving students with pomp and circumstance at an annual awards ceremony. This year’s winners were announced onstage, the evening of February 20th at Indian River State College’s McAlpin Fine Arts Center. Each winner received a $1,000 scholarship to the college or university of their choice and/or a two-year full scholarship to IRSC. Winners were awarded in 15 categories.

Cameron Slack
Lincoln Park Academy
Academic Excellence
Delmarius Williams
Lincoln Park Academy
Academies/Certifications/Manufacturing
Mateo Restrepo
Port St. Lucie High School
Art
Emma Rose
St. Lucie West Centennial High School
Athletics
Sabrina Dorisca
Treasure Coast High School
Career & Technology
Catherine Ferreira
Fort Pierce Central High School
Computer Science/Engineering & Architecture
Kimberly Harvey
St. Lucie West Centennial High School
Drama
Shanieya Harris
Treasure Coast High School
Foreign Language
Destiny Lerner
Treasure Coast High School
Human Services
Andre Fernandez
Port St. Lucie High School
Journalism & Communications
Sienna Medina
Fort Pierce Central High School
Language Arts
Benjamin Rante-Reyes
Fort Pierce Central High School
Mathematics
MaKayla Torres
Treasure Coast High School
Music
Mason King
Fort Pierce Central High School
Science
Freedom Scholes
Port St. Lucie High School
Social Studies
Congratulations to all the winners!
2nd Annual Culinary Cook-Off

2nd Annual Culinary Cook-Off

Join us for the 2nd Annual Student Culinary Cook-Off, a collaboration of Child Nutrition Services and the Career and Technical Education Culinary Arts Program.  The purpose of the event is for our student chefs in the Middle School and High School Culinary Arts Program to create enticing entrees that their peers would enjoy while following the USDA guidelines for the National School Lunch Program.  The winning entrée will be placed on the menu for the 2019-2020 school year.

When: Wednesday, April 10th from 4-6 pm (Tasting will be at 5:30 pm)

Where: Treasure Coast High School Cafeteria

To find out more about this event, and to learn about what our food service programs are working on, watch the short video below:

https://youtu.be/VlF2RAzHagg

March is Arts Education Month

March is Arts Education Month

March is nationally recognized as Music in Our Schools Month, Theatre in Our Schools Month, Dance in Our Schools Month and Youth Art Month. The Florida Department of Education values the arts and acknowledges the impact they have on student development and academic achievement. The arts not only offer students an opportunity for self-expression and personal growth, but interdisciplinary activities involving the arts can also improve comprehension and challenge students to approach learning in new ways.

Join Treasure Coast High School as they celebrate with The Believe Project.  This festival and workshop celebrates music and dance as true art forms.  To find out more, visit http://the-believe-project.weebly.com

STAR Awards at March Board Meeting

STAR Awards at March Board Meeting

The STAR program’s focus is to recognize employees for their behaviors, skills and actions that correlate with the District’s vision and acknowledge those that exemplify its core values.

 

Bus Driver Wanda Cooper – Transportation Department

Bus Aide Kaymal Whinfield – Transportation Department

(Both pictured above)

From a parent whose children ride the bus each day and shared her comments:

“My kids have great drivers and aides.  I cannot say enough about them.  They are very patient and love their job.  It shows!”

 

Teacher Crystal Nelson – Treasure Coast High School

Comment from a parent who shared the positive impact on Mrs. Crystal Nelson at TCHS:

“I know that the teacher of the year has already been selected for this year.  Please consider Mrs. Nelson in the future.  She is great.  While my daughter’s time at Treasure Coast will end in May, it has been a true blessing knowing that Mrs. Nelson has been my daughter’s teacher.” 

 

Plant Manager Juan Bello – Treasure Coast High School

Juan recently assumed the role of TCHS Plant Manager after our previous manager retired.  He has been an incredible leader for his staff and the school staff.  Juan is doing a great job at our school.  Maintenance workers have commented how they appreciate how fair he is with all workers.  We are so happy to have him as a Titan!

 

Teacher William Cromer – Allapattah Flats K-8 School

“I really want to commend Allapattah Flats K-8. There have been many instances where they show that they care about my children, and today marks another instance.  My son had a panic attack and went to the clinic. Mr. Cromer, the band teacher, took time of out his busy day to come visit my son and try to calm him down.  Because of him, I did not have to leave work to go pick up my son. I would be glad to stand up and say that Allapattah Flats is a great school that parents should aspire to send their children to.”

Microsoft Student Recognition

Microsoft Student Recognition

The ability of St. Lucie Public Schools to access data, identify needs, and proactively address those needs based on trends over time is powerful for our ability to support students and prepare them for college and the workplace.  We are proud to work in partnership with Microsoft in the creation of a data dashboard known as Power BI.

In fact, the District has so effectively used this tool to dig deeper into data, tell our story, and synthesize information, that Microsoft tapped SLPS to generate a publishing tool to highlight Power BI.

Since students are at the heart of our mission, who better to express the benefits of Power BI than five of our own high school students.  These students were interviewed by Microsoft.

Mahogany Hill – Fort Pierce Westwood High

Clifford McMillan – Fort Pierce Westwood High

Catherine Ferreira – Fort Pierce Central High

Delmarius K. Williams – Lincoln Park Academy

Shanieya Harris – Treasure Coast High

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!