Student Enrollment April 1-30

Student Enrollment April 1-30

Kindergarten, Middle School, and New Student Open Enrollment has been moved to April 1st -30th to prepare for our new online registration system. The new online registration system will save parents time and allow you to apply for a school in the comfort of your home. No more long lines, no long waits, and quick electronic notifications.  Please visit the www.stlucieschools.org to stay informed on updates regarding registration information.

Stop Now And Plan (SNAP) Program

Stop Now And Plan (SNAP) Program

SNAP®, which stands for Stop Now And Plan, is an evidence-based cognitive behavioral model that provides a framework for teaching children struggling with behavior issues, and their parents, effective emotional regulation, self-control and problem-solving skills. The primary goal of SNAP is to help children to stop and think before they act, and keep them in school and out of trouble.

SNAP was developed by Child Development Institute, an accredited children’s mental health organization in Toronto, in 1985 as an intervention program.  Since then, the program has grown and evolved into an internationally recognized model for teaching troubled children and their parents how to effectively manage their emotions and “keep problems small.”

For more information on the program, please see the attached SNAP Brochure or contact:

Children’s Homes Society
Treasure Coast
772.460.9752

SLWCHS Medical Students Learn Hands-Only CPR

SLWCHS Medical Students Learn Hands-Only CPR

More than 150 Health Science 10th and 11th grade students at St. Lucie West Centennial High School learned Hands-Only CPR. These students were taught by Mary Higgins, Elizabeth Durkee, and their Certified Nursing Assistant students.

Students learned how to recognize the need for CPR, how to call 911, and how to push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” The American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR method at this beat can more than double a person’s chances of survival. This method has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public.  Each student received an American Heart Association personal use CPR Anytime Kit to take home and keep so that they can train additional family and friends in Hands-Only CPR.  The American Heart Association expects hundreds more will be trained to save a life by the 10th and 11th grade participants.

This event is part of the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR for Schools training program and is supported by an educational grant.

 

Blood Drive

Blood Drive

Blood Drive

February 28, 2019

9:30am-2:30pm

South County Compound

329 NW Commerce Park Drive

Fort Pierce, FL 34986

  • The Education Foundation will receive $25 per donor to be used for scholarships; every donor counts!
  • Make an appointment on their website; Walk-ins always welcome!
SLWCHS Navy JROTC Mentors Students

SLWCHS Navy JROTC Mentors Students

The St. Lucie West Centennial Navy JROTC unit continues its mentoring program with the Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie West K-8 by educating their students regarding respect when performing Color Guard duties.  The students were educated in proper rifleman and flagman procedures as well as shown proper Color Guard drill commands and procedures.  The St. Lucie West Centennial Navy JROTC mentor the St. Lucie West K-8 Boys and Girls Club students every Tuesday each week.

Palm Pointe K-8 Kids Heart Challenge

Palm Pointe K-8 Kids Heart Challenge

The Kids Heart Challenge (formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart) event was held last Friday, February 15th at Palm Pointe K-8.  Coach Piscopo and Coach Santoro were amazing volunteers and do so much to support the American Heart Association mission. This year, the students raised $4,431 to help further the mission of the AHA.  Great work!

FPWHS Agriscience Hosts Virtual Field Trip

FPWHS Agriscience Hosts Virtual Field Trip

Fort Pierce Westwood High School agriscience students and their instructor Jenna Blankenbaker hosted a virtual field trip for middle schools.  Using the virtual meeting platform Skype, classrooms from Northport K-8, Manatee K-8, and Allapattah Flats K-8 connected with the Westwood FFA Officers to see animals, technology, tools, and highlights of the program.

FPWHS Welcomes New Chef

FPWHS Welcomes New Chef

Fort Pierce Westwood High School students welcomed their new culinary instructor Chef Jeanne Gray! The students and Chef Gray baked sweet treats for Valentine’s Day.

 

PSLHS Army JROTC Attend Competition

PSLHS Army JROTC Attend Competition

On Saturday February 16, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion’s Marksmanship Team attended a competition held at Jupiter High School. The Jaguar Battalion’s “sharpshooters” competed against nine other Army JROTC programs in the area. Cadet Captain Simmons shot an outstanding 207 out of 300 points, scoring the highest out of our nine cadets.  Our Marksmanship Team  includes: Cadet Sergeant First Class Cook, Cadet Captain Simmons, Cadet Corporal Moad, Cadet Corporal Lewiston, Cadet Private Arrabe, Cadet Private O’Hare, Cadet Private Svoboda, and Cadet Private Funez. This meet is meant to prepare the cadets for the Regional AREA 3 Marksmanship Competition coming up on April 6, 2019. The level of which our cadets preformed at this meet shows that they are more than ready for the regional competition!

Number of PBIS Model Schools Continues to Grow

Number of PBIS Model Schools Continues to Grow

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) announced that 25 schools of distinction are recognized as Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Model Schools – an increase of three from last years’ pool of honorees.  The University of South Florida (USF), manager of the PBIS Project for the State of Florida, provided Executive Director of Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson with notification of this elite cadre of schools.  He said, “This positive trend is a reflection of the focused efforts the District is making in schools to support the needs of all children both academically and behaviorally through a multi-tiered system of supports. Reaching Model School Status with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, is representative of our commitment to create a culture that promotes appropriate social and emotional learning for all children.”

PBIS is a school-wide behavioral approach that focuses on increasing academic performance and increasing safety while decreasing problem behaviors with specific and consistent strategies.  A focus on individual needs using data along with positive and effective strategies are also key elements to a successful PBIS school-wide plan.

Robert O’Neill serves as the District’s PBIS coordinator and also bridges efforts with SLPS and USF.  He explained that achievement of Model School status is a purposeful and united effort — the result of collaboration between Student Services personnel and site-based personnel working to provide for the needs of students and to build the Multi-Tiered System of Supports in the schools.  He added that educational professionals work together to address appropriate behavior and celebrate students’ goal attainment.

Congratulations to the following schools on their PBIS Model School status:

Gold

Allapattah Flats K-8

Bayshore Elementary School

Chester A. Moore Elementary School

Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition

Floresta Elementary School

Manatee Academy K-8

Mariposa Elementary School

Morningside Elementary School

Northport K-8 School

Oak Hammock K-8 School

Parkway Elementary School

Savanna Ridge Elementary School

Southern Oaks Middle School

Southport Middle School

Village Green Environmental Studies School

West Gate K-8 School

Silver

Fairlawn Elementary School

Forest Grove Middle School

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School

Lawnwood Elementary School

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies

St. Lucie West K-8 School

Weatherbee Elementary School

Bronze

Rivers Edge Elementary School

Windmill Point Elementary 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 Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Number of PBIS Model Schools Continues to Grow

Number of PBIS Model Schools Continues to Grow

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) announced that 25 schools of distinction are recognized as Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Model Schools – an increase of three from last years’ pool of honorees.  The University of South Florida (USF), manager of the PBIS Project for the State of Florida, provided Executive Director of Exceptional Student Education Bill Tomlinson with notification of this elite cadre of schools.  He said, “This positive trend is a reflection of the focused efforts the District is making in schools to support the needs of all children both academically and behaviorally through a multi-tiered system of supports. Reaching Model School Status with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, is representative of our commitment to create a culture that promotes appropriate social and emotional learning for all children.”

PBIS is a school-wide behavioral approach that focuses on increasing academic performance and increasing safety while decreasing problem behaviors with specific and consistent strategies.  A focus on individual needs using data along with positive and effective strategies are also key elements to a successful PBIS school-wide plan.

Robert O’Neill serves as the District’s PBIS coordinator and also bridges efforts with SLPS and USF.  He explained that achievement of Model School status is a purposeful and united effort — the result of collaboration between Student Services personnel and site-based personnel working to provide for the needs of students and to build the Multi-Tiered System of Supports in the schools.  He added that educational professionals work together to address appropriate behavior and celebrate students’ goal attainment.

Congratulations to the following schools on their PBIS Model School status:

Gold

Allapattah Flats K-8

Bayshore Elementary School

Chester A. Moore Elementary School

Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition

Floresta Elementary School

Manatee Academy K-8

Mariposa Elementary School

Morningside Elementary School

Northport K-8 School

Oak Hammock K-8 School

Parkway Elementary School

Savanna Ridge Elementary School

Southern Oaks Middle School

Southport Middle School

Village Green Environmental Studies School

West Gate K-8 School

Silver

Fairlawn Elementary School

Forest Grove Middle School

Frances K. Sweet Elementary School

Lawnwood Elementary School

Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies

St. Lucie West K-8 School

Weatherbee Elementary School

Bronze

Rivers Edge Elementary School

Windmill Point Elementary 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 Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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HealthierUS Award Designated to Select St. Lucie Public Schools

HealthierUS Award Designated to Select St. Lucie Public Schools

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Food, Nutrition, and Wellness has awarded select schools as recipients of the HealthierUS School Challenge. The HealthierUS Schools Challenge is a voluntary certification initiative created to promote healthier school environments through the encouragement of nutrition and physical activity.

Silver Awards

CA Moore Elementary

Lakewood Park Elementary

Lawnwood Elementary

Mariposa Elementary

Parkway Elementary

Savanna Ridge Elementary

St. Lucie Elementary

Weatherbee Elementary

White City Elementary

Windmill Point Elementary

Bronze Awards

Bayshore Elementary

FK Sweet Elementary

Fairlawn Elementary

Floresta Elementary

Morningside Elementary

Rivers Edge Elementary

Village Green Elementary

Schools honored will receive a HealthierUS Schools Challenge Award banner for display and a signed plaque.  In addition, Bronze schools will receive $500 and Silver schools will receive $1,000 for their nonprofit school food service account.

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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3rd Annual HBCU/HSI College Fair

3rd Annual HBCU/HSI College Fair

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) continues to bring opportunities to students for college and career success. On January 24, the school district hosted 18 historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) and Hispanic serving institutions (HSI) at the 3rd Annual HBCU/HSI College Fair. Students entered the fair prepared with resumes, test scores, and a mindset of moving on to the next level.  With over $5 million in scholarships offered that day, students were not disappointed.

SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “Events such as this have the potential to change lives for our students, and we are committed to doing everything we can to connect their brimming talents with individuals and organizations offering pathways to rewarding careers.”

Gent attributes the success of this premier event to the District’s highly motivated secondary leadership team.  Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Kevin Perry has worked with local, state, and national colleges and universities; human resource organizations; Greek fraternities and sororities; local alumni; as well as local business leaders to make connections with the wide array of learning organizations that were in attendance at this year’s college fair.

“The idea is to help as many students as we can. This college fair is about students having options, and our students are definitely motivated to attend,” explained Perry. Students attended the fair well-prepared with completed FAFSA forms, awareness of interview techniques, and dressed for success.

SLPS Human Resources team was also in attendance to discuss the Promise is a Promise opportunity with students who plan to pursue education as a career and return to teach in St. Lucie Public Schools.

 

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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Education’s Shining Stars Announced

Education’s Shining Stars Announced

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL — In a live broadcast from Lincoln Park Academy on Saturday, February 9, 2019, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County announced this year’s line-up of educational superstars. Makeda-Ione Brome took top honors as St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year. She is an instructional mathematics coach at Fort Pierce Westwood High School.  Joining her on the stage during the Night of the Stars gala were School Related Employee of the Year Dorothy Hall from Chester A. Moore Elementary School, Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year Sabrina Faniel from West Gate K-8 School, and Outstanding First Year Teacher Emily Utts from Fort Pierce Central High School.

Teacher of the Year Brome attributes her inspiration to her students and her colleagues. Everything she does is because she wants to serve others and see them experience success in all aspects of their lives.  She takes to heart the fact that students must learn and retain required mathematics to be successful in the next course, in college, and beyond.  “Students cannot be successful without first empowering teachers to be successful,” said Brome. Based on that belief, she uses a variety of teaching styles and instructional tools in her coaching role to help others learn new concepts. She is inspired to be the best she can be so that she, in turn, can help others realize the potential within them to become the best versions of themselves.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent said, “These outstanding individuals exemplify excellence in teaching and distinction in providing a positive teaching and learning environment in SLPS.  They represent what the District stands for in quality education and are why SLPS is making great strides.”  He added, “It is through the relentless efforts of our instructional and support team members who are making a difference in the lives of our children.  The dedicated individuals who crossed the stage this evening lead the way in the points of pride we have for SLPS.”

Education Foundation President Thom Jones considers the Night of the Stars a highlight each year.  “Honoring our teachers and support staff for the work they do each day for our students is central to The Education Foundation’s mission which is to recognize excellence in education and support teacher development.”  Jones also points out that the corporate sponsors such as the event’s grand benefactor PNC Bank are just as focused on the mission.  MIDFLORIDA Credit Union sponsors the Teacher of the Year and Herff Jones honors the winner with a commemorative ring. Remnant Construction sponsors the School Related Employee of the Year, Keiser University sponsors the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year, and Seacoast Bank sponsors The Outstanding First Year Teacher. Jones also offered a special thank you to the many other event sponsors.

Event Coordinator Dr. Kevin G. Perry said, “The honorees at this annual gala represent the high-quality educators and staff who support our students’ tremendous academic gains. Our distinguished honorees not only embody the mission of the District, but go beyond and surpass expectations.”

St. Lucie County’s Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year will now move on to the state level competition.  In the category of Teacher of the Year, the State has a long-standing tradition that recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. The state finalist for The Florida Teacher of the Year also serves as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education and represents the Florida Department of Education and teachers throughout the state.

About the Teacher of the Year

Makeda-Ione Brome is an instructional mathematics coach at Fort Pierce Westwood High School where she dedicates herself to supporting teachers and students.  She models best practices in classrooms, leads collaborative planning sessions, tutors students, and leads Algebra 1 and Geometry Boot Camps for students before and after school.

Her expertise in a wide array of mathematics practices and keen ability to share this knowledge with others makes this energetic educator a leader among her peers.  At the District, Ms. Brome is a Teacher Leader who stands out as a professional development facilitator, and at the State level, she is a Florida Department of Education Math Content Specialist selected to review and revise Florida’s certification and professional exams.

 

About the School-Related Employee of the Year

Dorothy Hall is a key individual at CAM.  As a paraprofessional, she works very closely with the faculty, staff, and students. In the two years she has served in this role, she has proven herself to be committed and compassionate.  Hall has many duties and responsibilities including assisting with classroom activities, providing one-on-one tutorials, and supporting activities on campus.  However, she spreads her influence by contributing to the 21st Century Afterschool Program and the community by serving as a mentor to a group of girls ranging in age from 5 to 18.  She also dedicates time to volunteer in Sarah’s Kitchen as a means of helping to feed and clothe individuals in need.

About the Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year

As a 22-year veteran educator, Sabrina Faniel currently serves as a first-grade teacher at West Gate K-8 School. She infuses her keen instructional skills with a variety of teaching methods to address the developmental needs of all students and to engage them in learning.  She exercises collaborative practices with her students as well as with her colleagues, and one of her greatest strengths is her ability to interact positively with students and staff alike – a key component that makes her an outstanding campus leader. 

About the Outstanding First Year Teacher

Emily Utts is a 10th-grade intensive reading teacher at Fort Pierce Central High School.  She exercises her ingenuity to develop meaningful lessons for her students that build cross curricular connections and blend technology into the design. She supports the positive growth of her students who use their critical thinking and reading skills to make connections with the classics, world history, life science, and other aspects of academics.  She applies her enthusiasm for helping students by serving as a sponsor for both the National Honor Society and Student Government on the high school’s campus.

 

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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The American Dream at Northport K-8

The American Dream at Northport K-8

Many thanks to SLPS School Board Member, Dr. Donna Mills and her husband, Pastor Kenneth Mills. The Mills hold a very special place in the heart and soul of all that makes up Northport K-8. Thanks as well to Gertrude Walker, Supervisor of Elections for Saint Lucie County and to Debra Hall, mail in ballot supervisor. Ms. Walker’s words were meaningful and the students were enthralled. Our Black History program was so memorable thanks to these wonderful people who shared their time, knowledge, and experience, as well as their love for our children and teachers. Job well done to Diane Crumpton, Northport K-8 guidance counselor for organizing the beautiful event, and thank you to band director, Ricardo Renelus, and drama teacher, Allison Barajas for providing entertainment.

Northport K-8 Represents at Project Citizen

Northport K-8 Represents at Project Citizen

Excellence in education has been given a big thumbs up at Northport K-8 School. Two seventh grade teams led the school in a spectacular showing at the Project Citizen Showcase. Many thanks to Thomas McDonald and the teachers who brought out the very best in our student teams! Job well done!

The Future Looks Bright Northport K-8

The Future Looks Bright Northport K-8

Planning to build a better future! 8th grade Northstars students visited the Robotics and Photonics labs at IRSC on February 15, 2019 for some hands-on learning. Students explored the roles that lasers and robotics play in our lives as well as some possible career choices in those fields.

WLX-TV this Week

WLX-TV this Week

The February School Board Meeting is now on television. Also be sure to watch Foundation Focus hosted by Thom Jones, and a new HBCU College Fair promo that will air at various times throughout the week.
 
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.
 
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School Board Meeting
 
Foundation Focus
 

HBCU College Fair

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoTCrH61g4w&feature=youtu.be