The “Key” to Success

The “Key” to Success

The key to St. Lucie Public Schools’ success is teamwork.  Caring and committed adults work with a united purpose — to support each child every day to ensure they graduate from safe and caring schools, equipped with the knowledge, skills, and desire to succeed.

Pictured:  SLPS Locksmith Fred Borneman, and Plumber Willie Parnel.

 

 

The Jungle Book for Kids

The Jungle Book for Kids

Southport Middle School students put on a magnificent performance of the Disney production The Jungle Book for Kids. It all began with an exciting announcement in early January to Mrs. Dusash’s Exceptional Student Education class that all of her students would have an important part to play in the upcoming drama production of The Jungle Book for Kids. According to Ms. Ruby Soto, ESE Para professional and stage hand for the performance, “The students’ enthusiasm was, without any doubt, reflected in their performances” (on March 9, 2017).

Mrs. Dudash’s class, along with many other Southport students, put on a performance that brought tears to the eyes of staff members and laughter to all who were present. The inclusion of ALL students in this performance is what made it so SPECTACULAR.  Drama Teacher and Director A.J. Quinn did an exceptional job teaching an extraordinary lesson that there are no limitations on the stage or in our abilities. Our students, of all abilities, learned to overcome their own fears by proving that with hard work and dedication amazing things can be accomplished, particularly when we work together to do so.

The talent exhibited on stage was inspiring and “limitless.” The immense pride of student success was felt by all. Mr. Quinn, noted that it was “an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to create such an amazing show with an even more amazing group of people!   The excitement emanating from the stage was palpable and the warmth of that joy was felt by every member of the audience.

A sincere thank you is extended to the faculty, staff, parents, and students who worked so hard to make this production a reality — thank you for “celebrating the bare necessities of life.”

Congratulations to all on a job well done!

The Honor is Ours!

The Honor is Ours!

The St. Lucie County Reading Council was presented with the Honor Council Award on June 2nd, 2018 at the University of Central Florida’s Reading Center. Honor Council is earned by meeting a very specific criteria over the course of one year for “Exemplary service to the education community for efforts to advance literacy in your district and for commitment to the spirit of volunteerism.”
Board members: Ilyse Brainin (President), Nicole Eak (Vice President), Alison Thomas (Secretary) and Lori Foley (Treasurer) were on hand to receive this distinction; the first ever for St. Lucie County!
Thank you to all who helped make this honor possible! We are looking forward to another great year ahead.

If you are interested in more information regarding the St. Lucie Reading Council, or would like to join us, please contact:

ilyse.brainin@stlucieschools.org

The Heart of Giving

The Heart of Giving

Many of St. Lucie Public Schools’ families enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving thanks to the generosity of our friends at the Fort Pierce Elks Lodge #1520.  According to our partner in education Lenny Smallacombe, “Chester A. Moore Elementary’s school staff asked for the organization’s help, and the Fort Pierce Elks Lodge #1520 was pleased to make 20 families’ Thanksgiving better.”
Pictured below: The Pantry Food Backpack Team is boxing Thanksgiving food items and turkeys for 20 homeless families who have children attending C.A. Moore Elementary School in Ft. Pierce.

During this time of year, members of The Pantry Food Backpack Team also doubled up on food items that were donated to the school because students were out of school for a few extra days due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

THE HARBOR COMES LIVE TO LINCOLN PARK ACADEMY

THE HARBOR COMES LIVE TO LINCOLN PARK ACADEMY

On Friday, October 14th, the host and creator of Jostens’ “The Harbor TV” Mike Smith made a stop at Lincoln Park Academy as part of his nationwide tour, visiting schools that embrace the Jostens’ Renaissance educational model.

Mike shared his message that impacts today’s youth about civic duty, digital citizenship, awareness and service with the Greyhounds in grades 6 through 12 in two separate assemblies that included a dance off and the world’s largest “selfie.”

Student leaders along with teachers and administration from Port Saint Lucie High School also participated in the assembly.

After the conclusion of the presentations, Mike conducted a tour of the campus, visiting classrooms, talking with students and answering questions.

“The Harbor TV is an educational video resource that provides students with real perspectives from real people that will help them achieve greater success in the outside world. The Harbor, featuring Mike Smith and guests, facilitates the teaching of character development in classrooms by showcasing tangible life lessons through a school year’s worth of episodes with rich, raw and engaging video content, which are designed for the classroom, along with a downloadable critical thinking discussion guide to foster student led discussions for each episode.”

Lincoln Park Academy has been using this resource for the past two years as part of the platform for its character development education.

 

 

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The Good News Gets Even Better for St. Lucie Public Schools

The Good News Gets Even Better for St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie County, FL –  In a letter addressed to St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) announced that a review of school grade data and supporting documentation for Oak Hammock K-8 School resulted in a grade recalculation.  The school, previously designated as a B, now bears the distinction of an A rated school.  In addition, Performance Based Preparatory Academy received a School Improvement Rating of Commendable – the highest benchmark ranking for schools not receiving a letter grade.

Superintendent Gent explained the District closely monitors the process for calculating points earned for school grades, and when the State announced a set of late-reported Florida Standards Alternate Assessment Scores were not included in this year’s calculations, SLPS filed an appeal. “Oak Hammock was just two points shy of an A,” he said.  “It’s our job as District leaders to support our teachers, staff, students, and administrators.  We wanted to make certain their relentless efforts and focus on each child to increase achievement received full recognition and honor. The results speak for themselves,” he added.

With Oak Hammock’s grade re-calculation, 37% of SLPS are rated an A, 62% are rated an A or B, and the District has no failing schools.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked 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.

 

 

The Good News Gets Even Better for St. Lucie Public Schools

The Good News Gets Even Better for SLPS

St. Lucie County, FL –  In a letter addressed to St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) Superintendent E. Wayne Gent, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) announced that a review of school grade data and supporting documentation for Oak Hammock K-8 School resulted in a grade recalculation.  The school, previously designated as a B, now bears the distinction of an A rated school.  In addition, Performance Based Preparatory Academy received a School Improvement Rating of Commendable – the highest benchmark ranking for schools not receiving a letter grade.

Superintendent Gent explained the District closely monitors the process for calculating points earned for school grades, and when the State announced a set of late-reported Florida Standards Alternate Assessment Scores were not included in this year’s calculations, SLPS filed an appeal. “Oak Hammock was just two points shy of an A,” he said.  “It’s our job as District leaders to support our teachers, staff, students, and administrators.  We wanted to make certain their relentless efforts and focus on each child to increase achievement received full recognition and honor. The results speak for themselves,” he added.

With Oak Hammock’s grade re-calculation, 37% of SLPS are rated an A, 62% are rated an A or B, and the District has no failing schools.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked 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.

The Giving Concert – October 25th

The Giving Concert – October 25th

The sixth annual Giving Concert is planned for October 25th at Lincoln Park Academy in the auditorium located at 1806 Avenue I in Fort Pierce. The doors open to the general public at 6:30 p.m. and the concert boasting area choral groups begins at 7:00 p.m.

The event, sponsored by St. Lucie Public Schools and organized by Choral Director Dr. Rolanda Jones, will support Grace Packs which, in turn, benefits students.  Grace Packs is a weekly weekend back pack program that provides necessary food items to students in need. Admission to the concert is a non-perishable food item to be donated to Grace Packs.   Director of Grace Packs Laura Klosterman said that non-expired Chef Boyardee products are items in particular need for the program.

Concert-goers of all ages will enjoy the musical selections from area middle and high school choral groups.  Featured at this event are ensembles from Allapattah Flats K-8, Dan McCarty Middle School, Forest Grove Middle School, Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Lincoln Park Academy, Saint Lucie West Centennial High School, and Treasure Coast High School.

For more information on the Giving Concert, contact Dr. Kevin Perry at Kevin.perry@stlucieschools.org.

The Giving Concert Benefits Students in St. Lucie County

The Giving Concert Benefits Students in St. Lucie County

The seventh annual Giving Concert is planned for Thursday, October 25th at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium located at 1806 Avenue I in Fort Pierce. The doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m. and the concert boasting area choral groups will begin at 7:00 p.m.

 

The event, sponsored by St. Lucie Public Schools and organized by Choral Director Dr. Rolanda Jones, will benefit Grace Packs which is a weekly weekend back pack program that provides necessary food items to students in need.

 

Admission to the concert is a non-perishable food item (Chef Boyardee products are suggested) donation. The concert will feature choruses from Allapattah Flats K-8, Dan McCarty Middle School, Forest Grove Middle School, Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Lincoln Park Academy, Port St. Lucie High School, and St. Lucie West Centennial High School.

 

For more information on the Giving Concert, contact Dr. Rolanda Jones at Rolanda.jones@stlucieschools.org .

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked 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.

The Giving Concert Benefits Students in St. Lucie County

The Giving Concert Benefits Students in St. Lucie County

St. Lucie County, FL –   The seventh annual Giving Concert is planned for Thursday, October 25th at Lincoln Park Academy Auditorium located at 1806 Avenue I in Fort Pierce. The doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m. and the concert boasting area choral groups will begin at 7:00 p.m.

 

The event, sponsored by St. Lucie Public Schools and organized by Choral Director Dr. Rolanda Jones, will benefit Grace Packs which is a weekly weekend back pack program that provides necessary food items to students in need.

 

Admission to the concert is a non-perishable food item (Chef Boyardee products are suggested) donation. The concert will feature choruses from Allapattah Flats K-8, Dan McCarty Middle School, Forest Grove Middle School, Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Lincoln Park Academy, Port St. Lucie High School, and St. Lucie West Centennial High School.

 

For more information on the Giving Concert, contact Dr. Rolanda Jones at Rolanda.jones@stlucieschools.org .

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked 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.

 

 

 

The Giving Concert Benefits Students

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – The fifth annual Giving Concert is planned for October 26th at Lincoln Park Academy in the auditorium located at 1806 Avenue I in Fort Pierce. The doors will open to the general public at 6:30 p.m. and the concert boasting area choral groups will begin at 7:00 p.m.

The event, sponsored by St. Lucie Public Schools and organized by Choral Director Dr. Rolanda Jones, will benefit Grace Packs which is a weekly weekend back pack program that provides necessary food items to students in need.

Admission to the concert is a non-perishable food item donated to Grace Packs. The concert will feature choruses from Allapattah Flats K-8, Dan McCarty Middle School, Forest Grove Middle School, Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Lincoln Park Academy, and Samuel S. Gaines Academy K-8.

For more information on the Giving Concert, contact Dr. Kevin Perry at Kevin.perry@stlucieschools.org or Dr. Rolanda Jones at Rolanda.jones@stlucieschools.org  or 772-468-5700 Ext. 2065.

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 St. Lucie Public Schools’ website www.stlucieschools.org ; Facebook www.facebook.com/stlucieschools; Twitter@StLucieSchools; or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

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The Giving Concert Benefits Students

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – The fourth annual Giving Concert is planned for October 28th at Fort Pierce Central High School in the auditorium located at 4101 S. 25th Street in Fort Pierce. The doors will open to the general public at 6:30 p.m. and the concert boasting area choral groups will begin at 7:00 p.m.

The event, sponsored by St. Lucie Public Schools and organized by choral director, Dr. Rolanda Jones, will benefit Grace Packs which is a weekly weekend backpack program that provides necessary food items to students in need.

Admission to the concert is a non-perishable food item that will be donated to Grace Packs.

The concert will feature choruses from Allapattah Flats K-8, Dan McCarty Middle School, Forest Grove Middle School, Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Lincoln Park Academy, Northport K-8 School, and St. Lucie West Centennial High School.

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 St. Lucie Public Schools’ website www.stlucieschools.org ; Facebook www.facebook.com/stlucieschools; Twitter@StLucieSchools; or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

The Giving Concert Benefits Students

The Giving Concert Benefits Students

The fourth annual Giving Concert is planned for October 28th at Fort Pierce Central High School in the auditorium located at 4101 S. 25th Street in Fort Pierce. The doors will open to the general public at 6:30 p.m. and the concert boasting area choral groups will begin at 7:00 p.m.

The event, sponsored by St. Lucie Public Schools and organized by choral director, Dr. Rolanda Jones, will benefit Grace Packs which is a weekly weekend backpack program that provides necessary food items to students in need.

Admission to the concert is a non-perishable food item that will be donated to Grace Packs. The concert will feature choruses from Allapattah Flats K-8, Dan McCarty Middle School, Forest Grove Middle School, Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Lincoln Park Academy, Northport K-8 School, and St. Lucie West Centennial High School.

 

The Giving Concert – October 25th

The Giving Concert Benefits Local Students

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – The sixth annual Giving Concert is planned for October 25th at Lincoln Park Academy in the auditorium located at 1806 Avenue I in Fort Pierce. The doors open to the general public at 6:30 p.m. and the concert boasting area choral groups begins at 7:00 p.m.

The event, sponsored by St. Lucie Public Schools and organized by Choral Director Dr. Rolanda Jones, will support Grace Packs which, in turn, benefits students.  Grace Packs is a weekly weekend back pack program that provides necessary food items to students in need. Admission to the concert is a non-perishable food item to be donated to Grace Packs.

Concert-goers of all ages will enjoy the musical selections from area middle and high school choral groups.  Featured at this event are ensembles from Allapattah Flats K-8, Dan McCarty Middle School, Forest Grove Middle School, Fort Pierce Central High School, Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Lincoln Park Academy, Saint Lucie West Centennial High School, and Treasure Coast High School.

For more information on the Giving Concert, contact Dr. Kevin Perry at Kevin.perry@stlucieschools.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.

 

 

The Gift of Music and More

The Gift of Music and More

The 2018 Giving Concert served a two-fold purpose.  Middle and high school choral groups from across the District provided the gift of music for audience members while audience members, in turn, donated food items to GracePacks for the organization’s weekend food program.  Special thanks to all who supported this year’s event!

 

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.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) was started in 2002 as a pilot program through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in four states with the purpose of introducing school children to fresh fruits and vegetables. The FFVP was made a permanent grant program nationwide in 2008 and is funded through the Farm Bill.

The goal of FFVP is to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices; expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience; increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption; and make a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health.

The FFVP is an essential part of Child Nutrition Services. We are very proud of the schools that participates in this program. After careful review and feedback, we have decided to update this program to reflect the core values of providing students the opportunity to try new fruits and vegetables to expand their tastes and experiences. Starting in October, FFVP will be now be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students will begin to see different and unique fruits and vegetable in larger servings sizes. Wednesdays will focus on Florida Grown Produce.

The FFVP could not be successful without our teachers and school administration support. Teachers participating in the FFVP provide the required nutrition education component for the grant and encourage students to try new items by being a positive role model.

Child Nutrition Services is excited to partner with the following nine elementary schools to administer the FFVP: Lakewood Park Elementary, CA Moore Elementary, Lawnwood Elemetary, Sam Gaines Academy for Emerging Technologies (through 5th grade), Weatherbee Elementary, White City Elementary, Savanna Ridge Elementary, and Parkway Elementary.

For more information about FFVP please visit:  https://www.fns.usda.gov/ffvp/fresh-fruit-and-vegetable-program

 

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The Energy Bus

The Energy Bus

This article was published in School Bus Fleet —  a magazine with the latest news and articles about pupil transportation industry news.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Some 500 transportation employees here recently prepared to take students back to school at St. Lucie Public Schools’ annual in-service training.

The training program was held on Aug. 7 and 8 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. The theme of this year’s in-service was “Hop on the Energy Bus,” inspired by the Jon Gordon book The Energy Bus.

The district’s school bus drivers and other transportation team members heard a keynote address by Julie Nee, a trainer with The Jon Gordon Companies. Nee elaborated on the book’s subtitle, “10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team With Positive Energy.”

The district’s in-service event was sponsored in part by Matthews Buses Florida and Seon Design.

With 316 route buses, St. Lucie Public Schools is ranked No. 61 on this year’s Top 100 School District Fleets list, which will appear in the upcoming October issue of SBF.

http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/news/731082/florida-transportation-team-trains-on-energy-bus