Palm Pointe Rockets Love Reading!

Palm Pointe Rockets Love Reading!

Palm Pointe 1st Graders held a “Read to Your Sweetheart” event on February 13th.  Parents and families were invited to  celebrate all of the reading accomplishments that their first graders have made.  Boys and girls shared their love of reading with those that mean the most to them.

CTE Students Tour Keiser University

CTE Students Tour Keiser University

St. Lucie Public Schools Criminal Justice students from Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Fort Pierce Central High School, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, and Treasure Coast High School were invited to Keiser University.  Students were afforded the opportunity to partake in guided tours, hands-on demonstrations, and an informational session on college scholarships and planning.  Thank you Keiser University for providing this experience to our students!

CTE Student Visit Federal Courtroom

CTE Student Visit Federal Courtroom

Students from Fort Pierce Westwood High School, Performance Based Academy, and Treasure Coast High School attended a Civil Discourse and Teen Decision Making session at the Federal Courthouse.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Maynard and U.S. District Court Judge Rosenberg invited the students to this unique opportunity to have a Federal Courtroom tour and simulation of a civil case.  The students enjoyed this special experience!

Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) Teacher Honored

Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) Teacher Honored

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Andrew Gekoskie, Instrumental Music Teacher at Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) was recently selected as a Conn-Selmer VIP by the Conn-Selmer Education Division as one of the leading music educators in the country.  The six music educators selected from throughout the country collaborated regarding methods and current music education practices.  In addition, the VIP’s were able to tour the factories of Conn-Selmer which make brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments, all still handmade to this day.  The artisans making the instruments shared their techniques and displayed their pride in making exceptional musical instruments for students and professionals alike.  Conn-Selmer VIP’s are afforded a vast list of clinicians, grant, and music education support available to their school and county from one of the nation’s most respected music education divisions.

Conn-Selmer Education Division:

https://education.conn-selmer.com/en-us/education

 

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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Forest Grove Honors Black History Month

Forest Grove Honors Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Forest Grove Middle School hosted a Black History Wax Museum. Selected students researched an African-American historical figure, created a poster, and gave oral presentations.

Sixth-grade history students were afforded the opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt and win prizes based on their knowledge of the historical figures presented to them. Figures included: Louis Armstrong, Mae Jemison, Whitney Houston, Mary McLeod Bethune, and many more!

Students Save Time and Money with Dual Enrollment

Students Save Time and Money with Dual Enrollment

Parents of high school students are often concerned about the cost of college. Dual Enrollment at Indian River State College (IRSC) provides an opportunity for high school students to begin work on their college degree for free while finishing high school, saving time and thousands of dollars in college tuition.

Courses such as College Algebra and English Composition, which cost approximately $600 at a state university can be completed with no tuition charge. Courses are offered at convenient times and weighted the same as Honors, Advanced Placement, Advanced International Certificate of Education and International Baccalaureate courses. Credits earned through Dual Enrollment transfer to all Florida public universities and most universities nationally.

High school students and their parents are invited to learn more about Dual Enrollment at free information sessions occurring throughout the Treasure Coast during the month of March:

  • Tuesday, March 12, 6 p.m.: Main Campus, Kight Center for Emerging Technologies, Room V110, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce
  • Wednesday, March 13, 6 p.m.: Main Campus, Kight Center for Emerging Technologies, Room V110, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce (Spanish Session)
  • Thursday, March 14, 6 p.m.: Pruitt Campus, 500 N.W. California Blvd., Port St. Lucie, Room E114 (English Session), Room A125 (Spanish Session)

Pre-registration is requested and can be done online at www.irsc.edu. For additional details about the information sessions or Dual Enrollment at IRSC, call 1-866-792-4772.

SLWCHS NAVY JROTC Mentors at West Gate K-8

SLWCHS NAVY JROTC Mentors at West Gate K-8

The SLW Centennial High School NAVY JROTC continues to mentor the West Gate K-8 middle school students through a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club.  This week, the Centennial Black Talon Cadets demonstrated physical training stretches and exercises and had the Boys and Girls Club children participate as well.

Part of the mentoring process for the Centennial Black Talon unit is not only instilling principles of leadership, but showing the students the importance of physical fitness.

 

PSLHS JROTC Accreditation Inspection

PSLHS JROTC Accreditation Inspection

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion achieved a score of 98.25% on its JPA inspection, allowing them to maintain Honor Unit with Distinction Award, represented with a yellow star worn above the name plate on the right-hand side. The day began with a Continuous Improvement and Service Learning briefing. Directly after each briefing, the Platoon and Color Guard drill evaluation was conducted followed by Cadet and Instructor Portfolios. The last event was the out brief where guest Mr. Denniston disclosed scores. The Continuous Improvement briefing scored a 32.75/35, the Service Learning briefing scored a 20/20, Platoon Drill scored a 14.75/15, Color Guard Drill scored a 14/15, Cadet Portfolios scored a 20/20, and Instructor portfolios scored a 60/60. The JPA Inspection is conducted every three years, and the PSLHS JROTC has been an Honor Unit with Distinction for the past 25 years.

FK Sweet Hosts Superintendent Gent at SAC Meeting

FK Sweet Hosts Superintendent Gent at SAC Meeting

Frances K. Sweet Magnet School was pleased to host Mr. E. Wayne Gent at our School Advisory Council Meeting on February 12, 2019.  Parents, teachers, students, staff, and community members received important information regarding the proposed referendum directly from our Superintendent.  They had the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

After the meeting, Mr. Gent visited the music suite and performed a solo piano exhibition that was impressive to students and educators alike!  Thank you Mr. Gent for your belief in our students, teachers, and community.

Growing CTE Program Holds Bus Tours to Visit Local Businesses

Growing CTE Program Holds Bus Tours to Visit Local Businesses

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) department collaborated with the Economic Development Council, Treasure Coast Manufacturer’s Association, and Treasure Coast Builder’s Association to host the School Counselor Bus Tour.  The bus tours included CTE teachers, guidance counselors, and graduation coaches from our high schools, who toured various businesses in our county including: Ross Mixing, Dragonfly Graphics, St. Lucie Battery and Tire, Radical Cosmetics, and Premier Fabricators.  This event creates awareness of the employment opportunities available to our students and graduating seniors, as we work to close the skills gap.

Number of PBIS Model Schools Increases

Number of PBIS Model Schools Increases

St. Lucie Public Schools has 25 PBIS Model Schools for the 2017-2018 School Year.   This great honor truly shows that our schools have worked tirelessly to address the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for their students and have embraced the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Framework.  We are also very pleased that our staff continues to provide on-going support to schools through coaching and technical assistance.  A special thank you to Robert O’Neill for his continued leadership with this project and for continuing to serve as the liaison with the University of South Florida.

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

Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) Teacher Honored

CAST Teacher Honored

Andrew Gekoskie, Instrumental Music Teacher at Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie (CAST) was recently selected as a Conn-Selmer VIP by the Conn-Selmer Education Division as one of the leading music educators in the country. The six music educators selected from throughout the country were able collaborate regarding techniques and current music education practices.  In addition, the VIP’s were able to tour the factories of Conn-Selmer which make brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments, all still handmade to this day.  The artisans making the instruments shared their techniques and displayed their pride in making exceptional musical instruments for students and professionals alike.  Conn-Selmer VIP’s are afforded a vast list of clinicians, grant, and music education support available to their school and county from one of the nation’s most respected music education divisions.   Congratulations Mr. Gekoskie!

STAR Award Recipient

STAR Award Recipient

The STAR Program focuses on recognizing stellar service from our employees for their behaviors, skills and actions that correlate with the District’s core values.

Alberto Diaz is an electrician for the District that impressed Bayshore Elementary by his professionalism and attention to detail. The school’s principal called and wrote to express their sincere appreciation for making certain that all systems were go and all equipment was working as it should to ensure safe and caring learning environments for students and staff.  Thank you for your service!

Garber Buick GMC Supports St. Lucie Public Schools

Garber Buick GMC Supports St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools would like to thank Steve Ward, Executive General Manager, and Sheila Cash, Office Administrator for their support of our schools over the last few years. With the Garber Drive for Education Fundraiser, nearly $40,000 has been raised for our schools to support extracurricular programs, performing art competitions, and other academic endeavors.

Graduation Rates at a Historic High

Graduation Rates at a Historic High

All high schools were recognized at the School Board meeting on February 12, 2019 to celebrate the increasing graduation rates among all schools. The District is proud to have an overall graduation rate of 91.8%, an increase over last school year.  Congratulations to our high schools!

Dale Cassens Educational Complex – 91.8%

Mosaic Digital Academy – 96.0%

Performance Based Preparatory Academy – 91.8%

Fort Pierce Central High School – 95.5%

Fort Pierce Westwood High School – 91.7%

Lincoln Park Academy – 99.5%

Port St. Lucie High School – 96.8%

St. Lucie West Centennial High School – 97.6%

Treasure Coast High School – 98.1%