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!
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
White City Elementary students participated in a vocabulary parade. WCE students enjoyed this visually amusing event. Students are using their creative skills and learning new words!
White City Students are celebrating Black History Month. All VPK through Grade 5 classes are learning about the contributions of influential African Americans; see below for some beautiful student work samples.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Rivers Edge Elementary School
Windmill Point Elementary School
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!
Under the direction of Zachary Maes, the students from West Gate K-8 School chorus gave a special performance during the February 12, 2019 School Board Meeting. The students opened the meeting with a performance that was a treat for everyone in attendance.
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!
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.
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%
2019 Port Saint Lucie Citizen Summit
Mr. Ocampo and Port St. Lucie High School were recently the recipients of a beautiful grand piano appraised at over $8,000. The piano was gifted to the school by Angela DiSomone, 89, courtesy of her brother, the piano’s owner, Joseph Falotico, 96. The labor of moving the large instrument was donated by Arnoff Moving and Storage. The students will enjoy this grand donation for many years to come!
The SLW Centennial High School’s NAVY JROTC was honored to provide the Color Guard detail for the St. Lucie School District’s Education Foundation “Night of the Stars” gala event on Saturday, February 9, 2019. The detail was manned by Nicholas Gunnel (left rifleman), Ian Martens (Unit flagman), Julian Ortiz (Ensign flagman) and Bryson Laurent (right rifleman).
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