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.


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

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%

Piano Donated to Port St. Lucie High School

Piano Donated to Port St. Lucie High School

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!

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




Dr. Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest

Dr. Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest

The Dr. Samuel S. Gaines Essay Contest in observance of African American History Month is something our students look forward to each year.


Describe a person/an African American in St. Lucie County (not a family member), who has impacted your life, and explain what this person has done to make such a difference.


All students in St. Lucie County / Grades 3-12


  1. Essays must be the original work of the student.
  2. Essay word count must be included and must be a minimum length of the following:

*250 words for grades 3-5

*500 words for grades 6-8

*750 words for grades 9-12

  1. Essays should be typed or neatly handwritten with minimal or no errors.
  2. Submissions must include a completed registration form attached to the essay.


All submissions must be received in School Operations no later than Friday, March 8, 2019 by 4:30 p.m.


Please submit all essays to the attention of Annette Jackson / Superintendent’s Suite @ AFK8.


As in year’s past, we are asking each school to send THE TOP 5 ESSAYS FROM EACH GRADE LEVEL.

Essays that do not adhere to the guidelines and due date indicated on the flyer will not be considered.

Southport Middle School Celebrates Literacy Week 2019

Southport Middle School Celebrates Literacy Week 2019

Southport Middle School students had a great time celebrating Literacy Week 2019. This year’s theme from the Florida Department of Education was “Spreading Literacy, One View at a Time.” The week began with a door decorating contest and homerooms were given the entire week to complete their project. Students started the celebration on Tuesday dressed as their favorite book character and ended the day with their families at a Literacy Evening of fun, games, food, and books from the Scholastic Book Fair held in the Media Center.

Students began with a “Passport to Literacy” that teachers stamped as they made their way through all the fun activities, as well as a History Fair going on in the cafeteria.  Wednesday was a groovy day where everyone was invited to dress up in their favorite tie-dye attire. Thursday was the final day for the Scholastic Book Fair and homerooms wrapped up their door decorating. Doors were judged at the end of the day for the Best Representation of Theme, Most Creative, Most Artistic, and Funniest. Thursday was also deemed Dress for Success Day for the seventh and eighth grade students who had the privilege to attend a Career Fair planned by the guidance department. The community really came through for this event, bringing professionals together from a wide variety of careers for our students to meet and greet.



Jump Rope For Heart!

Jump Rope For Heart!

Northport lower school students are collecting funds and skipping rope to help save lives. Northport physical education instructors have organized the event to encourage students and families to help the American Heart Association. Education is the key to service!

SLW Centennial Navy JROTC Mentoring Students

SLW Centennial Navy JROTC Mentoring Students

The SLW Centennial Navy JROTC, in cooperation with the West Gate Boys and Girls Club, has begun a mentoring program.  The partnership hopes to instill great citizenship values of patriotism, self-sacrifice, self-discipline and attention to detail in our grade school youth.

Military Ball

Military Ball

On Saturday February 2nd, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion attended its 25th Annual Military Ball at the Santa Lucia River Club. Male Cadets wore their Dress Cadet Formal uniform, and female cadets came in formal gowns. Our Jaguar Battalion Color Guard posted the colors to begin the formal portion of the ceremony. Commanding the color guard was Cadet Sergeant First Class Lawrence Moleon-Matthews, accompanied by Cadet Sergeant Shane Canady as State Flag Bearer, Cadet Sergeant James Mikovsky as National Guard, and Cadet Corporal Alex Nangle as State Guard. We proceeded to go through numerous traditions our JROTC program has conducted over the years before and during dinner; we also added our newest tradition called the “not so Oscars.” After dinner the Color Guard retrieved the colors and we began the informal portion of military ball — the dance. All cadets who attended enjoyed their Military Ball experience and are excited to see what next year brings. Photography and this article was written by Cadet Captain Alexis Morris.    

SLW Centennial HS NAVY JROTC Has Annual Military Inspection (AMI)

SLW Centennial HS NAVY JROTC Has Annual Military Inspection (AMI)

On Thursday, January 31, 2019, the SLW Centennial HS NAVY JROTC had its Annual Military Inspection (AMI).  The Inspecting officer was Commander Patrick Thurman, USN (retired).  CDR Thurman is the Area 7 Manager of the NJROTC program and oversees the NJROTC program for the entire state of Florida and over 60 NJRTOC units.  CDR Thurman was truly impressed with the professionalism and military bearing that the Black Talon Cadets possessed.  The inspection verifies that all NJROTC requirements are being met to include academics, marching and drill, physical fitness and personnel inspection.

The AMI, also known as Navy Day at SLW Centennial High School, is conducted yearly.  The inspection begins with personnel inspections of all the cadets in uniform, followed by a ceremonial Pass-In-Review of the entire company marching in formation in front of the inspecting officer.  The Pass-in-Review is a military tradition that stems from showing proper respect to the senior officer as well as demonstrating the attention to detail and professionalism that our cadets and military members in the armed services train for.  The AMI concludes with a tour of all NJROTC spaces and a Command Brief that details what the unit has accomplished since the last inspection.  The brief is conducted by the NJROTC cadet leadership.


Palm Pointe Jazz Bands Achieve Superior Rating at District 13 Jazz Band Festival

Palm Pointe Jazz Bands Achieve Superior Rating at District 13 Jazz Band Festival

On Thursday, January 31st, the Jazz Bands from Palm Pointe participated in the Florida Bandmasters District 13 Jazz Band Performance Music Assessment at St. Lucie West Centennial High School where they were evaluated by a panel of three state certified Jazz Adjudicators.

We are proud to announce that both bands achieved straight superior ratings, which is the highest possible rating. Congratulations to the Palm Pointe students and staff on this awesome achievement.